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About guydauncey

I am a speaker, author, activist and futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future and to translate that vision into action. I am founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning books Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. My latest book is 'Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible' (December 2015). For my sins, I am also an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. My main website is I live at Yellow Point, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Let Us Advance Up The Ladder of Democracy


by Guy Dauncey

Democracy is a very recent social invention. Most people don’t like it when the societies they live in are blatantly unfair, with privileges and glory for the rich and hard labour and exploitation for the poor. In consequence, starting a thousand years ago, people in nations all over the world have gradually prised power out of the hands of their ruling elites and established democracies.

It has been incredible hard work. In 1794, Thomas Hardy, a London shoemaker, was charged with high treason for proposing one person, one vote. His sentence, had he been found guilty, would have been to be hanged by the neck, cut down while still conscious, disemboweled, beheaded, and his body to have been cut up into quarters. Fortunately, a Grand Jury of nine respectable citizens, after debating the matter for nine days, found him ‘Not Guilty’. The London crowd went crazy, dragging him through the streets in triumph.

Continue reading Let Us Advance Up The Ladder of Democracy

Trump and Trudeau: Spot the Difference

Trump & Trudeau

Trudeau: ‘No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there’

Trump: “We’ve got underneath us more oil than anybody … and I want to use it.”

I have very little to add to this. Emotionally, culturally, empathetically, educationally and behaviourally, Trump and Trudeau are as different as different can be. Trump is a bully, a braggard and a boor. Trudeau is a refined classical decoration on the carpet of civilization. Trump is a dirty stain.

Yet when it comes to energy and oil, their brains and their political instincts think alike. Trump is a proud climate denier. His “Grab them by the oil-wells” thoughts are at least consistent with his larger outlook, which is nationalist and mercantilist, as if the eighteenth century had never ended.

Continue reading Trump and Trudeau: Spot the Difference

Protecting the Coastal Douglas Fir Forest: Seven Practical Solutions



It cools us in the summer, it warms our hearts all year,

It provides a home for owls and flowers, for herons, cedars, fir.

It shapes the landscape, painting peace, away from the urban rush,

It protects our water all year round, surrendering it clear and fresh.

In Japanese, the word shinrin means forest and yoku means bath, so shinrin-yoku means ‘forest bath’: being immersed in the forest with all our senses. Listening to its quietness, seeing the variety of trees, mosses, lichens and rocks, tasting the air as you breathe in deeply, touching the rough Douglas fir and the smooth red arbutus, going barefoot across the earth, dipping your feet in a forest stream, lying down to gaze up at its beauty. Such bathing brings healing to the body, heart, mind and soul. Continue reading Protecting the Coastal Douglas Fir Forest: Seven Practical Solutions

The Green Diary, September 2018

Green Diary

A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People   250-924-1445

The EcoPersonals

The Saanich Climate Plan. Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to complete a survey to help shape the new Climate Plan for Saanich. Learn more:

All month: Oceans – Our Blue Planet at IMAX, BC Royal Museum.


Tue 4 – Sat 15, 12-5pm The Longhouse Legacy Exhibition. Pacific Peoples’ Partnership 11th annual One Wave Gathering, on Lekwungen territory. This impressionistic digital collage will be projected in the shape of a cedar house front paying tribute to The Longhouse Project and last year’s anniversary event. Dana Johnson, Flux Gallery, 2nd Floor, 510 Fort St

Thur 6, 10am – 5pm Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary Retreat day. Enjoy a nourishing day with Gertie Jocksch SC. $65.00 | Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided. Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria. (If you need or can offer a ride, please let us know) 250-220-460/250-888-7501 Please do not let cost deter you, call us.

Thur 6, 7pm Nanaimo Green Party Community Forum. It’s been just over a year since BC’s first minority government was formed under a Confidence and Supply Agreement brought forward by the BC Green Caucus. Join Leader Andrew Weaver for a community event to talk about what we have accomplished in the past year and what is in store for the coming year. Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo.

