Month: October 2018

Community Life and Books

Community Life and Books

When was the last time you set aside your Kindle and stepped into the true pages of a book? Let me give you a tour of what you are missing by reading in the two dimensional electronic world of the tablet. It starts at the library. The first thing I do when I arrive somewhere new is to check out the local library. It is where I find my first welcoming “hello” and I can check out the community board to learn about the interests of the residents. Afterwards, I usually peruse the shelves and find the section about local authors, local history and local points of interest.

From Sustainability to Regeneration

In my last two chronicles I discussed the vision of Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry—the Ecozoic Era. It is a time of a mutually enhancing relationship between our species and Earth. In this chronicle I will talk about implementing the vision. I will discuss two options: Sustainability and Regeneration. Sustainability means improving the existing systems. Regeneration means” to create again” starting over with different systems or kinds of systems.

How to Safely Dispose of your Pumpkin after Halloween

Comox Strathcona Waste Management is reminding residents of the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District to dispose of their pumpkins in an environmentally responsible manner this Halloween. When a pumpkin ends up in the landfill it does not break down as it would in a compost pile. The pumpkins decompose without oxygen, producing leachate and methane gas which is harmful to the environment.

CVRD Responds to 3L, Racist Comment Denied

Regional District CAO Russell Dyson says a Human Rights Tribunal settlement agreement entered into by the CVRD and Kabel Atwall includes a clause that Area C Director Edwin Grieve did not make any racist comments. Comox Valley Regional District Chief Administrative Officer Russell Dyson issued an official statement Tuesday, Oct. 30, in response to a lawsuit filed by 3L Developments,

CVRD Responds to 3L, Racist Comment Denied

CVRD Responds to 3L, Racist Comment Denied

Regional District CAO Russell Dyson says a Human Rights Tribunal settlement agreement entered into by the CVRD and Kabel Atwall includes a clause that Area C Director Edwin Grieve did not make any racist comments. Comox Valley Regional District Chief Administrative Officer Russell Dyson issued an official statement Tuesday, Oct. 30, in response to a lawsuit filed by 3L Developments,

Local Immigrant Partnership Collaboratory

Local Immigrant Partnership Collaboratory

The Immigrant Welcome Centre would like to invite you to its first Local Immigrant Partnership Collaboratory. British Columbia is currently the most ethnically diverse province in the country. Immigrants and newcomers provide enormous contribution to our communities, and have helped shape and form the Comox Valley that we call home. According to the Centre for International Governance Innovation in their 2017 report the Diversity Dividend, a 1% increase in ethnocultural diversity is associated with a 2.5% increase in organizational revenue in Canada.

The Lows and Highs of Grassroots Initiatives

The Lows and Highs of Grassroots Initiatives

Two things happened very recently that illustrate the lows and highs of grassroots efforts like the campaign to change BC’s electoral system. The first thing that happened was the release of an Angus Reid poll taken in September. The poll asked voters in BC how they intend to mark their ballots when it comes to voting on the referendum about electoral reform. According to the poll, about 60% of voters are pretty evenly split in their support of either the current electoral system or proportional representation (Pro Rep).

Photos at Rhodos for Keeping It Living at Kus-kus-sum

Photos at Rhodos for Keeping It Living at Kus-kus-sum

The Comox Valley Photographic Society (CVPS) has teamed up with Rhodos Coffee and Project Watershed to showcase images of the K’ómoks Estuary in support of the efforts to purchase and restore Kus-kus-sum. The photographs are part of a larger project called “A Year in the Estuary” that the Photographic Society started this summer and will complete next year.

Meeting Students Where They’re At, The Arden Way

Meeting Students Where They’re At, The Arden Way

At Arden Elementary, a pretty cool approach to learning is underway. It’s been in place for about six years now and evolved from a group of early primary teachers engaged in a Professional Learning Community. The teachers were interested in exploring alternative ways to better serve the needs of their learners. The results are showing favourably and there is a great deal of excitement regarding the work being done. It’s known as Response to Instruction (RTI), a learning approach that focuses on the specific needs of students.

