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Monday, 09 February 2004 09:30
Left Coast News: 1. Womyn Walkout - planning mtg - Feb 9th; 2. Movie Monday - Feb 9th; 3. Cleaning up the Legislature - Feb 10th; 4. The Man We Call Juan Carlos - film - Feb 10th; 5. Community Art - drop in - Feb 11th; 6. Greater Victoria Seniors - mtg - Feb 11th; 7. Van Island Veg Assoc - Feb events; 8. Awareness Video Night - Feb 11th - Sooke; 9. Transportation Alternatives - presentation - Feb 12th; 10. Canadian Action Party - walkabout - Feb 12th; 11. Goods for Cuba Caravan - meeting - Feb 12th; 12. Activist Video Night - MLK Jr. - Feb 13th; 13. Salt Spring Island Film Festival - Feb 14 & 15th; 14. Victoria Folk Music Society - Chris & Anne - Feb 15, 16th; 15. Supporting El Salvador Elections - dinner - Feb 16th; 16. House Concert for El Salvador - Feb 19th; 17. Cafe Cultura - multi-cultural - Feb 19th; 18. Register to Vote - UVic - Feb; 19. Compost Education Centre - 2004 events; 20. EcoNews Excerpts; 21. Earth Week 2004

contributions, considerations, concerns:

* Wednesday Night Peace Vigils at the Legislature - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Everyone Welcome! * From: Cyndi Silverman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island Community Events For February


Contact Person: Cyndi Silverman 250 595-7270


1. WOMYN WALKOUTNext Womyn WalkoutMonday March 8,

10:30 am

starting at the Courthouse steps o­n the 800 Block of Blanshard.We will end up at Harris Green about noon for a gathering, speakers and food.We organizers are hoping that people can come to the next planning meeting

on Monday Feb 9 at 5 pm.From: "Status of Women Action Group" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


2. MOVIE MONDAYFeb 9 THE FRISCO KID Gene Wilder plays a hapless rabbi from Poland heading overland through the Old West o­n his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco.Unlikely obstacles that o­nly Gene Wilder can find, and poignant moments too. A 25 years younger (1979) Harrison Ford as his sidekick is great! A film with a rhythm all it's own. A hot tip from a Frisco Kid in our audience. Pg136:30 pm

Eric Martin Pavilion,

Jubilee Hospital (Fort & Richmond)by donation

More Info? - Call 595-FLIC (250-595-3542)

Our web site has the most up-to-date and complete info : <http://www.islandnet.com/mm>http://www.islandnet.com/mm

& E-mail : Bruce Saunders - bruces@islandnet.comFeb 16 SPELLBOUND This Oscar nominated feature doc follows eight

teenagers, several from unlikely backgrounds, o­n their quest to win the 1999 US National

Spelling Bee. Wonderful, warm and hair raising documentery (oops, disqualified). It'll spellbind you! G

Our web site www.islandnet.com/mm and 24hr info line


From: Bruce Saunders This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


3. CLEANING UP THE LEGISLATUREShould We Clean Up Our Legislature?

Tuesday, Feb. 10th at NOON

Raging Grannies are offering:

$20 special o­n Stuffed Shirts & Reputations

Need Advice o­n Your Money Laundering?

We'll be somewhere near the fountain.

From: Betty Brightwell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


4. OPEN CINEMAVictoria B.C.- o­n February 10th, OPEN CINEMA presents The Man We

Called Juan Carlos. an award-winning locally-produced documentary about

a hero of our times.

The filmmakers, David Springbett and Heather MacAndrew of

Victoria's Asterisk Productions (www.asterisk.bc.ca) will be at the


Described as a sophisticated, troubling film which raises important

questions about human rights by Stephen Hume of the Vancouver Sun, The Man

We Called Juan Carlos tells the extraordinary story of a farmer, teacher,

guerilla, priest and father of two children murdered by death squads at the

height of the Guatemalan Civil war in 1984.

Juan Carlos or Wenceslao Armira was an ordinary Mayan who in

unexpected ways affected the lives of the filmakers for over 25 years, as

they recorded his life. A very personal story, it explores the intersection of disparate

lives, North and South, through coincidence and timing, across borders and history. This

film raises difficult questions about our connection to human rights, and social justice, and how we choose to make a difference in the world.

This film is a powerful telling of an inspiring life of generosity and

courage in the midst of evil goings-on. It is a reminder of how important and how costly the struggle for justice is. Matthew Fox, author, theologianWhen: 7pm, February 10th, 2004


Where: Second Story Books and Caf?, 579 Johnson St.Admission is by donation. ($5 recommended)

Doors at 6.30. Seating is limited!

For more information o­n Victoria's monthly community screening

event please visit <http://www.vifpa.com/opencinema.php>http://www.vifpa.com/opencinema.php

Contact: Mandy Leith: (250) 882-7441 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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5. COMMUNITY ARTSecond Community Drop-In Workshop:

First opportunity for the Community to build o­n the mosaics.4-7pm Wednesday Feb 11th in the Central Middle School Art Room.

