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LEFT COAST EVENTS - Victoria & Islands - December 13th, 2004 PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Tuesday, 14 December 2004 02:00
1. Movie Monday - Dec 13th
2. RESULTS Victoria - meeting - Dec 15th
3. Students Taking Action on Chiapas - discussion - Dec 16th
4. Still Resisting - about Palestine - Dec 16th
5. Talking Tables - story telling - Dec 16th
6. Rudolph the Red's Solstice Party - Dec 17th
7. Dancing and Drumming with Navaro - Dec 17th
8. CD Benefit Party - Noah Kasper - Dec 19th
9. Gentle Migration - art exhibit - to Feb 21st
10. Comedy Workshop - Sundays
11. EcoNews Excerpts
12. Compost News
13. Disability Tax Credit Info
14. Do you know about the BC SEA?
15. Wilderness Committee News
16. Save Wild Oats from Weyerhaeuser contributions, considerations, concerns:


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Engineers Without Borders weekly educational meetings on Monday's at 7:00 in Hickman (formally CIT) rm 110


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Ongoing meditation group, conducted by Leonard Thornton for the past 25 years. Open to all who are sincerely interested in individual awakening and planetary healing and transformation. Group meets Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9 PM. For more information, call Leonard at 598-4303.


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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.


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


* The Victoria Folk Music Society offers live music every Sunday night at 7:30 pm, 1110 Hillside. Info: www.pacificcoast.net/~vfms or http://www.jeffwarner.com


* Cool Aid Society is conducting a homeless count in January
http://www.coolaid.org


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We 're broadcasting programs regarding the Broughton Fish Farm Sea Lice Issue on Community Channel 4.

Depredation of The Broughton - Part 2
In 2001 over a million Pink Salmon returned to the Glendale River and the Grizzly Bears and the rest of the fauna feasted. In 2002 the DFO had forecast an even larger run but the fish, never returned, No one including the DFO could say what had happened to the fish until independent biologist, Alexandra Morton came forward at a press conference to present her evidence that most of the juvenile Pink Salmon had been killed on their way out to sea by Fish Farm Sea Lice
Mon Dec 13 2230-2300
Thurs Dec 16 1430-1500
Sat Dec 18 1330-1400


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Premium Nicaraguan Coffee ~Holiday Blend~ Caf? Simpatico
Whole Bean Organic Arabica - Certified Organic, Fairly Traded, Shade Grown


These sustainable farming practises benefit the farmers and our planet. Enjoy your coffee with peace of mind. Your purchase of these premium quality beans helps to support community development in Central America through ~ C.A.S.C. ~ Central America Support Committee Est. 1980
$ 6.00 / ? lb. ~~~ $ 10.00 / pound


1/2 pounds are great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!!
Available from 477 0941 ~ 655 4437
And at 1923 Fernwood on December 16, and 17, from 7:00 ~ 10:00 p.m.


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There will be no issue of Tapestry in January, so if you have new or
announcements for events up until the middle of February, please send them
in for the December issue, which will be coming out around December 20.
www.icavictoria.org


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Subject: Rumsfeld, et. al. Charged with War Crimes in Germany
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_14056.shtml

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Thanks to Bill Warren for this website. It's pretty neat.
http://www.permadi.com/java/spaint/spaint.html


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Go here to sign the petition read the bill and help Jack Layton win another one for working people.
http://douglas.ndp.ca/pensions/en/

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GRANOLA GROOVY ECO-EMPORIUM INC.
1005 Broad Street, Victoria, BC. V8W 2A1
T: 250 477 0146
W: www.granolagroovy.com
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1. MOVIE MONDAY


Monday 6:30 Dec 13


JAY SILVERHEELS - THE MAN BESIDE THE MASK 60min
"Me do, kemo sabe." Who knew that the Lone Ranger's faithful sidekick cringed every time he said those words? In 1949, at age 35, Mohawk actor Jay Silverheels became the first Aboriginal actor to play a Native American on television. He played the stoic, monosyllabic Tonto with poker-faced perfection, becoming the symbolic "Indian" to a generation. [He was also a boxer, lacross player and latterly was into harness racing too!]

Jay Silverheels: The Man Beside the Mask will take viewers into the life of a man who was determined to make it big in Hollywood and leave his home Reserve and Indian heritage behind him. In later life, Silverheels changed direction and fought for better, more realistic roles for Natives in film and TV. He founded the Indian Actors' Workshop, and helped train other Native actors but he didn't live to see the results of his labour. Full of interviews with Jay's family, firends and colleagues, and hundreds of rare photos, Jay Silverheels: The Man Beside the Mask is an intimate look at the real man behind the larger-than-life character. G
http://www.picturethis.ca/silverheels.html


SURVIVAL IN THE BUSH
a quaint 1954 30 min NFB film wherein a reporter gets dropped in the wilds with a native woodsman who finds food, builds a birch bark canoe, kills a marauding bear, all equipped with only an axe(!) - basically saves his ass, while the reporter blabs away, 1954 style, about what's going on. - I think it's a nice 'Boomer Combo' with our 1950's hero Tonto's story.


6:30 pm
Eric Martin Pavilion,
Jubilee Hospital (Fort & Richmond)


by donation


More info - 595-FLIC or http://www.islandnet.com/mm

Monday 6:30 Dec 20


CHRISTMAS IN MOOSE FACTORY
In their own words and drawings, Cree children show how their Christmas looks in this NFB 1971 short (13min) (Not all kids hanging out in malls this season)


LOVE ACTUALLY
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. A quirky romantic comedy for the season. R


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2. RESULTS VICTORIA

There will not be a Vic South meeting in December, so Vic South members are
encouraged to attend the Vic North meeting that Anita and Oliver Mark will
be hosting, or write a letter based on either the November action sheet
below, or the December Action Sheet on the website (www.ResultsCanada.ca)
which deals with Microcredit.

I hope you have a joyous holiday season and look forward to seeing you all
in the New Year. Mark your calendars now for January 12th!

Geneva
Group Leader, Vic South

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An excerpt from Anita's mailing:

RESULTS Victoria has two active groups - Vic North and Vic South - loosely
divided N and S of Mackenzie Ave. You are invited to attend whichever
meeting is most convenient for you. They are usually held on the 2nd
Wednesday of the month.except for Vic North this month.

