Shakesides supporters encouraged, hearing adjourned

A B.C. Supreme Court hearing scheduled for this morning (March 15) to determine whether to grant standing to the Mack Laing Heritage Society (MLHS) in the Town of Comox’s application to vary one of the famous ornithologis’s trusts has been adjourned until April. But Shakesides supporters left the court session encouraged.

Fully fund N.I. health care, hold VIHA accountable

The independent analysis of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA, or Island Health) delivered by external consultants Ernst & Young two weeks ago concluded that an electronic health records system implemented at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) was “not properly planned or implemented.”

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With PR, everyone has a voice

Katie Betanzo was raised in the Comox Valley and New Zealand and moved to New Zealand in 2001. She teaches media studies and English in Auckland. This is the first in a series of articles about how proportional representative government works in her adopted country.

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Friday Morning Briefing

WHO OWNS THE WATER — A proposal to extract and bottle water from a Merville aquifer has raised questions. In parts of the U.S., water rights have reached an absurd and violent level. Read it here.

WE HAVE THE FEET — Detached, human feet have washed up on the B.C. coastline for years. But we’ve discovered the rest of the bodies. A story in The Siberian Times might provide a clue (nudge, wink). Read it here.

“I WAS A LIFELONG SECRET” — A friend of Decafnation, Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner, shares her story of finding the family she never knew she had. Read it here.

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE … — The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has issued another directive to the Village of Cumberland to clean up its waste treatment process and meet provincial standards. Read it here.

GOLD AT HIGHLAND — Olympic Gold Medalist Cassie Sharpe dropped into Highland High School today to visit with students at her alma mater. See the video on the School District 71 Facebook page here.

TOXIC WASTE IN CAMPBELL RIVER  — Campbell River’s drinking water may be at risk, along with salmon habitat, from the dumping of toxic and medical waste and, in the future, contaminated soils. Read it here, from the Watershed Sentinel.

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Monday Morning Briefing

Amalgamation of Duncan and North Cowichan municipalities is heading for a referendum. Meanwhile, a municipal merger movement is still alive in the Capital Regional District. Read it here.

The first planned dementia village in Canada will open next year in Langley, and Providence Health Care will open a similar facility in Vancouver in the future. Both projects are similar to the vision of the St. Joseph’s board of directors. Read it here.

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Lame Joke Du Jour

Bad pun day continues at Decafnation …

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put it down.

A new type of broom came out and is sweeping the nation.

I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.

To write this stuff with a broken pencil is pointless.

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

Thought Du Jour

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

— Michelle Obama