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LEFT COAST EVENTS - Victoria & Islands - October 26th, 2004 PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Wednesday, 27 October 2004 05:19
1. Town Hall Meeting - Fernwood - Oct 26th
2. Hand Drumming - lessons - Tuesdays
3. Shock Corridor Cinema - Trouble Every Day - Oct 26th
4. Open Cinema - BattleGround - Oct 26th
5. Privatizing African Water - discussion - Oct 27th
6. Child Labour in B.C. - Duncan rally - Oct 27th
7. Atmic Vaudeville - Fear - Oct 27 & 28th
8. Gathering for the Sake of the Sea - Nanaimo - Oct 28th
9. Theatre for Living - youth workshops - Oct 30-Nov 4th, Nov 5-7th
10. Pesticide Bylaw - public meetings - Oct 30th, Nov 3rd, 9th
11. Open Cinema - Ram Dass - Nov 2nd
12. Celebration & Dialogue - community celebration - Nov 6th
13. High Tide Concerts
14. Immigrant & Refugee Conference - Nov 18-20th
15. A Woman's Place - art exhibit - to Jan, 2005
16. UVic Sustainability Project
17. Wilderness Committee News
18. EcoNews Excerpts
19. The Rycroft Files
20. Cathedral Grove Update
21. Central America Support Committee News
22. Victoria Street Newz Update & Event Info

contributions, considerations, concerns:


* Wednesday Night Peace Vigils at the Legislature - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Everyone Welcome!


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


Cafe Spirituality: Open discussions and sharing on a broad range of spiritual topics. Bring your suggestions. Bring your questions. Wednesdays at 7 pm at James Bay Coffee and Books, 143 Menzies (opposite Thrifty's). By donation or buy a coffee. For more information call 360-0052.


* Women, War, Violence, and Peace - a discussion with African Nana-Fosu Randall, October 29th, 12 noon, in UVic's Grad Centre. Info: 595-7519.


* Honeygirl is at the Victoria Folk Music Society Sunday October 31st. The evening begins at 7:30 pm at 1110 Hillside. $4. Info: 413-3213 or http://pacificcoast.net/~vfms or http://www.honeygirl.ca


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


The South Vancouver Island Mycological Society's Annual Mushroom Fair will be open to all from 10 am until 4 pm, Sunday, October 31 at the Swan Lake Nature Centre in Victoria. Excellent displays of wild and cultivated mushrooms, mushroom cuisine, and experts on hand to identify any and all specimens brought in by the public. Information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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


I think you might be interested in a web petition to "Stop Canada Pension Plan Investments in War!" Go to http://coat.openconcept.ca/


* Victoria Car Share Co-operative - http://www.victoriacarshare.ca - Save the hassle, save the money, save the planet.


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

Restorative Justice Oak Bay
http://www.rjob.ca


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

For those who have not heard and likely will not hear my recent talk about
the Bush, Rumsfeld, Paul Martin, Bill Graham plans for so-called missile
"defence", Thomas Hicks of Vancouver has posted my talk to his website.

Go to http://www.necessaryvoices.org/audio_archive.html#Missile_Defence_Shield

Should you have any difficulty with this, you could contact Tom at http://www.necessaryvoices.org

Mel Hurtig ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Do not reply to Linda, please.


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

A Straight Goods Bulletin from Canada's independent on-line source of news, analysis, information and fun. From our October 19 front page at http://www.straightgoods.com
REFORM ROADKILL, plus SOW'S EAR, DEATH ON THE JOB, SCHOLARLY SCORN, REVENUE LEAK, NATIONAL STRIKE, and much more..


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

Following is an article that came out today and this is information we all
need to take action. Please share this with others. Our Health Freedoms and
Freedom of Choice is at stake. Let's get informed as this is one very
important Cause to be behind for sure.

http://www.mercola.com/2004/oct/13/vitamins_minerals.htm


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

Should be an interesting poll. To vote go to: http://globalvote 2004.org


* From: "johannes deviet" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Please visit our Web site: http://www.gamblingwatch.ca


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

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Just a reminder as well about our weekly meetings on Mondays 7pm HHB(CIT) rm 110. These meetings are always lots of fun, interactive and informative!
This message was sent to you through the EWB Intranet.
You can modify your email settings at http://member.ewb.ca/


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

Understanding Pro-war Christians' Indifference to Civilian Deaths
by Dr. Teresa Whitehurst:
http://punditman.com
(Special thanks to Eric Garris of Antiwar.com for granting re-publishing
permission)

Click here for Bush's Loaded Deck
http://www.punditman.com/donate/


* From: "Internet Underground" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Burning Bush Bulletin Board
http://burnbush.blogspot.com


The site, http://www.bushrelativesforkerry.com , consists of personal statements from a group of decidedly liberal second cousins of the president, none of whom knows him personally. All are grandchildren of Mary Bush House, the sister of Prescott Bush, a former US senator from Connecticut and the father and grandfather of the two Bush presidents.


MetaMagic WorldNews
http://metamagic.org/worldnews

MetaMagic News of the Strange
http://metamagic.org/strange


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

http://www.heartofconflict.com


* From: "Ecosource Paper Inc." < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


OECD - report: Canada worst - singled out B.C. on early childhood care:


http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1098641707874_57/?hub=Canada

Alliance tackles welfare reform by CAROL GOAR:

What takes all parties so long to look seriously at low income earners.
Just one other reason why Canada is lagging behind Northern Europe in
productivity, actually falling back behind 2 other countries as the recent
OECD report states. The more poor people reiy on unstustainable incomes
the lower a country's productivity sinks. - May be this is the signal for
some promient people to look at this issue - finally:

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1098483011743&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795


* From: "Thornton-Joe, Charlayne (Councillor)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Picked up the newest Street Newz in James Bay yesterday! I do want you to know that I have spoken against the Safe Street Legislation, and will continue to do so.


