Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

MORE AGARIANS — Matching up people who want to farm with those who have land available for farming is the goal of the 5th annual Winter Mixer and Land Link. Read it here.

MORE ROTARIANS — The Comox Valley’s 5th Rotary club has formed. Read it here.

MORE REPRESENTATION — Former Valley resident an editor of the award-winning G.P. Vanier High School newspaper Katie Betanzo shares her views of proportional representation based on experience living and working in New Zealand. Read it here.

 

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

DAVE BARRETT — Two perspectives on Dave Barrett, arguably British Columbia’s most courageous and ambitious premier in recent history, who only served for three years, and died on Friday. Read it here, and here.

MEANWHILE —  The B.C. Liberals picked their Christy Clark replacement, opting for a veteran rather than a fresh face. Andrew Wilkinson says he’s someone who knows how to get under the NDP’s skin. Read it here.

 

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

ELECTORAL REFORM — Elizabeth May and guest panelists will discuss proportional representation at 7 p.m. on March 14 at North Island College’s Stan Hagen Theater. Read about it here.

REVITALIZE THE ALR — Do you have ideas about how to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve? The B.C. government wants to hear from you. Read it here.

TRUDEAU SLAMS BC — PM Trudeau’s failure to submit the Trans Mountain pipeline to a reformed environmental process, and his dismissal of BC’s environmental concerns are yet another reason Canada needs proportional representation. Read it here.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

WHAT IS HORGAN DOING? — Many NDP supporters are wondering what voter base Premier John Horgan is attempting to woo. Read it here.

VOTE FOR REFORM — Cast your vote for electoral reform at Comox Riding MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard’s Town Hall on Feb. 7. Read it here on Facebook.

GENDER NEUTRAL ANTHEM — The Senate passed a bill this week that makes the national anthem gender neutral, in some ways a return to the original 1908 wording. Read it here.

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

 

HUNT OFFICERS — People attracted to Conservation office positions with the B.C. government tend to have a strong bias in favor of hunting rather than promoting biodiversity, according to a Vancouver Sun report. Read it here.

LIBERAL LEADERS — Desmond Travis writes a nice summary of B.C. Liberal party leadership candidates. Read it here.

ALPINE SKI LEGEND — The passing of a legend: Warren Miller. Read it here.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

HOSPITAL ERRORS REPEATED? — Planning is underway for a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley. Will they make the same mistakes that occurred during planning for the Comox Valley and Campbell River hospitals? Read it here.

JOHNS TACKLES PLASTICS — MP Gord Johns has introduced a bill (M-151) in the House of Commons to create permanent funding for community-led projects to clean up plastics and debris. And it would encourage the reduction of micro-plastics. Read it here.

And here are the recommendations of theUniversity of Victoria Environmental Law Centre that inspired Johns’ bill. Read it here.

SURFING MEGA WAVES — Here’s one for all of Decafnation’s surfing fans. A video of the first woman to successfully surf the break at Mavericks, near Half Moon Bay, California, where waves can reach 80-feet tall. Watch it here.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2018

HISTORY OF FISHING — Wonderful story by Paul Horgen, chair of the Project Watershed board, about the history of fishing in the K’omoks estuary, including a story by Norma Morton. Read it here.

FIBRESHED? — Here’s a new word we’re going to hear a lot about, ‘fibreshed.’ It’s the geographic region with the natural resources for a Vancouver Island textile industry. Read it here.

GOVERNED BY A MAJORITY — A left-of-center government is preferred by 66 percent of British Columbians. Only 34 percent prefer the right-of-center Liberals. But with just a small gain in support, the Liberals could govern the province. This is why we need proportional representation. Read it here.

Monday, Jan, 22, 2018

MULTIPLEX UNDER WATER — Thanks to the Comox Valley Record for the above photograph showing flooding this week in the area where a group has proposed to build a multiplex centre. “What could possibly go wrong” by building in a floodplain ask local residents?

REVIVE COAL MINES — Could Cumberland’s abandoned coal mines experience a revival as a new green source of heat? Cumberland council has added alternate energy sources to its strategic plan. Read it here.

BIG FOOT — Canada’s leading Sasquatch researcher, Dr. John Bindernagel, a Comox Valley resident has died. Read it here.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

 

HOCKEY STAR — Myles Powell, a former Comox Valley resident and a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has a chance to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. As a forward for the RIT hockey team, he ‘ their leading scorer with 88 career points on 40 goals and 48 assists. Read it here.

FREESTYLE SKIING STAR — And another Comox Valley athlete is also making a big run. Local freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe is heading to the 2018 Olympic Games with a gold medal in her pocket from the last World Cup. Read it here.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

CUMBERLAND SURVEY — The Village of Cumberland has launched its Economic Development Strategy. It begins with a Community and Business survey open through Feb. 13 and available online. Read it here, and participate in the survey here.

ICELAND BANS PLASTIC — Iceland, a supermarket chain in the U.K. has vowed to eliminate all plastic packaging from its own brand of products, called Iceland Foods. Any Icelandic elected officials in the Comox Valley paying attention, Erik Eriksson? Read it here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The 27th World Community Film Festival needs volunteers for Feb. 2 and 3. Check out the films and how you can help. Read it here.

ISFELD VIDEO WINS — A video produced by students of Mark Isfeld High School has won top 8 honors in an international film competition sponsored by Rotary International. The students are part of the school’s Interact Club. Read it here.