Kerr wins council seat
Jonathan Kerr became the newest addition to Comox council. In the Nov. 27 byelection, the Comox physician attracted the most support among four candidates vying for a seat vacated by Pat McKenna. Kerr won more than half the vote, finishing with 54 per cent.
High-speed internet to Hornby, Denman
Hornby and Denman Island residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of high-speed internet. In the Nov. 27 referendum, along with advance voting and mail ballots, 1,192 people voted in favour of the project while 81 residents said no.
Comox allows backyard chickens
Comox council voted to allow residents to have up to six hens on their property, but only for those with a minimum lot size of 1,500 square metres. Couns. Nicole Minions, Stephanie McGowan, Alex Bissinger and Mayor Russ Arnott voted in favour. Couns. Ken Grant and Maureen Swift were opposed.
Ship-breaking generates complaints
A public notice says ship-breaking activities that contravene regional district bylaws were taking place in Union Bay. According to the notice, Union Bay Industries had run a log-sorting business until 2018 when it was sold to foreign owners, who started a ship-breaking business.
“These end-of-life vessels contain large amounts of carcinogens and toxic substances,” the notice states.
The ship-breaking is within the traditional, unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, which calls the activity “an environmental disaster waiting to happen.”
Frawley elected as school board chair
The board of education for School District 71 will have a new chair for the final year of its four-year term. Tonia Frawley, who represents Comox, was chosen as chair at a meeting Nov. 23. Both she and previous chair, Sheila McDonnell, had been nominated for the position.
Ketler acclaimed as CVRD board chair
Jesse Ketler was acclaimed to a third term as chair of the Comox Valley Regional District board of directors at the inaugural meeting Nov. 30. Area B director Arzeena Hamir was also elected to a third term as vice-chair of the board. She too was acclaimed to the position.
COVID cases linked to youth conference
Some COVID-19 cases circulated among participants of a church conference for young people in the Comox Valley. The Consumed Youth Conference took place in Courtenay over the Nov. 19-21 weekend. In the days following the event, reports started surfacing on Northgate Church’s Facebook page about participants reporting they had tested positive.
Bunny Shannon remembered
Elizabeth “Bunny” Shannon was the reason Janice Caton became a school trustee. At November’s board of education meeting, Caton took the opportunity to honour the memory of Shannon, who passed away recently, saying Shannon, who served on the board for 19 years, was the one who talked her into running.
“Bunny was my mentor and Bunny is the reason I’m sitting on the board of education,” Caton said.
Comox Valley COVID case count soars
The Comox Valley shot to the top of the list of new cases for COVID-19 hot spots in B.C. The BC Centre for Disease Control releases weekly counts based on the number of cases in subregions. Its map for cases between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 showed 161 cases in the Comox Valley, more than any other subregion. By comparison, Surrey had 147, the Central Okanagan 156 and Kamloops 114, areas with notably higher populations. Vancouver is broken into six subregions, which ranged between 23 and 31, but which added up to 170 cases. The previous week, the Comox Valley stood at 80 cases.
Transformation begins at The Views
Transformation work at The Views has begun, with the demolishing of parts of the old St. Joseph’s Hospital. The $52.6 million project is on time and on budget for a 2024 completion, according to new Providence Living president/CEO Candace Chartier. The facility will be named Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea. It will feature special design components to accommodate persons living with dementia, but not limited to people with dementia.
New commander at 19 Wing Comox
19 Wing Comox has a new wing commander. Lt.-Col. Rhonda Stevens assumed command from Col. Bryn Elliott on Dec. 10, with the ceremony presided over by Maj.-Gen. Eric Kenny, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. She is the first female wing commander since 19 Wing Comox was established in 1941.
Perfitt guilty in robbery and stabbing
A local man was convicted in Courtenay Supreme Court on counts of aggravated assault and robbery of a local liquor store. Dustin Perfitt was arrested for stabbing a clerk and stealing cigarettes at the Mex Pub liquor store on Sept. 18, 2020.
Snowbirds return for training
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds plan to return to the skies over the Comox Valley in mid-April for their annual training prior to the show season.
Christmas concerts in Courtenay
After a long and challenging 18 months, the Celebration Singers and the Grace Notes prepared to perform again, with “Maybe This Christmas” at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay.
CLT returns with Charlie Brown
Courtenay Little Theatre returned to the Sid Williams Theatre for the Christmas season with another wonderful family show, ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ based on the beloved Charles Schulz characters from the Peanuts comic strip.
Swimmers golden at BC championships
Representing Vanier and Isfeld high schools, 10 Comox Valley Sharks swimmers competed at the BC School Sports championships in Richmond. The girls of Isfeld won three provincial championships, dominating the relay events.
Cumberland bodybuilder now a pro
Dannielle Goulet has officially entered the ranks of professional bodybuilding. The Cumberland resident won a pair of gold medals at the Natural Canada Pro Qualifier in Toronto. She also won overall in the women’s physique open category, and received a pro card.
High school basketball returns
After a lengthy delay due to COVID, high school basketball resumed in the Comox Valley. The senior boys teams from Isfeld and Vanier squared off Dec. 16.
The hosts from Isfeld won 76-67. Also that day, the Highland girls senior team beat Isfeld 64-59.
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