900 cadets to arrive in Valley

cadet training starts

ROYAL CANADIAN Sea Cadets at HMCS Quadra will conduct Ceremony of the Flags practices on Monday

ROYAL CANADIAN Sea Cadets at HMCS Quadra will conduct Ceremony of the Flags practices on Monday

Comox Valley residents will soon see the familiar white tops and blue wedges around the community as over 900 cadets will begin arriving from as far away as Newfoundland on Saturday. It marks the start of eight weeks of active operations for HMCS Quadra and the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) cadet summer training centres. The HMCS Quadra Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre on Goose Spit will host more than 800 trainees taking part in two-, three-, six- and eight-week courses learning seamanship, sailing, music, boat maintenance, leadership, drill and ceremonial, marine engineering and sports and fitness. Trainees are supervised by a staff of 240 advanced training cadets and Canadian Forces officers, non-commissioned members, and civilian instructors. While traditionally a sea cadet-only training centre, this year Quadra will welcome 43 air cadets undergoing music training on the basic musician course and the music levels 4-5 course. The Regional Gliding School (Pacific) located at 19 Wing Comox will see over 160 air cadets from across B.C. throughout the summer. Thirty-five senior air cadets have been selected for the private power pilot scholarship program that started July 4, training at flying schools in Pitt Meadows, Boundary Bay and Victoria. Forty-five glider pilot scholarship course cadets and 44 basic aviation course cadets will begin training July 11. While the cadets will train six days a week, it won’t be all hard work. Plenty of recreational activities are scheduled throughout the courses, giving cadets a chance to unwind and have fun. The training centres will host a variety of parades and events throughout the summer. HMCS Quadra will perform the Ceremony of the Flags at Comox Nautical Days on Aug. 1 and in Cumberland on Aug. 10. As part of the training centre’s drill and ceremonial training, HMCS Quadra practises and performs the traditional Ceremony of the Flags. As part of the preparation for this event, Quadra will fire its 19th century naval field guns and performing rifle salutes with .303-calibre blanks. Detailed daily field gun firing information will be available on the HMCS Quadra website at www.cadets.ca/cstc/quadra. Residents of the Comox Valley may hear additional noise on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. starting July 11. Ships dances will occur July 26 and Aug. 16 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. A change of command for HMCS Quadra is scheduled for Aug. 16. HMCS Quadra thanks the Comox Valley for its support and patience during this summer’s training session and hopes residents are able to find the time to visit during one of our graduation parades or attend our performance of the Ceremony of the Flags. — HMCS Quadra

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

The CSRHD board moved closer to passing a budget with a $4.4 million cut to the tax requisition. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Strathcona hospital district moves on budget with tax cut

At $12.6 million, budget requisition represents drop of $4.4 million for current year

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, standing at right, sits on steering committees of two organizations that are tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. File photo
Courtenay councillor leads campaign to reduce building-sector GHG emissions

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton wants local governments to carry a little more… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

Most Read