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No word yet on the promised new long-term care beds

Photo by George Le Masurier BY GEORGE LE MASURIER s a strike by care workers at two Comox Valley assisted living facilities enters its sixth day, many people are wondering what happened to the 151 additional long-term care beds promised by Island...

Hanukkah: celebrating the promise of hope in dark times

BY RABBI SETH GOLDSTEIN onight marks the beginning of Hanukkah, that eight-day celebration when we bring light into the darkness by lighting the menorah each night.The story of Hanukkah is retold and well known—the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) lead a...

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HEALTH

ALC patients temporarily moving to St. Joseph’s

ALC patients temporarily moving to St. Joseph’s

The former St. Joseph’s Hospital is being called back into action. Some patients in acute care beds at the Comox Valley Hospital, who are waiting for residential care beds, will move to St. Joseph’s to alleviate the new facility’s chronic overcapacity

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OPINION

Must we go to Mars to appreciate Earth?

When Earthlings first saw photos of our planet taken in space, it sparked a flowering of awareness that all humanity shares a common home – our inexpressibly beautiful and fragile blue dot. Our annual celebration of Earth Day arose from this new consciousness, and...

How the notion of proximity affects how we see the world

The noon-hour talk radio show host on CFAX 1070, Pamela McColl, invited me on her show last week to talk about a recent article of mine, “NIMBY is not a 4-letter word,” that appeared on the editorial pages of the Times-Colonist newspaper. (I also published the article...

The case against gardening, complicit in consumption

Years ago, when I lived on Bainbridge Island, an elderly neighbor sold his five acres of forest on an idyllic inlet to a couple from California. They clear cut it. Although Bainbridge had been logged within decades of the first white settlers’ arrival, that initial...

Playing God isn’t as easy as it seems, there’s a lot of guilt

I’ve been playing God lately. You know, deciding who lives, who dies. When to end a life, and whether by violent or somewhat more humane means. And I have to say that, while it’s kind of empowering to play God, there’s a lot of guilt involved. I can’t say for sure if...

ENVIRONMENT

Stormwater systems shift slowly toward green infrastructure

Stormwater systems shift slowly toward green infrastructure

Stormwater management plans in the Comox Valley have historically treated rainwater as waste, something to be collected and disposed of quickly, usually into previously clean streams or directly into the ocean. Clearly a new approach is needed.

Could Kus-kus-sum go coastal?

The importance of the planned restoration of the Fields Sawmill site may well go beyond repairing a blight on the Comox Valley’s image. It’s likely to influence the prospects of a coast-wide approach to replacing multiple forest industry eyesores with ecological assets.

Waste to energy discussion missed the GHG point

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed Canada to aggressive reductions in our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It will take a coordinated national effort to get there, and that means small communities across the country, like the Comox Valley …

CVRD internal tension builds over waste to energy report

The tension between staff and elected officials of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management board (CSWM) ramped up another notch this week. The friction has increased since directors openly criticized Comox Valley Regional District staff at a full CSWM board …

No boil-water advisories in Cumberland

Cumberland residents have avoided boil-water advisories with their own water system, which they are improving with additional levels of treatment and rebuilding some 100-year-old infrastructure …

CULTURE

Delhi 2 Dublin rocks the Filberg Festival  sold-out audience

Delhi 2 Dublin rocks the Filberg Festival sold-out audience

The Vancouver-based world music group Delhi 2 Dublin opened the Filberg Festival main stage with an SRO performance Friday night. The group bills its unique musical style as, "a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of...

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