Kus-kus-sum: “Unpave a Parking Lot To Put up Paradise”

The Comox Valley Council of Canadians is excited to present an open house and information update on the biggest, most ambitious ‘re-wilding’ project ever undertaken in the Comox Valley.

Project Watershed (PW) and the K’ómoks First Nation share a dream to restore the old Fields Sawmill site on the Courtenay River to estuary salt-mash and riverside forest and in the process reconnect the river to the Hollyhock intertidal channels. The project site is named Kus-kus-sum in recognition of the historic First Nation village once located in the area.

Thursday, April 19, 7 pm in the Lower Native Sons Hall, Dan Bowen, Project Watershed Technical Director, will share the vision for the site’s future and highlight the project’s many benefits and historic significance to the Comox Valley.

“The aim of the Kus-kus-sum Project”, says Bowen, “is to restore the Courtenay River channel habitat back to its natural condition – we will ‘un-pave’ the sawmill parking lot and put up a paradise. This ambitious project will make the river and estuary a healthier place not only for fish and wildlife but for all of us.”

The evening’s agenda also includes an overview of past and current projects with an update on Project Watershed’s latest initiatives. You’ll enjoy informal discussions with directors and volunteers and the opportunity to view displays that focus on the varied services Project Watershed provides the community.

In support of Kus-kus-sum, beautiful art cards and posters, chocolate bars, colourful shopping bags and raffle tickets will be for sale. Donations will be accepted at the door. “Every purchase, every donation gets us closer to transforming the eyesore in the heart of our Valley into functioning habitat,” states PW director, Bill Heidrick.

The 2017 recipient of the Chapter’s annual Community Action Award, Project Watershed’s mission as a local, non-profit environmental organization is “to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information and action”.

Everyone is invited on Thursday, April 19 to the Lower Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, at 7 pm to enjoy an informative open house.

Site C: What Can You Do?

Did you miss the town hall on March 23 Site C: Is it a Done Deal?

Ken Boon of the Peace River Landowner Association and Steve Gray of the Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative left a strong message of hope that we must continue to fight against the unnecessary and destructive Site C project.

Here are some things you can do:

Write letters to the Premier, your MLA, members of Cabinet, the media. You can use this link for letter writing points and contact information.

Talk to your friends and colleagues about the issue.

Some links for further information:

To join the Comox Valley Islanders for the Peace and receive alerts of further actions/event, email comoxvalleyiftp@gmail.com

Peace Valley Landowner Association is asking for our help in paying the bills accumulated during the BCUC process. For further information and ways to donate www.peacevalleyland.com

Fundraising site for the Yellow Stakes campaign        www.stakeinthepeace.com

Information on the injunction and civil cases brought by the West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation      www.sagelegal.ca

Information from the Site C Summit in Victoria, links to videos, presenters’ overheads, working group reports      www.sitecsummit.ca

To join the Site C Summit email list for follow-up news and actions, send an email request to sitecsummit@gmail.com

To join Ken Boon’s Site C-related media updates list, send an email request to Ken at pvla@xplornet.com

The Rolling Justice Bus is on Facebook

Site C: Is It a Done Deal?

Town Hall Meeting to Examine the Site C Decision

Our BC government has told us there is no choice but to proceed with the Site C Dam.

Many experts have challenged this decision arguing that cancelling Site C makes economic sense, as well as saving valuable agricultural land in the Peace River Valley, and honouring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Friday, March 23 at 7 pm, Islanders For The Peace and the local chapter of the Council of Canadians are hosting a Town Hall meeting at the K’omoks First Nation Band Hall on Dyke Road to offer the latest up-to-date information and analysis from people on the front lines of this crucial debate.

Speakers include Ken & Arlene Boon of the Peace River Landowners Association and Steve Gray, Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative.

This event will raise funds for the Treaty 8 legal challenge being put to the courts by the Moberly Lake and Prophet River First Nations as well as for the Peace River Landowners Association who have been fighting this project for many years.

The Comox Valley is the 3rd stop of the Justice For The Peace Island Tour. Other events on the Islands will take place in Duncan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Quadra Island and Salt Spring Island.

Silent auction items and services are gratefully accepted to help with raising funds.

For more information, please contact Sally at 250 337-8328.

Water All-Candidates Forum

In our Valley, water issues are often in the news. Whether it is extreme rain and tides, boiling our drinking water, or dealing with summer shortages, more and more we find that water is something we need to pay attention to.

This is why several local groups have invited our provincial political candidates to an all-candidates forum focused on water. The public is invited to attend and hear what our potential representatives have to say regarding their plans to address water-related challenges in the Valley and province-wide. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Water All-Candidates Forum will take place on May 2nd from 7:00 pm- 9:00 p.m at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.

Candidates confirmed to attend are Ronna-Rae Leonard from the BC NDP, Ernie Sellentin of the BC Green Party and Leah McCulloch of the BC Conservative Party. With the provincial election happening on May 9th, this will be the last chance to attend an all-candidates forum.

The event will encourage respectful dialogue. The moderator will be Bob Wells, a City of Courtenay Councillor who also serves on the Comox Valley Regional District Water Services Committee and the Drinking Watershed Advisory Group.

If specific questions are not answered during the main event, the candidates will be available subsequently to chat.

For more information contact info@cvconservationstrategy.org

This event is on Facebook and we welcome you to share it with your Facebook friends.

On behalf of the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and The Watershed Sentinel Magazine