We will have the December Vic North RESULTS Education & Action (E&A) meeting


Wednesday, December 15th (not on the 8th as previously mentioned) at (call for directions) in Saanichton starting at 7:00 pm.


The action this month is about PROTECTING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES AND CLEAN WATER and
the Action Sheet is below.

All are welcome! And since 'Tis The Season, afterwards we will celebrate
with refreshments, so please bring goodies to share.

If you have any questions please call or email.

Anita
250-652-0681

ACTION SHEET November 2004

PROTECTING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES AND CLEAN WATER

"No single measure would do more to reduce disease and save lives in
the developing world than bringing safe water and adequate sanitation to
all." -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UN Millennium Conference,
September 2000

Opportunity: The "International Policy Review"

In February 2004 the government of Canada initiated an "International
Policy Review" (IPR) process, with the aim of achieving broad support for a
new direction for Canada's foreign policy for the next decade. The IPR
takes a cross-departmental approach, integrating foreign policy,
development, foreign aid, defense, and trade. The government plans to have
a proposal ready for discussion in Parliament before Christmas.

As Canada redefines its role on the international stage, the IPR process
provides an opportunity for Canadians to demand that global poverty
reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals are at the centre
of Canada's foreign policy.

The IPR comes at a time when foreign policy has a high profile. After
September 11/01, many donor countries, including Canada, are promoting
counter-terrorism and national security with money set aside for aid.

National security should not be a concern of aid budgets. In Canada since
September 11/01, over $616 million has been spent rebuilding Afghanistan,
and over $300 million has been committed so far to Iraq. These two
countries have received the lion's share of new funds which CIDA has had
available, leaving far less for the vast needs of the rest of the
developing world.

The Big Problem: Global Poverty

The scope and impact of global poverty are staggering. Over 1.2 billion
people live in absolute poverty on less than $1 a day. Nearly half the
world's people live on less than US$2 a day. Every day, 50,000 people die
from poverty related causes, and 29,000 of these are children under 5. The
disparities between rich and poor are huge. The richest 20% of the world
receives 86% of the world's income; the poorest 20% receives just 1.3%

In this context, current attempts to divert resources for poverty reduction
to pay for donors' security interests are the most serious example of the
chronic problem of aid resources being hijacked to fund rich country
priorities. The Prime Minister's Throne Speech in October gave no
reassurance on this count. The speech concluded with an emphasis on
Canada's role in the world, but particularly on strengthening ties with the
United States, "to know our friend better, and to strengthen our economic
and security relations".

Solutions

Canada can do its fair share for global poverty reduction by achieving the
UN aid target of 0.7% of GDP by 2015, and ensuring that most of that aid
directly supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2003, Canada
gave only 0.26% of GDP, ranking 13th out of 22 donor countries.

In particular, Canada must increase its support for programs that support
basic health and nutrition, basic education, and clean water and
sanitation. Canada has successfully increased its funding for CIDA's
"Social Development Priorities" (SDPs) over the past five years. The SDP
initiative has more than doubled funding for basic health and nutrition,
basic education, HIV-AIDS, and child protection, which together are now
about 34% of CIDA's budget. The SDP initiative has saved hundreds of
thousands of lives with basic health programs, and provided basic education
to hundreds of thousands children.

CIDA has said that existing SDP programs will continue beyond 2005, but
there are no plans for continued increases in funding. CIDA must continue
to increase spending on basic health and nutrition and basic education at
the same rate as for the past five years, to build on its expertise and
continue building momentum toward achieving the ambitious MDGs. CIDA must
be reminded that if reaching the Millennium Goals are the highest priority,
funding for programs targeted at those goals must grow at a faster rate
than CIDA's average 8%/year growth.

Water and Sanitation

Clean water and adequate sanitation are keys to poverty reduction. Health
cannot improve in a community unless there is adequate access to clean
drinking water and basic sanitary latrines. The problem is immense.
Approximately 1 billion people still do not have clean water, and about 2.4
billion lack adequate sanitation.

Despite these facts, CIDA spent only 1.67% of bilateral aid (US$27 million)
on water and sanitation in 2002. In comparison, the average donor country
spent 7% of aid on water and sanitation. Significantly, CIDA has not kept
its commitment to develop a water and sanitation strategy as part of the
"Health and Nutrition Action Plan" of the Social Development Priorities. If
Canada is serious about Millennium Goal # 7, which is to reduce by half the
proportion of people without clean water and basic sanitation by 2015, our
funding for water and sanitation will have to increase dramatically.

Legislated Mandate for Poverty Reduction

The current International Policy Review process offers the opportunity to
sharpen the focus of Canada's aid by putting "poverty eradication" and
progress toward the MDGs as the exclusive focus of aid. Resources to
achieve goals that do not directly improve the lives of poor people should
be found outside of the aid budget. Poverty reduction should be legislated
for the aid budget, and this should become the litmus test for development
assistance. This would avoid having the aid budget used to suit Canada's
diplomatic objectives.

A second request for the current policy review process is that the Minister
of International Cooperation be made a senior cabinet position. Currently,
the position is junior to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. A senior
minister has more clout at the Cabinet table, and would be better
positioned to ensure that a poverty focus is effectively advanced as a
distinct, stand-alone foreign policy priority. Making this change would
signal that Prime Minister Martin and his government are serious about
making "poverty reduction" and the Millennium Development Goals a top
priority for Canada's foreign policy. The Prime Minister must reaffirm
Canada's role as a global humanitarian leader.

ACTION

1. Write to your MP and ask him or her to write to Prime Minister Martin
about the International Policy Review. Express your concern that global
poverty be a top priority for Canada's foreign policy, not to be pushed
aside by anti-terrorism and security concerns. Ask that poverty reduction
be formally legislated as the exclusive focus of Canada's aid program. Ask
that the Minister of International Cooperation be made a senior cabinet
position to help ensure the centrality of poverty reduction in Canada's
foreign policy. Mention the importance of increasing Canada's aid for basic
health, basic education, and water and sanitation to reach the Millennium
Development Goals.

