Category: Health

Glacier Grannies selling their beautiful Christmas swags

The Glacier Grannies will be selling their beautiful Christmas swags on December 8th at Thrifty’s on Cliffe Ave from 10am – 4pm and on December 9th at Scotiabank on Comox Avenue from 10am – 4pm. Grannies have been gathering a variety of fresh greenery and berries, ribbons and baubles to make these sturdy, festive ornaments for your home. All sales will support African grandmothers and their grandchildren affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic through projects sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Living with Loss While Others Are Celebrating

While jingling bells and festive holiday lights bring great joy to many in the holiday season, for some dealing with loss, sadness, or great challenges it can be a very difficult and lonely time.
If you are finding this holiday season a difficult one, Comox United Church and Comox Valley Hospice Society invite you to join us at the annual Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life Service on Saturday, December 16th at 3pm.

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Boil Water Notice in effect for Comox Valley water system

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), in conjunction with Island Health, has issued a boil water notice effective immediately.

Due to intense rainfall in the Comox Lake watershed, turbidity levels have risen in both Comox Lake and Puntledge River. A boil water notice is necessary during these conditions because high turbidity can interfere with the chlorination process used to disinfect the drinking water for the 45,000 residents served by the Comox Valley water system.

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Sold-out public forum Nov. 16 brings together citizens and organizations to explore local community health priorities

The Comox Valley is lucky to have a range of community groups, associations, coalitions and volunteer organizations working to make it a safer, healthier and more sustainable place to live. These initiatives help hold together the fabric of our community wellbeing. But every issue-specific group works in its own sector, such as education, health or the environment, and there is no one place for groups and citizens to pool their collective intelligence, explore shared priorities and address the big picture issues affecting us all.

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Twins Build Confidence with Adaptive Skiing

onnor and Megan Wells are 10 year old twins who have grown to love the sport of skiing thanks to the Winter Snowsports Festival, and the Vancouver Island Society of Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS). The Festival is an annual event which provides amazing opportunities for participants who are differently-abled to experience snowsports in a fun and supportive environment. Each participant is provided with four consecutive days of snowsports instruction, lift tickets and rentals, everything someone needs to get started on snow. The twins’ mother Michelle Wells remarks that “skiing with VISAS has become a special part of Megan and Connor’s lives. The program has increased their confidence and allowed them to realize that they can really be good at something.”

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Blaney unhappy about response re essential housing for Canadians

(special to TideChange) North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to her request for a commitment to a national seniors strategy. In a media teleconference on October 5, Blaney, who sits on the committee examining the seniors support system as it exists and what is needed, asked the Prime Minister specifically if he would commit to creating a national strategy. His response was a that he knew “the NDP love their national strategies” but that “one of the first things this government did was raise the Guaranteed Income Supplement by 10% for...

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From my heart to yours, a song without end.

The Comox Valley Threshold Choir (CVTC) will be launched October 9 (Thanksgiving Day) as an official Chapter of an international network. However, singers have been practicing the repertoire for nearly a year. Threshold Choirs practice gentle songs that comfort those who are seriously ill, dying, grieving, or in transition. In groups of three, they sing quiet, harmonious melodies such as lullabies and chants. This “song bath” is soothing and comforting and can have a powerful physiological effect on the body, heart and mind. Threshold singing is not a performance: It is an act of presence. Jill, one of the local leaders, loves this refrain: “We are all just walking each other home.”

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