Participation By donation - suggested $3 per family.

All proceeds go to furthering Mosaic the City project in the Schools.

Wednesday March 3rd is the last opportunity for you to work o­n the mosaic.

4-7pm also in the Art room.

For more information please go to the website <http://www.mosaicthecity.com>http://www.mosaicthecity.com

Hope you can make it and add your pieces to this Community Unity mosaic



Shylene Schlackl

Director Mosaic the City



From: "Shannon Shylene Schlackl" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > (by way of Alan Rycroft < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >)



2 PM - 4PM

2994 Douglas Street

(BCGEU Bldg, South of Finlayson)Close to bus stops, lots of free parking next door

GUEST SPEAKER: Wil Holland, President B.C.O.A.P.O.

(Old Age Pensioners Organizationof B.C.)


~~~ Refreshments will be served ~~~

Info: 360 1068 ~ 477 0941

The Grey Tigers

4436 Valmont Place

Victoria, B.C.

V8N 5R6

Ph: 250 477 0941

ACTIVISM is my rent for living o­n this planet!

~ Alice Walker

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Amy Haysom and Dave Shishkoff are looking for other people interested in live and raw foods to help get this club started! Our focus is not '100% raw' but we're more interested in learning about the benefits of live and raw foods, and increasing the amount we eat.

We're planning o­n holding our first meeting next week - if you'd like to find out more or join us, please email <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Of course, we'll keep you posted in future Weekly Updates.* Sat, Feb 21st - 2pm - 5pm, Video Snackluck. We'll be snacking and watching Free Willy 3 - everyone (young and old) is welcome and it doesn't matter if you've seen the first two or not. Bring some vegan treats and enjoy. For more info and location, contact Trevor at <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .* Sat, Feb 21st - 5pm o­nwards, Potluck, PJ Party and Movie Night. Still more food! Wear your PJs (optional - but you have to wear something!), bring some vegan food to share and settle down to enjoy a great movie (still to be determined). There'll be a potluck first and then the movie. You're welcome to come to the afternoon event as well (see above) or just the evening. For more info and location, contact Trevor at <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .* Wed, Feb 25th - 8pm, New! Discussion Sessions: Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare contact Dave at <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details and location.* Every Saturday - 1pm, free, hot, vegetarian food provided by Food Not Bombs at Wharf & Yates, <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 383-5144 (#1940) if you'd like to help out.Vegan & Organic Co-Op!

Thanks to the 40 or so people who have filled out the survey so far! The results will be very helpful.

About us: We are a group of local vegan environmentalists who are interested in starting up a health food coop in Victoria. We'd like to get some input from the community the coop would be serving so we'd really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to go to <http://www.islandveg.com/coop>www.islandveg.com/coop and complete a brief survey.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the organizational aspect of the co-op, please contact us (Dave and Heather) at <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 380-1865.Family Dance

Ranjan <<mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > writes:

I work with Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society. We are having a fundraising family dance with the juno award winning band Alpha Ya Ya Dialo. It will be held Sat. Mar. 13 7:00 - 11 pm at the Eagle's Hall in Duncan. The event will be a vegan affair with food available for sale by the awesome vegan restaurant New Adventures Bistro.


8. AWARENESS VIDEO NIGHT"Uncovered: the Whole Truth About the Iraq War."Weds. Feb 11th

7 pm

Edward Milne Community School

6218 Sooke Road, SookeCIA, Pentagon, and foreign service experts speak out, many for the first time. Recent release drawing sell-out crowds across North America.


Info 642-6195


9. TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVESFor all of you sustainability-minded kindred spirits, please take

note of this event in the series of "Voices o­n...", showcasing and

exploring progressive ideas.

The Victoria Progressive Electors Association is proud to present:

Voices o­n:

Transportation Alternatives

An exploration of how we get around and how it affects our

environment.When: Thursday February 12th, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Centre for Innovative Teaching, Room 110

University of VictoriaFeaturing presentations by:

Todd Litman ? Founder, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an

independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative

solutions to transport problems. Mr. Litman?s work helps cities and

organizations with transportation decision-making. His research is

used worldwide in transport planning and policy.

Tathra Street ? Co-ordinator, Sustainable Transportation Empowerment

Program at City Green in Victoria. Ms. Street aims to help people

become more environmentally conscious in their personal transportation


Rob Wickson ? Partner, Discovery Economic Consulting; past

President, Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wickson represents the Chamber o­n

City of Victoria?s Advisory Planning and Transportation Committee,

the CRD Waste Diversion Council, the Victoria Green Challenge Society,

the Bike to Work Society and City Green. He wishes to help create a

Light Rapid Transit system in Greater Victoria.

Tired of breathing polluted air? Wondering how to entice people

to leave their cars at home? Concerned about global warming? Our

survival o­n the planet? Come and listen to 3 committed experts

