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Citizens Inspired to turn Goals into Action on 5-Year Anniversary of Landmark Sustainability Strategy

by Vanessa Scott, January 2015. Already 2015 is shaping up as a groundbreaking year in sustainable development. In some key ways, the Comox Valley is ahead of the curve. During this international Year of Sustainable Development, as governments around the world work for action, local citizens are celebrating that we already have an outstanding plan on the books outlining our path to a stronger, healthier future. Thanks to a legacy of forward-looking initiatives that culminated in the 2010 Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy, local governments are equipped with the vision, goals and collaborative means to put us on track to sustainability. Yet progress in practice depends on local champions who are dedicated to turning such goals into reality. Now a local group, spearheaded by Transition Town, has come together to spur the Sustainability Strategy into greater use and action. Since early January the group has met twice, with over 30 people gathering in Downtown Courtenay to share ideas for revitalizing the Sustainability Strategy. The group has included small business owners, farmers, teachers, community organizers and interested citizens. As well as raising the profile of the Sustainability Strategy, they seek to make 2015 a turning point as its benchmark five-year review. Because 2015 is Courtenay’s 100-year anniversary, the city’s centennial also marks an opportunity to imagine what we want our community to be like in the future. While there is no...

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UPDATE: BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED FOR ALL USERS OF THE COMOX VALLEY WATER SYSTEM

For immediate release January 27, 2015 The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Island Health have lifted the boil water advisory effective this afternoon. Following daily testing and regular monitoring of the system since the advisory was put in place on December 11, 2014, the CVRD and Island Health are confident that the water quality of the system is now safely within drinking water guidelines. The CVRD understands the impact that this prolonged advisory had on the users of the system and appreciates the support received by the community. The water that supplies the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents. Those areas affected by the boil water advisory were the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas. Island Health guidelines recommends the following after a boil water advisory has been lifted:  Flush all water-using fixtures for one minute.  Run cold-water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before using the water.  Drain and flush all ice-making machines in your refrigerator.  Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.  Drain and refill hot water tanks set below 45 C (normal setting is 60 C).  Change any pre-treatment filters (under sink style and refrigerator water filters,...

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Why are older single women being targeted by BC Hydro for disconnection?

By Susan Holvenstot Already two have had their power cut off –both of them “Smart” Meter resisters.  Rotraut in Fanny Bay, and Chris in Merville. For concerns about health, fire safety, privacy and freedom of choice they decided not to accept the “smart meter” being installed province wide last December. They filed legal documents, posted signs and tried to protect the integrity of their homes. They each decided not to pay part of the $32 month penalty fee, charged by BC Hydro for keeping their old functional analog meters. Thus they had “overdue” amounts. On Oct 30 Rotraut returned home to find a red tag on her now-motionless analog (legacy) meter. The local media reacted appropriately, and she was TV news across Vancouver Island. One of the local papers rans a strong editorial condemning BC Hydro for cutting off this senior, days before a BC Hydro “winter season-cold weather” moratorium started on Nov 1. (This claimed policy was only so much hot air from BC Hydro.) Then on Nov 5, Chris found a BC Hydro female worker disconnecting her Merville home. Both are still without power, for different reasons. Who are these women? Are they just cranks who brought this misfortune upon themselves? Or do they have real reasons for not wanting a “smart” meter? Rotraut is of German descent and told me “I won’t pay Hitler” regarding the...

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