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>> Peace, Earth & Justice Week 2002 <<

April 22 to May 1 (Earth Day to May Day)

With dozens of calendar activities in April, organized by scores of local agencies throughout Victoria and the Islands, what has been known as the Earth Week is the largest and most diverse set of Earth Day events in Canada, including environmental, peace, cultural and humanitarian activities. In its 14 years, the Week has included community clean-ups, media and awareness campaigns, direct action, conferences and public forums, workshops, tree plantings, nature tours, fairs and festivals, ceremonies, launches, legislation, community walks, concerts, arts and crafts exhibitions.

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April 2002 Calendar of Events

The Week's name is now Peace, Earth & Justice Week, to reflect the wide diversity of events and concerns that the calendar has always highlighted. It is being held from Earth Day to May Day. (April 22 to May 1)

If you or your organization have an event or project you would like to place in the widely-distributed Victoria & Islands calendar, please use the online form, email week@pej.ca, or call 250.361-1876 in Victoria by April 6th. Check out some of our ideas. Last year, the entire calendar was printed in Monday Magazine and promoted through Extreme 107.3 radio, and other media outlets, as well as through email and this web site.

The flagship event of the Week, is the Walk for Global Justice, is now in its 22nd year. This year's Walk will be held on Saturday, April 26th, starting at 12 noon at Victoria City Hall, and then for the afternoon at the BC Legislature. This year's theme is Unity is the Heart of Community. The keynote speaker is Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founder of nobel-peace prize winners the Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. For more information, visit the Walk's web site.

If you want to stay informed about local events throughout the year, or receive regular news and issues analysis, please visit the Peace, Earth and Justice News, sponsor of these web pages.

Watch this space over the coming weeks to see the calendar of events grow. Read our Guest Editorial.


Peace, Earth & Justice Week
2002 Calendar

Formerly Earth Week. Widely distributed via print, radio, TV, Web sites and email.

April 22 to May 1
Earth Day to May Day

Leading Up to PEJ Week | Through the Week | Fri April 19 | Sat 20 | Sun 21 |
April Mon 22 | Tue 23 | Wed 24 | Thu 25 | Fri 26 | Sat 27 | Sun 28 | Mon 29 | Tue 30 | May Wed 1

And Beyond!     Get your event or project listed.


Leading Up to PEJ Week

All April
Native species of Vancouver Island: a photographic exhibit by Victoria nature artist Todd Carnahan. This collection of imagery from our region includes hummingbirds, treefrogs, mating dragonflies, flora, and more. The show runs all month at Moka House in Cook Street Village. Fine prints will also be available in the Oak Bay Studio Tour (May 4-5). Information: Todd Carnahan, 250.595-1180.

Every Wednesday @ 7-8 pm
Join the Peace Vigil to take a stand against the war in Afghanistan and all the other wars. Every Wednesday 7-8 pm at the Cenotaph at the Legislature (corner of Belleville & Government). Sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition. Information: Jane Brett, 250.477-1944, www.vicpeace.ca.

Every Saturday and Sunday
Cyclists! Organized rides. Information: Mike Poplawski, 250.882-1239.

Every Sunday @ 6:30 pm
Enviro-Mental TV show with Rick Searle & Briony Penn on The New VI TV Channel 12. Information: www.thenewvi.com.

April 2-17
Activists from Quebec, Ontario and Alberta will be taking to the road in a three-week caravan against the G8. The caravan will be linking with community groups and local activists in the Northeast region. In addition to information about the G8, and the regional mobilization in Ottawa on June 26-27 ("Take the Capital!"), the caravan will be presenting info about a wide range of topics, from the Common Front Campaign against the Tory government in Ontario, to the Peoples¹ Global Action (PGA) international network of resistance, to the planning for resistance in Alberta in June. Information: Ottawa Actions Against the G8, www.takethecapital.net, 613.788-3310 (messages only) on parle francais. se habla espanol.

April 13 @ 10 am to 4 pm
Make a beautiful banner for your group & next big event! VIPIRG banner workshop. It will be held in the Student Union Building UVIC. NO CHARGE BUT - attendence is limited so register soon! You need to pre-register (before April 9) by phone, email or in person at Vipirg office Monday to Thursday, between 10 am and 4pm. You will get a supplies and equipment list when you register! Bring a bag lunch. Information & Registration: phone 472-4558 or director@vipirg.ca.

Sunday, April 14 @ 12 to 4 pm
Join your neighbours, children and friends for Fresh Air/Car-Free Day. Enjoy a seaside walk, run, bicycle ride, roller blad, scoot or wheelchair push, without having to worry about cars. Dallas Road will be closed to vehicle traffic between St. Charles and Cook Street between 12-4 pm. Sponsored by the Fairfield Community Association. Information: Jennifer Halfhide, 250.382-4604 or 382-4613, www.fairfield.city.victoria.bc.ca. Donations welcome.

