Courtenay mayor fails to assuage Airpark closure fears

Courtenay Airpark Association members say City Council members don’t fully appreciate the depth of their concerns and were disappointed Mayor Larry Jangula didn’t “clear the air” and give them unequivocal support

The buck (doesn’t) stop here

The key to maintaining the public’s confidence in its government departments and agencies, is the concept of public accountability. The gap between the serious nature of the issues presented by community representatives and the response provided by Island Health is staggering. Island Health acknowledges its accountability but does it, in fact, hold itself accountable?

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Record 178 patients at CVH, VIHA board in Courtenay

The Island Health board will hear presentations from individuals and community groups tomorrow in Courtenay about health care issues in the Comox Valley and wider region. But little has been done so far to address concerns at the Comox Valley Hospital where a record high 178 admitted patients was recorded Friday.

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Turbidity at Langley Lake?

Union Bay residents hope to protect Langley Lake, their source of drinking water, from increased turbidity that could result from logging in the watershed, and heal some tensions in the community along the way.

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Your Morning Briefing

Cumberland takes retail pot to public hearing tomorrow

The Village of Cumberland will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about recreation cannabis stores and provide feedback on proposed village regulations. Retail pot stores will not be allowed in Cumberland’s industrial areas.

The village plans to allow just two retail pot stores, and give each a three-year temporary use permit. Five days after the public hearing, on Aug. 13, council may vote to enact its proposed cannabis retail zoning bylaw.

 

DFO could fine Comox Bay boaters over whale visit

LifeForce Ocean Friends has forwarded complaints to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that boaters in Comox Bay cruised too close to a lone orca whale frolicking in Comox Bay last week. Boaters of all types must stay at least 200 metres from an orca.

LifeForce reportedly has photographs showing boaters violating the 200-metre rule and has handed them over to DFO. But DFO officials have said fines are unlikely, this time, although they could be enforced in the future. Violations carry a penalty of up to $100,000, and even $500,000 or more if the Crown decides to indict.

Citizens can report violations at the DFO hotline 1-800-465-4336

Could Comox get three new pubs, breweries?

Construction is about to begin on the Church Street Taphouse and, meanwhile, two other craft beer breweries have announced they plan to submit proposals to Comox Council in early September.

New Tradition Brewing Company is proposing a brewery and lounge in the recently renovated Comox Mall.

Land & Sea Brewery will propose a 99-seat pub at 2040 Guthrie Road in the former Modern Door building, near the Suds City Carwash and across the road from the Sunrise Veterinary Clinic.

 

Lame Joke Du Jour

A young theologian named Fiddle
Refused to accept his degree.
Said, it’s bad enough being Fiddle
Without being Fiddle, D.D.

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Thought Du Jour

“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.”

Eddie Rickenbacker