Month: January 2018

Stone Soup and Groundhog weather forecast

Stone Soup and Groundhog weather forecast

Many cultures celebrate a special day at this time of year- when the light returns and we are half way between the dark winter and burgeoning spring solstices.

We begin to hope and see the end of winter. Imbolc is the name in the old Celtic calendar, celebrating the fertility goddess Brigid. This came down as St Brigid’s day in Ireland – a celebration that includes good comfort foods, including to long-storage potatoes, cabbage or kale. Its also a time to check the signs for weather – hence Groundhog day ( badger in Ireland) when we see if cloudy weather winter will soon be over. And we can start the new garden process.

Province proposes restrictions on increased bitumen transport

On January 30, 2018, the Province announced five possible new regulations aimed at protecting our region from the threats of transporting bitumen and heavy oil. Included is the intention, that while a Science Panel conducts research into the unique properties and behaviour of bitumen, that the Province will restrict increases in the transport of this substance.

Cumberland Heritage Day in Cumberland

Celebrate our regions history and heritage at the 16th annual Cumberland Heritage Faire! Explore a wide range of displays featuring local histories, genealogy, traditional craft making, antique tools, demonstrations, and so much more. Enjoy musical entertainment for the entire family from local favourites including the Old Time Fiddlers, Time for Uke, and the Barbershop Quartet. Stop by the concession for a homemade lunch. The Faire takes place 10am – 4pm in the Cumberland OAP Hall and Cultural Centre at 1st Street and Dunsmuir Avenue. Admission is by donation. Search ‘Cumberland Heritage Faire 2018’ on Facebook for further information.

CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE 26: The Churches, Climate Change, and the New Cosmology

Do the religious organizations have a role to play in the climate change challenge? If so, what is it?
(My experience is with mainline Christian churches. They have aging populations and fewer young people joining. For increasing numbers of people the churches seem irrelevant—unable to deal with the modern world’s challenges.)
One reason for this decline is undoubtedly the churches’ problem with science. It is an old problem.

CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE 26: The Churches, Climate Change, and the New Cosmology

CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE 26: The Churches, Climate Change, and the New Cosmology

Do the religious organizations have a role to play in the climate change challenge? If so, what is it?
(My experience is with mainline Christian churches. They have aging populations and fewer young people joining. For increasing numbers of people the churches seem irrelevant—unable to deal with the modern world’s challenges.)
One reason for this decline is undoubtedly the churches’ problem with science. It is an old problem.

New Rotary Club starting in Comox Valley – Monday, 29 Jan, 7pm @ Old House

New Rotary Club starting in Comox Valley – Monday, 29 Jan, 7pm @ Old House

There will be a new Rotary club starting in the Comox Valley. At 7pm on Monday, January 29, at the Old House Hotel and Spa, the group will meet to officially charter the club and affirm the inaugural leadership team.

Rotary is an international organization with over 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs around the world. The goal of Rotary is to bring together people to exchange ideas, form friendships and connections while taking action to make positive contributions to their communities.

Camp Boomer 2018: now recruiting!

Camp Boomer 2018: now recruiting!

After a successful decade, the epic Boomer’s Legacy BC Bike Ride from 19 Wing Comox to Victoria has been replaced by an exciting single day event!

Introducing Camp Boomer! The new format will enable everyone to participate in this worthwhile charity under the Canadian Forces Support Our Troops program.

Camp Boomer will take place on Saturday, June16 June at Glacier Gardens Arena at 19 Wing Comox. Based on a military theme, participants will have six hours to walk, run or cycle two mapped routes. Entry into the event will entail a registration fee to cover expenses, as well as a minimum pledge amount.

Installation of UV equipment marks an important milestone for the Water Treatment Project

Installation of UV equipment marks an important milestone for the Water Treatment Project

Up to 80 per cent of boil water notices will be avoided with new temporary measure
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) completed installation of interim ultraviolet (UV) treatment system at its chlorination station on Friday, January 19 which helped avoid a boil water notice over the weekend. The Regional District is now awaiting changes to its operating permit but given the weather forecast, Island Health has granted the CVRD temporary permission to use the system.

COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE 25: Drowning in Democracy

COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE 25: Drowning in Democracy

There is an old saying that is often applied to climate change: “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge” It means that scientists are drowning us with facts and figures about climate change but not providing us with enough knowledge about how to deal with it.
When I hear that saying I always focus on the word “drowning”. Twice in my life I came very closed to drowning. The word popped into my mind as I was thinking about climate change and our western democratic forms of government. They seem unable to deal with climate change. They are drowning and not realizing it. So what to do?

Encore Community Screening of Save Space Nugget

Encore Community Screening of Save Space Nugget

The Cumberland Community Forest Society and Story Box Movies are hosting a special encore community screening of the new documentary film Save Space Nugget on Wednesday January 31st at 8:00 pm (doors 7:30 pm) at the Cumberland Masonic Hall in Cumberland.

27th World Community Film Festival

27th World Community Film Festival

The 27th World Community Film Festival is ready to roll on Friday & Saturday, February 2 and 3 in downtown Courtenay. Over 30 of the finest documentaries from around the world cover topics including: First Nations, arts and music, food security, environmental issues, labour, social justice and human rights. These films are guaranteed to entertain, inform, and inspire.

CVRD kicks off 2018-2022 financial planning process

CVRD kicks off 2018-2022 financial planning process

Tuesday night the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board officially kicked off the New Year with the start of their 2018-2022 financial planning process.

At the start of 2018, the CVRD will be managing 102 services across the region. These services range from water, sewer and solid waste to parks, recreation and even street lighting. Within this year’s financial planning process the emphasis is on critical capital projects including the new water treatment filtration system and civic infrastructure.

“The Stairs” Documentary Screening by the Community Drug Strategy Committee

“The Stairs” Documentary Screening by the Community Drug Strategy Committee

The Community Drug Strategy Committee are hosting a screening of the documentary “The Stairs” on Tues., March 6 and are hoping to have information about the event mentioned on Tide Change.

The event will be at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre – North Island College (Courtenay). The screening is FREE to attend and seating will be available on a first come, first save basis.