HAVE YOUR SAY: January 22

I  travel the Island Highway every day and night as I work in Courtenay and I to find the highway not well marked when you are travelling at night in the rain. There are times on that highway, just for a second, I have to guess to where the road takes me as the centre line is a hard thing to see. It would be great to paint the centre line a brighter white line, one you can see with no problem driving at night in the rain. This highway is waiting for a accident to happen with the volume of traffic that uses it. As a taxpayer in this province, we need a lot of help with this highway.

I would like to put this out there, that like 99 per cent of B.C.ers, I like GMO foods, and I also love my smart meter. So there, I admit it, I hope the one per cent of you whom disagree with us have a nice life, worrying and fussing about nothing at all.

Lots of opinions on the causes of the longest boil water advisory in the Comox Valley. It is pretty clear that something has changed in the watershed. Time for local politicians to represent their constituents before asking CVRD residents to pay $50 million plus to solve turbidity problems, likely exacerbated by  provincial forestry policies, and Hydro policies. The ministries involved and responsible for the watershed need to do an audit of logging practices and BC Hydro reservoir management, and assign liabilities for the water quality problem. A logging company was fined $35K for clear cutting next to a  stream in 2008. BC Hydro  lowered the reservoir to a record low level in 2014, endangering our water supply. There are  a number of probable contributing causes, and concerns, besides climate change.

Past provincial reports have indicated the Comox Lake is an excellent source of drinking water and that a deep water intake would resolve any turbidity problem. Something has changed that, and it’s not just the climate which has been predicted to impact Comox Lake watershed for some time.

I would like to convey to you an incident that happened to my husband and myself last Friday in Courtenay. We were in Courtenay for a few days to visit a friend and we managed to contact some people we met last March in Hawaii who had moved to Courtenay. We agreed to meet at the Early Bird Cafe for breakfast. When my husband asked for our bill, the waitress informed us the people that had sat at the next table had paid our bill before they left! We were totally shocked. I hope those people read this and know how much we appreciated their kindness. What a wonderful feeling we all felt. There are some very kind people in this world and we will certainly PAY IT FORWARD.

I think it is wrong for non-profit organizations to seek funds from local government to run their programs and then donate some of those funds received to run their programs to another organization.


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