St. Joe’s medical sub-committee recommended regional hospital in the Comox Valley

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A sub-committee of medical staff at St. Joseph’s recommended a regional hospital in the Comox Valley as the best option considered by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

The suggested location comes from certain factors, committee chair Dr. Steve Matous said, noting the Valley has a higher number of seniors and specialists than Campbell River. The group felt an in-between area such as Black Creek would be a poor incentive to draw staff to the hospital.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Comox Valley midget Raiders played an error-free game to beat defending provincial football champions Victoria Spartans 22-0 at Velox Park in Victoria. The Raiders thereby regained provincial bragging rights, having won the title in 1999.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Comox Coun. Bill Vincent announced he would run for mayor in the upcoming civic election.

“My thoughts are to do so,” he said. “Final conclusions aren’t reached yet, but I intend to do so if certain things fall into place.”

Vincent had served as alderman or councillor since 1977, except for two years when he was defeated and when he returned to the Valley from Victoria too late to enter the election.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Don’t hold your breath for the Inland Island Highway, Liberal candidate Alicia Burns said.

“At the glacial speed of this project, we won’t drive on a new highway, in our riding, until the 22nd century,” Burns said after reviewing information from the Highways Ministry. “At this rate, the Inland Island Highway won’t be completed for another 125 years.”

She said former premier Bill Vander Zalm was dreaming when he promised the system would be completed by 1992.

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

The hometown didn’t have much to cheer about at the B.C. Intermediate Men’s Fastball championships at Lewis Park.

Both Comox Valley clubs made an early exit from the eight team, double-knockout tournament, leaving out-of-town teams to battle it out for the provincial crown.

Pitcher Dan Levings of Newton Pay ‘N Save was MVP, allowing just one run and pitching a perfect game in leading his side to the championship.

Port Alberni, after knocking off a strong team from Barlow Creek near Quesnel, was second after losing 7-0 to Newton in the final.


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