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.

Valley farmers discuss ALR

The Comox Valley Mid Island Farmers Institute is leading the regional discussion on how to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve. A recent meeting in Merville produced lots of ideas.

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With PR, everyone has a voice

Katie Betanzo was raised in the Comox Valley and New Zealand and moved to New Zealand in 2001. She teaches media studies and English in Auckland. This is the first in a series of articles about how proportional representative government works in her adopted country.

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‘Organic’ now means organic

British Columbia consumers will soon have certainty that the “organic” products they purchase are really organic. A new law requires a rigid regime that growers must follow and compulsory inspections before they can label their products as organic.

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Record’s error went beyond omitting a disclaimer

The Comox Valley Record, our local newspaper, drew widespread criticism last week by turning over its Dec. 12th front page to an advertisement that looked like a news story. The “advertorial” was sponsored by a development company at war with some residents and the Comox Valley Regional District.

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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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