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>> Peace, Earth & Justice Week 2003 <<

April 22 to May 1, Earth Day to May Day

Make your event or project part of Earth Week 2004. Register your event online right now. See last year's amazing calendar below.

With dozens of calendar activities in April, organized by scores of local agencies throughout Victoria and the Islands, what has been known as 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, PEJ 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. PEJ Week is held from Earth Day to May Day (April 22 to May 1), every year.

2003 Calendar

Formerly Earth Week. Widely distributed via print, radio, TV, Web sites and email. (www.pej.ca)

Leading Up to PEJ Week | Through the Week
Tue April 22 | Wed 23 | Thur 24 | Fri 25 | Sat 26 | Sun 27 | Mon 28 | Tue 29 | Wed 30 | Thur May 1
And Beyond!     

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Leading Up to PEJ Week

Wednesday, April 16 @ 12 noon to 2 pm -- Anti-McDonald's Protest. Organized by ARK II (Animal Rights Kollective). We are planning a demonstration -- an Anti-McDonald's Demo! Come and help hold a sign or hand out leaflets to let people know how McDonald's treats their animals, and make a better choice for the animals, their health, the environment, and to act socially responsible. Location: McDonald's Downtown, at Douglas and View. Information: Dave Shishkoff at www.islandveg.com/contact.

April 16 @ 8 am -- Responding in Iraq: Mobilizing Our Community for Humanitarian Action - An Information Workshop for Community Leaders, Academics and Citizens in Victoria. This workshop is intended to mobilize people and resources for informed, practical and effective humanitarian action toward goals of peacebuilding in Iraq and the Middle East region. Co-sponsored by: University of Victoria: Centre for Global Studies, Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR), Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, Faculty of Law; Royal Roads University Peace & Conflict Studies; and Peacemakers Trust. Location:University of Victoria, Center for Innovative Teaching, Room 105 (space is limited to 215 people, no pre-registration available). Information: www.peacemakers.ca/education/RespondingIraq.html, 721.8777, idr@uvic.ca.

Thursday, April 17 @ 8 pm -- The History of the CIA: What they didn't tell you in school - 50 years of invasions and oppression - An Activist Video Night presentation. Sponsored by the Camosun College Student Society. From the 1950s Vietnam War to the 2000s Gulf War/Sanctions and dozens of invasions and interventions in between. This video is a "tour de force" of US foreign policy and may help to answer the post 9-11 question... "Why does most of the world dislike the US so much?" Location: Camosun College (Lansdowne Campus), Fisher Building Theatre (room 100) Free Admission. Information: Kevin Neish, neish@coastnet.com, 595.3991.

Saturday, April 19 @ 10 am to 4 pm -- A Force More Powerful: a film and discussion seminar. Organized by the Peacemakers Trust. Non-violence sounds good. But isn't it naive and unrealistic? Does it really work? These acclaimed films document examples of the use of non-violent conflict to achieve social change. Watch and discuss three episodes of A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, narrated by Ben Kingsley, and Bringing Down a Dictator, narrated by Martin Sheen. Discussion facilitated by Catherine Morris, BA, LLB, LLM. Location: Lester B. Pearson College. (Lunch is available at Pearson College at a cost of $5.) There is no charge for this film and discussion seminar. Information and to pre-register yherbert@pearsoncollege.ca or 391.2439, www.peacemakers.ca.

Saturday, April 19 @ 10:30 am -- For those over 40, a leisurely bike ride to Oak Bay Marina to Ogden Point. We often have lunch after the ride at 12:30 pm. Meet Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Resource Centre, 1056A North Park.

Sunday, April 20 @ 8:30 am -- Learn About the Wildflowers and Birds on Jocelyn Hill. Sponsored by the Victoria Natural History Society. Join Rick Schortinghuis for a memorable nature hike up Jocelyn Hill. At this time of year Jocelyn Hill can be a good location for Townsend's Solitaires and Blue Grouse. There is an amazing diversity of wildflowers in bloom and the panoramic views from the top are breathtaking. Pack a lunch and a drink, and be prepared for a strenuous hike. Meet at the Lone Tree Hill parking lot. Information: shylo@islandnet.com or call Rick at 652.3326, www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html.

Monday, April 21 @ 6:30 am (sharp), returning 8:30 pm -- Easter Monday Walbran Valley Pilgrimage. Presented by the Anglican Diocesan Environmental Commission, City Green and the Carmanah Forestry Society. We are offering a bus trip, guided hike and Creation-celebration Eucharist in the Walbran Valley. Join us and the Rev. Christopher Page of St. Philips Anglican Church in celebrating the Easter resurrection with a day-trip to one of our most precious wilderness spaces. All faiths welcome. Only 48 seats. Reservations required. Cost: $50 fee (Bus transportation included, meals not included. Youth discounts available.) Information: Cory Waters, cwaters@citygreen.ca, 381.9995, www.citygreen.ca or www.carmanah.bc.ca.

This Year's Program


Through the Week, April 22 to May 1

April 7 to 25 @ 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Mon-Fri) -- Illustrators at the Hall 2. Presented by the Island Illustrators Society. This annual spring exhibition presents interpretive works by members of the Victoria based Society on the theme of "Mother Earth", in celebration of Earth Week. The show includes a 3-D installation of "Mother Earth' sculptures on the first floor foyer showcase, an exhibition of paintings by juried members of the Society on the second floor, and a group banner show, "A Forest of Trees," from the Royal B.C. Museum Emily Carr exhibit on the 3rd floor. Location: Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Ave. Free Admission. Information: Sherry Mitchell, contact@islandillustrators.org, 413.3224, www.islandillustrators.org.

