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Monday, 14 November 2005 05:14
LEFT COAST EVENTS - Victoria & Islands - Nov 14th 05

1.  MOVIE MONDAY Special Event - Nov 14th
2.  Next Victoria Peace Coalition Meeting - Nov 14th
3.  CATHEDRAL GROVE'S FATE - public hearings - Nov 15, 22nd
4.  Time for Action on Haiti: Letter-writing session - Nov 15th
5.  Investing In A Better World - Matching Your Money To Your Values - Nov 15th
6.  OPEN CINEMA Expansion Brings SACRED SOUNDS To James Bay - Nov 16th
7.  Help Camosun build a well in Zambia - Nov 16th
8.  UVIC OFFERS SNEAK PEEK AT NEW SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORY - Nov 16th
9.  Amnesty International 4th Annual Film Festival Victoria - Nov 18-20th
10.  House of Usher rises again in support of Metro Studio - Nov 18 & 19th
11.  SIERRA CLUB NATURE OUTING! - Nov 20th
12.  Social Justice Film Series & Public Dialogues - Nov 21st
13.  Balanced Progress - from Concept to Action - Nov 23rd
14.  PUENTE's Dance Mosaic: See the Dance and then Be the Dance - Nov 24th
15.  Why Haiti? The Ottawa Initiative or Canada's First Coup d'Etat - Nov 26th
16.  OPEN CINEMA Partners With Restorative Justice Symposium At William Head Institution - Nov 26th
17.  Car Share Coop AGM - Nov 27th
18.  Socially Responsible Business Practices: Positive Changes Driven by Spiritual Values - Nov 29th
19.  Sacred Circle Dance towards Solstice - Dec 1st
20.  ACTIONS for an OIL FREE COAST in BC - Nov 17, 20, 23rd
21.  MONEY MONEY MONEY - Connie Fogel speaking tour
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1.  MOVIE MONDAY Special Event

Monday November 14th 6:30pm

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price

A new documentary on the world's largest retailer. The film shows the corporate giant's inner-workings and communities and individuals struggles against the world's wealthiest company. Our screening is one part of a large and innovative grassroots strategy that includes thousands of community screenings during this premiere week. From the makers of Outfoxed.

Movie Monday is a weekly, community film program. All events are always by donation and everybody is welcome. Located at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre in the 1900 Block of Fort Street.

For more information visit the website at www.islandnet.com/mm or call the info line at 595-FLIC.

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

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2.  Next Victoria Peace Coalition Meeting

Monday November 14
7:30 pm
BCGEU, 2994 Douglas

The Peace Coalition usually meets every other Monday. If you arrive and find the door locked, ring the buzzer on the wall to your right. You can park in the lot in front of Lifestyles Market.

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3.  CATHEDRAL GROVE'S FATE STILL HANGING IN THE BALANCE
by Richard Boyce

I have been privileged to walk in one of the most rare and sensitive ecosystems on the planet, an ancient wetland forest growing on the active floodplain of a meandering river.  This Douglas Fir/Sword Fern plant community is red listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and is made even more rare because these giant trees grow in a wetland that is flooded by seasonal rains.

The fact is, Douglas Fir trees do not like their roots to be wet and require drainage in order to survive.  Yet some of these trees have been able to survive for over 800 years despite frequent flooding of the entire area.  Walking through the forest of Cathedral Grove along the Cameron River, I was impressed by Douglas Fir trees, 6-8 feet across at the butt, perched on mounds and ridges that kept them out of the numerous channels  washed out by flood waters.

I first became aware of the latest attempt by the BC Liberal Government to push a 5 acre parking lot into the sensitive floodplain of the Cameron River when I met a civil and landscape engineer surveying the area in January 2004.  He explained that the plan included a 1 km long trail that would connect the proposed parking lot with the viewing area where the largest and tallest trees stand which is visited by 850,000 people every year.  The plan required an excavator and chain saws to clear and scrape a swath though the wetland forest which would then be covered by thick landscape fabric and gravel.  The trails would be mounded to stay out of the swampy water and would create a series of loops to access most of the untouched portion of the provincial park.

Since then I have given tours of this wetland forest to biologists, forest technicians, silviculturalists, BC Minister of WLAP, and BC Parks managers.  All but the bureaucrats agreed that disturbing the ground water with gravel, roadways, and dikes might kill these trees that are growing so delicately through out the wetland forest.

I have counted seven species of ferns growing amongst Salmon Berry, Cascara, Thimble berry, and Nootka Rose. The occasional thicket of Devil?s Club grows out of the rich black soil of the bottom lands surrounded by fragrant Stink Current and Red Elderberry.  Lichens and mosses hang from the lower branches and trunks of most trees.   The thick fluted bark of the dominant trees, ancient Douglas Fir,  provides  nesting for small birds such as Winter Wren and Pacific Flycatchers. The variety of tree species, age, thickness, and height creates a forest that is truly diverse and is abundant with life and death.

