Friday Morning Briefing

When former Comox Valley resident and north Island Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant refused to kill two baby black bears who ransacked a freezer in Port Hardy, he was suspended and, despite overwhelming public support, was reassigned to a desk job.

Now, that same B.C. Conservation Service has run a recruitment ad enticing applicants by suggesting they’ll get the chance to “tranquilize a grizzly bear,” and get paid for it. The ad was yanked after the National Observer started asking questions. Read about the offending ad here. Read about Bryce Casavant here.

A west coast Vancouver Island First Nations has launched a run-of-the-river hydro project that powers the equivalent of 6,000 homes in Port Alberni. Read about it here.

Friends will celebrate the life of Comox Valley environmentalist and activist Ruth Masters from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Florence Filbert Centre in Courtenay. Jack Knox, Times-Colonist columnist and former Campbell River Courier-Islander editor, devoted his column to her this week. Read it here.

Westjet’s new discount airline, Swoop, will service Comox Airport. Read about it here.

Full winter operations begin today on Mt. Washington. All lifts will be operational and nordic trails (ski and snowshoe) will be open. Read about it here. Check the mountain web cams here.

The National Energy Board ruled Thursday that the Texas company Kinder Morgan can now ramp up construction in Burnaby — without municipal permits. So much for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise that “only communities grant permission” for projects that affect them. Read opposing views about it here and here.