2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM OBJECTIVES FOR 2008 COMOX VALLEY LEARNING LUNCH SEMINAR SERIES: “A paradigm is the grid through which we put all information and input about a subject,” stated Derek Richmond, City of Courtenay, when he reflected on the paradigm-shift necessary to create liveable communities and protect stream health (August 2008)

The Comox Valley series will comprise three sessions at monthly intervals during the September – November 2008 period. “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.

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NATURE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES IN THE COMOX VALLEY: Hosted by the City of Courtenay, the 2008 Learning Lunch Seminar Series provided the springboard for a regional team approach to break down boundaries through the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, cooperation and coordination – and better manage land and water resources

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.

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Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series promotes consistent provincial approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure

“The desired outcome is that a common understanding of challenges and solutions will result in consistent expectations at front counters across Vancouver Island. To that end, the purpose of the seminars is to bring together representatives of planning, engineering, operations, building services, environment and parks departments from various municipalities. When developers and development consultants hear a consistent message about what is expected of them, we believe this will further accelerate doing business differently,” stated Kim Stephens.

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2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series: stories posted on other communities-of-interest (COI)

Ron Neufeld used a driver training analogy to emphasize what makes good policy. “Good policy is knowing where the horizon 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

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