Sunday, April 14 @ 9:30 am sharp
Yes, its the Wonderful and Magnificent Urban Sustainability/Permaculture Bike Tour of Victoria.We will be touring around the city, looking at different sites including: Gardens, Poultry Raising, Bee keeping, Black Smithing, and Greenhouses. Meet at the Victoria Compost Education Center. Our final destination is a large, inspiring organic farm on Holland Road, just off the Galloping Goose, where we will enjoy a wholesome picnic. Bring some food to share if you like. Hope to see you there, call Julie, to register, or just show up. Information: Julie Bogdanowicz, 598-6349.

Sunday, April 14th @ 1 pm
Seattle EarthWalk sponsored by Americans for the Environment. Save Our Children's Heritage. Westlake Center to Seattle Center. Canadians more than welcome. We're marching for the planet. It's an Earth Day warmup. Show how many of us care. EarthWalk is a march, rally and celebration of personal and public commitment to protecting the environment for future generations. With thousands participating, EarthWalk will show the nation and world just how many of us believe protecting the planet's health should be a national--international--priority! Featuring the Brazilian band, Vira-Lata, The Northwest Girlchoir, The Total Experience Gospel Choir and inspirational and scientific speakers. No fundraising. Just come, have fun, and be counted. Information: www.earthwalkseattle.org, gretchen@earthwalkseattle.org.

Tuesday, April 16 @ 7 pm
The Peace Coalition. David Strong Building, Room C108. Palestine Part 2: Saving lives in Palestine. We will meet with Bobby Arbess (Jews for a Just Peace) and Lubna (Palestinian woman with family in Bethlehem) to brainstorm ways we can help save lives.

Wednesday, April 17 @ 7 to 8:30 pm
Pesticide Free Naturally Organic Gardening Workshop. Preventing Pests in your Lawn and Ornamental Garden! Featuring guest speaker Michael Cowan, Edibella Organic Landscapes. Admission by Donation. Only 20 seats available. At the Greater Victoria Compost Education Center, 1216 North Park Street, Victoria. Information: Please call Geoff Ray to reserve a seat 381-9995.

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Through the Week, April 22 to May 1

Grocery Bag Week. Our event involves the 300+ students in our school designing Earth Day messages and slogans on paper grocery bags that have been donated to us from Thrifty Foods (Colwood). During the two weeks prior to Earth Week, our students receive the grocery bags and the theme of Earth Day is discussed in class, and then reflected in their art on the bags. The bags are then returned to Thrifty's by the beginning of Earth Week for distribution to their customers. Information: Ted Waring or Grant Treloar at 250.474-3449, Lakewood School.

The Western Canada Wilderness Committee is having a store-wide sale with 10% off store merchandise all Week long. The Victoria store is located at 651 Johnson Street. Information: 250.388-9292, wc2vic@island.net.

Sound Off Contest. A contest sponsored by the BCGEU for MayWorks 2002. Tired of the grating sound of broken Liberal promises and broken contracts? Sick of hearing Gordon Campbell's same old mantra of cutback...sell off... privatize... layoff... budget deficit? Wonder if the neo-conservative message will sound the same played backwards? Ready to rant, rave, rap, scratch, and generally revise what we're seeing and hearing from this Liberal government?! Here's the challenge: Start with a recorded sample of Premier Campbell and/or one of his MLAs making/breaking election promises, and put a new spin on it all by:  1) creating a short sound/music/audio collage remix (using spoken word, music, effects or ambient sound...), or  2) make a brief video remix using 'found' TV footage, original documentation, or your own photos or animation. Make it humorous, ironic.... editorialize in your own style - but have fun making it fun! Prizes: $300 best audio remix / $300 best video remix. Plus, a selection of best Sound Off entries will be posted on the BCGEU website. Entry details: Anyone can enter. No limit on number of submissions you can make. Audio or video remix must be no longer than 1 minute 30 seconds. Audio or video remix must include samples of Premier Campbell and/or one of his MLAs making/breaking election promises. Audio entries must be submitted on cassette tape or CD. Video entries must be submitted on VHS tape. Play words forwards, backwards or sideways - but no profanity please. Be aware of copyright restrictions on sampling existing music recordings or original artwork. Artists are workers too... Deadline: April 29, 2002. Submissions & Information: Communications, BCGEU, 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby BC V5G 3W3.

April 19-21
"Celebrating Green Space II" juried Art Show. Over 50 artists on show! Opening: Friday, April 19th 7-9pm: Karel Roessingh playing jazz, hors d'oeurves and wine! Saturday, April 20th 10am-5pm Sunday, April 21st 10am-4pm. At the Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road. Free. Sponsored by Western Communities Arts Council & APRM. Information: Celestina, 478-7685, www.island.com/~wcac/.

April 26 - May 6
Gabriola Dancing Man Music Festival. Evening concerts start at 7:30 pm. Cost: $10-15/concert. Information: Colleen Switzer, 250.247-8178, www.gabriola.island.org.

