Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft November 30, 2017

This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon at CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am at CJSF (http://cjsf.ca).  You can also listen to the podcasts at https://gorilla-radio.com.
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Budget Town Hall

november 30th
Council is looking for input from the public before finalizing in December. We need to hear from you!

What is a Town Hall?
A Town Hall is a public meeting where citizens can come and voice their opinion on certain topics, outside of a formal Council meeting.

The Town Hall, with an e-Town Hall component, will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. and will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the draft budget, and provide your feedback. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an open house portion until 7.

The meeting will be interactive and webcast live. You can attend and provide feedback in person at City Hall, or from the comfort of your own home. The e-Town Hall component allows you to participate, whether or not you are able to attend the meeting in person. You can submit questions prior to the event, or in real-time during the event. If you submit a question but can’t attend the event in person, you can watch the webcast to listen for the answer. 

Participation is easy!
Just use any of the following ways to ask a question or provide a comment. 
•In person – Attend the meeting at City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
•Facebook – Join this Facebook event and post your questions on the wall here.
•Twitter – Submit your questions via Twitter. We’ll provide a hashtag for your tweets by November 23.
•Website – Submit your questions or comments using the online form (open November 23)
•By Phone – Once the meeting is underway, call us at 250.361.0327 and we’ll transcribe your question for you. Please note this number is not monitored prior to or after the Town Hall.

Find Out More
•Read through the Budget at a Glance, Budget Summary, or full 2018 Draft Financial Plan at www.victoria.ca/budget 

Due to time limitations and the anticipated volume of questions received, it’s possible that we may not be able to respond to all submissions. Questions will be answered by either Council or staff. Questions of a technical nature directed towards Council may receive a response from staff, and policy related questions for staff may be answered by Council. We reserve the right to prioritize first time questions in the event that multiple questions are received by individuals – if you have more than one question we would love to hear them, but may not respond to additional questions in they order they are recevied, so that we can hear from as many individuals as possible.

Please be advised that by submitting a question or suggestion, the information you provide will become part of the public record. The information collected and used is done so in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Fairfield Renters Forum

november 30th
More that 55% of residents in Fairfield are renters. Are you one of them? If so, we want to hear from you about the draft Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan.

Join us for treats and warm drinks to have a conversation about what the plan does to address rental housing issues in the neighbourhood.
Decolonizing Practices for Community Organizations
november 30th
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Pacific Association of First Nations Women
Wondering how we can work together better? Let’s talk about that! 

Diana Day, Oneida, and Michelle Nahanee, Squamish, of Indigenous Women Rise at PAFNW, are looking forward to hosting a workshop dialogue on Decolonizing Practices for Community Organizations. What is working and what is not? Let’s share some time to break down big words and good intentions into practical solutions. Everyone is welcome.

NOTE: We are now booked beyond capacity, thanks so much for your interest! Please sign up for the PAFNW newsletter for news of future offerings. The sign up button is on our home page: https://www.facebook.com/PAFNW/
Spectre of Fascism: Closing Roundtable
november 30th

Ajay Bhardwaj
Patricia Barkaskas
Stephen Collis 
Hilda Fernandez 
Samir Gandesha 
Harjap Grewal 
Sanem Guvenc-Salgirli 
Adel Iskandar 

Time to wrap up our Free School with a free-ranging discussion of the spatio-temporal dimensions of contemporary authoritarian politics. 

* What do we gain, and what do we lose, by calling the contemporary nationalist right “fascist”? 

* Are we today facing the uncanny return of 20th century fascism or is it a species of neo- or post-fascism, and how might we define that? 

* Does contemporary authoritarian politics entail, as historical fascism did with its projected 1000 year Reich, a colonization of the future, or is the contemporary manifestation more concerned with preserving property relations in a catastrophic present geared to not just to the extraction of surplus labour but also surplus natural resources in the here and now? 

*Do we see in the calamities of southern Europe, Greece in particular, the application of colonial techniques of domination through financialization and “governing by debt” to Europe that had hitherto been applied to the developing world, Africa in particular? 

* What is the role of social media, alt-news and digital platforms like 4-Chan and digitally-mediated communications more generally in the rise of the alt-right and the triumph of Donald Trump; is this the time to further shake the institutions of liberal-democracy or do they need to be defended? 

* IS it OK to “punch a Nazi”? 

These are among the questions we’ll be posing to our panelists. Considering the weakeness of the contemporary Left, and the social media saturated environment in which we live, what is, in fact, to be done?

December Volunteer day at Rabbitats + potluck !
december 3rd
Let’s head over to Rabbitats, a rabbit shelter and a vegan organization to help out!

Rabbitats operates a shelter and office at the Richmond Auto Mall (the vicinity of Westminster Hwy and Knight) housing around 90 mostly adoptable (and adorable) abandoned rabbits or their offspring. (They have another 125 ferals at an outdoor sanctuary in South Surrey). The Richmond shelter is a single bay unheated garage housing three colonies of rabbits. The heated office next door hosts our new arrivals and special needs bunnies. 