Many standing dead trees provide life to thousands of organisms from fungi and insects to birds.  Massive trees, leveled by the Qualicum Wind of New Year?s Day 1997, lie with their rootballs exposed and covered with a thick forest of seedling trees, Bog Cranberry, Huckleberry, and Trailing Blackberry.  Beneath these fallen giants is a reservoir of moisture that endures the drought of summer  and provides sanctuary for newts, salamanders, frogs, and many insects that help to transform wood into soil.

I am happy to report that I have seen a remnant herd of Roosevelt Elk, endangered on Vancouver Island, wintering in the wetland portion of Cathedral Grove. Red-Legged frogs, red-listed by COSEWIC, live in a pond directly adjacent to the proposed parking lot area.  I have also encountered owls, hawks, bear, bats, rough bellied newts, trout, and many song birds in the wetland forest proposed for the parking lot and trail system.

Concerned citizens put a stop to this plan and as a result of public protest the park has been doubled in size.  However, to date the public has not been given an opportunity to provide input into the proposed plans for a parking lot. The BC Liberal government is holding open houses to show their latest plans for Cathedral Grove.

                    Please attend between 5:30 and 8:30 pm!
                   Port Alberni - Nov. 15, Best Western Barclay, 4277 Stamp Ave.
                   Parksville - Nov. 22, Community and Convention Centre, 132 E. Jensen

You may be wondering why there are no meetings being held in Victoria or Vancouver regarding this provincial issue.

For more information phone: (250) 387-1187

DON'T LET THIS BE A PRESENTATION WHERE THE BC LIBERALS TELL THE PUBLIC HOW IT WILL BE IN THIS PUBLIC PARK.
Let the BC Minister of Environment know what you think:   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                                                                            Phone: 250 387-1187
                                                                                            Fax: 250 387-1356
                                                                                            PO Box 9047
                                                                                            STN PROV GOVT
                                                                                            Victoria BC V8W 9E2

Chris Kissinger - BC Parks Recreation Section Head Vancouver Island Region Ministry of Environment
ph. 250.337.2415  e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

These photos weretaken directly adjacent to the proposed parking lot area where gravel roads andtrails will alter the flow of water.

From: Richard Boyce [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]

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4.  Time for Action on Haiti: Letter-writing session

Tuesday November 15
2:00 - 5:00 pm
UVic SUB
Michel Pujol

Drop in anytime. We will have information and paper and envelopes.

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5.  Investing In A Better World - Matching Your Money To Your Values

Victoria, BC--What is a grasssroots non-profit working on sustainable, local control of land doing co-hosting an event with a Berkshire Securities financial planner? Come and find out, and learn how you can transform your finances and transform the world.

On November 15, 2005 at lunchtime, Dogwood Initiative and Berkshire Securities will co-host the first in a series of free educational seminars about using your money to change the world and save tax. Bob Walker of Ethical Funds will be the first guest speaker. Ethical Funds offer a range of socially responsible mutual funds.

"Many people feel powerless and don't understand that they can use their investments to influence the way resource development takes place on public and aboriginal land in BC ,"said Will Horter, Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative. "We plan to help people align their environmental, social, and human rights values with their investments. And create leverage for change while doing it," said Horter

Dogwood Initiative is a non-profit group that helps people in BC change the balance of power to create healthy, prosperous communities.   Dogwood Initiative is currently working with:

  • the people of Smithers and Bulkley Valley as they struggle for the right to protect their homes and water from coalbed methane development.
  • the Tahltan Elders as they fight to preserve their traditional territories from an overwhelming number of mining and coalbed methane developments.
  • the Wet'suwet'en as they prepare to engage with pipeline developers who plan to build through their lands.

Time/Location:

15 November 2005 at 12:15 PM
at Zambri's Restaurant,
110-911 Yates. 

Food will be served to those who have reserved their seat by pre-registering.

Registration:

Pre-registration required.  Call 250 405 3550.

For more information contact:

Will Horter, Executive Director, Dogwood Initiative                                                                          250-882-9930
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Stephen Whipp, Certified Financial Planner, Berkshire Securities                                                       250-405-3550
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6.  OPEN CINEMA Expansion Brings SACRED SOUNDS To James Bay

Victoria, BC - On Wednesday November 16th OPEN CINEMA (OC) will add a second Victoria venue to its growing reach into the community with a screening of the documentary Sacred Sounds (2005 USA), which will be accompanied by an evening of music and discussion. The event will take place at The Superior Caf? (106 Superior St), which recently opened in James Bay to great critical acclaim.

