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THE FEDERAL ELECTION: Make sure you are registered to vote

“Don’t split the vote” resources for anyone considering voting NDP, Liberal or Green in one of the 72 ridings where vote-splitting could get a Conservative elected with a minority of the popular vote.

Vote Together:

Strategic Voting:

Vote to elect MPs who will stand up for our province, defend our coast from oil tankers and help rebuild our democracy:


Thur 1, 5pm Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation AGM. Executive Director Bob Peart talkon the historic Great Bear Rainforest agreements, and next steps in saving BC’s forests. 2994 Douglas St. Victoria. Light refreshments available. 250.386.5255 x221

Thur 1, 6:30pm Our Democracy Town Hall meeting with Elizabeth May and Jo-Ann Roberts. First Met Church, 932 Balmoral.

Thur 1, 7pm Solar on a Strata? How can this happen? Strata President Bruce Mackenzie, Engineer Ed Knaggs and electrician Michael Geldreich explain how the owners of a Victoria condo decided to install 60 solar electric panels, and how it could apply to your building.  Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. downstairs  

Fri 2, 11am Salmon spawn against LNG! Noise demo in solidarity with Lelu Island land defenders. Union Club, 805 Gordon St, Victoria. 

Fri 2, 1-2pm Green Students. Join Elizabeth May, Jo-Ann Roberts and Frances Litman about how the Green Party plans to address student issues, including a plan to abolish tuition by 2020 and relieve student debt. UVic,  the Quad. 

Fri 2, 7pm Saanich-Gulf Islands Candidates’ Debate on Climate Change. Maggie Ziegler from Reconnecting to Life Consultation Services will moderate this BCSEA Victoria/Dogwood Initiative presentation. St. Paul’s United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney. 

Sat 3, 10am-1pm October Seed Library at Saanich Centennial Branch, 3110 Tillicum Rd. For details, see and LifeCycles Facebook page. 

Sat 3, 10am–2pm Birds of Beechey Head Guided Hike (9 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park. Join CRD guest naturalist, Geoffrey Newell and walk to Beechey Head to observe raptors during their fall migration. Meet Aylard Farm Parking Lot. 

Sat 3, 10am-2pm Open House at Eco-Sense for sales of Perennial Edible Plants. 3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria.

Sat 3, 1–3pm Forest Tea Party Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Forests are full of plants that make delicious teas. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for a guided walk and interpretive tea tasting. $7+GST. Pre–registration required before October 2. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sun 4, 9-5pm 16th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival. A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Growing over 350 apple varieties organically. Fulford Hall. Self guided tour of 18 Salt Spring Apple Festival farms, many of which are not normally open to the public. 

Sun 4, 10:30am- 1pm Do-it-Yourself Laundry Soap Making. Learn about sustainability in the laundry room and make your own natural laundry soap and stain remover, and eco-friendly dryer balls. James Bay Community School Centre. $55. Call 250-389-1470 to register. 

Sun 4, 12:30-3:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register. 

Sun 4, 1–2:30pm Spectacular Spiders Guided Walk (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Join guest naturalists Claudia and Darren Copley as we search for spiders and more. Meet Beaver Lake Picnic Shelter at the Filter Beds parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72 

Sun 4, 2-4pm The biggest rally in Green Party history. Join thousands of Green Party supporters cheering on Elizabeth and giving local campaigns a final boost before election day. Victoria, Centennial Square, Victoria 

Sun 4, 2-4pm Protect Baldy Mountain as a Park - Forever. Information Gathering and Tea Time. Shawnigan Lake Community Gathering. Meet the neighbours, the community, and 'the plan' to Protect Baldy Mountain Forever. Local CVRD Director Sonia Furstenau will lead the conversation in a facilitated community. (250)743-3067 


Wed 7, 10-2pm Restoration in Oak Haven Park. HAT is partnering with the Greater Victoria Green Team to restore habitat at Oak Haven Park in Central Saanich. Join us! Tools, training, coffee provided. 