2. Write to Minister of International Cooperation Aileen Carroll. Ask that
the programs that are part of CIDA's "Social Development Priorities"
continue to receive funding increases after 2005 at the same rate as in the
past five years. In particular, ask that attention to "Water and
Sanitation" be increased, as promised in CIDA's Social Development
Priorities "Health and Nutrition Action Plan".

3. Write to the media. A good hook is the re-election of President Bush,
Canada-US relations, the overwhelming focus on "security" and the need to
address the much larger problem of global poverty.

Address for MPs: House of Commons, Ottawa, K1A 0A6

References:
SDP Framework for Action, CIDA:
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/8949395286e4d3a58525641300568be1/27ba9d61ad802d7f8525695a004736bc?OpenDocument#13

Cost of MDGs:
http://www.tear.org.au/resources/harambee/031/02unwatergoals-gluke.htm
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

International Policy Review, CCIC
http://www.ccic.ca/e/home/index.shtml


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3. STUDENTS TAKING ACTION ON CHIAPAS (STAC)


Students Taking Action in Chiapas (STAC) will present a slide show/discussion on
the Zapatista movement this Thursday:

Thursday, Dec. 16
7:00 PM
1923 Fernwood Rd.

Admission is by donation.
Call 384-7843 for more info.

The talk will cover economic alternatives in Zapatista communities, the current
situation in Chiapas and solidarity work with communities.

Boots made in the Zapatista community of Oventic will be for sale and fair trade
coffee from Nicaragua will also be available.


Sponsored by Building Bridges Human Rights Project in Chiapas & the Central America Support Committee

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4. STILL RESISTING


Stories and slideshow presentation from the occupied
Palestinian territories.

Thursday, December 16th.
7:30pm;


By donation.

featuring Chris and Sonya, local photographer and
zine author ('kicking at clouds') respectively. both worked extensively
last year with the International Solidarity Movement, assisting
Palestinians in their struggle towards independence.


Friday, December 17th. 9pm. Hank & Lilly + guests. Freak Show Event. Dress up as yr favourite freak of nature and get 2 dollars off. celebrate diversity.


December 31st. 9pm; $8. A Dance Party hosted by Frog Eyes and The Pickle. Arousing canned music to follow.

the fifty fifty arts collective
2516 Douglas St. (at Bay)


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5. TALKING TABLES


Story telling and listening


December 16th
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Sidewalk Cafe, Fairfield Plaza,
Fairfield Rd. and St Charles St


Dr. David Wolsk
Associate, Centre for Global Studies
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education
University of Victoria, Canada


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6. RUDOLPH THE RED'S SOLSTICE PARTY

Caf? Simpatico
Rudolph the Red's Solstice Party

Friday, December 17th, 8pm
Cafe Simpatico
1923 Fernwood Road

Admission: FREE

Activists of the World Unite - It's Party time!

Wrap up what's Left of the year with "Rudolph-the-Red's Earth, Peace, Equality
and Justice Solstice Party"!

Live music, snacks, guest appearance by Lenin, political theatre and more...

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7. DANCING AND DRUMMING WITH NAVARO


Dear Dancers, Drummers, People of Spirit...Dear Tribe:


....Another Opportunity to Gather in Music and Dance, Ecstasy and Trance


Our Guest this month is Dean Samuel of Marimba Muzuva, who has been playing Mbira for many years, having studied the instrument through deep personal relationship with it, as well as with Zimbabwean teachers here and in Africa. The Mbira evokes spirit as well as being a driving instrument for dynamic dancing in celebrations and rituals. In Zimbabwe it is accompanied by drums, rattles, and singing. Expect a traditional sound as well as new creations as we embrace Dean and his fluent Mbira playing into our usual offering of Eclectic World Percussion, Deep Drumming, and Ancient Sounds of Didjeridu.


DETAILS: 7-10 pm, Friday Dec 17th
at 1110 Caledonia, cross street Cook
In the downstairs studio of the Ukrainian Church


$13 at the door
all welcome


* * * please address all inquiries regarding Tribal Bliss and this e-mail to
Navaro at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 250-701-0438 in Duncan.
(do not reply to sender)


See you on the dance floor..... Navaro (newsletter follows below:)


CONTACT US:
Navaro Franco: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 250-701-0438
Drum Classes, Ecstatic Dance Classes
Gumboot Dance Classes, Private Lessons,
Shekere, Music and Storytelling Shows with Joseph
Pepe Danza, School Shows
Chris Bertin: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 250-748-7312
lovingly handcrafted gorgeous drums, didjeridus, rattles
Drumming performance and instruction
Didjeridu Healing, one on one or groups
Craig Paterson: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 250-385-9225
Didjeridu Healing with Chris
Robin Gilmore: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 250-385-9225
Contact Dance, Passions Alive NLP Counselling & Groups
Dean Samuel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 250-335-2022
Fine instrument building, especially Marimbas, singles and sets
Marimba & Mbira Instruction, private and groups
Musical Performance with Marimba Muzuva & other bands


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ M U S I N G S ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


~ What is Tribal Bliss?


"Tribe" is a gathering of people with shared purpose or intent.
"Bliss" is a state of deep contentment, aliveness, connection, and joy.
Tribal Bliss is the opportunity to be in dancing community, to sweat, to dance into ecstasy, to be with yourself and others in a non-verbal space in the immediacy of your own dance.
Tribal Bliss is a place to experience the healing of being both witnessed and witness-to others being in their authenticity.


Tribal Bliss is a community creation, in the sense that everyone's presence and energy comes together to create a cleansing, vitalizing experience that is especially close to anyone being human: Living music and dance arising spontaneously and connectedly....within a sense of being a part of something larger than ourselves...call it Earth, call it Cosmos, call it Spirit, call it Joy, call it Feeling.....call it Whatever You Want!


Tribal Bliss is non-denominational and encompasses any and all beings seeking bliss. :-)


~ What is Ecstatic Dance?


