Month: June 2018

Challenging a Colonial Inheritance

Challenging a Colonial Inheritance

While instructing at North Island College in Courtenay, I was assigned to teach an English 115, which is that basic composition class that all entering first-year students must take. The English Department encouraged instructors to create themes for those classes.

CITY BRIDGE PROPOSAL WOULD HARM AIRPARK, KUS-KUS-SUM

A proposed new bridge would kill the Courtenay Airpark, walkway, Hollyhock Marsh, undermine Kus-kus-sum and add another signal light on Comox Road. So why is the City of Courtenay promoting it? Even mayoralty candidates aren’t sure.

Bring them home.

We need to bring Mark, and Tish, home. SOON. Help Kera find leads on a level-entry, ground level apartment, with a good sized bathroom, friendly neighbours, easy-clean floors, in-suite laundry, and preferably all utilities included (including internet)…. for somewhere in the region of $900/m (max shelter allowance on disability that we can ascertain at this point). Could be anywhere between Black Creek and Nanaimo or on the Sunshine Coast, maybe lower mainland (tho we realize that’s highly improbable).

Nomadic Tempest is here – All you need to know!

The much-anticipated Nomadic Tempest is here! From Thursday June 28th to Sunday July 1st the Kus-Kus-Sum site (known by many as the old Fields Sawmill site) will be transformed into a venue for a multi-media presentation from the Caravan Stage Company about rising seas, climate change, and our place in it all. The show features original music, aerials, projections and more!

Nomadic Tempest is here – All you need to know!

Nomadic Tempest is here – All you need to know!

The much-anticipated Nomadic Tempest is here! From Thursday June 28th to Sunday July 1st the Kus-Kus-Sum site (known by many as the old Fields Sawmill site) will be transformed into a venue for a multi-media presentation from the Caravan Stage Company about rising seas, climate change, and our place in it all. The show features original music, aerials, projections and more!

Hudson Trunk Sewer Line Construction Complete

Hudson Trunk Sewer Line Construction Complete

Opportunities for residential growth, reduced pressure on existing infrastructure, rehabilitated drainage ditches and a new, widened shoulder for pedestrians are all positive results of the Hudson Trunk sewer line construction project, completed this week.

The new forcemain, installed in the Knight Road/Idiens Way area, increases capacity in the Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) sewer service by redirecting flows from east Courtenay directly to the sewage treatment plant rather than through the current Courtenay pump station. Construction on the project started in January and was completed with paving along Idiens Way and Parry Place last week.

Reformulating vehicle/bike/pedestrian relations for a better Comox Valley transportation brew

Reformulating vehicle/bike/pedestrian relations for a better Comox Valley transportation brew

!!…###___###…!!(words you don’t want to see in print and I would rather not admit to using)—but use them I did! The words just poured out like a Mount Polley sized tailings rupture of words I didn’t, actually, know were so instantly accessible to my vocabulary! If I had had time to think about it, I would have chosen my words more carefully. But, I didn’t have time to think. I had only a split second to get my bike stopped to avoid being run over by yet another vehicle whose driver seemed oblivious to the idea that roads—especially in commercial parking lots—are supposed to be shared with pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars and trucks.

CYMC Musical Theatre Presents Chicago: The High School Edition

CYMC Musical Theatre Presents Chicago: The High School Edition

Ladies and Gentlemen. You are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery. All the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.

So begins Chicago, the sharp edged satire, and the longest running American musical in Broadway history, and the show on which the Academy award winning film was based.

Murakami throws hat in ring

Murakami throws hat in ring

Murakami’s newest venture is running for council for the City of Courtenay. She’s looking forward to applying the skills she learned as a social worker, a safety advisor and a quality assurance consultant for long-term care for the benefit of the city.

B.C.’s housing crisis rants

B.C.’s housing crisis rants

Ever sense that you’ve been listening to one, or more, of these rants again and again over the past few years?

