Author: islandword

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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Food Not Bombs

Every Sunday- St. George’s Church, Courtenay, 2 pm to 4 pm by Danny Zanbilowicz Food Not Bombs was founded in 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by anti-nuclear activists. Members have provided free good food over the years at many antiglobalization, anti-poverty, and anti-war events including Occupy Wall Street. It is a loose network of hundreds of chapters around the world. Ernie Yacub has been involved locally with FNB from the beginning. He says- “It started here about ten years ago, outdoors in front of the court house for a couple of years, in the basement of St. George’s Church for...

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Upcoming Events

May
25
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7:00 pm Triple Heat Dance Presents ‘Ignite’ @ Sid Williams Theatre
Triple Heat Dance Presents ‘Ignite’ @ Sid Williams Theatre
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 9:30 pm
Triple Heat Dance – Academy of Performing Arts is thrilled to present their 5th annual showcase performances featuring two exciting and diverse shows. Dancers, ages 3-18, will perform in a variety of dance styles including[...]
May
27
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9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
May 27 @ 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[...]
May
31
Wed
4:00 pm 6th Annual Elevate Arts Festival @ Downtown Courtenay
6th Annual Elevate Arts Festival @ Downtown Courtenay
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 11:59 pm
A FREE festival of art, culture and ideas that takes to the streets May 31-June 3 2017 in the <3 of the Comox Valley! Celebrating 6 years of breaking down barriers between culture producers and[...]

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