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
Poor Paul Ryan. The nation’s highest ranking Republican and Speaker of the House describes comments by Donald Drumpf about a judge with a Hispanic surname as “a textbook definition of racism,” but can’t quite bring himself to withdraw his endorsement of the candidate....read more
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
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Your Morning Briefing
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