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Comox Valley Record


Blaney’s proposal in support of veterans rejected by MPs in Ottawa BINNY PAUL Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Incredibly, Members of Parliament from each of the other three recognized parties rejected the proposal.

Vancouver Island MP and NDP Critic for Veterans Rachel Blaney’s proposal suggesting veterans be excused from repaying Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) until after their disability benefits are processed was rejected Thursday by MPs in the House of Commons. Blaney presented a motion to ensure veterans are not required to repay CERB they’ve received until after their disability benefits have been processed and paid by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). In a statement Blaney said, “Incredibly, Members of Parliament from each of the other three recognized parties rejected the proposal.” According to Blaney, veterans applied to CERB because there was a severe backlog in receiving their disability benefits. Previously the North Island- Powell River MP has asked Minister of Veteran Affairs Lawrence MacAulay to not fine the veterans and not characterize their claims as fraudulent.


“The federal government has been failing them so badly, these veterans had to apply for the CERB just to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.” There are currently over 45,000 veterans waiting for their disability benefit applications to be processed. A recent Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) report requested by Blaney confirmed that clearing the backlog in a year would require VAC to retain all their current temporary hires and hire an additional 392 staff. The motion Blaney tabled Thursday took the PBO report into account and sought to ensure that an additional injustice wouldn’t be piled on

for those veterans in urgent need, already being treated unfairly by the Canadian government. “The Minister’s current plan is to clear ‘most of the backlog by 2022.’ Veterans shouldn’t have to wait any longer than they already have to get the help they are owed. These are people who have served this country, and now they’re just doing what they can to navigate a broken system,” said Blaney. “The CERB was a chance for vets to support themselves and their families while getting the treatments they need. Veterans are absolutely not responsible for the situation at VAC and shouldn’t be forced to pay for the government’s mistakes.”

Blaney tables riding petitions Two petitions from the North Island-Powell River riding were tabled in the House of Commons by Blaney last week (Monday, Oct. 5). Both petitions addressed environmental issues, one was supporting the idea of a made-in-Canada Green New Deal which was introduced by fellow NDP MP Peter Julian in the first session

of parliament this year. The motion was not voted upon before parliament was prorogued in the summer, but is back on the table for the current session. People from all across the riding had signed on to the petition. The second looked at the use of herbicides in the forestry industry. Petitioners from Powell River and the qathet Regional District raised concerns about herbicides’ impact on biodiversity, water sources, climate change and wildfires. Blaney and provincial MLA Nicholas Simons worked on the petition with residents who wanted to raise the issue to senior levels of government. “Petitions are one of the ways I can help people in the riding be heard in Ottawa” said Blaney, “It gives me an opportunity to stand up in the House of Commons and raise those concerns, prompts the government to respond, and if other MPs are hearing similar things in their ridings we can work together towards real solutions for people.” Both petitions are expected to receive a response from the government within 45 days.

Hey Kevin, What is happening in our Real Estate Market?

Kevin Reid

The real estate market here in the Comox Valley and on the rest of Vancouver Island has been highly active. The recovery we are experiencing after the pandemic induced slowdown of March April and May has been remarkable. In fact, in the single-family home category we are 12.5%. More home sold this year than in 2019 as of this date. There have been increases in price and number of sales across all categories. Condo apartments and townhouses have been selling well single-family homes category has been incredibly desirable with a huge shortage in the $450,000 to $650,000 price range. Also, the luxury Home and Condo market is doing well. The market conditions have been


ASK A Professional What Really Happens During a Heat Pump Maintenance?

Do you have any tips for fall gardening?

Trevor Hill

A Heat Pump Maintenance usually takes about an hour and a half on a Residential Heat Pump. During the maintenance, the certified technician will perform a system cleaning and a safety and efficiency check of the outdoor and indoor units. The maintenance of the Indoor Unit (fancoil) involves the cleaning and inspection of the filter/ refrigerant coil/ condensate drain/ blower/ and electrical components. The maintenance of the Outdoor Unit (heat pump) involves the cleaning and inspection of the cabinet/ coils/ fan blades/ compressor/ and electrical cabinet. Once the system is clean, the technician will run the system to identify that the system is operating both safe and efficiently. System Characteristics are recorded such as operating temperatures/ pressures and amperages to determine that the heat pump is operational and efficient. An annual heat pump maintenance is a proactive approach to try and limit repairs and breakdowns of your system.

Linda Pritchard OWNER & OPERATOR

Pull weeds before they go to seed to reduce the number of weeds next year. Plant spring flowering bulbs now. It’s time to prune back hydrangeas. You can just deadhead the flowers or reduce its size. Cut back perennial foliage to discourage overwintering pests. Leave flowers with seeds for the birds, if you like. Grasses can be pruned now to early spring, before new shoots rise up. Remove dead annuals from the garden. You can also shake any seed heads where you want them to grow for next year. Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes. Divide spring and summer blooming perennial plants. Plant shrubs and trees now to get a head start for next year. Remove sad-looking annuals from pots and replant with spring bulbs and some evergreen color for this season.


often selling within 24 or 48 hours of their list date. It’s


not uncommon to see multiple offers and bidding wars for desirable properties. It’s a very difficult landscape for a buyer to be navigating around. The expertise of a realtor and speed of getting to the property first can make the difference of finding your home or continuing the search. For this year it seems all predictions have gone out the window. We have experienced a year and conditions within our culture that are unprecedented.

If you have any further questions about the Real Estate Market in your neighborhood or want to know how to get the home of your dreams, please feel free to call me at 250-218-0620. 121-750 Comox Rd., Courtenay 250-218-0620 kevinreidcv@gmail.com www.midislandproperty.com


The real estate market has been no different.


Here in valley, hard neck garlic produces the best results. Garlic can be planted in spring, but the best time is in the fall when the soil temperatures fall below 10C (50F). They thrive in cool temperatures. If you plant them too early, you may find they don’t mature properly, or will not split into cloves. In the fall there is a wide variety of garlic available some are strong flavoured and spicy, enjoyable both raw or cooked, some are milder and roast beautifully. Dig over the area and add organic matter like compost or manure. Make sure your beds are raised for good drainage. Separate the cloves and set each one, pointed end up, 10-15cm (4-6”) apart and with the tip of the clove 2-5cm (1-2”) deep in rich, well drained soil and a sprinkling of bone meal mixed in the planting holes would be good at this time. Don’t remove the papery skin, just plant the largest cloves and eat the small ones. If you are in an area of the valley that gets more frost, be sure to mulch when winter sets in so they don’t heave. Pick up a planting guide when you buy your garlic, for information on when to remove the flower scapes and when to feed water and harvest.

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challenging to say the least. Well priced homes are

Why would I need a lawyer after a death?

Lyle D. Carlstrom

There are many reasons why you might need a lawyer after your loved one passes away. If the loved one appoints you as their executor you will likely need notarially certified copies of their will and Death Certificate. Financial institutions, government agencies and other organizations often request notarially certified copies of documents in order to transmit jointly owned assets like real estate, personal bank accounts, mutual funds, GICs and investment accounts outside of registered investments. Similarly, institutions that hold registered investments like RRSPs, RRIFS, life insurance products, pension plans and tax-free savings accounts also request that documentation in order to transfer beneficially designated products. A lawyer can also help you obtain Probate. Some lawyers, usually Solicitors, specialize in estate planning and should be consulted to help in minimizing legal grief when dealing with personal grief.

250-339-7977 1779 Comox Ave., Comox www.hollandandcompany.ca

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