Casavant campaign begins

Former North Island Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant has announced he is hoping to represent the NDP.

NDP party hopeful Bryce Casavant has started down the campaign trail.

On Aug. 27, Casavant attended the Comox Valley Pride Week barbecue at Simms Park in Courtenay. On Sept. 5, he attended a Labour Day picnic in Comox sponsored by the District Labour Council.

“I will be in Courtenay on Sept. 8 for the public meeting with Courtenay/Alberni MP Gord Jons,” he said.

Casavant made the decision to run for office because “political leadership in this province needs people who are willing to make tough decisions and be held accountable for those decisions.”

Casavant knows all about accountability. He is best known as the Port McNeill based CO who refused to kill two healthy baby bears, subsequently dubbed Jordan and Athena, in Port Hardy last July. His decision resulted in a suspension, followed by a transfer to a different government department.

The baby bear incident made headlines around the world even garnering support from comedian Ricky Gervais.

Prior to his time as a CO and his current position as a Natural Resource Officer, Casavant earned the rank of Corporal in the Canadian Forces, serving in Afghanistan as well as Canada. He also worked as an organizational and security expert for companies in the United States, Paraguay, and British Columbia. Casavant is currently a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University.

Despite this background, Casavant says campaigning is not easy.

“It’s definitely intimidating starting out as a public figure, but I’m happy to put myself out there to do the right thing for the people of Comox and Courtenay,” he said.

“I really enjoy speaking to community members about the issues that are important to them, and I am really concerned about seniors care in the Comox Valley and elsewhere in the province,” said Casavant. “When I talk about seniors care, I’m speaking of their ability to access services.”

“I’m looking forward to spending the coming months listening to the concerns of families, and working with the community and First Nations to develop solutions both here at home and in Victoria.”

Also at the top of his list of “immediate concerns are clean water, sustainable employment, and a vibrant future for our elders and children.”

Casavant does not know if he will be challenged to represent the riding. The nomination convention date has not been set yet.

The provincial election will be held in May of 2017.

Just Posted

NorthIsle starts drilling in Pemberton Hills area after negotiating deal with Freeport

Mining industry one step closer to a revitalization after farm-out agreement

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Port Hardy Fire Rescue’s open house a blazing hit

PHFR Lt. Harding explained that the organization is always looking for more recruits.

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation drafts first phase of passive housing project

The housing project will have 96 residential units for low-income families.

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation requests land from Port Hardy Council

“The foundation members will be coming to council with more information at a future date.”

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

No one has won the U.S. jackpot in almost three months

Pot shop raids “highly unlikely” on Wednesday: head of police chiefs

Dozens of illegal pot stores have operated for years in Vancouver, Victoria and other municipalities in B.C.

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Tri-Port Midget Wild kick off season with gold medal performance at Nanaimo tournament

Chalk up another gold medal performance for the Tri-Port Midget Wild.

North Island Peewee Eagles shutout Comox Valley Chiefs at home

The North Island Peewee Eagles took no prisoners at the Chilton Regional… Continue reading

Nanaimo Clippers ‘clip’ North Island Atom Eagles’ wings on the road

The Nanaimo Clippers defeated the North Island Atom Eagles 6-4 on Saturday in Port McNeill.

Port McNeill municipal election candidate Derek Koel’s profile

“For over 18 years I have followed Port McNeill municipal politics and affairs closely,” Koel said.

Most Read