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Local Collaboration for New Regional Office

May 31, 2016 The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in collaboration with the City of Courtenay and School District 71 (SD71) have proposed an integrated approach for a new CVRD regional office through a land purchase and exchange agreement. The land, located on Harmston Avenue in downtown Courtenay between 6th Street and Cumberland Road, is zoned for government offices and is currently owned by the City of Courtenay and SD71. “Working together and developing a regional office facility is one of the CVRD’s board strategic priorities,” explains CVRD Board Chair, Bruce Jolliffe. “By having local government own the property, we would be in a position to integrate shared services, save tax payers money in the long term, redevelop under-utilized land and contribute to revitalizing the downtown area.” The regional district offices not only house key assets including IT infrastructure, fleet vehicles, and corporate records; but also is the centre of activity for elected officials, staff and the public. Concerns have been raised over the years regarding the current offices’ flood prone location and annual lease rate which is approximately $330,000 a year.   The key to moving forward with this strategic priority is the property purchase agreement. In the first phase of this agreement, the CVRD purchases a vacant piece of land from SD71 upon which a new regional office would be constructed. In a second phase that would...

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Turbidity and Filtration- View From the RD

by Danny Zanbilowicz There has been a great deal of speculation about the causes of recent high turbidity events in Comox Lake, which have led to inconvenient and expensive “boil water” advisories. Logging practices in the hills surrounding the lake are often cited as a likely cause. The WORD had a recent conversation with Marc Rutten, General Manager of Engineering Services at the Regional District to find out the RD’s position on turbidity, and water treatment options. Rutten says- “Regulations from the province of BC require us to follow standards. In 2007, the “4-3-2-1-0” guidelines were implemented within the province, and adopted by all the health authorities.” These “Guidelines for...

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CVAG on Wrong Course

by Ed Varney With the Annual General Meeting of the Comox Valley Art Gallery coming up on April 9th at 10:30 am, I think it is time to look at the Gallery’s performance over the past year. Unfortunately for us all, I think it rates a D+, a barely passing grade. There was one excellent exhibition, the Salish Weave Show (which originated and was curated in Victoria) but most of the rest were quite forgettable. One of the most important functions of an art gallery is to present art. The art should reflect the talents, concerns, and diversity within...

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RCMP to issue more tickets to homeless people

Sheila McDonnell I’m very disturbed by the news that the RCMP plan to issue more tickets to homeless people busking and asking for money in the downtown area. How exactly is that supposed to help? Giving tickets to people who are already suffering from POVERTY will not help them stop being poor and hungry and homeless. This increases the debt and stress for people who can’t afford both shelter and food already. Are we trying to “teach them a lesson”? They already know it. Are you trying to keep them safe from being in dangerous traffic? Don’t you think...

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