Sacred Sounds: Music of the World, Songs of the Soul (2001 USA) is set in Fez, Morocco during the World Sacred Music Festival in 1999. Weaving together dynamic musical performances and interviews with artists and religious figures, this mesmerizing film explores how sacred music is used as a universal language that transcends cultural and political differences. By focussing on the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths, this award-winning film celebrates our similarities and diversities. The screening will be followed by music and discussion with Nancy Watters, local educator, psychologist and sacred sound musician (www.nancywatters.com), and live Sitar music will accompany the pre-screening dinner hour. Diners are encouraged to arrive by 6pm.

The success and popularity of OC 's innovative community programming has made expansion a logical move. OC recently launched in Vancouver, and is working local organizations, such as the Restorative Justice Coalition at William Head Institution. In addition to OC's events at Hermann's Jazz Club on the first Tuesday of the month, The Superior's warm ambiance will provide an ideal home for screenings with a predominantly uplifting artistic and musical theme. Please visit www.opencinema.ca for schedule info.

"I was honoured when OPEN CINEMA approached the Caf?!" remarks The Superior owner Lisa Boehme  "As a firm supporter of the Arts, The Superior will host all kinds of artistic endeavours. OPEN CINEMA is an exciting Intellectual organization that is as dedicated to its community building events, as I am to the creative aspects of the Caf?." The exquisitely renovated church turned funky elegant restaurant features an abundance of locally produced delicacies, including organic produce, micro-brewed beer and BC wine - all values OC wishes to support. The Superior Caf? is open from 11.30am to 10.30pm Tuesday through Sunday. For full menu details, please visit www.thesuperior.ca.

What:   Sacred Sounds (2001 USA) with music & discussion led by Nancy Waters
When:   7pm Wednesday November 16th 2005 (Please arrive by 6pm for dinner)
Where:  The Superior Caf?, 106 Superior Street (Tel: 380-9515)
Cost:   $5 donation

Contact: Mandy Leith
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(250) 882-7441

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7.  Help Camosun build a well in Zambia

Speaker: Colin Glassco
Title: "Eradicating Trachoma from Zambia: The role of Drilling Water Wells"
 
Wednesday November 16, 2005
Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, Room 234
Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus
Lecture: 12:30 to 1:30
Reception: 1:30 to 2:30

Admission Free; Donations Gladly Accepted
 
Trachoma is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and currently afflicts over 400 million people. It can be treated with antibiotics and prevented with adequate hygiene and education.

Local Committee, University of Victoria
World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
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http://www.geocities.com/wuscuvic

WUSC is a Canadian non-profit, non-governmental organization who believes that all peoples are entitled to the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a more equitable world. Our mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.
 
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8.  UVIC OFFERS SNEAK PEEK AT NEW SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORY
VENUS heralds a new way of studying the oceans

The Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) is getting its feet wet! Installation of the first leg of one of the world's most advanced cabled seafloor observatories takes place later this month in Saanich Inlet north of Victoria, British Columbia-and the news media is invited to learn more about it.

A media briefing will take place at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific) on Nov. 16 on the Wave Venture, a marine cable installation and repair vessel docked at Ogden Point in Victoria's outer harbour. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview scientists involved with VENUS, see some of the VENUS equipment and instruments before they're submerged in Saanich Inlet, and take tours of the cable installation equipment aboard the Wave Venture. A reception with speakers will follow at 10:30 a.m.

The $10.3-million Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) facility will give scientists, educators, decision-makers, the marine technology industry, and the general public the freedom to "enter" and interact with the ocean environment-anytime and from anywhere-via the Internet. The Saanich Inlet array, and a Strait of Georgia array to be installed in late 2007, offer scientists the technology to observe and experiment so that we can increase our understanding of ocean change.

The industrial partners for the project are Global Marine Systems Ltd., operators of the Wave Venture, and OceanWorks International Corp., a North Vancouver-based supplier of specialized subsea work systems. The facility features technologies developed in British Columbia.

WHAT:   VENUS Media Briefing
WHEN:   November 16, 9:30 a.m. (Pacific)
WHERE:  Wave Venture, Ogden Point, Pier A-South

Due to security concerns, registration for the media briefing is required at the dock gate. Advance notice of your attendance would be appreciated. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly.

For more information, contact:
Patty Pitts, manager, media relations, at (250) 721-7656 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
Val Shore, research communications officer, at (250) 721-7641 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more background on VENUS visit: www.venus.uvic.ca

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9.  Amnesty International 4th Annual Film Festival Victoria

When: Nov 18-20, 2005 doors open 6:30 pm
Where: David Lam Auditorium, UVIC.

Cost: by donation
For more information: www.amnestyfilmsvictoria.ca Or contact: Mariko Miller (250) 858-1235

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10.  House of Usher rises again in support of Metro Studio

Giggling Iguana Productions Presents
A Fundraiser for the METRO STUDIO,

November 18 & 19 at 8 pm

After years of sold-out runs at Craigdarroch Castle, Giggling Iguana
Productions presents a two-performance only fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre
and the new Metro Studio - November 18 & 19 at 8 pm.
 
