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George Le Masurier


  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
    by George Le Masurier on December 15, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Friday Morning Briefing When former Comox Valley resident and north Island Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant refused to kill two baby black bears who ransacked a freezer in Port Hardy, he was suspended and, despite overwhelming public support, was reassigned to a desk job. Now, that same B.C. Conservation Service has run a recruitment ad enticing […]

  • Could Kus-kus-sum go coastal?
    by George Le Masurier on December 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

    The importance of the planned restoration of the Fields Sawmill site may well go beyond repairing a blight on the Comox Valley’s image. It’s likely to influence the prospects of a coast-wide approach to replacing multiple forest industry eyesores with ecological assets. […]

  • Wednesday, 12.06.17
    by George Le Masurier on December 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Wednesday Morning Briefing  A Canadian clean-tech company proposing to build a waste-to-energy plant in the Comox Valley plans to invest $350 million to open a dozen such facilities in the next five years. Will the north Island be one of those? Read about it here. The Times-Colonist reports this morning that a Washington state senator […]

  • Should Union Bay join CVRD?
    by Alice de Wolff on December 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Should the Union Bay Improvement District turn over management of its water system to the Comox Valley Regional District? The UBID board has started the process, but residents will make the ultimate choice. […]

  • Monday, 12.04.17
    by George Le Masurier on December 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Monday Morning Briefing Times-Colonist reporter Amy Smart talks with First Nations, Port Hardy mayor, a First Nations farm manager and others and writes about their different perspectives on fish farms. Read it here. Steelhead LNG has scrapped plans for a floating LNG plant in the Stanch Inlet. The Malahat Nation laments a loss of jobs. […]

  • Fraser Cain: from Hornby Island to outer space
    by George Le Masurier on December 8, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Fraser Cain was raised on Hornby Island, but his mind was always on another planet. Most of the time, Cain led the life of a normal teenager. He played video games and fooled around on the two-ferry, two-hour bus ride to school in Courtenay. But whenever he could, Cain dreamed about the stars, the planets, the universe. […]

  • Engineers battle coastal tankers
    by Catherine Gilbert on December 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    From a log home on Upper Campbell Lake, Brian Gunn has rallied retired engineers in British Columbia to challenge how oil products are being shipped from and along the coast of British Columbia. They're now challenging Kinder Morgan. […]

  • The Valley seems healthy, but …
    by Mary Lee on November 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    On the surface, the Comox Valley looks healthy. Current health data indicates the Comox Valley is healthier than many other island communities. And that may be the reason we are one of the last communities to form ... […]

  • Waste to energy discussion missed the GHG point
    by George Le Masurier on November 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed Canada to aggressive reductions in our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It will take a coordinated national effort to get there, and that means small communities across the country, like the Comox Valley ... […]

  • CVRD internal tension builds over waste to energy report
    by George Le Masurier on November 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    The tension between staff and elected officials of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management board (CSWM) ramped up another notch this week. The friction has increased since directors openly criticized Comox Valley Regional District staff at a full CSWM board ... […]