Bill Vincent and Duke Warren were awarded Freedom of the Town of Comox

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Two prominent Comox residents were bestowed the town’s highest honour.

Rounding out the launch of the town’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the Freedom of the Town award was conferred upon longtime volunteers Bill Vincent and Duke Warren.

Warren, among other things, was involved in the Royal Canadian Air force Association, the Legion and Battle of Britain Historical Society.

Vincent, also a retired serviceman, was a town alderman, and chaired the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board and Association for Mentally Challenged Individuals.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Fire destroyed the old wood bridge on Dove Creek Road despite efforts of firefighters who battled the flames for several hours.

The Rees Bridge that crosses the Tsolum River was engulfed in flames when the alarm was turned in. Cause of the fire was not known at press time.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Protests from neighbours at a public meeting prompted Courtenay council to oppose a cabaret proposed for 1995 Cliffe Ave.

“We had a lot of opposition from 350 people who live behind it,” Coun. Judith Harder said. “We are already six policemen short, so I will vote in accordance with this.”

Property owner Len Mathot said the cabaret would have created up to 20 jobs and filled a gap in the local entertainment industry.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Frustrated ferry workers shut down the Little River Ferry in an early-morning walkout. About 70 strikers lined the road around the dock entrance to protest government’s decision to move the ferry’s home port to Powell River. They vowed to stay until government officials set a date to discuss the move.

Pat Stevens of the BC Ferry Corporation said the walkout, which caused sailing cancellations, was illegal. The corporation can only negotiate with the union, not with a group of employees, Stevens added.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Even if the next premier had called an election after the Social Credit convention at Whistler, the NDP was ready, according to Comox constituency president Erik Eriksson.

The riding didn’t appear to be in a hurry to prepare for a snap election, however. The party wasn’t planning any get-togethers over the summer and MLA Karen Sanford had booked out of her office until the end of the month. However, Eriksson said his party was ready, pointing to the party’s new discussion party dubbed the Economic Strategy for Vancouver Island.


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