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Left Coast Events - Victoria & Islands - Dec 4 06

1.  Terminator Seeds:  TAKE ACTION BEFORE DECEMBER 7! 
2.  Movie Monday - Dec 4 & 11th
3.  Vancouver Island community Waterwatch - Dec 5th, 6th
4.  CRD meets next Wednesday to decide on funding for cycling and walking projects
5.  Ad-Hoc Committee to End Homelessness - meeting - Dec 6th
6.  This week on Break'in Ice - Thursday Dec 7th
7.  "Zinc Gizmo" band play at Spinnakers Brew Pub  Saturdays
8.  LifeCycles' Fall Harvest Dinner rescheduled to Sunday, Dec 10th
9.  Doukhobor Artist returns to Dark Horse - until January
10.  EcoNews Excerpts - to Dec 10th
11.  Invitation Dec 19th:  Street Newz accepts Quality of Life Challenge Award !!
12.  The Fire is Burning - Let's Keep it Growing! - Jan 25th
13.  Ethical Purchasing Forum - in Victoria - 23 & 24 Feb, 2007
14.  Youbou Timberless Society is going back to court! - April 2007
15.  The Bills WON a Western Canadian Music Award!

1.  Terminator Seeds:  TAKE ACTION BEFORE DECEMBER 7! 

Whoever controls seeds can control the food supply.

 Tell your Member of Parliament to support a Ban on Terminator Seeds in
 Canada!
 
 On December 7th 2006 the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food
 Committee will hold a one-hour hearing on Terminator technology.
 
 WRITE to your Member of Parliament and the Minister of Agriculture before
 Dec 7th.
 
 In March 2006 and February 2005, your letters stopped the Canadian
 government from acting to end the international moratorium on Terminator
 ("suicide seeds") at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
 In March, the Canadian delegation to the UN meeting did not object to the
 reaffirmation and strengthening of the moratorium. Yet, our government
 supported the moratorium without actually stating a position on Terminator.
 Now we find out that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is preparing the
 road for approval of Terminator!
 
 DEMAND that the Canadian Government state its unqualified opposition to this
 dangerous technology and take immediate steps to legislate a ban on
 field-testing and commercialization in Canada.
 
 Terminator or Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURTs) is a technology of
 genetic engineering designed by the multinational seed industry to render
 seeds sterile after first harvest, thus preventing farmers from saving and
 re-using seed, forcing them to return to corporations to buy seed every
 season. This predatory strategy has been widely condemned, in Canada and
 across the world, because it threatens farmer livelihoods, food security,
 and agricultural biodiversity. And yet, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
 continues to prepare for the potential introduction of Terminator seeds and
 there is no policy in Canada to address the devastating impacts Terminator
 would have on farmers' livelihoods.
 
 UPDATES:
 * In August 2006, Monsanto announced that it will buy US seed company
 Delta & Pine Land. If the deal goes through, Monsanto will own the most
 advanced research on Terminator including the only greenhouse trials of
 Terminator seeds in the world. (Monsanto previously committed not to
 commercialize Terminator but has begun to reword this pledge.)
 * In October 2005, the Canadian Patent Office granted the first ever
 Canadian patent on a Terminator technology (owned by Delta & Pine Land and
 the U.S. Department of Agriculture).
 * Swiss multinational Syngenta has requested a Canadian patent on
 Terminator potatoes.
 
