2017 Comox Valley Year In Review: June

The four hospice care beds at St. Joseph’s General Hospital will be moving to a secular facility that allows medical assistance in dying.

The provincial NDP and Green Party met at the B.C. legislature to sign a co-operation agreement between the two parties to govern, and a letter was forwarded to Lt. Governor Judith Guichon asking for consideration of their status.

Not so smooth sailing

It was a bit of a bumpy start for the Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ newest vessel in the corporation’s fleet. The ferry, which serves the Comox-Powell River route, didn’t make the best first impression for some of its passengers. Customer complaints include delayed departures, frustrating steep stairs, exit doors and a disappointing children’s play area.

Building blessing

The Comox Valley Regional District gave its blessing to an $11.7-million design for its new office on Harmston Avenue. The RD will seek elector approval through the alternative approval process.

Swimming fees

Along with installing a toll booth on the Duncan Bay Main logging road, 3L Developments started charging those who use Stotan Falls, a popular swimming hole in Area C of the Comox Valley Regional District, between Courtenay and Nymph Falls Park. The cost is $5 per person and $10 per family.

Stotan Falls is a popular swimming hole near Courtenay. The owner of the property is now charging users.

Boomer’s Ride

The 10th and final Boomer’s Legacy BC Bike Ride departed from 19 Wing Comox and ended in Victoria at the provincial parliament building.

The annual bike ride, named after Cpl. Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, raised more than $1 million to empower Canadian Forces soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen with the ability to carry on Boomer’s strongly felt desire to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to people in areas of deployed Canadian operations.

Weed shut-down

A marijuana dispensary located on the K’omoks First Nation was shut down by police, resulting in two arrests, and seizure of drugs and cash at the Athadawoosh Dispensary on Comox Road.

New apartments

A new 34-unit rental apartment complex will be going up on Cliffe Avenue at 31st Street. Courtenay council approved two buildings, each two levels, with the main living areas on the ground floor and bedrooms above. Apartments vary in size from 925 to 1,184 sq. ft.

Hospice beds

The four hospice care beds at St. Joseph’s General Hospital will be moving to a secular facility that allows medical assistance in dying. Two extra hospice beds will be added to the existing four at another location.

Charity robbed

The month ended with the Salvation Army thrift store in Courtenay being robbed. Community ministries director Brent Hobden figures the charity lost about $6,000 in product and damages to the Kilpatrick Avenue store. The thieves smashed the front glass door and stole a television from the wall, several articles of clothing and about $200 cash from a red kettle that collects money for children’s camps.

ARTS

Grade 11 and 12 students at Highland Secondary created two ‘legacy’ projects. A large clay mural at the main entrance and an exterior eagle mural on the side of the school were created to leave a legacy behind for students after they graduate.

SPORTS

In sports, Los Angeles Kings all-star defenceman Drew Doughty was the guest in a minor ball hockey game at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. The two-time Stanley Cup winner organized members of the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association Royals into small teams, playing for each side.

Erin McNulty — who played in goal for the Canadian Under-20 women’s team — was guest coach at a local clinic for girls’ soccer.

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