April 21 to April 30 @ 10 am to 5 pm -- Ancient Rainforest Awareness. Encouraged by Western Canada Wilderness Committee -Victoria Office. Ongoing drop-in public education about BC endangered ancient rainforest. Films, display boards, lectures, slideshows, and prizes to be won. April 26 - Free rainforest and wilderness posters and 10% off all regular priced merchandise. Check out the Rainforest Store! Location: WCWC Store & Office - 651 Johnson St - Victoria. Information: Heidi Sherwood or Lucy Flood, wc2vic@island.net, 388.9292 (388.WCWC), www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org.

April 22 to 26 @ 11 to 3 pm -- "Common Threads" Co-creating a Victoria-community Unity Flag. Sponsored by the Unity Flag Society. Unity is the heart of All community! Come and be apart of the historic co-creation of a Victoria-community / World Unity Flag. Place a symbolic brush stroke (representing "different strokes/ diversity) or a stitch (representing "the common threads that weave the fabric of Humanity and how the thread of Life is passed from our anscestors, to us and on forward to future generations.") The co-operative process of making a Unity Flag shows how if we each just do "our little bit" the work in the world gets done. First created to remind humanity of the delicate balance and interconnectedness of Life, to promote International Laws pertaining to environment, human rights and social justice, and to remind also how the natural systems, the air and the water, etc. are shared resources, necessary to sustain All Life - requiring a globally unified approach to their conservation and stewardship. Free/donations appreciated. Location to be announced. Information: Diana Lindley, unityflag@yahoo.com, 652.1237 (Saanich) or 250.653.4968 (Salt Spring Island), www.islandnet.com/~flag.

April 22 to May 1 @ 9 am to 5 pm -- Stop the Siege. Presented by the Ecological Health Alliance. When the Kurds in Northern Iraq were bombarded with mustard gas in 1991 there was a world outcry against this inhumane activity, as indeed there should be. But even now, the world population is under intermittent and chronic siege by chemical and microbial agents --products that are harming human health and the environment, disrupting the healthy growth and functioning of children, causing behavioural disorders and violence, causing degenerative diseases, cancers and death; destroying our peaceful sense of wellbeing that is our heritage. Until we recognize this and change the products we use, we are all guilty of supporting the hidden war. You can help by raising awareness and choosing products, activities and jobs that do no harm. You can be a part of the cure! Be discerning. Support and promote healthy and sustainable options. Stop your part in the siege of our planet and embrace your role as loving caretaker! Call for free information and idea exchange to stop the siege. Information: Katy Young, ecokate@pacificcoast.net, 384.8892, www.ehabc.org.

April 26 to May 18 -- "Nature of Nanaimo" - A Program of Events. Sponsored by the City of Nanaimo - Parks and Recreation Department. This spring will be a great time to discover the diversity and beauty of our natural surroundings in the City of Nanaimo. In partnership with many local naturalists, the City of Nanaimo is promoting a series of guided walks and presentations throughout our parks system. Some of our events include: Earth Day Bazaar, April 27, 1 to 5 pm; Eagles and Wildlife Tree Guided Walk and Scavenger Hunt, April 26, 1 to 3 pm; Wild about wildflowers Slide Presentation, April 29, 7-8 pm; Building for Butterflies Slide Presentation, May 1, 10 to 11 am; Wetland Wonders Guided Walk, May 5, 10 to 11 am; Who is Garry Anyway? Guided Garry Oak meadow walk, May 10, 1 to 2 pm; Alien Invasion Invasive Species Event, May 18, 10 am to 4 pm; and more into the month of June. For information, and to register or learn more, check the City's Leisure Guide or pick up a brochure at City Hall, City Hall Annex at 238 Franklyn Street, Nanaimo.

This Year's Program


Earth Day Canada logoEARTH DAY
Tuesday, April 22

You are invited to join Betty Krawczyk and The Women In The Woods in the Walbran Valley to peacefully resist the privatization of British Columbia's public forests. For transportation arrangements and more information: cmcp@islandnet.com.

12:15 lunch, presentation at 12:50 -- Kiwanis Luncheon & Shared Vision Presentation. Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Victoria and IslandTransformations.Org. Join us at the Kiwanis Luncheon for "Shared Vision" - a Powerpoint presentation by Rob Wickson on a recently completed study on the economic, social and environmental benefits of a rail-based integrated transportation system. The study dispels the belief that Victoria is too small for LRT. Rob is President of IslandTransformations.Org, a new umbrella organization promoting sustainable development, and immediate Past President of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $11. Location: Travellers Inn City Centre, 1961 Douglas Street. Reservation (required): 595.3133 (mornings only). Information: 383.2501.