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


This should top the "Patriot Act" as the Fourth Reich gets under way. Please read.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6237364

* From: "Julius Fisher" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Dr. David Suzuki - "Tree: A Life Story"
at the 2004 Word on the Street Festival in Vancouver
http://www.workingtv.com

* From: "Dorothy Cutting" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


http://www.globalvote2004.org

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


Since 9/11 there have been stories circulating that the plane that crashed into the Pentagon wasn't a plane at all. This is the first "evidence" I've seen to support that claim. I hope you are to watch it all the way through before it is pulled- apparently, it has been pulled off several web sites as people try to get the story out.


http://www.freedomunderground.org/memoryhole/pentagon.php#Main


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1. TOWN HALL MEETING IN FERNWOOD


There is a very important Town Hall Meeting that we need you to attend at


Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone Avenue) on Tuesday, October 26 - 7:00pm start.


Mayor Allan Lowe and several City Councillors will be fielding questions at this meeting regarding the ever-surfacing Recreation Renewal Proposal. Yes, that's the very same proposal that you opposed back in March of this year. You came through for us in a time of need then, and we need your help again.


Please come out and voice your opinion on the topic. The threat of the decommmissioning of community centres and seniors centres still looms. Here's your chance to tell the Mayor and Councillors what you think. Please forward this message on to as many Fernwood supporters as you can - we need to fill our gym on October 26! Thank-you for your unwavering support of Fernwood Community Centre and your efforts to keep the Fernwood community vital and strong.

James D.Thornton
Evening Supervisor & Events Coordinator
Fernwood Community Centre
Ph: (250) 381-1552
http://www.fernwoodcc.ca

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2. HAND DRUMMING CLASS


with Gary Cohen


every Tuesday at the James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies.

Beginners 7 to 8 p.m., Advanced 8 to 9 p.m.


Drop-in fee is $10 for one class, $16 for both.

Information
386-1054 or 595-6728.


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3, SHOCK CORRIDOR CINEMA


Shock Corridor Cinema Presents:

TROUBLE EVERY DAY (Claire Denis, 2001).

Tuesday, October 26th; 8pm. $2

18+

Claire Denis' follow up to her widely engaging BEAU TRAVAIL. TROUBLE EVERY DAY is an arty psychological horror film that borrows, in unconventional fashion, from the Vampire story. It sucessfully moves traces of the goth tradition to modern day france, where cannibalist blood suckers are psychologically torn between sadistic desire and domestic banality. The body becomes both a symbolic fruit and a grotesque canvas in which the possessed lay bare their most troubling sexuailites in the spacious landscape of Denis' highly palpable images. Featuring a fine performance by American hipster Vincent Gallo in a starring role plus a succulent soundtrack by Tindersticks.


Victoria's first and perhaps last screening of this highly praised film by one of France's enfant terrible of contemporary cinema. Just in time for Halloween.
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Current Window Installation

New installation from former fifty fifty member, Hadyn and original fifty fifty window dresser, Scott. Forget Underground Art, this is about "The Ground" in all its dirty, filthy glory. The nature / culture debate is deep fried for your visual sustinance. Harvest treats for all the kiddies.
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UPCOMING AND NOTEWORTHY

Thursday, October 28th ; 9pm. $5 Modern SOuNds for Futuristic People: New Music Series.
An evening of free and structured improvisation in two groups: alfons, darren, dave and eldritch interpret a short series of images collected and arranged by: isaac, and erin, emily, isaac, rachel, speedy and possibly others who will perform some expansive drone-friendly improvisations of their own.

This event is part of an on-going monthly project featuring members of UVic's music school and various avant players from around town. Each program features the work of one local composer; pieces range from orchestrated ensemble to free improvization. Continuing on the last thursday of each month (save for December).

Friday, October 29th; 9pm. $8 Wolf Parade (their first Victoria Appearance - ex Atlas Strategic, Blue Pine) plus Pink Mountaintops (abridged) and The Raygun. Advance Tix@ Ditch Records [Strongly Recommended].

Saturday, October 30th; 9pm. $6 HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL presented by UVIC's Visual Arts Students Association and the fifty fifty.


Featuring: Kemiztry (experimental funk-metal from Toronto); Teen Beav (German Electroclash Trannies Run Amok); The Great Gaffoni's magic hour (FanTastiCo); Ahcri (imaginative, apocalyptic sound and video); WhoBoat (the boys of Lakeboat dawn their Halloween Costume: A Rippin' 1970s Who set) + Foodstand, tarot reader, bearded ladies, candyfloss spun on site (what more can you ask for?).

Cool Prizes for Best Costumes. Proceeds go to VASA to finance their end of year grad exhibition.


the fifty fifty is located at 2516 Douglas St. (at Bay)
contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

the fifty fifty web site is updated regularly.
http://thefiftyfifty.org

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4. OPEN CINEMA BRINGS WESTERN CANADA PREMIERE TO VICTORIA!


Victoria, BC October 12th 2004 - On Tuesday October 26th, a special OPEN CINEMA event will give Victorians the opportunity to attend the Western Canadian Premiere of the much anticipated documentary from New York's Guerrilla News Network (GNN) BattleGround: 21 days on the Empire's Edge. Canadian filmmaker and GNN co-founder Stephen Marshall will be in town especially for the screening.


In October 2003, shortly after the American occupation of Iraq, Marshall and his producer went to Iraq to cover the war from all sides of the conflict. This superb documentary chronicles their eye-opening journey and gives the viewer a perspective that most news sources ignore: the average Iraqi citizens' experience.


"Intense, emotional and fascinating from the first frame to the last," says the Mill Valley Film Festival, where the film will premiere on October 9th, 2004. "BattleGround goes beyond media madness and political posturing into the hearts and minds of both the Iraqi people and American soldiers stationed on the front lines." With Farhan al-Bayati, a former resistance fighter of Saddam Hussein's regime as the guide, the film chronicles the condition of Iraq and addresses the implications of widespread contamination from US deployed depleted uranium shells.


