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Wednesday, 03 March 2004 05:32

EcoNews: I was already familiar with most of the people interviewed, and the examples of corporate ill-doing that were shown, so maybe I had higher expectations. But yes, dammit, I was right to have higher expectations. It is no longer good enough to display how bad our problems are, however brilliantly you do it. By devoting 90% of the airtime to the problems, and o­nly 10% or less to the solutions, the film may drive some viewers deeper into hopelessness and despair.

                                ECONEWS
#136     Promoting the Vision of a Sustainable Vancouver Island       MARCH 2004

                        THE CORPORATION

I have just been to see the movie "The Corporation", which everyone is raving about, and which has been called "The next Bowling for Columbine" by the Globe and Mail.

My response? I hated it.

It felt like 2 hours 15? of being bludgeoned over the head with a thick stick, followed by a 15? sweetener at the end to make me walk away with a good feeling.

It seems I am in a minority of o­ne in feeling this way, so don?t let me dissuade you from seeing it, and coming to your own conclusions (for showtimes see http://www.thecorporation.tv). Everyone else thinks it?s wonderful!

I was already familiar with most of the people interviewed, and the examples of corporate ill-doing that were shown, so maybe I had higher expectations. But yes, dammit, I was right to have higher expectations.

It is no longer good enough to display how bad our problems are, however brilliantly you do it. By devoting 90% of the airtime to the problems, and o­nly 10% or less to the solutions, the film may drive some viewers deeper into hopelessness and despair.

It?s true that the corporation, defined as a "person" in law, shows all the signs of being a psychopath.

It?s true that some corporations will lie, steal, cheat, poison and kill to advance their own selfish ends. It is also true that many don?t, and never will.

It?s true that big corporations are taking over the world?s media, food, farms, forests, and pharmaceuticals, and that now they want to get their hands o­n the world?s water supply too.

It?s true that big oil and coal corporations have done their best to sabotage progress global climate change, and big chemical corporations have done their best to make sure toxic chemicals remain o­n the market, causing cancer, asthma, and other ailments that destroy our health and happiness.

All this is true, and much, much more. The problem that we face, as a planet, is that we are steering towards a multi-dimensional social and ecological catastrophe, but the bridge of the Good Ship Earth has been hijacked by corporate leaders whose o­nly agenda is to continue making profits.

The film seems to say that if we take to the streets, as the people of Cochabamba (Bolivia) did in response to the privatization of their water supply, we can be victorious. "The people, united, can never be defeated."

Well, bullshit. It is far more complicated than that, and we deserve to be treated to a proper analysis of the solutions, not a simple recipe for popular uprising.

PERSONALITY DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST
___ Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
___ Incapacity to maintain  enduring  relationships
___ Reckless disregard for the safety of others
___ Deceitfulness: repeated lying and conning others for profit
___ Incapacity to experience guilt
___ Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviours
Diagnosis: Psychopath

Michael Moore had a better handle o­n the complexity of the issue when he said, in the film, that when he and his friends were campaigning against the motor industry in Flint, Michigan, they never made the connection that it was they, driving around in their cars, who were also contributing to air pollution and global warming.

The challenge is enormous, so the solutions must be equal to the challenge, both locally and globally. We need to clarify what the ten best solutions are, and organize them into a clear, elegant package that everyone can get behind. And if we don?t have those solutions yet, let?s be honest and say so, so that we can put more effort into finding them. Here are some suggestions:

1. Create a Global Corporate Charter, such that directors are required by international law to act in the best interests of the global and local environment, and the communities in which they operate, and as well of the corporation itself, which is their o­nly present legal requirement. (For more ideas along these lines, see http://www.aurora.ca)

2. Create a Global Treaty o­n Corporate Charters which will end the validity of the current charters under international law, by an agreed date. Failing that, create an Alliance of Nations for Global Sustainability which will require the use of the new Global Corporate Charter by locally based corporations.

3. Tie global support from agencies such as the World Bank and the IMF to the adoption of the New Global Corporate Charter, by an agreed date.

4. Redefine fiduciary trust so that fund managers have a legal obligation to invest funds in a socially responsible manner, as well as seeking to maximize their clients? gain. Define this in global, as well as national terms.

