The Cowichan Valley Regional District Board will be making an application to the Supreme Court of Canada to hear an appeal of a provincial appeal court’s decision to allow a local crematorium to operate as a commercial business.
The CVRD’s chief administrative officer is Brian Carruthers.
He says the BC Court of Appeal has set a dangerous precedent.
The Cowichan Valley Crematorium was originally deemed as illegally zoned for commercial use by the CVRD, however, the trio of appeal court justices agreed the bylaw did not distinguish between commercial and non-commercial institutions.

In addition, they agreed the crematorium was an institution serving public needs, and as a result permitted in the zone.