 FOR MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND A SAMPLE LETTER:
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 http://www.cban.ca : <http://www.cban.ca> Please join us in the Campaign against Terminator seeds
 and other forms of corporate control over seeds. Please contact us for more
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2.  Movie Monday - Dec 4 & 11th

>6:30 Dec 4 DIRTY FILTHY LOVE
Provocative title, eh?! It's about a guy w obsessive/compulsive disorder,
with a side of Tourettes syndrome. A Sundance selection, British film.
It's gripping portrayal of a guy figuring out his problems. As his
marriage and job fall apart he hooks up with a support group and finds
help to realize what he has and companions who help him work through it.
Share the journey. Brilliant emsemble acting and a fascinating story.  
If you're obsessive about reading up on movies here's a nice review:
http://www.hometheaterinfo.com/dirty_filthy_love.htm

We'll talk about it with special guest Andrew Bailey who performed his
play, Scrupulosity, last winter at MM. 95min R

Movie Monday is a weekly, community film program. All events are always
by donation and everybody is welcome. Located at the Eric Martin Pavilion
Theatre in the 1900 Block of Fort Street.
For more information -  website www.islandnet.com/mm or call the info
line 595-FLIC.

>6:30 Monday Dec 11 PAIRIE HOME COMPANION
Garrison Keillor's old fashioned, folksy radio show is facing it's
closing curtain - but this one's a doozie! Typically, the Robert Altman
ensemble is thoroughly into their roles; Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as
sweet songstresses, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly as singing
cowboys, Dusty and Lefty, and a whole bunch of backstage business -
there's lots of fun for everyone. PG 13  105min
> Plus LYNN & HARRIET  Lynn decides she needs to be in tune with her food.
Harriet is her pig. Friends of both of them are anxious about the
outcome...
by NFLD filmmaker Linda Fitzpatrick  15min

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3.  Vancouver Island community Waterwatch - Dec 5th, 6th
 
December 5, 2006 - Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition, 7-9pm, Room #3, BCGEU Building, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria
 
December 5, 2006 - Assembly of Cowichan Communities, 7-9pm, Sahtlam Fire Hall, 4384 Cowichan Lake Road, Duncan
 
December 6, 2006 - Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition 7-9pm, Cumberland Room Best Western Westerly Hotel, 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
 
Great News! The Mid-Island Coalition is back they had a meeting on Thursday, November 30 in Nanaimo.  The coalition started work on an action plan for water issues in the mid-island. The MIC's next meeting is January 4, 2007.

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4.  CRD meets next Wednesday to decide on funding for cycling and walking projects

Next Wednesday, December 6, the CRD will meet. to decide on allocating $11 million in federal gas tax funding.  $4 million has been earmarked for cycling, $2 million for walking and $4 for transit.  Some directors now want the entire fund to go to transit.  That?s not fair ? the region needs to support cycling and walking to ensure projects like the E&N Rail Trail get done.

You can still help ? call your Mayor or come to the CRD meeting and speak out for cycling and walking.

The meeting will be held in the

6th Floor boardrom
at 625 Fisgard St.
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sign up to speak at the CRD Board where a decision will be made:  http://www.crd.bc.ca/board/addressing/index.htm

Backgrounder and Contact Information for area Mayors and Councils at:  www.capitalbikeandwalk.org

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5.  Ad-Hoc Committee to End Homelessness - meeting - Dec 6th

Wednesday, December 6th,
at 7 p.m.
Silver Threads Centre
1740 Douglas (at Herald)

Obviously, the homelessness crisis cannot be ignored for the next week.
It's time to turn up the heat.
Here are some actions you can take NOW

(1) Write to Victoria's Mayor and Council demanding the opening of
emergency shelter beds for every homeless person who needs one.
Currently, the old CRD building at 524 Yates Street is sitting vacant.
So is the Crystal Gardens at 713 Douglas. Both are publicly owned.

Alan Lowe < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Bea Holland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Charlayne Thornton-Joe < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Chris Coleman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
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Geoff Young < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Helen Hughes < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Pamela Madoff < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Sonya Chandler < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

(2) Call the Mayor and Councillors to demand that they make the right
to shelter the top priority for the City:

Mayor Alan Lowe: 361-0200
Bea Holland: 361-0222
Charlayne Thornton-Joe: 361-0219
Chris Coleman: 361-0223
Dean Fortin: 361-0218
Geoff Young: 361-0220
Helen Hughes: 361-0217
Pamela Madoff: 361-0221
Sonya Chandler: 361-0216

(3) Write Letters to the Editor of local media emphasizing this point:

Times Colonist: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Victoria News: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or your local NewsGroup paper)
Monday Magazine: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SEE YOU ALL AT OUR NEXT MEETING:
Dec. 6th, 7pm, at Silver Threads (1740 Douglas at Harold)
Bring along your ideas on how we can translate public support for
social housing into new units on the ground. Let's refuse to take 'no'
for an answer!

