In British Columbia, local government decision-making shapes the community it serves, whether that community is a village, town, city or electoral area.
The welfare and interests of the community’s future is promoted with a vision implemented through the adoption of policies and bylaws.
In the Comox Valley, the community and regional visions are reflected in the Official Community Plans and a Regional Growth Strategy.
To meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability, some communities’ short-term decisions are made in a reactive, chop and change manner. In the long run, this approach often fails to protect the municipality’s assets from damage and results in local government missing out on key partnerships and funding opportunities.
On the other hand, proactive municipal decision-making implements a clear, integrated, short and long-term planning strategy, designed specifically to meet the challenges of a community thoughtfully, efficiently and effectively.
BC municipal elections take place October 20, 2018.
On Thursday, May 24, CV Global Awareness Network, the CV Council of Canadians and Imagine Comox Valley invite you to a Sustainability Forum, where voters will have an opportunity to hear more about the possibility of reaching sustainable solutions to current local issues and problems.
The evening will begin with an introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, followed with an overview of the goals outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy and Official Community Plans and why these matter to the well-being of our Comox Valley communities.
Five local speakers will present information on a range of issues from valuing eco-assets, food security and air quality, to increasing energy efficiency in new construction and ending homelessness. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.
Whether you are a voter who wants to support candidates who will take a proactive approach to enacting sustainable policies and programs or if you are considering running as a candidate in the 2018 municipal election – this Forum will address what is currently taking place in the Valley and how we can move toward sustainable solutions for our community.
Everyone is invited to attend the Comox Valley Sustainability Forum at 7 pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.
For free tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/comox-valley-sustainability-forum-tickets-44341476550?aff=es2. Or call 778 992 0102.Kathie Woodley