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LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt II) - Victoria & Islands - Sept 19th, 2005 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2005 01:26
LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt II) - Victoria & Islands - Sept 19th, 2005

1.  Piece Work - a group quilting project - Sept through June 06
2.  Tibet and the Museum - Sept 24, 30th
3.  OPEN CINEMA  - The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror- Oct 4th
4.  Victoria Social Economy Forum - Oct.5
5.  Victoria Make Poverty History Campaign - various
6.  ABORIGINAL RIGHTS: NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES AND AGREEMENTS - Oct 26-28th
7.  Fair Vote Canada update
8.  EcoNews Excerpts
9.  Community Economic Development (CED) EVENTS
10.  Write to the CBC
11.  High Tide Entertainment upcoming concerts
12.  Why are B.C. teachers taking a strike vote?
13.  Bottle Drive for Affordable Housing
contributions, considerations, concerns:

*  From: David Arthur Johnston < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

There is a POTLUCK this coming Thursday (September the 22nd) at St. Saviour's Parish Hall (310 Henry Street- if you're going towards Esquimalt on Esquimalt Rd turn right on Catherine Street and go down two blocks). There will be a documentary shown regarding the right to sleep (or lack thereof) and what's being done to assert it (because apparently we don't got it).

*  Activist Beer Night - enjoy a sudsy (or not) and admire Gerry Dieter's photography Tuesday, September 27th at Swan's, around 7 pm.

*  Looking for a ghost-writer and funding for book/musical of student's 30 year path with Mrs. Eddy.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 250-886-8333.

*  From: glen < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
 
If you get a chance read this web page. it is (US oriented) but it relates to injustice anywhere. I haven't read it all but so-far it parallels many of my thoughts re: poverty and the state of our democracy. Very worth the read http://www.g-r-e-e-d.com/GREED%20II.htm

*  From: "Rosa Mertens" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Many Katrina Animal Still Stranded
Check out www.petstv.com for the latest news.

*  From: Max Yas < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

With millions of gas-burning vehicles in North America, Big Oil, which is rip-ping us off at the pump, is getting free storage when driver say "fill 'er up." If all or even most drivers chose to buy gas in smaller quantities, BO (Big Oil or Bad Odor -- both apply) would soon run out
of storage space and have to slash prices. Max Yas, Victoria.

*  From: VICTORIA PEACE COALITION < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

KEVIN PINA AND JEAN RISTIL WERE RELEASED FROM JAIL on Monday, September 12.  Thanks to everyone who took part in speaking out against this effort by the RCMP-trained Haitian police (read "killer squads") to silence any reportage of the crimes being committed against Haiti's poor, crimes being enforced by the UNO occupation forces. 

*  From: "Johannes DeViet" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Please visit our Web site: http://www.gamblingwatch.ca

*  From: Frank Arnold < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Re:  Picket the Sell-Off of Vancouver Island's Green Power

I would seriously reconsider this protest. I am familiar with Sea Breeze Power and they are not the enemy. Selling power to the US was not their first choice. In fact, they had been trying to work with BC Hydro for years to develop green energy for use on Vancouver Island but BC Hydro has repeatedly put up roadblocks for them.

As for questioning whether our power should be integrated with the US, that horse has left the barn years ago. BC Hydro buys and sells electricity to other hydro authorities all across the continent. The alternatives are hardly better - the US is rushing to develop coal, nuclear, and natural gas, while BC Hydro is pushing the Site C dam which will destroy hundreds of square kilometres of productive habitat.

The people at Sea Breeze are committed environmentalists and I am very surprised that you are opposing their efforts. The site of their proposed project on the north part of the island was chosen specifically because of its combination of high wind potential and rocky habitat, allowing for minimal ecological impact. Proponents of alternative energy face enough hurdles from conservatives in government or industry - they don't need to be attacked by a few misguided "progressives" or NIMBY's as well.

Sincerely,
Frank Arnold
Victoria, BC

*  From: "Melissa Kaestner" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

LISTEN UP...LISTEN LEFT: Rabble.ca's new podcast, rabble radio, is alive and thriving at
http://www.rabble.ca/radio.

*  From: chris chandler < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

thought this might interest you.  It is my latest effort for my fair city

*  From: Eliza Walter < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

The Burnside Gorge Housing Outreach Chronicle provides an update of what we see as the issues homeless families are experiencing in Victoria. Our program serves families who are experiencing housing crisis by offering advocacy, support and resources. If you have any questions about our program, or have comments about this issue of the chronicle, do not hesitate to contact me.

*  From: ICIS-Institute for Cooperation in Space < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

"Human extinction within 100 years warns scientist"

*  From: Ian Weniger < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Petition in support of locked-out TELUS workers
Please pass this around, this petition is open to ALL CANADIANS.

It is time for the government to represent the people of Canada and not just the corporations.
Intervene now in the Telus corporate dispute!

*  From: "Conservation Voters of BC" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

How come that back to school time when things get busy again seems to be hard-wired, even when school is a distant memory?  Anyway, the government is back to school, with a new Throne Speech and a budget update. For a take on that update, see here:

And, now that the House is back in, our MLA tracker is busy again. You can see the recent quotes on our homepage here:

Feel free to send in quotes from local newspapers - we are looking for those 'unscripted' quotes by MLAs on environmental matters.
 
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1.  Piece Work - a group quilting project

Vancouver Island Head Injury Society presents Piece Work - a group quilting project

Piece Work is an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities to join the age-old tradition of quilting for service.  The finished quilt will be given to a charity of the group's choosing.
No experience necessary, and men are welcome too.

September 2005 through June 2006.

Registration is on-going, and the fee is a one payment of $15, which includes a VIHIS membership.

For more information, phone Lindsay at 598-9339.

Building Community Stitch by Stitch

Piece Work is made possible by a grant from the City of Victoria, the support of private donors, and the following contributors:
Satin Moon Quilt Shop, Sawyer Sewing Centre, and Spiders Eye Projects.

