Transition Sooke Newsletter June 2013
Transition Sooke Newsletter June 2013


How Big is Your Ecological Footprint?

Ever taken the Ecological Footprint quiz? With this online tool you can calculate how much of the earth you need for living. Don't be surprised if you need more than one earth to sustain your life style. the average canadian needs 3.5 earths! According to WWF's Living Planet Report 2012 Canada ranks number 8 in the world.
't get enough of it? Try this calculator too! Even more important: don't forget to look at the tips of how to reduce your footprint!

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it
with love and respect."

Aldo Leopold

June/July Daytimer 
June 26 – Bike Skills Park Open House
June 27 – Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Arts & Beautification
July 1 – Canada Day on the flats
July 8 – Regular Council Meeting
July 10 – Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Health & Social Issues
July 14 – Philharmonic Fling! Ed Macgregor Park
July 17 – Mayor’s “Promote Sooke” Task Force
July 18 – Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Economic Development
July 22 – Regular Council Meeting
July 25 – Sooke Fine Arts Sow begins 

Permaculture: Connecting Inner and Outer Landscapes

The word has been used a lot, but what does it actually mean? Permaculture is much more than just a way of growing food. The ethics and principles are equally valid for building a healthy community and a close relationship with your family and friends. It's a complete, fulfilling way of living that brings balance to your life. It's based on old traditions and wisdom. Best of all: it's remarkably simple and it can save you a lot of work.

On the website you can find all details about the three ethics - Fair Share, Earth Care and People Care - plus a description of the 12 principles. Can you see how these can be implemented in the different aspects of your life: work, family, community, your garden, city planning...?
Another blog with some great ideas is Permaculture Ideas. And then there is of course The Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane, available in the library.

Birke Baehr

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system?

This 11 year old explains exactly what's wrong with our food system and what to do about it. And all this in less than 6 minutes. Watch and share his presentation.

Farmers Markets: Direct to Consumer

Sooke Country Market @ Otter Point Rd. & Eustace: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shirley Farmers Market @ Shirley Community Hall: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Otter Point Country Market @ Kemp Lake Store: Sat. May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Diane Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian is coming to Sooke!

Public Presentation:
Creating Community in Sooke
August 13th - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sooke Harbour House
Refreshments will be served 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.
This will be an opportunity to connect more informally with Diana
Admission by donation
hosted by Harbourside Cohousing

Facilitation Skills for Consensus Meetings
August 14th - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$50 – Registration required

Sooke Farm Tour

Save the Date:
Sooke Farm Tour on August 18

The third annual self-guided tour of the Sooke region's bountiful farm belt is set for Sunday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come on out... rain or shine! More info in the next newsletter!

Harbourside Senior Cohousing

Harbourside Senior Cohousing 

The next Harbourside information meeting is scheduled for July 13th, 10:30 a.m. at our future common house - 6669 Horne Road, Sooke. The Harbourhouse Senior Cohousing presentation, followed by Q&A, is a free event -  RSVP here .
If you would like more information, please contact us on

Sooke Bike Skills Park Open Meeting

Bike Skills Park Open House

What’s your opinion about the future development of John  Phillips Memorial Park? How about a bike skills park, horseshoe pits and an off-leash spot for dogs?  Next chance to weigh in on the debate is this coming Wednesday, June 26 as the District of Sooke hosts an open house on the proposed bike skills park. Read up on all the background material beforehand by visiting this website.

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