The Fall of the House of Usher tells the unfolding drama of the Usher
household - the mental deterioration of Roderick, the physical failing of
its Mistress, Madelaine, the machinations of the evil family Doctor, and the
growing horror of the intrepid Narrator.

Tickets are $15. Performances take place at the Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra
Street. No Latecomers Please!

Tickets & Info:  (250) 383-2663 or

Visit us on the web at <http://www.intrepidtheatre.com>

For Media contact, please contact Ian Case via Intrepid Theatre at 383-2663
or ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Photos are available.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=118801419644
Follow this link to Intrepid Theatre's quick and easy venue survey.
We are gathering feedback from artists, event planners, producers, teachers
and others to help make our new Metro Studio all things to all people in
Victoria.

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11.  SIERRA CLUB NATURE OUTING!

Mushroom Miracles at Metchosin Wilderness Park on Sunday, November 20 at 10am.
Mushroom experts extraordinaire Oluna and Adolf Ceska get down on their knees to showcase some fabulous forest fungi. Observe a plethora of mushrooms within the different forest layers.

Meet at the wooden entrance sign to Metchosin Wilderness Park off Clapham Drive.

Bring hats, mitts, warm layers, rain gear and sturdy walking shoes. $5 recommended donation.

For more information visit www.sierraclub.ca/bc or call 386-5255 ext. 241.

Wildly interactive events!
Every second Sunday.
Everyone welcome!

Sponsored by the Nature Canada Parks and People Program

Nikko Snow, Outings Coordinator
Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter
#302-733 Johnson St.
Victoria BC  V8W 3C7
(250) 386-5255 x241

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12.  Social Justice Film Series & Public Dialogues

Why are 8,000 people dying every day of a preventable disease?

Social Justice Film Series & Public Dialogues ? Everyone Welcome!

When: Monday November 21, 2005
Time: Candlelight vigil begins at 6 pm
Film begins at 7 pm
Where: University of Victoria

~ Vigil will take place behind the Elliot Building inside the Ring Road, at the public art installation on HIV/AIDS

~ Film screening in the David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Bldg ? Wheelchair Accessible ? Park in Lot E

* * Note new location for film screening * *

Format: Half-hour candlelight vigil to open the ?Day of AIDS? public art installation, followed by a 45-minute film with guest speakers and audience dialogue

Film: The Power Is the People (2005): A new film by Gary McNutt that chronicles the partnership between SOLID on Salt Spring Island and two South African communities

Speakers: Garry McNutt, Minneh Bushby and Heidi Exner

Information will also be available from VIDEA?s Global Youth, WUSC, RESULTS Canada and the Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society.

ADMISSION BY DONATION

(EVERYONE WELCOME ? NO MINIMUM D ONATION R EQUIRED)

Proceeds will be divided between the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Salt Spring Organization for Life Improvement and Development (SOLID)

The Social Justice Film Series is hosted by the Faculty of Education?s Department of Leadership
Studies and CACE Programme, in partnership with the Graduate Student Society, with generous door-prize donations from Elite Earth-Friendly Dry Cleaners and SPUD Organic Food Delivery.

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13.  Balanced Progress - from Concept to Action

Join Real Living Solutions? CEO and award winning innovator Colin Grant to learn how leading organizations accelerate planning, engagement and action to achieve balanced social, environmental and economic progress, with simplicity.

When: Nov 23, 8:00 ? 10:00AM
Where: Coast Capital Savings, Suite 400 - 645 Tyee Road

Cost: Free, Limited Seating

Contact: Travis Dodds at 604 733 6040 or by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to reserve a spot. To learn more visit: www.real-livingsolutions.com

Sponsor: Coast Capital Savings

 
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14.  PUENTE's Dance Mosaic: See the Dance and then Be the Dance

Get Into the Action at PUENTE's Dance Mosaic: See the Dance and then Be the Dance, Live Performances then Dancing to Discs spun by DJ, Hinga Gatari.

Proceeds support PUENTE Theatre?s programming for 2006.

Thurs, Nov 24,
7pm,
The Fairfield Arts Cluster,
Lower Hall, Fairfield United Church,
1303 Fairfield Road (at Moss St),

Tickets $15, Students $10, Available at the door.

Doors open 7 PM, Performance at 7:30PM, Dancing 8-10 PM.

Finger Food of various ethnicities included.

Info contact: Paulina Grainger, 721- 5828, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.puentetheatre.ca

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15.  Why Haiti? The Ottawa Initiative or Canada's First Coup d'Etat

Saturday, November 26
7:30 pm
Location TBA

Why Haiti? The Ottawa Initiative or Canada's First Coup d'Etat

Speaker Jean St Vil  Haitian-Canadian journalist, broadcaster, and political activist will present Nicolas Rossier's Documentary Aristide and the Endless Revolution.

