A lovely bouquet of gratitude roses to Ramona. We run a vacation rental near the Goose Spit in Comox and refer our visitors to the IHos Gallery. On this occasion, I invited our visitors from France to catch a ride with me, I could interpret and provide transportation to Courtenay while I ran my own errands. We stopped in to the gallery where they found some unique gifts and souvenirs. The next day, one of our guests discovered in the evening (way past closing) that her credit card and driver’s license were not in her bag. We left a phone message and sent an email to the manager of the gallery to ask if they might have found these items. It was very important to have them before opening hours because they were scheduled to leave by bus for their next destination. The manager, Ramona, was kind enough to respond immediately and return to the gallery to go look for the items, they had been discovered in the parking lot. Our guest is leaving the Comox Valley with her cards and an incredible sense of gratitude to all involved. I’m sure she will sleep well tonight. The gallery appeals to all because of their selection and the friendly service, we always stop there for host gifts as well when we travel abroad. We will continue to be loyal customers and will proudly recommend the IHos Gallery, they go above and beyond for their clients, near and far.

I agree with the comments to “Hater” – What a ridiculous reason to stop doing something that causes such joy. The Pooch-a-palooza was a family gathering.  The whole family was turning out to enjoy the event,  all ages and breeds of dogs were enjoying themselves.  It was old fashion family fun,  even people who didn’t own a dog  enjoy the joy of dogs doing what they love best.  The dogs there were well cared for and well behaved and well supervised.  I can’t imagine that the fear of a dog not being properly inoculated could possibly be behind this act of being a Grinch.   I really hope the community will see the hater for what they are and reinstate this joyful event.   Maybe the Hater should ensure all people have full inoculations before they are allowed to leave their homes. Live and let live.

Someone please tell me, why did they put two new traffic islands (probably at considerable expense) on Back Road near Comox Ave, which seem to have no purpose other than to hold up signs that tell us, this is a traffic island, and you have to drive around it. They don’t contribute to safety, they’re just obstacles, and it won’t be long before someone hits one. Did someone read a map wrong? Were they supposed to go somewhere else?

I don’t think I’m starting a rumour when I say that the Hell’s Angels are an organized criminal gang. What I find incredibly confusing is why the Village of Cumberland invites them to spend a weekend in our town. These are not nice people. Why are they here?

A huge bouquet to all those who are out supporting public education. A huge thank you to those who have informed themselves of the issues, who know that teachers are not receiving strike pay and are putting their salaries and the well being of their families on the line in support of a well-funding public education system. Many thanks to those who are going to the sources, both BCTF website and BCPSEA website, and drawing their own conclusions instead of believing the propaganda. Class size and composition are being dealt with in the courts (two courts have already ruled that it needs to be reinstated), but our government continues to use our taxpayers’ money to appeal it instead of investing it in public services. Have your say. Please take the time to be informed.

Whoever stole the flower pots and apples from my home in Black Creek, shame in you.

I would like to clarify two points raised in Sept. 11/14 section of Have Your Say. “Are teachers not on strike and collecting strike pay?” NO! Teachers are NOT collecting any pay at at all. There was enough for three days back in June and now it’s gone. Why? The account was drained trying to defend our collective agreement in two court cases against the government. Two court cases the teachers won but are still having to defend once again. Which brings me to the second point. “What about arbitration on class size and composition – the BCTF only seems concerned about BC teacher wages and benefits?” PLEASE do your homework on this! There isn’t enough room to fully explain it here but class size and composition are what is being tied up in court and what the government wants the right to undo now and in the future (E80). Please inform yourselves of the FACTS before you accuse others of doing something you feel is unjust. Thank-you.

The Comox Valley Food Bank would like to commend and thank Home Depot for their generous and consistent support. We were in need of cloth hamper bags for our client Thursday hampers and Home Depot was kind enough to donate 50 of these reusable bags.

I am disappointed and concerned by the tone of Dr. Maingon’s letter about Mack Laing dissuaders. My impression thus far is of a small disorganized, pushy group bickering among themselves behind the scenes while issuing manipulative press releases and gullible friends cheerleading in the press. Not an energy nor a community project I wish for, please.

95 per cent of bicyclists do wear helmets.  If you correctly understand the signage on the 5th Street Bridge it is legal to cross the bridge riding a bicycle in the centre of the lane, or walk the bicycle on the sidewalk.  I am sorry you feel inconvenienced (for a few seconds) by bicyclists crossing the 5th Street Bridge riding in this safe manner. There are less than three kilometres of bicycle lanes in Courtenay, so I am  unclear as to where you would like bicyclists to ride. Please also consider some bicyclists are of a disadvantaged class of society, cannot afford motorized vehicles, may suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse, and are not cognizant of many rules of society in general, so maybe give them a bit of a break. Please do get on a bike. Consume less fossil fuel, create less air pollution, occupy less space, make less noise pollution, lose some weight, get healthy, and enjoy the ride.

On behalf of all the players in the Comox Ladies’ Golf Club Championship, thank yous go out to Linda Broadbent and Linda Callender for organizing the tournament, John and his staff for having the course in such great condition, Gibby and the pro shop staff  for all their help and of course to Adrian and his staff at the Tee Box Restaurant for our great meal.

A huge thank you to the woman who found my large and very heavy bag of groceries in the Thrifty parking lot and took it into the store. I was putting my groceries in the trunk when five wasps started dive-bombing my head. I quickly threw the rest of my bags in the car and took off, not realizing I’d left one on the ground. Thanks to you it was stored safely until I went back to find it.


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