5. Make triple bottom line accounting a legal requirement for social and environmental results, as well as financial results.

6. Ban corporate and union donations to political parties over $1,000, as Canada has done. (See http://www.dwatch.ca/camp/BillC24AnalysisAug03.html)

7. Adopt Three Strikes and You?re Out legislation, as California is proposing, revoking the charter of any corporation convicted of three major violations resulting in a fine of $1 million or more within a ten-year period. Incorporation is a privilege, granted by the people, not a right. (See https://www.commondreams.org/views03/0307-02.htm)

"The biggest corporation, like the humblest private citizen, must be held to strict compliance with the will of the people." Theodore Roosevelt, 1902

8. Build local, living economies in our home towns and communities, supporting locally owned sustainable businesses, while restricting the ability of cloned chain stores to set up shop, as many communities are already doing. (See http://www.ballenetwork.org)

9. Build a strong, coherent, global movement, as we?ve already started through the World Social Forum. (See http://www.choike.org)

10. Visualize success. We ended slavery. We can also end poverty, and environmental unsustainability.

To Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, I say THANKYOU, for engaging us in thought and debate about these enormous issues. If you are planning a sequel, could it be "Beyond The Corporation", and be packed full of workable solutions that will get everyone fired up and excited? It?s positive action that we need, not despair.

Guy Dauncey

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ECONEWS #136
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SEEDS OF PROGRESS
The Seeds of Progress Community Organic Garden is probably the o­nly o­ne of its kind in Victoria?s Western Communities. Located at 3319 Painter Rd, in Colwood, for the past six years we have grown organic vegetables, taught folks how to grow food for their families, donated our produce to the food bank, and offered free seeds, seedlings, and training.  This year, we?re faced with a $4,000 shortfall before we can go ahead with our 7th year. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, and, we also happily accept financial donations to enable us to continue our work. In fact, we urgently need them! If you can help, please make a tax deductible donation to Seeds of Progress, and mail it to Westshore Community Resources, 1096 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC V9B 2Y5. Or call me, Jackie Robson, at 250-478-1122.

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THE PENTAGON REPORT o­n ABRUPT GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Everyone?s talking about it, and it?s zipping around the world o­n the Internet. I?m talking about the Pentagon Report o­n "An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for US National Security", written by Peter Schwartz, a CIA consultant and former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of the Global Business Network in California. The report was commissioned by Pentagon defense adviser Andrew Marshall, aged 82, who has held considerable sway o­n US military thinking over the past 30 years. His nickname is "Yoda".

You might think global climate change is bad enough. Well, meet "Abrupt Climate Change", global?s kid brother, who the authors of Pentagon Report think is a very scary dude. Here?s how it works: The world?s thermohaline (warm salty) current starts off the coast of Iceland, where the water is very salty because so much fresh water is locked up in the Arctic ice.  The salt water sinks, and in so doing it launches the thermohaline current, which carries the water down to the tropics. After five years or so, it returns as the warm Gulf Stream, allowing northern Europe to enjoy warm weather, when it would otherwise be freezing its butt off, given it?s at the same latitude as Labrador. As global warming melts the Arctic ice, however, the fresh water dilutes the salt water, causing the current to switch off.

The Pentagon Report warns that "abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies." It concludes:  "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.... o­nce again, warfare would define human life." The authors say that climate change should be considered immediately as a top political and military issue, and be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern. Here are some of the probable scenarios that the report includes. Please note: these are worst case scenarios, not predictions:

   * Britain will have winters similar to those in current-day Siberia as European temperatures drop off radically by 2020.

 * Major European cities will sink beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a Siberian climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

  * By 2007, violent storms could make large parts of the Netherlands uninhabitable and lead to a breach in the aqueduct system in California that supplies all water to densely populated southern California .

  * Europe and the US could become virtual fortresses trying to keep out millions of migrants whose homelands have been wiped out by rising sea levels or made unfarmable by drought.

  * Catastrophic shortages of potable water and energy could lead to widespread war by 2020. 

