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Submit a photo of your favourite trees in Courtenay for your chance to win

Have you s­­­­ubmitted your feedback on the future of Courtenay’s urban forest yet? The online consultation period for the vision, goals and future of the community’s urban forest has been open since June, and you can contribute more than just opinions. Share photos of Courtenay’s urban forest to a crowd sourced “story map”. One photo will be chosen from all submissions for the cover of the Urban Forest Plan; the winner will also receive a $200 gift certificate to a local nursery. Access the Interactive Crowd-sourced Online Map at www.courtenay.ca/urbanforest, or submit your photo by email to planning@courtenay.ca

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LETTERS TO/FROM THE EDITOR

Tribute for Bob Hager

We miss Bob Hager attendances at our monthly meetings of the Tsolum River Restoration Society. When he and Judy, his life companion, were not travelling elsewhere in the world, he would always fly over from Vancouver to be present at our meetings, to give us encouragement and sage advice and extend his generosity. During the last several months, when he knew was dying, he still made the flights, but accompanied either by his daughter, Shelly, or one of his former business colleagues.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Tribute for Bob Hager

We miss Bob Hager attendances at our monthly meetings of the Tsolum River Restoration Society. When he and Judy, his life companion, were not travelling elsewhere in the world, he would always fly over from Vancouver to be present at our meetings, to give us encouragement and sage advice and extend his generosity. During the last several months, when he knew was dying, he still made the flights, but accompanied either by his daughter, Shelly, or one of his former business colleagues.

COLUMNISTS

Dark echoes in an era of semi-disclosure

Echo chambers has been popular as a buzz phrase as of late, the idea that we post and share links and opinions that we agree with on social media to others that also agree with them, thereby amplifying their echo. What happens to those chambers, though, when 'dark echoes' infect public debate? In an era of increasing public distrust, there's a very real risk that good ideas could fall victim to a failure to disclose. It breeds suspicion. Some are clamouring for public advocacy groups to disclose their sources of funding – an admirable goal – but they're eerily silent when it comes to Jim Shephard disclosing his funding sources for his recent first-past-the-post advertising campaign in advance of this fall's referendum on proportional representation. Sometimes the connection between a group and its self-interests are obvious: the Fraser Institute or the Canadian Taxpayers Association spring to mind.

COLUMNISTS

Dark echoes in an era of semi-disclosure

Echo chambers has been popular as a buzz phrase as of late, the idea that we post and share links and opinions that we agree with on social media to others that also agree with them, thereby amplifying their echo. What happens to those chambers, though, when 'dark echoes' infect public debate? In an era of increasing public distrust, there's a very real risk that good ideas could fall victim to a failure to disclose. It breeds suspicion. Some are clamouring for public advocacy groups to disclose their sources of funding – an admirable goal – but they're eerily silent when it comes to Jim Shephard disclosing his funding sources for his recent first-past-the-post advertising campaign in advance of this fall's referendum on proportional representation. Sometimes the connection between a group and its self-interests are obvious: the Fraser Institute or the Canadian Taxpayers Association spring to mind.

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Missed the Nomadic Tempest show?

Here is a playlist of videos that showcase some of what the Caravan Stage company does.

Many thanks to the residents of the Comox Valley who came out and supported this fundraising effort for Kus-kus-sum.

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