New owner takes on TideChange

A Comox Valley website regularly used by more than 300 community service groups has changed ownership. Pieter Vorster, the founder of Pod Creative, has assumed responsibility for TideChange.ca, from the nonprofit World Community, and plans to expand its reach to a...
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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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In bed with a cadre of birthers, bigots and buffoons

Poor Paul Ryan. The nation’s highest ranking Republican and Speaker of the House describes comments by Donald Drumpf about a judge with a Hispanic surname as “a textbook definition of racism,” but can’t quite bring himself to withdraw his endorsement of the candidate....

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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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