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    On October 31, the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s string section, conducted by music director Yariv Aloni, will take the stage in front of a live audience in the ensemble’s first indoor concert since the start of the pandemic. Violinists David Stewart and Paule Préfontaine are the featured soloists. Recently calling Sooke home after a distinguished careers in Europe, the duo will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, and Piazzolla’s Libertango. This varied program has some beautiful string orchestra works: Respighi’s peaceful Ancient Airs and Dances for Strings, Elgar’s haunting and soulful Sospiri, and Weiner’s Divertimento No. 2, based on Hungarian folk melodies “We are eager to play for a live audience in Sooke, our wonderfully supportive home community,” says Aloni. “The performance is named ‘Together Again’ in celebration of the musicians and audience reuniting in concert, as music lovers are able to enjoy live performances once again.” As per the Provincial Health guidelines, proof of double vaccination and identification must be provided upon entry. Masks and social distancing will be required.
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  4. Hi Don, the bark beetles have been co-existing with pine trees for 70 million years. The deadly mix of clearcutting, monoculture planting, and global warming (which is caused by clearcutting), have triggered the bark beetle catastrophe we are experiencing. Banning clearcutting is the simple, and in fact, only solution to bark beetle imbalance. Agreed it will take time to fix, but "the longest journey is the one not started". In the meantime, heavy planting and only partial cutting of the dead trees would help, instead of just re-starting the clearcutting cycle ad nauseum. cheers
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    Intrigued by the evocative nature of unexpected pairings, artists Georgina Montgomery and Louise Oborne probe the power of disparate elements "seen together" to stimulate new meanings, new perspectives. By combining abstract photographic prints with abstract mixed-media works--and encasing these as pairs under glass--the artists create unique works that open the door to all manner of interpretation. Errant artSpace. Runs Fri, Sat, Sun, Oct. 22-24, 2021. Hours: 1-5 pm each day. Artists in attendance. Lots of parking out front. Masks required.
  7. Indigenous organizations take BC government to task for inaction on climate crisis. Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Heyman: The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), First Nations Summit (FNS), and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), writes to express our deep concern with the direction that the Province is heading with respect to our climate commitments, and the need for urgent action that reflects the climate emergency. In recent weeks, we have heard loud and clear in a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which the UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called a “code red for humanity.” What was made clear by the IPCC was that governments don’t have the time or luxury to continue delaying the fundamental shifts in how our communities and societies live and relate in order to avoid deepening the climate disaster. The IPCC said that today’s choices will have long-lasting consequences. Closer to home, we experienced another devastating fire season, one that was coupled with the worst heat wave our Province has ever experienced. Many lives were lost and whole communities razed. And this is just a taste of what is to be more frequent and intense. We have been warned that what we are seeing now is just the tip of the iceberg—if we don’t act with urgency, we simply may not survive. One of many things we have in common is a commitment to our children and grandchildren. They do not deserve to be inheriting the world that we are creating. We must do better for them. This leads us to where BC stands on climate change. We know that the CleanBC plan falls short of BC’s targets and based on what we know about the forthcoming provincial Roadmap to 2030, BC will still fail to raise the bar enough to meet the IPCC’s warning and call for action. Anyone suggesting that these plans are “good enough” will haunt our Province’s legacy in the future. Instead, we ask for your commitment to overhaul CleanBC in ways that substantively enhance our climate response and shift our economy and society to a liveable future. These need to include: Updating BC’s GHG emissions targets to be aligned with the IPCC and to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. Halting incentives, resources and subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, and accepting that a phasing out of this industry needs to happen in the near-term, accompanied by an immediate and long-term investment to transition the people and communities that currently rely on this part of our economy. Addressing the failure to reflect Indigenous Rights, Title and Treaty Rights in the CleanBC plan and policy development, and ensuring that all climate laws, policies and initiatives going forward reflect the Declaration Act, and make space for First Nations as true partners with inherent jurisdiction. With respect, we believe this is more than simply holding engagement sessions and then dismissing our input. Acknowledging that climate change is connected to the damage that has been done to our communities and territories, such as the severe threats to biodiversity and subsequently, our food security. Understood this way, a revamped CleanBC is an opportunity to address the biodiversity crisis, to support conservation and Indigenous stewardship, all which support both reducing GHG emissions and our ability to adapt to the effects of human-caused climate change. Advancing