Category: Environment

Celebrate Earth Day by Planting with Project Watershed

Project Watershed in partnership with CV Nature and the Courtenay Air Park Association are hosting an Earth Day Planting Event on Saturday April 22nd. This is a call out for volunteers to help with the removal of invasive species and replanting of indigenous plants along the Courtenay Lagoon at the Airpark. Date: April 22, Saturday Time: 9am to 4pm SHIFT #1 to begin at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm SHIFT # 2 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Where to meet: Dan, Bill and team will meet you at 9:00 am or 1 pm at the Air Park Cafe (102, 20th...

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES (5): About Our Relationship with Earth

The foundation for a community climate change culture begins with an awareness of our relationship with Earth.  We must rediscover our “earthiness”—what it means to be earthlings. When I first went to Baffin Island in the high Arctic to take up my job in the Northwest Territories Department of Social Services I knew it was essential for me to learn more about Inuit culture and how it differed from my culture.  I was not totally clueless. I knew that when the Inuit talked about their relationship to the land they were not talking about real estate. But I wasn’t...

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute to host the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Best of the Fest Tour

Courtenay, BC – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to check out the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Best of the Fest Tour hosted by Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) on April 28, 2017. This fundraiser event will feature a selection of top picks from this years’ critically acclaimed mountain film series from around the world. Films to be screened include: “The Accord”, a journey through Iceland searching for that rare, yet significant, compromise between Icelandic surfers and the North Atlantic wind “Flashes of the Altai”, where three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and...

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Construction to Begin on HMCS Quadra Sewer Forcemain Replacement

April 10, 2017 Beginning the week of April 17, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will begin work to replace the aging sewer forcemain serving HMCS Quadra. Construction will occur along Goose Spit and Hawkins roads (through Goose Spit Regional Park), beginning at HMCS Quadra, and is estimated to last six weeks through May 31, 2017. The impacts of the work will be reduced by the use of horizontal directional drilling – a method that eliminates the need for full road excavation. This will ensure the sensitive park habitat is protected and that work can be completed as quickly...

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Project Watershed Needs Assistance with May Fiesta Event!

On Saturday May 27th Project Watershed is holding a Keeping It Living Jumble Sale Fiesta at Simms Millennial Park and we need your help. This event will be to raise funds and awareness about the K’ómoks Estuary and what we and others are doing to protect and restore it. We are planning for kids activities, a giant jumble sale (aka fancy garage sale), bake sale, naturalist guided walks of the area, plein air art, on site video, and music. Cory Frank’s famous seafood chowder, bannock and bannock dogs will also on sale. This should be a fun, interactive day for...

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Comox Valley Nature Hosts Victoria-Based Garry Oak Ecosystems Specialists

Sunday April 16th 7.00pm Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre The Comox Valley, as most of Vancouver Island is fast seeing its Garry oak heritage disappear through neglect by local politicians. Victoria has taken steps to reverse this trend by developing programmes to restore native Garry Oak ecosystems. In order to foster this initiative Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host James and Kirsten Miskelly, who are offering restoration courses through Royal Roads University in May. Together, Kristen and James operate Saanich Native Plants, a native plant nursery and consulting business that they hope will assist others in...

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CVRD Air Quality Forum Agenda Now Available

TUESDAY April 5th 4-7:00 pm CVRD Boardroom, 550B Comox Road, Courtenay CVRD is hosting an Air Quality Forum on Tuesday, April 4th from 4-7pm. The meeting will be at CVRD’s boardroom, 550B Comox Road, Courtenay and is open to the public and media. This is an opportunity to hear new information and data about wood smoke in the Comox Valley.    A number of speakers from out of town will be talking about wood smoke issues and studies in the Comox Valley, health concerns, and what has been done in other areas to address the problem. A list of speakers...

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Huu-Aay-aht Citizens Approve Sarita LNG Project

It’s a historic vote that could change the way LNG projects are developed in B.C. On Saturday, Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizens approved Steelhead LNG’s proposed LNG export facility on their traditional territory at Sarita Bay. The vote is significant because it’s the earliest point in a project development that a BC First Nations community has voted to approve an LNG facility or pipeline project. 70 percent of voters supported the project, which also received unanimous support of Huu-ay-aht’s Ḥaw̓iiḥ Council (Hereditary Chiefs) and elected Executive Council. Huu-ay-aht First Nation Read the full...

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Water: A Public Forum with Maude Barlow

Water is one of the most important issues facing our times. Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, passionate water rights activist and award winning author, will be in B.C. to discuss her latest book, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis. Speaking in Courtenay on April 6 at the Filberg Centre, she is joined by Vancouver Island water advocates, David Stapley and Coree Tull who will highlight the issues we face here in the Comox Valley and in our province. This public forum is extremely relevant as we head into the May 9 provincial...

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The Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA) set an ambitious goal this week to complete 75 per cent of the Island’s tip-to-tip trail this year. By linking existing trails and adding new trail where needed, the volunteer group, now in its 9th year, has already completed about 450 km of the planned 700-km-long wilderness route from Victoria to Cape Scott. At the association’s 8th annual general meeting held March 8 in Victoria, Operations Director Terry Lewis said projects planned for the south, central and north sections of the Island could add another 75 kilometres of trail in 2017. Read...

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