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SEA News: July 2019


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Update on South Langford Green Space Rezoning

Update from
Nicole Polet
Member, Citizens of South Langford for Sustainable Development
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A huge thank-you to everyone who came out to the rezoning meeting in Langford. The room was packed with over 200 members of the public, spilling out into the hallways of the council chambers. Many members of our group gave incredible, persuasive presentations, and a developer who spoke at the end said that we were the most organized, well-spoken and intelligent public group that he had seen in his decades of attending these types of meetings. Congratulations to everyone on an amazing job last night!

Of course, we were up against a tough crowd; the committee moved to bring the proposal forward to council with a couple of amendments: the addition of 5% greenspace, and the requirement of the developer to hold a public consultation before the proposal goes to council. 

While we are disappointed in this result, we've done something huge here, which transcends the confines of the council chambers: we've given residents from all over Langford the ability to gather together and speak out against the way Langford is approaching development. It's not easy, but we are perhaps one of the strongest public groups that's ever spoken out about this and there is an urgent need to keep it going.

It is critical that we slow down the process enough to ensure that our input is adequately considered. We are coming at this from a few difference angles; please let me know if you'd like to help out with some of this work. In the meantime please sign the petition to slow the deal down and visit our website for more information and to keep up to date.


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Extinction Rebellion Victoria Meetings

Every Tuesday evening
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
415 Broad Street Victoria BC
Victoria Event Centre

Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island

Action & Hope Begins When We Decolonize to Decarbonize


Participate in XR Victoria Post-Capitalist System Change:


Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it!

For more details visit:

Keeping it Human - Victoria

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
1415 Broad Street, Victoria
Victoria Event Centre

Hosted by The Existence Project & Victoria Event Centre

What would it feel like to walk in someone else's shoes?


Join us for Keeping It Human - a live storytelling event connecting the marginalized and Greater Victoria community


The evening will feature:

-A storyteller with lived experience of homelessness

-Opportunities for you, the audience, to reflect and learn

-A gallery of photography and art from our community


Let's prove that there is a will in people’s hearts and in our city for us to express our shared humanity




This event takes place within the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (as represented today by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations).



The event will be dry, though non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Water is provided. The Victoria Event Centre is on the second storey of a building up a flight of 27 stairs. There is a continuous handrail up the stairwell but the staircase is wide enough that a person cannot grip both handrails at the same time. The storyteller will be mic'd but discussion will not be.

For more information, see the venue website at


Tickets available online at:






-Frontrunners (, Vancity ( and VIATEC (, our sponsors, for their support.

-Everyone that has passed along advice, donated resources, and helped to spread the word.

-Our Storyteller, Kym Hines, for sharing his story with the community




The Existence Project ( is a project of Tides Canada’s shared platform in Victoria, BC that uses storytelling to connect different communities. Everybody has a story, and we believe that story is the key towards building connection, dignity and belonging for everyone, no matter their race, background or socioeconomic status.


Have questions? Contact us at

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or send us a direct message here!


#everybodyhasastory #yyj #storytelling #liveevent

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Night of the Salmon Folk

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
616 Yates St., Victoria
Patagonia Victoria

Hosted by Watershed Watch Salmon Society & SkeenaWild Conservation Trust & Salmon Beyond Borders

Living on the west coast, we all feel connected to our wild pacific salmon in some fashion - whether you honour them culturally, spend long days fishing for them, respect their ecological importance, and/or have them as a feature on your dinner plate.


In the spirit of 2019 being the "International Year of the Salmon", want to bring together our fellow "salmon folk" at Patagonia Victoria on July 24th to celebrate all that we love about these wonderful wild fish! This Patagonia store is Wheelchair accessible.


The evening will feature several short films, discussion, delicious food & beer, and of course good company from other salmon folks.


Doors open at 6:30pm. The event is free, with food & drinks by donation. Arrive early as capacity will be limited!

A special thank you to Pina Styles for the use of their sweet salmon art for our poster!


We would like to acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ people.

For more details visit:

6th Annual Walbran Convergence!

Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Central Walbran Valley

Hosted by Wilderness Committee & Friends of Carmanah Walbran

Join the Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Wilderness Committee - Victoria Office, for a weekend to celebrate past activism to keep this rainforest standing, and re-commit to fighting together for environmental justice here and everywhere.


This family friendly event takes place in the heart of the central Walbran, or Kaxi:ks (Big River), in unceeded Pacheedaht territory. We recognize Pacheedaht sovereignty in this valley, and want a solution for this rainforest that includes the return of land to the Nation and social and economic justice for its people.


Saturday evening: Speakers 5pm, Community Dinner 6pm.


Despite the climate crisis and the fact that the majority of low-elevation productive old-growth forest has already been logged, the Walbran still faces the threat of industrial logging. By holding space in this valley together, we aim to highlight and celebrate the values this place holds outside of its value as timber.




Because of the costs and time-consuming nature of providing bus transport, we've opted not to rent a bus for the Convergence this year. Instead we will coordinate rideshares and look into renting smaller shuttle vans, with options to accommodating those planning a day trip and overnighters. All info will be posted on this page.


- Carpooling: If you have a seat available or need a ride please post on this site:


- Book a seat in a rental van! Contact Jessie for more info and to reserve a spot: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


- Self-transportation is always an option, see here for driving instructions:




As always, a focal point of the Convergence will be a community dinner on Saturday (the 27th) evening. The meal will be coordinated by the amazing Jon Cash, with vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available. The meal will be ticketed, so please buy your meal in advance.


A pancake breakfast will be provided by donation on Sunday (the 28th) morning, coordinated by our pals at Sierra Club BC. All additional meals and snacks are the responsibility of individual attendees.


Meal tickets:

Saturday dinner will be available on a sliding scale of $15-30 and breakfast on the Sunday morning will be by suggested donation of $10-20. Meals can be arranged by etransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through cash-drop at Wildfire Bakery (1517 Quadra St.) or the Wilderness Committee office (#202, 3 Fan Tan Alley).


PLEASE BRING your own plates and cutlery. Volunteers are needed for the food committee -- please email Jon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're able to help out.




This year we've shifted the opening ceremony to become a pre-dinner ceremony that will take place at 5pm on the 27th, featuring a welcome from Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones, other speakers, and announcements about the weekend. After dinner, a few acoustic musical acts will play through the sunset on the Bridge.




Campsites are first come, first served. We ask everyone to consider choosing campsites on the road and to do all cooking and things like that on the road, to limit our impact on the forest. For folks who are able to pack all their gear in a backpack, we'll likely ask you to move your cars up the hill from the main camp to provide more space. We ask for your patience as we'll likely ask folks to move vehicles and keep space free along the road around the bridge for events, speakers, workshops, etc.


For any questions about the weekend, please contact Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For more details visit:

Coast Salish Clam Garden Campfire

Saturday, July 27, 2019
07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
10740 McDonald Park Road, North Saanich V8L 5S5
McDonald Campground

Hosted by Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Have you ever heard of a "clam garden"? For thousands of years, Coast Salish peoples have harvested clams and other creatures at special beaches found throughout the Salish Sea. Spend an evening with a Coast Salish knowledge holder and Parks Canada interpreter as they share stories about "clam gardens," Indigenous cultures and local histories.


*Please park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and follow the signs through the forest to the campground. Meet at the group campfire ring.

For more details visit:

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