Solidarity with salmon defenders
The science surrounding Atlantic salmon farming and First Nations’ opposition to these farms on their territories in the Broughton Archipelago came together at a powerful event Thursday night in Courtenay.
During the latest Comox Official Community Plan process hundreds of Valley residents made it abundantly clear they wanted Point Holmes maintained as it was: large, single family lots and plenty of green space. To their credit, most of the Comox Town Council agreed...read more
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...read more
In its current rush to patch its sewerage system, the Comox Valley Regional District has stumbled toward yet another unwise decision that could negatively impact our community’s coastlines. It’s not well known, but a 55-year-old sewer pipe runs beneath Comox Bay, to...read more
Should the University of British Columbia buy shares in and take profits from fossil fuel companies or invest in funds and projects directly linked to controversial energy projects? The UBC Board of Governor’s considered that question after some faculty and staff...read more
The story of a Vancouver Island municipal infrastructure project, delayed for over a decade, appears headed for a happy ending. In the 1990s, the City of Campbell River planned to upgrade and replace a key sewer force-main pipe that serves the southern portion of the...read more
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...read more
R.I.P. Ruth Masters
One of the Comox Valley’s pioneers in conservation and civic activism
(Photograph courtesy of Ed Brooks at the Backdoor Gallery)
Liberals drained ICBC, misled public on corporation's dire financial situation
How could the B.C. Liberals wildly misjudge the ICBC deficit? Before the election, they said it was $11 million. But it’s really closer to $1 billion. Well, it turns out the B.C. Liberal government raided ICBC coffers to balance the provincial budget. Smoke and mirrors … a kind of government ponzi scheme. Read these stories:
Project Watershed board chair asks for your help to restore old sawmill site
Project Watershed needs your help. Read board chair Paul Horgen’s full letter in our Mailbox here.
The project is called Kus-kus-sum by the K’ómoks First Nation, as the area was the final resting place of K’ómoks ancestors. With the KFN as our partner, we intend to recreate a natural estuary conservation area there. It will be a beautiful natural site for all to enjoy. Watch Transforming Field Sawmill to Kus-kus-sum video.
Denman Island author examines why the red poppies matter
Denman Island resident Howard Stewart has written a moving essay on “Why the red poppies matter,” published this week on B.C. Booklook.
Stewart asks, “Why is it so important to remember the real nature and impact of war? Surely it is so that we will continue to do everything we can to avoid it … I believe it’s because we have forgotten the true horror that war represents. We have become inured to the images of it broadcast nonstop from benighted war-torn countries, mostly in the Middle East, mostly Muslim.”
Lame Joke Du Jour
A B-flat, a D-flat, and an F walk into a bar.
The bartender says to them, “I’m sorry we don’t serve minors here.”
So the D-flat leaves and the B-flat and the F have an open fifth between them.
Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.
Thought Du Jour
“In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.”
— Rose Tremain