Mike Chouinard

The distance education program through Navigate (NIDES) has been seen some large gains in enrolment. Image, screenshot

Comox Valley school enrolment up despite fewer kids in class

Growth being driven heavily by increase in distance education numbers

The distance education program through Navigate (NIDES) has been seen some large gains in enrolment. Image, screenshot
Several local schools took part in Student Vote for the B.C. election. Black Press file photo

Students in Student Vote support NDP in Courtenay-Comox

Unlike actual vote, students in Mid Island-Pacific Rim back Greens

Several local schools took part in Student Vote for the B.C. election. Black Press file photo
A Secret Santa program through First Insurance – The Co-operators isn’t happening this year. Black Press file photo

Courtenay insurance company’s Secret Santa a no-go this year

First Insurance – The Co-operators program has run for almost 20 years

A Secret Santa program through First Insurance – The Co-operators isn’t happening this year. Black Press file photo
A jubilant Ronna-Rae Leonard salutes the crowd at her victory party at the Avalanche Bar & Grill. (photo by Scott Stanfield)

UPDATE: Leonard declared early winner for Courtenay-Comox

NDP incumbent held similar margin of lead throughout the evening

A jubilant Ronna-Rae Leonard salutes the crowd at her victory party at the Avalanche Bar & Grill. (photo by Scott Stanfield)
Saturday, Oct. 24 was voting day at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay-Comox polls a little slow, as many vote early

Percentage voting in advance here is higher than the provincial average

Saturday, Oct. 24 was voting day at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early, with some 20 per cent (10,174) of eligible voters have already cast their ballots. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Polls are now closed for the provincial election

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early, with some 20 per cent (10,174) of eligible voters have already cast their ballots. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Comox Valley campus of North Island Hospital. File photo

Comox-Strathcona still on track to pay down new hospital debt

Reserves for capital projects should increase over annual debt in 2023-24

The Comox Valley campus of North Island Hospital. File photo
The mural proposed for the side of the building. Image, Village of Cumberland report

Cumberland council calls for more mural designs

Designs for wall are holding up the building permit process

The mural proposed for the side of the building. Image, Village of Cumberland report
Work at Cumberland Lake Park is one of the areas Cumberland’s council wants to target with some grant funding. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Cumberland prioritizes economic recovery plans

Village is applying for grants that could help Bevan industrial site, park at lake

Work at Cumberland Lake Park is one of the areas Cumberland’s council wants to target with some grant funding. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Courtenay-Comox voters have a choice among three candidates in 2020. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay-Comox race could prove close again, says prof

Last time, margin of victory was less than 10 votes on election night

Courtenay-Comox voters have a choice among three candidates in 2020. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The plan is for a three-storey, multi-family building on Second Street. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Hearing set for Cumberland affordable housing project

Three-storey complex on Second Street will include 22 residential units

The plan is for a three-storey, multi-family building on Second Street. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The school district will be taking nominations for a byelection to replace Ian Hargreaves on the board of education after he stepped down in September. Submitted file photo

School district accepting nominations soon for byelection

General voting day for the Area C trustee position will be Dec. 12

The school district will be taking nominations for a byelection to replace Ian Hargreaves on the board of education after he stepped down in September. Submitted file photo
The Village and school district have been discussing the development of a child care facility at the community school in Cumberland. Image, Google image

Cumberland, school district apply for child care grant

Program would provide funding for as many as 75 child care spaces

The Village and school district have been discussing the development of a child care facility at the community school in Cumberland. Image, Google image
A man fishing on the Puntledge recently came across a number of dead salmon smolt and also noted a strange odour coming from the water. In this picture, a few can be seen lying under the water. Photo supplied

Dead salmon smolt at Courtenay river remain a mystery

Environment officials test water after discovery of fish, report of noxious odour

A man fishing on the Puntledge recently came across a number of dead salmon smolt and also noted a strange odour coming from the water. In this picture, a few can be seen lying under the water. Photo supplied
There are upcoming information sessions for Union Bay residents about the future of governance in the community. File photo.

Union Bay takes next steps toward governance choice

Virtual and in-person information sessions coming up Oct. 15 and 20

There are upcoming information sessions for Union Bay residents about the future of governance in the community. File photo.
Habitat for Humanity and police are looking for the suspect who broke into the ReStore in Courtenay. Image supplied

Someone breaks into Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Courtenay

Value of damage and thefts at non-profit’s store is estimated at $3,000

Habitat for Humanity and police are looking for the suspect who broke into the ReStore in Courtenay. Image supplied
The School District 71 distance learning program has seen a big jump in the number of registrants this fall, including ones from all over the world. Image, Screenshot

Comox Valley distance ed lands almost a thousand new students

International student visits down but students still signing up from all over for online ed

The School District 71 distance learning program has seen a big jump in the number of registrants this fall, including ones from all over the world. Image, Screenshot
The three candidates for Courtenay-Comox debated in a virtual forum on Oct. 8. Image, screenshot

Courtenay-Comox candidates face off in online debate

Issues at chamber event included seniors’ homes, economy, housing

The three candidates for Courtenay-Comox debated in a virtual forum on Oct. 8. Image, screenshot
Cumberland is looking at replacing old streetlights. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Cumberland opts for less glare from streetlights

The plan for BC Hydro is to start converting lights in November

Cumberland is looking at replacing old streetlights. Photo by Mike Chouinard
School District 71 has been taking a look at school bus safety. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox Valley district holds off school bus seatbelt retrofits

Compartmentalization of seats is key safety feature of buses, says staff report

School District 71 has been taking a look at school bus safety. Photo by Mike Chouinard