Congrats to the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association and organizer Meaghan Cursons for another fantastic Moonlight & Magic in the streets of Courtenay. I never miss this annual extravaganza, a feast for the senses, this year especially—dancing in the street, great food, interactive art, official tree lighting, singalongs, wonderful costumes and discounted prices at local shops. I was pleased to set up a mobile office (with a face-painting table on the side) and very much appreciated hearing from constituents. Cost of living, affordable housing and health care are top-of-mind for most people. Small businesses need an extension on their CEBA loans and I heard this too. Great to see Mayor Bob Wells out and about again this year, we all appreciated Council’s decision to hold off the rain for this year’s event, well done Bob! Lots of time left to shop this holiday season, let’s do it locally!