Shakesides supporters encouraged, hearing adjourned

A B.C. Supreme Court hearing scheduled for this morning (March 15) to determine whether to grant standing to the Mack Laing Heritage Society (MLHS) in the Town of Comox’s application to vary one of the famous ornithologis’s trusts has been adjourned until April. But Shakesides supporters left the court session encouraged.

Should Union Bay join CVRD?

Should the Union Bay Improvement District turn over management of its water system to the Comox Valley Regional District? The UBID board has started the process, but residents will make the ultimate choice.

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Fraser Cain: from Hornby Island to outer space

Fraser Cain was raised on Hornby Island, but his mind was always on another planet. Most of the time, Cain led the life of a normal teenager. He played video games and fooled around on the two-ferry, two-hour bus ride to school in Courtenay. But whenever he could, Cain dreamed about the stars, the planets, the universe.

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Engineers battle coastal tankers

From a log home on Upper Campbell Lake, Brian Gunn has rallied retired engineers in British Columbia to challenge how oil products are being shipped from and along the coast of British Columbia. They’re now challenging Kinder Morgan.

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The Valley seems healthy, but …

On the surface, the Comox Valley looks healthy. Current health data indicates the Comox Valley is healthier than many other island communities. And that may be the reason we are one of the last communities to form …

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Friday Morning Briefing

WHO OWNS THE WATER — A proposal to extract and bottle water from a Merville aquifer has raised questions. In parts of the U.S., water rights have reached an absurd and violent level. Read it here.

WE HAVE THE FEET — Detached, human feet have washed up on the B.C. coastline for years. But we’ve discovered the rest of the bodies. A story in The Siberian Times might provide a clue (nudge, wink). Read it here.

“I WAS A LIFELONG SECRET” — A friend of Decafnation, Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner, shares her story of finding the family she never knew she had. Read it here.

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE … — The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has issued another directive to the Village of Cumberland to clean up its waste treatment process and meet provincial standards. Read it here.

GOLD AT HIGHLAND — Olympic Gold Medalist Cassie Sharpe dropped into Highland High School today to visit with students at her alma mater. See the video on the School District 71 Facebook page here.

TOXIC WASTE IN CAMPBELL RIVER  — Campbell River’s drinking water may be at risk, along with salmon habitat, from the dumping of toxic and medical waste and, in the future, contaminated soils. Read it here, from the Watershed Sentinel.

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Monday Morning Briefing

Amalgamation of Duncan and North Cowichan municipalities is heading for a referendum. Meanwhile, a municipal merger movement is still alive in the Capital Regional District. Read it here.

The first planned dementia village in Canada will open next year in Langley, and Providence Health Care will open a similar facility in Vancouver in the future. Both projects are similar to the vision of the St. Joseph’s board of directors. Read it here.

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Lame Joke Du Jour

Bad pun day continues at Decafnation …

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put it down.

A new type of broom came out and is sweeping the nation.

I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.

To write this stuff with a broken pencil is pointless.

Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.

Thought Du Jour

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

— Michelle Obama