Can you believe it’s the last week of this year? It feels like 2020 has been so long, and yet time has flown by so quickly all the same. As we head into 2021, I want to share some of our plans for the new year.
If you have read The Discourse Cowichan’s 2020 impact report, then you know that against all odds, our team has expanded this year. We have hired more staff members and contributors and are now covering three communities: the Cowichan Valley, West Shore, and Nanaimo. This means that, with your continued support, we’ll be able to do so much more next year:
- We plan to produce a series of deeply reported stories on food and farming in the Cowichan Valley region. You told us this is a topic you want to know more about and we listened. Stay tuned in the new year as we look for community input into this series.
- Reporter Shalu Mehta is investigating development and its impact on the Western Communities. This is a topic that she received a lot of questions about from community members, and she plans to dig into them in the new year.
- In Nanaimo, residents recently voted for reporter Julie Chadwick to follow her excellent series on downtown homelessness by digging into rental housing and affordability.
This is just our plan for the next few months. As always, we’ll be checking in with you, our readers, as we build out our plans for the full year and beyond. Help us make it possible.
Help us make more independent news in 2021. Support The Discourse.
We can’t thank you enough for all the community support that we have received this year. Having the opportunity to serve our community is so special to all of us and we cannot wait to keep doing so in 2021. If you have any questions or ideas of your own that you want to share, send me an email and let me know – we love hearing from you!
Happy almost New Year! [end]