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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Watershed Sentinel writer Gavin MacRae examines how well the new Water Sustainability Act is working in the context of a water bottling controversy in Mervilleread more
Chris Hilliar writes about ‘relational voting,’ which he learns is a simple concept – friends talking to friends. And without the individual’s participation democracy unravels.read more
PR helps young people feel invested in politics Editor’s note: Katie Betanzo was raised in the Comox Valley and New Zealand. She’s a former editor of The Breezeway, the now defunct award-winning student newspaper at G.P. Vanier High School. Betanzo moved to New...read more
Regional District CAO Russell Dyson says a Human Rights Tribunal settlement agreement entered into by the CVRD and Kabel Atwall includes a clause that Area C Director Edwin Grieve did not make any racist commentsread more
Will those of you who support Pro Rep, but have had other challenges on your plate, now join our grassroots effort to reach even more people about proportional representation? Come help us cross the finish line with arms held high in the air.read more
Imagine, if you will, elected officials from one party cooperating with the elected officials of another party in order to develop long-lasting legislative priorities that stand the test of time.read more
A BC Supreme Court has granted the Mack Laing Heritage Society intervenor status in the Town of Comox’s application to alter the naturalist’s public trust. MLHS hopes the new council is open to out-of-court discussionsread more
Saturday’s Royston meeting had over 50 citizens in attendance, giving up part of their sunny afternoon to listen to and question both candidates. There was a twist to this all candidates affair, the moderator was ill, and there was no one willing to take his place, so both candidates were running the show, alternating recognizing questions from the floor.read more