thanks to The Kildonan Womyn, Doug McGregor, Wayne Madden, Ray Travers,
Penny Tannenhouse (in memory of Roy McFarlane), Jerome & Pam Webster,
Jane Victoria King, Dave Secco, Deborah LeFrank, Tony Law, Audrey Woodward,
Karen Chapple, Normay Thyer, Nina Corley-Smith, Marlyn Horsdal, Keith &
Mignon Lundmark, Gil Parker, Freda Ramsay, Pamela Webster & Doug Patterson,
and to Neil Topham, Andrea Tischhauser, Bill Wilson, Heather McAndrew &
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Wanted: 15-20 passionate and committed volunteers to realize the LifeCycles
"Growing Schools" project – outdoor gardening workshops, harvesting
food, saving seeds, putting the school gardens to bed for the winter, and
workshops on Global Food Education. Training provided. Call Clare, 383-5800.
Responsible health professional/green activist seeks quiet, respectful,
to share, sublet or caretake. email@example.com
ASCENT Bookkeeping Services. Step lightly on the earth knowing your
finances are in good order. Call Debra Meeks 478-7880. References available.
For Sale: Quality hard-plastic laundry tub, metal legs, CSA approved,
never used. $40. Call 920-0036, afternoons.
Wanted: Medical scooter from an environment free of smoke, pesticide
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or SMART GROWTH?
150 years ago, British Columbia was home to many thousands of Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth,
Kwaguilth and other tribes, and a handful of white men. And then we started
ask yourself – is anything realistically going to stop this growth? Do others
not have the right to live here too? These are the estimates for the future:
2031: 6 million
issue is not population growth, but the manner in which we choose to develop
and live. If we continue building the bland, sprawling subdivisions that
eat up the forests and farms, we will destroy much that we hold beautiful
is happening as we read this - in Colwood, the Royal Bay developers are
planning to start building not in the gravel pit, but in the 73 acre ‘Special
Study Area’, a sensitive dry, open rainshadow forest with Douglas-fir and
Garry oak. It makes far more sense to leave it as parkland, an amenity for
the thousands who will live in Royal Bay. For the Friends of South Colwood,
and more details, call Frank Mitchell, 478-1671 firstname.lastname@example.org.
solution to these constantly recurring problems is Smart Growth, developments
which mirror the qualities of older towns and cities – narrower streets,
neighbourhood shopping centres, slower traffic, local work, greenspace,
better relationships. Wherever communities are designed along these lines,
their residents love them. SmartGrowth BC has just published The Smart Growth
Toolkit, a compendium of the planning tools, alternative development standards
and means of public involvement that can help us make Smart Growth the norm,
not the rarity. An essential resource for councillors, planners, engineers,
and also for every community association or citizens group that gets involved
in land-use planning and development. It includes pointers on how to reach
the media, build a coalition, and lobby for changes. If we want to save
BC from sprawl, we need this toolkit. Available online soon at www.smartgrowth.bc.ca,
but I sorely hope they will print more copies, too.
now, a journey into cyberland. We start with Alan Drengson’s Ecostery Foundation,
– "loved places where ecological values, knowledge and wisdom are learned,
practiced and shared". From the local to the global, we travel to the
new Victoria IndyMedia, www.victoria.indymedia.org.
For solar and wind energy to light your way, we’ll visit the Canadian Centre
for Renewable Energies at www.renewables.ca, and Kevin Pegg’s Energy
Alternatives, based in Brentwood Bay at www.energyalternatives.ca.
If we fail to make the energy transition, we’ll face floods, drought and
Stormy Weather see www.earthfuture.com/stormyweather.
And finally, from Iceland, an amazing tour through the Northern Lights,
He came, a shepherd
from the hill
He worked wherever
help and care
were short supplied.
were his ways.
I knew him then,
in country days.
From then till
now his hands have worked, created help and grown,
He left us when
his time had come,
His journey with
A blessing still.
From all those
whose paths have crossed with yours,
We say thankyou,
You lived your dreams
to place peace
They say you
have left us; they found your body in the Inner Harbour;
but we know you
are still here
We say thankyou,
Poet from the Pub.
WALK THROUGH TIME
is the greatest story – how Earth was created, and how life has evolved
over 5 billion years. 30 years ago, the physicist Sid Liebes was lying on
his back at night gazing at the stars when he dreamed up the idea of a walking
exhibit that would show the history of the universe. By teaching humans
about the origins of humans, he hoped to have a positive impact on how people
affect Earth’s future. His dream came true. The 90 panel exhibit, a mile
long, has been shown all over the world to rapturous receptions. Each step
carries you through a million years in time. From Sept 28th to
Oct 1st, it is in Ganges, Salt Spring (see Diary, & call
me at 881-1304 if you want to share a ride on Sat 29th. But could
we also have it along the Dallas Road cliffs? It is available for a few
days afterwards, but it would take $1 to $2,000 and some volunteers, and
we’d have to act fast. If you can help, please call me (Guy) at 881-1304.
