A BC Supreme Court has granted the Mack Laing Heritage Society intervenor status in the Town of Comox’s application to alter the naturalist’s public trust. MLHS hopes the new council is open to out-of-court discussions
Union Bay residents hope to protect Langley Lake, their source of drinking water, from increased turbidity that could result from logging in the watershed, and heal some tensions in the community along the way.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Courtenay City Council member David Frisch announced this week that he is running for mayor. Frisch is the second sitting councillor to enter the mayoral race, just 225 days away. Erik Eriksson launched his campaign for mayor several months ago.read more
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.read more
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.”read more
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.read more
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.read more
The Vancouver Island Health Authority says the problems at the North Island Hospitals that Decafnation has recently reported are “normal.” We disagree.read more
With just 257 days before Comox Valley voters choose the 29 elected officials who will run local governments and school district through 2022, only a few people have declared their candidacy. Among them, David Frisch, who sees “a lot of work to do.”read more
Electoral reform countdown
Understanding the electoral reform referendum, Oct. 27
British Columbians will vote from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians will host a information session with Barb Berger, Chair Fair Vote Comox Valley at 1.30 pm on Sat., Oct. 27 in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, Courtenay.
How can Proportional Representation improve democracy in BC? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions, FPTP and the three PR choices on the ballot. Also Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead guests through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what we value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPTP or PR.
Lame Joke Du Jour
The usual consensus after the election is that 100% of voters think 50% of voters have lost their minds.
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Thought Du Jour
“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”