Ad-Hoc Committee to End Homelessness
c/o This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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6.  This week on Break'in Ice - Thursday Dec 7th
 
This week on Break'in Ice we'll be interviewing Sharon Glynn, who has a background in business and law, photography, website development and the key organizer for Friends of the Campaign for BC Parks.  Sharon, along with Vicky Husband ( who is the official spokesperson for  Friends of the Campaign for BC Parks ), are working hard to defeat the proposal to have private hotels and resorts built in selected BC Parks. If this is going to be defeated it will require a strong effort from thousands of people and organizations.
 
Has there been ANY public input? Which parks are targeted and how will they be affected? who supports these proposals and who doesn't? for more info please go to: http://www.savebcparks.com/index.html 
500 municipal leaders from across the province and the Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce voted against the Park Lodge Strategy.
And Campbell has his targeted one of Vancouver Island's treasures....Cape Scott Park

PROPOSED RESORT/LODGE:. 5 cabins, each with ten beds at these locations: Donaldson Farm, Laura Creek, Shuttleworth Bight, Skinner Creek, Shushartie Bay. Old growth trees would have to removed for the construction. The government documents suggest a $100 fee for people to hike the northeast trail and that road access would have to be provided to the first cabin. In a preliminary assessment in February 2005, numerous adverse impacts were listed and the plan was not recommended.
For more information on hiking and camping at Cape Scott go to:   http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cape.html
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Tune in this Thursday and listen to Sharon Glynn and find out more about Campbell's plans to privatize our public parks. The public has already paid for these areas through our taxes and now Campbell, without public consent, is planning to hand them over to his private friends for their profit.
*Premier Campbell is just a symptom of a much bigger problem. When a single man or party can do as they want, the action becomes an indictment of the political system under which they operate. If this isn't proof that we need to overhaul our electoral system I don't know what is.
The government proposals indicate that some of the lodges will be marketed as executive corporate retreats and for weddings.    READ MORE about the proposed lodges here ?

My co-hosts for this show will be Annemarie Rindt and Jack Etkin.
 
Break'in Ice is broadcast every Thursday between 8-9 pm on
CFUV UVic Student Radio
101.9FM / 104.3 CABLE or you can visit our website at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca/
 
Click Here to Listen Live!
If clicking " Here " doesn't work then visit our website.
 
Thanks for listening
Rick Habgood
Break'in Ice
CFUV UVic Student Radio
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Also take in Gorilla Radio every Monday at 5PM, and Winds of Change every Thursday at 11AM and Hidden News every Friday at 9AM. All on Victoria's finest radio station.. CFUV.
 
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7.  "Zinc Gizmo" band play at Spinnakers Brew Pub  Saturdays

Oliver Mitchell: guitar, Baglama saz and vocals
Alana Benner - Bass & vocals
Sam Shumka - keyboards & vocals

We will perform " funk" blues, latin and " Turkish" saz !
We hope you join us , it is free.

Saturdays in December: 9th and 16th
9pm -11pm

best of the season
Oliver

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8.  LifeCycles' Fall Harvest Dinner rescheduled to Sunday, Dec 10th

Support LifeCycles' work and enjoy an incredible gourmet meal!

Join us Sunday, Dec 10th for our local 5 course gourmet fall
fundraiser dinner prepared by Spinnakers

     Every course will be paired by Summerhill Winery

     Special guest, Michael Ableman will be sharing his vision about
     agriculture and you will receive a signed complimentary copy of
     Michael's latest book, Fields of Plenty, a $45 value.  To learn
     more about Michael, please visit his website,
     http://www.fieldsofplenty.com.

