thanks to Roger Colwill, Mel McDonald, Roxanne Brydges, LW Pommen, Marjorie
Vachell, Emile LaCroix, Edward Jones, M.Harvey, Lawrence Smith, Mary June
Pettyfer, Norman Thyer, Lorraine Garcia-Meredith, Christian Freidinger,
Kay Look, Gail Schultz, Kim Feltham, Margaret Hantiuk, Ian Graeme, Gary
Greenstein, Ann Gower, Pamela Harbord, Karen Skowron, S. Copland & Nancy
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seeks couple or single parent with child to share reasonably large house
in Fairfield with garden space, swingset, mild forest activist setting.
Rent and chores negotiable.
upr dplx rent/buy, Oaklands. Quiet character, native garden $850 Tel 595-5600
your Empties ! The Bottle Depot at 3961 Quadra Street is offering customers
the option of donating their deposit money to The Land Conservancy of BC.
congratulations to Vicky Husband on being awarded the Order of BC
for 18 years of volunteer activism in the defense of our magnificent coastal
rainforests. We thank you, and all your co-workers.
and Briony Penn have produced a beautiful ‘Healthy Saanich’ Map expressing
community values shared by residents, young and old. It’s on sale at Commonwealth
Place, Gordon Head, Cedar Hill, Pearkes and Les Passmore (the Senior's Centre
Certified Organic produce?
Saanich Organics at 658-4921
Brown Box delivery program
Fraser & Rebecca Jehn - 7th year
Denise Savioe writes : Life at City Hall has been hectic; I see how
easy it is to get pulled in 20 directions ! I continue to work for a safe
crossing of the Johnson Street Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. Crossing
the Rail Bridge will become legal for public use, and the Galloping Goose
Trail will be continued right up to the Bridge, funded by the City, Pacific
Wilderness and hopefully the Provincial Government through a Millennium
Grant. It’s not an ideal solution, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The President of Pacific Wilderness, the new tourist train company, has
assured us of his intent to move the passenger loading to the other side
of the bridge next year, leaving the rail bridge free for pedestrians and
has been working on the City’s strategic plan for the next three years.
It is important to me that we give more prominence to environmental issues,
which means more people-friendly transportation, and more attention to stormwater
and sanitary sewers. This isn’t sexy stuff, but parts of the city’s system
are up to 100 year old, with serious environmental consequences. We have
cross-connections which cause high coliform counts in parts of the harbour,
and sewage overflows during storms, so work is needed to preserve the water
quality in the Gorge and the Harbour. We’ve received a long overdue proposal
from Esquimalt to consider watershed-based management for the Gorge, and
I look forward to working with the other municipalities on joint management
of the Gorge. I have asked staff to look into a voluntary stewardship program,
through which the City would help residents to naturalize their shoreline.
Regionally, the CRD Board has approved a source control program to reduce
chemical contaminants that go down our sewers, by progressively bringing
various business sectors into compliance with a code of practice.
from the CRD, there’s to be a Citizens’ Forum on Sept 8th – 9th
followed by a Regional Planning Summit on Sept 16-17th to recommend
one of four planning scenarios to guide the future growth of our region.
There’s a questionnaire available at libraries and community centres, and
at www.crd.bc.ca/rgs_home.htm. Please fill it in. A question for EcoNews
Readers in the core municipalities: Would you support "appropriate"
densification of your neighbourhood if a reserve fund acquired from development
and re-zoning charges ensured the establishment of new greenspace and pocket
parks in your neighbourhood ? Send me your thoughts at
IRRITATIONS - #1
you hate it when a builder strips the topsoil off a building site, sells
it for cash, and never replaces it ? From Brenda Sawada, in Vancouver, comes
the news that in Germany, developers and purchasers are required to scrape
off the topsoil from a building site, store it, and respread it when the
site is ready for landscaping, thus preserving an incredibly valuable resource
and providing fertile soil for the new plants. The developers and purchasers
pay the cost.
