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Question: An iconic symbol of Canadiana, which animal attained official status as a national emblem on March 24, 1975?
To help get in the spirit of Canada Day and Canada’s 150th birthday celebration, the Comox Valley Council of Canadians is hosting their 11th annual Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night. This highly anticipated event is taking place Saturday, June 10, in the Rotary Hall of Courtenay’s Filberg Center – 411 Anderton Road. Doors open 6:00 pm with a 7:00 pm start.
The Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night is the perfect time for lovers of laughter, amusing facts and collectors of Canadian trivia to gather some brilliant (or otherwise) buddies, and prepare for a rousing, action-packed, trivia showdown of Canuck wisdom!
“Quizmaster Michael Walton has been gathering trivia questions that are guaranteed to challenge the wits of our most patriotic Canucks,” says Kathie Woodley, one of the event’s organizers. “We always enjoy an entertaining evening filled with laughter – and a few moans and groans – as we test our knowledge of all things that make us uniquely Canadian.”
The ‘only in Canada’ trivia questions will cover a range of topics, vary in degrees of difficulty, and as always, hold a few surprises. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of our country’s diverse history in an entertaining way,” says quizmaster Walton, “while also raising funds for the important work of the CV Council of Canadians.”
The evening also features a 50/50 draw, with proceeds donated to the Comox Bay Care Society Care-a-van, a non-profit, community funded mobile health unit.
A raffle, door prizes, refreshments and a delicious menu that includes Catherine Bell’s famous carrot cake round out the fun and fundraising of the Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night.
Whatever your current level of Canadiana expertise, this is a great chance to test your knowledge and challenge your recollection of Canada’s rich arts, cultural, sports and social history in an exhilarating community event.
Individual quizzers and teams of eight must pre-register by June 2 with Kathie Woodley at: (250) 334-4608 or: firstname.lastname@example.org. $12 per person includes a ticket for a chance to win one of the many door prizes. Saturday, June 10 at the Rotary Hall – Filberg Center, Courtenay – 411 Anderton Road. Door 6 pm, 7 pm start time.
Answer: the beaver
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.
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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
3 petitions you can sign:
Stop Nestles Water Grab https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=59428
Strengthen the BC Water Sustainability Act – Protect Community Water https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=46959
Send your Letter Now: Though the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) delivers some gains and positive steps forward, it falls short of what it must do to put the needs of communities ahead of private interests, corporations and industries, and to protect the health and vitality of our precious BC waters.
The Chapter has put together a list of points to assist you in writing your letter. https://cvcofcanadians.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/a-stronger-water-sustainability-act/
Your Election Guide to Water Issues in B.C. http://canadians.org/blog/your-election-guide-water-issues-bc
Ensure that ALL candidates in your riding are aware of the issues that matter to you. Voters in the Courtenay-Comox Riding should contact:
Write letters to the editor of your local paper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to exercise your right to vote!
BC Election May 9, 2017
1. The Water Sustainability Act establishes a legal basis for watershed planning on private and Crown Land, yet these provisions have not been implemented. Is your party prepared to take actions that will ensure that clean water in community watersheds takes priority over other land uses?
Specifically, in 2018 will your party implement:
a) regulations that protect water for nature, i.e. quality and flow(quantity)
b) rigorous and transparent monitoring of water quality and quantity – with a significant funding increase in budget 2018
c) systems to gather and monitor baseline information: map B.C.’s aquifers and watershed ecological and hydrologic formations – with funding in budget 2018
d) a phase out of bottled water takings in B.C and a review of commercial water use pricing
e) immediate, meaningful co-governance with First Nations, local governments, and NGOs
f) effective support for local governance for Comox Valley Watershed planning and conservation.
2. How would you uphold government’s obligation to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) from Indigenous communities on decisions affecting water under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
3. Will you support a moratorium on fossil fuel and coal tanker traffic along the entire West Coast?
4. Will you oppose any measures in trade agreements that promote the privatization of water services: in CETA, the new NAFTA, agreements with China and India?
