Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft April 12th, 2018

The Wolf of Discovery Island: a talk by Cheryl Alexander
April 12th
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Thursday at 18:30–21:00
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1630 Store St <https://www.facebook.com/pages/1630-Store-St/2099571020327470>
1630 Store Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1V3
Join us in welcoming Cheryl Alexander into the store to speak about the wolf on Discovery Island. Cheryl is a conservation photographer who has been photographing the wolf for a long time now. Learn about the solitary beauty of Takaya, the wolf living on Discovery Island, and marvel at some of Cheryl’s up close and personal shots of the wolf.

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Surfrider Rally to Rise Above Plastics
April 13th
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Friday at 17:00–18:00
4 days from now · 7–11° Rain Showers
720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7, Canada
Join us for a Rise Above Plastics rally outside of the Victoria Conference centre on April 13th at 5pm!

The rally will be held during The Association of Vancouver and Coastal Communities (AVICC) annual convention.

Surfrider would like to demonstrate public support for provincial regulation of plastic packaging and help pressure convention delegates to vote in favour of the Victoria resolution!

More info to come!

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ZERO Waste Vancouver Island
April 13th
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The Vic Theatre <https://www.facebook.com/TheVicTheatre/>
808 Douglas St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B6
Waste is a dirty topic, but the solutions start with us. Synergy Sustainability Institute is hosting a film screening that will launch Project ZERO, with a long-term goal of Zero Waste on Vancouver Island.

Join us on April 13th for a film screening of Plastic China, followed by a panel on how we can move to Zero Waste.

Let’s fill the room with movers n’ shakers who want to see Vancouver Island continue to shift towards a more sustainable future!

This is a 19+ event as beer and cider will be available for purchase along with popcorn! Seating is not assigned. Doors open at 6:00 pm the film will start at 6:30 pm.

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Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad! Vancouver Antiwar Rally
April 13th
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Friday at 17:00–19:00
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Vancouver Art Gallery – Robson Street at Howe Street
MOBILIZATION AGAINST WAR & OCCUPATION – MAWO
Monthly Antiwar Rally and Petition Drive
Part of the International Days of Antiwar “Spring Action”
www.springaction2018.org <http://www.springaction2018.org/>

>> STOP THE WARS AT HOME & ABROAD!
>> U.S./Canada/NATO Hands Off: Yemen, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Libya, North Africa & the Middle East!

FRIDAY April 13
5:00pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
(Robson at Howe Street)
Downtown Vancouver, Canada

This event will be take place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and the Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Coast Salish Nations.

At the end of March, the U.S. government enacted a $700 billion military budget, the largest in U.S. history. This military budget fuels the death and destruction caused by the U.S. military around the world, from Syria and Iraq, to Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and across the Middle East and North Africa. Today, the U.S. government has over 800 military bases around the world, and is also increasing their threats against Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1966 during the U.S. war on Vietnam still rings true today “the bombs in Vietnam explode at home.” As the U.S. government and their allies, including Canada, increase their war drive abroad – they have also ramped up their attacks on poor, working and oppressed people at home. This war has taken on many vicious forms including cuts to healthcare and education, attacks on civil liberties, and increasing Islamophobia and racism.

On Friday, May 13, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) is joining in a coordinated period of action based in the United States known as the “Spring Mobilizations to End the Wars at Home and Abroad.” For more information on the coordinated Spring Actions, and a list of all the cities involved visit: www.springaction2018.org <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.springaction2018.org%2F&h=ATPmJlpAOEGjBJFlY4SKzQeHSOJgO3ory36ZWB-tIm6o65Kyu10lVIH1590PoVpyAB4F-_GBr3mW7QyRhiAKRTX9nURnz3sCEa4GP-iKFNNsQaPQyAqAZzOK>

Canada Cancel the Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia Now!
No to Islamophobia!
Self-Determination for Palestine! End the Occupation Now!
Money for Jobs, Healthcare, Education, Housing & Environment! Not for War and Occupation!
Resist Imperialist War Mongering!
U.S. Hands Off North Africa and the Middle East!
No to War & Occupation! Yes to Self-Determination!
No to War & Occupation! No to Environmental Degradation!
Self-Determination for Indigenous Nations and All Oppressed Nations!

