Letters to the Editor

Time To Say Goodbye

Time To Say Goodbye

The year has passed very quickly and, as Editor of Tide Change, I have enjoyed many conversations in the wonderful coffee shops of the Comox Valley. I have observed and, in my own small way, helped to inform our readers about individuals and groups making a difference in our community. But now it is time for me to say goodbye.

“Not Genocide”? Clearly Justin Legalized Pot for a Reason

So Canada is apparently tongue-tied about the Missing Women’s Inquiry Report admitting that it was “genocide” (https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mmiwg-inquiry-deliver-final-report-justice-reforms-1.5158223). All kinds of experts are stepping forth to say this is not genocide, Their main argument is that it was not “intentional”, and Canada is the land of well-intentioned people.

Trojan Horse? What’s Wild Bill Smoking Days?

I dare say that if I were to hand you two articles on climate change and what we should/could/can’t do about it; one by former NDP strategist Bill Tieleman and the other by BC Liberal promoter Tom Fletcher; with the authorship redacted—you’d be very hard put to tell, by the arguments presented, which was cowboy Tom riding high on fumes of Exxon-Mobil climate change denying propaganda and which was Wild Bill quixotically spurring on the exhausted steed of climate action impotence.

Comments on Logging the Schmidt Creek Watershed

The Schmidt Creek watershed is a mix of remnant and still beautiful old growth forest and ugly logging debris on steep slopes adjacent to the forested upland of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. The Reserve was established in 1982 to protect vital habitat for orcas.

Plea for Comox Lake

While the report of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, released last Monday, will be duly ignored by pundits and politicians for whom science is a “Chinese hoax”, the dire assessment of the degraded state of the ecosystems which support human life as we know it, could not be clearer.

Comments on Logging the Schmidt Creek Watershed

Comments on Logging the Schmidt Creek Watershed

The Schmidt Creek watershed is a mix of remnant and still beautiful old growth forest and ugly logging debris on steep slopes adjacent to the forested upland of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. The Reserve was established in 1982 to protect vital habitat for orcas.

Plea for Comox Lake

Plea for Comox Lake

While the report of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, released last Monday, will be duly ignored by pundits and politicians for whom science is a “Chinese hoax”, the dire assessment of the degraded state of the ecosystems which support human life as we know it, could not be clearer.

What if Women Owned the Press?

What if Women Owned the Press?

When New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations in October 2017, they ignited the #MeToo movement and inspired many thousands of women to break their silence for the first time.

An Open Letter to Comox Mayor and Council

An Open Letter to Comox Mayor and Council

We, the Mack Laing Heritage Society of the Comox Valley (MLHS), wish to take this opportunity to thank Comox Council. Their decision to postpone any decision related to the Mack Laing Shakesides house Trust property, for three months, is to be commended.

Hope in Kwispaa LNG Pipeline Discussions

Hope in Kwispaa LNG Pipeline Discussions

Somehow my conscience and a friend’s request egged me on to attend the presentation of the proponents for the Steelhead Kwispaa LNG pipeline project to Comox Valley Regional District Board at 4 pm , February 5. Some five decades of both activist and professional experience have taught me to expect little of such meetings – to the point of boredom.

Launching of Canadian Journalism Innovators

Launching of Canadian Journalism Innovators

This past week about 1,000 journalists were laid off at some of the most recognized organizations, from Buzzfeed, which will cut 15 per cent of its workforce, to HuffPost, to Gannett — the U.S.’s largest newspaper chain.

An Invitation To Help Us Help You in 2019

An Invitation To Help Us Help You in 2019

In the four months that I have had the privilege of posting this community’s articles, press releases and event information, I have received some wonderful letters of appreciation from various organizations, which have seen the value of having Tide Change as a local virtual communication and information platform.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Everyone at Tide Change joins me in wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. We thank you for your support and input in 2018. As you can tell by the photograph, my activity of choice is reading a good book by the fireplace with a latte, of course. Take the time to care for yourself and remember to stay in the “present” moment, because it is truly a gift.
– Message from the Editor
Tide Change will return on December 27th.

Fundraising for The Hermitage Covenant

Fundraising for The Hermitage Covenant

Dear Friends of Nature, as you may know, Charles Brandt is a deeply respected member of the Comox Valley’s conservation community as well as a spiritual leader. He is acknowledged for his important contributions to the protection and recovery of the both the Tsolum River and the Oyster River. He is also the first ordained Catholic priest-hermit in two centuries and has dedicated the latter half of his life to quiet contemplation about spiritual ecology: the spiritual inter-connections between humans and non-human life on this planet.

It May Be Dark Out There, But There Is a Future For Journalism

It May Be Dark Out There, But There Is a Future For Journalism

Hi Catherine. In many ways, 2018 was a brutal year for journalism, as Time rightly highlighted in selecting journalists murdered or imprisoned, or “guardians of the war on truth” as they called them, for its 2018 Person of the Year cover. There were moments this year when it felt like we were alone swimming against a tide of ugly discourse, and barely keeping afloat. What chance did our little newsroom have to build a better kind of journalism when the whole world seemed to be moving in the opposite direction?

God is in Everything: My Reflections on a Conversation with Father Charles Brandt

God is in Everything: My Reflections on a Conversation with Father Charles Brandt

There are many ways to live one’s life. One of the less traveled, but more transformative paths, is that of contemplation. Last week, I met a unique and interesting man, who embodies this life choice, Father Charles Brandt. As I write these words, it is also the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s passing, which took place on December 10th, 1968. Merton was not only a prolific author and influential thinker; his journey was this era’s modern version of the contemplative lifestyle.