Vaccine now available for virus headed our way

Vancouver Island health care professionals are warning about a serious virus predicted to hit the Comox Valley in just a few weeks. The disease will hospitalize many and in some cases threaten the lives of those most vulnerable. Fortunately, the Comox Valley Public Health Unit has a vaccine.

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26 affordable housing units for Hornby

The Hornby Island Housing Society will receive $2.6 million from the provincial government to build 26 affordable rental units for families, seniors and low- to middle-income workers. The money comes from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund, which will release $1.9 billion over 10 years to build 14,000 affordable rental housing units around the province.

Other Island projects include $2.2 million to build 22 homes in Bowser, $4.7 million to build 40 homes in Campbell River and $400,000 to build four homes on Cortes Island.

CV Council of Canadians invite you

The Comox Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians is extending an invitation to “all supporters to come together as concerned activists and join in an open discussion to strengthen, energize and focus our vision to move forward at this crucial time in history.” The chapter’s annual general meeting is open to the public at 7 pm on Nov. 22 in the Evergreen Room of the Florence Filberg Center in Courtenay.

Remembering Cyril Cottingham: WWII pilot flew his 19th and last mission at age 25

Cyril was born the son of a coal miner in Wales. In 1927, at the age of nine, he sailed with his family to Canada and travelled by ’emigrant train’ to Vancouver, then by boat to Comox where they were assigned land on Ryan Road in the Little River/Lazo area. Cyril, with his three brothers and three sisters, played on the land that is now Canadian Forces Base Comox.

Cyril graduated from Comox High School in 1938, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and  received his wings on Sept. 25, 1942. He made two bombing missions to Milan, Italy. On one of them, as he returned by Switzerland, his plane became badly iced up, but he eventually made a successful, heavy landing in England. On 22 November, 1943, F/O Cyril Cottingham, 25, and his crew of six men went missing after an air raid over Berlin, Germany. It is believed that they went down in the North Sea. 

The naming of the Comox YQQ air terminal building after F/O Cottingham recognizes him as one of many who, through aviation and association with the Comox Valley, have contributed much to this community and to Canada, and thereby are part of our valuable heritage.

— From the Comox Airport’s webpage

Scales Creek and wells possibly contaminated by PFAS from 19 Wing Comox

According to a statement from 19 Wing (CFB Comox), the DND will test groundwater and monitor water quality in nearby wells and waterways, including farm irrigation systems, for the level of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS), a chemical used in firefighting foams. The base’s environmental monitoring program has detected some level of PFAS in groundwater and in Scales Creek.

19 Wing says firefighting foams containing PFAS are no longer used in training exercises, but kept on base for emergency situations. Most residents around the base should have access to a regional water system, but are being asked if they are using their wells and how surface or ground waters affect them.

Testing will begin shortly but the results aren’t expected until next spring.

7 new directors on CVRD board this year

The new Comox Valley Regional District board will have many new faces around the table.

Newly-elected rural directors Arzeena Hamir for Area B and Daniel Arbour for Area A will join re-elected Area C Director Edwin Grieve.

Courtenay has appointed returning councillors David Frisch and Doug Hillian to the board for the first time along with newcomer Wendy Morin. Mayor Bob Wells will return to the CVRD board.

Comox Mayor Russ Arnott will sit on the regional board for the first time, along with returning councillors Ken Grant and Maureen Swift.

Cumberland has appointed Jesse Ketler to the board. It’s her first time to represent the village at the regional district, and her second term on council. Gwyn Sproule, who has sat on the CVRD board in the past, will serve as the alternate director.

Lame Joke Du Jour

Q: What do you call a teacher who refuses to break wind in public?
A: A private tutor.

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Thought Du Jour

‘Green’ does not have to mean the sort of hair-shirt, wood-burning-stove sensibility of the ’70s. Green can and should be sleek and modern.”

— Graydon Carter