The Green Diary June 2018

Green DiaryA Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

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Sat 2 Georgia Strait Alliance Photo Contest: Go Beyond Words. Show us what you love about killer whales and win a great prize! This year, in honour of Orca Awareness Month, the photo contest will run from June 1st to August 15th and focus on Southern Resident killer whales with 3 finalists picked each week, one from each of three categories. Facebook only. Tag @GeorgiaStraitBC and hashtag the category.

Sat 2, 10am-3pm Help Restore Eelgrass in the Salish Sea at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road. Would you like to be a part of a growing community restoring critical salmon habitat? Native eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a critical component of nearshore ecology for salmon, birds, and hundreds of invertebrates in B.C. and globally. or call 250-297-2288.

Sat 2, 10am-4pm Green Energy Symposium, Knox United Church, Parksville. Speakers include Guy Dauncey, Michael Mehta. Many solar and renewable energy booths.

Sat 2, 12-12pm Composting Basics. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Free.

Sat 2, 1-3pm Sustainable Systems Site Tour. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria.

Sat 2, 1pm-5:30pm Hear the Call- Salmon Nation. Premiere screening of the short film Hear the Call and a presentation by Chief Ernest Alfred about the Salmon Nation Declaration. An inside look at the Broughton Archipelago,that is being decimated by disease, parasites, and other pollution from industrial waste that Salmon Farms have brought to our local coast. Speeches from Josh Thome Nat Geo Explorer and Film Director, Chief Ernest Alfred of the ‘Namgis Nation, John Werring, Senior Science and Policy Advisor: The David Suzuki Foundation. 3pm Guests move to the Na’tsa’maht for socializing with the members of the community. Canapés, a Tofino hand peeled Shrimp Tartlet and a Sockeye Salmon Blini. Camosun College, Gibson Auditorium, Fisher Building.

Sun 3, 11am-12:30pm Join our Broom Bash on Yellow Point Road with the Yellow Point Ecological Society.

Thur 7, 7pm An Evening with Janet Lochead: The Invertebrate Wonders of the Salish Sea. Janet is head of the Dive Fisheries Program of DFO’s Science Branch, and oversees BC’s stock assessment programs for Green Sea Urchins, Red Sea Urchins, Giant Red Sea Cucumbers and Pacific Geoduck Clams. 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road. RSVP appreciated to

Sat 9, 10am-2pm One Cowichan Fossil Fuel Free Day. An educational, fun, family friendly gathering celebrating technologies and practices to live a fossil fuel free life, here and now. Demos, displays, music, repair hut, and art. Charles Hoey Park ( near the Caboose), Duncan. Contact Rosalie Sawrie 250-701-3134

Sat 9, 1-3pm Brewing Kombucha and Kefir. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria.

Sat 9, 6:30-10pm STAND UP Salt Spring Fundraiser for the Nine Kinder Morgan Arrestees. Poetry, music, speakers, including Elizabeth May MP.

Sun 10, 11-4pm World Oceans Day at Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria. Come join us to learn about the Salish Sea. Talk to a wide variety of research, education, and conservation organizations, learn about your own impact, and find out what you can do to get involved, reduce plastic pollution, and keep oceans blue!


Mon 11, 7pm Voices for the Salish Sea. Tiller’s Folly, The Wilds, the British Columbia Boys Choir, and special guest Ta’Kaiya Blaney, musical performances & multimedia. The Port Theatre Adults $26 / Students $14

Tue 12, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora St, VictoriaGreat beer, great company!

Wed 13, 12-1pm South Island Rally to Defend our Wild Salmon. Meet at the Constituency office of Premier John Horgan, 2806 Jacklin Rd, Langford. 20 fish farm leases expire on June 20th, and we need them to stay expired! Fish farms are spreading parasites and diseases to our wild salmon, and their time is up. Dress in your work clothes or your BC coastal best: plaid, gumboots, hip-waders & stanfields! Or bring your fishing gear and park your boat out front! We need to send our elected politicians a message.

Wed 13, 7pm Water Warriors, a 22 minute film about a community in New Brunswick that unites to drive out a natural gas company that is attempting to set up fracking in their midst. Awareness Film Night Season Finale. The rest of the evening will be an Open Mic.  Please come and share what you are doing to help create a more just, beautiful, sane, connected, ecologically viable world that we may go off into the summer inspired.  Edward Milne Community School theatre 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke.  By donation.

Thur 14, 5-7pm The Role of Faith Communities in Creating a One Planet Region. Free. Organised by Conversations for a One Planet Region. Community Room, Central Branch, Public Library, Broughton St, Victoria

Thur 14, 7pm OK Industries NotOK! The Highlands District Community Association  is hosting a Community Information Session at the Highlands Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Road with Sonia Furstenau (MLA), Vicky Husband (tireless environmental champion), and Neville Grigg (resident of Highlands). We don’t want to lose the natural wildlife corridor from Hatcher Swamp to Thetis Lake. We don’t want the noise from 35 years of blasting, crushing and traffic. We don’t want a mine in the Highlands. We do want big trees, clean water and our healthy lifestyle in the Highlands. We do want the quiet rural life in the natural environment here.  More information about our grass roots community opposition to the OK Industries mine permit application:

Sat 16, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a hole sweater, a broken toaster, or a busted teddy bear? Don’t toss it! Bring it in to Repair Café Victoria where volunteer repair experts will be on hand to teach you how to fix your broken household items. By donation. Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street.