Wed 7, 7pm Awareness Film Night Season Premier "The Yes Men Are Revolting".  Notorious hoaxster activists The Yes Men are back with a third film. And they are still droll and entertaining, with a life-affirming message. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.  

Wed 7, 7pm Dockside Green Dialogue Series: Our Local Economy. Conversations with local manufacturers. What are the ingredients for business success? How can we build a more vibrant manufacturing sector? Moderator Lisa Helps - Mayor of Victoria, with Ross Taylor - Fawcett Mfg; Paul Long - Anián; Toni Desrosiers - Abeego; Guy Ferguson - Viberg Boot; Sean Hoyne - Hoyne Brewing Co. Gabriel Ross Showroom, 2500 Rock Bay Ave. 

Thur 8, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register. 

Thur 8, 9:30-3:30pm Conservation Connection Forum at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. A big collaboration day about protecting Coastal Douglas-Fir habitats with conservation planning. $30 includes seminars & lunch.  250 995-2428 

Thur 8, 6:30pm Voter Suppression: Special screening of Peter Smoczynski's time sensitive, pre-election first-cut version of his documentary film Election Day in Canada: the Rise of Voter Suppression. Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St, Victoria. 

Fri 9 - Mon 13 Advanced voting now open. 

Sat 10, 1-9:00pm OUR Ecovillage Harvest Feastival. Join us as we celebrate the Thanksgiving Weekend - and a BIG announcement, and our eco-family celebration. Ribbon-cut the awarding of OUR Canadian Showcase for Integrated Community Design. (250)743-3067    

Sun 11, 2:30–4:30pm Fabulous Fungi Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park with guest naturalist Kem Luther. $7+GST. Pre–registration required before October 9. Space limited. 250.478.3344


Tue 13, 3pm PT Deadline for mailed-in votes. But apply now. 

Tue 13, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora Street. Good friends, good conversations, good beer!

Tue 13, 7:30pm Victoria Natural History Society: Black Bear denning habitat, with researcher Helen Davis, working in the Jordan River area. UVic Fraser 159.  Free. Bring a friend. 

Wed 14, 10-2pm Matson Lands Community Weed Pull - Let’s get the ivy out! Join HAT for the event, tools, training and coffee provided. Next to Barnard Park in Esquimalt. 

Wed 14, 5-7pm Be a Game-Changer! In the last federal election most young people did not vote. If more of us vote, we can be the Game-Changers no one saw coming! With inspiring speaker "Rogue Page" Brigette DePape. Council of Canadians, UVic Social Justice Studies, VIPIRG. UVic Student Union Building A121 Michele Pujol Room 

Wed 14, 6:30pm Sail(ish). A Solar Powered Journey to Save the Salish Sea. Solstice Café, 529 Pandora, Victoria. A documentary that follows the f The Salish Sea Tour 2015 where 6 changemakers journeyed through the Salish Sea on a solar electric powered catamaran with the goal of celebrating communities along the Kinder Morgan Tanker route and uniting them around the protection of the area and a transition toward renewable energy. 

Sat 17, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register. 

Sat 17, 10am-1pm October Seed Library at Central Library Branch, 735 Broughton St. For details, see and LifeCycles Facebook page. 

Sat-Sun 17-18, 10am-4pm Can I Eat That Mushroom? A fun, informative hands-on weekend in and out of the woods. Identification course for beginners and for those want to learn more. $135 +GST Royal Roads Continuing Studies. 250-391-2600 ext. 4801 

Sat 17, 10am-12pm Advanced Composting. Includes dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. Participants must have completed a Composting Basics Workshop. Free but must pre-register. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. or 250-386-9676

Sat 17/Sun18, 1-4pm Ivy & Broom Bash in Uplands Park. Join the Friends of Uplands Park and the Greater Victoria Green Team in restoring the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive plants. Bring family, gloves, loppers and pruners. Some tools available. Refreshments. Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Margaret Lidkea  250-595-8084 

Sat 17, 1-4pm Fermented Foods. The principles, history, and benefits of live-food culturing. Hands-on making a ferments, tasting homemade samples. All participants will take home a jar of ferments and easy recipes. $30 Register at: or 250-386-9676

Sat 17, 1-4pm Health Food Basics. An introduction to health food basics covering nut and seed milks plus simple raw recipes to eat a whole food, healthy diet. Begin your path to feeling vibrant and alive plus have fun and spend little time in the kitchen! $55. At Royal Roads   250-391-2600 ext. 4801

Sun 18, 11am–3pm Sooke Potholes Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+). Wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch and water. Free, but must pre-register. Call CRD Parks 250.478.3344 by October 16 for registration and meeting location. 


