Courtenay tried to find a building to shelter the homeless in winter

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

THE WAIKIKI RESTAURANT across Comox Avenue from the Lorne Hotel was a going concern in the 1950s.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Inner Cities Ministries requested the City of Courtenay give or loan a building to help shelter the homeless during the winter. Council asked staff to find a building that could be used by the ICM, which represents a number of Valley churches.

John Enns of the ICM said there are between 1,000 and 2,000 homeless individuals in the Valley.

“Affordable housing is not the answer,” Enns said when describing the needs of people on the street.

Coun. Murray Presley suggested the former Loft Cabaret, at the time empty and owned by Playtime Bingos, as a possible site.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

For Remembrance Day each year, the province honours British Columbians who paid the supreme price. This year’s list includes two men from the Comox Valley: Welsh-born Cyril Morgan Cottingham, formerly of the Little River area, and Barnett Harvey, who grew up in Courtenay.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

‘Do not vote for Marty Douglas or Tom Grant,’ said the signs posted on Comox Hill.

Neither men knew who put up the signs.

“At first Tom and I thought our wives had done it because they know what kind of thankless job it is, running for public office,” said Douglas, unsure why he and Grant were placed together. “We haven’t campaigned together and we differ on a number of issues.”

Both agreed the signs will have little impact on the election.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A tidal wave of controversy swamped an 85-seat marine pub proposed for the Comox waterfront.

Though willing to pay for an independent survey suggested by council, pub proponent Des Reid considered the expense a waste of time and money.

Reid felt council paid too much attention to a 153-name petition against the pub he proposed next to the marina.

Council, however, did not accept the petition. Split 3-3 on the vote, it tabled the issue and suggested a survey would answer whether local residents would favour Reid’s proposal.

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

Rick Hansen would have been well on his way through northern Ontario by the time a guest speaker from the Man in Motion World Tour appeared at the Upper Elk’s Hall.

The Comox Valley Rick Hansen committee promoted awareness and raised money for spinal cord research. One event was the pushing of wheelchair-bound Dick Downey by fundraiser Ralph Thompson between Cumberland and Comox.


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