1 to 2:30 pm -- Earth Day on Mayne Island. Supported by the Mayne Island Recycling Society, Mayne Island Naturalist Society & Mayne Island School. Locations: Fernhill Road & Miners Bay Park (on Mayne Island). This is a free event - no charges. Our school kids, in conjunction with the Mayne Island Naturalists Society, are preparing posters of the native animals of Mayne Island and will be parading their posters from the school to the Miners Bay Community Park on Earth Day, arriving about 1:30. There they will assist Mayne Island Recyling Society in the planting of an apple tree, companion to the recently planted Peace Tree. MIRS is preparing a pamphlet outlining Maye Island's recent activities related to Peace and, more particularly, the Earth. It will also publicize the Walk for Global Justice with Helen Caldicott on the 26th. It will have a table distributing these pamphlets and green ribbons on Tuesday and probably also on Saturday. Information: Ann Johnston, ajohnston@gulfislands.com, phone 250.539.2888 or 250.539.2888.

6 pm -- Video screening "US Labor Against the War", presented by the International Socialists. Join others to learn more about the trade union side of the current anti-war movement in the United States, "the belly of the beast". Our event includes music, a dinner, the video screening and a discussion. An activist book table - Resistance Press - will offer a wide selection of classic and current literature to inspire and activate. BYO placards! Location: BCGEU Auditorium, 2994 Douglas Street. Cost: $10-$15 Information: Valerie Lannon, vlannon@pacificcoast.net or 385.3934.

7 to 9 pm -- LETS Info Session. Presented by the Victoria Local Exchange & Trading System. Use green dollars to change the world! By using our LETS community currency you can pull yourself off the economic gride that consumes both the planet and people. Green dollars are a more just, sustainable and community building form of exchange. We host potlucks to build relationships between members. Green dollars are interest free and plentiful. Come to our info session to learn more! It's free. Location: 565 Michigan Street. Information: Lindsay Beal or Paul vanGoozen, membership@lets.victoria.bc.ca, 380.0181, www.lets.victoria.bc.ca.

7:30 to 9 pm -- Kairos Information Meeting. Sponsored by the Victoria Interfaith Committee for Global Justice. If you would like to learn more about social justice issues, and work with people from different faith communities who care about the world, and want to make a difference, please come to this special information meeting about Kairos. Kairos is a national ecumenical coalition dedicated to offering a response to God's call for respect of the earth and justice for its people. Building a movement of hope takes energy and commitment, but it's also a great deal of fun! Come and find out what Kairos is all about at this special information meeting. Location: Meeting Room "A" at the Downtown Victoria YM/YWCA. Admission is free. Information: Susan or Bill Draper, graceful@shaw.ca or 370.0121.

This Year's Program


Wednesday, April 23

Victoria Peace Centre logo7 to 8 pm -- Wednesday Night Peace Vigil. War never again. War is not the answer. Come take a stand for peace. Support the UN. Driving by? Honk for peace! We have not been silent. Location: corner of Belleville & Government, war memorial at the BC Legislature. Information: Jane Brett 477-1944, jbrett@shaw.ca or Pauline Tymchuk 598.5943, ptymchuk@uvic.ca.

7 pm to 9 pm -- Un-Locking the Wildness Within: drumming for personal empowerment. Presented by MSW Wholistic Counselling Services. Through drumming, chanting, singing, and movement we open up to our deepest feelings and release them in a safe environment... a creative tool to "unstick" stuck feelings, so we can get in touch with our true self and flow freely again. (Space is limited; please call to register.) Suggested donation $5. Location: 353 Windermere Place (Moss Rock area) Victoria. Information: Marianne Sämann-Wyss, msw@islandnet.com, 382.3582.

Dr. Helen Caldicott8 pm -- Film screening of the award-winning documentary "If You Love This Planet," narrated by Dr. Helen Caldicott. Sponsors for this event are: the UVSS (as part of their "Armed With Understanding" series), CineVic, and the Walk for Global Justice. "If You Love This Planet" is a 1982 documentary about the affects of nuclear weapons. This 26-minute long, hard-hitting documentary pulls no punches showing the affects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki both in terms of the damage done to those cities and to the people who survived the attacks. The film is narrated by Dr. Helen Caldicott who will be this year's key note speaker at the Walk For Globbal Justice on Saturday, April 26. Dr. Caldicott is internationally recognized as a leading expert on nuclear weapons and the affects of radiation on people. We also hope to have a discussion after the film. Admission is by donation. Location: David Lam Auditorium, UVic. Information: Tim Boultbee, timb@islandnet.com, 384.7843.

This Year's Program


Thursday, April 24

7 pm -- Organic Gardening Workshop. Four Secrets of Successful Soil Building workshop. HCP, 505 Quayle Road By donation. Information: City Green, 381.9995.

Leonard Peltier7:30 pm -- Help the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela Free Leonard Peltier --An "Environmental" Prisoner. Presented by Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada (www.nupge.ca/Peltier/peltier.htm, www.freepeltier.org, www.ratm.com/new2/action/main.html). A video screening of Robert Redford's Incident at Oglala. Leonard was imprisoned near Vancouver 27 years ago. Then he was illegally sent back to the states for false conviction of murder. His "crime" was to oppose uranium and coal mining on First Nation land long before the Kyoto Principles were embraced by the world. People all around the globe want him free before he dies including the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Free admission. Please call for info about the location of the showing. Information: Larry Wartel, CanadasPeltierCampaign@telus.net, 388.3847.

This Year's Program


Friday, April 25

1:30 to 3:30 pm -- "Have We Finally Made It To 1984?" Meeting and discussion. Sponsored by the World Federalist Movement - Canada, Victoria Branch. (www.worldfederalist.org). A summary report and discussion following from a previous all-day exploration of the media. All welcome to this regular members' meeting. Cookies and tea, small donations appreciated. Location:First Metropolitan United Church, Quadra and Balmoral, Rm. 217. Information: Inez Walker, coordinate@telus.com, 418.8687.

