Sustainability: south Vancouver Island


Sustainability: food & planet


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SUMMER MARKETS (West Shore area, Vancouver Island):

  • ONGOING May to October – Sooke Country Market, Otter Pt Rd at Eustace (Sooke town centre). Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm.
  • ONGOING May 13 to October 21 – Goldstream Farmers Market at Veterans Memorial Park, Langford. Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm
  • ONGOING May 13 to October 28 – Metchosin Farmer’s Market – Sundays 11 am to 2 pm. 4450 Happy Valley Rd behind Metchosin fire hall.
  • ONGOING. End of May to end of September – Shirley’s Farmers Market.  Sundays 10:30am to 3:30pm, Shirley Community Hall’s Pioneer Park, 20 km NW of Sooke on West Coast Road (Hwy 14).



Plastic straws. Photo by West Shore Voice News.Friday, July 20 ~ EDITORIAL.  Picking on plastic straws. 

Banning plastic straws is an easy and relatively non-controversial place to start for almost anyone who wants to contribute to cleaning up the environment. [See full editorial]


Saturday, June 23 ~ BC.  Buy BC programming is being relaunched to boost BC’s agriculture industry and fuel public interest in shopping for made-in-BC products.

Buy BC marketing had been cancelled in the early 2000s, but will again make it easier for British Columbians to explore new and different products from around the province, said BC Agriculture Minister Lana Popham at a farmer’s market in Victoria, June 23.

Buy BC will introduce BC-produced food and drink in BC and globally, said Popham. Cost-shared funding is available to agriculture and seafood producers, processors and co-operatives, as well as relevant industry associations, plus local agricultural fairs and markets.

Logo-licencing agreements will be available for BC agriculture and seafood companies that do not require cost-shared funding, but who use the Buy BC logo on products.

Local food is sold at over 145 community farmers’ markets across the province, says the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets.

The Buy BC Partnership Program will provide $2 million per year, over the next three years, to help eligible applicants with marketing using the Buy BC logo on their products or promotional materials. The program will be administered and delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tuesday, June 5 ~ NATIONAL.  Canada continues to provide international leadership to address climate change, honour its Paris Agreement commitments, and transition to a low-carbon, clean-growth economy. We know our future prosperity and well-being depend on taking ambitious, coordinated action at home and as a global community.

Today, on World Environment Day, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that Patricia Fuller has been appointed Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change, for a term of three years, effective immediately.

Ms. Fuller will advise both the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on how Canada can best advance its climate change priorities on the world stage and work closely with Canadian missions to put the Government of Canada’s environmental policies into practice. She will reinforce Canada’s work with other countries on innovative climate solutions and promote our clean technology sector to global investors.

Patricia Fuller. Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change [2018]

Working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy is one of the key themes of Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency and will be at the centre of the discussions at the G7 Summit from June 8-9, 2018.

Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics.

“Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global solution,” Trudeau said in a statement‎.” Everywhere, we are seeing the effects of climate change reminding us of the need to act now. Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change, Ms. Fuller, is here to lead Canada’s efforts and work in collaboration with the global community to tackle climate change and promote clean economic growth.”

“I’m very pleased to welcome Patricia Fuller as Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a statement.” Canada is proud to work with our international partners to advance climate solutions like phasing out coal, reducing risks from extreme weather and climate impacts, and supporting clean solutions and innovation. We’re all in this together, and international collaboration is essential to make sure we are leaving a healthy environment and a strong economy to our kids and grandkids.”

The Climate Change Ambassador has a key role in government-wide engagement on climate change and in the implementation of Canada’s clean growth and climate change priorities. Continued leadership and global cooperation are key to moving forward and meeting the Paris Agreement commitment to limit global temperature increases and to increase the ability to adapt to adverse impacts of climate change. To that effect, in December 2016, Canada released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable sustainable economic growth.

In 2014, Canada’s clean and sustainable technology industry employed over 55,600 people in almost 800 technology companies in all regions of the country. Most of these companies are small and medium-sized enterprises. Total revenues from this industry reached nearly $12 billion.

Canada has committed $2.65 billion to international climate finance to support a wide range of programs and initiatives that will help developing countries mitigate and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, deploy clean energy technology, and manage natural resources sustainably.

Pitching for a Weir for the Cowichan River [West Shore Voice News – as published April 27, 2018, page 2] Alistair MacGregor, MP supports local efforts to have the Cowichan Weir raised as “green infrastructure” on the Cowichan River. In the House of Commons this week he asked that the Dept of Oceans & Fisheries commit to funds for the project, to overcome critically low river flow rates due to climate change. Slow-moving water with higher temperatures poses a risk to fish and fish habitat. Holding back more lake water will ensure an adequate supply of water flow in summer months.

Be Prepared for 7 days. Article for Emergency Preparedness Week – Sooke Fire Rescue Service. As first published on page 3 in the April 27, 2018 print/PDF issue of West Shore Voice News.

BC Government seeks public input about Agricultural Land Commission & Agriculture Land Reserve – April 20, 2018 – West Shore Voice News

Free soil testing for contaminants in the West Shore (participation deadline extended) – April 6, 2018 – by Mary P Brooke, West Shore Voice News

Soil contaminant testing offered to food growing households in the west shore – March 9, 2018 – by Sophia Romanchuk for West Shore Voice News