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.
I’m done with deer. On any given day, small herds of deer eat their way through local neighborhoods. They wander onto busy streets and stop traffic, sometimes with fatal results. They damage property, threaten people and pets, pose health risks and attract dangerous...read more
Advance voting is underway for the June 18 referendum when Royston and Union Bay voters will decide whether to tax themselves to build and connect to a community wastewater system. To clear up some of the misinformation about this Comox Valley Regional District...read more
Thanks to a Canadian initiative at the 1992 Earth Summit, the world celebrates Oceans Day on June 8. Unfortunately, our oceans haven’t done so well lately, putting a little damper on the party. We’ve overfished and under protected them, polluted them and ignored the...read more
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said that “governments can grant permits, but only the community can grant permissions.” It’s a message that has inspired Canadians, but one that has fallen on deaf ears at the Comox Valley Regional District. Residents from all...read more
Why should voters be wary of the CVRD and the Sewer Commission’s proposals on sewerage infrastructure projects? Because there's a history of bad decisions. How do we know they were bad? In some cases, because citizens have sued the regional district over the effect of...read more
Your enjoyment of our waterfront One of the joys of living in the Comox Valley often touted in tourism promotions is the pleasure of swimming off beaches around Baynes Sound, including Comox Bay, off the end of Goose Spit, or from the beach at Point Holmes. Besides...read more
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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Thought Du Jour
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
— Henry David Thoreau