Politics

Blaney Questions Ongoing Policy On Ferry Vehicle Passengers

Blaney Questions Ongoing Policy On Ferry Vehicle Passengers

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney has sent yet another letter to federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau about Transport Canada’s order prohibiting passengers from remaining in their vehicles during sailings if parked on a closed deck. The letter comes after it was reported that Transport Canada is reviewing over 1000 reports of passengers disobeying the order.

NDP Leader to Visit Campbell River and Comox Valley

COURTENAY – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will bring his energetic campaign to Vancouver Island this week. Singh will join local NDP candidates Rachel Blaney and Gord Johns on Thursday to make a policy announcement in Campbell River, followed by a roundtable with local residents in Courtenay and a stop to meet with people in Parksville later in the day.

MP Gord Johns to Host Green New Deal Town Hall Meeting

MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) is inviting the public to a Green New Deal for Canada Town Hall discussion with NDP House Leader Peter Julian at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on July 25th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

On July 1st, Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments increased, but according to Réseau FADOQ, the combined increases work out to only an extra $12-16 per month. NDP Seniors Affairs Critic Rachel Blaney noted that seniors are understandably unimpressed.

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

On July 1st, Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments increased, but according to Réseau FADOQ, the combined increases work out to only an extra $12-16 per month. NDP Seniors Affairs Critic Rachel Blaney noted that seniors are understandably unimpressed.

NDP Makes Way for Passage of Bill Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins in Canada

NDP Makes Way for Passage of Bill Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins in Canada

Last week North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, along with her colleagues Gord Johns, Randall Garrison, Alistair MacGregor, and Victoria candidate Laurel Collins requested that MP Nathan Cullen give up an hour of debate for his private members bill in order to ensure the final debate and vote would be held for a bill to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins. Cullen generously obliged, and on Monday Bill S-203 was passed.

Trojan Horse? What’s Wild Bill Smoking Days?

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.

NDP Call to Build Half a Million Affordable Housing Units

NDP Call to Build Half a Million Affordable Housing Units

On January 21st in Burnaby, Jagmeet Singh challenged Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to combat the housing crisis and bring relief to Canadians across the country. The NDP Leader announced the first part of his plan to build half a million affordable housing units over the next decade starting with the removal of the federal tax on the building of new affordable housing in the upcoming federal budget.

MP Rachel Blaney Shares Concerns About Wet’suwet’en Blockade in Northern BC

MP Rachel Blaney Shares Concerns About Wet’suwet’en Blockade in Northern BC

Member of Parliament for North Island-Powell River expressed serious concerns regarding the Wet’suwet’sen blockade in Northern British Columbia. “I am very concerned with the ongoing situation at the Wet’suwet’en blockade, and disappointed that the Prime Minister is remaining silent” said MP Blaney. “The government does a lot of talk about reconciliation, but that means showing up and doing the tough work, especially in difficult situations”.

NDP SECURES TRANSPARENCY ON FORCED STERILIZATION IN CANADA

NDP SECURES TRANSPARENCY ON FORCED STERILIZATION IN CANADA

On Tuesday, NDP Health Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) secured a key meeting on the forced sterilization of women in Canada at the Standing Committee on Health. Davies won unanimous support from his colleagues when he moved a motion calling for the Department of Health to provide a briefing, at the earliest opportunity, on forced sterilization, which has disproportionately impacted Indigenous women.

Take Action with CV Amnesty International Write for Rights Event

Take Action with CV Amnesty International Write for Rights Event

The Comox Valley Amnesty Action Circle is standing up for human rights on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, from 4-6 pm at the Courtenay Library. The community is invited to join Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign. It is a global letter-writing campaign offering the public an opportunity to write on human rights issues and bring meaningful change to people and groups who need support to uphold their human rights. Last year, more than 5 million messages were sent to world leaders demanding human rights progress. This year, activists are aiming to replicate that success, focusing on critical human rights cases in countries where peoples’ rights are being violated and action is urgently needed.

CV Council of Canadian Community Activist Award

CV Council of Canadian Community Activist Award

The CV Council of Canadians invites all concerned citizens to join the Chapter’s AGM on Thursday, November 22nd at 7 pm for an open discussion on stewardship and the strengthening, energizing and prioritizing of campaigns as we move into 2019.
Our climate and earth are under siege. The recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states the next 12 years are crucial to holding the lifeline. Comox Valley has new municipal councillors and regional directors. How do we collaborate so our communities thrive and achieve sustainability?

Understanding the Referendum on Electoral Reform

Understanding the Referendum on Electoral Reform

British Columbians will be voting this fall, from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of all registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.

Local Candidates Respond Favourably to Air Quality Questionnaire

Local Candidates Respond Favourably to Air Quality Questionnaire

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.

Fanny Bay Information Session on Proportional Representation Referendum

Fanny Bay Information Session on Proportional Representation Referendum

Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox shortly? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused? Here’s your opportunity to ‘get in the know’ regarding this mail-in electoral reform referendum which is scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Pam Munroe, member of Fair Vote Comox Valley, will be presenting an information session on the referendum and some background information. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of proportional representation. The presentation will involve a brief talk about all four voting systems.