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Wednesday, 02 January 2008 06:25
Left Coast Events - Victoria & Islands - Dec 31st 07

1.  Poor People's Levee Tour (11th annual) Takes the Big Bus - Jan 1 08 
2.  BREAK'IN ICE Radio presents Christina Parkhurst, Sol Kinnis and Bo Filter - Jan 1st
4.  Water Watch Coalition Upcoming meetings - Jan 3/7/12th
5.  Learn About Juice Fasting - January 4th
6.  Awareness Film Night - January 9th, Sooke
7.  Nanoose Edibles Gardner's Workshop - Jan 21st
8.  a REALLY inconvenient truth-VIDEO - Jan 25th
9.  Gaia College - January Updates
10.  January & beyond events at Queenswood Centre
11.  A Chance to Go to School in Cuba
1.  Poor People's Levee Tour (11th annual) Takes the Big Bus - Jan 1 08 

For the 11th time the street folk will be touring the New Year's Day Levees by bus.  This year they're going big with a 48 passenger vehicle.  

Rose Henry and Farquharson have been with the Tour since its humble beginnings as a convoy of cars and vans in 1998.  "The tour keeps getting more popular each year.  Last year our 24 passenger bus needed the help of 4 extra vehicles to take the overload.  This year we're renting from Wilson's Transportation," says organizer Art Farquharson. 

Sure to be on this year's agenda will be Victoria City Hall, Government House and Langford City Hall.  Other stops will be added if the scheduling allows and the food is attractive.  In recent years Saanich and Esquimalt have been skipped due to reports of lack of nutritious food. 

"The concept of the tour for street folk and working poor is to remind the rich that poverty doesn't take a holiday and to provide a good meal or two.  While Esquimalt once held the title as the most welcoming and best food, now that honour is with Langford.  Langford Council has gone so far as to provide little goody bags for our people including new socks and toothbrushes," reports Farquharson. 

Henry and Farquharson scour the town for financial support for the event.  This year the help came from the delegates of the Victoria Labour Council, CUPE Local 50 and the Raging Grannies.  Both Street Newz and the Together Against Poverty Society endorse the tour as a means of raising awareness of poverty in Greater Victoria. 

So if you count yourself as one of Victoria's poor join the tour at 9:00 AM, January 1st at Victoria City Hall.  And bring your singing voice, too.

For more info:

Art Farquharson
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2.  BREAK'IN ICE Radio presents Christina Parkhurst, Sol Kinnis and Bo Filter - Jan 1st

This Tuesday is a special Break'in Ice, we'll be on air for 2 hours...between 3:30 and 5:30. In the first hour we'll be interviewing Christina Parkhurst, who organized the 'Christmas Spirit Community Dinner' which fed approximately 875 people on Christmas day!! What's it like to organize and actually feed that many people?? And is there an end in sight?  Business is pushing the true meaning of Christmas which is goodwill towards all and replacing it with good gifts and money towards all. Join us as we interview a true Christmas spirit.
We'll also be interviewing Sol Kinnis, who is a researcher for the B.C. Institute for Co-operative Studies and a director of Roofs and Roots Housing Co-operative. This past October Roofs and Roots finally secured a building at 1511 Bank St. in  Fernwood, Victoria.  Join in and learn about housing co-ops and how they work. Learn more about the Roofs and Roots Housing Co-operative at: http://canadianhousing.org/Roots/01.php
And in the last hour we'll be interviewing Bo Filter, author of "The Cause of Wars and Aggression: Book 1" .  Douglas (Bo) Filter has studied war since 1965, when he first worked in a top secret war room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  His story is the psychology of war.
 Bo will give us a brief history, update and projection of the coming year as to what we can expect in the world of peace and justice...
Join Jack Etkin and myself as we learn more about the meaning of Christmas, housing co-ops and peace and justice.
Break'in Ice will broadcast this Tuesday only between 3:30-5:30 pm on CFUV UVic Campus/Community Radio 101.9FM / 104.3 CABLE or you can listen to the show on our website at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca/
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2ND, 7 pm for a regular War Resisters  planning meeting,
mainly to organize our January 26th event (see below), at the UVic Grad
Student Bldg.

