There’s a youth movement in Comox Valley politics and Decafnation supports it. Former council members have had their chance. It’s those who must live with the impact of decisions tomorrow who should have the opportunity to make them today.
Unlike the federal and provincial political scene where parties and candidates start positioning themselves months, even years, before Election Day, candidates for local government often don’t announce until the filing deadline.
I have a favourite cartoon. The Grim Reaper has knocked on the door of an apartment. A man opens the door, sees the reaper, and has a terrified look on his face. The reaper is handing him a note. He says, “Now don’t freak out. This is just a ‘save the date’ notice.” I often think of this cartoon when I turn on the news each day and see more and more natural disasters. Scientists are telling us that we have entered the new Anthropocene Era. Its dominant characteristic is climate change which contributes to many of the disasters.
Over five terms on Cumberland Council, Gwyn Sproule has shifted her agenda from saving trees to growing the village’s commercial base with light, green industries along Bevan Road. And she wants to see the wastewater treatment project to completion. What does an immigrant from England with a degree in Greek and Latin who became a hippie tree planter in British Columbia 42 years ago do for an encore after nearly two decades on the Cumberland Village Council? For Gwyn Sproule, her agenda for a sixth term on council is quite a bit more pragmatic than it used to be.
With tension thick in the boardroom, with accusations of lies and corruption, slander flying back and forth, and despite 3L Developments’ last-minute tactic through Mano Theos to salvage their Riverwood subdivision, the application to amend the Regional Growth Strategy failed on a 6-4 vote
The powerful beauty of this exhibit was multi-fold. It first came from the heart of a family wishing to express and honour the retained and lost culture during the 67 years of the Potlatch ban. The fact that 67 years had also passed, since the lifting of the ban in 1951, is also the reason for the timing of Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban- Then and Now exhibit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, during the summer and early fall of 2018.
Your vote on Oct. 20 does more than elect someone to a municipal council. It shapes the future of your community. DecafNation’s special pages this week will help you make more informed choices.
In my early years working in the Arctic the federal government established a scientific research center. I facilitated two workshops with scientists to help them develop policies and research plans. At the same time the Inuit and Dene groups were negotiating their land claims. They wanted to make sure that the research plans incorporated their traditional knowledge of places and practices that were built into their culture.
Why should we accept an under-performing environment, when governments tremble at under-performing economies that ultimately depend on the state of the environment? BC experienced a summer marked by the worst fire season on record. Smoke and ash blanketed the entire country, just as scientific reports continued to mount that climate change is changing ecosystems irreversibly. While there is much talk about the new extremes being “the new normal,” there is also an increasing realization that “normal” is a misleading term because there is nothing normal about a deregulated environment characterized by extreme events of expanding magnitude. When the environmental framework goes, so do the ideological and economic assumptions that have until now sustained our interpretation of “normality.”
Judging by the mud flying, it would seem – splat – local elections are well underway across B.C. If the campaign turns out anything like the opening acts, there’s going to be some hefty dry cleaning bills this October. So what does the field of candidates look like after the dust settled and nominations closed?
CFB Comox Engineering Officer Alex Bissinger would focus on better planning, maintaining infrastructure and create more activity opportunities for young people in a town that has usually catered to seniors. She would add a voice for sustainability and not be fooled by consultant’s reports. Complex technical reports from staff and consultants often make municipal councillors eyes glaze over, but not Comox Council candidate Alex Bissinger. Her eyes light up.