Courtenay mayor fails to assuage Airpark closure fears

Courtenay Airpark Association members say City Council members don’t fully appreciate the depth of their concerns and were disappointed Mayor Larry Jangula didn’t “clear the air” and give them unequivocal support

The mistrust of government begins at home

The strong undercurrent of government mistrust that shades the American landscape is something relatively new to Canadians. But the recent Comox Valley Regional District open house on the HMCS Quadra sewer line replacement shows how and why that mood is changing. The...

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At the end of America, Trump

For as far back as I can remember, people have warned me about the certain implosion of America. They made comparisons to fall of the Roman Empire and Sodom and Gomorrah. The unmistakable signs were everywhere, they said. As a teenager coming of age in the midwest...

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Book reports from the DecafNation — 2016

On Jan. 1 every year, the DecafNation presents its annual collective Book Report. I know what you're thinking, "Hey, this is the first time I've seen this Book Report." You're right, because the DecafNation didn't exist on Jan. 1, 2016. But we plan to make this an...

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Pot report stumbles on medical access

The federal task force on marijuana released a thorough report this week that proposes to end Canada’s 93-year prohibition on legal pot production and consumption. Its 80 recommendations touched on the important considerations and concerns for a well-regulated system,...

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Cumberland takes retail pot to public hearing tomorrow

The Village of Cumberland will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about recreation cannabis stores and provide feedback on proposed village regulations. Retail pot stores will not be allowed in Cumberland’s industrial areas.

The village plans to allow just two retail pot stores, and give each a three-year temporary use permit. Five days after the public hearing, on Aug. 13, council may vote to enact its proposed cannabis retail zoning bylaw.

 

DFO could fine Comox Bay boaters over whale visit

LifeForce Ocean Friends has forwarded complaints to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that boaters in Comox Bay cruised too close to a lone orca whale frolicking in Comox Bay last week. Boaters of all types must stay at least 200 metres from an orca.

LifeForce reportedly has photographs showing boaters violating the 200-metre rule and has handed them over to DFO. But DFO officials have said fines are unlikely, this time, although they could be enforced in the future. Violations carry a penalty of up to $100,000, and even $500,000 or more if the Crown decides to indict.

Citizens can report violations at the DFO hotline 1-800-465-4336

Could Comox get three new pubs, breweries?

Construction is about to begin on the Church Street Taphouse and, meanwhile, two other craft beer breweries have announced they plan to submit proposals to Comox Council in early September.

New Tradition Brewing Company is proposing a brewery and lounge in the recently renovated Comox Mall.

Land & Sea Brewery will propose a 99-seat pub at 2040 Guthrie Road in the former Modern Door building, near the Suds City Carwash and across the road from the Sunrise Veterinary Clinic.

 

Lame Joke Du Jour

A young theologian named Fiddle
Refused to accept his degree.
Said, it’s bad enough being Fiddle
Without being Fiddle, D.D.

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Thought Du Jour

“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.”

Eddie Rickenbacker