HAVE YOUR SAY: November 20

I would like to thank the gentleman from Union Bay. He was helpful to me at the Senior Centre on Nov. 13. The world is a better place with people like you. Signed, a grateful senior.

The Merville Grand Mothers send out a big thank you to the Comox Valley community for supporting the ‘Fabulous Fabric Sale’ on Nov. 1. Mountains of fabric, yarn, sewing machines and all kinds of sewing accessories were donated over the past few months by the generous folks of the Comox Valley. The second annual sale was a huge success and generated over $6,000 that we have sent to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This Campaign supports grandmothers in sub-Sarahan Africa who are raising millions of children orphaned by AIDS by raising funds to provide for necessities such as school fees, food, housing, and grants for income generation projects.  With our help the African grandmothers are moving towards self-sufficiency, while at the same time, nurturing the next generation by keeping children in school. The Merville Grand Mothers are already planning next year’s ‘Fabulous Fabric Sale’ and will begin accepting donations of fabric and yarn in late July, 2015.

I find it rather odd that the Province and the Federal governments support home-based businesses but not Courtenay!  In 2010 I was asked to attend a business seminar by MNBC in Vancouver. While I was there the Minister of Small Business announced that our Premier and the Prime Minister have both expressed their acknowledgment that small businesses were one of the key reasons that Canada and our province survived the recession. Recently a friend of mine decided that she would start her own home-based business. She approached the City of Courtenay and was told that because she was considered a “medical service” she was excluded from the home occupant business license. She is a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist. She is qualified to perform these types of therapy. The City of Courtenay has dropped the ball yet again. They are losing thousands of dollars in revenue by not allowing QUALIFIED practitioners their right to operate out of their homes. The City is forcing these practitioners to open up expensive offices to conduct their occupations. Or they have to set up “office” either illegally or somewhere else.  I see no reason why the City cannot allow these types of businesses to be run from homes if they are following the guidelines set forth for other home-based businesses. Come on Courtenay; it’s time to get with the rest of the Province and rethink your business strategies. Hopefully the new mayor and council will rectify this issue.

Thank you to the Comox Valley Record for including the CVRD in your Saturday night election coverage. Other media outlets couldn’t be bothered.

We are delighted and proud to view Town of Comox workers using brooms outside the library, breathing deep, strengthening their muscles,  creating a soft sounding rhythm, enhancing the environment.  No need for the gym nor noisy gas fumes. A modern phenomenon?  Parks, do we have the same money-saving device, creating the same time or less for employment opportunities?

A big Christmas stocking filled with poinsettias and holly to all our fantastic shoppers at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop Christmas sale. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you too, everyone who donated over the last year, we couldn’t do this without you. And thanks to Shaw Cable for their continued support, we can always count on you.