LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt ii) - Victoria & Islands - Aug 15th, 2005 Print
PEJ Events
Monday, 15 August 2005 05:40
LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt ii) - Victoria & Islands - Aug 15th, 2005

1. RECONNECTING TO LIFE: A WORKHOP FOR ACTIVISTS - September 24 & 25th
2. The 7th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival - October
3. Acousticfest 2005, Open Air, other Music Options
4. ISLAND BLUEGRASS NEWSLETTER (IBN)
5. Employment Options for Persons with Disabilities
6. Logging Propaganda at new BC Ferry Terminal
7. MEDIA TIPS AND LEADS
8. Revisiting Hiroshima - By Norm Chomsky


1. 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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2. The 7th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival


On Sunday, Oct 2, 2005, you can get to Apple Heaven while still on earth!
Become a Salt Spring Island Apple Connoisseur for a day.
Get to explore our incredible island, the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada.


We grow over 350 varieties of apples here, with an apple history back to 1860.


Highlights:


The Grand Opening at Fulford Hall will include some theatre. We will be visited by the Ghost of Johnny Appleseed, who will address the crowd. We will also get to see Captain Apple, a new superhero, whose main ambition is to connect children with the wonderful world of Apples. Then to top the whole thing off, the QUEEN, portrayed by Reid Collins, will knight Johnny Appleseed .


This festival will be celebrating the finest British apple, THE COX ORANGE PIPPINS and at least 22 of the fabulous Cox crosses that exist.


Over 200 labeled varieties of apples on display at Fulford Hall, with the collection sold to the highest bidder at the end of the day.


All apples are grown organically on Salt Spring Island.


About 15 farms open to the public, some only on Apple Festival Day. These farms will feature their own combination of apple tasting, orchard touring, historical facts, education info, apple selling, apple juice, and apple preserves.


Learn about Blue Orchard (Mason) bees from the experts.


Get to taste at least 100 apple varieties, just at Apple Luscious Organic Orchard..


Visit and taste the apple baking of Salt Springs own Bread Lady, who bakes in a wood fired outdoor oven.


Get to taste the pies of the Salt Spring Island Women's Institute, who had 8 labeled varieties of apple pie last year.


Get to experience red-fleshed apples.


Enjoy lunches in the orchard, by incredible local cooks.


Take home your fall supply of apples.


Details
The festival runs from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Tickets are $10 each, students $5 and children under 12 are free. Tickets
will be available ONLY on Sunday, Oct 2, 2005 (the day of the festival) at
a) Fulford Hall
b) outside the Ganges Info Centre.
Proceeds to the Organic Apple Network of Salt Spring Island (OANOSSI) to
purchase apple processing equipment.


Here is a website for the 2005 Salt Spring Island Apple Festival
http://www.saltspringmarket.com/apples


Contact Info


Apple Luscious Organic Orchard
Growing over 200 connoisseur apple varieties
Certified Organic by IOPA (#902)
Harry Burton
110 Heidi Place
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K-1W5
http://www.appleluscious.com
250-653-2007


The 7th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival
Sunday, Oct 2, 2005
A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth!
http://www.saltspringmarket.com/apples/


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3. Acousticfest 2005, Open Air, other Music Options


Acousticfest 2005
Peter Rowan's New Acoustic Trio (8:30pm-10pm)
Marc Atkinson Trio (7pm-8pm)
Zubot & Dawson (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Friday, August 26th, 2005
"Open Air" - Centennial Square, Downtown Victoria
Showtime 5:30pm - 10pm, Doors 4:30pm
Tickets Only $23, $25 @ Door
Tickets available at: Lyle's Place 250-382-8422 & McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121


To Schedule interviews with Peter Rowan:
Bobbi Hoffaman - (Keith Case and Associates)
Phone (615) 327-4646
Fax (615) 327-4949
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To Schedule interviews with any members of Marc Atkinson Trio:
Marc Atkinson's # is 250 335 1593
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To Schedule interviews with Zubot & Dawson:
Kathy Campbell
Pooka Print
Tel: 604-732-6071
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Websites: http://www.peterrowan.com
http://www.marcatkinson.com
http://www.zubotanddawson.com


Upcoming High Tide Entertainment Shows:


