Comox Valley deal-makers — get your heads out of the sand

Dear editor,

I moved to the Comox Valley in 1970, and over the next 10 years, kept hearing about the "second crossing," which 12 or 13 years later became the 17th Street Bridge.

In 1986 I returned and for the past eight to 10 years, I have listened to the rumblings of a third crossing — wherever and whenever?

Dear editor,

I moved to the Comox Valley in 1970, and over the next 10 years, kept hearing about the “second crossing,” which 12 or 13 years later became the 17th Street Bridge.

In 1986 I returned and for the past eight to 10 years, I have listened to the rumblings of a third crossing — wherever and whenever?

The latest controversy is the location for the new hospital and if in fact it could or should be one large facility for the North Central Island or two smaller ones (one each for the Comox Valley and another for Campbell River).

I don’t think it takes a member of Mensa to deduce that a larger, better-equipped facility within a 30- to 40-minute drive would better serve the vast majority of people between both communities.

No. The NIMBY and LIMBY groups (not in my back yard/locate in my back yard) are too busy arguing to agree on anything.

Then if that’s not enough, an area the size of what should be the parking lot is being considered in a location already having traffic problems.

My solution — a few years ago we (the regional district) were offered a 40-acre parcel of land free to build a new hospital near the new Inland Island Highway. Enough room to expand, have a large parking lot, chopper pad, and accessible to all within a reasonable driving time and distance.

There were a few strings attached but it sounded quite doable.

The present option of moving the chosen site a few hundred yards up the road by North Island College to a smaller lot makes even less sense than the first selection.

Stop thinking two years down the road and try thinking 20 to 30 years down the road.

The deal-makers in the Comox Valley and Campbell River should get their heads out of the sand and think of the future patients instead of their own selfish egos.

There is a job to do. Get on with it. Put your brains in gear, your mouths in neutral and your egos in park!

Chances are the second coming will happen before any of these latest projects. My apologies to the church-goers in the community.

Brian Lavigne,


Just Posted

The CF Snowbirds in action. (Erin Haluschak photo)
Homecoming for B.C.-raised Snowbirds pilot training in the province

Capt. Arpit Mahajan flies Snowbird 2 in his first year as a solo pilot with the team

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is accepting homeownership applications for its next build. Photo supplied
Habitat for Humanity prepares for next build in Courtenay

A forever home for some, a step forward for others

The development permit application for the back of a property at 2522 Dunsmuir Ave has now been approved by council. Record file photo
Cumberland approves secondary home permit second time around

Mayor Leslie Baird said the applicant’s additional drawings provided more info for her

This house at 1514 Trumpeter Cres. is currently for sale, with a disclaimer that the property was used for a cannabis grow operation in the past. Photo by Record staff
Drug trafficking at Courtenay residence nets over $250K forfeiture

Ruling comes from a search warrant executed in 2016 on Trumpeter Crescent home

The inaugural board meeting for the last UBID board was held online May 6. Screenshot, Zoom meeting
Union Bay board says no to ‘No’ side committee addition

Community is preparing to move its services to regional district for July

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

A nurse asks screening questions at an immunization appointment in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Island Health appreciates nurses answering the call in challenging times

Health authority draws attention to National Nursing Week

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)

Most Read