Marshall is the Creative Director at GNN, whose mission is to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming on television and the web. GNN won the 2001 Streaming Media Festival Audience Award and 2002 Sundance On-Line Film Festival for their political documentary Crack the CIA. Marshall is also a writer , video director and creator of Channel Zero, the world's first global VHS news magazine.


This fall, Marshall and GNN have released a new book, True Lies (Plume, Sept/04), and are in the process of completing a feature film, This Revolution starring Rosario Dawson. During his stay in Victoria, Marshall will also give a Media (R)evolution Workshop at CineVic on Thursday October 28th at 7pm. For more information on the workshop visit www.cinevic.ca.


"We are very excited about hosting this Western Canadian Premiere!" says Mandy Leith, OPEN CINEMA's founder and coordinator. The screening, followed by an open forum discussion with Marshall, will take place at Hermann's Jazz Club where viewers can dine, drink and think. For more information about OPEN CINEMA's schedule, visit www.opencinema.ca.


What: OPEN CINEMA presents BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge
When: 7pm, Tuesday, October 26th 2004 (Doors at 6pm. Limited seating)
Where: Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street (for dinner reservations call 388-9166)


Cost: $5 donation


Contacts


For OPEN CINEMA inquiries: For Media inquiries:
Mandy Leith Sandy Mayzell
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(250) 882-7441 (250) 883-5194


OPEN CINEMA's mission statement is "to screen local, national and international films, inspiring community conversation and grassroots action, furthering the role of filmmaking as a tool for social change." We are a social profit society committed to serving Victoria's growing Arts community, as well as furthering individual social, political and environmental causes. We also hope to reach out to the global community through our website opencinema.ca (in development), providing information, inspiration and a discussion forum.


OPEN CINEMA gratefully acknowledges support from the National Film Board of Canada, Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria, CineVic, MediaNet, Hollyhock and Media that Matters.


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5. WATER - PRIVATE PROPERTY, OR PUBLIC RESOURCE?


Featuring Richard "Bricks" Mokolo, an activist from South Africa who was imprisoned and tortured during Aparthied and later challenged the privatization of water in Orange Farm.


Wednesday, October 27 - 7:00 pm
Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, 3100 Foul Bay Rd., Young Building, Room 216


A distinguished panel will meet with small groups in breakout rooms to discuss issues in depth. They include: Richard Bocking, John Gabor, and Kelly Busch


This will be a free public presentation organized by:
the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Kairos, the Council of Canadians, VIDEA and the Camosun African Awareness Committee


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6. PROTEST BC'S CHILD LABOUR LAWS

There will be a demonstration to protest BC's degrading and dangerous child
labour laws (panned by the UN) at


2:30 pm Weds Oct 27th, outside Minister
of Labour Graham Bruce's office in Duncan.

This is sponsored by the Area 01 Cross Component Cmttee of the BCGEU and
others. Please come and help us protest the fact that 12 year old children
will be working when they should be in school! This is an appalling change
which places BC back in the 1930's.


For more info contact Lori Strom at 388-9948 (BCGEU Area 021 office).


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7. ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE
at The Living Room presents

episode #5 "FEAR"

Starting this month -- 2 performances
at The Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad St.
Wednesday and Thursday October 27th and 28th at 8 PM
Tickets $10/12
RESERVATIONS: 885-2837

This episode will feature a live performance of
Michael Jackson's 'THRILLER' video as well as a prayer
in song for the US Federal elections. Forbidden Ukes
and the BUSH Twins return.

ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE - the brainchild of Victoria
director and performer Britt Small and Jacob Richmond
(Montreal playwright-performer) - is a monthly
cabaret theatre evening providing a venue for
Victoria's top performers and audiences eager for a
dynamic and entertaining night out on the town.

The evening will feature cabaret-style seating, a bar
and casual atmosphere. Come early, stay late.

Featured performers for episode #5 of Atomic
Vaudeville include Gina McIntosh, Celine Stubel, Britt
Small, Reisa Stone, Jen Stein, Justin Carter, Carolyn Birch,
Emma Miller, Treena Stubel, Claire Charland, Sean Cowie, Beth
Scozzafava, Andrew Bailey and others.

The fifth episode of ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE will feature
acts inspired by 'FEAR' in honour of Halloween
and all things that send a chill up your spine.

The evening will have a narrative built upon a 1950's
family and all cabaret numbers will take place in
their living room. It's a great opportunity to
see some local talent at their most daring as the
episodic format invites experimentation.

For more information or reservations contact
Britt Small 885-2837.

UPCOMING EPISODES:


#6 "SANTA" (2 SHOWS!)
Wednesday November 24th and Thursday November 25th
#7 "BEST OF Atomic Vaudeville!"
Wednesday December 29th and Thursday December 30th

If you have an act or are interested in participating
in some way please contact Britt at 885-2836 or
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The Origins of the name ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE.

The origins of the term vaudeville are unclear. Some
sources claim the word was a bastardization of "voix
de ville," French slang for songs or voice of the
city.

ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE is the NEW vaudeville, an attempt to
reclaim the entertainment of instant gratification in
a more diverse and theatrical form.

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8. GATHERING FOR THE SAKE OF THE SEA

Please come out and join the Gathering for the Sake of the Sea and send
a clear and united message that Islanders value healthy marine
ecosystems and their longstanding contributions to our Islands'
communities. We won't stand by in silence. Marine life can't speak out,
but we can!

Come dressed as your favourite sea creature! Bring all your friends! We
will have some "Oil & Water Don't Mix" signs or make your own!

While we don't have a seventeen million dollar budget from the
provincial government (like the P.O.E.A.) to explain the reality of this
industry, we do have voices that can speak up for the value of a healthy
environment.

Where: Meet at the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, Nanaimo (the foot of
Bastion St. at Front St.)

When: 11:30am
Thursday, October 28th

Why: Roughly 100 business and industry leaders are expected at the
Pacific Offshore Energy Association's conference Oct. 27 through 29 at
the Coast Bastion Inn. Guest speaker at noon on the 28th is B.C. Energy
and Mines Minister Richard Neufeld.


