Shakesides supporters encouraged, hearing adjourned

A B.C. Supreme Court hearing scheduled for this morning (March 15) to determine whether to grant standing to the Mack Laing Heritage Society (MLHS) in the Town of Comox’s application to vary one of the famous ornithologis’s trusts has been adjourned until April. But Shakesides supporters left the court session encouraged.

120 complex care beds proposed for Comox Valley

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) has reissued a Request for Proposals to add 120 new beds for patients requiring a complex level of care in the Comox Valley. Island Health says it hopes to award contracts for the new beds in early May and expects they will open for patients sometime in 2020.

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Island Health board to meet in Courtenay on March 29

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA, or Island Health) board of directors will hold their March meeting in the Comox Valley. It’s an opportunity for Comox Valley and Campbell River residents flummoxed by the myriad errors in planning the new hospitals to ask questions or even make presentations to the directors and Island Health executives.

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Graduating woman enters the world

It’s International Women’s Day

“The person I am is greatly influenced by the women I want to be. The people and places where I’ve seen acts of femininity, strength, controversy and attitude have shaped who I’m becoming.”

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Water bottling project raises aquifer concerns

The B.C. government has approved a controversial groundwater licence for a water extraction and bottling operation on a two hectare property on Sackville Road in the Merville area. They did it despite a strong objection from the Comox Valley Regional District and without public consultation or regard for community concerns.

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Valley farmers discuss ALR

The Comox Valley Mid Island Farmers Institute is leading the regional discussion on how to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve. A recent meeting in Merville produced lots of ideas.

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Friday Morning Briefing

WHO OWNS THE WATER — A proposal to extract and bottle water from a Merville aquifer has raised questions. In parts of the U.S., water rights have reached an absurd and violent level. Read it here.

WE HAVE THE FEET — Detached, human feet have washed up on the B.C. coastline for years. But we’ve discovered the rest of the bodies. A story in The Siberian Times might provide a clue (nudge, wink). Read it here.

“I WAS A LIFELONG SECRET” — A friend of Decafnation, Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner, shares her story of finding the family she never knew she had. Read it here.

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE … — The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has issued another directive to the Village of Cumberland to clean up its waste treatment process and meet provincial standards. Read it here.

GOLD AT HIGHLAND — Olympic Gold Medalist Cassie Sharpe dropped into Highland High School today to visit with students at her alma mater. See the video on the School District 71 Facebook page here.

TOXIC WASTE IN CAMPBELL RIVER  — Campbell River’s drinking water may be at risk, along with salmon habitat, from the dumping of toxic and medical waste and, in the future, contaminated soils. Read it here, from the Watershed Sentinel.

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Monday Morning Briefing

Amalgamation of Duncan and North Cowichan municipalities is heading for a referendum. Meanwhile, a municipal merger movement is still alive in the Capital Regional District. Read it here.

The first planned dementia village in Canada will open next year in Langley, and Providence Health Care will open a similar facility in Vancouver in the future. Both projects are similar to the vision of the St. Joseph’s board of directors. Read it here.

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Lame Joke Du Jour

Bad pun day continues at Decafnation …

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put it down.

A new type of broom came out and is sweeping the nation.

I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.

To write this stuff with a broken pencil is pointless.

Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.

Thought Du Jour

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

— Michelle Obama