Month: February 2019

Strathcona Wilderness Institute AGM and Public Lecture by Ken Wu

Strathcona Wilderness Institute AGM and Public Lecture by Ken Wu

SWI is delighted to bring Ken Wu as the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 7th. His presentation is entitled : “From old-growth rainforests to semi-arid desert and grasslands”: conserving Canada’s amazing ecosystems. The title reflects Ken’s latest career direction in the establishment of a new national organization dedicated to Canadian Conservation Coast to Coast: the “Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.”

Dynamic Sister-Brother Duo Playing at House Concert

Gardeners Green Folk Club in Merville will be welcoming Qristina and Quinn Bachand for a house concert on Friday, March 15th. You may have seen this dynamic sister-brother duo at Musicfest, or playing with Ashley McIsaac at the Native Son’s Hall recently.

Calling All Writers in The Comox Valley

In March, Tide Change will be showcasing everything that has to do with the art of writing in the Comox Valley. Luckily, we have an extraordinary variety of people in our community who make a living from books, work with books or simply put pen to paper when inspiration strikes. Time to celebrate the printed word.

Strike: The Workers Tool

Back in 1975, as a worker in the Vancouver Post Office, I joined 18,000 other postal workers across Canada on the picket line. We were attempting to not only win a wage increase to keep pace with inflation, but more importantly to win protections and some control over the mechanization of our work lives. We were out from Oct 21 until Dec 2 for a total of 43 days.

Strike: The Workers Tool

Strike: The Workers Tool

Back in 1975, as a worker in the Vancouver Post Office, I joined 18,000 other postal workers across Canada on the picket line. We were attempting to not only win a wage increase to keep pace with inflation, but more importantly to win protections and some control over the mechanization of our work lives. We were out from Oct 21 until Dec 2 for a total of 43 days.

The Turnaround Trio and Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society

The Turnaround Trio and Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society

The next 1st Tuesday Fundraiser sponsored by the Mex Pub will be March 5th with guest performers The Turnaround Trio with Wendy Knudson, Bob Romanow and John Thorington. The proceeds from donations will go to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society with foodstuff donations gratefully accepted by the Comox Valley Food Bank Society.

Glacier Grannies to Host African Dinner

Glacier Grannies to Host African Dinner

The Grandmothers of Sub-Saharan Africa are a heroic, resilient group of women. After caring for their children as they died in the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the women have taken on the role of raising their orphaned grandchildren. Through locally-run community-based organizations, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation is supporting these women as they bring up the children and become human rights advocates for their families.

The Shocker

The Shocker

I’m eighty years old. Looking back over my career, I didn’t think there was much that could still shock me. I saw poverty and violence while working in Spanish Harlem in New York City and in the notorious Manhattan Correctional Center (known as “The Tombs”) in lower Manhattan.

Beyond the 94: Hope and Love

Beyond the 94: Hope and Love

Truth hurts but it can bring hope. Students at Highland Secondary School in the Comox Valley took lessons from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to create hope through the visual arts in a unique silkscreen project. Their art project, titled Hope and Love Beyond the 94: A Journey of Reconciliation, is a journey that began long before ink hit the paper.

How Well Do You Know Me?

How Well Do You Know Me?

When it comes to a health crisis, you may think those close to you know what you want. But do they? You may be surprised at what your family or your friends or your health care providers don’t know about you.

Film Reveals Environmental Scandal

Film Reveals Environmental Scandal

The DuPont corporation revolutionized home cooking with Teflon’s non-stick cookware and its key chemical ingredient, C8. But how safe is it? World Community’s film series continues with a screening of the eco-thriller,The Devil We Know (88 min.) on Tuesday, March 5th at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.

Update Regarding LNG Forum For February 27th

Update Regarding LNG Forum For February 27th

The Kwispaa LNG terminal and Steelhead gas pipeline project may be on “time out”, but a public forum on “LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection” is still a go for Wednesday, February 27th, 7 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

The Community Drug Strategy Committee, the Comox Valley Community Health Network and the John Howard Society North Island are pleased to sponsor a presentation by Harold R. Johnson, author of “Firewater – How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation Band (Saskatchewan), a former Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and a talented speaker and storyteller. He will challenge us to “change the story we tell ourselves about alcohol.” He will share his insights about alcohol, including its history, myths surrounding it and it’s impacts on our communities.

Our Personal Exodus

Our Personal Exodus

One of the things I love about living in the Comox Valley is looking up and seeing Eagles soaring above me. Usually there are a couple of them playing in the winds. During the herring migration there are sometimes many more.