For poster click: http://www.mawovancouver.org/materials/posters/180413-MAWO-Rally.pdf

Join Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/423609788078687/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
MAWO ~ Mobilization Against War & Occupation
http://WWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG/ <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FWWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG%2F&h=ATOs7BtN8bnuy2_k4incV9iTK0nnePeu6wKXT0WVtQHr8tNkpO5573I_2cZmmVXoURQdG4IZsJ3KckOlrvrEWpf8IwSv-JOt7JQhUtylm-pgZj1RKoXZMm9V>
info@mawovancouver.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2325459635
Twitter: @mawovan
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mawovan

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Tell David Eby: Protect the Peace River Valley
April 13th
Friday at 12:00–14:00
3 days from now · 7–9° Rain
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David Eby <https://www.facebook.com/dave.eby/>
2909 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K2G6
On Friday the 13th, we remind BC’s Attorney General that if BC floods and destroys sacred land, this will bring BAD LUCK to everyone, ie. this devastation will curse us all.

Rather, BC can and should honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law and enforce the Crown’s duty to protect the Peace River Valley from settler colonial violence and treaty violations. As the Blueberry River First Nation court case on cumulative impacts begins on April 23 and the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations legal battle to seek an injunction to stop the Site C dam happens in July, we are holding BC accountable to walk its talk of reconciliation.

FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent grassroots community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. All who love and respect the Peace are welcome to join us.

We acknowledge that this free assembly takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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CAIA is holding another rally to

Support the March of Return

April14, Saturday
from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.
Meet at View and Douglas Streets by the Bay Centre.

This will be rain or shine. The March does not stop for rain or bullets!
We should not stop either.

Tell your friends to join us. Bring posters and banners to hold high.

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2018 Gaia Sustainable Development Goals Training! (SDG)
Saturday & Sunday

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14 April – 15 April
14 April at 9:00 to 15 April at 21:00
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OUR Ecovillage <https://www.facebook.com/O.U.R.Eco/>
O.U.R. Ecovillage 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia V0R2W2

This SDG training is part of an extensive Gaia Education Training of Trainers Course (TOT).
(Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2082727851945770/ <https://www.facebook.com/events/2082727851945770/>)

Details about the SDG below:

The United Nations has helped call a global transformation path for our planet to move forward with – this framework is embedded in the ‘Sustainable Development Goals” and targeted for 2030 and now part of an international training. OUR Ecovillage has been chosen as the North American first training site for the GEN to facilitate this training and we are proud to offer this for 2018.

The UN states that as “we are faced with the challenge of collectively re-designing the human presence on Earth. NOW is the time for transforming humanity’s planetary impact from predominantly degenerative to by and large regenerative! It is our generations, those alive today, who face the task of regenerating the healthy, life-supporting functions of marine and terrestrial economic systems everywhere. In doing so we will create the basis for thriving local communities and vibrant circular bio-economies. We can create a fairer distribution of resources through widespread global-local collaboration while learning to live within planetary boundaries. This is the promise ahead, if we come together across sectorial, national and ideological divides to collaborate in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local, regional and global scale. It is time to get to work – one community at a time!”

– Facilitated By –

May East

May is a sustainability practitioner, educator and designer. Based at the UN Habitat Best Practice Designation, Findhorn Ecovillage, since 1992, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators delivering capacity building activities in 48 countries in both urban and rural contexts, and in different stages of development.

Awarded one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row, she currently serves as Gaia Education Chief Executive and UNITAR Fellow. An accomplished facilitator of international think-tanks, roundtables and training programmes, May is an inspirational teacher for many. With cross-cultural experience in both Global North and South she has specialised in working with intergovernmental agencies, educational institutions and the United Nations in the creation of policy guidelines for sustainable development.

She has a diploma in Climate Change Diplomacy and an MSc in Spatial Planning.

Giovanni Ciarlo

Giovanni is a sustainability consultant, musician and change agent for peace and social justice. He served on the faculty of the Sustainable Businesses and Communities MA programme at Goddard College, where he completed his MA degree.

He presently works in the management team of Gaia Education and is Coordinator of the online course Gaia Education Design for Sustainability(GEDS). Gio is a past president of the Board of the Global Ecovillage Network(GEN), and co-founder of the Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl in Tepoztlan, Mexico, an ecovillage based on principles of sustainable living through the arts and ecology.

Gio is passionate about building community, organisational development, facilitation and mindful living. His work emphasises artistic creativity, team building, deep democracy, nonviolent communication, social justice, and environmental responsibility. He is committed to fomenting a restorative culture.

In addition to the above, we will have many guest teachers who will bring varied skills, experiences and perspectives to the course!

– Who should take this course? –

This training is an opportunity to become an active participant in your community’s future, whether you work in the private or public sector or for a civil society organisation, as a community organiser, teacher, social entrepreneur, concerned parent, pensioner, recent school leaver or university graduate. You can take part simply to engage with others in your community to explore the best opportunities to make a positive difference in collaboration with others.