speaking o­n alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.

Promoted by: For more information:

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Voices o­n is a series of public presentations looking at progressive

policy alternatives to serious social problems. Please come out

and let your voice be heard!

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10. CANADIAN ACTION PARTYGreetings all CAP members around Victoria and interested


The new year has not started well - the NDP rejection of the CAP

offer to merge and the consequent resignation of Paul Hellyer as

leader, is disappointing but not terminal.

CAP may be revitalised under a new leader but it will be a tough

row to hoe without Paul Hellyer's infusion of his personal monetary


The next best game in town will probably be to try and move the

federal NDP towards the basic CAP platform of

-rejigging of the foreign investment protection clauses in NAFTA

and the FTAA and

-re-establishing the Bank of Canada as the premier source for

government deficit financing and for repatriation of our foreign held

national debt.

-Green environmental policies.

We could also support Jack Layton in his efforts to retool the

control mechanisms of the NDP now that reliance o­n Union bulk funding

has been replaced by direct Federal funding based o­n vote count and

limited individual donations.

The overall world political environment, based o­n the dominance

of Washington militarisation and corporate psychopathy, is an ugly

mess. Paul Martin seems to be bent o­n joining that camp and we have

one last chance to stop the Americanisation of Canada in the coming

federal election if we can defeat the Federal Liberal machine.With that in mind, and speaking as a confirmed atheist, I am

inviting all interested parties to set aside Thursday Feb 12th

for a morning walk and talk with other critical thinkers.

Feb. 12th has been recognised by Victoria City Council as Darwin

Day in honour of the prime initiator of the modern, secular, view of

humanity.Oneplan is to assemble at Beaver Lake at say 10. am. and

then take o­ne of several trails. This will give people an opportunity

to meet and chat and possibly go o­n to lunch somewhere.

(Details to be provided later depending o­n response and the

probable weather and any other suggestions. If other gatherings are

being promoted we may join them)

Lots to think about.

Cheers, Derek

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11. GOODS FOR CUBA CARAVANGoods for Cuba Campaign Report

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384-1608 or 250-743-2994

When we meet:2nd Thursday of each month @:

#9 - 1241 Balmoral @ 7:00pmNew attendees are always welcome

Be a member of our Phone Tree

We need volunteers to phone our supporters when we hold

events. If you can help please let us know.

As the new year begins, the Goods for Cuba committee would

like to take the opportunity to thank all of our supporters o­nce

again. We also hope to renew our friendship and solidarity with our

Cuban brothers and sisters and their revolution.

Your contributions and support have enabled our organization to

continue to confront the lies, ignorance and misinformation about Cuba

in our community. We have been able to hold hundreds of social,

cultural and political events throughout our 13 year existence.

We have worked to raise awareness and support for the

Cuban people and their revolution.

In the last year we have had a number of public events: In July 2003 we

were able to break the blockade again and send goods to Cuba through

the US o­n the Pastors for Peace Caravan. o­n July 26th we commemorated

the 50 year anniversary of the attack o­n the Moncada Barracks which

started the Cuban revolution. We camped, ate together, showed

documentaries, had workshops and danced to Cuban music for three


In October we hosted three Cuban friends: Mario Garcia from the Cuban

Embassy, Irma Gonzales (daughter of Ren? Gonzales: o­ne of the Cuban

Five) and Aleida Guevara (Che?s daughter). This was part of a cross

country tour to raise awareness about the five Cubans unjustly

imprisoned in the US for trying to uncover anti-Cuba terrorist

activities in Miami. We raised $2000 to send to the campaign to

Free the Five.

In the last few years we have been witnessing capitalism going backwards:

privatizing, deregulating, free trading, taking more power and

resources from workers and the poor while giving more and more to a

few multinational corporations based mostly in the US and European

countries. The environment is going from bad to worse. The big

polluters who make the big profits never take any responsibility to

keep our environment clean and safe. Since the "war o­n terrorism"

has been declared, civil and human rights are being weakened and

depleted. Third world countries have to export most of their resources

to a few rich countries to pay for deficits created by their corrupt

puppet governments.

In the last few years the US has been coming up with new threats,

accusations and aggressive measures against Cuba. It went as far as

accusing Cuba of producing and having biological weapons. Former US

president Jimmy Carter happened to be visiting the island while the

accusations where being made. After touring various sites where

the weapons were supposed to be stored, he stated that there were no

biological weapons in Cuba. As soon as that lie died, the Bush

administration accused Cuba again of being a terrorist state and

supporting terrorism although no proof has ever been shown. Of course,

US accusations that Cuba is a human rights abuser never cease, while

the worst human rights abuses in Cuba are under US control at the US

base in Guantanamo. Above all, in the last year the US Interests

Section in Havana (the equivalent of an embassy in countries that have

no formal relations) has been increasing its organizing, financing and

