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...

Record’s error went beyond omitting a disclaimer

The Comox Valley Record, our local newspaper, drew widespread criticism last week by turning over its Dec. 12th front page to an advertisement that looked like a news story. The “advertorial” was sponsored by a development company at war with some residents and the Comox Valley Regional District.

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Courtenay tackles wood stoves

RESOLUTION — It is well documented that poor Comox Valley air quality continues to be a major issue for residents of the City of Courtenay, not to mention the associated health concerns. The problem is most acute during the winter months.

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Union Bay: in or out of CVRD?

Will they or won’t they? The UBID decided to consider joining the Comox Valley Regional District and then, within a month, apparently changed it’s mind. But 18 minutes of the first meeting’s videotape has gone missing.

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Could Kus-kus-sum go coastal?

The importance of the planned restoration of the Fields Sawmill site may well go beyond repairing a blight on the Comox Valley’s image. It’s likely to influence the prospects of a coast-wide approach to replacing multiple forest industry eyesores with ecological assets.

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Should Union Bay join CVRD?

Should the Union Bay Improvement District turn over management of its water system to the Comox Valley Regional District? The UBID board has started the process, but residents will make the ultimate choice.

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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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