UVic hosts Environmental Justice workshop, 4/2/09

March 31, 2009 at 2:45 pm (Community, workshops) (, )

UVic’s Office of Community Based Research just sent this announcement:

Please spread the word through UVic and your community connections!!!

Everyone welcome!

Thursday April 2nd

Community Based Legal Research and Environmental Justice Workshop

9am-12noon @University of Victoria Cornett Building B108

Presenters: Dr. Stephanie Farquhar – Portland State University Fulbright Scholar and Calvin Sandborn, Legal Director of UVic’s Environmental Law Centre, http://www.elc.uvic.ca.

Learn about the environmental justice movement around the world and how universities like Portland State and the University of Victoria’s Law school students and faculty are engaged in community mobilization, research and legal support with community, environmental, and First Nations groups.

Share your own research ideas, questions and insights.

Everyone Welcome!!! – A great learning and networking opportunity

Register through the Office of Community Based Research at UVIC – ocbr@uvic.ca

Info: 250-472-4171. This workshop is free.

(posted by Yule)


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Trio Espresso at Paisley Restaurant Sat 4/4

March 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Just to let you know that Trio Espresso will be offering some swinging tunes at a new (for us) venue this Saturday, April 4th

from 8 – 10 pm at:

The Paisley Restaurant
880 Esquimalt Rd. (at Head St.) Victoria, BC (or is it Esquimalt, BC)
(250) 380-1105

No cover charge!

This is a friendly neighbourhood (licensed) restaurant with a large, reasonably-priced menu – and there’s no cover charge! They feature music several nights a week… so check it out…. all ages welcome. The food is good, but I think you can also just have a drink (or tea).

On the bill this Saturday will be:

Carol Sokoloff – vocals Kenny Seidman – keyboard and James Young – acoustic bass

playing an eclectic selection of swinging standards, ballads and blues. Should be fun!

It would be great to see you… this is our first time there, so it would mean a lot to have some friendly faces in the joint. Even if you are on your own, please come and make some new friends… (as I did when I went to check it out last week.)

thanks for supporting live music,

very best wishes,

carol s.

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Do you live in Downtown Victoria?

March 29, 2009 at 9:58 am (Community, open house) (, , )

If you live downtown, you might want to join the Downtown Residents’ Association for a free special event, On The Front Lines: Community Solutions for Homelessness and Social Issues. Event is free, no pre-registration required, presented by the Victoria Downtown Residents’ Association.

When? Monday, March 30, 7 p.m – 9 p.m.

Where? City Hall Antechamber, Centennial Square (map)

What? A meeting for residents of Downtown/Harris Green to hear about some ground-breaking solutions for homelessness, crime, safety and other social issues that concern us all. We’ve gathered the experts who will be able to answer your questions. Join us for Silk Road Tea and snacks and an evening of informative discussion.

Introduction by Robert Randall, DRA
Victoria Police Department Chief Jamie Graham and Inspector Jamie Pearce on Downtown Security
Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe on the Mayor’s Task Force (link opens a PDF) and our homeless population
Jill Clement of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness on the Coalition, its goals and achievements
Ken Kelly of the Downtown Victoria Business Association on the Clean and Safe Team, Con Air and the Community Court Program

Question and answer session follows

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Alanna Mitchell: Sea Sick

March 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm (environment, literature, Reading) (, , )

Alanna Mitchell will be in Victoria to talk about her new book, Sea Sick, on 3/31. Details:

Join us for a talk with Oceans Book Club special guest Alanna Mitchell on the status of ocean health and the implications for B.C.’s coast.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Oak Bay Room, Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

About Sea Sick

All life – whether on land or in the sea – depends on the oceans for two things: Oxygen and climate control. Sea Sick is the first book to examine the current state of the world’s oceans – the great unexamined ecological crisis of the planet – and the fact that we are altering everything about them; temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, volume, circulation, and, of course, the life within them.

Read an excerpt from the book

Praise for Sea Sick:

“A riveting book of revelations about earth’s largest and most important habitat.”
-Australian biologist and author Tim Flannery

“Sea Sick is the most comprehensive book to date on the state of our oceans. With a writer’s eye for detail and a reporter’s expertise in pulling in disparate information, Mitchell has woven a powerful and deeply unsettling story about our collective abuse of the cradle of all life. Fortunately, she also gives us hope and a path forward if we have the wisdom to act.”
– Maude Barlow

Alanna Mitchell was the science and environment reporter at The Globe and Mail for fourteen years, until she left daily journalism to devote herself to writing on science. In 2000, she was named the best environmental reporter in the world by the Reuters Foundation.

(posted by Yule)

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Call for Entries: City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

March 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm (competitions, literature)

The City has announced a call for entries for the 6th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

From the press release:

VICTORIA, BC – Authors and publishers from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the 6th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, a competition that honours members of the literary community. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction, fiction and biography.

“We are pleased to continue our commitment to supporting arts and culture in the community,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “For the sixth year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize will honour literary achievement and showcase the incredibly talented authors who make the Capital Region unique.”

In its second year, the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize will be awarded to an author of children’s literature. The prize was created to provide authors of children and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition.

“These are two of the largest literary prizes awarded in Canada at a municipal level,” said Mary Virtue, President of the Victoria Book Prize Society. “We are fortunate to have so many gifted authors in Greater Victoria, and look forward to another standing-room-only gala in the fall.”

