Abbeyfield closure highlights seniors housing issues
The Vancouver-based world music group Delhi 2 Dublin opened the Filberg Festival main stage with an SRO performance Friday night. The group bills its unique musical style as, "a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of...read more
The Tribal Canoe Journeys landed at the point of Comox Spit today. Members of the K'omoks First Nations welcomed several dozen canoes carrying about 100 families from the Northwest Coast. They are enroute to Campbell River later this week where the ceremonial...read more
A Comox Valley website regularly used by more than 300 community service groups has changed ownership. Pieter Vorster, the founder of Pod Creative, has assumed responsibility for TideChange.ca, from the nonprofit World Community, and plans to expand its reach to a...read more
If you get drinking water from a private well British Columbia, the provincial government provides no protection from any activities that might foul your water quality. Sylvia Burrosa, the regional hydrologist for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource...read more
(Editor's note: I worked with Angel "Fred" Matamoros at The News Tribune and The Olympian in Washington state, and he designed the Decafnation logo. I follow his work, both in graphic design and painting, and asked Tony Martin for a short review of Fred's latest...read more
By Brent Reid While teaching journalism and information technology for several years in a networked computer environment with Internet and email access at every workstation, I learned a lot about how to use powerful, but potentially distracting, electronic devices to...read more
Woody Guthrie-style song written about Mack Laing's heritage home, Shakesides
A newcomer to the Comox Valley has written and recorded a Woody Guthrie-style song about Hamilton Mack Laing’s heritage home, called Shakesides. Robert Cordrey says the walk through Mack Laing Park to spend time along the shore around Shakesides has become a regular and favorite part of his daily routine. After learning the history of Mack Laing and the house and being an amateur songwriter, he wrote and recorded a tune in support of the efforts to preserve it. The song can be found here:
Redirect provincial funds for improved long-term seniors care facilities
A 2015 report by the B.C. Care Providers Association proposed taking one per cent of the funding currently given to provincial health authorities over a five-year period, a total of about $320.8 million, and redirect it to creating more long-term care facilities.
The money could potentially fund the annual operation of almost 4,400 long-term care beds, or 12.8 million care aide hours or eight million home support hours, according to the report.
Daniel Fontaine, CEO of the BCCPA, said there are a “staggering” number of seniors taking up beds in acute care facilities such as Surrey Memorial Hospital or Vancouver General Hospital when they don’t need to be there.
“Province-wide, roughly 13 per cent of every bed-night is being used by somebody who should be at another level of care,” he said.
Bishop Gary Gordon to celebrate St. Joseph's 104 years
The public is invited to the St. Joseph’s Open House and Ceremonial Farewell at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in the lobby of the former acute care facility.
The event is an occasion to allow the community and past and present staff, administrators, medical professionals, and volunteers the opportunity to reflect and reminisce while paying tribute to the Valley’s proud history of acute healthcare services previously provided by St. Joseph’s.
The formal program will commence soon after 10 am with an opening prayer by the Most Reverend Bishop Gary Gordon, Diocese of Victoria.
Cake and refreshments will be served followed by self-guided tours of select areas of the acute care facility.
Parking is free. Lobby doors will be accessible to guests by 9:30 am. The event runs until 1:00 pm.
#Keeping it Living
Project Watershed and the K’omoks First Nation kicked off their fundraising drive on Sept. 21 to purchase the old Field’s Sawmill site to its natural state, a saltwater marsh. The partnership has nearly two years to raise $500,000 from the Comox Valley community. They hope to raise the remainder of the estimated $6 million-plus cost of the project from private and government grants.
Courtenay Council Member Doug Hillian has asked the city to forego property taxes on the site during the fundraising drive, a donation of $67,000 per year. And Hillian pledged to personally match all donations to the project by friends and colleagues attending his retirement party at the end of the year.
A number of individuals stood up during the launch party to pledge their support, including Locals Restaurant ownerTricia St. Pierre, who said the business would offer ways for guests to donate.
Tim Ennis, executive direction of the Comox Valley Land Trust, has taken on the role of project manager. He played a similar role in the restoration of the Campbell River estuary.
Lame Joke Du Jour
A B-flat, a D-flat, and an F walk into a bar.
The bartender says to them, “I’m sorry we don’t serve minors here.”
So the D-flat leaves and the B-flat and the F have an open fifth between them.
Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.
Thought Du Jour
“In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.”
— Rose Tremain