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Newsletter July 2013
* Wed. Apr. 6: 5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer Fair at EMCS. 12:15 - 1 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
* Sat. & Sun. Apr. 9 & 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: ROOT Victoria, an event designed to allow you to cultivate a deeper connection to self, nature, and community. ROOT is also a
fundraiser for the Ancient Forest  Alliance. Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria.

* Wed. Apr. 13, from 6:45 p.m.Awareness Film Night and Sooke Food CHI are hosting the annual “Farm & Film Gala” at EMCS. 

* Sun. Apr. 17, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Zero Waste Sooke Open Space Meeting. Sooke Community Hall.

* Tue. Apr. 19, 12 p.m.: Webinar "Transition Movement in Canada" featuring Rob Hopkins, Dr. Blake Poland & Michelle Colussi

* Sat. Apr. 23: Salt Spring Community Energy holds its conference

* Sat. Apr. 30: Rotary Spring Auction and Fair at SEAPARC. Silent auction starts at 10 a.m., live auction at 6 p.m. Free swim from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

* Sat. Apr. 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Plant and seed sale at ALM Farm, 3680 Otter Point Road.

TS ongoing events:

* Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.: Wasteless Wednesdays: All welcome to meetings of Zero Waste Sooke at the library in Sooke.

* Fourth Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. on: Permaculture gathering at Cast Iron Farm, across from Sunriver Community Gardens.
Hikes in the Region:

* Sat. Apr. 9: JDF Parks and Recreation hike -  Sooke Potholes Park to Flower Ridge

* Every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.:  People's Walking Group.

* Lots of walks and activities for kids and adults alike with the CRD.


* SFRS offers a variety of programs for toddlers,  youth, and parent-child drop-in.

* Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Knitting Circle at the library.

* Wednesdays and Sundays, 1 - 3 p.m.: Grow A Row volunteers meet at the Sunriver Community Garden to "play in the dirt". Everyone welcome, no experience necessary! 
April 13: Farm and Film Gala

Come out and celebrate spring at the 9th annual Farm and Film Gala, co-presented by Awareness Film Night and Sooke Food CHI.

This year's Gala will be on April 13th. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the films will go from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..

There will be more than a dozen vendors in the theatre foyer, featuring farm produce and products, seeds, plants and locally made foods as well as information tables from local farm and food-related non-profits.  Tea and goodies made by the EMCS culinary arts students will be available by donation.

There will be plenty of time to browse, visit and stock up on early carrots and greens, foodstuff and last minute seeds before the film screenings (cash will be the legal tender of the evening).

Two short but inspiring films will start at 7:45 p.m.:  "Nourish:  Food and Community" and "Cultivating Healthy Food and Gardens for a Sustainable Future".  
The films are focused on our relationship to food, both from a global perspective and from community initiatives that make food production, from field to plate, a local endeavor.

 "Nourish" features Michael Pollan ("King Corn", "The Omnivore's Dilemma"), Anna Lappe, chef Jamie Oliver, a pediatrician and a bevy of enthusiastic young food entrepreneurs and organic farmers.  

The evening will be capped by a draw for several gift baskets filled with items donated by the vendors.

The Gala will be held, as always, at the EMCS.  Admission is by donation.

Creatively United for the Planet Festival
5th Annual Sustainability showcase on the individual, community or global level of wellness.
Four unique days, each entirely different!
Featuring more than 75 exhibitors, plus 30 talks and workshops.

Friday April 15: Farm-to-Table Dinner with live music, silent auction, dance and art. 6 - 10 p.m. at Royal Bay Secondary School

Saturday April 16: Sustainability showcase with presentations, workshops, film, exhibitors, World and Repair Cafe and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Royal Bay Secondary School

Friday April 22: Author/Artist Franke James & Victoria film premiere of "Sea Blind" with filmmaker Sarah Robertson. 7 – 10 p.m. at the Royal BC Museum.

Saturday April 23: Live music, art, Franke James workshop, ancient Hawaiian wisdom in music, dance and word. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Royal BC Museum.

Sooke Talks Trash on April 17 at the Community Hall

“How can local residents, local businesses and local government work together to transform the Sooke region into a model Zero Waste community?”

That’s the burning question Zero Waste Sooke’s Open Space Symposium will address on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall.

Growing rapidly in Canada and internationally, “Zero Waste” is a movement calling for the redesign of production, distribution and disposal systems so that waste as a concept is eliminated. Garbage is transformed into a resource that creates employment by being recovered and repurposed rather than sent to landfills. There is no waste in nature.

Everyone in town is welcome to attend and share their thoughts about how Sooke can better manage its local waste. Zero Waste Canada’s Buddy Boyd will give a keynote speech and join the conversation. 

The event is free of charge and includes a lunch provided by ZWS volunteers. Potluck contributions are welcome.

Sooke’s Tony and Christiana St-Pierre will facilitate this Open Space event. By day’s end the participants will know which community driven initiatives have real support and the next steps to take.

ZWS is issuing an open invitation to all in Sooke and extends special invitations to local waste-disposal operators as well as District of Sooke staff and council members.


