Category: Politics

Blaney takes aim at Liberal budget – plums for friends and nothing for veterans

The new Liberal budget got harsh words from North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, in a media teleconference on May 31. This, the second budget since Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a majority, includes a proposal to create an Infrastructure Privatization Bank. This, says Blaney, is just a way for the Liberals to pass big infrastructure project financing to investor friends and guarantee them 7-9% return – at the expense of taxpayers. She predicts that this proposal, which she expects to pass in a Commons vote, will result in tolls and higher fees for all Canadians. The Bank is seen...

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Former MLA and Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy passes at 90

Former MLA and Social Credit cabinet minister and Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy passed away peacefully at her home in Vancouver last night after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. Mrs. McCarthy, 90, was surrounded by her family.

Funeral details and arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

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Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe

How often have people dismissed the Israel/Palestine conflict as “too complex” to understand? Are there only two sides to this 60+-year old crisis in the Middle East? If you’d like to learn more from someone who has been on the ground, interviewing the people involved from a multitude of perspectives and histories, come and meet author Jo Roberts as she navigates this ongoing clash in the award-winning book, Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe.

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Agreement Reached in Sewer Apportionment Dispute

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Sewage Commission has agreed to the terms of a meditated settlement in a dispute about the metering and cost apportionment of the regional sewer service from 2004 to 2015. The agreement was reached on May 5, 2017 and includes payments to the Town of Comox in the amount of $1.2 million from the CVRD Sewage Commission and $1 million from the City of Courtenay. The terms also include the transfer of the Knight Road sewer main from the Town of Comox to the CVRD. “We have been working together for some time to...

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Fair Vote Canada calls on NDP and Greens to form a governing coalition or accord and implement proportional representation

A majority of BC voters have voted for parties that support proportional representation, says Fair Vote Canada. “The NDP and Greens will, together, have a majority of MLAs who ran on a platform commitment to electoral reform. We are very pleased at this broad support for making every vote count” says Terry Dance-Bennick, Co-chair of Fair Vote Canada’s Victoria Chapter.

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Join Local BC Greens As They Rally Around the Green Bus! (Sat. 6 May – 11:40am Simms Park)

We’re calling on all our BC Greens of Courtenay-Comox supporters to join us this Saturday morning at 11am near Simms Millennium Park to welcome Andrew Weaver and the Green Bus to our riding! Please come out, with your friends, dressed in green, with signs if you have some, and rally together to show everyone how the Green Wave is growing. Ernie Sellentin Bc Green Party Candidate for Courtenay - Comox Riding, BC Green Party Saturday, May 6th, 11:40 AM This rally should be concluded by noon. Please wear green and bring signs if you have some. View the event on...

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Community Calendar

People’s Choice Award Members’ Show
Jun 27 – Jul 22 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its 39th summer season with its 12th Members People’s Choice Awards Show and Sale. The show runs from June 27 to July 22. The gallery is open from 10:00 to 4:00 Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox.

After looking at the beautiful art that will be on display for sale the public and membership is welcome to vote on their favorite piece The Members show will showcase a variety of painting, fabric art and sculpture representing many fine artists in the Comox Valley. The winner will receive gift certificates from Whyte’s framing and Benjamin Moore Paints.. As well the second

and third place winners will receive gift certificates from Benjamin Moore Paints. The winners will be drawn on Saturday July 15 and announced in the paper and on our web-site.

Please come to our Reception which will be held on Saturday July 8 from 1 to 4. and talk with the many artists represented and sample some tasty treats.

Also please visit our web-site at

Birth of a Family – Aboriginal History Month Film
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada Day, many Indigenous Canadians, whose ancestors have been here for centuries, reflect upon the negative impacts of colonization during the past 150 years. Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 28th at the K’omoks Band Hall for a free film screening of Birth of a Family about the infamous“ Sixties Scoop” of Indigenous children.

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care.

As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape. Tragically, for a myriad of reasons, these reunions don’t always go as well as the one shared in the film.

Filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, also scooped in the 1960s, talks about witnessing the siblings as they hugged one another when they first met at the Calgary airport. “ It was a victory, a thumbing of the nose to the Canadian and provincial governments that decided to extend the residential school system to a more pervasive policy of permanently removing children from their families, which intended that children would never go home, never know their Indigenous history, culture, and language…”

World Community is pleased to join with The Immigrant Welcome Society and the Comox Valley Transition Society to co-sponsor this free informative event.

A panel discussion will follow the film. Everyone is welcome to attend. See the film trailer at
FMI: (250) 897-0511

Paradise Meadows in Bloom.
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A guided tour around the Meadows loops identifying the subalpine flowers in bloom. It will be a leisurely 2+ hours walk, dogs on leash with permission. Meet at the Wilderness Centre, Paradise Meadows.

FMI and to register, email Alison:

Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer Festival
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Big Yellow Merville hall is gearing up for the first Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer festival on Sunday, July 2nd, in celebration of 150 years of the Canadian confederation. Vendors are being lined up and the hall will be welcoming visitors to sit in comfort, listen to jazz music, view artwork and sample innovative food pairings from local sources here in the Comox Valley, Land of Plenty. From 1pm to 6pm there will be representatives from Valley vineyards and breweries as well as an in house chef who will conjure up some exciting offerings for the hungry palate. Local farmers and artisans will also be setting up their colourful tents so that you can do all your weekly grocery and gift shopping in one place.

With the help of the community, the worker bee board members are upgrading the hall and grounds and are on the way to creating a heritage tourist site that will recount Merville’s past and encourage, through community demonstration garden plots, sustainable living for the future. The main hall interior has just received a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the help of Anne Davies who wished to make it a more presentable space for her husband’s recent celebration of life. Other community members have gathered at the 102 year old church and manse on the site to gleefully strip them out and reroof the buildings with durable metal. These historic buildings will help to give the site a sense of “antiquity” and even the main hall will be celebrating its 65th anniversary next year. Whoa! Another gumboot senior in Merville!

The July 2nd Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer festival is the first of its kind in the Valley and is sure to become an annual tradition, so set aside some time on Sunday afternoon to attend. Bring your appetite, a lawn chair and some doubloons to spend on local fare in country air. For vendor information, visit the Merville hall website ( or call Dawn at 250-941-2064.

Courtenay-Comox NDP Annual General Meeting
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meeting: Starts at 1:30 pm
Key note address: Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA report
For more information please call Rick Dobson, President at 250-336-8944 or email

CYMC Musical Theatre Presents: Catch Me If You Can
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 22 @ 9:30 pm

Catch Me If You Can is a fast, rollicking musical based on the hit film and the incredible true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the world’s most famous and charming con artists.

Performances from July 18th-22nd @ 7:30pm-9:30pm with a Matinee on the 22nd @ 2:00pm.
Ticket prices are 27$ regular and 25$ for Matinee.
For all ages.

Jul 21 – Jul 23 all day

You will learn to dye with indigo crystals and contact print with leaves.

July 21- 23, 2017 in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

For More Information contact Genoa Daniel or Norma Janes

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