7 to 9 pm -- As Within so Without: living peace while fighting for peace. Presented by MSW Wholistic Counselling Services. A supporting and empowering talking/sharing/healing circle to keep us living in and for peace instead of struggling against war. The goal is to provide us with tools that can help us turn feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, despair or powerlessness into trust, hope and strength, so we can express our truth in peaceful and powerful ways. (Space is limited, so please call to register.) Suggested donation $5 or equivalent exchange items. Location: 353 Windermere Place (Moss Rock area) Victoria. Information: Marianne Sämann-Wyss, msw@islandnet.com, 382.3582.

7:30 pm -- The Valley and Beyond World Community Film Festival. Presented by Valley and Beyond Film Festival Committee. Location: Alberni Valley United Church. Free Admission. Information: John Mayba, jmayba@alberni.net, 250.724.3232, www.outoffog.net.

Dr. Helen Caldicott8 to 10 pm -- Address by Dr. Helen Caldicott. Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities. Dr. Caldicott is not only a world-renowned peace activist and founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, "Physicians for Social Responsibility." She has also been described by the Smithsonian Institute as the most influential woman of the 20th Century. Dr. Caldicott's first public appearance on her Canadian tour will be at Qualicum Beach. All Peace groups of the mid-Vancouver Island region are pleased to endorse her coming: Oceanside for Peace, Comox Valley Peace Group, Denman Island Peace Group, Alberni Valley Peace Group, and United for Peace Central Vancouver Island. Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC. Admission by donation ($10 if possible) Information: Rick Sullivan, Event Chair, rmsullivan@shaw.ca, www.oceansideforpeace.org.

This Year's Program


Saturday, April 26

Starting 7 am on April 26, to 10 pm on April 27 -- Walbran Trail & Bridge Repair Work-party. Organized by The Carmanah Forestry Society. The trip will be to the Main Walbran Trail in Special Management Zone #21 - the Walbran Periphery (a gorgeous patch of old-growth rainforest still under threat of logging). Suggested registration/donation of $25 -- includes food, transportation and campfire party (scholarships available). This will be a two day (one night sleep-over) camping/hiking trip where pre-cut materials will be carried into the bridge location and assembled. Volunteers (especially skilled carpenters) and materials needed. Volunteers are also welcome for the in-town prep work in advance of the work-party weekend. TRIP DETAILS: Day 1...Buses will load at various locations, (phone for pick-up point) and leave Victoria by 7 am. Allow time to load your gear and be on time. Extra food, bathroom stop, coffee at Old Farmer's Market, 8 am, fuel up, and bathroom stop at Cowichan Lake, 9 am. Arrive Walbran Bridge site at 11:30 am, set camp at Bridge Camp, Lunch and to work for 1 pm, carrying tools, railing materials and repair wood to Bridge Over Troubled Walbran. Work through to 5:30-6:00 pm, snacks, then supper at 7 pm, party after with instruments and campfire. Day 2...Wake up calls for 8 am. Pack bus and breakfast for 8:45. Workday starts for 9:30 am. Lunch delivered for 12:30. Bridge finished for 5:30 pm. Supper 6 pm. Bus leaves 6:30, Junk Food stop at Duncan, return for approx 10 pm Sunday night. Information: Syd Haskell at the Carmanah Forestry Society, carmanah@pacificcoast.net, www.carmanah.bc.ca, 381.1141.

7:00 am -- Learn About the Wild Flowers and Birds on Mount Tzuhalem. Sponsored by the Victoria Natural History Society. Join Ed Pellizzon and Rick Schortinghuis for a hike to the Ecological Reserve on Mount Tzuhalem, and another area of Mount Tzuhalem accessed from Genoa Bay. Bring a lunch and a drink, and be prepared for a strenuous hike. Meet at Helmcken Park and Ride. Information: shylo@islandnet.com, Ed at 881-1476 or Rick at 652.3326, www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html.

8:45 am -- Cycling Traffic Skills course, Bike to Work Society. Free. Information: 920.5705, www.biketoworkvictoria.ca/courses.htm.

9 am -- Birding Walk: "Spring on the Wing", sponsored by Capital Regional District Parks. Spring is a great time for birding, and the annual spring migration is almost under way. We're guaranteed to see interesting waterfowl - you never know what the forest and the shrubbery will reveal on our way to the beach. Bring your binoculars and bird identification book if you have them. Meet at the Nature Centre in the main parking off Metchosin Road. (12 years and older). Location: Witty's Lagoon Regional Park (in Metchosin) - across from the Metchosin Golf Course. There is no charge for participation in this event. Information: Colleen Long - Coordinator of Environmental Interpretation, clong@crd.bc.ca, 478.3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks.

9 am to 5 pm -- The Valley and Beyond World Community Film Festival. Presented by Valley and Beyond Film Festival Committee. Location: Alberni District Secondary School. Free Admission. Information: John Mayba, jmayba@alberni.net, 250.724.3232, www.outoffog.net.

