Category: Health

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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The Equal Access Committee and MAiD in the Comox Valley

A group of concerned citizens of the Comox Valley believes that long-term care and access to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) should not be controlled by a faith based institution. In keeping with this conviction, these citizens have come together to form the Equal Access Committee (EAC). The Equal Access Committee announces the inauguration of a campaign to ensure that long-term care and hospice facilities in the Comox Valley be secular. The committee plans to petition the Minister of Health and the Vancouver Island Health Authority to ensure that: Residential and hospice care be available from SECULAR institutions as is the case everywhere...

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Riders From Comox Valley Support Hospice Care

On July 22nd and 23rd, the fifth annual Cycle of Life Tour presented by Think Communications will take 80 riders across the Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island, in support of eight hospices on Vancouver Island including Comox Valley Hospice Society. Many Cycle of Life riders return year after year for the nearly 200km ride to raise funds and awareness for quality hospice palliative care across Vancouver Island.

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Explore the Healing Power of Touch for your Dog

Maureen Terrey of EarthAnimals works with Sandy using the healing power of touch, which she will teach in her Energy Basics Workshop for Dogs on July 26. She wants you to know that enhancing health and wellness is within your grasp. In her classes she teaches you how to work within the electromagnetic fields surrounding the body to cultivate overall wellness for your animals.

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Initiative to Start a Community Health Network (CHN) in the Comox Valley.

Community Health Networks bring together people from a wide variety of sectors to promote health and well being in their communities. A number of people from non-profits, organizations, service groups and interested citizens have come together to explore the idea of a Community Health Network in our community and we are reaching out to others in the community to gauge interest in doing this. The Comox Valley is the only Regional District on Vancouver Island that does not have a CHN.

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Critical need for blood donations in June

National Blood Donor Week is typically a time to celebrate donors across the country. This year, however, Canadian Blood Services is focused on a critical need for blood donations and is urging Canadians to make an appointment right away to donate before July 1.
“Patients across the country need more donors to step forward for life-giving blood donations,” says Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations. “We recently called on Canadians to fill more than 150,000 donation appointments by Canada’s 150th birthday to ensure that there is enough blood to meet patient needs throughout the summer. As of today, we’re not on track to meet that target, so we are pleading with Canadians to book an appointment to donate and replenish supplies before July 1.”

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How one former educator views new technology in schools

While teaching journalism and information technology for several years in a networked computer environment with Internet and email access at every workstation, I learned a lot about how to use powerful, but potentially distracting, electronic devices to increase students’ learning and productivity. Please note, though, that I last taught a high school class in 2000 and since then digital technology, and the opportunities and dangers it presents, have evolved greatly.

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What Matters To You? Day in BC is June 6th

“What Matters to You?” Day started in Norway in 2014, with the simple goal of encouraging meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, and families, and their health care providers. BC liked the idea so much that they wanted to do it here, too and have designated June 6th as What Matters To You? Day to encourage participation by British Columbians.

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Boil Water Notice for All Users of the Comox Valley Water System due to E. coli

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), in conjunction with Island Health, has issued a boil water notice effective immediately due to a positive E. coli sample found in the Comox Reservoir. If E. coli is found anywhere within the water distribution system, Island Health requires a boil water notice to be issued. All users of the Comox Valley water system are instructed to boil their drinking water for one minute at a rolling boil. There are 45,000 users affected by this boil water notice including: the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas. (Please note: this boil water notice does not affect residents in the Village of Cumberland, Royston, Sandwick water system users, or those connected to the Black Creek-Oyster Bay water supply system).   There are six water storage reservoirs in the Comox Valley water system and the outlet sample at the Comox Reservoir was positive for one count of E. coli. The CVRD has inspected the affected reservoir and has not identified any issues. Samples from all of the reservoirs will continue to be collected. Once there have been three consecutive samples that are clear of the bacteria, Island Health will issue a notice to the CVRD to lift the Boil Water Notice. Until then, all residents are instructed to boil their...

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Aug
15
Tue

“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
18
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 18 @ 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.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
24
Thu

Ashley MacIsaac LIVE! IN FILBERG PARK

Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

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

Aug
25
Fri

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.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
28
Mon

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.

Sep
9
Sat

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.

TICKET PRICES:
To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at info@projectwatershed.ca to reserve your tickets.

Sep
12
Tue

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: http://strathconapark.org/nature-camp-2017/

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

For more information, contact Alison:
strathconawilderness@gmail.com or 250-331-0143.

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