Follow the link to the conference info:
http://www.poea.ca/downloads/Fall%20Seminar%20Outline.pdf

- Long before the first drop of oil is extracted from the sea bottom,
the oil and gas industry damages the marine environment with seismic
testing.

- Oil spills threaten all marine life from whales to plankton.
Regardless of modern technology, oil has never been successfully
contained in a major tanker accident, nor has a recovery operation ever
been successful. Industry declares a cleanup successful if 5%of the
spilled oil is recovered.

- Besides spills and blowouts, the industry produces drilling muds and
produced waters that put poisons into the ocean.

- Loss of jobs could occur if the off shore oil and gas industry is
allowed to proceed. Sustainable industries such as fisheries and tourism
create over 20,000 jobs that coul be wiped out from seismic testing, oil
spills, and contamination of the coastal landscape with unsightly rigs.

- Carbon dioxide, a product of burning fossil fuels, has been identified
as the biggest single source of greenhouse gases.

- Tapping into oil and gas reserves will perpetuate the problem and
would be contrary to Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions under the Kyoto Accord.

- This is the time to be investing in and encouraging the development of
alternative energies.

- The area of the oil leases is the most earthquake prone region in
Canada.(exerpts from http://oilfreecoast.org/)

More information?
Contact Carol Cornish
Phone: 250 248 8402
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Learn more:


For Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration:


http://www.offshoreoilandgas.gov.bc.ca/team/


http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/cooger-crepge/main_e.htm


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Opposed to Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration:

http://www.oilfreecoast.org/about.htm

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Oceans/CoastalOil/

http://www.livingoceans.org/oilgas/oilandgasreports/Dale%20Marshall%20re%20Hibernia.pdf

http://www.cpawsbc.org/action/oilandgas/

http://www.wildernesscommittee.org/campaigns/marine/policy/oil

http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/oil-and-gas-exploration/prc-briefs.html

http://www.sustainability.ca/index.cfm?Mid=66&k1=614

http://www.greenpeace.ca/e/campaign/climate_energy/depth/oog/index.php

http://www.greenpeace.ca/e/campaign/climate_energy/documents/BC_wind_energy.pdf

15 years after Exxon Valdez
http://action.web.ca/home/gpc/alerts.shtml?sh_itm=e7b7ebcbd64387f987c71f5bb1a18f57


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9. THEATRE FOR LIVING

Vancouver's Headlines Theatre, under the direction of David Diamond, has
become a world leader in community specific, issue-oriented theatre, winning
numerous awards. Headlines theatre calls their community work THEATRE FOR
LIVING, and it is based on Brazilian Director Augusto Boal's Theatre of the
Oppressed. I've included a paragraph from the website about the nature of
this theatre for social change at the end of this email.

Right now, Headlines Theatre is in the middle of trying to seed Theatre for
Living groups in seven communities including Victoria, BC! The hope is that
we will eventually have our own Theatre for Living organization in Victoria
where community members and groups will be able to use the power of
interactive community forum theatre to explore relevant issues and create
positive social change in our community. Headlines has been to many
communities and explored numerous issues ranging from racism and residential
schools to poverty, globalization, and democracy to mention only a few. The
possibilities are endless.

In this first phase of the project, David is prepared to come to Victoria to
help us explore the topic of drinking, intoxication, and driving. We need a
minimum of 12 (max 25) people who are willing to be part of this project.
We're looking for people who are willing to be honest about their
experiences and willing to play and create--ABSOLUTELY NO ACTING EXPERIENCE
IS NEEDED!!

Chances are, we all have some connection to the issue of intoxication and
driving--either behind the wheel, as a worried passenger, someone who was
worried about another but not quite sure what to do, or someone who's life
has been impacted by an intoxicated driver. It isn't about identifying
participants as irresponsible drivers. It's about the community telling its
stories about an issue that has serious implications to many of us. Nobody
plays themselves in forum theatre--the plays will be based on the collective
experiences of the group members.

We're looking for youth between the ages of 15-25 AND people outside this
age range who have a connection to the topic. Of course, we welcome and
encourage as much diversity as possible among participants. The workshop
dates are fast approaching and it would be such a shame if we lost this
fantastic community opportunity. Even if this topic doesn't seem to be a
major issue to you, please consider the tools that we will gain as a
community to use towards many other issues.

The time commitment is as follows:

Sat Oct 30-Thurs Nov 4,2004 (7-8 hours daily) and
Fri Nov 5-Sun Nov 7,2004 for evening performances (8-10pm) and Fri rehearsal
from 5-7pm (keep these dates in mind even if you don't participate because
we need people to come attend the performances which will be by donation)

We realize that this is a large commitment, especially if you need to take
time off school or work. High school students, please note that this will
fulfill your CAPP/Planning 10 community hours if you'd like!

I have attached a flyer and information letter to this email. Please let me
know if you don't receive them and would like me to resend. Again, I
appreciate your time in reading and hopefully forwarding this email on to
others. Please contact me if you have any additional questions. River
Chandler, who is the main organizer for this project, can be reached at
250-386-8851 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks again,
Suki

"Theatre for Living is about empowerment -- about people being the experts
in their own lives and being able to use theatre as a means of creating
change. THEATRE FOR LIVING gives a community the opportunity to use the
language of the theatre to investigate alternative approaches to
hard-to-talk-about issues. This is a first step towards dealing with
difficult topics -- moving towards open communication and realities that
communities want in an active and entertaining way on an individual and
community level." (from the website headlinestheatre.com--check it out for
more info)

Suki Athwal
Youth Program Facilitator
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Road
Victoria, BC V8T 1A8
(250) 388-4728 ext.123
www.icavictoria.org

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10. SUPPORT A PESTICIDE BYLAW

PLAYING IT SAFE: HEALTHY CHOICES TO CONTROL LAWN AND GARDEN PESTS The
CRD Roundtable on the Environment has prepared a Community Action Plan
that recommends raising awareness of alternatives to pesticide use and
development of a model pesticide bylaw.

