Make Shakesides a community project

Make Shakesides a community project

By voting unanimously last week to demolish Shakesides, the home of noted Canadian naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing, the Comox Town Council has failed to recognize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build community cohesiveness. Hamilton Mack Laing was a naturalist,...

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Was Shakesides’ advisory process flawed?

Was Shakesides’ advisory process flawed?

When he died in 1982, well-known Canadian naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing left his possessions, his property and house,and his money to the Town of Comox. His Last Will specified that some of the money be used to create a natural history museum in his house and to...

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Concerns over handling of Laing trust aren’t new

Concerns over handling of Laing trust aren’t new

Questions about the Town of Comox's handling of the Mack Laing Trust are not new. Citizens expressed concern many years ago, including Comox Valley Citizen of the Year Ruth Masters. In April of 2001, she wrote to then Mayor George Kirkwood and councillors asking for...

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On Lazo, Comox shows no accountability

On Lazo, Comox shows no accountability

By Judy Morrison I attended the recent Town of Comox Open House where one of the featured topics was the Lazo Road shoreline. I have learned much since that date. I now know a lot more about shores and water and and their "systems." I have also learned more about...

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Work stopped on Comox rip rap project

Work stopped on Comox rip rap project

Second update: Work on the project resumed on Wednesday, June 29. This article was updated at 10 a.m. after receiving information from the Town of Comox regarding the work stoppage. Work stopped almost as soon as it began on the Cape Lazo shoreline stabilization...

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Laing’s last wishes deserve more respect

Laing’s last wishes deserve more respect

Hamilton Mack Laing has probably turned over in his grave more than once since his death in 1982. Because if the famous Canadian naturalist, photographer and writer suddenly came alive today, he’d be shocked and angry at how the Town of Comox has fumbled his gift of...

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How will the CVRD respond to failed sewer referendum?

When Royston and Union Bay voters overwhelmingly rejected the South Sewer Project on Saturday, they added their voices to a broadening concern about the Comox Valley Regional District’s sewerage strategy. Consider: Some years ago, residents of the Saratoga-Miracle...

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Quadra sewer project upsets citizens at public meeting

Quadra sewer project upsets citizens at public meeting

A crowd of roughly 75 citizens peppered Comox Valley Regional District Senior Engineer Marc Rutten Jan. 17 with questions and angry statements at an open house about the HMCS Sewer Project. At times the meeting threatened to spin out of control as residents shouted...

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Small number of voters will have large, long-term effect

Small number of voters will have large, long-term effect

Many residents of Royston and Union Bay will vote tomorrow on whether to fund a new sewerage system to service their communities. This seemingly isolated decision will have a profound and long-term impact on the entire Comox Valley. If voters approve this referendum,...

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In bed with a cadre of birthers, bigots and buffoons

In bed with a cadre of birthers, bigots and buffoons

Poor Paul Ryan. The nation’s highest ranking Republican and Speaker of the House describes comments by Donald Drumpf about a judge with a Hispanic surname as “a textbook definition of racism,” but can’t quite bring himself to withdraw his endorsement of the candidate....

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Let’s make it socially unacceptable to feed deer

Let’s make it socially unacceptable to feed deer

I’m done with deer. On any given day, small herds of deer eat their way through local neighborhoods. They wander onto busy streets and stop traffic, sometimes with fatal results. They damage property, threaten people and pets, pose health risks and attract dangerous...

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Proposed South Sewer pipe to take harmful route

Proposed South Sewer pipe to take harmful route

Advance voting is underway for the June 18 referendum when Royston and Union Bay voters will decide whether to tax themselves to build and connect to a community wastewater system. To clear up some of the misinformation about this Comox Valley Regional District...

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