Organized by the Victoria Peace Coalition

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About the film:

A complex historical truth emerges in Nicolas Rossier's intelligent examination revealing the oft-supressed story of the 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti, as well as the systemic violence and human rights violations that erupted under the interim government. An interview with the deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa, is juxtaposed with the views of a wide range of supporters and critics, including US Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega. It is not Aristide and the Lavalas supporters who emerge looking like thugs but international interests concerned with suppressing popular democracy and ending the reforms Aristide was capable of making - despite embargoes and the need to service a debt for loans Haiti never received.

History repeated itself in Haiti in 2004 in that the former parish priest had already been deposed as president in 1991 with CIA support. His kidnapping marked the fourth American intervention into Haiti in 90 years. This was also not the first intervention by France. In 1801, Napoleon had the leader of free Haiti, Toussant L'Ouverture, seized and deported to prison in France where he died. While faced with the strangulation of aid, Aristide had begun a campaign for reparations. This provocative investigation draws out the central place of international history in the historical poverty of Haiti.

More info on the film at www.aristidethefilm.com

Background On the Ottawa Initiative:

"Canadian Officials Initiate Planning for Military Ouster of Aristide":
http://www.haiti-progres.com/2003/sm030305/eng03-05.html

Counterspin. Haiti in Perspective can be viewed online at:
http://counterspin.tv/article.pl?sid=04/02/27/2235249&mode=thread

For general background information regarding the crisis, see:
http://www.dominionpaper.ca/haiti
http://www.zmag.org/weluser.htm
http:://www.coha.org

--
Susan Clarke

Victoria Peace Coalition
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Phone: 250.478-6906

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16.  OPEN CINEMA Partners With Restorative Justice Symposium At William Head Institution.

November 7, 2005, Victoria, BC - The Restorative Justice Coalition will partner with OPEN CINEMA to present the 8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice on Saturday, November 26th.  This popular groundbreaking event will take place at William Head Institution (WHI), 6000 William Head Road, in Metchosin from 9.30am until 4pm. The theme of this year's symposium is "Many Hands Make Lighter Work", which will focus on the need for community involvement helping people in prison or on parole, and assisting the professionals who are working with inmates and ex-offenders.

The symposium will kick off with a screening of the award-winning documentary A Hard Straight (USA 2004) followed by a facilitated open forum discussion involving all of the attendees at the symposium, including inmates. This powerful film offers an unflinching look at the temptations and frustrations faced by three parolees as they grapple with the challenges of life on the outside after long prison terms, and examines the personal and community-based resources needed to assist in the transition back into mainstream society. This thought-provoking film will provide a springboard for discussion and inquiry.

Projection equipment and expertise will be provided by local filmmaking Co-op MediaNet, who will also be providing a job-shadowing opportunity for selected inmates. MediaNet is an ongoing sponsor of OPEN CINEMA events.

Those wishing to attend the Symposium must submit a completed security clearance form to WHI (contact info below) by November 18, 2005. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older to enter the Institution without a parent or legal guardian. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

What:   Restorative Justice Symposium: "Many Hands Make Lighter Work"
When:   9.30am-4pm, Sat. November 26th 2005 (Registration at 8.45am)
Where:  William Head Institution, 6000 William Head Road, Metchosin
Cost:   $10 (food and refreshments provided)

To register for the symposium, or for RJC info please contact:

Derrek Hutchings                                        David Hough
Social Programs Officer, WHI                    Restorative Justice Coalition member
PO Box 4000, Station A                          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Victoria, BC V8X 3Y8                                    479-2774       
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391-7040                                               
                                                       
OPEN CINEMA contact:
Mandy Leith
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882-7441

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COALITION Background

The purpose of the Restorative Justice Coalition at William Head Institute is to promote restorative justice dialogue that leads to better understanding, healing, and hope. Restorative Justice (RJ) is an alternative philosophical and practical framework for seeing crime and our responses to crime, and asks how the community, the offenders and the harms to victims can be healed. RJ also asks how offenders can take responsibility for the harm of their crimes. Developed in the 1970s, the popularity and application of RJ has grown rapidly in Canada and the United States and several other countries during the last decade.

The Restorative Justice Coalition is driven by inmate members and outside volunteer members and has held regular weekly meetings since 1998 and has organized an annual symposium at William Head Institution in Metchosin. The Coalition is inclusive of anyone wishing to attend, including members of the police, criminal justice, and correctional systems.  The circle process is used and each meeting has a member facilitator who has learned the role by experiencing several meetings.  The Coalition has one main unwritten rule for its meetings and activities: "Always show respect for others in your presence and for yourself, even in the face of disrespect."

The Coalition is probably the first group of its kind to come into existence anywhere in the world. One of the Coalition's challenges is to develop support for people who have left their home at William Head Institution to return to the outside community of Greater Victoria.

