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B.C. Hydro’s little fibs on Site C

The hissing sound you may hear is the unmistakable sound of the air coming out of Site C’s tires.
As the B.C. Utilities Commission continues its inquiry on the project, it’s becoming more and more apparent that B.C. Hydro has been playing a bit loose with telling the whole truth when it comes to Site C.
Case in point: in December 2014, when the B.C. government announced its decision to move ahead with Site C, B.C. Hydro boasted that an independent analyst had reviewed its methodologies for future demand forecasts and found them to be “state-of-the-art methods.”

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COMOX COUNCIL IGNORES GOOD FAITH SHAKESIDES OFFER

The purposeful neglect of the Mack Laing heritage house by the Town of Comox has reached a new low.
Hamilton Mack Laing gave his house, known as Shakesides, along with a substantial sum of money in his Last Will and Testament for the purpose of converting it into a public natural history museum. Laing, an internationally respected naturalist and ornithologist, died in 1982.

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE: Hope and Winter Wheat

In our part of the world, where the full impacts of climate change are not yet apparent, there seem to be three viewpoints about climate change. There are the Deniers, the Doubters and the Do-ers.
The Deniers do not believe that climate change is happening, nor that it is humanly induced.
The Doubters, in spite of the name, know that that climate change is real and happening. But it is such an overwhelming reality that they doubt that they can do anything about it.

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Finding hope in an updated “Lord of the Rings”

That we are living in difficult times is beyond question. Daily, human societies around the world are suffering the devastating consequences of our callous indifference to balances in the natural world while narrow minded greed-above-all-other-values thinking has elected a party in the most powerful nation on Earth that is determined to inflict the same destructive mentality on human societies as well. All the while, a mad man, elected by a farcical and corrupt electoral system, has gained access to the world’s largest, most deadly stockpile of nuclear, conventional and cyber weapons.

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Comox Valley Nature Presents The Hornby Island Conservancy’s Marine Atlas

The recently published Hornby Marine Atlas is an important model for community conservation. Comox Valley Nature will be hosting  long time residents of Hornby Island Grant Scott and Mike Berman who are directors of Conservancy Hornby Island (CHI) will be speaking at the Sunday Oct. 15, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre  411 Anderton, Courtenay.  

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES 15b: Climate Change and Our Communication Problem

Several years ago George Marshall wrote an excellent book called: Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Reject Climate Change. It is about overcoming the difficult problems in communicating about climate change.
As Marshall talked about what not to do I thought of a favourite New Yorker cartoon. It shows the Grim Reaper knocking on the door of an apartment. A man opens the door, sees the Reaper and gets a terrified look on his face. The Reaper is handing him a note and says, “Now don’t freak out. This is just a save the date notice.”

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The nitty-gritty to B.C.’s campaign finance reforms

The B.C. government’s proposed public subsidies for political parties may be hogging the media spotlight, but there are some other important aspects to the government’s proposed changes on how political parties and elections are financed.

The legislation proposes a cut of 25 per cent to the province’s campaign spending limits.

For a political party running a full-slate of 87 candidates, the overall limit would drop from roughly $11.6 million to $8.7 million.

It’s a start, but at an estimated $2.75 per voter, it would still be twice that of the federal limit and higher than Québec ($1.37), Ontario ($2.08) and Alberta ($2.43).

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES 15a: The Milkman’s Horse

My brothers and I grew up in the mid-1940s in a wonderful neighbourhood in East Toronto. Across the street was Withrow Park, a large (at least for us small kids) wonderland and we explored every inch of it.
In the winter there was a skating rink directly across the street. At night we could see reflections of the flood lights on the ceiling of our bedroom and hear the music. At the bottom of the park we would watch grown men in short pants speaking a strange language and running around kicking a white soccer ball. We thought it was a silly game that couldn’t hold a candle to hockey.
But our great fascination in the neighbourhood was the milkman’s horse.

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