The dictionary helped me to put this one into words:


Ecstasy:


~a state of overwhelming emotion
~rapture, intense bliss or beatitude
~to be supremely happy
~to have attained the blessing of heaven
~rapturous delight


Ecstasy is also known as a state of being in Union With The Divine, and is associated with the Sufis and Jalaluddin Rumi, whose ecstatic poetry is the most widely read poetry in the world today. (This definition could be shortened to "Ecstasy: A state of Being".


The state of Ecstasy is a natural state of harmony with the inner and outer world. It is a place where one experiences connections rather than separations.


What is Trance?


'Trance' as I use it is a lucid state where one has greater awareness and presence than normal. Awakening right brain function and slowing down the mind through slowing body rhythms (breath, heart) induces altered states. Music, particularly rhythm, and rhythmic movements have been employed to expand the senses in this way since ancient times. In this expanded state, energy is freed and flows, bringing healing to body and mind; connection is felt with others; freedom is experienced; new insights and perspectives come to ease the stresses of daily life: one contacts feelings, the source of vitality in the body; a greater sense of authenticity and aliveness is felt.


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I leave you with a question:
If everyone followed their Bliss, what kind of planet would this be?
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Enough Musings, Come And Dance Your Bliss With The Tribe, And Get Firsthand Knowledge ! !


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8. CD BENEFIT PARTY

A BENEFIT TO COMPLETE NOAH KASPER'S CD


SUNDAY DECEMBER 19TH, 2004
CENTRAL BAR & GRILL - (250) 361 1700
708 VIEW STREET, VICTORIA
$10 - DOORS @ 6 PM - SHOW @ 7 PM


FEATURING THE BUCCA KINGS,
BILL JOHNSON & FRIENDS,
DAVE HARRIS & FRIENDS,
AND THE SMOKIN' PHATS


Noah Kasper (multiple transplant recipient) was a young Victoria musician who dreamed of releasing a CD of his original tunes. He was a good guitar player, saxophone player and vocalist but he was an exceptional songwriter. After Noah became ill at the age of twenty he still dreamed of making a CD of his original work. In spite of his long hospitial stays and his many surgeries he continued working on his CD project. He died in March 2004 after almost five years of illness and suffering, just before his 25th birthday. But throughout his illness Noah continued to work with Lonny Koch of Trinity Sound in Victoria. Noah was able to record some of his material and communicate to Lonny his vision for the CD. Noah was very concerned that his music be heard. He felt that he had important things to say. Since Noah spent so much of his life in great pain and suffering this CD does not have a happy focus but he has shared with us the lessons that he has learned.


About his CD project Noah said, " The CD is an eclectic mix of rock, blues, funk and pop. Kind of one part Big Sugar and one part Wide Mouth Mason with a couple of dashes each of Matthew Good and Dave Mathews. The music is emotional and raw yet has a bit of pop refinement. It is created out of light and shade, being both heavy and soft, giving a dynamic, lively groove. The songs on the album represent material from both post and pre transplant times. The songs generally have a sense of hopefulness through the angst. Dreams of better days to come, love and acceptance of the moment. Also they reflect the beauty seen in the bleakest of moments."


For more information as well as interviews please phone Lonny Koch at (250) 592 3501 or Michelle O'Donnell at (250) 370 1473. For a photo of Noah please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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9. A GENTLE MIGRATION: STUDIO WORKS 2004


PAINTINGS BY MARK LAVER


to February 21, 2005
McPherson Library Gallery

VICTORIA-- A GENTLE MIGRATION, on exhibit at the McPherson Library Gallery from
December 10th, 2004 - February 21st, 2005, shows Mark Laver's 2004 studio
works. This exhibit includes a series of 'flesh paintings,' depicting
everyday objects as flesh, and includes other paintings that show Laver's
progression to vibrant non-representational work.

Laver, a recent grad of the University of Victoria with a B.A. in History in
Art and Philosophy, has shown his previous work extensively in Victoria. His
involvement with the Chapman Group, a local informal society devoted to
creating highly figurative images plotted on curved space, has influenced his
bold style.

Laver's 'flesh paintings' depict the world as an evolutionary continuum of
objects/space, insides/outsides, mind/body, meaning/matter. Although not
immediately apparent, these works are actually still life paintings of everyday
objects, translated into flesh.

Laver says, "The flesh-ness of these paintings also stands metaphorically for
my human-ness and for the human-ness of the world as we know it. My efforts are
concentrated on transforming oil paint into flesh, inert matter into living
meaning."

The paintings of flesh led Laver into a series of abstract works, which will
also be on display. Laver says, "In retrospect, the subject matter of this
latest series of paintings might be painting itself, freedom, trust, and
pictorial space. Each painting was simply started, with a brush full of colour
and a gesture."

A GENTLE MIGRATION is located in the back of the McPherson Library on the UVic
campus. Please call the McPherson Library for library hours at (250) 721-6673.
For further information, contact the Maltwood publicist at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , visit www.maltwood.uvic.ca or call the gallery at
(250) 721-6562.

Publicist
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 3P2

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Ph: (250) 721-6562


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10. COMEDY WORKSHOP


Bring yourself and your ideas to the comedy workshop and scene study conducted by professional actor and comedy coach Paulette Hallich


Cost: $40 for two hour session


INTREPID THEATRE REHEARSAL SPACE
Sunday afternoons from 2:00pm -4:00 pm


Workshop: setting with small group of participants who will share ideas, observations and talent.


Who: Paulette is a professional actor/director and coach who has just moved to Victoria from Toronto where she was on faculty at the Humber School of Comedy, Humber College. Many of her students are now appearing in major theatres across Canada, as well as film and TV. She has also helped many young comedians who now appear regularly in Second City and Yuk Yuk's. As well, Paulette has taught comedy at both York and Toronto Universities.


If you think you have an idea you always wanted to try out. This is the place to experiment. Who knows? Could be material for


next year's Fringe Festival. For more information please call: 477-9312


SPILT MILK UPDATE


1. Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre Production's next FAMILY FUN SERIES performance will be at 2:00 pm Sunday January 30th, 2005 at the Gibson Auditorium (room 216 of the Young Bldg on Camosun's Lansdowne Campus). Admission is $5.00 at the door. Fun for the entire family.


