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2020 Virtual Water Stewardship Symposium

FLASHBACK TO 2008: Capacity-building program branded as the “Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series” – and implemented in the Comox and Cowichan valleys – was a demonstration application of how to build inter-departmental and inter-governmental alignment to achieve the vision for Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan


Launch of the Living Water Smart outreach program commenced with a precedent-setting approach to capacity-building in the local government sector. “We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual,” stated Dale Wall, former Deputy Minister (Municipal Affairs) when he announced the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series

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FLASHBACK TO 2007: Inter-regional sharing of green infrastructure approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of designing with nature – Comox Valley local governments co-hosted the finale event in the inaugural “Vancouver Island Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series”, an initiative under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia


“Local government leaders are telling our staffs that we want to be a sustainable community tomorrow. We are not being so unrealistic as to ask for this yesterday,” stated former City of Courtenay Mayor Starr Winchester when she welcomed participants. “Like most other areas on Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is at a major cross-roads as to how we will develop and still maintain the natural beauty of our community. This is a real challenge. We want to keep our rural areas rural, yet we are faced with many people coming into the valley, especially now that we have an international airport.”

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