Author: islandword

Mackie Cancels Reading

Dear Editor With regret I have cancelled the generous offer by Evelyn Gillespie to participate in the “Authors for Independent Bookstores” day at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore on Saturday 2 May 2015. Anyone familiar with my four Comox Valley books will appreciate my love of the history and heritage of the valley: Hamilton Mack Laing: Hunter-Naturalist (1985), The Wilderness Profound (1995), Island Timber (2000), and Mountain Timber (2009), all of them published by Sono Nis Press. I simply cannot believe that Mack Laing’s two houses in Comox are to be demolished despite the honest and unselfish efforts of the Mack Laing Society to preserve them. Any house can be preserved if the will exists to do so, and excuses can always be found for demolition. Dedication and effort are always required to preserve our cultural heritage. In the last decade I have seen a good many Comox Valley landmarks destroyed through civic neglect or arson, including the Courtenay Hotel, the Lorne Hotel, Leung’s store, Palace (Bickle) Theatre, the Currie (Radford) farmhouse on Balmoral Road, and now Mack Laing’s two houses. All these buildings were of provincial and arguably national importance. With the loss of the Lorne and Courtenay hotels, the nineteenth century has been expunged from the Comox Valley. This destruction amounts to cultural vandalism. Why should I celebrate books, history, and heritage with a community that consistently destroys...

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Citizens Inspired to turn Goals into Action on 5-Year Anniversary of Landmark Sustainability Strategy

by Vanessa Scott, January 2015. Already 2015 is shaping up as a groundbreaking year in sustainable development. In some key ways, the Comox Valley is ahead of the curve. During this international Year of Sustainable Development, as governments around the world work for action, local citizens are celebrating that we already have an outstanding plan on the books outlining our path to a stronger, healthier future. Thanks to a legacy of forward-looking initiatives that culminated in the 2010 Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy, local governments are equipped with the vision, goals and collaborative means to put us on track to sustainability. Yet progress in practice depends on local champions who are dedicated to turning such goals into reality. Now a local group, spearheaded by Transition Town, has come together to spur the Sustainability Strategy into greater use and action. Since early January the group has met twice, with over 30 people gathering in Downtown Courtenay to share ideas for revitalizing the Sustainability Strategy. The group has included small business owners, farmers, teachers, community organizers and interested citizens. As well as raising the profile of the Sustainability Strategy, they seek to make 2015 a turning point as its benchmark five-year review. Because 2015 is Courtenay’s 100-year anniversary, the city’s centennial also marks an opportunity to imagine what we want our community to be like in the future. While there is no...

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For immediate release January 27, 2015 The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Island Health have lifted the boil water advisory effective this afternoon. Following daily testing and regular monitoring of the system since the advisory was put in place on December 11, 2014, the CVRD and Island Health are confident that the water quality of the system is now safely within drinking water guidelines. The CVRD understands the impact that this prolonged advisory had on the users of the system and appreciates the support received by the community. The water that supplies the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents. Those areas affected by the boil water advisory were the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas. Island Health guidelines recommends the following after a boil water advisory has been lifted:  Flush all water-using fixtures for one minute.  Run cold-water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before using the water.  Drain and flush all ice-making machines in your refrigerator.  Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.  Drain and refill hot water tanks set below 45 C (normal setting is 60 C).  Change any pre-treatment filters (under sink style and refrigerator water filters,...

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Father’s Day Misty Isles Cruise ... @ Cortes Island Museum & Archives
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Southeast Asian Grilling Cooking... @ Riso
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 4th Annual Grilling Class featuring the flavours of Southeast Asia The perfect father’s day gift! Explore new flavours and recipe ideas for your summer grilling. Sarah, Taka and Stir Cooking will take you on[...]


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