HAVE YOUR SAY: Recycling could go hand in hand with tourism

Recently I read that our glass is not being recycled but now goes to the landfill.

Recently I read that our glass is not being recycled but now goes to the landfill. It is quite evident that many businesses in the Comox Valley are struggling. Tourists need to be attracted to our area to infuse some dollars and to add vibrance to the area. Of course, many of the oldtimers do not want or like change, but in a few years they will be gone and hopefully so will all the complaints. (I am not against old people, as I am not young myself but I do dislike negative, nasty complainers who tell me to ‘move on’ when I am on a public street.) In areas such as Fort Bragg, California and Kauai, there are glass beaches that attract tourists and support a thriving jewelry business. Why not dedicate a small portion of a beach in this area, where glass could be dumped and within as soon as two years we would have an attraction that would attract tourists to the Comox Valley. I know this is quite profound but … “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Robert Kennedy. Hiding our garbage does not mean it is not there. Turning into something useful, cheaply is the way to go. We need more progressive thinkers on council who say why not? Or we can just watch Comox Mall crumple and fold as businesses move out of town.

Merci beaucoup to the amazing Gaetane Palardy of Island Gourmet Trails for a wonderful day-long Taste of the Comox Valley tour last Saturday! We started our day at the Farmers’ Market, then travelled to DKT Market, Shelter Point Distillery, Nature’s Way Farm and Blue Moon winery, Island Bison … and ended up in downtown Courtenay to sample treats at Hot Chocolates. Gaetane’s pride in, knowledge of, and passion for food production in the Comox Valley is amazing. We ate. We laughed. We learned. I highly recommend an Island Gourmet Trails tour for locals and visitors alike.

Did the railway ties on the Island railway deteriorate more quickly after they stopped spraying the rail bed?

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