Month: October 2020

Jimmy Carter Film to Screen Online Nov. 6 – 8

Jimmy Carter Film to Screen Online Nov. 6 – 8

When the USA hit rock bottom in the mid 1970s after years of war, scandal, and corruption, the nation
turned to a Georgia peanut farmer to become their president. Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, a devout
Christian, a man of impeccable integrity who believed passionately in racial equality. He was also a
music fan. June Carter Cash claimed to be a cousin; Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan would become firm
friends, and without the support of the Allman Brothers, his campaign may never have gotten off the
ground.

Compassion for those in Long Term Care

CBC Marketplace discovered that a shocking 85% of Ontario nursing homes repeatedly broke the Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA) with practically no consequences. They found over 30,000 violations between 2015 and 2019. Some of the most serious offences included physical abuse, inadequate infection control, unsafe medication storage, inadequate hydration, and poor skin and wound care. In addition to abuse, there was just plain neglect which included failure to provide baths, not changing diapers for hours, and instances where the client is left in bed all day lying on their back on an open bedsore. In one case, a video showed several different employees yanking on the client’s arms, swatting her hands, rubbing spilled food in her face, or yelling at her as she lay in bed. It would appear that non-compliance with the law has become the norm within Ontario care homes.

Cvag Accepting Applications For Youth Media Project

The Comox Valley Art Gallery now is accepting applications for the Youth Media Project, a program that provides wages and hands-on training in video production.

The application deadline is November 5. Five applicants will be accepted for a program that will run from Nov. 9 to Feb. 19.

North Island 9-1-1 Celebrates 25 Years Of Serving The Community

“Annually over 78,000 calls go to 9-1-1 and NI911 ensures quick, effective service delivery,” explains North Island 9-1-1 President John McNabb. “We are a local company that thrives on providing the quickest, most reliable service to our residents. Seconds count and we take that seriously.”

North Island 9-1-1 Celebrates 25 Years Of Serving The Community

North Island 9-1-1 Celebrates 25 Years Of Serving The Community

“Annually over 78,000 calls go to 9-1-1 and NI911 ensures quick, effective service delivery,” explains North Island 9-1-1 President John McNabb. “We are a local company that thrives on providing the quickest, most reliable service to our residents. Seconds count and we take that seriously.”

Brushworks Painters Featured At The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery

Brushworks Painters Featured At The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery

The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox. The Gallery is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 am-2:00 pm with COVID protocols in place. Gallery capacity is limited to six people at a time.

Youth Media Project Call /  “Walk With Me” Program Events

Youth Media Project Call / “Walk With Me” Program Events

It has been powerfully moving to see the way people are coming together with the events scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday, as part of our program “Walk With Me / uncovering the human dimensions of the overdose crisis.” If you have yet to partake in one of the “Story Walks” at the gallery, please visit the schedule of events for more information and to reserve your space.

School Zones Safety Is A Community Responsibility

School Zones Safety Is A Community Responsibility

“Autumn tends to be a critical time for us to remind motorists again to use extra caution and to
abide by the posted speed limits,” shared Tom Demeo, Superintendent of Schools. “We can’t
stress this enough. Safe driving in school zones and near buses is important to avoid accidents,
personal injuries and to protect all pedestrians.”

Rid’un The Rail—Bed Once More

While I can understand/sympathize with the hope that rail service might, one day, return to Vancouver Island, I find the whole Island Corridor Foundation fiasco to be just short of contemptible–using rights to the rail bed as collateral that could preempt other, more productive uses of the rail bed. I find it impossible to imagine a way that the dilapidated infrastructure could have been realistically reopened as a viable rail line. One short walk down the rail bed south of Courtenay would have revealed the extent to which the rail has become inoperable as a rail line.

A New Leaf

A Vancouver-based research project gave 50 homeless people $7,500 and tracked their progress for a year. Results were compared to a control group of 65 homeless people who received typical services. Those who received the money managed it well over the course of a year. They moved into stable housing after an average of three months, compared to an average of five month for the control group. Almost 70 per cent were food secure after one month. They spent 52 per cent of their money on food and rent, 15 per cent on other items such as medications and bills, and 16 per cent on clothes and transportation. Some were even able to retain over $1,000 afterr the 12 month period.

Food Security Matters. Make Your Vote Matter Too

Food Security Matters. Make Your Vote Matter Too

At LUSH Valley Food Action Society, we know how important it is to have leaders and decision-makers, across the region, that will stand up for our local communities, economies and the environment, especially as it relates to healthy food production and access.

On October 8th, LUSH Valley and the Comox Valley Food Policy Council sent all candidates across the region our Food Security Briefing documents. Here are some notes on their respective platforms relating to food security:

When Helpful Events Happen Unexpectedly

Since I have developed a live wire to the Universe, I’m often surprised how fast help arrives in certain situations where I really wouldn’t have known what to do in the first place. It sometimes boggles my mind how it all works.

Comox Valley Naturalists Working to Protect Wetland Areas

Comox Valley Naturalists Working to Protect Wetland Areas

This has been a challenging season for the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (CVN) Wetlands Restoration group not least because of COVID-19 restrictions. A small but dedicated group of CVN volunteers continued stewardship activities primarily in Little River Nature Park and Courtenay Airpark.

Imagining a Different World

We have grown up confident that our scientific capabilities and technology will keep us safe. But it is very apparent that they are not keeping protecting us from certain things. In fact, some of the technologies that scientists have helped develop are at the root of our problems. We are in a situation that psychologists call cognitive dissonance.

Pam Crowe Retires From The Cvcda Board After 35 Years Of Service

Pam Crowe Retires From The Cvcda Board After 35 Years Of Service

Pam’s strong and steady leadership of the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) has made an impact on the Comox Valley. She has led the organization through many changes, from the original location in Cumberland through to where the offices are currently, at the corner of 3rd Street and Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. Pam has been instrumental in establishing the CVCDA as an essential service to the children and families of the Comox Valley.

Get Your Permit First This Halloween

Get Your Permit First This Halloween

In the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) permits are required prior to setting off fireworks for properties within Electoral Areas A, B or C and are only allowed to be set off on property you own or with the owner’s permission. The sale of fireworks in the CVRD will occur from October 24 until November 1, and must be from a commercially zoned retailer operating under the current fire regulations within the region. If you live within the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay or Village of Cumberland please contact your municipality for fireworks regulations and permit requirements.