Comox Valley Council of Canadians - May 2019 Newsletter
In the Chapter's May newsletter:
May 2 open house - Have Your Say - Courtenay's Urban Forest Strategy
May 3 - Climate March
May 10 - Forests & Climate Change Townhall Meeting
Until May 17 - Have Your Say - Courtenay's Single Use Plastics Survey
May 18 - Electric Car & Bike Show
Stand up for democracy in Canada: Pass Bill C69
Update: Merville Water Guardians
Upcoming Events

HAVE YOUR SAY: City of Courtenay's
Urban Forest Strategy

Final Draft Plan now available for public feedback

Urban Forest description graphicOne year after beginning a comprehensive exploration and community consultation into Courtenay’s urban forest, the draft plan is now available for public feedback and the City wants to hear from you!

The Urban Forest Strategy will guide how we as a community protect and manage trees on public and private land within the Courtenay boundaries.

The urban forest includes the collection of trees, vegetation, soil and associated natural processes across our city’s landscape.

Attend a public open house, Thursday May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at the Florence Filberg Centre, Evergreen Lounge. A short presentation will take place at 6:00 pm.

Submit photos through the crowd sourced ‘Story Map’
Participate in the online survey. Deadline for survey responses is Thursday May 23. Hard copies of the survey are also available at City Hall, the Lewis Centre and the Florence Filberg Center.
View the Draft Urban Forest Strategy Draft Plan here.
Provide written feedback to planning staff at

May 3rd, 1 - 4 pm. Meet in front of Courtenay City Hall, we will protest the climate crisis facing our planet.

Youth will lead the march with adults in the back.

Join us on our march to bring attention to the urgency of the situation to city hall, local financial institutions and the office of Ronna Rae Leonard and Gord Johns.

Help strike for climate!

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Native Sons Hall, Courtenay

Please join Sierra Club BC, the Wilderness Committee and local Comox Valley activists for an evening of presentations on the climate crisis, the state of old-growth and second-growth forests on Vancouver Island and how these two relate to each other, followed by group discussions about how we can build a just and sustainable future in the Valley and across the Island!

Climate change and decades of mismanagement of forests in and around the Comox Valley are and will continue to be major challenges into the future. How can we build interest in meaningful change on both these interconnected issues simultaneously, and with the speed required? How can we do this in a way that benefits everyone and respects the sovereignty of the First Nations in whose territories we live?

HAVE YOUR SAY: City of Courtenay's
Proposed Single Use Plastics Regulations Bylaw Survey

Feedback open until May 17, 2019

plastic bottles in the ocean
Online Survey for Courtenay Residents: Single Use Plastics Survey for Residents
Online Survey for Courtenay Businesses: Single Use Plastics Survey for Businesses
Electric Car & Bike Show, Sat. May 18, 10 am - 4 pm, CV Sports Centre Parking Lot
Video: Pass Bill C-69.  This short two-minute video from the Sierra Club explains what’s happened with Bill C69 and what’s at stake as Senators decide whether to pass it. We don’t have much time left — please share the video in your networks.
Stand up for democracy in Canada: Pass Bill C69

This is a chance for our voices to be heard!

There are three important actions you can take:

  1. Make a submission to the Senate.  This Brief should help you with this! We need to make sure Senate hears from voices across the country who support strong environmental laws! Email your submission to Submissions can come from individuals and/or organizations. It is important that they are individualized which is why we have not provided a more detailed template.  
  2. Ask to appear before Senate when they tour a community near you (some travel funds are often made available to support witness testimony). Email TODAY!
  3. Join a community side event in one of the senate tour stops. Please connect with the Sierra Club and let them know if you are able to help support, and/or promote one of these local events.  

Click here for a short 8-page brief to clarify why we need Bill C-69, what the bill would do is passed, areas where the bill could be improved, and what is happening next. 

Update: Merville Water Guardians 

On April 13th, at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) annual convention and AGM, the Strathcona Regional District presented a resolution as follows:
  • WHEREAS water is an essential resource upon which all life, including all ecosystems and all local communities depend, 
  • AND WHEREAS water is a public heritage and a public trust for present and future generations and access to water must not be compromised by commercial operations relating to commercial water bottling or commercial bulk water exports, 
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Premier of British Columbia and the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development be requested to immediately cease the licensing and extraction of groundwater for commercial water bottling and/or bulk water exports from aquifers.
  • The 53 member communities voted unanimously to support the resolution!  Those 53 communities represent all of Vancouver Island, and also several coastal communities of the mainland of BC.  They also represent all the citizens of their communities.  They have expressed loudly and clearly that they, and the people of their communities that they represent, do not want the provincial government to approve water extraction licences for the bottling and commercial sale of groundwater.
This resolution will now be presented and voted on at the UBCM convention in September.  The AVICC communities, who are already in favour of the resolution, represent 28% of the total UBCM communities, so we are well on our way to getting the resolution supported at the UBCM convention, and we are confident that the remaining members of the UBCM will be like-minded and vote to support this key resolution. 

Merville Water Guardians have now asked the Premier, the FLNRORD Minister, the Environment Minister, and all the MLAs to listen to the elected representatives of the people of BC and take action by making changes to the Water Sustainability Act, to prohibit the licencing of groundwater for bottling and commercial sale.

Call for VolunteersCall for VOLUNTEERS!

We're a lean team.....maybe a bit too lean!  Do you have a few hours a week to spare?  We need a few good people passionate about the issues and able to take the lead on initiatives.  It could be events, campaigns or communications.   There's always work to be done!

Please contact Alice de Wolff at if you'd like to join us. Our Steering Committee meetings are once a month.
upcoming eventsMay 2 - City of Courtenay Urban Forest Strategy Public Open House 5:30 - 7:30 PM Florence Filberg Centre
May 3 - March to protest climate crisis
May 10 - Forests & Climate Change townhall meeting
May 18 10 am - 4 pm - Electric Car & Bike Show
June 21 - 23 - 34th Miners Memorial, honouring workers yesterday and today - details here
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