Author: islandword

‘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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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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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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