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LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt I) - Victoria & Islands - April 11th, 2005 PDF Print E-mail
PEJ Events
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 07:09
LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt I) - Victoria & Islands - April 11th, 2005

1.  Movie Monday - Out of the Shadows - April 11th
2.  Community Forum - Mining in a Global Context - April 13th
3.  Dr. Steve Nugent - Surviving on a Toxic Planet - April 13th
4.  Results Meetings - April 13th & 14th
5.  Poetry of Pope John Paul II - April 15th
6.  Public Commentary needed - April 15th deadline
7.  Traditional Stories from Around the World - April 16th
8.  Hide & Go Homeless on the Big Screen - April 16th
9.  Slow Food Presentation - Compost Centre AGM - April 17th
10.  Friends of Nemaiah Valley Fundraiser - April 19th
11.  Pacific Peoples' Partnership - Fijian speaker - April 19th
12.  Action C'tee of People w/Disabilities - Open House - April 19 & 20th
13. Social Justice Film Night - Bloqueo - April 20th, 25th
14. Leadership & Change Process in the Workplace - April 21st
15. Earth Walk - April 23rd
16. Movie Monday Special Event - Crisis Call - Aprikl 23-25th
17. Organic/Sustainability Summer Festival
18. FaustFest - April 28 - May 8th
19. Tree of Life - Rally - May 7th
20. Compost Centre Plant Sale - May 14th
21. Youth Climate Change Conference - July 3-6th

The Victoria Street Newz has moved.  Near the end of March we learned the landlord had received notice that the entire CEDCO Victoria office would be vacated by April 1st.  If you want to contact Janine, the SNZ coordinator, please send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 250-598-3064.  I'll be distributing newspapers to the vendors at the Open Door on Fridays between 10 and 12 noon (until we find another gathering space - can you help?) and 10-noon on Tuesdays from the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition office - 418, 620 View St. (I won't be answering the phone there).  Thanks very much to the HR Coalition and Rose Henry for helping facilitate use of that space.  http://streeetnewz.communitypipe.org


>April 11 OUT OF THE SHADOWS * USA, 2004, 67 min  An outstanding new and positive film that, through one family's story, addresses many issues facing people with mental illness. Filmmaker Susan Smiley tells her story, growing up with a mum who has schizophrenia, who survived years of "revolving doors" treatment, and constant housing crises and  hospitalizations. Now Susan helping her (successfully) to get the assistance she needs to stay well. It's a realistic and positive true story that demonstrates the need for advocacy and compassion. Pg

Susan Smiley will be with us for a Q&A by phone from her home in LA.

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

by donation

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

>April 18 THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL Part documentary, part drama with a dash of magic, this unique film casts a spell on Western audiences used to a frenetic pace on the screen, (The Incredibles being the epitome in that direction). A baby camel is born in a  Mongolia Desert community and crisis ensues when the mother rejects her colt. A quiet, observant, gentle film, much like the culture we're visiting. A treat! G
PLUS - A great new short Traditional Fishing on the Cowichan River presented by Director Harold Joe.

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& Community Initiatives for Dignity & Solidarity

Doors 6:30pm, Event 7:00pm
David Lam Auditorium at the University of Victoria (MacLaurin Bldg Rm. A144)

Free. Donations will go to Rights Action & the Tahltan Elders Council


Pat Etzerza of the Tahltan Elders Council will be speaking on their current situation in Telegraph Creek, where the elders took over the band council offices mid-January. Mr. Etzerza is a Crow Clan Elder of the Tahltan Nation, previous Chief of Iskut First Nation and Past President of the Tahltan Tribal Council.

Sandra Cuffe of Rights Action will be talking about Glamis Gold in Central America and her recently published report, "A Backwards, Upside-Down Kind of Development: Global Actors, Mining and Community-based Resistance in Honduras and Guatemala."

There will also be a performance by the Pamwe Gumboot Dance Troupe, a community panel, discussion and Info Fair with local solidarity organizations (tables set-up at 6:30pm). Please feel welcome to bring something to contribute to the bake sale.

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Brought to you by: Armed With Understanding Lecture Series, Environmental Responsibility Committee, Faculty of Education, Native Students Union, Pamwe Gumboot Dance Troupe, Rights Action, Students of Colour Collective, UVic Students Society, VIPIRG, and BC Central America Student Alliance.

Endorsers: Building Bridges with Chiapas, Communities Solidarity Coalition, the M21 Coalition, Victoria Central America Support Committee, and VIDEA.

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Please let me start off by apologizing if you have already received this notice and change of location update ~ forgive me!  If not, read on.

I wanted to alert you that a truly excellent speaker will be in town next Wednesday [April 13th.]  Dr. Steve Nugent ND, PhD will be

at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall,
907 Pandora (at Quadra)

giving a talk with the same title as his book "How to Survive on a Toxic Planet".

