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Ann Marie Lisch leads a dance fitness class known as Nia, Fridays from 10-11 a.m. at Marina Park in Comox. Some of the dancers, mostly senior women, have been attending since day one, 13 years ago. She hopes to soon return the class to d’Esterre House. Scott Stanfield photo

Dedicated Comox seniors dance in rain, wind

Every Friday for 13 years, Ann Marie Lisch’s dance fitness class in…

A group gathers for a guided story walk at the Comox Valley Art Gallery plaza. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley arts-based project takes honest look at overdose crisis

The Comox Valley Art Gallery, and AVI Health and Community Services are…

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

  • Oct 22, 2020
Vanier students have put together a new video about road safety. Image, screenshot

Too many driving infractions, say School District 71, Comox ValleyRCMP

G.P. Vanier students also put together a video about safe driving and school buses

  • Oct 22, 2020
Vanier students have put together a new video about road safety. Image, screenshot
Rotary District 5020 president Rod McKenzie (in chair) agreed to test out the CVCDA ramp and experience it from the perspective of an individual who relies on a wheelchair to get around. McKenzie is being prepped by Comox Valley Wheelchair Sports Society president Stephane Roy. Submitted by CVCDA

Accessibility the focus of Comox Valley Child Development Association Telethon

The Comox Valley Child Development Association Telethon will look markedly different this…

Rotary District 5020 president Rod McKenzie (in chair) agreed to test out the CVCDA ramp and experience it from the perspective of an individual who relies on a wheelchair to get around. McKenzie is being prepped by Comox Valley Wheelchair Sports Society president Stephane Roy. Submitted by CVCDA
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
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Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
Comox Valley Unhoused executive director Sam Franey, right, is pictured at the Comox Valley Art Gallery with Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, and Ronna-Rae Leonard, BC NDP candidate for the Courtenay—Comox riding. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley man forms non-profit after five years on street

Sam Franey has steered clear of pills and booze, choosing instead to…

Comox Valley Unhoused executive director Sam Franey, right, is pictured at the Comox Valley Art Gallery with Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, and Ronna-Rae Leonard, BC NDP candidate for the Courtenay—Comox riding. Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay artist Bill Bolten recently presented Dr. Bonnie Henry with this carving of a yellow warbler. Photo supplied.

Courtenay carver creates gift for Dr. Bonnie Henry

Bill Bolten presented the carving to B.C.’s public health officer in person

  • Oct 21, 2020
Courtenay artist Bill Bolten recently presented Dr. Bonnie Henry with this carving of a yellow warbler. Photo supplied.
John Cox prepares the Friday Pizza Night dinner, while Sadie waits patiently for anything to hit the floor. Photo by Leslie Cox.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Harvest time for the Duchess

Cox garden not only about the flowers

  • Oct 21, 2020
John Cox prepares the Friday Pizza Night dinner, while Sadie waits patiently for anything to hit the floor. Photo by Leslie Cox.
Golden Ticket winner Chris Gooch. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Third Valley Vonka Golden Ticket redeemed

Chris Gooch has claimed one of the five Golden Tickets in the…

  • Oct 18, 2020
Golden Ticket winner Chris Gooch. Photo by Mike Chouinard
An aerial view shows the stretch of trail that will be rerouted. Image, Village of Cumberland

Stretch of trail in Cumberland is being rerouted

As well, popular zipline in Village Park is closed for safety reasons

  • Oct 18, 2020
An aerial view shows the stretch of trail that will be rerouted. Image, Village of Cumberland
Patrons who sign up for alerts by Nov. 12 at noon will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Courtenay Recreation gift certificate. Photo supplied

Sign up for Courtenay Recreation updates, alerts

Courtenay Recreation wants to make sure you receive all the latest updates…

  • Oct 16, 2020
Patrons who sign up for alerts by Nov. 12 at noon will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Courtenay Recreation gift certificate. Photo supplied
Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for animals at Island sanctuary

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)
Mayor Bob Wells, left, is pictured with Courtenay Legion president Gary Flath, centre, and Branch #17 service officer Bill Webb Friday at Courtenay City Hall to launch the annual Poppy Campaign. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay Poppy Campaign launched Friday

Mayor Bob Wells joined Courtenay Legion president Gary Flath and Branch #17…

  • Oct 16, 2020
Mayor Bob Wells, left, is pictured with Courtenay Legion president Gary Flath, centre, and Branch #17 service officer Bill Webb Friday at Courtenay City Hall to launch the annual Poppy Campaign. Scott Stanfield photo
“Keep Christmas local,” said group organizer Tamara Meggitt. (Facebook images)
“Keep Christmas local,” said group organizer Tamara Meggitt. (Facebook images)
Failure to have a fireworks permit in the CVRD is a $500 fine. Black Press file photo

Fireworks permits available in Comox Valley Regional District

In the Comox Valley Regional District, permits are required prior to setting…

  • Oct 16, 2020
Failure to have a fireworks permit in the CVRD is a $500 fine. Black Press file photo
NIC and other schools will provide information on program pathways, partnership agreements and tips for transfer students. File photo

Vancouver Island colleges, universities host virtual tours

Colleges and universities from across Vancouver Island are teaming up on new,…

  • Oct 16, 2020
NIC and other schools will provide information on program pathways, partnership agreements and tips for transfer students. File photo
Be prepared to have your socks scared off watching the premiere of Cabin in the Woods, presented by The LINC Youth Centre’s Ghoul School. Photo supplied

Video project replaces haunted house at Courtenay youth centre

Comox Valley’s favourite Halloween Spooktacular is returning in a new COVID friendly…

  • Oct 16, 2020
Be prepared to have your socks scared off watching the premiere of Cabin in the Woods, presented by The LINC Youth Centre’s Ghoul School. Photo supplied
MARS Wildlife Hospital just got approval for a new ambassador bird. They are hoping the community will help come up with a name for the bird, currently known as Barred Owl 783. Here, Barred Owl 783 stretches their wings as they’re accompanied by MARS President Warren Warttig on Oct. 11, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Hoot, hoot: MARS Wildlife Centre looks for name for new ambassador bird

Barred Owl 783 came to the wildlife centre after crashing into a window last fall

MARS Wildlife Hospital just got approval for a new ambassador bird. They are hoping the community will help come up with a name for the bird, currently known as Barred Owl 783. Here, Barred Owl 783 stretches their wings as they’re accompanied by MARS President Warren Warttig on Oct. 11, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror