Infighting caused Courtenay women’s centre to close

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

THE LITTLE RIVER shoreline looked like this in the 1950s.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Infighting at the North Island Women’s Services Society caused the Courtenay Women’s Resource Centre to close for two weeks. In spite of disagreements, those involved agreed it was unfortunate the centre closed.

“We have great hopes to turn this thing around to be a positive service that everyone can access,” said Colleen McClure, who was elected interim president of the board.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Eighty-three years after he was shot to death, Ginger Goodwin was about to become a movie star.

Walsh Films of Vancouver and L.A. purchased the rights to Goodwin’s story, originally written by Island author Susan Mayse. Film producer Peter Walsh, who became interested in Goodwin after visiting the Valley, had hoped to shoot an $8 million feature film on location the following spring. British actor Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) had been signed to play Goodwin.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

“Hypocrisy is rampant in Canadian politics…it’s part of the game in this country,” former B.C. premier Dave Barrett told NDP faithful at a party fundraiser at the Cumberland Cultural Centre.

He said the federal government pays lip service to things like education and health care while cutting back transfer payments to the provinces.

Barrett’s only criticism of Premier Glen Clark was that he had been too polite about federal cutbacks.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Courtenay postal workers faced suspension after a morning study session grew into an all-day work stoppage. The union held what they claimed would have been a 10-minute session, but a manager said workers faced suspension if they didn’t return to work at once.

The purpose of the meeting was to update members on contract talks between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The union said employees are entitled to a 10-minute morning coffee break, but Canada Post said the incident was the latest in a rash of illegal work stoppages in B.C. post offices.

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

His 2,200-vote victory over NDP rival Karen Sanford came as no surprise to Comox Social Credit Party candidate Stan Hagen.

“I thought we would do it by a couple of thousand votes,” the new Comox Valley MLA told the Record.

Good weather and the tension of a swing riding drew 28,300 constituents — about 79 per cent of eligible voters — to the polls.

 

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