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.
Recess has returned to the playgrounds of School District 71’s elementary schools as of February. That’s good news for children and teachers. But why the school district eliminated recess at the start of this school year and the reasons for reinstating it now aren’t...read more
Not many people who moved to the Comox Valley for its small-town feel, access to recreational opportunities or the lively arts scene imagined heroin addicts injecting themselves in public places or one person dying almost every month from an opioid overdose. But these...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I have a series of photographs taken at a livestock auction somewhere north of Courtenay in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I took this image of a man raising his hand to bid at that time. For some reason I think it took place at the Norwood Equestrian Center, but the...read more
Two documents have recently surfaced that indicate the Town of Comox had discussions with the Comox Valley Natural History Society about creating a natural history museum in the home of Hamilton Mack Laing. The letters also indicate the society’s interest to take on...read more
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:
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.”
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.
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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