2. THE MILK JUGgernauts are a polite, yet strangely disturbed group of adults. They are currently performing excerpts from their own psychological profiles, laced with small acts of defiance and occasionally even comedy on Tuesday nights from 8:00 - 10:00 pm at The OLD BAILEY Pub, located at 777 Courtenay Street. There is laughter but no cover charge!


3. Snail Mail to: Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre Productions; 10 - 1120 Summit Avenue; Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 2P7; (250) 479-3374; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.spiltmilkcomedy.com


You will laugh until the cows come home!


Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre Productions specialize in interactive theatre:


Singing & Character Telegrams
Improvisational Theatre
Murder Mysteries
Sketch Comedy
Adult Improv Classes
Children's Drama Classes
Summer Drama Camps
Soap Operas
Film
Television
Radio
Practical and not so practical JOKES!


We can create a unique performance suited to your budget, location and event!


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11. ECONEWS EXCERPTS


Tue 14, 1pm Mires of Vancouver Island , BC: Vegetation, Classification and Differences Between Disturbed and Undisturbed Mires. Karen Golinsky?s PhD Dissertation Defence, Cornett A132. http://office.geog.uvic.ca/dept2/grad/abstracts/golinsky.html

Tue 14, 7:30pm VNHS Natural History Presentation: Winter Birds of Victoria. With the Christmas Bird count coming up on December 18th, this slide presentation will show the bird species likely to be seen (and a few that are unlikely to be seen) during the counting week. Novice birders and feeder watchers may find this refresher particularly useful, and experienced birders may enjoy the "where are they now" slides. Fraser 159, UVic. Everyone welcome.

Wed 15, 10:30-1pm CRD Parks. Thetis Lake Stress Buster. Join us for this hike along the trails of this lovely woodland park. Meet Info Display above Thetis Lake main parking lot. 6 years+

Wed 15, 7:30pm Zero Waste: A Vision of Sustainability. Alan Stanley, President, Recycling Council of BC. Zero Waste involves individuals, communities, business, and all levels of government. Learn how your lifestyle choices fit the sustainability puzzle. Workshops for Sustainable Living. Cedar Hill Rec. $20. 595-7121

Sun 18 Christmas Bird Count. If you?d like to participate in the count, call Ann Nightingale 652-6450. You do not need to know a wren from a robin; this is an opportunity to come and learn about birds. Just beware, you may end up with a serious obsession!


EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria, B.C. V9E 2B9 Tel/Fax (250) 881-1304
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.earthfuture.com/econews
Deadline for January issue: Dec 24th.


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12. COMPOST NEWS

1. Lonely Board of Directors Seeks New Participants

Are you a keen composter and avid organic gardener? Would you like to spend time with others who are enthusiastic about giving input and setting direction for Compost Education Centre? We would love to meet you! We are five devoted board members seeking two additional board members for strategic planning fun!

Activities include:
? Attending monthly board meetings, including Annual General Meeting
? Maintaining knowledge of the Compost Education Centre and a personal commitment to its mission and objectives
? Actively participating in the overall planning of the Compost Education Centre's education programs and services.
? Reviewing the annual proposed budget
? Supporting and assessing the Executive Director of the Centre.
? Enhancing the public standing of the Compost Education Centre

Time commitment for the above activities: approximately 7 hours per month
Meetings dates: held on the third Wednesday of every month, at 5:30 in the Straw Bale Building of the Compost Education Centre.
Rewards: Working with an involved board of directors and enthusiastic and motivated staff!
Seeing the improved services and education programs at the Centre as a result of your work.

Call or email Kathy Cook (President) at 370-0991 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. We would love to have you "on board"!

2. Native Plants Sought for Landscaping Project

Plants, plants, plants! That is the current theme for the landscaping partnership project the Compost Education Centre is working on in Sidney. Called Homes and Habitats, the goal is to design and create an ecologically friendly landscape at homes being built for low-income families through Habitat for Humanity.
For all native plant gardeners out there this is a great time to donate native plants from your yard and share the joy and benefits that native species can bring to a garden. We are looking for the following:

Sword fern, Licorice Fern, Salal, Red Flowering Currant, Sea Thrift, Woolly Sunflower, Potentilla, Nodding onion, Oregon grape - tall and dull, Goldenrod, Bleeding heart, False Solomon's seal, Honeysuckles, False lily of the valley, Twinflower, Vanilla Leaf, Twinberry, Falsebox, Evergreen Huckleberry, Alum Root, Ocean Spray, Elderberry (both), Indian Plum, Camas (any), Fringe Cup, Pearly Everlasting, Gaillardia, Yarrow (all colours), Douglas Aster, Stonecrops, Pacific Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood, Nootka Rose, Kinnikinnick, Hairy Manzanita and/or X media, Beaked Hazelnut, Lupines, Grasses, Mock Orange, Penstemon, Shooting Stars, Easter Lilies, Tiger Lilies, Trillium, Fool's Onion, Harvest Brodiaea, Trailing Blackberry, Snowberry (both), native Rhodo, starflower, Siberian Miner's Lettuce, Sea Blush, Blue-Eyed Mary, Ranunculus

Herbs: Lavender, Echinacea Creeping Thyme - various colours, Rosemary,Thyme, Parsley, Fennel, Sage, plus any other drought tolerant options

In addition, we are looking for the following materials:
Big Rocks, Coarse woody debris (logs et),(Lawn) Edging material , Altwood recycled plastic lumber, Rainbarrels, Drip irrigation components to service vegetable beds, Timers for drip irrigation, Pond liner, Pond pump, Solar panel to power pond pump

To donate, or for more information, call Lynn at 386-9676. Thank you!

3. Compost Education Centre Closed for December

Seasons Greetings!

As the red wiggler worms burrow deeper into their worm bins to keep warm, and the gardens are toasty and mulched, it signals the end of our program delivery for the the year. The demonstration site at the Compost Education Centre is now closed for the month of December but will reopen on Wed January 5th. At that time, our hours will be from 10-4 Wed-Sat. In early January, we will also be sending out our workshop and events schedule for 2005.

Calls and emails will be checked and returned periodically during December, so if you do have a composting question that just can't wait until January, let us know!

We look forward to 2005 and another year of compost and organic gardening education. Thank you for your support in 2004 and see you in the New Year!