From: Paul &/or Lindsay < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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2.  Tibet and the Museum

The Four Basic Truths: An Evening with a Tibetan Lama

Saturday, September 24,
 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Respected Lama Geshe Tashi Namgyal, described as "an extremely
good-natured, witty and insightful teacher" from the Victoria Buddhist Dharma Centre,
leads a discussion of the Four Basic Truths in Tibetan Buddhism.  English
translation by T.C. Tethong.

$20 /18 Museum Members.

Includes evening access to Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents exhibit. Advance
tickets available in-person or on-line at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

Taste of Tibet: Travel to the Tibetan Wild East

Friday, September 30, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Immerse yourself.  Be inspired to travel to the Tibetan Wild East by an
adventure traveller, try on authentic clothing and decorations, experience
the exhibition with guided tours.  Meet a Thangka painting artist, enjoy
multi-media samplings of contemporary music, art and film.  Taste samples
of delicious specialties from the renowned kitchen of Feys & Hobbs including
iced Tibetan rose tea, Sherpa momos, spicy river fish and flat bread with
yak cheese.  Round out your experience with traditional butter tea, sweet
rice and khatse balls provided by the Tibetan Association of Victoria.

$55/$50 Museum Members.

Includes the Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles
and Tents exhibit. Advance tickets recommended, available in-person or on-line
at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

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3.  OPEN CINEMA  - The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

What:   Victoria premiere of The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror
Who:    Filmmakers Gerard Ungerman & Audrey Brohy, Guy Dauncey and Michael M'Gonigle
When:   7pm, Tuesday, October 4th 2005  (Doors open at 5.30pm)
Where:  Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street (for dinner reservations call 388-9166)
Cost:   $5 donation

DOCUMENTARY, DEBATE, DEMOCRACY!

OPEN CINEMA Launches Its 3rd Season With The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror With Filmmakers And Local Alternative Energy Specialists.

Victoria, BC (20th September 2005) - On Tuesday October 4th 2005, OPEN CINEMA (OC) will launch its third season of thought-provoking films with the Victoria premiere of the timely documentary The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (www.theoilfactor.com).
Filmmakers Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, fresh from the film's Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 1st 2005, will be in Victoria especially for the screening.

With original footage shot over a four-month period in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, this controversial film assesses today's dwindling oil reserves and skyrocketing consumption, and examines the link between the oil industry and US foreign policy. Narrated by Ed Asner, the film features interviews from both sides of the political spectrum, including Noam Chomsky, Zbigniew Brzezinski, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, best seller "Taliban" author Ahmed Rashid and The Project for the New American Century Director Gary Schmitt.

Co-producer Gerard Ungerman, a  French journalist living in the US for the past 15 years, experienced the exchange of blood for oil firsthand when he fought in the first Gulf War.  Motivated by an acute sense of justice, he started making films in response to the hypocrisy of the US administration. "Intelligence agencies gather information and conceal it from people," says Ungerman "and I want to publicize what is happening in the world. There is a humanitarian urgency to exposing the real motive of the War."

Husband and wife team Ungerman and Brohy will participate in an open forum discussion on peak oil and sustainable alternatives after the screening, along with BC Sustainable Energy Association President Guy Dauncey and The Polis Project founder Michael M'Gonigle. Door prizes, courtesy of Salt Spring Coffee Company.

OC continues with a topical line-up of documentaries through the fall & winter, including Peacekeepers (NFB, 2004), a study of the UN's role in the Congo, and Money (Canada, 2005), which examines the global economy and its alternatives. Go to www.opencinema.ca for details.  OC gratefully receives support from the Spirit of BC Arts Fund, CRD Arts Development Program, the City of Victoria, CineVic, MediaNet, ViFPA and Hollyhock.

Contact: Mandy Leith                                                   
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(250) 882-7441                                 

Mandy Leith
Executive Director and Founder                 
OPEN CINEMA

H: 250.385.3003
C: 250.882.7441
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From: Mandy Leith < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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4.  Victoria Social Economy Forum Oct.5

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Victoria Social Economy Forum, which will take place

from 9:00am-5:00pm
on Wednesday October 5th
at the James Bay Athletic Association (upper floor),
205 Simcoe St.

The Canadian CED Network and the Community Futures Development Association of BC, sponsored by Western Economic Development, Coast Capital Savings, and Vancity, have collaborated to deliver nine regional forums across the province. The objectives of these forums are:

  • Increase knowledge about the social economy and social enterprise
  • Learn about innovative social economy initiatives across BC and Canada
  • Identify the key social economy actors in your region
  • Explore what your region requires to enhance the social economy
  • Engage in discussion and action planning
  • Network, exchange information, and build partnerships!

Please find more information in the attachments, and feel free to contact me with any questions. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

I hope to see you there!

Jaie Skalin
Project Coordinator
BC Social Economy Regional Forums
Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Phone: 250.213.2324
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5.  Victoria Make Poverty History Campaign

From September 14 to 16, over 170 world leaders are meeting in New York for a UN Special Summit on the ?Millennium Development Goals? (MDGs). The purpose of this summit is to evaluate the progress made toward the MDGs, which include cutting extreme poverty in half by 2015. These goals are in jeopardy because some of the richest countries involved refuse to commit to a timeline for donating 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) to foreign aid. While President Bush is admittedly preoccupied with hurricane relief efforts, the disproportionate effects of Hurricane Katrina along class and racial lines highlight the urgency of poverty eradication efforts the world over.  We must hold our world leaders, as well as our various levels of government accountable for their commitments to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

VIDEA, VIDEA?s Global Youth, Canadian Crossroads International, TheatreWorks and others have formed a coalition to promote the Make Poverty History (MPH) campaign in Victoria. The Canadian faction of this international campaign calls for:

?        More and Better Foreign Aid,
?        Trade Justice,
?        ?No Strings Attached? Cancellation of Foreign Debts, and
?        An end to Child Poverty in Canada.

