CVRD directors will vote again — this time with corrected information on their Regional Growth Strategy minor amendment process — on whether to consider 3L Developments application to amend the RGS as a minor or standard matter. It’s not as confusing as it sounds
The story of a Vancouver Island municipal infrastructure project, delayed for over a decade, appears headed for a happy ending. In the 1990s, the City of Campbell River planned to upgrade and replace a key sewer force-main pipe that serves the southern portion of the...read more
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
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Your Morning Briefing
It’s World Population Day
Every six hours, the world population increases roughly by the size of the Comox Valley.
At 8 am this morning, July 11, the world population stood at 7,635,164,260. Some believes that’s already at least a billion more than the planet can ultimately sustain, but the number is growing annually by 80 million people. World population clock.
This out-of-control population growth and its evil cousin, climate change, are undoubtedly the two most critical problems facing humankind. Population growth trends make all environmental problems on a finite planet more difficult, perhaps impossible to solve. It’s a tautology that a finite Earth cannot sustain infinite population growth.
Here are some links to articles that should give us pause today:
Cumberland, as usual, leads the Valley
While Comox, Courtenay and the regional district do nothing, Cumberland Village Council has taken the first step toward banning single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags.Village staff will study how to implement a bag ban.
The City of Victoria implemented a citywide policy on July 1 to ban single-use plastic bags. The City of Seattle recently banned plastic straws and utensils, joining other cities such as Miami Beach, Florida; Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, and several municipalities in California including Oakland and Berkeley. New York City introduced legislation to ban plastic straws in May.
Closer to home, the City of Vancouver, B.C. has banned plastic straws starting next fall. And Starbucks will discontinue plastic straws by 2020 and McDonald’s will do the same by 2025.
Site C author in Courtenay July 11
The author of DAMMING THE PEACE: The hidden costs of the Site C Dam, Wendy Holm, will discuss her new book and the path forward to stop the Site C boondoggle at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, July 11 at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. The event is being sponsored by the local Comox Valley chapter of Council of Canadians.
ELECTION UPDATE: Ives out, Arnott in
Comox Mayor Paul Ives announced this week that he would not seek municipal office in the Oct. 20 municipal elections. Councillor Russ Arnott has told Decafnation that he would run for mayor if Ives stepped down. Also in Comox, Councillor Marg Grant will not seek another term.
In Courtenay, Councillor Rebecca Lennox said she would not run for a second term. Former Courtenay mayor Starr Winchester is thinking about running for one of the four open City Council positions. She plans to announce her bid (or not) in August.
In Cumberland, all incumbents intend to seek re-election.
Courtenay mayoral candidate David Frisch is holding a series of Pub Nights to discuss issues and “hear your vision for a vibrant Courtenay.” He’s had two already, and the next one is on Tuesday July 10 at The White Whale. Subsequent pub nights will be held on Tuesday Aug 14 at the Avalanche Bar & Grill followed by Gladstone Brewing on Tuesday Sept. 1. Each event begins at 6pm
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