Author: islandword

From Mowing to Growing

Urban Agriculture Catching On By Danny Zanbilowicz James McKerricher and his partner have transformed their corner lot in the City of Courtenay into a dense productive garden. “This is my first time owning a home, just over a year,” he says. “Before I worked seasonally and travelled, lived in temporary places.” The point is to feed themselves, perhaps provide income, and the fun of it. James says- “It’s all I think about, and want to do, in the greenhouse or in the rain.” With a relatively small area, the task is to maximize the usefulness of space: “My girlfriend...

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Saving the House

  by Danny Zanbilowicz Members of the Mack Laing Heritage Society, and their many supporters in the community believe it is essential to preserve at least one of Mack Laing’s homes on the Comox estuary as a nature interpretation centre, as was his wish. Before, there were two. Now the only one left is Shakesides. The Town of Comox, and its supporters, are eager to demolish Shakesides and replace it with a viewing platform and/or pavilion.What’s all the fuss?  HistoryThis is a tale of two adjacent properties on the shoreline of the Comox estuary, just down the road from another...

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Re: Proposed Changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation – Policy Update posted

The Ministry of Environment (the ministry) is in the process of revising the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR). The OBSCR regulates most open burning of vegetative debris in BC. Following extensive consultations, including intentions papers in 2008 and 2010 and engagement with a stakeholder review group through 2011-13, the ministry has updated proposed revisions to the regulation. The proposed revisions are intended to: 1) improve air quality in populated areas; 2) simplify burning requirements in remote areas; and 3) support enforcement, encourage use of cleaner technologies and provide flexibility for community wildfire protection. An information update describing the proposed approach is now posted on the ministry’s open burning regulatory review website and available for public comment until July 21, 2016. The ministry plans to conduct a series of webinars on the proposed revisions, including a general overview webinar and information targeted to municipal, agriculture and forestry interests. If you are interested in participating in one of these webinars, please contact the email or mail addresses below. If you are an “association”, please forward this correspondence and web site address to your members. You are also encouraged to forward this information to others who you feel may wish to comment on this guideline. If you have any questions or comments about the min­istry’s proposed revisions, please submit them by e-mail or mail to the addresses below by July 21,...

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‘Goodwin’s Way’ – Cumberland Yesterday and Today

by Brian Charlton “Goodwin’s Way’ is a film by Neil Vokey which will premiere locally on June 16 at the United Church in Cumberland. It has grown from its original form as a short documentary about the legend of Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer killed by the police on July, 1918, into a look at Cumberland itself and its continuing activism specifically around the now defunct Raven Coal project. This event, on Thursday evening, will kick off this year’s Miner’s Memorial Day program. It is a very exciting package from the traditional graveside speakers and music to an oral history workshop to walking tours to Wedlidi Speck speaking at the Memorial Dinner Saturday night. For more info go to www.cumberlandmuseum.ca Neil is a young talented filmmaker. I interviewed him about his background, his film, and his experiences making the film. 1) You were raised in the Comox Valley and went to high school at Mark Isfeld. When did you become aware of Ginger Goodwin and the Cumberland coalminers? I first learned about Ginger Goodwin thanks to my Social Studies teacher Barry Walker, who sadly passed away last year. However I wouldn’t say I was very aware of Cumberland’s coal mining history growing up – learning about Goodwin put a distinct human face to a history that otherwise seemed abstract to me. When I was young I didn’t pay attention...

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In-con Family Gaming Covention 2017 @ Florence Filberg Centre
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A trip all the way to the north end of Vancouver island! I’m glad to be part of this fantastic convention once again! I’ll be hanging out and helping run the kids play zone for[...]
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11:30 am Chamber 2017 AGM @ Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
Chamber 2017 AGM @ Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
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Join the Chamber for the Annual General Meeting at Crown Isle Resort with keynote speaker Val Litwin, BC Chamber CEO. Come and welcome our new Board members and thank those who are stepping down from[...]
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7:00 pm 6th Annual Campagnolo Lecture – ... @ Sid Williams Theatre
6th Annual Campagnolo Lecture – ... @ Sid Williams Theatre
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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