assistance to anyone they can recruit to go against the Cuban

government. James Cason, who since September 2002 is the new boss at

the Interest Section, has broken every rule in the diplomatic book.

Cason has frequently entertained "so-called" dissident

intellectuals, journalists and anti-government activists at his

residence. He has gone to the extent of allowing dissident journalists

to use his residence for training sessions and organizing seminars. He

has appeared at public meetings with these counter-revolutionaries.

Cason has been the o­nly foreign diplomat to attend a public meeting

with dissidents. He hailed their efforts to organize a

transition to democracy - a catch phrase for

counter-revolutionary activities. While the US deficit and

economy keep going out of control and working people are getting less

and less for their labour, the US government through their USAID and

other agencies will spend millions of dollars to try to destabilize

the Cuban government this year. With a new election coming up, the

Cuban Mafia in Miami are sure Bush can count o­nce again o­n their


While living under such circumstances, Cuba continues to defend

itself, build Socialism and to advance in all parts of society. All

third world countries today are subject to World Bank and IMF

structural adjustment regulations: Cuba is the o­nly exception.

They are free from the IMF and World bank barbaric debt impositions.

The Cuban government owns the majority of shares in all foreign

company partnerships. This means that Cuban laws are the ultimate and

final word o­n every transaction in Cuba.

Our Goods for Cuba Campaign will continue to stand in solidarity and

friendship with the Cuban people and their revolution.

We in turn hope for your continued support.

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Randy Caravaggio


Goods for Cuba

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12. ACTIVIST VIDEO NIGHTTired of the usual Hollywood movies, want some political videos with bite! Then take in the Activist Video Night and see independent videos that promote justice, challenge the system and make

people think.

Friday, Feb. 13th-

Activist Video Night honours Black History Month by showing

Martin Luther King Jr., documents the life, times and

assassination (by the FBI?) of a hero of Black America?s 1960?s

civil rights struggle, 7:00, Friday, Feb. 13th, Camosun College

(Lansdowne Campus), Fisher Building Theater, room 100, Free, info-


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13. SALT SPRING ISLAND FILM FESTIVALWelcome again to "Our Island, Our World Film Fest & The Seed and Plant Exchange".

Our offerings this season truly conform to our name with several films by an island video artist who is internationally acclaimed, as well as a demonstration of bio diesel by fellow Salt Springers and musical embellishment for our Saturday night feature by local talent. Add the presence of our Saturday seed and plant friends, our vibrant volunteer groups o­n Sunday and what do you have? -- OUR ISLAND, OUR WORLD!

Please find attached the film descriptions and the final schedule. The February 11th edition of the DRIFTWOOD will contain the full programme. Please save your copy for use during the festival.

For further information you can contact Jane Squier at this email address or at 537-5467, or Maggie Schubart at 537-9804Saturday Night Feature Film: 7:30 pm, Multipurpose Room, GISS

Amandla! Revolution in Four Part Harmony

103 min. 2002

Director: Lee Hirsch

The power of song to communicate, motivate, console, unite and beget change is the heart of Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. Black South African freedom music played a central role in the long battle against apartheid. Vivid, cinematography complements an innovative narrative that combines original footage, breathtaking musical numbers, archival and haunting re-enactments to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit throughout the decades-long struggle for freedom in South Africa. Renowned musicians who helped expose the suffering of black South Africa to the world include trumpeter Hugh Masekela, singer Miriam Makeba, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and many others.

Threaded throughout the film, rich and beautiful anthems take viewers o­n an extraordinary journey through the spiritual and physical reality of life under apartheid. The music remains part of the fabric of the new South Africa.

Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival

Films for Saturday & Sunday

A Child?s Century of War Sunday 2:05 pm

88min. 2001 McNabb & Connolly

Director: Shelley Saywell Narrator: Christopher Plummer

This film examines how modern war has increasingly victimized children. (Nine out of ten victims of war are civilians ?most of them children.) Orphans of two Chechen wars, children growing up o­n the most dangerous street in the West Bank, and children abducted by the rebel forces in Sierra Leone tell their stories.

Al Jazeera, Exclusive Sunday 3:25 pm

60 min. 2003 McNabb& Connolly

Director: Ben Anthony

Founded in 1996, the Arab world?s first 24 hour news station was ignored in the west until it brought the world a video of Osama Bin Laden. o­n assignment with the BBC, Ben Anthony gained exclusive access to Al Jazeera, following reporters into battle at the o­nset of the war with Iraq, reporting the war and the bombing of their headquarters, from an Arab perspective. Some disturbing scenes

Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War o­n Terror Sunday 11:20 am

60 min. 2003 Bullfrog Films

Filmmaker: John Pilger

Award-winning filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger investigates George W. Bush?s ?war o­n terror? and the real motives behind it. In ?liberated? Afghanistan, America has its military base and pipeline access, while the people still have the warlords who are, says o­ne woman, ?in many ways worse than the Taliban.?

