Month: December 2017

The Broken Government: Site C and the State of the Arctic

The Broken Government: Site C and the State of the Arctic

The decisions we make reflect our values and our priorities.  The release of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) annual “Report Card on the Arctic”  last week has tremendous bearing on where our society’s ethos is taking us.  And that has even more bearing on what the greed and the incompetence of the BC Liberals under Christy Clark, and what the lies and fecklessness of the NDP over the Site C decision will mean for future generations of British Columbians – if we make it beyond 2100.  Personally speaking – that is increasingly doubtful, because we increasingly seem to elect the most shady and morally bankrupt individuals into office.  And I also think that the time for gentility is fleeting – it just leads to exploitation and abuse, as experience and now scholarly research shows.

Resolution time for B.C. politicians

Who could possibly have imagined what 2017 had in store for British Columbia twelve months ago?

We were all eye witnesses to a future political science seminar that left 87 MLAs sitting in the B.C. legislature where they didn’t quite expect to be sitting 12 months ago.

As it is every year at this time, a few New Year’s resolutions for B.C.’s political class to consider putting in their mix for 2018.

Community Created Agriculture Co-op for the Comox Valley

A group of concerned citizens is creating a food production co-operative in the Comox Valley. The Community Created Agriculture Co-op (CCAC) is in the process of acquiring a 56-Acre farm within city limits in Courtenay. In the next few months, we will be setting up the necessary infrastructure to facilitate production, processing, preservation, storage, and delivery of food in the Comox Valley. This includes the purchase of a farm where food can be produced or collected to be delivered to the 300 individuals or families that will participate in the CCAC Food Supply Program. The co-operative will own, house and maintain, farm equipment, cold storage, processing equipment, etc … for the use of the co-op members on a cost recovery basis.

Site C’s bill of goods carries a hefty price tag

Difficult to imagine them getting caught dead in the same room a few weeks ago, but to paraphrase William Shakespeare, “Site C acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

The list of supporters includes the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Allied Hydro Council, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, B.C. Building Trades, Christian Labour Association, the Progressive Contractors Association, MoveUp and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

It’s a veritable Site C love-in.

They all seem to think they’ve won something too, which is going to be fun to watch when the honeymoon is over.

Site C’s bill of goods carries a hefty price tag

Site C’s bill of goods carries a hefty price tag

Difficult to imagine them getting caught dead in the same room a few weeks ago, but to paraphrase William Shakespeare, “Site C acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

The list of supporters includes the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Allied Hydro Council, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, B.C. Building Trades, Christian Labour Association, the Progressive Contractors Association, MoveUp and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

It’s a veritable Site C love-in.

They all seem to think they’ve won something too, which is going to be fun to watch when the honeymoon is over.

OUR LIVES, WELL LIVED – Charles Brandt, at 94

OUR LIVES, WELL LIVED – Charles Brandt, at 94

Charles Brandt has turned 94 on Feb. 19th, 2017. Speaking about contemplation or to the local meditation group he facilitates, he often quotes his fellow monk Thich Nhat Hahn…

In 2019, Merville will be celebrating 100 years

In 2019, Merville will be celebrating 100 years

It looks like 2019 might be Party Time in Merville as that community will be celebrating its 100th Year birthday that year. It was in May, 1919, that the first meeting of the Merville settlers was held. These hardy folks were among those being given acreage by the Canadian government so that they could start farms and populate the far reaches of Canada. Merville was one such far flung area and there are still founding family members scattered about the region on productive farms.

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

A United Nations audit of the Paris Agreement on international efforts to curb emission of greenhouse gases found that even if signators keep their pledges the Earth will heat to at least three degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels by 2100.

We need independent local news

We need independent local news

Recently there has been a lot of public discussion regarding the December 12th issue of the Comox Valley Record.  Tuesday’s paper featured, what is known in the industry as, a ‘false front’.  It’s a paid advertising position that is featured on the first and last page of the paper.

Could Kus-kus-sum go coastal? (Decaf Nation)

Could Kus-kus-sum go coastal? (Decaf Nation)

Photo: A view of the Campbell River estuary as it was in 1989, before restoration. Courtesy of Tim Ennis   The importance of the planned restoration of the Fields Sawmill site may well go beyond repairing a blight on the Comox Valley’s image. It’s likely to...

Kensington Island Properties development moving forward in Union Bay

Kensington Island Properties development moving forward in Union Bay

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board approved revisions to the Kensington Island Properties Master Development Agreement (MDA) at a special board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12. Kensington Island Properties (KIP) is a proposed development within Union...

Early Bird Tickets for 27th World Community Film Fest

Early Bird Tickets for 27th World Community Film Fest

  Give a gift of  films and treat yourself to savings before Dec. 31st with Early Bird passes to the 27th World Community Film Festival to be held Feb. 2 and 3, 2018.  Over 30 of the most inspiring documentaries from Canada and abroad cover a myriad of social...

BC Report: Intractable Practical Questions

BC Report: Intractable Practical Questions

BC has changed governments, but the main problems and the environmental concerns that previous governments generated remain unchanged. Over the past seven months the NDP/Green coalition has moved to address concerns with the grizzly trophy hunt, and they have begun discussions towards a re-assessment of the “professional reliance” model. The larger questions, which are tied to the economic model and the future of the province’s energy needs regarding Site C and the Kinder Morgan pipeline, continue to be unresolved. They are part of a larger emerging global problem associated with climate change, and the growing concern with the impact of fossil fuels on the sustainability of the biosphere.