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.
Want to join the journalism Project?
We welcome new Citizen Journalists. Decafnation even provides some basic training. Click here and get in touch.
On the surface, the Comox Valley looks healthy. Current health data indicates the Comox Valley is healthier than many other island communities. And that may be the reason we are one of the last communities to form …read more
Almost a century ago, people saw the beauty of the area as an equivalent to Banff. Elk Valley was bounded by Buttle Lake and Campbell Lake with Myra Falls at the end of it. The valley was full of giant …read more
A long-time Clayoquot Sound resident writes a first-person account from the Broughton Archipelago, where First Nations occupied a fish farm. She wonders if wild salmon, bears and other wildlife can survive fish farming …read more
The science surrounding Atlantic salmon farming and First Nations’ opposition to these farms on their territories in the Broughton Archipelago came together at a powerful event Thursday night in Courtenay.read more
Ruth Jessie Masters was a war veteran, avid hiker, historian, naturalist, environmentalist, protester but maybe most importantly she was one of ours – born and raised in the Comox Valley. She was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital …read more
Decafnation is seeking a dozen people passionate about civic engagement and the importance of an informed electorate. In just over 12 months, Comox Valley voters will elect people to manage the affairs of Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox and the three unincorporated areas...read more