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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Upcoming Events

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[...]
5:00 pm Let’s Elevate the Economy! LIFT ...
Let’s Elevate the Economy! LIFT ...
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:20 pm
FMI see http://WeAreYQQParty.ca 5pm LIFT Trade Show at Courtenay Legion 6:30pm Community Voices II 8pm #WeAreYQQ Party at Gladstone Brewing with DJ Adil, fun and games with #WeAreYQQPartyCrew led by Leanne, beer prizes by Gladstone.[...]
Jun
3
Sat
9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Jun 3 @ 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[...]

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