HAVE YOUR SAY: Comox Valley not the idyllic paradise they expected

After living in downtown Vancouver for most of our lives, my wife and I decided it was time to move to a quieter and more peaceful surround.

After living in the downtown area of Vancouver for most of our lives, my wife and I decided it was time to move to a quieter and more peaceful surround to raise our daughter. Stunning natural beauty and friendly people had us thinking we made the right choice and mostly we still do. The second year here we moved to Fifth Street to an area of mostly single-family dwellings and friendly neighbors and also that year caught a man breaking into our daughter’s bedroom. Later that year, we discovered our dogwood tree we had planted had been nearly ripped down by someone in the middle of the night. The next year, a car drove over it after having torn up our front yard. We no longer put pumpkins out front to welcome the trick or treaters as they usually end up smashed on our driveway or the street. Likewise with hanging baskets, as they suffer the same fate. We quickly stopped hanging Christmas lights as well for the same reason. This year, we thought we would give the lights another try and after spending quite a bit of time and money, I must admit they looked great. That was five days ago. This morning, we found them ripped off the trees and dragged out to the street. As I told the investigating police officer, we have experienced more vandalism in the relatively short time we’ve been here than all the time living in Vancouver. Maybe we didn’t make the right decision after all.

On behalf of the staff of the John Howard Society in Courtenay, many thanks to General Paint manager Stella for the donation of paint, and to Allan and Brad for the helpful advice given about refurbishing our office meeting room. We and our clients definitely will benefit from cheerful and more up-to-date walls as part of our meeting room makeover!

The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society would like to thank the Whistle Stop Pub and owner Barry Van Dusen for hosting a well-organized golf tournament at Sunnydale golf course this fall with proceeds going to the CVTRS. The Whistle Stop Pub donated $4,550. In addition to this the RBC Foundation donated $1,000 and the Vancouver Island InsuranCentres donated $150. The two vehicles donated were not won as there were no hole-in-ones but it was close! Our fall sessions are winding down and we will start up again Jan. 18. The CVTRS has been operating for 26 years in the Comox Valley with thousands of riders and volunteers walking through the doors. There is no doubt that it is the generosity of this valley and Campbell River that keeps it going! We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous and healthy new year.

Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd of Campbell River generously supplied the Hornby Island Natural History Exhibit with a four-hour marine adventure package for two people. People in the community had the opportunity to donate to natural history and have a chance to win this great getaway. Support was terrific and we raised significant funds to help maintain our beautiful exhibit housed in the Hornby School. Thank you, Heike and Discovery Marine Safaris!

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: Vancouver Island in a January spike while B.C. cases decrease

Island’s top doc Dr. Stanwick breaks down the Island’s rising numbers

Comox town hall. Black Press file photo
Comox set to apply for two infrastructure grants

Sanitary sewer, sidewalk extension in the town’s plans

The number of reported assaults in Courtenay jumped from 302 in 2019 to 364 in 2020. File photo
Assaults up in Courtenay, according to police statistics

The number of assaults increased significantly in Courtenay from 2019 to 2020,… Continue reading

Sawyer, a northern saw-whet owl that became synonymous with Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, passed away peacefully over the weekend. Sawyer would make numerous public appearances with MARS staff in and around the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Photo supplied.
Popular MARS ambassador owl dies

Submitted MARS Wildlife Rescue has lost one of its mightiest ambassadors. Tiny… Continue reading

442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox assisted in helping an injured hiker down from the top of Mt. Benson near Nanaimo Jan. 23. Photo by 19 Wing Comox
With video: 442 Squadron assists mid-Island mountain rescue

The crew on the Buffalo hand-launched 15 flares

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

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

Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber are wanted on Canada-wide warrants. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Convicted killer, robber at large after failing to return to facility: Victoria police

Dean Reber, 60, and Jonathon Muzychka, 43, may be together

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
In <em>Forbidden Reel</em>, Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan. Photo supplied
Director crafts thrilling, original story of modern Afghanistan

For most of us, Afghanistan is not synonymous with film culture. Ariel… Continue reading

The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
Canadians divided over Keystone pipeline, despite U.S. president’s permit pullback

Two-thirds of Canadians think Biden’s decision was a “bad thing” for Alberta

Most Read