Randall Garrison, NDP Critic for National Defence and MP for Esquimalt – Saanich – Sooke, has tabled a bill in Parliament to address the serious issue of suicides and barriers to mental health within the Canadian Armed Forces. This new Private Members’ Bill would remove the section of the National Defence Act that states self-harm is a disciplinary offence.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, November 20th the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting.
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?
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.
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.