The Victoria Make Poverty History Coalition is planning a number of outreach events over the next few months to raise awareness about this campaign and inspire action at a local level. Here?s how you can get involved:

1)      Join the Coalition: Our next meeting will be held on Monday September 26th at 7pm in the VIDEA office (407-620 View Street). Please RSVP to Elizabeth Wallace.

2)      Come out to our events: The first event planned is a Social Justice Film Series at UVic, which will begin at 7pm on Monday, September 19. Contact Catherine Etmanski for more information: 384-8016, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3)      Work toward the MPH goals: Incorporate poverty-reduction goals into your social or religious group, union, organization, or workplace programming.

4)      Volunteer: Committed individuals are always needed to transport volunteers and supplies, staff tables, organize venues, advertise, and plan events. VIDEA?s Global Youth are planning a benefit concert in the fall ? lots of help is needed!

5)      Spread the word: Tell your friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and strangers about this campaign and invite them to participate. Wearing the white MPH armbands and writing letters to public officials and/or editors of your favourite publications are a few ways to demonstrate your support.

6)      Find out more: Contact VIDEA, or visit the Canadian Make Poverty History Website for more information: http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace

From: Catherine Etmanski < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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The University of Victoria presents:

6.  ABORIGINAL RIGHTS: NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES AND AGREEMENTS

October 26?28, 2005
Delta Ocean Point Victoria, British Columbia

LIMITED SPACE           REGISTER NOW

The Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria presents the sixth professional development workshop on aboriginal issues and dispute resolution.

  • three-day intensive workshop
  • focusing on understanding and effectively participating in the negotiation process;
  • providing feedback, practice, discussion and interaction with a panel of experts.

This workshop is for individuals who wish to play an informed and effective role in the negotiation process.
              
 
FACILITATORS

Mark L?Hirondelle Stevenson, co-facilitator, is a M?tis lawyer whose family comes from the historic M?tis community of Lac Ste Anne in northern Alberta.   Mark has an extensive background in Treaty negotiations, Constitutional negotiations, and Aboriginal law.  Mark has co-instructed a course on Aboriginal Title and Treaty Negotiations in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and is currently the Chief Negotiator for the Lheidli Tenneh First Nation Treaty negotiations.
 
Richard Price, co-facilitator, Professor Emeritus of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Associate, Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria.  Richard has published widely in the field of Indian treaty and land claims negotiations and has taught senior university courses on negotiations dealing with both western and indigenous approaches to resolving disputes.

  This workshop is designed on the premise that improved negotiation skills, and longer-term perspectives utilizing a variety of strategies are invaluable tools for those who wish to play an informed and effective role in the negotiation process.
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • designed for those who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and negotiation skills in complex multi-party, dispute resolution processes with a focus on aboriginal issues.
  • designed to assist both those who lead negotiations and those who are involved in the negotiation process in other capacities.

 KEY THEMES

  • substantive issues,
  • understanding and effectively participating in negotiation processes,
  • participants will also be encouraged to raise questions or issues regarding options for aboriginal and treaty rights or other types of negotiations in Canada.

THE APPROACH

  • this is a workshop, not a conference.
  • there will be opportunity to participate in simulated negotiations involving aboriginal issues,
  • there will be role-playing and hands-on experience in dispute analysis, management and resolution.
  • one-on-one feedback from the facilitators regarding your negotiation performance.
  • a panel of experts will discuss current issues regarding treaty negotiations in BC.
 
For more information, please contact:
Loredana Simpson, Program Coordinator, Division of Continuing Studies
(250) 721-6477E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
              

Phone Registration:  472-4747
Course Code: ASDR002 2005F1 W01

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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7.  Fair Vote Canada update
(excerpts)

1. Wed, Sep 28: Chapter Meeting: Discussion of Strategy--All welcome!
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On Wed, Sep 28 in the evening, you and all your friends and associates are invited to join us as we attempt to clarify the next steps our chapter should be taking given the recent throne speech, and discuss strategy around speaker events like those in number 2.

We are working to get access to the boardroom adjacent to the Grad Lounge at UVic for free, and will let you know by this Wednesday if we were successful at getting that.  If we are, we will meet at 6 pm in the evening, and we can all order an inexpensive meal from the IQ Bistro while we discuss next steps.  If we are unsuccessful at obtaining this room, we will be meeting in the Harry Hickman Building, Room 110 at 7 pm to give people a chance to get dinner before coming.  We will send out directions to either venue when we have confirmed which one we will use.

2. Mon, Nov 7: Ed Broadbent Addresses Victoria Chapter
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We are pleased to announce that on Monday, November 7 in the evening, we will have the opportunity to hear from Ed Broadbent, former long-time NDP leader, NDP hero, and architect of the recently adopted federal process for electoral reform.  This will be a great opportunity to raise funds, hear from an NDP icon, attract a large crowd and likely several new memberships, and ask this leader several probing questions.

It should be noted that while Ed is passionate about electoral reform, he is in disagreement with FVC on the issues both of holding a Citizen's Assembly for federal electoral reform, and of holding a referendum on what is decided, but that this is a friendly disagreement, and Ed continues to be an advisor on the board of FVC.  It will be interesting for our audience to witness the spate of probing questions and comments likely to arise from our membership and others passionate about making the electoral reform process citizen-driven.  At any rate, Ed says he is delighted to come and speak to our chapter.
3. Throne Speech: Premier Campbell's Response to the Referendum on Electoral Reform
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In case any of you were not aware, the throne speech was delivered last Monday, Sep 12, and in it the issue of electoral reform was dealt with.  Here is a brief summary of what was promised:

- Another referendum between BC-STV and the current system will be held during the municipal elections in the fall of 2008.  All current parameters (including the 60% double-majority) will hold.  The system selected in this referendum by those rules will be adopted for the May 12, 2009 BC election.

