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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scuffed his once-shiny political image again yesterday by discarding yet another campaign promise. In his first throne speech after the 2015 federal election, Trudeau boasted triumphantly that Canada had seen the last of its...read more
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...read more
The strong undercurrent of government mistrust that shades the American landscape is something relatively new to Canadians. But the recent Comox Valley Regional District open house on the HMCS Quadra sewer line replacement shows how and why that mood is changing. The...read more
For as far back as I can remember, people have warned me about the certain implosion of America. They made comparisons to fall of the Roman Empire and Sodom and Gomorrah. The unmistakable signs were everywhere, they said. As a teenager coming of age in the midwest...read more
On Jan. 1 every year, the DecafNation presents its annual collective Book Report. I know what you're thinking, "Hey, this is the first time I've seen this Book Report." You're right, because the DecafNation didn't exist on Jan. 1, 2016. But we plan to make this an...read more
At this season I seldom had a visitor. When the snow lay deepest, no wanderer ventured near my house for a week or a fortnight at a time, but there I lived as snug as a meadow mouse. … Thoreau in Walden I once took a series of photographs of a man named Harry. In his...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.
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