Book Tour for Joyce Nelson’s “Beyond Banksters”

“Always cutting edge, writer Joyce Nelson has penned a chilling dissection of the hidden-in-plain-view takeover of Canada by a global economic elite and their Banksters… Unfortunately, this is not fiction but reality, the sober blunt truth that politicians and the mainstream media spin and hide.“ John Stauber, author of Toxic Sludge is Good for You

The BC/Yukon Council of Canadians is excited to be organizing a book tour for the end of September with Joyce Nelson, author of Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.

In support of this highly anticipated tour, the Chapters need your assistance purchasing the airplane ticket from Ontario. Should you have Airmiles you would like to donate for this purpose, please contact the Comox Valley Chapter: cvcouncilofcanadians@gmail.com or call Kathie Woodley: (250) 334-4608.

There is exciting news regarding the book tour. In addition to Nelson discussing her recent publication, Beyond Banksters, she will be reading exclusive excerpts from her upcoming book slated for release this winter, in which she provides an update on the resistance around the world to issues outlined in Beyond Banksters.

Published by Watershed Sentinel Books in the Comox Valley, copies of Beyond Banksters can be ordered at here. There is also a short video about the book.

Author Joyce Nelson will be in the Comox Valley on Wednesday, September 27 – 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre.

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Meeting with MP Gord Johns

On July 7, 2017, the Comox Valley Chapter met with MP Gord Johns, Courtenay – Alberni, to present him with a copy of Maude Barlow’s “Boiling Point” and to discuss the Navigation Protection Act. We were fortunate to have him joined by MP Guy Caron, Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques, and leadership candidate for the federal NDP.

Both MPs were concerned about the disappointing recommendations from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on the Navigable Waters Act. They promised that their party would critique the government’s response, and that they would be certain that their critic Robert Aubin (Standing Committee Co-Chair) knew about our meeting.

MP Johns already had the book, told us that he was a “fan” of Maude’s and had been to a number of her events in Ottawa. MP Caron is a past staff member of the Council of Canadians, was very familiar with our materials, and said he was pleased to receive a copy of the book.

Caron suggested that Johns could consider preparing a private members bill (PMB) that would bring all the waters in the riding into the Navigable Waters Act. While a PMB may not actually get on the legislative agenda, it would make it possible for Johns to receive petitions about it and to raise awareness of the issue in Ottawa. The NDP apparently has a template for a PMB for the Navigable Waters Act. MP Johns asked that we and other Council supporters in this riding assist him in preparing this legislation.

Johns also asked that we support a Bill he is developing that would begin to regulate plastics dumping and clean up the oceans. He is working on legislation that would require a fee be levied at each harbour on all tankers carrying plastics, and then direct that fee to a program for ocean and shore clean up. He has asked that we be part of a consultation he intends to hold in the fall.

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

Take Action on Water!

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

Ban Fracking Now https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=31179

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:
Ernie.sellentin@greenpartybc.ca                                    Ronnarae.leonard@bcndp.ca
info@leahmcculloch.ca                                                   jim.benninger@bcliberals.com

Voters in the Mid-Island-Pacific Rim Riding should contact:
darren.deluca@bcliberals.com                                      alicia.larue@bcgreens.ca
scott.fraser@bcndp.ca

Write letters to the editor of your local paper: editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Be sure to exercise your right to vote!

Water Questions for All Candidates

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.

A Stronger Water Sustainability Act

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: 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.

REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS HERE

Improving Seniors’ Care in BC

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.

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.

Send a message to the new Minister of Democratic Institutions

make-every-vote-countMP Karina Gould of Burlington is the new Minister of Democratic Institutions.

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