Category: Comox Valley Regional District

Water main flushing for Royston water system starts next week

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will be conducting water main flushing in the Royston water system from March 27 through April 7, 2017. On weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Royston residents may experience short periods of low pressure and discoloured water. While water main flushing does not pose a risk to the general population, immune compromised residents should consult with their doctor or nurse practitioner about whether to take extra precautions with their drinking water. Activities like laundry, dishwashing and showering that require clear, pressurized water should be avoided during the day. Flushing will cease in...

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Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District adopts 2017 budget

The Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) has adopted a 2017 budget of $28.5 million. The budget will see an estimated tax rate of $74 per $100,000 of assessed property value. This rate reflects the CSRHD board’s strategy of a sustainable tax rate, which has resulted in less money being borrowed and shorter term financing for the North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP). Based on this debt management strategy the borrowing for the NIHP will be fully paid in ten years. In addition to providing 40 per cent of capital funding for the new hospitals, the CSRHD has also allocated $1.85 million...

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CSWM responds to federal infrastructure funding announcement

Infrastructure Canada has recently announced funding for a number of projects across small B.C. communities including $5.5 million for the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service to implement a regional organics composting facility to service the entire CSWM service area. The remaining $2.77 million of the $8.3 million project will be funded by the service. The Comox Strathcona Solid Waste Management Plan targets a 70 per cent diversion rate by 2022 and the greatest remaining opportunity to meet this target is the removal of food from the waste stream. The removal of food has the added benefit of decreasing...

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You’re invited to the Civic Centre conceptual design open house

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is inviting residents of the region to the Civic Centre CVRD regional office conceptual design open house on Tuesday, March 21st.  Residents can drop-in anytime between 4 – 7 pm to check out the conceptual designs, provide feedback, ask questions of the architect and learn more about the project. Where:            CVRD Boardroom (550B Comox Road) When:             Tuesday, March 21st drop-in anytime between 4 – 7 pm  “Having the closing conditions for the land on Harmston Avenue successfully completed on February 28th now allows us to work with residents on the design...

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More ways to “Go Green” this St. Patrick’s Day

There is something green and friendly about March 17, 2017 in the Comox Valley and it isn’t just St. Patrick’s Day. This Friday marks Transit Driver Appreciation Day and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is encouraging residents to support our essential system and the important people that make it work. “Transit Driver Appreciation Day has become an international movement and this is a great time to thank the hardworking drivers in our community who play such an important role in the passenger experience,” explained Vince Van Tongeren, policy & sustainability analyst at the CVRD.  “Comox Valley drivers are...

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Closing conditions completed as design engagement begins

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay and School District (SD71) successfully completed the sale and exchange of land as part of the tri-party agreement by the closing date of February 27, 2017. In the first phase of this tri-party agreement the CVRD has purchased a vacant piece of land, on Harmston Avenue, from SD71 upon which a new regional office will be constructed. In a second phase, which will happen in 2021, the CVRD will purchase the adjacent property currently occupied by the SD71 administration offices. The school district will have the option to remain at...

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CVRD hires new chief administrative officer

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board announced that Russell Dyson will be the new chief administrative officer (CAO) for the regional district beginning May 15, 2017. The regional district has been searching for the right candidate since last summer to replace Debra Oakman. Debra Oakman has been leading the organization as the chief administrative officer since 2008 and will retire later this spring. Russell Dyson has 30 years of local government experience. Prior to Russell’s role as CAO of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, he occupied senior management positions with the City of Port Alberni and Lantzville Improvement...

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Have your Say at CVRD Community Workshops

Do you have an interest in the future of indoor recreation in the Comox Valley? The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) invites you to join an interactive community workshop to provide your input on the future vision of indoor recreation as part of the Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan that is currently underway. “Focus Groups were completed in January 2017 and the next phase of community consultation is the community workshops to obtain additional input into the Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan,” said Jennifer Zbinden, senior manager of recreation facilities.  “These workshops are open to anyone living in the...

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Make it a family affair at Free Swim and Skate

Family Day is Monday, February 13, 2017 and thanks to the continued support of Comox Valley McDonald’s restaurants, families can enjoy a free everyone welcome swim and skate at the Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) sports and aquatic centres. The free swim runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CVRD’s aquatic centre, 377 Lerwick Road in Courtenay. The free skate takes place from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the CVRD’s sports centre, 3001 Vanier Drive in Courtenay. It’s recommended to come early as free skate rentals are limited. Staff from the local McDonald’s will be generously providing...

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$1,000 in rebates for replacing wood stoves

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) wood stove exchange program is continuing for 2017 with rebates being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Available rebates include $250 for the purchase of new wood stoves, pellet stoves, energy efficient gas stoves or fireplaces. Five $1,000 rebates are available for those residents who upgrade their wood stoves to an electric air-source heat pump. Compared to old, inefficient stoves, new wood stoves burn one-third less wood, reduce the risk of chimney fires and reduce smoke emissions, including particulate matter, by up to 90 per cent. Electric air-source heat pumps completely eliminate local particulate matter emissions, and cost about the same to operate as a new wood stove (where the wood is purchased for $200 per cord). The rebates are available to registered owners of legal dwelling units throughout the Comox Valley who use wood for their primary heat source and who replace their old non-CSA/EPA certified wood stove for a new qualifying appliance. Two ways to apply for a wood stove rebate: The CVRD has partnered with Bennett Sheet Metal and Heating, Comox Fireplace and Patio, and Rainforest Outdoor Living. These local heating appliance retailers will confirm your eligibility, provide a tracking number for your application, complete the installation, remove and decommission your old stove, and help complete your rebate application. Residents who want to purchase their new appliance from another retailer,...

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