Choropampa: The Price of Gold Sunday 12:25

30 min. 2001 Guarango Film and Video

Directors: Ernesto Cabellos and Stephanie Boyd

In June of 2000, a truck carrying flasks of mercury, a by-product of gold mining, was descending the road from the US owned Yanacocha gold mine past several small Peruvian towns. o­ne of the flasks leaked the poisonous substance o­n the road, where at least 1000 local people were exposed to it.

Cosmic Africa Sunday 2 pm

72 min. 2003 Aland Pictures

Filmmakers: Craig and Damon Foster

As a child Thebe Medupe built his first telescope in a remote African village. Today, an astronomer, he embarks o­n an epic voyage where he discovers the ancient heart of the African cosmos and himself. We join Thebe o­n his celestial quest. A spectacular journey by multi award-winning filmmakers who brought us ?The Great Dance.? Beautiful cinematography!

Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes Saturday 12:40

53 min. 2003 NFB

Director: Jeff McKay

A hazardous mix of wastes is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food ?where does it all go? ?Crapshoot? examines the problem in several countries and explores some alternatives.

Dove Days; Journeys with Pakistan?s Insan Street Theatre Saturday 2:40 pm

47 min. 2002 McNabb & Connolly

Director: Barrie Kohen

Dove Days documents the poignant exchange between Pakistan?s phenomenal Insan Street Theatre troupe and Canadian high school teensThe Street Theatre troupe is comprised of former child labourers. Since Sept 11, 2001, the troupe has focussed o­n peace issues ? even taking risks to perform in areas of Pakistan where they expected hostile audiences.

From Baghdad to Peace Country Sunday 3:40 pm

29 min. 2003 NFB

Director: Sherry Lepage

In 1999, Canadian artist Deryk Houston travelled to witness first-hand the impact of international sanctions o­n the Iraqi people. Compelled to act, he embarked upon a unique nature art project designed to call attention to the situation of the children of Iraq. This film follows the artist as he works with his young son Sam to compose the largest and most challenging of his works: a permanent mother-and-child sanctuary located in the Peace River country of north eastern BC.

Huge Bus Now Sunday 12 noon

90 min. 2003

Director: Theodore Trout

In the summer of 2001, Randall Hewett and a small entourage travelled across Canada, from Sooke to St. John?s, Nfld. in a 1964 Detroit city bus equipped with a diesel engine converted to run o­n used deep fat fryer oil. Their mission was to raise awareness and support for the Kyoto accord and bring fun to the people of Canada. They ate out of dumpsters and returned home without having spent a single dime o­n fuel or food. They did however spend several thousand o­n booze and smokes. ?It?s not about what?s right. It?s about what?s left.? R.M. Hewett

In the Line of Fire Saturday 2 pm

20 min. 2003 McIntyre Media

Journalists in conflict areas have always taken risks to bring us stories that some people would prefer to keep quiet. Journalists and filmmakers are sometimes caught in the crossfire, but now it seems that something more sinister may be going o­n. ?In the Line of Fire? investigates whether soldiers are deliberately firing o­n - and is some cases, seriously injuring - journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In Whose Interest? Saturday 12:20

27 min. 2002 Bullfrog Films

Filmmaker: David Kaplowitz

This film questions the effects of US foreign policy over the past 50 years. Revealing a pattern of intervention, the film focuses o­n Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador, and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage, photographs and media tidbits are dynamically interwoven with personal eye-witness accounts.

Is the Crown at war with us? Sunday 3:05 pm

96 min. 2002 NFB

Director: Alanis Obomsawin

In 2000, the federal fishery officers appeared to be waging war o­n the Mi?kmaq lobstermen of Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Alanis Obomsawin provides a context for the events o­n Miramichi Bay, building a persuasive defence of the Mi?kmaq position. Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival

It Takes a Child Saturday 3:20 pm


Director: Judy Jackson

Craig Kielburger began his extraordinary fight against child labour when he was 12 years old. The film explores the complex issue of working children (shot in India, Brazil, Canada, the Phillipines) and looks at ?Free The Children? ? the international movement Craig and his schoolfriends founded. Eleven international awards.

Los Trabajadores (The Workers) Sunday 10 am

48 min. 2001 New Day Films

Director: Heather Courtney

Juan from Nicaragua and Ramon from Mexico are two of the workers who take enormous risks as they leave families behind to get work in the US. Poignant personal stories of organizing among illegal immigrants. Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival, Austin Texas

My Student Loan Sunday 4:30 pm

40 min. 2003 Debt Ridden Productions

Director: Mike Johnston

When Trent University graduate Mike Johnston graduated and found himself with a huge debt hanging over his head, he decided to make a film about his student loan to pay off his debts. Armed with a Canada Council grant, donated videotapes and borrowed camera equipment, Johnston set out to make a documentary that looks at the absurdities of students wallowing in massive debt.

My Terrorist Saturday 1:20 pm

58 min. 2002 Women Make Movies

Director Yulie Cohen Gerstel

In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen Gerstel was wounded in a terrorist attack by the PLO of Palestine. Twenty-three years later Gerstel began questioning the causes of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and started to consider helping release the man who almost killed her, Fahad Mihyi. Compelling! Jerusalem Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, 2002

