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LEFT COAST EVENTS & NEWS - Victoria & Islands - July 4th, 2005

3.  fifty fifty arts collective
5.  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - Community Council

*  Twyla Roscovich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) has released a film titled "Call from the Coast," about salmon farming in BC.  She'll be in attendance at some screenings:

July 5th, Homalco Cultural Centre, Campbell River
July 6th, Council Hall, Alert Bay, noon

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June 27, 2005

1. VI Conservation Vision newspaper now online at:

2. Walbran Valley "Ancient Forest Rendezvous", July 23-24, 2005

3. "SHOOTING GIANTS": Walbran Valley Photo Contest

4. WCWC in Victoria hiring canvassers

Now Online: Vancouver Island Conservation Vision newspaper

Check out the WCWC's new educational newspaper of the Vancouver Island
Conservation Vision, which is now online at:

If you can help us get the word out by distributing some of the 50 000
copies of this newspaper into mailboxes in your neighborhood, to
classmates and co-workers, in local cafes, libraries, bookstores, etc.
please let us know. You can pick up copies from our office at 651
Johnson St. in Victoria (M-F 10-6 pm, Sat. 11-5 pm) or 341 Water St.,
4th floor (M-F 9-5 pm), in Vancouver. Let us know if you want some
mailed to you elsewhere in BC. Contact Pearl Gottschalk or Cassbreea
Savage at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (250) 388-9292

Walbran Valley "Ancient Forest Rendezvous":
Sat. and Sun., July 23-24, 2005

Please join the Western Canada Wilderness Committee for a weekend
camping trip to the spectacular ancient rainforests in the Upper Walbran
Valley on southern Vancouver Island.  There will be guided hikes to see
the incredible ancient trees, waterfalls, pools, and clearcuts in the
area. There will also be several workshops on the politics, activism
skills, science, and ecology of ancient forests. See recent images of
the Walbran Valley at:

Teal Jones' Recent Clearcut in Upper Walbran Valley:

Walbran Valley Forest Shots:

In addition, the trip will also be an opportunity for photographers to
get images of the valley for those taking part in the "Shooting Giants"
photo contest (see below).

You need your own camping gear, rain gear, and food.

Please register if you'd like to come. Let us know if you need a ride or
can provide a ride. Suggested minimum donation of $25 for the weekend.

More details TBA.

Contact: Cassbreea Savage, Pearl Gottschalk, or Ken Wu at
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"SHOOTING GIANTS": Walbran Valley Photo Contest

?A picture is worth a thousand words? or so goes the clich?; At the
Wilderness Committee, we are launching the Shooting Giants photo contest
in hopes that ?a picture is worth a thousand trees.? We want all you
professional, semi-professional, amateur and aspiring photographers to
get the best shots of the biodiversity and landscapes in the majestic
Walbran Valley for our contest.

Winning images will be displayed in an art show, and auctioned to
support our Vancouver Island Conservation Vision campaign (see
www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org). They may also be used for future
publications, including postcards, posters, educational newspapers, and
possibly a new coffee-table book. Photo credit will always be given. Tax
receipts will be issued to the photographer for your chosen photos.

The Walbran Valley is a photographer?s dream, filled with record size
trees, amazing scenery, deep emerald waters and dazzling (and some
slimey) wildlife. To protect the remaining Upper Walbran Valley we need
the public to witness the majestic beauty of its 1000-year-old trees,
and to understand the rich diversity of the rainforest. The Shooting
Giants photo contest will select the best photographs to bring the
plight of the Upper Walbran Valley to the public.

This contest is an opportunity to have your photographs viewed by a wide
audience in support of a timely cause.

The best photographs will be selected based on technical quality,
artistic merit and campaign appeal.

Entrants must submit photos in slide, print or a digital image with the
highest resolution saved to a CD (no emails accepted) and include in
writing where the shot was taken in the Walbran Valley (inside or
outside the park) and what is represented in the picture.

All entrants must include full name, address, phone number and email
with the photo.

Entry deadline is Nov.1, 2005.

If you are interested make sure you join our upcoming trip to the Upper
Walbran Valley. If you need driving directions to the Upper Walbran
Valley please call (250) 388-9292 or drop by our office at 651 Johnson
Street (between Douglas and Broad).

Good luck, and happy shooting!

