Arts & Culture

Dan Vie

Harperman: Singer/scientist muzzled for protest song

Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was recently sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of Harperman, a music video posted on YouTube in early June that has attracted about 48,000 hits: Background story:

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August 2015Bee Wolf-Ray

Down-to-Earth Astrology

Humans are complex and cannot be reduced to twelve separate categories. For best results, read this column holistically, as if every sign pertained to some aspect of yourself (as it does). We feel good now; after all, we enjoy summer. The bottom line is, we are having fun. Summer is all about swimming, playing and […]

Jane Masutani

Sumer is Icumen in

Sumer is Icumen in It certainly is. We’re as dry as a bone here on this land. Unwatered patches of grass are crunchy. All my roses! So sad! Everything’s just limping along and I’m beginning to feel the same way. We’ve got it backwards. Why should we go away in the winter? In winter the […]

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Your Word

railway-train-tracks-portugal-street-art-artur-bordalo-7Dan Vie

Roundup/Glyphosate still being sprayed on the railways – WHY?

A couple weeks ago I was on the Rotary Trail, and happened to find a torn-up sign on the ground, stating that glyphosate spraying had just occurred – signed, “Southern Railway of Vancouver Island”. The Rotary Trail runs parallel to the train tracks, and is covered with blackberries and other wild edibles. What are the […]



The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board of directors has adopted the 2015 budget that includes a total consolidated budget of $79 million (a net operating budget for the year of $54.3 million). The consolidated budget includes three funds: general, water and sewer. The 2015 budget reflects major projects underway in various services in all […]


Mackie Cancels Reading

Dear Editor With regret I have cancelled the generous offer by Evelyn Gillespie to participate in the “Authors for Independent Bookstores” day at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore on Saturday 2 May 2015. Anyone familiar with my four Comox Valley books will appreciate my love of the history and heritage of the valley: Hamilton Mack Laing: […]

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