thanks to Katey Bloomfield, Peter Schofield, Judy Gaylord, Eileen Kenwood,
Ann Tasko, Joanne Manley, Craig Harrold, Freda Knott, Camilla Turner, Taania
Dancer, Irene Huntley, Margaret Fear, Janice Turner, Kildonan Womyn, Jane
Victoria King, Robert Schutte, Janine Gagnier, Aarran Rainbow, Michael Eckford,
Nancy Boorman, Patrick & Jane Fawkes, Gregg & Sheila Brown, and
the Victoria Natural History Society. Donations can be sent to EcoNews,
395 Conway Rd, Victoria V9E 2B9. For a receipt, send a stamped addressed
receive EcoNews by email, send a message to email@example.com
(non-profits & low-income free) 1" box ad $35, $2" box ad
Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association has volunteers and $$ for a
vegan Xmas hamper program but needs a volunteer to organize it. 386-2100
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition needs volunteers to sit in a lawn
chair for 2 hours at Galloping Goose crossings and count bicycles and cars,
to harden its case for improved cycle crossings. Call 480-5155
13th Annual Earth Day needs volunteer organizers to make
the celebration a reality for Earth Day 2002 (April 22nd), invite
event listings, and publicize the program. Earth Day is the one time of
year when we celebrate what we have, while we work towards a better future.
Call Doug Koch, 383-5765.
Farming as a Business. Tina Fraser & Mary Alice Johnson are running
a 36 hour course for would-be farmers, including the in's and out's of finding
farm land, determining acreage, planning for efficiency, maximizing tax
breaks, developing your farm plan, identifying profitable crops, finding
labour, selling produce, and available support organizations. Hands on sessions,
individual planning with each student. Nov 8th – 26th,
Mon, Thur, and Sat. $165 To register, call Camosun College Interurban Campus.
Northwest Earth Institute is holding a November assembly for everyone
who has been in a Study Group, for a potluck and some fun. Mostly for alumni,
but anyone who wants to know more about the study circles in Voluntary Simplicity
& Deep Ecology is welcome to attend. Call Rainey, 380-5055.
of Victoria – why not apply to join the Transportation, Cycling, Environment
& Shoreline, Social Planning & Housing, or Planning Advisory Committee?
Applications by 4:30pm, Nov 2nd. Details from City Hall, or www.city.victoria.bc.ca
Fresh organic produce
breads & pastries
grocery items & more
delivery in Victoria area
RIGHT FROM OUR VAN
SMUG, and XENO-ECOLOGICAL
also stands for the Georgia Strait Crossing, BC Hydro’s natural gas pipeline
mega-project that is supposed to make Vancouver Island magically more "self-sufficient"
in energy by piping in natural gas from BC’s north-east (er...duh?) and
burning it in cogeneration plants, releasing (by the by) enormous quantities
of greenhouse gases. This is the WRONG way for our energy policy to be heading,
and we need everyone to say so. More accurate load-forecasting, coupled
with far greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy from
wind, micro-hydro, biomass and ground-source heat would do the job in a
much more ecologically and planetarily responsible manner. Apart from anything
else, new natural gas wells have not been delivering the goods in sufficient
quantity, and there may not be enough for North America’s demand beyond
2010. Thursday Nov 29th is the deadline for filing to be an intervenor
if you want to be part of the National Energy Board / Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency panel review of the GSX in May 2002. Call Guy Hamel, NEB
Regulatory Officer, 1 (800) 899-1265 (Calgary). For general info, visit
the GSX Concerned Citizens Coalition’s website, www.sqwalk.com.
For regulatory info, see www.neb-one.gc.ca,
then Regulatory Updates, then GSX.. If you don’t want to be an intervenor,
a letter to the Premier would very valuable. Speak up, now! Fax 387-0087.
Victoria V8V 1X4
the stock market crash of 1929, companies used to report their financial
performance in radically different ways, making it hard to compare companies,
and easy for companies to conceal information. After 1929, there was an
overwhelming consensus that financial reporting should follow standard rules.
Today, there is similar confusion about company reporting of environmental
and labour standards. Some companies release information, most don’t. It’s
hard to compare companies, and easy for them to greenwash their performance.
The Global Reporting Initiative was started in 1998 to create a common standard
for social and environmental reporting. Thousands of people in 50+ countries
have used the Internet to produce Version 1.0, and 31 companies are involved,
including Nike, Shell, GM, Ford, Texaco and TransAlta. As public concern
about trade and global corporations grows, it’s a small but important step
in the right direction. For details, see www.globalreporting.org.
that the forest is managed according
to strict environmental,
social and economic
standards. Chain of custody certified by Silva Forest Foundation.
© Forest Stewardship Council A.C.