- The government acknowledged that the lack of education, and of establishing the boundaries for BC-STV beforehand were a weakness in the electoral reform process of the last term.  Accordingly, this time, both the Yes and No sides of the referendum will be funded, and the Electoral Boundaries Commission has been instructed to draw up two sets of electoral boundaries by Spring 2008: one for our current system, and one for BC-STV, so that citizens of every region will be able to make truly informed decisions on this important vote.

- A referendum question will be crafted by the government and will be debated and voted upon in the legislature. All MLAs, including cabinet ministers, will be free to speak and vote as they wish on the issue. The Premier will remain neutral.

The full text of the throne speech is available on the Legislative Assemble website at:
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/38th1st/4-8-38-1.htm (html version)
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/38th1st/Throne_Speech_2005_1st_38th.pdf (pdf version)

Interestingly, most of the issues addressed in our letters to the Premier and other MLA's were dealt with in one way or another in this throne speech.  It is impossible to know if our letter was read, and how much if any impact it had on the Premier's decision, but in case it did influence the direction the Premier has set here, we are truly grateful that we wrote these letters on your behalf, and most of all, that you as a chapter instructed us to do so at the Founding Meeting in July.

Naturally, to our way of thinking, the result of the referendum was already decided, and this new referendum seems a waste of funds by a government that declares itself cost-conscious.  And given that the No Side can achieve not a single majority in any riding yet still win the upcoming referendum (in fact, they can do *much worse* than this and still win!), the reimposition of the 60% supermajority seems cynical.

Many electoral reformers in BC believe, however, that given the political realities currently faced by the Premier (rumour has it that the Premier would prefer to implement BC-STV, but that his caucus is hotly opposed), he has done as much as he can just to throw this decision back to the people where it belongs.

Of course, a worse outcome yet would have been to throw this decision to the Liberal and NDP politicians in the legislature.  We are most grateful that this has not occurred, and that we have yet another opportunity to take this issue to the people.

And given the amount of lead-time we have before the referendum, and the funding we will receive and extra funding we will likely seek out, as well as the poor arguments consistently given by the No side, your chapter executive, and that of Fair Voting BC, has no doubt that the people of British Columbia will overwhelmingly reject our current system and the nay-saying fear mongers, and embrace BC-STV with votes to spare.

Of course, this victory will not come for free, and we will need to prepare and campaign vigorously for this referendum.  We hope we can count on each and every one of you to be an active part of that campaign as the date approaches.
Please also see 7. Sep 13: FVC Responds to Throne Speech: Media Release, below, where Fair Vote Canada "strongly condemns" the reimposition of the 60% supermajority.
CONCLUSION
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All of us on the Greater Victoria Chapter of Fair Vote Canada Executive wish you well as you embark on another year.  And of course, thank you all very much for your support.  Don't forget to pencil our chapter meeting in for the evening of Wed, Sep 28!!

Cheers,

Orion Carrier
Internal Communications
Greater Victoria Chapter, Fair Vote Canada
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8.  EcoNews Excerpts
 
Mon 19, 7pm BC Sustainable Energy Association monthly meeting, Solstice Caf?, 529 Pandora. Details Naomi, 383-4237

Tue 20, 7pm Video Series: Voices for Earth-Centered Spirituality, Centre for Earth & Spirit, Sooke, 642-3546. http://www.centreforearthandspirit.org

Tue 20, 7pm Explore Creation-Centred Spirituality: Meister Eckhart. Queenwood, 250-477-3822. Also Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18.

Tue 20, 7:30pm VNHS Botany Night "Georgia On My Mind ..." Sherry Kirkvold will talk about plants of Georgia and the ?Caucasus. Swan Lake Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 21, 7:30pm Sustainable Energy & Transport, with David Demers, Rockport, Ocean Pointe. $5. Proceeds to BCSEA 405-2468

Wed 21, 7:30pm  Cycling Coalition AGM Lansdowne School, 1760 Lansdowne. Bicycle theft; updated vision for GVCC. 480-5155

Thur 22, 8:30-5pm Green Roof Design 101 Introductory Course, Royal Roads. $345 Dayna Goucher, 416-971-4494 #228 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thur 22, 6-8pm Values Based Business Network gathering at Small Potatoes Urban Delivery, #3 - 956 Devonshire Rd Esquimalt.  Sinclair Philip (Sooke Harbour House)  $15/$20. Paul Senez   858-1550   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fri 23-Sun 25  TLC Cowichan River Art & Conservation Holiday. http://www.conservancy.bc.ca 479-8053

Fri 23, 7pm  Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Inter-Island Forum at Gulf Islands Secondary School. Panel discussion of thought provoking islanders on Trust governance.

Sat 24 Eco Art Workshop for Women, $65, Centre for Earth & Spirit, Sooke. Margo 388-0929 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sat 24, 2-4pm Gardening without Pesticides: Know your Soil.  Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park St.  $10, or $9 for members. 386-WORM to register. http://www.compost.bc.ca

Sat 25, 11-4pm Islands FoodFare. Local Food Market, samples, demonstrations, Gourmet Banquet, Pie Contest, Auction. Free! Ship Point, Downtown Victoria. LifeCycles, sponsored by Vancity, City of
Victoria and Gov't of Canada

Sat 24-Sun 25 Reconnecting to Life, a workshop for Victoria area activists at Queenswood , with Maggie Zielger and Jackie Larkin. $100. Roberta Burris This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 386-5452.

Sun 25, 9am VNHS Field Trip. Fall Colour in the Jordan River Bogs. Bring high gum boots (hiking boots not adequate). Meet Helmcken Park/ Ride. Good clearance necessary. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink for this all-day outing. No pets please. Agnes 721-0634.

Sun 25, 9-1pm Caring for Colquitz Creek Clean up Party. Cuthbert Holmes Park. Family fun day. Creek clean up ( 9 to 11:30) then free salmon BBQ lunch, then kid-friendly games and prizes, naturescaping displays, and workshops. Habitat Trust at 995 2428 http://www.hat.bc.ca

Sun 25, 10am Sierra Club Forest Politics. Join Sierra Club's forestry specialist Justin Calof for the inside scoop on how the government makes decisions about British Columbia's forests.  Hear some fascinating tales of life as a forest manager and forest policy advocate while exploring John Dean Park. Meet main parking lot off Dean Park Road. By donation. http://www.sierraclub.ca/bc.

