Transition Sooke October 2014 Newsletter
Newsletter July 2013
Upcoming Events
* Fri. Oct. 3 to 5 – Jumpship 2014
, a showcase for the world’s best freeride mountain bikers at Bear Mountain. 

* Sun. Oct. 5, 1 p.m. -  Mason Bee Gathering. More info further in this newsletter

Mon. Oct. 6 and 14District of Sooke Council Meetings at the Municipal Hall, 7 p.m. 

Wed. Oct. 8 Awareness Film Night 2014/15 season opener: screening of Defensora a film about Mayan resistance to a Canadian mining company’s activities in Guatemala. Post-screening discussion hosted by Victoria's Mining Justice Action Committee. 7 p.m. at EMCS. 

Fri. Oct. 10 Candidate nomination period ends at 4 p.m. for individuals running in the District of Sooke municipal elections.

Oct. 12 – Surfrider Vancouver Island’s beach clean-up at Jordan River, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. .  A local initiative for Rise Above Plastic month

Thu. Oct. 16, 10:16 a.m. - The Great BC Shake Out earthquake Drill. More info further in this newsletter

Sat. Oct. 18Election 2014: Voting for a Sustainable Sooke – A Transition Sooke Open Space Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sooke Harbour House. 

Sat. Oct. 25 – Advanced Composting, Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. in Victoria. 

Mon. Oct. 28District of Sooke Emergency Planning Committee, 9 a.m. at the Municipal Hall.

Tue. Nov. 4 All Candidates Meeting presented by Chamber of Commerce at the Prestige Hotel. 

Wed. Nov. 5 & 12Advance Polls, Sooke Community Hall, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 8 to Nov. 12 – Third annual Living the New Economy conference in Victoria. Attend ticketed events live at Sunset Labs (401 Herald St.) or tune into the online stream.

Sat. Nov. 15District of Sooke election day with voting booths at Edward Milne Community School, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

October 16 at 10:16 am:
The Great BC Shake Out

It may be Cascadia's fault, but preparing for the Big One is entirely up to us ... sign up for this year's ShakeOut BC Day on Oct. 16th and join millions of people worldwide in a giant earthquake drill. Practice how to drop, cover and hold or take this event as a start to prepare your emergency kits. More good local information about emergency preparedness can be found on the website of the CRD.
Mason Bee Gathering

Sun. Oct. 5, 1 p.m. 
at Yvonne and Dave Court's Sooke River Road Home

Learn about mason bees, then discover how to build various kinds of boxes to house them. Count on coffee, cookies, a tent to keep out any possible rain and plenty of expert advice about these master pollinators. All invited! Please send an email for more details and to confirm your attendance.

On October 2 the council of Victoria held a public hearing on the expansion of  the Kinder Morgan Pipeline during which Dogwood's Terry Dance-Bennick held a powerful speech. You can watch the video from the hearing in the archived videos section here.
Transition Sooke Presents:


Saturday, October 18
Sooke Harbour House 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Please join us for a timely discussion about community issues vital to Sooke voters and the Transition movement in general. This facilitated, all-opinions-welcome process will lead by day’s end to a set of recommended priority actions for Sooke’s next Mayor and council. 

The Question

In a spirit of cooperation and self-reliance, the people of Sooke have successfully established lives, overcome hardships and responded to change for more than 160 years. And the people of T’Sou-ke have done so for much longer!. 

Within this tradition, how can we elect and support a council that will transform current and future challenges into opportunities? 

Subjects for discussion will include … 

* local investment & entrepreneurship (i.e., cooperative business model, tech support for telecommuters, incentives for home-based business) 

* increased energy self-sufficiency (i.e., reducing home energy costs, promoting enterprises, Sooke Solar City)

* food security (i.e., farmland protection and productivity, incubator farms, Sooke market and/or co-op store, local butcher and brewery). 

* engaging youth and seniors (i.e., intergenerational mentoring & eldership programs, better responses to youth-identified needs, Harbourside Cohousing as a template for town centre development)

* education and local knowledge (i.e., reskilling initiatives, post-secondary satellite campus in Sooke). 

Please email us if you’re planning to attend by October 14.  

Transition Sooke 
CRD Regional Trails
Big Waves Made in a Small Community
In her article Christina Smethurst writes: "To tanker or not to tanker, that is the question… that will be on a Sooke referendum this coming municipal election.(...) Sooke is a shining example of a community dedicated to ensuring the concerns of residents are heard and (gasp!) addressed.

This latest decision (...) was spurred on by engaged community members  like Jeff Bateman and Jo Phillips, both of whom co-sponsored the original motion to the council in July.
As in most cases of community togetherness and general getting-things-doneness, the forward momentum on this second step was driven by teamwork: Transition Sooke, Awareness Film Night, Dogwood supporters, and other dedicated individuals banded together and organized to garner support on this issue.

After the decision, key organizer Dance-Bennink proudly said, “[Sooke] is making history, not just observing it."
We Sookites can be proud!

YES! Municipalities can fight the power. Thanks again to the Mayor and council for staying the course, championing a plebiscite question and giving Sookites the opportunity to blow a loud, defiant raspberry at expanded oil tanker traffic on Nov. 15.
Social Media Highlights

Must-read: Sooke Region CHI's "Getting It Built Community Centre Project" report prepared by Ebony Logins and Marlene Barry. Begins on pg. 151 of this District of Sooke agenda package.

*  B.C. mayors are filling leadership vacuum in pipeline review process. Read it here.

 An economy that is realistic, healthy and bountiful: economy of grateful living
Leonardo Di Caprio gave a clear message at the opening of the climate summit.

Alma Matters: A new online gathering place for more than four decades of EMCS graduates.
* A Scientific American article on tar sands and the impact on global warming
Taking carbon-busting in the Cowichan Valley to the next level! Can’t we do this here too? 

* Best one-stop webpage in Sooke for anyone curious about the town's direction, future and blue-sky dreams ... 
The Largest Mobilisation on Climate Change in History 
Last week Avaaz claimed that they organized the largest climate march ever held. In New York alone 80 (!) blocks of protesters showed they cared about the future of this planet. And this was not in New York only.
Over 675,000 of us marched in over 2000 communities as a beautiful expression of our love for all that climate change threatens, and our hope that we can save this world and build a society powered by 100% safe, clean energy. 

The crucial Paris climate summit is 15 months from now -- that's where we need a global deal. Let's keep on beating the drum!

Gardening with Native Plants

The CRD puts on a FREE three hour workshop on gardening with drought resistant native plants. Topics that will be covered include:
- Identifying native plants
-tips and tricks to grow healthy plants
- how to reduce lawns
- how to create special natural habitats to attract wanted wildlife to your garden
There will be an informative tour of the native plant garden to top it off.

Dates and locations can be found on the
 CRD website
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
Mahatma Gandhi
Emma Watson, British actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, co-hosted a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. This campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. 
Watch her opening speech here.


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