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Comox Valley speaks out about how to move and treat our poop

Considering the potential property tax implications and long-term environmental impacts of reimagining the Comox Valley Sewer System, there was relatively small group of people at the first of two public consultation workshops.

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HEALTH

A caregiver’s hard decision: help wanted

A caregiver’s hard decision: help wanted

Caring for her husband who suffers with dementia, Comox resident Delores Broten struggles with a hard decision. He’s falling now, but should she approve strapping him into a wheelchair? It seems inhumane, and she’s reaching out for help.

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OPINION

The Week: No new snow, no new bridges and no new beds

The Week: No new snow, no new bridges and no new beds

Every homeowner knows that when you delay repairs to your house, they just get worse and more expensive to fix with the longer you wait. Courtenay City Council learned that lesson this week about the Fifth Street Bridge.

Are dandelion haters just slaves to modern fashion?

By Jill Severn -- Today a friend asked a good question:  At what age do we stop thinking dandelions are wonderful?  Whatever it is, it’s a very sad occasion. Who among us doesn’t remember the childhood discovery of the roundest, yellowest, gladdest flower in the...

Audubon Day — it’s not for the birds, but the man

John James Audubon, born to French parents, emigrated to the United States in the 1800s and became North America's foremost ornithologist, naturalist and chronicler of birds. His paintings and his life inspired the Audubon Society, dedicated to protecting waterbird...

Caught in a pink blossom blizzard, and more coming

By Jill Severn -- My neighbor’s flowering cherry tree had a pink blossom blizzard this morning. It didn’t take much wind to set it off; the tree has been blooming its heart out for about a week, and all those petals were ready to let go and fly through the air. It’s a...

Holiday letter: keeping up with the Swenson family

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to haul out the writing pad and let you know what happened to the Swenson family this past year. I hope you look forward to getting our annual …

ENVIRONMENT

Ruth Masters — environmentalist

Ruth Jessie Masters was a war veteran, avid hiker, historian, naturalist, environmentalist, protester but maybe most importantly she was one of ours – born and raised in the Comox Valley. She was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital …

Should the north Island bury its garbage or convert it to energy?

The next time you drag your trash bins to the curb, think about what happens next to that garbage. If you have conscientiously reduced, recycled and reused, you will have sent just a small amount of waste to the Pigeon Lake dump, now known by the gentrified title …

Norma Morton remembers how Hollyhock Flats got its name

When Project Watershed and the K’omoks First Nation partnership finish restoring the former Field’s Sawmill site, an important piece of the K’omoks estuary will return to its natural state, a saltwater marsh. The partners have decided to name the newly preserved...

Hollyhock Flats in the Courtenay Estuary — the essay

It was this essay, written in 1966 by Sid Belsom, a member of the original Comox Strathcona Natural History Society, that gave Hollyhock Flats it's name. We urge readers to follow the article to the end. The first three and the last seven paragraphs are particularly...

CULTURE

Tribal Canoe Journey visits K’omoks First Nations

Tribal Canoe Journey visits K’omoks First Nations

The Tribal Canoe Journeys landed at the point of Comox Spit today. Members of the K'omoks First Nations welcomed several dozen canoes carrying about 100 families from the Northwest Coast. They are enroute to Campbell River later this week where the ceremonial...

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