Sun 25, 10am VNHS Field Trip. Pelagic Birding on the M.V. Coho on Strait of Juan de Fuca. Call Ed Pellizzon: 881-1476.

Sun 25, 10am GVCC Cycling Architectural Tour. Meet Moka House Caf?. 20km.

Sun 25, 12-4pm Car Free In The Village, Cook Street May to Oscar closed to vehicles, and a true village atmosphere will be created, with music, displays, food. Organized by the Fairfield Community Ass'n.

Sun 25, 2pm Fall Equinox celebration, Centre for Earth & Spirit, Sooke. 642-3546, http://www.centreforearthandspirit.org

Sun 25, 7pm "Today's Trees, Tomorrow's Urban Forest". Public Forum, Vic Conference Centre. $5. 995-2428 http://www.hat.bc.ca

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9.  Community Economic Development (CED) EVENTS

Reconnecting to Life workshop

sponsored by Council of Canadians

A workshop the CoC is sponsoring on September 24 and 25th for community
activists.  Our goal is to provide an energizing and affirming experience for those who
attend and to strengthen  links among local activists.The workshop has been
well received throughout BC and promises to fill up quickly.  Please let
your friends and other contacts know about the workshop and encourage them
to attend.

RECONNECTING TO LIFE:  A WORKHOP FOR ACTIVISTS
 
The Council of Canadians is pleased to sponsor a two-day workshop (including
an evening session on the first day) for local community activists.
 
Reconnecting to Life workshops welcome everyone who cares about our planet.
Exploring and moving through our defenses and distractions will enable us to
touch our true feelings about our troubled world. Facing our distress in a
safe and transformative process helps us to find refuge and renewal in our
own hearts, in nature and in community.
 
No solutions or answers will be offered; rather, the workshop provides an
environment in which we can draw on our collective experience to find ways
forward which are heart-felt, thoughtful and sustainable.
 
An intensive and safe group process involving interactive exercises,
creative processes, ritual, reflection and discussion will enable us to:
 
? examine the relationship between social justice and environmental
movements
? support each other in strengthening our desire to participate in
protecting our planet and all life on it
 
Participant comments
 
"The process enabled me to transform pain and anger into energy and hope
and personal action. Thank you."
Community activist
 
"The retreat was fantastic! The atmosphere was very open, the work was
deep, rigidity was totally absent and the last evening was explosive fun!"
Volunteer, David Suzuki Foundation".
 
Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler are active in labor, social justice and
environmental movements. Currently Jackie is employed as an educator with
the BC Nurses Union and Maggie as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma.
Both have extensive facilitation experience and have partnered in recent
years to co-facilitate Reconnecting to Life retreats. Their work, inspired
by the writings and mentoring of Joanna Macy - eco-philosopher, activist and
workshop guide - also integrates a wide range of diverse experiences and
influences.
WHEN:   September 24-25, 2005 (The session on September 24th  will run from
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM including dinner.  The September 25th session will run
from 9:00 to 5:00 PM.
 
WHERE:   Queenswood House
                2494 Arbutus Road, Victoria
               (a beautiful and tranquil retreat minutes from the city
centre)
 
COST:  $100.00/participant includes nutrition breaks both days, two full
lunches and one dinner, plus all participant materials.
 
The workshop is very popular and tends to fill quickly.  Registration is on
a first come-first served basis and space is limited so please register
early.  Reserve your space by phoning R. Burris at 386-5452 or e-mailing
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Please include your name, address, phone number and
organization/group(s) of which you are a member.  Please mail your $100.00
cheque, made out to the Council of Canadians - Victoria Chapter to Roberta
Burris, 2745 Blackwood Street, Victoria, V8T 3W6

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Conference ?Creating Resilient Communities?

Monday, October 31, 2005
MEWS Ballroom
Royal Roads University
20 countries1 unique opportunity Canadian Red Cross
This one-day conference will examine how the theme of ?Creating Resilient
Communities? is and can be implemented around the world.
Participants will hear from prominent keynote speakers and have an
opportunity to engage in small group sessions to grapple with the
implementation of these
resiliency concepts. Through collaborative activities, attendees will
discuss pre- and
post-disaster strategies to enhance community capacity.

This one day workshop will focus on the emerging practice of community
resiliency by leveraging the experiences of colleagues from more than 20
countries.

8:30?9:00 Registration & Traditional Welcome - Chief Andy Thomas
Esquimalt First Nation
9:30?10:00 Keynote presentation, Nella Nelson
Community Resiliency in BC First Nations Communities
10:15?noon Small Group Sessions, Rob Noyes-Smith
Developing Best Practices for Resiliency
1:00?2:30 Small Group Sessions, Rob Noyes-Smith
How to Implement Resiliency Concepts
2:30?3:00 Keynote presentation, Dr. Paz Buttedahl, Program Director
Human Security and Peace Building, Royal Roads University
3:00?5:00 Closing reception?no-host bar

Your registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and afternoon reception.
Please make your cheque payable to the Canadian Red Cross.

Mail your payment
to: PRC Conference
Canadian Red Cross BC Coastal Region
909 Fairfield Road
Victoria, BC V8V 3A3
toll free 1-800-661-9055
250-382-3420
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10.  Write to the CBC

As we enter the fifth week of the CBC lockout, I would like to invite
you once again to take action to call upon CBC to end the lockout and
negotiate a settlement with the union. In any industrial dispute, both
sides must eventually reach a compromise. In the interests of the
CBC's shareholders - the people of Canada - FRIENDS believes both
parties should do this right now.

Since President Rabinovitch - the instigator of the lockout - appears
to us to be somewhat intransigent at this point, I would suggest that
even if you have already written to him, you now consider writing to
one or more of the individuals who sit with him on the CBC's Board of
Directors, in the hope that they might exercise a moderating influence
on CBC's senior management.

