A BC Supreme Court has granted the Mack Laing Heritage Society intervenor status in the Town of Comox’s application to alter the naturalist’s public trust. MLHS hopes the new council is open to out-of-court discussions
Years ago, when I lived on Bainbridge Island, an elderly neighbor sold his five acres of forest on an idyllic inlet to a couple from California. They clear cut it. Although Bainbridge had been logged within decades of the first white settlers’ arrival, that initial...read more
Don’t want a toxic waste dump built on the vacant lot next to your home? Better enlist someone from a neighboring province to become the face of your Stop the Dump! campaign. Otherwise, you’ll be dismissed as a NIMBY. People who live in Victoria neighborhoods near...read more
I’ve been playing God lately. You know, deciding who lives, who dies. When to end a life, and whether by violent or somewhat more humane means. And I have to say that, while it’s kind of empowering to play God, there’s a lot of guilt involved. I can’t say for sure if...read more
Comox resident George Le Masurier has responded to a post on the Comox Valley Regional District website. The CVRD post attempts to discredit Le Masurier's recent op-ed article in the Times-Colonist. The CVRD has posted on their website a response to my op-ed article...read more
You know what I like about the U.S. presidential campaign? Sex. That’s right, we are learning so much about the Republican candidates’ sexual preferences. It’s kind of like the Kardashians, except with angry, middle-age white guys. Here’s what we know so far: Donald...read more
By George Le Masurier -- During the years following WWII, the logging industry boomed on the B.C. coast. Tug boats pulled massive log booms down the Strait of Georgia every day, hauling millions of board feet of prime timber from northern Vancouver Island to lumber...read more
By Jill Severn -- Today a friend asked a good question: At what age do we stop thinking dandelions are wonderful? Whatever it is, it’s a very sad occasion. Who among us doesn’t remember the childhood discovery of the roundest, yellowest, gladdest flower in the...read more
By George Le Masurier -- While the Capital Regional District slowly moves toward consensus on where to locate one or more sewage treatment plants, another wastewater infrastructure battle is just beginning further up Vancouver Island. In the Comox Valley, strong...read more
John James Audubon, born to French parents, emigrated to the United States in the 1800s and became North America's foremost ornithologist, naturalist and chronicler of birds. His paintings and his life inspired the Audubon Society, dedicated to protecting waterbird...read more
By Jill Severn -- My neighbor’s flowering cherry tree had a pink blossom blizzard this morning. It didn’t take much wind to set it off; the tree has been blooming its heart out for about a week, and all those petals were ready to let go and fly through the air. It’s a...read more
Electoral reform countdown
Understanding the electoral reform referendum, Oct. 27
British Columbians will vote from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians will host a information session with Barb Berger, Chair Fair Vote Comox Valley at 1.30 pm on Sat., Oct. 27 in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, Courtenay.
How can Proportional Representation improve democracy in BC? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions, FPTP and the three PR choices on the ballot. Also Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead guests through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what we value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPTP or PR.
Lame Joke Du Jour
The usual consensus after the election is that 100% of voters think 50% of voters have lost their minds.
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Thought Du Jour
“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”