Transition Sooke May 2015 Newsletter
Newsletter July 2013
For a calendar of all events visit the Sooke Region Resources website

May 30th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.EMCS Leadership Bottle Drive 

June 2nd, 6 - 8 p.m.: AGM of Sooke Region-CHI at sfrs (6672 Wadams Way)

* June 3rd, 9:30 to noon: start of 4-week mentoring program at Sunriver Garden "Parent and Kids: Growing Together"

* June 4th, 7 p.m. : Drop in and Orientation night at Sunriver Garden

* June 6th: Cowichan River Trail hike

June 6th and 7thMedia Democracy Days in Victoria. "A public education forum, all events free (or by donation) and designed to provoke discussion and debate about how our media choices affect our democratic interests, for better or for worse." 

June 7th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sooke Secret Garden Tour. For more info visit the website

* June 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: start of 3-week mentoring program at Sunriver Garden "Grow Your Own Backyard Vegetables" 

* June 13th,9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Kids' Stuff Swap and Shop at Seaparc 

* June 13th, 10 a.m.: WorkPARTY and Open House at Cast Iron Farm

June 13th: Senior Volunteer Appreciation Mocktail. Email for more info

* June 13th: Thetis Lake to Francis King hike

* June 18th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Free webinar "Incorporating Physical Literacy in your Sport/Recreation Program", or how to have people coming back to your sports program. Info and registration here

* June 19th - 21st: Sooke River Bluegrass Festival


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 of the community plot at Sunriver Gardens. 

Fridays 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.: Sacred Chant [Voluntary Donation] with Phil (Tâm) at Sooke Yoga and Wellness (Hope Center)

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

* Second Saturday: Guided hikes with the JDF Community Trails Society

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

Sundays 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.: Mindfulness & Meditation with Phil (Tâm) at Sooke Yoga and Wellness (Hope Center)
Permaculture Sooke

On the 4th Saturday of each month at 2pm, we host a gathering for Permaculture Sooke at Cast Iron Farm​. 

Join us for shared food, good conversation, and meaningful learning! We invite you to exchange seeds, resources, energy, and local permaculture experience. Potluck contributions are naturally always welcome!  

Contact Tony with any questions, at 250-642-5445.
Wild Wise Sooke

Educating the public on how to live harmoniously with Sooke's wildlife is the guiding principle of a new organization launched by Debb Read and Nitya Harris in conjunction with Transition Sooke. Wild Wise Sooke will initially focus on bear management as Read, former regional coordinator with WildSafe BC, continues a highly effective campaign she began in 2012. 

Changing the ways we respect and interact with all forms of life in the region is part of the "inner transition" philosophy at the heart of the Transition movement.  Sooke is statistically one of the Canada's leading hotspots for black bears. Problems arise as bears become habituated to dining on garbage rather than berries and roots. In turn, this creates safety issues and, in increasingly rare instances, fatal consequences for the bears. 

Read and Harris are now seeking donors and partnerships with local non-profits, businesses and funding bodies. In time, the educational focus will turn to cougars, raccoons, deer and other local inhabitants.

 If you have interest in keeping Wildlife Wild we could use your help. Wild Wise Sooke is in start up mode and needs help with Webpages, Facebook, fund raising, organizing, marketing and promotion to name a few. If you can help, please contact Debb Read by email or by phone at 250 646-2997.

Social Media Highlights

Public appointees wanted for the District of Sooke's Parks and Trails Advisory Committee. Submission deadline is June 1.

* Three practical guidebooks for community economic change courtesy the REconomy Project 

 * Register here for daily email updates from Solar Thermal Magazine (thanks for the tip to David Mallett) 

* Check out the May edition of the Rural Observer and its cover story on the T'Sou-ke Nation's sustainability initiatives written by solar project manager (and TS co-founder) Andrew Moore. 

* The Victoria Foundation wants your opinions for Vital Signs 2015, deadline July 1. Take the survey here.

* Green initiatives make Sooke's Pure Elements Spa the unofficial front-runner for next year's Sooke Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award

* Mapping clean energy projects in B.C. - An inspiring work in progress from the Pembina Institute 

* Evidence that the T'Sou-ke Nation's aquaculture project is part of a long tradition on the west coast. 

* Exciting new initiative underway in Sooke: The Good Food Chain, a farm-to-table foodshare cooperative. Founder Christopher Warner invites you to join his FB group ... 

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson 
ESS All Candidates Debate on Climate Change
Sept. 16th at EMCS

Climate change is widely recognized as the defining issue of the 21st century, and it's essential that voters know where our local federal election candidates stand on such matters as alternative sources of energy, public investment and incentives, a proposed carbon tax and much else. On Wed. Sept. 16th at Edward Milne Community School, Transition is co-hosting an Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke all-candidates debate on climate change in association with the Dogwood Initiative and the BC Sustainable Energy Association. Mayor Maja Tait will be the moderator, and we've received confirmations so far from NDP incumbent Randall Garrison and Green Party candidate Frances Litman. Please save the date!
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy, what a source of power. I hope we don't have to wait until all oil and coal run out, before we tackle that."

Thomas Edison, 1931

Zero Waste Sooke Update 

Working groups have now been formed as this new citizen's initiative continues to gain traction. A ZWS info table is planned for a half dozen appearances at the Sooke Country Market over the next four months. Ted Mehler will be there on June 13 offering expert advice about bokashi composting, which turns scraps into soil in a matter of weeks. He'll be joined by Wild Wise Sooke's Debb Read, a good match since garbage is the #1 attractant for bears. Also in the works: "Dumpster dives" (aka waste audits) at local schools, a roadside clean-up campaign, and a community open-space meeting on waste management, likely to be held late this year. Check out the group's Facebook page for news, ideas and inspiration. 
Wild Wise Sooke - Be Bear Wise

We live in bear country and should learn to expect to deal with bears in Sooke - no matter what part of the community you live in. Preventing and/or reducing conflict with bears, necessarily means managing your own human activity and behavior. 

- Store garbage in a secure building, until collection day.  
- Do not leave your garbage outside, also not the evening before collection day.  
- If you cannot store garbage securely, freeze smelly items.

What to do in case of a visit from a bear?

First, ask yourself “what has attracted the bear to my yard?”. A bear in your yard should never be a welcome sight. You must take quick action to eliminate attractants after the bear is gone. A bear that finds food once is likely to return to that spot. A returning bear will learn that the food is no longer available and will seek a meal elsewhere if you eliminate the food source.

Second, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. 

“We can all “keep wildlife wild and our community safe.” 

Excerpt out of the article written by Debb Read. You can read the complete article on our website.

Cycle Safety

Stephen Hindrichs, avid cyclist and longtime core team member of TS, wrote a set of articles about cycling safety.
The first of the articles is running in the Sooke Pocket News and you can find it here. Let that be an inspiration to get your "iron horse" out of the garage!
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