     Doors open at 6pm.

     Purchase your tickets by phone at 383-5800.

     With your $100 ticket purchase you will receive a $50 charitable
     tax receipt.

     *Please forward and share this opportunity to support our work
     with your friends, contacts and greater community.*

*we are offering a vegetarian option for the main courses, pls specify when purchasing your ticket:

Saanich Organics roasted squash, stuffed with Moonstruck Organic Feta, Butler Farms hazelnuts, wild rice and locally grown vegetables with a local celeriac puree

White truffle polenta with organic olives, locally foraged wild mushrooms, braised winter greens from Saanich Organics & house made fennel marinara sauce

Cultivating Communities,

Kezia Cowtan
Manager
LifeCycles Project Society
521 Superior Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 1T7
(250)383-5800
(250)386-3449
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9.  Doukhobor Artist returns to Dark Horse

Wood Blocks and Prints by Doukhobor Artist Cecil W. Planedin.

Opening December 2, 2006 and running until January, 2007
at Dark Horse Books.
623 Johnson Street

Admission is Free.

Contact: 386-8736

Biographical:

Cecil W. Planedin was born into the Doukhobor community in 1944 and was in the first graduating class of the Kootenay School of Art in 1963.

He studied under Zeljko Kujundzic (Yugoslavia) and Santo Mignosa (Italy) and Michael Minot (Great Britain).

His early years were dominated by the actions of the R.C.M.P. and Robert Bonner, the Social Credit Attorney-General who imprisoned many Doukhobor children at New Denver.

As the youngest of a large family, he was able to spend time with his grandfathers from Russia and learned from them the traditional techniques and philosophy which distinguishes this remarkable pacifist and vegetarian community which made the largest escape in history from the Romanoff/Communist regime.

Coming to the Coast in the mid-60's he began a career that included:

  • large glass-tile mosaic for Pool House mural belonging to Gordon Southam family


  • various commercial wall-graphic projects for Vancouver businesses


  • textile designs and printing


  • ceramic and copper murals for apartment complexes


  • design and constuction of gold and silver chain-of-office for mayor of Nelson


  • restoration and reconstruction of heritage Doukhobor village


  • manufacture and construction of residential geodesic domes in remote locales


  • creation of a series of large marine models


  • graphics consultant for Big Island Design Studio in Honoka'a, Hawaii


  • signs and patterns in slate and marble

Cec is presently carving wood blocks and making prints in Victoria.
 
Call Robert @ 386-8736 for information.

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10.  EcoNews Excerpts

CRD Parks outings and explorations for all ages. 478-3344 http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/brochure2.htm
Every Sat, 1:30pm: Tour of Merve Wilkinson's Wildwood Forest, Ladysmith. Jay, 250-245-5540 Directions http://www.ecoforestry.ca/WildwoodMap.htm
Every Saturday (except long weekends), 9am-Noon: Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull, southeast woods near Cook and Dallas. Bring gardening gloves. No dogs. Volunteers welcomed. Call Cornelia, 920-3556 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Every Sun, 3pm. Free vegetarian food at Pandora (Harris Green) between Open Door and McDonalds This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mon 5-6 pm, Gorilla Radio. Thurs 11-noon, Winds of Change. Thurs 1:30-2 pm, Nature Boy. Fri 8-8:30 am, The Hidden News. CFUV 101.9FM/104.3 http://www.cfuv.uvic.ca
Neighbourhood Plastics Recycling: see http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com for schedule
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WEEK ONE
Sat 2, 8am VHNS Christmas Bird Count Tune-up. Meet Helmcken Rd Park and Ride, tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. Perfect for novice or near-novices. Ann Nightingale, 652-6450
Sat Dec 2, 9-5pm The Global Climate Crisis: Seeking Solutions that Work, with Guy Dauncey. A full, detailed, practical consideration of solutions, both locally and for the world. Royal Roads Continuing Education. $95. To register, 391-2600 ext 4801, or on-line at http://www.royalroads.ca/continuing-studies/PAGI1210-Y06.htm