Jesse Winchester
with opening guests... Allen Dobb
Friday, August 12th, 2005
Gibson Auditorium - Camosun College - Landsdown, 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
Showtime 8:00pm, Doors 7:30pm, Open seating
Tickets: $25 Advance / $28 Door (Tickets on sale June 1st)
Tickets available at: Lyles Place (cash only) 250-382-8422 & McPherson Box Office (service charge) 250-386-6121

To Schedule interviews with?Jesse contact:
Keith Case and Associates
1025 17th Ave. South, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone (615) 327-4646
Fax (615) 327-4949

Website: http://www.jessewinchester.com

Trio!
Bela Fleck - Stanley Clarke - Jean-Luc Ponty
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
Royal Theatre, Victoria
Showtime 8:00pm
Tickets: $45-$55 Advance
Tickets available at: McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121

To Schedule interviews with Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke and/or Jean-Luc Ponty:
Diane Hadley
310.273.2060
310.276.4037 (fax)
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Website: http://www.ponty.com
http://www.belafleck.com
http://www.stanleyclarke.com


Acousticfest 2005
Peter Rowan's New Acoustic Trio (8:30pm-10pm)
Marc Atkinson Trio (7pm-8pm)
Zubot & Dawson (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Friday, August 26th, 2005
"Open Air" - Centennial Square, Downtown Victoria
Showtime 5:30pm - 10pm, Doors 4:30pm
Tickets Only $23, $25 @ Door
Tickets available at: Lyle's Place 250-382-8422 & McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121

To Schedule interviews with Peter Rowan:
Bobbi Hoffaman - (Keith Case and Associates)
Phone (615) 327-4646
Fax (615) 327-4949
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To Schedule interviews with any members of Marc Atkinson Trio:
Marc Atkinson's # is 250 335 1593
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To Schedule interviews with Zubot & Dawson:
Kathy Campbell
Pooka Print
Tel: 604-732-6071
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Websites: http://www.peterrowan.com
http://www.marcatkinson.com
http://www.zubotanddawson.com

Leon Russell and Band
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
Yale Pub, Vancouver
Showtime 8pm "Early Show"

Leon Russell and Band
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
Legends Nightclub, Victoria
Showtime 8pm "Early Show"
Cabaret Style - seating for 250 (first come, first serve)
http://www.leonrussellrecords.com

The Unknown Soldiers - Doors Tribute
Friday, September 16th, 2005
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
http://www.theunknownsoldiers.net

Ashley MacIsaac & Band
Saturday, September 17th 2005
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
http://www.ashley-macisaac.com

"The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band!"
Thunderstruck
Friday, Sept. 23 and Sat. Sept. 24th, 2005
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm
http://www.exposureentertainment.com/Thunderstruck.html

Hootenanny Tour 2005 with:
Jenny Whiteley, Carolyn Mark, Luther Wright and other guest TBA
Thursday, Oct. 20th
Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St.
Showtime 9:30pm, Doors 7pm

David Francey
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2005
Gibson Auditorium (Young Bldg), Camosun College 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
Showtime 7:30pm
http://www.davidfrancey.com

Tri-Continental
with Lester Quitzau, Bill Bourne & Madagascar Slim
Saturday, Nov. 19th, 2005
Gibson Auditorium (Young Bldg), Camosun College 1300 Foul Bay Rd.
http://www.festival.bc.ca/index.php?target=/top30/tricontinental.html
http://www.lesterq.com
http://www.billbourne.com
http://www.amokmusic.ca/slim.html

Jane Siberry
Wednesday, Nov. 23rd - Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, Showtime 8pm
Thursday, Nov. 24th - Gibson Auditorium, 2 Shows! "early show" 7pm & "late show" 9pm, 2005
http://www.sheeba.ca

Vienna Boys Choir
Friday, March 24th, 2006 (Tickets not on sale until 2006)
Alix Goolen Performance Hall


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4. ISLAND BLUEGRASS NEWSLETTER (IBN)


Victoria


Erynn Marshall and Chris Coole


Where: The Orange Hall 1620 Fernwood Rd in Victoria, British ColumbiaTime: Friday August 19th/2005. 8pm sharp. Doors 7:30.Tix: at the door only. No advance reservations. $10 or free admission with CD purchase ($20)


Peter Rowan


Saturday afternoon, August 27th (2:00 pm) at the Orange Hall (1620 Fernwood Road, Victoria)


Tickets $15, phone Ray France at (250) 598-6677... cell 888-6654 http://www.peter-rowan.com


The Foggy Hogtown Boys


Tuesday, September 6 ? 1620 Fernwood Road, Victoria


http://www.victoriabluegrass.ca


Vancouver


The Mountain Bluebirds


Hello Friends,


Actually you have a choice, we have two shows on Saturday August 20th so if you're a daytime kinda person you could check us out at Cates Park on the North Shore Saturday afternoon at 4pm or if you're more a night time kinda person you might want to come see us at The Main on Main street later that night. For more detailed information check out the schedule at our fabulous web site http://www.mountainbluebirds.com/html/schedule.html


Come on out and see how our summer's been so far, we'd love to see you!