10 am to 3 pm (see Sunday also) -- Gardening for Wildlife - a Native Plant Sale and Demonstration. Presented by Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Come and see the selection of over 4,000 native plants (more than 100 species) that are available at this special (8th annual) weekend event, as well as seeds, books, bird feeders and nesting boxes. Workshops, presentations, demonstrations and displays on gardening with drought-tolerant, native plants and information on developing wildlife habitat in urban settings, all this is included in the admission price - ($3/day, $5/weekend pass). Check out the plant list and presentation schedule at www.swanlake.bc.ca. Information: Terry Morrison at tmorrison@swanlake.bc.ca or 479.0211.

10 am to 1 pm -- A Western Communities Smart Growth Forum. Organized by the Colwood Association for Smart Growth. Presenters talking about smart growth and opportunities in Victoria's Western Communities. [Special note: at 10:45 there will be a "Shared Vision" Powerpoint presentation by Rob Wickson on a recently completed study on the economic, social and environmental benefits of a rail-based integrated transportation system. The study dispels the belief that Victoria is too small for LRT. Rob is President of IslandTransformations.Org. and may be reached at 383.2501.] Followed by a roundtable discussion in the Afternoon. Location: Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road. Admission Free. Information: 478.8828.

11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm (times listed are approximate) -- Morris Dance, Mini-ale. Produced by the Hollytree Morris Dancers. Locations: Legislature, Milestones, Bastion Square. We are four groups of 6 - 8 dancers each, from Bowen Island, Vancouver and Victoria, performing traditional English stick & hankie dances to promote peace and goodwill. We wear colourful costumes, ribbons and bells, and have live musicians. Information: Rosemary Garnet, rose.red@shaw.ca, 477.9702.

Dr. Helen CaldicottWalk for Global Justice 12 Noon to 4 pm. Walk for Global Justice: United under the theme Unity is the Heart of Community, the 22nd Annual Walk for Global Justice will take place on Saturday, April 26th. 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 Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize winners International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Formerly the Earth Walk. All for free. Information: www.justicewalk.ca, info@justicewalk.ca, 642-5120.

Noon to 4 pm -- Spring in the Garden. Presented by LifeCycles. It's time to get our hands dirty! Everyone welcome to join us at The Hive Organic Demonstration Garden work party.Tour the site and help us to build the soil and to get planting! Free. Location:Hive Organic Urban Agriculture Demonstration Site at the corner of Blueridge and Holland Road. Bus route #22 stops in front. Contact: Lisa Sutherland, gardencreation@lifecyclesproject.ca, 383.5800, www.lifecyclesproject.ca.

1 to 5 pm -- Celebrating Gaia: a Gathering to connect, share and celebrate the beauty and the bounty of the Earth. Presented by MSW Wholistic Counselling Services. Includes a talking circle, outdoor exploration, ceremonies and a potluck. Please bring some fresh, local and unprocessed food to share. (Space is limited so please call to register.) Suggested donation $5. Location: 353 Windermere Place (Moss Rock area) Victoria. Information: Marianne Sämann-Wyss, msw@islandnet.com, 382.3582.

1:30 pm -- Wildwood Eco-forestry Tour. Participate in a guided tour around Merve Wilkinson's Wildwood. Wildwood has been selectively harvested for 60 years, and still is very much a forest. Merve Wilkinson's work at Wildwood illustrates an alternative way to view and work in our native forests; a way to perceive what the forest can supply without altering its basic ecological functions or productivity.Wildwood is located on Yellow Point (between Ladysmith and Nanaimo). An online map available (277 K). Heading North (from Victoria): Past Ladysmith, turn right at the set of lights onto Cedar Road -- Drive along Cedar Road for 5 minutes -- turn right at the Husky Station onto Yellow Point Road -- Drive for 10 minutes (you¹ll pass Yellow Point Lodge and Roberts Memorial Park) -- Turn left onto Crane Road -- watch for Wildwood sign. There's a $5 suggested donation to The Land Conservancy for participating. Information: Jay Rastogi at jay@conservancy.bc.ca or 250.245.5540. For general information go to www.conservancy.bc.ca or www.ecoforestry.ca.

7:30 pm -- The Peace, Earth and Justice Festival is back! Experience the power of the Arts to unite, heal and strengthen at this very special multidiscipline arts festival. This years line-up includes Roots/Country Diva Carolyn Mark and Her New Best Friends, Victoria's own Celtic/Roots song-writer Jeremy Walsh and his band, transgender songster Rae spoon of Calgary, Victoria's all woman string band Barley Wik, roots resister Oliver Swain, and a special presentation by Linda Rogers and Poets for Peace. All artists are donating their appearances in an awesome show of solidarity for Peaceful, Ecological and Just communities. The concert will include contemporary and traditional music presented in the stunning Alix Goolden Performance Hall at the Victoria Conservatory building, 907 Pandora. Beginning at 7:30 pm, April 26. Information: www.pej.ca/festival or Oliver Swain, 592-2788 or festival@pej.ca.

This Year's Program


Sunday, April 27

All Day. Walbran Trail & Bridge Repair Work-party. See the description on Saturday, April 26.

8:30 am -- Outdoor Nature Walk. Sponsored by the Victoria Natural History Society. A guided morning walk to to see spring wildflowers and birds at Uplands Park. We meet at Cattle Point first thing in the morning. Information: www.vicnhs.bc.ca/home.html., Joy or Cam Finlay at 250.479.9833.