the development of local renewable energy as a focal point for BC’s transition to net-zero emissions. Many First Nations in BC are prepared to lead this process. An updated CleanBC plan must strongly support First Nations capability to participate in the production, generation and transmission of clean energy. Creating Indigenous Utilities is connected to this approach. In 2019, BC and the FNLC committed to engage on climate change through the BC-FNLC Technical Working Group on Climate Change (TWG) to engage in dialogue, exchange information and develop recommendations on climate change laws and regulations undertaken by the Province and First Nations. To be clear, the purpose of the TWG is to engage in constructive staff-level dialogue, not to rubber stamp the Province’s work. During the last two years the FNLC technical staff has been providing input to many government initiatives. Despite the value of the TWG, there are major limitations that constrain the TWG’s work, primarily the failure by BC to meaningfully reflect our input or First Nations’ feedback on the need for systemic changes, such as the ones mentioned above. The overhaul of the CleanBC should enhance the mandate for the TWG that includes addressing the substantive and cross-sectoral aspects of climate change. Furthermore, we know we are not alone with the concern that the CleanBC plan is insufficient to respond to the global urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5oC. More than two hundred diverse organizations, including the FNLC member organizations, have issued an Open Letter calling on your government to implement 10 bold actions to confront the severity of the climate emergency. We reiterate our support for these actions here. Our respective organizations and member First Nations have a lot to share. We lived carbon neutral for millennia. Our peoples and communities retain important Indigenous Knowledge and ways of relating as humans and communities that are urgently needed at this time in order to survive as a species and adapt to the climate crisis. We ask for your commitment to listen to this deep well of knowledge, to do what is needed and to act now. We are ready to do our part. Sincerely, FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL On behalf of the FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT: Cheryl Casimer , Robert Phillips, Lydia Hwitsum On behalf of the UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Don Tom, Kukpi7 Judy Wilson On behalf of the BC ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS: Regional Chief Terry Teegee
  8. I AM PROFOUNDLY DISCOURAGED AND ANGRY. Yet another deer was killed in front of our rural property on October 3rd. I do not think the person in a small white sedan who hit the deer with full-on impact, who did not stop, or slow down, has any idea of the damage caused. The damage starts first with the pain and suffering of the animal. I saw it start to cross, hoped it would make it, and then heard and saw the impact. The rest of the damage is for the people who are left to deal with the situation. This included me and the two kind passers-by who stopped and provided traffic control as the deer with broken legs and other injuries kept trying to get up the steep slope, could not, and kept falling back into the road. We phoned all the correct numbers, waiting on hold each time. Then we waited nearly an hour, slowing traffic. Covering its head with a blanket calmed it and kept it still, but unfortunately Conservation, one of our calls, said not to do that. However, leaving it uncovered resulted in the animal moving uncontrollably, which was even less humane and risked more traffic problems. So I re-covered its head. I did not feel at risk, given its small size and the seriousness of the injuries. Saanich Animal Control attended towards the end of the hour. The deer was shot but not before it scrambled around again. The Animal Control officer followed prescribed protocol, but this added to the elapsed time. He was kind and calm. Although wildlife collisions are sometimes unavoidable, I know many could be avoided by slowing down and attentively scanning the sides of the roads. This collision could be in that category. Deer signs are put up for a reason. If you do hit an animal, have the compassion to stay and assist. Don’t leave it to others. Maybe dealing with it would convince you of the need to slow down. This is one of five recent incidents nearby, three at this location. At least four of the drivers did not stop. Two further facts are concerning. First, it was challenging for the two citizens to actually get people to really slow down. One was sworn at and given the finger. Secondly, the previous day we had observed the Tour de Victoria on this beautiful road. Although a number of drivers were considerate of the many riders as they laboured north up a narrow road between a blind hill and a blind corner, many behaved thoughtlessly, if not dangerously. We saw many who drove north fully in the oncoming traffic lane around the blind corner instead of waiting. And many who crested the hill from the south in the oncoming lane. And many times these same cars had to slow down to avoid oncomings, then move back into their lane, squeezing riders. Was there an accident or injury? No. Did riders thank us for trying to slow the traffic down? Yes. Did a significant number of drivers behave impatiently, indicating that they really do not understand what it is like for cyclists to be passed with speed and noise? Absolutely. This was a sanctioned, publicized event, but we see this frequently. Has Saanich done enough to address rural traffic concerns, major causes of which are speeds and aggressive driving? No. Solutions do exist, when are they going to be adopted? These are neighbourhoods: residents, wildlife and all users are affected. Pam Harrison lives in rural Saanich.
