Courtenay council approves contribution to Potlatch 67-67

Art exhibit signifies implementation and lifting of Anti-Potlatch Law

Courtenay council approved a $10,942 contribution to support the Kumugwe Cultural Society’s summer art exhibition, Potlatch 67-67. The exhibit signifies the implementation and lifting of the Anti-Potlatch Law.

“This is to the benefit of our community,” Coun. Erik Eriksson said at Monday’s meeting. “It’s a huge educational opportunity.”

“We all benefit by living on the lands,” Coun. Doug Hillian said. “In this time of reconciliation, it’s incumbent on us to learn the historical legacy.”

The society has a $100,000 budget for the exhibit. It welcomes in-kind contributions such as facility rentals. Courtenay’s contribution includes rental of the Native Sons Hall and the Sid Williams Theatre.

•A Glacier Road delegation is asking for a zoning amendment to allow carriage houses, cottages and secondary suites in their neighbourhood, which has no sidewalks or streetlights. Of 23 property owners, 18 are in favour and and one opposes the idea, according to residents who approached council. The neighbourhood near Vanier Secondary includes Glacier Road, Headquarters Road and Chapman Road.

Council asked for a staff report with options.

•The City is seeking public input about the Comox Valley Curling Club’s application to change hours of liquor service at its facility. The club would like to open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, as per the wishes of club members and guests. As it stands, the facility opens at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The public comment period runs from March 6-19 on the City website.

•Council approved a resolution from Rebecca Lennox to request the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) to endorse the efforts of the B.C. government to introduce regulations to safeguard coastal communities and waterways from harm caused by oil spills.

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