Needless to say, thoughtful, respectful, heartfelt personal notes are
what will have the most impact, rather than form letter, or group
messages. If you have time to write only one letter, you might
consider directing it either to someone who resides near you or to someone you know.

Here is a list of the CBC Board of Directors, along with their e-mail addresses:

Johanne Brunet, Montreal
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Bernd Christmas, Membertou
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H?l?ne F. Fortin, Longueuil
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Guy Fournier, Saint-Paul d'Abbotsford
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Peter Herrndorf, Ottawa
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Yasmin Jivraj, Edmonton
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Nezhat Khosrowshahi, Vancouver
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Howard McNutt, Halifax
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Trina McQueen, Toronto
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Robert Rabinovitch, Montreal
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K. (Rai) Sahi, Toronto
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Regards and thanks!

Ian Morrison
Spokesperson
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
___________________

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent, non-partisan
voluntary organization and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or
political party.
 
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11.  High Tide Entertainment upcoming concerts

"The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band!"
Thunderstruck
2 Shows!!
Friday, Sept. 23 and Sat. Sept. 24th, 2005
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
Tickets: $13 Advance / $15 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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High Tide Entertainment & Atomique Presents
"Punk Legends"
Misfits
opening guests... 45 Grave
Friday, Oct. 7th
Sugar Nightclub, 858 Yates St.
Tickets: $32 Advance / $35 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Ditch Records & www.ticketweb.com
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No Minors
 
Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute
Friday, October 14th, 2005
"Performing 2 long sets!!"
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
Tickets: $12 Advance / $15 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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Hootenanny Tour 2005 with:
"Juno Award Winner" Jenny Whiteley
Carolyn Mark, Luther Wright and other guest TBA
Thursday, Oct. 20th
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
$15 Advance/Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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www.mintrecs.com (Carloyn's Record Label)

David Francey
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2005
Gibson Auditorium (Young Bldg), Camosun College 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
Showtime 7:30pm
Tickets: $23 Advance / $25 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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Tom Wilson & Bob Lanois
Friday, Oct. 21st
Central Bar & Grill
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
Tickets: $15 Advance/Door
Available at: Central Bar & Grill 250-383-7137, Lyle's Place (cash only) 250-382-8422,
McPherson Box Office (service charge) 250-386-6121
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Wilson/Lanois website: www.theshackrecordings.ca
 
Ember Swift
with opening guests... Barley Wik
Saturday, October 29th, 2005
"Performing 2 long sets!!"
Logans Pub, 1821 Cook St..
Showtime 9:00pm
Tickets: $13 Advance / $15 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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"Performing 2 sets!!"
Red Elvises
Thursday, Nov. 3rd
Central Bar & Grill
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
Tickets: $13 Advance / $15 Door
Available at: Central Bar & Grill 250-383-7137, Lyle's Place (cash only) 250-382-8422,
McPherson Box Office (service charge) 250-386-6121
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"From Australia"
"Come see why these girls have been the highlight of Folk Festivals across Canada"
Fruit
Friday, November 4th, 2005
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm "Performing 2 sets!"
Tickets: $15 Advance / Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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"The QI and High Tide Entertainment presents..."
Eric Burdon & the Animals
with opening guests... Soul Station
Sunday, November 13th
Legends Nightclub, 919 Douglas St, Victoria
Showtime 8pm "Early Show"
Cabaret Style - seating for 250 (first come, first serve!)
Tickets: $37.50 Advance / $40 Door
Available at: Strathcona Hotel 250-383-7137, Lyle's Place (cash only) 250-382-8422, McPherson Box Office (service charge) 250-386-6121
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Tri-Continental:
Lester Quitzau - BillBourne - Madgascar Slim
Saturday, Nov. 19th, 2005
Gibson Auditorium (Young Bldg), Camosun College, 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
Showtime 8pm, Doors 7:30pm
Tickets: $23 Advance, $25 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422, Central Bar & Grill 361-1700 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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Jane Siberry
with opening guest... Adrianne Pierce

Thursday, Nov. 24th
Gibson Auditorium - Camosun College, 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
2 shows!! "Early Show" Showtime 7pm & "Late Show" Showtime 9pm
Tickets: $28 Advance/ $30 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place (cash only) 382-8422 & McPherson Box Office 386-6121 (service charge)
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AND...
Jane Siberry
with opening guest... Adrianne Pierce

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd - Centennial Theatre - North Vancouver, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue
Showtime 8pm, Doors 7pm
Tickets: $30 Advance/ $33 Door
Available at: Centennial Theatre Box Office 604-984-4484
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Vienna Boys Choir
Friday, March 24th, 2006 (Tickets on sale in 2006)
Alix Goolen Performance Hall

For press kits, high resolution press photos, ticket giveaways, or any other information, please contact:
High Tide Entertainment
Matt Laundrie
250-478-1888 office
250-686-1103 cell
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Temporary Nanny Needed

For 3 weeks


Kealey Pringle and Alan Rycroft need someone to look after their kids, almost 9 and 11 years old, (Kelt and Emerald) for 3 weeks while they attend Royal Roads University.

One or both of the following shifts:

7:15 a.m. until 8:45
Involves making sure the kids dress, eat breakfast, have a lunch packed, etc. and walk them both to school.

2:45 ? 5:45 or so
Involved picking both kids up from school, making supper, doing some laundry and housecleaning (as time allows).
   * Very likely to be longer than 5:45 on some of the days. Flexibility and willingness to work longer is required.
   * May include some evenings and some work after Nov. 4 if wanted.

