Author: islandword

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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News from the Comox Valley Hospital

by Barb Biley For over five years all the events leading up to the opening of the new Comox Valley hospital, from the planning, to the choosing of the location, to the construction, the negotiations to transfer staff from St. Joseph’s to the new hospital, have been ‘top secret’ with only occasional rumours to suggest that all was not well. There have been many opportunities for VIHA staff and planners to answer questions from the community and hospital workers and to listen to concerns of workers, including the ‘information sessions’ with representatives of VIHA and of the “private partners”...

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Political Cultures

by Michael Loevinsohn That’s 130 degrees east of Cumberland, and many meters lower. That’s where I’m writing from: a town called Wageningen in the middle of the Netherlands on one of the branches of the Rhine. A university town, about the size of Campbell River, where I’ve been living for most of the last 10 years. I know the Island well and come by my affection honestly. I hiked what was then the Life Saving Trail, wonderfully unimproved, from Port Renfrew to Bamfield, alone, when I was 18. On my last visit with my wife and youngest son, we spent a few days in Alert Bay, where the world’s tallest totem pole rose over the empty residential school – since demolished – and spoke with one of the men who had carved the pole. My sojourn here is now too long to call an accident and far longer than I ever imagined. It’s been a minor counter-current to the usual flow of humanity of which my parents were part. My father stopped off in The Hague in August 1939, a refugee from Germany on his way to England, where he was interned after Dunkirk and eventually shipped to Canada. We – my wife, kids and I – used to live in The Hague (one of the few places, along with The Island, that gets to claim the definite article)...

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Sold-out Public Forum Explores Community Health

by Vanessa Scott The Comox Valley is lucky to have a range of community groups, associations, coalitions and volunteer organizations working to make it a safer, healthier and more sustainable place to live.These initiatives help hold together the fabric of our community well-being. But every issue-specific group works in its own sector, such as education, health or the environment, and there is no one place for groups and citizens to pool their collective intelligence, explore shared priorities and address the big picture issues affecting us all. That’s why the planning committee behind the proposed Comox Valley Community Health Network...

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