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    ONE WAVE October 15 - 30, 2021 @Fortune Gallery As a tribute to persistence during troubled times, Miles Lowry’s ONE WAVE reminds us how a wave, full of energy, eventually lets go, dissipates and disappears as if it were never there. Created during lockdowns and waves of pandemic alarm, each painting is named for a presence, a yearning, or discovery. *Artist will be in attendance 12pm to 4pm on October 16 & 17. 537 Fisgard Street Victoria, BC Open 12-5 Closed Monday Gallery: 250 383 1552 See the show starting Oct 15 online @ www.loveandliberty.ca - COVID PROTOCOLS will be in place with masks required for indoor spaces. - http://www.mileslowry.ca http://www.loveandliberty.ca Be sure to 'like' Love and Liberty's Facebook Page Follow on Instagram
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    View this email in your browser Antimatter [media art] October 14 to 24, 2021 | Victoria BC & Online | antimatter.ca The 24th annual Antimatter festival continues this weekend with screenings, installations and online programs of international media art and experimental cinema. In-person screenings 6pm and 8pm nightly at Deluge Contemporary Art (636 Yates Street) have limited capacity and require advance ticket purchase at antimatter.ca. Saturday | October 16 | 6pm | Screening @ Deluge The Length of Day Collage, found footage and photochemical fictions by Cecilia Araneda, Kristin Reeves, A. Moon, Siegfried Fruhauf, Kathleen Rush, Charlie Egleston and Laura Conway. Saturday | October 16 | 8pm | Screening @ Deluge The Mirror Neuron Performative prosody and gestural empathy from Sarah Trad, Bea de Visser, John G. Boehme, Paul Tarragó, Adán De La Garza, Michael Heindl and Tommy Beacker. Sunday | October 17 | 6pm | Screening @ Deluge Stranger than Paradise The body is obsolescent: it is still needed but the preparations for its abolition are in progress. Film-choreography from Tamar Zehava Tabori, Bailey Plumley and Chris Haring/Liquid Loft. Sunday | October 17 | 8pm | Screening @ Deluge If I Could Name You Myself Movement and music drive meditative explorations of identity, race, gender and transcendence: Ann Oren, Michael V. Smith, Helanius J. Wilkins, Roma Flowers, Hope Strickland and Aram Karsi. Online Programs Screening programs are available online for 24 hours (midnight to midnight) the day after in-person screenings at Deluge Contemporary Art. Streaming is free (donations appreciated). Watch at antimatter.ca Online @ antimatter.ca Automat Some of the most rewarding and memorable experiences at Antimatter are artist talks, Q&As and informal social events with local and visiting filmmakers. As the situation this year again precludes most participants attending the festival to engage with peers and audiences, Automat presents a self-serve option. We coerced participating artists into making short videos that somehow “talk” about themselves and their work, whether by actually talking or otherwise. The results are as amazing as we’d hoped—spontaneous, revealing, witty and poetic insights into their lives and practices. Watch the results online at antimatter.ca. Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1L3 Canada
  11. CORRECTION: I meant, "6-figure salary" not "5-figure salary" ... of course!
  12. Quaint. But this is magical thinking. And deluded... I think it would be best if everyone just came around to appreciating that John Horgan is doing what John Horgan needs to do in order to secure a post-government corporate 5-figure salary, likely within the extraction industry.
  13. Perhaps a more practical application of wood by-products would be "glue-lam" construction materials, which could utilize a larger minority of these "waste products"?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glued_laminated_timber
  14. BiF, When logs go into a sawmill—any sawmill—what comes out are sawn or planned lumber, wood chips, sawdust and shavings. It doesn't make any difference whether it's an old-growth log or a second-growth log, an old mill or a brand new mill. Those are the immutable by-products. The ministry of forests' own data show exactly how much of the volume of logs that go into sawmills, province-wide, is turned into lumber, sawdust, wood chips and shavings. The schematic of "fibre flows" below is from the ministry's 2019 Mill Survey. The big green area on the left is the volume of logs that went into sawmills. Immediately to its right is the breakdown into lumber (45.8 %), sawdust and shavings (17.05 %) and "By-products chips" (35.2 %). Note that all of the wood chips, whether they are old-growth wood chips or second growth wood-chips, go into pulp mills. This seems to come as a surprise to you. That's why I called this story, "Teal Cedar's big, dirty secret". The mindustry have managed to keep this a secret from you, but it is what it is. The logging and milling industry is an intrinsically wasteful industry. Since its main products are low value (wood chips, sawdust, shavings and the immense volume of logging slash and dead biomass left in the clearcuts), its always going to be economically marginal without huge, hidden public subsidies. That's why it's always in need of another concession or handout from the public purse (lower stumpage, more raw log exports, payment for removing logging residue, etc, etc).
