Month: September 2018

On October 20th, Vote for a Food Secure Comox Valley

On October 20th, Vote for a Food Secure Comox Valley

Are you concerned about issues related to community food security, poverty, health, local food, urban agriculture, and other matters related to resilient communities and food systems? At LUSH Valley Food Action Society (LUSH Valley), we know how important it is to have leaders and decision makers, across the region, that will stand up for our local communities, economies and the environment especially as it relates to healthy food production and access. On October 20th, you have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote for a Food Secure Comox Valley.

Wastewater treatment upgrades focus of Open House to be held in Cumberland

Media and public are advised that open houses will be held Oct 2 to provide information and ask questions about the proposed wastewater upgrades (Village of Cumberland) and upcoming referendum vote. Village staff and project consultants will be on hand to provide an overview and answer questions from the public.

There’s something about local politics in B.C

Judging by the mud flying, it would seem – splat – local elections are well underway across B.C. If the campaign turns out anything like the opening acts, there’s going to be some hefty dry cleaning bills this October. So what does the field of candidates look like after the dust settled and nominations closed?

Comox Valley Community Health Network Hires Facilitator

The Comox Valley Community Health Network is pleased to announce that Lindsay McGinn has been hired as the Facilitator for the network. The Comox Valley Community Health Network, formed in 2018, brings together a wide variety of people to take action on issues that impact well-being and health in the Comox Valley. We focus on areas for change that require the involvement of multiple people, groups and organizations to develop and implement solutions. The network is open to anyone who lives and/or works within the Comox Valley Regional District. Lindsay will provide leadership for the network by working with the community, including the network Coordinating Circle and Action Teams to build the capacity of the network and move it forward.

Comox Valley Community Health Network  Hires Facilitator

Comox Valley Community Health Network Hires Facilitator

The Comox Valley Community Health Network is pleased to announce that Lindsay McGinn has been hired as the Facilitator for the network. The Comox Valley Community Health Network, formed in 2018, brings together a wide variety of people to take action on issues that impact well-being and health in the Comox Valley. We focus on areas for change that require the involvement of multiple people, groups and organizations to develop and implement solutions. The network is open to anyone who lives and/or works within the Comox Valley Regional District. Lindsay will provide leadership for the network by working with the community, including the network Coordinating Circle and Action Teams to build the capacity of the network and move it forward.

ALEX BISSINGER CAMPAIGNS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED

ALEX BISSINGER CAMPAIGNS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED

CFB Comox Engineering Officer Alex Bissinger would focus on better planning, maintaining infrastructure and create more activity opportunities for young people in a town that has usually catered to seniors. She would add a voice for sustainability and not be fooled by consultant’s reports. Complex technical reports from staff and consultants often make municipal councillors eyes glaze over, but not Comox Council candidate Alex Bissinger. Her eyes light up.

Presentation on Winter 2018-2019 Hiking in Mexico

Presentation on Winter 2018-2019 Hiking in Mexico

Ole, Viva Mexico! Baja Mexico has beautiful wild countryside, unusual plant forms, a warm, dry climate, beaches, mountains and canyons to explore, and friendly people. Come learn about low cost hiking, camping and travel opportunities from Susan Holvenstot, who has travelled extensively in Baja California, the closest part of Mexico.

Who is running in the Comox Valley Regional District for the October 20 elections?

Who is running in the Comox Valley Regional District for the October 20 elections?

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), Chief Election Officer James Warren has formally announced the elections by voting and the candidates elected by acclamation for the October 20 general local elections. An election by voting is necessary to elect one regional district Electoral Area Director in each of the three electoral areas.

Free Age Health Benefits Open to all Celebrating all things Scottish

Free Age Health Benefits Open to all Celebrating all things Scottish

Ever wondered why some of the old Scots lived to great age? Though, in moderation, the old “wee dram” may be a well-vaunted part of a successful longevity, it now seems that social dancing going back to at least 1500 is an essential and more important part of the Scottish elixir of youth. Several recent studies show that Scottish Country Dancing seems to delay the symptoms of ageing, by exercising both the body and the brain in a pleasant relaxed social atmosphere.

Cumberland residents to vote on wastewater borrowing in local government elections

Cumberland residents to vote on wastewater borrowing in local government elections

When the local government elections are held Saturday Oct. 20, Cumberland residents will see a question on the ballot asking them to vote yes or no to the Village borrowing money to upgrade its liquid waste treatment system to meet provincial standards. The Village is looking to borrow $1.2 to $4.4 million for the project, which would construct an upgraded lagoon wastewater (sewer) treatment plant to handle liquid waste for Cumberland in a better environmental fashion for the next 20 years. Cumberland has applied for federal and provincial grants to cover the rest of the $9.7 million project.

Taxpayer Alliance barking up the wrong tree

Taxpayer Alliance barking up the wrong tree

I was having a difficult time understanding the intense asperity with which the Comox Valley Taxpayers Alliance (CVTA) is attacking most incumbent Courtenay councilors, until a friend suggested I look at all this election inspired bellicosity in terms of the psychological mechanism Carl Jung called “projection.” According to Jung: projection is a psychological defense mechanism in which individuals unconsciously project characteristics they find unacceptable in themselves onto another person. Sometimes the projection can result in false accusations. For example, someone with adulterous feelings might honestly but falsely come to believe their partner is cheating on them. Can individual behavior mechanisms apply to group behavior as well?

The Story of Plato’s Cave

The Story of Plato’s Cave

Regular readers of these chronicles will know that I like to use stories to explain the various aspects of climate change. In this chronicle I will borrow one of the oldest and most famous stories that have come down through the ages. It is Plato’s (470–399 BCE) allegory of the prisoners in the cave. I hope you enjoy it

A FUN FILLED ONE (WO)MAN SHOW FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

A FUN FILLED ONE (WO)MAN SHOW FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Direct from the UK, Mama G is bringing her brand new show exclusively to Cumberland! Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow combines pantomime, drag and the traditional art of storytelling to spread the message of being who you are and loving who you want. Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow aims to introduce the themes of equality and self acceptance to young audiences and their families. The performance is a fabulous mix of stories, songs and audience participation. There may even be a twerking competition – so get practicing!

Comox United and the NFB Film – Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Comox United and the NFB Film – Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Comox United Church will show the film Payback on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7 pm. This NFB documentary, based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, offers a fascinating look at the concept of Debt and how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and the fate of the planet itself.

4th Annual Heritage Fall Fair at the Merville Hall

4th Annual Heritage Fall Fair at the Merville Hall

Once again, for you Lovers of All Things Country, on Sunday, September 30th, the Heritage Fall Fair is back at the Big Yellow Merville Hall. From 1 to 5pm we’ll be celebrating this Land of Plenty in the Comox Valley with a Farmers’ Market, food from the kitchen, a Kids’ Zone, refreshments, displays, antique machinery, and skilled local artisans.

Community On The Bus

Community On The Bus

Within a few days of my arrival in Comox, l began traveling on its buses. If you want to get to know the area and its residents, use public transit. Not only is it less than one sixth of the average monthly cost of a new vehicle, but it also offers its own unique opportunity to connect with our community.