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LATEST NEWS

Union Bay boils water, new turbidity standards

By George Le Masurier nion Bay residents are boiling water today that before August they were drinking from the tap. That's when Island Health's standard for turbidity in water from Langely Lake changed from 3 NTUs to 1...

CVRD raises rebate offers to switch from wood stoves

By George Le Masurier he Comox Valley Regional District has increased the incentive for people wood burning stoves to switch to cleaner-burning systems. The rebates apply to any wood stove manufactured prior to...

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HEALTH

Vaccine available for the virus headed our way

Vaccine available for the virus headed our way

Vancouver Island health care professionals say a serious virus will hit the Comox Valley in a few weeks that will threaten the lives of those most vulnerable. Fortunately, they have a vaccine.

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OPINION

Is the genuine apology a forgotten or endangered species?

When civility in modern public discourse declines, it attempts to drag other forms of decent human interaction into the murky abyss of lost social conventions. The genuine apology, for example, teeters dangerously close to collateral damage. In the Trump world, you...

Who’s at fault: drivers or cyclists for crashes?

Provincial Court Judge Peter Doherty handed down a fair decision in the case of Timothy Prad of Bowser, the motorist who struck and killed a bicyclist, Paul Bally of Fanny Bay, on the Old Island Highway about a year ago. The judge found the motorist honestly thought...

If we Vote-By-Google this spring, the Green Party would win

When people start suggesting that highly paid writers such as myself – rumored to be in the high single digits! – start writing about British Columbia’s spring provincial election campaign, we do what any other sane person would do: hide under our desks until those...

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.

Requiem for a Garry Oak prairie

The Comox Valley has lost a 6,000-year-old Garry Oak prairie … largely because Comox mayor, Town Council and staff either don’t care or are ignorant of Comox’s natural heritage, or are hell-bent on development vandalism.

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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