Transition Sooke September - October 2015 Newsletter
Newsletter July 2013
Calendar of events @ Sooke Region Resources

* Oct. 3 - Project Serve Clean & Glean Day presented by Volunteer Victoria, Transition Sooke and Sooke Region Food CHI, Noon to 3:30 p.m. based from Sooke Region Volunteer Centre. UVic students join local volunteers for roadside trash busting and to dig a spiral garden at Sunriver Community Garden. 
* Oct. 6 - All Candidates' Q&A Forum presented by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, Prestige Hotel, 7 p.m. 

* Oct. 7th - Awareness Film Night : "The Yes Men Are Revolting", at EMCS, 7:00 p.m., by donation

Oct. 17 - Aboriginal Traditional Art, experiential learning with Shanna Hamilton, EMCS, 10 a.m. to Noon 

Oct. 18/19  - Can I Eat that Mushroom? A Mycological Adventure with Shannon Birch, Royal Roads University 

* Oct. 19 - Federal Election 2015. Ensure you're on the voter's list!

* Oct. 24 - Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra with  "Celebration of Young Artists", Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Oct. 24/25 - Dare to Age Well In Community with Margaret Critchlow and Andrew Moore, Royal Roads University 

Oct. 24 - Finding the Poem In Your Heart's Garden with Wendy Morton, EMCS, 1 to 4 p.m. 

* Oct. 28 - Former Agricultural Land Commission chair Richard Bullock, Madrona Farm’s Natalie Chambers and Harold Steves (aka “Father of the ALR”) speak at the Sooke Harbour House, 7 - 9 p.m. Presented by the Farmland Protection Coalition with assistance from Transition Sooke. 

* Oct. 28 - Fire Safety for Restaurants and Commercial Cooking Facilities, Sooke Council Chamber, 7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Nov. 07 - Salmon Sensation, drop-in event for all ages at the Charters Interpretive center in Sooke, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hikes in the Region:

* Oct. 10 - Sooke Potholes Park to Peden Lake hike with JDF Community Trail Society

Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Sooke Potholes, Adult guided hike with the CRD

Workshops in October for non-profits at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way 

"Planning & Budgeting"  – October 7th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

"Board - Spheres & Responsibilities"October 13th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

"Finding Grants" – October 21st, 2:30  p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

"Generative Boards? What Is It We Really Do?" - October 27th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


* Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Parent and Tod Drop-in at the SFRS

1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Free Lunch and Learn for non-profits, Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way 

* Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Preschool story time at the library

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

* Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Toddler Time at the library

* Wednesdays and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: gardening at the community plot at Sunriver Gardens. 

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. till October 10th: Sooke Country Market

* Fourth Saturday, 2 p.m.: gathering for Permaculture Sooke at Cast Iron Farm​. Contact Tony with any questions, at (250) 642-5445.
Federal Election 2015 Debates: One Down, One to Go 

A full house of close to 300 people attended the 'Energy, Climate and Our Future' federal debate at EMCS on Sept. 16. Transition Sooke served as local host for the evening, the first in a series of five South Island debates presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association and the Dogwood Initiative.

Candidates Randall Garrison, Frances Litman and David Merner tackled a series of prepared questions focused on sustainable energy, green jobs, pipeline projects and the National Energy Board. They then fielded queries from the audience on such hot-button topics as First Nations rights, proportional representation, fracking, Coast Guard cutbacks and vote splitting.

The trio noted repeatedly how much common ground they shared while also identifying significant party differences. They agreed their shared goal is the defeat of Stephen Harper's government on Oct. 19.  

Kudos to moderator Maja Tait for fairly and firmly keeping the debate on track. Thanks also to the night's organizing team - Roland Alcock, Gail Armitage, Jeff Bateman, Diane Bernard and Ron Ramsay - and our four local sponsors: A Sea of Bloom, Seaflora Seaweed Skincare, the Sooke Harbour House and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery.

Videographer Dante Chicano had some technical difficulties but all credit to him for working hard to assemble this hour-long version of the evening. 

Absentee Conservative candidate Shari Lukens will be joining her ballot rivals for the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce debate at the Prestige Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 6  - the second and last federal debate in Sooke this election year.  Rotarian David Stocks returns as the Chamber's go-to moderator for a debate starting at 7 p.m. 

Sooke: Black Bear Capital of Canada?

CTV News, CHEK News, the Globe and Mail, the Times Colonist and CBC Radio have all interviewed Wild Wise Sooke's Debb Read in recent weeks while reporting on the record number of calls that she and BC Conservation Officers have been handling this fall in the Sooke region.

"The last few weeks bear sighting are really high. “We don’t really like to see bears in neighbourhoods,” says Read, a dedicated and tireless champion of bear/human co-existence. "We are looking for help from the community to keep wildlife wild and our community safe. 