One More Dead Fish Sunday 10 am

52 min. 2003 InterPositive Media

Directors: Allan and Stefan Forbes

Welcome to Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, where Tony Cunningham and five of his friends have barricaded themselves in a Federal building for 25 days. These men are handliners, the most environmentally friendly fishermen o­n earth. They warn that bottom trawlers are destroying the fragile ocean bottom, and throwing away 30 million tons of fish each year! ?A powerful portrayal of a community fighting back? filmmaker Michael Moore.

Pinochet?s Children Saturday 10 am

60 min. 2003 German Film and Television Academy

Director: Paula Rodriguez

Alejandro Goic was sixteen, Enrique Paris, twelve, and Carolina Toh?, eight years old, when General Pinochet seized power in Chile o­n September 11, 1973. During the coup Alejandro and Carolina lost their fathers, and all three lost their innocence and their youth. And eventually all went o­n to become powerful student leaders in the tumultuous eighties. A remarkable film

Plan Columbia: Cashing in o­n the Drug War Failure Saturday 3:45 pm

58 min. 2003 Free Will Productions

Directors: Gerard Ungerman & Audrey Brohy

Narrator: Ed Asner

20 years of drug-wars in the Andes have actually increased cocaine imports to the US. Could there be ulterior motives? This film sheds light o­n the drug-trafficking, civil struggle and the impact of a multi-billion dollar aid package delivered to the brutal Colombian military. Oil has become a significant factor in the equation.

Silence of the Strings: A Community Movement for Music Sunday 12:45

48 min. 2002 Moving Images

Filmmakers: Sher Morgan and Sherry Lepage

When trustees in Victoria, BC cut a long-established and highly successful elementary school orchestra program to balance their budget, high school students took to the streets with a Save Our Strings campaign. These energetic students led a two-year battle, emerging not o­nly as passionate artists, but as articulate, critical, self-empowered young leaders. Anyone who questions the connection between music, the arts and civil society should see this film.

Simon and I Sunday 12:45

52 min. 2001 Women Make Movies

Director: Bev Ditsie

Simon & I recounts the lives of two giants in the South African gay and lesbian liberation movement, Simon Nkoli a political activist and the filmmaker herself, Bev Ditsie. The story is narrated by Bev as she charts their relationship through good times and bad against a backdrop of intense political activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis.

SOLID Saturday 11 am

30 min. 2003

Director: Gary McNutt

Three short films call our attention and hopefully our action to the devastating effects of HIV/Aids, particularly in South Africa. ?A Walk in the Park?, ?Maxi?s House? and ?You Can?t Eat Flowers? offer clear images of the severity of the situation and presents positive and practical steps taken to deal with it. SOLID is Saltspring Organization for Life Improvement & Development.

Southern Comfort Saturday 2:45 pm

90 min. 2001 Q Ball Productions

Director: Kate Davis

Robert Eads began life as a female, married and had two sons, before finally transitioning into the heterosexual man that he always felt he really was. In a bitter irony, however, Eads died of cervical and ovarian cancer--(after 20 doctors refused him medical treatment) --betrayed, as he puts it, by the last part of himself that was still female. The film challenges endless stereotypes while forging a new culture of gender. Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2001

Street Nurse Saturday 11:20 am

45 min. 2002 McNabb & Connolly

Director: Shelley Saywell

Cathy Crowe visits the habitats of the homeless, tending to their blistered feet, infected wounds and often fragile psyches. She helps find night shelter for them when temperatures reach lethally low levels. Her passionate advocacy o­n behalf of the homeless has brought her into the spotlight in Toronto.

Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire Saturday 2:05 pm


Director: Judy Jackson

The story of three Canadian Somali refugees who, in the face of chaos and devastation, return to Somalia to create the HornAfrik radio and TV station in Mogadishu. Through talk shows they provide a unique opportunity for the voiceless thousands to speak out without being silenced by the brutal rule of the warlords.

The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out Sunday 10 am

55 min. 2002 Jay Rosenstein

Director: Jay Rosenstein

Meet Kristina Boerger of Champaign, Illinois. She formed the award-winning Amasong Chorus, a Lesbian/ Feminist choir dedicated to the pursuit of choral excellence within an atmosphere that celebrates all forms of women?s devotion to their communities. Amasong Chorus members explore their personal needs for expression and mutual support. Most enjoyable!

The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World Sunday 1:45 pm

52 min. 2002 Filmoption International

Director: Carole Poliquin

?The Bottom Line? invites us to reflect o­n the ?common good? notion which is threatened both by the decreasing role of the State and the prevailing trend to patent everything that belonged to society for generations. We travel from Canada to the US, Mexico, France, Brazil and India to explore the consequences of corporations? voracious appetite for profits.

The Disenchanted Forest Sunday 11:20 am

52 min. 2001 McNabb and Connolly

Director: Sarita Siegel Narrator: Brook Shields

Orangutans, like humans, have "culture." The destruction of orangutan habitat and the illegal pet-trade threaten the lives of orangutans. Dr. Willie Smits is committed to preserving orangutan habitat and returning captives back into Bornean rainforest homes. The orphans learn the vital skills they need to survive when they are later released into protected rainforest. Merit Awards, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula

The Flute Player Saturday 10 am

53 min. 2003 Over the Moon Productions

Director: Jocelyn Glatzer

Arn Chorn-Pond, at the age of 9, was thrust into the darkness of the Killing Fields. He avoided death by playing pro-government propaganda songs o­n his flute. Two decades later, he travels from his home in the US to the back streets of Phnom-Penh to revive Cambodia?s traditional music.

The Next Industrial Revolution Saturday 11:20 am

55 min. 2001 McNabb& Connolly

Directors: Chris Bedford & Shelley Morhaim

While some environmental observers predict doomsday, Bill McDonough sees humanity taking nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes. McDonough and his partner, chemist Michael Braungart are visionary thinkers.

The Silent Scream Sunday 11:15 am

45 min. 2002 McNabb & Connolly

Hidden cameras are used to give voice to the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA.) Women were granted equal rights by law in 1964 and enjoyed relative freedom during the 1970s. Since the American bombing, the plight of women has not improved. Some disturbing scenes.

Totem: Return of the G?psgolox Pole Saturday 12:30

70min. 2003 NFB

Director: Gil Cardinal

In 1929, the Haisla people of northwestern BC returned from a fishing trip to find a 9-metre-high totem pole, known as the G?psgolox pole, severed at the base and removed from their village. The Haisla recently discovered the pole in a Stockholm museum where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. The film traces the fascinating journey of the Haisla to reclaim the traditional mortuary pole with compelling interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers as they create a replica pole for the Stockholm museum. The film raises provocative questions about the ownership and meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums.

Winning Back Paradise Saturday 10 am

37 min. 2002 Journeyman Pictures

Director: Nick Lazaredes

Since the mid-70s, Diego Garcia has been home to a military base, housing aircraft used in the Gulf War and Afghanistan. Until the end of the1960s, islanders enjoyed a relatively trouble-free existence as subjects of the British Empire. This changed when Britain negotiated a deal to sell the island to the US for a ?thieves? ransom.? Thousands of islanders were rounded up and displaced from their homeland. This film chronicles the islanders? fight for compensation and the right to return.

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14. VICTORIA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETYChris Chandler & Anne Feeney - Folken Word - hilarious

Sunday, February 15th

7:30 p.m.

Norway House

1110 Hillside (between Quadra & Cook)$4/ free for volunteers and members

Sign up for the open stage during the first half.

Features info: 413-3213 - 24 hrs. a day

General info: 475-1355

<http://www.pacificcoast.net/~vfms>http://www.pacificcoast.net/~vfms* CHRIS & ANNE IN COMOX

Monday, February 16th, 2004

show time: 8PM

Comox, BC

The Edge


15. SUPPORTING EL SALVADOR ELECTIONSFood for Thought and El Salvador!!

CommonBorders Dinner & Fund-RaiserMonday Feb. 16th

Lotus Pond Restaurant

617 Johnson Street

All proceeds go to support the CommonBorders Delegation as they prepare to travel to El Salvador to observe that country's contentious March 21st presidential elections. Enjoy a delicious, vegetarian Asian buffet at two dinner sittings - 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are o­nly $20 per person and are available at Carnaby Street Boutique located at 538 Yates Street.

For more information about this event or CommonBorders please phone 370-9879 (Linda Shout) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hope to see you there!

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16. HOUSE CONCERT FOR EL SALVADORVirgo Rising, the Clankys, and Art Farquharson will share a stage for the evening with a small audience, in an intimate setting,

Thursday, Feb l9, at 7:30pm.Proceeds of the evening will help the Victoria group,

Common Borders, send 10 International Observers to witness

the presidential election process in El Salvador in March.

All ten observers are from the Lower Island.

Virgo Rising is Karen Gillmore, Sharon Hazelwood, Tracy

Summers, and Carol Waldo. They do moving acoustic

instrumentation and stunningly intertwined harmonies, with

lyrics that are often poignant and sometimes hilarious.

The Clankies, a new Victoria group, also include Summers and

Waldo, with the addition of veteran Island musician Jake

Galbraith. You've probably seen Jake at the JBI or singing

at the Folk Club, or with Bill Gallaher. If not, you're in

for a treat.

And there are few serious gatherings for social progress that

have not been warmed by the guitar and voice of Art

Farquharson, as he proclaims with wry humour your right to

live in your car.

Tickets will be $12 or $15, based o­n your ability to pay.

For reservations (and there are o­nly about 40 seats) phone

385 1307, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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17. CAFE CULTURAThe ICA youth group is organizing and hosting "Cafe Cultura", a coffee house in celebration of Multiculturalism Week.

"Bringing the World Together"Thurs Feb 19 @ Solstice Cafe

529 Pandora Ave

7:30 pm

(doors open at 7pm)Free Admission

Hosted by the

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Youth Group in celebration of

Multiculturalism Week

Poetry * Dance * Music * Theatre

Call Suki @ 388-4728 ext.123 to perform or for info

(Priority given to youth performers)


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18. SPRING INTO HEALTHCall to Exhibitors for second annual Sooke "Spring Into Health" Fair to be held

May 9 (Sunday)


Edward Milne Community School

6218 Sooke Road.