I have heard Dr. Steve talk before, and find him inspiring. He's worked for Mannatech, a research and development supplement company, for several years as the head of complementary medicine. He is the one who re-designed their vitamins and came up with Glycentials and Catalyst. He also designed their whole glycolean program with the low glycemic eating component. His latest supplement is Cardiobalance, a supplement meant to regulate homocysteine levels (an indicator of heart disease, and a better indicator than cholesterol) in the blood.

I have his book and thought that perhaps its back cover would give you a reasonable idea as to who he is...

"Dr. Steve Nugent is an internationally known expert in the therapeutic use of dietary supplements and a leading researcher in the connections between environmental toxins and diseases. He had one of the most successful complementary medicine practices in North America where patients came to see him from around the world. His patient waiting list was rarely less than a year long. During those years he tested more than 6,000 dietary supplements. Thousands of doctors have relied on his advice in this area.
Since 1977, he has educated health care professionals and the public in many countries. He is the author of "Nugent's Physicians Desk Reference for Applied Clinical Nutrition" used by thousands of doctors worldwide. In 1989 his teaching turned exclusively toward the environment and human health.

In 1998, he retired from practice to dedicate all his energies to delivering the vitally important message in this book. Through radio, television, tapes, his writings and his lectures, he has reached millions with this message. His exceptional communication skills have made him enormously popular with audiences around the world.

This book is Dr. Nugent's culmination of years of experienced and research. You will learn scientific facts, worldwide statistics, and the latest information on breakthrough dietary supplements. You will also find basic tips that will teach you How to Survive on a Toxic Planet."

If that is not enough info on Nugent, let me give you a 'taste' of his book. Here is a page from his book ~ page 1 from Chapter 10 on antioxidants:

?Much of this book has discussed threats to your health from environmental toxins. Toxins cause free radical activity in your body that can also be described as oxidative stress. Free radicals are a normal by-product of energy production, and the body is designed to cope with this natural process. But we now live in a world that has countless thousands of toxins that cause excessive free radicals to attack virtually every cell of your body. We are simply not designed to deal with that level of oxidative stress. The result is cell damage and disease.
Oxidative Stress-the most serious threat!

Oxidative stress can be understood by thinking of it as common rust. Rust is oxidative stress on metal. A similar process takes place on your cells. Free radicals attacking the integrity of the metal molecules cause it to decay and rot away. In fact, I recall when I was just a young teen trying to keep my old used car from falling apart. (sic) My friends and I used to refer to the rusting bodies old cars as having cancer. It's not far from what happens in your cells when free radicals attack them.

Free radicals, unchecked, are the principal cause of cancers. They are also the principal cause of heart diseases, as well as many other illnesses. Researchers have found that oxidative free radicals contribute to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cataracts, arthritis and virtually all of the diseases and ailments associated with aging because the principal cause of aging is free radical oxidative stress.

Yes, even some diseases previously thought to be strictly inherited like Parkinson's disease may actually be caused by or at least worsened by free radicals caused by toxins in our environment. In the case of Parkinson's, farm pesticides are the primary suspects. Why? Because certain chemical toxins affect the nervous system, but there are those that are known to damage human DNA, and that certainly could affect our genetic makeup.

There is an increasing body of data supporting the idea that environmental toxins at least contribute to (and may even cause) ADD, ADHD and other cognitive disorders. Although there is valid research to show that numerous factors exacerbate the symptoms of ADD and ADHD in all age groups, the strong possibility that neurotoxic agents in the environment may contribute to the incidence of this behavior needs to be seriously considered. Studies must be conducted on the effects of specific toxins, such as PCBs and lead, both in adults and children. Research indicates that ADHD patients who are individually managed with supplementation, dietary modification, detoxification, correction of intestinal dysbiosis (commonly, although not always correctly referred to by laymen as candida), and other features of a holistic/integrative program of management can lead normal, productive lives without pharmaceuticals.?

Okay - enough of a taste for you? Too bad you can't hear his deep booming voice with these words as I can -- but you can hear it next Wedesday!  If you are interested in coming to hear him, please contact me.  I've got tickets.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Please seriously consider whether or not you would like to come, or if you can free up that evening.

I hope you don't mind me sending out this notice by email. I would love to call you and tell you about him personally, but I may not be able to catch you with enough notice.  I will try!  I hope you can make it to the talk.

Dr. Nugent hasn't been in Victoria in the 4 years that I've known of Mannatech, so realise this is a rare opportunity!

Yours in peace and healing,

Dr. Bonnie Robinson BSc DTCM
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic
#214-2187 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria V8R 1G1
250 595-0145

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This month we will have combined meetings for Vic North and Vic South Results groups, and are trying out a new venue.

For the convenience of those who can't come on a particular night, two RESULTS meetings will be held at 2 new venues.

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 - Changed to the Common Room at 77 Gorge Rd West          

7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at The Bent Mast - upstairs meeting room - 512 Simcoe (where the 5 streets cross at corner of Thrifty's)

Food and drink will be available downstairs, and can be taken up to the
meeting room.  However, we are not required to order anything.

Unfortunately, this meeting room is up one flight of stairs, and is
therefore not accessible by wheelchair.

Anyone who can't come to a meeting can still write a letter from home!
Please let me know of any Results letters sent, and "bcc" me for any emails.