10 am to 3 pm (see Saturday also) -- Gardening for Wildlife - a Native Plant Sale and Demonstration. Presented by Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Come and see the selection of over 4,000 native plants (more than 100 species) that are available at this special (8th annual) weekend event, as well as seeds, books, bird feeders and nesting boxes. Workshops, presentations, demonstrations and displays on gardening with drought-tolerant, native plants and information on developing wildlife habitat in urban settings, all this is included in the admission price - ($3/day, $5/weekend pass). Check out the plant list and presentation schedule at www.swanlake.bc.ca. Information: Terry Morrison at tmorrison@swanlake.bc.ca or 479.0211 or www.swanlake.bc.ca.

10:30 am to 3:30 pm -- Discovery Island Trip. Organized by the Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter. Here's your opportunity to get away from it all while visiting this gem of an island with naturalists Glenn Milbury and Marilyn Lambert. We will take you on a journey of discovery among shooting stars, chocolate lilies, bald eagles and harbour seals. Come prepared for an adventure with warm clothing, raingear, sturdy footwear, water and lunch. Please pre-register. Information and registration: Outings Coordinator, Nikko Snow, nikko@sierraclubbc.org, 386.5255 ext 221, www.sierraclub.ca/bc.

Here's your opportunity to get away from it all while visiting this gem of an island with naturalists Glenn Milbury and Marilyn Lambert. We will take you on a journey of discovery among shooting stars, chocolate lilies, bald eagles and harbour seals. Come prepared for an adventure with warm clothing, raingear, sturdy footwear, water and lunch. Pre-register at 386.5255 ext. 221.

Dr. Helen Caldicott2:30 pm -- Presentation and book signing by Dr Helen Caldicott, "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military and Industrial Complex." Sponsored by the Canadian Voice of Women for peace (Victoria Group), the Council of Canadians, Victoria Peace Centre, VCAWSI, Victoria Peace Coalition, VIPIRG and the Capital Region Race Relations Association. "Dr. Helen Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humour...At the dark dawn of another war without end, it is once again time to listen up as she sounds the global alarm." - Naomi Klein. Dr. Helen Caldicott is the World's leading spokesperson for the antinuclear movement; she is the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, and herself a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Smithsonian Institute named her one of the most Influential Women of the Twentieth Century, and she has honorary degrees from nineteen universities. She has inspired a generation of activists through the CNFB film "if you love this planet" and with landmark works such as Nuclear Madness and Missile Envy. She has devoted the last thirty years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age. Location: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora ave. Entrance to presentation by donation. Information: Joan Russow, j.russow@shawlink.ca or 598.0071.

1 to 5 pm -- Naniamo Earth Bazaar. An environmental marketplace of green business, non-profits, entertainers and ceremony. Indoor/Outdoor. And a benefit for the Linley Valley Campaign. Would your business or organization like to participate? There is no table charge. A 15% contribution from all sales to the Linley Valley Campaign is encouraged. Please send a message of confirmation, contact information and how you would like to participate to this address biocrew@shaw.ca. Or, leave notice at the NALT office, at the Madrona building on Wallace Ave. Information and registration: Randyn Seibold, Co-ordinator 250.753.1786.

7 pm -- Amnesty Video Night. Put on by Amnesty International Group 27, Victoria. supported by Victoria Coalition of Survivors of Torture and Inter-cultural Association. Public Awareness Event concerning the Zimbabwe Crisis. A Documentary: Mugabe's Secret Famine, by Peter Oborne. Also we will have a keynote speaker, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty Canada, speaking on 'Securing Human Rights in an Insecure World'. Free admission. Information: Mariko Miller, marikomiller@hotmail.com, 418.1235, www.wraytimes.com/group27.

10 pm to 2 am -- Earth Atmosphere: A night of organic electronica. Location:The Press Room Night Club, 150 Skinner St, Nanaimo. Information: Randyn, 250.753.1786.

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Monday, April 28

9 am to 4 pm -- Mushroom cultivation and spring mushroom walk at Wildwood. An online map available (277 K). Written directions are above, see April 26. Information: Rob Countess, 250.902.0562.

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Tuesday, April 29

6 pm -- Educational forum. Presented by the International Socialists, Join a discussion on "Is Canada an imperialist country?" We'll look at Canada's past and current policies at home and abroad to see whether the government is really the "peacekeeper" it claims to be. We'll also look to events like Peace, Earth and Justice Week to identify who the real peacekeepers are. Location: 799 Fort St (upstairs). Cost: FREE. Information: Valerie Lannon, vlannon@pacificcoast.net or 385.3934.

Maude Barlow7:30 pm -- Maude Barlow Speaks on Canadian Health Care issues: Profit is not the Cure. Organized by the Council of Canadians (Victoria). Public talk about the ongoing trend towards the privatization of Health Care in Canada. "Medicare is the clearest reflection of Canadian values. It is an efficient, morally just and administratively superior way to deliver health care. We cannot allow ideologically motivated politicians to continue to slash away at funding and corporations to push for-profit delivery. We need to let them know that this is where we draw the line. Medicare is not for sale." Location: Michelle Pujol Room in the Student Union Building at UVic. (Free entrance, donations welcomed.) Information: Freda Knott, 642.5120, for general information www.canadians.org.

