Category: Community

Drinking water safe after Comox Lake plane crash

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has been onsite at the float plane crash investigating potential fuel spillage into Comox Lake near the Cumberland Lake Park.

“There is no evidence based on close visual inspections by the fire department, RCMP and CVRD water operators of leaking fuel or oil from the plane and we are confident there are no issues with drinking water,” explains Marc Rutten, General Manager of Engineering Services. “Public safety is of utmost importance as Comox Lake provides drinking water to over 45,000 residents within the region.”

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Opening of the I Belong Centre

A ribbon-cutting and celebration to mark the official opening of the I Belong Centre attended by the national president of L’Arche Canada, Ms. Hollee Card, the mayors of Courtenay Cumberland and Comox, representatives of the federal and provincial governments, the bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican dioceses of Vancouver Island, the chair and co-chairs of the I Belong Campaign and citizens of the Comox Valley. Following the ceremony, there will be tours of the facility, an exposition of many of the activities the centre will sponsor and an opportunity for hands-on art.

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

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Paving on Dunsmuir Avenue August 14-15

Cumberland, BC – Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed from 1st Street to Egremont Street for paving on August 14th from 10 am to 4 pm, and on August 15th from 7 am to 6 pm. 150 metres of Dunsmuir Avenue will be resurfaced and repaved, which will address winter road damage. Work is weather-dependent. Traffic can detour around the closure by using Derwent Avenue, which is accessible from Sutton Avenue on the east side, and 1st Street on the west side. Please use caution when taking this detour, which goes past the children’s playground at No. 6 Mine Park....

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NUU-CHAH-NULTH Tribal Council Optimistic Following Meeting with Prime Minister

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) and representatives from 12 of its 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations on Vancouver Island were honoured to meet and discuss their collective priorities for their nations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an hour roundtable meeting in Tofino on Saturday. The request to meet came from the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) only a few days before, but was thanks to Gord Johns, N.D.P. Member of Parliament for Courtenay- Alberni who advocated on behalf of the nations to the PMO.

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On July 17th the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness (CVCEH) and the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (DCCIA) co-hosted a meeting of 22 people representing downtown service agencies, the Courtenay Library, RCMP, Island Health, Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses. The purpose of the meeting was to explore solutions to identified challenges in the downtown core.

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New Sustainability Project – Public Meeting Aug 10th

You are warmly invited to come  and learn more about the Comox Valley Sustainability Project, and share your information on sustainable practices, services and products at the Sustainability Project Public Meeting on Thursday, August 10, from 7:15-8:30pm at The House of Now located at 536A Fifth Street, Courtenay.

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Comox Valley Civic Centre Alternative Approval Process ending August 18

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) began its Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the”tax neutral” Civic Centre regional office building on Juy 6.

The process will be running until 4:30 pm on August 18, 2017.

The CVRD office is an extremely important aspect of CVRD operations, offering essential services to residents (water, sewer, parks, recreation and solid waste operations) and housing key assets including IT infrastructure, fleet and corporate records.

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Community Calendar


“And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Aug 15 – Sep 2 all day

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

Deborah took a hiatus from painting after university, instead using photography to focus her visual knowledge. She has now combined her love of painting, together with her enhanced vision to create a body of work which feels familiar, with a touch of surrealism and irony thrown in. Working in her home studio it often takes many months to complete a piece as they need to evolve through time. Her work is influenced by artists such as Rene Magritte, Alex Coleville, Edward Hopper and many others who have come before, as well as her own life experience.

Recently Deborah has had a piece selected as part of the juried show “Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017”. Her work was selected from 2160 entries from across Canada to be part of a group of 51 artists whose works will be displayed. The show runs from sept 22 to oct 22 at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

Deborah’s current work will be on display at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, BC from August 15, 2017 to September 2, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the gallery from 1-4 pm. Please come by to meet the artist and see her show titled “And Now for Something…”



Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

Tickets are currently available online via or our FaceBook page @LIVEinFilbergPark


Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.



Innisfree Farm Hosts Vegan Dine Out

Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This coming Monday Aug. 28th at 6:00 pm Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden at 3636 Trent Rd in Royston will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Hosts Thierry and Chanchal have put together a buffet menu featuring ingredients from their organic farm. The buffet will be served outdoors at the farm and guests are invited to tour the gardens before and after dinner.

The menu is: Gazpacho w’ garlic croutons. Mediterranean Timbale, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, spelt flour (can replace that with corn to make it GF) carrots, onions, garlic, lots of herbs, cashew cream with basil. Mixed Grain Pilaf. Mixed Salad. Fresh Raspberries w’ Chocolate Brownies and crystallized lavender. Selection of iced and hot herbal teas.

The evening is by reservation only and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids to age 12 including taxes and tips. To reserve call Bob at Earthsave ph. 250-338-0751. For more on Innisfree Farm and their Green Dream Cafe visit

Mens Singing Workshop

Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

We will learn some harmony songs that we can sing together. There will be no music to read, you do not have to have sung in a group before. The event is open to men of all ages, and prior choral singing experience is not required.

The session is sponsored by Celebration Singers and will be led by Jenn Forsland, well-known local performer and choir director in the Comox Valley. She will be aided and abetted by Sean Mooney, the go-to piano accompanist in the Valley. There are some basics to learn, if you haven’t done singing before, and we will start with those. Very quickly the group will be singing together in harmony.

Group singing is on the rise in the Comox Valley, with a wide variety of choirs to choose from. The Celebration Singers are sponsoring this workshop in the hopes that the experience will encourage some men to think about joining our male singers in the tenor and bass sections of the choir. But there is no obligation, this workshop is all about having fun, singing together and learning in this one-time workshop environment.


Project Watershed’s Second Annual Salmon BBQ

Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Project Watershed Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 40 KNOTS Vineyard & Estate Winery for the second annual salmon BBQ.  

Starting at 4pm, this wonderful event features  Cory Frank’s Catering of a salmon BBQ, a tasting from 40 Knots Winery and some sampling of locally brewed beers.

To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at to reserve your tickets.


Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp @ Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre

Sep 12 – Sep 15 all day

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

September 12th to 15th

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the
Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Full day Field trips will visit a) Croteau Lake and b) McKenzie Lakes & Meadows. Pace will be slow, stopping to observe plant and animal life en route. On the field trips there will be instruction in Basic Mushroom Identification. Evening Presentations include the History of the Park and SWI (Marlene and Steve Smith), First Nations Foodways (Sharon Niscak) Subalpine Ecology (Loys Maingon) and the Vancouver Island Marmot ( Adam Taylor/ Cheney Jackson).

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park. All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme, so this Nature Camp is intended as a Fundraiser to support SWI’s programmes and the operation of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

The Registration form is downloadable from our Website:

Please note that the Deadline for Registration is August 28th 2017.

For more information, contact Alison: or 250-331-0143.

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