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The Discourse Cowichan uncovered that the Cowichan Valley Citizen failed to report residents’ concerns over the Cowichan racetrack. Apparently, this was to avoid upsetting advertisers with the newspaper. Now, the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit plans a major expansion, and neighbours say it’s already too loud. Get your independent journalism on the controversial Cowichan racetrack.

VIMC has a lawsuit threat against north cowichan

How big is track lawsuit threat after council rejection?

We talked to a municipal law expert and dug into public documents to find answers.

The public gathers for the second public hearing on the VIMC expansion.

Council again votes ‘no’ on track expansion

The Municipality of North Cowichan stood its ground in the face of $60 million lawsuit threat after a show of overwhelming public support for denying the rezoning.

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Jacqueline Ronson, reporter for The Discourse Cowichan, snaps a photo of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit through the property's fence off Highway 18.

The motorsport circuit story that almost never got told

When the Cowichan Valley Citizen suppressed critical coverage of the Vancouver Island Motorcircuit because of an advertising relationship, The Discourse Cowichan stepped up.

The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit sits ao the base of Mt. Prevost, near Duncan. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

Views on motorsport circuit issue go beyond black and white

Community members have complicated perspectives about the controversial track, and about those on the other side.

Municipality of North Cowichan councillors Rosalie Sawrie, Christopher Justice and Rob Douglas voted on Oct. 4, 2019, against a proposal by the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit to rezone its property and expand its facility. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

North Cowichan council denies motorsport track rezoning

The rezoning would have allowed for a major expansion of the controversial facility.

Cars sit trackside at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in April 2018. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

Track noise projections “misleading,” independent review finds

Experts blast Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit’s consultants for finding the track expansion would reduce sound at some locations.

The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit sits about a 10 minute drive from Duncan B.C., near the neighbourhood of Sahtlam. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

Confusion over Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit sound limits explained

After a heated local council meeting led to confusion about racetrack sound limits, experts cut through the noise.

Residents say their concerns have been heard, as racetrack lawsuit settled in Cowichan

‘People told us, ‘You’re never going to accomplish anything. They’re too big, you’re too small,' Sahtlam resident says.

North Cowichan does ‘180-degree switch’ on community engagement, residents say

A proposed bylaw would allow public input early in development approval process.

Did Black Press papers quit covering racetrack noise because of cancelled advertisements? You decide

Investigation into Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit noise allegations reveals ads halted just as conflict heated up.

Trust in local news shaken over racetrack controversy in B.C.’s Cowichan Valley

Investigation into allegations that Black Press papers aren’t fairly reporting on the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit reveals broad impacts of media cutbacks.