  15. Sorry, you lost all credibility with the claim that old growth ends up in pulp mills. This is a propaganda piece masquerading as investigatory journalism
  16. Killing wolves, moose and cougars won’t save the caribou—but stopping logging in their endangered forest habitat might give them a chance. THE USUAL HEAVY WINTER SNOW north of Revelstoke will make it tough to maintain a blockade, but a small group of determined activists want to ensure loggers do not gain access to certain blocks of old-growth forest. These forests—part of the threatened Inland Temperate Rainforest—are critical habitat for the endangered deep snow Columbia North caribou herd. One cutblock has been auctioned off by BC Timber Sales to Downie Timber and three others remain on the auction list. Last December, after a backlash from conservation groups and scientists, the provincial government deferred logging on 11 of 14 scheduled cutblocks in the Argonaut Valley until the mountain caribou herd planning process is complete—which is not expected until late next year. But that still leaves the three cutblocks, adding up to almost 65 hectares, and close to five kilometres of road that was punched into the valley before the deferment. “We’re afraid that if we leave, they’re quite capable of ploughing those roads and logging in the winter,” said Virginia Thompson, who, after years of volunteer work to protect caribou, has been spending time on the blockade as a member of Old Growth Revylution. Numbers of woodland caribou in BC have shrunk from 40,000 to 15,500. Caribou are the “canaries in the clearcuts,” says lichenologist Trevor Goward. (Photo by Conservation North) “We don’t know if we can pull it off, but we are sure going to try. We have a few people who are very at home in the back country and know how to winter camp and don’t mind being quite solitary,” Thompson said. The protest is supported by First Nations, including the Splatsin and Ktunaxa Nations, and environmental organizations, such as Wildsight, Wilderness Committee and Valhalla Wilderness Society. The Splatsin First Nation has called on BC Timber Sales to cease all operations in the area and a news release supporting the blockade says “Splatsin members and leadership will be standing up for what little intact refuge area remains for our four-legged ancestors.” The Ktunaxa Nation Council has committed to working with the Province and other parties to ensure Ktunaxa Nation interests and stewardship responsibilities are upheld. “The area in question is a vital southern mountain caribou habitat and any threat to the caribou, or ?a?kxam’is q’api qapsin (all living things), in this region is of great concern,” says a Ktunaxa news release. The determination to continue the blockade is reinforced by anger that, despite studies showing that saving BC’s dwindling caribou herds depends primarily on habitat protection, the Province is continuing to kill wolves, cougar and moose in caribou habitat, while allowing logging to continue. A recent study shows habitat loss is driving woodland caribou to extinction. It points out that caribou have lost twice as much habitat as they have gained over the last 12 years. In the past three decades, BC’s 54 herds of woodland caribou have shrunk to 15,500 from 40,000 animals and, in the Kootenays, since 2006, five caribou herds have been extirpated and three others are struggling to survive. “Everything has gotten worse” Those are grim statistics which, said Sadie Parr, former executive director of Wolf Awareness, make it more extraordinary that the BC government is not pulling out all the stops to save the Columbia North herd, which is regarded as the one most likely to survive in southern BC. “It amazes me that the same government committed to protecting caribou is logging the little habitat the animals have left,” she said. The 2021 population census of the Columbia North Mountain Caribou shows about 184 animals, up from 138 in 2006. But critics say that government is trying to sustain those numbers by continuing to kill wolves and other animals in perpetuity instead of protecting their habitat. Parr stepped down from Wolf Awareness to allow her to take more direct action after concluding the usual channels, such as sitting on committees and holding meetings with government officials, were not working. “Everything has gotten worse. The logging continues. More wolves are killed. The caribou are winking out. That’s why we are so fierce about people heeding this call,” she said. A view of logging of old-growth forest in Bigmouth Valley (photo by Sadie Parr) It is not only the caribou that are threatened. Bigmouth Creek and the Argonaut Valley, one of the last unlogged valleys in the region, are within the Inland Temperate Rainforest, an ecosystem that a recent study said is critically endangered and facing ecosystem collapse. “The decline of mountain caribou has mirrored the destruction of the Inland Temperate Rainforest ecosystem,” said Eddie Petryshen, Wildsight conservation specialist. The convergence of old-growth logging, shrinking caribou herds and the controversial wolf cull means BC’s top hot-button environmental issues are crystallized in the opposition to further old-growth logging in an area described as a patchwork of roads and clearcuts. Lower elevations of Bigmouth Creek have been hammered by clearcut logging going back decades, said Vallhalla Wilderness Society director Craig Pettitt, pointing to mottled images on a Google Earth map. Satellite image of clearcuts in the Bigmouth Creek area. The Argonaut Creek watershed is in the lower right corner. “This logging has reduced what were vast stands of old-growth cedar hemlock forest to fragmented postage stamp retention areas,” he said. In contrast, so far, Argonaut Creek has escaped, probably because of the steep terrain, and the area provides a refuge of intact forested habitat for the deep snow caribou, Pettitt said. A view of the upper Argonaut Valley (photo by Eddie Petryshen) Blockade slowed down logging, but critical valley-bottom threatened There is no injunction, so police and media attention is sparse at the Revylution blockade, but, the land defenders (named thus by the Splatsin chief and other Indigenous representatives) have succeeded in preventing Downie Timber from harvesting. The Old Growth Revylution blockade during summer 2021 (photo by Sadie Parr) “We’ve deferred harvest, deferred road building,” said a Downie spokesman, who refused to confirm his name or explain the terms of the deferral. A Forests Ministry email, in response to questions from Focus, said the blockade has also “stopped environmentally sensitive road deactivation work from being completed.” Downie previously logged about 126 hectares of old growth on the north side of Bigmouth Creek. Petryshen does not want to see any more ancient trees loaded onto trucks. “Those were probably 500 to 600-year-old trees; a lot of that forest had been growing undisturbed since the end of the ice age. It’s globally unique forest and there’s not a whole lot of it left,” Petryshen said. “The deep snow-dwelling caribou are so tied to that ecosystem and have learned to live within it and we are disrupting that whole process,” he said, noting that the block that Downie plans to log contains some of the highest value old growth; it’s valley bottom—habitat that is essential to