For more information, please contact:

David Hough, Founding and Active member
(250) 479-2774
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17.  Car Share Coop AGM

VICTORIA  CAR  SHARE  COOPERATIVE
ANNUAL  GENERAL  MEETING

SUNDAY  NOVEMBER  27th, 2pm
at the DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTRE
755 PANDORA STREET

Join other Car Share Co-op members and your dedicated board of directors for
our Annual General Meeting!

We welcome you to find out more about the organization, ask questions and in
particular - give us your ideas.

This will be a child-friendly event, with treats and refreshments - door
prizes!

The agenda will include reports from the Board and (our new)Operations
Manager, election of officers, and discussion and voting on resolutions.

Three spots will be opening up on the board of directors. Here's your chance
to make a difference and help guide the organization through what promises
to be exciting times ahead.

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

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18.  Socially Responsible Business Practices: Positive Changes Driven by Spiritual Values

Values-driven companies are emerging as trend setters in balancing concern for the environment and for the health of communities where they operate. The world of business is experiencing a spiritual renaissance unparalleled in recent history.

Presented by Roger Colwill co-founder of the Victoria Values-based Business Network, a mentor, guide, and coach to 6 local businesses, whose vision and goals go far beyond yesterday?s maxim ?Business is Business.

When: 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Tuesday, November 29
Where: UVic?s Interfaith Chapel

Contact: Henri Lock, 472-4159 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Part of the ongoing ?Sessions in Spirituality?.


 From: "Values-Based Business Network" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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19.  Sacred Circle Dance towards Solstice
 
WHEN:
Thursday, December 1 from 7-9 PM
 WHERE:
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue in Victoria
 
HOW:
Admission by donation.  All ages welcome.  No experience required.
 
WHY:
to celebrate the changing seasons and the cycles of our lives and wild nature, to remind us of the strength and unity of circles in nature, in our lives, families and communities
 
WHO: for more info contact Betsy Nuse (592-2848) or Maureen Wild (642-3546)

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

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20.  ACTIONS for an OIL FREE COAST in BC

1.
Help Maintain the Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development off Canada's
Pacific Coast!

The WCWC's campaign to maintain the thirty year-old federal moratorium
on coastal oil and gas development in B.C. is entering into an extremely
crucial period. The federal government could make a decision before the
soon-coming federal election. Please take part in the following:

a) AERIAL ART PROTEST, NOVEMBER 22: The WCWC Club at the University of
Victoria will be hosting an aerial art event by the fountain in front of
the campus library. A hundred people are needed to stand in formation of
the words "Oil Free Coast" while a photo is taken overhead. There will
be speakers, music, and food. If you want to become a part of this
awesome activity please contact Ziya He of the UVIC WCWC Club at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
b) NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION, NOVEMBER 23 (NOTE: Previously Nov.24):
APOLOGIES for changing the date. The Wilderness Committee is organizing
a National Day of Action for an Oil Free Pacific Coast. We need groups
of people outside federal Liberal offices across Canada giving out
information on offshore oil and gas development, getting people to write
letters to their federal Member of Parliament (MP), and gathering
signatures on petitions. You don't have to have a federal Liberal MP in
your area to participate, any public location will do! The point is to
speak with as many people as possible about how offshore oil and gas
development will impact the BC coast. If you want to get more
information on how you can help with the National Day of Action, contact
Jen Mackay, WCWC Campaign Intern at the Victoria office (250) 388-9292
or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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2.
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN FOR OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT - PLEASE
TAKE PART!

In addition to the outreach activities mentioned above, it is vital that
we flood federal government offices with letters from the public
encouraging them to make the right decision on offshore oil and gas
development. Please send a quick email to the following government
officials and let them know whether or not they should ban oil and gas
development off the coast of BC. Your letters make an incredible
difference to the success of our campaigns!

WRITE TO:

a) David Emerson, Minister of Industry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
b) Prime Minister Paul Martin: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
c) Stephane Dion, Minister of Environment: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
d) Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Or, better yet, send them all a hardcopy letter at: House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6 {no postage required if mailed in Canada}.


Thursday, Nov.17:
New Volunteer Meeting for Forest Activists and Marine Activists!

Are you interested in helping the WCWC's campaigns to protect our
ancient forests and our coastal marine ecosystems? Please come to a
presentation about the WCWC as an organization, on the ecology and
politics of BC's forests and marine waters, and about what you can do to
help protect Wild BC! We need researchers, office staff, and outreach
volunteers. Meet the WCWC staff members Ken Wu, Cassbreea Dewis, Alex
Watson, Jen Mackay, and other volunteers!

Thursday, Nov.17, 7-9 pm, WCWC office, 651 Johnson St., Victoria

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

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21.  MONEY MONEY MONEY

We need to know more about Money - who creates it - who controls it. The
manipulation of the form and power of money - it's various forms from the
primary concept of a standard unit of exchange to ease barter and trade
in goods - to the philosophical definition as a currency or scrip issued
by a government for the common good, based on trust and confidence, and
acceptable at par for the payment of taxes - to the present day
bastardised commodity bought and sold in its own right, - is a subject
deliberately concealed and obfuscated through false economic doctrines by
those who profit from peoples ignorance. It is time to take the covers
off and shine some light on the critically important and darkly hidden
secret life of Money.

