Comox Valley residents rallied against poverty

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

THIS COMOX VIEW from bygone days shows the Elk and Port Augusta hotels from the water.

THIS COMOX VIEW from bygone days shows the Elk and Port Augusta hotels from the water.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Valley residents took a stand against extreme poverty at two events held to draw attention to the worldwide anti-poverty awareness week.

More than 50 people rallied outside MP Catherine Bell’s office on the White Band Day of Action and UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“Be great — fight to keep your promises,” read Laurie Jensen from a pledge.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Opponents of the proposed Comox Civic Centre rallied at the proposed site, brandishing petitions with 911 signatures opposing the project — more than twice the 400 names needed to force council to drop the issue or take it to referendum.

The counter-petition asked voters if they would authorize borrowing up to $1.75 million toward construction of the centre across Beaufort Street from town hall.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A tragic, late-night accident on Lake Trail Road claimed the life of a Courtenay man and injured several people Oct. 19.

Ronald Allan Luke, 47, was westbound on Lake Trail near Salsbury Road when he was struck head-on by a vehicle that appears to have crossed the centre line and sped up to pass another vehicle as it approached a low hill, police said.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Nanaimo Labatt’s were clearly la creme de la creme at the Mid-Island Soccer League’s Bevis Cup tournament.

The brew crew posted three straight wins to capture the Cup, defeating fellow Nanaimo side Khalsa 2-1 in the final after knocking off the Whistle Stop Shooters 4-3 and edging the Arbutus Athletics 1-0.

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

Technical workers set up a picket line outside St. Joseph’s General Hospital after discussions broke down between their union and the Health Labour Relations Association and management. The latter claimed the union’s threat of further strikes put health care at risk.

Members of the 5,500-member union launched strike action the previous week in the Interior after the collapse of a tentative settlement of the union contract.