Caring for her husband who suffers with dementia, Comox resident Delores Broten struggles with a hard decision. He’s falling now, but should she approve strapping him into a wheelchair? It seems inhumane, and she’s reaching out for help.
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
One of most annoying burdens of growing up Protestant is the nagging belief that idleness is a sin. Summer is definitely the time to throw off this sadly mistaken belief. The truth is, doing nothing is arguably quite virtuous. When we are truly idle we burn no fossil...read more
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Your Morning Briefing
BC education minister announces $27.2 million rebuild of Lake Trail school
Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, announced May 22 in Courtenay that the provincial government will invest $27.2 million to rebuild three-quarters of Lake Trail school. Children will be staying in the school as it’s rebuilt and construction will start next spring, with the doors re-opening in September 2021. SD71 is making a $1 million dollar investment towards the project as well.
Also announced was the creation of 60 new childcare spaces at Lake Trail, alleviating the pressures faced by many families trying to find spaces to care for their children.
Brooke Finlayson, of Comox Valley Families for Public Education, had lunch with Fleming and other education stakeholders.
“I told him that parents were asking for stable and predictable yearly funding that reflected inflation rates; that children were in need of more resources through LSTs, EAs, speech pathologists, counsellors, etc.,” she wrote on the CVFPE Facebook page. “I said our struggling learners needed better and timely access to assessments and resources; and that curricular components like sexual health, should not be downloaded to parents/PACs to fundraise to provide for every odd year.”
Sustainability Forum tomorrow night
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Imagine Comox Valley And the Global Awareness Network have organized a Sustainability Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Center in Courtenay.
The groups hope to raise the profile of sustainability in this fall’s elections, and call attention to the eight goals of the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy that all four Valley municipal governments adopted in 2010.
Comox Valley taxes going up, but no “burden on anyone” in Comox says mayor
Comox Valley municipal governments have passed their budgets and most taxpayers will see a small increase next year.
In Comox, Mayor Paul Ives said the town’s five-year financial plan will raise residential property taxes about 2.43 percent, which he called “basically the rate of inflation,” and that property tax increases will be stable into the future.
And, he said the tax increases are “affordable, manageable and hopefully won’t put a burden on anyone.”
In Courtenay, property taxes are expected to increase about 2.83 percent. The budget has divided Courtenay council members, with Mayor Larry Jangula and Councillor Mano Theos voting against the budget because they wanted to freeze property tax rates.
The Comox Valley Regional district has approved a budget increase of 2.7 percent, or about $3.14 million. The CVRD has factored big projects such at the water treatment plant and a new office building into its new budget.
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
“Voting is how we participate in a civic society — be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice.”
— Loretta Lynch