HAVE YOUR SAY: July 10

“CVRD staff get big bucks”. No wonder – The CVRD has a huge surplus of cash and it’s growing! They have a bizarre, expensive, system of funding each service separately and it is costing Comox Valley taxpayers and businesses who fund the $67 million in the CVRD bank. If this same CVRD philosophy was applied to  homeowners , we would need a $270,000 reserve fund in the bank to replace all of the assets in a $300,000 home -a separate savings account to eventually replace the fridge, stove, washer, dryer, heating, septic, roof, flooring, well, and on and on. Sign the governance review petition if you would like to see some changes in this increasingly unaffordable regional government.

Interesting news in yesterday’s paper. Salaries and expenses paid to the Comox Valley Regional District employees. I guess they earn their wages, but I don’t know what they do.  Compare that to some comments made about teachers’ salaries, at a maximum of $70,000 yearly, no expenses, unpaid volunteering and even buying supplies not supplied by the government. And they spend their days with a class of up to 28 of our future citizens!  Very interesting.

Transport Minister Todd Stone is right about one thing – Many  Inland Island high way drivers do exceed the speed limit, regularly. Now they will add 10 to the  new 120 and go a minimum of 130 (80 mph). No problem on nice clear dry days, but many of these folks travel the same speed during poor conditions, fog and rain. Who will be benefit from higher speeds? Oil companies and the BC Government. I plan to stay in the slow lane, save gas, the planet, and possibly a life.

A chop block of thank yous to Kory and his team at Prime Chop House and Wine Bar for hosting and the merchants and artists and especially Emily Goodwin for their donations for a Throw-Back Thursday Fun-raiser for Dawn to Dawn – many thanks to everyone who came out to support us that evening!

Kudos to Darryl and his crew at Creation Concrete.  Darryl did a terrific job paving my driveway and patio.  He listens to your wishes but if  you have uncertainties, he will share his extensive experience with you  according to your setting and environment.  As well, he goes above and beyond what he is contracted to do.  I highly recommend his work.

Thumbs down to Mount Washington for charging over $17 per person on Canada day to use the chairlift to the viewpoint at the top. No wonder the chairlift was virtually running empty all day in spite of the fact that there were plenty of people there who would have like to have used it if it was affordable. If they had made it a Canada Day special 2 for 1 they would have made a lot more money. What a missed opportunity and bad business decision.

A calm and quiet bouquet of appreciation to the neighbours of The Old House Hotel and Local’s Restaurant.  We appreciate your patience and understanding in regards to a private wedding held on our property on Sunday, June 29.  The wedding party certainly enjoyed their evening, although the level and length of the entertainment far exceeded what we anticipated.  Our sincere apologies to our good neighbours.

A big thumbs up to all the people who helped out the woman in distress at the Husky station on Sunday night. She was penniless and her van needed fuel. The manager of the station was threatening to have the vehicle towed and impounded. Adding to the struggles, for some reason, the vehicle could not be pushed in reverse, to the pump, despite four men trying. (They thought it was her emergency brake seizing.) At any rate, once the  tow truck driver from Comox Valley Towing and Recovery showed up, rather than tow it away, thereby leaving the lady stranded, he towed it to the pump, free of charge. Then, through donations from some customers at the location, the lady received gas money, to get her on her way. Conversely, shame on you to those who stood and watched, making comments like “some people put themselves in those situations”. Clearly this lady was  one of our community’s disadvantaged, but where’s the compassion? Hopefully if you are ever in a similar situation, you don’t come across people like yourselves.

 

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