to let resisters stay in Canada.  We will have an indoor rally at the
Fairfield United Church (Fairfield Rd. at Moss St.) TIME TBA, featuring
resister Brad McCall from Vancouver, Denise Savoie (to be confirmed),
Vietnam era resister, plus musicians to keep us entertained while we write
letters to Harper et al, followed by a ceremonial visit to the nearest
mailbox!  ... stay tuned for more details.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday and peace,

Valerie Lannon

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4.  Water Watch Coalition Upcoming meetings - Jan 3/7/12th
Thursday, January 3, 7PM - 9PM   2994 Douglas St. (BCGEU Bldg).
Film: Water - a Swiss perspective.  An interesting and beautifully photographed film, in different segments, looks at how some families and communities deal with various aspects on water: conservation, urban water problems, bottled water, and privatization - of interest to all who care about water in Greater Victoria.   We will look at a couple of the segments followed by discussion.
Also on the agenda - planning for future activities: workshops, forums, World Water Day - be part of a team planning an activity.

2. Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition;
Monday, January 7th, 2008, 7PM-9PM
Location: Best Western-Westerly Hotel, 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
Presentation January 7,  Watershed Protection and Climate Change
On Monday, January 7th, from 7 - 9 P.M., the Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition (CVWWC) will hold its next public education meeting. Featured guest will be Trevor Wicks of Parksville.
The meeting will be held at Best Western Westerly Hotel in the Comox Room in Courtenay.
Wicks has lived and worked in the Parksville / Qualicum Beach area for 27 years. He is actively involved in land and water management, land use planning and participates in many committees and organizations. His passion is the advancement of knowledge and information relating to sustainable water resources and watershed management.
He will address watershed issues based on his work with the Arrowsmith Watershed, which supplies drinking water to almost 50,000 people on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. Surface and groundwater distributed from mostly unprotected sources can prove a challenge for water purveyors and many thousands of private property owners. Watershed protection, storm-water management, retention, rainwater harvesting, water quantity and quality issues will be addressed with a power point presentation. Climate change, the regional influences on climate and changes to natural ecosystems and hydrology will also be discussed.
The Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition: is part of an island-wide effort to develop and carry out policy and program initiatives on the local, Vancouver Island, and provincial levels. Currently, the CVWWC works to ensure that all groups, elected officials and individuals interested in maintaining and improving the local Comox Valley watersheds and water sources have the resources and education to do more. We are publishers of the Comox Valley's Drinking Water Reference Guide. This 118-page report should be read by all who are concerned about water, and is accessible on line by going to www.vancouverislandwaterwatch.ca .
3. Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition Meeting;
January 12, 2008, Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 11/12, 1850-Northfield Road, Nanaimo
The VIWW Coalition meeting will be dealing with general business and planning for upcoming projects in 2008.
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 An Idea That Will Change Your Life

Date:  Friday, January 4th, 2008
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Location:  Church of Truth - Community of Conscious Living, 111 Superior Street, Victoria

Advance Tickets:  $10.00 or $12.00 at the Door; Youth - under 16:  $5.00 or $7.00 at the Door.
 [Available at:  Hemp & Company - 547 Johnson St. or 422 Craigflower Rd.]

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6.  Awareness Film Night - January 9th, Sooke
Weds. January 9.

Dahr Jamail "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq".  A film of a talk given by Dahr Jamail in Vancouver on December 8th in which he discusses what is happening on the ground in Iraq today.  In early 2003 Dahr Jamail was happily working as a mountain guide in Alaska when the war in Iraq disturbed his peace.  He decided he could sit at home, depressed and angry, or take action.  He bought a laptop, a digital camera and a plane ticket.  Today he dispatches his unembedded reports to media around the world, including the BBC and Democracy Now!. His easy going manner and wealth of first-hand information on the current situation in Iraq make this an hour not to be missed.

The film will be shown at the Edward Milne Community School theatre (6218 Sooke Rd ) at 7 p.m.  Admission is by donation.


7.  Nanoose Edibles Gardner's Workshop - Jan 21st

Can You Dig It?

Learn how to be self-sufficient and produce year-round food right in your
own backyard!

Where: Bowen Park Complex, Activity Room #1
When: Mon., Jan 21st, 2007, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $45 per person (see attached registration form for details)

Instructor: Barbara Ebell

Barbara is the co-owner of Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm and she has over 30
years experience in all aspects of organic farming. Barbara recently
attended a seminar on
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