Three public meetings are scheduled to provide an opportunity for people
to learn about the proposed Community Action Plan and to provide
comments and suggestions:

Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m.
Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

Wednesday, November 3, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. Victoria
City Hall Council Chambers, #1 Centennial Square, Victoria

Tuesday, November 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. Colwood
City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road, Colwood

The goal of the Community Action Plan is to encourage the short-term
reduction and long-term elimination of non-essential uses of pesticides
in urban areas of the Capital Region. The public meetings will:
. Provide information on
- Proposed Community Action Plan;
- Need for and benefits of using alternatives to pesticides; and
- Opportunities for short-term reduction and long-term elimination of
non-essential uses of pesticides in the residential areas of the Capital
Region.
. Provide an opportunity for you to contribute YOUR suggestions
and comments on the proposed education campaign and the possibility of a
model pesticide use bylaw.
Meetings will start with a brief one-hour Open House, followed by a
presentation and discussion period.

Tell us what YOU think! Please attend a public meeting or fill out the
comment form and assist the Roundtable to develop an approach to
reducing and eliminating non-essential pesticide use in your community.

For more information on the Community Action Plan, please visit
www.crd.bc.ca/rte/pest or contact CRD Hotline at 360-3030,
1-800-663-4425 local 3030, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Judith Cullington & Associates
Victoria, BC
Phone: (250) 391-8772
Fax: (250) 478-6055
Cell: (250) 360-7653


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11. OPEN CINEMA


US Election Night Screening - Ram Dass: Fierce Grace with Bonnie Sherr Klein


Victoria, BC October 18th 2004 - On Tuesday November 2nd, OPEN CINEMA will provide a necessary diversion from the US election results by screening the inspiring documentary Ram Dass: Fierce Grace with NFB filmmaker, author and stroke survivor Bonnie Sherr Klein in attendance.


This superb personal documentary by Mickey Lemle is a portrait of extraordinary author and teacher Ram Dass, who continues to inspire people as he deals with the effects of a massive stroke. In 1964 Harvard fired Richard Alpert for LSD experimentation; after travelling to India he returned as Ram Dass. Now in his seventies, the author of Be Here Now demonstrates that physical adversity and emotional suffering can provide a profound opportunity for spiritual growth. Follow one indomitable man's colourful life journey as he transforms an unexpected illness into a call for grace.


"Ram Dass was an important teacher to many of us." comments stroke survivor Bonnie Sherr Klein, who will be travelling from her home on the Sunshine Coast especially for the screening. "His survival from a stroke somehow seemed to both strengthen and soften him, so that he has become an even better teacher." Klein, the mother of author Naomi Klein (No Logo) and Seth Klein, Director of the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, recently published Slow Dance about her own stroke experience and is currently making an NFB film about perceptions of disability through the eyes of 5 artists. Her life experience and filmmaking expertise will ensure a stimulating and inspiring post-screening discussion, providing an interesting backdrop to the breaking US election results, which will be monitored and discussed through the evening.


What: OPEN CINEMA presents Ram Dass: Fierce Grace with Bonnie Sherr Klein
When: 7pm, Tuesday, November 2nd 2004 (Doors at 6pm)
Where: Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street (for dinner reservations call 388-9166)


Cost: $5 donation


For OPEN CINEMA inquiries: For Media inquiries:
Mandy Leith Sandy Mayzell
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(250) 882-7441 (250) 883-5194


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12. Quality of Life CHALLENGE
CELEBRATION AND DIALOGUE 2004


CELEBRATE THE HOPE AND LEARN ABOUT AFFORDABILITY ISSUES IN BC?s CAPITAL REGION


Saturday November 6th from 1 to 4:30pm
Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street
Between Government & Douglas


2004 Quality of Life Awards ? hear 7 inspiring stories
Louise Rose and The Open Doors ? sing along
New information about the cost of living and income disparity - explore the meaning
Participate in Talking Tables, Community Mapping and murals.
Plus: displays and refreshments


Introduce a friend to the CHALLENGE?
Invite someone to come with you to this community learning event!


RSVP by November 2nd
Community Council 383-6166 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bus routes along Douglas Street
Parking available at City Parkade on Fisgard
Travel and day care subsidies available


The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative


Coreen E. Weizel
Community Social Planning Council
1144 Fort St.
Victoria, B.C. V8V 3K8


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13. UPCOMING HIGH-TIDE CONCERTS

"Blues Double Bill"
Rita Chiarelli & Ken Hamm
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St. 250-361-
Tickets: $18 Advance
Showtime 9pm
www.ritachiarelli.com

For interviews with Rita, contact:
Rita Chiarelli
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Buffy Sainte-Marie
with opening guest... Art Napoleon
Friday, November 5th, 2004
Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora St.
Tickets: $35 Advance
Showtime 8pm
www.creative-native.com
www.artnapoleon.com

For interviews with Buffy contact:
Todd Jordan
Paquin Entertainment Agency
ph. (204)-988-1133
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For interviews with Art Napoleon contact,
Art Napoleon
(250) 385-9087
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Bocephus King
with opening guest... Steve Dawson (Zubot & Dawson)
Saturday, Nov. 6th, 2004
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St. 250-361-1700
Tickets: $12
Showtime 9:30
www.bocephusking.com

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For interviews with Steve Dawson contact,
Steve Dawson
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Tickets available at: Lyle's Place 250-382-8422 or McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121
For concerts happening at Central Bar, tickets can be purchased there.

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14. RIGHTS AND ISSUES OF REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS - WORKSHOP

Coming up in November the ICA is hosting a national conference here in
Victoria on the rights and issues of refugees and immigrants, with the
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). There are lots of ways to get involved
through volunteering, donating items for the silent auction, billeting a
participant, attending the conference and fundraising evening and spreading
the word to friends and colleagues. You can find out more about the
conference and the CCR in the newsletter. Hope to see you there!

