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Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:10

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am
Gather at the Legislature Lawns
Victoria, Coast Salish territory

Join the parade led by Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square, for live music including Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities! Bring your banners, signs, flags and flowers. Drums, noisemakers, puppets and people younger and older are welcome and encouraged to participate!
Together, let's proclaim our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain!
All Welcome! 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:12
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:48


OCTOBER 4, 2014 10:16 PM

The VIA Rail Dayliner en route to Victoria from Courtenay in 2009.   Photograph By Krista Bryce, Nanaimo Daily News


A new E&N Rail terminal should be located on city green space being created through the elimination of the S-curve on the western approach to the new Johnson Street Bridge, says Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt.

“I think when we look at the economic vitality of the downtown, it’s important as the commercial and employment centre of Vancouver Island,” said Isitt, the Capital Regional District appointee to the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the rail corridor.

“I think shortening the distance from the downtown to the rail terminus should be the top priority in site selection.”

A voice from wilderness defends Oak Bay’s deer PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 21:16

By Jack Knox: Times Colonist


Kelly Carson works the bullhorn during an anti-deer cull protest in Oak Bay Village.   Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

The knock on opponents of Oak Bay’s urban-deer cull is that they themselves are urban animals — latté-sucking city dwellers with a Disneyfied view of nature.

Which, for the anti-cull crowd’s most familiar face, is as far from reality as the isolated lighthouses in which she grew up.

"Turning the Tide" paddle for Salish Sea pushes off from Swartz Bay on Friday morning PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:15

WHAT: Mass paddle with 25 water craft to depart on 4-Day Flotilla through Southern Gulf Islands
WHEN: 8:00AM Friday July 25 

WHERE: Dolphin Dock, Swartz Bay, North Saanich
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
NORTH SAANICH, BCTurning the Tide, the peoples' paddle for the Salish Sea will push off from the beach at Dolphin Dock, Swartz Bay, North Saanich, BC on Friday July 25 at 8AM sharp. The kayakers, canoeists and sailors will embark on a 4-day-long mass paddle through the Southern Gulf Islands to celebrate the marine ecosystem and demonstrate their commitment to protect it from the threat posed by oil tankers, tarsands and pipelines
Co-existence with deer possible, anti-cull group tells Oak Bay PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:40

BY Jeff Bell / Times Colonist 


February 8, 2014 09:48 PM

Kelby MacNayr, left, hands an anti-deer cull booklet to Oak Bay homeowner Greg Kent on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist


Co-existence is the key to solving the deer issue in Oak Bay, says a group opposed to a plan to cull the animals.

The group fanned out across the municipality on Saturday, handing out booklets advocating education over trapping and killing when it comes to managing the deer population.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 February 2014 15:35
SPCA wants deer cull off the table PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:22

A buck shows no fear in modern suburbia. - File photo

A buck shows no fear in modern suburbia.
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The BCSPCA and others are demanding Oak Bay council reverse its decision to allow a deer cull in the district, saying the lethal approach will not end the problem.

Two weeks ago, Oak Bay council voted five to one to sign onto the Capital Regional District’s deer management pilot project, which recommends the culling of up to 25 deer, with the meat, antlers and hooves going to the Songhees First Nations. Coun. Cairine Green was the lone dissenter and Coun. Tara Ney was absent for the vote.

BCSPCA manager of wildlife services Sara Dubois said Oak Bay’s approval for a cull is “misguided” and a “knee-jerk reaction.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:38
In Victoria, Joint Review Panel hears criticism and complaints about proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 January 2013 10:17

bY Erin Flegg Jan 4th, 2013

Several speakers at the Joint Review Panel’s community hearings in Victoria believe the courts will make the final decision, not the panel

Protesters gather outside the Delta Hotel during the Joint Review Panel hearings
Protesters gathered outside the Delta Hotel during the Joint Review Panel hearings in Victoria on Friday to protest the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Photo by Erin Flegg

“No matter what this panel says or does, the Government of Canada is going to turn around and say [the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal] is going through,” said Construction worker Michael Neate as the Joint Review Panel hearings kicked off today in Victoria.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 January 2013 10:24
Planning Priorities - Victoria BC Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 May 2010 03:41

Sue Hiscocks - Victoria  - May 26, 2010 - The real key to successful planning is setting priorities.  I believe that a sustainable future for Victoria must include the following priorities:

1 - Green sewage solutions
2 - Regional light rapid transit
3 - Low impact community networks that include cycle paths, walking trails
4 - Distributed clean alternative energy networks that encourage the use of homeowner generated wind and solar power
5 - More low tech environmentally friendly methods of recycling and composting
6 - What we really need is a regional authority that can enable the integration of solutions beyond city limits
Something like the CRD should be a political body that makes decisions on plans that are of a regional interest (i.e.; light rapid transit).  Perhaps this could be accomplished by having a representative from each community sitting on the regional body.
7 - One of the biggest things that needs to happen is to have a change in local zoning that will allow the solutions to proceed. This is a critical event that costs no money but is necessary for change to proceed.
8 - Incentives and budget should focus on the above priorities.
9 - Community priorities should trump business interests.
10 - Finally, low cost housing and guaranteed pensions for low income earners.


Food not lawns PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:47

Food not lawns

- Resistance is fertile and alive at UVic… keep updated and informed!

March 31st: students, faculty and community members converged on the remains of last week’s garden and rebuilt it! There was music, speakers, free food, and everyone was invited to participate. Hundreds more people came out for the event, and the new garden is even bigger and more fertile than last time! At 7pm there will be a potluck dinner and discussion–everyone is welcome! If you haven’t participated before, or you want to learn more, this is a great opportunity to get involved. Come join the fun! Come to the space (UVic, in front of MacPherson Library) and join Resistance is Fertile in discussing the problems and challenges we face in terms of food security, politics, bureaucracy, colonialism, and the way we relate to the places where we live and work. Bring your kids, your families, your friends and your communities! If you can: bring food, bowls, cups and plates. Resistance is fertile!

Students' Garden Plots, Students Pledge to Continue Resistance PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 March 2010 22:41
Students' Garden Plots, Students Pledge to Continue Resistance

Friday March 26, 2010 - Coast Salish Territories - Victoria, B.C. At midnight March 26th campus administration and Saanich police at the University of Victoria used bulldozers to destroy the ten garden plots created by approximately 400 UVic students the day before. UVic student Mike-Jo was handcuffed and arrested for "assault by trespass" for standing by the garden plots to block their destruction. He was later released.
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