caribou which spend about half of their time in low elevations. No logging is currently taking place in the Argonaut or Bigmouth areas, but old-growth stands are scheduled for harvest in Bigmouth Creek, according to the ministry e-mail. “Locations for proposed cutblocks in the Bigmouth area have not been determined and will be dependent on the assessment and advice of many specialists for a range of natural resource values,” it says. The email also notes: “It’s important to recognize that, in their report, the Independent Panel [old-growth review panel] did not recommend a moratorium on old-growth logging in BC. They recommended deferrals in areas where there is a near term risk of irreversible biodiversity loss and further action to change the way we manage our old-growth forests.” Roads and clearcuts mean moose and deer move into the area—together with hunters and snowmobilers—and prey animals are followed by predators such as wolves and cougars Petryshen described this as “out-of-whack predator/prey dynamics,” and added, “The predators are not going after caribou, the caribou are just the bycatch. The system is kind of in chaos and caribou are the first to go when it is significantly out of balance.” Focus on wolf cull not the answer Since 2015, 1,447 wolves have been killed in the provincial cull program. The animals are usually shot by aerial gunning from helicopters—a practice heavily criticized for disrupting wolf packs and having little basis in science as other wolves usually move into the area. A court case on its legality is being heard in late October. A study released last year found no statistical support for wolf culls or caribou maternity pens as conservation measures for mountain caribou. The BC government has killed over 1400 wolves despite no evidence that it protects caribou (photo by John E. Marriott) This month, a Pacific Wild petition calling for a halt to the cull, with more than half a million signatures, was presented to government on the opening day of the BC Legislature, but, in answer to questions from Focus, the Forests Ministry said both predator reduction and habitat protection are needed to protect caribou. “Without protecting caribou habitat, wolf and cougars will have to be killed in perpetuity to maintain caribou on the landscape. This is not what anyone wants,” says the emailed response. “On the other hand, if we only protect habitat, we likely will lose many caribou herds due to the current disturbed condition of the habitat from past and ongoing forestry activities. We need to protect habitat that is currently suitable and we need to give impacted habitat time to recover. This is a decades long process,” it says. BC is currently holding consultations, which will continue until Nov. 15, on extending the cull program for another five years. Parr is unimpressed by the consultation process and said the Province has already decided to not only go ahead, but to expand the cull, even though habitat protection and herd plans will not be completed until 2022. “We have asked them to show us the externally peer-reviewed science on this and they can’t…There’s no equation that could convince me [it is right] to brutally kill this number of wolves, which are sentient beings and play important ecological roles which are then disrupted,” she said. Parr believes that killing everything except caribou, while continuing to destroy habitat by removing trees that are thousands of years old, makes no sense. Though there might be short-term increases in caribou number, there will be no positive, long-term outcomes. “There are so many layers to this. We’re creating an ecological debt for future generations,” she said. Caribou need lichen, lichen need old growth Frustration is mixed with sadness and anger as Trevor Goward traces the downward spiral of deep snow mountain caribou populations and connects the decline to lichens, the essential deep snow caribou diet, which are being lost to logging. Goward, an internationally recognized lichenologist and author of about 150 scientific papers on lichens, said logging of old-growth forests in the Revelstoke area has now reached the point of no return and he believes the Columbia North caribou, which have survived in BC’s interior for millions of years, are tipping towards extinction. “It’s an absolute horror story and the caribou should be the warning. I call them the canaries in the clearcuts,” said Goward, pointing to decades of studies concluding that deep snow caribou need extensive old-growth forests at all elevations for long-term survival. “Once you get beyond a certain point—and we’re long past that point—every tree cut is basically making the situation worse,” he said. However, government biologists first opted to kill hundreds of moose and deer in the mistaken belief that, without prey, predators would leave. When that plan did not work, the killing was extended to wolves and cougars, Goward explained. “Any qualified biologist understands that pressure comes both bottom up and top down. Top down is the predation and bottom up is the food they eat—and to focus on one to the exclusion of the other is reprehensible in the extreme,” he said. Deep snow caribou rely on lichens growing on the branches of trees and when there are fewer trees with lichens, caribou expend more energy walking in the deep snow. It eventually gets to the point where caribou cannot survive, Goward said. “It’s not just a matter of the individual caribou dying, but, if it’s a stressful winter, the cows abort their fetuses and, if young are born, they are much less resilient than a normal caribou calf, so they are much more likely to die in the first year,” he said. “These caribou are special. They are the only ones that live entirely on these lichens. They need forests that are at least 120 or 150 years old,” Goward said. When caribou cannot find hair lichens in the high altitudes they move down to the valleys, he said. “But now the lowlands have been essentially nuked. There’s nothing for them. So, the next time they have to go down, they will only have wasted energy,” Goward said. “It’s a very sad story and the irony of the whole thing is that this is the one caribou type that could have survived long into climate change because they don’t care what’s on the ground. They just needed to have old forests and they have lost them, so it’s lose, lose all around,” he said. Only “plans to make a plan” while caribou near extinction Petryshen and Parr also find it difficult to be optimistic about the future of caribou in BC, when economics seem to trump immediate action and the answer from government is that there are plans to make a plan. “What’s frustrating is that, as the logging continues, they continue to say they don’t know where caribou habitat is,” Parr said. The official Environment Canada critical habitat map has been in the works since 2014, Petryshen said. “It has been in draft form for seven years and the Province and feds keep saying ‘hey, we are almost done,’” he said. Petryshen is hoping Indigenous leaders will fill the gap left by the federal and provincial governments. “I grew up close to the South Purcell mountains and we lost those caribou while we were planning to make a plan. We need immediate action right now,” he said. Judith Lavoie is a freelance journalist who enjoys exploring stories about the natural world.