This month's issue of Tapestry: http://www.icavictoria.org/Tapestry.htm

Karin Scarth
Executive Assistant
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Road
Victoria, BC V8T 1A8
phone (250)388-4728 ext129
fax (250)386-4395
www.icavictoria.org


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15. A WOMAN'S PLACE


Art and the Role of Women in the Cultural Formation of Victoria, BC, 1850s-
1920s

September 1, 2004 - January 11, 2005
The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

"A Woman's Place" is one of seventeen CURA research projects conducted by the
University of Victoria's History in Art Department. Working in collaboration
with the BC Heritage Branch and the Royal BC Museum, the project has been
underway for approximately three years and culminates this fall in an
exhibition at the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery.

The exhibition explores the nature of art production by women in Victoria in
both the public and private spheres from the 1850s to the 1920s. The show
favours an expansive definition of women's artistic production, which includes
the so-called decorative and applied arts. Among the mediums represented are
painting, embroidery, lace making, blanket weaving, basketry, painted china,
and photography. This is intended to highlight women's identities as creative,
technically skilled, and influential in the social, economic and cultural make-
up of Victoria in the colonial and early post-colonial periods. Through an
examination of the works of over thirty-five artists borrowed from
approximately a dozen public and private lenders, A Woman's Place explores many
of the diverse trajectories of women's art activity.

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16. UVIC SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

1. * UVSP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING! *

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: TBA (Posted on the UVSP office, SUB B007)

ON THE AGENDA:

** Calling all undergraduates to attend the UVSP Annual General Meeting! **


** Looking for new Members! **

** Major Constitutional Changes **


** Election of the new UVSP Board! **

For more information, contact:

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721-7377
Student Union Building B007


2. Free Lunchtime Lecture on Smart Growth and Green Buildings


The UVic Sustainability Project and The University of Victoria are proud to present "Smart Growth: Development on a Human Scale", a free lunchtime lecture on smart growth, green buildings and low impact urban development. From cob houses to commercial buildings, speakers will highlight the new
wave of urban living, smart growth, and green buildings.

SPEAKERS:

*Terence Williams, terence williams architect inc.
*Michael McGonigle, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
*Brandy Gallagher-MacPherson, OUR EcoVillage

When: Wednesday October 27, 2004
Where: Fine Arts Building Room 103
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

For more information call 721-7355 or 472-5011


3. Cycling Support Stations Next Week

Calling all Cyclists!

This upcoming Monday October 25th and Wednesday October 27, The University of Victoria will be hosting cyclist support stations from4-6pm at the intersection of Ring Road and Henderson Road.

Members of the Bicycle User's Committee and student volunteers will beoffering free hot apple cider and goodies, along with reflective tapeand resources on improving cyclist visibility on the road.

Cyclists will have an opportunity to purchase both lights and reflective vests at a discounted rate (a great deal!) and learn about cycling amenities on campus and in the community to make your winter
rides more enjoyable.

For more information contact Sarah Webb in UVic Facilities Management at 472-5011.

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17. WILDERNESS COMMITTEE NEWS


1.
Urgent Request for Volunteers:

Help Stop Coastal Oil and Gas Development in BC!

Sat. and Sun., November 13-14 & November 20-21

Join us for a fun and important volunteer event! Meet other activists
from Victoria and Vancouver and help the campaign against coastal oil
and gas development at the same time! WCWC and Greenpeace are teaming up
on a public education campaign in Vancouver on the weekends of November
13-14 and 20-21. We are inviting all willing volunteers to join us on
some outings in Vancouver to help us go door to door to educate the
constituents in the federal Minister of Industry David Emerson's riding
of Vancouver/Kingsway. Emerson is a pivotal decision-maker in the
federal government on whether oil rigs contaminate BC's wild coast.

The federal Liberal government is contemplating lifting the 30 year
moratorium on offshore oil and gas developments in the Queen Charlotte
Basin. Such developments will lead to inevitable chronic daily
pollution, harm whales and fish over vast areas through seismic testing,
and contribute to global warming. Their decision might come within the
next 2 months. Your help is greatly needed right now to keep B.C.'s
coast safe from oil and gas developments!

Each day will involve 4 to 5 hours of time commitment and a briefing is
provided. We'll go for beers and food afterwards. Transportation is
free.

Please let us know which days you would like to help out on as soon as
you can.

If you want a ride from Victoria with us, contact Pearl Gottschalk at
the WCWC Victoria at pearl@wildernesscommitteevictoria or call (250)
388-9292


If you're in Vancouver, contact Dave Fields, Energy Campaigner at
Greenpeace Vancouver at (604)253-7701 ext. 11, or (604)722-4775 (cell)
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2.
Laugh or Cry at the US Election Results with the Conservation Voters of
BC on Nov.2

Below is a posting from a new, extremely important organization, the
Conservation Voters of BC, coordinated by Matt Price. The organization
is a non-partisan organization that will promote
environmentally-friendly provincial candidates and educate voters about
anti-environmental candidates in key electoral constituencies in BC.
Join them as they engage in a brief examination over beers of the
upcoming US elections...

PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

Join Conservation Voters of BC on Tuesday, November 2 to watch the US
election results. Rejoice, shout at the TV, or cry in your beer - but do it in good
company.

Location: Central Bar and Grill, 708 View St, from 5pm onwards. Free to
get in, but you are on your own for drinks, etc. Bring friends!

RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 661-2965 in Victoria

Sign up for environmental politics updates at www.conservationvoters.ca
250-661-2965


3.
WCWC's FAMOUS CALENDARS ARE HERE FOR 2005!!

ENDANGERED WILDERNESS

and

ENDANGERED SPECIES
ONLY $12.95 EACH.

From the Arctic, to Kananaskis, to the Upper Walbran Valley
witness the beauty of Canada's unprotected wildlands.