Mon 19, 7am-7pm ELECTION DAY! 

Tue 20, 7:30pm Victoria Natural History Society: Myxogastria: The secret world of slime molds, with Richard Winder. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Free. Everyone welcome. 

Wed 21, 7pm Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Annual General Meeting. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, email us at Location TBA. 

Thur 22, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sat 24, 9am Birding in Uplands Park. Join birder Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park at Cattle Point. Bring binoculars to watch the migrating birds.

Sat 24, 9:30-12:30 Blue-Grey Tail-dropper Slug restoration in Thetis Lake Park hosted by CRD Parks. HAT Biologist Kristiina Ovaska will give a slug intro and how to monitor. 

Sat 24 & Sun 25, 11am–2pm Forest Spooktacular Drop-in Event (All ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Halloween fun with CRD Parks naturalists. Guided walks at 11:15am and 1:15pm. We’ll fill the cauldron with spooky treasures from the natural world. Displays, Halloween crafts and hot ghoulish brew await. Wear a costume and win a prize. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. 

Sat 24, 10am-12pm Worm Composting. Everything you need to know about vermicomposting, starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system. Free but must pre-register. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. Register or 250-386-9676

Sat 24, 2-4pm Boulevard Gardening. Victoria's new Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines allow us to garden on boulevards adjacent to our properties. Learn the techniques, benefits and pitfalls of boulevard gardening. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. Register or 250-386-9676

Sat 24, 10am-3pm Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Interested volunteers should RSVP to or 250-812-8133


Monday 26, 7pm After The Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians. Book launch and talk by Dr. Gordon Laxer, founding director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 Hereford Avenue. Free. 

Mon 26, 7:30pm Victoria Natural History Society: The Fish Eye Project, with Mike Irvine, connecting people with the ocean. UVic Fraser 159.  Free. Bring a friend. 

Wed 28, 3:30pm The Global Warming Hiatus: What's Up With That? with Dr. John Fyfe. Free public talk, University House 1, UVic, 2489 Sinclair Rd. 

Thur 29, 7pm Elk/Beaver Lake Public Forum. Scientific information about the problems, and measures to address them. Co-sponsored by UVic Environmental Law Centre and Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Society. Arrive early at 6pm to visit with various stakeholders at their booths. 250-598-3294 

Tues 29, 7pm The Future is Here: Plan B for BC. Bob Peart will discuss the changes necessary as we shift to a low carbon economy, and how we can work together to achieve that vision. Free. Royal Roads Continuing Studies. 250-391-2600 ext. 4801

Wed 28, 7:30pm Victoria Natural History Society: How Birds Do It! Ever wonder how birds produce those warm, fuzzy chicks in the nest? Join Dr. David M. Bird (Emeritus Professor at McGill University) on a humorous “bird’s eye-view” of the seemingly indecent world of avian reproduction involving the Mile-High Club, incest, homosexuality, sex changes, divorce, and infidelity. UVic Fraser 159.  Free. Bring a friend. 

Sat 31, 11am–2pm Forest Spooktacular Drop-in Event, all ages. See Sun 24 above. 


OUR Ecovillage seeks a Part-time Registration/Admin Person. Do you want to help a community project with an environment/sustainable living focus? 250-743-3067 

CRD Parks Hikes, Outings and Events with Park Naturalists almost every day: 

All month. Numerous mushroom walks and events. See 


Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:



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 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, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria

Every Wed, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 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 Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  

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

Every Sat, 10-2 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. 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

Every Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone (Fernwood)


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