In British Columbia, local government decision-making shapes the community it serves, whether that community is a village, town, city or electoral area. The welfare and interests of the community’s future is promoted with a vision implemented through the adoption of policies and bylaws.
In the Comox Valley, the community and regional visions are reflected in the Official Community Plans and a Regional Growth Strategy.
To meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability, some communities’ short-term decisions are made in a reactive, chop and change manner. In the long run, this approach often fails to protect the municipality’s assets from damage and results in local government missing out on key partnerships and funding opportunities.
On the other hand, proactive municipal decision-making implements a clear, integrated, short and long-term planning strategy, designed specifically to meet the challenges of a community thoughtfully, efficiently and effectively.
BC municipal elections take place October 20, 2018.
On Thursday, May 24, CV Global Awareness Network, the CV Council of Canadians and Imagine Comox Valley invite you to a Sustainability Forum, where voters will have an opportunity to hear more about the possibility of reaching sustainable solutions to current local issues and problems.
The evening will begin with an introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, followed with an overview of the goals outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy and Official Community Plans and why these matter to the well-being of our Comox Valley communities.
Five local speakers will present information on a range of issues from valuing eco-assets, food security and air quality, to increasing energy efficiency in new construction and ending homelessness. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.
Whether you are a voter who wants to support candidates who will take a proactive approach to enacting sustainable policies and programs or if you are considering running as a candidate in the 2018 municipal election – this Forum will address what is currently taking place in the Valley and how we can move toward sustainable solutions for our community.
Everyone is invited to attend the Comox Valley Sustainability Forum at 7 pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.
For free tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/comox-valley-sustainability-forum-tickets-44341476550?aff=es2. Or call 778 992 0102.
Riding the bus this summer was even more rewarding than usual for many people in the Comox Valley, due to the In2Transit promotion run by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). During July and August over 40 bus riders won prizes valued at $50 or more.
Brian Charlton gets In2Transit
“We would like to thank everyone who got In2Transit and to congratulate our August winners: Kim Watson, Corina Grossmann and Brian Charlton,” said Michael Zbarsky, Manager of Transit and Sustainability.
The promotion doesn’t stop just because summer has. It runs until November 15, 2015. To enter, ride the bus and either take a selfie and post it to a social media channel with the tag #In2Transit, or fill out an In2Transit ticket and drop it off with your bus driver.
Three monthly winners will be chosen for September and October out of the tickets and selfies submitted during those months and then three grand prize winners will be chosen from all the submissions throughout the promotion. Details on this promotion and where to get tickets can be found online at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/in2transit.
The monthly prizes remaining include gift certificates to businesses on the 34 C2C Express bus route - The Broken Spoke, Mudsharks Coffee Bar, Zocalo Cafe, Gladstone Brewing Co, Tim Hortons, and Caffe Amantes. The grand prizes include $500, a 16GB iPod Mini from My Tech Guys and $50 gift certificates to local restaurants along other Comox Valley bus routes (The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Manvirros Indian Grill, Martine’s Bistro, Ichiban Sushi Restaurant and Locals Restaurant.)
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Over twelve weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills through the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in a series of original videos created to inspire the Comox Valley.
The Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for this year’s participants, some who faced real barriers to employment. This second project began mid-2015 and ended on September 6th, with a successful screening at the Stan Hagan Thaetre at NIC. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society, to name but a few.
Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The first part of the curriculum saw participants create individual video projects, aimed at providing inspiration to others. The second part of had participants placed with a variety of real clients, developing promotional video for them. Alongside the video production, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.
Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the ongoing development of this excellent initiative. Once again the participants raised the standards set before with a combination of community involvement, practical use for the media created, and by incorporating innovative and creative elements that reach beyond our part of the world. Have a look at the links below to view the videos on Youtube:
- Manos De La Comunidad by Gabriel Yordano
- Planting the Seeds of Knowledge by Gabriel Yordano
- Reasons to try Transit by Milo Bowman and Bernardo De La Torre
- Diversability by Kayla McDonald
- Cumberland Forest by Milo Bowman
- Sharing the Seeds of knowledge by Ashley Harris
- Lewis Park Totem Poles by Natasha Mary Sam
- Pressing Send by Atcha Burns
- Dogwood Initiative: Youth Voter Outreach by Alex Hallbom
- Tum Tum Whispers by Bernardo De La Torre
- Habitat for Humanity by Atcha Burns
- What is Love by Ashley Harris
- Let’s Jam! by Kayla McDonald
- Fecal Matters by Alex Hallbom
- You Are Not Alone (YANA) Outreach Video by Natasha Mary Sam
Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.
An Evening of Video Works by Comox Valley Youth
Saturday September 5
Stan Hagan Theatre, North Island College
Doors at 6pm, Films start at 7pm – Free Admission
Each year the Comox Valley Art Gallery brings together a cohort of emerging filmmakers through the Youth Media Project. Participants engage in creating independent films that express their visions for change in the Comox Valley. Current work explores themes such as managing human waste, the real meaning of diversity, the affects of cyber bullying, the story of the Lewis Park totem poles, the importance of protecting the Cumberland forest, the meaning of love, and the story of a small town in Columbia that creates something out of nothing. Students work with community organizations to create short promo videos that will be screened as well. Refreshments will be served prior to the screening at 6:00pm when doors open.
Click here to view Stan Hagan Theatre on the North Island College Campus Map
Click Here for directions to North Island College