5. Will you place a moratorium on fracking to protect communities and watersheds from the devastating damage it causes?
6. Will you suspend and stop construction of the Site C Dam? Instead will you invest in the many new, truly clean energy alternatives, such as wind, solar and geothermal that could be built on an as-needed basis and for far less money than Site C?
7. Will you amend or repeal the Private Managed Forest Lands Act to bring regulation of private forests in line with the Act that regulates forestry on Crown Lands?
** Questions compiled from Water Leaders Alliance, Cowichan North Watershed Conservation Group: and the Council of Canadians.
With the provincial election less than two months away, now is the time to do all we can to protect our BC waters with a stronger Water Sustainability Act (WSA).
Though the WSA delivers some gains and positive steps forward, it falls short of what it has to do to put the needs of communities ahead of private interests, corporations and industries and to protect the health and vitality of our BC waters.
Use the link to find letter writing points and contact information for your letter on how to protect BC’s water with a stronger Water Sustainability Act
Water is one of the most important issues facing our times. Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, passionate water rights activist and award winning author, will be in B.C. to discuss her latest book, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis. Speaking in Courtenay on April 6 at the Filberg Centre, she is joined by Vancouver Island water advocates, David Stapley and Coree Tull who will highlight the issues we face here in the Comox Valley and in our province.
This public forum is extremely relevant as we head into the May 9 provincial election. Topics of discussion will include Site C dam, the BC Water Sustainability Act, watershed health, Kinder Morgan pipeline, bottled water takings, fracking and the repercussions of international trade agreements including NAFTA.
Author of 18 books, proud recipient of 14 honorary doctorates, Barlow served as Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations General Assembly and was a key leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the United Nations.
“Water is life, and this is what drives me every day,” says Coree Tull, Organizing Director for Freshwater Alliance and second guest presenter at the evening’s Public Forum. “It’s time for world class protection of waters in BC.”
“Right now, with the provincial election less than 2 months away there is a unique and important opportunity for British Columbians to shift the public discourse about freshwater protection and pressure the Government to add stronger regulations to the Water Sustainability Act (WSA),” states Tull.
Joining the panel is well-known local water advocate David Stapley, Program Manager with the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership. He will speak to watershed conditions, local boil water advisories, and approaches to address source drinking water quality and quantity issues for the Comox Lake Watershed.
The evening will open with the Kumugwe Dancers and close with Tina Filippino, song leader of Letz Sing. Copies of Boiling Point will be for sale and The Comox Valley Council of Canadians are hosting a special book signing opportunity with Barlow.
One of the world’s foremost water activists, Barlow has been on the front lines of the world’s water sustainability crisis for the past 20 years. On April 6 from 7-9 pm in the Conference Hall of Courtenay’s Florence Filberg Centre, she brings her wealth of experience and expertise to the Comox Valley, inviting us to take action to build a water-secure future that encompasses water restoration, conservation and protection.
The Council of Canadians, co-sponsoring the event with Freshwater Alliance, CV Conservation Partnership and CV Global Awareness Network welcomes you to join Barlow in what promises to be a compelling Public Forum.
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The recent sale of Retirement Concepts’ chain of seniors’ care facilities across Canada to foreign multinational Anbang Insurance has raised red flags for many.
The lack of public process and the speed at which both the federal and provincial governments made their decision is disappointing, considering the serious implications for the level of care provided to seniors in this country.
If, in the future, Canada or the provinces decided to put stronger regulations in place (e.g., stricter training requirements, staffing levels or standards of care in retirement homes), “trade” deals that have been negotiated could allow foreign companies like Anbang to sue Canada for loss of anticipated profits.
We need publicly funded and delivered home and community care, not facilities whose primary purpose is to make a profit.
Use this link to find letter writing points and contact information to advocate for better seniors’ care.
