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Off The Page

What do you really want to know more about in the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island? Come along as Comox Valley Record and Black Press Media journalist Erin Haluschak takes a deeper look into what and who makes the Comox Valley what it is.

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November 18, 2022 18 min

The Comox Valley Record recently welcomed guest analyst Markus Ciastkowski for a preview of the 2022 World Cup of Soccer. 

This year’s tournament host is Qatar. The 32-team competition runs from Nov. 20 — Dec. 18. 

Markus, 15, is a member of the Comox Valley United Under-16 boys select soccer team. He also coaches and officiates the sport. 

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Lewis Bartholomew is the project director of the HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial. The museum, located on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay, has welcomed more than 7,000 visitors to its exhibits that cover stories of Canadians in the war through present-day missions of all military and civilian service branches.

For more information on the museum's Remembrance Day service, visit alberniproject.org.

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October 26, 2022 13 min

Caila Holbrook is the manager of education and outreach with Project Watershed - an organization focusing on the protection and restoration of local watersheds and sensitive habitats

One of their largest and perhaps most eye-catching projects is Kus-Kus-Sum on Comox Road, near the 17th StreetBridge where once Field’s Sawmill stood. 

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Vince Ditrich spent 30 years as the drummer and later manager - of the hugely successful band Spirit of the West.

After a life of music on the road, Ditrich turned to writing, and in 2021 he released the first of three novels entitled the Liquor Vicar. The lead character Tony Vicar is from Tyee Lagoon, a fictional Vancouver Island town.

“He's a failed musician, he always had dreams of great to grandeur, but he was not able to a...

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From books to thermal cameras and everything in between, libraries across the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island truly do have something for everyone, however, not everyone may know all that is inside.

Joining us  are Comox Valley librarians Allison Trumble and Kris Ward, along with David Carson, spokesperson for Vancouver Island Regional Library to talk about the future of what libraries could be, as the organization is embarking o...

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For the next few weeks on Off The Page, we are doing something a little bit different from our usual format. With the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 15, we wanted to take a look at what you - our listeners and readers of the Comox Valley Record have to say, particularly on what you care about in this election. What is important to you?

Are you planning on voting? Why or why not? 

With the goal of finding out these answers, we’...

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For the next few weeks on Off The Page, we are doing something different from our usual format.

With the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 15, we wanted to look at what you - our listeners and readers of the Comox Valley Record have to say, particularly on what you care about in this election.

With the goal of finding out these answers, we’ve gathered different groups of people together to ask what’s on their minds as they prepar...

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For the next few weeks on Off The Page, we are doing something a little bit different from our usual format.

With the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 15, we wanted to take a look at what you - our listeners and readers of the Comox Valley Record have to say, particularly on what you care about in this election.

With the goal of finding out these answers, we’ve gathered different groups of people together to ask what’s on their ...

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September 14, 2022 17 min

A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock is an advocate who spent years building better protections for Indigenous children and their families through compensation for past discrimination.
She is the executive direction of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and is also a professor for the School of Social Work at McGill University. 

On Oct. 12 at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, Blacksto...

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Michael Yellowlees is our guest on the latest edition of Today in BC with Peter McCully.

In 2021, the musician left Tofino, B.C., walking to Cape Spear in Newfoundland with his Alaskan Husky dog, Luna.

Yellowlees, from Scotland, raised $80,000 for a 'Trees for Life' charity in Scotland and raised attention to the effects of climate change in his home country.

The journey wore through five pairs of boots and two kilts and Ye...

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The Jim Pattison Group has grown over the years to now employ more than 51,000 people. It started more than 60 years ago with a three-pump gas station and a two-car showroom. On the latest edition of Today in BC, Jim Pattison explains he worked hard as an entrepreneurial teenager.

“Before high school, I used to sell garden seeds door-to-door in the springtime and so then I got into selling magazine subscriptions for the Saturday Ev...

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August 24, 2022 20 min

Darrell Fox has been working with the Terry Fox Foundation Research Institute for more than 40 years in various capacities and says they are Seeing more proposals coming forward than ever before.

"So, every day is a great day to be associated and linked to Terry's legacy," he said.

When asked on this encore edition of Today in BC what impact and progress the more than $800 million raised since 1980 has had, Fox said: “I...

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On this edition of Today in BC, host Peter McCully chats with longtime actor and voice actor Jan Rabson, who has worked on thousands of commercials, films, TV shows, animated films, series and video games and who makes his home on Salt Spring Island.

Rabson was a cast member of 'The Carson Mighty Players', part of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and was a working actor, appearing in television commercials and creating ...

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In this encore presentation of Today in BC, Peter Kent of Qualicum Beach talks about being a stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger for 15 years. As you can imagine, he was tossed around, run over, and beat up - a lot. He talks with Host Peter McCully about his adventures as a stunt man, life with Arnold, and life after Arnold.

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In this encore presentation of 'Today in BC', host Peter McCully chats with Black Press columnist Bruce Cameron about going green, the popularity of electric vehicles and the latest on the Ballard fuel cell.

“I think just the price of gasoline going up will drive a lot of people to really take a closer look at shifting to an electric vehicle, and I think people are realizing that with the targets that are set, it's a ma...

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July 27, 2022 33 min

In this encore presentation of Today in BC, host Peter McCully chats with provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, who was asked what training she would have received in the Canadian Armed Forces that would serve her well in her current role.

“I think there were a lot of things you go through when you spend time in the military with the training," she said. "Whether it's the basic training and then the medical train...

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Ronna-Rae Leonard is the MLA for Courtenay-Comox since 2017.  

Despite her lengthy political career, Ronna-Rae isn’t here today to talk politics - rather - something more personal: her hair and the loss of it due to alopecia.

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Gregory Arkos is a professor in the department of physics, engineering and astronomy at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. 

He is passionate about astronomy and helping students as they learn about the world and the larger universe. He’s here today to talk about the night sky, particularly this summer - and any particular astronomical events Island should keep an eye out for.

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The winner of the annual Comox Valley Nature Society 'Tree of the Year' has been chosen by public vote.

Kerri Scott is with Comox Valley Nature and the organization recently announced its Tree of the Year - an annual contest highlighting trees in the Comox Valley, now in its fifth year.

Kerri is here to talk about this year’s winning tree - one that is more than 400 years old.

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Irene Bayati is a Grade 11 student in the Comox Valley and was recently crowned as a finalist in the provincial qualifiers of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant.

Despite the opportunity to head to nationals in August with the title of Miss Teenage Vancouver Island, Irene chose not to advance.

She is here to talk about her take on pageantry today, her platform of mental health advocacy for youth and children and her vision of the commu...

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