Sincerely,
Lynn Elliott
Executive Director


Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
1216 North Park Street
Victoria BC V8T 1C9
Hotline (250) 386-WORM(9676)
Business/Fax (250) 386-9678
E-Mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website www.compost.bc.ca
GIVE BACK TO THE EARTH


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13. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DISABILITY TAX CREDIT?


Eileen Reppenhagen


What is this disability tax credit? Who qualifies? Who can claim it? What if I didn't claim it in the past but qualified? What if I can't use the credit? Can I transfer it to someone else? What will it cost me to make the claim?


Every time I speak to a support group of parents with children with disabilities, it seems that at least one family wins the "tax credit lottery" worth thousands of dollars. Parents who come to hear me speak, end up considering their parents or other family member's health and tax situation before the evening is over. My audiences are caregivers or accountants, both sleep deprived. It's a wonder they function at all, let alone figure out what disability tax credits to claim.


If you know a caregiver, consider volunteering to watch their charges for an hour or two on a weekly basis. Suggest they take a nap or go for a walk, alone. As for the accountants, there isn't much you can do if they choose not to sleep for months on end.


Here are the steps required to claim the disability tax credit:


1. Complete page 2 of an 8-page "Disability Tax Credit Form 2201" at
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/README.html


2. Visit the appropriate doctor. This can be a challenge, even considering they have known the person for as many years as the person has been disabled (see 4).


3. The doctor certifies that the person has a severe, prolonged disability that meets the criteria.


4. The doctor also fills in the box with the effective year the disability became severe and prolonged. From the website, www.disabilitytax.ca, here is a brief description of the disability tax credit:


"The disability tax credit (DTC) provides tax relief to individuals who, due to the effects of a severe and prolonged mental or physical impairment, are markedly restricted in their ability to perform a basic activity of daily living as certified by a qualified medical practitioner, or would be markedly restricted were it not for extensive therapy to sustain a vital function. Individuals are markedly restricted if, even with therapy or the use of appropriate devices and medication, they are blind or unable to perform a basic activity of daily living, or if they require an inordinate amount of time to perform the activity, all or substantially all of the time. The basic activities of daily living are walking, feeding or dressing oneself, perceiving, thinking, remembering, speaking, hearing, and eliminating bodily waste."


5. Once the form is completed, I recommend a qualified accountant assist with the adjustments. There might be unintended consequences?some good and some bad, which you will want to know about, including:


Tax credit claims can be reduced by claims for expenses such as childcare, moving expenses, attendant care, disability support (new in 2004), or certain medical expenses.
The tax credits might be available to transfer to other family members.
Tax returns of multiple family members could be affected. You are entitled to arrange your claims in the most beneficial way.


6. Check the re-assessments carefully to ensure that the adjustments were calculated correctly.


Is it worth it? How much money will this put in your jeans? In 1999, the tax credit was $4,233. You should be aware that there are also provincial credit amounts that apply. In 2000 and subsequent years, the federal credit increased as follows:


2000 - $4,293
2001 - $6,000
2002 - $6,180
2003 - $6,279
2004 - $6,486


In addition to the disability tax credit, starting in 2000, a disability tax credit supplement was added. This credit is adjusted for childcare expense claims paid by any person for that child. Here are the federal credit amounts for each year:


2000 - $2,941
2001 - $3,500
2002 - $3,605
2003 - $3,663
2004 - $3,784


How much less tax would this mean to a family with one income of $65,000? Normally this family would have net pay of $50,000. The taxpayer that claims the disability tax credit and the supplement for a child, totaling $10,170, would be eligible for an additional tax refund of $1,643 in 2004. For a family living on $50,000 a year after-tax, $1,643 per year is almost enough to cover heat and light, or the cost of insurance for a vehicle. When it was $4,233 a year, it was about $1,000 per year. So, if your 7-year-old hasn't been in daycare, and the doctor signs that he's had autism since birth along with ADHD, you could claim for 1997 through 2003. Depending on your income in those years, you could be looking at a claim of over $10,000. If they have been in daycare, the claim will be reduced because the supplement is reduced for daycare paid by any one for that child.


If the child qualifies for the disability tax credit, there is a new tax-free child disability benefit of another $1,653 per year. This benefit decreases with income over $35,000 and stops at about $48,000. Since this family's income is $65,000, they won't qualify. This tax-free credit commenced July 2003. It was announced in the spring of 2003 and the first payments were made in the spring of 2004, just prior to the federal election.


If you want to see the effect on the income and quality of life of children with disabilities view
Statistics Canada reports for 2001 that relate to disability in Canada at www.disabilitytax.ca under Background Information/Materials,
Children with disabilities and their families, Statistics Canada, July 29, 2003 at http://www.statcan.ca/english/IPS/Data/89-585-XIE.htm.


The Minister must have envisioned a flood of claims and limited the fairness provisions to 10 years in the budget in early 2004. Until December 31, 2004, you could go back to 1985 to make claims for credits that you were entitled to under the fairness provisions. After the end of this year it's limited to 10 years. See the CRA news release that details the deadline to file for years from 1985 to 1994 at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/newsroom/releases/2004/oct/1018ottawa-e.html.


A warning is in order here. If you could have claimed income but didn't claim it in those years, you should consider claiming it under the voluntary disclosure program. See IC00-1R - Voluntary Disclosures Program (income tax) at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tp/ic00-1r/README.html


What will it cost you to have a qualified professional look at the tax returns for those years? How long does it take to do your tax returns now? If it takes 1-3 hours per year, multiplied by their hourly rate, would it be worth it if the professional not only made sure you were claiming the disability tax credit, but they found more expenses you could claim if they were to review your old tax returns? Would you pay $1,000 or $2,000 to get $10,000? Here are a few examples of missed claims I have found over the last 18 years in my practice:


RRSP receipts obtained for January and February and claims not made for multiple years;
Medical expenses you could have claimed;
Margin interest on your investment portfolio, which you missed claiming;
Union dues or donations in your file you didn't claim;
Home office costs not carried forward.


