Funds roll in for Kus-kus-sum, Project Watershed hopes to restore former Field Sawmill site

Funds roll in for Kus-kus-sum, Project Watershed hopes to restore former Field Sawmill site

SCOTT STANFIELD ,  Apr. 17, 2018 11:30 a.m. – NEWS A number of groups and individuals have contributed to Project Watershed’s efforts to purchase and restore the former Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th Street Bridge. The Cumberland Community Forest Society has raised thousands at trivia nights, attendees at Doug Hillian’s retirement party raised a few thousand, and two boys raised more than $100 at their sixth birthday party. Alexandra Calland and the Estuary Angel (who is matching funds raised) have also contributed significant sums to the project dubbed Kus-kus-sum, in reference to an ancient K’ómoks First Nation village. “People do amazing things,” said Paul Horgen, board chair of the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society. “There’s a lady who lives in Comox who brought in a jar of coins. She says every day she takes a toonie from her purse and sticks it in a jar, and at the end of the month she donates it to Kus-kus-sum.” Horgen said Interfor Corporation, the property owner, wants to see some sort of conservation solution at the site. “They’ve been one of our biggest donors, too,” he said. “We’re hoping to convince the professionals to step up. It’s looking pretty good, but we’ve got a long ways to go. We’ve made some contacts with some of our political leaders, and hopefully that’s going to move in the right direction.” The entire project will cost about $6.5 million, including restoration, which is a few years down the road. The society has raised $140,000 from the community for land acquisition. It will soon receive another $400,000 from the Fish and Wildlife...
Salmon Sister Salmon Brother (Video)

Salmon Sister Salmon Brother (Video)

We are grateful for the opportunity to work in collaboration with Project Watershed, Joanna Finch, Methuselah Dance Troupe and other community builders. Our good friend Paul Horgen sums it up really well: Comox Valley Project Watershed Society in collaboration with K’omoks First Nations and various concerned members of our community continue to work on the restoration and preservation of the K’omoks estuary. Joanna Finch, Methuselah Dance Troupe and Pod Creative created this video to support and honor that work. This video highlights the diversity and depth of support for our work, much of which is geared towards the protection and restoration of salmon habitat. Wide spread community support will be necessary to tackle some of our large scale restoration projects such as turning Fields Sawmill site into Kus Kus Sum Park. You can show your support for our work by posting pictures and comments to social media channels. Please use the hashtags #projectwatershed, #keepingitliving and if you are talking about Kus Kus Sum #kuskussum. You can also volunteer, donate or sign up for our newsletter. Thanks for Keeping It Living! Pieter Vorster Owner, Pod Creative View the video on Project Watershed's...
What are Keywords and Metadata and Do we still need them?

What are Keywords and Metadata and Do we still need them?

Today I will be discussing keywords and metadata and what role it plays in search engine optimization Michael Holding Keywords Keywords are the words and phrases that web users type into search engines to find websites that match what they are looking for.  Some keywords get hundreds of thousands of unique searches a day while others only get a couple of hundred.   Metadata Metadata summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier. For example, author, file type, date modified and file size are examples of basic document metadata.  Having the ability to filter through the metadata makes it easier for to locate a specific document. Do they still work? The focus on keyword-based search engine optimization(SEO) is shifting.   Keywords were everything to an SEO campaign; Google collected data about a site solely based on the keywords that were present on its pages and in its links, and companies could measure their success based on how they ranked for their target keywords. It was a simple, one-to-one relationship that made it easy for almost anybody to start stuffing and ranking.  But the relationship between keywords and search ranking has become much more complex.     Experience vs. Words Essentially, Google is looking to see if your site relates experience rather than pumping a site full of keywords.  Google wants to see how many people visit your site and for how long they stay.  Let’s say your website is a kitchen.  When you walk into the kitchen you want to smell freshly baked cookies and taste them, you don’t want to see the...
Heavyset Media and Island Soul Films got #In2Transit

Heavyset Media and Island Soul Films got #In2Transit

Many thanks to our friends at Heavyset Media and Island Soul Films for getting this short video at Elevate The Arts 2016.   Remember that between June and November 2016, you can snap a selfie on a bus in the Comox Valley, post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with #In2Transit, and stand in line to win monthly prizes and a Grand prize of...
Jellyfish Project Presentation – Tuesday, June 14th

Jellyfish Project Presentation – Tuesday, June 14th

This is a very worthy cause to support by attending their event at the Sid Williams Theatre on Tuesday, June 14th. “The Jellyfish Project Society’ is a non-profit organization that uses music, live performance, and learning resources to generate awareness and provide education on ocean sustainability, climate change and environmental stewardship.” You can view more about the project on their website at – www.thejellyfishproject.org Pieter Vorster Neat to engage as the Jellyfish Project and meet so many amazing people who are concerned about the planet and willing to go to great lengths to protect it. Jessie Lightburn The Jellyfish...

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