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Parents and educators face a new challenge in today’s schools: the pervasiveness of smartphones, tablets and other digital devices. Are they disruptive to student learning or an enhancement? Do they increase student safety or provide a new weapon for bullies? The...read more
The newly reconfigured Courtenay-Comox riding dispensed a few surprises for the political experts this year. The biggest one: it’s still a swing riding. With control of the B.C. Legislature hanging on the outcome of a recount and some 2,000 absentee ballots, the...read more
Contrary to the popular cliche, a person never gets too old to learn something new. I’m old, and this week I learned that I may have over many decades inappropriately appropriated African-American culture. As a teenager growing up in the 1960s, I listened to Elvis on...read more
Given yet another opportunity to follow its own Master Plan this week, the Courtenay/Comox Sewer Commission chose to ignore it. Again. A letter from two residents of the Area B neighborhood most affected by the proposed construction of a multi-million dollar pump...read more
Millions of people participated in a first-ever annual grassroots demonstration 47 years ago to raise awareness about environmental concerns. They called it Earth Day. At the time, in 1970, the message focused on saving the whales and cleaning the trash out of our...read more
People often ask me about the differences between the U.S. and Canadian electoral systems. There are many, but one stands out as the most important. Individual candidates hardly matter in British Columbia elections. Canadians vote first of all for the party, its...read more
Trump's musical set list for climate denying speeches
The crazy people over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency had some thoughts about the military band playing soft jazz while President Nut Job backed out of a deal to save our one and only planet.
SET LIST FOR THE BAND AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ROSE GARDEN SPEECH ANNOUNCING THE UNITED STATES PULLING OUT OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACCORD
“Celebratory mood in the White House Rose Garden for Paris announcement. A jazz band is playing.” — Jonathan Swan, Axios
“Heat Wave” – Martha and the Vandellas
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“The Heat is On” – Glenn Frey
“Hotter Than Hell” – Kiss
“Burning Down the House” – Talking Heads
“I Melt With You” – Modern English
“I’m Not Dead (I’m in Pittsburgh) – Frank Black
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
“Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
“Drown in My Own Tears” – Ray Charles
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
Can biofuels save us?
To wean vehicles off gasoline, should we bet on energy sources from electricity or biofuels?
In this article, the author argues that done right biofuels can help stall the climate apocalypse.
Lame Joke Du Jour
A Texan oil baron went to the dentist for a check up.
“I’m pleased to say your teeth are just fine,” said the dentist. “I know,” replied the oilman, “but drill anyway. I feel lucky.”
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Thought Du Jour
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
— John Muir