Flawed planning at root of new hospital’s problems

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...

Director calls for Valley-wide sewer plan

When elected officials and the community they represent achieve a certain level of synchronicity, good governance and good outcomes usually result. So a reasonable person might expect that after voters strongly rejected a Comox Valley Regional District sewerage system...

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Hit ‘Resend’: Hungary’s Post-Brexit Battle

A variant of the Eurosceptic populism behind Britain’s hasty exit from the European Union last month has featured in Hungarian politics for years. The weeks ahead promise more of the same—but don’t expect a Huxit anytime soon. BY MICHAEL COLELLO Darren sat hunched...

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Make Shakesides a community project

By voting unanimously last week to demolish Shakesides, the home of noted Canadian naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing, the Comox Town Council has failed to recognize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build community cohesiveness. Hamilton Mack Laing was a naturalist,...

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Was Shakesides’ advisory process flawed?

When he died in 1982, well-known Canadian naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing left his possessions, his property and house,and his money to the Town of Comox. His Last Will specified that some of the money be used to create a natural history museum in his house and to...

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

Cumberland survey — The Village of Cumberland has launched its Economic Development Strategy. It begins with a Community and Business survey open through Feb. 13 and available online. Read it here, and participate in the survey here.

ICELAND BANS PLASTIC — Iceland, a supermarket chain in the U.K. has vowed to eliminate all plastic packaging from its own brand of products, called Iceland Foods. Any Icelandic elected officials in the Comox Valley paying attention, Erik Eriksson? Read it here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The 27th World Community Film Festival needs volunteers for Feb. 2 and 3. Check out the films and how you can help. Read it here.

ISFELD VIDEO WINS — A video produced by students of Mark Isfeld High School has won top 8 honors in an international film competition sponsored by Rotary International. The students are part of the school’s Interact Club. Read it here.

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Monday Morning Briefing

BC PROSECUTES — B.C. will prosecute a Greek shipping firm accused of spilling fuel into English Bay on 10 pollution-related charges. Read it here.

VALLEY LESSON? — “I think that the public needs to have confidence that when government is allocating a public resource, that the process for doing that is fair and reasonable,” says a report chiding the province. A lesson for Comox Valley governments? Read it here.

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Friday Morning Briefing

BOIL NO MORE? — Has the end to boil-water advisories finally arrived for Comox and Courtenay residents? Not yet, but you can learn about the new $110 million water treatment system and how the two municipalities plan to pay for it at two upcoming open houses. Read it here.

HARMONIC HENDRIX –Jimi Hendrix lives on in Comox. Reuben Forsland salvaged pieces of Hendrix’s family home in Seattle and is in the process of making 10 Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars. Read it here.

HERITAGE HOME GONE — Preservationists in Vancouver mourned the demolition of a $7.3-million Tudor-style home in the affluent Shaughnessy neighborhood this fall. Such demolitions are rampant in Vancouver. This house was a showcase in 1922 for modern homes with electricity. Read it here.

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Lame Joke Du Jour

It’s bad pun day at Decafnation …

The Buddhist refused pain-killers during the root canal because he wanted to transcend dental medication.

What do you call cheese that is not yours? Nacho Cheese.

England doesn’t have a kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool

I dropped out of my communism class because of lousy Marx.

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Thought Du Jour

“The happy ending still beckons, and it is in great hope of grasping it that we go on.”
— Novelist Annie Proulx

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