FLASHBACK TO 2008: “We really have to look at how we develop land. Ultimately this requires leadership and champions on the ground. The message is that the provincial government is rewarding good behaviour,” stated Glen Brown at the 2nd in the Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series on creating liveable communities and protecting stream health
Note to Reader:
The precedent-setting Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series was part of the implementation program for Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual, This provincial initiative built on the foundation provided by Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, published in 2002. In 2008, participating Vancouver Island local governments represented some 250,000 people.
- The Cowichan Valley series was hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District and comprised a set of three sessions during the June – July 2008 period. To learn more, visit https://waterbucket.ca/viw/category/convening-for-action-in-2008/2008-cowichan-valley-learning-lunch-seminar-series/
- The Comox Valley series was hosted by the City of Courtenay and comprised a set of three sessions during the September – November 2008 period. To learn more, visit https://waterbucket.ca/viw/category/convening-for-action-in-2008/2008-comox-valley-learning-lunch-seminar-series/
The Learning Lunch Seminar Series was the first step in building a regional team approach so that there would be a common understanding and consistent messaging regarding on-the-ground expectations for rainwater management and green infrastructure.
An over-arching goal of Living Water Smart is to encourage land and water managers and users to do business differently. At the second in the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, hosted by the City of Courtenay in October 2008, Glen Brown of the Ministry of Community Development explained what the Province wishes to accomplish through its Living Water Smart initiative.
“This is a provincial strategy; we must look at it as a shared responsibility,” he emphasized.
“It is not one strategy; the Province has a number of strategies,” explained Glen Brown. “The Province is looking at raising the bar as far as what we are trying to accomplish with standards and provincial legislation.”
“We really have to look at how we develop land. Ultimately this requires leadership and champions on the ground,” Glen Brown told the Learning Lunch audience. “The message is that we are rewarding good behaviour.”
To capture the flavour of presentations at the seminar, video clips have been uploaded to YouTube. To hear everything that Glen Brown had to say about Living Water Smart, watch this 5-minute video:
Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #2
For the complete story about the October 2008 seminar, click on Strategies and Tools for Creating Liveable Communities & Protecting Stream Health: Actions on the ground add up to A Positive Settlement Strategy for Vancouver Island.