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Members Meeting (open to all those interested)

When: Tuesday March 13 at 5:00pm
Where: Paul Phillips Hall / Fernwood Hall, 1923 Fernwood Road.


Solidarity with the Tsleil-Waututh Stand against Kinder Morgan.

Tuesday March 13 at 7:00pm
Fernwood Hall, 1923 Fernwood

In March, members of Tsleil-Waututh will establish frontline resistance grounded in their spirituality and culture to stop the Kinder Morgan tarsands pipeline. On Saturday March 10th, they will kick things off with a mass mobilization supporting Kwekwecnewtxw ( in the lower mainland area. They are inviting thousands of people to join this mobilization and send a clear message to Prime Minister Trudeau: the Kinder Morgan pipeline will never be built.

ESCAPE’s Night of Music Fundraiser 

WHEN: March 14th 2018, 7pm
WHERE: Esquimalt High School Theatre, 847 Colville Rd, Victoria

On Wednesday March 14th you are invited to ESCAPE (Esquimalt Students Caring About Peace and the Environment) Night of Music fundraiser to help raise money for the Ocean Conservancy Organization – a non-profit group focused on using long term solutions to combat ocean acidification and help preserve a healthy ocean, abundant wildlife, and thriving coastal communities. For a minimum donation of $5 we are inviting the public to enjoy a night showcasing music by local musicians such as the Raging Grannies, the Mount Doug String Quartet, and all of the talent present here at Esquimalt. This night will also be an opportunity to learn more about the threats facing our oceans today, what we can do to help and an opportunity to support an amazing cause and a group of passionate students.
This event will be happening Wednesday, March 14th at 7PM in the Esquimalt High School Theatre. We hope to see you there!


Presentation from Hanna Kawas on BDS
When: 7pm Thursday March 15
Where: 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

Admission by Donation
This Thursday our Social Justice Film Night will include a presentation by Hanna Kawas. A Palestinian activist, writer, and journalist who was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the Chairperson of the Canada Palestine Association, the co-host of Voice of Palestine and has been active in anti-war struggles and support work for liberation movements all over the world since coming to Canada in 1974. Hanna is also a member of BDS Vancouver- Coast Salish Territories and has worked on many local BDS campaigns, including Boycott Israeli Wines and #AirCanadaComplicity. The presentation will clarify the whole issue on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign. When and why it started, who supports it and what effect it is having on Israel. 



WHEN: March 17th 2018, 10am
WHERE: Spectrum Community School gym, 957 Burnside Road West

I want to alert you to some very large changes that are potentially coming to Saanich’s environmental policies that will result in the weakening of environmental protection in environmentally sensitive areas.  Should the Environmental Development Permit Area (EDPA) bylaw be rescinded, new developments will not require environmental permits, placing our world class endemic biodiversity at further risk.  The Garry Oak ecosystem now covers less than 1% of its former area. These lands are vital; they provide habitat and biodiversity for many species, including specialist pollinators, support sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change resiliency.

The EDPA bylaw is the product of exemplary work by Saanich residents and councils and is a co-creation and vision for a sustainable future.  This spirit is at the heart and foundation of our municipality.

Please come out on March 17 and take a stand for Saanich with me to maintain our unique ecosystems.  The public hearing on rescinding the EDPA bylaw will be held at Spectrum Community School gym, 957 Burnside Road West and starts at 10 am.

Unable to attend?  Another method of support is writing a letter of opposition to Mayor and Council to help sway the current 5 who are in favour of rescinding the bylaw.  Our elected officials can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. andThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please send me a copy, it helps to be able to tell the media how many letters have been sent.

I hope to see you at the public hearing.

In the Spirit of Saanich,
Nathalie Chambers


Pints For The People

WHEN: March 28th, 5pm
WHERE: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street 

SEA is Partnering with Social Coast on this fundraising event in which we will decide how our proportion is donated. More details to come...

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Tickets are available online here:

When folks buy tickets, they get to decide where their $10 donation goes. Rally your supporters to make this night a solid fundraiser for your group.

Tickets are available at the door, but please note that $5 at the door goes to the cause (the other $5 helps us cover rent and the band), so get your tickets sold in advance for maximum fundraising!

 Community Rights and Rights of Nature

Tuesday April 10, 7:00 pm
1923 Fernwood Rd - Paul Phillips Hall


Speaker: Shannon LeBlanc - Advocate for Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's (CELDF) bold initiative to cease corporate legal authority over community and environmental needs. 

We will watch a video with CELDF's lead attorney Thomas Linzey  colourfully describing how this is happening. Shannon will present basic details. Then we will discuss how to replicate this locally and provincially.

We can protect communities, workers and "Rights of Nature" by saying "NO!" to corporate so-called "rights". It just takes a simple transformative common law application revealed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Thomas Linzey is their very perceptive lead lawyer. He brings a fascinating wealth of historical legal knowledge about how corporations have dragged us to this point. Thomas is actually training communities, leading to victories.

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