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5. Employment Options for Persons with Disabilities


Are you a person with a disability?


Are you interested in working from your own home to earn more income?


Would you like to learn how online?


Would you like to meet other entrepreneurs with disabilities with similar interests?


Then you might be a good candidate for two online entrepreneurial programs offered by the Canadian Society for Social Development (CSSD) for persons with disabilities.


The Canadian Society for Social Development is a federally incorporated, non-profit society with charitable status. CSSD is part of the Community Futures Network of British Columbia. Their mandate is to provide online employment and skills training to persons with disabilities across Canada.


CSSD is looking for students?


Who have an interest in becoming self-employed
Who already have some basic computer skills
Who find it difficult to work outside of home
Who are unable to attend regular in-house training programs
Who have a desire to learn and strive for independence


For more information on CSSD click here: http://www.cssd-web.org


The two programs they offer are:


The Business Abilities Program - (Enrolment is ongoing)


The Business Abilities Program provides a two phase approach to starting your business. In Phase One they offer a free 12 week online ?Preparing for Business? course that you work through at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It teaches you how to assess your entrepreneurial skills, research your business idea and prepare your business plan.


Business coaches will be available to answer your questions and to brainstorm ideas with you through instant text messaging and email. They will review your completed business plan and provide free advice throughout Phase One. You can also chat with other entrepreneurs with disabilities in the ?Conversation Caf?? on a number of business related subjects.


In Phase Two you will be able to attend virtual classroom sessions with online business experts discussing a variety of business topics. Advanced Business Management modules are also available free of charge for entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to grow their business. Business coaches are still available to ask advice from.


Social Development Canada has provided the funding to offer this service for Canadian?s with disabilities. To be eligible for this program you must:


have a permanent disability or chronic health problem
be unemployed (working less than an average of 20 hours per week)
Not collecting employment insurance benefits (EI) or have been in the last 3-5 years (some exceptions can be made ...please inquire)
be legally entitled to work in Canada
be in need of coaching assistance to prepare for self employment


Click here to go to: http://www.businessabilities.ca


The Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities - (Classes start each autumn)


The IBDE program teaches new marketable skills to adults with physical disabilities, in a self-paced and supported work and learning environment. (This program can be taken before or after the Business Abilities Program or on its own)


The IBDE program is a three month on-line, web design course followed by a three-month segment where you build a website for your own business or earn income by designing websites for other small businesses. Websites are then showcased at: http://www.virtualmall.ca. Throughout the six months you have access to the online instructors through instant text messaging and email. The course is accredited by Selkirk College and funded by Human Resources Skills Development Canada, the Vancouver Foundation and Western Economic Diversification. To be eligible you must:


have a permanent disability or chronic health problem
be unemployed (working less than an average 20 hours per week)
be legally entitled to work in Canada
have some computer skills (questionnaire is given to assess skills)
have a computer that meets the requirements for web design work
have an Internet connection


Click here to go to: http://www.ibde.ca


This information has been provided by the Canadian Society for Social Development. To contact them for more information go to http://www.cssd-web.org.


Funded by:



Thanks for you help in getting the word out.


Kay Ryan
Executive Director
Canadian Society for Social Development
Direct Ph: 250-825-9433
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Check out:


http://www.businessabilities.ca
http://www.ibde.ca
http://www.virtualmall.ca
http://www.cssd-web.org


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6. Logging Propaganda at new BC Ferry Terminal


Remove Logging Industry Propaganda Displays from the new Tsawwassen BC
Ferry Terminal, Wilderness Committee tells BC Liberal government


?I almost gagged on my gelato cone when I noticed the
government-sponsored logging propaganda displays in the new Tsawwassen
Quay ferry terminal yesterday?, states a flabbergasted Ken Wu, campaign
director of the WCWC in Victoria. ?Taxpayer-funded greenwashing of the
logging industry?s destruction of old-growth forests is totally
inappropriate at the new ferry terminal. The major logging corporations
who funded the BC Liberal Party?s election must be beaming with joy at
this slick manouevre.?


