TS Annual General Meeting 2016/17

The AGM of the Sooke Transition Town Society (aka Transition Sooke) is set for Friday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Like last year, we’re again fortunate to have secured the Common House at Harbourside Cohousing (6681 Horne Road) as the host venue. Our sincere thanks to the Harbourside community for welcoming us back.

The meeting will hear reports from TS president Jeff Bateman and Zero Waste Sooke coordinator Wendy O’Connor. We’ll share highlights from Debb Read’s Wild Wise Sooke annual report. Board member Martin Bissig will report on our first, possibly annual, Ecohome Tour. And Don Brown from the Baha’i Community of Sooke will share a progress report on a multi-belief initiative he’s quarterbacking in association with TS.

During the AGM itself, a financial report will be presented by treasurer Michael Tacon and nominations for the 2017 Board of the Directors will be voted on.

11024786_841397079259844_6220381518959150591_n.jpgThe evening will begin with a social mix-and-mingle. Following the AGM, our Andrew Moore will lead another “dotmocracy” vote to identify future priorities. The TS board is keen for member input on where we should direct our necessarily limited volunteer time and energy. The top picks from last year’s AGM straw poll — the ecohome tour, community picnic, reskilling events and a speakers’ series that brought Guy Dauncey, Kem Luther and Fair Vote Canada’s David Merner to town — gave us clear direction going ahead.

We’ll field suggestions from the floor for the dotmocracy, however our current long list of possibilities includes the following:

– Street & family cycling event

– Speakers’ series

Ecohome Tour 2017

Reskilling fair and/or workshops

– Collaborative think-tank/strategy session with like-minded Sooke community groups

– Retreat/getaway for TS members

Community picnic  

– Community building workshop series (i.e., non-violent communications, consensus and facilitation skills, media literacy education, conflict management, etc.)

Local currency initiative

Hiring a summer student in 2018

– Development of Sooke protocols/guidelines for the greening of community events

Letter-writing campaign/support group/workshop

– Creation of a community share shed

– Promotion/better utilization of Streetbank

If you plan to attend the AGM, please send an RSVP to sooketransition@gmail.com 

TS Board of Directors

Getting to Harbourside, on the waterfront up Sooke … 

At the main traffic light in Sooke (at the corner of Sooke Road/West Coast Road and Otter Point Road), turn towards the sea onto Murray Road.

Parking on Murray Road is your best bet as the only other easy option is the parking lot at the corner of Murray Road and Horne Road. Be sure not to block any driveways. Parking attendants will be there to guide people and vehicles.

Follow the sidewalk past the Anglican Church to the corner of Murray and Horne Roads. There is a sidewalk going east down Horne Road right to the entrance to Harbourside @ 6681, Horne Road – the door to the Common House is right opposite the elevator.

In the spirit of the Transition movement, please car pool, walk or bike if you can! 

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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 soon.  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 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: http://andrewnikiforuk.com/

“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.

Requests for email delivery are welcome at sooketransition@gmail.com


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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 <sooketransition@gmail.com>


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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