Month: December 2020

Jacob Marley and the Virus

Jacob Marley and the Virus

This virus has come, like the ghost of Marley, to warn us that the path we are treading is a dead end: only suffering and destruction can come from our ravenous greed to consume everything and ignore the needs of all other peoples and species.

Social Justice in the New Year

The pandemic demonstrates clearly that we live in a global society. What infects or affects one of us can infect or affect us all. We need to be looking at a new type of relationship among nations and peoples of those nations. We are all on this dear planet together. We will either survive together or parish together. Personally I prefer surviving, not just for me, but for my children and grandchildren. I have faith that humans who know how to survive will find a way.

John Lewis-In Memoriam

And in this New Year of 2021 may we get involved in lots of good trouble—standing up for what is right in a climate changing world. May we do it in a manner that releases all bitterness and leaves love and peace in its place.

A Cornucopia Of Gifts For Me

I can say that this has been a most unusual but successful year. However, if sometimes my wishes don’t get fulfilled, it’s for inner growth. I follow the adage: if it works out, it’s Life’s direction; if it doesn’t, it’s Life’s protection. To this effect I wish all my readers a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

A Cornucopia Of Gifts For Me

A Cornucopia Of Gifts For Me

I can say that this has been a most unusual but successful year. However, if sometimes my wishes don’t get fulfilled, it’s for inner growth. I follow the adage: if it works out, it’s Life’s direction; if it doesn’t, it’s Life’s protection. To this effect I wish all my readers a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Overcoming Mental Issues

Overcoming Mental Issues

By believing that we have a higher self that is in complete control of our lives, we get complete control of our lives. By believing that life is good and we have the power to enjoy it without changing it, we begin to appreciate the life we now live. En”joy” the day.

Seeing The Event Through A New Immigrant’s Eyes

In October of 1977 I set foot on Canadian soil as a landed immigrant. I had left my native Bavaria to start a new life with my husband who was from Victoria. Since I had studied English at university I communicated with ease. What I was unaware of, though, were the cultural differences which would often throw me for a loop because I was still too entrenched in my own old-world values and ways of thinking. For some immigrants this experience can be quite challenging; it’s called ‘culture shock’.

Comox Valley and Campbell River Waste Management Centres to Close on all Provincial Statutory Holidays

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) Board made the decision for these facilities to close during provincially recognized holidays back in November 2019. While the changes were initially meant to take effect in July 2020, the date was delayed until January 1, 2021 to allow more time for impacted municipalities and commercial waste haulers to make schedule adjustments to accommodate the new holiday schedule.

When the Far Right is Far Wrong

I don’t know how you legislate or ensure basic truth and civility in public discourse but I do know that social media is failing us–big time–in its self-imposed inability to demand civility and some degree of credibility in how we talk with each other. Every newspaper, even the far right ones, has some kind of code about minimal truth and decency in public communication. Surely we can demand the same of social media!

Family Christmas Stories

At this time of year my wife and I often attend Blue Christmas services to celebrate friends and family members who have died in the past year. But I don’t think there will be many live remembrances given the restrictions on gathering in place this month.

Love Instead of Hate

This poem is written in response to the force that seems to be dividing and destroying us, the conspiracy theories that have entered into the highest offices of the land. Let’s recognize the source. It is indeed the dark side of mankind, that self-destructive power that seems bent on wiping mankind from the face of the Earth.

The Bleak Midwinter – A Night of Dark Stories

The Bleak Midwinter – A Night of Dark Stories

These stories turn us away from the bright lights and festive pressures and move us into an exploration of darker, older, more fundamental things: winter, cold, poverty, loneliness, death, the cycle of life, awakening, fire, rebirth, and the rapt connection between a teller and their audience. They give us permission to dance with darker contemplations, which can be refreshing in this strange 2020, and at the time of year when we’re all supposed to be tinsel, eggnog and merriment.

River City Drumbeat

River City Drumbeat

Bring some joy into your holiday season with World Community’s film series screening of River City Drumbeat (95 min), available online from Dec. 26 – Dec 29th. The film is a reminder that there is kindness, compassion, and community in this world.

Comox Valley Water Treatment Project Celebrates a Year of Achievements

Comox Valley Water Treatment Project Celebrates a Year of Achievements

“The important work completed to date is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all team members,” said Ken Grant, Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District Water Committee. “We’re thankful to the project team, our contractor and its amazing crews for keeping this important project on track through a year full of challenges.”

Grant Making During a Pandemic

Grant Making During a Pandemic

For our 2021 grants, our focus remains on serving vulnerable populations as well as supporting those organizations whose financial situations were disproportionally impacted by the pandemic, as well as supporting organizations working to adapt their programs and services. We received 56 applications totalling close to $575,000.