News

Snowbirds returning to Comox Valley in spite of funding cuts

In spite of federal budget cutbacks affecting the armed forces, the Snowbirds will practise over the Comox Valley as usual. - File photo
In spite of federal budget cutbacks affecting the armed forces, the Snowbirds will practise over the Comox Valley as usual.
— image credit: File photo

It's a sure sign of spring in the Comox Valley.

Despite budget cutbacks affecting all American shows, the Snowbirds Demonstration Team will practise over the Valley in April.

Capt. Thomas Edelson, public affairs officer for the team, said the jets will once again use the area as their practice ground for two weeks during the second half of the month.

"We haven't firmed up the dates quite yet, but we are coming back. We are looking at much the same setup as past years," he noted from their home base of Moose Jaw.

"The mountains, water and terrain make it a good practice area for the team, and it will be nice to get away from -35 (degrees) here."

While Edelson added all the American shows for the Snowbirds are off the schedule, the budget cuts have not affected any Canadian shows.

"They still have a full schedule; there are approximately just shy of 30 locations in the upcoming season," he explained.

This year, there are five new members of the Snowbirds team including a new lead, and Edelson said they are finalizing the schedule and theme for 2014 within the next few weeks.

Team members and full biographies will be available soon on the team's website at www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/snowbirds/index.page.

• • •

In their latest budget Tuesday, the Conservative government announced it will strip the Defence Department of more than $3 billion in spending on new military purchases in the near future.

In their budget, the government noted it will reclaim $3.1 million in national defence funding for major capital procurements from the 2013-14 to 2016-2017 period to future years in which key purchases will be made.

photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Prince Rupert LNG plant, pipelines get B.C. certificates
 
Thrifty vitamin department bigger, brighter
 
Slash commissions local luthier
Ocean-view luxury condos now for sale in Qualicum Beach
 
Part 2: Mushrooms for health and wealth
 
City of Nanaimo issues demolition orders for buildings
Amrik Virk advised Kwantlen on secret executive bonus
 
Liquor changes could push up prices
 
Heart and soul remain strong for choir

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 27 edition online now. Browse the archives.