IRRITATIONS - #2
– don’t you just love them ? All that wonderful noise ? In California, people
love them so much they are banning them – something councils could do here
if people said "Just Do It." The use of blowers has been made
illegal in 21 major California cities, including Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach,
Lawndale, Lomita, Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Claremont, South
Pasadena and Santa Barbara for one simple reason: they are hazardous to
our health. First offence is a $100 fine; second is $20; third is $1,000
and/or six months in jail. See http://pages.prodigy.com/leaf/leaf.htm for
all the noise-free details.
YOUR DAILY E-NEWS
you ever get the feeling that you’re not getting the environmental news
that really matters through your local paper ? Newspapers are like the last
quaint scrolls handwritten by monks, while the rest of the world has moved
on to the printing press – or in our case, the Internet. Here are three
environmental news services which you can receive free in your daily email
: (1) The Daily Grist, from Earthday (www.gristmagazine.com/grist/daily)
(2) ENN (www.enn.com), (3) Planet Ark,
from Australia (www.planetark.org).
Now you’ll know what’s really going on.
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SPRING, & THE WORLD
Salt Spring, the struggle to stop the massacre of the landscape by clearcut
logging goes on, with four people arrested so far for blocking the trucks
that ship the logs that repay the loan that enriches the shareholders of
Manulife, who financed the deal in the first place. With assets of $11 billion,
what’s $16 million for a couple of loggers ? They say they’re only cutting
second growth – but one tree was 267 years old. Salt Spring’s residents
are fighting back with every way they know. They have raised $638,000 in
pledges to buy the land from Texada; they have invited arrest (and been
arrested); they have taken their struggle to Manulife’s AGM, somewhere back
east, and they’ve a top-notch website at www.savesaltspring.com. The overarching
question is : How do we stop these huge corporations from buying and selling
without regard for the consequences to the locality where they trade, or
to the planet ? The British government has one idea. Frustrated at their
inability to nobble Thames Trains for paying out £7.48 in dividends to their
shareholders while not bothering to invest £5.26 million in a safety system
that could have prevented the Paddington railway disaster that killed 31
people, the government intends to create a new offence of "corporate
killing". Now there’s an idea. Just think where this might lead, if
applied to some of the larger companies. How about "corporate ecocide"
for companies which destroy ecosystems ?
and Orca Bioregional School
the cycling school bus to areas
and cultural interest
into practical hands-on projects
gardening, pottery and cob
day licensed care, ages 5-12.
is limited: Call 383-6609
also registering for our September 2000 bioregional elementary program,
certified alternative school for children aged 5-12.
Welsh Asembly has defied Britain’s government by voting 54 – 0 to ban the
growing of GM crops. Sweden has ruled that all GM rapeseed crops must be
uprooted by July 7th unless farmers get a special permit. The
city of Genoa, in northern Italy, banned GM crops on the eve of an international
biotech conference held in the city in May; and Austin City Council, in
Texas, has voted unanimously in favour of the campaign for the labelling
of GM food.
plants at grower direct prices
varieties of :
daily 10am – 5pm until June 30th
gardens & afternoon teas
hottest thing in the politics of climate change is known as "carbon
offsets" – initiatives that companies are taking to offset their carbon
dioxide emissions, chiefly by planting trees. It’s a dubious way to try
to control climate change, for a host of reasons, but nonetheless : In April,
Texaco committed $900,000 dollars to a reforestation project in the Lower
Mississippi River Valley, enabling The Conservation Fund to acquire 1,500
acres of land where 450,000 native tree seedlings will be planted, to offset
800,000 tonnes of C02 over 70 years. These are big figures, which bear some
examining. Texaco’s website says that they released 47 million tonnes of
greenhouse gases in 1998 (C02 equivalents) – that’s 4,000 times more than
the 11,428 tonnes which the Mississippi trees will store on an average annual
basis. Texaco had revenues of $35.7 billion in 1999 – which is 40,000 times
more than the $900,000 they spend on the trees. What does this tell us ?
That Texaco would have to do 4,000 projects like this every year if they
were serious about offsetting their emissions; and that it would cost them
10% of their total revenues.
FOR ZERO WASTE ?
