Eriksson seeking seat on Courtenay council

Erik Eriksson announced his candidacy for a seat on Courtenay city council Wednesday.

Erik Eriksson announced his candidacy for a seat on Courtenay city council Wednesday.

Eriksson is a member of the boards of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society, the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre and the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement.

“I want to get elected to Courtenay city council not only to serve my community,” says Eriksson, “but also so I can be in a position to further two goals for which I have been a strong and persistent proponent.

“Those are, one, a single government for the Comox Valley and, two, a single regional hospital for the North Island,” he says.

Eriksson says the idea of a single government is one whose time has come.

“We need someone on city council with the fortitude to stand up and say so and with the energy and drive to work for it,” he says.

More pressing, he says, is the need to work to get the provincial government to support the principle of a single regional hospital for the North Island – before it is too late.

“I think the hospital authority’s first plan, announced in 2006, is the way to go,” says Eriksson. “The services that were envisioned under the regional hospital concept are far superior to those under the two hospital concept.”

Eriksson says he believes we are already losing specialists in the North Island because of the lack of facilities and we will be unable to attract the specialists that we will need in the future if the facilities are inadequate.

The retired industrial electrician and business representative with the IWA forest union (now Steelworkers), has previously served as a Courtenay councillor, and is active in the sports, music and culture communities.

Those who want to know more about Eriksson and/or want to assist in his campaign are invited to e-mail him at erik@eriksson.ca.

Provincewide municipal elections happen Nov. 19.

Just Posted

Stolen kayak tops Comox Valley RCMP report

Comox Valley RCMP report week of Sept. 18-2

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Dead motorcyclist was member of Facebook group that raced on Mount Washington road

Some group members record their rides and post times to page

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

A 29 year old man has died following a motorcycle crash on… Continue reading

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read