Critical need for blood donations in June

National Blood Donor Week is typically a time to celebrate donors across the country. This year, however, Canadian Blood Services is focused on a critical need for blood donations and is urging Canadians to make an appointment right away to donate before July 1.
“Patients across the country need more donors to step forward for life-giving blood donations,” says Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations. “We recently called on Canadians to fill more than 150,000 donation appointments by Canada’s 150th birthday to ensure that there is enough blood to meet patient needs throughout the summer. As of today, we’re not on track to meet that target, so we are pleading with Canadians to book an appointment to donate and replenish supplies before July 1.”

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How one former educator views new technology in schools

While teaching journalism and information technology for several years in a networked computer environment with Internet and email access at every workstation, I learned a lot about how to use powerful, but potentially distracting, electronic devices to increase students’ learning and productivity. Please note, though, that I last taught a high school class in 2000 and since then digital technology, and the opportunities and dangers it presents, have evolved greatly.

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What Matters To You? Day in BC is June 6th

“What Matters to You?” Day started in Norway in 2014, with the simple goal of encouraging meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, and families, and their health care providers. BC liked the idea so much that they wanted to do it here, too and have designated June 6th as What Matters To You? Day to encourage participation by British Columbians.

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Tennis Day in Canada

Our club will be one of several tennis facilities across the country hosting Tennis Day in Canada programming and showcasing how easy and fun it is to get involved. Bring the whole family as players of all ages, levels and experience are welcome to join the excitement.

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Pearl Ellis Gallery: Landscapes & Other Things 2
Jun 6 – Jun 24 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox will be displaying a new show on June 6th entitled “Landscapes and Other Things – 2”. The show not only has oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes, but also includes elements from the fishing aspect of life on the West Coast.

It will showcase works by Lorna Welch, who has resided in Zeballos on the West Coast of the Island with her husband Larry for over 20 years, and David Netterville, who retired with his partner Louise to the Comox Valley from Europe about 10 years ago.

Many of Lorna Welch’s paintings depict the historical settings around the picturesque village of Zeballos, which was first populated in the early 1930s when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills. Logging came to the Zeballos area in the early 1950s and an iron mine operated for a while after being opened in 1962. It was logging along with the budding tourism industry, however that offered the most jobs and hope for the future. In addition to capturing the rustic energy of the early buildings, Lorna has also painted works of wildlife on paddles and fishing floats.

David spent many holidays in the Zeballos area and around Vancouver Island for nearly 30 years while living overseas before retiring to the Comox Valley in 2008. Since locating to the Island he has taken up painting and says that he still struggles to find a style and learn more about composition. While working primarily with oil paints and doing landscapes from photographs, with the occasional sojourn into painting with his eyes closed, he considers painting sessions to be therapeutic.

The art show and sale will be from Tuesday, June 6 until Sunday, June 24. The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox and the show is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception will be
held at the Gallery on Saturday, June 10 between 1 and 4 pm when it will be possible to meet both of the artists and discuss their work.

Miners’ Memorial Weekend
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all day

Miners’ Memorial Weekend welcomes hundreds from across the west coast for a weekend filled with passionate exchange and respectful remembrance in the Village of Cumberland, June 21 – 24. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event.

The week kicks off with a film double header presented by the Cumberland branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, 5:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 21. Learn about the rise and fall of the Dunsmuir family and the legacy of Hatley Park in ‘Whatever the cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs’, and the life and death of labour activist Ginger Goodwin with contemporary conversations in ‘Goodwin’s Way’. These two documentaries highlight the stark difference between the opulent wealth of the Dunsmuir family, and the atrocious working conditions of the Dunsmuir mines in Cumberland which led to labour unrest in the area.

On Thursday, June 22, the Cumberland Museum and Archives is pleased to present author, activist, and stand-up comedian Charles Demers at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Demers has performed for national television and radio audiences, and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters. Local poets Shayne avec i grec and Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson open the show at 7:30pm.

The Songs of the Workers is Miners Memorial Weekend’s Friday night tradition. This classic pub night welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition from past to present. Locally brewed beer, pizza, and fantastic company in the OAP Hall starting at 7pm.

Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast from 9-11am at the C.R.I. is by donation, and welcome to all. Following breakfast, join Karver Everson, K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Keisha Everson, teacher and member of the K’omoks First Nation, as they present on the history of the region. At 1pm the graveside ceremony begins at the Cumberland cemetery where tributes are shared and flowers are laid at the grave of Ginger Goodwin and the many Cumberland fallen miners. From there, the ceremony moves to the Japanese cemetery for the laying of roses and a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of Cumberland’s Japanese-Canadian communities. Saturday concludes with a community supper at the Cultural Centre including guest speakers, music, food and drink.

Most events are free, or by donation, with proceeds supporting exhibits and programs at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. Find the full schedule plus tickets for the Charles Demers show and Community Supper at

FMI: 250-336-2445

Miners Memorial – Comedian Charles Demers
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tix 15-20 dollars

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Miners Memorial – ‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic cabaret style entertainment – by donation

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Miners Memorial – Pancake Breakfast
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Miners Memorial – K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson.

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Miners Memorial Day graveside vigil @ Cumberland Cemetery
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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