Tag Archives: Comox Valley

Compost pickup service coming to Strathcona Regional District

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

With the large new composting facility in Campbell River opening up this fall, about 30 per cent of organic waste is expected to be diverted from the regional landfill.  However, Cortes Island residents should not expect that their organic waste will be shipped to this new facility, according to Vivian Schau, Senior Manager for Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM).

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Ottawa invests $11.8 million in Indigenous commercial fishing ventures on West Coast

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ottawa is committing close to $12 million to boost sustainable Indigenous fishing enterprises on the West Coast. 

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Island Health not exempt from B.C.’s record toxic street drug death toll


National Observer, 
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C. communities large and small are suffering devastating losses as deaths from toxic street drugs reached an all-time high with 2,224 people dying from overdoses in the province last year. 

Every health authority saw a record loss of lives in 2021 as an average of six people died each day from toxic drugs, said B.C.’s Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe on Wednesday, and communities across Vancouver Island were no exception. 

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As Omicron spreads, the number of unreported COVID cases keeps growing ( local data)

According to the provincial government’s Daily Update, there are now at least 3,906 active COVID cases on Vancouver Island. This statistic is low. The number of people who are believed to have COVID and gone into self isolation, but have not yet been tested, is growing

“As many people have noted in the past few weeks, we reached our capacity both from testing,  from the lab equipment, from the personnel and the reagents,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry on Friday. 

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Reel Youth’s ‘Partners in Education’ course launches January 10th

Fifteen youth, aged 8 to 14, signed up for the Reel Youth Partners in Education (PIE) film program, which starts on Monday January 10th

This online program is run by the Powell River School Board but, as might be expected, considering Reel Youth’s strong connection to Cortes Island, seven of the fifteen students are Cortesians.  (Five students come from the Comox Valley and three from Powell River.)

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