Predictions for 2013
Folks with a crystal ball should buy our lottery tickets.
Everyone else can only envision the future by taking current events to their natural conclusion.
Such is the case with our 2013 predictions — with some guesswork tossed in.
*A new design for downtown's Community mural is passed by city council allowing fine tuning, or a whole new look.
*SIA's application to dump contaminated soil in a Shawnigan Lake quarry is nixed by the environment ministry.
*Victoria allows local control of Cowichan River's flow to prevent another disastrous drought, and fish kill, come fall
*Stoney Hill Road gets North Cowichan council's nod, amid strict adherence to preserving Maple Bay Peninsula's rural character.
*Strides happen to expand Sansum Point regional park using donated and purchased property
*Design for a character building at the long-vacant Canada Ave-Trunk Road corner is adopted by Duncan council
*Passenger service — including a viable commuter line — along a renovated E&N rail line through Cowichan gets back on track by summer
*Derelict ship Dominion is towed from Cowichan Bay, ordered scrapped by the feds
*More regional areas begins funding Cowichan Aquatic Centre's pool, erasing two-tier fees
*Regional directors find a regional-recreational funding formula, following the 1980s PERC model whereby folks living farther from facilities pay less
*Duncan's clogged courts system hires at least one more judge
*School District 79 elects a slate of cooperative trustees in the fall byelection. The new school board focuses on local education, not fighting Victoria's lack of funding
*A tree-cutting bylaw with teeth passes in either Duncan or North Cowichan, while North Cowichan bans residential and commercial outdoor burning
*Most of the Malahat Drive gets concrete medians, or solid designs for them
*A globally famous act plays the Cowichan Theatre, and makes a surprise stop at the Duncan Garage Showroom
*A local artist and/or athlete signs a multi-million dollar deal
*Cowichan gets another major retailer, such as Ikea or Costco
*Catalyst mill's financial woes resurface under global instability
*A major Cowichan politician resigns in frustration
*A new movie theatre comes to Cowichan
*A minority NDP government is elected in May; at least one current MLA returns