Category: Environment

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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“State of the Rainforest”: Vancouver Island Discussion Series

Join Sierra Club BC and the Wilderness Committee at the lower Native Sons’ Hall, Friday March 24 7-9pm, for an evening of presentations and discussions on the impact of old-growth logging and the need to revitalize the Island’s forest industry. Vancouver Island’s vast rainforests have always supported life and abundance, but after decades of extensive logging, these ecosystems have been degraded, and the communities and First Nations that depend on them are paying the price. Communities on the Island are also struggling with the loss of jobs in forestry. The Sierra Club reported recently that “last year, BC forest...

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“Explore Your Watershed with Fraser Riverkeeper”

Comox Valley Nature would like to introduce Charly Caproff. Unique is one way to describe her. Captivated by the mysterious subterranean realm beneath our feet, Charly became an advocate for karst, a scarcely heard of but ecologically important ecosystem in coastal and northern BC. Her campaign to protect karst led to a contract with Sierra Club BC as a Karst Consultant and Event Planner. Once the ‘face’ of Simon Fraser University’s newest credential, the Bachelor of Environment, Charly is now the Water Literacy Coordinator for Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK), an organization founded by the late Doug Chapman, veteran environmental lawyer...

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“I Love Georgia Strait” Photo Contest Ends March 17

You have seven days left to enter the I Love Georgia Strait contest for the chance to win a one-night getaway for two at The Waddington Alley Flats in Victoria’s historic downtown! I Love Georgia Strait is a celebration of what you love about the Strait of Georgia – and wonderful local prizes are up for grabs! The contest closes on March 17. Enter today by posting a photograph of something you love about the Strait of Georgia on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Online Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ILoveGeorgiaStrait, and to like or follow Georgia Strait Alliance on social media. Good...

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Talk About Weeds: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Invasive plant expert Rachelle McElroy spraying knotweed, an invasive plant found on Vancouver Island. Learn more at a special presentation on March 16. Photo courtesy of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee. With the snow finally gone, many people are looking longingly at their gardens and starting to think spring. They’re noticing trees and shrubs beginning to bud, snowdrops starting to bloom, and how much those darn weeds have grown over this long cold winter! According to Rachelle McElroy, Executive Director of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee, you should be forewarned that some of those weeds might require special attention. They could be...

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Editor’s Note:  This is the first in a series of articles by Mike Bell of the Comox Valley Climate Change Network About the Chronicles When we get up in the morning and look outside we think we are seeing the same world we saw the night before. But we aren’t. We are seeing a different world. Scientists are telling us that we are destroying species, poisoning the oceans, polluting the air we breathe, destroying topsoil, “chemicalizing” the land, blowing a larger hole in the ozone layer that protects us, destroying the Arctic and Antarctic ice fields that help stabilize...

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Stop the Pipelines; Start the Music – North BC Rpt.

Two Comox Valley women, Susan Holvenstot and Sally Gellard, have recently ventured into the wilds of northern BC in winter to support Indigenous camps stopping pipelines, and fracked gas terminals. They have been visiting Lelu Island occupation site (location of a proposed LNG terminal) near Prince Rupert, amid much snow, and will soon head to Unis’to’ten traditional lands near Houston, BC for several weeks during March. Numerous bitumen and fracked gas pipelines are proposed to cross Unis’to’ten land. The Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline has been stopped as was expected. But industry and government are currently pushing ahead with several...

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Campbell River —Today North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney called for a comprehensive report from the Canadian Coast Guard and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change about the diesel fuel spill at a local aquaculture operation. With cleanup efforts underway, many questions remain unanswered. “Canadians deserve to know what went wrong,” said Ms. Blaney. “The federal government must be fully transparent and accountable about their spill response. Coastal communities and the people who love this coast will live with the impacts of the most recent spill. The government’s actions and assessment should be shared right away with our...

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