April Action

The World Bank and Malaria: Keeping President Wolfensohn's Promise

"The number of cases of the most serious type of malaria around the world
has increased to an estimated 515 million, making the disease possibly more
deadly than AIDS" -Dr. Robert Snow, NATURE, March 10/05

 "From the suffering in Africa I witnessed and the potential in Africa I
could glimpse, it is our duty to act and to act urgently. Surely it is our
belief that every child is precious, every child is unique, every child is
very special, every child deserves our support, no child should be left out.
Every child matters.  Every child counts." - UK Chancellor Gordon Brown


According to the World Bank's "Global Monitoring Report 2004", progress
towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals is uneven. While some MDGs
may be achieved at a global level thanks to overall progress in India and
China, Africa will not come close to meeting the targets. HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria have had a profound effect on Africa, and are one
of the main underlying factors why Africa will be left behind. Without a
response to these diseases appropriate to the scale of the problem, Africa
does not stand a chance.


Long one of the world's deadliest diseases, malaria has increased its toll
in recent years. It is now responsible for up to 3 million deaths, according
to the August 2004 issue of the authoritative American Journal of Tropical
Medicine and Hygiene.  Some estimates have concluded that malaria kills more
Africans than HIV-AIDS, a stunning claim. Yet malaria can often be treated
and cured with  drugs costing about $1, and prevented with simple bednets,
costing about $4.

In economic terms, US$12 billion in lost productivity occurs annually due to
malaria in Africa alone. Malaria slows a country's economic growth and
diverts scarce resources into the purchase of drugs and insecticides.
Malaria frequently occurs at harvest time hunger, affecting the quality and
quantity of food that is available.

In some countries, malaria accounts for as much as 40% of public health
expenditure. It also depletes a country's human resources by hampering
children's learning through missed school days.  Malaria is the top reason
for school absenteeism in Africa.  As UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs has said
"Where malaria prospers most, human societies have prospered
least...globally there is a striking correlation between malaria and

The World Bank's malaria promise

To address the overwhelming burden of malaria, World Bank President James
Wolfensohn committed to increase World Bank spending on malaria  to US$300 -
$500 million annually at the global Roll Back Malaria Summit in Abuja,
Nigeria in 2000.

However, last year RESULTS Canada prepared a report that showed that World
Bank spending for malaria is far below this amount. Current malaria spending
is about $43 million per year. After 2005, the annual spending figure is
projected to decline to $11 million per year. Partly in response to this
report and increasing criticism from other organisations, the World Bank
undertook to develop a new Global Malaria Control Strategy.

Five years after President Wolfensohn's promise, the World Bank malaria
strategy is still under preparation, slowly working its way through the
World Bank bureaucracy while millions continue to die, and malaria drags
down the economy of Africa

The global funding gap for malaria is an estimated US$1 to $2 billion
annually. This is needed to reach the international goal of halving malaria
deaths by 2010.  The World Bank should be one of the world's leaders in
funding this effort. With a budget of about US$20 billion, the World Bank
can afford a lot of anti-malaria bednets at $4 each, or malaria treatments
at $1 each.


It has taken five years for the World Bank to reach the conclusion that they
are not doing enough to fight one of the main obstacles to achieving the
Millennium Development Goals. The World Bank needs to know that people are
paying attention to their effort to revamp their malaria program. Malaria is
a global emergency on a scale many times that of the recent tsunami
disaster, and the response needs to be just as swift. The Bank must pass
through the planning stage as quickly as possible. This will require
external pressure.

In addition to providing new malaria funding, the Bank must ensure that
general health sector reforms include measures to address malaria
specifically, and to measure impact.  Bank President Wolfensohn needs to
step up and vocally support efforts within the Bank to move the new plan
forward as quickly as possible. He must also call for an increase in action
from all donor countries to match a renewed World Bank commitment.

The World Bank must approve and adopt its new malaria strategy before
President Wolfensohn completes his term of office. On June 1, US Deputy
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, an architect of the Iraq war, takes over
as President of the World Bank, and may well establish a new set of

The world's top banker is late paying a debt to Africa's children.  For the
sake of millions of malaria victims, he must clear this up before leaving
office.  Africa Malaria Day is April 25. What better time for the World Bank
to officially adopt a malaria plan to keep President Wolfensohn's malaria


1)     Write to World Bank President James Wolfensohn to ask that the World
Bank to treat malaria as an emergency and to act swiftly to ramp up efforts.
Ask that he complete on his malaria promise before he steps down as
president at the end of May.

 2)  Write directly to Marcel Mass?, Canada's executive director at the
World Bank, asking that he push the Bank's malaria strategy forward to

3)     Write to Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, who is responsible for
Canada's funding for the World Bank. Ask that he put pressure on The Bank to
speed up the process.

4)     Most importantly, write letters to the editor and contact the
editorial boards of your local newspapers asking that they write about the
situation.  One good hook is Africa Malaria Day, April 25, which will be
marked around the world.