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  18. John Horgan could pass the legislation that would replace the suicidal economic model you mention, and replace it with something truly sustainable and respectful. That is why we elect leadership. Seems to make sense to invite him. What's your plan for changing the system without involving the BC legislature?
  19. All we are saying, is to switch those jobs from harvesting old growth to second growth, and clearcutting to 100% biomass retention forestry. That will bring us more jobs, and more provincial income. A tiny seedling does not replace a 1,000 year old tree. A monoculture plantation does not replace a forest. This is not about "Jobs vs The Environment", this is about whether we are going to give our children a dead planet to live on, or not. The old growth will be gone in 8 years. Why not stop now? Give this a read: https://www.straight.com/news/ben-barclay-will-fairy-creek-become-a-turning-point-in-human-history best wishes
  20. And many BC residents payed their bills, bought groceries for their families and another tree has been planted to be harvested in the future.
  21. Friends: it is a mistake to personalize what is essentially a political issue. The economic system demands eternal growth, even at the cost of eco-systems and human lives, it is the nature of a capitalist model of destruction, without that mantra the system would collapse, it is a contradiction: develop and grow to the point of self destruction. Horgan et-all are just mere gate keepers, a sort of caretakers of our economic model. We can remove Horgan, bring someone else, or someone else, someone else...no matter, they are all caretakers. We need to denounce and change this economic model based on exploitation of humans and destruction of the environment. Sadly we keep concentrating on fighting personalities and protecting this valley, that valley or that specie without addressing the main causes of destruction.
  22. Prophetic as usual. Thank you Gene for your insights.
  23. BC Doctors and Nurses Join Call to Halt Old Growth Logging Sign On Letter Indicates Huge Support Across Province October 8, 2021: Hundreds of physicians and nurses throughout BC are adding their voices to the urgent call to end old growth logging. A letter to John Horgan signed by over 280 members of the BC medical community will be presented on Tuesday, October 12. Endorsement of the letter is continuing to grow as more health care workers are signing daily. “I strongly believe it is imperative to halt old growth logging as a contributor to climate change and its deleterious effect on the wellbeing of British Columbians,” says Dr. Dan O’Connell, co-author of the letter. “As doctors and nurses our profession’s bedrock demands we act expediently to restore the health of our patients. A report over one year old providing a roadmap to address forestry management lies dormant. We see renewed discussions every year when communities are coping with wildfire smoke, heat waves, floods and crop failure. Meanwhile, climate anxiety is a huge issue and it’s affecting people every day, yet no action is taken.” Posted on September 29, 2021, the letter has been signed by doctors and nurses across the province including emergency room physicians, family doctors, nurses, surgeons and retired physicians. Canadian doctors and nurses have long had an interest in environmental health. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) was formed in 1993 and the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) was formed in 2010. "The climate crisis is a health emergency and it is time we all act like it. We need Premier John Horgan and his government to take immediate action to protect our environment in order to protect the health of our patients, families and communities" says Dr. Emma Noble, letter co-author. “Our government does not appear to be listening” says Dr Joan Rosenberg, also a co-author to the letter. “I liken it to taking someone’s blood pressure while the house is on fire. The government needs to put out the fire so we can properly care for our patients”. A group of doctors and nurses will be at the Legislature at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 12 to present the letter to Premier John Horgan. The group is requesting a meeting with the government to discuss this urgent concern. The letter, with signatories, is posted at bit.ly/3ApoVCp. Signatories continue to be added daily.