- Cassbreea Savage, Pearl Gottschalk, Ken Wu
WCWC Victoria

WCWC Hiring Door Canvassers

The WCWC in Victoria is supported by over 10 000 people in Victoria who
are members or donate to us every year. We believe that the most
effective movements are those supported by the local citizens. If you'd
like to make a modest income (part time or full time) and help us build
campaigns to protect BC's public lands, ancient forests, and marine
ecosystems, please apply by calling (between 2:30 - 4:30 pm, M-F) Karen
Sullivan, WCWC Victoria Canvass Director at 388-9292 or coming down
between M-F 10-6 pm to fill out an application form.


Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Victoria Chapter and Rainforest Store
651 Johnson St., Victoria, BC  V8W 1M7
(250) 388-9292
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We wanted to thank the many individuals who so graciously donated their time, energy, humour, artwork, music, baby Oak trees, flowers, environmental expertise, writings, poetry and passion by participating in the Celebration of Trees at the Blethering Place on June 23rd. A special thank you to Ken Agate and his staff for hosting the evening. It is amazing to see just how many intelligent, caring individuals are committing to preserving Oak Bay assets and heritage. Working together, we can continue to protect our beautiful community for future generations.
For those of you who were unable to attend The Celebration of Trees, a pre-produced program will be aired on Not-for-Profit Radio on Friday, July 22 at 8 AM. Not-for-Profit Radio is a one-half hour weekly program produced by Betsy Nuse for CFUV 101.9 FM campus & community radio in Victoria.  The program's purpose is to showcase non-profit groups in the Victoria area. You can listen to the show at 101.9 FM on the radio, 104.3 on cable or via a live webstream on the internet at http://cfuv.uvic.ca.
An update from the June 20 Committee of the Whole meeting:
Last night Council Members passed a new Land Development Tree Protection Bylaw unanimously. There were two amendments to the bylaw : root system instead of drip line as a means of determining the root structure of the tree and tree diameter that should be protected from destruction : 10cms for Garry Oak, Arbutus etc. and 20cms for all other trees.The new bylaw specifically covers new development and redevelopment properties and operates to protect trees regardless of tree type and size, except those within the normal building envelope. However this bylaw should only be considered a preliminary stage or an interim bylaw until better tree protection bylaws can be created.
Congratulations to everyone - stage one is done - stage two is next!!
From: "Oak Bay Green Committee" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


From: "Chodeck, Carolyn AG:EX" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

On June 24, you wrote:

  • "On Monday, June 27, 2005 the Land Development Tree Protection Bylaw has its final reading and adoption at the Oak Bay Council Meeting. Please make an effort to attend, so we can continue to let Mayor and Council Members know that tree protection remains an important issue."

In fact, June 27 was only the second of three scheduled readings of this proposed bylaw.  Please note the legislative process and timeline below:

  • June 27:  Council Meeting and second reading of proposed bylaw No. 4285, Land Development Tree Protection Bylaw
  • July 18:  Committee of the Whole Meeting--no reading of proposed bylaw No. 4285
  • July 25:  Council Meeting and third reading of proposed bylaw No. 4285, Land Development Tree Protection Bylaw

Public response is appropriate anytime during the second and third readings--preferably in writing.  For those of you interested in submitting a written response, please pick up a copy of the proposed bylaw, SECOND READING (not the first reading because there have been changes) from Oak Bay Municipal Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30.  (There is a $.25 charge per page for photocopying.  Length is approximately six pages.  The document is not available electronically.)

Responses to the proposed bylaw can also be made in person at the third reading on July 25. (Note that bylaw readings can only occur at a Council Meeting and not at the Committee of the Whole meeting.)

Following the third reading, Council may approve or amend the proposed bylaw, but it will not be put in force until a later time.  There will likely be a public hearing on July 25, or shortly thereafter.  Please check the Oak Bay Municipality Web site for updated details  http://www.oakbaybc.org/meetings/meetings.htm

It is critical for the Mayor and Council to receive substantive input on the proposed bylaw between now and July 25, BEFORE Council votes on it.  It is also critical for the public to appear at any public hearing (TBA) that is scheduled for this bylaw.

I would encourage all interested parties to review a copy of the proposed bylaw and either submit a written response before July 25 or attend the July 25 Council meeting and speak to the bylaw.

Thanks to all for your consideration of this urgent matter..

Carolyn O. Chodeck
Member, Oak Bay Green Committee


3.  fifty fifty arts collective

Shock Corridor Cinema Presents:
A Terribly Vulgar Program Of Horror Film Oddities.

