Thank You!

The CV Council of Canadians wishes to thank all the local businesses, organizations and individuals who generously donated to the Chapter’s Oh Canada Team Trivia Night Fundraiser.

Bouquets of gratitude to businesses ranging from Watershed Sentinel, Sure Copy, Dobson’s Lawns & Gardens, Comox Valley Golf Club and Kask Publishing to local eateries the Filberg Summer Kitchen & Custom Gourmet Catering, Tastefully Local & Angelina’s Gourmet, White Whale and Pizzeria Guerrilla.

The generosity of Project Watershed, Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC) and individuals Lynda Smith – Lawn to Food, Cori Sandler – Cori Sandler Pottery, Vivian Cruise, Pam Lengyel and Barb Berger added to the success of the evening’s event.

To Cumberland merchants Seeds Grocery, Waverly Hotel, Cumberland Recreation, 4 Quarters Restaurant and Cumberland Bakery, Cumberland Museum, Dodge City Cycles, Dawn Copeman, Cumberland Brewing Company, Rider’s Pizza and The Wandering Moose Café huge thanks for your generous support.

Delicious thanks to the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and vendors for their generous donations – Natural Pastures Cheese, As You Like It Products & Catering, Tin Town Tacos, Fiesta Greenhouses, Celiam Acres, Bates Beach, Big D’s Honey, Cocoa Nuts Cappuccino Bar, McClintocks Farm and Merville Organics.

Kudos goes to Trivia Master Michael Walton and partner Marianne Bell for challenging our knowledge of Canadiana.

As always it was a pleasure working with the staff and custodians at the Florence Filberg Centre – they really are wonderful team!

Thank you to all the volunteers and the 18 tables of great team trivia players!

It was a successful evening due to your support!

2nd Comox Valley Sustainability Forum

On October 20, voters in the Comox Valley will be electing mayors, councillors, school district board members and electoral area directors.

Local government, be it in a village, town, city or electoral area, shapes the community it serves with its decision making. Therefore, it’s critical we ensure our elected officials adopt policies and bylaws that will form the basis for creating both a sustainable community and environment, not only for ourselves but for future generations.

The CV Global Awareness Network, CV Council of Canadians and Imagine Comox Valley invite the public, members of local government and candidates standing for office in the October municipal elections to learn more about the possibilities of reaching sustainable solutions to current issues and problems being faced in the Comox Valley in their second Sustainability Forum on Wednesday Sept. 19th at 7 PM.

The evening will begin with an introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, followed with an overview of the goals outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy and Official Community Plans and why these matter to the well-being of our Comox Valley communities.

Five speakers will present information on a range of issues ranging from public health and local economic development to climate change and infrastructure. Following each presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.

Whether you are a voter who is seeking to understand the need for a proactive approach to enacting sustainable policies and programs or a candidate in the 2018 municipal election – this Forum will address what is currently taking place in the Valley and how we can move our communities toward sustainable solutions.

Everyone is invited! Bring a friend to the second Comox Valley Sustainability Forum, Wednesday, Sept 19 at 7 pm in the K’omoks Band Hall, 3330 Comox Rd, Courtenay.

Registration required. For free tickets, click here

Sustainability Forum Presentations – May 2018

With municipal elections coming in October this October, the first Comox Valley Sustainability Forum was designed to inform voters – and prospective candidates – about the creative work being spearheaded by local non-profits to find solutions to a variety of inter-related problems we face as a society, and to offer options for creating a more sustainable community.

All issues covered in the first Forum fall within the mandate of our local municipal councils – be it the Village of Cumberland, the Town of Comox, the city of Courtenay or the three electoral areas.

Click on the links below to access the presentations that were given at the first Sustainability Forum.  As a voter, you can use this information to ask pointed questions of local municipal candidates running for office this October.

If you’re a candidate, consider the thoughtful solutions that have been presented…and get in touch with the organizations for further details.

An Ecological Asset Approach to Sustainability – CV Conservation Partnership

Gleaning and Food Recovery Across the CVRD – Lush Valley

More Food in the Comox Valley – Mid Island Farmers Institute

Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness

Improving Air Quality in the Comox Valley – Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley

BC Energy Step Code, Program Options

Damming the Peace

An Evening with Wendy Holm, Agrologist and Author

The Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians welcomes agrologist and author Wendy Holm to Courtenay on Wednesday, July 11, to discuss her latest and critically acclaimed book, Damming the Peace – The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam.

In December 2017, the provincial government, in a decision that shocked many British Columbians, announced they would continue with the construction of Site C. This decision was reached despite the looming, unanswered questions regarding the estimated costs and the dubious long-term, economic viability of the project.

We need the power, of that there’s no mistake – unless you ignore the urgency of the climate crisis. We can find power elsewhere and we can do it without sacrificing nature and wildlife, without sacrificing farmland and without sacrificing the territorial right and cultural wealth of First Nations, writes author Holm.

Damming the Peace – The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam, includes Holm’s own critical observations and presents the independent voices of citizen experts who, after extensive research, describe the far-reaching impacts of the dam.

The book exposes potential links to the project that range from Site C’s role in Canada’s climate change strategy, natural gas extraction, and fracking, to continental water sharing and the role large projects play in the corruption of governments.

The on-going opposition by landowners, legal challenges by First Nations, cost over-runs and unstable geological conditions all indicate that the future of BC’s most expensive infrastructure project is, and should be, in question.

Site C is an economic white elephant … we do not need the Site C dam. It is time to close the project down, writes Holm in Damming the Peace. To continue will have devastating, irreversible consequences for all of us.

Prominent water activist and Honourary Chair of the Council of Canadians, Maude Barlow says of the book, “The fight to stop Site C is not over. Damming the Peace is our roadmap.”

Holm’s book tour to the Comox Valley, sponsored by the CV Council of Canadians will take place Wed., July 11, at 7:00 pm in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay. Holm is donating proceeds from the sale of Damming the Peace to the Nun Wa Dee Stewardship Society to support the legal costs of the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations.

She will be available to sign copies of her book before and after the event. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Wendy Holm is a professional agrologist (retired), an award-winning national columnist, a double Queen’s medalist, a distinguished UBC alumna, past president of the B.C. Institute of Agrologists and B.C. Agrologist of the Year in 2000. She provided expert testimony before the Joint Federal Provincial Panel on the agricultural impact of the Site C project.