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    This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >> Learn basic 2D and 3D stop-motion techniques from the award winning artist Amanda Strong! In this workshop, participants will explore basic methods of moving objects frame by frame, lighting, and rigging processes for stop-motion animation. Strong will be bringing in-process and completed puppets for participants to get a detailed look at design, render, and scale. As a group, participants will then get a chance to respectfully animate with Strong’s puppets to explore their functionality and get better insight to how they move. We encourage that participants bring objects or puppets they have made, to practice animating and to get feedback as well as to adapt them for animation (but this is not required). SATURDAY OCTOBER 30th 2021 10am – 4pm Pacific Time Mentorship meetings Oct 31 – Nov 2 REGISTER NOW >> Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) Media Artist and Stop Motion Director currently working as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). She has been practicing professionally in the arts for over 15 years. She holds a degree in Photography and Interpretive Animation from Sheridan College. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Amanda Strong founded Spotted Fawn Productions in 2010 and has managed the company as the Owner, Director and Executive Producer since 2014. Amanda has also formed the collectives Media Creatorz, Indigenous Roots, and most recently Frame Sovereignty Collective which are all driven to build sustainable production skills and training to participants with the hopes of helping with access, visibility and digital literacy for Indigenous artists. Most recently, Amanda was selected as the First Canadian Director and first Animated Project for the Sundance Institute Indigenous Filmmaking Lab.
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    This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >> In this workshop, local artist, curator and filmmaker Eli Hirtle will guide participants through conversation about practices & protocols specific to working with Indigenous peoples and their stories. Eli will share stories of his film-making practice, which he describes as “community-based collaborations”. We will also look at and discuss “ON-SCREEN PROTOCOLS & PATHWAYS: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories”, a comprehensive publication commissioned by ImagineNATIVE film festival in 2019. Topics will include narrative sovereignty, screen-based protocols & principles, meaningful collaborations and building relationships based on trust, respect, responsibility, reciprocity and consent. As a case study we will watch Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring (2018), a film created by Eli Hirtle & Brianna Bear for a permanent art exhibition at Victoria City Hall. We will also view clips from the series Eli created for Telus’ Optik Network, Voices on the Rise (2019), to get a sense of how these protocols can be put into practice. MONDAY OCTOBER 18th 2021 6pm – 10pm Pacific Time Mentorship meetings Oct 19-21 REGISTER NOW >> Eli Hirtle is a nêhiyaw(Cree)/British/German filmmaker, beadworker, youth mentor and curator based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. His practice involves making films about Indigenous cultural resurgence and language revitalization, as well as investigating his nêhiyaw identity through beadwork. Current areas of interest are learning how to speak his ancestral language of nêhiyawêwin and mentoring emerging Indigenous artists. Eli currently serves as Curator, Indigenous and Contemporary Art at Open Space Arts Society. Past curatorial projects include Sacred at Victoria City Hall, Pretty Good Not Bad Festival, IndigeVision Film Showcase, Wapakoni Cinema on Wheels Tour and Constellations of Kin in collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and ImagineNATIVE film festival. Film projects include RESIST: The Unistoten’s Call to the Land (2013), Voices on the Rise (2016 & 2019), and Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring (2018).
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    CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is SUPER excited to announce Vancouver Island’s second edition of the One Take Super 8 Event — this time in full Kodak colour! A fun, non-competitive, community-driven creation and exhibition opportunity for intrigued newbies, amateur artists, and professional filmmakers alike. Super 8 film took the world by storm in the 1960s and 70s as an accessible way to make “home movies.” Today, the format lives on as an analogue escape from our digital world. The One Take Super 8 Event began in the year 2000 in Regina SK, and since then it has inspired the creation and screening of over 1,000 films in more than 50 locations around the world. CineVic presented the island’s first edition two years ago, and we’re bringing it back for another round of fun! Earlier this summer, 22 participants from Victoria and the surrounding region answered the open call to participate. They were given a camera, a roll of film, and one week to create their own 3-minute Super 8 movie. The only catch: no editing. The filmmakers had to shoot their scenes in order with no second chances, and they’ll witness their work for the first time along with an audience at the community screening on October 23rd. Soundtracks are optional, and because the Super 8 format does not record sound, they are created separately from the film and manually cued up on the night. Get your advance tickets now and join us in-person or online for the limited-capacity hybrid screening event! Saturday October 23rd 2021 7:00pm PT Alix Goolden Performance Hall 907 Pandora Avenue (enter through Victoria Conservatory of Music at 900 Johnson St.) Or watch from home on YouTube $5 advance tickets 📽 Click here for in-person screening tickets >> * Attendees will be required to present identification and proof of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination, which will be scanned upon entrance * Attendees must wear a mask at all times, and remain seated for the entire event 📺 Click here for YouTube livestream tickets >> See the world premiere of 22 new Super 8 films created by: Alex Skorochid • Octavian Kaul • Michael Korican • Suzanne Moreau • Ian Sebelius • Jerry & Alena Kott • Sonya Chwyl • Eli Hirtle • Bowen Macy • Elvie Simons • Greg Goldberg • Megan Switzer • Rachel Evans • Jessica Beach • Tyson Laidler • Ella Privet • Jen Yakamovich • Nathan Dunsmoor • Kemi Craig • Michelle Frey • Cat Lewis Many thanks to our event partners and sponsors: MediaNet / FLUX Media Gallery, Antimatter Media Art Festival, and Niagara Custom Lab. CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, and the CRD Arts Development Service.
