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Mon 5 to April 5. Restoration Ecology NP 503. Space still available in UVic Continuing Studies online course. Email for details.

Wed 7, 2:30-4:30pm Community Urban Food Forest Work Party (every Wednesday). Over the winter months we will be planting native and evergreen plants; making plant labels; mulching; and improving soil health.  Tools and gloves are provided. In the spring when there is a substantial harvest, all volunteers are offered a free bag of fresh produce. Meet 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. Cowichan Green Community. 250-748-8506

Fri 9, 6:30pm Elizabeth May, MP, Pender Town Hall Meeting. Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road, Pender Island.

Sat 10, 10-3pm Haliburton Farm Seedy Saturday, 741 Haliburton Road. Produce, Preserves, Seedlings, Seeds, Tours, Community Seed exchange. Speaker at Noon:  Christina Nikolic of The Organic Pantry.

Sat 10, 1–2:30pm Wonderful Woodpeckers Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and learn how to identify different woodpeckers by sight, sound and habits on this fun guided walk. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 10, 2-4pm Flick the Switch. Launch of the largest school solar array in BC at Gulf Islands Senior Secondary, 112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island. Many speakers, including Elizabeth May and Guy Dauncey.

Sat 10, 6:30pm Elizabeth May, MP, Salt Spring Town Hall Meeting, Gulf Islands Secondary School Gymnasium, 112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island.

Sun 11, 1–2:30pm What’s That Evergreen? Guided Walk (8 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to learn common species, what keeps these plants green year round and enjoy evergreen tea. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sun 11, 2:30-3:30pm Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich Town Hall Meeting, Gordon Head Rec Centre Auditorium, 4100 Lambrick Way, Saanich.


Mon 12, 7pm Nanaimo Green Party Nomination Meeting. Speech by Elizabeth May. Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo.

Tue 13, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria at The Drake Eatery, Market Square, 517 Pandora

Tue 13, 7pm Elizabeth May, MP, Sidney Town Hall Meeting, Mary Winspear Centre – Bodine Family Hall, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

Tue 13, 7:30pm Wildlife 911: When Our Wild Neighbours Need Help (and When They Don’t). Sometimes our wild neighbours need our help, becoming sick, injured, or even orphaned as the result of an encounter with common urban dangers like windows, cats, or cars.  Join Heather Schmitt from BC SPCA Wild ARC (Animal Rehabilitation Centre).

Wed 14, 6pm Elizabeth May, MP, Galiano Town Hall Meeting, Community Hall, 141 Sturdies Bay Road, Galiano Island.

Wed 14, 6:30-7:30pm Organic Master Gardener Program Free Info Session. For information about the course, see Gaia College Royal Roads: 250-391-2513

Wed 14, 7pm The Clean Bin Project. Documentary about Vancouver partners Jen and Grant who swear off consumerism to produce the least garbage over a year. Discussion on ideas for lowering our garbage footprint and forming a Zero Waste Committee. Edward Milne School, 6218 Sooke Rd.  By donation.

Thur 15, 6:30pm Elizabeth May, MP, Mayne Island Town Hall Meeting, Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island.

Sat 17, 1–2:30pm Horth Hill Highlights Guided Hike (8 years+) Horth Hill Regional Park (North Saanich). Join a CRD Parks naturalist to discover the plants at your feet, the birds over your head and great views from the top. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Tatlow Road.

Sat 17, 7pm Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich Town Hall Meeting, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, Saanich.

Sat 17, 7pm Owl Prowl Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Join CRD Parks guest naturalist David Allinson for this adventure into the dark woods to look for and call owls. $7 + GST. Pre–registration by January 16. Space limited. Call 250.478.3344. BC Transit #53

Sun 18, 9:30–11:30am Winter Birds of Island View Beach Guided Walk (9 years+) Join a CRD Parks naturalist to look for hawks, owls, sea ducks, loons and more. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them. Meet grassy area next to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.


Mon 19, 7pm Look - No Carbon! The Future of Transportation, with Guy Dauncey and Christina Ianniciello. BCSEA Victoria Chapter, First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral.

