Category: Letters to Editor

World Indigenous Peoples Day and the Comox Lake Watershed

As we review the state of our own watershed in the Comox Valley, let us listen to the world’s indigenous peoples who have the knowledge we, as “Younger Brother”, are so disconnected from. In honour of the 2019 World Indigenous Peoples Day, I ask that you watch the documentary, Aluna. We need to “see” our water through their eyes.

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Community Partners for Marine Conservation

Communities are everything. They are at the heart of the work that we do every day, as we focus on being a better and stronger partner for healthy coastal communities, like yours. Interestingly, socially-minded businesses are taking note of our approach, sharing our values with their customers and, as a result, the importance of action on marine conservation is being amplified.

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Our Campaign Fell Short, But…

Our spring campaign asking you to support local news that connects communities came to an end over three weeks ago. We’ve been conspicuously quiet since as we dug through the data grappling with what the results mean for our next steps.

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The Art of Dying

Why have a conversation about dying? Because it is the most important conversation that you and I will have in our lifetime. The content of our conversation literally defines the life that we have lived up to this present moment and that is worth talking about.

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How to Expand Perception

On Monday, during a meeting with an excellent local journalist, I was told that my thinking on a particular topic was at the 30,000 feet level. This was his way of stating that few people in this community would both understand and agree with my bird’s eye view of the transformational power of our expanded perception. Let’s see if he is right.

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“Not Genocide”? Clearly Justin Legalized Pot for a Reason

So Canada is apparently tongue-tied about the Missing Women’s Inquiry Report admitting that it was “genocide” (https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mmiwg-inquiry-deliver-final-report-justice-reforms-1.5158223). All kinds of experts are stepping forth to say this is not genocide, Their main argument is that it was not “intentional”, and Canada is the land of well-intentioned people.

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Trojan Horse? What’s Wild Bill Smoking Days?

I dare say that if I were to hand you two articles on climate change and what we should/could/can’t do about it; one by former NDP strategist Bill Tieleman and the other by BC Liberal promoter Tom Fletcher; with the authorship redacted—you’d be very hard put to tell, by the arguments presented, which was cowboy Tom riding high on fumes of Exxon-Mobil climate change denying propaganda and which was Wild Bill quixotically spurring on the exhausted steed of climate action impotence.

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Plea for Comox Lake

While the report of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, released last Monday, will be duly ignored by pundits and politicians for whom science is a “Chinese hoax”, the dire assessment of the degraded state of the ecosystems which support human life as we know it, could not be clearer.

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