From the elusive wolf to the tiger salamander,
our big and small species need our help too!

The Wilderness Committee Calendars allow you to witness the beauty of
Canada's unprotected areas and the majesty of Canadian Endangered
Wildlife as you move through your year. All the proceeds go directly
towards our wilderness-saving campaigns.

It is easier than ever to buy our calendars. You can...

1.Come down to the store in Victoria at 651 Johnson (between Douglas and
Broad) between 10-5 Monday through Saturday 10:00-5:00, Closed Sundays

2.Call (250) 388-9292 and place a phone order, or

3.Visit our online store:
http://www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org/store/

The more you buy, the more you save. They make great Christmas presents
for family and friends.

Buy 1-4 for $12.95 each
Buy 5-9 for $8.75 each
Buy 10-24 for $8.25 each
Buy 25+ for $6.50 each

Along with our new calendars we have a new selection of cards, this year
they have a vegetable-base gloss finish. We will also be stocking the
store with new environmental and natural products for the Christmas
season.

See you soon,

Cassbreea Savage
Store Manager
WCWC's Rainforest Store
651 Johnson Street
Victoria BC
250-388-9292

Join 60 000 Canadians and become a member or donor to the WCWC, Canada's
largest membership-based wilderness protection organization.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Victoria chapter
651 Johnson St.
Victoria, BC V8T 2R7
250-388-9292
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www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org
www.workingforest.org
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18. ECONEWS EXCERPTS


Wed 27, 7pm World Water Issues: Private property or public resource? Feature speaker from South Africa Richard ?Bricks? Mokolo, on ?Water privatization in South Africa?. South African activist, and panel: Richard Bocking (BC issues); John Gabor (World Bank & water); Kelly Busch (NAFTA & water). Bricks is a founding member of the Orange Farm Water Crisis Committee who challenged the privatization of water during Apartheid. Development and Peace, Kairos, the Council of Canadians, VIDEA and Camosun College. $5 donation towards bail for front-line activists jailed in the fight against water privatization. Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Young 216. http://www.bartle.disted.camosun.bc.ca/aac-wat.htm

Wed 27, 7:30pm VNHS Birds and Blondes on the Beaches of California. Join Ed Pellizon, Chris Saunders and Ted Ardley as they recount their recent birding experiences in Coastal California. Chris's photographs may reveal more than just birds! Everyone welcome. Fraser 159, UVic. Bring a friend and your coffee cup.

Wed 27, 7:30pm Organic Gardening, Pesticide Free! Josh Craig, City Green. Learn basics on how to make your garden more productive, regardless of how you might be limited for space. How to get started and how to improve with minimal cost. Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Workshops for Sustainable Living. Cedar Hill Rec. $20. 595-7121

Thur 28, 7pm Values Based Business Network meeting. Speaker: Rob Reid of Frontrunners. St Anne?s Academy, 835 Humbolt St. $10. Roger Colwill 598-0077. See inside.

Thur 28, 7:30pm Linda McQuaig, speaking on the global effects of oil addiction, and her new book on oil, Iraq and global warming: ?It?s the Crude, Dude?. Fellowship Hall, First Met United Church, 932 Balmoral. $5. Sponsored by Bolen Books.

Fri 29, 1:30pm World Federalists, Victoria Branch. Meeting at James Bay United Church 511 Michigan Street. All Welcome. I. Walker 418-8687

Fri 29, 5pm Halloween Critical Mass Bike Ride! Meet Centennial Square. Free. Bring a costume, helmet, light. 995-0469. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://criticalmass.nfshost.com

Fri 29, 7pm EcoNews Potluck Dessert Mailout Party. Come help us fold and stuff, laugh and chatter! 395 Conway Rd (off Interurban, first left after Camosun). Bus #21, #8. Directions: http://www.earthfuture.com/gardenpath/map.htm

Fri 29, 7pm The Life of Mammals, Part 3. with Sir David Attenborough. TV KNOW. Major BBC blockbuster series that took 3 years to film. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/mammals

Fri 29 to Sun 31 Mystics, Visionaries and Prophets: Hildegard, Teilhard and Thomas Berry. Guides: Sharon Betcher and Maureen Wild. As a way of seeing, mysticism can disrupt our objectifying mental habits and allow us to turn our spiritual energies back towards the planetary economy. This retreat turns to the thought of three practicing mystical theologians: Hildegard von Bingen, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Thomas Berry. These mystics, each with deep appreciation for the spiritual aspirations of science, celebrated the earth as incandescent or "afire" with Spirit and greeted Spirit as that which could occasion planetary communion. $90-$150. Glenairley Centre for Earth & Spirit, 6040 E. Sooke Rd, 642-3546. http://www.centreforearthandspirit.org/programs/programdetails.htm.

Sat 30, 1-4pm Public Meeting on Pesticide Reduction. CRD Roundtable on the Environment, Sidney. 360-3030. http://www.crd.bc.ca/rte.

Sat 30 & Sun 31 Mushroom identification workshops at Wildwood Forest, Ladysmith. To register call TLC 479-8053

Sun 31, 1pm CRD Parks Time to Put Up the Paddle. For First Nations people and early settlers, the upcoming winter could mean either comfort or bare survival. Fall walk to explore the strategies they used to get through to spring. Meet Devonian Park kiosk off William Head Road.

Coming up: Nov 11-14. Reconnecting to Life: 3rd annual winter residential retreat for planet-lovers on the banks of the Cheakamus River north of Squamish, with Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler. $335. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria, B.C. V9E 2B9 Tel/Fax (250) 881-1304
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http://www.earthfuture.com/econews
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19. THE RYCROFT FILES


Score One for Human Rights


I am pleased to announce that the Vancouver Island Human Rights Institute
has received a charity number from Canada's Revenue Agency, thanks to an
appeal by Alan Rycroft.


The Institute's mission is: "To deliver charitable education materials and
programs to the British Columbia and Canadian public, to inform them about
human rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
existing legislation and existing public policies... and to ensure existing
human rights are upheld, by providing information, counselling, advocacy
and assistance, including legal services, to those whose human rights may
have been abrogated."