Screens every Tuesday throughout July.
All screenings at 9pm.
Two dollars per screening.

Tuesday, July 5th

Vampyre (Carl Dreyer, 1932)
"One of the strangest, most idiosyncratic horror films ever made." This angular narrative concerns occult researcher David Gray's confrontation with a European village tackling a serious Vampire problem. A young girl is losing blood and in attempt to save her life, Gray donates his not before falling into a ethereal dream during which he envisions his own burial and other surreal manifestations. Dreyer's brooding use of light and unsettling atmosphere is some of the finest expressionist cinematography committed to celluloid. Eraserhead and Fritz Lang enthusiasts will adore this obscure and lost treasure of the early sound films that explore the Vampire legacy. Dreyer's films, it should be noted, are a large influence on the work of contemporary filmmaker Lars Von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville).
running time: 70 minutes

Preceded by two shorts produced in the tradition of early cinema and the horror genre:

Lumiere (David Lynch, 1995)
A one minute short shot with the original Lumiere camera that is said to have fertilized the birth of cinema. creepy and oh so Lynchian. running time: 1 minute

Hospital Fragment (Guy Maddin, 1999)
Eccentric and under appreciated Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin revisits the corridors of Gimli Hospital in this disturbing exploration of desire, masochism and dead fish. running time: 3 minutes

Continuing . . .

Bike Art / Sculpture Show: Pimp the parts from my trashed bicycle.
Open Daily 1-5 pm until July 10th. closed monday and tuesday.

Ryan and Milenkovitch are a couple of regular guys with some cool ideas about what to do with trashed bike parts. Both originally from Winnipeg but lived in Tucson, Arizona before they moved to Victoria three years ago. In Tucson both Ryan and Milenkovitch worked at the bike co-op Bicas where they learned about recycling bikes, teaching bike mechanics and making bike art. These enthusiasts created Recyclistas Bike Collective in Victoria two years ago and now they would like to show you what they, or you, can do with busted bike parts.


The Fifty Fifty Workshops for the Alternative Arts

We are currently accepting curriculum proposals from practicing artists for our upcoming Alternative Workshop Series. The focus of the program is to offer affordable, short term, hands-on lessons in craft, collaborative, conceptual or object-based art production to the Victoria community. Especially, we are seeking marginal and alternative practices which have been excluded from the established learning institutions. The workshops will accommodate approximately 15 participants and will span either four 3-hour sessions or will be compressed into a more intensive weekend program The schedule is flexible to accommodate weekly or daily classes, depending on the needs of the instructor or the nature of the lesson. The curriculum should incorporate artistic practice and, in addition, offer a theoretical component that can be used by the student to further develop their artistic skills and/or vision. Thus, curricula that boast a balance between art practice and theory will be most favoured by the selection committee, comprised of individuals from the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective Board of Governors. We have established that 75% of the participant fees for each class will be used for the instructor's salary. The remaining revenue will be used for materials and supplies. The workshops will change every month and will be held at the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective space (2516 Douglas St.) though we encourage instructors to incorporate off site teaching strategies as well. The members of the collective will assist, but not be solely responsible for the scheduling and registration of classes.

Curriculum proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis and artist/instructors must include
1. A portfolio of 10 images (slides or high quality prints) or a DVD 3 -5 minutes in length so to demonstrate specific expertise that pertains to the lesson plan.
2. A course topic with a descriptive curriculum plan of 200-400 words (please include an additional list or paragraph outlining material and equipment needs).
3. An approximate schedule for the course (weekly, daily, time of day and which month)
The workshops will begin in August 2005 and continue until further notice.

Proposals should be dropped off at the space during events or gallery hours. Should no one be present, please do your best to slip materials under the front door. Otherwise please mail your submission to:
2516 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC .


please note, we are currently accepting music and art exhibition proposals for late August and September, 2005. due to our modest member pool we only host 5 music events per month.

the fifty fifty is located at 2516 Douglas St. (at Bay)
contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

the fifty fifty web site is updated regularly.

thanks for reading.

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by Richard Boyce
Errington, BC

June 24, 2005

One of the largest business deals in BC has gone almost unannounced.  Driving down the highway just south of Parksville, on Vancouver Island, I noticed that the green Weyerhaeuser sign has been replaced by a blue sign that states ?Island Timberlands?  Only those in the know would notice that the odd symbol on the left is the corporate logo for Brascan who announced:

?Toronto, CANADA, May 30, 2005 - Brascan Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BNN) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Weyerhaeuser's British Columbia coastal business for approximately C$1.2 billion plus working capital, a transaction which included: 635,000 acres of high quality, freehold timberlands; and five saw mills, two remanufacturing facilities and 3.6 million m3 of associated annual Crown harvest rights. ?

