2017 AGM with Keynote Speaker

It has been another busy year for the Comox Valley Council of Canadians. On Thursday, Nov. 23, the Chapter invites you to attend their 2017 AGM and presentation Proportional Representation Gives Every Voter a Voice!

The evening will begin with the Chapter’s news and updates on their various campaigns and activities, in what has been an exciting year. We will also present our Community Action Award for 2017.

Keynote speaker Terry Dance-Bennink, chair of Fair Vote Canada-BC, will address how, by moving forward with proportional representation (PR), we can make sure every British Columbian’s vote counts.

“B.C. is a vast and diverse province and people want to know their values are being represented in the legislature,” says Barb Berger, member of the CV Chapter. “Canada is one of the last Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries yet to adopt a proportional voting system. It’s time we take this important step to bring our democracy into the 21st century.”

“We may just get our chance,” says Dance-Bennink, “when BC holds its referendum on PR next fall. With PR, parties will no longer be able to rely on ‘safe’ seats during an election.”

Dance-Bennick will highlight why we need to change our voting system. She’ll also discuss the benefits of PR and lay out the Fair Vote campaign strategy to win the 2018 referendum.

The Chapter invites you to bring your questions to our highly regarded guest speaker. Let’s talk and grow the PR discussion!

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be an interesting and informative evening – bring a friend – Thursday, Nov. 23, Lower Native Sons Hall, Courtenay 7 p.m.

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Salmon Confidential: Solidarity and Fundraising Event

Salmon farms on the BC coast have catapulted to the top of the political agenda, as increasing controversy and pressure from wild salmon defenders now dominates the news. To support awareness at this critical juncture in BC coastal history, the Comox Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians will host an encore screening of the 2014 documentary Salmon Confidential on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.

The film was produced by Twyla Roscovich, the young BC filmmaker who died earlier this year in Campbell River. Her provocative film follows biologist and coastal icon Alexandra Morton as she tackles the multinational salmon farming industry and contests government science which maintains, despite her evidence to the contrary, that Atlantic salmon farming is safe for the ocean and our food supply.

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Community Action Award 2017

Each year the Comox Valley Chapter presents the Community Action Award to a person or group in the Valley.  This year we will be presenting the award at our AGM on November 23.

We would like to receive your nomination for this award. Include a short paragraph that gives:

  • the length of time the group or individual has been active
  • the Canadian values that have been demonstrated
  • the progressive action in the community

Send your nomination by November 10 to cvcouncilofcanadians@gmail.com

Past recipients of the Community Action Award are:
2007 – Valley Greens
2008 –Citizens for Quality Health Care
2009 – Food Not Bombs
2010 – Coal Watch
2011 – Water Watch
2012 – CV Seed Savers
2013 – Dawn to Dawn
2014 – Gwyn Frayne
2015 – Walking with Our Sisters K’ómoks
2016 – Janet Fairbanks and Wayne Bradley

 

 

What a Night!

“What was declared as Canada’s national sport by our first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald?

Just one of the 60 questions from Quiz Master Michael Walton that had participants scratching their heads and conferencing in whispers at the 11th annual Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night sponsored by the Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

The Chapter would like to thank the local businesses and individuals who generously donated door prizes and raffle prizes for the Comox Valley Council of Canadians’ 11th annual Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night: Quality Foods, Thrifty Foods, Dr. Chris Becir of Cumberland Dental Centre, Cristi Sacht of Elemental Energy Advisors, Comox Golf Club, Natural Pastures Cheese, Sure Copy, Dodge City Cycles, the Waverly Hotel & Pub, The Wandering Moose, Riders Pizza, Cumberland Brewing Company, Dark Side Chocolates,Seeds Food Market, Cumberland Village Bakery, the CV Farmers’ Market, Fiesta Greenhouses, Merville Organics, Tin Town Tacos, As you Like it Products and Catering, Dawn McRae of Custom Gourmet and the Filberg Summer Kitchen, Cori Sandler Pottery, Watershed Sentinel, Marusha Taylor, Jan Bruce and Theresa Mooney. Also to Bill Heidrick and Dan Bowen of Project Watershed for the K’omoks Estuary Walk, Dawn Copeman for the Cumberland walking tour and the Cumberland Museum & Archives. Their support is greatly appreciated!