Spring Into Preparing for the Black Bears
Be Bear Wise

Spring is here and so are the bears! We have already had several bear conflicts in recent weeks: a bear was found in the garbage and another one in a chicken coop. So it is time to prepare for the black bears seeking food in our residential neighborhoods.
Bears season in Sooke typically begins between March and April when they are lean and hungry. They eat the early shoots of skunk cabbage, grasses, horsetail, clover, and dandelions. They do not gain much weight on this diet and can continue to lose weight well into June and even into July.

Bears will stay low in the valley bottoms during this time and will eventually go up to the hills in search of spring green-up and summer berries. 
Let’s keep them moving to the hills by not attracting them into our neighborhoods with non-natural food, We don't want to invite them to stop and stay.

We live in bear country and should learn to expect to deal with bears. Preventing and/or reducing conflict with bears requires us to modify our behaviors. Be proactive and remove any bear-attracting food sources and odors.
 Bears are opportunistic omnivores and will return time and time again to a readily available food source. If the attractant is secured or removed, the bear will move on.

What you can do:

* Always store garage indoors. Put your garbage tote only at the curbside between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on collection day and never the night before.

* Reduce odors by freezing the smelly stuff, disposing of the bag on collection day.

* Rinse out all recycling material to reduce odors.

* Set up an electric fencing system to protect chickens and livestock.

* Don’t use bird feeders during bear season

* Ensure you have odorless compost by liming, turning frequently, cutting food into small pieces, layering greens with browns and never add meat, fish, fats, or oils.

* Consider digging a hole in the ground and bury your compost

* Feed pets indoors, keep all bowls indoors.

* Keep BBQs clean and grease free by burning an extra 5 minutes after removing food; remove or clean barbecue tools.

* Move fridges and freezers indoors or lock them.

* Talk to your neighbors about managing their attractants.
There is a great deal of misinformation concerning bear biology and behavior. Wild Wise Sooke can provide you with helpful info, educational intervention about reducing conflict with bears and help you make changes that respect, enhance and conserve wildlife. We can also assist you with electric fencing options. This keeps our community and the wildlife safe. 

Contact Debb Read for more info.

Mayor Tait's Return on April 11
Following her six-month maternity leave, Mayor Maja Tait returned to office at the start of April.

She will make her first appearance in council chambers for the regular council meeting on Monday, April 11. Given that it's something of a 're-inauguration' for Sooke's popular elected leader, we're calling on TS members to welcome her back by attending the meeting and showing their support.

As ever, it's also possible to tune into District of Sooke council meetings via the municipal hall's videocam either while sessions are live or after they're filed in the archive.

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."

Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist


If You Go Down to the Woods Today 

The District Of Sooke is writing a letter in support of Metchosin's Feb. 18 resolution calling for protection of old-growth forests on Van Isle due to their "significant economic, social and environmental value as wildlife habitat, tourism resource, carbon sink and much more." The resolution will be presented to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention in Nanaimo on the weekend of April 8. Hat tip to Councillors Logins and Parkinson for moving and seconding the motion at the March 14 council meeting. 
On other fronts, a newly formed local group called JDF Forest Watch launched by former TS core team member Darren Alexander spent the post-Easter week tracking the number of logging trucks rolling through Sooke to Victoria. The goal: To get a snapshot of the amount of logging activity west of town for a submission to the BC Timber Supply Review.

The group is calling for an outright moratorium on old-growth logging along with a consistent practice of sustainable forestry that is accountable (in plain language) to elected, regional representatives and that fosters increased related employment. 

    Meanwhile, the Stick in the Mud Coffeeshop's Dave Evans has launched a website to put pressure on the Clark government to address these issues. "This is not about putting an end to logging," he writes. "This is about preserving British Columbia’s remaining, however fast-dwindling Old Growth forests, while putting pressure on government and industry to actively refocus on how they manage current second growth forests."

Evans' successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year has funded an eye-catching Pat Bay Hwy billboard highlighting the issue. 

Bike Sooke

We are proud to announce that a new working group around cycling is on its way!  Keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook page with tips and links, bike petting zoo events and much more.

Of course we could use some extra hands. So if you feel like volunteering for this new working group, we'd like to hear from you! 

On a side note: we have a pair of bike lockers for rent at the Park-and-Ride parking lot near EMCS. Contact us for more info.

Social Media Highlights

* "Today is the Day We Decide", a short video about what is and what can be by David Suzuki.

* Vertical and small space permaculture gardening with Transition Sooke's Stephen Hindrichs courtesy Peak Moment TV  

* How to make a community more walkable

Community composting grows from a seed into a movement

* Deadline for public comments on BC's Climate Leadership Plan has been extended to April 8

* BC Sustainable Energy Association webinar featuring Clean Energy Canada's Merran Smith.

* Next frontier: Turning windows into solar panels

* "Wind farms generate so much energy that it is given away by a Texas company" says this New York Times article

* Why happiness inequality matters

* Green thumb your way to the Sooke Garden Club

* "Nature doesn't need people. People need nature."

* Iron & Earth: Oil sands workers calling for renewable energy

* Another inspiring blog post by Practical Utopian Guy Dauncey.

* When you shrink the world's population down to 100 people, this is what you get.

* "Shedquarters" - a new look at secondary suites

* Compost pedallers, something for Sooke?
* How nature heals

* Before you scroll, try this mindful social media practice.

* Policy proposals and ideas to implement a Social Knowledge Economy, aka Commons Transition

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