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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Courtenay tackles wood stoves

RESOLUTION — It is well documented that poor Comox Valley air quality continues to be a major issue for residents of the City of Courtenay, not to mention the associated health concerns. The problem is most acute during the winter months.

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Union Bay: in or out of CVRD?

Will they or won’t they? The UBID decided to consider joining the Comox Valley Regional District and then, within a month, apparently changed it’s mind. But 18 minutes of the first meeting’s videotape has gone missing.

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Should Union Bay join CVRD?

Should the Union Bay Improvement District turn over management of its water system to the Comox Valley Regional District? The UBID board has started the process, but residents will make the ultimate choice.

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Engineers battle coastal tankers

From a log home on Upper Campbell Lake, Brian Gunn has rallied retired engineers in British Columbia to challenge how oil products are being shipped from and along the coast of British Columbia. They’re now challenging Kinder Morgan.

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The Valley seems healthy, but …

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 …

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A lament for Strathcona Park

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 …

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Wild salmon on brink of disaster

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 …

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Solidarity with salmon defenders

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.

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