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Friday, April 19

Victoria Peace Coalition logo7 to 9:30 pm
Peace Film Fest
at Camosun Lansdowne Campus, Fisher Building. The first film is "Bombies" (2001), about the terrible aftermath of dropping cluster bombs during the secret air war in Laos between 1964 and 1973 (57 minutes). At 8 pm there will be a short Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Peace Centre, sponsor of the Film Fest. At 8:30 is the NFB Film "Aftermath: The Remnants of War" (2001), filmed in Russia, France, Bosnia and Vietnam. This documentary features personal accounts of those involved in the cleanup of war (73 minutes). Information: Kealey Pringle, 250.592-8307.

Victoria Peace Coalition logo8 pm
Teach-In: With US or Against US: War, Poverty and the G8. "G8 and Corporate Globalization" by Murray Dobbin, Council of Canadians. This is the keynote address for the Teach-In With US or Against US: War, Poverty and the G8. David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Bldg.UVic. Free admission.(The G8 Teach-In is sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition, Council of Canadians, UVSS and VIPIRG, and continues throughout Saturday.) Information or to volunteer: Susan Clarke, 250.478-6906, www.vicpeace.ca.

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Saturday, April 20

8:30 am
Wildflowers and Birds on Jocelyn Hill, with Carrina, Maslovat and Rick Schortinghuis. To join call Rick 250.652-3326.

9 am - 4 pm
A Year-Round Harvest? One-day course with Linda Gilkeson. Camosun Interurban campus. $50. Information: 250.370-4563.

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fairfield Plastics Recycling Day. All sites will accept both hard and soft plastics, including styrofoam, in a five-way sort. Semi-rigid vinyl (PVC) is not acceptable. Sort Categories are (1) All hard plastics, (2) Large block styrofoam packaging, (3) Loose styrofoam (peanut) packaging, (4) Clean styrofoam meat trays/food containers/egg cartons and (5) Plastic bags/sheeting, cling wrap, etc. The entire program is run by donation with suggested amounts depending on types/quantities of material. Suggested donation lists are available at all sites. Information: Neil at 250.382-7627. Locations:

Victoria Peace Coalition logo10 am
Teach-In: With US or Against US: War, Poverty and the G8. Panel and Discussion Groups- The Axis of Oil: Bush's War on Terrorism. David Lam Auditorium, UVic. The G8 Teach-In is sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition, Council of Canadians, UVSS and VIPIRG. Continues at 1:30 pm. Information or to volunteer: Susan Clarke, 250.478-6906, www.vicpeace.ca.

10 am - 3 pm
Gardening for Wildlife. Native Plants Sale and Demo. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Plants, seeds, books, bird feeders, nesting boxes, presentations. $3/day or $5/weekend includes the cost of all workshops and presentations. Over 100 species of native plants and seeds, books, bird feeders and nesting boxes. Also on Sunday. Information: 479-0211, tmorrison@swanlake.bc.ca or www.swanlake.bc.ca.

11 am to 5 pm
Cowichan Earth Day Festival, 2002. A day to celebrate a Green, Local, Sustainable economy. Specialty food, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Slow Food workshop, kids stuff, speakers, entertainment, movies, bike fair, composting and wood-carving demos, First Nations Feast ($35). At the First Nations Quw’utsun Cultural Centre, Duncan. Free admission. Table rental $35/$20. Information: 250.743-4267 or ffcfisle@island.net.

12 noon to 1 pm
Rally - Wake Up Washington. With at least 14 sponsors so far, this mass rally will take place at Westlake Park (4th & Pine, downtown Seattle). Bring your alarm clocks to: 1) Oppose launching a wider war, including potential use of nuclear tactical weapons; 2) Demand stronger, even-handed U.S. action in the Palestinian/Israeli crisis; 3) Defend human rights and support civil liberties. Information: Dick Blakney, INOC, 206.522-4934 or www.epilogicconsulting.com/cascadiac

12 to 2 pm
Sundance Elementary School walks with Elijah Cheney and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for "The Walk For The Cure"..... in honor of Elijah Cheney. We will begin in the Sundance auditorium at 12 pm, for Veggie Dogs and Juice. We will hear important information regarding Jr. Diabetes, such as how to identify early signs and ways to keep it under control after it has been diagnosed. At 12:30 we will take a short walk (rain or shine). At around 1:00 pm we will meet back at Sundance auditorium for 40 min of fun, fun, fun dancing to the uplifting songs from Solstix Marimba Ensemble. Information: Kelli-Rae Clark, 250.381-8946.

1 pm
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Garry Oak meadows are a highlight of the Victoria landscape. And spring is definitely this ecosystem's showiest season. Celebrate Earth Day early by exploring the flora and fauna of one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Denison Road off Beach Drive. Saturday 1 p.m. Gonzales Hill Regional Park (Oak Bay). All ages. Sponsored by CRD Parks. Information: 250.478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca or www.crd.bc.ca/parks/programs/april.htm.