James Wolfensohn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
  World Bank
  1818 H Street NW
  Washington DC 20433
  Fax 202 522-3031

Marcel Mass?
Executive Director for Canada, World Bank (mailing address above)
Fax: 202-477-4155 Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hon. Ralph Goodale
Minister of Finance
House of Commons
Ottawa K1A 0A6
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The Poetry Lovers' Circle of Victoria invites you to a special CANDLELIGHT EVENING

Friday, April 15, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
"La Run" Theatre, 1983 Fairfield Rd.

Admission Free but Reservations Essential
(Reservations & Info: 598-5211)

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Seismic Testing to Sneak Into BC's Pacific Waters?

Please write-in to the federal public commentary process about proposed
new marine seismic testing regulations that include BC's coast!

The federal Liberal government has recently released proposed
regulations on seismic testing for coastal oil and gas development in
Canadian waters, the very weak and dangerous "Statement of Canadian
Practice on Seismic Noise in the Marine Environment". The proposed
regulations in this document ignore current science, violate the
precautionary approach of our Oceans Act, will put the health of marine
life at serious risk, and will act as a "foot in the door" strategy for
the BC government to eventually get seismic testing underway off our
beautiful wild Pacific coast. The public only has until April 15 to
comment on their proposal. Please take 5 minutes and write-in your
comments - it's KEY that YOU do this right now.

Seismic testing, in which shock waves are blasted by underwater air guns
through vast areas of the ocean in order to locate potential oil
deposits below the ocean floor, is one of the most environmentally
damaging activities for marine life. It has been implicated in fatal
whale strandings, large-scale fish kills, driving whales and fish away
from their feeding areas and migration routes, and seriously harming
crabs, squid and other marine life.

The draft standards for seismic testing are national in scope. Along
with the Atlantic provinces, the BC Liberal government slyfully signed
onto the proposed standards with the federal government. If it goes
through, it'll set up a regulatory framework that could then pave the
way for the federal government (under pressure by the BC Liberal
government) to issue seismic testing permits for the BC coast.

Allowing seismic testing is a "foot in the door" strategy to eventually
get the 30 year old offshore oil and gas moratorium in BC lifted. After
companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do seismic testing to
locate potential oil deposits, it would be very difficult at that point
for the government to deny them the right to drill "mere" exploratory
wells to confirm the presence of these deposits. The moratorium would
have to be lifted to do so. Afterwards, full-on commercial drilling
would follow.

To read the Statement of Canadian Practice on Seismic Noise, cut and
paste the entire following address:


For more info on seismic testing and other key marine issues in BC,
check out the Living Ocean Society's excellent online library at:

Some problems with the proposed "Statement of Canadian Practice on
Seismic Noise in the Marine Environment" include:

- The regulations shouldn't include BC's Pacific Coast, where there is a
moratorium currently in place to prevent oil and gas development. Why
consider allowing oil exploration off the BC coast when oil drilling is
not allowed? The only reason is to use seismic testing as a "wedge in
the door" to eventually get the moratorium lifted.

- The proposed mitigation measures are extremely weak and lacks the
scientific evidence to back up the assumptions upon which these measures
are based.  There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the
biological and ecological effects of seismic testing on fish,
invertebrates, or marine mammals are expected to be low. Such
assumptions, as stated in the draft document, are entirely inaccurate
and are not supported by international science, nor the science
articulated by Fisheries and Oceans? own research.

- For example, a recent study carried out by the Department of Fisheries
and Oceans last fall found that female snow crabs showed short-term and
long-term damage such as hemorrhaging and detached reproductive organs
after a 12-day seismic experiment off Cape Breton on Canada?s east
coast.  This summer, international science was presented to the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) illustrating the overwhelming
evidence that noise from offshore oil and gas seismic testing and
military sonar tests are causing serious short-term and long-term damage
to whales.

- The Oceans Act states very clearly that planning in the ocean needs to
take a precautionary approach, a commitment to err on the side of
caution. Yet these proposed measures do the exact opposite. Allowing
seismic testing in areas of biological significance, spawning, and whale
feeding and breeding regions would be ignoring international scientific
evidence that suggests the need for precaution.

- Within these draft guidelines there is a blatant acceptance that it is
appropriate for marine mammals and fish to be killed by the practice of
seismic testing, as long as they are not an ?endangered mammal? or
impacts do not occur at the population level. The BC coastal waters
under consideration for offshore oil and gas support many marine mammal
species including seven ?threatened? species, and three species of
special concern. The critical habitat requirements of the 29 marine
mammal species in these waters have not been adequately assessed and
very little baseline data has been collected on most of these species.

- The process to develop the Statement of Canadian Practice document
involved input from industry and the provincial Ministries of Energy and
Mines, but it lacked input from Environment Canada and any of the
provincial ministries responsible for protecting the environment. The
process has shown a lack of transparency, with very little involvement
from the conservation community and independent scientists. As a result,
the outcome has ignored national and international science that
identifies many potential impacts from seismic testing, calls for
further research, and the need for precaution.

Write a brief letter to the public commentary process by April 15 - your
letter is crucial to keep our Pacific coast free from the destruction of
seismic shock waves.

