Author: The Activist

When a Carbon Tax Just Isn’t Enough

Despite a chilling wind, Comox Valley residents enthusiastically joined with the more than 2500 other November 29 climate action rallies being held around the world to mark the opening of the Paris Summit dedicated to negotiating the next global climate deal. If I could have had my way, we would have met in the Sid and—together—viewed the film–This Changes Everything— the Comox Valley Council of Canadians and World Community screened at North Island College last week. Actually it just might have spurred meaningful change if the film had been shown on streets throughout Paris and wherever world leaders met to talk about how all this talk of saving our world from climate change can be debauched into yet another reason to extol the power and worth of the very market forces that got us into–and ensure we don’t get out of– this climate change mess. Don’t misunderstand me here, I am not saying that markets are always bad or inexorably destructive of existential human values like survival of our species and planet, markets can work wonders –I will explore some of these wonders in a future post– and I invite readers to share their own views on the good and bad of market forces—but I’ve just seen This Changes Everything, I know that slapping a token tax on carbon will not transform our oily, Earth destroying frenzy into effective...

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Referendum passes–Thank you for voting!

Referendum on local government action on homelessness passes! Thank you for voting and for bringing friends! It was close, but it passed.  In many ways a token effort –$165,000 a year–but it is huge in that it establishes the idea that our local government will be a player in bringing an end to homelessness in our valley. Yes 1608 No...

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Choose your jam—save our planet

You’re going to think I am pulling your leg, but I am telling you very seriously: you and I can turn aside this destructive consume, commoditize everything mindset that is destroying our Earth and corrupting the very meaning of human civilization, by vociferously choosing the quality of jam we spread on our toast! Go ahead laugh—laughter is good for mind, body and soul AND give me just a minute of your time to make a point that maybe you haven’t thought of. Before you contemptuously click over to more serious news/commentary about climate change and oceanic cesspools of plastic and agriculture that poisons farm hands, our food and our water, let me tell you a story about a dining experience that has shifted my own thinking about the kind of world we can create by making small, immensely significant, different choices about things as seemingly insignificant as different food choices. One sunny morning last week a friend asked me to join her for breakfast at Mars on Main in Cumberland. I am always delighted to find another excuse to visit the small town/village of Cumberland with its pervading/infectious “we’re just people”– “Everybody knows your name” environment so I readily accepted. A chance to renew a connection that I sometimes—most regrettably—allow to grow rusty while attending to a lot of ”things” that aren’t nearly as important as a warm-hearted friendship...

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“Conversation” on Sustainability Thursday, November 26

Thursday, November 26, 7pm at Creekside Commons Common House in Courtenay I am facilitating a Comox Valley NDP sponsored discussion on sustainability. The emphasis is on conversation. I have a short presentation but it is only by way of lubricating the discussion. The presentation focuses on Sustainability as simply the way it should be. We should be working to build a world that is just, sustaining and sustainable. In the pit of our being we all know that this whole idea of infinite growth of everything–this rabid dash to consume the very Earth that supports our own as well as all other life—is just plain insane. It is almost incomprehensible that we talk of caring for our Earth and ourselves as some new and difficult grasp idea. Thursday we will set aside the infinite growth on a finite planet absurdity and talk together about how we as a community, a province, country can regain our focus on sustaining ourselves and our Earth and how we can make it clear that we will have nothing less. Norm...

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Vote! November 28 Comox Valley votes on referendum to address homelessness

Despite overwhelming support (71% in the nonbinding 2014 CVRD referendum) for a small property tax to “establish a service…to address homelessness,” valley residents are being asked to go to the polls again Saturday, November 28. This ballot will, officially, approve (or disapprove) a property tax ($6 on a $300,000 home) to provide $165,000 annually to address Comox Valley homelessness. One would think that with 71% support in the 2014 election, a referendum for $6 a year would be a done deal, but it may not be so easy. If you want to see this referendum pass, you need to get out and vote. On November 28, 2015, any eligible—not Comox– voter can vote between 8 am and 8 pm at any of these voting places: • Union Bay community hall, 5401 Island Highway South, Union Bay • Royston elementary school, 3830 Warren Ave, Royston • North Island Distance Education School (NIDES – formerly Tsolum elementary school), 2505 Smith Rd, Courtenay • Cultural centre Moncrief hall, 2674 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland • Courtenay elementary school, 1540 McPhee Ave, Courtenay • Queneesh elementary school, 2345 Mission Rd, Courtenay • Living Waters church, 2222 Regent Road Advance poll November 25, 8 am and 8 pm, CVRD boardroom at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay. Despite the support in the 2014 referendum, Saturday’s ballot is not a foregone conclusion. For one thing, this referendum is not...

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