“The three seminars were designed to provide an inter-departmental and inter-municipal learning opportunity for collaborative exploration. The series was conducted as a cumulative process, from philosphy to tools, in order to advance a regional team approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure,” stated Kim Stephens.
2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series
Ron Neufeld used a driver training analogy to emphasize what makes good policy. “Good policy is knowing where the horizon is..so that you know where you want to get to,” he told his audience. He then elaborated on the elements of a bottom-up and regional team approach to implementing provincial policy. “Success depends on cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries,” he underscored
Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure: City of Courtenay hosted Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #1 on September 19, 2008
“The walkabout through the Glacier View Pond area provided an on-the-ground illustration of how the engineering approach to detention pond design has evolved in response to changing expectations,” stated Ian Whitehead in reflecting on changes in drainage practice he has implemented in East Courtenay over the past two decades.
Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure: City of Courtenay hosted Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #2 on October 24, 2008
“We structured the seminar in two parts. Before lunch our focus was on establishing expectations in order to influence the greening of the built environment; after lunch the theme was delivering on expectations. Establishing expectations essentially means drawing a picture of what we want. Delivering on expectations means this is how we can and will get there,” reported Kevin Lagan.
Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure: City of Courtenay hosted Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #3 on November 21, 2008
“Nature has no borders; it does not recognize political or philosophical boundaries and it is essential for the health of human and non-human communities alike. To view nature in this way represents not a “special interest” approach but a modern advance in civil society. We are realizing that the current loss of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot continue, yet pressures to develop land for human use is placing huge demands on what remains,” stated Jack Minard.
Convening for Action in the Comox Valley: 2008 Learning Lunch Seminar Series informs and educates local governments
“Looking back at my 35 years of experience, we have always been very good at planning; but we have difficulty going from planning…or talk…to action,” stated Kim Stephens when he explained the Convening for Action mind-map. “At the end of today, we want you to come out of here so inspired that you will actually do something…not just say that was a great day that we had.”
Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #2 – policy and legal strategies to create liveable communities and protect stream health
“The underlying theme of the Learning Lunch Seminar Series is that we can create our future. We are encouraging local governments to think about policies and practices that demonstrate how to accommodate settlement while at the same time building in green value – such that benefits exceed liabilities,” stated John Finnie.
The New Business As Usual in British Columbia: Schedule announced for 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series
“In the first seminar, the theme will be evolution. After that, the focus will be on tools, in particular legal and policy strategies that will help implement the New Business As Usual. Finally, the third seminar will look at how all the elements of regional needs fit together,” stated Derek Richmond.
Nature Knows No Boundaries in the Comox Valley: Learning Lunch Seminar Series provides springboard for regional team approach
High-level endorsement for a ‘regional team approach’ was provided when Mayors and Chief Administrative Officers representing the four Comox Valley local governments dropped in to show their support for the Learning Lunch Seminar Series. “We are thrilled by the work of CAVI. It is a tremendous initiative. The cooperation that is taking place around a consistent approach to development is very critical to all of Vancouver Island,” stated Sandy Gray.