Transition Sooke August 2015 Newsletter
Newsletter July 2013
Calendar of events @ Sooke Region Resources
* Sept. 12/13 - Sooke Fall Fair, Community Hall 

* Sept. 13 - Metchosin Day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Metchosin Municipal Ground

* Sept. 15 - Board Governance 101, 8 p.m., CASA, 6672 Wadams Way (first in a series of evening and lunchtime workshops on non-profit board recruitment, retention and best practices presented by the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre) 

* Sept. 15 - Seminar: Future Proofing Your Farm, An Introduction to Keyline Design, 1 to 5:30 p.m.,  CRD Headquarters in Victoria

* Sept. 16 - BCSEA/Dogwood Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke Federal Candidates' Debate @ EMCS, 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

* Sept. 20 - "See, drive and ride the cars of the future" at Drive Electric Victoria, University of Victoria, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

* Sept. 23 - Fire Safety Education: portable fire extinguishers, Sooke Council Chambers, 7 to 9 p.m.

* Sept. 26 - Pacific Peoples' Partnership One Wave Festival, Centennial Square, Victoria

* Sept. 26 - Hawk Watch, East Sooke Regional Park (Aylard Farm), drop in between 12 and 3 p.m.

* Sept. 27 - Apple Fest, Sooke Region Food CHI's second annual music, food and art exhibition @ Sunriver Community Garden, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

* Sept. 29 - BCSEA/Dogwood Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke Federal Candidates' Debate @ Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road, 6:30 p.m. 

* Oct. 6 - Sooke Chamber of Commerce hosts a Federal All-Candidates' Debate @ the Prestige Hotel, 7 p.m. 

* Oct. 19 - Federal Election 2015. Ensure you're on the voter's list!

Hikes in the Region:

* Sept. 5 - Camp Thunderbird area hike with the JDF Community Trails Society

* Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - East Sooke Park, Anderson Cove to Mount Maguire, CRD guided hike
* Sept. 12 - Charters River to Grassy Lake, guided hike

* Sept. 20 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - East Sooke Park, Beechey Head, CRD guided hike

* Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Roche Cove, Cougar Ridge, CRD guided hike


First Wednesday of the 
month, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Sooke Writers' Collective meets at the library.

* Wednesdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.: gardening at the community plot at Sunriver Gardens. 

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Sooke Country Market. Otter Point Road at Eustace Road

* Fourth Saturday, 2pm: gathering for Permaculture Sooke at Cast Iron Farm​. Contact Tony with any questions, at (250) 642-5445.

* Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. till September 13th: Shirley Country Market at Pioneer Park

Federal Candidates Debate On Climate Change 

On September 16, Transition Sooke will co-host the first of five southern Van Isle election debates dedicated to climate change. As all card-carrying Gaians know, that means the discussion will also likely cover the economy, natural resources, food security, industry, biodiversity, human health, sustainable energy, water supply, transportation infrastructure ... life, the universe and everything, essentially. 

Mayor Maja Tait will moderate the debate at Edward Milne Community School from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. NDP incumbent Randall Garrison, the Green Party's Frances Litman and Liberal David Merner confirmed their attendance not long after receiving an invite on April 30. Conservative candidate Shari Lukens finally let us know in mid-August via a Tweet that she was "unfortunately double-booked on the evening" and couldn't make it.  

The "Energy, Climate and Our Future" debate series is co-presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association and the Dogwood Initiative. The Sooke evening is sponsored by four local businesses dedicated to sustainability:  A Sea of Bloom Floral Design, Seaflora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare, the Sooke Harbour House and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery.  

Mayor Tait will ask a series of prepared questions before queries are welcomed from the audience. Subjects to be covered include Canada's share of GHG emissions reductions; the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines; the National Energy Board; sustainable energy; green jobs; and impacts on future generations. Learn more at the BCSEA Victoria website.   

The Esquimalt Saanich Sooke candidates - again minus Lukens, it appears - will debate the subject a second time at Esquimalt United Church on Sept. 29. (Lukens has confirmed her attendance at the Sooke Chamber of Commerce candidates' debate set for the Prestige Hotel on Oct. 6).  
Sooke Region Foodshed Roundtable

A Vancity enviroFund grant application has been filed by the Sooke Farmland Trust Society as it seeks funds to jump-start the newly formed Sooke Region Foodshed Roundtable, an evolving coalition of local organizations with a shared interest in regional food security.

