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Comox Valley draws 250 people to ‘This Changes Everything’ screening in Courtenay

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The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter had a successful screening of the film ‘This Changes Everything’ at North Island College in Courtenay last night. Chapter activist Alice de Wolff writes, “It was an excellent evening. We had more than a full house: close to 250 people were in the theatre and another 30 were turned away at the door. And, it’s a great film – people were energized and buzzing at the end of the evening.”

She also tells us that, “We started with a reading of the Leap Manifesto, which turned out to be a great thing to do. Local activists reading a part of the Manifesto really illustrated that we are not starting from scratch. We are working on these issues already, and reading the Manifesto together created another layer of common language and intention.”

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The readers included Darren Blaney, Homalco First Nation; Mark Tizya, Novo Solar; John Snyder, Coal Watch; Kristy Gibson-Bell, K’omox First Nation; Cristi Sacht, energy conservation consultant; Mike Bell, Sierra Club; Andrea Craddock, Campbell River Courtenay District Labour Council; Rebecca Lennox, Courtenay city councillor; Arzeena Hamir, Amara Farm; Brenda Sayers, Hupacaseth First nation; Dave Talbot, Syrian refugee support group; Salley Gellard, Merville Grandmothers Campaign; Amanda Ridgeway, youth organizer; Bev Howden, Transition Town; and Ronna-Rae Leonard, past city councillor.

Twenty-six Council of Canadians chapters are hosting community screenings of this film. Upcoming screenings include Saint John (Nov. 26), St. John’s (Nov. 26), Sudbury (Nov. 27), Golden (Nov. 29), Regina (Nov. 29), Hinton (Nov. 30), Picton (Dec. 5), London (Dec. 7) and Peterborough (Jan. 29-31).

To date, more than 2,080 people have gone to chapter-organized screenings in Montreal, Saskatoon, DuncanEloraCharlottetown, Yellowknife, Prince Albert, Chilliwack, Ladner, Mabou, Windsor and Courtenay.

To see a trailer for the film, please click here.

For more on the Comox Valley chapter, you can visit their Facebook page here.

Photos by Alice de Wolff.