Comox mayor thought the Comox Valley could get in on Norway’s success

Every Friday, we feature Comox Valley history taken from back issues of the Comox Valley Record.

This was the view of the Comox Wharf in the 1950s as seen from the Elk Hotel.

This was the view of the Comox Wharf in the 1950s as seen from the Elk Hotel.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Norway is an amazing country with strong economic standing — and the Valley could get in on the success, Comox Mayor Jim Brass said following a trip organized by Rivercorp, Campbell River’s economic development office. The trip was funded by government grants and donations.

“It’s phenomenal what they’re doing up there,” Brass said in a report.

Besides energy conservation and integrated professional training, Brass said the focus was on Norway’s two largest industries, fish farming and oil and gas.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

It was a repeat of last year’s AAAA girls provincial semifinal at the Georges P. Vanier gym with the hometown Towhees and Belmont Braves of Victoria squaring off for bragging rights in the toughest girls volleyball zone in B.C.

Unfortunately for Vanier, the outcome was the same as last year with Belmont winning the match.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Valley’s first Jail Your Boss promotion for the Kidney Foundation of Canada raised more than $20,000, far surpassing the goal of $15,000, with 63 ‘arrests’ made at the event at Driftwood Mall.

Murray Presley earned the moniker ‘Top Gun’ with total pledges at $935.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Vanier senior girls volleyball team won the Vic High tournament for the second straight year, losing just one game.

The season opener saw eight teams in round robin action. Vanier posted an impressive 13-1 record, beating Spectrum, Vic High, the Gulf Islands, New West, Reynolds and Carihi two straight and splitting with Robron.

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

Comox was poised to get its first traffic light Oct. 6.

It was to be installed at the intersection of Comox Avenue and Church Street.

“There goes the neighbourhood,” Ald. Bill Vincent quipped after Mayor George Piercy ‘broke the news.’


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