Author: islandword

Election 2018

All candidates were sent four questions from the Island WORD: 1. Do you support the Regional District approving the 3L Development project, or not, and why? 2. What is the role of local government in dealing with issues such as homelessness and climate change? 3. What do you think of the current level of property taxes in your area? 4. What is motivating you to run for public office? Here are those who responded: City of Courtenay: Erik Eriksson- Courtenay Mayor (Chose not to answer questions.) After four years serving as City Councillor, I have decided to run for...

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CURTAIN CALL

By Martin Crilly It starts, most often, in the summer doldrums. In the kitchen. Up on the bluffs, among the tall trees, perched over the strait. A Creative Mind, alone, casts about for a message about humanity and its condition. A message that fits the times. The Creative Mind finds inspiration. It concerns memories, music, dreams, happiness, freedom, fear, hate, injustice, suffering, courage, faith, hope, joy or love. In a few months, the message will reach several hundred people. They will convene to receive it, in groups, over several days. Their identities are yet unknown even to themselves. The...

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Crossroads Part II

by Danny Zanbilowicz This fall represents a turning point. In October there will be a provincial referendum on whether or not we switch our electoral system from “first past the post” to “proportional representation”. The WORD supports this change. There are articles in this issue going into some of the reasons why. But this editorial will focus on more local concerns. We will have an opportunity in the next months to decide who we are and how we want to live here. There are municipal elections in October, and among the many important issues to be discussed will be development. 3L Developments is very very fond of parks. That’s all it mentions when referring to its Riverwood project, in purchased ads and subservient advertorials published by compliant local corporate media as articles. (After public pressure, the Record apologized for running 3L propaganda on its front page as if it was news, and mycomoxvalley added that its fluff piece was paid for, again after pressure.) People love parks, and Stotan Falls is a very popular summer destination. But the Riverwood project of which the proposed park is part of will also contain around 1100 new homes, in an area (250 acres) that is currently zoned for a total of around twenty-four houses. (RU-20 allows for two homes per fifty acres ). Get the idea? Let that sink in. And consider...

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3L at Crossroads

by Danny Zanbilowicz The issue right now concerns the two processes for dealing with a proposed amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy- “standard” or “minor”. An amendment is by default considered “standard”, unless it is specifically designated as “minor”. The requirements for a standard process include consultation with the provincial Ministry of Municipal Services and Housing, and also all the affected local governments. This would mean in the 3L case that in addition to the Ministry- Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland councils, plus neighbouring Regional District Boards, would all be required to approve the amendment. If any of them do not approve, the amendment is stalled. The “minor” amendment process only requires the approval of the Regional District Board. This makes the “standard” process much more complicated and time-consuming. Alana Mullaly, interim head of planning at the RD describes the “standard” as a “more fulsome process”. It is no wonder that 3L is so determined to avoid the standard process. It requires much more analysis and discussion, and provides critics of the proposal a lot more leeway. After a recent Board vote which rejected the “minor” option, a technicality led to a subsequent vote on July 18, in which the Board reversed itself and recommended the minor option, to be decided at another vote by the RD Board on Tuesday July 24. Board member Bob Wells, who voted for the...

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Logging & Watersheds

What with our ongoing water issues – winter floods, boil water alerts, etc. etc. – I’m sure local citizens of the Comox Valley I’m sure will find the letter below I sent off last September, and never, ever received a reply or answer back, of some interest. Att: Cowichan Watershed Board Co-Chairs: c/c Project Watershed Further to your letter dated 22nd February 2017, a response to my emails sent to David Anderson late last year in regards to TimberWest’s overcut and the disaster of the Private Managed Forests Lands Act, I was no way intending to dismiss climate change as a factor in exacerbating late summer/fall and winter flow levels in the Cowichan River. Indeed, I’m on the same page as George Monbiot, the well known English journalist who speaks to environmental issues, who has been arguing that we are dealing with climate breakdown…not climate change. That being said, what I was trying to get across was that by turning a blind eye to ‘what has gone down’ in the upper reaches of the Cowichan watershed the effects of climate breakdown have been magnified to a massive degree as well as all private forests lands along the east coast of Vancouver Island. (google: University of Maryland Global Forest Change and scroll over to Vancouver Island. Also, note my Letter to Editor in research file enclosed.) This raises the question...

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