New Year’s Meeting/Reading/Viewing

Happy 2019 to one and all.  Our first meeting of the year is set for Wed. Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harbourside Cohousing in downtown Sooke.  As TS co-president Michael Tacon notes, “The meeting is open to all members and anyone else who is interested in making a difference in these challenging and troubled times. We are looking forward to a productive and significant year of activity around Sooke.” Learn more about our directions moving forward in our minutes from recent meetings.

Two happenings of note to anticipate early this year …

* The Transition Sooke Book Club returns for a second season of informal, friendly and lively discussions of thoughtful books focused on contemporary issues. First up on Wed., Jan. 23 is Cherie Dimaline‘s novel The Marrow Thieves.  The top-selling Canadian novel of 2018 is a timely and necessary cautionary tale set in a near future much like our world today with the addition of some grim elements. It will be followed by Solomon Northop’s Twelve Years a Slave (Feb. 27) and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules (March 27).  Each session will run from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke. Titles have again been selected by our book-club founders Paula Johanson and Bernie Klassen.

* Our annual Awareness Film Night co-presentation on Wed. Feb. 13 in the EMCS Community Theatre (7 pm, admission by donation) is director Astra Taylor‘s National Film Board of Canada production What Is Democracy?  ~ a good choice given proportional representation’s third strike here in BC last month.

As the NFB website puts it: “Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.”

As Winston Churchill put it: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…

See how folks like Harvard University’s Cornel West, former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and activist Silvia Federici, the co-founder of the International Feminist Collective, put it in this 2018 documentary by a Winnipeg-born musician, activist, author, and filmmaker.


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