As Canada faces an unprecedented housing crisis throughout the country, exploding house prices, rising rents, rental housing shortages, long waitlists for non-market housing and increasing homelessness, the NDP is calling on the government for urgent action now. Canadians cannot afford to wait until after the next election for this crisis to be solved. “The housing crisis in Canada requires urgent action now. The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a national disgrace,” said North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney. “It’s unacceptable, in a country as wealthy as ours, that so many people are desperate for affordable housing. Funding coming in 2020 and beyond does nothing for the many people in our communities who need housing today.”

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Your Vote Matters

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in partnership with the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland are encouraging residents to vote on October 20, 2018 in the local government elections.

“Every resident has their own opinions, values, and concerns regarding their community,” explains Jake Martens, CVRD Deputy Chief Election Officer. “No matter where you live, your vote can help shape your neighborhood and community on important issues such as traffic management, education, parks, recreation, emergency services, infrastructure projects and so many more.”

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A Palestinian International Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective

Twenty-five years after the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine, a two-state solution is no longer feasible. This being the case, what is the solution? What are we as Canadian civil society called to do? What is the responsibility of the Canadian government under domestic and international law? Comox Valley residents interested in Middle East current affairs will have a unique opportunity to hear what is happening currently on the ground in Palestine from a respected international human rights lawyer. Jonathan Kuttab will address the topic, “New Thinking for Post-Oslo-Palestine: Challenges & Opportunities.”

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Harold Long says Courtenay has outgrown small town thinking, should plan for sea level rise, calls a subdivision at Stotan Falls a ‘bad idea’ and wants to densify the urban core to preserve downtown businesses. And he’s disappointed in incumbent Mayor Larry Jangula. Harold Long, a three-term Courtenay council member in the 1980s, will launch a return to city politics this week, this time in a run for the mayor’s chair.

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Eduardo Uranga announces candidacy for Mayor of Cumberland

As a Mayor of the Village of Cumberland, I will provide leadership to the council by recommending bylaws, resolutions and other measures that may assist the peace, order and good government, I will communicate information to the council to facilitate sound decisions, I will provide general direction to municipal officers respecting implementation of municipal policies, programs and other directions of the council, always reflecting the will of council.

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Doug Hillian Seeking Re-election

Doug Hillian: “I’m pleased to let you know that I will be seeking re-election for a fourth term on Courtenay City Council and am hoping I can count on your support. Please check out my website and let me know what you think.”

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Judi Murakami would encourage the City of Courtenay Council to address backyard issues and the bottom line of the ledger

Judi Murakami, an active senior volunteer, filed a City of Courtenay Councilor candidacy form Sept 5. Upon retiring to the Comox Valley after a busy career, Judi now has a breadth of local experience as a result of her service in many capacities. Her campaign presents a unique constellation of beneficial objectives.

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Comox Valley Sustainability Forum 2

On October 20, voters in the Comox Valley will be electing mayors, councillors, school district board members and electoral area directors.
Local government, be it in a village, town, city or electoral area, shapes the community it serves with its decision making. Therefore, it’s critical we ensure our elected officials adopt policies and bylaws that will form the basis for creating both a sustainable community and environment, not only for ourselves but for future generations.

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