Presentations from the 2nd Sustainability Forum

The 2nd Sustainability Forum on Sept 19 continued the conversation about how we might find solutions to some of the inter-related problems we face as a society – and how we might create a more sustainable Comox Valley.

All issues covered in the 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 this Sustainability Forum. As a voter, you can use this information to ask pointed questions of local municipal candidates running for office this October. You can also check out the questions that have been submitted by presenters at the two forums that can be asked of candidates for local office.

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

Dr Charmaine Enns has been the Comox Valley’s public health doctor for the past 15 years. She is passionate about improving the health of populations and communities. Check out her powerpoint Health Impact on the role of local governments in advancing population health.

Mary Beil is a Councillor with the City of Parksville with an interest in sustainability issues. She successfully brought forth the motion to take steps to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags at point of sale. Watch her powerpoint presentation on the plastic bag ban process .

Amber Zirnhelt is the City of Campbell River’s Long Range Planning and Sustainability Manager and helped to guide that city through the year-long process to develop a Sustainable Official Community Plan. Her overview of Campbell River’s sustainability plans and initiatives highlights climate action and adaptation initiatives, green buildings and building energy efficiency, waste reduction and urban agriculture.

For More Information

Links from Sept 19 Sustainability Forum

Powerpoint presentations from the first Sustainability Forum

Sandra Hamilton and social procurement
Are We Buying the Future We Want?
Island and Sunshine Coast Communities Creating Community Benefit Hub
Aligning Public Procurement in Canada with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

City of Campbell River’s Sustainable Official Community Plan

Climate Change

Towards a More Sustainable Comox Valley

Questions for Candidates in the 2018 Municipal Election

In May and in September, Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Comox Valley Global Awareness Network and Imagine Comox Valley hosted two Sustainability Forums; forums whose goal it was to bring attention to key issues relevant in the upcoming election.

Click candidate questions to find questions provided by speakers from both Forums which you might ask candidates running for election in your municipality. For a detailed outline of  issues from the first Forum, please review the powerpoints here.

Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy

1: Housing
Ensure a diversity of housing options to meet evolving demographics and needs.

2: Ecosystems, Natural Areas and Parks
Protect, steward and enhance the natural environment and ecological connections and systems.

3: Local Economic Development
Achieve a sustainable, resilient and dynamic local economy that supports Comox Valley businesses and the region’s entrepreneurial spirit.

4: Transportation
Develop an accessible, efficient and affordable multi-modal transportation network that connects Core Settlement Areas and designated Town Centres and links the Comox Valley to neighbouring communities and regions.

5: Infrastructure
Provide affordable, effective and efficient services and infrastructure that conserves land, water and energy resources.

6: Food Systems
Support and enhance the agricultural and aquaculture sectors and increase local food security.

7: Public Health and Safety
Support a high quality of life through the protection and enhancement of community health, safety and well-being.

8: Climate Change
Minimize regional greenhouse gas emissions and plan for adaptation.

For more information, click here