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.

Only safe source will curb overdose crisis

Over 7,000 Canadians died of opioid overdose in 2016 and 2017. Courtenay parents John and Jennifer Hedican’s eldest son, Ryan, was one of them. They have started an online petition to demand action from Ottawa. It closes on July 25.

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Furstenau Sets Tone at Green Party AGM

Comox Valley Green Party members hear MLA Sonya Furstenau talk about new approaches rooted in education must encourage the development of innovative technologies to secure a healthy, sustainable future for our child and the planet.

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A caregiver’s hard decision: help wanted

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.

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An alternate reality: Clark pumps PR

While Liberal opposition to proportional representation is no secret, there is a BC Liberal insider whose thoughts regarding proportional representation they probably wish didn’t exist in the public domain. But they do exist, and the words are from none other than Christy Clark.

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Is Site C a Done Deal?

More than 150 people gathered at the K’omox First Nation Band Hall recently for a powerful inspiring evening of speakers who proved that the fight to save the Peace River Valley is far from over. Ken Boon, farmer and member of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and two other speakers explained why Site C is a boondoggle.

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The buck (doesn’t) stop here

The key to maintaining the public’s confidence in its government departments and agencies, is the concept of public accountability. The gap between the serious nature of the issues presented by community representatives and the response provided by Island Health is staggering. Island Health acknowledges its accountability but does it, in fact, hold itself accountable?

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Turbidity at Langley Lake?

Union Bay residents hope to protect Langley Lake, their source of drinking water, from increased turbidity that could result from logging in the watershed, and heal some tensions in the community along the way.

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