Let the federal Liberal government know whether or not you:

- Think they should completely discard or scrap their proposed
"Statement of Canadian Practice on Seismic Noise in the Marine
- Believe the proposed seismic regulations will be used as a precursor
for the federal government, under pressure from the BC Liberal
government, to issue seismic testing permits for BC's Pacific waters.
BC's waters shouldn't even be considered for seismic testing as there is
a moratorium on oil and gas development there. Why explore for oil if it
can't be extracted?
- Believe that the document lacks scientific credibility, adequate peer
review, and fails to consider key scientific literature on the impacts
of seismic testing. It also downplays the significance of the ecological
impacts of seismic testing.
- Believe the standards are dangerously weak and ineffective.

Send your letter to:

To:  Prime Minister Paul Martin
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CC: Honourable Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
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CC:  Mr. Daniel McDougall, Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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CC:  Mr. Roger Wysocki, Oceans Policy Strategist, Fisheries and Oceans
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CC:  Honourable St?phane Dion, Minister of the Environment
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As importantly, write to your local federal Member of Parliament (MP)
who you can find at: http://www.gc.ca/directories/direct_e.html

Please commit to getting one friend or family member to write a letter,

Thanks for helping keep BC's Wild Coast safe!

- Pearl Gottschalk and Ken Wu, Western Canada Wilderness Committee

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Bring your children to listen to stories and tales of adventure rich in cultural folklore on

Saturday April 16
from 2:00 - 3:30PM
at La Run Theatre,
1983 Fairfield Road.

Suggested Donation: Adults $7 and Children $5.
On this particular storytelling Saturday, we will pay homage to Hans Christian Andersen on the 200th anniversary of his birth in Odense, Denmark
(The author of "The Ugly Duckling" and many more wonderful stories)
For more information call Paulina of PUENTE Theatre TEL: (250) 721-5828



HidE & go HoMeLesS Makes it to the Silver Screen

A controversial documentary film made entirely by youth that explores the realities of homelessness and poverty in Victoria, and calls into question the effectiveness of our existing government.

Saturday, April 16, 11 AM
Silver City
Victoria Tillicum Centre
3130 Tillicum Rd.

Discussion with the filmmakers to follow the film

Admission by donation - all proceeds to benefit: KIDS HELP PHONE - 1-800-668-6868, http://kidshelp.sympatico.ca

Watch clips of the film and learn more about the filmmakers

Venue Made Available by: Famous Players SilverCity

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Copies of HidE & go HoMeLesS For sale

Contact John Cooke at the Together Against Poverty Society.
(#415 ? 620 View St. Vic. BC)
Phone: 361-3521

Mondays, 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Fridays, 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Please note that TAPS is closed from 12 Noon to 1 PM every day.

It is strongly advised that people call John first, as he sometimes has to work out of the office and is not always avaiable.

Copies are in VHS only and sell for $7 each.

Please note that TAPS does not accept credit or debit card.

All Proceeds go towards Mask Removal Productions: a not for profit production company that provides documentary filmmaking opportunities to marginalized youth in the Victoria area.

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Slow Food Presentation at AGM!
This year, the Compost Education Centre's Annual General Meeting will be held on site in the Straw Bale Building, amidst the Spring bloom of the organic gardens!

Sunday April 17
from 2-4pm.
Join Slow Food Vancouver Island and the Gulf Island's co founder *Mara Jernigan as she talks about the Slow Food Ark of Taste Project, the pleasure of cooking and the importance of eating what grows beneath you feet:
"What does compost have to do with Slow Food? It is all part of the complex web of communities ranging from the micro regional to the global, united through a common vision for biodiversity and the preservation of local food traditions promoted by the International Slow Food movement"
Enjoy mint tea and Red Fife bread from WildFire Bakery, with jam made by a local organic farmer (and more)!
A kid's activity centre will be offered during the AGM. Children ages 2-12 are welcome to come and participate in fun, kid centered gardening and composting activities.
* If you will be bringing your child/children, please RSVP with the age(s) of your child/children(ren)*
Your presence and participation at the AGM assists the Compost Education Centre with securing annual funding from the Province of British Columbia. Thank you!

*Mara is a professional chef and cooking teacher with twenty years of experience, the founder of Vancouver Island's premier food and wine event, The Feast of Fields, co-founder of Engeler Farm and currently the Proprietor of Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat and Guesthouse, an agritourism attraction on a historic 130 acre farm and manor home in the Cowichan Valley. Her vision and mandate is to develop and promote southern Vancouver Island, and in particular the Cowichan Valley as an area well know for high quality seasonal, local ingredients.
Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
1216 North Park Street
Victoria  BC  V8T 1C9
Hotline  (250) 386-WORM(9676)
Business/Fax (250) 386-9678
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Two Important Announcements re the FONV Fundraiser at the

Laurel Point Inn in Victoria on
Tuesday, April 19th
at 7:00 p.m.

First, our website has now been updated to show the art works that will be up for bid at the Silent Auction. For pictures of these items, please go to http://www.fonv.ca/news/events.html  Further details of the evening are there as well.