Victoria Peace Coalition logo1:30 pm
Teach-In: With US or Against US: War, Poverty and the G8. Globalization of Poverty. David Lam Auditorium, UVic. The G8 Teach-In is sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition, Council of Canadians, UVSS and VIPIRG. Continues at 4 pm. Information or to volunteer: Susan Clarke, 250.478-6906, www.vicpeace.ca.

1:30-4:30 pm
NOTICE TO MEMBERS: Georgia Strait Alliance will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Mary Winspear Community Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave. Sidney, Activity Room 3. GSA members are invited to come and meet GSA's Board and staff at a Wine & Cheese Reception following the Annual General Meeting at the Marine Ecology Station, Port Sidney Marina 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Information: Peter Ronald, 250.381-8321, www.georgiastrait.org.

2-4 pm
The Face of Our Waters. Take a moment to meditate on the state of our water supply. Visual displays, information booths and opportunities to do something about it. Get information and be spirtually challenged. Sponsored by and located at the Garden City United Church, 4054 Carey Road in Victoria. Free. Information: Bob Comerford, 250.383-8314.

Victoria Peace Coalition logo4 pm
Teach-In: With US or Against US: War, Poverty and the G8. Mobilization for G8 meeting in Kananaskis. David Lam Auditorium, UVic. The G8 Teach-In is sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition, Council of Canadians, UVSS and VIPIRG. Information or to volunteer: Susan Clarke, 250.478-6906, www.vicpeace.ca.

Victoria Peace Coalition logo7 pm
Peace Film Fest
at Camosun Lansdowne Campus, Fisher Building. The evening begins with "Deep Water Danger" (1996), narrated by David Suzuki, that features the contentious underwater torpedo testing range at Nanoose Bay, BC (18 minutes). At 7:30 is "Long Night's Journey Into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth and Reconciliation" (94 minutes). A Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary in 2000. Sponsored by the Victoria Peace Centre. Information: Kealey Pringle, 250.592-8307.

April 20th is...
International Day Of Protest Against War & Racism. On March 4 and 5, activists from the U.S. took International A.N.S.W.E.R.'s call for April 20 to be an International Day of Protest Against War & Racism to the Second International Encounter in Solidarity and for Peace in Colombia and Latin America in Mexico City. This call was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, and as a result, demonstrations for April 20 are now planned in: Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Mexico City, Mexico, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, San Salvador, El Salvador, Santiago, Chile, Managua, Nicaragua, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Basque Country, Madrid, Spain and Montréal, Canada. Information: www.internationalanswer.org.

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Sunday, April 21

9 am
The Victoria Natural History Society presents Spring Wildflowers around Cowichan Lake. Meet Helmcken Park-and-Ride. Information: Marilyn Lambert, 250.477-5922.

10 am - 3 pm
Gardening for Wildlife. Native Plants Sale and Demo. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Plants, seeds, books, bird feeders, nesting boxes, presentations. $3/day or $5/weekend includes the cost of all workshops and presentations. Over 100 species of native plants and seeds, books, bird feeders and nesting boxes. Also on Saturday. Information: 479-0211, tmorrison@swanlake.bc.ca or www.swanlake.bc.ca.

11 am - 4 pm
Barter & Trade Fair. Shine: Fernwood Square (by the Belfry Theatre) or Rain: Fernwood Community Association (1923 Fernwood Road). This event is free and open to the whole community. You are free to carry goods, or rent a table for $5 (green or federal). People are encouraged to bring goods and services to barter (exchange directly without money) or trade in Green dollars if both parties are LETS members. Come with a list of things you need and are offering. Information: Keith at 920-7992 or www.lets.victoria.bc.ca.

11 am - 5 pm
A&B Sound's eCycle Day. All Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island stores will accept recycled electronics today. Acceptable Items include: computer hard drives, computer monitors and peripherals, stereos, speakers, radios, walkmans, cell phones, pagers, cameras, camcorders, VCRs and car audio. We cannot accept cracked or damaged computer monitors. Sorry, but at this time A&B is unable to accept TVs for disposal due to the unavailability of a local TV recycling source. A&B Sound is working toward finding a solution and hopes to be able to offer TV recycling in future programs. Items will be collected at no charge. Limit 5 items per person. Information: Colleen Gallagher-Hogg, 604.439-4508.

11 am - 7 pm
You are invited to join Earth Day 2002 in Nanaimo, at the Harbourfront Plaza (Between Library & Port Theatre), A Celebration of Green Energy. We welcome your expertise, and invite you to share your knowledge of Green Energy Alternatives at this 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration in Nanaimo. Our theme was chosen to assist in understanding and participating in energy choices that benefit and preserve the environment. We also want to enhance cooperation among environmental groups and businesses. Confirmed participants/sponsors include: Nanaimo Florist "Exclusively Yours", Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, Green Communities Nanaimo, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, International Association of Educators for World Peace, Intertribal Connections Society (ITC), Georgia Straight Alliance, EcoConnections, and Transforming Wolf Enterprises Co. Information: Norman Abbey, 250.754-2554, www.greencommunities.bc.ca/nanaimo.