While we cannot prevent all conflict, there is a lot of room for improvement! Is your residence area free of food odors that may attract a hungry bear's attention? With berries ripening early and the salmon streams low due to the summer's drought conditions, our famished population of Ursus americanus is all the more alert to any poorly stored garbage or available bird seed, pet food, outdoor grills and unpicked fruit trees.
If you have fruit tree pick the fruit; if you are unable to please email us. We have people who want the fruit and can pick it.

"To change the behavior of bears, we must first change our own," says Debb,  "Do not wait until you have a problem to do something about it."

The main trouble spots in town: Caldwell and Eustace Rd.; Atherly Close and area; Country Rd and Grant Rd East; Grant Rd West area; Maple Ave.; Otter Point Rd. at Amanda; Townsend Rd.; 6400 and 5500 blocks of the Sooke Rd.; Belvista Pl.; Lannon Creek area; Kaltasin and Idlemore; Sooke River Rd.; and Blythwood Rd.
 Check out the Facebook page for more recent sighting in Sooke.

 For more information on proper electric fencing solutions and attraction management, visit the new webpage.

Zero Waste Sooke

Zero Waste Sooke will be active this Saturday October 3rd with the volunteers from Project Serve. Part of the downtown will be cleaned out by the enthusiasts from UVIC. We are grateful for their contributions towards a cleaner Sooke!

Later this November an Open Space meeting about waste management will be organized by Zero Waste Sooke (and hence Transition Sooke). All problems and solutions will be discussed by you, the residents of Sooke. Of course we keep you informed! 

In the meantime you can learn more about Net Zero Waste, the Abbotsford compost company that's again seeking support for a regional facility on the outskirts of Sooke. 

If you are looking for stores where you can shop zero waste, you can start here!

 One for the rainy-day home-workshop to-do list:  A backyard wildlife habitat made from recycled materials.  

Book of the Month:

Saving Farmland
The Fight for Real Food
by Nathalie Chambers 

The inspiring story of how one family got the community involved in saving valuable farmland. The setting of this book is the Madrona Farm in Central Saanich. 

A topic close to our home and our transition heart!

Community Grant Request

We've asked the District of Sooke's Community Grant Review Committee to consider funding a portion of our so-far barebones operating costs as we make plans for 2015.

Funds are sought for:
- a Zero Waste Sooke Open Space meeting on waste management
- travel expenses for Wild Wise Sooke coordinator Debb Read as she races about town making house calls to discuss wildlife problems
- a Transition Sooke reskilling workshop series that will give some of the experts showcased at our Reskilling Fair in August another chance to share their essential practical arts with Sookies.

The committee, chaired by Councillor Kerrie Reay, will ponder our and other submissions from community groups during a public meeting at the Municipal Hall on Oct. 21. 

Sooke's "No More Tankers" Resolution Wins Unanimous UBCM Consent 

The District of Sooke's call to stop the expansion of oil tanker traffic through BC coastal waters was passed unanimously on Sept. 23 at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver. Click here for the long list of this  year's UBCM resolutions, a snapshot of priority issues faced by municipalities across the province. 

Social Media Highlights

* All you need to know to vote on Oct. 19 courtesy of Elections Canada

* Here's why we love the Dogwood Initiative and its vital GOTV (Get-Out-the-Vote) campaign prior to the Oct. 19 election. 

*  Guy Dauncey's latest game-changing research paper on green jobs published as a free PDF on his Practical Utopian website. 

* "No Oil? What Then? Renewables!" - a research report by Transition Sooke's Sofie Hagens available as a free PDF on our website. 

Local currency: a new fundraising tool for non-profits

* Bookmarkable new blog from Naomi Klein as she launches a documentary film based on her bestseller This Changes Everything. It debuts in Victoria on Oct. 9 at The Vic Theatre. 

* Latest newsletter from Harbourside Cohousing, now in the home stretch of construction and ready for occupancy late this year. 

Upworthy highlights the University of British Columbia's Suzanne Simard and her pioneering research into forest ecosystems. 

* Monsanto's roundup is labeled as carcinogen in California. Will Canada follow? 

Farmland needs our protection

* According to the 2001 Canada Shipping Act, oil tankers are prohibited from using BC's Inside Passage. Guess what ...?! 

* Cheers to the District Of Sooke on earning a third straight Union of BC Municipalities Green Communities commendation for its work in reducing corporate GHG emissions. 

* How one small Alberta town (population: 8,600) is attracting residents and business with super high-speed Internet service. Something for the District of Sooke to consider? 

* Shopping local taken one step further or "How to start a grocery co-op"

* Build your own movable chicken coop with these plans

* The many health benefits of face-to-face contact
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