Let us know of others that are joining you if there are any we need to know numbers

Bring a vegan dish enough to share for lunch ! 
This is going to be a wonderful day!

Join AV: Vancouver, Canada for Cube of Truth: Vancouver, December 3rd later on that day in Vancouver 

This Safer Space Policy exists to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our official events. Oppressive actions include:

• Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, species, size, class, ability, reproductive choice, sexuality, and gender identity.

• Promoting disrespect or violence towards nonhuman animals.

We strive to create a community that is safe and welcoming, and which prioritizes the needs of people who are typically marginalized by society. Please feel free to approach any organizer in confidence if someone at one of our events makes you feel unsafe. Whenever possible, we will confront people who violate the Safer Space Policy on your behalf. We prefer to resolve such issues through reconciliation, but as a last resort we reserve the right to ask attendees to leave our events.

Cube of Truth: Vancouver, December 3rd

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    Vancouver Art Gallery (robson Street)
There is a mandatory briefing at 3:30 pm so please be on time. Also please dress for the weather.

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:

Direct action street outreach and demonstration. We bring the information to the people in an attempt to break down unawareness and show the cruelty inherent in meat, dairy and egg production. We will also be offering the public the opportunity to experience life from a livestock animal’s perspective with virtual reality technology. All footage used shows the standard practices for animal-based food production in Canada. 

IMPORTANT: Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. If you do not, please come along anyway; masks and signs will be provided on the day. Please wear black clothing where possible, though a black jumper is essential (preferably hooded). Please fully charge your laptop/tablet for the day.

IMPORTANT: Download VLC Player to your laptop or tablet. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

IMPORTANT: Download the following clips to your laptop or tablet from the link below as there will be no internet connection on site. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iyw8qxeyko86488/AABQE8FUnko4A237SYubvjM9a?dl=0


Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall
This will be an engaging and inspiring talk in which author Monique Gray Smith will share her own journey and her families continued journey of reconciliation. She will share how these journeys have influenced her writing, specifically the three books that come out in Fall 2017. Monique will provide a couple short readings from one of the new books. 

Monique Gray Smith is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. She is well known for her storytelling, her spirit of generosity, and her ability to fill a room with love. Open your heart and mind and allow her words to transport you to another world.

This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The lecture will be webcast live, and archived at www.victoria.ca/webcasting.

Pints Not Pipelines 3.0

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    Victoria Event Centre

    1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2
Craft beer + Craft food + Good people + Good Cause = Good times! 

Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project poses unacceptable risks to our oceans and waterways, our climate, local economies and communities. It must never be built. First Nations have vowed to stop it in court. People, businesses, & communities are raising funds to support their court cases and stop this pipeline, together.

All admission and beer sales go directly to Pull Together– a fundraiser for First Nations lawsuits against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. Learn more at http://pull-together.ca/

Doors open at 5:30 for after work drinks and an open mic. The event will keep rocking late into the night for dancing, munching, sipping and shenanigans!

Entry is $20 and includes THREE beer tickets! Buy now: https://fundraise.raventrust.com/events/-/e156117

Pull Together supports the Coldwater Band, Tkemlups-te-Secwe̓pemc, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and is organized by Force of Nature Alliance, RAVEN trust, Sierra Club BC and many passionate and dedicated volunteers.

This event will be hosted on the unceded territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.

This event is 19+. Beer responsibly: arrange a ride or take transit.


The Victoria Event Centre will be completing a new and detailed accessibility audit at the beginning of December, and is working to improve the accessibility (and accessibility information) of the venue. One of the washrooms has recently been modified to accommodate wheelchairs. The on-site elevator is currently undergoing a recertification process, and until that process is complete we cannot consider the venue to be wheelchair accessible. The VEC will post updates as new information is available.

– washrooms will be gender-neutral for this event
Floating Ideas Lecture — Dr. Maia Hoeberechts
Ocean Networks Canada: Where High-tech Meets the Deep Sea

Cabled ocean observatories permit us to extend our senses beneath the waves to make new discoveries with data collected by scientific instruments from the coast to the abyss. Despite covering more than 70% of the planet and having some of the world’s tallest mountains and deepest valleys, the ocean is largely unexplored and still holds many secrets to fully understanding our planet. How can we measure the changing thickness and extent of sea-ice in the Arctic? How do scientists quantify emissions from hydrothermal vents at the mid-ocean ridge? What allows us to deploy these sensors in 
the extreme environment of the deep ocean? Technology allows for exploration and aids in answering these questions.

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts started her early career dreaming about robots, playing with a soldering iron, and programming games on her first computer. She holdsa PhD in Computer Science from Western University and is the Associate Director, User Services at Ocean Networks Canada. Together with her team, she works to make big data from the ocean accessible to scientists, educators, and community members around the world.
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