thankyou to David Stott, Joan Waddell, Judy Norbury, Joan Tiernan, Ria Bos,
David Greer, Christine Scotnicki, Stuart Wulff, Chris Morrison, Judy Nielsen,
Maurice Tozer, Roger Colwill, Terra Verde Glassworks, Bernie Jones, Bo Martin,
Marie Chanton, Ralph & Mallory Pred, John Munro, Pauline Kenneally,
Roger Sandford, Don Shaw, UBC Student Env Centre, Bernice Packford, Colin
Graham, Sky to Sky Outdoor School for Env Education, Judith Cullington,
Sara Stallard, Alice Davis, Shirley Brodeur, Victoria Garden Fairies, Edward
Jones, Victoria World Federalists, Lesley Wicks, James Holtz, Anke Bergner,
The Troubador Institute, Richard de Candole, Tom Hackney & Mick Collins.
can be sent to EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria V9E 2B9. For a receipt,
send stamped addressed envelope.
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with SCS interested in the arts, env. issues, needs suite in house or apt
for Mar 1st. Hardwood flrs, elec or hot water heat, n/s, no pesticides.
Please leave message with Mary Lou, 721-2390
for Unbleached's Office Paper Buying Club deadline: Jan 31st. Rolland New
Life Dual Purpose, 80% recycled content, 60% post-consumer fibre, 100% Processed
Chlorine Free. $53.50 per case of 8.5 x 11 (5000 sheets) for less than 80
cases; $51.00 for 80+, +taxes and delivery. Payment in advance, by check
to Reach for Unbleached! on invoice. 250-935-6992 email@example.com
to help establish the world's first International Marine Protected Area
in the Southern Gulf Islands/San Juans? Sign and help circulate the Orca
Pass Stewardship Petitions. Contact Peter Ronald, 361-3621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Georgia Strait Alliance's ToxicSmart Home Visits are available in Greater
Victoria only through March. To book your free visit, call the ToxicSmart
you suffer from an excess of stored plastic bags? Relax - there’s relief
in sight! Planet Recycling, operated by Victoria’s recycling pioneer, Chris
Mowat, has transferred its business to Pacific Mobile Depots which offers
wider recycling services, including - yes! - plastic bags. Call 544-3153,
or pick up brochure at 6772 Kirkpatrick Cres (Crown Packaging/ Recycling)
or behind Tudor House Pub, 533 Admirals (closed Mon).
Koch writes: It has been my privilege to serve as Vancouver Island’s
Earth Day/Week coordinator for the past 11 years, but now it is time for
others to take the lead, as I move on to new endeavours. Every April, thousands
of Islanders participate to create the largest set of community activities
in the country. New blood is needed to coordinate the program, and our flagship
event, the 20th annual Earth Walk. If anyone would like to help
create a team to organize the Week or Walk, or for more information, please
call me at 383-5765. Thanks to the many sponsors, volunteers and participants
for ensuring the success of past programs. With your continuing support
and commitment, we will fashion a better future together.
WISH WE HAD BETTER INTERNET ACCESS"
you work with a non-profit group that needs Internet access, or whose staff
want to email email@example.com without having a panic attack? VolNet is
a federal initiative with a mandate to offer Internet connections, computer
equipment, skills and development to 10,000 voluntary organizations by March
2001. Yes, you heard that right! So move quickly – the initiative is being
managed locally by the BC Museums Association, at 387-3971 on an old-fashioned
telephone. But don’t delay – they may all soon be gone!
a birthday gift to the new millennium! 15 years ago, leaders of the world's
major faiths met with conservationists in Assisi, Italy, to explore their
teachings on the environment. As a result, with help from the World Wide
Fund for Nature, faith communities around the world have created a partnership
called ‘Sacred Gifts for a Living Planet’, not of money, but actions that
will make a difference:
Methodist Church is launching a worldwide drive to develop an ethical investment
framework for US$30 billion of church assets, and supporting environmental
and social justice through shareholder action, engagement with corporate
heads, and consumer choice.
Mongolia, Buddhists are reinstating a hunting ban that will help protect
the endangered snow leopard.
of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations, representing 80% of US Jews, are launching a conservation
program which emphasizes action to counter climate change, and consumer
preference for FSC sustainably-managed forests.
China, the Taoist Association (an umbrella organization for all 40 million
Taoists), is calling on its members to stop using endangered wildlife in
traditional medicine products.
fishermen are helping to save turtle nesting sites in Zanzibar
Saudi Arabia, the Islamic government is establishing the country's first
ever biosphere reserve.
