Proposed ban on pesticide use in Comox was considered reactionary and unfair

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The message was loud and clear about a proposed new pesticide use bylaw in Comox: An all-out ban is a reaction to alarmists’ concerns and unfair to businesses that use them minimally and responsibly.

“You are trying to restrict these products just because of their name, not their toxicity, not their strength, mode of action or anything else,” said Harv Chapple, who operated Weed Man for many years.

The bylaw, up for third reading, was tabled until the fall.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A Denman Island woman gave birth to a baby boy in the back seat of a car speeding down the Dyke Road toward St. Joseph’s Hospital. The father, Kevin Cronin, said the car was close to the hospital when he pulled into Portuguese Joe’s Fish Market. The mother, Leticia Clark, was in the back seat with her six-year-old daughter, Siquoya.

The family had caught an evening ferry at Buckley Bay. By the time an ambulance arrived, the baby had been born.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A young boy was flown to Vancouver Children’s Hospital after rescue crews pulled him from the Puntledge River. The boy was trapped underwater when his lifejacket snagged on a tree in rapids about 800 yards downstream from the Condensory Bridge.

Rescue 71 and police spotted the lifejacket bobbing in the swift water.

Rescuers formed a human chain to reach the boy. After several attempts, RCMP Cpl. Ian George freed the lifejacket and carried the boy ashore. Police and firefighters administered CPR as the boy was carried up the trail on a stretcher.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Comox would gain a $2.2-million community centre if voters approve funding in a fall referendum. If it passes, property owners would pay $800,000 of the cost over 20 years.

The contract called for a two-storey building attached to the recreation complex on Noel Avenue. Squash courts, offices and a gym were planned for the first floor, and meeting rooms, a kitchen, bar and lounge for the second floor.

Recreation director David Durrant hailed the plan as a “superior design.”

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

The Social Credit government’s confrontational style will escalate under Bill Vander Zalm’s leadership, area MLA Karen Sanford predicted.

She felt Vander Zalm’s style had been well documented during his term as a cabinet member. Two of his cabinet colleagues had said they would not serve under him.

“B.C. needs a leader concerned about getting people back to work,” said Sanford, who was not sure what Vander Zalm would do once he was sworn is as premier.

She was concerned about his threat to eliminate the Islands Trust, and about his position on the radical right.

 

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