Sat 2, 11-2pm CRD Parks Marvellous Matheson ramble, Metchosin. Meet parking lot end of Matheson Lake Park Rd. Adults only
Sat 2, 6pm A Sustainable Feast, presented by Food Roots and The Land Conservancy Conservation Partners. Garry Oak Room, 1330 Thurlow Road. Appetizers, dinner, dessert, local blue grass band. $25. 479-8301 or 385-7974
Sun 3, 1pm CRD Parks Wreathmaking (Drop-in Event). We'll supply materials and instructions - you supply creativity! Bring mug for hot apple cider, clippers if you have them. Meet Beaver Lake CRD tent, Nature Centre near main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #75. 12 years and older
Wed 6, 5-7pm Values Based Business Network Caf?: Networking Event and Seasonal Soiree. Queen Mother Waterside Caf?, 407 Swift St. http://www.vbnetwork.ca
Fri 8, 6-11pm Alive and Free: A Benefit for Trey Arrow, 751 Discovery Street. Live Foods Workshop, Live Music Movie Creation Station. Volunteers welcome for set up and take down. Mohana This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sat 9, 9am VNHS Gull Identification Workshop. Meet Goldstream Picnic Area parking lot by Finlayson Rd bridge. Bring adequate winter clothing and boots. Gabe David, 721-5476
Sat 9, 10-1pm CRD Parks Craigflower Creek Trail, Thetis Lake Regional Park. Remember the last time you explored a secret place you thought only you knew about? Meet Craigflower Creek trailhead off Highland Road, off Watkiss Way. BC Transit #54 or #55. 12 years and older
Sat 9, Sun 10, 10-4pm Moss Street Holiday Craft Fair 1330 Fairfield Rd. Unique selection of arts and crafts. Cards, clothing, jewelry, pottery, soap and bath products; Organic baked goods; Organic winter vegetables; Hot Food by the International Women's Catering Co-op Bring a mug for fre hot apple cider. 361-1747 http://www.mossstreetmarket.com
Sun 10, 8am VNHS Christmas Bird Count Tune-up. Meet foot of Viaduct Ave, Interurban Rd. Rick Schortinghuis 652-3326
Sun 10, 10:30am CRD Parks The Other Side of Witty's Lagoon. Join a naturalist for a look at Witty's Lagoon from a different point of view. Sturdy hiking shoes, bring lunch. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road.
Sun 10, 10-1pm Rithet's Bog Birding with HAT. Salmon BBQ at 1pm. Free. Call 995 2428 to register.
Sun 10, 6pm LifeCycles Fall Harvest Local Dinner. Postponed from Nov 27th because of snow. Spinnakers Gastro BrewPub. Gourmet food, $100 (Fundraiser). Guest speaker Michael Ableman. 383-5800. http://www.lifecyclesproject.ca

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11.  Invitation Dec 19th:  Street Newz accepts Quality of Life Challenge Award !!

The Victoria Street Newz are proud recipients of a 2006 Quality of Life Challenge award, and we'd like you to join our celebration.

Where:Fernwood's Cornerstone Caf? - 1301 Gladstone
When: Tuesday, December 19th
5:30-7:00 pm (stay later if you wish!)

The Cornerstone Cafe opened its doors in November 2006, part of a not-for-profit project that includes affordable housing, organized by the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (Fernwood NRG).  Please drop in, buy a coffee or tea, support the community, and help us celebrate this exciting Victoria
Street Newz accomplishment!

Speakers:  Sonya Chandler, Victoria City Councillor; John Chomyn, Street Newz Vendor
Award Presentation:  Quality of Life Challenge Working Group
Music:  Acoustic, original, by Mykla

Read the award story at:
http://www.qolchallenge.ca/achievements/viewstory.php?id=43&viewType=awardOnly

Information:

Janine Bandcroft  - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 383-5144 ext 0137
Lisa Helps - 480-1863

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12.  The Fire is Burning - Let's Keep it Growing!
 
