Water treatment upgrade plans take critical step forward

Decisions made at the Comox Valley Water Committee meeting on Tuesday have set a clear course for construction of a new water treatment system beginning in 2019, with interim measures that will address boil water notices within the next six months. A strong financial plan including accessing reserves and aggressively pursuing grant funding is also being pursued.

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Every Voice Counts: Residential Care Survey Results

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie today released results of the Office of the Seniors Advocate’s landmark survey of people living in B.C.’s residential care facilities.

This is the most extensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Canada, targeting over 22,000 individuals in 292 residential care facilities.

“This project was a monumental undertaking and I am so very grateful to all of those who supported our efforts to ensure the voices of such an important part of our population in the province are heard,” said Mackenzie, adding the survey relied on the assistance of over 800 trained volunteers who donated 25,000 hours of their time to conduct in-person interviews with seniors. Residents’ most frequent visitors, usually a family member, were also mailed surveys.

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Driftwood Marine Park Officially Opens

Residents from the Saratoga and Miracle Beach area joined Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) directors today in a ceremony to officially open Driftwood Marine Park situated off Clarkson Avenue in Black Creek.

The park, which connects the Saratoga Beach Settlement Area with Miracle Beach Provincial Park, was created as part of the subdivision of nine hectares of land into 14 bare land strata lots in November of 2006. In 2016 the park moved from inactive to active status and the planning began to upgrade the existing trail systems and build the necessary park infrastructure.

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Students can help build more Habitat for Humanity homes through the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home writing contest

For the 11th consecutive year, Genworth Canada is asking students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to consider what home means to them. Through the Meaning of Home contest, students have the opportunity to share their stories, videos and poems in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitats across the country, including Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (VIN). The contest begins October 10 and ends November 30, 2017.

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Rafe Mair Left Us a Final Book

Staff at Watershed Sentinel Books are deeply saddened to learn of Rafe Mair’s passing this Thanksgiving morning. Mair had been working with WS Books on his final book, Politically Incorrect: How Canada Lost Its Way and the Simple Path Home.

Mair had been actively engaged with the co-editing process, and was always keen and quick to correspond, even throughout challenges with his health. His lively sense of humour made him a joy to work with. Sadly, he passed away while the book was still at the printers.

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