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Too funny. On Thursday, driving from Comox to Courtenay, noticing the gas price at 129.9. Then reading in the paper we have the lowest gas prices in the province. And then driving back from Courtenay to Comox on the same day, seeing the gas price posted at 143.9. You just can’t buy laughs like that.

Our BC Bike Ride was most successful!  We raised approximately $50,000 to continue Helping our Soldiers Help Others, at home and abroad, as well as bringing awareness to the ultimate sacrifice of our military members since 2002. Please support our wonderful sponsors, who helped make this event such a wonderful experience for everyone involved.  Thrifty Foods, First Insurance, The Eagle 97.3FM, Comox Echo, CFB Esquimalt, CFB Comox, RCMP, Oak Bay Cycles, Howe Sound Brewery, Wedler Engineering, What’s On Digest, Water Pure & Simple, Continual Palingenesis, Driftwood Self Storage, The Edge Food Energy, Canex, ONO Work and Safety, Tim Hortons, All In One Party Shop, Shea Butter Market, Comox Legion & Ladies Auxillary, Royal Oak Rotary Club, Bowser Legion Ladies Aux., Courtenay Legion, Nanaimo Legion Branch 10, Qualicum Legion Branch 76. A very special thank you to RCMP officers, James Masuda, Ryan Pullin, and Norm Smith  as well as the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit, and Ron Gauderault, Ride Marshall; for keeping us safe; LCol (Ret’d) Dave Berry, Chairperson; for leading the way and all of our committee, volunteers, cyclists and donors.  Success!

Education Minister Fassbender argues that class size doesn’t matter yet it’s interesting to see the large ads in the Record from a private school in Lantzville that lists “smaller class sizes” as their first priority. This school will probably receive B.C. taxpayers’ funding and that takes proper funding away from the basic public who can’t afford the extra fees, etc. that private schools charge. We are allowing our province to become even more elitist and putting way too much pressure on families who might enrol their children into a private school when they really can’t afford it.

Before you make a judgment call on the salary of Ms Manthey, be sure to do your research for the salary of a person with the same job description in the private sector which would probably have a benefit package added. Ms Manthey has done many years of excellent service with the City of Courtenay and has earned her position well.

A giant bouquet to Broken Spoke bikes in Courtenay.  I needed a rental race bike for the duathlon and found your rates were very reasonable.  The bike was just what I needed to shave loads off my bike time.  I loved the bike and placed first in the duathlon, I couldn’t have done it without the great bike.

A huge bouquet to Hitec Screen Printing/Brazen Sportswear for helping provide ‘The Rack Pack’ with our awesome shirts and visors for the Comox Valley Relay for Life. Support like yours does not go unnoticed and was greatly appreciated. Our heartfelt thanks.

The families of Nate Smith and Nate DaSilva send huge, heartfelt thanks to the Vanier Rotary Interact Club, their sponsor teachers and support staff who raised and donated $900  to Nates’ Place in Haiti, an orphanage/home created in memory of the two Nathans who were both former Vanier students who died tragically. This generous contribution will be used to purchase supplies for the home and for the adjoining school which now includes 150 plus students. Well done, Vanier Interact Club. Your efforts are so appreciated!

I join the multitudes to congratulate Kevin East on winning a licence to operate a full taxi service. Finally! hopefully no more interminable wait times for a dilapidated car with stained back seats, poor service, and exorbitant  rates.

How about a class action lawsuit from the parents of school-aged children against the Government? After all, we have paid them our taxes, which are supposed to pay for our children’s education, and they are not delivering. Now parents are forced to pay out AGAIN, for childcare. How is that legally right? It is the Government’s responsibility to find a solution, with our money. Get on with it!

 

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