Victoria region is on board with the great turning?...anything is possible!

?Leadership toward earth community must come from people working together from the bottom up to reclaim and rebuild family and community life and restore environmental health.?

David Korten, The Great Turning  www.thegreatturning.net

CANCELLED: RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 25, 2007.
 
A ?nexus?  of individuals and groups interested in collaborating at a new level toward societal transformation in this Region is emerging.  This self-organizing group will meet on

January 25th,
from 4:30-8:30
at Fernwood Community Centre. 

The intention is to create the conditions for change in this bio-region and add fuel to the fire of the many initiatives which are already occurring.  Each and everyone interested in contributing to building the connections is invited to participate.

The 30th will be an opportunity for those who are involved in initiatives and a commitment to ?the great turning? to share what?s happening and to generate action and leverage our efforts.

This follows on a series of speakers and initiatives in the past few weeks in the Victoria Region, including author David C. Korten. During his two-day visit to Victoria on November 3 and 4, Korten shared the critical choices before us, and the importance of moving beyond the dysfunctional stories of Empire to embrace a new collective story. Victoria based business groups, educators, consultants and faith leaders joined together to support his visit.  And we are continuing to build relationships!!!

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13.  Ethical Purchasing Forum - in Victoria - 23 & 24 Feb, 2007

For full details see:  http://www.ethicalpurchasing.bcics.org/?page_id=6

Summary text from website follows:
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The Ethical Purchasing Forum is designed to bring together co-operatives,
businesses, activists, faith groups, academics, indigenous organisations,
farmers, labour groups and politicians to talk about enhancing ethical trade
in the Victoria region.

The forum aims to increase the market for ethically traded products in
Victoria by:

Bringing together active citizens to develop action plans for policy
development at the municipal and institutional levels; and
Co-operating to increase public awareness and to develop locally-based
regional alternatives for ethical trade.
You are welcome to post your own ideas and announcements towards these goals
right here on the Forum website. To register as an Ethical Purchasing Forum
website-author, email your preferred nickname, first and last name, and
email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and you will be sent a password and instructions
on making posts.

Invitation to Participate
The Ethical Purchasing Forum is calling on you to participate in the
February 23rd/24th Forum in any of the following ways:

Host a session or speak on a panel:

We are calling on individuals and organizations to host a session or to
speak on a panel as part of the forum. A session might include the sharing
of stories, panel discussions on particular issues, or workshops as
opportunities to learn and discuss the challenges and opportunities for
increasing ethical purchasing in Victoria. We will provide moderators to
keep your sessions running smoothly. If you are interested, please send us
an outline (this should include your name, affiliation, contact information,
your proposed subject, session format and estimated length) or talk with us
ahead of time about your idea. Deadline for outlines is January 10th, 2007.

Put up a table display:

Local organizations, advocacy groups and businesses are invited to display
their information and products at the Ethical Purchasing Exhibition.

Become a Forum sponsor:

Help make this forum accessible by donating funds to cover the costs of
food, promotional materials, entertainment, or general forum costs. All
sponsors will be recognized in all of our publicity materials.

Join the planning committee or become a volunteer:

We are welcoming people to volunteer on the planning committee or to take on
specific tasks before or at the event such as outreach, finding sponsors,
poster distribution, on-site co-ordination or reception.

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14.  Youbou Timberless Society is going back to court! - April 2007

200 WORKERS ASK B.C.?S HIGHEST COURT TO LET THEIR CLASS ACTION PROCEED

In 2005, the Court of Appeal sided with former Youbou workers saying they had a valid class action lawsuit against the B.C. government.  The Court is now being asked to overturn a June 2006 B.C. Supreme Court decision which accepted the government?s view the workers should not get a day in court because of an earlier lawsuit started and then abandoned by the IWA..

