Category: Politics

Take Action with CV Amnesty International Write for Rights Event

The Comox Valley Amnesty Action Circle is standing up for human rights on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, from 4-6 pm at the Courtenay Library. The community is invited to join Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign. It is a global letter-writing campaign offering the public an opportunity to write on human rights issues and bring meaningful change to people and groups who need support to uphold their human rights. Last year, more than 5 million messages were sent to world leaders demanding human rights progress. This year, activists are aiming to replicate that success, focusing on critical human rights cases in countries where peoples’ rights are being violated and action is urgently needed.

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CV Council of Canadian Community Activist Award

The CV Council of Canadians invites all concerned citizens to join the Chapter’s AGM on Thursday, November 22nd at 7 pm for an open discussion on stewardship and the strengthening, energizing and prioritizing of campaigns as we move into 2019.
Our climate and earth are under siege. The recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states the next 12 years are crucial to holding the lifeline. Comox Valley has new municipal councillors and regional directors. How do we collaborate so our communities thrive and achieve sustainability?

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Understanding the Referendum on Electoral Reform

British Columbians will be voting this fall, from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of all registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.

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Fanny Bay Information Session on Proportional Representation Referendum

Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox shortly? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused? Here’s your opportunity to ‘get in the know’ regarding this mail-in electoral reform referendum which is scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Pam Munroe, member of Fair Vote Comox Valley, will be presenting an information session on the referendum and some background information. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of proportional representation. The presentation will involve a brief talk about all four voting systems.

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CANADIANS CAUGHT IN HOUSING CRISIS CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT

As Canada faces an unprecedented housing crisis throughout the country, exploding house prices, rising rents, rental housing shortages, long waitlists for non-market housing and increasing homelessness, the NDP is calling on the government for urgent action now. Canadians cannot afford to wait until after the next election for this crisis to be solved. “The housing crisis in Canada requires urgent action now. The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a national disgrace,” said North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney. “It’s unacceptable, in a country as wealthy as ours, that so many people are desperate for affordable housing. Funding coming in 2020 and beyond does nothing for the many people in our communities who need housing today.”

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Your Vote Matters

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in partnership with the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland are encouraging residents to vote on October 20, 2018 in the local government elections.

“Every resident has their own opinions, values, and concerns regarding their community,” explains Jake Martens, CVRD Deputy Chief Election Officer. “No matter where you live, your vote can help shape your neighborhood and community on important issues such as traffic management, education, parks, recreation, emergency services, infrastructure projects and so many more.”

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A Palestinian International Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective

Twenty-five years after the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine, a two-state solution is no longer feasible. This being the case, what is the solution? What are we as Canadian civil society called to do? What is the responsibility of the Canadian government under domestic and international law? Comox Valley residents interested in Middle East current affairs will have a unique opportunity to hear what is happening currently on the ground in Palestine from a respected international human rights lawyer. Jonathan Kuttab will address the topic, “New Thinking for Post-Oslo-Palestine: Challenges & Opportunities.”

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HAROLD LONG JOINS THE RACE FOR COURTENAY MAYOR

Harold Long says Courtenay has outgrown small town thinking, should plan for sea level rise, calls a subdivision at Stotan Falls a ‘bad idea’ and wants to densify the urban core to preserve downtown businesses. And he’s disappointed in incumbent Mayor Larry Jangula. Harold Long, a three-term Courtenay council member in the 1980s, will launch a return to city politics this week, this time in a run for the mayor’s chair.

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