Come hear international authority and speaker Bill Krehm, Editor of the
COMER Journal, speak on this vital subject. Bring your questions.

         - Why do we pay some 26% of Federal Tax revenue as interest to
 the private banks and agencies when we could be using our own Government
 owned Bank of Canada to hold our federal debt virtually interest free?

        - Who is controlling or even looking at the gambling in  derivatives by the banks, trust companies, mutual funds and stock market operators which then create massive debts and losses which we  have to bail out by taxes?

    - Is your pension secure?

      - Do you know that the cure lies sleeping, in the Bank of Canada  Act?

VENUES FOR JOINT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Nov 15/05- Tuesday :    Ottawa, Ont- Public Meeting.

Tuesday November 15, 2005
 384 Bank Street
Ottawa
7pm - doors open at 6:30pm.

Organizer: Robert Cooper, candidate , Ottawa Centre
e mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
phone: 613-233-3226
toll free 1-866-919-0063

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Nov 23/05 - Wednesday: Prince George, B.C. Public Meeting

U.N.B.C. Canfor Theatre
7:00 PM

Organizer : Bev Collins, Candidate Prince George E mail : "bev collins"
< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Tel: 250 962 8695

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Nov  25-  Fri: Vancouver , BC  Public Meeting

Mount Pleasant Community Centre
800 East Broadway
Vancouver BC
7:30 pm

Organizer : Isabel Minty , member 604 266 5153

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Nov 26/05- Saturday : Surrey, BC  Public Meeting
Guildford Library
15105 -105th Ave.
Surrey BC
2:00 pm

Organizer :Pat Meloy, CAP member and  organizer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    pager   604 623 0687

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Nov 27/05  Sunday, Victoria
Fisher Building, Room 100
Camosun College
Foul Bay Road and Lansdown
2:00  pm. to 5:00 pm

Admission by donation to cover room rental, insurance and P.A. system
(suggested $5, students $1.)

Organizer: Derek Skinner , COMER member, and former CAP candidate,   e
mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it          tel: 250 381 7553

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Nov 28,2005,  Monday evening ,  Gabriola Island

Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm will present  immediately following a short
 Film produced by Paul Grignon and United Financial  Consumers, ufc.ca, Money As Debt

tentative details : AGI Hall or Community Centre or  Women's Institute
7:00 pm

Organizers: Paul Grignon, videographer and internet reporter, Tel: 250
247 8350; Jeff Warr, candidate Nanaimo Cowichan , CAP/PAC, e-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , mobile tel: 250 739 8863; and  Marc Bombois, CAP
Vice President, former candidate.

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Nov 29/05  Tuesday    Port Alberni BC
Hansen Hall
3940 Johnston St.
7-9pm

Organizers:  Stephen Bradley and Jen Bradley, mayoralty candidate, Port
ALberni,     e mail:  Jen and Stephen Bradley < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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Nov 30/05  Wednesday    Nanaimo  BC

Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm will present immediately following
 a short film produced by Paul Grignon and United Financial  Consumers, ufc.ca, Money As Debt

 St. Pauls Church
100 Chapel St.
7-9 pm.

Organizer: Jeff Warr CAP candidate, Nanaimo- Cowichan, e mail :
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , mobile tel: 250 739 8863

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Dec 01 /05    Thursday , Duncan ,B.C.

Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm will present  immediately following a short film produced by Paul Grignon and United  Financial Consumers, ufc.ca, Money As Debt

Venue and time to be determined

Organizers: Bill and Celia Abrams, COMER , E mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  Tel: (250) 748-8992

FOR INFORMATION ON THESE EVENTS,   PLEASE CALL  OR E MAIL THE ORGANIZERS  IN EACH VENUE. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TELEPHONE HEAD OFFICE  OR TELEPHONE OR E MAIL CONNIE FOR THAT INFORMATION.

MEDIA MAY REACH  CONNIE AND/OR   BILL KREHM VIA CONNIE'S CELL PHONE :(778)
891-4919 OR VIA THE ORGANIZERS IN EACH VENUE

Canadian Action Party/ Parti Action Canadienne

Leader, Constance (Connie) Fogal
Telephone (604) 872 2128 home; Fax: (604) 872 1504
E-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Head Office #385- 916 West Broadway, Vancouver B.C. V5Z1K7
Tel: (604) 708-3372;Fax: (604) 872 1504; e- mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.canadianactionparty.ca

Connie Fogal, leader of CAP  writes:

Did you know we are losing our capacity to utilize our own Bank of Canada
as a result of a trilateral arrangement in process that will strip
Canada, USA ,and Mexico of their respective sovereign capacities over
their money supply?