When I say that people win the "tax credit lottery", I wish it was a joke. Refunds seem to range from $10,000 to $20,000. It's not always about disability. One single mother with 3 healthy children receiving spousal and child support had not filed her tax returns since 1995 when her marriage fell apart. Between GST credits, Child Tax Benefits and net of taxes owed for support, a $20,000 claim could have been filed. It was enough to turn on the heat in the house to counteract the damp Vancouver winter, buy a car, fix the leaky roof, pay for the first year of university for the oldest son and take a holiday?the first in 10 years. Imagine how much it would have been if one of those children was disabled. If you know someone like this who needs assistance to comply with filing requirements, offer to help them get started.


What motivates me to speak about this topic? This report recommended the Minister of Finance educate Canadians of their rights about the disability tax credit. It makes many recommendations, including the inclusion of breathing as a basic activity of daily living. See?First Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities - Tax Fairness for Persons with Disabilities, December 11, 2002 http://www.parl.gc.ca/InfoComDoc/37/2/HUMA/Studies/Reports/HUMArp1-e.htm


As a result of this report, the Minister of Finance asked the Tax Advisory Committee (www.disabilitytax.ca) to address issues related to tax measures benefiting persons with disabilities in the spring of 2003. This study was to be for 18 months and to report in the fall of 2004. In advance of the report, the Minister is already doing damage control by issuing recent claims that Canadians do know about their tax credits and are claiming them. See the Disability Tax Credit: Evaluation Report at http://www.fin.gc.ca/toce/2004/taxexp04_e.html


Eileen Reppenhagen, CGA,Tsawwassen,British Columbia, 604-943-7414, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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14. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BC SEA?

A Monthly Letter from the BC Sustainable Energy Association

Dear Members,
Busy busy busy! That's how it feels, as we enter the holiday season. So I want to be brief, and yet there's a lot to share! The big topic concerns the proposed Duke Point natural gas power plant that BC Hydro wants to see built at Nanaimo, but first let me cover off a number of other items.

Our Coordinator
We received applications from 57 people (of all varieties) to be our Coordinator, including some truly top-notch people, and we're just about to start the interview process. More on this soon! TJ (that's her name!) helped us through the second of our 3-part strategic planning process in November, which we will finalize in January, with our new Coordinator.

Members and Chapters
We now have 310 members (including many individuals, and BC Hydro, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Georgia Strait Alliance, the Comox Valley Greens, the Haida Gwaii Sierra Group, and many green businesses), and we now have active Chapters in Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, with a sixth that's planning to launch itself in Prince George in January. We'll have a report from each Chapter in the January issue of The Joule, so I'll leave this till then. But I must just say that the Kamloops Chapter has been awarded a youth action "One Tonne Challenge" grant, so they'll be getting busy with that, and the Victoria Chapter is planning to organize a major Sustainable Energy Showcase at the BC Royal Museum in June, in a 2,000 sq ft space. The BC SEA Membership Committee is seeking volunteers to help grow our membership and organize events. If you are interested in helping out, you live in the Victoria area and have some experience in either of these areas, please contact Andrea This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

College Outreach
Randyn Seibold is looking for college outreach contacts for each of BC's 27 colleges. If your life takes you in and out of a college, would you consider taking this on? Peter Sundberg has volunteered to take on Langara; Louise St Germain UVic; and Rachel Forbes SFU. That leaves 24 colleges looking for a volunteer. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Oilfree Coast Alliance
We have joined the Oil Free Coast Alliance (http://www.oilfreecoast.org), and we encourage you to sign the petition at http://www.bcoilslick.org. We have also sent a formal letter to the PM in Ottawa, thanks to Victoria member Brooke Watson who penned the original, urging not just that the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration be retained, but that it be made permanent.

BC Hydro's Integrated Electricity Plan
BC Hydro is setting up a Public Committee to advise and give feedback on the progress of their 2005 Integrated Electricity Plan, and no fewer than 16 BC SEA members expressed an interest in joining, which is fantastic. Has anyone heard back from BC Hydro yet?

Climate Change
The BC government still doesn't have a gram of a plan for addressing climate change here in BC, which is something we'd like to make a difference on. One of our partner members is Climate Solutions, based in Olympia and Seattle, and they put out a monthly e-bulletin about climate protection in the Northwest , with actions we can take to make a positive difference. It's called NW Climate Connection, and you can sign up for it on their website at http://www.climatesolutions.org (left hand column).

Christmas Offer
Would you like to introduce your friends and family to the BC SEA? We've put together a special $35 gift package, which we will mail to anyone you ask us to, all nicely wrapped for the holiday season. When they open it, they'll find:
... A one year membership in the BC Sustainable Energy Association
... A copy of our newsletter, The Joule
... A copy of the book Earthfuture: Stories from a Sustainable World, by Guy Dauncey (New Society Publishers, 1999). (http://www.earthfuture.com/earthfuture/)
... A nicely produced note, explaining that the gift comes from you.
Just send a cheque to the BC SEA with the name of your friend or family member, and Santa will put her green hat on, and get busy!

Duke Point, Nanaimo
So now, let's get to the hot topic. A company called Duke Point Power is planning to build a 252 MW natural gas-fired power plant at Duke Point, in Nanaimo, on the same place and to the same plans that BC Hydro was hoping to do itself, before it was told not to by the BC Utilities Commission.

The only regulatory hurdle that stands in the way of full and final approval is the Review of the BC Hydro Electricity Purchase Agreement that is scheduled for January 12th, in Vancouver. So it looks like a long shot, but hey, I've seen some pretty good long shots succeed in golf, soccer and tennis, so who knows!

The BC SEA has formally registered itself as an Intervenor, and we have filed 31 questions to BC Hydro, about (a) their estimated price of natural gas; (b) their load forecast, and the ability of peak-shaving demand-side initiatives to delay the peak power crunch long enough for the subsea cable to be replaced; and (c) the reasons why the Sea Breeze Power Corporation's wind bid was excluded, based on what we believe to be a faulty analysis of firm power rating for wind.

We will probably be forming a partnership with the GSX Concerned Citizens Coalition, who are also intervenors, since they have retained the skillful services of legal counsel Bill Andrews, who is thoroughly versed in these matters. We're also holding discussions with the other green intervenors, to plan to work together.