“It’s foreign buyers. No, it’s not. Show me your proof. The CMHC said so. No, they didn’t. They said there wasn’t sufficient data to form a conclusion.”

“It’s all about supply. Yeah, right, what supply? Every time you guys dream up a new condo project you sell it all through pre-sales in China and Singapore. You’re a xenophobe.”

“It’s the city’s fault. More to the point it’s Vision Vancouver’s fault and their stupid rules. Hey, condos don’t leak any longer, you’d think they’d trust us by now. And don’t get me started on their bike-lanes.”

From fins to flukes: Whales, dolphins, and porpoises in BC

From fins to flukes: Whales, dolphins, and porpoises in BC

Do you know how to tell a porpoise from a dolphin? Or what humpback whales eat?

Join Jess Torode, a the coordinator of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute’s B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network to explore the wonderful world of B.C. cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles. Find out how to identify common whale species, learn about the threats they face, and discover how you can get involved in their conservation through the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network.

COMOX MAYORAL CANDIDATE TOM DIAMOND HAS A VISION

COMOX MAYORAL CANDIDATE TOM DIAMOND HAS A VISION

Comox mayoral candidate Tom Diamond has a strong vision for a vibrant town facing massive growth pressures — a future by design, not by default

Tom Diamond loves the Town of Comox. He’s lived there for eight years, and thinks it’s a well-run municipality. But he would like to see the town led toward a more vibrant future.

So Diamond is running for mayor in this fall’s election.

Historical re-enactment of the 1918 Ginger Goodwin Funeral Procession this Saturday

Historical re-enactment of the 1918 Ginger Goodwin Funeral Procession this Saturday

he community is invited to be part of an exciting historical re-enactment of the 1918 Ginger Goodwin Funeral Procession on Saturday June 23rd at 4 pm in Cumberland BC.

“His funeral was the biggest this town had ever seen, and they carried his white coffin high. It stretched from the main street all the way to the graveyard and everybody knew why, and there wasnt a single dry eye” ~ from the song “The Day They Shot Ginger Down” by Gordon Carter

2018 marks the 100-year commemoration of the shooting death of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin. Join the Cumberland Museum and Archives and Miners Memorial Weekend to re-create this important event in both local and Canadian history.

Passion and Collaboration fuel Nomadic Tempest!

Passion and Collaboration fuel Nomadic Tempest!

Organizers are kicking into high gear in preparation for hosting the Caravan Stage Company and their touring production, Nomadic Tempest, June 28th to July 1st at the Kus-Kus-Sum site on the Courtenay River!

It is an ambitious project. The Nomadic Tempest production itself is self-contained and performed from the rigging of a 90-foot tall ship called the Amara Zee, a replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge. However, local organizers are faced with the massive task of turning an abandoned saw mill site into a functioning venue for audiences. It’s a task that takes a lot of imagination, energy and problem-solving skills.

Fire-Pit Pavilion soon to be built on Hornby Island to enrich a historical gathering place

Fire-Pit Pavilion soon to be built on Hornby Island to enrich a historical gathering place

Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society in partnership with the Timber Framers Guild are in for a major build project that will enhance the aesthetics and extend the use of a popular education and training center on Hornby Island.  Touted as the jewel of the Pacific, the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre (TBOEC) will soon have a fire-pit pavilion erected on its grounds, replacing the current open pit.  The new covered structure will become the architectural focal point and enhance the setting and the environment of Tribune Bay. Opportunity to donate and support the community build project still available. 

What is Supportive Housing and How Might It Impact Our Community?

What is Supportive Housing and How Might It Impact Our Community?

On May 22nd, 2018 a public hearing was held at the Courtenay Council Chambers to hear from the community about rezoning 988 8th Street to provide supportive housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The City of Courtenay will lease city-owned land to BC Housing. The provincial government will fund the construction and operating costs of the project, and The John Howard Society of North Island has been selected to provide onsite staff and oversee day to day operations of the housing.