Deadlines: March 9 earlybird and April 9 final.For info call Lynn @ 642-0391 or Nancy @ 642-4750 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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18. REGISTER TO VOTEUVic Greens to Participate in All-Party-Clubs Voter Registration Table

For the entire month of February, from 12-2 pm each Tuesday and Thursday, you will be able to come (with your friends and classmates!) into the SUB main entrance, and find a table available for you to register to vote. This table will be person'ed by all political party clubs thing, so it is not a table where your friends will feel pressured o­ne way or another, though party information may be available for any party participating that day.

This election is the a crucial o­ne. With the Conservative and Liberal parties stampeding ever farther to the right, not o­nly Canadians are rethinking who to vote for, but many politicians are jumping from ship to ship! This election, more than any in recent history, YOUR VOTE IS VITAL!!!

To register, you need proof of residence--either driver's licence or BC ID, or a utility bill will do. If you come with either of those photocopied, or with money to do so at ZAP, you'll be in and out in a jiffy. Or, come get a form and pre-paid envelope to take home and complete later. But don't delay! When the election is called, you won't be able to register until the polls!

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19. GREATER VICTORIA COMPOST EDUCATION CENTREThank you for your support of the Compost Education Centre in 2003. Last year, the Centre's education programs reached over 10,000 people, and succeeded in diverting over 90,000 kgs of organic waste from the landfill. Thank you for doing your part to make this happen!

[Send email if you want information about] workshops and events for 2004.

We are looking forward to facilitating a host of new workshops this year, while still providing all the education you need to compost and garden effectively.

All workshops and events take place at the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre (1216 North Park Street) unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register, call 386-9676 or email < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

We will also be sending out regular emails to remind you of each upcoming event.

How can I learn more about composting or organic gardening?

CALL 386-WORM OR EMAIL This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it FOR MORE INFORMATION

Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre

1216 North Park Street

Victoria BC V8T 1C9

Hotline (250) 386-WORM(9676)

Business/Fax (250) 386-9678

E-Mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website <http://www.compost.bc.ca>http://www.compost.bc.ca


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20. ECONEWS EXCERPTSAll month: CRD Parks outings and explorations, for all ages. 478-3344 <http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks>http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Every day, 9-4:30pm. Eagle Extravaganza at Goldstream Provincial Park 478-9414

Every Friday, 9pm: NOW magazine with Bill Moyers, KCTS TV, Channel 7

Every Sat, 1-3pm. Free, vegetarian food o­n Wharf St, between Johnson & Yates.

Every Sat, 1:30pm: Tour of Merve Wilkinson?s Wildwood Forest, Ladysmith. Jay, 250-245-5540

Directions: <http://www.ecoforestry.ca/WildwoodMap.htm>http://www.ecoforestry.ca/WildwoodMap.htm

Every Sun, 6:30 & 11:30pm: EnviroMental, with Briony Penn. NewVI TV, Channel 12

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 7- 9pm Healing Drumming Circles. 353 Windermere. Space limited. Call Marianne S"mann-Wyss 382-3582. $10 donation or other exchange

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7- 9pm Freeing Your Soul's Song Circles. 353 Windermere. Space limited. Call Marianne S"mann-Wyss 382-3582. $10 donation or other exchange

Mon 5-6, Gorilla Radio. Thur 5-6, No Name News. Fri, 9-10am The Real News. CFUV101.9FM./104.3 <http://cfuv.uvic.ca>http://cfuv.uvic.ca

Neighbourhood Plastics Recycling: see <http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com>http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com for schedules

Mon 9th, 7:30pm An Evening with Barbara Coloroso, for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to Ease the Pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa Hosted by the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. UVic Farquhar Audit. Tickets $35 from Chapters, McPherson Box Office (386-6121). Barbara is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution, reconciliatory justice, and grieving.

Tue 10th, 6pm VNHS Annual Banquet: "Missing Marmots". Sumptuous buffet at the UVic University (Faculty) Club. Special guest Dr. Andrew Bryant, Chief Scientist, Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Team. Happy hour 6pm, dinner 7pm. Tickets $35 from Natural History Presentations, Birder?s Nights, & Habitat Acquisition Trust?s office (316-620 View) (995-2428). Great door prizes.

Tue 10th, 7pm Open Cinema. "The Man We Called Juan Carlos". A moving film about a Mayan farmer, teacher, guerilla, priest. Second Story Bookshop/Caf?, 579 Johnson St. By donation. ($5)

Tue 10th, 7:30pm Climate Change: UVic?s Tree-Ring Laboratory at Bridge Glacier. The leading Edge, KNOW TV

Wed 11th, 7pm Arctic Mission o­n Global Warming, Part 3: People of the Ice. Nature of Things, CBC TV 2

Fri 13th, 7:30pm "Light Up Your Hearts for Human Rights". Amnesty International Valentine?s Day Silent Auction for Amnesty's human rights work with the Artists Network and the indigenous Peoples Network. Garry Oak Rm, 1335 Thurlow Rd. See <http://www.amnestyauctionvictoria.ca>http://www.amnestyauctionvictoria.ca. Lynn Piers, 380-4096, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fri 13th to Sun 15th TLC Willow Cutting Harvest Working Holiday with Dave Polster, Cowichan River

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