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The upcoming film Goodwin’s Way documents a BC town's resistance to a coal-powered future 100 years after the killing of controversial local labour activist Ginger Goodwin.

Posted by Goodwin's Way on Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Dean Stoltz, CHEK News, March 3 2015

Click here to watch this video.

Dean Stoltz, CHEK News, February 12 2015

A Comox Valley group opposed to coal mining in the area says government approval of the Raven Coal mine near Courtenay would be the first step on a slippery slope allowing other companies to follow suit.


CHEK News, September 7 2014

The manager of the Nyrstar Myra Falls mine says an acidic spill has entered into nearby Myra Creek.

He says it’s the result of a pump failure.

As required the mine has notified numerous government regulators – and some have since run their own independent water tests.

Kendall Hanson reports.


Comox Valley Echo, November 29, 2013

Back in 1983 at the public hearings for the Quinsam Coal mine in Campbell River, there was a lot of opposition: even the mayor and council were opposed. The provincial government gave the mine the green light anyway.

Update Dec 5 2013:
Ed Homer has posted the full video to his channel on YouTube.
Please click here to watch the 34 minute film.

If local citizens, governments and businesses don't want this type of resource extraction industry in their area, should it be allowed? In the Comox Valley there are many people, including local government who are concerned about the potential problems from the proposed Raven Coal mine. Over 400 households in Fanny Bay and Ships Point depend on ground water and the Raven mine, if allowed, would be in the Cowie Creek watershed.

The mine would be less than 5 km from the shores of Buckley Bay, right above the ferry terminal.

Acid mine drainage, almost a certainty to get into the watershed, could destroy the shellfish industry in Baynes sound that employs 600 local people.

Compliance Coal is now looking at the Anderson deposit in the Forbidden Plateau area and the Browns River watershed. They say they won't develop it because of the "world price of coal". What happens if the price of coal goes up?

This is an important story not only for people in the Comox Valley, but for all British Columbians. Yes we need jobs and the world will continue to burn coal for steel making and power generation but governments everywhere are looking for alternatives.

The planet reached an ominous milestone this past year as CO2 levels reached 400 pts per million for the first time in 800,000 years: "Passing the 400 mark reminds me that we are on an inexorable march to 450 ppm and much higher levels. These were the targets for 'stabilization' suggested not too long ago. The world is quickening the rate of accumulation of CO2, and has shown no signs of slowing this down. It should be a psychological tripwire for everyone." -Dr. Michael Gunson, Global Change & Energy Program Manager; Project Scientist, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite mission -NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Update Dec 5 2013:
Ed Homer has posted the full video to his channel on YouTube.
Please click here to watch the 34 minute film.

"Coal Fever -Vancouver Island" will be airing on SHAW TV this weekend and next week. Sat. Nov. 30 8 pm and Sun. Dec.1 at 8 pm.

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Edward Homer, Comox Valley Arts & Life, 2013

Check out more of Ed's work at his YouTube Channel.

Gary Prendergast, October 24 2013

CTV News, June 17 2013


COMOX VALLEY - CTV's Gord Kurbis hears from a group concerned about newly surfaced application for a coal mine near Mt. Washington.


Jas Johal, Global News, June 10 2013

In part one of a four part series on coal, reporter Jas Johal looks at the demand for coal in BC, which is booming but not everyone wants to see the industry expand.

Source: Coal Train at Global News

Edward Homer, Comox Valley Arts and Life, May 2 2013

Here is some information about the Quinsam Coal Mine in the Quinsam River watershed 30 k west of Campbell River. It is just a matter of time before the arsenic in Long Lake will get into the Quinsam River which flows into the Campbell River. Coal Rush is a preview of a documentary I will be producing with private funding raised through Indie Go Go etc. If you would like to contribute contact me. This story needs to be told while the Raven Coal application is being processed. The finished doc will air on Shaw Cable and possibly CHEK TV and will be posted on You Tube in classroom friendly, short segments.

Contact Ed at



Paul Manly has released his latest documentary to the public thru various sites on the official Earth Day, April 22, 2013

The film was sponsored by the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and CUPE Local 401, and by many other wonderful groups and individuals.


Created for CoalWatch Comox Valley by Edward Homer. See more of Edward's work at www.

Please consider making a donation to support Edward producing a longer video about community efforts to resist the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project.

Gord Kurbis, CTV, February 27 2013

CUMBERLAND – Despite having its history deeply rooted in the early days of coal mining, this village in the Comox Valley is adding its voice to others questioning whether a possible mine in the region is a good idea.

Councillors for the village of Cumberland passed a motion calling for a more thorough environmental review of the Raven Underground Coal Project, which is being proposed for the Union Bay area.

The village joins Courtenay, Comox and the Comox Valley Regional District in looking for an independent provincial baseline study as well as a federal joint review panel to look into the project. The communities are particularly interested in having aquifer mapping completed.

The Wilderness Committee congratulated the municipalities on their unified approach to the proposed mine and said that environmental problems created by the project would be too great for the area. The committee’s Vancouver Island Campaigner Torrance Coste said the mine would only have a lifespan of 16 years and would threaten several sustainable industries in the area.

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The Impact, TVW, November 28 2012

Wilderness Committee, October 12 2012

The Impact, TVW October 2, 2012

Gary Prendergast, May 29 2011