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.

Today we have sent all candidates across the region Food Security Briefing notes and a six question survey to find out more about where they stand on Food Security initiatives.

Candidates have until Oct 6th to respond, and on October 10th we will post the results publically and let you know what they had to say.

Dates to be aware of:

  • Campaign Period: Sept. 22- Oct 20
  • Withdrawal Deadline: Friday, October 10th
  • Election date: Saturday, October 20th
  • Ideal window for forums/publications is: September 22nd – October 9th
  • October 4th Cumberland All Candidates (Cumberland Cultural Centre at 7 PM)
  • October 12th: Comox All Candidates (Comox Recreation Centre at 7PM)
  • October 16th: Courtenay All Candidates (Sid Williams Theatre at 6 PM)

Learn How Candidates Plan to Address Food Security in the Region

Please watch our Social Media channels (@lushvalley) for announcements of all candidates’ debates across the region.  If you will be attending an all candidates debate or have an opportunity to talk to candidates in your community please consider asking one of the prepared questions, and let us know how it goes by writing to us at: admin@lushvalley.org

Looking for More Information?

For more information on municipal elections, food systems advocacy and working with municipal governments have a look at these two great resources, which have both been released in the last month:

Municipal Election Engagement Toolkit for Food Security Advocates

Working with Local Government On Food Policy: A toolkit for civil society

The provincial government website contains helpful information about municipal elections in BC including the election process, election administration, voter eligibility and running for local office:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections

 

Maurita Prato

Executive Director , LUSH Valley Food Action Society