Courtenay Airpark Association members say City Council members don’t fully appreciate the depth of their concerns and were disappointed Mayor Larry Jangula didn’t “clear the air” and give them unequivocal support
For long-time employees of St. Joseph’s General Hospital, the transition to the new Comox Valley Hospital has presented a triad of difficult changes, including a less flexible management style and some systems that are less efficient and effective.read more
Already overcapacity, Comox Valley Hospital planners overlooked whole departments and made assumptions on capacity and the new iHealth software that have worsened the bed shortage and added to worker stress, overtime and low morale. This is the second in a series of...read more
The accumulation of problems at the new Comox Valley Hospital has created a staff morale problem. But which are growing pains or resistance to change, which are systemic and what needs to be done? The first in a series of articles.read more
The Town of Comox has, for the first time, admitted to spending money left in trust to the town by Hamilton Mack Laing. And the town took a first step toward reparations. But not everyone agrees the town did enough.read more
British Columbia consumers will soon have certainty that the “organic” products they purchase are really organic. A new law requires a rigid regime that growers must follow and compulsory inspections before they can label their products as organic.read more
The City of Courtenay appears to have opened the door for private businesses to erect electronic message boards, despite previous public input opposed to such signs. City Council is split on whether their variance for Prime Chophouse sets a precedent.read more
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Your Morning Briefing
Cumberland takes retail pot to public hearing tomorrow
The Village of Cumberland will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about recreation cannabis stores and provide feedback on proposed village regulations. Retail pot stores will not be allowed in Cumberland’s industrial areas.
The village plans to allow just two retail pot stores, and give each a three-year temporary use permit. Five days after the public hearing, on Aug. 13, council may vote to enact its proposed cannabis retail zoning bylaw.
DFO could fine Comox Bay boaters over whale visit
LifeForce Ocean Friends has forwarded complaints to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that boaters in Comox Bay cruised too close to a lone orca whale frolicking in Comox Bay last week. Boaters of all types must stay at least 200 metres from an orca.
LifeForce reportedly has photographs showing boaters violating the 200-metre rule and has handed them over to DFO. But DFO officials have said fines are unlikely, this time, although they could be enforced in the future. Violations carry a penalty of up to $100,000, and even $500,000 or more if the Crown decides to indict.
Citizens can report violations at the DFO hotline 1-800-465-4336
Could Comox get three new pubs, breweries?
Construction is about to begin on the Church Street Taphouse and, meanwhile, two other craft beer breweries have announced they plan to submit proposals to Comox Council in early September.
New Tradition Brewing Company is proposing a brewery and lounge in the recently renovated Comox Mall.
Land & Sea Brewery will propose a 99-seat pub at 2040 Guthrie Road in the former Modern Door building, near the Suds City Carwash and across the road from the Sunrise Veterinary Clinic.
Lame Joke Du Jour
A young theologian named Fiddle
Refused to accept his degree.
Said, it’s bad enough being Fiddle
Without being Fiddle, D.D.
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Thought Du Jour
“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.”
— Eddie Rickenbacker