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HEALTH

24 new care and respite beds opened at St. Joe’s

24 new care and respite beds opened at St. Joe’s

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 delayed

VIHA brought changes, not always an improvement

For long-time employees of St. Joseph’s General Hospital, the transition to the new Comox Valley Hospital has presented a triad of difficult changes, including a less flexible management style and some systems that are less efficient and effective.

Flawed planning at root of new hospital’s problems

Already overcapacity, Comox Valley Hospital planners overlooked whole departments and made assumptions on capacity and the new iHealth software that have worsened the bed shortage and added to worker stress, overtime and low morale.   This is the second in a series of...

Abbeyfield closure highlights seniors housing issues

They come here to retire. They come from across Canada, the United States and other countries. They come for the Comox Valley’s moderate climate and spectacular landscape. They come, they stay and they age. And so the Comox Valley's population has aged at a rate...

OPINION

Fentanyl is a provincial public health crisis

Fentanyl is a provincial public health crisis

Our family lost a loved son and brother at the age of 26 to a Fentanyl poisoning on April 24, 2017. Ryan was one of 124 people last April in British Colombia to lose their life and 1 of 1,400 British Columbians in 2017 due to fentanyl poisoning. 

Pot report stumbles on medical access

The federal task force on marijuana released a thorough report this week that proposes to end Canada’s 93-year prohibition on legal pot production and consumption. Its 80 recommendations touched on the important considerations and concerns for a well-regulated system,...

ENVIRONMENT

Ministry stalls FOI request on Merville water bottling

The B.C. government has stalled a Comox Valley citizen’s Freedom of Information request for a technical study and other information regarding the approval of a water extraction licence in the Merville area

Farmers: reject Merville water bottling operation

The Mid-Island Farmers Institute has asked the Comox Valley Regional District board to reject a water bottling facility on Sackville Road in Merville. And they want the regional district to ask the Ministry of Forestry, Land, Natural Resources, Operations and Rural Development to rescind the water licence granted to the Sackville Road property owners, Christopher MacKenzie and Regula Heynck.

CULTURE

Fraser Cain: from Hornby Island to outer space

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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