Comox Valley Council of Canadians - September 2018 e-newsletter
In the Chapter's September newsletter:
Second Sustainability Forum
Fair Vote Comox Valley Presentation
Fair Vote Comox Valley - Elder College Course
Defend Against Drought
Site C Rally
Labour Day Picnic
Fish Farm Updates
Water Bottling Rezoning Application Denied
Community Action Award Nominations

Wednesday, September 19 - 7:00 pm

K'omoks Band Hall
3330 Comox Road, Courtenay

Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Global Awareness Network, and Imagine Comox Valley invite the public, members of local government and candidates standing for office in the October 20, 2018 municipal elections to attend the second Sustainability Forum.

Five speakers will present information on a range of issues ranging from public health and local economic development to climate change and infrastructure.
Q & A will follow each presentation.

Click here for Forum details. Click here for the Sustainability Forum free tickets.
What is Important to YOU in Democracy?
Information Session

September 12  - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Comox United Church - 250 Beach Drive, Comox

Join Barb Berger, Chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley who will be speaking to the reasons there is a push for change in our electoral systems and the options in the upcoming referendum.  Click here for presentation details.
Elder College Short Course - A More Inclusive Democracy
Friday, October 12 - 10 to 11:30 am
Stan Hagen Theatre - NIC Campus

Fair Vote Comox Valley is encouraging discussion as British Columbians prepare for the upcoming referendum on which voting system, a form of Proportional Representation (PR) or the current First Past The Post (FPTP), should be used in our provincial elections. 

Barb Berger will present the issues and implications surrounding a change in the way we vote and cover the three types of PR systems on the mail-in ballot.

To register for the course you must be a member of Elder College – click here for details.

Add your voice to the BC Fresh Water Alliance campaign at #defendagainstdrought.
Recent polls show most British Columbians think water is our most precious and valued resource. By signing the letter (click here) addressed to our MLAs and key government ministers we let them know they must stand up for our communities to protect the water we depend upon.
Site C Rally!
Site C is a DAM Mistake!

Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard's office
436 5th St., Courtenay

IMPORTANT! This rally will demonstrate solidarity with Moberley Lake & Prophet River First Nations in their court case to protect the Peace River Valley. 

Bring a sign, bring a letter.  Bring your outrage after reading this article by Sarah Cox on the government's secretive Site C dam oversight board.
Rally sponsored by Islanders for the Peace

Click here to sign the pledge to register support for the First Nations' court case.
Labour Day Picnic

September 3 from 12:00 - 3:00pm
Halbe Hall - Black Creek

The Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council invites you to their annual Labour Day Picnic - a free event for the whole family. For picnic details click here.
Fish Farm Updates

Updates range from the latest on the BC government's fish processing compliance audit and Martin Sheen and Alexandra Morton's harassment by government and industry to the Musgamagw Dzawada’nuewx court cases, one of which includes challenging the BC government’s month to month renewal of farm licenses without consultation.

To support t
he Musgamagw Dzawada’nuewx Wild Salmon Defense fund click here.
Merville Water Guardians (MWG)
Rezoning Application Denied by CVRD!

The rezoning application for bottling water in Merville was unanimously defeated by the CVRD.

The applicant now intends to apply to the Strathcona Regional District to bottle the Merville water in their district. Click here to read the article. 

The MWG will continue with their petitioning to the BC Government and their campaign to stop water bottling from BC aquifers. They are also supporting the Council of Canadians campaign to review and improve the Water Sustainability Act. See article here
11th Annual Community Action Award!
   The Chapter is seeking nominations for its 11th Annual   
   Community Action Award. 

Do you know an individual or group that has actively demonstrated progressive community action in the Comox Valley for at least one year and whose goals are consistent with those of the Council of Canadians?

Please email your nomination by November 3.  For award criteria click here
     Mark your calendar for these upcoming events
     September 3 -   Labour Day Picnic
     September 11 - Site C is a DAM Mistake Rally
     September 12 - What is Important to YOU in Democracy
     September 13 - Sustainability Forum
     October 12 -      A More Inclusive Democracy - Elder College Short Course
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