Supreme Court rules in favor of Mack Laing Heritage Society

The Mack Laing Heritage Society has won a major legal ruling in its battle to force the Town of Comox to honor trust agreements with the famous naturalist. It’s the first step in a case that will decide the future of Laing’s iconic home and clarify the status of his trust agreements.

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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Garbage news before Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, and the Comox Strathcona Waste Management board on Thursday gave the planet cause to celebrate early.

On the recommendation of the board’s select committee studying advanced recycling methods, two companies will be invited to pitch their technologies in-person to CSWM directors. Sustane Technologies and WTT Technology will show how they can convert household and commercial garbage into reusable products and reduce the waste buried in landfills by up to 90 percent.

The board also will invite the B.C. Ministry of Environment to explain its “70 percent rule,” which CSWM directors consider a vague guideline restricting implementation of waste-to-energy or advanced recycling programs.

The recommendations passed with about 75 percent of directors supporting them, Comox Council representatives Barbara Price and Marg Grant voted against the motions.

 

On Earth Day watch “Decoding the Weather Machine”

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22 this year. You could plant a tree or other leafy plants that  absorb carbon through photosynthesis. You could create a rain barrel to water your garden.

You could also sit down with your computer and stream the latest PBS program from NOVA called, “Decoding the Weather Machine.” Better yet, share it with people who don’t realize the full impact of climate change.

The program uses weather to cut through the confusion about climate change, and illustrates how changing weather will affect us.

“And what it will take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming towards more benign outcomes. Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the working of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient — even thrive — in the face of enormous change,” says the description of the program at PBS.org.

FURTHER READING: Earth Day found calls for end to plastic pollutionEarth Day Canada; Earth Day theme video

 

Day of Action for Proportional Representation

Fair Vote Comox Valley supporters will wave banners and sign in support of electoral reform from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21, at the northeast side of the 17th Street bridge. They are inviting like-minded people to turn out for this Day of Action being held around the province.

“Are you concerned about your student loan debt? Do you need access to affordable housing? Do you want the province to act now to curb climate change? Are you frustrated by politicians who care more about staying in power than the needs of voters?,” said Barbara Berger, of the Fair Vote CV committee. “These are just some of the issues that proportional representation helps resolve.”

For more information, write to fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com.

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

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” 

— Henry David Thoreau