Shinto community is vowing to purchase only sustainably grown wood for their
Benedictine Sisters are doubling their school programs to reduce toxic waste
in Lake Erie. www.panda.org/livingplanet
Williams died shortly before Christmas, while flying to England. During
his years in Victoria, he did so much for the community, whether taking
a tatty old industrial building and turning it into Swans, helping the Upper
Door and the street people, supporting local artists by buying and displaying
their work, or organizing the busload of business-people who supported the
peace camp at Clayoquot Sound in 1995. Only Michael knows the full list
of kindnesses he gave us, while he was here. If you want to say goodbye,
I expect you’ll find him at Swan’s, taking good care of his friends and
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me, and I will listen. Show me, and I will remember. Involve me, and I will
understand. Respond to my needs, and I will act. Remind me and support me,
and I will keep on doing." (Shelly Sawada). These might be guiding
words for any organization doing community or stewardship work, but in reality
they come from ‘Living by Water’, a national non-profit which started with
a dream by two people in Salmon Arm (Clive Callaway and Sarah Kipp) who
wanted to help people be more sensitive to the wildlife and the natural
habitat of the water they live by, and reduce the damage that occurs. Once
there were loons at Prospect Lake; now there are front lawns and homes for
boats. Living by Water has put together a handbook for waterfront living,
and very thoughtful and colourful kit, including brochures, an event-planning
mini-kit and a manual to guide participants through shoreline restoration
activities and arts and kids events. They have also developed a Homesite
Assessment Program and a Junior Shoreline Ambassador program. On Shushwap
Lake, the Adams Lake Indian Band has done an outreach effort to shoreline
property owners. The topics that arise include septic systems, wells, erosion
control and flooding, habitat restoration, wildlife, fishing, boating, building
design, and environmentally friendly household products. It is so easy to
flush something down the sink, and
understand how it may harm the creatures that live on the foreshore. Living
by Water is supported by the Federation of BC Naturalists, Environment Canada,
the Mountain Equipment Coop, and 38 other organizations. www.livingbywater.bc.ca
(250) 832-7405 in Salmon Arm.
that the forest is managed
to strict environmental,
and economic standards. Chain of custody certified by Silva Forest Products.
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three years ago, an American woman visited Salt Spring and wrote a glowing
article about the Gulf Islands in the New York Times. Soon after, our cousins
from south of the border started arriving check-books in hand, eager to
buy waterfront property. I mean, we’ve all got common ancestors, but no-one
is taking the time to tell them that "Private Property – No Trespassing"
signs are not what make the Gulf Islands so magical, or that in Canadian
law, private property only reaches as far as the high tide line, and does
not include the entire beach. No, sirree, there’s not a two-mile fishing
zone with that there cottage. One of these dear cousins was spotted recently
doing some serious waterfront modifications on his Lasqueti Island property,
pulling rocks off the sea-shore to become a part of his fortress, to the
despair of the locals. What can you do? Hey, man, this is my private property!
On this one occasion, however, one of the locals felt that enough was enough.
Time for action! Being a well-bred Canadian, he called the Coast Guard,
who freshed up their ammunition, leapt into their Zodiac, and roared across
the water. 20 minutes later, much to Cousin America’s surprise, they were
giving him the most severe talking to, and telling him that if they found
as much as one tiny Canadian barnacle on any of his rocks, they would personally
make him demolish the entire structure while they watched. True story –
hey, we’re Canadians! Maybe some Gulf Island realtors might start a little
stewardship initiative of their own, and take the time to explain to the
new owners that no, they are not entitled to help themselves to the shoreline,
and by the way, would they care to see this little brochure on ‘Living by
Water’? If we start protecting our world right here where we live, maybe
we’ll learn to love the rest of it properly, too. (Thanks to Brett Black)
2 bedroom house on Florence Lake. Organic hobby farm, $1,000 per month.
BEER AND GREENSPACE
and Ian McKenzie, of the Coalition of Langford Residents, will be selling
raffle tickets during January for the beer fridge at Ma Miller`s pub (2903
Sooke Lake Rd) to support The Land Conservancy`s purchase of the Sea-Sea
Greenbelt. The fridge comes complete with beer from Pacific Brewery, smoked-salmon,
a 3-month T-C subscription, and brunch at Ma Miller`s. The draw happens
on Superbowl Sunday at the pub in Langford. Tickets $2, 5 for $5, at the
WCWC office and Ma Miller`s.
MPs IN OTTAWA
you’re looking for support for a federal environmental initiative, try one
of these MPs, who have a good green record:
Charles Caccia (Davenport)
Copps (Hamilton East)
Lincoln (Lac St. Louis)
Kraft Sloane (York North)
Rick LaLiberté, Churchill River
Stouffer, Sackville Mosquodoboit
Jocelyn Girard-Bujold, Jonquiere
John Herron, Fundy-Royal
to Laura Telford, Canadian Nature Federation.
Goulet writes: For the past year our citizens group in North Saanich
has been gathering information about alternative wastewater treatment for
Deep Cove and Pat Bay. Four years ago the CRD directed North Saanich to
solve the problems of failing septic fields, or face fines. The Municipality
has been planning to run a pipe to the new secondary treatment plant at
Bazan Bay, but our investigation is driven by a love of the rural nature
of this community, and the conviction there are better ways of solving wastewater
problems. On January 20th we are holding an Open House with international
presentations at Deep Cove to demonstrate what we have learnt (see Diary).
While the rest of the country and the US has known for years of these viable
and cost effective solutions, British Columbia is just waking up to them.
Our purpose is to advance that wake-up call by providing a full spectrum
of alternate solutions from collection, conveyance, treatment and discharge.
This issue is of vital concern to many rural communities who must find a
better way to clean the water they use. Contact Heather Goulet (250) 656-1115.