December 13, 2012 · 2:43 PM

THIS VIEW OF downtown Courtenay’s Fourth Street looks from Cliffe Avenue to Duncan Avenue. The photograph was taken in the 1940s. 991.138.5 / Photo courtesy Courtenay and District Museum

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

NDP MLA David Chudnovsky toured downtown Courtenay during his cross-province tour looking at homelessness in communities.

Homeless man Gerry Mag was asked what the hardest part about being homeless is.

"The toughest part is tomorrow," he said with welled-up eyes. "You never know what's going to go on tomorrow."

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Five-year-old Robbie Thompson was placed back on the heart transplant list at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

People of the Comox Valley embraced the Thompson family while they waited 11 months in Toronto for Robbie to get the new heart, then that heart transplant started failing.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

David John Gorton pleaded guilty to the murders of his common-law wife and her four children, aged two to 12, in their Black Creek home.

Crown counsel Bob Gillen told B.C. Supreme Court Gorton used an axe to methodically murder the family.

After hearing the lawyers, Justice David Vickers sentenced Gordon to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Comox Mayor Alicia Burns suggested a referendum to see if Comox residents would want to change the Town's designation from 'town' to 'city.'

Council had already turned down Burns' previous suggestion to change Comox's designation. The province's benchmark for 'city' designation was 5,000 and Comox's population was 10,000.

Burns' call for a referendum was defeated with only herself in favour.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Friends of Strathcona Park crusaded against changes to Strathcona Park, heading down to Victoria to meet with Parks Minister Bruce Strachan.

The group was against boundary changes done by cabinet decree and hoped to forestall increased mining in the park.


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