Three new, large displays, with highly misleading factoids and photos
about the state of BC?s forests are mounted on large wooden structures
(cross sections of giant old-growth trees) in a prominent location in
the new Tsawwassen Quay, which has replaced the former publicly-owned
ferry terminal. The gist of the text and photos conveys the message that
?all is well in BC?s forests? and that BC?s forests, wildlife, and
endangered species are being managed sustainably - so keep buying
ancient forest wood products from BC.


The Lonsdale Quay Marketing Corporation owns and operates the new
Tsawwassen Quay after signing a contract with the newly privatized BC
Ferry Corporation. According to Lonsdale staff, the company then signed
a ?long-term contract? with the BC government who paid them to set-up
the logging displays under the auspices of the BC Market Outreach
Network, a BC government initiative to promote BC old-growth wood
products around the world. Its website, http://www.bcforestinformation.com , is
heavily featured on the new logging displays at the Tsawwassen Quay.


Some of the key misleading ?Facts? promoted on the displays, and a
Reality Check, are as follows:


Logging Spin: ?We log a fraction of one per cent of our forests each
year.?


Reality Check: We log far more than ?a fraction of one percent? when
you look at productive forests (ie. the big treed, biologically diverse
forests where logging occurs and where the greatest conservation values
also occur). About half of BC?s forests are productive ? the rest are
non-commercial, marginal subalpine, bog, rocky, and northern forests. In
addition, a good deal of BC?s productive forests have already been
logged. When marginal and logged forests are taken out of the equation,
companies log over one percent of BC?s productive forests every year.
That means the rotation age in BC as a whole is lower than 100 years in
BC (ie. in 100 years, we cut 100% of our productive forests), in a
province naturally covered over vast regions with 500 to 1500 year old
trees. ie. we are greatly overcutting our forests and converting them
into younger age classes that never acquire old-growth characteristics
before being relogged.


Logging Spin: ?More than half of BC?s forests is protected or will
likely never be logged for economic or environmental reasons.?


Reality Check: This statement is carefully crafted to join ?economic?
and ?environmental reasons? together. Again, about half of BC?s forests
are economically unproductive (ie. bogs, rocky, subalpine, northern) ?
that?s the ?economic? reason, while only a tiny fraction of BC?s
productive forests (8%) is in our parks system. The vast majority of
BC?s productive forests are slated for logging.


Logging Spin: ?BC has 12 million hectares of protected lands where no
forestry, mining, or industrial development is allowed.?


Reality Check: Most of those 12 million hectares consist of alpine
tundra, subalpine marginal forests, and bogs. About 3 million hectares
of our parks consists of productive forests. The ?12 million hectare?
figure misleads readers into thinking that 12 million hectares of
productive forests are saved, since the ferry displays focus on the
forest industry which only operates in productive forests.


Logging Spin: ?Research proves wood is the best building choice for the
environment.?


Reality Check: The question is not whether wood per se should be used
for building, but rather wood from 500 year old ancient trees cut down
in endangered forest ecosystems should be used. True, wood per se is
renewable, but NOT old-growth forests at the rate of logging in BC.
Old-growth forests account for almost 90% of the harvest in BC. It?s
dishonest to conflate the two and fail to make the necessary distinction
between old-growth and tree plantation-produced wood.


Logging Spin: ?When a forest is logged, it is returned to forest. Just
two percent of BC?s land has been converted to other uses.?


Reality Check: When an old-growth forest is logged in BC, it is
converted into a biologically impoverished tree plantation that lacks
the old-growth characteristics and species of the original forest. The
question is not whether trees grow back ? generally, they do - but
rather whether or not the same type of forest ecosystem grows back after
logging. Under BC?s system of forestry, it does not. ie. it?s not a
?tree? issue, but rather an ?ecosystem? or ?habitat? issue.
In addition, the BC Liberal government has doubled the rate of
the sell-off of BC?s public forest lands to private real estate
developers for golf courses, suburban sprawl, etc., from about $40
million/year during the NDP?s reign to $74 million/year now. They are
the leaders in converting our forest lands into ?other uses?.


Logging Spin: ?One in every five jobs in BC is linked to the forestry
industry. Forestry revenues build schools, hospitals, and highways in
every corner of BC.?