Rate of pay: $10 per hour
Oct. 17 until Nov. 4

Call 592-8307
ASAP


Kealey Pringle
(250) 592-8307
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<http://www.sunshinecommunications.ca>www.sunshinecommunications.ca
 

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12.  Why are B.C. teachers taking a strike vote?
From the BC Teachers Federation website: www.bctf.bc.ca

No contract for more than a year
        The last contract ended on June 30, 2004, and teachers are going into their second year of working without a new contract in place. After more than 30 negotiating meetings with the B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA), no progress has been made. BCPSEA representatives just repeat that their mandate from government is zero for salaries and no negotiated improvements in teaching conditions. In the collective bargaining system, the only pressure employees have to make gains is through withdrawing their labour when there is no agreement to terms of a contract. Teachers are considering what action they should take and will be holding a strike vote on September 20 to 22.

Previous contract imposed by legislation
        Teachers wanted to negotiate a contract last time, but in January 2002, the government simply imposed a contract by legislation. That contract eliminated the existing provisions that kept class sizes under a maximum and that ensured many support services would be there for students.
        The contract also decreed a 2.5% a year salary increase over three years. However, that increase was not funded by government, nor were other increases in costs fully funded, such as medical premiums and other charges for government services. As a result, school boards had to cut the number of teachers. Some 2,600 teaching positions, nearly 8% of the teaching force, were eliminated by school boards that no longer had enough funding to keep teachers in place.

Many services lost for students
        Obviously, governments cannot cut large numbers of teachers without negatively affecting the delivery of service in some way. With the protection for services eliminated from the contract, counsellors, teacher-librarians, learning assistance teachers, English Second Language and special education teaching positions were chopped by school boards in order to meet the budget requirements. These were important services lost to students who urgently needed them. Many of these supports for students and working conditions for teachers had been achieved as a trade-off on salaries. Teachers accepted a smaller salary increase in order to have more colleagues available to offer these important services that also made the teaching job more rewarding.

Seeking to restore conditions for students and for teachers
        There is no doubt that having smaller classes and sufficient quality support services available in the school makes teaching more satisfying. Improved working conditions make it possible to better meet the needs of students, and that is what teachers want for the sake of both the students and themselves. Many teachers suffer severe job stress when they know they don't have the time and resources to meet all the needs of their students. This produces stress precisely because teachers do care about doing the best job possible for all their students. That is much harder without adequate human and material resources.
        As a Globe and Mail editorial said of class size, "It is a workload issue, but a legitimate one. A teacher who is always fighting fires is not teaching."

Seeking improved conditions and a fair salary
        Teachers want to improve learning conditions for their students and working conditions for themselves. They also want a fair and reasonable salary increase.
A membership poll conducted in June of 2005 sent a clear message:


?       A total of 98% said that it's important to have a collective agreement that protects learning conditions like class size and the integration of students with special needs.
 ?      A total of 96% said that it's important to have bargaining rights restored.
 ?      A total of 90% said that it's important to negotiate a salary increase.

Why not keep bargaining, and not take a strike vote?
        The problem is that there has been no progress at the bargaining table. After many sessions of talks, the BCPSEA representatives keep repeating that they only have a mandate for a zero salary increase and no negotiation of working and learning conditions.
The structure of teacher bargaining is very complex. The B.C. Public School Employers' Association represents both the school boards, who are the employers of the teachers, and the provincial government, which distributes the funding to school boards.
        The B.C. government gives a mandate to BCPSEA, and has told it to offer no salary increase for three years and no negotiation of working conditions provisions. Improvements for some teachers, such as teachers on call who are very poorly paid, can only be made at the expense of cuts to others.
        As the family practice doctors have recently indicated in rejecting a proposal that would give more to some at the expense of others, this is not an acceptable way of negotiating.
Unless the government changes the mandate, BCPSEA cannot offer anything that will be acceptable to teachers.

What is the way out of this impasse?
        For a deal to be reached at the bargaining table, there must be a process in place that works for teachers and the other parties - BCPSEA, school boards, and government. That is why the BCTF has been seeking meetings with government, to talk about what might be a process that could resolve the situation without a strike.
        The BCTF sought a meeting with Premier Campbell soon after the May 17 election. Initially he agreed to meet, but later declined to sit down with the BCTF representatives. The BCTF then was successful in getting a meeting to talk with the new minister of education.
        The BCTF will keep trying to find a process that will allow for a negotiated agreement. It will do this before the strike vote, after the strike vote, and will continue to seek that framework even if there has to be a strike to bring the issues to a resolution. The BCTF wants to reach a negotiated agreement and will continue to work for that.

Can the B.C. government afford a reasonable settlement?
        Yes, absolutely. The B.C. government had a $2 billion dollar surplus last year and is projected to have another significant surplus this year. When the B.C. Liberals were first elected, they immediately created a large deficit by cutting taxes. This deficit was then given as the reason for making the cuts in many services, including education.
        Economic growth has now produced a budget surplus, even without increasing taxes to the previous rates. In their election platform in 2001, the B.C. Liberals said they would "Maintain and increase education funding levels by increasing revenues through economic growth." The current year has been a good growth year of 3.9%. Projections by economists expect only a slight reduction in that level of growth over the next two years, still coming in at over 3%. Adding amounts that reflect these percentages over the next three years would provide enough to restore most of the lost services.

How does a strike vote help reach a settlement?
        A strike vote is an indication of how serious the members of a union are about reaching a settlement that reflects their objectives. A strike (or lockout by employers) is not desirable for anyone - employers, employees, and public. However, sometimes it is necessary, given the way the collective bargaining system works. If the parties are far apart, it sometimes takes an interruption in the system to produce the conditions for an agreement that all parties can live with, even if not all that they hoped for.
        Taking a strike vote is a first step - one that the union hopes will signal that its members are prepared to take action if there is not some improvement in achieving their objectives. Often that is sufficient pressure to lead to an agreement without having to take strike action.

Can teachers strike despite the designation of education as an "essential service"?
        It is a common misconception that "essential services" means that teachers cannot strike. In fact, the designation places limits on strike action, but does not eliminate it. When employees indicate that they plan to strike, the Labour Relations Board can make rulings that define what level of strike action is permitted. The Labour Board has already approved a number of actions that teachers can take in the first phase of a withdrawal of services that affects the administrative operation of the schools, but does not withdraw services from direct teaching.

