Comox Valley Council of Canadians AGM

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A Call to Council
A Critical Time to Come Together to Talk About Our Collective Impact

Comox Valley Council of Canadians – Call To Council

AGM & Community Activist Award

Thursday, November 22 – 7:00 pm Evergreen Lounge,

Filberg Centre 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay

The Chapter is extending an invitation to CV Council of Canadian supporters to come together as concerned activists and join in an open discussion to strengthen, energize and focus our vision to move forward at this crucial time in history.

Our climate and earth are under siege. The recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says the next 12 years are crucial to holding the lifeline. 

Comox Valley has new municipal councillors and regional directors. How do we collaborate so our communities thrive and achieve sustainability?

Fresh water, oceans and wildlife need protection yet there are few mechanisms in place that make this possible. Provincially, nationally and globally the inequalities of wealth, and access to housing, nutrition and health care continues to grow. 

It is time to stop spending taxes opposing the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Populations are fleeing fires, floods, drought, hunger and thirst – symptoms creating climate refugees as never before. The rise of far right nationalism, immigration fears and closing of borders are growing concerns as world democracies become destabilized. 

How do we approach, handle and promote solutions to such overwhelming situations?

The goal of the AGM is to open the dialogue on how these issues relate to and can be addressed from the Comox Valley. We’ll discuss how the resources of the Council of Canadians can bring us together and focus our energies as we move forward into 2019.

Also, the highly anticipated 11th Annual Community Action Award will be presented this evening to an individual or group that has demonstrated progressive community action over the year and whose goals are consistent with those of the Council of Canadians.

We look forward to welcoming you!

A Presentation to Understanding the Referendum on Electoral Reform

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referendumBritish Columbians will be voting this fall, from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of all registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.

In view of the referendum being held on what voting system we should use the CV Council of Canadians is pleased to be hosting an information open house with Barb Berger, Chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley on Sat., Oct. 27 from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Rotary Hall at the Filberg Centre, Courtenay.

Our electoral system in BC is old. Like the rest of Canada, we inherited our first-past-the-post (FPTP) system from the United Kingdom. We didn’t choose it. It was chosen for us when BC joined Confederation in 1871.

With every FPTP election there is increased frustration from people knowing that their votes will not count and nor will their concerns be represented in the legislature. The push back from the public to be heard on issues that affect their lives and their communities continues to grow.

How can Proportional Representation help? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions and discuss the three PR choices on the ballot.

Also, Jamie Deith a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead us through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what we value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPPT or PR.

Fair Vote Comox Valley and the CV Council of Canadians recognizes the historic opportunity to adopt a system that works for all of us – one that is fair, inclusive and engages all voters.

This fall, with our mail-in ballot, British Columbians can decide to strengthen democracy by choosing an electoral system that allows us all to be heard no matter where we are on the political spectrum.

Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:30-3:30 pm.– doors open 1:00 pm. Rotary Room, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Rd, Courtenay. Donations at the door.

Your Values, Your Choice, Your Guide to the Referendum

COMOX VALLEY, BC –Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?

Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum, scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Barb Berger, chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley will be presenting an information session on the referendum and the reasons why there is a push for change. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of Proportional Representation. The presentation will also involve a closer examination of the voting systems that will be on the ballot.

On the bill as well is Jamie Deith, who has a background in systems design. He has had direct involvement with past referendums and is extremely knowledgeable about electoral systems. Deith has devised a questionnaire that allows participants to clarify whether they support FPTP or PR and rank the choices according to their answers.

As has been quoted by everyone on the spectrum of this debate, “Proportional Representation would be a fundamental change to our democracy.” What kind of democracy do you want to see?

The evening will be held at the United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox, on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The United Church expects a full house at the first-come first-seated presentation. Admission is by donation and baked goods will be available for purchase.

ACTION FOR OUR AQUIFERS

new- action for our aquifers

We currently manage groundwater with a blindfold on. We lack a full understanding of how much we have or how withdrawals affect the health of our surface rivers, lakes and streams. And yet, much like a bank account, we have to manage our groundwater wisely: we can’t withdraw more than what goes in. Otherwise, we could become the next California or Cape Town.

The community of Merville in Comox Valley on Vancouver Island relies on an aquifer for their drinking water. Impacts of climate change are already being felt by residents as water shortages become more common during summer droughts. Yet, a conditional water licence has been issued by the Province of BC to allow the extraction of up to 10,000 litres of freshwater per day for a commercial bottling operation. We wouldn’t make daily withdrawals from a bank account without knowing the balance. Why do this with our most precious asset, our freshwater?

K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) expressed disappointment that the Province did not properly consult, and has come out in strong opposition to the water extraction licence. Community members are concerned that cumulative impacts to the aquifer and surface water flows are not adequately known, or accounted for as part of the licensing process. Residents haven’t had access to an aquifer study that was done in support of the Province’s approval.

It is time for British Columbia to take the lead in showing transparency and accountability in protecting our aquifers, rivers and lakes. Send your letter below to show you stand in solidarity with the community of Merville and K’ómoks First Nations. Together we have the power to defend our shared waters.

Please consider visiting the Our Water BC website for information on sending a letter to the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development here.

Send a letter today!