Reality Check: The BC Liberal government are experts at eliminating the
jobs of forestry workers - by expanding raw log exports, eliminating the
local milling requirements (appurtenancy) that once existed for
companies that cut on public lands, and by revising legislation to
undermine the forestry unions.
Yes, forestry revenues do fund schools, hospitals, and highways - as do
tourism revenues, fishing revenues, and other industries that are often
threatened by unsustainable forestry activities in BC.


Other examples of the logging spin on the displays, (which would require
a much longer press release to debunk!) include:


?Forest activities on BC?s public land must follow strict laws with
measures to protect fisheries, wildlife, biodiversity, old growth, soil,
and water. Long before a tree is cut, resource professionals must know
how this will affect the forest today and decades into the future.?


?Resource managers must accommodate habitat needs to support healthy
wildlife populations with special consideration for species at risk.?


?What is the greenest building material? Wood ? it?s renewable,
recyclable, and grows with solar energy.?


The Wilderness Committee is calling on the Gordon Campbell government to
immediately remove the blatant logging industry propaganda displays from
the ferry terminal or else face a growing public campaign.


Some of the campaigns that the Wilderness Committee is working on, which
the new ferry display runs counter to, include:


- Expanding our protected areas system throughout BC, for example, on
Vancouver Island to include ancient forests in the Upper Walbran Valley,
pristine valleys and islands in Clayoquot Sound, East Creek Rainforest,
and Nahmint Valley.
- Protecting endangered species such as the spotted owl, mountain
caribou, and marbled murrelet which all need old-growth forests to
survive.
- Reducing the unsustainable rate of logging, where over 80 million
cubic metres of wood is logged each year in BC, while the long-term
sustainable rate of cutting is less than half that.
- Stopping the sell-off or privatization of public (Crown) lands
throughout BC.
- Banning the export of raw logs.


?I know I?m not the only one disgusted by the anti-forest protection
display funded with taxpayers? money at our ferry terminal. Everyone who
sees this anti-environmental garbage should let their BC Liberal MLA?s
know in no uncertain terms what they think about it ? as well as the
owners of the Tsawwassen Quay,? states Wu.
?We need to protect more ancient forests in BC, not slickly rationalize
their liquidation and conversion into tree plantations.?


For more info contact:


Ken Wu, WCWC Victoria
(250) 388-9292


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7. MEDIA TIPS AND LEADS


UVIC AIMS TO TAME TRAFFIC WITH NEW PASSES: The University of Victoria is offering its staff two new transportation options this fall, part of the university's continuing commitment to reduce motor vehicle traffic to campus. To encourage the use of public transit, staff will be able to purchase a monthly employee bus pass for $38 beginning Aug. 15. The passes will not be available to those purchasing annual UVic parking passes. The university is making a contribution to the cost of the passes from funds allocated for transportation demand management (TDM) initiatives. BC Transit is also providing financial support-the first partnership of its kind in Western Canada.
Staff also have the option of purchasing a flexible monthly parking pass. The $100 annual Flexi-pass permits drivers to park on campus up to 12 days a month, encouraging cycling, walking or taking transit the remaining days. This pilot project is also being offered for one year. "These new passes are part of a series of initiatives to encourage positive changes in travel behaviour," says UVic's TDM co-ordinator Allan Dunlop. "They reflect the university's commitment to its campus plan goal of reducing the amount of motor vehicle traffic coming to campus." UVic has also allocated funds to improve bike storage facilities and other amenities for cyclists and created a Rideshare program, providing designated parking spots during peak times for vehicles with three or more program participants. Details on these programs are available at http://web.uvic.ca/fmgt/TDM-main.html


Media contacts:
Allan Dunlop (TDM coordinator) at (250) 472-5646 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


UVic media releases and other resources for journalists are available at communications.uvic.ca/media


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8. Revisiting Hiroshima - By Norm Chomsky


Revisiting Hiroshima
By Noam Chomsky


08/02/05 "ICH" -- -- THIS month's anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
prompts only the most sombre reflection and most fervent hope that the horror may never
be repeated.


In the subsequent 60 years, those bombings have haunted the world's imagination but not
so much as to curb the development and spread of infinitely more lethal weapons of mass
destruction.


A related concern, discussed in technical literature well before 9-11, is that nuclear
weapons may sooner or later fall into the hands of terrorist groups.


The recent explosions and casualties in London are yet another reminder of how the cycle
of attack and response could escalate, unpredictably, even to a point horrifically worse
than Hiroshima or Nagasaki.