Doug Randall called his findings "depressing stuff" and warned that it might even be too late to prevent future disasters. "We don't know exactly where we are in the process. It could start tomorrow and we would not know for another five years."  Experts familiar with the report told the UK Observer that the threat to global stability "vastly eclipses that of terrorism". https://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0222-01.htm

If you?re feeling a little blue after reading this, remember: the solutions that we need to tackle global climate change already exist. The global will is there, too, even in the US. With a different leader in the White House, and the US getting behind the world to tackle the crisis in a committed way, the outlook might feel very different.

The US is like an agile horse that has a bush-sized bung up its butt, that is paralyzing its ability to be bold and dynamic. This is frustrating the hell out of millions of ordinary US citizens who are itching to get out there and ride their country towards a sane, smart, sustainable future, instead of being stuck in the global rest-room, waiting for the heavens to open.

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RECYCLING OUR WATER
Intrigued by the possibilities of grey water recycling, and re-using all that otherwise wasted water? Thanks to Peter Dixon?s efforts, the CRD Water Supply Commission is going to include water reuse in its revised 2004 Strategic Plan; it now has a mandate to investigate greywater applications. Thanks, Peter! Call 472-8646 for more information.

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OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS
Intrigued by the possibilities of drilling billions of dollars worth of oil and gas out of BC?s waters, so that we can pour more fuel o­n the fires of global warming? Now there?s a bright idea ? except that it?s also prime marine habitat. The Royal Society ?Science Panel? that the federal government established to look into lifting the moratorium has concluded they don?t have enough information to assess the risks to wildlife and marine species, but this is no reason to keep the moratorium.

Curious logic, this; certainly not the precautionary principle; maybe the dogmatory principle? Something tells me they haven?t read the Pentagon Report o­n Abrupt Climate Change. Wide-eyed folks like our bold and brave BC Minister of Energy and Mines, Richard Neufeld, reckon there may be 2.6 billion barrels of recoverable oil under the ocean. So go, go, go!

But wait; the world uses 28 billion barrels a year, so that?s all of 34 days supply. If we started using it o­n March 1st, it would all be gone by April 4th. Is that what we?d risk our global climate and coastal waters for?

But wait; they think it may be worth $100 billion. Who can turn down that kind of money? In Newfoundland, 2% of the value remained in the province, so if we take that $2 billion benefit, spread it over 20 years and share it among 5 million BC citizens, it comes to (let me see?) $20 a year. Hmm. Is that what we?d risk our global climate and our coastal waters for?

Oh, I forgot about the jobs. In Newfoundland, the federal government contributed $4.66 billion to make the oil happen, at $97,000 per job. Hmm. So government handouts are suddenly a good idea?

If we want jobs, we just have to develop the area?s tidal and wind energy potential. Studies show that sustainable energy projects generate 60 to 90 times more jobs than fossil fuel projects. So what?s this really about? It beats me. Just greed, I think, and a total inability to think beyond the next fill-up of the SUV. (See http://www.oilfreecoast.org)

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SWEDISH COLLEGE
One of the solutions to the mess that is overtaking us is called The Natural Step, created by Dr Karl Henrik Robert, a Swedish cancer scientist who was alarmed at the growing rates of cancer, and the toxification of nature by industrial contamination. Developed with a large community of Swedish scientists, The Natural Step lays out four fundamental System Conditions which all human activities need to follow, to re-align our economies with the laws of nature (See http://www.naturalstep.ca).

Many businesses around the world, and some communities such as Whistler, here in BC, have adopted The Natural Step as their framework for progress. Back in Sweden, The Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, a picturesque city o­n Sweden?s south coast, is setting up a unique o­ne-year international masters program o­n Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability, led by Dr Karl-Henrik Robert, based o­n The Natural Step. The first class of 50-60 students starts this September, in English. So why mention this here? Because it?s a great opportunity for students to learn some of the best systems knowledge that addresses the issue that matters most: how to steer our planet back towards natural balance. http://www.bth.se/tmslm
  
PS This August, the Sustainable Sweden Association is offering a 10 day English speakers tour of Sweden?s successful sustainability initiatives, including eco-municipalities and organizations that use The Natural Step. http://www.sustainablesweden.org
 
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NO MORE PESTICIDES!
Springtime is coming, and landscapers are getting ready to spray lawns and gardens all over Canada with pesticides and herbicides. "Chemicals? Who cares? We?re tough. We drive big pick-ups." But no, says a growing chorus.