Mon 19, 7pm An Evening with the Right Honourable Joe Clark, presented by Elizabeth May, MP. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Tue 20 to Feb 17. Marine Mammals of BC workshop series. UVic Continuing Studies -

Tue 20, 7:30pm Plant Treasures of the Olympic Mountains, with Hans Roemer. VNHS, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 21, 7pm Climate Change and Victoria’s Ecosystems. Presentation by Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator of Botany and Earth History, Royal BC Museum. Habitat Acquisition Trust AGM. Everyone is welcome. Swan Lake Nature House.

Wed 21, 7pm Elizabeth May, MP, Central Saanich Town Hall Meeting, Saanich Fairground – Cedar Room (Main Hall), 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Central Saanich.

Thu 22, 7pm The Moral Imagination: Can Art Bring Peace? Can theatre contribute to peace-building in communities that have undergone violent conflict? By donation to The Power of Hope. Royal Roads: 250-391-2513

Fri 23, 6:30pm Elizabeth May, MP, Saturna Island Town Hall Meeting, Saturna Island Community Hall, 109 East Point Road, Saturna Island. 

Sun 25, 1–2:30pm Who’s Hooting? Guided Walk, all ages. Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford) Join a CRD Parks naturalist to learn some owl calls, find out about these excellent night hunters. Meet info kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53


Mon 26, 7:30pm Latitude 70°, entering another world…Adventurer Françoise Gervais will share some of her astonishing images of her last Arctic expedition in the frozen world of Greenland, Baffin Island and Labrador. UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Tue 27, 12 Noon The Clean Energy Economy. Free BCSEA Webinar (at your computer) with Jeremy Moorhouse, Clean Energy Canada.

Tue 27, 2pm The Hydrogeology of Salt Spring Island, with Isabelle Larocque. SSI Water Council Society, Fritz Movie Theatre, 901 North End Road, Salt Spring.

Tue 27, 6:30-9:30pm Organic Master Gardener Program: Discover the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health. $695 tax exempt. Royal Roads 250-391-2513

Tue 27, 7:30pm Return of the Raptors, with Dr. Ron Ydenberg (SFU). Populations of raptors—hawks, eagles and falcons—were decimated by massive applications of pesticides in agriculture and in forestry in the decades following WW II. But their populations recovered after DDT was banned in the early 1970s, and nowadays they are a common sight, even in cities. UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Wed 28, 7pm LNG Townhall: No Fracking with our Future! With over 14 massive LNG terminals and supertankers proposed for the coast of BC, there is rising concern and opposition from communities across the province as the true impacts of fracking and LNG come to light. Speakers Damien Gillis and Dr. Eoin Finn, retired KMPG partner. Mid Island Council of Canadians Chapter of The Council of Canadians. Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo.

Wed 28, 7pm Election Day In Canada: When Voter Suppression Comes Calling. A documentary on electoral fraud in Canada. Peter Smoczynski previews his film on the worst electoral fraud in Canadian history. OPEN CINEMA Connect the Docs & FOCUS Magazine. Discussion with Briony Penn, SFU Professor Anke Kessler, Micheal Vonn (BC Civil Liberties Association), Andrew McLeod (journalist). Moderated by Sebastian Silva. Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St. Join us for The Joint pizza, Bubby Rose's brownies, Fernwood coffee and cash bar. $12.50 advance, $15 at the door. Sidney Advance Tickets:

Thur 29, 11am–3pm Sooke Potholes Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+). Explore the Potholes with a CRD Parks naturalist. Wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch, and bring a camera if you have one. Free, but you must pre-register. Call 250.478.3344 by January 28.

Thur 29, 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula, Zanzibar Cafe, W. Saanich and Stelly's X. Rd.


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Monthly vegan events - meetings, bake sales, other activities.

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack. 250 884 8552

Every day, 9:00-4:30 Goldstream Nature House Eagle Extravaganza – see eagles feasting off the remains of the Chum salmon run use nature house binoculars. Cozy in by the fireplace with a hot cuppa. Ask Naturalist all kinds of questions.

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-5pm Haliburton Food Box Program Room available for summer and winter food box program.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce, become closer to the farmers who grow the food. or call 250 658.0758

Every Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesday at the Community Urban Food Forest.  If you are new to food forests or gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn lots about plants and ecosystems! Meet Urban Food Forest gardens behind CGC's office @ 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. 250-748-8506

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-Noon Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield.

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

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