            Lawyer Joseph Arvay, Q.C. has submitted the Appellants? factum (detailed legal arguments) and received a hearing date to br ing the class action lawsuit James v. British Columbia before the B.C. Court of Appeal for a second time.  The appeal will be heard in Victoria on April 17, 2007.

            Former Youbou mill worker Ken James brought the lawsuit against the B.C. government in July 2003 under B.C?s Class Proceeedings Act.  James alleged that he and over 200 other IWA and mangements workers lost their jobs when the government removed from TimberWest Forest Limited?s forest licence a requirement that the mill be kept open in return for Timber West?s access to public timber.

            The B.C. Supreme Court certified the lawsuit to go forward as a valid class action in 2004.  The B.C government appealed the certification decision but lost in the Court of Appeal which upheld James v. British Columbia as a class action.

The B.C. government then applied to have the lawsuit ended before the 200 workers got to present their case in court ? the government argued that the class action was a re-litigation of a lawsuit started in 2001 by IWA Local 1- 80 but abandoned by the union in 2003.

The B.C. Supreme Court agreed with the government that the issues in the two lawsuits were the same.  The Court said that the workers represented in the James class action were not parties to the abandoned IWA case, but were close enough to that lawsuit that they should not be allowed to carry on with their class action.

The workers? legal counsel, Joseph Arvay, Q.C., says he is ?cautiously optimistic about the case and feeling good about the factum and our chances of success.?

For more information and updates
www.savebcjobs.com or Ken James (250) 746-8684

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15.  The Bills - News and tour dates; California, Oregon, Washington, Edmonton

Hi everyone, greetings from snowy (yes, that's right) Victoria!

The Bills are getting geared up for a coastal trip which will stretch from the Bay Area of California, north through Oregon and up to San Juan Island, and then a quick stop in Edmonton for the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Speaking of awards, I don't believe we've formally announced that we WON the Western Canadian Music Award for "Entertainer of the Year" on October 21! It was very unexpected given the competition in that category (Michael Bubl?, Jann Arden, The Road Hammers, and Corb Lund) but the fan voting really worked! Thank you to everyone around the world that took the time to vote online and who encouraged others to support us too.

Chris Frye has just returned from a very successful four-day tour around the south coast of BC in support of his brand new solo CD "Raised on Rhythm and Rhyme". Chris and his entourage of eight (an all star cast of musicians from Victoria and the islands known as "The Analog Ghosts") brought their groovy soulful music to Pender and Saltspring islands, Vancouver and finished with a sold-out show in Victoria. The new album is in stores now, and available online at chrisfrye.com. Makes a great Christmas gift!

Don't forget, The Bills also have an online store where you can purchase any of our CDs as well as T-shirts and tank tops (lots of colours and styles!) and even toques! www.thebills.ca/merch.html

COMING UP:

Tuesday, Dec 5    Arcata, CA
Jambalaya, 915 H Street
Presented by Humboldt Folklife
http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/

Wednesday, Dec 6    Hillsboro, OR
Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 East Main Street, 8:00 PM
Box office: (503) 615-3485
http://www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/WCAC/

Thursday, Dec 7    Sisters, OR
Sisters High School Auditorium
Presented by the Sisters Folk Festival

Friday, Dec 8     Seattle, WA
Presented by KBCS Radio
Call 425-564-2418

Saturday, Dec 9   Friday Harbor, WA
San Juan Community Theater
100 2nd Street, 7:30 PM
http://www.sanjuancommunitytheatre.org/

Sunday, Dec 10    Edmonton, AB
Canadian Folk Music Awards
The Bills will be performing at the ceremony
Myer Horowitz Theatre, 7:30 PM
8900 114 St., Edmonton
Tickets available from Ticketmaster
http://www.canadianfolkmusicawards.ca/

For a full touring schedule visit www.thebills.ca

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When you go to war against a tyrant, the people you kill in the war are the victims of the tyrant.

Howard Zinn

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