If you are a teacher, academic, civil servant or consultant taking part in the training will almost certainly contribute positively to your professional practice.

– What material will we be covering in the course? –

The training will initiate community-focused conversations about local SDGs implementation

The highly interactive process invites participants to engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 SDGs based on a set of flashcards designed to help structure small group dialogues. Through these conversations participants will:
prioritise a number of goals that are particularly important for their community
begin to define how multi-stakeholder partnerships might be established in their community to support project-centred implementation of specific SDGs
ensure that SDGs are implemented in ways that are sensitive to the biocultural uniqueness of place
work in various small groups to identify policies, projects and resources that could support this implementation and categorise them into those already existing and those to be created
design strategies of how to mobilize local stakeholders around a feasible project to demonstrate implementation of those goals in their locality and
identify effective ways to spread successful projects throughout their community and beyond.

Achieving the Global Goals by 2030 requires initiating these kinds of processes in communities everywhere, and we are all called to become initiators of conversations about the sustainable future of our community.
The SDGs Flashcards in combination with the workshop script and the experience of having taken part in the training, will turn most participants into potential initiators of such community conversations. Participants will be given a brief introduction on how to use the script and the flashcards to replicate the training with their team at work, with local community groups and civil servants, and for students and staff at their local university or schools. Participants will leave the training equipped with the tools and the experience to help others to reflect on why and how the global goals are relevant to their community or business, and what first steps can be taken locally to contribute to achieving humanity’s global goals by 2030.

– What are the main outcomes of participating in the training? –

After completing training you will:

• be able to take a multi-dimensional perspective on all 17 SDGs and be aware of the the 169 targets for implementation
• have identified with other members of your community which goals could be considered priorities in your community
• have participated in a series of small group conversations to brainstorm and prioritise possible multi-stakeholder community projects aimed at implementation of priority SDGs in your local community
• have identified already existing as well as much-needed policies, projects and resources that might be drawn on, or required, for effective implementation
• have explored with others how the different SDGs interrelate and how systemic projects can be created that aim to implement progress on various SDGs at the same time
• have reviewed the wider context of the United Nations’ sustainable development process and its history leading up to the creation of the SDGs
•have experienced an effective structure for training others so you could potentially use the workshop script along with the SDGs Flashcards to replicate such culturally-creative conversations where and when needed
•have had an opportunity to work with like-minded people in your community who are also willing to collaborate on local SDGs implementation projects and have identified projects that might be considered ‘low hanging fruit’
•have brainstormed ideas and strategies for how to mobilise support, how to demonstrate feasibility by implementing successful projects, and how to best spread initiatives that work throughout your community and beyond
•have taken the first step to becoming an active initiator of conversations that matter to your community and to humanity by helping others to ask important questions about how to implement the SDGs in locally meaningful and relevant ways

– Investment –

$260 CAD
(meal and accommodation upgrades available for extra cost)

If you have any questions about the booking process, or to confirm your booking, please call us at 250-743-3067 or email info@ourecovillage.org

For more info, please visit: https://ourecovillage.org/events/gaia-education-training-of-trainers-tot-2018/ <https://ourecovillage.org/events/gaia-education-training-of-trainers-tot-2018/>

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Animal Advocacy Camp 2018!
April 14th
Saturday at 10:00–17:00
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Camosun College <https://www.facebook.com/CamosunCollege/>
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5J2
Vancouver Island Vegan Association and Liberation B.C. are proud to announce the return of Animal Advocacy Camp in 2018! For the first time, AAC will be taking place on Vancouver Island in Victoria, B.C!

The event will feature 6 speakers from a variety of fields in animal advocacy from activists to authors, academics and politics.
You can see the full list of speakers on the website at
http://www.animaladvocacycamp.com/ <http://www.animaladvocacycamp.com/>

*Schedule to be released soon!

**MAINLAND FOLKS! Please DM Liberation BC <https://www.facebook.com/LiberationBC/> or Meghan Beattie <https://www.facebook.com/meghan.beattie.9> if you are wanting to drive over or need a ride and we will coordinate car pools!

This will be a full day event starting in the morning with a lunch break catered by local vegan eatery Green Cuisine.

The event will be held in the Gibson Auditorium at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, located in the Young Building Room 219.
A map is provided on Eventbrite

The building is wheelchair accessible, with a gender neutral washroom.

If you need to access sliding scale ticket options please contact us at vancouverislandvegan@gmail.com

We are grateful to the Animal Protection Party of Canada for their generous support of the event.