Second, we have included a rate for students at $10.00 and Children under 12 are free.  We feel that this is an event that will be educational for young children to let them know what a very special place B.C. is globally in terms of its wildlife and people.

Now, despite the declaration made by the Xeni Gwet'in
First Nations Government of their traditional territory as a wild horse
preserve ("?Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse Preserve") in 2002 and in spite of
increasing public support locally and across the country and internationally for the Xeni
Gwet'in FNG and this preserve, Bill Barisoff, Minister of Water, Land  and
Air, continues to claim that, "both from an ecological representativeness
point of view and from a species protection perspective....the Brittany
Triangle area (is) not of sufficient significance to warrant protection".

The Honourable Minister goes on to say that his Ministry "views the roaming
horse herd in the Brittany Triangle of the Chilcotin as feral, and as such
not in favour of the creation of a preserve". (March 31, 2005)

By contrast, our professional conservation biologist, Wayne McCrory, who has spent months in this territory, reports, "From a conservation perspective, the fact that these wild horses live in an ecosystem that has a complete guild of top predators may not be unique in Western Canada but it is certainly unique in global terms.  In the United States, where much larger wild horse populations are protected by law, most or all of the top predators have been extirpated or are extinct.  In Europe, the original Colonial Spanish Horse is nearly extinct. Fully preserving the Rainshadow Wild Horse Ecosystem as a refuge offers a chance to protect wild horses in an intact, fully functioning ecosystem with a full complement of predator and prey species.  From a conservation biology perspective, expanding the existing protected areas to create a large core, wilderness-protected area would make a valuable contribution towards protecting a globally scarce resource". (March 2002)

April 19th is your opportunity to see a slide show of phenomenal pictures of this area of B.C. by internationally renowned photographer Patrice Halley and hear the writer of the cover story of the latest Canadian Geographic magazine ("Mustang Valley"). If you are interested in wildlife protection, wild horses, wildlife photography,  First Nations land claims and Canada's ONLY Wild Horse Ranger Patrol, this is the event for you.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY,  IT WILL BE A LOT OF FUN TOO!!!!  There will be live music from Jon and Tracy Tanis and Laura Doyle, free wine courtesy of Quail's Gate and Cherry Point Winery, complimentary tea, coffee, juice AND rounding out the evening, Cowboy Poetry.  Check out our website (www.fonv.ca) for all the details of this event at http://www.fonv.ca/news/events.html.

Seeya there,
Pat Swift
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Gerald Warbrook's talk at Victoria Native Friendship Centre


On April 19th, Gerald Warbrook, PPP's visitor from Fiji, will be giving a talk on the work that he is doing in Fiji at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre which is located at 610 Johnson St.

The time of the talk is 7pm and it will run until about 8:30 or 9pm.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear more about the work that Gerald is doing with street youth, in the prisions and to learn more about Fiji and the current issues that are going on there. There will be lots of time for questions!

Thanks everyone - please forward this to all that you think would be interested.

If you have any questions - or you need directions - please call me here at 381-4131, or drop me an email.

Ali Donnelly

Educatonal Outreach Coordinator
Pacific Peoples' Partnership
407-620 View St
Victoria, BC
V8W 1J6
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Action Committee of People With Disabilities is proud to be celebrating 30 years of service.
Come and celebrate with us at our   

APRIL 19 & 20 at
926 VIEW ST. in
Victoria between
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hope to see some of you there. Please post this where ever you think it would be visible so people can/will attend.
Thanks for your time and assistance in this matter.
Joyce Donchi
Administrator/Advocate Supervisor
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"Bloqueo" - a documentary about Pasters for Peace and Goods for Cuba and the delivery of humanitarian goods to Cuba they'd otherwise be denied because of the US trade embargo.

Wednesday, April 20th
@ 7 p.m.
(near Wilkinson and Interurban) 

Monday, April 25th
@ 7 p.m.
(near Wilkinson and Interurban) 

Please phone Elli @ 479-9491 to reserve a seat.  $5 includes refreshments.

Call Elli at 479-9491 to reserve a space.  $5 includes refreshments.
Elli just returned from Cuba where she witnessed first-hand the hardships and suffering inflicted by the 44 year embargo.  She whole-heartedly endorses this film. 



Sponsored by the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
Institute for Dispute Resolution and Division of Continuing Studies

Thursday, April 21, 2005
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Presenter: Christina Hantel-Fraser
Harbour Towers Hotel 345 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC


$250 (includes $GST, course materials, refreshments, and lunch)
To register note the Course Code: ASDR015 2005 K1 W01 and go to http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/reg_now.aspx or call (250) 472-4747.

For further registration information please contact:
Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria,

Lois Pegg       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Departmental and Graduate Secretary
Institute for Dispute Resolution
Room 123, Murray and Anne Fraser Building
University of Victoria,  Box 2400, Stn CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 3H7  Canada
Phone: (250) 721-8199
Website: http://dispute.resolution.uvic.ca/

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Earth Walk
Saturday April 23rd

Hello Volunteers and Tablers,

You will be happy to know the Earth Walk committee is at it again. Yes its time for the 24th annual Earth Walk, where we celebrate the Grass Roots of Victoria. So if you
are able to assist by volunteering we would most appreciate it.

