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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.
About 100 people showed up November 21 by Lewis Park in Courtenay as part of a national day of action in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline project. The Comox Valley Chapter was there to send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau that we want him to honour his climate commitments, respect indigenous rights and invest in sustainable energy projects.
A new poll conducted by Insights West, sponsored by readers of DeSmog Canada, found that 73 per cent of British Columbians support sending the Site C dam for an independent review of both costs and demand, as recommended by the Joint Review Panel in its 2014 report.
Seven in 10 respondents supported pausing construction of Site C to investigate alternatives to meet future power demand. http://www.desmog.ca/2016/11/16/video-70-british-columbians-support-pausing-site-c-dam-construction-poll
It’s not too late to stop this project! Use the letter writing points and contact info in the link below to tell the BC and the federal government to put Site C on pause. site-c
If you’re interested in joining us in our work to protect water and strengthen public health care, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a wide-reaching trade agreement between Canada, the U.S., Mexico and nine other Pacific Rim countries. It was negotiated in secret by the Harper government.
Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to listen to Canadians’ concerns about the TPP and act on what he hears. The window for the public to send briefs has been extended to January 27, 2017 – so we need to keep the pressure on!
After years of secret talks where only cleared advisors and lobbyists were consulted – with no input from Parliament, civil society organizations, or people like you – a full democratic accounting of this far-reaching deal is long overdue.
If the TPP is ratified corporations will have unprecedented privilege and power. And it will directly affect you, your family, your community and the future of Canada.
To read the Comox Valley Chapter’s submission to the TPP consultation process, click tpp-submission
For more information about submitting a brief – or for points to include in a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, click here.