Transition Sooke October - November 2013 Newsletter
Newsletter July 2013
We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. But it is not all bad news! Having faced the worst through much of TRASHED, Jeremy Irons turns to hope. He goes in search of solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to increasing anti-waste legislation, to an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.

"We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet."
Jeremy Irons

November 13th
Doors open at 6:30
Film starts at 7:00
Edward Milne Community School

By donation

Post screening discussion with Laura Byrne, Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator, District of Sooke
Door prize
Booths in the theater foyer:
* A mini fair featuring local Upcyclers and their creative wares.  This could be a chance to do some sustainable early Christmas shopping.
* Info on CRD recycling and Sooke Street Bank
* Free gift exchange table: someone's garbage is someone else's treasure! So bring your "trash" and take home your newly found treasure.

The zoning application was approved in October and they are excited to shift into the design phase, on target for move-in by summer 2015. Come find out how to become an Associate Member in time to participate in the design workshop.
Presentation and tour
Thursday, Nov 14
1:00 - 2:30
6669 Horne Rd. 
Free Admission.
If you are interested in attending please contact
In addition, Margaret Critchlow and Andrew Moore are putting on a second course on "Aging Well in Community".  
Royal Roads University
Nov 2nd and 3rd, 2013
9:30 - 4:30
An Insider’s Report on Genetically Modified Foods 

A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour with Dr. Thierry Vrain 
Join Canada’s leading Frankenfood whistleblower as he reveals the hard science behind claims that GMO foods are a serious risk to human health.  
After 30 years as a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada, Dr. Vrain now speaks against GE technology by focusing on scientific evidence ignored by most government regulators.  He’s returning to town six months after convincing Van Isle elected officials to back the GE-Free B.C. campaign – a memorable spring day on which dozens of Sookies rallied passionately for the cause. 
Sooke Harbour House, Potlatch Room
Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m. 
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Transition Sooke & Sooke Region Food CHI 
Speaker’s tour organized by the Society for a GE Free BC & Greenpeace Vancouver 
Google “Thierry Vrain,” sign the petition and urge CBC’s The National to share his wake-up call nationally! 

CRD Regional Trails

Update on Sooke Disposal

Sooke Disposal's proposal to rezone its property on Sooke River Road and remove it from the ALR came up before the District's Land Use Committee on Oct. 21. The meeting was well attended and many spoke out against the proposal. The committee and chair decided not to support the submission to the ALC, a decision that will be forwarded to council. The land is beside a trailer park, across from the Girl Guide camp and close to the Sooke River. It also has Alderbrook Creek on it and is beside Baker Creek. Sooke Disposal is requesting permission to fill in the wetland around Alderbrook Creek, which flows south across to the T’Souke Nation property. The real issue was about rezoning but the public was ahead of the process in trying to protect the neighbourhood and the waterways. If they can replace this property with another 6 1/2 acres and add that piece into the ALR,  it may still go ahead. Stay tuned for further developments.

No Consensus on GMO Safety

The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) released a statement saying there is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.
You can read the statement here and see who all signed so far here.

Wanted: Canada Day Organizer 2014
If you feel like being the next Canada Day Organizer, please contact the Sooke Canada Day Society at 250 642-4572 or 

Book of the Month

Death of the Liberal Class
by Chris Hedges 

The Death of the Liberal Class examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues there are five pillars of the liberal establishment in the U.S. — the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities and the Democratic Party — and that each of these institutions, more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress, sold out the constituents they represented. In doing so, the liberal class has become irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.

The new season of the Transition Cafe continues
Sunday, November 3rd 
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  
at the Reading Room Cafe
Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Buddha

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