Over the last decade the number of municipal pesticide by-laws adopted in Canada has reached 66. When all the current regulations and by-laws come into full effect, the number of Canadians protected from unwanted exposure to synthetic lawn and garden pesticides will be close to 11 million, 35% of Canada's population, ranging from Toronto (2.48 million) to Sainte-Paule, Quebec (199). The next major municipality to vote o­n a by-law will be Montreal. (See http://www.cche-info.com/Bylaws.html).

Here in Victoria, the CRD is still studying its options, and taking things rather slowly. What Victoria does have is SOUL ? the Society of Organic Urban Land Care Professionals, formed in 2003 to respond to the growing need for ecologically responsible land care practices. So if you want good organic landcare for your garden, check SOUL?s members at http://www.organiclandcare.org; there are 22 o­n the Island. Ask your maintenance crew if they?d be willing to join SOUL, and learn how to create ecological harmony, instead of death.

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NATURAL GAS ERRATA
My apologies to readers, and to Terasen. Last month?s story o­n Terasen?s Liquid Natural Gas plans had two big errors in it. The proposed facility is near Timberland Road, south of Nanaimo, not Cherry Point, and it is to be a storage, not a shipment facility, so there won?t be any exploding tankers.

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SAFE FOOD!
Last November, Saltspringers for Safe Food conducted a consumer survey o­n genetically engineered foods at their two supermarkets, polling 1170 consumers, over 10% of  Salt Spring?s adults. 93.5% felt that foods containing GE ingredients should be labelled; 88% felt the labels should be mandatory; and 75% wanted Thrifty Foods and Ganges Village Market to follow the British supermarkets and eliminate GE ingredients from their house brands. The group is hoping to inspire Thrifty Foods to commit to GE free house brands, and to step up the pressure for mandatory labeling at the National Grocers Association.

Would you be willing to organize a local survey in your community? Phone Michelle Grant for the details, 250-537-9634.
 
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ACTION OF THE MONTH: CATHEDRAL GROVE
The BC Liberal government is trying to cut down 18 of the huge, 350 year old ancient Douglas fir and western red cedars and other second growth trees at Cathedral Grove, o­n the road to Port Alberni, to clear the way for a 5-acre parking lot. The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Carmanah Forestry Society say that the plans endanger critical elk habitat, and will destroy an essential buffer against the winds that roar down the valley, threatening blowdown of the Cathedral Grove giants. They also say that an alternative site is feasible.

Action: Write to the new Minister for Water, Land and Air Protection, Bill Barisoff, Legislative Assembly, Victoria V8V 1X4, asking him to hold off, and work out a better solution.

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: 250-356-6611 Fax: 250-356-8294

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEB
Some noteworthy sites that have passed my way:

* Bush and Blair singing together: http://www.zen15631.zen.co.uk/bb.mpg

* At least o­ne Conservative Party leadership candidate is talking about doing away with the CBC. If you would like to save and improve the CBC,please sign the petition at http://www.publicairwaves.ca

* BC Ferries is being threatened by the anti-union, privatization dogmas. Here?s a petition to stop the give-away: http://www.petitiononline.com/ferries/petition.html

* The mountain caribou have dropped to fewer than 1900 individuals. Six of the 13 herds have fewer than 50 animals, placing them in danger of disappearing altogether. These are the o­nly mountain caribou in the world. o­nce they are gone, they are gone forever. Although they are "red-listed", no Canadian federal or provincial laws directly protect endangered species habitat o­n provincial or private lands, which constitute the vast majority of caribou habitat. Take action now to protect o­ne Canada's most endangered species and send a free fax to the BC government:  http://www.wildcanada.net/caribou.

* The Citizens Assembly newsletter helps you to stay abreast of developments with this important initiative, which may lead to a Proportional Representation system of voting in BC. You can also make a public posting to their website at http://www.citizensassembly.bc.ca/public/news/newsletter.

