Category: Politics

NUU-CHAH-NULTH Tribal Council Optimistic Following Meeting with Prime Minister

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) and representatives from 12 of its 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations on Vancouver Island were honoured to meet and discuss their collective priorities for their nations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an hour roundtable meeting in Tofino on Saturday. The request to meet came from the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) only a few days before, but was thanks to Gord Johns, N.D.P. Member of Parliament for Courtenay- Alberni who advocated on behalf of the nations to the PMO.

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The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) congratulates the new B.C. Premier John Horgan and his gender-balanced B.C. NDP cabinet who were sworn-in yesterday in Victoria.

The NTC is confident that Premier John Horgan and his cabinet will understand the importance of strengthening relationships between the provincial government and our Indigenous peoples. We look forward to seeing Premier John Horgan’s priorities for reconciliation implemented with his commitments to acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, adopting the principles of UNDRIP, supporting Indigenous communities, cultures and history, keeping Aboriginal children connected to their communities and creating jobs and opportunities for a sustainable future.

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Courtenay-Comox BCNDP Celebrates Change in Government at Annual General Meeting

The Courtenay-Comox BCNDP Constituency Association welcomed new MLA, Ronna-Rae Leonard, to its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, July 9. Long time member and outgoing president, Rick Dobson, stated, “This is the first time I have seen a sitting MLA on our executive, and we are excited about what the future holds”.
“I am happy to be back in the community with my supporters who worked tremendously hard during this election”, said Leonard. “We went from “Cloud 9” to “Lucky 13” to a landslide of 189 votes! Never doubt for a moment whether your vote counts!”

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Committee to examine seniors issues across Canada

(special to TideChange) Seniors issues will now be examined federally, but to Canadians this will be just more talk and no action, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney suggested in a media teleconference on June 26. She will be sitting on a standing committee that will consider a federal strategy for seniors, socially and fiscally. The committee will be looking at three main issues: isolation of seniors (accessibility of services), housing for seniors, and income inequality. The standing committee results from Motion 106, presented by Blaney as seniors issues critic for the NDP caucus. The Committee, she revealed, will...

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NAFTA on agenda over the summer

(special to TideChange) North Island Powell River MP Rachel Blaney says that gathering information about NAFTA concerns will be a focus of her work over the summer. Discussions will be underway between Canada and the US over several issues related to NAFTA and she wants to ensure that the voices of Canadians are heard when Parliament resumes in September. On her part, Blaney will be talking to community partners and constituents about the agreement. She has many concerns, but also wants to hear those of people in her riding. In a media teleconference on June 26, Blaney also blasted...

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Blaney takes aim at Liberal budget – plums for friends and nothing for veterans

The new Liberal budget got harsh words from North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, in a media teleconference on May 31. This, the second budget since Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a majority, includes a proposal to create an Infrastructure Privatization Bank. This, says Blaney, is just a way for the Liberals to pass big infrastructure project financing to investor friends and guarantee them 7-9% return – at the expense of taxpayers. She predicts that this proposal, which she expects to pass in a Commons vote, will result in tolls and higher fees for all Canadians. The Bank is seen...

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Former MLA and Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy passes at 90

Former MLA and Social Credit cabinet minister and Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy passed away peacefully at her home in Vancouver last night after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. Mrs. McCarthy, 90, was surrounded by her family.

Funeral details and arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

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“And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Aug 15 – Sep 2 all day

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

Deborah took a hiatus from painting after university, instead using photography to focus her visual knowledge. She has now combined her love of painting, together with her enhanced vision to create a body of work which feels familiar, with a touch of surrealism and irony thrown in. Working in her home studio it often takes many months to complete a piece as they need to evolve through time. Her work is influenced by artists such as Rene Magritte, Alex Coleville, Edward Hopper and many others who have come before, as well as her own life experience.

Recently Deborah has had a piece selected as part of the juried show “Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017”. Her work was selected from 2160 entries from across Canada to be part of a group of 51 artists whose works will be displayed. The show runs from sept 22 to oct 22 at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

Deborah’s current work will be on display at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, BC from August 15, 2017 to September 2, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the gallery from 1-4 pm. Please come by to meet the artist and see her show titled “And Now for Something…”



Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

Tickets are currently available online via or our FaceBook page @LIVEinFilbergPark


Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.



Innisfree Farm Hosts Vegan Dine Out

Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This coming Monday Aug. 28th at 6:00 pm Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden at 3636 Trent Rd in Royston will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Hosts Thierry and Chanchal have put together a buffet menu featuring ingredients from their organic farm. The buffet will be served outdoors at the farm and guests are invited to tour the gardens before and after dinner.

The menu is: Gazpacho w’ garlic croutons. Mediterranean Timbale, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, spelt flour (can replace that with corn to make it GF) carrots, onions, garlic, lots of herbs, cashew cream with basil. Mixed Grain Pilaf. Mixed Salad. Fresh Raspberries w’ Chocolate Brownies and crystallized lavender. Selection of iced and hot herbal teas.

The evening is by reservation only and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids to age 12 including taxes and tips. To reserve call Bob at Earthsave ph. 250-338-0751. For more on Innisfree Farm and their Green Dream Cafe visit

Mens Singing Workshop

Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

We will learn some harmony songs that we can sing together. There will be no music to read, you do not have to have sung in a group before. The event is open to men of all ages, and prior choral singing experience is not required.

The session is sponsored by Celebration Singers and will be led by Jenn Forsland, well-known local performer and choir director in the Comox Valley. She will be aided and abetted by Sean Mooney, the go-to piano accompanist in the Valley. There are some basics to learn, if you haven’t done singing before, and we will start with those. Very quickly the group will be singing together in harmony.

Group singing is on the rise in the Comox Valley, with a wide variety of choirs to choose from. The Celebration Singers are sponsoring this workshop in the hopes that the experience will encourage some men to think about joining our male singers in the tenor and bass sections of the choir. But there is no obligation, this workshop is all about having fun, singing together and learning in this one-time workshop environment.


Project Watershed’s Second Annual Salmon BBQ

Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Project Watershed Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 40 KNOTS Vineyard & Estate Winery for the second annual salmon BBQ.  

Starting at 4pm, this wonderful event features  Cory Frank’s Catering of a salmon BBQ, a tasting from 40 Knots Winery and some sampling of locally brewed beers.

To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at to reserve your tickets.


Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp @ Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre

Sep 12 – Sep 15 all day

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

September 12th to 15th

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the
Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Full day Field trips will visit a) Croteau Lake and b) McKenzie Lakes & Meadows. Pace will be slow, stopping to observe plant and animal life en route. On the field trips there will be instruction in Basic Mushroom Identification. Evening Presentations include the History of the Park and SWI (Marlene and Steve Smith), First Nations Foodways (Sharon Niscak) Subalpine Ecology (Loys Maingon) and the Vancouver Island Marmot ( Adam Taylor/ Cheney Jackson).

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park. All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme, so this Nature Camp is intended as a Fundraiser to support SWI’s programmes and the operation of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

The Registration form is downloadable from our Website:

Please note that the Deadline for Registration is August 28th 2017.

For more information, contact Alison: or 250-331-0143.

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