A BC Supreme Court has granted the Mack Laing Heritage Society intervenor status in the Town of Comox’s application to alter the naturalist’s public trust. MLHS hopes the new council is open to out-of-court discussions
Former council member Murray Presley blames the current mayor and council for overspending and wandering from its core functions into pipelines, GMOs and running daycare centres. He wants to contract out more city services and get the Stotan Falls parkread more
Jin Lin wants the City of Courtenay to spend less and not raise taxes every year, include food waste in its recycling program and talk more with 3L about Stotan Fallsread more
Arzeena Hamir has experience in bringing together people with opposing views, a skill she would use to improve decision-making at the regional district level rzeena Hamir has decided to seek election as the Area B representative on the regional...read more
The final list of candidates for the Comox Valley’s five local governments. Election Day is Oct. 20. Cumberland has a public referendum on the ballot, and Courtenay has a non-binding opinion question for votersread more
Harold Long says Courtenay has outgrown small town thinking, should plan for sea level rise, calls a subdivision at Stotan Falls a 'bad idea' and wants to densify the urban core to preserve downtown businesses. And he's disappointed in incumbent Mayor Larry Jangula ...read more
After a one-term absence, Starr Winchester is carrying on a long family tradition of public service in seeking another term on the Courtenay City Councilread more
Former Alberta Liberal Party leader Kevin Taft will discuss his new book in Courtenay on Sept. 13, telling the story of how the collision between climate change and the oil industry subverted the democratic process in Canadaread more
St. Joseph’s has transformed the third floor of its former acute care hospital into a temporary but attractive long-term care facility, until Island Health can build a promised 150 new beds in the Comox Valley. The announcement of contracts on the new beds has been delayedread more
Courtenay City Council candidate Brennan Day believes that with good planning, the Comox Valley can grow without without losing its charm or small town feel. He would improve infrastructure, housing affordability and promote greater City Council transparency and better communicationread more
Wendy Morin, a substance abuse counsellor with the John Howard Society and a co-founder of the Comox Valley Girls Group, is running for Courtenay City Council. She would focus on housing, social issues and the environmentread more
Electoral reform countdown
Understanding the electoral reform referendum, Oct. 27
British Columbians will vote from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians will host a information session with Barb Berger, Chair Fair Vote Comox Valley at 1.30 pm on Sat., Oct. 27 in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, Courtenay.
How can Proportional Representation improve democracy in BC? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions, FPTP and the three PR choices on the ballot. Also Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead guests through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what we value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPTP or PR.
Lame Joke Du Jour
The usual consensus after the election is that 100% of voters think 50% of voters have lost their minds.
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Thought Du Jour
“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”