Comox Valley voters have a terrible record of turning out to vote in municipal elections, yet who we elect to our local governments has a more direct and impactful effect on our daily lives. Let’s turn that around this year
Bob Wells says he has the experience and consensus-building skills that the City of Courtenay needs in its next mayor. He asks voters to look at his accomplishments, not the rhetoric of his opponents.read more
Around the world, the criteria for how to spend public money has shifted toward achieving a community’s social and economic values, in addition to getting the best value. The Village of Cumberland is leading the way for Canada, along with Comox resident Sandra Hamiltonread more
Vancouver Island mayors are working together and with the construction industry to ease the transition to a new local government procurement process that includes the achievement of a community’s social and economic goals with a community benefit hubread more
While Canada and Canadians have changed, our voting system hasn’t changed since first-past-the-post was adopted. First-past-the-post does not match what we value as a society because, dare I say it, it isn’t fair.read more
Photographer Bob Cain has documented life on Hornby Island for nearly 50 years, capturing the people, events and rituals of island living in black and white, and going mostly unnoticed. Now he’s sharing his voluminous archive with the world.read more
Caring for her husband who suffers with dementia, Comox resident Delores Broten struggles with a hard decision. He’s falling now, but should she approve strapping him into a wheelchair? It seems inhumane, and she’s reaching out for help.read more
Comox Valley governments agreed to follow the Sustainability Strategy in the Regional Growth Strategy, but some are doing better than others. Learn the pertinent questions to identify candidates that value sustainability at a public forum this Thursday, May 24 in...read more
For Will Cole-Hamilton, local government is something people do together, not something that is done to them. He hopes to join the Courtenay City Council on Oct. 20 to address “available” housing and other issues.read more
The hours are long and the paycheck is short, but Cumberland Mayor told a crowd of about 65 in Comox that serving your community through local government can be a rewarding experience. The public forum was organized by Comox Tomorrow.read more
The new Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Planning Process that will recommend rerouting the pipe carrying Courtenay and Comox sewage to the treatment plant will include public and technical panels, which will be formed this summer; plus, the treatment plant gets an upgrade to eliminate over-capacity at peak periodsread more
Municipal election countdown
Bag It! documentary screens tonight at NIC
This documentary film showing at 6.30 pm Oct. 18 at the NIC theatre follows colorado resident Jeb Berrier around as he asks what happens to all the plastic we throw away, and how what happens when it catches up to us. Admission is free. Q&A to follow the film.
Understanding the electoral reform referendum, Oct. 27
British Columbians will vote from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.
The Comox Valley Council of Canadians will host a information session with Barb Berger, Chair Fair Vote Comox Valley at 1.30 pm on Sat., Oct. 27 in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, Courtenay.
How can Proportional Representation improve democracy in BC? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions, FPTP and the three PR choices on the ballot. Also Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead guests through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what we value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPTP or PR.
Lame Joke Du Jour
The usual consensus after the election is that 100% of voters think 50% of voters have lost their minds.
Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.
Thought Du Jour
“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”