LUSH lands new home
LUSH Valley announced it would have a permanent home come fall at Rosewall Crescent in Tin Town. The space consists of four separate areas: a warehouse space for storing and packing food, office spaces and meeting space, and a site for a future commercial kitchen. The organization had been using temporary spaces such as the Comox Valley Curling Club for its Good Food Box program and other work.
Heart recipient boosts vaccine
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson urged COVOD-19 vaccine opponents to reconsider. As an organ transplant recipient, he is immuno-compromised because of the medication he takes. In response to vaccine protests on Sept. 1, he said, “The reason we commit to these vaccinations is not only to help ourselves, but also to help protect and better the lives of millions of other people across our community, the country, and the world at large.”
Property offences net 44 months
A Comox Valley man facing more than 60 charges, mostly related to property crimes, was given sentences equalling 44 months. Michael A. Leighton had been charged first in May 2020 in relation to multiple break-and-enters in the Comox Valley following a lengthy investigation in which police were able to trace many stolen items.
NDP incumbents keep seats
In the Sept. 19 federal election, incumbent Gord Johns held on to the Courtenay-Alberni riding for the New Democrats, holding off the nearest rival, the Conservative Party of Canada’s Mary Lee, with a double-digit lead as election night ended. Liberal candidate Susan Farlinger was well back in third place. Johns’s neighbour, Rachel Blaney, also won for the NDP, holding North Island-Powell River. She held a smaller margin over the Conservatives’ Shelley Downey, who was followed in third by Liberal Jennifer Grenz.
People in the Comox Valley and across Canada marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to remember Indigenous survivors and children who disappeared from the residential school system. After numerous unmarked graves of students were found at a former school site in Kamloops, the federal government announced the new statutory holiday in June. Locally, there were events such as a Spirit Walk in downtown Courtenay to mark the occasion.
Landlord pleads guilty
A landlord of so-called “problem properties” pleaded guilty to a half-dozen counts for bylaw infractions imposed by the Comox Valley Regional District. There had been three days set aside for the trial against Amandio Santos and his company, River Dam Holdings, relating to infractions at properties in Fanny Bay and Black Creek. “The three properties are in various states of non-compliance,” said Troy DeSouza, the lawyer representing the regional district. Penalties included fines adding up to $35,000, the CVRD’s legal fees and a couple of outstanding tickets.
New water plant opens
The regional district’s new water treatment plant opened on time and on budget, and staff stressed boil water advisories should become a thing of the past. They had broken ground on the $126-million system two years earlier. It will serve Courtenay, Comox, much of the surrounding electoral area and K’omoks First Nation. Following the ceremony, guests had tours of the facility. The new system is designed to handle up to 74 million litres a day, though the site has been built to permit expansion in the future.
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