Adam and Kiley Panziera and Marisa Anthony were disappointed, but understanding, when their March 27th key ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19. The two families had partnered with Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) to become homeowners, and they were looking forward to the celebration that brings the community together to mark the hard work and contribution of families, volunteers and donors.
Over the past month, LUSH Valley and the Comox Valley Food Policy Council have been working with our community partners on our Emergency Food Share programs. I extend sincere thanks to our staff, board and volunteers for their roles in the successful launch of our Hot Meal and Good Food Box hamper programs. Everyone has been working extremely hard and their dedication, resilience and hard work are greatly appreciated.
Local bylaw officers are actively patrolling local parks and trails and may be completing spot checks at community hot spots in the evenings and weekends, providing education to residents, and responding to complaints over violations to provincial orders in effect.
Bylaw officers are not empowered to ticket or detain people over public health orders, any enforcement will be conducted by the Province. Bylaw officers will report any mass gatherings larger than 50 people to the Ministry for follow-up.
Cumberland, BC – This week Cumberland is celebrating the start of construction of the community’s new fire hall on Cumberland Road. While the COVID-19 pandemic presents some challenges for the project, the Village is working closely with its partner contractors with the priority being the health and safety of all workers as the project proceeds.
The Comox Valley Sewage Commission has approved plans to reschedule public engagement on the future of the Comox Valley Sewer Service, as the community adjusts to a new normal amidst COVID-19 mitigation measures. Consultation will now take place in the fall, when it’s hoped the community can participate with more interest and capacity.
In the last two and a half weeks LUSH Valley Food Action Society (LUSH Valley) and the Comox Valley Food Policy Council (FPC) have been working on an emergency food accessibility response to the pandemic. When food hoarding and panic buying was resulting in food shortages for the most vulnerable in our community, they mobilized to find donations of food to deliver to the Comox Valley Food Bank, Comox Valley Family Services, tenants at the Washington Inn and other Social Service agencies in need. Last week, during the temporary closure of our local Food Bank, they raised funds to purchase $5,000 in grocery gift cards to distribute to people in need.
Yesterday, the Comox Valley Regional District’s Board of Directors approved $148,279 in grant-aid to support the homeless and provide food security for marginalized populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Comox Valley Airport is adapting to the rapid changes brought about by the COVID 19
pandemic and will remain open for necessary passenger travel, medical transport flights, or to
facilitate cargo or humanitarian efforts.
Vancouver Island seniors will be able to receive the support they need during the COVID-19 crisis through a new province-wide initiative, Safe Seniors, Strong Communities. Seniors can request volunteer help with grocery shopping, meal prep and prescription pick-up or receive friendly check-in call by simply dialing 2-1-1 or filling in an online form at www.bc211.ca.