If you are involved with an organization that would like to participate
at this years event we would like to hear from you.  You can register your group by calling 216 5903 and talking to Steve Filipovic, or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it tables cost $35 with all proceeds going to the operating costs of the event. Send in your logos and we will put them on our web-site www.EarthWalkVictoria.ca.

The Earth Walk is a very fun family event that starts at noon in Victoria's Centennial Square, where the participants form into a parade and walk down Government Street to the Legislature's Lawns.

You have probably participated before so you know on the Legislature's lawn we celebrate the many organizations that champion our community, and these organizations set up information tables to educate people.

The Earth Walk committee is asking for volunteer support for this event, and organizations to sign in and book a table for Earth Walk. We have enthusiasm and experience and with your
help we will have a great Earth Walk!

Thank you,

Steve Filipovic
Co-coordinator Earth Walk
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216 5903

PS  Be sure to share this information with any organization or individual you think would benefit from knowing.

Thanks again

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April 23-25

What happens when the boundaries between policing and mental health care disappear....when the police become our new frontline health care workers? This film by Toronto filmmaker Laura Sky addresses that question. Movie Monday is proud to be presenting Crisis Call's theatrical premiere screenings in BC. How can responses to psychiatric emergencies be handled more compassionately, effectively and safely for all concerned? A discussion will follow to bring this topical film into Victoria's context. ( Pg13)

-        Sunday April 24 - 7pm at St Johns Church Hall
(on Balmoral near Quadra)

-       Monday April 25 - 6:30 at the MOVIE MONDAY Theatre
(South entrance EMP Building in the 1900 block of Fort Street)

Director Laura Sky IS COMING FROM Toronto to present at both events.

plus - Laura Sky presents her film-


SATURDAY April 23 7pm at the Movie Monday Theatre

Toronto filmmaker Laura Sky and Movie Monday present MY SON THE TATTOO ARTIST, her most personal film made to date. In this feature documentary Laura focuses her camera on her son, well-known Vancouver tattoo artist Adam Sky and his world. An emotional film about the choices our adult children make and a great look at the work of tattoo artists in Vancouver, what informs their creative work, and the function of tattoos in people's lives.

Movie Monday Sponsors: B C Schizophrenia Society - Victoria Branch; Canada Council for the Arts; Janssen Ortho; Eli Lilly; St John The Divine Anglican Church; Vancouver Island Health Authority; Yo Video; and the Province Of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services, supports this event as part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week.

Details on all three events on the Movie Monday web site www.islandnet.com/mm

Or our 24hr info line 595-FLIC

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Focus Group for Organic/Sustainability Summer Festival

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), 505 Quayle Road, Saanich, in the Tea House (just off the parking lot)

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 656-8104 to RSVP.

Refreshments provided.

Rides from Royal Oak Bus Exchange can be arranged.

Invitation to Participate in Focus Group

You are invited to participate in a focus group where you will provide feedback about plans for the Organic Islands Festival (July 9 & 10, 2005, in The Gardens at HCP).The proposed theme for the event is: "Get to know your Organic Community". . The Festival will provide an opportunity to celebrate the diverse range of organic and sustainable products and services that Islanders are eating, drinking, wearing, and using to clean, bathe and garden with. Exhibitors will include: growers, producers, processors, consultants, educators, advocacy groups, restaurants, chefs, caterers, retailers, wholesalers, box delivery services, health practitioners and more.

Please also circulate this invitation to friends, family or colleagues that are not currently using local organic and sustainable products and services. Their feedback will be important in establishing how we go about effectively reaching the general public.

We acknowledge the kind support of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in providing the venue for this summer event and in holding the focus group at their facility.

Submitted by:

Deb Morse
Sidney, BC V8L 3N3

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"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." Martin Luther King Jr.

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Demons over-run Saint John the Divine for FaustFest!

Giggling Iguana Productions is pleased to announce its participation in
FaustFest, presented by Theatre Inconnu

April 28 - May 8
at the Church of Saint John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. 

The Iguana contribution to FaustFest is an original adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus", playing April 28, 30 and May 7, 8 at 7 pm, April 29 and May 1, 5 at 9 pm.  Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors/students, $10 children and $40 for a 4-show pass!  Tickets can be purchased at Dark Horse Books 623 Johnson St. (phone 386-8736), or purchased at the venue a half hour before show time.

This year, the Sisters of Saint Iguanatus have set aside their annual
enactment of a traditional medieval morality play to perform "The Tragical
History of Doctor Faustus".

