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Courtenay to hold events and activities for national challenge

You can help Courtenay win a community prize by taking part in the National ParticipACTION Community Challenge. The challenge is a country-wide initiative, aiming to raise awareness on how everyone should have access to physical activity, and how it helps people physically, emotionally, and socially. The most active community wins...

VIU opens new centre to help victims of trauma and mental health 

Vancouver Island University says a new research centre will serve to provide support for people affected by trauma and to increase brain health.  According to VIU one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or illness problem at some point in their lives, and the Centre for Trauma and...

Jazz music stops at VIU, after board votes to cancel music programs

One of the longest-running music diploma programs in Canada is shutting down at Vancouver Island University. The Times-Colonist reports that the university’s board of governors narrowly voted this week to shut down the Bachelor of Music and jazz diploma programs, which have been running since 1969. The university is dealing with...

Still a risk of drought this summer, but cooler, wetter weather is on the way

So far this spring the snowpack in Vancouver Island mountains is lower than normal, but looking better than last year. The May 15 bulletin from the provincial land and water ministry shows Vancouver Island is at 34% of normal, the lowest in the province. However, the good news is that...

Province starts consultation to make psychotherapy a regulated health profession

The provincial government is starting consultation, aiming to make psychotherapy a regulated health profession in BC. In a release, they say that psychotherapy is used to treat people with mental health conditions, disorders, and psychological problems. The consultation’s goal is to not only increase patient safety but also create more...

Outdoor Pool to have free-swimming this summer

The Outdoor pool is 75 years old, and the City of Courtenay is celebrating by making swimming free this season. The city says swimming will be free for all ages, including open, family, adapted, and length swims, as well as AquaFit. Director of recreation, culture, and community services Susie Saunders says...
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