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Earth Day Photos - Victoria PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 April 2006 12:02

Earth Day Photos - Victoria BC Canada

Earth day was successful with many new youth attending.  The earth walk started from City Hall and ended at the Legislature.   Here are some photos taken by Tom Ediger

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 April 2006 12:02
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Langford Council Attempting to End Run Agricultural Land Reserve PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006 09:31
Langford Council Attempting to End Run Agricultural Land Reserve

VIPIRG - Langford Council is planning to apply for removal of the Agricultural Land Reserve designation from all current ALR lands within the community?s boundaries. Residents discovered this last week when city planners wrote to landowners, asking for their approval and support for the plan. This is in direct contravention of Langford?s Official Community Plan, as well as its ?10 Principles for South Langford Area Plan? derived through community input just last summer.

www.vipirg.ca
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 March 2006 09:31
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Port Alberni Group Says Valley Water Resources Threatened PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 February 2006 14:59
Port Alberni Group Says Valley Water Resources Threatened: Citizens of the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island are bracing for a ?Perfect Storm? of forestry-related issues that are hitting the region.

Concerned Citizens' Press Release  - Feb. 17/2006

Local interests are being ignored in the new regulatory regime established by a government that is sympathetic to industry, and apparently unsympathetic to healthy local economies. Companies, meanwhile, appear to be invigorated by new freedoms. The resulting costs to this community may be too high.
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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2006 14:59
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Parksville Newspaper Loses Objectivity - Editor Resorts to Censorship PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 November 2005 18:15
Parksville Newspaper Loses Objectivity - Editor Resorts to Censorship

PEJ News
- Local author and activist to save Cathedral Grove, Richard Boyce, is calling for people to voice their concerns over what boils down to a Parksville newspaper losing objectivity. The editor resorts to censorship in order to prevent accurate information getting to citizens about an upcoming "final public consultation".
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 November 2005 18:15
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Friday CRD Parks and Others Win Environmental Awards/PEJ News Editor Honoured for Human Rights Work PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 October 2005 14:40
Friday CRD Parks and Others Win Environmental Awards/PEJ News Editor Honoured for Human Rights Work

Sunshine Communications
- Victoria - Every year the Skies Above Canada Foundation honours individuals, organizations and businesses whose environmental practices protect earth's atmosphere and the V.I. Human Rights Institute awards one outstanding contributor to human rights.

This year's Environmental Leadership Award and Human Rights Leadership Award winners will be announced at a gala on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 am to 12 noon at Hatley Castle's Salon, Royal Roads University (refreshments served). Presenting the awards will be the Honourable Jean Forest, a retired Senator. Also present will be a Royal Roads Vice President.

PEJ News Events Editor Janine Bandcroft has won the Human Rights Award for founding Street Newz.

http://SunshineCommunications.ca

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2005 14:40
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WRITE and RALLY for VANCOUVER ISLAND?S PUBLIC FORESTS - OCT 29 IN VICTORIA PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 October 2005 15:29
WRITE and RALLY for VANCOUVER ISLAND?S PUBLIC FORESTS - OCT 29 IN VICTORIA

!Action Alert! Oct 24/05 --Ken Wu, WCWC

Currently, ancient forests across Vancouver Island are being clearcut in the Upper Walbran Valley, East Creek Rainforest, Clayoquot Sound, and in hundreds of other locations. 75% of the Island?s old-growth forests have already been logged. Only 6% of its big-treed, productive forests are currently protected.

At the same time, the BC government has attacked the jobs of millworkers by allowing the gross expansion of raw log exports. Similarly, massive cutbacks to the jobs of public service employees (in the Ministry of Forests, Environment, Lands, etc.) has eliminated many of the enforcement, planning, and research staff who use to regulate the activities of corporations on our public lands.

www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2005 15:29
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Vision Needed to Protect Wilderness Corridor PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 October 2005 18:03
Vision Needed to Protect Wilderness Corridor

ISLAND LENS - Richard Boyce - Oct 15/2005 - ?Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial or marine ecosystems which are internationally recognized within UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program for promoting and demonstrating a balanced relationship between people and nature.? While this designation does not provide any legal or physical protection to the environment in these areas, it does draw attention to the region and, according to UNESCO, they have a role to play locally and globally.

I attended the opening ceremonies for both the Clayoquot and Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserves where I listened to municipal, provincial and federal government representatives pay lip service to ecological sensitivity and respect for the environment. Today very little has been done about turning these concepts into a reality.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2005 18:03
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Help Protect Vancouver Island's Ancient Forests and Sustain BC Jobs - 13% is NOT ENOUGH! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 October 2005 16:11
Help Protect Vancouver Island's Ancient Forests and Sustain BC Jobs - 13% is NOT ENOUGH!

Oct 14 -- Ken Wu (Western Canada WilderneLogging V.I.ss Committee)

WRITE a LETTER for the Oct.29 RALLY

In 1994, the BC government announced the completion of the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan, which resulted in 13% of Vancouver Island's land base being protected (although only 6% of its low elevation, productive forests). Conservation biology studies show that small, isolated protected areas become "islands of extinction" which lose species as development surrounds them. At the same time, the BC Liberal government has attacked the jobs of forestry workers by allowing the gross expansion of raw log exports, eliminating the local milling requirements of companies logging our public lands, and passing numerous anti-labour laws. Similarly, massive cutbacks to the jobs of public service employees (in the Ministry of Forests, Environment, Lands, etc.) has eliminated many of the enforcement, planning, and research staff who use to monitor and regulate the activities of private corporations on our public lands.

On Saturday, Oct.29, the WCWC is organizing a major rally in Victoria (12:00 Centennial Square, 12:30 Provincial Legislature).

www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org

Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2005 16:11
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Campaign for a New Community Garden in Victoria, BC PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 October 2005 09:57
Campaign for a New Community Garden in Victoria, BC

It's a crucial time to demonstrate to the City of Victoria Council how much people want community gardens in Victoria. While other cities such as Montreal and Seattle can boast as many as 100 CGs, we, in the 'Garden City' are struggling to establish and protect the handful that we have.

Our group, Urban Harvest, in the Hillside-Quadra area, has been working for years to get one established in the neighborhood. Our funding might run out before we've managed to secure a land agreement with the city or school district. And the Michigan Street Garden in James Bay might abe losing it home. On the other hand, a city policy to support community gardens has recently been passed which is an important first step toward more security and support for future community gardens in the city.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2005 09:57
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Launch Cruise - Gorge Waterway Action Society PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 October 2005 06:05
Launch Cruise - Gorge Waterway Action Society

Sunshine Communications
- The Friends of the Gorge launch cruise will include an opportunity to see the Gorge from the water, learn how the shoreline affects the water quality, and some of the changes property owners can make to improve their property's natural values. The tour will be led by Friends Biologist Kitty Lloyd, and Henry Kamphof, a Director of the Gorge Waterway Action Society (and Executive Director of the Capital Region Housing Corporation).

www.gorge.ca
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Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2005 06:05
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