On May 9, British Columbians head to the polls to elect a government that reflects their values. Now is the time, with the election approaching, to make local candidates and their political parties aware of the issues that matter to you, their constituents.
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians invites you to an informative Town Hall on Wednesday, March 15, 7pm, at the Evergreen Seniors Lounge, where a panel of guest speakers will discuss health care issues and changes that could improve our system.
Topics will range from the highly criticized MSP premium being paid by British Columbians to the long wait times, home care and assisted living services. A question and answer period follows the panel’s presentation.
Although the BC Liberal government recently announced a reduction in MSP premiums as part of their 2017 budget, the fee is still a tax that unfairly impacts individuals and families on lower incomes.
Wait times in BC for “elective” surgeries, including joint replacements and cataracts, are some of the longest in Canada. Research reviews show there are public health care solutions that successfully reduce wait times – however, strong leadership from the provincial government is needed to implement these solutions.
Curtailed home care and assisted living services have more BC seniors waiting for residential care than ever before. In addition to the shortage of approximately 6000 long term care beds, 9 out of 10 BC facilities are not meeting the province’s own staffing guidelines.
This election it is imperative that BC’s political parties include strong public health care solutions in their platforms. We can make this happen.
Join us Wednesday, March 15 – 7pm in the Evergreen Seniors Lounge, Florence Filberg Centre – 411 Anderton Ave. Courtenay, as the panel discusses solutions for change and how to improve health care for everyone in BC, not just the few who can afford to pay extra for care.
Although Ms Gould has in the past expressed support for replacing Canada’s first-past-the-post voting system, since her new appointment, she has remained non-commital.
Send a message to Minister Gould. Let her know that proportional representation is important to you and that you are committed to holding the government accountable for its campaign promise of electoral reform. Click here for letter writing points and contact information.letter-to-minister-gould
1. We protect Canada’s water and start with re-instating the water laws gutted by the Harper government.
2. We stop building pipelines and start to move away from our dependence on extreme energy, tar sands oil and fracking.
3. We tax corporations at the pre-Harper level and go after offshore tax havens. This would free up badly needed billions.
4. We stop equating corporate-dominated trade agreements with “openness to the world” and negotiate trade that serves the people.
5. We create a national pharmacare program (remembering that CETA and TPP would prevent this crucial next step in health for all).
6. We continue to build alliances with organized labour and support workers against globalization and unjust practices everywhere.
7. We recognize, honour and defend the leadership shown by First Nations in the fight for environmental and social justice.
8. We promise to protect the public trust and not allow public assets such as water services to be sold to the private sector.
9. We bring the rule of law to Canadian mining companies behaving terribly in some countries of the global South.
10. We remember in all our foreign policy that peace can only come if accompanied by justice. May we serve that goal always.
Maude Barlow – Chairperson, Council of Canadians
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians, at their annual Holiday Potluck dinner held on Dec. 9, were pleased to present the Chapter’s 2016 Community Action Award to locally-based community advocates Janet Fairbanks and Wayne Bradley.
“Both Fairbanks and Bradley are well-known political and environmental activists who have successfully raised the profile of the Comox Valley as a socially conscious community throughout BC,” notes Chapter member, Linda Safford.
Leaders and founders of the World Community Development and Education Society, Fairbanks and Bradley are the key organizers of the ground-breaking World Community Film Festival, now in its 26th year. This flagship event, and BC’s longest running social justice documentary film festival, continues to grow and attract concerned citizens and activists from across Vancouver Island, our province and far beyond. Strong community advocates, Fairbanks and Bradley are constantly working to foster a greater awareness through education to the social, economic and environmental consequences our actions generate not only at home, but to those around the world.
“They are always looking for community-based development opportunities in support of their vision for a more just and sustainable world,” says Safford.
The Chapter presents their Community Action Award to the group or individual who has, throughout the course of the year, actively demonstrated progressive action in the community. Groups previously recognized with the prestigious award include Walking with our Sisters, Coal Watch, Water Watch and Dawn to Dawn.