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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
Fair Vote Canada‘s acting President David Merner will be at Edward Milne Community School on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. to inform Sooke voters about the electoral reform process now underway in Ottawa. Mayor Maja Tait will moderate the evening, which we’re hosting in the EMCS Community Theatre. Admission is free.
Merner, who ran locally in the last federal election for the Justin Trudeau Liberals, worked on constitutional, election law and corruption issues at the Department of Justice and Privy Council Office in Ottawa before returning to the BC Ministry of Justice in Victoria. He’ll share his wealth of knowledge about electoral systems while exploring the myths and realities of various voting methodologies. The evening will include an audience Q&A.
Read P. Gail Armitage’s preview article and check out links of related interest elsewhere on our website.
A second West Shore opportunity to learn more is set for Belmont Secondary School, 3041 Langford Lake Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Speaker will be Fair Vote Canada’s Terry Dance-Bennink.