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the great team at the Florence Filberg Centre who are a pleasure to work with and, as always, ensure every detail is attended to. The 11th Annual Trivia Night could not have happen without all the wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring the evening together. And lastly but not least, thank you to all the guests who made this fundraising event a great success with your participation, generosity and lightheartedness.

This annual fundraiser supports the Chapter’s work to promote positive social, economic and environmental change.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 12th Annual Oh Canada! Team Trivia Night.

Answer: cricket

 

Trivia Night Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday!

UPDATE May 28 – There’s still room for one more table…and individuals are needed by several tables. Registration info below.

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: cvcouncilofcanadians@gmail.com. $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

 

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

Water: A Public Forum with Maude Barlow

boiling point

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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Public Health Care: Solutions for Change

On May 9, British Columbians head to the polls to elect a government that reflects their i-heart-public-health-carevalues. 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.

2016 Community Action Award

Janet Fairbanks and Wayne Bradley recipients of 2016 Community Action Award

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.

 

CV Council of Canadians AGM and Chapter Chat

We welcome you to join in the AGM as we share the Chapter’s news and updates in a agmreview of our campaigns and activities over the past year. In addition, you’re invited to give input on areas in which the Chapter should move forward and the challenges that remain in front of us. With the provincial election just around the corner, now is the time to determine which issues we want the parties to address in their platforms. Continue reading

Author Yves Engler visits Comox Valley

propaganda_cover_for-catalogue_300_420_90Book signing and a Meet, Greet & Chat on his latest release: A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation

Author, Yves Engler, dubbed Canada’s Noam Chomsky and one of today’s most important voices on the Canadian Left, is the author of nine books and hundreds of enlightening articles.

Engler’s engagingly-written and latest book A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation highlights the dark sides of Canada’s real involvement in the world. His book reveals why most Canadians believe Canada is a force for good worldwide, despite its long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

Visiting Courtenay on Friday, Nov. 18, Laughing Oyster Bookstore (286 5th St. Courtenay) is hosting a book signing with Engler from 12-1pm.

Then a Meet, Greet & Chat with Engler, sponsored by the Chapter takes place at Cornerstone Café, 1:15–2:30pm, following his appearance at Laughing Oyster.

In A Propaganda System, Engler lays bare the links between corporations, government, media and academia, when it comes to establishing and maintaining Canada’s brutal foreign policy from helping to destabilize Haiti’s democratically elected government to backing the human rights-abusing Canadian-based mining companies.

A Propaganda System clearly exposes the facts that run in stark contrast to Canadians’ popular notion that we are a peace-loving country.

The Chapter welcomes you to join in a thought-provoking conversation with author Yves Engler Friday, Nov. 18 from 1:15 to 2:30 at Cornerstone Café – corner of 5th and Cliffe.

LFG Townhall Update

lfg-768x512The federal Liberal government’s recent approval of the massive Pacific Northwest LNG project poses a grave threat to one of the most important wild salmon habitats in Canada.

Aboriginal groups and SkeenaWild are preparing to launch a series of legal actions against the construction of this liquefaction facility off the Flora Bank where 80-90% of Skeena’s salmon and steelhead have their nurseries.

SkeenaWild and the Skeena Corridor Nations, a powerful group of hereditary leaders from Gitanyow, Lax Kw’alaams, Wet’suwet’en, Gitxsan, Takla, Lake Babine and Haida, are exploring all political and legal options to obtain long-term protection of the Skeena River estuary and the salmon run that forms the economic, social and cultural foundation of life in the area. Continue reading