HAVE YOUR SAY: Why not swap hospital and Vanier locations?

There is a proposal to tear down Vanier Secondary School and build a new one on the same site.

There is a proposal to tear down Vanier Secondary School and build a new one on the same site. Why not relocate the new school to the North Island College area and build the new hospital where Vanier is at present? There is already cleared land for such a facility with adequate parking. This is too simple idea that just might work.

I am doing my part to conserve and recycle in a number of ways. The most simple one is, I fill my sink with the hottest, soapy water in the morning for my breakfast dishes; I keep that same sink of soapy water all day. All you need to do is whisk it; if you do not believe that there is any more cleaning products in there. For all my dishes during the day? It is no big deal. Another is to put those plastic drain stoppers in anywhere that leads to a main water/drainage system. If you find a spider, then you have NOT cut off the water effectively; hence are wasting it, then there must be a leaky faucet. They are very small things, but if you gauge them over months or years; it does make a difference. On a different note, I moved here from Alberta; recycling was the absolute thing to do.  I am obligated. I have found that our recycle bins have diminished! There were ones at Extra Foods (Comox) and ones at Walmart (Courtenay). They no longer exist.

A load of dead car batteries to a certain test-giver for DriveABLE at Rehab In Motion! I am to take an age-related driving test and waited several months to get booked for that. I was at their office 10 minutes early. After 20 minutes of waiting, I was told the test-giver hadn’t arrived. I waited 10 more minutes, while the office staff called every number they had for her — no luck. If I don’t keep my appointment, I’ll be fined $50. I don’t want that test-giver fined — I’d much prefer she be fired!

Recently my husband had a fall outside Life Labs beside Safeway. I would like to sincerely thank the people who came to his aid, starting with a gentleman in the military, who was there to comfort and help throughout, also a gentleman with a child. These two men tried to lift him at his insistence and it was then determined that he could not stand. A first responder, Marilyn (I think) with her girlfriend, delayed their fun together while Marilyn showed the ambulance where to come and checked to make sure that he was OK. The lovely ladies from Life Labs came out with a blanket and pillow and called 911 for us. The paramedics were wonderful! The Comox Valley is truly a wonderful place and I cannot thank all those who helped enough. If I missed anyone please forgive me, it was a traumatic time. He is now home after five days in hospital and doing well. I send you a huge bouquet.

The Christmas tree farm directly across from my home has put up a tower, and in this tower they have installed a retired church bell. Upon the sale of each tree the bell is rung. The bell is incredibly loud, as you can imagine. We hear it not only outside but also inside our home. We turn up the TV and radio, still we hear it loud a clear. It scares my pets. The dogs bark and howl, it must hurt their ears. We have put up with a lot over the years, tree patron’s cars parked blocking our driveway, super bright Christmas lights on all night long. And now an all time low, using a Religious Icon to sell Christmas trees. So much for peace on Earth. It’s sad times when people just don’t care about the rights of others. Their neighbours.

I am not the only one complaining. Times are tuff, maybe time for a fake reusable tree or a live potted one that can be planted after the season is over. I hope where you live, it’s peaceful and your neighbors care about your rights.

A very large bouquet to Holly from Urban Hair, who was so very kind to me after I dropped in to have my hair styled. The style is wonderful. I also would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness when I told you my husband was in hospital and that his illness was ongoing. You are a lovely girl, Holly, and I recommend you to all who are looking for a stylist or who are dissatisfied with the one they now have. Thank you.

A few short weeks ago my wife woke in the middle of the night to find a young man in our van stealing loose change and other things left in our vehicle. Today, I was sitting in a meeting at the school board office and I was called out to meet a lovely couple who had found my wallet lying by my vehicle outside the building. The woman shook my hand and returned my wallet to me. All faith is restored in humankind. Thank you very much to this couple who have saved me the misery of cancelling and replacing all sorts of cards. Merry Christmas to you and all other good Samaritans (and even you not so good ones).

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