The Comox Valley Civic Journalism Project
Rural communities have suffered the most from the news industry’s decline. Small town papers no longer have the necessary resources of staff or space to provide content of sufficient breadth and depth. That bodes ill for democracy. A poorly informed electorate may bestow the powers of public office on the undeserving.
The Comox Valley Civic Journalism Project is a group of engaged volunteers determined to understand and explain our community’s most important issues. You’ll find their news reporting, news analysis and commentary on this page.
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The CVRD Committee of the Whole voted to consider an application to amend the Regional Growth Strategy in a way that would permit the 3L Development on the Puntledge River near Stotan Falls, but the majority votes down a motion by Ken Grant and Larry Jangula to expedite the processread more
The Comox Valley Regional District Committee of the Whole will vote at 4 p.m. today (July 10) on whether to classify the 3L Developments proposal for a 740-house project at Stotan Falls as a minor amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy. CVRD staff have recommended the proposal be classified as a major amendment.read more
Working in an Alberta ministry office taught City Council candidate Deana Simpkin that it’s easier to get things done from the inside. She wants to densify and revitalize downtown, meet growth head-on and keep taxes in checkread more
In New Zealand, proportional representation enabled the Maori Party to achieve important reforms for the country’s indigenous people. British Columbia’s First Nations also deserve a stronger legislative voice, and electoral reform can make it happenread more
A proposed new bridge would kill the Courtenay Airpark, walkway, Hollyhock Marsh, undermine Kus-kus-sum and add another signal light on Comox Road. So why is the City of Courtenay promoting it? Even mayoralty candidates aren’t sureread more
Over 7,000 Canadians died of opioid overdose in 2016 and 2017. Courtenay parents John and Jennifer Hedican’s eldest son, Ryan, was one of them. They have started an online petition to demand action from Ottawa. It closes on July 25.read more
Comox Valley Green Party members hear MLA Sonya Furstenau talk about new approaches rooted in education must encourage the development of innovative technologies to secure a healthy, sustainable future for our child and the planet.read more
Story update — The CVRD moved a rezoning application for a water bottling plant in Merville to a public hearing later this summer after the applicant complained the process has not been fair or transparentread more