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Wednesday, April 30

1:30 to 3:30 pm -- Imagining Democracy: A Public Forum. Sponsored by the Social Responsibility Committees of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria and Capital Unitarian-Universalist Congregation. Dr Radhika Desai form the Political Science department of the University of Victoria will speak on, "Market-Driven Democracy?" There will be two other brief presentations on Electoral Reform and Comparative Democracies - and plenty of time for audience participation! Location: James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street. Entrance by donation. Information: Philip Symons, philmar@islandnet.com, 592.6484.

7 pm -- EcoNews Dessert Potluck Mailout Party, 395 Conway Road. Everyone welcome. Bus #21, #8. Information: 881.1304.

Victoria Peace Centre logo7 to 8 pm -- Wednesday Night Peace Vigil. War never again. War is not the answer. Come take a stand for peace. Support the UN. Driving by? Honk for peace! We have not been silent. Location: corner of Belleville & Government, war memorial at the BC Legislature. Information: Jane Brett 477-1944, jbrett@shaw.ca or Pauline Tymchuk 598.5943, ptymchuk@uvic.ca.

7 pm -- Dr. Nahla Adbo speaks on: "Women, War and Resistance." Presented by the Anti-Racist Action Committee. Nahla Abdo (Ph.D.) is an Arab feminist activist and Professor of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has authored extensive publications on women, racism, nationalism and the State in the Middle East with special focus on Palestinian women. She has also researched gender, race, class and ethnic issues among immigrant women in Canada. Dr. Abdo has published numerous articles on women, the state and Shari'a laws, state and institutional racism with special attention to the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the settler colonial state. Location: McLaurin Building, in the David Lam lecture hall, UVic campus. Free admission. Information: Gaik Khoo at gckhoo@uvic.ca or 721.7483.

7 to 9 pm -- Un-Locking the Wildness Within: drumming for personal empowerment. Presented by MSW Wholistic Counselling Services. Through drumming, chanting, singing, and movement we open up to our deepest feelings and release them in a safe environment... a creative tool to "unstick" stuck feelings, so we can get in touch with our true self and flow freely again. (Space is limited; please call to register.) Suggested donation $5. Location: 353 Windermere Place (Moss Rock area) Victoria. Information: Marianne Sämann-Wyss, msw@islandnet.com, 382.3582.

7:30 pm -- "Imagining Democracy", with Dr. Radhika Desai, James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies. Social Responsibility Committee, Unitarians. Information: Philip 592.6484.

Leonard Peltier7:30 pm -- Help the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela Free Leonard Peltier --An "Environmental" Prisoner. Presented by Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada (www.nupge.ca/Peltier/peltier.htm, www.freepeltier.org, www.ratm.com/new2/action/main.html). A video screening of Robert Redford's Incident at Oglala. Leonard was imprisoned near Vancouver 27 years ago. Then he was illegally sent back to the states for false conviction of murder. His "crime" was to oppose uranium and coal mining on First Nation land long before the Kyoto Principles were embraced by the world. People all around the globe want him free before he dies including the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Free admission. Please call for info about the location of the showing. Information: Larry Wartel, CanadasPeltierCampaign@telus.net, 388.3847.

7:30 to 9:30 pm -- Visions for Sustainable Living (a combined presentation). Co-sponsored by City Green and IslandTransformations.Org (http://IslandTransformations.Org) Join us at our Community Night in St. Ann's for two presentations on choices we can make on maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in the Capital Region: 1. "Shared Vision" - a Powerpoint presentation by Rob Wickson on a recently completed study on the economic, social and environmental benefits of a rail-based integrated transportation system. The study dispels the believe that Victoria is too small for LRT. Rob is President of IslandTransformations.Org, a new umbrella organization promoting sustainable development, and immediate Past President of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. 2. "Reducing our Footprint" - presentation by Cory Waters on the opportunities to reduce our environmental impact, while saving money and enhancing our health - includes results from recently completed energy assessments of churches on Vancouver Island, EnerGuide for Houses, Pesticide Free Naturally! and other City Green projects. Cory is the Executive Director of City Green, a local non-profit initiative of the All About Canada Foundation. Admission by donation. Doors open 7:00 pm, starts 7:30 pm. Come early to ensure a seat and view the displays. Location: St Ann's Academy Auditorium, 835 Humboldt St (Auditorium entrance off Blanshard St). Information: Gerry Howell Jones, VP@IslandTransformations.Org, 383-2501 or 381.9995 (City Green).

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Thursday, May 1

Noon to 1 pm -- Victoria Women in Black Silent Vigil for a world without war and violence. All who support our aim are welcome to join us. Location: Beside City Hall on Douglas St. Information: Terry, 595.7519, victoria.tc.ca/~tirdad//WIB/events.htm.

7 pm -- Organic Gardening Workshop - Designing and Combining for Greatest Impact. HCP, 505 Quayle Road. By donation. Information: City Green, 381.9995.

7:30 pm -- Advocacy for a Sustainable Tomorrow: The Left and Right Perspective, with Severn Cullis-Suzuki & Ezra Levant, Youth Advocates. Camosun speaker series - Insight: Global Perspectives on Community Issues. Mayworks VancouverMcPherson Playhouse, $35. ($25 for students)

For May Day events in Vancouver visit Mayworks.

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And Beyond!

Saturday, May 3 @ 9 am to 2 pm -- Camas Day (a nature walk). Sponsored by the Victoria Natural History Society and Friends of Beacon Hill Park. Location: Beacon Hill Park (walks begin at the flagpole). Information: Helen Oldershaw at 592.6659 or Tom Gillespie at 361.1694, www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html.