1 pm
Seaside Blooms With A View. Tower Point is alive with blooms poking their heads above seaside meadows. Enjoy Earth Day while walking a shoreline trail with beautiful views both at your feet and on the horizon. This walk is for the wildflower novice. Meet at the Tower Point parking lot off Olympic View Drive. Witty's Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) 8 years and older. Sponsored by CRD Parks. Information: 250.478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca or www.crd.bc.ca/parks/programs/april.htm.

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EARTH DAY
Monday, April 22

6-9 pm
Potluck supper @ New Horizons and illustrated labyrinth walk next door in Irving Park, for alumni & friends of Vancouver Island Earth Institute. Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own plate and cutlery. (Voluntary Simplicity, Deep Ecology, Choices for Sustainable Living, Neighbourhood Sense of Place, Global Economy.) James Bay New Horizons Seniors Activity Centre is at 234 Menzies Street. The #30 and #31 buses go right past the centre.Information: Rainey, 380-5055.

7:30 pm
The Salt Spring Island Conservancy invites you to learn about The Earth Charter, An Ethical Vision for a Just, Sustainable and Peaceful World on EARTH DAY at the the Multi-Purpose Room, of the Gulf Island Secondary School on Salt Spring. Come and hear how you can support this initiative. Tickets will be on sale at the door (sliding scale suggested donation $5. to $10). Information: Jean Gelwicks.

 

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Tuesday, April 23

11:30 am
Bike to Work Week Kick-Off Brunch, Victoria City Hall. Information: Susanna, 920-5775 to learn how to form a team.

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Wednesday, April 24

4 pm
Voluntary Simplicity & Deep Ecology Discussion Circle Organizing Meeting. This meeting is to sign up for a discussion circle and to decide on meeting times and locations for circles held at UVic during May and June. The discussion circles are groups of 6-8 people who meet for 8 weekly sessions to discuss a chapter a week from the resource books published by the Northwest Earth Institute. Discussion Circles can organize around the following topics: Voluntary Simplicity, Deep Ecology, Global Economy, Bio-Regionalism, and Sustainable Living. Attendance free, resource book $20. At UVic's Interfaith Centre, Campus Services Building, Room 150. Information: Henri Lock, 250.472-4159.

7-8 pm
Join the Peace Vigil to take a stand against the war in Afghanistan and all the other wars. Every Wednesday 7-8 pm at the Cenotaph at the Legislature (corner of Belleville & Government). Sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition. Information: Jane Brett, 250.477-1944, www.vicpeace.ca.

7:30 pm
Winning Back Public Spaces
- A lecture by Danish Urban Designer Jan Gehl $5.00 Victoria City Hall Council Chambers. The event has been sponsored by the Planning Institute British Columbia- South Island Chapter, The City Program, Simon Fraser University. With assistance of Geography, University of Victoria, City of Victoria. AIBCIS Continuing Education System: This lectures counts towards 1.5 learning units. Information & RSVP: Heike Schmidt, 250.383-0304, www.pibc.bc.ca/events.htm.

8 pm
Global Warning: Climate Change and BC. First of special three-part series. Information: KNOW TV.

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Thursday, April 25

12-1 pm
Women In Black Vigil.
SILENT VIGIL for an end to Violence and War. Meet at City Hall, along Douglas Street. ALL Supporters welcome. Respect the silence and wear dark clothing. Douglas @ Hillside. Signs provided. Information: Terry Wolfwood, 250.595-7519, victoria.tc.ca/~wr855/WIB/events.htm. Sponsored by the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation.

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Friday, April 26

8 am
Natural History Walk in Uplands Park, with Joy and Cam Finlay. Wildflowers, birds. Meet at Cattle Point Information: 479-9833.

1:30 pm
G8 and Global Justice. Sponsored by the Victoria World Federalists. First Met United Church, Quadra & Balmoral. Information: Philip Symons, 592-6484.

7:30 pm. Earth Song. The Pender Island Choral Society will be performing Gabriel Faure's Requiem as a framework to other eclectic choral pieces within the theme of Peace, Earth & Justice. We are proud to announce the performance of the world premiere of Shanti by the renowned Vancouver composer, musician and baritone, Brian Tate. This piece was commissioned by the Pender Island Choral Society, and will be performed in the Chinook language with drums, shakers, piano and triangle. The Choir will also be performing the world premiere of A Child: Song for Wabe Banash by singer, song-writer, Zorah Staar. Children from the Pender Island Elementary School will be joining the adult choir for this important concert. Don't miss it at the Pender Island Community Hall!! $12.00 Adults - $6.00 Under 12 years. Information: Clare Mathias, 250.629-9965.