* Track Bush's Greenwashing at Greenwatch. The good folks at MoveOn have created a whole new site dedicated solely to tracking the Bush Administration's environmental misdeeds: http://www.BushGreenwatch.org

* Bush in 30 Seconds. MoveOn invited members of the public to submit ads that purported to tell the truth about the President and his  policies. From more than 1,500 submissions from ordinary Americans, they chose some winners: http://www.bushin30seconds.org

* The Lord of the Right Wing. It's the bling bling and power thing and the right wing! Check this little flash movie out:  http://flash.bushrecall.org/

* Ben Cohen came up with a simpler and more straightforward way to look at what's going o­n with the US government based o­n where they actually spend our money. It's also a great introduction to the values of TrueMajority: http://action.truemajority.org/ctt.asp?u=102093&l=275

* CodePink, Global Exchange and Black Voices for Peace have created an inspiring flash movie using an excerpt from a powerful Dr. King speech with heart-wrenching images of the US occupation of Iraq. http://www.bushflash.com/mlk.html

* The above five items all come from the newsletter from New Society Publishers, the best, most green publishers in the west! For the best books that will fill your dreams with solutions for all our woes, see http://www.newsociety.com

* This will blow you away. Instant real time visits across time and space, from the Tholos. See http://uk.gsmbox.com/news/mobile_news/all/97623.gsmbox

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THE GREEN DIARY FOR GREATE VICTORIA           MARCH  2004

Every day: "The Corporation". Must see! University 4, 3:30, 7:15, 10:20.
Vic Theatre Daily 6:50 9:50 Mat: Sat Sun 12:50 3:50 http://www.thecorporation.tv

All month: CRD Parks outings and explorations, for all ages. 478-3344 http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Every day, 9-4:30pm. Eagle Extravaganza at Goldstream Provincial Park 478-9414

Every Friday, 9pm: NOW magazine with Bill Moyers, KCTS TV, Channel 7

Every Sat, 3pm. Food not Bombs: Free vegetarian food at Douglas and Yates, Bank of Montreal

Every Sat, 1:30pm: Tour of Merve Wilkinson?s Wildwood Forest, Ladysmith. Jay, 250-245-5540  Directions-http://www.ecoforestry.ca/WildwoodMap.htm

Every Sun, 6:30 & 11:30pm: EnviroMental, with Briony Penn. NewVI TV, Channel 12

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 7- 9pm Healing Drumming Circles. 353 Windermere. Space limited. Call Marianne S?mann-Wyss 382-3582.  $10 donation or other exchange

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7- 9pm  Freeing Your Soul's Song Circles. 353 Windermere. Space limited. Call Marianne S?mann-Wyss 382-3582.  $10 donation or other exchange

Mon 5-6, Gorilla Radio. Thur 5-6, No Name News. Fri, 9-10am The Real News. CFUV101.9FM./104.3 http://cfuv.uvic.ca

Neighbourhood Plastics Recycling: see http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com for schedules

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WEEK o­nE
Mon 1st ? Thur 4th 9-4:30pm. Save Walker Hook, an environmentally sensitive area and First Nations burial ground. Show your support for the Penelakut First Nation Elders and the Salt Spring Island Residents for Responsible Land Use at an Environmental Appeal Board hearing. Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St. Continues Fri 5th to 12th at the Environmental Appeal Board 747 Fort St, 4th Flr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tue 2nd ? Sat 6th Species at Risk 2004 Conference, at the Victoria Conference Centre. Major Canadian conference, major speakers, including Thomas Lovejoy. Fees $100-$250. http://www.speciesatrisk2004.ca Clare Rumball (250) 387-9450 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tue 2nd, 8 pm "Surviving the Big Squeeze: Climate Change and the Future of Species at Risk", with Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal BC Museum; author of over 80 scientific papers o­n environmental history of the last 15,000 years. $12 / $8 Conference Centre. Douglas St.

Tue 2nd, 11-5pm Urban Agriculture Fair, UVic. Many display tables. Organic lunch at 12 noon. 1-3pm Speakers: Mary Alice Johnson: history of the local organic food movement, Jacinda Fairholm: urban agriculture in Cuba; Guy Dauncey: climate change and food; Geoff Johnson: models of urban agriculture. Michel Pujol Room, SUB, UVic. 721-8629

Wed 3rd, 3- 5pm  Making Food Matter Food Forum: Connecting and Creating Food Resources in our Capital Region. Launching the First Report:  A Baseline Assessment of Food Security in British Columbia's Capital Region. Ante Chamber, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Sq. RSVP Community Council, 383-6166  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wed 3rd 8pm "Teeming with Life", with Internationally renowned ecologist Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, originator of the innovative debt-for-nature swaps; founder of the public television series Nature, Scientific Advisor to the Executive Director of UNEP; Chief Biodiversity Advisor for the World Bank; co-author of Amazonia, Global Warming and Biological Diversity, and other titles. $12 / $8 Conference Centre. Douglas St.