Critique and Solutions for a Canadian Foreign Policy that is Just

Critique and Solutions for a Canadian Foreign Policy that is Just

Political Writer Yves Engler returns to Courtenay to sign and read from his latest book. The “Left” in this country needs to become more left wing, oppose Canadian nationalism and accept that we are not a “nice guy” colony of the USA, but rather an imperialist force exploiting the world’s poor, argues Yves Engler in his new book Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada.

After attacking Conservative Party foreign policy in The Ugly Canadian, Engler turns his fire on the NDP, unions, left wing policy institutes and commentators, Canadian and Quebecois nationalists and even some First Nations leaders for promulgating the “myth of Canada as a force for good in the world.”

Winner takes all this year in the 2018 CVCDA Children’s Telethon Raffles

Winner takes all this year in the 2018 CVCDA Children’s Telethon Raffles

Telethon time is upon us again. On Sunday, November 4, 2018 the Comox Valley Child development Association (CVCDA) will host their 43rd Annual Children’s Telethon at the Sid Williams Theatre from 12 noon to 8 p.m. All proceeds support local children and their families. One of the highlights each year at the Telethon is the draw for the winner of the Deluxe Raffle
Basket.

Elasmosaur’s Birthday Party

Elasmosaur’s Birthday Party

The Elasmosaur is celebrating its’ 80,000,030th birthday with a party at the museum. The winter of 1988 was a season of new beginnings for palaeontology in the scenic Comox Valley. Even though professional palaeontologists and geologists had surveyed Vancouver Island many times throughout the past 125 years, it was the efforts of two local amateurs that would bring the region to the attention of the world.

The Fall of a Tech-Darling of Howe Street, Istuary Innovations

The Fall of a Tech-Darling of Howe Street, Istuary Innovations

Founded by Sun Yian, Istuary rolled into B.C. or out of a downtown Vancouver Starbucks – depending upon your perspective – in 2013. Sun – who goes by the name Ethan – his wife Yulan Hu, and nine associates at Istuary are facing yet another lawsuit, this time – as the CBC reported – by 27 investors claiming that they “committed immigration and business fraud.” As Business in Vancouver noted the lawsuit alleges that “Sun used pictures with politicians including (former premier) Christy Clark and (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau as props in presentations where he quickly moved to solicit funds from the public, first targeting the Vancouver-based fellow ethnic Chinese community, the Plaintiffs, and other Chinese in China seeking to migrate to Canada for greener pastures.”

The Holiday Season Offers A Time To Talk Turkey!

The Holiday Season Offers A Time To Talk Turkey!

Dying’s not the easiest subject to talk about, but there’s a 100% chance it’s going to happen to you.
How can you make this journey better for yourself, your caregivers and your loved ones? The Comox Valley Hospice Society is urging people in our community to begin embracing this important topic over the upcoming holiday season by having a conversation about what matters most to you.

The Times They Are A Changin’

The Times They Are A Changin’

Wow! This is the first time EVER that Courtenay has elected a “progressive” council. I was in the packed reception room in the Courtenay Museum when Bob Wells arrived from the vote count to triumphantly announce, “We all won!” He, of course was referring to the fact that he will be mayor of a council dominated by five progressive councilors: Will Cole-Hamilton, Melanie McCollum, David Frisch, Wendy Morin, and Doug Hillian. Courtenay elected a progressive council despite big, BIG pre-election advertising by the old boys’ network.

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Canadian Comedy Award winners James & Jamesy are dashing through the snow on their way to delight audiences of all ages with their holiday-themed comedy – O Christmas Tea on December 3rd at The Sid Williams Theatre. Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss will love this rollicking Christmas romp through a world steeped in tea as we join these friends on an adventure like no other.