In a world already overpopulated with incivility, think of Decafnation as a refuge from high anxiety. Instead of a triple-shot, pulse boosting caffeine assault on your nervous system, our writing aims to give you the milder buzz of a decaffeinated beverage.

But don’t let the coffee metaphor mislead you. You’ll find passionate writing and strong opinions here. We’ll take on controversial topics. We’ll explore the edges of unconventional ideas.

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George Le Masurier

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  • Will Cole-Hamilton would promote “available” housing
    by George Le Masurier on May 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    For Will Cole-Hamilton, local government is something people do together, not something that is done to them. He hopes to join the Courtenay City Council on Oct. 20 to address "available" housing and other issues. […]

  • Cumberland mayor encourages citizens to seek public office
    by George Le Masurier on May 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The hours are long and the paycheck is short, but Cumberland Mayor told a crowd of about 65 in Comox that serving your community through local government can be a rewarding experience. The public forum was organized by Comox Tomorrow. […]

  • Public panel will help guide new sewerage plan
    by George Le Masurier on May 8, 2018 at 12:43 am

    The new Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Planning Process that will recommend rerouting the pipe carrying Courtenay and Comox sewage to the treatment plant will include public and technical panels, which will be formed this summer; plus, the treatment plant gets an upgrade to eliminate over-capacity at peak periods […]

  • Ministry stalls FOI request on Merville water bottling
    by George Le Masurier on May 3, 2018 at 4:39 am

    The B.C. government has stalled a Comox Valley citizen's Freedom of Information request for a technical study and other information regarding the approval of a water extraction licence in the Merville area […]

  • Public forums kick off 2018 municipal elections
    by George Le Masurier on May 2, 2018 at 2:58 am

    The 2018 municipal elections are underway. New candidates and incumbents have declared their intentions to seek office and at least two community groups have organized early public forums to create voter awareness and encourage potential candidates. […]

  • Game changer, but not a game winner
    by Guest Writer on April 30, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Unlike Notre Dame’s game-winning Hail Mary basket, if the majority of voters support electoral reform in BC’s November referendum, we will have only a game changer, not a game winner. In fact, the game would not be over at all because the hard work would just be beginning. […]

  • Can a family of four live in the Valley at $16.59 per hour?
    by George Le Masurier on April 26, 2018 at 5:05 am

    A new study says $16.59 per hour is a minimum "living wage" for families of four in the Comox Valley (two working parents). But the study assumes people can find housing at 30 percent of their gross income, and it doesn't consider the plight of single parents […]

  • Farmers: reject Merville water bottling operation
    by George Le Masurier on April 23, 2018 at 5:48 am

    The Mid-Island Farmers Institute has asked the Comox Valley Regional District board to reject a water bottling facility on Sackville Road in Merville. And they want the regional district to ask the Ministry of Forestry, Land, Natural Resources, Operations and Rural Development to rescind the water licence granted to the Sackville Road property owners, Christopher MacKenzie and Regula Heynck. […]

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Mack Laing Heritage Society
    by George Le Masurier on April 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    The Mack Laing Heritage Society has won a major legal ruling in its battle to force the Town of Comox to honor trust agreements with the famous naturalist. It's the first step in a case that will decide the future of Laing's iconic home and clarify the status of his trust agreements. […]

  • Managing urban deer is a local problem, not a provincial one
    by George Le Masurier on April 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Provincial ministry confirms: province has no legal responsibility for managing urban deer. Comox Valley elected officials ignore problem while Oak Bay and Haida Gwaii take action […]