Month: July 2018

Smoking Ban in Comox Valley Regional District Parks

Smoking Ban in Comox Valley Regional District Parks

Due to dry weather conditions and an extreme fire hazard rating, a smoking ban for Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) parks will be in place starting at 10:00 am on July 27, 2018. This includes all parks with forested trails. Increased park patrols will also be added as the park bylaw was recently updated with the authority to fine people found smoking in the parks $500.

What Are These Guys So Afraid Of?

Last Saturday at Courtenay’s Downtown Market Days, I was out in the crowd talking with various people about proportional representation and handing them a half-page information sheet.

Some people stopped to talk. They wanted more information.

Others walked right by and said they had already made up their minds. That’s fine.

Still others saw me coming and changed their destination enough to avoid me. That’s fine, too.

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.

CVRD Regional Office Building Construction Awarded

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has announced Vancouver Island’s Knappett Projects Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for the regional office building that will be located at 770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay.

An Invitation to Tender was released on May 26, 2018. On July 4 (at the close of the process) the CVRD received five tenders and negotiations with the lowest bidder, Knappett Projects Inc., ensued. The CVRD design team worked with Knappett to identify cost savings of $340,486. This allowed the Regional District to proceed with a contract price of $10,352,514.

CVRD Regional Office Building Construction Awarded

CVRD Regional Office Building Construction Awarded

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has announced Vancouver Island’s Knappett Projects Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for the regional office building that will be located at 770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay.

An Invitation to Tender was released on May 26, 2018. On July 4 (at the close of the process) the CVRD received five tenders and negotiations with the lowest bidder, Knappett Projects Inc., ensued. The CVRD design team worked with Knappett to identify cost savings of $340,486. This allowed the Regional District to proceed with a contract price of $10,352,514.

CVRD Board agrees to consider 3L’s application to amend the Regional Growth Strategy

CVRD Board agrees to consider 3L’s application to amend the Regional Growth Strategy

The Comox Valley Regional District Board has voted to initiate an amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and consider a development proposal by 3L Developments Inc. to establish a new Settlement Node in the rural area.
In the first step, the Board has approved a recommendation from the Committee of the Whole to initiate an amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy in order to consider the application made by 3L Development Inc.

At the same meeting, the Board defeated a recommendation to consider the proposal as a minor amendment. By defeating the recommendation, the proposal from 3L Development Inc. to establish a new Settlement Node in the rural area, will now be considered as a standard amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy.

L’Arche’s 8th Annual Pig Roast – 22 Sept.

L’Arche’s 8th Annual Pig Roast – 22 Sept.

You’re invited to our 8th annual Pig Roast! Come and enjoy a delicious BBQ pork dinner, music and dancing, silent auction and of course, our ever-popular dessert auction. We’ll also be drawing the winning ticket in our fabulous WestJet raffle.

You’ll have a great evening while supporting L’Arche Comox Valley and the I Belong Centre, which offers activities and outreach for people with developmental disabilities.

Winning Electoral Reform—more than just rational arguments

Winning Electoral Reform—more than just rational arguments

If you read the Comox Valley Record, you couldn’t have missed the big money, full page ads attacking the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. In this age of sophisticated, EXPENSIVE bots mining social media to find vulnerabilities in personal perceptions you can bet these ads represent the best hope of big money interests to foster any kind of resentment that might help poison the upcoming referendum.

Seventh Annual Garlic Fest

Seventh Annual Garlic Fest

Things are going to get pretty stinky down at the Big Yellow Merville hall on Sunday, August 12th, from noon to 4pm as it is time for the Seventh Annual Garlic Fest. The garlic sellers will have their wagons overflowing with cloves and scapes and will be eager to sell you every other form of farm produce that is now in season.

EXPEDIENCY WINS OUT OVER CVRD’S GROWTH STRATEGY

EXPEDIENCY WINS OUT OVER CVRD’S GROWTH STRATEGY

CVRD directors overlook their Regional Growth Strategy to expedite an application by 3L Developments to amend the RGS that would enable a 740-house project on the Browns and Puntlege rivers near Stotan Falls

Winter planting, garden editing

Winter planting, garden editing

Many vegetables for harvest over the winter and early next spring should be planted at this time of year. So take advantage of the somewhat cooler weather forecast for the next few days to sow seeds of beets, chard and leaf beet, rutabaga, radicchio, kohlrabi and the small, quick growing, cabbage varieties (e.g., ‘Caraflex F1’, ‘Early Jersey Wakefield’, ‘Greyhound’). These should be sown immediately to have enough time to grow to a good size by the end of October. Most varieties of chard survive well outdoors through most winters, but they don’t all make it if there is exceptionally cold weather. That’s why at this time of year I include a couple of the hardier chards in my plantings: ‘Lucullus’ (wide stems, light green savoyed leaves) and ‘Leaf Beet’ (narrow stems, dark green, smoother leaf). The latter may also be called ‘Perpetual Spinach’ or ‘Bietina’ by different seed sources.

CVRD and Comox Valley Pride offer free pride friendly family swim

CVRD and Comox Valley Pride offer free pride friendly family swim

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the Pride Society of the Comox Valley are offering a free family all inclusive swim as part of the local annual Comox Valley Pride Week events.

The swim takes place Monday, July 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, 377 Lerwick Road in Courtenay, and everyone is welcome.

Kus-Kus-Sum receives $50,000 from Denton Foundation

Kus-Kus-Sum receives $50,000 from Denton Foundation

Frank and Bobbi Denton, longtime residents of the Comox Valley, met with Project Watershed Board Chair, Paul Horgen, and Technical Director, Dan Bowen, and announced that they wanted to become Platinum Donors for Kus-kus-sum with an extremely generous gift of $50,000.

Y2K Spitfire returning to Comox for once in a life time event

Y2K Spitfire returning to Comox for once in a life time event

The iconic Mark IX Spitfire aircraft Y2K, whose reconstruction was started in Comox, BC in 2000, is returning to the Valley in August 2018 for a celebration event.

Following an historic journey across Canada, a gala banquet, in honor of Wing Commander (ret’d) Stocky Edwards will be held on 08 Aug at 14 Hangar, 19 Wing.

Exhibition fulfills Hereditary Chief’s vision

Exhibition fulfills Hereditary Chief’s vision

Hiłt̕sist̕a’a̱m (The Copper Will Be Fixed), opening at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Friday evening July 20, is the culmination of the vision of Cultural Carrier Nagezdi, Rob Everson, Hereditary Chief of the Gigalgam Walas Kwaguł. The exhibition features diverse work created by Indigenous artists and cultural carriers of the west coast. The work responds to the impact of the Potlatch Ban and its reinstatement on the lives, families, communities, art-making and cultural practices of the artists.

Construction on Ryan Road Starts Monday for Greenwood Trunk Sewer Line

Construction on Ryan Road Starts Monday for Greenwood Trunk Sewer Line

Construction on the new Greenwood Trunk sewer line is set to begin on the Ryan Road portion of the new pipe route.

Work on Ryan Road, between Belair and Hudson roads, is expected to begin around July 16 and run until Aug. 10. Single-lane alternating traffic will be required during this time. Drivers should expect delays along this route.