A very big
thankyou to Tony Law, Fireweed, Windwalker, Alan Austin, Mark Dussealt, Kathleen Gibson,
Daniel Harper, Nina Raginsky, Stuart Wulff, Roger Colwill, Blaise Salmon, Mike Cregan,
Diane Lade, Daphne Taylor, John Lammers, Thelma MacMurchie, Donna Mclaren, Ida Robertson,
Jane King, Ian Moul, Valerie Douglas, David Greer, Sheila Haegedorn, Barbara Benoit, Susan
Holvenstot, Pru Moore, Michael Clague, Unitarian Church Social Resp Cte, Warren Nickerson,
Noel Taylor, Audrey Woodward, Paul Gareau, Kelly Wilson, Unlimited Possibilities &
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* There are new Study Circles in Voluntary
Simplicity and Deep Ecology starting the week of Feb 8th. Call Jackie 361-9446 or Carolyn
388-9993 (North West Earth Institute).
* Vacancy : Executive Director sought for
a new community forestry and tenure reform campaign, run by the Institute for New
Economics and the Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy. Contact Cheri Burda
* Volunteer Naturalists sought by the Swan
Lake Nature Sanctuary, to help with school programs. Joan 479-0211
* Master Composter Training Program. The
Victoria Compost Education Centre is enrolling new recruits for its program, which takes
place on Saturdays March 13th, 20th & 27th and Wednesday evenings March 10th, 17th
& 24th. The program includes training in practical composting, building worm bins, hot
composting, presentation skills, organic gardening, waterwise gardening, CRD recycling
initiatives and a tour of the Hartland Landfill & composting facility. Call 386-WORM
for details, or visit the Centre, 1216 North Park St, Fernwood.
* Paper - Reach for Unbleached! and Paper
Choice's Office Paper Buying Club are preparing to place a new order of Office Paper at
20% below retail prices. Available by the case (5000 sheets) - Rolland New Life Dual
Purpose, Canadian made, 100% processed chlorine free, 80% post consumer paper, suitable
for copiers and printers. $58 per case + GST, PST, freight, pre-payable. (Delivered to
your door in Victoria). Other sizes also available. Call Alice, 598-5526 in Victoria, or
Delores (250) 935-6992 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline March 1st.
* Calling all Schools ! The Sierra Club
invites you and your class to step out of your familiar surroundings to imagine the cool,
moist world of the temperate rainforest. Their Environmental Education Outreach Team wants
to visit a school near you - offering in-class programs that explore the ecology and
importance of the coastal temperate rainforest. Jenn Hoffman (250) 386-5228
* Spring is coming, and so is the
EarthWalk 1999 (April) - if you would like to learn the skills of how to organize this
kind of big event, and join a fun team of volunteers, call Peter Ronald 361-3621
* Volunteers are needed to help stop the
destruction of BC's rainforests, wild salmon rivers and grizzly bear sanctuaries. The
Western Canada Wilderness Committee is a great team of people, and they need additional
volunteers to help with office reception, in their store, setting up displays,
coordinating volunteers, and sewing the unique hand-crafted bags which are used to raise
funds. Call 388-9292, or drop in at their office, Suite 507, 620 View St, Victoria.
THE VEINS OF LIFE
The Veins of Life Watershed Society is
proposing a Federal Millennium Project to restore the Gorge waterway to the recreational
and ecological jewel it once was, providing access for all citizens of the area, whether
or not they own waterfront property. The project will reclaim public access points,
restore water quality and create a Gorge Interpretive Centre. It will also create an
educational resource to teach watershed stewardship skills and ethics to the
decision-makers of the future. If you enjoy the waterways as you walk along the Gorge,
bike over the Selkirk trestle or row or canoe past Aaron Point, now's the time to make
your voice heard to your Municipal Council and to the Province. Tell them you support the
Veins of Life Millennium Project. Together, we can show that a clean waterway and an
abundant watershed are top priorities for the new millennium. To join the Society, call
Hilary Buri at 383-2086. email@example.com
BABY MILK &
I am told that it is becoming a common
practice for the parents of young children to warm their bottled baby's milk up in the
microwave. Please don't - you are taking a terrible risk with your children's future.
Among the new toxic pollutants scientists are worrying about are synthetic chemicals which
mimic natural hormones, upsetting the normal reproductive and developmental processes.
These hormone impostors are being held responsible for birth defects, sexual abnormalities
and reproductive failures in wildlife, a dramatic drop in human male sperm count (up to
50%), and a rise in female hormone-related cancers and other disorders. One of the places
these chemicals come from is some plastics, especially when the plastic is heated or
microwaved. It's probably ok to heat the bottle in hot water, the old fashioned way - but
don't use the microwave. PS show this to your friends ! (Our Stolen Future, by Theo
Hey - it's that time of year, when the
bulbs are telling us spring is just around the corner, and it's time to be planning the
gardening year. For this year in particular, because of Y2K, it is important to be
planning a good-sized food garden. If you feel like some guidance, Carolyn Herriot, host
of 'The Garden Path' on AM 900, is offering 3 organic gardening workshops, starting Feb
11th, continuing in March (see Diary). Carolyn is also the organizer of Seedy Saturday,
with its proliferation of displays by local seed suppliers, its famous Community Seed
Swap, and workshops by people such as Tina Fraser on 'Extending your Season of Harvest
with Winter Vegetables'. So whether you are after locally grown organic seeds for flowers,
vegetables, beans, herbs, medicinals or ancient grains, head on down to South Park School
in James Bay on Saturday Feb 20th. It's truly a Seedy Celebration ! Details from Carolyn
at 592-4472. If you live on Salt Spring, you can visit your own show on Feb 13th.
