There are 87 electoral district associations (EDAs) in BC, each one of which sends an MLA to the provincial Legislature.
In July Max Thaysen was elected Vice President of the Executive Committee of the North Island NDP Electoral District Association.
Continue reading Max Thaysen: first two months with the North Island NDP Electoral District Association
Editor’s note: While this is a report from the Sunshine Coast, one has to ask how applicable it is in other areas.
By Jordan Copp, Coast Reporter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
In a survey of nearly 200 Sunshine Coast teachers, more than 45 per cent said their mental health is declining.
Teachers Jacquie Shields and Alison Liddicoat said their goal is to alleviate some of the main stressors teachers face as they presented the survey findings at the SD46 board meeting on Sept. 13.
Continue reading How burnt out are our school teachers?
Very little water is trickling through Basil Creek, where Cortes Island’s principal Chum run occurs in late October. There have been few days of rain on Cortes since May, and some of the area’s shallow wells stopped producing in July. Only about 10 Chum were seen in Basil Creek during the 2022 drought. Unless water levels rise, this may be the second year in a row when there is not a significant creek for the Chum return.
According to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, BC is going through ‘one of the most extreme periods of drought in recorded history.’
Continue reading Will the heavy rains come in time for this year’s Chum run in Basil Creek?
Sixteen Cortes Island business people, plus board members from the Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA), came out to the Conversation Cafe in Mansons Hall on Thursday September 14. They came from Whaletown, Cortes Bay and Mansons Landing. There were representatives from the construction sector, value added wood products, food production and cottage industries like cosmetics and jewelry. Some had been in business for years, and others were just starting out.
Colin Funk, President of CCEDA, was the facilitator.
Continue reading Cortes Island’s small business Conversation Cafe
At a time when the average Canadian spends more than $3,000 a year on clothing, many Cortes Island residents are satisying their personal needs and disposing of clothing through the local freestore. Similarly, Creative Deconstruction has supplied materials used in ten new homes on Cortes Island. Mark Vonesch, the Regional Director for Cortes Island, suggests that centres like this may offer a model that needs to be promoted throughout the Comox and Strathcona Regional Districts.
“I’m just getting back from the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Board meeting. This is a board that I sit on as a director, and we provide guidance and leadership to the waste management services in the Comox Valley District and the Strathcona Regional Districts,” he explained.
Continue reading A regional model: free stores and other waste reducing facilities