Books must have been published between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 to be considered. Submissions can be made to the City of Victoria’s Community Development Office, at 633 Pandora Avenue between April 14 and May 29, 2009. The Society will appoint two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary merit.

Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in September, and authors will be showcased at a public reading and reception held at the Union Club of British Columbia in October.

Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include Kevin Patterson for Country of Cold in 2004, Terrence Young for After Goodlake’s in 2005, Mark Zuehlke for Holding Juno in 2006, Bill Gaston for Gargoyles in 2007, and Arleen Paré for Paper Trail in 2008. Chris Tougas won the Inaugural Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Mechanimals last year.

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies and is sponsored by the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa and the Union Club of British Columbia. The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prize, appoints the jury and administers the competition.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: http://www.victoria.ca and click on what’s new?

For More Information:
Gail Price-Douglas
Community Development Planner
Parks, Recreation and Community Development Department
Neil Williams
Board Member
Victoria Book Prize Society

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Iain McCaig at Legends Comics and Books

March 27, 2009 at 10:37 am (art, Reading) (, )

The Times-Colonist reports that Iain McCaig will be at Legends Comics and Books tomorrow, Saturday 3/28, between 2-5pm to talk about his work with George Lucas (yes, that George Lucas) and others. He’ll also be signing copies of his new book Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig.

I like the way McCaig dreams, and here’s hoping that his vision doesn’t remain just a fantasy. To whit:

Prepare to be inspired. The Santa Monica-born author, illustrator and concept artist’s enthusiasm is infectious.

“When I walk downtown and see teenagers sitting there I think, ‘If I could just put a camera in their hands or show them how to write about the world they live in,’” says McCaig, who dreams of one day turning Victoria into Canada’s storytelling capital.

See Michael Reid’s Times-Colonist article, Concept artist offers glimpse into creative realm, for more.

Additional links to Iain McCaig here and here.

(posted by Yule)

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Spring flowers slide show

March 27, 2009 at 10:15 am (nature) ()

It’s not an “event” adumbrated by the human calendar, but this is too nice to resist posting: The Times-Colonist (Victoria newspaper) has created an audio-slide show, Spring flower photos from our readers, which everyone who’s sick of winter should just click through to now. As the title indicates, the photos are all reader-submitted; the background guitar music is by Dave Clarke.

Even though the flowers prove that Victoria still has the best climate in Canada, it’s also true that we’re dealing with unseasonally cold, dark weather this year. Climate change on the coast is not exactly “warming,” just “change.” Good thing the flowers haven’t stopped pushing through.

(posted by Yule)

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Centennial Square ceremony, 3/27

March 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm (open house, public_art) (, )

The City of Victoria hosts a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning, Friday March 27, at Centennial Square, to mark the construction of that public gathering place’s “Spirit Square.”

Designed to make Centennial Square more inviting to the general public and increase opportunities for celebrations and events, Victoria’s Spirit Square will include a canopied turn-key performance stage and infrastructure to host small and medium size performances as well as markets, a drinking water feature in the shape of a First Nations inspired ladle, and a sustainable garden of native species. The project is an important step in the City’s overall plan to rejuvenate the north end of downtown.

What: Victoria’s Spirit Square Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: Friday, March 27, 2009, from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Centennial Square next to City Hall archway

A reception will follow in the City Hall Antechamber, where design drawings and a model of Victoria’s Spirit Square will be on display. Joe Daly, the landscape architect for the project, will be available for interviews.

Years ago, Cormorant Creek ran through what is now Centennial Square and served as a water source for the traditional Songhees community. Two Spirit Poles designed and carved by Salish Coast artist, Butch Dick and his son Clarence, will serve as a gateway into the Square and highlight the historical contributions of the Songhees and Esquimalt people.

From the City’s own website, see this press release (PDF) for the full text – or much, much better yet, read it without having to bother opening a PDF by surfing over to Ginger Snap’s post on  Vibrant Victoria’s forum.

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Habitat Stewardship Program co-sponsors local events

March 21, 2009 at 9:03 am (workshops) (, , )

The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and the City of Victoria are co-sponsors of workshops today (3/21) and next Saturday (3/28) that teach residents how to eliminate invasive “aliens” (plants, that is) from the local ecosystem.

Today’s two workshops are from10 a.m. to noon in Summit Park (meet at the playground near the Blackwood Street entrance – map), and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Beacon Hill Park (meet at the Nursery Road parking lot – map).

Next Saturday’s (3/28) workshop repeats at the Beacon Hill Park location, same time (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

One of most invasive non-native plants, Spurge daphne, has to be handled very carefully. It’s poisonous and can cause severe eye and skin irritation.

Spurge daphne

Spurge daphne

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Wild Arc hosts open house

March 21, 2009 at 8:42 am (animals, open house) (, )

Wild ARC, the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, will hold an open house March 28 to 29 from noon to 4pm both days.

Come learn how staff treat, feed and clean the injured creatures in their care.

See Cutting human bonds vital for wild animals, by Judith Lavoie, in today’s Times-Colonist for more information about the animals brought to ARC (annually over 1,700).

Details on the open house:

There is space for only 1,000 guests and visitors must reserve ahead of time either by phoning 250-474-1957 or e-mailing openhouse@wildarc.com.

Guests are asked to bring a donation for the animals, such as liquid laundry soap, liquid dish soap, bleach, toilet paper, eggs, pecans, walnuts, striped sunflower seeds, peanuts in shells or suet. Cash donations are also welcome.

See the Wild ARC website for more.

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