Sat 8, 9:45-2pm Ayum Creek Clean-Up. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and The Land Conservancy of BC for an eco-volunteer event in Ayum Creek, Sooke. Join here:

Sat 8, 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 8, 10am-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Location: 1216 North Park, Victoria. Free. Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online

Sat 8, Noon Rise for Climate Victoria. Rally at the Legislature. International day of climate action. Demand BOLD action from our governments on climate change and the swift transition to 100% renewable energy.

Sat 8, 1-3pm Pressure Canning. Imagine how great it would be to open your cupboard and pull out a jar of your very own home-canned meat stew, vegetable soup, or salmon fillets! In this workshop, we’ll use a pressure canner to preserve delicious vegetarian soup by it them in glass jars. We’ll also cover the basics of modern home pressure canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner. Location: 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online:

Sat 8, 2pm Save our Whales Pender Island Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road, Pender Island,

Sat 8, 5:30-9pm Empress Acres Barn Dance. Bring your dancing shoes for country dances with the band Rig-A-Jig inside the barn at Empress Acres. Special guest from the U.S. $39, includes home-cooked dinner and dancing. Children 10 and under free. Cash bar. Reserve your spot ASAP. Empress Acres, 2974 Haslam Road, Nanaimo. Hosted by World Tree: Growing a Sustainable Future.

Sun 9, 9:30-1pm View Royal Broom Pull. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and Volunteer View Royal for a broom pull at Edwards Park, View Royal. Join here:

Sun 9, 10-3pm BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk Dallas Rd Waterfront Trail (Dallas Rd Dog Park), to raise much needed funds to help animals in Victoria. Beer garden, animal related vendors from Victoria, food trucks, games for friends and family. Register today to fundraise and make a difference for Victoria’s animals – see you at the walk! ( Presented by Hill’s® Science Diet®

Sun 9, 10am-2pm DriveElectricVictoria 2018, 5th annual EV Ride’n’Drive. Let the cars do the talking while you experience the thrill of driving emissions free! EV owners sharing their vehicles and experiences with you. UVic Parking Lot 10, with shuttle to free lunch. Drive an electric vehicle! Register at To help as a volunteer or to bring your own Electric Vehicle– contact Gerry Gaydos at 250-598-3100.

Sun 9, Noon-2pm Plugging the Gaps: EV Charging for People Who Live in Condos and Apartment Buildings. Explore how landlords, strata councils, local governments and neighbours can help people get EV charging. Hosted with the District of Saanich, the City of Victoria and CRD. Lunch provided (free), registration is required. Invite your strata council, your landlord, building manager and neighbours to join you.

Sun 9, 1-3 pm No Ivy League. Join Friends of Uplands Park to help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing the invasive English Ivy. Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.


Tue 11, 10-12pm Cooperating with Convergence: Teilhard’s ‘Grand Option’ and the Future. With Margaret Walters. Four Tuesdays to Oct 2. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-460/250-888-7501  Please do not let cost deter you, call us.

Tue 11, 7pm The Take-Over of Democracy – Who’s Really in Charge? Kevin Taft speaking on Salt Spring. Meaden Hall. Introduction by Ronald Wright. Discussion and Q&A Book Signing

Tue 11, 5-7pm Victoria Green Drinks. Great beer, great company. The Drake Eatery, 507 Pandora.

Wed 12, 7pm The Take-Over of Democracy – Who’s Really in Charge? Kevin Taft speaking at the First Metropolitan United Church, Quadra St. Introduction by Elizabeth May. Discussion and Q&A. Book Signing

Wed 12, 7pm The Takeover of Our Democracy Who’s really in charge? Kevin Taft, former Alberta opposition leader and author of Oil’s Deep State, exposes Big Oil’s deep influence on government decision making. Kevin Taft Live Stream. Ramada Duncan, 140 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan. Admission by donation. Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Federal Green Party. Learn more at

Thur 13, 3pm – 4:30pm Self-Determination and Self-governance: An Australian perspective, with Michelle Deshong, CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, from the Australian National University. We are co-presenting along with the Indigenous Studies and CIRCLE at the University of Victoria, in First Peoples House classroom (room 160) Contact April Ingham,

