Category: Politics

Is Canada Serious about Recognizing and Respecting Our Aboriginal Right?

“We again call on Canada to prove that it is serious about recognizing and respecting our Aboriginal right to fish and sell fish,” said Cliff Atleo, lead negotiator and Councilor of the Ahousaht Nation, in response to Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech in the House on February 14. “This government continues to talk a lot about a new relationship with Indigenous people and respecting our Aboriginal rights, but we are still waiting for this government to actually do something that is meaningful to our Ha’wiih and fishers.”

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Gord Johns, Member of Parliament (Courtenay-Alberni) has invited local residents to join him and NDP Pensions Critic, MP Scott Duvall, for a public conversation about pension theft at Parksville’s Community and Conference Center, 132 E. Jensen Ave, on Wednesday, February 21s at 2:00 pm. And again later that day in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre from 7-9pm.

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Is this really the best way to choose a party leader?

When a political party sets rules for a leadership race and tries to be all things to all members, the result can end up looking more like the proverbial camel designed by a committee than a true and fair method for members to choose a new leader.

As they did in 2011, the B.C. Liberal party opted to continue with its practice of favouring ridings over members.

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NTC disappointed in the Independent Investigation Office’s decision in the cause of death of Jocelyn George

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) has been made aware of the recent Independent Investigation Office (IIO) Report’s decision in the matter of the death of Jocelyn George on June 24, 2016 and are deeply disappointed in the outcome.

The details outlined in this report underscore an urgent need for the RCMP to re-evaluate their internal policies regarding the monitoring of persons in custody who are deemed intoxicated. Despite the IIO concluding that there was no criminal wrongdoing, stricter protocols need to be implemented for the prevention of incidents such as this in the future.

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How We Vote Town Hall

MLA, Ronna-Rae Leonard, is hosting a participatory community conversation about “How We Vote” and your Courtenay-Comox BC NDP Constituency Association would love to see you there!

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Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s President Dr. Judith Sayers appointed to the Order of Canada

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) is pleased to announce that its President, Dr. Judith Sayers has been appointed as an officer to the Order of Canada.

Judith is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. She was elected as the new president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in September 2017. Judith has worked as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor at the Peter Gustavson School of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation for 14 years and the Chief Negotiator for 15 years. Judith’s educational background includes a business and law degree and an honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. She has an extensive background of practicing law for 18 years in both Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title.

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North Island-Powell River NDP Holiday Season Fundraiser

Featuring the live music of FLYING DEBRIS Come out to dance, eat and mingle at our no host bar with neighbours and friends! Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 20th.  Tickets are $10, plus a $30 donation to the riding (tax refundable!). Meet your MP Rachel Blaney, who will open the evening’s festivities. Everyone is welcome – bring your friends! Contact for additional information. DATE AND TIME: Wed, 20 December 2017 – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST Add to Calendar LOCATION: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 – 1825 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC, V9M 3M3 View...

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Andrew Callicum elected as the new vice-president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) is pleased to announce that Andrew Callicum has been elected as the new vice-president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

Andrew won at an extraordinary general meeting’s by-election held by the NTC on November 30th in Port Alberni, garnering 52 votes. He won the majority of votes over vice-president hopeful, Pamela Webster who received 30 votes. Andrew will serve as vice-president of the NTC for the next 4 years.

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Universal Human Rights Day Writeathon

“Your words have Power” is the motto for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Event, held each December around the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Comox Valley Amnesty Action Circle invites members of the public to join them for their annual writeathon on Monday December 11, 2-4 pm at the Courtenay Library. We’ll write letters, share information about Amnesty International’s work and enjoy holiday cookies.

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