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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Next Monthly Board Meeting

Board Meeting: Tues. June 1, 2010, 7-9 pm Commons Room, 1246 Fairfield Rd.
All members of the Council of Canadians are welcome, as long as they are invited or approved ahead of time as attendees by the board. If you are not a board member, and you wish to attend, and/or if you have items you would like to have added to the agenda, please contact us at least a week in advance of the meeting.

Call for New Board Members

If you would like to become more active in the Council of Canadians in the Victoria area, we have openings on the Board of Directors. Let us know if you would like to put your name forward for possible nomination to the Board. The new board will be elected at the AGM on May 17. Contact us at:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Annual General Meeting/Potluck/Panel Discussion

Victoria Chapter, Council of Canadians

Annual General Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2010

BCGEU Bldg., 2994 Douglas St.

5:45 p.m. Potluck Supper
7:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
8:30-9:30 p.m. AGM

Free admission; open to the public; new members welcome

Panel discussion:
Jody Paterson, Moderator
Exposing the Poverty Industry
Are social services helpful? Solutions will be discussed.
Kym Hines, former frontline worker
Carol Romanow, differently abled frontline worker
Lise Wrigley, former frontline worker, active member, Committee to End Homelessness in Victoria


Friday, April 23, 2010

Board Member, Roberta Cory: Vic West Art Quest

Roberta Cory is resigning from the Board of Directors of the Victoria Chapter after 4 years as the Membership Chair. She founded the Vic West Art Quest in 2007 and will now be spending more time working on her art. Her invitation to this year's Art Quest is provided below:

Vic West artists are excited about their upcoming third annual artist’s studio tour, which is timed to coincide with the Vic West Fest! This year we have 17 artists participating.

Vic West Art Quest

Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 2010
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day


Friday, May 7, 2010
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Spiral Café and Hemp & Co.
418/422 Craigflower Rd.

We have two group shows this year. Hemp & Co. is currently showing our work for the months of April and May, and the Spiral Café will show our work for the month of May.

All artist’s studios will have extra maps of the Quest for those who have not picked one up at one of many locations throughout Victoria. For additional information go to our website at

Roberta Cory
Vic West Art Quest

Roberta Cory
"Oak Bay Beach Hotel #6"
39"h 23"w 4"d

Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition meeting


Thursday, May 6, 2010

7:30 to 9:30 pm
James Bay New Horizons
234 Menzies Street

Guest Speaker:
CRD Board Member, Philippe Lucas

Find out what you can do to ensure that CRD sewage treatment is managed & operated on a not-for-profit basis & that sewage treatment is delivered as a PUBLIC SERVICE !

(Coffee, tea, and cookies available.)

Your core committee has been extremely busy on the privatization issue of late and, thanks to general membership support and community concern expressed in 4,081 petition signatures, has brought this issue to the forefront and won significant political gains on procurement of the proposed CRD sewage treatment facility.

We need help. There are many water-related issues that need addressing, and fresh faces on the core committee would be an excellent means of dealing with them. We invite your participation in this meeting, your questions for Councillor Lucas, and your extended involvement in GVWWC programming and pursuits.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

29th Annual Earth Walk

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Peace, Earth & Justice
Meet at the Legislature at 12 noon.

Begin walking to Centennial Square at 12:30 pm, arriving at about 1:15 pm for a concert, speeches and environmental fair.
Speakers include Vicky Husband and Ross Crockford.
The mc will be Colleen Eccleston.
Music by Oliver Swain and Friends and the Ecclestons.
Lots of organizations will have information tables.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


RT @Denise Savoie: Victoria paddlers and residents came out in force today to protest mega-yacht marina proposal -

There were something on the order of 200 protesters on land and 100 boats on the water! Very effective protest against corporate (developer) arrogance and disdain for democracy, destruction of a spectacularly beautiful harbour by the installation of a parking lot for the rich and their huge yachts blocking the view enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, the loss of recreational freedom of kayakers and other boaters to use the harbour, the loss of safety engendered by a far too congested harbour, and the environmental pollution of an already stressed waterway, to say nothing of the unconscionable use of fossil fuels to power gigantic toys for ridiculously wealthy overgrown boys! And all subsidized by the Campbell and Harper governments (our money), which are in power partly as a result of political donations from developers!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00–3:30 pm
Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Rd.

The South Island Health Coalition and others are organizing a Public Forum on Seniors’ Care to highlight our concerns about the sell-off and corporatization of Oak Bay Lodge and Mount Tolmie Hospital and the future of public seniors’ care. We will have a panel to discuss seniors’ care and time for comments and questions. The press and our MLA will also be invited as well as other local politicians.
Information: Jessica Van der Veen, 250-598-9272

Friday, April 9, 2010

Next Monthly Board Meeting

Board Meeting: Wed. April 28, 2010, 7-9 pm BCGEU Building, 2994 Douglas St.

All members of the Council of Canadians are welcome, as long as they are invited or approved ahead of time as attendees by the board. If you are not a board member, and you wish to attend, and/or if you have items you would like to have added to the agenda, please contact us at least a week in advance of the meeting.

WIN! Public sewage treatment in Victoria

A CUPE BC media release this evening states, “On March 31, Capital Regional District (CRD) directors gave final approval to a business case that will see public operation in at least five, and possibly all seven communities mandated to develop sewage treatment.”

That means, “residents of Greater Victoria have the option of choosing fully public sewage treatment and resource recovery.”

“Mauricio Navarette, president of CUPE 1978 which represents CRD workers, said that the work of CUPE’s ‘Keep it Public’ campaign, coordinated by Kim Manton, along with the Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition and the Council of Canadians has gone a long way to ensuring public and environmentally sound sewage treatment.”

On November 20, 2009, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke against the privatization of sewage treatment in Victoria. More on that at

Kim Manton wrote in the November 2009 issue of our newsletter ‘Making Waves’ that, “Public opinion research and consultation confirms that the residents of Greater Victoria overwhelmingly reject privatization.” That’s at

There’s also much more about this campaign on our Victoria chapter’s website at

The Victoria Times-Colonist reports that, “The provincial government requires that every project needing more than $50 million of provincial funding look at a public-private partnership.”

“Ninety per cent of the people who attended public meetings and gave their opinion on how the project should be done were in favour of a fully public system, the (Capital Regional District) board heard today.”

“The regional sewage committee earlier decided that the major components of the system be done publicly, and that the West Shore treatment centre and a resource recovery centre where biosolids are converted should have the option of a P3 or public.”

“That recommendation was approved by the (CRD) board this afternnon, at a meeting filled with spectators advocating for a fully public system.”

“The province’s Partnership BC will review the business plan and give its recommendation likely in June.”

The CUPE BC media release is at

(Reblogged from

Parliament HAS Environmental Committees

The Victoria Chapter's multi-party panel on "Trade, Politics and Global Climate Change" on Wednesday night (April 7, 2010) was extraordinarily well-managed and full of information. I would like to clarify one impression, however, that may have been misleading: in answer to a question posed about why there is no parliamentary committee on the environment, there are actually TWO:

• Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)

• House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI)

I particularly recommend the proceedings of the March 16th EENR meeting in which Murray Stewart, President of the Energy Council of Canada, is a witness.

Jane Brett