"Did you know our three levels of government in Canada are facilitating
the creation of a North American Union of Canada, USA, andMexico
Under the Direction of 150 of Canada's leading Corporations, the CCCE?"

"Did you know: That the  enforcement mechanism for the North American
Union is a police state? That its  tools  are "anti-terrorist" laws?
That anti terrorist laws strip the citizens of civil liberties?

Do you know why?  Did you know it is to prevent dissent against the new
regime?

Did you know that the camouflage is 'security', 'safety'?"

  I would like to talk to you about these matters. I would like to discuss
the facts of how our own government is facilitating the metamorphosis of
Canada into a North American Union which sabotages the independence and
sovereignty of Canada, and tears asunder the core of our constitutional
protections and rights.  I would like to present to you information that
shows that the chief executive officers of 150 of the largest corporations
of Canada pull the strings in Ottawa from which  dangle all the
representative parties, and especially the Liberals and the Conservatives.

On the website of the  the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the CCCE,
posted or updated November2, 2005 as News and Information, there  is a
discussion paper released April 2004. There you can see that the chief
executives of the 150 leading corporations of Canada are the puppet-masters
manipulating the strings of the politicians to  dance to the tune of the
corporations.  The choice of words of the puppet-masters discloses their
attitude that corporations do indeed rule the continent, and certainly that
the 150 from the CCCE   are shaping and directing the decisions for Canada-
not in the people's interest, but in the interest of the corporations.

The CCCE spearheaded the FTA and NAFTA. Their current project is called The
North American Security and Prosperity Initiative (NASPI). They are
developing a strategy for shaping Canada's future within North America and
Beyond. They announced the project in January 2003.
See:   http://www.ceocouncil.ca/en/view/?document_id=365&area_id=7

In April of 2004 the CCCE disclosed  that both the Martin Liberals and the
Harper Conservatives  support the CCCE initiative for a North American
structure that will serve the corporate agenda. . The CCCE paper states:

"While 2004 will bring elections in both Canada and the United States,
political interest in new approaches to North America crosses partisan
boundaries. Prime Minister Paul Martin has made clear his intention to
reinvigorate Canada's relationship with the United States as part of a
broader strategy for strengthening Canada's influence in the world. Stephen
Harper, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, has called for
a continental "strategic partnership", one that would link freer flows of
goods, services, labour, capital and technology with improvements in
continental security."

Martin (Canada) , Bush (USA)  and Fox ( Mexico)  signed The Security and
Prosperity Partnership of North America   in March 2005.

In June 2005 the top ministers of the three countries reported to their
leaders in a document called  The Report of Ministers to the Leaders -SPP-
North America June 2005

See: http://www.fac-aec.gc.ca/SPP-report.PDF

It is signed by three ministers from each of Canada USA and Mexico. For
Canada they are : Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; David Emerson, Minister of
Industry; and Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs. They begin
their report by saying that the leaders on March 23, 2005 asked their
Ministers to create an architecture to enhance the security of North
America.  This report shows how these Ministers are emasculating Canada to
make it a gravy train for corporations and a sweat shop for the people.
Every single discontent you have about the loss of benefits for Canadians
and the erosion of our way of life is rooted here- from the dismantling and
de-funding  of our Medicare and hospitalization to the funding of a war
economy . It is not true that we have no money for our cherished way of
life and social programs. The truth is the Liberals and the Conservatives
have the will to dismantle it, not  to protect, preserve and deliver it.
The NDP have some will, but have no spirit, no fire in the belly. The Bloq
Quebecois appears to welcome any movement that would facilitate Quebec's
separation from  Canada.

All of them refuse to utilize our  hidden jewel, our own Bank of Canada.
Why? Because to do so would be to emasculate the corporate agenda.

  I would like to share with you my conviction that contrary to the
corporate view, it does not have to be that way. Ignorance is our enemy.The
path out of this mess is not just knowledge and information; not just more
exposure of the lies and deception of our reigning political parties . The
route out is via a legitimate political vehicle- an action plan- The
Canadian Action Party.

From: Connie Fogal < 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 >)

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

regarding the upcoming talks on Money and North American Union, by Bill Krehm and Connie Fogal on Nov.27th -2.00-5.00pm at Camosun College, Fisher Bldg, Room 100 (these are confirmed date and location - flyers to follow), we need a few angels in theatrical terminology.
The cost of room, insurance, P.A. system will be in the order of $500 and it is quite possible that donations at the door will not cover that. We need a few people to pledge $20 or $50 by cheque (payable to me .) or by cash at the door. Unfortunately I, as organiser, cannot give receipts for tax purposes. If we manage to get an excess we can partially refund to donors or pass on to Bill and Connie to cover their personal expenses for travel, accomodation etc.
What do you think,?   D.J. Skinner   phone 381-7553  103-920 Park Blvd. Victoria, V8V 2T3

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