In the Mid-Vancouver Island area , Brascan has just bought land that is under serious contention in Cathedral Grove, Hamilton Marsh, on the Floodplain of the Little Qualicum River, on the slopes of Mt Arrowsmith including the Judge?s Route.   Local communities and the public have expressed serious concerns about protecting these sensitive ecosystems.

Will Brascan protect these relatively small areas of privately owned land or will this corporation log these highly sensitive forests for the sake of profits? It is posted at www.brascancorp.com ?At Brascan, we pride ourselves on contributing positively to the communities in which we operate. From an environmental perspective, that means we are continually striving to minimize our impact on the environment...?

Will Brascan continue to use helicopters to dump thousands of tons of chemical fertilizer into the Englishman RIver Watershed in the same way that Weyerhaeuser and TimberWest did last year?  If you would like to get in touch with Brascan to find out their plans regarding local wilderness managed by Island Timberlands, please contact Reid Carter, Managing Partner at (604) 661-9142 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Worthy of note is that, while the corporate change means upper management has been replaced, the middle management positions are still filled by most of the same people who worked for M&B, Weyerhaeuser, and now Brascan.  Logs are still being exported while more local workers have been laid off in the past month.

?Brascan Corporation is a global asset manager focused on property, power and infrastructure assets. With $40 billion of assets owned and under management, the company owns 70 premier office properties and 130 power generating plants. The company is inter-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges.?

The corporate message is often hard to understand such as;  ?With a focus on strategic investments in fee simple timberlands in Canada, the United States and Brazil, our Fund investments may also include monetization or securitization of crown timberlands in Canada.? My simple translation is: We will cut down trees on private land  as well as on publicly owned land to make lots of money.

Brascan goes on to state: ?Approximately 13,000 hectares of lands are viewed to have greater value in non-timber use, located on Vancouver Island and the Mainland.  It is expected that the constantly growing rural-urban interface will result in ongoing land sale opportunities.?

Weyerhaeuser sold off a lot of ?timberland? as real estate, logged many millions of cubic meters of old growth forest on public land, dumped  tons of chemicals into the watersheds of this province, and donated millions of dollars to the BC Liberals.  Weyerhaeuser also helped to establish new presidents in the Supreme Court of Canada with regards to First Nations? land claims and helped to galvanize the environmental community. It remains to be seen how Brascan will act in BC.

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Term: August 1, 2005 to February 28, 2006

Position: Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Manager- term employment

Reports to: Executive Director, Community Social Planning Council

Project: Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Pre-Implementation

The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal is an innovative web-based business-to-business service that encourages

targeted purchasing to create community economic development opportunities for B.C.?s Capital Region. The site

is to support the growth of the existing local businesses in the region while creating opportunities for the

chronically unemployed using a business rather than a charity model. The objectives for this project will be to:

???? Design and develop the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal site template, content and management


???? Recruit a range of local suppliers that meet the purchasing needs of Victoria businesses;

???? Identify sectors, businesses and organizations who could be potential purchasers;

???? Create a system for providing timely employment information and support for employers and potential

employment candidates;

???? Develop business engagement and partnerships that will sustain the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal;

???? Perform initial usability evaluation with site users and complete required technical upgrades.

The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Steering Committee will provide the vision and overall direction for the

Victoria Social Purchasing Portal project. The Steering Committee is accountable to the Community Social

Planning Council Board of Directors. For more information about Social Purchasing Portal visit


Position Responsibilities:

The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Manager is accountable to the Executive Director of the Community Social

Planning Council to manage the project within budget, and oversee the work of all project consultants and/or

personnel. The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Manager will complete the following tasks by February 28,


1. Partnership Recruitment and Development

???? Identify business, non-profit and government organizations whose procurement, hiring or business

development practices could contribute to the mission of the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal;

???? Develop a recruitment strategy for purchasers and suppliers to participate in the program (one-on-one

meetings, speaking engagements, presentations, other);

???? Confirm participation in Victoria Social Purchasing Portal through Purchaser and Supplier partner


???? Research, create and maintain guidelines that participant organizations need to adhere or follow to

effectively act on their commitment to the mission of the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal;

???? Maintain relationships and communication with Purchasers and Suppliers and encourage them to use the


???? Perform evaluations with purchasers.

