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Campbell River to remove tax exemptions from Art Gallery and Mental Health

Editor’s note: Campbell City Council did remove the tax exemptions, but is currently in discussion with the art gallery.

At their September 28 Council meeting, the city of Campbell River took the first steps towards removing the tax exemptions from the Campbell River Art Gallery (CRAG) and Vancouver Island Mental Health. Councillor Ron Kerr made the motions, which were approved, with only Councillor Tanille Johnston voting in opposition. City staff informed council this was a change of direction which affected the budget and there would need to be a second meeting before the exemptions can be removed. This has been scheduled for October 12. 

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Jemma Hicken releases her first major album: ‘Get It Together’

Cortes Island’s own Jemma Hicken just released her first major album, ‘Get it Together.’ Cortes Currents interviewed her shortly before that.  

“I love performing and  I love playing music by myself too, but it does feel special to come back to Cortes and be able to perform on Cortes because it’s really where it started for me,” she said.

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Opening Campbell River up for food trucks

Campbell River has been talking about opening up its streets to food trucks for years. Only 28 of the 600 respondents to a 2018 survey were opposed to the idea, and there have been food trucks at some venues. At their February 9 meeting, city council took steps to make this more of a regular occurrence. 

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‘Walk With Me’ returns to Campbell River

‘Walk With Me’ returns to Campbell River on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Participants will sit in a circle, while the organizers describe the project and explain the context of the stories they are about to hear. They will then proceed to the walk, listening to a 40-minute-long audio on a headset. (There are static options for people with mobility issues.) After the walk is over, everyone will return to Spirit Square and reflect upon what they heard. 

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This summer: downtown Campbell River is celebrating!

The streets of Campbell River have opened up with a series of free, family-friendly events and entertainment that will continue until September. 

“We think that this is a great opportunity.  Hopefully COVID is starting to leave us and we have the ability to return to a new normal.  This whole set of opportunities with the downtown core is meant to bring us out of what we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of years in reduced ability to program and to get out and interact and socialize.  This is really on the flip side of it. We want to be able to blow the lid off of this and get everybody downtown and enjoying what Campbell River has done. Campbell River has a lot  to offer both the residents  in the surrounding area and visitors to it,“ explained Robin Mitchell, the city’s Manager of Recreation and Culture.

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