HAVE YOUR SAY: Denman vandal(s) urged to surrender to RCMP

In light of the recent vandalism to the RCMP vehicle at Denman West I would like to inform the person(s) that we do need RCMP on our island.

In light of the recent vandalism to the RCMP vehicle at Denman West I would like to inform the person(s) that we do need RCMP on our island. Their role is critical when we have a domestic disturbance, assault, suicide attempt or even if someone with a mental health issue is in danger of harming themselves or others and refuses help. Unfortunately, we have all these issues on Denman and professionally trained firefighters and paramedics will not enter a potentially dangerous situation unless the RCMP have secured the scene. The longer it takes them to arrive, the more likely the situation becomes life threatening for those involved- including innocent victims (children). By having an RCMP vehicle at the ready by our dock (so they can come by boat) saves valuable time. BC Ferries is not mandated to provide emergency ferry service and depending on the circumstances, may not be able to. I suggest you turn yourself in, apologize to the RCMP and taxpayers (who now have to pay for your senseless act) and seek the help you obviously need.

On June 16 at approximately 10 a.m., I was travelling on Anderton from Little River. You were driving a blue Toyota pickup on Waveland. As you came to the Waveland stop sign at Anderton you did not stop, you continued right through at a very rapid speed. I was right there and had to swerve to avoid a collision. Thankfully no vehicles were coming towards me. You swerved off the road onto the shoulder. Lucky you didn’t lost control of your vehicle. I did not stop to talk to you, nor was I able to get your licence plate number as you stayed well back of me, probably so I couldn’t see your plate. If you read this, know that you are one very lucky man. You could have caused a very serious accident and I would have taken the brunt of your stupidity. A stop sign means stop — do not move further until you have checked both directions for vehicles, pedestrians who may be coming towards you. You stop because if you don’t you could kill someone or yourself. Next time you see a stop sign, please do yourself and other motorists a huge favour and stop!

A huge thank you from the Comox Valley Children’s Daycare Society to Slegg Lumber and Klitsa signs for donating supplies for the new signage at the Tigger Too Building. Your support and community spirit towards a non-profit Society such as ourselves is greatly appreciated. An extra special thank you to Tony Barto for your initiative & management of making this all happen.

Why is it that my neighbour’s cats can come into my garden, stalk and kill the birds that I feed and then slink away without repercussion? If my dog were to enter their yards and kill their cats, there would be big trouble. What is this ‘one rule for them another rule for me?’ It is not right. At this time of year, killing a bird likely kills a family of nestlings, too. Given how we have despoiled the environment, it behooves us to minimize any further harm we visit on wild birds. Of course, the cats also dig in my vegetable and flower beds to deposit their fecal matter. Cats need to be regulated.

Bouquets to the young people at the end of our street redirecting a very steady and unhappy stream of traffic during the downtown Courtenay pedestrian only day. They were both gracious and helpful to the motorists (does anyone read the notices in the local papers?), who were very frustrated with the situation — and Fathers’ Day no less. No doubt we shall hear that the no-car day was a huge success! Well, I passed Fifth and Cliffe twice during the day and there did not appear to be many people wandering around on Fifth. My sunny Sunday afternoon on my deck was completely ruined with the continuous parade of cars and noisy diesel trucks on the street, which screeched down the gravel lane. Others opted to turn around on the narrow road and create an even longer line of frustrated motorists. There didn’t seem to be any logical reason to extend the closure of Fifth Street up to the railway line or beyond. A confounded mess and irritation was created. The organizers of this ill-planned event should rethink this idea and preferably shelve it for the coming years.

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