However, that's just the legal side of things. We also want to put together the framework for a public campaign that you can all join in, not just on the Island but all across BC! The foundation of this probably will be a simple document, such as "Twenty Reasons Why the Duke Point Power Plant is a Bad Idea", which will give you solid, well reasoned arguments that you can use in letters, meetings, and letters to the Editor, etc., which will also cover the alternative green solutions.

There will be four nights of public meetings in Nanaimo, from January 12th to 15th, at which anyone can stand up and spend 10' sharing their thoughts. It's going to be important to fill the hall, and also to use this time constructively in the context of a broader media campaign to build awareness, and get everyone thinking about this critical decision.

If this thing goes ahead, we will not only be lumbered with dependency on natural gas for the next 25 years, during which time the price of gas will rise out of the stratosphere and probably disappear altogether, but the market openings for green power will be severely diminished by 252 MW, which would be a tragic waste.

So we'll be back in touch as soon as we've got our green ducks in a sustainable row, and aiming to get your involvement.

Meanwhile, have yourselves a great holiday, and expect to hear from us soon!

With best wishes,
Guy Dauncey (President), and the whole BC SEA Board.

BC Sustainable Energy Association
395 Conway Rd, Victoria B.C. V9E 2B9
(250) 881-1304
http://www.bcsea.org


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15. WILDERNESS COMMITTEE NEWS

Defeat the "Foot in the Door" Strategy of the Coastal Oil lobbyists!
Write the federal government today!

Premier Campbell pushes for seismic testing under the guise of "science"
as a strategy to lift the federal moratorium

Because 75% of the people in the public input process opposed lifting
the federal moratorium on coastal oil and gas extraction in BC, the
pro-drilling forces are pursuing a new strategy. BC's Minister of Energy
and Mines, Richard Neufeld, and BC's Premier Gordon Campbell have backed
down from their claims that "offshore oil production will be up and
running by 2010" in time for the Olympics. Now, their new approach is to
push to "fill-in the science gaps through cooperation with the federal
government". Sounds reasonable.

Waaiit...something smells fishy!

What these slick politicians are actually referring to is seismic
testing, using shock waves (underwater air gun blasts that rattle the
ocean floor with sonic booms) sent through the Pacific waters over
thousands of kilometers in order to locate potential oil and gas
reserves. This would be followed by drilling exploratory wells to
confirm the presence of oil and gas reserves. All under the guise of
doing "science".

It's putting the cart before the horse. What's the point in exploring
for oil and gas if companies can't even extract any of it due to the
moratorium? Their strategy works like this:

After companies (or Canadian taxpayers) spend hundreds of millions of
dollars to do seismic testing to locate areas with high probabilities of
oil and gas deposits, it'll be difficult by that point for the
government to refuse the drilling of "mere" exploratory wells
(especially due to increased political pressure by those lured by highly
exaggerated prospects for local employment in rural BC). In order to do
exploratory drilling, the moratorium would have to be lifted, and
commercial drilling could then ensue if there are significant finds.

Yes, more science is useful - basic science about the distribution and
characteristics of ecosystems and species in Canada's Pacific waters,
NOT seismic testing to locate oil deposits. There's enough knowledge
about offshore oil and gas development to know that part and parcel with
it are unavoidable, destructive activities (eg. seismic testing, chronic
pollution through drilling fluids and muds, major CO2 emissions, and the
statistical eventuality of a major oil spill) that no science or
technology today can change.

Seismic testing is one of the most destructive aspects of coastal oil
and gas development. It deafens whales, kills fish and invertebrates,
and drives whales and fish away from their feeding areas and migration
routes. A recent study by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Nova
Scotia shows that seismic testing causes the hemorrhaging and detachment
of ovaries of female crabs. Whales in Mexico, the Galapagos, Brazil and
recently in Australia and New Zealand have been fatally stranded likely
as a result of seismic testing. Gray Whales off the eastern Russian
coast were observed by scientists to become emaciated from lack of food
where seismic testing was undertaken.

Exploratory drilling also results in the discharge of toxic drill
cuttings and fluids, and entails a heightened risk of a "blow out" (oil
gushing into the ocean from around the well-head).

The BC government is currently exerting huge pressure on the federal
government to "work together" to undertake a process to "fill-in science
gaps" - primarily, for the federal government to issue permits for
seismic testing. Let's not fall for this ploy. Now is a crucial time for
you to speak up to the government on this specific topic! If you've
already written to them about banning coastal oil development in BC in
general, please write again on this particular issue of "seismic
testing" under the guise of "science".

- Ken Wu and Pearl Gottschalk
Western Canada Wilderness Committee - Victoria

Please WRITE and PHONE ASAP!

Write a letter or email (a hardcopy letter is most effective) to the
federal government on whether or not you:

- Want the government to permanently ban coastal oil and gas development
off Canada's Pacific Coast INCLUDING SEISMIC TESTING AND EXPLORATORY
DRILLING
- Believe that seismic testing is not an acceptable method to "fill in
science gaps" about the Pacific ocean - it's a strategy to get the
moratorium eventually lifted
- Believe the federal government is obligated to adhere to the results
of their own public input process, where 75% of over 3500 of oral and
written submissions opposed lifting the moratorium

Be sure to include your address so they can figure out which federal
riding you're in! Write to:

Prime Minister Paul Martin
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Fax: 613-941-6900
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Also, as importantly, write and telephone:

Minister of Natural Resources John Efford (telephone (613)992-4133, fax
(613)992-7277, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Minister of Environment Stephane Dion (telephone(613)996-5789, fax
(613)996-6562, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Minister of Industry David Emerson (telephone(613)995-9001,
fax(613)943-0219, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Same mailing addresses as Paul Martin.
(no postage needed if mailed in Canada)

As, write to your local federal Member of Parliament (MP) who you can
find at: http://www.gc.ca/directories/direct_e.html
or call your local MP toll-free at: 1-866-599-4999

Also, you may want to thank the federal Liberal David Anderson (MP for
Victoria) and NDP MP Nathan Cullen (MP for the Skeena/Bulkley riding in
northern BC) for relentlessly wor
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