LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection

More Than Just a Pipeline

Forum to explore LNG (Liquid Natural Gas), Fracking,

and the Comox Valley connection

February 27, 7 PM, Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

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Last Tuesday (February 5) the Comox Valley Regional District heard a presentation by Steelhead LNG.  Company representatives outlined a pipeline proposal that would see 1000 km of pipe constructed to carry gas from northern BC to Powell River, under the Salish Sea, and through either the Comox Valley or a more southerly point to an LNG export facility on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  The presentation made it clear that the project could have considerable impact on the Comox Valley and our sister communities along the Salish Sea and the Alberni Inlet.

On February 27, the public is invited to a forum discussion on why this is project involves more than just a pipeline. Five presenters will speak about  “LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection.”

Smithers resident Michael Sawyer has spent decades as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector in Alberta, and will speak about the upstream effects of LNG projects (including LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink pipeline slated to supply it), as well as the life-cycle costs to the public of such projects.

Richard Wright, Wilps Luutkudziiwus is the Spokesperson from Madii Lii Centre in Gitxsan territory in northern BC.  He will discuss the Indigenous rights context surrounding extractive projects, including issues with current federal and provincial approval processes, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Well-known journalist and filmmaker Damien Gillis will speak to the impact of fracking  (hydraulic fracturing) on land and water.

Bernadette and Keith Wyton of the Barkley Sound Alliance will focus on the project’s impact at its end-point at the Kwispaa LNG export facility. They will speak about the protections in place and opposition to the proposal.

The forum is open to all and will take place from 7-9 pm in the Conference Room of the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue in Courtenay. It is co-hosted by the Watershed Sentinel magazine, the Council of Canadians – Comox Valley Chapter, and the Glasswaters Foundation.

For more information contact Alice de Wolff, alicedewolff@gmail.com  or Delores Broten, 250-339-6117, delores@watershedsentinel.ca

Further reading:

Comox Valley Council of Canadians AGM

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

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.