Get together with the Green Team! – A courtesy post

A Scoter on Patricia Bay gets ready to swallow a large clam

Hello!

I’m writing to let you know the Greater Victoria Green Team will be back in Sidney this Sunday, November 13 at Peter Grant Park and in North Saanich on Saturday, November 26. We would love to see you and other Sidney/North Saanich community members again and hope that you can share this email to your networks! 

On Sunday, November 13 (9:45 am – 1:00 pm), we will be in Peter Grant Park in Sidney removing invasive plants such as English ivy, holly, and daphne. Info & sign ups can be found HERE on our Meetup page.

On Saturday, November 26 (9:45-1pm) we will be at the beautiful Patricia Bay Park, North Saanich removing invasive blackberry! More info and sign-up HERE

All ages, abilities, backgrounds, and experience levels are welcome! We will provide training, tools, and gloves for volunteers. There will also be snacks and eco-gifts at the end!

This activity is a great opportunity for community members to spend time together outside, meet new people, and make a real difference in the community by taking care of nature. Giving back to these local parks fosters an incredible sense of connection to the people and places involved. 

We would really appreciate it if you could pass this information along to your community members. Please find attached the poster about Nov. 13 to share online and print out to post up where you would like to!

Thank you very much!

Amanda Evans
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Green Teams of Canada250-686-7123  |  amanda@greenteamscanada.ca
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10 am, October 22, 2021: All Buffleheads Celebration on Roberts Bay

On Saturday morning, October 22, please visit Roberts Bay Beach (access at intersection of Ardwell Avenue and Resthaven Drive). Since the previous All Buffleheads Ceremony on this site (October 16, 2021) Roberts Bay has been the scene of scientific study and restoration. We’d like to share this good news with you.

The Mayors of North Saanich and Sidney, still recovering from the excitement of the recent municipal elections, will be there to share their ambitions for the coming year as will our Member of Parliament, Elizabeth May and our Member of the BC Legislature, Adam Olsen.

There will be some science stuff to look at and some genuine scientists to quiz.

And if previous celebrations are any guide, there will be some light-heated stuff, too.

Come and join the people who enjoy the wild things around us.

2022 Municipal Elections on the Saanich Peninsula featuring our imagined Bioregional Candidate

The three Saanich Peninsula municipalities (Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich and District of Central Saanich) share a natural environment that is almost uniform across their combined regions. This uniformity extends to the distributions of climate, topography, ocean interface, native tree species, native birds and animals etc.

Geographers and naturalists would recognize the area occupied by the three municipalities as a bioregion, a distinct area of common natural features and a common distribution (almost) of plants and animals. Some bioregionalists include humans in the bioregion, others leave humans out. Before the arrival of the colonists 150 years ago, humans were definitely in. 

Recognizing the individuality of the three Peninsula municipalities but mindful of the common natural features of their surroundings, a group of environmental organizations active on the Saanich Peninsula formed a coalition (SPEC, Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition) to encourage a pan-peninsula harmonization of municipal bylaws that protect the natural endowment of this beautiful space we share. This post, both serious and goofy, reflects our wish for the upcoming municipal election. We hope that voters will recognize the merits of harmonized, Peninsula-wide environmental protection and make it one of the determinants in their selection of the candidates who receive their vote. See also the text that follows the last cartoon. In the goofy part to follow we imagine an idealized Bioregional Candidate for municipal office who supports the Coalition’s view.

Things to consider while deciding which candidates to vote for:

It is important to recognize the rich and interconnected nature of the Saanich Peninsula and the need to work together to maintain it.  We need to remember:

  • The environment is indifferent to jurisdictional boundaries.
  • A healthy natural environment is an integral part of the health and well-being of the entire Peninsula Community.
  • The “rules” under which we govern our collective lives as citizens are of necessity compromises.

We are now approaching the municipal election to choose your Mayor and Council on Saturday October 15th, and it is your responsibility as a member of the community to vote.  And when you do vote, we hope that you will do your best to choose candidates who will care about the future of the Saanich Peninsula in general and in particular candidates who you believe will support the qualities and actions in the bulleted list below:

  • Support collaboration across municipal jurisdictions (creating a Peninsula-wide vision is our main theme)
  • Respect the Peninsula’s First Nations while honouring their traditional environmental wisdom.
  • Be aware of (and reduce where possible) the impacts on global warming  of both current and proposed actions.
  • Protect our natural endowment of plants and animals as well as conserving agricultural lands. This includes landscape connectivity for wildlife and vulnerable species.
  • Protect natural shorelines while anticipating the effects of rising sea-levels
  • Look for ways in which well-maintained passive natural assets can replace or assist “engineered” solutions to land management problems. For example, ponds, open spaces etc. can treat some waste water instead of dedicated “industrial” treatments such as sewage treatment plants.
  • Reevaluate the roles of municipal governments in maintaining an acceptable bioregional-wide balance between public and private interests in land management.

On October 15th when you vote, think about how much you enjoy living on the Saanich Peninsula and cast your vote accordingly.

Together, we can make a difference. If you have any follow-up questions or suggestions, please contact Bob Peart (bobpeart@shaw.ca) representative of the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition

To explore and/or endorse the goals of the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition please click on the link below.

www.placespeak.com/bioregionalframework

Here is a link describing the British Columbia rules/procedures for voting in municipal elections: https://www.squamishchief.com/bc-news/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-voting-in-bcs-municipal-election-5864935

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