Solidarity with salmon defenders

The science surrounding Atlantic salmon farming and First Nations’ opposition to these farms on their territories in the Broughton Archipelago came together at a powerful event Thursday night in Courtenay.

What was the point of Shakesides’ graffiti?

Vandals spray-painted the historical home of Hamilton Mack Laing, known as Shakesides, this week with what appears to be a lame version of tagging. Squiggles of red paint were carelessly sprayed on three sides of the building, and a circle with an upside down ’Y’ was...

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“Wanton cultural vandalism”

Fresh out of college in 1982 at the age of 23, Richard Mackie came face-to-face on Newcastle Island with “Torchy” Smith, a B.C. government employee who roamed the province in search of abandoned buildings in provincial parks. It was his job that when he found one, he...

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Valley faces a watershed moment

Comox Councillor Barbara Price has offered up misleading statements to defend changes to an antiquated sewerage system that serves only Comox and Courtenay residents. Price chairs the Comox Valley Sewage Commission, which is itself a misnomer. The Sewage Commission...

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The pressure mounts on Comox

With new organizations and high-profile individuals joining the movement to preserve the waterfront home of internationally known naturalist and Town of Comox benefactor Hamilton Mack Laing, there are rumors that some Comox Council members might reconsider the town’s...

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Was Mother Earth Goddess drunk?

Today we celebrate the spring equinox, the beginning of a new astrological year, a time when hope and creativity soar and our hearts beat to the rhythm of the Earth’s renewal. And we just pray to the Mother Earth Goddess that it doesn’t fucking snow again. Because...

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I’m really sick

I’m writing today’s column from The Office of Medical Terror, otherwise known as my bedroom. I’m doing this because a monster truck of influenza ran over me, then backed up and ran over me again, and afterwards dumped a load of pneumonia on me. The truck also hit my...

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R.I.P. Ruth Masters

One of the Comox Valley’s pioneers in conservation and civic activism

(Photograph courtesy of Ed Brooks at the Backdoor Gallery)


Liberals drained ICBC, misled public on corporation's dire financial situation

How could the B.C. Liberals wildly misjudge the ICBC deficit? Before the election, they said it was $11 million. But it’s really closer to $1 billion. Well, it turns out the B.C. Liberal government raided ICBC coffers to balance the provincial budget. Smoke and mirrors … a kind of government ponzi scheme. Read these stories:

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Project Watershed board chair asks for your help to restore old sawmill site
Project Watershed needs your help. Read board chair Paul Horgen’s full letter in our Mailbox here.

The project is called Kus-kus-sum by the K’ómoks First Nation, as the area was the final resting place of K’ómoks ancestors. With the KFN as our partner, we intend to recreate a natural estuary conservation area there. It will be a beautiful natural site for all to enjoy. Watch Transforming Field Sawmill to Kus-kus-sum video.

Denman Island author examines why the red poppies matter

Denman Island resident Howard Stewart has written a moving essay on “Why the red poppies matter,” published this week on B.C. Booklook.

Stewart asks, “Why is it so important to remember the real nature and impact of war? Surely it is so that we will continue to do everything we can to avoid it … I believe it’s because we have forgotten the true horror that war represents. We have become inured to the images of it broadcast nonstop from benighted war-torn countries, mostly in the Middle East, mostly Muslim.”

Why the red poppies matter


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

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