Month: February 2020

International Women’s Day Festival returns to Comox Valley

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Since the first event in 1911, millions of people around the world have been gathering to raise awareness and further women’s equality. The Comox Valley event is the brainchild of Letz Sing’s Tina Filippino who, in 2019, wanted to create a local event that would bring all people together for a day of solidarity where women could celebrate women. “I gathered some of the most talented women I know from the valley, and we got right to work!” says Filippino. “We each brought something unique to the show, and the response was so enthusiastic, we knew it was the start of something much bigger.”

Change begins with optimism a key message at Valley’s first Youth Climate Conference

On February 13, Comox Valley became the hub for youth and environmental think tanks
passionate about solutions-based planning on the climate issues facing society today.
The conference, dubbed Empowerment for Impact, was born in response to the growing desire
among youth and educators in the District to offer more education opportunities on the subject of
climate and environmental protection.

Reel Youth Festival Arrives March 7th In Cumberland

This year we have 7 films from the Comox Valley as part of the festival. The films come from youth
throughout the Valley and showcase a variety of ideas: should we start smoking, how safe is the Comox
Valley, the importance of kindness, what would happen if the internet had feelings, an animation of the
pied pipers story, the adventures of a courtesy umbrella, and the effects of mental illness on day to day
life.

Reel Youth Festival Arrives March 7th In Cumberland

Reel Youth Festival Arrives March 7th In Cumberland

This year we have 7 films from the Comox Valley as part of the festival. The films come from youth
throughout the Valley and showcase a variety of ideas: should we start smoking, how safe is the Comox
Valley, the importance of kindness, what would happen if the internet had feelings, an animation of the
pied pipers story, the adventures of a courtesy umbrella, and the effects of mental illness on day to day
life.

Our Economic Culture

Our Economic Culture

First, because the world is in the midst of climate change. This global phenomenon has already affected many countries and regions of Earth. It will continue to do so in different ways. We need to develop a culture specifically designed to deal with climate change, a culture we can share with other communities who are developing their own climate change cultures. To borrow a motto from the not too distant past, “Think globally, act locally.”

Comox Valley Regional District Hires New Chief Financial Officer

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced that Myriah Foort will be their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting in May, following the retirement of long-standing CFO Beth Dunlop in April. As the CFO, she will lead the financial, accounting, insurance, procurement, asset management and contracting functions for the organization and will be key in ensuring an integrated approach aligning to the board’s strategic priorities.

Emily Cars hit the stage for Leap Year Show!

Emily Cars hit the stage for Leap Year Show!

Its a night of music that only comes around every 4 years! Join the Emily Cars (and special guests the Plaid Snakes) at the Cumberland Hotel this Saturday Night, February 29th at 9 pm for an adventure in skillfully crafted original music spanning themes like spontaneous celebrity combustion, outbreaks of kindness, historical nudity, rampant super heroism, space travel and more!

The Conundrum On Which Democracy Founders?

The Conundrum On Which Democracy Founders?

It seems to me that the current NDP provincial government, under the leadership John Horgan and Carole James, has done a reasonably good job of moving toward a more just and caring society with the need to foster the long term well being of our economy. I would give our current government very high marks for cleaning up the, BC Liberal created, swamp of big money dominance over our electoral process and all the corruption that went with it.

Weird Church Hosts March  Events:  Seeing Things Differently

Weird Church Hosts March Events: Seeing Things Differently

The famous author, Michel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Inspired by this quote, the Reverend Ingrid Brown, founder of Weird Church in Cumberland, has organized several public events to help participants see each new experience is an opportunity to expand their spiritual vision and improve their “eyesight.” All are welcome to attend any and all events – everything Weird Church offers is by donation.

St. George’s United Awarded $20K from BC Accessibility Grants Program

St. George’s United Awarded $20K from BC Accessibility Grants Program

With financial support from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction, the BC Accessibility Grants program was created to provide an opportunity for organizations that have been rated through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program, to improve their access based upon the results of their rating scorecard. RHFAC is a rating system modelled after LEED and BOMA Best that rates the level of meaningful accessibility of buildings and pre-construction plans.

There Are Signs of Spring all Around Us…

There Are Signs of Spring all Around Us…

…and a sure sign is the increased activity behind the scenes at LUSH Valley Food Action Society!
With the help of a grant from the Comox Valley Community Foundation, we have been able to start our Fruit Tree Program earlier than usual and have introduced a new ‘Prune Along’ program.
We have been active on several committees and community initiatives relating to advocacy and food security, including the new Food Policy Council and working with School District 71/Comox Valley Schools.

CVRD and KFN partner on new directional signage for Seal Bay Park

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) are pleased to announce that new directional signage will be coming to Seal Bay Nature Park this spring. During completion of the 2019 Seal Bay Nature Park and Forest Management Plan park users indicated improving directional signage as a top priority.

Tuning the Brain with Music : World Community Film Series

Tuning the Brain with Music : World Community Film Series

The healing powers of music on the brain are finally being recognized. This film allows us to discover cutting-edge research in musical neuroscience through the stories of people for whom music has succeeded where other therapies have not. The film alternates between neuroscientific research, music therapists in session and the touching personal stories.