HAVE YOUR SAY: August 28

To the Wonderful ER staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon when my husband and I arrived at the ER. I was attentively looked after by Shelley the ER admitting nurse, then was seen by the amazing doctor who restitched my arm as I had surgery two days earlier at the Nanaimo General Hospital and the stitches had come out, leaving a gaping wound. Dr. Louis Huisamen with his great expertise and wonderful bedside manner stitched my arm back up with reinforcing stitches and care. Then Mary the ER nurse came in and bandaged the wound, and put a sling on me to keep my arm immobilized. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for making a scary situation calming, caring, and professional.

The referendum asking for funding to tackle homelessness, that the CVRD is planning to put before us all, is designed to fail and will just give our elected officials another excuse NOT to take action on the problem.  If they really wish to gauge public support they shouldn’t ask for extra money, as most people are sick to death of extra taxes. Instead, the CVRD should ask us all if we want them to take money from elsewhere in the budget to use in this manner.  My personal choice would be to re-allocate funding from the Comox Valley Economic Development Society towards ensuring that everyone who lives here has a roof over their head. That would be especially fitting since the policies developed by this organization to drive our economy have led to low wages and high housing costs, the very conditions that have led to the high homelessness rate in our area.

It is always heartening when the fine people and businesses of the Comox Valley donate time and/or product in aid of those most in need. We at the Comox Valley Food Bank wish to thank Portuguese Joe’s for their  consistent thoughtfulness and generosity.  The clients of the Food Bank have benefited from the most recent bounty of smoked salmon and tuna. Thank you for thinking of the client-families of the Comox Valley Food Bank.

To the new resident complaining about the lack of stores and restaurants being open late at night. Myself being born and raised in this beautiful Valley, it’s always been considered a good thing to close up shop early and spend time with family and friends. And we all managed to get our shopping done. It amazes me how many transplants move to our part of the world and do nothing but complain instead of slowing down and enjoying the beauty of our Island. If it’s a city lifestyle  you want, well you are in the wrong spot.

Flying lessons are nice to have, but do it at a decent time of morning, even if it is out in the country. People, such as seniors and disabled live here also. Not wishing to hear the incessant noise of your engine this early or even all day!  There is a whole ocean out there to practise over.

I am writing with great pleasure to support the establishment of the new micro brewery, Gladstone Brewing Co, in downtown Courtenay. I have high hopes that small and medium sized businesses, like Daniel and Alexandra’s, will help strengthen downtown Courtenay’s appeal and help grow the City of Courtenay’s overall economic diversity. I am not surprised to hear that the brewery’s entrepreneurs “love the culture” and “ love the outdoors” and look forward to welcoming more investors for whom our culture and connection to the outdoors is revered. Best of luck.

Why is it taking so long for Comox to designate the Mack Laing house, Baybrook, a natural history museum?  Surely it is a no-brainer to convert the Valley’s most well-known environmentalist’s home into a centre in which young and old can learn about the Comox Valley’s natural history.  With all the problems facing us these days on the environmental front  we clearly need such a centre.  Move forward.

Thank you to all the people who donate to the food bank. I, and my three-year-old daughter, ate this week because of your generosity.

Dear Hater who had to hate and complained to the SPCA and the CVRD regarding the annual Pooch-A-Poolooza:  This nasty action single handedly ended an annual tradition that has gone on for years.  Every year, hundreds of dogs and their people come out to the Courtenay Pool on the last day before it is drained for the season.  Dogs frolick in the water, chasing balls and each other.  People swim with their dogs, give lots of yummy treats from Woofy’s (the generous sponsor each year).  They talk to Jane from Canine Conduct about training and child and dog safety.  Dogs have great big goofy grins; people are laughing. ONE person (count ‘em, ONE) complained.  The complaint?  No veterinarian at the event.  No proof of vaccines requested.  Safety hazards with people in the pool with the dogs. Just imagine how different the outcome could have been if this ONE hater of a person rather than hating had simply offered to help.  If this ONE person had come forward and offered to ask a veterinarian to be on site and/or offered to organize the checking of vaccines then maybe this party would not have been cancelled but would still go on. To the person who believes in “no laughing, no having fun”:  Shame on you!!

Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the DUMBEST of us all? Fear not Madame CAO, you and Prince of Chairs are safely secure in your titles of Dumb and Dumber. Oh my, to have the public purse pay the 10s of thousands for your behind the closed doors antics only proves once again the taxpayers of the CVSRD deserve the title “Dumbest of all”. But wait…you have even surpassed that nefarious deed, my frame is still sore from the mirth of your brilliance to convince the Dumbest that the tipping fee raise is only $2 slyly labelling the other $4 raise an access fee not a tipping fee. Hey taxpayers only 10 bucks now to dump your garbage. Please keep that polish on my glass so I may enjoy the sights of hundreds of tons of trash along the roads of the CVSRD you and your court will create. Dumb and Dumber surely these masterful moves need to be rewarded, how about a self-voted raise or better yet trump that with new four-year terms. My, you look so lovely with that public purse. Oops footsteps I hear, must go!

What a great Motorcycle Roundup that was held in Cumberland on the Aug. 8 weekend.  There was up to two thousand bikes in all shapes and sizes on the main street in town. The paint jobs on some of the bikes were awesome! Event activities – judging for several categories, stunt riders, stilt dancers, street music, scavenger hunt, raffles, beer tent and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Loads of vendors were on Dunsmuir Avenue, including several for food, leather items, clothing and odds and ends to meet everyone’s pleasure. It only gets better every year! All of this was organized by Jean Cameron and her team of volunteers.

 

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