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Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

Sep 28, 2019 | Politics | 5 comments

As the response to youth climate strikes and recent polling demonstrates, Canadians are ready for their government to move past platitudes and accept responsibility for the emissions-induced climate crisis.

On Friday, October 4, residents of the Courtenay-Alberni riding have an opportunity to hear where their candidates stand on the issue at an all-candidates forum titled ‘Canada and the Climate Crisis.’

Mass adoption of electric transportation. Dramatic reductions in CO2. Stabilizing a rapidly changing environment. A Green New Deal for Canada’s displaced energy workers. Our safety. These are central issues requiring a transition in society that the world hasn’t faced since World War II.

But so far, no government in Canada has been willing to act at a scale commensurate with the problem.

An unprecedented coalition of Comox Valley youth, First Nations, faith-based and conservation-minded groups have come together to test our next MP’s vision on climate change.

Join the conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4, at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. If you wish to attend indicate you are going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1234774306725002/ Space is limited to 400 people.

When: October 4, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Filberg Conference Hall, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, B.C.

Presented by a partnership of the following organizations:

Comox Valley Conservation Partnership
Cumberland Community Forest Society
The United Church
The Unitarian Fellowship
Project Watershed
K’omoks First Nation
World Community
Youth Environmental Alliance

For more information contact David Mills 250-650-3444

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At a town hall meeting in Courtenay on Sunday evening, long-time New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen called on voters to unite around the NDP to stop an Andrew Scheer-led Conservative government – and bring universal pharmacare, affordable housing and a strong climate action plan to Vancouver Island.

“We have powerful and effective MPs in Rachel Blaney and Gord Johns,” said Cullen. “They have proven they can stop Conservatives, and they have proven they get things done for coastal communities.”

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  1. Morgan Homehow

    Climate crisis is severe everywhere, and some steps need to be taken against this. Otherwise, the damage will be too much, and we won’t be able to avert the catastrophe. I hope that the right authorities start taking some action.

  2. sam sulek

    I just heard David Mills on the radio. Are people with opposing viewpoints allowed to attend this event or is this an echo chamber repeating more politically corrupt information on climate change?

    • Brian Charlton

      Unclear what you mean by ‘opposing’. The Conservative candidate was invited but as par for all Conservative candidates across the country they boycott any debates around fighting climate change, around indigenous rights, or basically anything that their party is opposed to. So who is in an echo chamber?

  3. Rob Mielcarski

    CO2 emissions are rising and will continue to rise unless we voluntarily contract the economy, thus making each of us poorer and forcing us to consume less. The simplest way to achieve this would be to increase the interest rate. One person at a keyboard can implement this policy tomorrow, if we have the will. If we do not have the will then we condem our children to a climate incompatible with civilization this century.

    A wise society would also do a few other things…


  4. Helen Boyd

    I look forward to attending the debate.


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