What starts as a retelling of the tale of a brilliant scholar who, desiring
greater challenges and power, contracts to sell her soul to Mephistophilis,
an emissary of the Devil, in exchange for twenty-four years of luxurious
life, magical powers and illicit knowledge, quickly takes on a life all its
own.  The Sisters are transformed through the play into angels, demons,
scholars, emperors and knights.  In the end the question becomes more than
just, "Will Faustus hold to her Devilish contract or seek help from a higher
power?"  It becomes, "Will the Sisters of Saint Iguanatus ever be the same

Following five years of sold out site-specific theatrical treats at
Craigdarroch Castle, Giggling Iguana Productions will also present "The
Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" site-specifically.  Audiences will
experience the play by moving in and around various locations within and
without the sanctuary of the Church of Saint John the Divine.  The
performance itself blends live action, puppetry, movement, magic, visual
effects and live cello music to bring Christopher Marlowe's classic tale of
damnation vividly to life.

Iguana's production of "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" features and
all-woman cast including Connie McConnell of Spilt Milk fame as Faustus,
Britt Small of the oh-so-popular ("M" Award winning in fact - twice!) Atomic
Vaudeville as Mephistophilis, Carolyn Birch, Vanessa Pennington, Amanda
Lisman and Lisa Hitch provide the rest of the characters.

"The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" plays April 28, 30 and May 7, 8 at
7 pm, April 29 and May 1, 5 at 9 pm.  Tickets are $15 regular, $12
seniors/students, $10 children and $40 for a 4-show pass!  Tickets can be
purchased at Dark Horse Books 623 Johnson St. (phone 386-8736), or purchased
at the venue a half hour before show time.

It will be a hell of a good time so don't miss it!

Media Contact - Ian Case (250) 479-5405, (250) 881-0725 or
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Rally -

Saturday, May 7, 2005 BC Legislature, Victoria

Friends, you don't want to miss this event! Mark your calendars and come to Victoria on Saturday, May 7, when a thousand people are expected to converge on the Legislature lawn to form an "aerial art image" with their bodies, calling for the protection of BC's wilderness and ancient forests. The image will be photographed from the air and broadcast to media outlets everywhere.

See images and a video from our previous Tree of Life Celebration last October when 500 people came out to a Weyerhaeuser clearcut in the Upper Walbran Valley on southwestern Vancouver Island to form the image of a tree being cut down with the words "Wake Up" underneath, at:

See other images of aerial art at: www.spectralq.com

To participate in the May 7 image, make sure you contact Cassbreea Savage with your name, phone number, email, and list of others you'll bring with you at:
(250) 388-9292 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Also, excellent posters of last October's image are still available for

$5 at WCWC Victoria's Rainforest Store at 651 Johnson St.
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We here at The Compost Education Centre are preparing our Second Annual Spring Plant Sale.  We are looking for local organic farmers and growers who are interested in being vendors for this event.  Last year's event pulled out 250 people, and this year's goal is 400 people!

  We are looking to sell a variety of plants and items including: annual and perennial vegetables, ornamental plants, native plants, seeds, compost supplies, some gardening books, and maybe even some baking!  We would also welcome growers who want to sell their organic produce or any other locally made item relevant to gardening.

  The sale will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 10am - 2pm.  To help cover our costs a fee would be charged for space rental for the day and you would be required to supply your own table.  We will do all the promotions for the event; but hey, feel free to tell your friends

  If you are interested in attending this event or have any ideas, suggestions, or questions, please call me at the Compost Centre for more info: 386.9678

Thanks for your time.

Chris Wells
Site Educator

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Youth from across Canada have the opportunity to change the world in four
days, and work alongside international leaders to challenge one of the
greatest issues of our time.

The Canadian Youth Climate Change Conference (YC3), is seeking 100 youth aged 15-20 to re-envision society and develop solutions to climate change.  17 year-old Alysia Garmulewicz, initiated YC3 www.yc3.net after being inspired on a student expedition to Antarctica.  Her goal with YC3 is to give her fellow peers the skills, support, and empowerment to lead the challenge of climate change.

"Students my own age face world-changing decisions," emphasizes Garmulewicz, "YC3 will move far beyond the age-old concepts of personal habits and simple energy conservation. What is needed is a reality check for the future of our planet."

YC3 will be held July 3rd-6th 2005 at Royal Roads University,
Victoria, British Columbia.

YC3 is driven by a dynamic Youth team, and supported by nationally
recognized expertise.  The Honourable David Anderson, one of YC3's featured
speakers says "it will challenge youth to become ambassadors for climate
change by moving beyond personal action to a national and global systemic
order."  Other highlighted speakers include:

* Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference, awarded the
prestigious "Champion of the Earth" award by the United Nations
* Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada
* Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Skyfish Project, internationally renowned youth
speaker on Environmental Sustainability

Throughout the event, speakers and student delegates will explore and
develop action plans and solutions to climate change.  Currently, YC3 is
seeking youth delegates from every province and territory to participate in
the conference.

So far YC3 has received the support and partnership of Bell Canada, the
MEC Environment Fund, the BC Ministry of Water Air and Land Protection, The
David Suzuki Foundation, TD Bank Financial Group, BC Hydro, the Sierra Youth
Coalition, Canadian Geographic Magazine, and Students On Ice Expeditions.

For further information please contact:
Alysia Garmulewicz, Director
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Tel: (250) 358-2303
Website: www.yc3.net

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