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.

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.

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.