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

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.

Comox Valley Hears “Voices from the Sacrifice Zone”

Comox Valley Hears “Voices from the Sacrifice Zone”

It was a long rap sheet, but speakers from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment detailed the dangers of fracking to people in the Peace region of BC, on Sunday, March 31st at the Florence Filberg Lounge. Voices from the Sacrifice Zone was hosted by the Watershed Sentinel.

Five Anti-Fracking Activists Speak at CV Forum

Five Anti-Fracking Activists Speak at CV Forum

The environmental and cultural dangers posed by LNG, fracking, and gas pipelines and the direct effect they may soon have on the Salish Sea, the Comox Valley, and Barkley Sound were discussed at a recent public forum at the Florence Filberg Centre. More than 100 people heard the dire warnings from five anti-fracking activists.

Will US/Canada Recovery Plans do Enough to Save Orcas?

Will US/Canada Recovery Plans do Enough to Save Orcas?

Marine biologists can’t say with certainty why one of the endangered southern resident killer whales swam up the Courtenay River this fall, an unusual behavior, but there’s a good chance it was scouting for salmon.

Comox Valley Seniors Group Says New Beds Fall Short

Comox Valley Seniors Group Says New Beds Fall Short

Decafnation reported last week that the announcement of new long-term care beds did not please everyone in the Comox Valley. We quoted health care workers still employed by Island Health and Seniors Voices advocated Delores Broten.

Comox Mayor Not Interested in Laing Talks

Comox Mayor Not Interested in Laing Talks

Business plan to restore Mack Laing’s heritage home unveiled, but mayor’s backtracking on a hand-shake agreement to negotiate out-of-court likely means more legal bills for Comox taxpayers.

Directors Challenge Legitimacy of Advanced Recycling Technologies

Directors Challenge Legitimacy of Advanced Recycling Technologies

New directors of the Comox-Strathcona Solid Waste Management Board have called into question the legitimacy of a special committee exploring new waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies. And new Area B Director Arzeena Hamir has suggested some at least one of the WTE committee members met privately and inappropriately with one of the technology proponents.

Bishop Gifts St. Joe’s Site to Providence

Bishop Gifts St. Joe’s Site to Providence

The Views at St. Joe’s has been gifted to a new entity called the Providence Residential & Community Care Services Society (PRCC). Chair of the St. Joe’s Board of Trustees Chris Kelsey told Decafnation last night the Bishop of Victoria has given St. Joe’s, including its 17 acres of property at the top of Comox Hill to the nonprofit company.

CIC Director Greg Baute Hopes to Redefine Cannabis Breeding

CIC Director Greg Baute Hopes to Redefine Cannabis Breeding

Greg Baute, the director of breeding and genetics at the pioneering Cannabis Innovation Centre in Comox, is a scientist. And that means, if you can imagine, every day he will clone plants, phenotype them, explore terpenes, take DNA samples, conduct controlled pollinations and pour over pages of data compiled by a team of bioinformaticians.