We wish to acknowledge that we are organizing this event on the unceded territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

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Offsite | Insight: Forest Exploration
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Saturday at 13:00–16:00
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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria <https://www.facebook.com/artgalleryvictoria/>
1040 Moss Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4P1
We are so excited to launch Offsite | Insight, a new Gallery series in collaboration with the arts community. This spring, the Gallery has a range of offsite programs connecting with local communities, environments, and artists from the region.

Kicking off the season, we are pleased to collaborate with the Sierra Club BC <https://www.facebook.com/SierraClubBC/>!

Please join us for an off-site Forest Exploration at Goldstream Park with Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner with Sierra Club BC. Participants will take part in an hour long forest walk, hear about the state of Vancouver Island’s disappearing old-growth rainforest and be invited to a conversation about steps needed to ensure Vancouver Island can remain a rainforest Island.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a free program but due to bus travel to venue registration is mandatory. Please email name and phone number to visitorservices@aggv.ca

Participants will meet at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria no later than 1:00pm to board bus to take us to Goldstream Park. Forest Exploration runs from 2:00-3:00pm. Bus leaves Goldstream at 3:15 to return to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Inspired by our current exhibition Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr. A collaboration with Sierra Club B.C.
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The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, today known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. We extend our gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to live and work on this territory. In our work, we are dedicated to dismantling the colonial system that we function in.

Goldstream Park is located on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) peoples. SELEKTEL (Goldstream River) is an important salmon spawning river and fishing location for the WSÁNEC peoples.

*The site of this program is not wheelchair accessible. There are washrooms available at the Goldstream Welcome Centre at the beginning and end of the walk.
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Vegans Are Weak AF: The Vegan Project Panel Series
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17 April at 19:00–21:00
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Juice Truck <https://www.facebook.com/JuiceTruck/>
28 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1H5
VEGANS.

Weak
Protein deficient
Lacking in muscle mass
(Do any of these sound familiar)?

All of the above myths (and more) will be addressed and promptly smashed, in the next edition of The Vegan Project <https://www.facebook.com/theveganproject/> Panel Series. Expect a discussion on strength training, lifting, building muscle, what to eat for maximum efficiency, and more.

PANELISTS:

Daniel Austin <https://www.facebook.com/danielaustin666> / Vegan Meathead (Austin, TX), on the only Canadian stop of his current media/book tour. Daniel Austin is going on 13 years vegan, and has been a competitive powerlifter for the past 3. He is currently putting up nationally-qualifying numbers in both major North American powerlifting organizations (USPA and USAPL), and will compete in the USAPL Raw Nationals in October. His new book, The Way of The Vegan Meathead, teaches his methods of eating vegan for strength.
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Karina Inkster : Founder of the KI Healthy Living Academy, Karina is your go-to vegan health and fitness coach, providing a friendly kick in the butt that inspires and motivates you to live your best, healthiest, most plant-strong life.

Author, speaker, award-winning and certified online coach, 15-year vegan, and lover of chin-ups, Karina works tirelessly to ensure her clients skyrocket their energy, confidence, and plant-based health superpowers.
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Kenneth Derek MacKenzie <https://www.facebook.com/counterfeitjamesdean>: The Vegan Alpha
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Rachel Lakey : Rachel is a nationally-qualifying junior powerlifter who has thrived on a vegan diet for over 10 years. Originally from Portland, Oregon, her passion for eating vegetables and lifting heavy things has found an equally welcoming home in Vancouver where she is an outspoken animal activist and a happily-addicted gym rat. Ask her how she gets her protein.

Admission to this event is by donation, in support of Hugabull Advocacy & Rescue Society <https://www.facebook.com/hugabull/>. We will be accepting monetary donations on their behalf, in addition to items such as toys, treats, bedding, et al.

Space is limited! RSVP to zoe@theveganproject.com

Gains, good talks, good eats. Bring your questions, and get ready to have your lifting socks rocked right off.

For any accessibility questions regarding the event space, please contact Zoe Margaret <https://www.facebook.com/zoe.peled>.

Much gratitude to our event sponsors:

Juice Truck <https://www.facebook.com/JuiceTruck/>
Quest Nutrition Canada <https://www.facebook.com/questnutritioncanada/> (Vancouver’s only vegan nutrition and supplement store!)

www.theveganproject.com <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theveganproject.com%2F&h=ATMZYDJ4fdUa1u2Qp_kPabVcmwJ1fGTP5djkSPGNFdwetrT5jHrogc3_hxsdDsYpp3fCMfbWxqhWDU813qL3m1umGKAYi0BlpJEsmHm8Cqc36GsxDTUwmBq3>
#TheVeganProjectPanelSeries <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/theveganprojectpanelseries>

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