Quest for one government for Comox Valley began

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

This image of the E.W. Theatre in downtown Courtenay was likely taken in summer 1951

This image of the E.W. Theatre in downtown Courtenay was likely taken in summer 1951

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Five local men with a vision of one government for the Valley began their quest with a document forwarded to the province to start the process for restructuring local government. The goal, according to the Committee for Local Government Restructure of the Comox Valley, was to have one local government with jurisdiction over the entire Valley.

Jim Gills and Jack Bush had the initial idea and added Jim Koehler, David Stinson and Bob Mortimer.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Two perennial community football powerhouses were set to clash at Bill Moore Park, with a trip to the B.C. midget playoff championship final on the line.

Vancouver Island champs Comox Valley Raiders were to host Fraser Valley champion Chilliwack Giants, both of whom were no strangers to the Final Four. Chilliwack had been Fraser Valley champs the past five years while the Raiders were appearing for the third time in four years in the B.C. playdowns.

Former B.C. Lions kicker Lui Passaglia provided the local squad some guidance at a practice during the week.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The proposed Comox Valley Official Community Plan was on ice while local governments struggled with amalgamation.

Regional directors voted to hold the plan until after a restructuring proposal from Municipal Affairs Minister Dan Miller went to referendum.

“I don’t think we have any alternative but to go back to the drawing board,” director Barbara Price said. “At the hearings, the public said loudly and strongly that they objected to the community plan.”

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A controversial marine pub proposal was to be refloated at a public meeting, Comox council decided.

“I don’t think the public is really aware of what that building is supposed to contain,” acting mayor Bill Vincent said. “It is supposed to contain a restaurant on the top floor. The pub was going to be on the lower floor.”

The pub and restaurant, proposed for land next to the marina, hit a reef of opposition when council received a 153-name petition against the project.

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

Fishermen wanting another wharf for moorage space to alleviate crowded Valley shorelines prepared to lobby the federal government to get the space.

More than 100 fishermen packed the Comox Indian band hall to discuss sites for the new wharf. The old sewage lagoon skirting Courtenay proved a favourite.


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