Mike Chouinard

A retired professor from the Comox Valley has been fighting for more access for birdwatching in the Fairy Creek area, especially when it comes to mapping threatened species. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island birder fights for more access to Fairy Creek region

Supreme Court turned down petition on grounds Royann Petrell had access, other legal option s

A retired professor from the Comox Valley has been fighting for more access for birdwatching in the Fairy Creek area, especially when it comes to mapping threatened species. Photo supplied
Surveillance footage was used in Dustin Perfitt’s trial last December. Prior to sentencing though, he has been found not criminally responsible. File image, RCMP

Man ruled not criminally responsible for stabbing clerk, robbing Island liquor store

Dustin Perfitt had been found guilty for Courtenay liquor store robbery, attack in 2020

Surveillance footage was used in Dustin Perfitt’s trial last December. Prior to sentencing though, he has been found not criminally responsible. File image, RCMP
RCMP investigators seized mutliple weapons from a 45-year-old Comox Valley man. RCMP photo

Meth, cocaine and 15 guns seized, Comox Valley man in custody

Police say seizure has disrupted the criminal activity and undoubtedly saved lives

RCMP investigators seized mutliple weapons from a 45-year-old Comox Valley man. RCMP photo
CSWM is putting through an increase for tipping fees on solid waste in 2023. Record file photo

Comox Strathcona Waste Management board approves tip fee hike

The amount for municipal solid waste per $145 per tonne starting in 2023

CSWM is putting through an increase for tipping fees on solid waste in 2023. Record file photo
George Slomp, who operates Perspective Design Build with partner Peter Bain, is one of those working in house deconstruction — or unbuilding. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox Strathcona Waste Managment supports deconstruction approach

Board sees deconstruction, or unbuilding, as alternative to building demolition

George Slomp, who operates Perspective Design Build with partner Peter Bain, is one of those working in house deconstruction — or unbuilding. Photo by Mike Chouinard
B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in Vancouver. Black Press file photo

Judge allows third-party claim in Strathcona Park Lodge lawsuit

Plaintiff launched originally court action following injury in 2o12

B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in Vancouver. Black Press file photo
A man arrested for an altercation with an SPCA officer involving a gun was deemed not criminally responsible in Courtenay Provincial Court on May 31. Record file pic

Island man found not criminally responsible after SPCA official threatened with a gun

Suspect was arrested following 2021 altercation with SPCA officer at Comox Valley farm

A man arrested for an altercation with an SPCA officer involving a gun was deemed not criminally responsible in Courtenay Provincial Court on May 31. Record file pic
A Comox Valley man was sentenced in provincial court May 30 for child pornography possession and distribution. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Vancouver Island man sentenced six months for child porn possession

“The biggest hardship has been the collateral damage to my family.”

A Comox Valley man was sentenced in provincial court May 30 for child pornography possession and distribution. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard

World War II flying ace Stocky Edwards laid to rest in Courtenay

“He was a hero when we needed heroes.”

Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
Exercise Cougar Gauntlet was a joint operation that included army and navy reserve members. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Army, navy storm Island beach in joint training operation

Exercise Cougar Gauntlet provides week of training in Comox for military reservists

Exercise Cougar Gauntlet was a joint operation that included army and navy reserve members. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Parents say the province needs to provide better information for students over issues of sexual harassment and violence using tools lke the ERASE website. Screenshot, B.C. government site

Parents pushing B.C. to expand sexual assault, harassment and consent education

BC Confederation of Parents Advisory Councils

Parents say the province needs to provide better information for students over issues of sexual harassment and violence using tools lke the ERASE website. Screenshot, B.C. government site
The CSRHD board is looking into a health hub to ease pressure on area hospitals, but some board members are questioning the move. File photo

Health hub model faces some push-back at Comox-Strathcona board

Hospital district board is considering model to reduce demand on area hospitals

The CSRHD board is looking into a health hub to ease pressure on area hospitals, but some board members are questioning the move. File photo
CSWM wants to reduce construction waste. Black Press file photo

Comox Strathcona wants to cut construction waste through deconstruction

Regional waste board wants province to make deconstruction a recycling regulation

CSWM wants to reduce construction waste. Black Press file photo
Atlas’s seafood chowder is one of the star’s of the episode. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island restaurant featured on Big Food Bucket List

Food Network show’s episode filmed at the Atlas Cafe in Courtenay airs this month

Atlas’s seafood chowder is one of the star’s of the episode. Photo supplied
The Perseverance Trail Run - Cumberland is still planning on expanding its trail toward Comox Lake. Photo supplied

Growth provides challenges for Cumberland’s popular mountain bike trail system

Cumberland system described as fifth-busiest trail network in North America

The Perseverance Trail Run - Cumberland is still planning on expanding its trail toward Comox Lake. Photo supplied
A number of Baynes Sound oyster sites are under a recall due to a norovirus outbreak. File photo

U.S. FDA reports 91 cases of norovirus linked to B.C. oysters

“It’s some farms in certain areas, not the entire B.C. industry.”

A number of Baynes Sound oyster sites are under a recall due to a norovirus outbreak. File photo
Lucus Morine was arrested at Ryan Road in Courtenay last October after three incidents related to damaging vehicles with an axe. Bev Dempsey-Orr file photo

Accused testifies in Vancouver Island axe attack road rage case

Lucus Morine pleaded to mischief, but judge still has to give verdict on other charges

Lucus Morine was arrested at Ryan Road in Courtenay last October after three incidents related to damaging vehicles with an axe. Bev Dempsey-Orr file photo
The artifact appears to be a war club. Photo, K’ómoks First Nation

B.C. First Nation applauds man who found Indigenous artifact in his yard

Object seems to be a war club and has found a home with K’ómoks First Nation

The artifact appears to be a war club. Photo, K’ómoks First Nation
The CSRHD board has diverging views on its relationship with Island Health. File photo

Comox Strathcona hospital board considering rural, First Nations grants

Grants could include up to 11 more communities, including Quadra Island

The CSRHD board has diverging views on its relationship with Island Health. File photo
Seiners filled the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during the roe herring fishery a couple of years ago. The numbers appeared to be down this year through March. File photo courtesy of Pacific Wild

Soundings show low herring numbers in Strait of Georgia

DFO says soundings only give information for in-season fishery management

Seiners filled the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during the roe herring fishery a couple of years ago. The numbers appeared to be down this year through March. File photo courtesy of Pacific Wild