Plant and WaterWise Garden Consultant
you to create chemical-free, low maintenance gardens.
good folks at the Victoria Fruit Tree Project are climbing ladders again,
picking unwanted fruit to distribute through the community. If you have
pears, apples, or plums that are going to waste, call Jenny Davis at Lifecycles,
a small story, but it claims a place in the heart. On July 12th,
Vancouver civilian policeman Ray Petersen was walking under the Granville
St Bridge when a duck grabbed him by the pant leg and then waddled around
him, quacking. He thought it a bit goofy, but the duck, likely a mallard,
wouldn't give up. Making sure it had Mr. Petersen's eye, it waddled up the
road about 20 metres and lay on a storm-sewer grate. Mr. Petersen watched
and thought nothing of it, but when he started walking again, she ran around
and grabbed him again. When it waddled off to the sewer grate a second time,
Mr. Petersen followed. "I went up to where the duck was lying and saw eight
little babies in the water below. They had fallen down between the grates."
Mr. Petersen phoned police Sergeant Randy Kellens, who brought in two constables.
When they came down, the duck ran around them as well, quacking, then lay
down on the grate. While Sgt. Kellens looked into the grate, the duck sat
on the curb and watched. The two constables marshalled a tow truck that
lifted the grate out, allowing the ducklings to be picked up, one by one,
with a vegetable strainer, while the mother duck lay there and watched.
Once they were safe, she marched down to False Creek, where they jumped
in. (edited from Canadian Press)
the duck did for her children, Women in Black have been doing for Earth’s
children since 1988, when Israeli women held silent, non-violent vigils
in the West Bank and Gaza to protest Israel’s occupation, and demand peace.
Italian supporters took the idea back to Italy, which led to Italian and
Yugoslav women doing Women In Black vigils in Belgrade, protesting the Serb
regime’s aggression in the Balkans. There have been vigils in Beijing, and
many other places around the world. In Britain, Women in Black have been
protesting the Trident nuclear warfare submarines, running rings around
the security police. Two years ago, three women climbed into the floating
research lab on Loch Goil and threw all their computers into the sea; they
were acquitted of criminal damage on the defence that they were acting to
prevent a crime, not to commit one.
in Israel and Palestine, there is a terrible conflict; we despair at the
entrenched anger and hatred. Every day sees another attack, another death,
another call for revenge. Over the past few weeks, however, foreign peace
activists have been arriving in Jerusalem and the West Bank, staying in
the homes of threatened Palestinians, turning themselves into shields between
the Israeli army and its targets. They have been joined by Women in Black,
who are sleeping in Palestinian homes in the Bethlehem suburb of Beit Jala,
where 850 homes have been shelled by soldiers stationed in the neighbouring
Jewish settlement of Gilo, as the Israeli army seeks to expel the Palestinians
to expand the Jewish settlement. The women have been standing at army checkpoints,
photographing the soldiers as they stop people trying to enter or leave
their communities, recording the names of the arrested. Whenever they arrive,
there is a reduction in the violence, as the soldiers hate the scrutiny.
A few days ago, they helped organize demonstrations outside Orient House,
the Palestinian HQ which has been seized by Israel. They were arrested and
beaten up with the local people, and witnessed the torture of Palestinian
prisoners in the police station, which would have gone unreported. On June
8th, there were Women in Black vigils in 142 countries worldwide (including
Victoria); the vigil in Jerusalem brought together 3,000 women and men,
both Israeli and Palestinian, with speeches in Hebrew and Arabic seeking
two peaceful states, Israel and Palestine, co-existing side by side. In
the midst of hatred and revenge killings, there is this incredibly courageous
presence, this call for an end to the insanity, for the beginning of peace.
The news media have been almost totally silent about this, preferring images
of violence to those of peace. The heroic Women in Black are a powerful
reminder that even where things seem to be the most hopeless, human compassion
can create a wave that can wash over the hatred, and sow healing in its
place. Women in Black has been nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
For more details, see www.geocities.com/endtheoccupation
(Thanks to George Monbiot, Guardian)
the summer, the Liberals have been hacking away at NDP initiatives. Among
them is the E Team funding, and among th losers is UVic Sustainability Project,
which is working to make the whole campus more sustainable. Penny and the
team there are working their butts off trying to save their project; there’s
an on-line petition you can sign at www.geocities.com/uvicsustainabilityproject,
and there’s an actual petition at Capers on Quadra St., and outside the
UVic Sustainability Project Office at UVic (Sedgewick C136).
OF THE MONTH:
new Liberal government, among their many cuts, has scrapped years 2 &
3 of the NDP’s Climate Change Business Plan, and is asking if it is worth
bothering with climate change at all. Just south, the City of Seattle is
planning to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 3 times more than the
Kyoto Protocol calls for; they are so alarmed by predictions of a 50% reduction
in smowmelt over 50 years, and other impacts. We can, we must, we will benefit
from reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and ushering in the new hydrogen
economy. This is also an important economic opportunity for the future.
Write to the Premier Gordon Campbell, Legislative Assembly, Victoria
V8V 1X4. Fax 387-0087.