With the popular summer festivals coming up this weekend in Comox -- Filberg Festival and Nautical Days -- the town likes to get all gussied up. Plants watered and weeded. Streets swept and lines repainted. Lawns mowed, and so on. But this annual beautification...read more
After watching the Republican and Democratic party conventions this week, I’m glad that I haven’t given up my right to vote in U.S. federal elections. This election is too important for the whole world. But, in the last six years, many American citizens living abroad...read more
The message of the Republican convention, repeated in a thousand ways over four days, was simple: be afraid; be very afraid. Here’s the executive summary of four days of fulmination: Our country is falling apart. The Black Lives Matter movement is destroying the...read more
BY MAINGON LOYS A few days ago, the scientific world, Canada, the Comox Valley as a whole and Comox Valley Nature (CVN), in particular, lost a 5-foot 2-inch giant. Nobody is ever likely to replace Dr. Chris Pielou. I knew her long before I came to the Comox Valley. I...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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Your Morning Briefing
Sewerage workshops tonight and tomorrow for Public Advisory group
If you’re thinking of nominating someone, perhaps even yourself, to sit on the Public Advisory Committee that will help plan future sewerage systems in the Comox Valley, there’s a workshop tonight (June 18) from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Lower Native Sons Hall.
There’s another workshop tomorrow night (June 19) at the Comox Golf Club.
The public committee and a Technical Advisory Committee will advise the Comox Valley Regional District as it prepares a comprehensive Liquid Waste Management Plan.
Bids are in for 120 complex care beds
The Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) has received bids on building 120 new complex care bids in the Comox Valley. But the health authority is not saying how many or who has applied. The successful proponents will be identified on Aug. 31.
In its Request for Proposals issued earlier this year, Island Health said it could award contracts to more than one proponent. The RFP stated that at least one contract award would go to a proposal that included hospice care and where Medical Assistance in Dying was an option.
The dire lack of complex care beds has caused patient care and staff morale problems at the new Comox Valley Hospital due to overcapacity issues.
FURTHER READING: Comox Valley Health Care
Jim Egan featured in LGBT film
Late gay rights activists Jim Egan and his partner, Jack Nesbitt, are featured in a CBC “LGBT heritage minute” film that was unveiled this week in Toronto.
Egan and Nesbitt lived in the Williams Beach area. Their case to claim a spousal pension under the Old Age Security Act went to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1995. Egan and Nesbitt lost the case, but cleared the path for legalizing same-sex marriage.
Read about the one-minute film here.
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
“It’s a facet of the gay rights movement that people don’t think about enough. Why suddenly marriage equality? Because it wasn’t until 1981 that the court struck down Louisiana’s ‘head and master rule,’ that the husband was head and master of the house.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg