Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft May 10th, 2018

Kinder Morgan Pipeline? Don’t Bank On It! Rally + March
may 12th
Saturday at 13:00–16:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Sunny
TD Canada Trust <https://www.facebook.com/TDVancouverBC9400/>
700 W Georgia St, Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1A2

Clearly the opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project is doing something right. The project is way behind schedule, and the Texas oil giant announced last week they are halting all “non essential spending” while they reevaluate and make a new announcement after May 31. This makes the next six weeks of organizing extremely important.

Kinder Morgan is trying to pressure federal and provincial governments to intervene more forcefully to get the project built. On cue, Prime Minister Trudeau called an emergency cabinet meeting to reaffirm they will use all possible means to get the pipeline built, and Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has made increasingly extreme threats against the people of British Columbia if the pipeline project does not go ahead.

Through it all, the indigenous-led resistance to the dirty Tar Sands project has remained strong, united and committed to taking action to stop the pipeline and defend our communities and planet.

Join us for a rally and march which begins at the pipeline’s biggest investor, TD Bank’s, BC headquarters, and then continues through Vancouver to the locations of several other large investors and big businesses trying to profit from this dangerous and unnecessary project.

They say, “This pipeline will be built.” We say, “Don’t bank on it!”

No Consent, No Pipeline!
People and Planet Before Pipelines and Profit!
In Conversation: Bill McKibben, Melina Laboucan-Massimo + More
may 12th
Saturday at 19:00–21:00
5 days from now · 12-21° Sunny
Canadian Memorial United Church <https://www.facebook.com/canadianmemorialunitedchurch/>
1825 West 16 Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 2M3
Join a conversation with award winning author, climate justice activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben; Indigenous rights activist and renewable energy scholar, Melina Laboucan-Massimo; and guests for a conversation about climate change, Indigenous rights, the Kinder Morgan pipeline and much more.

At a moment like this one, with Kinder Morgan so close to defeat, it’s conversations like this one that will help us imagine the pathway forward to a just, renewable energy future.

All ticket sales from this event will go to the Stop Kinder Morgan legal fund to support the 200 people facing criminal contempt charges for their bold actions at the gates of the Kinder Morgan terminal facility on Burnaby Mountain.

This will be one stop of many for Bill McKibben as he travels around the world to speak to community members leading the resistance to some of the largest fossil fuel projects around the world. And we are excited to announce that this event will be recorded for a new podcast coming in late 2018, hosted by Bill McKibben.

Thank you to the Canadian Memorial United Church for donating their space.

This event will take place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Empty The Tanks Vancouver, 2018
may 12th
Saturday at 11:00–13:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Sunny
Vanaquafacts <https://www.facebook.com/vanaquafacts.org/>
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2
We should all celebrate the progress we’ve made in the last year. After 50 years of activist pressure, pending bylaws and federal bills, VanAqua finally said they would no longer keep whales and dolphins in Stanley Park….


There’s a loophole, and John Nightingale has made it clear that they fully intend on taking full advantage of it.

They want to make ‘RESCUED’ cetaceans their star performers.

They’re even making room in the new tanks and displays they plan to build beginning this fall.

Think about it. What happens if one of our threatened Southern resident orcas is injured in a ship strike? Under the current rules, there is NOTHING stopping VanAqua from ushering in the return of orcas to Stanley Park.

Nothing, except US! Let’s make some noise to close the rescue loophole and encourage VanAqua to accept the invitations to work with one of the many new whale and dolphin sanctuary projects happening right now!

Join us on May 12, 2018 for the 6th annual Empty The Tanks demonstration, our biggest event of the year! You’ll be part of a world-wide protest, where thousands of people, at dozens of sites around the world speak out for an end to whale and dolphin captivity.

It’s fun, it’s family friendly and it’s for the whales and dolphins!


Monthly Chicken Vigil
may 12th

Saturday at 13:00–15:00
5 days from now · 9-23° Sunny <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fweather.com%2Fredir%3Fpar%3Dfacebook_events%26page%3Dtenday%26locale%3Den-gb%26id%3D49.14%2C-122.85&h=ATN4Lltyqa5FTO3SimPFWy
Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunrise-Poultry-Processors-Ltd/1998812387011624>
13542 73A Ave, Surrey, British Columbia V3W 1C9
Our group holds vigils the second Saturday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to join us in holding signs and handing out leaflets to a few pedestrians. Around the corner is Sunrise Poultry Processing Plant. The largest broiler chicken slaughterhouse in western Canada. Approximately 100,000 birds killed daily. Just 35 days old. We are a peaceful group who do not engage in any sort of verbal or physical confrontations. Bring your own sign if you’d like, but we have many that we can provide you with. If you need a ride from Vancouver, message us! We will be car pooling from Vancouver Chicken Saves morning vigil.


How to Grow and Use Medicinal Plants, May 12
Saturday at 10:00–12:00
5 days from now · 12-19° Sunny
Fernwood Community Centre <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fernwood-Community-Centre/157216625070179>
1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1G6
Join us for an introduction to herbal medicine and ecological gardening as we explore a variety of easy to grow medicinal plants.

In this workshop you will learn:

The ecological function and growing preferences of medicinal plants
Folklore around specific plants
Practical medicinal uses

You will take home your own medicinal tincture too!

This workshop will be located at the Fernwood Community Centre and Spring Ridge Commons. Please dress for the weather—this course has an outdoor portion.

Community Supported Education:

In every workshop, 2 spaces are available for youth and members of our community who are not able to afford tuition, in an attempt to remove barriers and make this information available for all. If you are interested in making a donation to sponsor a space, please contact Jenna at 250-381-1552 x100 or info@fernwodnrg.ca. All donations go directly toward providing workshop spaces for those who cannot afford to access workshops.

Meet the instructors:

This workshop is co-hosted with Vanessa Prescott, an Island-based Clinical Herbal Therapist with an easy-going approach to Herbal Medicine. Her aim is to empower people to take their health into their own hands and to show people the effectiveness of plants as medicine, strengthening Herbal Medicine’s credibility.

Matt Gravel is a Victoria-based permaculturalist with a passion for sustainable and living systems. After 10 years of property maintenance and conventional landscaping, he became tired of the unsustainable and non-regenerative practices commonly used in urban environments and wanted to find a way to change these urban spaces.

He has been studying permaculture since 2012. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate through Gaia Craft & Langara College in Vancouver, BC and his Advanced Permaculture Design Certification at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. Currently, he is working towards a diploma in permaculture education through the Permaculture Institute.

Gravel operates a nursery, design, and education business—Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. He is thrilled to be teaching people about low maintenance, easy to manage systems that grow nutrient dense food and medicine while regenerating urban landscapes.

This workshop series is brought to you by Fernwood NRG & Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. We strive to increase healthy food access and develop food skills in our neighbourhood.


T’Sou-ke Solar Community Tour
may 12th
Saturday at 11:30–16:30
5 days from now · 11-21° Sunny
Wilderness Committee <https://www.facebook.com/wildernesscommittee/>
National Office – 46 E. 6th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4

Join the Wilderness Committee – Victoria Office <https://www.facebook.com/groups/vi.wildernesscommittee/> for another tour of one of the world’s most innovative and important solar communities! Just down the road from Victoria, the T’Souke First Nation has launched it’s own solar revolution, and now draws much of its energy from entirely renewable sources.

This is climate leadership — the kind we so desperately need at the provincial and federal level.

The cost will be a sliding scale of $10-20 per person (please contact us if cost is a limitation). Please bring cash.

We will be carpooling to Sooke, so if you need a ride or have a vehicle and can drive others, please use this site: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/k4s9wb <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupcarpool.com%2Ft%2Fk4s9wb&h=ATPwN_j_9KWGb4J6K3rJUyZy6DMGDNPI-Pwck8cweVaLkM_R8dRY3WMq5oOL1sfgDD7bDZ6TWNL1Ma3YbZs2xQ4P_I7RlGDOhrWwdCc76YmxCN_0J_WR8Fo&s=1> !
If you live in Sooke and want to meet us there, let us know!

We’ll be leaving downtown Victoria for Sooke at 11:30am, returning at 4:30pm. The tour starts at 1pm and ends around 3pm. Folks that are carpooling will meet at Discovery Coffee (Douglas & Discovery) at 11:15am.

Please bring your own snacks & water.

RSVP for the tour with Emily: emily@wildernesscommittee.org

Please contact us with any questions about mobility restrictions.

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the traditional unceded territory of the T’Sou-ke First Nation.


Just Peace in Palestine-Israel
may 12th
Saturday at 13:00–16:00
4 days from now · 12-18° Sunny
Esquimalt United Church <https://www.facebook.com/Esquimalt-United-Church-569520936403539/>
500 Admirals Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 2N4
All are welcome to a community conversation about the on-going struggles in Palestine-Israel.
Directly impacting the lives of Palestinians for decades as well as the lives of Israeli Jews many of whom seem unable to let go of their fears, this conflict has impacted another important area of human concern: our ability to fully grapple with global issues such as climate change.
International law and global mechanisms to curb global warming need to be better supported; what better place to learn how to do that work, but through the pursuit of a true and just peace in Israel-Palestine! Curious about how this goes hand in hand? Attend this event to learn more…

Our two presenters:

ROBERT MASSOUD is Palestinian-Canadian. In 2004, he founded Zatoun, Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine to serve as a symbol of light, hope and peace in North America. The oil is available mostly through faith communities, the grassroots and fair trade network.
Robert is invited to speak to a wide range of audiences including faith groups, activist networks and student bodies with a unique message of creative participation and nonviolent resistance engaging North Americans to learn and be in solidarity with Palestinians and their struggle for a just peace for Israel-Palestine.
http://zatoun.com <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fzatoun.com%2F&h=ATOVPk9M-9T23nCNKmciTwdwQHk_UMuVlCVzLVWirQXxh9-P_ZJU14gls4PMtMezkCVi4PeaJnA6o1SZkPGyETCN466__pPWMrz0_PbuSsmk7UIoZCfGB2Q&s=1>

RABBI DAVID MIVASAIR served for sixteen years as the spiritual leader of two Vancouver synagogues and was the chaplain of the First United Church, a large homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is deeply aware of the underlying universality of religious teachings and practices and the applicability of traditional religious knowledge to contemporary social and personal issues. Currently, he is a member of Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver and is devoting himself to what he thinks needs doing in the world.

ADDED ATTRACTION: “The Promised Land Museum Travelling Exhibit” This exhibit is a simple way to bring awareness and understanding to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Visitors are directed to the deeper content contained in the museum’s online exhibits by using a special app on their smartphones.
http://promisedlandmuseum.org <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpromisedlandmuseum.org%2F&h=ATPk1JAGG1HbPL6Gj8sIbxZBUItTJ_464Jj_rXO985Iox1_PuOASZnxZiF8w3Tc3u_nIiKfjuQpQtGfZ4r7ZWcyhoEUF1Y3XTyL2TDxMi_DDxdEKxag_6pU&s=1>

This event will be held on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people whose hospitality is always much appreciated. All our relations!

Middle Eastern snacks will be provided and Zatoun products will be available for purchase.

Wheel-chair accessible. No charge, but donations to cover the costs would be appreciated.

For more information: graceful@shaw.ca

* information about the 2018 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza is available at https://jfp.freedomflotilla.org

March of Return Events:

Friday May 11th, 4 pm
Rally at View and Douglas Streets
Please spread the word, bring banners and any extra leaflets you may have.

Wednesday May 16th, 2:30 pm (the day after of celebration of Nakba Day)
Presentation from Robert Massoud, founder of Zatoun
Broadmead Mall Ten Thousand Villages

Zatoun is a project which brings fair trade olive oil to Canada from Palestine. Zatoun represents the human experience of Palestine and its people especially farmers who depend on their land and its fruits.

See more information at http://zatoun.com/about_us.htm <http://zatoun.com/about_us.htm>
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.


Mothers For Mother Earth Celebration
may 13th
Sunday at 10:00–16:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Partly cloudy
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horticulture-Centre-of-the-Pacific/1587992691520086>
505 Quayle Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2J7
Celebrate the divine feminine and the special women in your life at this special event.

Live Music • Beautiful Gardens • Organic Beverages
Art • Fashion • Displays • Aromatherapy • Massage
Silent Auction • Goddess Photos • Costumes Encouraged

Take a unique “Goddess-like” photo with loved ones
Test drive a variety of electric vehicles and more!

Admission to this event is free with Horticultural Centre of the Pacific garden admission.

Not Your Mom, Not Your Milk~Annual Mother’s Day Demo
Sunday at 12:00–14:00
6 days from now · 12-21° Partly cloudy <https://weather.com/redir?par=facebook_events&page=tenday&locale=en-gb&id=48.44,-123.36>
811 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8T 1R3, Canada
We acknowledge this event will be taking place on the traditional territory of the L’kwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations

Join us for our 4th annual anti-dairy mother’s day demonstration outside Island Farms!

We will meet at 12:00pm at 7-Eleven right beside Island Farms on the corner of Blanshard and Bay, and then organize in front of Island Farms on the public sidewalk.

Please make your own signs for this peaceful, family friendly event.
We will also bring signs in case anyone forgets or doesn’t have time.

This is an important demonstration to draw attention to the mothers who are often forgotten on this day, and who suffer immensely in the name of profit. Dairy mothers have their babies taken away often immediately after birth and are left to bellow for their children who they will never get to know or love.

Let’s make this year’s demo the biggest one yet!


Mother’s day event – Where is my mother?
Sunday at 14:00–16:30
6 days from now · 11-27° Partly cloudy
Vancouver art gallery
Direct Action Everywhere – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories , Liberation BC and TV Outreach for Animals are teaming up for this event!

Please join us to protest the cruel industries that separate mothers and babies of other species , on this day and on any other day of the year!
We hope you will join us to speak up for animals! They are not voiceless but their pain and suffering is over looked
Whether you are a human or another animal— the job of the mom is to raise babies who can protect and feed themselves and eventually leave the nest ,our fellow animals do not have any choice they are separated abused and slaughtered against their will at a very young age
Let’s call out for compassionate choices on Mother’s day!

WEAR: Whatever you want. Also note, we’re an above-ground organization so no covering of our faces during protests except for religious/cultural reasons.

We will provide the signs and leaflets for outreach.

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will include standing , leafleting and speak outs .
If you have questions or need support to attend this event, email Vancouver-community@directactioneverywhere.com

Even though we’re disrupting the status quo, DxE actions are non-violent in word, thought, and deed, with the purpose of calling others forth to their highest good.

This is a great chance to be a part of something super empowering and effective. ALL levels of experience or NO experience are WELCOMEd and encouraged.

WHO: Everyone welcome! If you’re nervous about protesting, you can come observe or hold a sign quietly. All forms of participation are appreciated!

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at http://dxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com/Code+of+Conduct <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com%2FCode%2Bof%2BConduct&h=ATMjQ8R0Oj92TrR1AiFmKnVqE9N6UIgq5D_i4FO-3wO7ju-P_kE92UDbis4Mqj6KSSCKG1WZngtpSPQxesSXIVhqLP83ZEm8Hwt1GzqWnKpcyILw1nuQ1BY&s=1>

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at http://dxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com/Code+of+Conduct <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com%2FCode%2Bof%2BConduct&h=ATMjQ8R0Oj92TrR1AiFmKnVqE9N6UIgq5D_i4FO-3wO7ju-P_kE92UDbis4Mqj6KSSCKG1WZngtpSPQxesSXIVhqLP83ZEm8Hwt1GzqWnKpcyILw1nuQ1BY&s=1>.


Public Forum: U.S. Hands Off Syria!
14 May at 19:00–22:00
Next Week
Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street @ Commerical Drive)

Britannia Community Centre
(1661 Napier St. at Commercial Dr.)
Vancouver, Canada


Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) invites you to join us for a public forum and discussion on Monday May 14 to discuss imperialist aggression against Syria, the new era of war and occupation and the necessity of building a strong and united antiwar movement!

For poster click: http://www.mawovancouver.org/materials/posters/180514-MAWO-Forum-Syria.pdf <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mawovancouver.org%2Fmaterials%2Fposters%2F180514-MAWO-Forum-Syria.pdf&h=ATOb1tHN-BEfQG20m2js1vDuH062gDYQBKYmhdCvNyKU78hBQCp3GhPhDPOq8vMD04ziq-OPbC0NLyxIxIT-ozzD4nepzTvvFGqDZsisukdBz-V_EtNvhIY&s=1>

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MAWO ~ Mobilization Against War & Occupation
http://WWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG/ <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FWWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG%2F&h=ATMk7VhLNFJMtJCeWUoJ9aU36Ex0Ftz0JPkh6k3qcVi1V-xJ3Y1BP924jPb4cI8UFqrIMttXL1iXSpxruddtbg24LvU3ot05Vvk_p2rnQ9tfZAx8aVRoIgc&s=1>
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2325459635 <https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325459635/>
Twitter: @mawovan
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mawovan <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fmawovan&h=ATO_IECHgf9JCODJ4MV4odBqvwl6S2jZ9vMwWQXHx4mzV13a3TryRy2Ao19ThCoMxdXKmMPMInL-8v8Zcu2toRlFjF-w7j0CcxcLWme3Cjs5j8RHQ8oovhE&s=1>


Why We Cycle – Victoria Premiere
14 May at 19:00–21:00
Next Week · 10-19° Sunny <https://weather.com/redir?par=facebook_events&page=tenday&locale=en-gb&id=48.42,-123.37>
Vic Theatre <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vic-Theatre/1674992065893954>
808 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B6
Modacity <https://www.facebook.com/modacitylife/> are proud to present the Victoria premiere of the Dutch documentary “Why We Cycle” (trailer: https://vimeo.com/246432864 <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F246432864&h=ATP7oAc7rKvi1tx-4gR6FzyH7anTyj1Hw-3R1qKlliM9UVBHdFytcaUvhUD2bzIzUclKx-VrE4CUq36KVNHWX3TqQzxCTTQ26R-lCqge6LW5evKXddwbP6I&s=1>):

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. They don’t think about it, they just do it. Perhaps the fact that they don’t think about it is the key to the bicycle’s success there. But because they do not give cycling a second thought, they don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. “Why We Cycle” takes a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling, on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.

The 56-minute film will be followed by a half-hour panel discussion with local politicians, bike advocates, and business leaders, including Mayor Lisa Helps.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: BikeMaps.org <https://www.facebook.com/BikeMaps.org/>, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects , MODUS – Planning, Design & Engagement , Reckless Bike Stores , Richards Buell Sutton , Urban Systems Ltd. , Capital Regional District , and IsleShare Cycle .


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