Saturday, May 3 @ 12 to 5 pm -- First Annual Bioregional Fair. Join us for food, fun and bioregional education. Silent Auction & Book Sale. No entry fee. Information: Oak and Orca School, 2738 Higgins Street, 383.6609.

Saturday, May 3 @ 9 am to 4 pm -- Water, Spirituality And Peace - A Fund-raising event for Indigenous Women's Peace Fund. Join us for this fascinating and thought-provoking lecture on the living nature of water. Dr. Masaru Emoto, Japanese researcher and author, will be in Victoria for one day only to present his compelling theory on the effects of subtle energy (HADO) on water. Using his extraordinary photographs of crystals formed in frozen water, Dr. Emoto will illustrate how natural and human forces including pollution, prayer, and music appear to alter water's crystalline structure. Imagine the implications for our own bodies and that of the planet if, as Dr. Emoto suggests, human consciousness and spirit can affect water at a micro level. Please see: www.hado.net. Location: St Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidan's Road, (near Cedar Hill X Road and Richmond) Victoria. Cost: Adults: $25 for the day, Children: $5. Tickets (VISA welcomed) and information: Helen Mogensen 250.652.9805 or The Simon Charlie Society 250.701.9088, simoncharliesociety@shaw.ca.

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Saturday, May 3 @ 1 to 4:30 pm -- Grand Opening and Open House, The Western Communities Arts Centre. Artwork, photography, sculpture, pottery, writing, poetry...representing all aspects of the Western Communities and Life as a whole. We will also have music, dance, storytelling, theatre, entertainment... performed by our members. Please come and join us in this special day and celebration in our community! Location: Centennial Park Recreation Centre, 2805 Carlow Road, Langford. Information: Celestina Azzoni, 478.7685.

Sunday, May 4 @ 1 to 5:30 pm -- Green Sunday: An All-ages, Open Stage Community Affair. This is Gentle People's Production. We invite you to join us for an afternoon of community arts and music at the FCA. Nothing formal, just fun and relaxation with friends in a uncommodified way. Our house musicians, called "Tiny Footprint," will be hosting the open stage. Poetry, music, art, music, stories, music, discussions, music, good wholesome food, (no booze please). Herbal/Regular Tea, Fair trade Organic Coffee, tasty home-baked goodies will be offered for sale at reasonable prices. Bring your instruments, your poems, your art, and a big smile. We invite you, your friends, and your families to attend -- everyone is welcome. A $2 suggested donation at the door. Location: The Fernwood Community Association Building, 1923 Fernwood. Information: Dan, dlrubin@uvic.ca, 250.361.1876.

Sunday, May 4 -- A Celebration of Spring Concert for World Peace and Love performed by the Gabriola Chamber Players and the Chamber Players Choir. John Capon conductor with the Gabriola Chamber Choir and the Gabriola Recorder Quartet and special soloists Debra Vitek, oboe, Adam Weinman, oboe and Robyn Jutras, bassoon the performance includes J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite #1 and Franz Schubert's Mass in G major. Information: Colleen Switzer, colcog@islandnet.com, Gabriola Island.

Sunday, May 4 @ 7 pm -- Vietnam-in the Year of the Pig - An Activist Video Night presentation. Sponsored by the Camosun College Student Society. This film is Emile de Antonio's 1968 gut wrenching excursion through the country and the war. Location: Camosun College (Lansdowne Campus), Fisher Building Theatre (room 100) Free Admission. Information: Kevin Neish, neish@coastnet.com, 595.3991.

Wild EarthSaturday, May 10 @ 10 am to 5 pm -- Wild Earth Yard Sale. Organized by the Wild Earth 2003 Organizing Committee, FAN, and BC Pathways (http://100photos.250free.com/wildearth/). This is a fundraiser for the upcoming WildEarth 2003 event (May 26 to June 1 in the Walbran Valley). Please contact us to donate used but saleable items. Help support our efforts to save the Old-growth Rainforest in BC. "Recycle the Past to save the Future." Come to the Sale on Saturday. Peruse the wonderful, inexpensive, and interesting goods. Have some Herbal Tea, Juice, Fair trade/Organic Coffee or yummy, Home-baked Goodies and discuss forest-use issues with our friends of the forest. Location: The blue and grey house on the corner of Denman and Fernwood. Information: Adrienne or Dan, aderynd@uvic.ca or dlrubin@uvic.ca, 250.361.1876.

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 this new millennium
let the spirit soar!

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Earth Day Canada logo Special Thanks in 2003!

Producer: Dan Rubin
Web Team: Al Rycroft and Trevor Murdock
Calendar Editor: Janine Bandcroft
Monday Calendar: Susan Duhamel and Al Rycroft

Founder: Doug Koch (and Producer: 1989 to 2000)

Special thanks also to Alisa Gordaneer, Andrew Swain, David Piney, Deanna Dean, Earth Day Canada, Freda Knott, Guy Dauncey and Econews, Jenn Hoffman (2001 Producer), Jim Hedger, Kealey Pringle, Lynne Bain, Monday Magazine, Oliver Swain, Peace, Earth & Justice Festival, Richard Walpole, Sierra Club of BC (2001 Host), Sunshine Communications, Walk for Global Justice, those whose names were missed, and all those organizations and individuals sponsoring events and projects, their many volunteers, and thousands of participants!

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