Author: islandword

The RD vs 3L

by Danny Zanbilowicz The Comox Valley Regional District has been in a power struggle with a development company based in Nanaimo- 3L Developments Inc, which wants to turn land it owns near the confluence of the Browns and Puntledge Rivers, mostly covered with trees, and a popular recreational area which includes Stotan Falls, into a subdivision of around 741 homes and 10,000 square meters of commercial space. The company’s plans would blow open the Regional Growth Strategy, which is meant to control and channel development in a way that is consistent with community values of sustainability. It has become well...

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Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul in Comox Valley

by Danny Zanbilowicz The Comox Valley was visited last night (April 27 2017) by two of Canada’s most preeminent citizens- ex Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, and celebrated author and intellectual John Ralston Saul, who were guests at this year’s Iona Campagnola lecture series hosted by the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre. The event consisted of Dr. Saul and Madame Clarkson sitting on comfy chairs on the stage of the Sid Williams Theatre, engaged in a conversation for about an hour and half. Madame Clarkson set the tone from the start by pointing out that as we are living on...

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Village of Cumberland Backs Away From Dispensaries

by Danny Zanbilowicz The federal government has promised that it will soon legalize marijuana in Canada. The current time line is for legislation to be in place next summer. In the meantime, the transition to legalization is proving confusing, murky, and frustrating to legislators, citizens, and cannabis activists. The Village of Cumberland’s recent exercise is a case in point. On Monday March 27 Village council members voted three to two to not accept any of the four submitted applications to run a marijuana dispensary in downtown Cumberland, ending, for now, months of work on the part of the applicants,...

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That DT Thing

by Serena Patterson I have always been a romantic about Iowa. I blame this on a number of things, including my father’s profession. Rural pastors in that part of the world are so revered that it is commonplace for their children to mistake them for God. In my pre-adolescent years I breathed in the benevolence of my dad’s congregation like sweet, clover-scented air, and I played under the attentive gaze of adoring old women who dispensed lemonade, peppermints, reprimands and local history lessons from front porches. I also blame the understated beauty of the place. I looked out my...

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“Oroville”: A Relevant Measure of Current Environmental Paralysis

On the West Coast, what happens in California is a reliable foreshadowing of things to come at home. Geologically, the 1000km Cascadian Subduction zone and the terrains associated with it link us to Northern California, whose flora and fauna extends well north of the 49th parallel. Most of BC’s residents live in the southern edge which is a climatic extension of the Sonoran desert and Northern Californian ecosystems. Every year, the weather systems that first show up in California make themselves felt along southern BC’s coast. When California suffers an extreme drought, BC may not experience the same duration, but it too experiences at least prolonged droughts of three months or more, as we did over the past years. The general consensus is that Canadian weather is shifting to extremes. (1) Over the past decade BC has experienced with unprecedented frequency “pineapple expresses”, high winter temperatures and high southern winds that come with record precipitation, which are atmospheric rivers.(2) Just how much California’s predicament is similar to ours has been brought home by a report prepared by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium for Metro Vancouver (Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver.)(3) Based on the “business-as-usual” scenario, which is very likely given the inability of various levels of government to take meaningful action, projections indicate that the Lower Mainland is on track to have weather similar to San Diego’s current weather...

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Upcoming Events

Jul
29
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9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more! See you at the Native[...]
8:00 pm Wayward’s Outdoor Movie Party #3 @ Wayward Distillation House
Wayward’s Outdoor Movie Party #3 @ Wayward Distillation House
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 1:00 am
Save the date and grab your “Sunday Best 😳” Wayward is bringing you The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Cocktails, Costumes, Toast, TP and rubber gloves ;) Stay tuned for all the details https://www.facebook.com/events/231639774014194/
Jul
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12:00 pm Tin Town MURAL Painting- “Field ... @ Ki Fitness & Health
Tin Town MURAL Painting- “Field ... @ Ki Fitness & Health
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
🌷🌹🥀Join artist Helen Utsal in creating a public mural- a field of flowers in Tin Town! 🌻🌼🌸 Drop in from 12-4pm. Supplies provided. Donate to paint your flower and support Project Watershed. 💦 (Thank you[...]

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