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    As the pandemic recedes, the artist explores her renewed appreciation for simple, quiet pleasures in this new series of figurative abstract paintings. A limited palette varies from work to work, with white paint and cold wax providing unity. The overall effect suggests moments of calm reflection on the journey to reach the place, real or imagined, where we feel most at peace. Solo painting exhibition by Margo Cooper. Opening Reception Thursday, October 14, 5-7:30 pm Artist in residence: October 12,15,20,23,27, 2-5 pm
  28. And he learned so much that we now celebrate “John Horgan Day” I HAVE A DREAM. I woke up this morning with a dream, that John Horgan, Dr Suzanne Simard, Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones, and I, were all walking up (Ada-itsx) Fairy Creek valley together, on a pilgrimage to the headwaters. In my dream, we walked with bare feet, opened our hearts, and talked about the things we need in our lives. All around us, spirits were moving through the trees like morning mist. I saw Joni Mitchell in conversation with Gandhi. A rufous hummingbird flitted by. When we clearcut forests, rufous hummingbirds have nothing to perch on, and go extinct. By the time we climbed up among the firs “where it smells so sweet,” we found a way for each of us to get our needs met. UNFORTUNATELY, JOHN HORGAN lives in a golden cage of power, frittering away his leadership gifts on getting elected. In 100 years, he will be a footnote in a sad list of lost opportunities. Unless we can get him out into the forest, for a day. BC’s forests are a significant chunk of the Earth’s biodiversity and planetary health. The decisions John Horgan makes will save or exterminate thousands of species and whole ecosystems. Humans are one of those species. John, will you walk with us? Solving the forestry puzzle in BC will create a template for humans to stop global warming and biodiversity loss. I dream of Dr Simard, because her Mother Tree Project is writing the blueprint for weaving jobs, revenue, and forests into harmony. She’s healing clearcuts back into old growth. I wish her Project could include every tree in BC, and Fairy Creek could be her benchmark old growth watershed. She could manage complexity for us. I dream of Bill Jones guiding us, because his ancestors have lived in the forest since salmon began to swim. Bill Jones is a great leader, whose gift is bringing people’s hearts back home to the land, where they belong. He likes to say: “Get out to the woods.” His dream is that our children will have woods to walk in, forever. Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones (at BC Legislature) invites you to come to Ada-itsx and “Get out to the woods” (photo RFS) John, please stop seeing Fairy Creek as a problem, and grab the opportunity. Premiers live in a paradigm of “Jobs vs. The Environment,” in an electoral hall of mirrors. They know little of forests, climate change, and biodiversity. In my dream, we climb the valley together, laying out the logistics of using wood in our lives without clearcutting forests, so they can sequester 65 million more tons of carbon a year for us. First we have to develop a reciprocal relationship with them. In a woodlot, trees grow every year, and managers never cut the principle, only the interest. BC could be one big wilderness woodlot full of salmon, eagles, and bears, with people hiking down tiny skidder trails, and local sorting yards turning every forest gift into local jobs. By retaining ownership of the trees further up the food chain, we could share billions of dollars in revenue between our First Nations and our Second Nation, the Province. This log was given by the Province to a logging corporation for $28 a cubic metre, and sold by the logging corporation to a mill for $700 a cubic metre. (Lorna Beecroft Photo) But we won’t get there with “talk and log,” only with legislation. The only reason women can vote, is legislation. We only got that legislation through civil disobedience. The legislation we need is this: It is illegal to harvest timber in any way that reduces the biomass that exists in each and every watershed. No clearcutting, just hand logging. If we had passed that legislation in 1940 we would still have all our old growth, at the stroke of a pen. No cost to taxpayers. Twice the forestry jobs. The RCMP home to their families. Tree sitters down for a hot bath and some hugs. True reconciliation with First Nations. Reconciliation with Life. Who wouldn’t vote for that? Without legislation, we’ll have to keep getting arrested and go to the Supreme Court of Canada for a ruling. If you make us do that, John, you will hasten your place in history as a footnote. I’d so much rather that someday the world will celebrate “John Horgan Day” and tell the story of how a man broke his way out of his golden cage, to walk up a valley, absorbing the teachings of an Indigenous elder, a scientist, and a forest. Grandfather tree near Fairy Creek (photo Aaron Yukich) The UN Report on Biodiversity states that unless we stop deforestation, we will cause 1,000,000 species to go extinct, and make “Organized human life untenable” in 100 years. Not on our watch. Ben Barclay has been defending forests by practicing ecoforestry for 40 years. He has spent many weeks at Fairy Creek over the past six months.
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