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Saturday, April 27

April 27-28. Restoring garry oak ecosystems - progress and prognosis. Please join us for an exciting two days of learning about and looking at the restoration of Garry Oak ecosystems. We have lined up an impressive array of speakers to address all aspects of restoring this highly endangered ecosystem. Day One will be a series of 12 presentations, plus displays by native plant nurseries, conservation organizations and others. Day Two will consist of field trips. Will be held in room 168 of the Elliott Building, University of Victoria (Free parking). There are a variety of options and costs. Information: Marilyn Fuchs.

10 am
Animal Signs Spring is a busy time for wild creatures. Nest building, youngsters to look after, songs to sing and food to gather keep everyone busy. Take a walk through the woods and by the lake to observe these signs of the season. Meet in the gravel parking lot at the southwest end of Beaver Lake. Saturday BC Transit # 70 or 75. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). All ages. Sponsored by CRD Parks. Information: 250.478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca or www.crd.bc.ca/parks/programs/april.htm.

12 Noon to 4 pm. Walk for Global Justice: United under the theme Building Solidarity and Peace, the 21st Annual Walk for Global Justice will take place on Saturday, April 27th. Meet at Victoria City Hall's Centennial Square @ Noon, or at the end of the Walk, 1 pm at the BC Legislature, for a full afternoon of great music and thought-provoking speakers, including Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour. Formerly the Earth Walk. All for free. Information: www.justicewalk.ca, info@justicewalk.ca, 250.592-8307.

1-4 pm Petition Blitz to United Nations, calling for International Decade of Endangered Species. Sign the petition with thousands of others at the International Year of the Tiger Foundation table at the Legislature (Walk for Global Justice). Information: Cecilie Davidson, 250 384-9733, www.internatyearofthetiger.org.

1-4 pm Amnesty International Group 27 invites people to sign appeals at the Walk for Global Justice. Amnesty International published several concerns regarding the "anti- terrorism" legislation in the US. Group 27 will send on signed appeals for prisoners whose rights are infringed by the "anti-terrorism" legislation to the US authorities. Information: Margarete Haimberger, 250.361-4874, www.wraytimes.com/group27.

Join The 2nd Annual EarthWalk Yoga-thon at the Legislature Grounds. Nine Local Yoga Teachers lead 12 Sun Salutes each for a total of 108 Sun Salutations. A Fun All Ages Event Will Proceed Rain Or Shine (Call Contacts for indoor location if rainy-- but the Walk happens rain or shine.) Donations to Sri Ram Orphanage and The Sierra Club. Donations appreciated. Information: Jenni Pritchard, 360-0808 (Joan) or 882-3865 (Nancy).

1 pm. Tour of Merve Wilkinson's Wildwood forest. The tour and discussion will focus on the ecoforestry work of Merve Wilkinson. The essence of ecoforestry is to try and understand the ecology of forests and learn to perceive what the forest can supply us without altering its basic ecological functions and intrinsic values. Sponsored by Ecoforestry Institute and The Land Conservancy. Online map available (277 K). Suggested donation $5. Information: Jay Rastogi, 250.245-5540, www.ecoforestry.ca.

1 pm to Midnight
The Georgia Strait Crossing Concerned Citizens Coalition (GSXCCC) is hosting a fund raiser to cover our costs for our intervention in the National Energy Board hearings on the proposed gas pipeline to the island. We are putting on The Good Energy Fair which will be at the Shawnigan Lake Community Hall. Activities are listed below. We are inviting your organization to enter a display highlighting alternative energy sources. There are no fees involved but we are asking environmental, commercial companies to purchase dinner/dance tickets which are $25.00/person. If your organizaton is interested in attending could you let me know ASAP. Schedule Activities: 1-1:45 Music main stage, garge sale, silent auction 1:45-2:45 Info session 2:45-3:30 Music 3:30-4:30 Guest speaker 4:30- 5:00 Music 5:00-5:30 Set up for dinner 5:30-7:00 Dinner 7:00-12:00 Dance. Information: Don Skerik

7:30 pm. Earth Song. The Pender Island Choral Society will be performing Gabriel Faure's Requiem as a framework to other eclectic choral pieces, within the theme of Peace, Earth & Justice. We are proud to announce the performance of the world premiere of Shanti by the renowned Vancouver composer, musician and baritone, Brian Tate. The performance will be held at Pender Island Community Hall. This piece was commissioned by the Pender Island Choral Society, and will be performed in the Chinook language with drums, shakers, piano and triangle. The Choir will also be performing the world premiere of A Child: Song for Wabe Banash by singer, song-writer, Zorah Staar. Children from the Pender Island Elementary School will be joining the adult choir for this important concert. Don't miss it!! $12.00 Adults - $6.00 Under 12 years. Information: Clare Mathias, 250.629-9965.

