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Melanie McCollum will seek a second term as Courtenay councillor in the Oct. 15 election. Photo supplied

UPDATED: Courtenay council candidate suspends active campaigning while dealing with family emergency

Melanie McCollum’s mother perished in an accident while cycling in downtown Courtenay

Melanie McCollum will seek a second term as Courtenay councillor in the Oct. 15 election. Photo supplied
A Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Information Session runs Nov. 24. St. John’s Ambulance photo

Courtenay, CVEP offer emergency preparedness session

If an emergency happened here, would you and your family be prepared?…

  • Oct 3, 2022
A Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Information Session runs Nov. 24. St. John’s Ambulance photo
The Sports Centre pool is closed until further notice. File photo

Delays expected to re-open Comox Valley pool

A leak identified at the Comox Valley Sports Centre pool on Sept.…

  • Sep 29, 2022
The Sports Centre pool is closed until further notice. File photo
Courtenay City Hall will be closed Friday, Sept. 30 to acknowledge the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. File photo

Courtenay facility closures for Sept. 30

City of Courtenay facilities will be closed Friday, Sept. 30 to acknowledge…

  • Sep 29, 2022
Courtenay City Hall will be closed Friday, Sept. 30 to acknowledge the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. File photo
The late Earl Naswell, right, and event co-ordinator Rob James share a moment at the 2018 dinner. File photo

Courtenay council waives rental fees for Christmas dinner

Many Comox Valley residents enjoy the annual Earl Naswell Christmas Dinner

The late Earl Naswell, right, and event co-ordinator Rob James share a moment at the 2018 dinner. File photo
PM 2.5 concentrations are highest during the winter months and evenings. File photo

Courtenay considers ways to regulate excessive wood smoke

Fine particulate matter an ongoing concern for Comox Valley residents

PM 2.5 concentrations are highest during the winter months and evenings. File photo
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says Greater Victoria School Board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.

Chilliwack psychiatric nurse suspended after violating professional boundaries

Ashley Grittner engaged in an intimate relationship with a vulnerable former client

A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.
A house burned to the ground in the early morning hours Monday at Langlois Road. Photo courtesy CTV News Vancouver Island
A house burned to the ground in the early morning hours Monday at Langlois Road. Photo courtesy CTV News Vancouver Island
Starting Monday, Sept. 26, the contractor for the new Cumberland Child Care Centre will begin mobilizing and preparing the site.

Construction to begin on Cumberland child care facility

Starting Monday, Sept. 26, the contractor for the new Cumberland Child Care…

  • Sep 26, 2022
Starting Monday, Sept. 26, the contractor for the new Cumberland Child Care Centre will begin mobilizing and preparing the site.
Schools throughout SD 71 will be holding a week of activities for Truth and Reconciliation Week from Sept. 26 to 30. File photo, Comox Valley Schools

Comox Valley Schools to mark Truth and Reconciliation Week

Schools throughout SD 71 will be holding a week of activities for…

  • Sep 24, 2022
Schools throughout SD 71 will be holding a week of activities for Truth and Reconciliation Week from Sept. 26 to 30. File photo, Comox Valley Schools
A Wood Smoke Reduction Strategy guides action to reduce fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) generated through wood burning. File photo

Courtenay air quality improves, but still below acceptable limits

Action needed to further lower PM 2.5 concentrations: meteorologist

A Wood Smoke Reduction Strategy guides action to reduce fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) generated through wood burning. File photo
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Fanny Bay residents discuss problem properties at a neighbourhood meeting in summer 2020. File photo

Fanny Bay campsite proposal worries neighbourhood

Property has history of violent, unpredictable behaviour

Fanny Bay residents discuss problem properties at a neighbourhood meeting in summer 2020. File photo
The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)

Chilliwack women frightened by unexpected road block

Driving home just after midnight, they came across a man placing pylons in the middle of Bailey Road

The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition requesting the reinstatement of the Goose Spit Fire Pit program. File photo

Petition requests reinstatement of fire pit program in Comox Valley

Goose Spit visitors limited to barbecues, hibachis, portable propane fire rings

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition requesting the reinstatement of the Goose Spit Fire Pit program. File photo
BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)

Five U.S. citizens fined for fishing with barbed hooks near Bella Coola

BC Conservation officers caught them during a patrol of the Dean River

BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)
File photo of co-op housing.

Denman, Hornby islands face affordable housing challenges

Groups appeal to Comox Valley Regional District for assistance

File photo of co-op housing.
From left: the Thunderbird (Pentlatch Tribe), Sun (E’iksan Tribe), Whale (Sasitla), Bear (Sathloot) and the sísiúɫ (double headed sea serpent), which represents balance.

Artwork intended to help Comox Valley reflect on reconciliation

A window art display by K’ómoks artist Jessie Everson is an important…

  • Sep 20, 2022
From left: the Thunderbird (Pentlatch Tribe), Sun (E’iksan Tribe), Whale (Sasitla), Bear (Sathloot) and the sísiúɫ (double headed sea serpent), which represents balance.
A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)

Be wary of cell phone scams, B.C. senior tricked out of $600 warns

A fake customer survey call was how the scammer got an account number

A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)