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Comox hitting the airwaves; questions about Goose Spit fire program

Council voted unanimously in favour to sponsor an episode of Canadian History Ehx
CVAC members and CVRD staff enjoy Goose Spit’s accessible fire pit. Black Press file photo

The Town of Comox is hitting the pod.

At the Oct. 20 Comox council meeting, council voted unanimously in favour to sponsor an episode of Canadian History Ehx, a podcast by Craig Baird, who delves into stories from Canada’s past.

The podcast, which began in 2018, has more than 100 episodes and highlights stories from small communities across the country as well as people, events and landmarks.

According to Baird, he averages between 1,500 and 2,000 downloads every day.

In a letter to council, he asked if the Town of Comox could sponsor a podcast as part of a series he began last year.

The series focuses on the histories of small towns in western Canada. He added each sponsored episode would focus on the community’s history from its founding to today, as well as items about the interesting places to see and things to do.

Each episode, depending on content and interviews, is between 15 and 40 minutes and sponsorship of one episode is a one-time fee of $250.

Baird noted the episodes stay up forever on the podcast feed so that it can be discovered months and years after the podcast airs.

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Mayor Russ Arnott received the full support of council to address the Goose Spit Beach Fire Program with the Comox Valley Regional District.

At the council meeting, Arnott brought forward a motion that the town writes a letter to the CVRD supporting the continuation of the Goose Spit Fire Program, as he noted he “heard a bit of grumbling there was perhaps some opposition to having that program again.”

In the past, there have been eight controlled fire rings available to the public at Goose Spit Park, which is operated by the CVRD.

Arnott explained having the rings are part of a program that is widely used by the Valley for families and individuals.

“I would like to see it carry on.”

Coun. Alex Bissinger said she supports the program but inquired if the issue could be funding, safety or staffing.

Arnott noted he has not heard that the program has been cancelled, however, in the past few years it did not go ahead due to the pandemic.

Additionally, some community complaints from area residents concerning air quality may have been brought forth, he said.

“The discussion is out there. I have asked some people in the regional district and I haven’t gotten a clear answer, so I feel like having our letter and bringing awareness to this issue would bring it up to the table for a least a discussion.”

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Erin Haluschak

About the Author: Erin Haluschak

Erin Haluschak is a journalist with the Comox Valley Record since 2008. She is also the editor of Trio Magazine...
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