Will common sense prevail in the Comox Valley?

That the Courtenay-Comox Sewage Commission shelved its multi-million dollar sewerage project this summer comes as no surprise. For nearly two years, Comox Valley citizens have implored the commission and regional district engineers to consider less expensive and more...
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On Lazo, Comox shows no accountability

By Judy Morrison I attended the recent Town of Comox Open House where one of the featured topics was the Lazo Road shoreline. I have learned much since that date. I now know a lot more about shores and water and and their "systems." I have also learned more about...

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It’s Canada Day, 10 reasons to celebrate

Ah, Canada Day. God save the Queen ... and after Brexit, maybe the whole damn United Kingdom. There’ll be parades today, hot dogs, kids on bikes, a shrill seven notes from an overabundance of bagpipers marching slowly, steadily toward you, like the Scottish Walking...

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Work stopped on Comox rip rap project

Second update: Work on the project resumed on Wednesday, June 29. This article was updated at 10 a.m. after receiving information from the Town of Comox regarding the work stoppage. Work stopped almost as soon as it began on the Cape Lazo shoreline stabilization...

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Some ideas to improve our downtown

By Erik Eriksson It is important for a community to have a healthy Downtown. I think our downtown is doing pretty good and I have some thoughts about how it could be better. First of all, I think that since Downtown Courtenay is really Downtown Comox Valley, we should...

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Laing’s last wishes deserve more respect

Hamilton Mack Laing has probably turned over in his grave more than once since his death in 1982. Because if the famous Canadian naturalist, photographer and writer suddenly came alive today, he’d be shocked and angry at how the Town of Comox has fumbled his gift of...

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Note to computer giants: Please don’t interrupt me

It was probably among the first things your parents taught you: Don’t interrupt. But the online world has become so full of interruptions it’s time to give it a good spanking, or at the very least make it go sit in a corner and think about what it’s done until it’s...

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Trump's musical set list for climate denying speeches

The crazy people over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency had some thoughts about the military band playing soft jazz while President Nut Job backed out of a deal to save our one and only planet.

SET LIST FOR THE BAND AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ROSE GARDEN SPEECH ANNOUNCING THE UNITED STATES PULLING OUT OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACCORD

“Celebratory mood in the White House Rose Garden for Paris announcement. A jazz band is playing.” — Jonathan Swan, Axios

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“Heat Wave” – Martha and the Vandellas

“Hot in Herre” – Nelly

“The Heat is On” – Glenn Frey

“Hotter Than Hell” – Kiss

“Burning Down the House” – Talking Heads

“I Melt With You” – Modern English

“I’m Not Dead (I’m in Pittsburgh) – Frank Black

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn

“Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters

“Drown in My Own Tears” – Ray Charles

“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.

Can biofuels save us?

To wean vehicles off gasoline, should we bet on energy sources from electricity or biofuels?

In this article, the author argues that done right biofuels can help stall the climate apocalypse.

Lame Joke Du Jour

A Texan oil baron went to the dentist for a check up.

“I’m pleased to say your teeth are just fine,” said the dentist. “I know,” replied the oilman, “but drill anyway. I feel lucky.”

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

Thought Du Jour

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

— John Muir

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