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  2. Thanks for the comment, Dan. The Global Energy Monitor report is based on data from 166 LNG export facilities in 20 countries. The report is critical of all LNG production--including that in the U.S. The report, including documentation, is available here: https://globalenergymonitor.org/new-gas-boom/ Thanks again. Cheers -- Russ
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  4. It seems all the info comes from the US, which has it's own LNG plants, so would it be in their best interest to have to compete with Canada? I bet if we sent it to them on a good deal, just like our gas and oil, they would be all over it and the info coming out would be different. Just my opinion.
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    Ian Ferguson, one of Canada’s greatest satirists, looks west for his latest send-up, a survival guide full of snark, wit, and a pinch of practical know-how. Eager to learn just how different beautiful BC is from the rest of the country? Confused as to the precise taxonomy of beards one might encounter on this side of the Rockies? Whether you’re a seasoned west coaster or a wide-eyed new arrival, you’re sure to gain something at the launch of The Survival Guide to British Columbia—even if it’s just a new (bearded) friend or two.
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    Vancouver Island hosts a complex and beautiful landscape—a landscape that has meant many things to its residents over time. Join eminent local historian and mapmaker Michael Layland on a trip through the Island’s flora and fauna as seen through the eyes of past generations, whether colonial researchers or Indigenous peoples drawing on ancient knowledge. Combining the author’s expertise with the work of talented botanical artists, In Nature’s Realm is a worthy companion to Layland’s previous titles, The Land of Heart's Delight and A Perfect Eden, and is sure to satisfy nature lovers and history buffs alike.
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    Trees hold many stories in their rings, and in the age of climate change, those stories have never been more urgent. In his ambitious new novel, Michael Christie traces the roots of a troubled family, beginning in a dystopic 2038 and ending in a tragic past with long-reaching implications. Fans of The Overstory and Cloud Atlas will enjoy this complex, interconnected tale set against the backdrop of environmental collapse. Enjoy the launch of this immersive saga from an award-winning local author.
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    Sit back and enjoy a feast for the senses with Lorna Crozier’s latest collection, The House the Spirit Builds. A stunning companion to The Wild In You, Crozier’s new book marries her precise and vivid language with photographs by Diane Laundy and Peter Coffman for a singular experience of Canada’s wilderness as seen by some of its pre-eminent artists. Take some time out of your busy weekend for an afternoon launch full of poetry and wonder.
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    Victoria’s Steven Price catapulted to fame with his sprawling novel By Gaslight, which remains one of our bestselling titles. Now, with Lampedusa, he sets his sights even higher, bringing to life a glittering 1950s Sicily through the eyes of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard. In the tradition of Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Lampedusa explores the nature of art through the struggles of a real artist, fleshing out fact with exquisite fiction as moving as it is ambitious. Don’t miss one of the season’s most-anticipated book launches!
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  11. Cry for the beloved river and resolve to protect it and the entire Cowichan watershed from human predation by stringent government oversight and never by professional reliance, an oxymoron.
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    Awareness Film Night's 25th Season Premiere will feature the film "PUSH". Why can't we afford to live or own businesses in our own cities and towns any more? How is it that The Commons are being bulldozed to accommodate the "financialization" of the real estate market? Housing affordability is decreasing at a record pace and homelessness is increasing by alarming rates. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today's most pressing world issues? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten follows Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she goes from London to Valparaiso, Toronto to Harlem and more to talk to people who are being PUSHed out of their homes and their communities. Young people are getting trapped in a cycle of renting apartments that are unaffordable and unreliable. Working people, more and more with children, are facing evictions and left with no place to live. The number of people in the Global South living in "informal housing" (favelas) is projected to exceed 1 billion (one in 7 people on the planet) by 2020. This isn't a natural, inevitable development. It can change. The film addresses ideas of what we, the public, need to do to PUSH back. Discussion to follow. By donation. For an interview with Leilani Farha see: www.newint.org/features/2019/06/19/unitednations-leilanifarha-housing.
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    Comedienne Kirsten Van Ritzen presents her adult comedy students as they make their Stand Up Comedy debuts. Always a triumphant and hilarious event! With special guest comic Rosa Graham. $12 Advance at Eventbrite or $15 cash only at the door. Doors open 7pm Arrive early for best seats and to order food from the Pub Menu. Advance ticket holders in groups of 6 or more RSVP 778-440-0408. Licensed. Adult content 19+ Tickets at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/laugh-tober-comedy-show-tickets-72430301983 Facebook Event
  14. Yes, good work Monica....you might want to consider expanding the measurements to include equity and diversity in management and Board membership, which may also provide some insights into how our theatres are run and by whom In Langham's case there are 3 of 9 members of the Board who are woman, same ratio in directors/playwrights, and two of the executive positions: Secretary and the Chair are women...as well the senior manager at LCT is a woman yes could be better...
  15. I ‘m from Peru and have a 42 years old son diagnosed with a squizoaffective mental condition. For 25 years he has been trough almost 13 involuntary cimmitments due to his refusing antipsychotic medicación. We his patents have try all alternative treatments Dr. Moncrieff suggests in you article and much more (our son is a good surfer ), but none has been effective by itself without a good antipsichotic taken after tríal & error and trial & error and the fundamental family support and love. I’m a continuos follower of Dr. Moncrieff twitters and I agree with his asertion that depresión - I would add Also schizophrenia and some other mental conditions ”are responses to things that happen in people’s lives”, but I think the whole argument of Dr.Moncrieff rejecting the “ Brain chemical imbalance” is misdealing The fact that we as a society are far from coping our intrinsic failure to change the “things” that are disturbing people living in peace toward others. thanks
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    Spot On: Peter Flanagan & Roberta Pyx Sutherland October 24–November 17 at Fortune Gallery The circle is a symbol of completion, perfection and the inclusivity of the universe. Ceramic artist Peter Flanagan and painterRoberta Pyx Sutherland explore these meanings through the joyous repetition of the concentric circular form. Flanagan says, “Early Asian ceramic glaze origins inform my exploration of wild BC clays combined with wood ash.” Sutherland is inspired by the relationships of cosmic patterning and divine intelligence.Openingreception Oct 24, 5-9pm. 537 Fisgard St. RobertaPyxSutherland.com; OkanaganPottery.com; FortuneGallery.ca.
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    Sandra Froher & Allison Brodie: Two Artists with a CollaborativeSpirit Gallery at Mattick’ s Farm: September 30–October 27 In this exhibit, Sandra Froher and Allison Brodie will show one piece ofcollaborative art, but the whole show is a collaboration. The artists state that a collaboration is the ultimate test of placing your ego aside; there is no room for hierarchy, just trust and mutual respect for each other’s process. Froher’s work (shownhere) is heavily influenced by the unknown celestial world and the unseen waters of the ocean.Opening reception Oct 5,1-4pm. 109-5325 Cordova Bay, 250-658-8333, thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com. Shown here: “Deep” Sandra Froher, 24 x 48 inches,ink, alcohol on yupo paper
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    Object Biographies: Artists’ Lives through their Archives Legacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campus: September 19–January 12, 2020 A printing block. Glaze samples. Pouches of pigments. What can they tell us about the lives, relationships, artworks and practices of the artists who owned them? Bringing together materials from UVic’s Special Collections and University Archives in partnership with the Legacy Art Galleries, Object Biographies is a glimpse into the lives of artists. Curated by Bradley Clements with Caroline Riedel. Opening reception Sept 26, 4:30-6:30 lower level, Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library, RSVP to libraryevents@uvic.ca.250-721-6562. Show here: “The Somerset Zodiac” Katharine Maltwood, painted wood bas-relief sculpture, c. 1930-1940. Image courtesy University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
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    Rick Bond Madrona Gallery: September 21–October 5 BC artist Rick Bond presents a new collection of vibrant and expressive paintings. For the past 30 years, he has been exploring the WestCoast while taking notes and making sketches along the way. During this time, Bond has successfully created a new and unique lens through which to view the WestCoast. In 1999, Rick achieved AFCA Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. His work is collected internationally. Opening reception Sept 21, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660,www.madronalgallery.com. Shown here: “Islands in the Sky” Rick Bond, 40 x 60 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas
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    Kimberly Kiel: Mark Making The Avenue Gallery, September 19–29 KimberlyKielexpresses herself through a wide variety of subject matter: landscapes andtreescapes; figure pieces andflorals. She loves the creaminess of oil, the opportunity to blend, the fact that it doesn’t dry too quickly. Looking at her work, it’s obvious that colour is a major source of inspiration. She greatly enjoys playing around with the surface on the canvas, getting different layers and textures. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184,www.theavenuegallery.com. Shown here: “Playin’ it so Cool” Kimberly Kiel, 24 x 18 inches, Oil on canvas
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    Amber Lomax: Hit and Sunk October 4–20, Xchanges Gallery In a series of otherworldly paintings, Lomax explores our connection to our subconscious side and the internal struggle between who we are and who we think we are. Lomaxwas recently selected by the City of Victoria to participate in a project that brings emerging artists and public art together. An image of her painting “The Call” wasdisplayed at a Downtown bus shelter for four months. Opening reception Oct 4, 7-9pm.Otherwise, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 6E-2333 Government St, 250-382-0442, xchangesgallery.org Shown here: “Hit & Sunk” Amber Lomax, 36 x 36 inches,acrylic on canvas
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    We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets and Our Relationships with the Land Legacy Downtown: September 28–December 21 This exhibition weaves together generations of Indigenous women through cedar basketry. For the first time ever, Legacy Art Galleries will exhibit Nuu-chah-nulth and Salish historical baskets from the collection, alongside portraits of theweavers including Alice Paul, Rosie Ross, Mary Jane Jackson, Mathilda Jim, Julianna Williams, Liz Happynook, Lena Jumbo and Ellen Jumbo. The photographic portraits are bydocumentary photographer Ulli Steltzer from Germany, who lived in Vancouver from 1972 until her death in 2018 at age 94. She used an unobtrusive hand-held Rolleiflexcamera while photographing many First Nationsartists at their work inBC. Contemporary baskets by Salish artists Angela Marston and Brenda Crabtree, among others, will also be exhibited. Through new and intensive community research, this exhibition honours the resilience of women who have carried their cultures forward by passing down the art of cedar basketry to future generations. The exhibit is curated by Lorilee Wastasecoot, BC Arts Council Curatorial Intern. Opening Celebration:Saturday, September 28, 3-5pm. Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates St, Lekwungen territory, www.legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562. Show here: Alice Paul, 1975, photograph by Ulli Steltzer. Image courtesy of University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
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    Megan Dietrich: Analog Us Madrona Gallery: October 11–October 25 Megan Dietrich is a Vancouver-based artist whose expressive paintings examine relationships of line, colour, and texture through influences of modern art history, pop culture, and personal experiences of life on the West Coast. Megan grew up in Powell River, and much of her painting and material language comes from that experience—surrounded by community, nature and a multitude of rich organic elements. There is always a fluidity to her work; room for mixture, variation and expression. She uses acrylic paint, pencil, ink, charcoal and other media to produce emotional and introspective mark-making that carries the eye. After a brief stint in studio art training, Megan finished her degree at the University of Victoria in 2012 and worked in a number of creative industries including film/television, art education and graphic design. This will be her first solo exhibition with Madrona Gallery and will feature over 20 new works. Analog Us is an attempt to be fully human, focusing on colour, sensory texture, and composition. The works explore connections between mental wellness, creativity, and the environment. Opening reception Oct 11, 7-9 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com. Shown here: “Oh, I Could Never Say” Megan Dietrich, 24 x 24 inches, Mixed Media on Canvas
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    Rod Charlesworth West End Gallery October 5–17 Blending techniques from the Impressionist school, mixed with Group of Seven sensibilities, Rod Charlesworth’s splashes of bright colour perfectly describe the wild texture of the Canadian landscape. From Haida Gwaii to Peggy’s Cove and up to the Northwest Territories, Rod’s sensitivity for capturing the vast Canadian landscape is unparalleled. His work, whether bold landscapes or whimsical images of children at play, is now collected world-wide and he is more committed than ever to painting images that have a strong Canadian cultural influence. 1203 Broad Street, 250-388-0009, www.westendgallery.com. Shown here: “Bright Hillside” Rod Charlesworth, 36 x 24 inches, Oil on Canvas