With Transition Sooke's assistance, the Trust got the process started in the spring and a collection of individuals with links to Sooke Region Food CHI, the Sooke Farmers' Club and the Chamber of Commerce have been meeting regularly over the summer.

TS core team member Martin Bissig along with Christine Bossi, Steve Unger, Mary Coll and Britton Jacob-Schram put the grant request together and are fine-tuning a foundational document that will give the roundtable focus and direction. As the Vancity application states, "This initiative will increase the productive capacity of the regional foodshed by coordinating all local food interests collaboratively, efficiently and optimally. This will be via an inclusive, dialogue and idea-rich roundtable steering coalition; and by grounded actions to improve local food production and distribution."

Fingers are crossed that the grant request makes Vancity's enviroFund short list in the fall. 
Wild Wise Sooke Update

The dry weather has kept many local bears up in the hills this summer, reports WWS coordinator Debb Read, but she's anticipating a busy fall as they follow traditional trails into District limits and fatten up for the winter on salmon and ripe fruit.

Debb has had considerable success in educating Sookies on how to safely store their garbage away from hungry paws. She's now created a match-making service that pairs fruit-tree owners with volunteer pickers. If you've got trees bursting with ripe goodness (aka "bear bait"), please contact Debb at and she'll arrange a gleaning with folks eager to make good use of the fruit. 
 With support from the Sooke Youth Engagement Team, Debb took her bear-wise message to the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce Newcomers' Club and the Scouts Canada Beaveree at Camp Bernard, among others. The Ebony Logins-directed Sooke Youth Engagement Team, meanwhile, distributed flyers and created a Wild Wise website.

Stay tuned for education events coming up this fall. 
Book of the Month:
Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat

Written in 1973, but still as relevant as ever! Government officials better read this too before they start the wolf hunt. Read the book and this article and be stunned...

Available at the library

Transition Picnic @ InishOge Farm 

An all-ages collection of Transition-minded folk gathered on the second Sunday in August for our 2015 picnic and the first in what promises to be a series of reskilling fairs.

The morning flew by thanks to informative, entertaining, hands-on reskilling demos from Lee and Stephen Hindrichs, Tony St-Pierre, Mike Downey, Erin Newell, Mary Coll, Tom Kral, Tessa Francoeur, Debb Read and chicken-keepers Finn and Chloe.

Following a delightful lunch in the meadow, two of our TS founders - Michael Tacon and Andrew Moore - led a group meditation and drum circle that capped the event in warmly communal style.

Sincere thanks to our hosts, the Coll-Unger posse. Their slice of Sooke countryside proved an idyllic setting for a gorgeous summer's day packed with practical education and lively socializing. Check out the photo gallery at the Sooke PocketNews. 

Social Media Highlights

* “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ― Banksy 

* Discover where you align with Canada's political parties on a full range of election issues. (Use the "choose another opinion" option for more nuanced answers.)

* Tips on how to reclaim a weekly day of peace 

* Generation Squeeze: A new made-in-BC lobby group for Canadians in their 20s, 30s and 40s. 

* Interactive map of Vancouver Island's First Nations 

* "The Kinder Morgan project proposal is a classic example where the needs and aspirations of many are risked, compromised, sidelined or endangered by the needs of a few." - Sooke's Roland Alcock, Ph.D concludes his NEB argument against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.

* Sunny forecast: Google's Project Sunroof is being fine-tuned & tested in Boston and San Francisco prior to large-scale release. 

* Where magic happens: Loose structure, advance planning, basics covered + then allowing groups to self-organize and synchronize according to their wishes, needs & wants. 

* Margaret Atwood offers three visions for the future: 1. Clean and green. 2. Dirty and destroyed. 3. Mixed blessings and curses. 

* Zero Waste idea: turning waste into building material   

* A waste water success story in Victoria: brownlands reclamation gives rise to Dockside Green. 

* The Science of Happiness: a free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life.

* 16 tips to crowdsource a tool library in your town

* Preserving the summer bounty in a jar with canning 101. Just to mention one: try this pickled zucchini recipe to save your bumper crop.
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