If you know someone who needs human rights assistance, or who needs
information, please call the office at (250) 382-3012 in Victoria.


The Human Rights Institute is establishing a trust fund (agency endowment)
with an established Foundation, to provide a dependable source of annual
funds for its operation in years to come. Just $5,000 is needed to open the
endowment. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the
ongoing needs of the Institute, or the trust, please send a cheque to the
"VI Human Rights Institute", c/o Box 8307, Victoria BC, V8W 3R9, or call
Alan Rycroft at 592-8307.


Real Property Values for Gorge Waterway


Thanks to generous donations from the City of Victoria, The Real Estate
Foundation of BC, and now $10,000 from VanCity Credit Union, Alan Rycroft's
grant proposals have raised $17,500 for the Gorge Waterway Action Society--
enough to begin a pilot study on the cost and feasibility of providing
environmental property "prescriptions" for landowners along Victoria's
beautiful Gorge Waterway.


For over ten years, the Society has played a central role in educating the
people and governments of Greater Victoria about the importance of
restoring to its natural state the vital and beautiful Gorge Waterway.
Since beginning its work, the water quality has improved immensely.


Through its Friends of the Gorge Waterway project, the Society will extend
its beneficial services to the lands fronting the Waterway, by helping
landowners and property managers to improve their properties in
environmentally sound ways. During the pilot phase, free "environmental
property prescriptions" will be provided, giving extensive and practical
advice on what property improvements will have the most beneficial impacts
for the environment.


If you are a Gorge Waterway property owner or manager interested in
improving your waterfront, please call Caren Cameron at (250) 381-3069 or
Henry Kamphof at 389-1939 in Victoria.


If would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Society, please send
a cheque to the "Gorge Waterway Action Society", c/o Box 8307, Victoria BC,
V8W 3R9, or call Alan Rycroft at 592-8307.


Why Isn't School Free Anymore?


Anyone who has a child in BC's school system knows that it costs a lot to
keep your kids in school these days, with fees and charges for everything
from basic supplies to school trips. But how many of you were aware that
many school fees are illegal?


I am proud to be working with Victoria School District Trustee John Young
and others, in stopping the practice of asking for illegal school fees in
our province. You can expect to hear more about this issue in the coming
months in the media. Our goal is to ensure that our government funds
education properly, so that every child has access to a quality education,
no matter what their family income.


To learn more about illegal school fees, John's successful court judgement,
and what you can do at your school, please visit
http://illegalschoolfees.ca. If you think this is a worthy cause, please
mail a cheque to "BC Advocacy Institute", c/o Box 8307, Victoria BC, V8W
3R9, or call me at 592-8307.


Information Overload? Meaningless Media Chatter?


The Peace, Earth & Justice News has provided a free daily news service
since 1996, and is experiencing remarkable growth at our new web site
https://www.pej.org, where you can read and search the news, anytime, anywhere.
Last month we had over 5,000 unique visitors. This month traffic is
climbing to an impressive 12,000 visitors. PEJ News also offers free email
subscriptions that deliver the top daily stories, opinion and analysis
right to your email box.


Volunteers serve up the daily news with sophisticated and free web and
email products. To make a donation to my favourite cause, the Peace, Earth
& Justice News, please write a cheque to the "Victoria Peace Centre",
notating "PEJ News", and mail it to Box 8307, Victoria BC, V8W 3R9, or call
me at 592-8307.


Wrap Up. The Pitch.


According to Canada's Revenue Agency, the average cost of fundraising for
charities lies between 20 and 26%. See:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/charities/policy/cps/cps-001-e.html


My average cost is just 14.3%. For every 14 cents I have been paid, I have
raised $1.00 for my clients, plus provided a variety of media, web and
communications services. A very good rate of return.


Check out my new resume: http://SunshineCommunications.ca/al.htm. Rate
sheets are available by request.


I can help your favourite organization or issue with media, promotions, web
sites, fundraising and much more.


Call for a free consultation.


Alan Rycroft
Public Relations and Fundraising Consultant


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Alan Rycroft, Sunshine Communications
250.592.8307 Canada
Box 8307, Victoria, BC, V8W 3R9


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20. CATHEDRAL GROVE PUBLIC MEETING HELD MONDAY, OCTOBER 25TH


If you weren't able to express your views at the public meeting (called with little prior notice), and would like to send an email or call an MLA this week while it's fresh in their minds, here's some information:


Grove facts sheet (thanks to Gary - rainforestnaturehikes.com - for this).

1. North side of Park (Old Growth trail) will be closed, toilets & stairway will be removed.

2. Concrete barriers to be installed on both sides of the Highway will prevent parking in the current spaces.

3. There will be a 800+ meter trail (actually more like a causeway) from the proposed parking lot through wetlands & pristine forest along the Cameron River floodplain crossing several braided creeks to connect to the existing trails. ( Too far to walk for many disabled folks & for tour buses.)

4. New proposed parking lot turnoff is on a blind corner. Many trees on this corner will be removed in an attempt to make it safe.

5. Many Old Growth trees will be removed to widen the highway to make room for turning lanes.

6. Many more Old Growth trees will be removed to build the access road into the proposed parking lot.

7. The proposed parking lot is forested with 50 year old trees which will be removed just when they are beginning to provide some blow-down buffer to the Ancient tress of Cathedral Grove.

8. The proposed parking lot is adjacent to the Cameron River, on the Cameron River floodplain.

9. Roosevelt Elk, a threatened species are using this area right now and have been seen in this area for many years.

10. No study has been done to determine which direction people come from to visit the park, therefore no one knows how much congestion the new
proposal will cause. Observations indicate that most people are on their way to the West Coast which will result in a left turn across oncoming traffic to enter the proposed lot and another left turn across 2 lanes of traffic to continue travel to Tofino.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2004 05:19
 

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