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The Week: NDP defeats ProRep, the Comox beer drought is over
The NDP can breathe easy now that voters have rejected electoral reform again. Or can they? Depending on who you talk to Premier John Horgan either stacked the deck in favor of proportional representation or against it.
ProRep supporters say Horgan did little to promote electoral reform, and that he scheduled the timing of the vote to conflict with municipal elections when it would get little attention. First-past-the-post supporters say Horgan lowered the bar for approval to 50 percent-plus one, and rushed the vote before a specific version of ProRep could be chosen.
There’s truth in the complaints of both sides. The NDP showed no passion for reform. Was Ronna-Rae out knocking on doors? Did Gord Johns? It was a lacklustre campaign by a party that claimed to support ProRep.
And there’s no doubt voters were confused. ProRep supporters found themselves explaining the difference between three possible versions of reform. The basic premise of ProRep got lost in the details — that people should be represented in proportion to how they voted.
¶ Has there been a beer drought in Comox? Apparently. Social media channels lit up over the weekend about the grand opening of another brew pub in the town, this one on Lerwick Road. Jason and Hanna Walker opened Land and Sea Brewing Co. a week ago and their Facebook page went crazy.
There has been a long gap in Comox drinkeries since the Leeward Pub shut down and the Lorne Hotel and the Edgewater burned down. People wanting a taproom-barroom-public house experience had to travel out of town .. but, really, is Courtenay out-of-town?
So somebody flipped a switch and the “hey-Comox-needs-a-bar !” light went on. The Comox Bakery started serving beer and pizza, the Social Room opened and the Church Street Taphouse broke ground (coming next spring). Now Land and Sea has opened, soon to be followed by New Traditions Brewing Company in the Comox Mall.
And, silly us, we thought the hot market was going to be recreational pot stores.
¶ A couple of careless painters showed us again just how little people know about stormwater. We didn’t need the reminder.
The painters spilled latex paint at the intersection of Cumberland and Burgess roads this week, and then tried to clean up their mess by washing the paint down the nearest storm drain. They were apparently ignorant that drains lead to stormwater pipes that empty into one of Courtenay’s fish-bearing streams, probably Millard or Piercy creeks in this case.
Unfortunately, these guys aren’t alone. Decafnation readers have probably seen people pour used paint thinner, oil or some other toxic chemical into a street drain. It’s tragically all too common.
We know, it’s an extra effort to recycle this stuff, but it’s deadly to the environment.
¶ The draft transportation plan that caused airplane pilots and aircraft business owners to crash land in the Courtenay City Council chambers this summer has undergone a major revision.
Gone is a 21st Street bridge that would have eliminated several businesses, closed down the Courtenay Airpark by severing the runway and disrupted the K’omoks Estuary and the Kus-kus-sum restoration project.
The 21st Street bridge was a dumb idea and a non-starter from the get-go. But it did wake up a usually sedate Airpark Association, and turned it into an aggressive advocacy group. So, that’s a good thing.
The consultant who wrote the first report proposing the bridge, is now are telling City Council the bridge’s negative impact would exceed the benefits “by some margin.” Besides being an engineer, he’s also a master of understatement.
Instead, the new transportation plan will likely focus on methods to improve traffic flow on the roads approaching the 17th and Fifth street bridges.
¶ I wish the RCMP traffic division would take a tip from the Town of Comox: People driving over the speed limit? Eliminate speed limits! People disobeying a law to keep their dogs on a leash? Suspend that law!
New signage erected by the town doesn’t make the Northeast Woods trails an off-leash dog park, the signs just warn some people that some other people may not play by the rules. No doubt this reduces the town’s liability if someone decides to get litigious.
The whole unfortunate problem was created by a couple of misguided elderly vigilantes who started shooting unleashed dogs with bear spray. And they seem to have gotten off easy with only a verbal reprimand.
HOW WE VOTED FOR ELECTORAL REFORM
12,607 for First Past The Post, 55.16%
10,249 for Proportional Representation, 44.84%
61.3% for First Past The Post, 38.7% for Proportional Representation
42.6% of BC registered voters cast ballots
This week, Comox Valley women returned to positions of power in local governments, while 3L shifts the Puntledge Triangle debate to whether the regional district should buy its land. Plus why the Economic Development Society may be a dead horse and Comox councillors think they may be underpaid.
A commentary on COVID safety in the Comox Valley, plus what might happen to the 3L Developments’ 500 acres near Stotan Falls now that the CVRD has rejected their request to amend the Regional Growth Strategy
North Island Medical Health Officer steps in to avert potential COVID super-spreader event in the Comox Valley
Local governments are taking oversight seriously and pushing the CV Economic Development Society toward new directions that will benefit broader sectors of the community. Comox Town Council doesn’t like it.
This week we talk about how the reduction of healthcare services at North Island Hospitals continues to worry North Island citizens, plus elections, politics and why so many Comox Valley people refuse to wear masks inside local stores
Observations about the provincial election: Do the BC Liberals walk away with the Courtenay-Comox riding?
Many Eastern Canadians who normally go south for a warmer climate during the winter months may be headed for Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley
The last two remaining general pathologists in the Comox Valley have resigned as Island Health increases its pressure to take away more onsite medical services from North Island hospitals.
As the Vancouver Island Health Authority reduces health care services to north islanders and deflects accountability, the public looks to the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District board for advocacy
The Comox Valley will march at 1 pm today for changes to slow down climate change. But are we really just giving lip service when bolder actions are needed to save the planet?