Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley is hosting a public forum on air quality in the Comox Valley.

“It’s been over two and a half years since there was a public meeting on air quality in the Comox Valley,” said Jennell Ellis, a volunteer with the local citizen’s group, Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley. “Since then the issue has gained a lot more attention, and the number of people concerned has grown significantly, so we wanted to provide an opportunity for everyone to come and learn, in a respectful forum, about the scope of the problem and possible solutions.”

Three speakers are scheduled to share information on air quality. The first topic on the health impacts of wood smoke, will be presented by Dr. Charmaine Enns, Island Health’s Medical Officer for our region.  She will highlight what we know about how fine particulates and other components of wood smoke can harm our health.

The second presenter, Earle Plain, Air Quality Meteorologist for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, will share information on what we know about air quality in the Comox Valley.  In addition to talking about ongoing monitoring data from the Courtenay station, Plain will talk about some of the studies that have been done in the area over the last few years.

Jennell Ellis is the third speaker. She will share ideas on how our air quality can be improved, ranging from individual to local and provincial government approaches.

The event starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14th in Courtenay’s Florence Filberg Centre. More information is available on


Additional Background information

Information on Wood Smoke

Information on Courtenay/Comox air quality

Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley