In the last two and a half weeks LUSH Valley Food Action Society (LUSH Valley) and the Comox Valley Food Policy Council (FPC) have been working on an emergency food accessibility response to the pandemic. When food hoarding and panic buying was resulting in food shortages for the most vulnerable in our community, they mobilized to find donations of food to deliver to the Comox Valley Food Bank, Comox Valley Family Services, tenants at the Washington Inn and other Social Service agencies in need. Last week, during the temporary closure of our local Food Bank, they raised funds to purchase $5,000 in grocery gift cards to distribute to people in need.
Yesterday, the Comox Valley Regional District’s Board of Directors approved $148,279 in grant-aid to support the homeless and provide food security for marginalized populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Comox Valley Airport is adapting to the rapid changes brought about by the COVID 19
pandemic and will remain open for necessary passenger travel, medical transport flights, or to
facilitate cargo or humanitarian efforts.
Vancouver Island seniors will be able to receive the support they need during the COVID-19 crisis through a new province-wide initiative, Safe Seniors, Strong Communities. Seniors can request volunteer help with grocery shopping, meal prep and prescription pick-up or receive friendly check-in call by simply dialing 2-1-1 or filling in an online form at www.bc211.ca.
Due to the increasing threat of the novel coronavirus on Vancouver Island, we are taking proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of its spread and have made the difficult decision to postpone the 3rd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship. We have concluded that this is the best course of action in order to keep attendees, presenters, guests, and our shared communities as safe as possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
“The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants from the Comox Valley Community
Foundation are a response to the unprecedented situation in which we currently find
ourselves,” said Matt Beckett, President. “This granting stream is intended to offer
resources for the community where they are needed most and will support urgent issues,
particularly those being experienced within vulnerable sectors.”
The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre keeps our community safe and clean and we are working hard to protect our workers and the public in order to continue operating this essential service.
Comox Valley fire departments are implementing open fire restrictions in regional fire protection districts effective April 1, 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Open fires will be banned and fire permits will no longer be issued, with the exception of backyard fires and campfires in specific fire protection areas as outlined below.
The Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we’re grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas. It is our pleasure here at Tidechange.ca to introduce you to Nomina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.
Difficult and painful as it is to think the Coved19 pandemic which is so rapidly overpowering humanity and its economies is behaving like powerful medicine for our beleaguered Earth. Iit is a hard analogy to refute, especially in terms of the Earth’s self regulating mechanisms we have come to call the Gaia hypothesis.
On Vancouver Island, a hermit-priest has spent a lifetime contemplating the natural world. At 95, he has come to believe there is a way we can save it. Slow down. Take a breath. Attend. Insight takes time. Charles Brandt has been meditating and praying on the east coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island since 1965. Over that time, he has come to some elegant conclusions about our place in the natural world.