Month: July 2019

Linda’s List for July 30th: Edit the Garden, August Planting

Linda’s List for July 30th: Edit the Garden, August Planting

If your tomatoes are slow to ripen, you are not alone! Many people are wondering about it, but this cooler summer is the way our ‘normal’ summers used to be: for those that have forgotten how long it used to take tomatoes to ripen outdoors, this is a reminder. On the other hand, many other crops are doing particularly well this year with more rainfall and fewer hours of high temperatures that slow the growth of cool season crops.

Congratulations To Raida Bolton And The Comox Valley Cyclepaths

On July 20th and 21st, 125 riders embarked on an unforgettable cycle tour experience to help keep Vancouver Island Hospice Care in motion. The Comox Valley Cyclepaths team came in at a very close second place, with $41,800 raised, while its team member, Raida Bolton finished as top rider with $18,192.

Summer News From The Comox Valley Child Development Association

On the 12th of July, the CVCDA celebrated 45 years of providing service to the families and children of the Comox Valley. Over these years, the organization has touched numerous lives within the community and the community has given back with their enduring generosity and kindness.

Summer News From The Comox Valley Child Development Association

Summer News From The Comox Valley Child Development Association

On the 12th of July, the CVCDA celebrated 45 years of providing service to the families and children of the Comox Valley. Over these years, the organization has touched numerous lives within the community and the community has given back with their enduring generosity and kindness.

Putting the Ball in the Air

Putting the Ball in the Air

I have received a bit of reader feedback on my last post, “The End”. All of the “input” was, in one way or the other, critical of the very thought of anyone saying that our cumulative impact on Earth’s climate has brought us to a tipping point beyond which we cannot turn back from the mechanisms rapidly pushing Earth toward a climate that will not be habitable to human beings.

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

On July 1st, Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments increased, but according to Réseau FADOQ, the combined increases work out to only an extra $12-16 per month. NDP Seniors Affairs Critic Rachel Blaney noted that seniors are understandably unimpressed.

New Merville Auxiliary Fire Hall Location Proposed

New Merville Auxiliary Fire Hall Location Proposed

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) voted at its annual general meeting June 8, 2019, to continue discussions with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) to work toward establishing a new Merville auxiliary fire hall at its location on Williams Beach Road and the Island Highway.

My Near Death Experience To Begin The Conversation

My Near Death Experience To Begin The Conversation

​Although my NDE (Near Death Experience) took place more than 30 years ago, this is the first time that I am writing about the experience that literally came out of nowhere in my mid-teens.

Double Bill for 1st Elevate Summer Concert Tomorrow!

Double Bill for 1st Elevate Summer Concert Tomorrow!

This Thursday July 4th is the first event in the new Elevate Summer Concert Series bringing FREE community music nights right to the heart of Cumberland! Every Thursday from July 4 to August 15th the community is invited to Village Square for warm summer evenings filled with exceptional music from visiting and local artists. The Elevate Summer Concert Series is a project of the Elevate Consortium with in partnership with Cumberland Village Works, The Waverley Hotel and the Village of Cumberland.

BC Parks Accessibility Day : Volunteers Needed!

BC Parks Accessibility Day : Volunteers Needed!

From year to year BC Parks showcases public access to some of this provinces most treasured parks and conservation areas. As it has in past years, Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting BC Parks Accessibility Day on August 4th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at Paradise Meadows.

The End

The End

All of our upbringing—well I should say all of my upbringing–has been underscored with this pervasive philosophy that one must always be optimistic and, above all else, hold-unflinchingly, onto hope. And perhaps on a sunny day I would feel different, but today—this rainy, dark day, hope seems so hard to hold.

Canada Day 2019: Threads – The Costumes of Canada

Canada Day 2019: Threads – The Costumes of Canada

On this Canada Day, wishing you a safe and reflective day to celebrate, but to also take note of the many stories which make this country what it is today, all the threads of the tapestry of our great nation. With this in mind, here is the poem written for the occasion, Threads – The costumes of Canada, by the Comox Valley Poet Laureate, Lawrence J.W. Cooper.