HAVE YOUR SAY: Wood-burning plant not needed near new Comox Valley hospital

Why would we spend $7 million on a wood-burning plant near the new hospital when we could build an incinerator at Pidgeon Lake?

Why would we spend $7 million on a wood-burning plant near the new hospital when we could build an incinerator to burn garbage and produce power at Pidgeon Lake?

I’m really confused as to why the City thought it was an intelligent idea to let the farm on Comox Road put rotting potatoes beside the road! Ducks or not, this is the most offensive foul smell; it’s ridiculous to put that stuff there. Here’s a thought, put it on the back side of the farm. Imagine the “welcome to our city” tourists get. This is not even the middle of summer. Imagine the stench then! Something has to be done; it’s nauseating to even drive to town or home from work daily. Farm smell is one thing, but foul, rotting smells are a little much.

There are beautiful people who are truly meant to be a blessing to us in this world. This afternoon at Safeway I discovered I had a problem; I’d forgotten my wallet. By the time I thought of how I was going to pay for the groceries (I had cold cuts and others), I couldn’t put it back in the basket. I explained to the cashier my dilemma. Total strangers — a man and woman (who wouldn’t give me their names) in front of me heard what I said. He quickly came to my rescue and offered to pay and as he did; the woman behind me (Carol she told me was her name) asked if she could pay half. So it was agreed they would help me out. Overwhelmed and in tears, I thanked them wholeheartedly for their generosity and for being there when I needed them. As we parted, Carol added these winning words: “pass it on.” I love you kind people, and may God well reward you!

Bushels of roses to Dr. Leanne Wood and her nurse Gail. They spent many an hour putting up with my husband’s badly infected toe. With such grace and always with a smile and word of reassurance for me. They are a great twosome, and let’s make it three, because their receptionist Julie is wonderful. Always with a smile you can hear in her voice over the phone. Thanks again, ladies!

A Fair Trade thank you to all who contributed to World Community’s A Chocolate AfFAIR. Especially appreciated was the creativity and enthusiasm of the chefs, cooks and chocolatiers from the Breakwater and Locals Restaurants, Union Street Grill, Sweet Surprise, Zocalo Café, Highland Secondary School, Dark Side Chocolates and Willovic Farm Bakery — not to mention the wine tastings provided by Blue Moon Winery. Thanks to all those businesses and individuals who donated to our very successful silent auction. Helen and daughter Daisy, your music (and especially your chocolate song) made the evening extra special. And thank you, too, to Church Street Bakery, Laughing Oyster Books and Bop City Records for selling tickets and to the Record for spreading the word. Because of you (and anyone else we may have forgotten), World Community is able to give back to this community and to our projects overseas.

Some people go the extra mile. A huge bouquet to Dr. Carol Champion of Cumberland Veterinary who made a special trip in on Easter Sunday morning to care for our ailing pet following surgery. She is much better now. You are the best.

When the federal government talked of replacing our aging Labrador helicopters, they went overseas to an Italian-based company to purchase a state-of-the-art helicopter, the Cormorant. From newspaper articles in this paper were reports of problems which occurred In getting them here and more after their arrival. Just after their introduction into service, one crashed on the East Coast, taking the life of a SAR tech. I am not sure how many of the helicopters were purchased by the government, but six were deployed to our local base. Some stories have been printed about these helicopters and rave reviews printed about one passing a milestone of flight — that is just one. There are more of the aircraft sitting in a hangar collecting dust — stripped of parts just to keep one operational. What does the base Commander do with the crews waiting to be trained on the helicopters — do they do mock run-ups in a stripped-out fuselage — or do they wait and hope that they will get to practise on the one flyable when not needed? I have often wondered what would happen if this helicopter broke down and couldn’t respond to a call. When these helicopters were ordered by the government, then cancelled, then reordered, the company assessed us a hefty penalty for this action — now according to their contract they were supposed to supply parts for these helicopters. With $400 million worth of unflyable helicopters gathering dust in a hangar, it would appear to me that they have not lived up to the part of the contract. I think its time for our local MP to get into this matter and bring it up in the house and question the minister of defence as to why no action has been taken against this company. Either assess them a heavy fine or an adjustment on the price we paid for them. Out of the total number of Cormorants we bought, how many are flyable and how many are collecting dust in a hangar, I as one taxpayer, would like to see all these helicopters on the flight line ready for use before they are classed as obsolete.

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