Category: Comox Valley Regional District

eBob Commuter Challenge endorsement

What is Commuter Challenge all about? According to the website information at The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 4-10, 2017). It’s a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces to track trips taken to work by transit, cycling, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting. You and your colleagues can win some fantastic prizes just for telling us how you got to and from work between June 4-10. eBob Trailers strongly endorses the Commuter Challenge, and challenges other individuals and businesses to take up the challenge. eBob Trailers are Canadian made electric Back-of-bike trailers with hub motors, disc brakes, signal lights, lockable...

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Users of the Comox Valley Water System

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Island Health have lifted the boil water notice for all users of the Comox Valley water system, effective immediately.  The notice was issued on May 31 due to a positive E. coli sample from the Comox Reservoir. Island Health requires that a boil water notice be issued immediately when E. coli is detected in the treated water. Only after three days of clean samples can the boil water notice be lifted. Since the initial detection, approximately 25 water samples throughout the Comox Valley water system have been tested. All samples have been...

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Businesses Asked to Join the Commuter Challenge

Comox Valley residents who track how they get to work the week of June 4 – 10 will be eligible to win a prize as part of Commuter Challenge week. “The Commuter Challenge is meant to help people think about their daily commute,” says Vince Van Tongeren, Policy and Sustainability Analyst for the Comox Valley Regional District. “If it’s possible to take the bus, ride your bike, walk, carpool or work from home, even one day a week, you could be rewarded for taking the challenge,” he adds. Commuter Challenge is a national event where cities and workplaces are encouraged...

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North Island 9-1-1 expands fire dispatch service

North Island 911 Corporation (NI911) recently was awarded the Peace River Regional District contract for fire dispatch through a request for proposal process. NI911, a local government partnership comprised of six regional district shareholders, has been delivering professional 9-1-1 fire call answer and full service fire dispatch services since 1996. Currently NI911 operates and maintains a state-of-the-art fire dispatch centre and the necessary communications, mapping systems for dispatching 51 fire departments in a service area covering approximately 56,000 square kilometres and is excited to add Peace River to this service area. With the addition of Peace River Regional District, NI911 Corporation will be servicing 61 fire departments and increasing their coverage area to approximately 175,000 square kilometres.

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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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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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