8 pm - Midnight
The First Annual Peace, Earth & Justice Fest will be held Saturday night at the Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora (Victoria Conservatory). This incredible licensed concert includes performances by the Be Good Tanyas, Harry Manx, Beautiful Losers (formerly the Dan Weisenberg Trio), Lama, Poi Pixies black light dance troupe, Poets for Peace including Linda Rogers, and more! Advanced tickets at Lyle's, Munros, Bolen Books, Old Town Strings, James Bay Coffee & Books, Fairfield Bookshop and Gordie's Music in Fernwood. $15 waged, $10 low-income. Information: Oliver Swain, 413-5657 pager.


Sat 27th ? Sun 28th
Society for Ecological Restoration, BC Chapter, AGM. Information: www.serbc.org or rns@uvic.ca.

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Sunday, April 28

April 27-28. Restoring garry oak ecosystems - progress and prognosis. Please join us for an exciting two days of learning about and looking at the restoration of Garry Oak ecosystems. We have lined up an impressive array of speakers to address all aspects of restoring this highly endangered ecosystem. Day One will be a series of 12 presentations, plus displays by native plant nurseries, conservation organizations and others. Day Two will consist of field trips. Will be held in room 168 of the Elliott Building, University of Victoria (Free parking). There are a variety of options and costs. Information: Marilyn Fuchs.

9 am
Spring on the Wing. Spring is a great time for birding. Join guest naturalist and expert birder, Dave Allinson for a slow walk amongst morning birdsong. Bring your binoculars and bird identification book if you have them. Meet by the map kiosk at the parking lot off William Head Road. Devonian Regional Park (Metchosin). 12 years and older. Sponsored by CRD Parks. Information: 250.478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca or www.crd.bc.ca/parks/programs/april.htm.

9 am
Victoria Natural History Society Botanical Exploration to Royal Roads with Hans Roemer. Meet at the boathouse on the edge of Esquimalt Lagoon. Information: www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS/.

9 am ­ 4 pm
Mushroom cultivation and spring mushroom walk at Wildwood.
Instructor: Rob Countess M.Sc. This one day workshop will take place at Wildwood, a 32 hectare woodlot where Merve Wilkinson has practised ecoforestry for 63 years. In this workshop you will learn the one of the final stages of mushroom cultivation - inoculating bulk substrate. We will recycle sawdust from the mill-site and use it to grow mushrooms! You will take home a bag of staw and a bag of sawdust that you've inoculated with mushroom spawn and that will produce delicious edible mushrooms. While we wait for the substrate to be pasteurized we will take a tour of Wildwood and learn to identify spring mushrooms. The best of both worlds! Course location: Wildwood (south of Nanaimo). Cost: $50/person. (25% of your registration fee is donated to the Ecoforestry Institute, a non-profit organization that maintains Wildwood as a model of sustatinable forestry. Tax receipts are available.) Course limit: 15 people, Pre-registration required! It takes two weeks to prepare mushroom spawn for the course. Please register by April 8th. Information: Rob Countess, 250.902-0562.

1:30 pm
Earth Song. The Pender Island Choral Society
will be performing Gabriel Faure's Requiem as a framework to other eclectic choral pieces within the theme of Peace, Earth & Justice. We are proud to announce the performance of the world premiere of Shanti by the renowned Vancouver composer, musician and baritone, Brian Tate. This piece was commissioned by the Pender Island Choral Society, and will be performed in the Chinook language with drums, shakers, piano and triangle. The Choir will also be performing the world premiere of A Child: Song for Wabe Banash by singer, song-writer, Zorah Staar. Children from the Pender Island Elementary School will be joining the adult choir for this important concert. Don't miss it at the Pender Island Community Hall!! $12.00 Adults - $6.00 Under 12 years. Information: Clare Mathias, 250.629-9965.

7 pm
Celebrating Women's Voices A Benefit Concert for Afghan Women and Children Come Join Local Actors, Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Poets and Perfromance artists in an Evening of Artistic Celebration of Women's Freedom & Strength! Garry Oak Room, Fairfield Community Place, 1335 Thurlow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7. Tickets: $15.00 waged / $10.00 unwaged and students. Tickets available at Munro's Books, Bolen Books and at the door. Co-sponsored by Women for Women in Afghanistan and Focus On Women Magazine. All proceeds to benefit Women's in Health & Education programs in Afghanistan Middle Eastern Dance ~ Jazz Singer Sara Marreiros ~ Poi Pixies Dance troupe ~ Beat Poetry ~ Theatrical Comedy and more! Information: Carole Pearson, 250.418-1135.

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Monday, April 29

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Tuesday, April 30

7 pm
EcoNews Dessert Potluck Mailout Party, 395 Conway Road. Bus #21, #8 Everyone welcome. Information: Guy Dauncey, 881-1304 or www.earthfuture.com/econews.