Sat 16, 9:45-1pm Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and Friends of North Saanich at Quarry Park in N. Saanich. We will be removing invasive plants!

Sat 16, 11am-12pm Compost Centre AGM. Surprise workshops, surprise edible delights. 1216 North Park St, Victoria.

Sat 16, 11am-3pm Merv Wilkinson Homestead Open House. The Ecoforestry Institute Society is proud and show off the new Homestead and all the work we’ve put into it over the past year including DIY furniture, decks and dock, solar panel system, and a rehousing project for our beloved bat colony! Light refreshments. 2929 Crane Road, Cedar.

Sat 16, 12:15-3pm Compost Education Centre Garden Party and Fundraiser

Sat 16, 12-2pm In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs. Join experts from the Royal BC Museum to view a great diversity of marine creatures. A large seine net will be dragged across the eel grass beds into shore so that experts can collect a marine creatures for all to see. People can borrow small nets and containers from Friends of Uplands Park to catch specimens for identification. Donations to the Royal BC Museum please. Wear water shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the north end of Willows Beach.

Sat 16, 1pm-2:30pm In-Seine Sailfins, Shrimps And Sea Slugs. Royal BC Museum Fieldtrippers: Join researchers as they conduct a beach seine at Willows Beach. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimps and other invertebrates will be brought to shore using a large net. Get an up-close look at what lives in the eelgrass forest beneath the waves.  By Donation to the Royal BC Museum. Meet North end of Willows Beach. Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park. 250-595-8084

Sat 16, 2-5pm All Efficient Irrigation Workshop – Capital Regional District invites residents to this free workshop to learn waterwise irrigation installation & maintenance tips.  Colwood  Call CRD 250.474.9684 to register

Sun 17, 11am-5pm SPCA Wild ARC and Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society Father’s Day Garden Party. Tour 8 lovely gardens in Oak Bay then enjoy Afternoon Tea and a Silent Ballot Auction at the Windsor Pavilion. Wildlife questions answered by volunteers, and a master gardener will share ideas for your garden. Drought and deer-resistant plants for sale! Tickets and info:


Mon 18, 3:30pm-5pm Food Literacy Roundtable. Since 2015, the Good Food Network has organized this annual roundtable to highlight the work going on around the building of food knowledges and skills in the Capital Region. Share what you have been doing and get updated on Farm to School, community kitchens, and everything in between. Discussion on food metrics; how do we measure our success? Location to be determined. Em Bellinger

Tue 19-Thur 21 Cooperation in a Changing World. Co-operative Congress 2018. Many great speakers from Canada and UK. Ocean Pointe Hotel.

Tue 19, 7pm What Is Nonviolent Communication? Rachelle Lamb has been teaching Nonviolent Communication as a certified trainer for two decades. The process was developed by clinical psychologist and international peacemaker Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and has received worldwide acclaim for its revolutionary approach to resolving conflict, and as a way of thinking and speaking based on meeting NEEDS instead of expressing alienating and defensive responses. $22 Advance | $25 at the door:

Wed 20, 6-8:15pm Amnesty International reception with Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada who will report on the human rights progress you make possible. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages. UVic, Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building. Please Click here to RSVP by Friday, June 15.

Wed 20, 7pm Planning for a One Planet Region. Free. Organised by Bioregional, One Earth, the District of Saanich, Conversations for a One Planet region and UVic in the Anthropocene. UVic HSD A240, Human and Social Development Building – or

Fri 22, 9.30am-5pm Urban Trees & Community Health. A day long conference with urban tree walks on campus. Free. Organised by Garry Oak Meadows Preservation Society. Bob Wright building, Room A 104, UVic Register: by June 18th

Sat 23, 1-3pm Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. $12.

Sun 24th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Pods & Pottery Paint Night at Fired Up! Ceramics, 1801 Fort Street, Victoria. Teaming up with Fired Up! Ceramics, the Georgia Strait Alliance will provide presentations on the history of humans and orcas within Vancouver Island, and the importance of apex predators. Amazing ceramic art of whales, our coastline, and wildlife, with local photography throughout the night to get your creative brush strokes started.


Sat 30, 8am Birding in Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park.  Meet at Cattle Point with your binoculars for an easy walk from the rocky shore to the dry Garry oak meadows.  Free.  Please check our website for any day and time changes:

Sat 30, 10am – 4pm Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble with Author Stephen Jenkinson. Join us for time devoted to grief and wonder. Imagine a future that replaces retirement with esteemed elderhood, where young people receive recognition of their worth and purpose. Stephen believes the esteem of parents and friends can only go so far: elders must bring the rest. Presented by Orphan Wisdom & OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake. $99 CAD online booking on OUR ecovillage website:

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages:

Change the World on Shaw TV, with Guy Dauncey. Interviews with local people who have big bold ideas and positive solutions for the future. Shaw TV Channel 4. 

More Local Events (including hikes): 


Affinite Wealth Group:

Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:


Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail.   250-743-3067

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift!

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: 250-748-8506

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Wed.  7-8:30pm  Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street;  Everyone welcome to drop in.   By Donation

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Off Thurlow St, Fairfield.

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sat, 10am-2pm 3295 Compton Road.  Eco-Sense Perennial Edible Plant Nursery. Plant list. Come on out and walk the homestead.

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.



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