New Rules project reports: The Irish government has placed a permanent
cap on the size of retail stores. The new law restricts stores in the Dublin
area to 3,500 square meters (38,000 sq. ft.) and applies a 3,000 square
meter (32,000 sq. ft.) limit to the rest of the country. The policy also
requires that new retail stores be located in town centers. If no sites
are available, they may be located on the edge of the town centre, within
convenient walking distance of the primary town centre shopping area. Out-of-town
retail developments are strongly discouraged. The policy applies to grocery
stores and "hypermarkets" which also sell general merchandise. Non-food
warehouse stores and D-I-Y home centers are restricted to 6,000 square meters
under existing law. "Where new developments compromise downtown vitality,
they should be rejected," the policy states. In preparing the policy, the
government commissioned a study by Goodbody Economic Consultants, who concluded
that "available evidence suggests that economies of scale are exhausted
at a store size of approximately 2,000 sq. m." Studies have found that grocery
prices in Ireland are 5% lower than in England and Northern Ireland, which
have few restrictions on large-scale chains. Independent grocers in Ireland
enjoy a 45% market share, up 10% since 1990. In England, independents have
8% of the market. Limiting the size and location of new retail stores has
become increasingly common as communities look for ways to maintain their
character and local economies. Many US cities and many countries have used
size caps, including Norway, France, Denmark, & Argentina. www.newrules.org/retail/size.html.
For local relevance, come to the Local Farms & Local Businesses Fair,
on Nov 10th.
in the mud? Feeling
sensible and compassionate problem-solving
and counselling, phone
TASKO, MA, R.C.C.
exactly two years ago, the Texada Land Corporation, armed with $16 million
from the Manulife Insurance Corporation, bought one-tenth of Salt Spring
Island - 5,000 acres in the southwest part of the island, the largest undeveloped
part of the Southern Gulf Islands. The primary stated objective of the new
owners was to make money as quickly and efficiently as possible by logging
the island's forests. Logging on private lands is unregulated, and within
a week, they began clear-cutting at a rate of 3-5 acres a day, 15-20 times
the sustainable rate of harvesting. Almost immediately, the Islanders sprang
into action. They have fund-raised, written letters, lobbied MLAs, posed
nude for the Save Salt Spring calendar, blockaded roads, been arrested,
embarrassed Manulife, monitored the logging, pressured all levels of government,
gathered land-purchase pledges for $1 million+ from over 1,000 people, worked
sleepless nights, and finally, after long periods of apparent hopelessness,
it has all worked out. On November 30th, a $15.9 million agreement
to protect 770 hectares of land around Burgoyne Bay will be honoured with
the provincial government ($12.4 million), the federal government, the CRD
($1.5 million), and The Land Conservancy, which will be calling in personal
pledges form $10 to $50,000 to contribute $1 million+. There is more work
to be done and more land to be saved, but this success is fabulous. 215
hectares will become a regional park, and 555 hectares will become a provincial
park, to be enjoyed forever by all future generations. For the back-ground,
more goodies to explore:
Bandcroft, Intrepid Serendipity: http://web.uvic.ca/~bandj
Energy Plan for the US, by Guy Dauncey: www.yesmagazine.org/19technology/dauncey.htm
for progressive journalists, writers, artists, activists: www.rabble.ca
Business & Environment: www.sustainablebusiness.com
is a country the size of Texas, with a population of 27 million people.
Because of war, drought, and now the bombing, 5 million have fled their
homes and are in desperate need, with the winter about to begin. Doctors
Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières - MSF) has medical
teams in Afghanistan, and is strengthening its teams in Pakistan, Iran,
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, ready to respond to any possible
refugee flow from Afghanistan. "It's heartbreaking and I don't see how these
people can survive, knowing the situation as it was a couple of weeks ago.
It wasn't good, and knowing that the situation is getting worse, I'm very
concerned." (An MSF volunteer on the ground in Afghanistan). MSF urgently
needs enthusiastic volunteers with various backgrounds to help their local
groups. In Victoria, please email Natalie Vinette, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Nanaimo, please email Amy Lyn Hollings, email@example.com.
For details, see www.msf.ca
RESPONSIBLE INVESTING SEMINAR
and Drew Henderson in partnership with Acuity Funds Ltd invite you to an
evening that will both educate and challenge the way we spend and invest
Christopher Hilliard, VP Acuity Funds & Stacey Toews, founder of Fair
Nov 14th, 7-9pm
Inn, 3020 Blanshard Ave
reservations, call 475-6577
CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
folks at the Center for a New American Dream have created a website called
‘Turn the Tide’ where you can join with others in tallying up the results
that nine simple actions will achieve that you can take at home:
one car-trip each week
one less beef meal each week
eat shrimp (if 1,000 of us stop eating shrimp, we can save over 12,000 pounds
of sea life a year.)
yourself off junk-mail lists
4 regular lightbulbs with high efficiency compact fluorescents
down the thermostat by 1.5˚ C
lawn & garden pesticides
an efficient showerhead & low-flow faucet aerators
your effort by convincing two friends to sign up.
they have signed up 1,700 people, who will save 5 million gallons of water
and prevent the release of 340 tonnes of CO2 over a year. Anyone feel inspired
to create a Canadian equivalent? See www.newdream.org/turnthetide
not out of the woods yet, however wet it feels:
September 1st – October 17th:
1916 - 2000: 138.2 mm
81.5 mm (59% of average)
on saving water wherever you can – toilets, showers, taps. See:
Dealing with Terror
American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said,
"I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is
vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate
one." The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"
The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."
whole world walk in peace.