Month: November 2018

Time To Put Communicate Back Into Government Communications

Time To Put Communicate Back Into Government Communications

A bit of good news came out of Victoria this week, which could have easily been missed under the avalanche of bad news that was coming out of the capital. British Columbia is now “operating debt-free for the first time in more than 40 years,” according to the province’s second quarterly report. But that’s not really the good news, at least for me. Perhaps – now that the report and all the preparatory work is out of the way – the ministry might find some time to answer a question I had in early October.

An Empty Space in The Heart

As the last week of 2018 approaches, to the surprise of those who know me, I am speechless. Not because there are no topics to write about, believe me I have only begun to touch the tip of the “glacier” in the last three months, but simply from the context of the time of the year I am writing in.

Nativity: Creches of the World

In the Christian tradition, a nativity scene (also known as a manger scene, crib, crèche, or in Italian presepio or presepe) is a special exhibition of art objects representing the birth of Jesus. The word creche comes from the Old French cresche (13century) meaning “crib, manger, stall.”

Nativity: Creches of the World

Nativity: Creches of the World

In the Christian tradition, a nativity scene (also known as a manger scene, crib, crèche, or in Italian presepio or presepe) is a special exhibition of art objects representing the birth of Jesus. The word creche comes from the Old French cresche (13century) meaning “crib, manger, stall.”

Take Action with CV Amnesty International Write for Rights Event

Take Action with CV Amnesty International Write for Rights Event

The Comox Valley Amnesty Action Circle is standing up for human rights on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, from 4-6 pm at the Courtenay Library. The community is invited to join Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign. It is a global letter-writing campaign offering the public an opportunity to write on human rights issues and bring meaningful change to people and groups who need support to uphold their human rights. Last year, more than 5 million messages were sent to world leaders demanding human rights progress. This year, activists are aiming to replicate that success, focusing on critical human rights cases in countries where peoples’ rights are being violated and action is urgently needed.

CVCDA celebrates the Grand Opening of the newly completed CV Autism Centre, Dec 5

CVCDA celebrates the Grand Opening of the newly completed CV Autism Centre, Dec 5

Join the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) on Wednesday December 5, 2018, from 4pm-6pm, when they host the Grand Opening of the Comox Valley Autism Centre. The Centre, located at 237 – 3rd Street in Courtenay, will be open to the public for the first time for tours, light refreshments and an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Courtenay Mayor, Bob Wells.

Free Senior’s Fitness Classes Coming in the New Year

Free Senior’s Fitness Classes Coming in the New Year

Cumberland Recreation is continuing its collaboration with BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and the University of British Columbia’s Active Aging Research Team to offer two free programs to encourage seniors to get up, get out and get active in 2019. Choose to Move and ActivAgeTM are free for anyone 65 years and older, who are not currently active, but want get moving.

2019 Dog Licences Now Available

2019 Dog Licences Now Available

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) requires all dogs over six months of age to be licenced every year within Electoral Area A – Baynes Sound (except Hornby and Denman), Electoral Area B – Lazo North and Electoral Area C – Puntledge and Black Creek.

Vancouver’s grassroots response to the overdose crisis: journalist Travis Lupick reads at NIC

Vancouver’s grassroots response to the overdose crisis: journalist Travis Lupick reads at NIC

Learn more about Vancouver’s overdose epidemic in the 1990s and how it applies to today’s opioid crisis, from award-winning journalist and author Travis Lupick.

Lupick will deliver a multimedia presentation based on his latest book, Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction as part of NIC’s Write Here Readers Series Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm.

Fertile Ground’s 15th AGM

Fertile Ground’s 15th AGM

Fertile Ground’s 15th AGM will be held on Sunday, November 25th, from 2-4pm at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay.

Local businesses to match donations to Habitat for Humanity in recognition of National Housing Day

Local businesses to match donations to Habitat for Humanity in recognition of National Housing Day

November 22 is National Housing Day, a day where we recognize the profound impact that Canada’s affordable housing crisis is having in our communities. With an 11-unit affordable housing project underway in Campbell River and a 10-unit project in Courtenay, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) is one of the nonprofits working towards a solution, and two local businesses have partnered to support them in their efforts.