Have Your Say: Nov. 6

Have your say: Nov. 6

It’s time we stopped using the term “Shoplifting” and call it what it is – it’s stealing – a serious offence – not a game to try to get away with. Most of us know that businesses, large and small, invest in goods in order to make a profit. Their overhead costs include rent, utilities, administration, employee wages and taxes etc. When a business suffers losses from stealing, it has to compensate in order to stay in business and continue to make a profit. So we, the public, all suffer. Stealing is a huge problem in our society. The statistics are frightening, and this has a drastic effect on our local economy causing effected stores to increase prices, delay their staff’s deserved raises, drop or reduce bonuses, down-size staff, and lose healthy profits. So let’s face the facts and get real.

Congratulations to the many candidates who have stepped up to run for Courtenay council. It would seem that this interest has been sparked by the obvious need for change fuelled by the many debacles that arose over the last three years. I would submit that those issues are only the symptoms of the real problem. That problem is that for some time now the city hall administration has been theoretically making the decisions for the city. This was accomplished by the fact that when a decision was required council would task the bureaucrats with the gathering the pertinent information and suggesting a proposal and then the council would take the easy way out and rubber stamp the results without doing any further due diligence. Unfortunately but predictably the easy way out breeds sloppiness and sloppiness eventually in order to protect itself abandons transparency and treats any requests for outside consultation with contempt which leads to such decisions as taxpayers donating $70,000 to a fairy tale never to be built bridge and the Maple Pool mess. The decision voters must make is do we make a conscious decision to purge our current council of those who perpetrated this culture and elect a slate of leaders, not just followers, or do we fate us to another four years of  management by crisis.

I would like to thank my family for putting on the beautiful 80th birthday party. Also thanks to all my family and dear friends for celebrating with me and making it very special. With love, Eloise Tobacca.

Although I was not personally involved in it, I’d like to send a thank you to all the volunteers who made this year’s Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon such a huge success. I have attended this telethon every year since I have lived in the Valley, and the volunteers are who make it work. From the entertainers, to the ticket sellers, to the emcees and telephone operators; you should all take a collective bow … an $85,009 bow. Oh, and of course, congrats to everyone who donated to the cause.

Isn’t it great that we all get to commute in the dark now? (just kidding but remember to give other drivers a break and dim those brights when you’re driving! Beep Beep!)

A BIG thank you to my SCA friends, who have been unwaveringly supportive, kind, creative and chivalrous! Want to find out what medieval life was all about through crafts and experience? Want to go to feasts and festivals? Want to meet fun people who are respectful and brilliantly creative? Check out www.sca.org – they’re local!

A big ROAR to the Lions Clubs of the Comox Valley and surrounding areas for raising a significant amount of money for the 39th Annual Child Development Association Telethon on Sunday, November 2.

Our second annual “Memories of the War Years: a Musical Tribute to Veterans” Show was performed on November 2, 2014 to a packed house of approximately 350 people at the Florence Filberg Centre Conference Hall in Courtenay, BC. The show featured over 50 participants, including favourite songs of World War One and Two and a ceremony to honour the fallen of the Comox Valley in the two world wars and post-war military engagements. There was laughter and there were tears. At the end all the surviving veterans came forward as the Evergreen Choristers and musicians played and sang “When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World” and “We’ll Meet Again.” In addition to the Evergreen Choristers, performers included Kelly Thomas and Band (Bill Street on drums, Al West on bass, Jake Masri on trumpet, Shari Campbell on flute and naval drum), soloist Jacqueline Lambeth, and piper Willie Thomson. The Travellers (Paul Kurucz and daughters) provided an excellent 30 minute intro prior to the show, playing singing mostly songs of John McDermott.  The show also featured two military displays at the back. Refreshments were provided by the 1st Cumberland Girl Guides. In addition to the veterans, dignitaries included Mayors Larry Jangula of Courtenay and Paul Ives of Comox and the commanding officers of 442 and 407 squadron from CFB Comox.

A very large thank you to all the new candidates who have put their names forward to become Courtenay’s councillors.  There seems to be a common message from all these new candidates, namely stop the lawsuit against Maple Pool and seek a solution that is fair to the owners.   Do away with the right of all councillors to attend any meeting in Canada at our (taxpayers) expense and streamline the process of allowing reputable developers to get on with their projects as long as they meet reasonable zoning regulations.  It’s time for a change in city council and the new candidates take a much more reasonable position then members of the old guard.

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