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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Presenting Fair Vote Canada’s David Merner, Thursday evening at EMCS

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.  logo.png

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.


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