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Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)

Chilliwack school board hopeful suing fellow candidate for calling her ‘a striptease artist’

Carin Bondar says the comment made during a Zoom meeting amounts to defamation

Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)

Nanaimo firefighters battle stubborn Thanksgiving Day warehouse blaze

Twenty-four firefighters worked for more than six hours to extinguish fire on Selby Street

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)
Cumberland Fire Rescue. Image, Facebook

Cumberland council matches fire department grant application

Cumberland council agreed to match a $30,000 grant application with a $30,000…

Cumberland Fire Rescue. Image, Facebook
Lawrence Burns, Courtenay’s first full-time fire chief, now has a park named after him. Kim Stallknecht photo

Lawrence Burns honoured at Courtenay park dedication event

The City of Courtenay has paid tribute to an outstanding community leader,…

  • Oct 6, 2022
Lawrence Burns, Courtenay’s first full-time fire chief, now has a park named after him. Kim Stallknecht photo
File photo of CVRD building.

Comox Valley rural candidate taken to task on social media for bigoted post

Matthew Ellis, who is running for director in Area C (Puntledge-Black Creek)…

File photo of CVRD building.
The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks in B.C. increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds. Black Press file

Merville seminar to help poultry owners prevent avian flu

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food will hold three information sessions next…

  • Oct 6, 2022
The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks in B.C. increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds. Black Press file
File photo of Puntledge River.

BC Hydro reducing Puntledge River flows

After a wet four months until mid-July, it quickly transitioned into one…

  • Oct 6, 2022
File photo of Puntledge River.
Former Courtenay fire chief Lawrence Burns was the guest of honour Tuesday at a dedication event at an East Courtenay park that bears his name. Photo: McKinnon Photography

Courtenay honours former fire chief with park bearing his name

The city honoured Lawrence Burns at a dedication event Tuesday at an…

Former Courtenay fire chief Lawrence Burns was the guest of honour Tuesday at a dedication event at an East Courtenay park that bears his name. Photo: McKinnon Photography
Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate excessive wood smoke. File photo

Nuisance bylaw intends to regulate wood smoke in Courtenay

Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate…

Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate excessive wood smoke. File photo
CVRD watering schedule.

Stage 3 water restrictions effective in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 water restrictions…

  • Oct 5, 2022
CVRD watering schedule.
Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Vancouver Island military families caught in the housing squeeze

Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing

Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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.
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