Roger Smeeth, Theodore Dixon, Al Craighead, Inez Walker, Katey Bloomfield,
Christie Ward & Marjorie Vachell. Donations can be sent to EcoNews,
395 Conway Rd, Victoria V9E 2B9. For a receipt, send a stamped addressed
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of Natural Systems – UVic offers a Diploma/Certificate program, starting
in October, in a variety of formats & schedules to suit your needs.
Call Peggy Faulds, 250-721-8463, email firstname.lastname@example.org
is not the enemy. War is not the answer." The newly formed Victoria
Peace Coalition has drawn together 100+ concerned citizens who have formed
six committees to voice Victorians' deep concern about the US terrorist
attacks, the drive towards war, and the increase in racism. "The Victoria
Peace Coalition calls upon the Canadian government to respect international
law and justice, and to not support military action in any form." There’ll
be a Peace Vigil at 7pm every Wednesday at Victoria's Cenotaph, on the front
lawn of the Legislature. If and when a war begins, there will be a Peace
Vigil that night at 7pm, at the Cenotaph. The Coalition is forming a buddy
system for those who feel threatened, especially those in the Muslim community
who are living in fear of unjust retaliation. www.justicewalk.ca,
or call Joan Russow at 598-0071 or Al Rycroft & Kealey Pringle at 592-8307.
PEACE, & THE TALIBAN
is a growing body of useful material for those who want to understand, and
take meaningful action:
Action for Justice:
Centre for Research
on Globalization: www.globalresearch.ca
From Tucson, AZ: www.ci.tucson.az.us/commxpression.html
Independent Media Institute:
Views from around the
Who is Bin Laden? http://msanews.mynet.net/Scholars/Laden
for Peace and Justice: www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/224622495
to President Bush: www.911peace.org/petition.php3
Appeal for No More Violence: www.flora.org/coat/appeal
WALK THROUGH TIME
the whole world is breathing with nervousness, fear, and prayer, there is
no better time to ponder: Who are we? Where have we come from? Thanks to
the UVic Maltwood Gallery, the astonishing 90-panel, five billion year "Walk
Through Time" is on public display in the quadrangle at UVic from Oct
3rd to 10th. DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE to learn our story.
Please tell your friends, and tell any teachers you know, so that they can
alert their schools and arrange a class visit. Volunteers needed – call
Guy, 881-1304 www.globalcommunity.org/wtt
HOUR HAS COME
hour has come for us to demonstrate at the highest level our most extraordinary
thought about Who We Really Are. There are two possible responses to what
has occurred today. The first comes from love, the second from fear. If
we come from fear we may panic and do things-as individuals and as nations
- that could only cause further damage. If we come from love we will find
refuge and strength, even as we provide it to others.
Let us seek not to pinpoint blame, but to pinpoint cause. Unless we take
this time to look at the cause of our experience, we will never remove ourselves
from the experiences it creates. Instead, we will forever live in fear of
retribution from those within the human family who feel aggrieved, and,
likewise, seek retribution from them." From a letter by Neale Donald
Walsch, James Redfield, James Twyman & Doreen Virtue
WALK TO SCHOOL
all connected. The way we conduct our lives reflects our commitment to heal
not just our environment, but our planet. If we didn’t need oil, we wouldn’t
need the Middle East politics of oil. On October 2nd, school-children
in countries all around the world will take part in "I Walk to School
Day", abandoning cars for feet, bicycles and rollerblades. (www.iwalktoschool.org).
Here on southern Vancouver Island, 55 schools have registered. At Willows
Elementary in Oak Bay, which has been making an effort since 1999, (and
not just on this one day), they have raised their "non-car" travelling
from 50% to 70%; on special days such as "Walkin’ Wheelin’ Wednesdays"
they get 90% participation. At Honeymoon Bay Elementary on Lake Cowichan,
the school had 100% participation this day last year. In Fairfield, Sir
James Douglas School has a "walking school bus" where a group
of children walk together on a designated route with parent ‘bus drivers’,
and children join the bus at the ‘stops’. In Saanich, Torquay Elementary
encourages parents to drop their bundles of joy off at a designated spot,
so that they can at least walk part of the way to school with the help of
a parent volunteer and crossing guards. It’s all connected – and the need
to change is urgent, so urgent. For details, call Suzanne Kort, 1-877-325-3636,
and see www.waytogo.icbc.bc.ca
of alternatives to cars, Victoria’s own Todd Litman has developed what is
without doubt the world’s most complete on-line Encyclopedia of Transportation
Demand Management (TDM) initiatives. That may sound like a mouthful, but
if you want your local council to bring in the best approaches to parking,
traffic calming, trip reduction, telecommuting, car-free planning, and so
on, check out his website, at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute: www.vtpi.org.