Thur 13, 5pm Conversations for a One Planet Region: A Positive Response to Doom and Gloom on Climate Change. Several recent reports have highlighted the worsening situation in climate change. This will be an opportunity to discuss both the harsh news that is in these reports and the more positive and hopeful responses that are being considered and implemented locally and elsewhere.  Community Room, Central Branch, Public Library, 735 Broughton St, Victoria Contact: Trevor Hancock:

Sat 15, 10am-1pm Bear Deterrents Workshop for Local Farmers. Learn tools to protect your bees, fruit trees, livestock, chickens and minimize interactions with bears. Jeff Marley of Margo Supplies Ltd. will share 30 years’ experience in preventing conflicts including demonstrations of electric fences and other deterrents. Door prizes, light snacks.  FREE, but registration required as space is limited. Hosted by HAT and Coexistence for Carnivores Alliance. For infor and registration, go to: Sponsored by the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and the Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance. Metchosin Community House (4430 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin)

Sat 15, 10am Salish Sea Day of Action.  Salt Spring Island Day of Action Centennial Park – Fall Fair Salt Spring

Sat 15, 10am-12pm Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps us grow nutritious food. Free. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online:

Sat 15, 11am-1pm Rails to Trails Hike and Bike Event. Join the Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Trail to learn more about the potential for creating a world class rail trail on Vancouver Island that stretches 244km from Victoria to Courtenay. Learn about the history and dilemma of E&N rail corridor. Hear what Cowichan Valley candidates running in the October 20 municipal election have to say about rails and trails in their community. Bring your friends and family to hike/bike the Kinsol Trestle Trail to experience a successful rail trail conversion (8.7 km from Shawnigan Wharf Park) Live music, free soft drinks, prizes! Shawnigan Wharf Park (on Heald Road below the Shawnigan Lake Museum)

Sat 15, 1-3pm Creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Be ready for cold and flu season this year with a medicine cabinet full of medicinal plants and remedies that work preventatively and for acute infections. This workshop includes a demonstration component giving hands-on experience to replicate at home, and straightforward remedies to stock your cabinet. Everyone will leave with a container of cough syrup, recipes and instructions for other herbal preparations and a new approach for staying healthy through cold and flu season. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online: Waitlist availability only

Sat 15, 2-4pm Rally for Pro-Rep! It’s time to take control of our democracy from lobbyists, insiders and distorted election results. This fall, BC is holding a mail-in ballot on Proportional Representation. Celebrate this once-in-a-generation opportunity with your BC Green MLAs and help us launch our campaign to modernize democracy in BC. Speakers include Andrew Weaver Gren Party Leader and MLA, Sonia Furstenau MLA, Adam Olsen MLA and Lisa Gunderson (host). Victoria Conference Centre, Douglas St.

Sat 15, 12-6pm One Wave Gathering Pacific Arts and Culture Celebration. North and South Pacific presentations, dance, art, and music including slack key guitarist Anela Kahiamoe! Enjoy authentic indigenous cuisine with the Songhees Seafood and Steam food truck, and browse the village of local artisans, artists, and NGOs working on Pacific issues. Dana Johnson, Centennial Square,

Sat 15-29, 1:30-3:30pm The Ecology of Historic Gardens. This three-part course celebrates gardens that have been protected from extinction and those that have been heroically preserved and opened to the public. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a space.

Sun 16, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join Friends of Uplands Park to help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy. Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.

Sun 16, 1-3pm Guided Tour of Wildwood EcoForest with zoologist Bruce Hepburn. Enjoy the beauty of this old growth forest on Quennell Lake. Learn firsthand how Merv Wilkinson harvested timber from this forest while maintaining a vibrant healthy ecosystem.  By donation (suggested $10-$20). Advance registration required.  For more info visit  or email


Mon 17, 7pm Launch event for the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance. Protecting the Amazing Ecosystems of Canada: From Rainforests to Deserts, with Ken Wu and Dr. Reed Noss. Ken Wu is co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance; Dr. Reed Noss is a renowned ecologist and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Conservation Biology, who will speak about the ecosystem approach to conservation: history and urgency on a complementary species and ecosystems approach to conservation. Ken will deliver a beautiful slideshow about the diverse ecosystems across Canada and the need for science-based legislation. Info night and fundraiser. Youth/Senior/Low Income $15, Regular $25, Family/Upper Sliding Scale $40 Buy you tickets in advance at: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria.

Tue 18, 7:30pm People for a One Planet Region: Town Hall Meeting. Join us for the launch of the Common Vision, Common Action Solutions Statement and a public discussion on how citizens can mobilize and organize to advance social and ecological justice at the local government level. University of Victoria, Hickman Auditorium

Tue 18 Join the Haliburton EcoFarm School! Organic Master Gardener – Sept 18 – Nov 8. Ecological Landscape Design I -Sept 26 – Dec 1. A collaboration between Royal Roads University, Gaia College, and the Haliburton EcoFarm School

Wed 19, 9am-12pm Plant a seed to restore the wetland. Take part in the radical transformation of a hayfield into a wetland. The Nature Conservancy of Canada Cowichan stewardship team is looking for volunteers to help with harvesting and scattering wetland plant seeds, removing invasive species and planting poplar trees. To register please click here. Travis Muir 250-413-8013

Wed 19, 7-9pm Courage Earth: where Personal and Political Meet, with Lisa Gordon, trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Six Wednesdays to Oct 24. $75 for the group of four sessions and $20 for each of the Clearness Committees (optional). $20 drop available for the Sept 19 if you want to sample before committing. Attendance at first session required for attendance at subsequent sessions. Society of Friends House, 1829 Fern St., Victoria. For registration or info: 250-220-460/250-888-7501 Please do not let cost deter you, call us.

Wed 19, 7pm The Impacts of Vessel Traffic on Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea. Dr. Lauren McWhinnie will present her research with slides and underwater sound recordings. Assoc. for Protection of Rural Metchosin (APRM). Metchosin Community House. Bev Bacon 250-474-7202 FREE.

Thur 20, 7pm Forest and Watersheds Solutions Forum. Cedar & Yellow Point. Do you care about our local forest, and the watershed it protects? Join us at this free forum, where we will learn about our forests and the watershed in the Yellow Point-Cedar area, and discuss seven ways we could protect them. Speakers include June Ross, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition; Darryn McConkey, Coastal Douglas Fir Conservation Partnership; Erik Piikkila, Yellow Point Ecological Society and Wildwood; Guy Dauncey, Yellow Point Ecological Society. Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Road, Cedar. Presented by the Yellow Point Ecological Society.

Fri 21, 8am-9:30am Resilient Region Exchange Greater Victoria Breakfast Series. Love Food. Hate Waste Co-host: District of Central Saanich Join us for a conversation about local food, resiliency and waste and a guided tour of Michell’s Farm. Participants will enjoy hot coffee, tea, light snacks and great conversation. Michell’s Farm Market, 2451 Island View Road

Fri 21, 5:30-7:30pm Cowichan Valley Green Drinks. @ Red Arrow Brewing,

Sat 22, 9:45-1pm Murray Pond Park, Colwood. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers at Murray Pond Park, Colwood to remove invasive plants! Join here:

Sat 22, 9:30-4:30pm Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting with Gord Baird. Rainwater harvesting is now a viable option for homeowners and developers. Learn about systems and possibilities, legal frameworks and pathways in this one-day course. Gord will explore how to safely collect rainwater for potable purposes and for irrigation.  Rainwater potentially being a potable source supply, he’ll also cover procedures required to have systems approved. O.U.R. Ecovillage 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake.

Sat 22, 10am-12pm Worm Composting. Everything you need to know about starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system, also known as vermicomposting. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online:

Sat 22, 1pm-3pm Brewing Kombucha and Kefir #2. Start brewing your own yummy, good for your tummy, fermented beverages with this crash course in Kombucha, Milk Kefir and Water Kefir! Having mysterious histories, these fermented, probiotic rich delicacies are known for being full of good things that promote overall digestive wellness. They are delicious and satisfying and there is a great number of ways you can flavor your goods! Learn how to create effervescent kombucha with unique flavoring, sample these tasty fermented bevvies. Bring a jar to take a scoby home for kombucha or some grains for kefir. 1216 North Park, Victoria.  Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online:

Sun 23, 9:45-1pm Mt. Matheson in Sooke. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and Habitat Acquisition Trust for a broom removal and native flower planting at Mt. Matheson in Sooke! Join here:

Sun 23, 10 am – 3pm East Sooke Broom Pull. Native plant seeding and Scotch Broom Pull in East Sooke. RSVP for location as event is held on private property. Maximum 20 spots available. Lunch provided. – Habitat Acquisition Trust and the Greater Victoria Green Team – East Sooke Sign up through the GVGT Meetup Page

Sun 23, 1-3pm. No Ivy League. Join Friends of Uplands Park to help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy.  Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park.  Tools, gloves and instruction provided.


Sat 29, 8-10am Birding in Uplands Park. Expert Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park will lead you on a gentle walk focussing on the Fall Migration of birds. Meet at Cattle Point with your binoculars. Check our website for any changes:

Sat 29, 10am-1pm Fairfield Repair Café. Have something needing repair?  Bring it and we will fix it for free – and you can learn how to fix. Save money, save your favourite items, save our landfills, save the world! We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone. 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas School). Free; donations welcome to cover our costs.

Sat 29, 1pm-2:30pm Changemakers: Embracing Hope, Taking Action, and Transforming the World. An afternoon with author Fay Weller and Mary Wilson. A guidebook for ordinary people creating a more just and ecological society. The book explores transformative learning and presents powerful stories of everyday people who have changed their lives, communities, and wider society. The book is based on the Gulf Islands and illustrates how local action has global significance. Salt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhilips Ave, Salt Spring

Sat 29, 10am-5pm Cooperating with Convergence: Mysticism and the New Story. A Retreat Day with Margaret Walters. $65, bring lunch, refreshments provided. Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria (If you need or can offer a ride, please let us know). 250-220-460/250-888-7501  please do not let cost deter you, call us.

Sat 29, 11:30-3:30pm Mystic Vale. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers at the University of Victoria to remove invasive plants from Mystic Vale. Part of Project Serve Day! Join here:

Sat 29, 1-3pm Permaculture Basics. Permaculture is a theory of design based in systems thinking. This will take you through the permaculture ethics and principles using examples from the CEC site and gardens. We will touch on social permaculture and brainstorm how we might apply what we’ve learned in our own lives. Location: 1216 North Park, Victoria.  Alexis @ 250 386 9676 for questions or to purchase tickets. Details or to purchase online:

Sun 30, 9:45-1pm Saxe Point Park. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers in Esquimalt’s Saxe Point Park to remove invasive ivy plaguing this beautiful habitat! Join here:

Sun 30, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join Friends of Uplands Park to help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy. Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.

Sun 30, 1:30-3:30pm Changemakers: Embracing Hope, Taking Action, and Transforming the World. An afternoon with author Fay Weller. With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act. The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation. A guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. at the Duncan Community Farm Store, 5380 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan

Tue Oct 2,5:30pm-8pm Join the Clean Money Revolution, with author Joel Solomon. An informative and fun evening of discussion on how we can use our investment dollars to create the social and environmental changes we need to see in the world. Joel’s books will be available for purchase. $10 includes complimentary beverage and appetizers. 838 Fort St, Victoria. Hosted by World Tree: Growing a Sustainable Future.

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, 4-6:30pm Free Family Cooking Classes *pre-registration required* – Cowichan Green Community – 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC – Jennifer Dorby #250.748.8506 or by email

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 Thursday, 1-7pm Food Garden Volunteers needed, throughout the summer of 2018. Gain skills in horticulture, permaculture, irrigation and outreach in Banfield Commons and Orchard. 521 Craigflower Road, south of the Vic West Community Association.

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. 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 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.





BC’s Climate Intentions Papers: A Timid Response – and the Twelve Solutions We Really Need

Timid Response

August 20, 2018

I wish I didn’t have to write this. I count myself a friend of the NDP/Green Alliance, and I had high hopes for the government’s new climate action plans. [1]  

BC’s Ministry of Environment has published a series of Clean Growth Intentions Papers, with a deadline for public feedback of August 24th, in the heart of this fire and smoke-filled summer. In my head, I can see that they have been framed in a very positive way, emphasizing the multiple economic benefits of engaging in climate action, reframed as clean growth.

But the policies floated contain little that is new. They are really timid. And by downplaying the climate crisis almost to a state of mental non-existence, they have written the urgency out of the picture. In my heart, I feel as if they have been written by a holiday season policy-drone operating on auto-pilot. Hard words, but that’s what I feel.

Continue reading BC’s Climate Intentions Papers: A Timid Response – and the Twelve Solutions We Really Need

By Rewriting our Past, We can Rewrite our Future

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Once upon a time, there was a revolution. I have never read about it in any history book, yet it was the ancestor of all revolutions, from the earliest slave revolts to the French and Russian revolutions, the gay rights movement and the #Metoo movement.

By not knowing about it, and not understanding its consequences, our interpretation of history is missing a critical dimension as we struggle to free ourselves from the tentacles of neoliberalism and build a new economy that is friendly to humans and nature, not just to bankers and greed. In the light of this revolution, our understanding of thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Marx, Owen, Kropotkin, Nietzsche, Polanyi, Keynes, Hayek, Rand and Ostrom is changed.

We may never know when it happened, but a quarter million years ago is a good possibility. To understand its origins, however, we have to go back six million years, to when we shared a common ancestor with the chimpanzees and bonobos. Even today, we share 99% of our genes, and the same impulses to mother, to play, to help each other, to use social skills, to hunt together, to form tribes, to fight, to bully and to dominate.

Through it all, the non-alphas resented being dominated

Continue reading By Rewriting our Past, We can Rewrite our Future

Tiny Homes Villages


Artwork by Richard Sheppard,


All I want is a village somewhere,

far away from the housing scare,

With friends and family,

Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?

Little homes where we all can live,

A lovely garden so we all can eat,

Shared hearts, shared love, shared hopes,

Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly.

In May 2018 the average price of a home in BC was $750,000. In Victoria, the average price of a condo was $500,000.

Continue reading Tiny Homes Villages

Canada’s Choice


by Guy Dauncey

$4.5 Billion Dollars to Subsidize Fossil Fuels? Here’s a Much Better Idea

$4.5 billion of Canada’s money, to buy a bitumen pipeline? Some suggest that it could rise as high as $12 billion, including future construction and legal costs.

So what if the money was invested in solutions to the climate crisis, instead making things worse by being invested in the primary cause, which is our use of fossil fuels? When Canada signed the Paris Climate Agreement most people presumed that it was being signed honestly, not as an act of laugh-behind-your-hand hypocrisy.

Thirty to Fifty Times More Jobs

That much money could leverage enough electricity to replace most of Alberta’s coal and gas-fired electricity, and generate between 30 and 50 times as many jobs. It could also power 18 million electric vehicles for 25 years. Continue reading Canada’s Choice

Farm Villages – The Way of the Future


Farm-VillagesSubmission to the Agricultural Land Reserve Minister’s Advisory Committee by Guy Dauncey and Rob Buchan. Deadline for letters and submissions Monday April 30th 2018.

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Throughout the world, in every culture, farmers have lived and raised their children in small farm villages.

Here on Vancouver Island, 95% of our food is imported every day on the ferries. At the same time, good farmland sits empty or grows hay, while younger people who want to get onto the land to grow food are unable to do so because of the incredibly high price of land.

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Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business


Social-PurposeBy Guy Dauncey, March 2018

If we are to live in a fair, just, ecologically sustainable world, many things in our economy will need to change, from the way banks create money to the way environmental losses and gains are accounted for and measured.

Let’s start with the businesses that grow the food, manufacture the products and provide the services we all depend on and enjoy.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a successful economy without its businesses. The Soviet Union tried, and Cuba is still trying, but neither has had much success. It’s hard to have success when the spirit of enterprise is not allowed to flourish. Continue reading Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business