Linking up with Andrew Nikiforuk

Read on for a wealth of links (many featuring articles by the man himself) related to our Jan. 11 Awareness Film Night co-presentation of author/journalist Andrew Nikiforuk at Edward Milne Community School, 7 p.m. start time. Please join us. Admission is by donation.
An Albertan now based in Campbell River, Andrew Nikiforuk (pictured here with Naomi Klein at the 2014 Banff Calgary International Writers’ Festival) has been writing about the oil and gas industry for more than two decades. He’s a contributing editor to The Tyee and has authored a shelf of award-winning books that include The Energy of SlavesEmpire of the BeetleSaboteurs and Tar Sands.
     Andrew’s hour-long talk will focus on one of the upcoming BC election’s major issues — Liquified Natural Gas development and the social & environmental impacts of fracking. He will cover material from his latest book, Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry,” which is based on the epic legal battle between Jessica Ernst and EnCana Corporation over the contamination of water aquifers from fracking operations in rural Alberta. The case began a decade ago and a final decision from the Supreme Court of Canada is expected this year.  In the process, Andrew will discuss BC’s misfiring LNG dream, the role of Big Oil in government and society’s obsession with rapidly depleting supplies of oil and gas.
      During the Q&A, audience members are welcome to quiz our guest about his many other areas of his expe15894831_1258633887536159_5189035359525402105_n.pngrtise — the Site C dam, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, fish farms, the contamination of Shawnigan Lake and the devastation wrought by the mountain pine beetle.
     The night’s theme is LNG, however, and in keeping with AFN tradition, Jo Phillips has lined up the 25-minute documentary A Last Stand for Lelu to begin the evening. Lelu Island is the proposed site of the LNG plant and shipping berth near Prince Rupert.  It is in the middle of the Flora Banks, the most important juvenile fish h15873065_1371964819522784_3407835712915453075_n.jpgabitat for the entire Skeena River system.  It is also in the traditional territory of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations, who voted 100% “NO” for this project. The film was shot by young co-directors Farhan Umedaly and Tamos Campos. The latter is David Suzuki’s grandson.
     For insights into the fundamentals of hydraulic fracking, check out this helpful 101 video. You can find a complete archive of Andrew’s articles in The Tyee here.

We’re looking forward to this, our fourth annual collaboration with Awareness Film Night. AFN is now in its 22nd year of presenting timely, thought-provoking and essential documentaries to local audiences otherwise starved for same. In recent years we’ve teamed up to screen In Transition 2.0The Clean Bin Project and, last year at this time, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. Viva Jo, truly one of Sooke’s treasures! 

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An Evening With Andrew Nikiforuk – Jan. 11th at EMCS

Awareness Film Night and Transition Sooke are teaming again to present a special evening with Andrew Nikiforuk, the journalist and author widely recognized as one of Western Canada’s top authorities on the fossil-fuel extraction industry. Nikiforuk writes regularly in The Tyee, has won eight National Magazine Awards and has published such landmark books as The Energy of Slaves, Tar Sands and Empire of the Beetle.
We’ll get underway at Edward Milne Community School at 7 p.m. with a screening of the short film A Last Stand for Lelu by young BC filmmakers Farhan Umedaly and Tamo Campos. It vividly documents the pushback by the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations of Prince Rupert against the construction of Pacific Northwest LNG, a massive LNG terminal backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas.

Nikiforuk will then take the stage for an hour-long talk based on his latest book, Slick Water (2015, Greystone Books/David Suzuki Institute). The powerful work of investigative journalism interweaves the science of fracking with stories about the human and environmental repercussions left in its wake. The book raises dramatic questions about the role of Big Oil in government, society’s obsession with rapidly depleting supplies of unconventional oil and gas, and the future of civil society.

He’ll also be discussing other big energy infrastructure projects, most notably Ottawa’s recent approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Formerly based in Calgary, Nikiforuk now lives in Campbell River. Learn more about the man and his work here:

“Slick Water is a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage. It is a deeply informative, disturbing, and important book.” – Elizabeth Kolbert, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

“Andrew Nikiforuk crafts a stunning picture of fossil fuel industry and government abuse” – Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything

Admission, as ever with Awareness Film Night, is by donation.

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Nov/Dec Newsletter

Our latest newsletter was e-published earlier this month. This issue contains …

  • a report on our first Ecohome Tour
  • the announcement of our co-presentation of journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk at the Jan. 11th Awareness Film Night;
  • our call to Sooke residents to participate in the #PlanSookeNow Official Community Plan refresh;
  • an update on our Zero Waste Sooke working group;
  • upcoming and ongoing events (hikes, presentations, free legal clinics and more);
  • an offer of monthly rental storage space in our bike boxes at the park-and-ride lot across from Edward Milne Community School;
  • and our regular round-up of recent highlights from our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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by | October 20, 2016 · 10:49 am

Our Fall 2016 Newsletter


Our latest newsletter was published earlier this month. Check it out for events of interest to the Transition-minded along with news items, previews and reports on Zero Waste Sooke‘s presentation to the District’s Committee of the Whole and our Fair Vote Canada night featuring FVC’s David Merner and Mayor Maja Tait. (Please note that our presentation of author Kem Luther set for Oct. 20th has been rescheduled to Nov. 17th, same time and venue). If you’d like copies sent to your in-box along with other (relatively infrequent) updates and notifications from us, please send a request to Transition Sooke <>


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Rainy day, sunny faces, bright green future @ Sooke Ecohome Tour

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by | October 10, 2016 · 11:00 am

Touring clean, green, energy efficient Sooke


Eager to live more independently, tap into nature’s energy grid, lessen your environmental footprint and save money in the bargain? The first Sooke Ecohome Tour on Saturday, Oct. 8 offers seven examples of how the renewable energy and alternative housing revolutions are taking root in the region.

Stops along the 19km circle route include the Built Green Canada gold-certified Harbourside Cohousing on the Sooke waterfront; the cob house at  ALM Organic Farm; a work-in-progress rammed-earth home in Otter Point; a 135-sq. foot tiny home;  and a trio of private residences — two with solar arrays installed by Viridian Energy Co-operative and a third constructed of natural materials by Keary Conwright Natural Homes.

Click here for more details about our tour stops.

Tickets will be available only on the morning and early afternoon of event day, Oct. 8th, at the Stick in the Mud Cafe, on Eustace and Otter Point roads in the heart of Sooke starting at 9:30 a.m.

Ticket prices: $5 per individual; $10 per carload (car pooling encouraged!); free to pedestrians and cyclists. 

The Sooke Ecohome Tour is sponsored by the Real Estate Foundation of BC with additional funding support from BC Hydro and the District of Sooke. 




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