Erin Haluschak

The Comox Valley Nature is asking for help from the City of Courtenay to restore Garry oaks in the Vanier Forest as part of a pilot project. Photo NCC

Comox Valley Nature seeking Courtenay’s help to restore Garry oaks in Vanier Forest

“If we wait another two years, we will lose certainly another 20 per cent (of the Garry oaks) …”

The Comox Valley Nature is asking for help from the City of Courtenay to restore Garry oaks in the Vanier Forest as part of a pilot project. Photo NCC
Members from the Cumberland Fire Department spent early Friday morning (July 23) putting out a brush fire about one acre in size. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Cumberland Fire Department extinguish early morning brush fire

Crews attending the fire which grew to about one acre in size

Members from the Cumberland Fire Department spent early Friday morning (July 23) putting out a brush fire about one acre in size. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A majority of the east side of Vancouver Island is in a Level 4 drought - the second-highest level recorded by the province. Government of BC map

Comox Valley in Level 4 drought, little precipitation in forecast

‘This is the driest month of the year’

A majority of the east side of Vancouver Island is in a Level 4 drought - the second-highest level recorded by the province. Government of BC map
The paint removal process is set to begin on the 5th Street Bridge. Photo by City of Courtenay

5th Street bridge completion date delayed by one month

The schedule has been impacted by scaffolding installation

The paint removal process is set to begin on the 5th Street Bridge. Photo by City of Courtenay
LUSH Valley’s Partnership with School District 71 this past year helped feed 200 students and families through the Good Food Box program. Screenshot, LUSH Valley/Comox Valley Schools video

Anonymous donor helps LUSH Valley toward goal of permanent home

The major donor said she was not exposed to farming or vegetable gardening in her suburban childhood

LUSH Valley’s Partnership with School District 71 this past year helped feed 200 students and families through the Good Food Box program. Screenshot, LUSH Valley/Comox Valley Schools video
Birth control pills, IUDs, patch, ring. (AccessBC)

Physician asking Courtenay council for support for no-cost prescription contraception

‘This is a policy that empowers people and promotes equality and health outcomes…’

Birth control pills, IUDs, patch, ring. (AccessBC)
Filberg Centre was set up as an alternate vaccine site. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay waives rental fee for Island Health’s COVID-19 Filberg Centre clinic

Island Health indicated they are unable to pay the rental amount

Filberg Centre was set up as an alternate vaccine site. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Bees were busy Monday, July 19 as they filled the rows of lavender at Shamrock Farm in Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Busy as a bee

Shamrock Farm offers free summer event with Lavender Open Farm Days

Bees were busy Monday, July 19 as they filled the rows of lavender at Shamrock Farm in Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak
North Island College’s Comox Valley campus has officially raised its pride flag this week. The flag will fly on the main pole by the bus loop for a week in conjunction with Pride Society Week. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Raising the flag

Pride flag flying at North Island College in Courtenay

North Island College’s Comox Valley campus has officially raised its pride flag this week. The flag will fly on the main pole by the bus loop for a week in conjunction with Pride Society Week. Photo by Erin Haluschak
A fire on July 17 caused major damage to a home on Ross Avenue in Royston. Photo by Tanja Kerr

Weekend fire damages home in Royston

Home was not occupied at the time; major damage to roof and upper floor

A fire on July 17 caused major damage to a home on Ross Avenue in Royston. Photo by Tanja Kerr
Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds returning to the Island for Op Inspiration

The goal of Op Inspiration is to pay tribute to healthcare workers

Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds returning to the Island for Op Inspiration

The goal of Op Inspiration is to pay tribute to healthcare workers

Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Comox town hall. Black Press file photo

Comox council briefs: street closures, parklet program extension

Council has voted in favour of extending the temporary parklet program until June 1, 2022

Comox town hall. Black Press file photo
Drought conditions across B.C. as of June 30, 2021. Map via the Canadian Drought Monitor/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Lack of precipitation ‘particularly distressing’ for Valley drought situation

The last measurable rainfall amount recorded at the Comox weather station was June 16

Drought conditions across B.C. as of June 30, 2021. Map via the Canadian Drought Monitor/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Robbie Amell is set to star and produce Float which is set to film in the Comox Valley in September. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Comox Valley headed for the silver screen

A feature film is slated for production in the area in September

Robbie Amell is set to star and produce Float which is set to film in the Comox Valley in September. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Filberg Lodge and Park, in Comox. Jennifer Blyth photo

Artisans, food and theatre set to return to Filberg Park

Filberg Live is “a way to bring life back into the park …”

Filberg Lodge and Park, in Comox. Jennifer Blyth photo
The Courtenay Fire Department helped extinguish five fires along Ryan Road July 7. Black Press file photo

Motorists assist with extinguishing multiple grass fires along Courtenay roadway

Five separate fires were spotted along Ryan Road

The Courtenay Fire Department helped extinguish five fires along Ryan Road July 7. Black Press file photo
The Shamrock Farm lavender harvest is July 19-25. Black Press file photo

Annual lavender farm days offering expanded hours at Comox’s Shamrock Farm

“The lavender fields are uplifting and really calming”

The Shamrock Farm lavender harvest is July 19-25. Black Press file photo
The City of Courtenay passed a bylaw to allow backyard chickens. (Black Press file photo)

Courtenay gives greenlight to raising hens within the city

The bylaw allows up to six hens in residential lots within the city

The City of Courtenay passed a bylaw to allow backyard chickens. (Black Press file photo)
The Vancouver Island marmot is an endangered species. Pictured here, a marmot at Mount Washington. (Black Press file)

Island marmots emerging from hibernation with pups in tow

There are some positive signs for the population of Vancouver Island marmots,…

The Vancouver Island marmot is an endangered species. Pictured here, a marmot at Mount Washington. (Black Press file)