2. Site Design and Maintenance

???? Liaise with Communicopia to customize the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal, Victoria site development;

???? Follow up on technical difficulties with web designer or host;

???? Identify necessary changes and updates to the website (purchaser, supplier and success story information,


3. Networking

???? Develop a tracking system to identify each partners? participation in the Victoria Social Purchasing


???? Maintain personal contact with appropriate individuals within participant organizations that make

purchasing or hiring decisions or implement sales strategies;

???? Connect and introduce individuals and organizations to facilitate implementation of procurement, hiring

or marketing transactions that contribute to their corporate goals and the mission of the Victoria Social

Purchasing Portal;

???? Encourage existing partners to be leaders in recruitment of other businesses;

???? Follow-up on concerns and challenges of partner organizations or businesses.

4. Marketing and Communications

???? Create a communications strategy for the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal;

???? Monitor news about the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal and identify relevant and emerging issues

including success stories;

???? Proactively develop and maintain appropriate relationships with partner organizations, specialized media,

industry groups and other opinion leaders;

???? Create the newsletter and coordinate distribution;

???? Design marketing material for different audiences (presentations, form letters, brochures);

???? Manage all advertising for the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal brand and on site;

???? Represent the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal at appropriate events, trade shows, etc.

5. Event Planning

???? Identify opportunities for hosting events for the Victoria Social Purchasing Portal partners and new

partners (breakfasts, socials, workshops, etc.);

???? Arrange logistics for events.

The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal manager has demonstrated knowledge of:

???? Marketing strategies, processes and available process;

???? General business practice and project management;

???? Proven experience working with public, private, voluntary sectors;

???? Corporate social responsibility within the business community;

???? Community Economic Development;

???? BC?s Capital Region.

The Victoria Social Purchasing Portal Manager has demonstrated skills and abilities as follows:

???? Effective collaborative leadership;

???? Superior written and oral communication;

???? Analyze comprehensively and strategically;

???? Inform, motivate and inspire action;

???? High level attention to detail;

???? Manage and analyze multiple information sources;

???? Networking electronically;

???? Website information management;

???? Self-motivated and able to work independently using independent judgment;

???? Supervisory skills.

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June 20, 2005
(Ottawa) - Because the public health goal of reducing tobacco use directly conflicts with the tobacco industry's profit motive, the way to overcome the health, social and economic problems caused by "big tobacco" is to take the business of supplying cigarettes out of their hands and put it into the hands of public organizations with a clear public health mandate. This is the main recommendation of a new study published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and prepared by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. 
Curing the Addiction to Profits: A Supply-Side Approach to Phasing Out Tobacco argues that, as long as the supply of cigarettes is entrusted to business corporations, their legal responsibility to maximize profits and dividends for their shareholders will force them to oppose,
"Business corporations are the wrong choice for tobacco," said Cynthia Callard one of the authors.  "They have a long and well-documented history of working against public health measures.  And where the public interest is vulnerable, Canadians have often chosen to place public-interest agencies in control. This choice should now be made for tobacco." 
The authors review the many alternative forms of enterprise that are used to provide goods and services like health care, education, energy and culture. "There are many types of public-interest enterprise that could provide cigarettes to smokers while supporting public health goals," said co-author David Thompson. "These include familiar government and non-government agencies: crown corporations, co-operatives, non-profits and charities, as well as more innovative models, like the community interest corporation."
"We need to change the very nature of the corporate machine we have been fighting," says co-author Neil Collishaw. "Eliminating the profit-motive from tobacco sales is a much more effective way to bring this grinding public health trench war-where we continue to lose five Canadians each hour to tobacco-to a quicker end."
The authors provide several models for how a public interest tobacco supplier could be designed, managed and financed. 
"There are few areas where the need for fundamental change is more compelling than in the case of tobacco," said Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. "This report challenges government to build transformation of corporate structures into public health strategies, and shows how this could be done."
Curing the Addiction to Profits: A Supply-Side Approach to Phasing Out Tobacco was prepared with financial support from Health Canada and the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative and the engagement of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Aurora Institute.

For more information, contact Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Communications Officer, 613-563-1341 x306.
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It is impossible to simultaneously protect, and print on, ancient forests.
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