Month: November 2019

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada, Announces the Appointment of Chris Ballard as the new CEO

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada, Announces the Appointment of Chris Ballard as the new CEO

“The opportunities Passive House Canada offers to make a difference at this pivotal time are tremendous – and create a responsibility to get it right. I am excited by the prospect of working with such an amazing team in collaboration with industry, government and consumers.” said Chris.

“I also want to acknowledge Rob and his extraordinary tenure with PHC. He has made an immense contribution during the past four years and has been central to the organization’s success. I am delighted that Rob will continue to advise and support PHC on key projects.”

Preparing for the Worst While Hoping for the Best

Today we are experiencing regular hurricanes coming across the Caribbean wreaking destruction on the Islands and Lower U.S; huge forest fires in Australia, the western United States and Canada; massive flooding in the farming areas of the Midwest; temperatures of 110 degrees scorching Paris, Berlin and most of Western Europe.
And all the while President Trump is removing as many protective environmental laws as he can get his hands on. It is not a pretty picture.

Blue Christmas & Celebrate A Life Offers Comfort For the Holidays

Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life is an annual community gathering that offers a gentle time of
comfort, reflection, and a program of music and special readings. It is also an opportunity to
celebrate a life and to honour the memory of loved ones no longer with us. Co-hosted by Comox
Valley Hospice Society and Comox United Church this years’ service will be held on Saturday,
December 14th at 1pm at Comox United Church, located at 250 Beach Drive in Comox.

Denman Island Receives Childcare Space Funding

Funding will allow for the creation of 20 additional childcare spaces for children ages 12 months
to 5 years and alleviate the increasing demand on the Denman Island Preschool Society
(Blackberry Lane Children’s Centre), the island’s only official childcare centre operating out of
the Community Hall.

Denman Island Receives Childcare Space Funding

Denman Island Receives Childcare Space Funding

Funding will allow for the creation of 20 additional childcare spaces for children ages 12 months
to 5 years and alleviate the increasing demand on the Denman Island Preschool Society
(Blackberry Lane Children’s Centre), the island’s only official childcare centre operating out of
the Community Hall.

Boundary Consultation Process Delayed Until January

Boundary Consultation Process Delayed Until January

During the first round of consultation sessions that concluded 13 November, a total of 350
individuals attended school meetings and over 2,000 completed the online survey. The
participation level was precedent setting for the school district and a reflection of how engaged
this community is with the delivery of public education for children.

In Nature’s Realm

In Nature’s Realm

In Nature’s Realm is a celebration of the richly diverse flora and fauna of Vancouver Island as explored through the records of settlers, explorers and visitors, and with due respect to the wealth of Indigenous traditional knowledge of the island’s ecosystems.

Survival Strathcona Style, Off the Grid and On the Edge

Survival Strathcona Style, Off the Grid and On the Edge

Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Situated on Highway 28 halfway between Campbell River and Gold River, the ‘Lodge,’ as it is affectionately known, began as a cedar log building that floated across from one side of the lake to the other when Upper Campbell Lake was flooded during the 1958 construction of Strathcona Dam.

Talking Climate Change

Talking Climate Change

There are incorrect perceptions/ reactions to solutions to global warming; I see most environmentalists thinking that e-cars are a solution to global warming. I see it as incorrect group think. There are corporations and enviro organizations that are taking advantage of the Greta movement that will use it to continue the growth of capitalism; for example solar panels for Africans. They will be indebted to the corps to pay for them. Again people do not accept criticism of where this might lead us. Most people do not want to rock the boat and go against accepted views of the majority.

Courtenay Elementary Winter Market

Courtenay Elementary Winter Market

Courtenay Elementary PAC committee is hosting a Winter Market on Dec. 7, 2019. We will have a wide variety of 40 vendors, silent auction, bake sale, Santa visiting us at noon and much more.

Local Farmers Host “Meet Your Maker” Event

Local Farmers Host “Meet Your Maker” Event

Farmers and food processors are invited to meet one another and find out how to better support local food in the Comox Valley on Wednesday, Nov 20th from 7-8:30pm at the Merville Hall, 1245 Fenwick Rd. The Mid Island Farmers Institute will be hosting this event as part of their monthly series of meetings. The evening is free for all members with a suggested donation of $5 for visitors.

Gallery volunteers showcase their art at Pearl Ellis

Gallery volunteers showcase their art at Pearl Ellis

Volunteers, most of them artists, help keep the Pearl Ellis Gallery, the Comox Recreation Centre
Showcase, the Comox Library display and the Comox Valley high school bursary program
running and moving forward. The final exhibition of the year at the Pearl Ellis Gallery features
work by our volunteers. A wide variety of art including paintings, mixed media, photography,
sculpture and greeting cards will be on display and available for purchase. If you are looking for
a special one-of-a-kind gift, you can find something original and created locally at the Pearl Ellis
Gallery.

Food Security Film and Discussion

Food Security Film and Discussion

As California farmers struggle with drought and other impacts of climate change, our ability to grow and access local food is becoming more important every year. World Community’s film series continues Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College with the film Five Acres (30 min.) followed by a panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and local food activists from Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.

A Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor

A Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor

The McLoughlin Gardens Society has invited well-known local writer and historian Jeanette Taylor to give a six-week writing class at the Courtenay Museum. The class begins January 18 and will continue every two weeks until March 28, 2020.