Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Cumberland Wetlands Working Group – Volunteers needed!

Cumberland is surrounded by wetlands. They play an important role in the ecology of the Comox Valley, hosting a huge number of birds and aquatic creatures as well as providing a beautiful place for a stroll in every season of the year. The wetlands are changing. The last few years have seen the wetlands partially drying up in the summer, and although the drought is partially responsible, there’s a lot we don’t yet understand about how our wetlands work. The village of Cumberland is sponsoring a project to gather water level data in the wetlands. A series of staff gauges that look like giant rulers has been installed in key areas of the wetlands and we need volunteers to read the gauges. It takes about 20 minutes to read all six gauges, the reading can be done from dry land, and minimal training is required. Your commitment can range anywhere from being available as a backup gauge reader to committing to a month or more of weekly readings. The gauges have to be read regardless of the weather, so here is an opportunity experience the extraordinary beauty of Cumberland wetlands throughout the seasons. If you would like to be part of the Cumberland Wetlands Working Group, learn more about our wetlands and do your part to help protect and enhance our wetlands, please contact Steve Morgan at 250 465 4966 or stevemorgan42@gmail.com.

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Only ten months after the start of construction, both structures are well on their way to completion and move-in by late 2017. Later this summer, roughly a year after construction began, crews will finish concrete pouring for the two structures, an impressive 18,000 cubic metres of concrete – or 1,800 truckloads – for the new Comox Valley Hospital, and 15,000 cubic metres of concrete – or 1,500 truckloads – for the new Campbell River Hospital. All 33,000 cubic metres of concrete is coming from local companies. Cumberland Ready Mix is supplying the concrete and trucks for the Comox Valley Hospital while a local joint venture between Uplands Ready Mix and Island Ready Mix is supplying the concrete and trucks for the new Campbell River Hospital.

The North Island Hospitals Project is also providing many training opportunities. There were 81 apprentices working for the hospitals project in April, including plumbing, carpentry, iron workers and electrical. There were also just a shy of 400 workers working on the construction sites in the month of April.

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Residents and visitors of Cumberland and the wider Comox Valley can once again enjoy the only road-accessible public land on Comox Lake, at Cumberland Lake Park. Access to this family-oriented beach, campground and boat launch had been restricted since May 2012, when a portion of Comox Lake Road, along the shore of the reservoir, was reduced to a single lane due to the instability of its adjacent slope.

Completed in March, a 200-metre section of the road's westbound lane was repaired with soil nails to stabilize the steep embankment. Soil nailing is a technique for retaining earth which involves the insertion of slender reinforcing elements, such as reinforcing bars, into the slope. It has been widely used for similar projects around the world, and on Vancouver Island.

The project was made possible thanks to $308,000 of the federal Gas Tax Fund and $200,000 from BC Hydro. The Village of Cumberland provided the remaining costs of the total project cost of $683,650.

This road rehabilitation and stabilization project is helping to ensure safe and efficient access to this popular recreation destination – in time for Summer 2015, and for years to come.

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The streets will be alive with live music, art, crafts, local shopping features, plant sales, pub and restaurant specials, cool kids activities, community groups and much more on Saturday May 16th from 10 am till 4 pm at the much anticipated Village Market Day in beautiful downtown Cumberland. Over 70 vendors and exhibitors are scheduled to take part in what is shaping up to be the biggest Village Market Day ever!

Presented by the business community of Legendary Cumberland in partnership with Elevate the Arts, Village Market Day features an eclectic variety of vendors offering hand made, home made and fair trade goods and services. From art, candles, books and toys to wood carvings, fairy costumes, clothing, leather wear, jewelry, face painting and more - Village Market Day is a great mash up of community and commerce! Add to that delicious dining specials, locally brewed craft beer, yummy baking, gourmet deli sandwiches, fair trade coffee and chocolates and hand crafted pizza and you have a day filled with tasty treats to fuel the fun!
 
Local community organizations are also taking to streets! Support local festivals, conservation groups, schools, churches, museums and more by signing up as members or volunteers, buying raffle tickets or taking part in fundraising activities. Join in for 101 Sun Salutations at 10:45 at Purusa Mind + Movement and make a donation to the Cumberland Forest or pick up your Thunderball Tickets to support the Cumberland Community Schools Society.
 
Live musical performances include PK Tessmann, Keisa Cox, Egyptian Twists Belly Dancers, Annie Handley, Broke 'N Merry, Alanna Clarke, Blaine Dunaway and James Gordon. Visit the Cumberland Museum and check out their cool new exhibits and learn about the rich history of the Village. Saturday evening you can take in Stephen Harper the Musical at 7:30 at Cumberland United Church - tickets at tinshack.tickit.ca. If you're up for some dancing, Little Big Shot is playing at the Cumberland Hotel or you can check out a wicked Doors tribute show at the Waverley Hotel with The Unknown Soldiers. Check out www.cumberlandvillageworks.com for tickets.

There is truly no better place to be on the May Long Weekend!  Bring the whole family and discover the incredible character and charm of the small but mighty Village of Cumberland! 

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The North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP) is hosting a new round of its regular quarterly community information sessions to provide updates on the new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital and the new $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital, both slated for completion in late 2017.

The Comox Valley meeting takes place on:

  • Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall (K104)
  • North Island College, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC

The Campbell River meeting takes place on:

  • Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Timberline Secondary School Theatre
  • 1681 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC

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