What about the impact on students?
        Education does matter and time in school is important. Inconvenience for families is a reality. However, if all other approaches to making improvements are exhausted, sometimes it is necessary to withdraw services as part of the process of gaining improved conditions. Teachers are very reluctant to take strike action and seldom have been on strike.
        Because of all the media discussion of the issue, it may seem like teachers have frequently been on strike. The reality is that since 1993, when provincial bargaining was introduced under the NDP government of Mike Harcourt, not one single school day has been lost due to a teacher strike. Teachers did have a one-day protest in January of 2002 after the government imposed a settlement and stripped guarantees on class-size limits, support for students with special needs, and the specialist teacher support from teachers' collective agreement. There have been some local strikes by school support workers, and in those instances teachers have respected the third-party picket lines. But in the last dozen years, B.C. schools have never once been closed due to a teacher strike.
        In fact, in a number of school districts, students regularly lose days in school, but it is a result of budget restrictions, not strikes. Several districts have reduced schools to
four-day weeks or nine-day fortnights.
        If teachers do end up in withdrawing teaching services, it will be because they believe that any harm in the short term will produce improvements for students for the longer term.

Isn't there another way of resolving these disputes?
        That's a question that comes up every time a strike is talked about. However, no one has found a satisfactory alternative.
        It is not fair or acceptable in a free society for an employer to be able to set the conditions of work with the employee having an obligation to work, no matter what the conditions. There has to be some process of reaching agreement on what conditions are acceptable.
        Giving the right to a third party outside the employer and the union to decide by arbitration is sometimes proposed. However, both sides have concerns about an outsider imposing conditions that are not appropriate for either employer or employee. Further, the B.C. government agreed to arbitration with one group of employees Crown Counsel in court cases. However, when the impartial arbitrator gave a ruling that the government didn't like, it simply brought in legislation to overrule the arbitration they had agreed to.
        It is because of the lack of other systems that protect the civil rights of employees that most countries, including Canada, have adopted treaties through the International Labour Organization of the United Nations that provide that governments must grant the right for workers to organize into unions and to have the right to strike.
        The ILO reviewed B.C.'s legislation in 2003 and concluded that Bill 18, which imposed essential services, should be repealed. They said that the limit on teacher bargaining rights through legislation violates the treaty provisions agreed to by Canada.

Hasn't government restored conditions with the $150 million provided to school districts?
        These funds will make some improvements this school year, but they do not come close to restoring learning conditions and provide no funding for any salary increase whatsoever.
        Between 2001 and 2004, the school system lost 2,609 teaching positions. About 700 of those can be attributed to declining enrolment, but 1,900 positions simply reduced services to students through larger classes and fewer support teachers. School districts have reported to the province that they are hiring 630 more teachers this year. This restores less than one third of the number of teaching positions cut beyond declining enrolment.
        In addition, teachers are being replaced in some cases by education assistants without professional training. While 2,609 teaching positions disappeared, boards hired 265 more education assistants in 2004 over 2001. They are projecting hiring another 507 this year. This means that library technicians have often replaced teacher-librarians. Special education assistants have been hired to work with students with special needs, instead of teachers with the training and teaching experience to provide a rich education that meets diverse needs in our integrated schools.
        While there has been some positive movement in restoring some of the services, more is required, and that is what teachers are looking for in this round of bargaining.

How can parents help keep the schools open?
        Obviously, teachers think that their goals for improved learning and working conditions and a reasonable salary increase are legitimate. While these clearly would benefit teachers, they also believe that students will benefit through more service and a stable education system.
        Although parents don't have a direct role at the bargaining table, they can help. In particular, they can encourage the B.C. government to talk with the representatives of teachers so that both parties can agree on a process that will allow for a negotiated settlement and a school year without disruption.

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13.  Bottle Drive for Affordable Housing
 
(proceeds to the Roots and Roofs Housing Co-op, a
local intiative to convert private market housing to
self-managed co-operatives)
Where: Camosun St.Community Block Party
       between Grant and Balmoral Streets
        (bottle drop on Grant and Balmoral)

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2005

noon-4pm
 
 Bring all bottles, cans and tetrapaks (except milk
and soy containers)


Also, at the street party, welcoming the whole
community:


**** BACKYARD HARVEST TABLE offering free produce from
the seasonal harvests from our own backyards. Bring
your apples, pears, potatoes, zuchinnis or just stop
by to share the local bounty. Pies, ciders and other
fall kitchen goodies are welcomed. This table can also
include a seed exchange.

**** CHILDREN?S GAMES n? ACTIVITIES  including
decorating the street, bobbing for apples, burlap sac
races, egg in the spoon race, ball hockey,
bubble-blowing, face-painting,dress-up, sing-a-longs,
charades, noise-making, mini-parade.

**** HISTORICAL TOUR Learn about some of the old
houses on the street, see turn-of-the-last century
photo displays and find about what our block was like
a hundred years ago; may include a demonstration of
the ancient art of dowsing to locate hidden freshwater
springs beneath the street?s surface!!!

**** BBQ Bring out your barbies, dogs (veggie and
old-fashioned) , boorgies and condiments and let?s
roast to the season!!!

****FERNWOOD HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTRE --OPEN HOUSE Our
street bears the rare distinction of being home to a
consortium of alternative health practitioners who
will meet the public and demonstrate some of what they
do.
 
****YARD SALES/REDISTRIBUTION-Come on all ye pack
rats!!Pull out all that old stuff you just may want to
pass on to the neighbours, sell, trade or give-a-way!

**** SOAP BOX/ OPEN STAGE- speak out, sing a song,
tell a story, exercise your freedom of expression, as
long as it?s kid-friendly, go for it!!!

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It is impossible to simultaneously protect, and print on, ancient forests.
  Victoria Street Newz -  http://streetnewz.communitypipe.org

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"A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass."

Gen. Colin Powell, in My American Journey

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