Rally Postponed

In 2015, Blueberry River First Nation (BRFN) commenced a significant treaty infringement claim against the Province of BC. BRFN claims that the Province is in breach of its obligation under Treaty 8, due to the cumulative impacts of development in BRFN’s traditional territory.

The trial in BC Supreme Court that was scheduled to begin on March 26 has been postponed to April 9.

The rally that was planned at the Courtenay Courthouse on March 26 has been postponed. Further information soon.


Site C: Is It a Done Deal?

Town Hall Meeting to Examine the Site C Decision

Our BC government has told us there is no choice but to proceed with the Site C Dam.

Many experts have challenged this decision arguing that cancelling Site C makes economic sense, as well as saving valuable agricultural land in the Peace River Valley, and honouring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Friday, March 23 at 7 pm, Islanders For The Peace and the local chapter of the Council of Canadians are hosting a Town Hall meeting at the K’omoks First Nation Band Hall on Dyke Road to offer the latest up-to-date information and analysis from people on the front lines of this crucial debate.

Speakers include Ken & Arlene Boon of the Peace River Landowners Association and Steve Gray, Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative.

This event will raise funds for the Treaty 8 legal challenge being put to the courts by the Moberly Lake and Prophet River First Nations as well as for the Peace River Landowners Association who have been fighting this project for many years.

The Comox Valley is the 3rd stop of the Justice For The Peace Island Tour. Other events on the Islands will take place in Duncan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Quadra Island and Salt Spring Island.

Silent auction items and services are gratefully accepted to help with raising funds.

For more information, please contact Sally at 250 337-8328.

Site C Decision

Many British Columbians are deeply disappointed with the government’s controversial decision to proceed with the Site C dam. We can not remain silent! It is imperative our voices are heard and that we continue to let Premier Horgan, members of the cabinet and our MLA know how we feel about their resolve to continue with this mega project.

What can you do?

1.Choose one or more of the points about the Site C decision to write a letter – handwritten, snail-mail letters are most effective. Your letter doesn’t need to be long – Andrew Nikiforuk suggests writing one a week.

2.Friday, March 23 – Mark this date on your calendar and come to the townhall and fundraising event to learn more Site C: Is It a Done Deal? 7 pm, K’omoks Band Hall

3.Monday, March 26 – Join the rally! Come to the Courtenay court house lawn at 10 am to support the Blueberry River First Nations in their treaty infringement claim that


Make Every Vote Count!

March 14th 7 – 9 pm  (Doors open at 6:30)
Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC

Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth May(Member of Special Committee on Electoral Reform, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands)
Rachel Blaney(MP North Island-Powell River)
Barb Berger (Fair Vote BC)
Sheldon Falk (BC Federation of Students, NISU)

For free tickets click here

Come and find out how you can get involved in the Fair Vote Comox Valley campaign.

FMI: fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com


Update on Fish Farm Opposition

FN’S Government to Provincial Government
The Chiefs of 5 First Nations from the Broughton Archipelago will meet Premier John Horgan and other provincial Ministers on January 30th in Vancouver. The purpose of this meeting is for the BC government to indicate how it will respond to the First Nations’ demands to not renew fish farm licenses on their territories when they come up for renewal in June.

Federal Government
• DFO is proposing to download responsibility for farmed salmon inspection to Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has no mandate to protect wild fish.
• DFO’s conflict of interest – it can not, or will not protect the industry and wild salmon at the same time.
• Bill C262, NDP Bill to make all Canadian laws consistent with UNDRIP, is in second reading in Parliament. Liberals have indicated they will support it. Vote is in March 2018.

‘Namgis, Swanson Island Camp
• Issued eviction notices to Marine Harvest on January 20th.
• Chief Ernest Alfred observing a Swanson farm and occupying a camp on Swanson.

Musgamagw Dzawada’enxw, Midsummer Island Cedar Camp
• Monitoring 18 farms in their territory for re-stocking.
• Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale observing farms and occupying Cedar camp on Midsummer.

Matriarch Camp, Victoria
• Tsastiqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green were arrested on January 18, later released until their court date in Victoria on February 19.
• The camp will be moved to another location, details tba. Continue reading


MSP Fee Replacement Solutions

This month, the NDP Government fulfilled one of its pre-election promises by cutting MSP fees by 50%, with a promise of eliminating them completely within four years.

Currently, the MSP fee is a “flat” fee (ie same rate paid by everyone) and disproportionately affects working class British Columbians. B.C. is the only province in the country that relies on a flat fee to raise revenue for health care.

While cutting MSP fees is a great step, revenue is necessary to pay for essential health care services and other programs–and ideally that would be raised through the tax system.

It is imperative that the government receives significant support for the idea of replacing revenues through the tax system. Big business and anti-tax advocates will be sure to lobby the government for not replacing revenues through progressive means.

Please send a submission to the MSP Task Force by January 31, 2018 at 4 pm. You can modify or use this MSP Word Activist letter. Further information is available in the BC Health Coalition’s submission to the Task Force.

The Task Force’s final report to government is due by March 31, 2018.

Please also use the email tool on the BC Health Coalition website and share it with your friends.