Response from the Friends of Maple Pool

On June 17th Mike Hamilton, together with Andrew Gower, the engineer working for Friends of Maple Pool (the “Friends”) met with senior Courtenay City staff.  Mike and Andrew presented a plan for resolving the conflict between the City and Maple Pool.  This plan was based on two fundamental points.  First, the City would finally terminate the ill-advised lawsuit it has been pursuing for three years against the Owner of Maple Pool; second, Mike and his group of volunteers from the Courtenay business community would undertake and pay for physical changes to the Maple Pool property which would address all the City’s alleged safety concerns. There was also discussion of a possible re-zoning of Maple Pool, but much confusion has arisen about the rezoning process, who wants the rezoning, and the present legal status of the property with respect to zoning.  For this reason, we shall address the re-zoning issue separately on our website, within the coming week. In any event, City staff told Mike Hamilton at the end of the meeting on June 17 that the City would have a response to him by “the end of the week”.  Mike Hamilton finally received this response on August 6. The Friends are pleased on the one hand that after four years City councillors have finally made some positive suggestions concerning possible solution of this issue.  It is the first time this has happened and we think the City’s August 6 statement contains some positive suggestions.  And it is certainly fitting that politicians should sound positive on the eve of elections which will determine whether they continue as our representatives on...

Mission Statement

We are a group of Courtenay voters united by a common conviction that the legal persecution of Maple Pool and its residents by Courtenay City Council is perverse, morally reprehensible, and fundamentally contrary to the interests of this community.  It is also a gross and inexcusable waste of the taxpayers’ money. The names of our founding members are listed elsewhere on this site.  Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join us.  We are not some secret interest group.  Perhaps most important, we come from right across the political spectrum.  We would disagree amongst ourselves on many other issues.  But we are all convinced that this indefensible four year legal vendetta against some of Courtenay’s most vulnerable citizens, together with the ongoing harassment of and defamation against two of Courtenay’s most civic-minded and selfless citizens, constitutes the single most important issue facing this community. A decisive and final termination of this insane lawsuit is long, long overdue.  Yet after two humiliating defeats in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, which have already cost our taxpayers at least $150,000, and in the face of a near unanimous demand by our community that this foolishness cease forthwith, our Councillors continue to tell us that they know better and they will do as they see fit, regardless of our views. Simply put, this rogue Council must be stopped. FMP has two broad goals; both require the cessation of this mad lawsuit as a precondition: We are dedicated to solving the homeless problem in our community; simple logic dictates that the most important first step toward that end is ensuring that our...

Habitat for Humanity housing project now complete

Image above: Peter Sanderson and a group of dedicated volunteers attended the simple key ceremony for Nadine Miles and her daughter Casey, the sixth deserving family to take possession of the affordable housing on Piercy Avenue. Big celebration to honour volunteers and donors to take place Saturday  Michael Briones/ Echo Staff / Comox Valley Echo – June 13, 2014 08:46 AM – See more at: http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/news/local/habitat-for-humanity-housing-project-now-complete-1.1128565#sthash.boVjvgG5.dpuf The biggest affordable housing project in the Comox Valley is now complete. The housing project headed by the Vancouver Island North Habitat for Humanity took a year and a half to build. It features three duplexes located on Piercy Avenue in Courtenay. They were built by the over a thousand volunteers with support coming from different groups, businesses and companies in the Comox Valley. “This is the biggest project we’ve ever built,” said Karen Bezaire, of Habitat for Humanity. “We normally just build one duplex simply because that’s all the lot would allow for. But this one is a long, long narrow lot that we acquired and we had more space to put more home. It made more sense to do that.” Six deserving families have now moved into the new homes. The last family to receive the keys to their new abode was Nadine Miles and her daughter Casey just a month ago. To celebrate the community achievement, Habitat for Humanity is holding a dedication event to honour the people that made the project a reality. The event will take place at Piercy Avenue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Visitors and guests will get the opportunity to tour the homes, meet the families and...

Friends of Maple Pool Contact List

FOMP Contact List Dick Clancy Clive Ansley Brian Woodason Erik Ericksson  Dan Doerkson Tom Grant Jeff Hartbower Ted Brooks Danny Zanbilowicz Jean duGal Rudy Sanchez Terry Lewis Dennis & Brian Dineen Peter Quatrale Jorden Marshall Jean Rowe Glen McGinnis Mike Hamilton Jack McLeod Lee Mayzes Andy Whitaker Evelyn Gillespie George & Teofila Taylor Steve Ondre Boyd & Sharon Lundquist Gena Bainbridge Jeremy Orrego Maureen Wakefield Bruce Dailey Harry Koivisto Ron Coulson Anna Au Terri...