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CVRD trades water for hatchery, for treatment plant land

BY GEORGE LE MASURIER The Comox Valley Regional District issued this press release today.he Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association (Fish & Game Association) have reached an...

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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

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OPINION

The Christmas fudge arrived with a resounding thud

It landed on our doorstep with a resounding thud. It measured about the size of a thick hardcover novel. It weighed more than 100 copies of “War and Peace” bound together. But all there was to read was a simple card, which said, predictably, “To my brother. Love, your...

It’s Canada Day, 10 reasons to celebrate

Ah, Canada Day. God save the Queen ... and after Brexit, maybe the whole damn United Kingdom. There’ll be parades today, hot dogs, kids on bikes, a shrill seven notes from an overabundance of bagpipers marching slowly, steadily toward you, like the Scottish Walking...

Note to computer giants: Please don’t interrupt me

It was probably among the first things your parents taught you: Don’t interrupt. But the online world has become so full of interruptions it’s time to give it a good spanking, or at the very least make it go sit in a corner and think about what it’s done until it’s...

Summer: it’s a time for purposeful idleness

One of most annoying burdens of growing up Protestant is the nagging belief that idleness is a sin. Summer is definitely the time to throw off this sadly mistaken belief. The truth is, doing nothing is arguably quite virtuous. When we are truly idle we burn no fossil...

ENVIRONMENT

Is Site C a Done Deal?

More than 150 people gathered at the K’omox First Nation Band Hall recently for a powerful inspiring evening of speakers who proved that the fight to save the Peace River Valley is far from over. Ken Boon, farmer and member of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and two other speakers explained why Site C is a boondoggle.

North Island takes a step closer to new advanced recycling technologies

Comox and Strathcona regional districts have taken a step closer to new advanced recycling technologies, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and longer landfill life at a meeting April 5 of a select committee investigating new solutions to a growing and costly municipal waste problem.

Water bottling project raises aquifer concerns

The B.C. government has approved a controversial groundwater licence for a water extraction and bottling operation on a two hectare property on Sackville Road in the Merville area. They did it despite a strong objection from the Comox Valley Regional District and without public consultation or regard for community concerns.

Comox Valley lags the world without ban on plastic bags

The Comox Valley uses and discards between 9,000 and 19,000 plastic shopping bags per day. While other Vancouver Island communities are following the worldwide movement to enact bans of the non-biodegradable bags, most Valley elected officials don’t seem interested.

CULTURE

Down East fiddler Ashley MacIssac performs at The Filberg

Down East fiddler Ashley MacIssac performs at The Filberg

Ashley MacIssac, the Juno award-winning fiddler from Cape Breton Island, performed for a sold-out audience at Live! At Filberg Park Aug. 24. Known for some outlandish behavior in the past, there was nothing controversial about his Filberg performance, except that he...

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