From Sooke News Mirror, 26 Oct 2011.
How to encourage more sustainable living in Sooke is a major challenge facing a new mayor. Friday, November 4th at 7p.m. is your chance to find out how the two candidates plan to walk the talk of sustainability. Sooke Transition Town will host an evening with David Bennett and Wendal Milne in the Potlatch Room of the Sooke Harbour House. All candidates’ meetings offer an overview of issues and positions. An evening focused on just the mayoral candidates is a forum for an in-depth conversation about how to increase local sustainability.
Sooke Transition Town is a group of concerned residents that works with other groups in Sooke — such as the Juan de Fuca Cycle Coalition, Food Chi, and the Sooke Slow Food Cycle — to raise awareness of sustainable living and to build local resilience. Resilience, a key to sustainability, is the ability of an ecosystem to withstand shocks. Local resilience in the face of climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and economic instability can ease the transition to less energy use, to more reliance on local goods and services, and to increased local food production. With sufficient planning and action, a mayor can encourage resilience and actually enhance the quality of life in our community while reducing our energy consumption.
Each candidate will outline his vision for a more sustainable Sooke, then take questions. This public meeting is free and open to all.