Sat 6th, 9am to noon. What is the Earth Charter? The Earth Charter is a major movement in Europe and is spreading throughout the world, as people find it a practical blueprint to foster positive change. Bring questions, ideas and an open mind. Sponsored by Cowichan Kairos, the Earth Charter Society and St. Andrew's Church Outreach Committee. Refreshments will be served. Duncan United Church Hall.

Sat 6th, 9:30-12:30 Native Plant Gardening Workshop with Patricia Johnston, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Pre-register: 479-0211

Sat 6th, 10-3pm Seedy Saturday, Courtenay. Florence Filberg Centre. 250-703-9547. The start of the gardening year!

Sat 6th, 1pm CRD Parks Walk to the petroglyphs along the Coast Trail. Meet kiosk, Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road. 478-3344. East Sooke Regional Park
 
Sat 6th 2-4pm  Composting Basics, Victoria Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park Street, Free. 386-WORM to register

Sat 6th, 5:30pm  Dinner with David Orchard. Support for a man who had the courage to bare his beliefs in the face of crumbling Canadian sovereignty. It has cost him dearly. If you are a former progressive conservative member, sympathizer, or just politically curious. attend the potluck (bring a dish).  Help David retire his campaign debt, and find out what's happening behind the scenes in Canadian political theatre. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo.

Sat 6th 6:30pm Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association vegan potluck supper. All welcome! Bring a dish to share (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, whey, honey) and plates, cups, utensils. Speaker: Al Rycroft, Senior Editor of the Peace, Earth and Justice News. $3. First Met Hall, 932 Balmoral Ave.(near Quadra). 386-2100 http://www.IslandVeg.com.

Sun 7th, 10-4pm Seedy Saturday, Nanaimo. Bowen Park Auditorium. 250-741-1928. The start of the gardening year!

Sun 7th, 1pm CRD Parks. Big and Tall, Short and Small. Giant Douglas-firs, cedar lowlands, and tiny plants. An exploration of nature?s big and small. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munns Road. 478-3344.

Sun 7th, 1-4pm Native Plant Gardening Workshop with Patricia Johnston, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Pre-register: 479-0211

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WEEK TWO
Mon 8th ? 22nd Organic Farming as a Business. 7-session course with Mary Alice Johnson & Tina Fraser, with field trips. Camosun Interurban Campus. $215. Call 370-4563 to register

Tue 9th, 7pm Open Cinema: "L'Erreur Borreale/Forest Alert". We tend to see the forest as infinite, eternal. But this precious resource, o­nce thought to be inexhaustible, is under threat. Forest Alert breaks through the silence and ignorance surrounding current forestry practices and questions our collective responsibility for the destruction of Quebec's rich timberlands. Directed by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie. Local environmentalists, Rick Searle, Paul Senez and Ken Wu will be present for discussion afterwards. Second Story Books and Cafe, 579 Johnson Street

Tue 9th, 7:30pm "Sharp-tailed Snake Stewardship" VNHS Natural History Presentation, AGM. Fraser 159, UVic.

Wed 10th, 8pm. Deconstructing Supper: the Politics, economics and ethics of food, with John Bishop. TV 4 KNOW

Fri 12th, 7pm Salt Spring Island Conservancy: Eagles, with David Hancock. Lions Hall, Ganges. 538-0318

Sat 13th 9:30-12:30 Native Plant Gardening Workshop with Patricia Johnston, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Pre-register 479-0211

Sat 13th, 10-3pm Seedy Saturday, Cobble Hill Hall, Watson Avenue. 250-743-7305. The start of the gardening year!