Scott writes: On Dec 31st, the Victoria Branch SPCA plans to close the
doors of Wild ARC – the Metchosin Wild Animal Recovery Centre. This well-equipped
facility has treated 6,130 animals and birds (orphaned or injured) in its
five years of operation. The reasons given by the SPCA are financial - ARC's
annual budget is $330,000. According to the Victoria SPCA's Chairman, the
B.C. SPCA in Vancouver has increased its annual levy on the Victoria Branch
from $2,000 to $200,000 in just five years. Despite this, according to the
Times-Colonist (Aug. 21st), the Victoria SPCA has assets of $7,583,833,
including a $4 million "endowment fund." The actual work of running Wild
ARC is done largely by volunteers, who are devastated at the news. We have
recently decided to found a non-profit society, "Friends of Wild ARC" and
we will explore alternative means of funding in an effort to keep the centre
open. If you can help in any way, call Susan Scott 598-6223.
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RIGHT FROM OUR VAN
DAYS OF LIBERAL BROWNERY
the recent election, the Liberals made a promise that they would practice
more open government, and be good stewards of the environment. Here’s how
they have gone about it, with zero public debate or involvement:
the grizzly bear moratorium.
14 government scientists doing research on endangered species.
the province’s climate change program.
a corporate-heavy task force to develop a BC energy policy.
the Green Economy Secretariat; cancelled the Green Communities Program.
70%+ of the community economic development budget.
all new Environmental Youth Team (E-Team) funding.
the law prohibiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.
the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability.
you describe this kind of stewardship? Lies? Deceit? Ignorance? Thanks
to Dale Marshall, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative
from the Jubilee Hospital)
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ENERGY: A DIRECTORY
alternative to oil, coal and gas is clean, green renewable energy, and there’s
now an added urgency to phase out fossil fuels, instead of phasing in more
(natural gas power plants would make good terror targets). Here’s an EcoNews
Directory of Vancouver Island Suppliers. This is just the first cut – please
send in additions.
Alternatives (Solar, wind, microhydro, efficient appliances), 8-6782
Veyaness, Brentwood Bay, Victoria V8M 2C2. 544-0488. www.energyalts.com
Options Ltd (Solar, wind, micro-hydro) 364 Lower Ganges Road, Salt Spring,
V8K 2V7 (250) 537-8371 email@example.com
Industries (Ground-source/ geo-exchange heating), PO Box 784 Duncan,
BC V9L 3Y1 (250) 748-1731 firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy Systems. (Solar, wind, micro-hydro) 1-6809 Kirkpatrick
Cres, Victoria V8M 1Z8 (250) 544-2115. email@example.com
Plus (Registered electrical contractor; solar, wind, micro-hydro). PO
Box 76 Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W0 (250) 743-9796. 1755 Shawnigan/Mill Bay
Solar Energy Ltd (Solar, wind, micro-hydro) 2-745 Vanalman Ave, Victoria,
BC V8Z 3B6. 727-7720. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Sunwell SW200 solar water heaters, $500 federal government discount until
March 2002) 171 Vesuvius Bay Rd, Salt Spring, BC V8K 1K3.
White (250) 537-2616, email@example.com; Tom Doylend (Comox Valley)
(250) 338-8668 firstname.lastname@example.org
Industries Ltd (Solar hot water vacuum tube collectors), 3181 Kingsley
St, Victoria V8P 4J5. (250) 721-4360 patrick@solarThermal.com
to a $100 donation and a subsidy by New Society Publishers, 10 copies of
‘Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change" are available
for $10 for people to donate to Canadian or global leaders. Send $10 and
with your suggestion, & we’ll mail a copy. David Anderson, Al Gore,
Christie Whitman (EPA), Stan Hagen & Joyce Murray already have copies.
a Changing World
Federalists of Canada invite you to their
Club, Sat October 13th
$57.00 Call 479-6027
law is the only viable alternative to war
QUARRY TOO FAR
CRD has an idea – they want to quarry rock at the Hartland landfill, to
make some money and dig a bigger hole to bury our wastes. The trucks will
make 100 trips a day for 15 years along Willis Point Road and the windy
West Saanich Road, much used by cyclists and tourists. According to the
Mount Work Area Coalition (Michael Carson 478-1535; email@example.com),
they’re skating over the likelihood that blasting will cause increased rock
fissures, allowing leachate to seep into local groundwater, and ignoring
the costs of remediation and related lawsuits. They’re planning to stockpile
the rock at steep angles above Willis Point Road – ignoring the fact that
we live in an earthquake zone. The CRD says there’s a need, but there’s
loads of gravel which can be barged here at low cost, and we can create
landfill space by diverting the 33% of the wastes that are compostable.
There’s a zoning review on Monday Oct 29th in the Saanich Council
Chambers, when the public is invited to speak. Fax your thoughts to Saanich
475-1775, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OF THE MONTH:
to President & Laura Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20500, Fax 202-456-2461, email email@example.com
Share your thoughts; share your deepest feelings.