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
A B.C. Supreme Court hearing scheduled for this morning (March 15) to determine whether to grant standing to the Mack Laing Heritage Society (MLHS) in the Town of Comox’s application to vary one of the famous ornithologis’s trusts has been adjourned until April. But Shakesides supporters left the court session encouraged.read more
The Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) has reissued a Request for Proposals to add 120 new beds for patients requiring a complex level of care in the Comox Valley. Island Health says it hopes to award contracts for the new beds in early May and expects they will open for patients sometime in 2020.read more
Courtenay City Council member David Frisch announced this week that he is running for mayor. Frisch is the second sitting councillor to enter the mayoral race, just 225 days away. Erik Eriksson launched his campaign for mayor several months ago.read more
The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA, or Island Health) board of directors will hold their March meeting in the Comox Valley. It’s an opportunity for Comox Valley and Campbell River residents flummoxed by the myriad errors in planning the new hospitals to ask questions or even make presentations to the directors and Island Health executives.read more
It’s International Women’s Day
“The person I am is greatly influenced by the women I want to be. The people and places where I’ve seen acts of femininity, strength, controversy and attitude have shaped who I’m becoming.”read more
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.read more
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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