Sat 13th, 10am VNHS Field Trip: Spring Plants of Observatory Hill. Meet first Parking lot o­n left at top, bring lunch.. http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca

Sat 13th, 10-3pm  CRD Parks Coppermine Hike, East Sooke Regional Park. Meet kiosk in Pike Rd parking lot off East Sooke Rd. 478-3344. Adults o­nly
 
Sat 13th 11-1pm Friends of Ecological Reserves AGM. Speaker: Katie Christie o­n links between spawning salmon and songbird communities. Juan de Fuca Library Meeting Room. 383-5358. Optional walk in Garry oak stand after.

Sat 13th 2-4pm  Cane Fruit Production. Learn to grow berries, sample jams. Victoria Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park Street. Free for compost club members, $5-$10 for non members. 386-WORM to register

Sat 13th ? Sun 14th  Permaculture II Weekend Workshop 10am-5pm, Springridge Commons, Compost Education Centre & a Permacultural Backyard. $40! (bursaries available- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). 721.8629

Sun 14th, 1pm CRD Parks. Join guest naturalist from Mayne Island Naturalists Club for a hike up Mount Parke. Meet parking lot, end of Montrose Rd. 478-3344.

Sun 14th, 1pm CRD Parks. Follow a naturalist up Bear Hill, looking for signs of spring. Meet Brookleigh boat launch parking lot off Brookleigh Rd. 478-3344.

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WEEK THREE
Mon 15th, 9pm. CBC IDEAS. Was Small Beautiful?  In the 1970s, environmentalists worked to turn Prince Edward Island into a utopia. They gained international attention by building an experimental home ? the Ark. IDEAS producer Mary O?Connell explores what happened.

Tue 16th, 7:30pm VNHS Botany Night: "First Peoples' Basketry-Used For Many Purposes" with Dr. Nancy Turner. Swan Lake Nature House. http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca

Tue 16th, 7:30pm Garry Oak Ecosystems. How can we preserve them? TV 4 KNOW.

Wed 17th  7pm "Colony or Country: The Future of Canada-U.S. Relations", with Claudia Medina-Culos. Council of Canadians AGM,  BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas St. Everyone welcome. Freda 642-5120

Wed 17th, 8pm Bitter Harvest: Out of Eden. 3-part series o­n the inside story of genetically modified foods. TV 4 KNOW.

Thur 18th 6:30pm South Island Organic Growers, Linda Gilkinson o­n winter gardening, Emily Carr Public Library, 3500 Blanchard, free, 642-3671

Fri 19th 10am Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Conifer Biochemistry in the Greater Victoria Watershed District. Sarah McDonald, MSc Geography Oral Defence, UVic CIT 120. 721-7346. Abstract: http://office.geog.uvic.ca/dept2/grad/abstracts/mcdonald.html

Fri 19th, 7-9pm The Mysticism of the Earth, with Jim Profit, SSJ. Do we experience the Earth as an expression of the Divine? Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd. 477-3822. $15

Fri 19th, 6pm A Canadian Minister of Peace? Saul Arbess and Penny Joy discuss this proposal and the future of the Victoria Peace Centre. 2125 Lansdowne (near Foul Bay). 592-6484 6pm potluck; 7pm talk, 8pm AGM

Sat 20th, 1pm Global Day of Action to End the Occupation of Iraq. o­ne year after the bombs started falling....The World Still Says No To War. Rally in Centennial Square. Contact Eric Lescarbeau, 385-7078. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sat 20th , 9am-4pm Organic Turf Management, with Heide Hermary of Gaia College. $50, includes lunch. At Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria.  Call Josh at (250) 381 9995.

Sat 20th 10-4pm Living at Peace with Earth Workshop. Ecological crisis, spiritual crisis, and the healing of the Earth, with Jim Profit, SSJ. Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd. 477-3822. $40

Sat 20th, 1pm CRD Parks. With spring fast upon us, it?s time to shake out the cobwebs. Join a naturalist at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munns Rd. 478-3344.

Sat 20th, 2-4pm  Planning Your Year Round Vegetable Garden, Victoria Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park Street. Free for compost club members,  $5-$10 for non members.386-WORM to register

Sat 20th 7pm MEATOUT 2004 Benefit Show!  Local musicians like Immaculate Machine and Dave Noisy, raffle, and other veggie fun.  Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow St.

Sat 20th ? Sat 27th The Mysticism of the Earth: Preached Retreat with Jim Profit, SSJ. Previous quiet retreat experience required. Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd. 477-3822. $420 live-in; $273 commuting.

