Dunsmuir Avenue will close for BC BIke Race in Cumberland

Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed from 7:30-11 a.m. at First to Second Street and from 9-10 a.m. at Second to Fourth Street on July 3 to accommodate the BC Bike Race, as approved Monday by Cumberland council.

Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed from 7:30-11 a.m. at First to Second Street and from 9-10 a.m. at Second to Fourth Street on July 3 to accommodate the BC Bike Race, as approved Monday by Cumberland council.

The seven-day mountain bike stage race is in its fifth year. About 900 people are expected to attend the event.

Last year, Cumberland tied for best course and is now officially Day 1 of the event, says course designer Jeremy Grasby. As a result, attendees will stay two nights in the Village instead of one before moving to the next stage.

The BC Bike Race is working with the Cumberland Community Forest Society to provide a fundraising pasta dinner at the CRI on the first night.

•A mine is not being proposed at the Bear Coal Deposit, which Compliance Coal Corporation says contains limited exploration drilling.

The company — responding to an inquiry from council — conducted one exploration program at the property in 2005. No further work has been conducted and nothing is scheduled at the site, located about 10 kilometres northwest of the company’s proposed Raven coal mine in Baynes Sound.

•Council adopted an animal control bylaw that provides various definitions of ‘aggressive dog’ and other such revisions. Dangerous or aggressive dogs found at large within Village limits can cost their owners $500. Those keeping more than four dogs are subject to $100 fines.

•Council appointed Leslie Baird to sit on the Comox Valley housing task force, which is intended to carry forward ideas from the Housing and Homelessness Standing Committee. The latter has been building on work undertaken by the Mayors’ Task Force and the Comox Valley commission to end homelessness.

Last month the regional district board approved a staff recommendation to create a task force, which will conduct research, identify funding opportunities and support capacity building in relation to homelessness.