The world's reigning power accords itself the right to wage war at will, under a doctrine
of "anticipatory self-defence" that covers any contingency it chooses. The means of
destruction are to be unlimited.


US military expenditures approximate those of the rest of the world combined, while arms
sales by 38 North American companies (one in Canada) account for over 60 per cent of the
world total (which rose 25 per cent since 2002).


There have been efforts to strengthen the thin thread on which survival hangs. The most
important is the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which came into force in 1970. The
regular five-year review conference of the NPT took place at the United Nations in May.


The NPT has been facing collapse, primarily because of the failure of the nuclear states
to live up their obligation under Article VI to pursue "good faith" efforts to eliminate
nuclear weapons. The United States has led the way in refusal to abide by the Article VI
obligations. Mohamed El-Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency,
emphasizes that "reluctance by one party to fulfil its obligations breeds reluctance in
others."


President Jimmy Carter blasted the United States as "the major culprit in this erosion of
the NPT. While claiming to be protecting the world from proliferation threats in Iraq,
Libya, Iran and North Korea, American leaders not only have abandoned existing treaty
restraints but also have asserted plans to test and develop new weapons, including
antiballistic missiles, the earth-penetrating 'bunker buster' and perhaps some new
'small' bombs. They also have abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of
nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states."


The thread has almost snapped in the years since Hiroshima, repeatedly. The best known
case was the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, "the most dangerous moment in human
history," as Arthur Schlesinger, historian and former adviser to President John F.
Kennedy, observed in October 2002 at a retrospective conference in Havana.


The world "came within a hair's breadth of nuclear disaster," recalls Robert McNamara,
Kennedy's defence secretary, who also attended the retrospective. In the May-June issue
of Foreign Policy, he accompanies this reminder with a renewed warning of "apocalypse
soon."


McNamara regards "current US nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily
unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous," creating "unacceptable risks to other nations and
to our own," both the risk of "accidental or inadvertent nuclear launch," which is
"unacceptably high," and of nuclear attack by terrorists. McNamara endorses the judgment
of William Perry, President Bill Clinton's defence secretary, that "there is a greater
than 50 per cent probability of a nuclear strike on US targets within a decade."


Similar judgments are commonly expressed by prominent strategic analysts. In his book
Nuclear Terrorism, Harvard international relations specialist Graham Allison reports the
"consensus in the national security community" (of which he has been a part) that a
"dirty bomb" attack is "inevitable," and an attack with a nuclear weapon highly likely,
if fissionable materials - the essential ingredient - are not retrieved and secured.


Allison reviews the partial success of efforts to do so since the early 1990s, under the
initiatives of Sen. Sam Nunn and Sen. Richard Lugar, and the setback to these programmes
from the first days of the Bush administration, paralysed by what Sen. Joseph Biden
called "ideological idiocy."


The Washington leadership has put aside nonproliferation programmes and devoted its
energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying
to manage the catastrophe it created in Iraq. The threat and use of violence is
stimulating nuclear proliferation along with jihadi terrorism.


A high-level review of the "war on terror" two years after the invasion "focused on how
to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past
couple years," Susan B. Glasser reports in The Washington Post. "Top government officials
are increasingly turning their attention to anticipate what one called 'the bleed out' of
hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout
the Middle East and Western Europe. 'It's a new piece of a new equation,' a former senior
Bush administration official said. 'If you don't know who they are in Iraq, how are you
going to locate them in Istanbul or London?"'


US terrorism specialist Peter Bergen says in The Boston Globe that "the president is
right that Iraq is a main front in the war on terrorism, but this is a front we created."


Shortly after the London bombing, Chatham House, Britain's premier foreign affairs
institution, released a study drawing the obvious conclusion - denied with outrage by the
government - that "the UK is at particular risk because it is the closest ally of the
United States, has deployed armed forces in the military campaigns to topple the Taleban
regime in Afghanistan and in Iraq ... (and is) a pillion passenger" of American policy,
sitting behind the driver of the motorcycle. The probability of apocalypse soon cannot be
realistically estimated, but it is surely too high for any sane person to contemplate
with equanimity. While speculation is pointless, reaction to the threat of another
Hiroshima is definitely not.


On the contrary, it is urgent, particularly in the United States, because of Washington's
primary role in accelerating the race to destruction by extending its historically unique
military dominance.


Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and the author, most recently, of Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global
Dominance. ?2005 by Noam Chomsky


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