A small but determined group of activists braved the wind and rain today to send the message that we stand with Standing Rock and say NO to Kinder Morgan. Thanks for the honks and waves of support from so many vehicles passing by!
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.
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Liquefied Fracked Gas: Risky Economic and Ecological Business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE2ND6CTIek&feature=youtu.be
The BC government has made extravagant claims about the benefits to British Columbians regarding LNG development – but were they just election promises? Realistically, how many jobs will be created? The lower global prices, an increased supply of natural gas on the market, and a tax and royalty regime that has been roundly criticized for favouring industry, will there be any significant economic benefits for British Columbians? What will the consequences be for our environment and for Canada’s climate change commitments? How does the Site C dam fit into the picture? What are the effects of fracking on our fresh water supplies?
Thanks to Kayla McDonald Video Productions and Chris Smith of Heavyset Media for donating their time, equipment and expertise to the Comox Valley Council of Canadians in the making of this video.
We welcome you to join in the AGM as we share the Chapter’s news and updates in a review 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, 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.
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
The recent approval of the massive Pacific Northwest LNG project has intensified debate about BC’s economic and environmental future.
The BC government has made extravagant claims about the benefits to British Columbians regarding LNG development – but were they just election promises?
Realistically, how many jobs will be created?
The lower global prices, an increased supply of natural gas on the market, and a tax and royalty regime that has been roundly criticized for favouring industry, will there be any significant economic benefits for British Columbians?
What will the consequences be for our environment and for Canada’s climate change commitments?
How does the Site C dam fit into the picture?
What are the effects of fracking on our fresh water supplies?
These are some of the questions that will be answered at the Comox Valley Council of Canadians town hall, Liquefied Fracked Gas: Risky Economic and Ecological Business, Thursday, October 27, 7 pm in the Rotary Room of the Florence Filberg Centre. Continue reading
Each year at our Holiday Potluck Dinner, the Comox Valley Chapter presents the Community Action Award to a person or group in the Valley.
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 email@example.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