May’s EcoNews, I made the error of listing the CRD’s municipalities in the
order of their recycling. Residents of the Highlands and Metchosin – who
appeared to be on the bottom of the list – were not happy ! They pointed
out that they take their recyclables to Alpines and other places, so they
don’t get included in the CRD’s figures – and that maybe they produce less
waste in the first place ! My apologies for suggesting that you were not
absolutely the greenest municipalities in the CRD. Now, about that commuting….
Incidentally, for the very latest on recycling, and which methods bring
the best results (some New Jersey municipalities are achieving 65%), see
Wasting and Recycling in the US, 2000, by Brenda Platt and Neil Seldman
(Institute for Local Self-Reliance), which includes an action agenda for
a zero-waste society. $25US, GrassRoots Recycling Network, PO Box 49283,
Athens, GA 30604-9823. By the way, anyone wanting to recycle their
plastics locally, instead of having the CRD ship it over to the mainland
mixed with glass and metal, should call Chris Mowat at 381-2273, who takes
it up to Syntal at Keating Cross Road, where they use an extrusion method
to make plastic lumber. In Fairfield, call Neil at 382-7627. In South Jubilee,
call Roger at 595-3914.
OF THE MONTH
May 1st, the House of Commons Environment committee recommended
a ban on the use of chemical pesticides on lawns and gardens in Canada.
Now we need legislation. There is absolutely no need to use chemicals to
maintain a healthy garden – but when we do, they blow around the neighbourhood,
and get tracked into people’s homes by dogs and cats. These things are a
hangover from the 20th century, when we thought that modern science
would make us all happier citizens. Now we have epidemics of cancer, and
people whose bodily response mechanisms have been so badly affected by exposure
to chemicals that they can only live in ultra-pure environments. They are
the canaries, who warn us of what will come if we don’t stop spraying chemicals
on our skins (many modern perfumes), our homes and our gardens. A recent
study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has just shown that
people exposed to pesticides in the home are twice as likely to develop
Parkinson’s disease. We have to stop it.
: Write to the following, let them know what you feel, and ask
for federal legislation to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and
Chretien PM, House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan Rock, Health
Minister, David Anderson Minister of Environment, Dr Keith Martin MP &
Gary Lunn MP, all at the same address.
OF THE MONTH (2) SILVER SPRAY REZONING
Campbell (642-2698) writes :
Silver Spray Rezoning Application will proceed to the CRD Board on Wednesday,
June 14, 2000. Citizens of the Capital Region & supporters of the Sea-to-Sea
Green/Blue Belt Vision need to act now to prevent inappropriate high density
(1/4 acre min. lot sizes) residential / commercial / resort development
adjacent to one of the region’s most cherished parks.
174 acre lands, which share a 10,000 foot border with East Sooke Regional
Wilderness Park, are currently designated ‘rural’ for 10 acre minimum lot
sizes, in the East Sooke Local Area Plan (created by local citizens in recent
years). Included in the proposal are: 127 homes, 85 room hotel on Possession
Point (with restaurant, conference rooms, pool, spa), 115 boat marina basin,
9 hole golf course,15 cottages, tennis courts, etc. And more could be expected
Write to CRD Board Chair and Directors: Mr. Christopher Causton, CRD Board
Chair, & Board Members, CRD Executive Office, PO Box 1000, 524 Yates
Street, Victoria, BC, V8W-2S6 FAX: 360-3130
your concerns about this proposal (e.g. negative impacts on the foreshore
environment and neighbouring CRD regional East Sooke Park; negative impacts
on neighbouring watersheds from golf course run-off, negative impacts due
to a new marina at the mouth of the harbour, yet more high density development
in a rural area). Also note that one brief meeting is inadequate to address
this regional issue; they need to strike a committee to hear public input.
Call the CRD at 360-3000 for a registration form and fax it in to the number
above, or register on-line at www.crd.bc.ca
(click on 'public participation') to request to speak at the June 14 meeting.
Each person is allotted a maximum of five minutes. You must be registered
by Friday June 9.
Attend the CRD Board meeting on this subject at 1:00 p.m. at the CRD offices,
address indicated above.