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MAY DAY
Wednesday, May 1

12:00 Noon
Victoria's Communities Solidarity Coalition is hosting a street party at Centennial Square! This government has brought us: unaffordable education attacks on Hydro, Hospitals and Water, no justice for the poor, torn up contracts, broken promises, Regressive Taxation, No Representation, Mean-spirited Attacks on Seniors, Abandonment of the Environment. Everyone has a stake in the future of this Province. SPEAK UP - ORGANIZE - FIGHT BACK. Information: Bob Wilson.

7 to 8:30 pm
"Green Tea Party". A healthy home seminar with discussion on healthy, environmentally friendly cleaning proucts and household indoor air quality. Green Tea will be served! Sponsored by Silk Road Tea Company. Location TBA. Information: Please RSVP to Emily Eng at 250.381-9995, as space will be limited, www.citygreen.ca.

7 to 9 pm
Basic Composting Workshops: Would you like to know how to speed up the composting process? How to get rid of fruit flies? Or discover the best techniques for building and maintaining a compost pile? Backyard composting 7 to 8 pm. Indoor worm composting 8 to 9 pm. Free! Instructors: Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre staff.. These workshops are designed to help you: get started with composting; monitor the present state of your compost bin; identify problems; offer solutions; and give alternative methods of composting. Information: info@compost.bc.ca. To pre-register, please call 386-WORM. (Maximum number of participants for each workshop is 20.)

7-8 pm
Join the Peace Vigil to take a stand against the war in Afghanistan and all the other wars. Every Wednesday 7-8 pm at the Cenotaph at the Legislature (corner of Belleville & Government). Sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition. Information: Jane Brett, 250.477-1944, www.vicpeace.ca.

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And Beyond!

May 3 @ 9 pm
The Western Canada Wilderness Committee will be hosting a concert this evening at Steamers Pub in Victoria. Stay posted for details. Information: Heidi, 250.388-9292, wc2vic@island.net.

May 4 @ 7 pm
The BC Teacher's Federation has endorsed the Earth Charter! We are having an Earth Day event telling the Salt Spring community about the Earth Charter and you are invited. Joanna Macy is coming to Salt Spring and is holding an evening session at the multi-purpose room of the High School on Rainbow Road. Tickets will be on sale at the door (sliding scale suggested donation $5. to $10). For more than 30 years, Joanna has inspired people of good will who seek to create a culture that sustains the human spirit and all life on earth. With a PhD in religious studies, Joanna is a respected eco-philosopher and scholar of Buddhism, systems theory, and deep ecology. Her books include World as Lover, Thinking Like a Mountain, coming Back to Life, and Widening Circles. Information: Jean Gelwicks.

May 5 @ 5:30-8:30 pm
LETS Potluck and New Member Orientation.at 565 Michigan Street. Come and check out Victoria's Local Exchange and Trading System and our Green Dollar community currency. Bring goods or services to trade, a food dish to share, an ingredients list and your own plate, cup and utensils. Information: Keith at 920-7992 or www.lets.victoria.bc.ca.

Plus many other Peace, Earth & Justice Week initiatives on the Islands... in the community, home, school, workplace and wilderness.

Thanks to all participants.

Locales not mentioned in calendar are in the Greater Victoria region. Free admission unless specified.

See you this year and next!

earth day, every day into the new millennium
let the spirit soar!

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Earth Day Canada logo Special thanks for all the help!

Doug Koch (Founder)
Dan Rubin (2003 Producer)
Al Rycroft (2002 Producer)
Richard Walpole (2002 Calendar Editor)

Andre Bueno, Andrea, Andrew Swain, David Piney, Earth Day Canada, Extreme 107.3 Radio, Freda Knott, Guy Dauncey and Econews, Kealey Pringle, Indu Vashist, Janine Bandcroft, Justine Dawson, Kealey Pringle, Kim Toombs, Larry, Lynn Aurora, Melissa Klingler, Monday Magazine, Oliver Swain, Scott, Shane Calder, Sharmeen Kahn, Stephan Jacob , SunshineCommunications.ca, Tim Boultbee, Trevor Murdock, Valerie Elliott, the Walk for Global Justice, and Will Alvarez..

...and all those organizations sponsoring events and projects, their many volunteers, and thousands of participants!

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Special thanks to our media sponsors listed above. Peace, Earth & Justice Week is affiliated with Earth Day Canada.


Volunteers Needed

To volunteer, please email or call 250.592-8307. To list an event in the calendar, use the online form. Thank you!


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Email us. Your questions, concerns and ideas are welcome. Volunteers are always needed.

Donations to the "Earth Walk Committee" are appreciated.
Suggested donation-- $10 Low Income, $20 Single Donor, $25 Groups. Larger donations welcome!

Box 8307, Victoria, BC, V8W 3R9, CANADA. Phone: 250.592-8307. Email: week@pej.ca.


History buff? Check out the 2001 and 2000 Calendars!

Earth Week 1999 and 1998 calendars are also available.

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