Comox mayoral candidate Tom Diamond has a vision

Comox mayoral candidate Tom Diamond has a strong vision for a vibrant town facing massive growth pressures — a future by design, not by default

What was the point of Shakesides’ graffiti?

Vandals spray-painted the historical home of Hamilton Mack Laing, known as Shakesides, this week with what appears to be a lame version of tagging. Squiggles of red paint were carelessly sprayed on three sides of the building, and a circle with an upside down ’Y’ was...

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“Wanton cultural vandalism”

Fresh out of college in 1982 at the age of 23, Richard Mackie came face-to-face on Newcastle Island with “Torchy” Smith, a B.C. government employee who roamed the province in search of abandoned buildings in provincial parks. It was his job that when he found one, he...

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Valley faces a watershed moment

Comox Councillor Barbara Price has offered up misleading statements to defend changes to an antiquated sewerage system that serves only Comox and Courtenay residents. Price chairs the Comox Valley Sewage Commission, which is itself a misnomer. The Sewage Commission...

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The pressure mounts on Comox

With new organizations and high-profile individuals joining the movement to preserve the waterfront home of internationally known naturalist and Town of Comox benefactor Hamilton Mack Laing, there are rumors that some Comox Council members might reconsider the town’s...

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Was Mother Earth Goddess drunk?

Today we celebrate the spring equinox, the beginning of a new astrological year, a time when hope and creativity soar and our hearts beat to the rhythm of the Earth’s renewal. And we just pray to the Mother Earth Goddess that it doesn’t fucking snow again. Because...

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I’m really sick

I’m writing today’s column from The Office of Medical Terror, otherwise known as my bedroom. I’m doing this because a monster truck of influenza ran over me, then backed up and ran over me again, and afterwards dumped a load of pneumonia on me. The truck also hit my...

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Your Morning Briefing

Sewerage workshops tonight and tomorrow for Public Advisory group

If you’re thinking of nominating someone, perhaps even yourself, to sit on the Public Advisory Committee that will help plan future sewerage systems in the Comox Valley, there’s a workshop tonight (June 18) from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Lower Native Sons Hall.

There’s another workshop tomorrow night (June 19) at the Comox Golf Club.

The public committee and a Technical Advisory Committee will advise the Comox Valley Regional District as it prepares a comprehensive Liquid Waste Management Plan.

Bids are in for 120 complex care beds

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) has received bids on building 120 new complex care bids in the Comox Valley. But the health authority is not saying how many or who has applied. The successful proponents will be identified on Aug. 31.

In its Request for Proposals issued earlier this year, Island Health said it could award contracts to more than one proponent. The RFP stated that at least one contract award would go to a proposal that included hospice care and where Medical Assistance in Dying was an option.

The dire lack of complex care beds has caused patient care and staff morale problems at the new Comox Valley Hospital due to overcapacity issues.

FURTHER READING: Comox Valley Health Care

Jim Egan featured in LGBT film

Late gay rights activists Jim Egan and his partner, Jack Nesbitt, are featured in a CBC “LGBT heritage minute” film that was unveiled this week in Toronto.

Egan and Nesbitt lived in the Williams Beach area. Their case to claim a spousal pension under the Old Age Security Act went to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1995. Egan and Nesbitt lost the case, but cleared the path for legalizing same-sex marriage.

Read about the one-minute film here.

Lame Joke Du Jour

A guy walks into a bar, and there’s a seal sitting at the far end of the room.

The seal says to the man, “I like the way you smell. You’ve got a great haircut. Your jacket looks great on you. Nice tan.”

The man says to the bartender, “Who is he?”

The bartender says, “That’s the Seal of Approval.”

Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.

Thought Du Jour

“It’s a facet of the gay rights movement that people don’t think about enough. Why suddenly marriage equality? Because it wasn’t until 1981 that the court struck down Louisiana’s ‘head and master rule,’ that the husband was head and master of the house.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg