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The Green Diary, May 2018

Green Diary May

A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People


250-924-1445 guydauncey@earthfuture.com

For yet more events, see Creatively United for the Planet


Ongoing April 27 – June 2. Ecovillage Design Education 5-weeks comprehensive training. 2.5 weeks permaculture theory and hands-on learning, 2.5 week Integrated and participatory community-building leadership training.  Permaculture Design Certificate & Earth Activist Training guided by Starhawk and Charles Williams. At OUR Ecovillage, $2,410 CAD Registration online at http://ourecovillage.org/the-ecovillage-design-education-programme/ education@ourecovillage.org

Tue 1, 7:30pm Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro. Award-winning journalist Sarah Cox and guests invite you to an inspiring and perhaps enraging discussion and launch of her new book. A modern-day David and Goliath story, and an uplifting and astonishing story of the farmers and First Nations who are fighting the most expensive megaproject in BC history and the government-sanctioned bullying that has propelled it forward. Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria. Cash bar. Wheelchair accessible. Book sales courtesy of Munro’s Books.

Wed 2, 7pm The New Cold War and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. A Public Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Down, Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford and student activists Magritte Gordoneer and Lia Holla. Presented by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network and the Youth Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. James Bay Library, 385 Menzies St, Victoria.

Thur 3, 7pm Bees, Pollination and Nature: An Evening with Ted Leischner. Ted has kept bees for 30 years, including 10 years as a commercial beekeeper with 500 hives and now runs Bee Plan Now to save our honey bees and 400 species of native bees. Join us for another great evening! 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point. RSVP appreciated to plan for refreshments. 250-924-1445 www.yellowpointecologicalsociety.ca yellowpoint2020@gmail.com

Sat 5 & Sun 6, 10am-5:30pm Heritage Organic Plant Sale in Yellow Point. Carolyn Herriot, Garden Path Plant Nursery. Come and find plants for your food garden, and enjoy tea and cake in Carolyn’s garden. 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point. 250-924-4478. Continues every weekend in May.

Sat 5, 10am-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Free. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-workshop-composting-basics-tickets-30931968350

Sat 5, 10-4pm Vancouver Island Homesteading Fair, Cobble Hill Community Hall www.facebook.com/HomesteadingFair/

Sat 5, 1-3pm Building Healthy Soil. Truly bigger than the sum of its parts, soil is a partnership with mutual benefits. Learn about the soil partners and the roles they play, and find out how easy it is to create and support a healthy soil ecosystem. The reward? Healthy plants with high nutritional value and a natural resilience against pests and disease. $20. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-healthy-soil-tickets-41175439849

Sun 6, 11am Poetry in the Forest in Yellow Point Park. Meet at 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road, and park on the road. We will be exploring the park, and its spring wildflowers, and stopping at ten places to read a poem. If you have a Nature poem you would like to contribute, send it over! yellowpoint2020@gmail.com

Sun 6, 13 and 20, 1-3pm Carpet Burweed Crawl. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove the extremely invasive carpet burweed from Cattle Point.  Although small, it can cover all the plants on Cattle Point and spread to your garden.  Tools and refreshments provided.  Meet near the Marine kiosk at Cattle Point. Margaret 250-595-8084


Mon 7, 12-1pm CityHive transforms the way young people are engaged in in decision making processes, city planning and urban sustainability issues. Co-Founders Tesicca Truong and Veronika Bylicki will share their meaningful youth engagement processes and examples from their work. Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall

Mon 7, 6:30 – 9pm Our Community in a Changing Climate. Panel discussion on how climate change will impact the region and what’s needed to achieve “One Planet living”.  Speakers: Dr. Tom Pedersen, Dr. Nancy Turner and Dr. Jennie More. Free. UVic David Lam Auditorium. District of Saanich, Planning Department. planning@saanich.ca, 250-475-5471

Tue 8, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria. Great beer, great company! The Drake Eatery, Market Square, 517 Pandora Ave. https://www.meetup.com/Green-Drinks-Victoria/

Wed 9, 6:15pm Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure. A new film about everything you need to know about the Kinder Morgan pipeline battle, written and directed by Vancouver photographer and filmmaker Zack Embree. Vic Theatre, 608 Douglas St. www.directlyaffected.ca   www.facebook.com/events/259624557932931/

Thur 10 and/or Fri 11, 9am-3pm Creatures of Habitat with Peninsula Streams Society. Help Grades 6/7 students help the environment through restoration of the school grounds and nearby Lillian Hoffar Park and Sandown Forest. North Saanich Middle School, 10400 McDonald Park Road RSVP necessary. Francesca PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com (250-363-6480) or visit: https://mailchi.mp/669ceae18a7b/help-saanich-peninsula-students-help-the-environment

Thur 10, 7pm Vision, Hope and Strategy – An Evening With Starhawk, author of many books, including her novels The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge, both set in the future. How do we limit damage while the “oilasaurus” dies, and hold to a vision of the world that comes after? Transition Sooke. Sooke Legion, 6726 Eustace Rd.  $15. Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-with-starhawk-vision-hope-and-strategy-tickets-44800491476

Thur 10, 8-11pm Vegan Party – A Fundraiser for Vegtoria 2018! A fun night of drinks, vegan snacks, boardgames, videogames – and meeting other awesome people to eat with! Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds with go to VIVA/Vancouver Island Vegan Association, in support of Vegtoria! www.vegtoria.ca

Sat 12 – Sat June 23rd, 9-11am Junior NatureSketch for children aged 5-12 yrs every Saturday. A Robert Bateman Foundation initiative. Melissa Bracken will facilitate with a naturalist expert to guide you on your art journey. In Duncan. For information or to register, see http://www.naturesketch.org/naturesketch-club/junior-naturesketch-club-duncan/ or email info@naturesketch.org Adult NatureSketch: Saturdays 11:30am-1pm

Sat 12, 10am-2pm 16th Annual Spring Organic Plant Sale. Local farmers offering a wide variety of organically grown vegetable, flower and herb seedlings to get you off to a successful start this growing season. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-spring-organic-plant-sale-tickets-41321814660

Sat 12, 11:30-4:30pm T’Sou-ke First Nation Solar Tour. Join the Wilderness Committee for a tour. $10-20 per person round trip (contact us if cost is a limitation). Please bring cash. www.facebook.com/events/129927467753550/

Sat 12, 1-4 pm How A Just Peace in Palestine-Israel Can Save Our Planet. Two dynamic speakers – Robert Massoud, founder of Zatoun Fair Trade Olive Oil from Palestine; and Rabbi David Mivasair, Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver. Plus Middle Eastern finger food, travelling photo exhibit, and sale of Zatoun products. Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Rd. 250-384-3031.

Sat 12, 2-5pm Micro/Drip Irrigation workshop – Capital Regional District invites residents to this free workshop to learn waterwise irrigation installation & maintenance tips.  In Sooke  Call CRD 250.474.9684 to register

Sun 13, 10am-4pm Mothers for Mother Earth. Music, art, displays, fun, tea, silent auction and more at the Horticultural Center of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd. Free with garden admission. Creatively United for the Planet and World Tree. https://creativelyunited.org/mother-earth-event/


Mon 14, 10am-2pm The Future of Group Intelligence with Layman Pascel. Explore what integral philosophy, anti-fragile and the wisdom of crowds can teach us about how to feel together, be together and cultivate smarter groups. $35. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. Please don’t let cost deter you from attending, ask us about a scholarship. For registration: 250-220-460 programs@earthliteracies.org   www.earthliteracies.org

Tue 15, 12-1:30pm Food Security Coalition Meeting. Cowichan Green Community – 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. Jennifer Dorby 250.748.8506 jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org https://cowichangreencommunity.org/community-action/cowichan-food-security-coalition/

Tue 15, 7pm Solar PV, with Tom Mommsen of the Salish Sea Renewable Energy Cooperative. The Coop is based on Galiano where members have organized a bulk buy of equipment and installation of a number of solar arrays. Salt Spring Island Public Library. Free.

Thur 17, 5-7pm Conversations for a One Planet Region. Common Vision, Common Action: A Policy Platform for social and ecological justice for a One Planet Region with City of Victoria Councillor Ben Isitt and other organisers. Community Room, Central Library, Broughton St., Victoria

Sat 19, 10:30-2:30pm Low Tide Day Cowichan Bay. 10:30 Beach clean up, 12:00 lunch and music in memory of Dr. Bill Austin. 1:30 Family fun marine science beach seine and clam survey. Kil-Pal-Las Beach Cowichan Bay. Free. Nature Cowichan, info@naturecowichan.net, 250-715-5261.

Sun 20, 1-3pm Guided Tour of Wildwood with ethnobotanist Nancy Turner. Enjoy the beauty of this old growth forest on Quennell Lake. Learn about the cultural importance of the trees, plants and their habitats that Merv Wilkinson loved, and how the Ecoforestry Institute Society is caring for the Wildwood Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem. By donation.  www.ecoforestry.ca  education@ecoforestry.ca

Sat 19, 1-2:30pm Tide Pool School at Cattle Point, Uplands Park. Join Friends of Uplands Park at a low tide of 0.1m to view and amazing diversity of marine life. Use small nets and containers to catch critters, then watch them wiggle, hide and interact. Biologists and ID Guides will help you to identify what you catch, the gently release.  Margaret 250-595-8084. Wear water shoes or rubber boots. Donations appreciated.


Mon 21, Registration Deadline for Sat June 9th, 9am-1pm Sipping the Wild – An Experiential Workshop on Wild Tea Plants with Jay Rastogi. There are many plants from which teas can be made into hot and cold drinks – a gentle gateway to the world of wild plant foraging and gardening. Bring a mug. $48. Register at www.ecoforestry.ca education@ecoforestry.ca

Thur 24, 7pm BC Sustainable Energy Association Pub Night at the Oaks Restaurant, 2250 Oak Bay Ave. Green Investment with info from several different avenues explained. The time could never be more right to invest in our future. Free, donations accepted.

Fri 25, 6:30pm Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure. A new film about everything you need to know about the Kinder Morgan pipeline battle, written and directed by Vancouver photographer and filmmaker Zack Embree. On Salt Spring. www.directlyaffected.ca   www.directlyaffected.ca/screenings/2018/5/25/salt-spring-island-bc-community-screening

Sat 26, 8am Birding in Uplands Park, Cattle Point. Join Friends of Uplands Park expert birder Geoffrey Newell and watch the spring in the birds as they are nesting. Bring binoculars and your enthusiasm. Free. Ages 8 to 100 years.

Sat 26, 10am-4pm Sacred Circle Dancing the Universe Power of Interrelatedness with Bernice Vetter, SC. $70, please bring lunch, refreshments are served. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria. Please don’t let cost deter you from attending, ask us about a scholarship. For registration or info: 250-220-460 programs@earthliteracies.org   www.earthliteracies.org

Sat 26, 10am-1pm Fairfield Repair Café Have something needing repair? We will fix them for free, and teach you how to fix. Furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc.  Sometimes we have specialized expertise to fix hearing aids, computers and cell phones. 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas Elementary School). Free, donations are accepted to pay for costs. http://repaircafevicbc.ca


Sat 26, 1-3pm Gardening for Pollinators. Learn about the importance of pollinators, the issues they are facing and the misconceptions surrounding them. How to help the bees, habitat creation and plant selection. Gain hands-on, citizen-scientist experience in categorizing and monitoring pollinators with a brand new monitoring app! $0-$20. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gardening-for-polinators-tickets-41176578254


Mon 28, 6:30-8:30pm The Conscious Parent: A Transformative Evening with Dr. Shefali. Join Oprah’s favourite parenting expert, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, for an exploration of consciousness. Acclaimed author of The Conscious Parent, Out of Control and The Awakened Family will share with you how to transform your family and reclaim your life. Glenlyon Norfolk School, 801 Bank St, Oak Bay. www.facebook.com/events/1941171129527715/

Tue 29, 4:30-7:30pm Cowichan Green Community 2018 AGM. Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan. Jennifer Dorby #250.748.8506 jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org https://cowichangreencommunity.org/workshop-events/2018-cgc-agm/

Tue 29, 4:30-7:30pm 7th Annual Cowichan Eat Local Challenge and Potluck From midnight to midnight, pledge to eat only local Vancouver Island grown raised or fished food. One exception allowed (for coffee addicts). Support local growers & create a food-secure future in a community where what we eat is better for people and the planet. Then bring a local food dish to the all-local-food potluck at Cowichan Green Community’s AGM. Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan. Guest Speaker: CGC’s Recoverists Team – establishing a food recovery system to reclaim unwanted food destined for the landfill and distribute it to emergency food providers. www.facebook.com/events/152531535576713/

All Month

NatureSketch Club programs in Victoria and Duncan. A Robert Bateman Foundation initiative. http://www.naturesketch.org

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: www.crd.bc.ca/about/events

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. www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRSwDpSO92L1Li1FSwQpzy2leOk_8VdFo 

More Local Events (including hikes): http://creativelyunited.org/events/ 


Affinite Wealth Group (KIVA):  www.meetup.com/Affinite-Wealth-Victoria/

Victoria Cycling Adventures:www.meetup.com/Affinite-Wealth-Victoria/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Victoria Nature Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/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. info@ourecovillage.org   250-743-3067  www.ourecovillage.org

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. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133 http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

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 goldstream@naturehouse.ca

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

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 jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/

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 https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/ for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org/ 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 www.haliburtonfarm.org

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   http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/

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  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html 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.   ann@eco-sense.ca

Sat 12 – Sat June 23rd, 9-11am. Junior NatureSketch for children aged 5-12 yrs every Saturday. A Robert Batemand Foundation initiative. Melissa Bracken will facilitate with a naturalist expert to guide you on your art journey. In Duncan. For information or to register, see http://www.naturesketch.org/naturesketch-club/junior-naturesketch-club-duncan/ or email info@naturesketch.org Adult NatureSketch: May 12th- June 23rd, 2018, Saturdays 11:30am-1pm

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.



Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

by Guy Dauncey, February 2nd, 2018

If you want to see what this EcoRenaissance looks like on the ground, click HERE.

Until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist

I can feel this future. I have written a novel about it. I love its colour and vibrancy, its harmony with Nature. But what is its name?

One of the realities of the spoken language is that until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist. When we want to create something, we name it.

The feeling that comes to mind is one of Renaissance – the birth of a new vision, the promise of a new future. The Renaissance that was seeded in the 13th century and blossomed into glory in the 15th and sixteenth centuries filled people’s hearts, souls and minds with art, imagination and ideas. It took inspiration from the rediscovered science, art and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. It made souls take flight, washing away the dull dogmatism and cruel muddy feudalism of a world where nothing much changed except by disease, disorder and death.

Continue reading Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

The Blob: Can We Change its Heart, Before it Destroys Us All?

Sometimes it seems as if those who care about Nature stand on guard around the edge of a huge circular Blob known as ‘The Economy’, which keeps growing and encroaching onto Nature. We organize to prevent its advance against creeks, rivers, forests and wetlands. We try to stop it from shooting out new pipelines, digging new coalmines, pouring more carbon into the atmosphere and introducing new chemicals into our food.

Sometimes we are successful and The Blob backs off, which happened with the proposed Raven coalmine near Courtenay. But just as often we are not, as the ecological wreckage of the private forest lands on the Island shows, and when The Blob assaults Nature in a distant country such as Indonesia, destroying native hardwood forests, home for millions of years to families of orangutans and other creatures, replacing them with palm oil trees for the global biofuel market.

Continue reading The Blob: Can We Change its Heart, Before it Destroys Us All?

A Modern Alphabet


 Thanks to Terry Sohl for the photo image, and to William Morris for the letters.

Opportunities to perform this are welcome. I hope to get it on YouTube soon. 


A is for Albatross

A is for Albatross,

far-winging freely across oceans of wonder,

mating for life till they die,

but their chicks have a diet of grim plastic plunder,

filling their bellies with lies.

Continue reading A Modern Alphabet