THE STREET VOLUNTEERS
Would you like to become a Street
Volunteer (see cover story) and set up a Street Circle on the street or in the apartment
where you live ? We will be running 6 Study Circles in March, and are looking for 72
people to train as Street Volunteers to set up your own Street Circles in April. Are you
interested ? If some go on to lead Study Circles, we'll be able to run 18 Study Circles in
April, 45 in May, and go on all year long. This is the way to build a dream ! To find out
more about the Y2K concerns, come to the government's Town Hall meeting on Feb 17th, and
the Street Volunteers meeting on Feb 25th. Whether Y2K turns out to be a mouse or a
monster, the Street Volunteers will live on as a permanent new level of community
participation, and a wonderful birthday gift to the new millennium. For details, call me,
Guy Dauncey, Street Volunteers Director, (250) 881-1304. firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOBAL DEBT FORGIVENESS
While we are busy worrying whether our
computers will blow a collective fuse on January 1st 2000, the world's poorest are
struggling to repay the debts that our western banks talked them into taking back in the
'70s and '80s. Between 1981 and 1997, the less developed nations repaid their creditor
countries over $2.9 trillion, twice the amount originally loaned to them - loan repayments
which are contributing to Canada's massive bank profits, stolen from the hands of the
poorest. In this wretched parade of sorrow and hunger, this is a miserable stain which
should be on the conscience of every prosperous nation. The debt is strangling the 40
poorest countries in the world; the effort to repay the debt is distorting their
economies, making the poorest even poorer. In response to this enormous injustice, a
global initiative is building to make 2000 a year of Jubilee, when debts are forgiven and
forgotten, and foundations are laid for a more prosperous and sustainable future. On Salt
Spring, the group '10 Days for Global Justice' recently organized a day of International
Solidarity (537-9804) with Bishop Remi de Roo to focus on these goals. In Canada, the
Halifax Initiative is a coalition of environmental and social justice groups committed to
debt forgiveness, fundamental reform in the world's financial system, and the introduction
of a Tobin Tax on global financial transactions. This is hot and topical, because NDP
Member of Parliament Lorne Nystrom has introduced a Private Member's Bill (M-239),
proposing Canadian support for such a tax, and Parliament will be voting on it this month.
So call your MP ! (David Anderson, 613-996-2358, Fax 990-7292). The regional coordinator
for all this is in Vancouver, (604) 915-9600 email@example.com
When history writes its verdict on the
achievements of the first year of the new millennium, Debt Jubilee could be the biggest of
them all. It just needs us, to push it forward.
or PARADISE ?
A Panel Discussion
exploring Regional Growth
in the Victoria Area
Deborah Curran, Gene Miller, Mark
Hornell, Rob Wickson & Todd Litman
Wednesday February 10th, 7:30 -
Fairfield Community Place
Garry Oaks Room 1335 Thurlow Road
Want a place to live in the
Parksville-Qualicum area, with environmental and social aspects rarely seen in
conventional housing, contact Andy Telfer or Po Wan at (250) 752-4486, or firstname.lastname@example.org
RECYCLE THAT CAN !
Every aluminum can that is recycled saves
.718 kilowatt hours of energy, .231 kilograms of water, and keeps .162 kilograms of C02
from entering that atmosphere. Recycle that can !
THE WHOLE OF NATURE
"A human being is a part of a whole,
called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his
thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion
of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our
personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to
free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
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ACTION OF THE MONTH :
In 1995, the BC government imposed a
moratorium on salmon aquaculture due to the risks of escaped farm fish and diseases
transmitted to BC's wild salmon. Since then, we have learnt a tremendous amount about the
dangers of salmon farming. This month, the government will decide whether or not to lift
The government faces tremendous lobbying
from members of the aquaculture industry, keen to expand their operations. But what of the
other side ? Most farmed fish are Atlantics, which have immunity to diseases that Pacific
salmon do not have. One fear is that fish farm escapees will transmit their diseases to
the Pacifics, just as the early whites transmitted smallpox to the natives. In Norway, a
parasite from farm salmon infested 24 rivers so badly that the government had to poison
these rivers several times, wiping out all life. In New Brunswick, infectious salmon
anemia has wreaked havoc in the fish farm industry, forcing the government to order the
slaughter of half a million fish and to pay $10 million in compensation. In BC, Atlantic
salmon have been found in the Tsitika River, and at Gold River.
The fish farms create as much sewage as a
city of 300,000 people, poisoning the traditional shellfish beds; and they drive away the
whales, seals and dolphins by the use of 'acoustic harassment devices' - many operators
view marine mammals as a pest. The antibiotics which are routinely fed to the fish add a
growing concern about the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. A 1994 study found that
74% - 100% of wild fish caught near fish farms contained antibiotics in their flesh - some
above a safe level for human consumption. There is no food sense in it, either - farmed
fish are fed 3 times as much protein as they produce : globally speaking, they are a net
food loss. The sensible solution is to end all marine-based aquaculture, and to allow only
land-based, enclosed aquaculture in ponds - as the Chinese have been doing successfully
for 5,000 years. We face a critical choice - do we want wild salmon or farmed salmon for
the future ? What do we want our children to see, and eat ?
Action : Write to Glen
Clark (Tel 387-1715, fax 387-0087) & Moe Sihota ( email@example.com Tel
356-9819, Fax 356-9830) urging that the moratorium not be lifted until the industry moves
to a fully enclosed or land-based system. Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4.
Don't delay - the decision is to be made very soon !
Deadline for March: Feb 25th
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