Sun 21st, 8am  VNHS Field Trip: Birding Viaduct Flats and Quicks Bottom. Meet Interurban Rd, Viaduct Ave West http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca

Sun 21st, 1pm  CRD Parks. Myth, Magic and Medicine. Plants play a large role in the magic, medicine and myth of our lives. Join us to find out more. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre, off Munns Road. 478-3344. Adults o­nly

Sun 21st, 3pm Discussion of a proposal to create a Minister of Peace for Canada. Garry Oak Room,1335 Thurlow, Fairfield. What if we succeed in ending the occupation of Iraq? How do we move toward and ethic and practice of peace, and the essential art of peacebuilding? Saul Arbess, 383-5878, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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WEEK FOUR
Mon 22nd, 9pm The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World. Are we losing the Common Good? TV 4 KNOW

Mon 22nd, 10pm Free Trade is Killing my Mother. Filmed at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas anti-globalization protests.  TV 4 KNOW

Tue 23rd, 5pm Island Food Security and Accessing Local Food Workshop with food activist and researcher Emily McNair. UVic SUB, Room B-028. Free. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   721.8629.

Wed 24th, 7:30pm  VNHS Birders? Night: "Fascinating Birds and Wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands". UVic Fraser 159. http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca
 
Wed 24th, 8pm Bitter Harvest: Out of Eden. 2nd of 3-part series o­n the inside story of genetically modified foods. TV 4 KNOW.

Wed 24th, 10pm Seeds of Change. Twelve Canadian Prairie Farmers travel to Costa Rica to meet up with local organic farmers. TV 4 KNOW.

Thur 25th ? Apr 17 Organic Gardening ? Increasing Your Yield. 8-session course with Mary Alice Johnson & Tina Fraser, with field trips to local organic farms. Camosun Interurban Campus. $215. Call 370-4563 to register

Thur 25th, 11pm The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World. Are we losing the Common Good? TV 4 KNOW

Fri 26th, 7pm EcoNews Dessert Potluck Mailout Party. Come help fold, stuff, chatter and make friends! 395 Conway Rd (off Interurban, just past Camosun College). Bus #8, 21. 881-1304

Sat-Sun, 27-28th  Centre for Self Awareness Holistic Health Fair, Saanich Fair Grounds, $6 per day/$10 -2 day. 995-5227 Marilyn.

Sat 27th, 8:30am  VNHS Field Trip: A Nature Walk o­n UVic Campus. Meet Cedar Hill X Rd, opp Henderson Rec Centre http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca

Sat 27th, 10-5pm Advanced Composting, Victoria Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park Street. $40 for compost club members, $25-$50 for non members.  386-WORM to register

Sun 28th, 9:30am CRD Parks Beginner Birding Basics. An Introduction to bird watching. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, meet kiosk, Eagle Beach parking lot off Pat Bay Highway. 478-3344.

Mon 29th, 7:30pm VNHS Marine Night: "The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall: The Recovery Of Blue Whales In California" Swan Lake Nature Centre. Free http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca

Tue 30th, 5pm Small Spaces & Container Gardening Workshop with local organic farmer Rebecca Jehn. UVic SUB Michel Pujol Room. Live in an apartment?  Have a landlord who won?t let you garden?  Come and learn about gardening for small spaces and all the great veggies that you can grow in pots.  This is a hands-on workshop and we will each go home with a salad-in-a-pot.  B.Y.O. pot (soil & seeds provided). Free, pre-registration required.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   721.8629.

Wed 31st, 8pm  Bitter Harvest: o­n the 8th day. 3rd of 3-part series o­n the inside story of genetically modified foods. TV 4 KNOW.

Wed 31st, 10pm  Something in the Air: The rolling green hills and streams of Prince Edward Island, where paradise is being turned into a toxic dangerland because of the heavy use of pesticides. TV 4 KNOW.

 


Coming up: 
April 2-4th Brant Wildlife Festival, Parkesville Qualicum. Host of activities! http://www.brantfestival.bc.ca

April 22 to May 1 Earth Week. Are you planning an event? Please contact Danny Rubin, 361-1876 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), and help make this the best Earthweek ever. For details, see http://pej.ca/week.

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