Month: July 2019

In Courtenay, a Low-carbon Solar Oasis Thrives Behind a Suburban Facade

Stewart Mcintosh’s Comox Valley property looks like a million others from the street: an early 1980s rancher with a detached garage and RV trailer in the driveway. Spend a couple of minutes with Mcintosh – a bearded, exuberant man in his mid-fifties – and he will eagerly show you that looks can be deceiving.

Cumberland Acquires Land for Future Public Works Site

Following an exploration over the past year to identify an appropriate site for a new public works site, the Village of Cumberland was offered an opportunity to purchase a portion of unutilized lands from West Fraser Mills.

Contract Awarded for New Water Treatment System

Contract Awarded for New Water Treatment System

After years of preparation and planning, the Comox Valley Regional District’s new water treatment system project has officially moved into the construction phase with award of the design-build contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc.

Community Partners for Marine Conservation

Community Partners for Marine Conservation

Communities are everything. They are at the heart of the work that we do every day, as we focus on being a better and stronger partner for healthy coastal communities, like yours. Interestingly, socially-minded businesses are taking note of our approach, sharing our values with their customers and, as a result, the importance of action on marine conservation is being amplified.

A Letter To My Wayward Brother

A Letter To My Wayward Brother

These are dark times and frankly it makes me despair of a bright future for us all. I can ignore or curse the points of views of strangers depending on my mood that day but when family profess hatred towards people who are different, and take pride in their ignorance of history and science, I must say something.

Paranormal : The New Normal

Paranormal : The New Normal

“The earth is flat”. Today such a statement would create laughter. Hundreds of years ago, saying otherwise, with an additional phrase stipulating that it was also not the center of the universe, could get you imprisoned or worse. Throughout human history there are so many such examples that one would think we would have learned, as a species, to keep an open mind.

Dr. Stacey Gastis’s Story

Dr. Stacey Gastis’s Story

This is the fifth article in a series created by Dorothea Gordon where she showcases individuals and business owners in the Comox Valley who had a dream, goal, or vision and made it come true, benefiting their community in the process.

Our Campaign Fell Short, But…

Our Campaign Fell Short, But…

Our spring campaign asking you to support local news that connects communities came to an end over three weeks ago. We’ve been conspicuously quiet since as we dug through the data grappling with what the results mean for our next steps.

CSEB Report: BC Adrift in a Time of Environmental Emergencies

CSEB Report: BC Adrift in a Time of Environmental Emergencies

At a time when the failure of BC’s government to live up to to its electoral promises on the environment has become so notorious that it makes national headlines with titles such as: “A change in government fails to alter B.C.’s environmental path,” the recent announcement that BC will not be implementing a “Species at Risk Act” anytime soon comes as the coda on a dystopian rhapsody.

Watercolour Artists at Pearl Ellis Gallery

Watercolour Artists at Pearl Ellis Gallery

Mostly Watercolours, showcasing local artists Trisha Scarlett Milne and Heather Wilkinson, runs July 16-August 3 at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox. The artists are friends with much in common: both are excited by watercolour, have traveled widely, live in the Comox Valley and winter in La Manzanilla, Mexico.

McLoughlin Gardens Society Welcomes 2019 Writer-in-Residence

McLoughlin Gardens Society Welcomes 2019 Writer-in-Residence

The McLoughlin Gardens Society is pleased to welcome poet and scholar Maleea Acker as our 2019 Writer-in-Residence. Like previous writers at the McLoughlin Gardens, Anne Simpson and Arleen Paré, Maleea’s work reveals a profound attentiveness to the natural world. As a teacher and scholar, she invites her students to explore their own relationship to place.

Cumberland Implements Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw

Cumberland Implements Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw

On July 1st, 2019, the Village of Cumberland implemented the “Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw”. The purpose for the Bylaw is to regulate the provision of single use plastics by local businesses in order to reduce plastic litter and waste.

Vulnerable Nanaimo Residents to Receive Free Menstrual Products From United Way, Government of B.C.

Vulnerable Nanaimo Residents to Receive Free Menstrual Products From United Way, Government of B.C.

Thanks to an innovative pilot project from the Government of B.C. and United Ways throughout B.C., deliveries of free pads and tampons will soon be arriving for residents in need at 12 locations, including the Nanaimo Women’s Centre. Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to menstrual products can be challenging.