  25. The problem for NDP is there support for dirty union executives whose smarter more educated and/or informed members no longer trust ,costing NDP both federally and provincially big time. From Grocery, Glaziers in BC, and from those working on rigs on East Coast, plus those busted from police and teachers unions for crimes and corruption in Ontario and Quebec, to the very dirty and disgusting and criminal history of major BC Film unions. BC needs another but real and full forensic inquiry with RCMP and CRA for the literally millions and millions in tax fraud so more nepotism and cronyism than a Trump White House exposed and some go to jail. Horgan and Dix afraid to upset their criminal union executive friends and Hollywood dates they empower by their hypocrisy to photo ops as apparent insiders. Me? What do I know? I've been in more unions than most in NDP. Factcheck? Transport, Tourism, Education, Hospital, Media and Film. My small social circle includes top award winning investigative journalist from CBC, Terence Mckenna, a former BC criminal court judge, Russ Mckay, the former acting law faculty chair at UBC, Dr. J. Fudge, and top forensic psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Tremblay, plus a half dozen psychology majors from family to old girlfriends. And my work directly reporting to Ron Basford, the former Attorney General of Canada with my tiny education in law and logic and my work with Oxford scholars. As such I welcome any debate or those who dare disagree. Honest union workers deserve far better. It gets really ugly. See the exact names of those in link below who fear me even with big shot top Hollywood and Union lawyers. Some of those named and pictured should go to jail and kicked out of any union for life. Bets? This involves women beaten to children cheated of life insurance. As ugly as it gets. Why the NDP can only ignore. As such I vote Green to avoid guilt by association. Not perfect. But the perfect choice. Time to clean out these dishonest, ignorant unaccomplished lying slime? True? False? This is where a better Canada starts and once again labour has credibility and NDP can claim a moral high ground. John Sinclair. http://891realnews.blogspot.com/
  26. I'm a political junkie and NDP supporter. How can a party with one, at most two, members in the House talk about "whipping" their members votes? Do people even know what it actually means? Treditionally, the party whip makes sure members are present when the vote is taken. Deciding how to vote on any bill is discussed in caucus, when the party has enough members to form a caucus. Which the Greens have not. So, after discussing how a vote will match the (NDP) party's public position--you know, what they told people when they asked for their votes--the members go and vote. Most will vote to support the party's published platform, as decided by common, ordinary citizens who attend party conventions and choose leaders, etc. So, an NDP member, whose campaign was funded and supported by the NDP, is expected to vote the party platform. There are times when the MP does not agree with or vote with the caucus and his or her reasons will be known ahead because they were aired in caucus. The MP is not "punished" but if an MP turns out to be a maverick on several issues, he or she may feel the heat or the cool. If an MP consistently disagrees with the platform of the party, he or she should have run as an idependent or for a different party. Most cases, it is the individual, not theparty, who misrepresnted himself. It seems the Greens are running as a cause, not a party. Don't be fooled into thinking the Greens can be more effective or have a better understanding of the environment issue than the NDP. Politics is not government. Trying to put over that "whipping" is bad and NDP are most guilty may be good politics but it does not show an understanding of how government works. Every MP works for his or her constituents, based on his or her experience in the area. Local government and provincial government usually have more clout in local issues but the MP can help where the Federal Government has jurisdiction. Much depends on the energy and experience of the staff and you don't get to elect them.
  27. Art Show and Sale Paintings by Robert and Sarah Amos August 30, 2019 – November 27th, 2019 Viewing hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:30am – 3:30pm Artists’ Reception Sunday October 27, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow Media Contact: Heidi Hodgins, Administrator Goward House Society gowardhouse@shaw.ca
  28. Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present the first concert of the its 2019-2020 International Concert Series! For our first concert, "Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet", the Orontes Quartet, hailing from Syria, will be joined by guest artists BC writer Deborah Campbell, guitar and rythm master Celso Machado and oud stylist Bèro Saker for a multimedia stage show featuring Syrian poetry, prose, solo and ensemble guitar, percussion and oud. Orontes Quartet has been performing together since 2015 when they were brought together in Beirut by US guitarist Susan McDonald. They have performed several times in Damascus at the Opera House in concerts with the singing and guitar divisions of the Higher Institute of Music as well as with the Syrian State National Orchestra. They have taught and performed at several festivals in Lebanon and Syria and released their first CD "The Clock" in 2016. Since coming to Canada to do a fellowship with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria, the quartet has performed in several major Canadian cities. In Canada under the auspices of the Institute for International Education - Artist Protection Fund, Orontes is excited to play at Victoria's venerated Alix Goolden Hall on October 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-30 and available at Ivy’s Books, Long & McQuade, Good Earth Coffee House Oak Bay, Tanners and www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca
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