New streetlights coming in Campbellton

The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association's long-standing request for better street lighting in the area is about to be met by B.C. Hydro.

Hydro spokesman Stephen Watson confirmed that a work order has been issued to local crews to begin the installation of 20 new streetlights in coming weeks.

That partially answers requests for new lights submitted about a year ago by the CNA to both Hydro and the City of Campbell River after inventories of the neighbourhood's assets and liabilities discovered that the area had too few lights for modern standards and that the lights it does have tended to be old, dim and with short arm overhangs, posing some added dangers to pedestrians and vehicles.

Those needs were studied by a retired Hydro employee who produced a map showing several dozen spots where old lights need to be replaced and other sites where new lights need to be added; some of those are for sites in City-managed locations that may also be addressed by the City in next year's budget.

"This is great news for Campbellton," said CNA chair Brian Shaw, noting it will make the area a safer place to live and work this winter and for years ahead.

The improved lighting is the latest of several street improvements flowing from the lobbying begun by the CNA soon after it was formed about four years ago; others include several blocks of new sidewalks, some pedestrian crossing lights, a new light-controlled intersection at 14th and Petersen and most recently a major safety upgrade on the Petersen Road hill.

Call for participants in next year's garden

The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association and its Community Garden committee have issued a call for expressions of interest from potential participants in next year's activities.

This year all 22 beds were taken in a season that started late but still succeeded in producing crops and most of those plots are spoken for next year too but the CNA will consider adding another 20 beds or so in a potential Phase 2 expansion of its designated space in a community park on 15th Avenue near Petersen Road.

If at least 10 people from anywhere in the city register to take a plot then the CNA will proceed with the expansion, but if not then it will wait until 2017 or later.

Expressions of interest from future gardeners can be sent to Penny at Quality Stoves, 1702 Petersen Rd., 250-286-6641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Last call for sponsors of CNA's garden video

A 28-minute video on the CNA's community garden project is nearing completion but individuals and businesses wishing to make donations in support of the video project still have time be included as sponsors in the video's credits.

Further information is available from John Twigg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 778-348-0747.

An early three-minute version of the video was entered in B.C. Hydro's Community Champions contest and can be viewed at https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/honourable_mentions.

The video traces the history of the garden project and makes various points including that growing more food locally makes the community more sustainable and helps save energy.