Today, the federal government announced that it has refused to issue an emergency order to protect endangered killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, and of Environment and Climate Change making a recommendation for one.
Comox Strathcona Waste Management is reminding residents of the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District to dispose of their pumpkins in an environmentally responsible manner this Halloween. When a pumpkin ends up in the landfill it does not break down as it would in a compost pile. The pumpkins decompose without oxygen, producing leachate and methane gas which is harmful to the environment.
The Comox Valley Photographic Society (CVPS) has teamed up with Rhodos Coffee and Project Watershed to showcase images of the K’ómoks Estuary in support of the efforts to purchase and restore Kus-kus-sum. The photographs are part of a larger project called “A Year in the Estuary” that the Photographic Society started this summer and will complete next year.
The Sustainability Action Group for the Environment (SAGE) is hosting an informational evening on the impact of wood smoke on public health and what changes are needed to improve our air quality. “The quality of our air is an important social determinant of our health,” noted Helen Boyd, the event organizer. “Yet we have multiple air advisories every year in the Comox Valley. This talk is a great opportunity to learn more about how wood smoke—whether from wood stoves or from wildfires—affects our well-being.”
Voter turnout is notoriously low in municipal elections—yet it’s the municipal bodies that make important decisions that impact our daily lives. Every conversation you can have with people to nudge them to the polls matters. In the lead up to this week’s elections, Georgia Strait Alliance has conducted two candidate surveys to help you understand where candidates stand with respect to two environmental issues on which they could show their leadership.
Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join Dr. Scott Wallace for an illustrated talk entitled: “Can the Species at Risk Act Recover Southern Resident Killer Whales”? Dr. Scott Wallace is a marine ecologist employed by the David Suzuki Foundation as a Senior Research Scientist. The Southern Residents are a distinct population of killer whales who frequently use the Salish Sea during the summer months.
Candidates in the local government elections have responded to an air quality questionnaire distributed by Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley. Over 95% of the candidates provided full or partial responses, and the vast majority were supportive of action on air quality.
The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards invite the public to a free guided nature walk where you will learn about salmon life histories, their habitat requirements, challenges affecting salmon productivity and ways in which you can help to maintain a healthy environment. The efforts of the Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards over the past 20 years to enhance fish production in the creeks will also be discussed.
The Comox Valley is fortunate to have a number of streams, rivers and wetlands that form important habitats for a variety of plant and animal species. Water is obviously also essential for the residents of our area. However, land development, pollution, climate change and other pressures require that wetlands be monitored and managed sustainably.