Janine Bandcroft Left Coast Events Bulletin for December 7th, 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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Protected Bike Lane Network: Public Open House
Join us in the Oak Bay Room at the Victoria Conference Center for a look at the emerging design concepts for the continuation of the Active Transportation Network slated for: Wharf Street, Humboldt/Pakington and Cook Streets. Ask questions and provide feedback on the designs. Visit: http://arcg.is/2B7wKhV for more information.

Vancouver: Join PETA’s Dairy Conference Protest!

december 7th
Join us in dressing up as an inflatable baby for this years BC Dairy Industry Conference protest! More info to come. Email EmilyL@peta.org if you have any questions or want to dress up as an inflatable baby (costume provided).
Archiving Activism
december 7th
Join us for an engaging panel discussion that will explore one of the central tenants of MOV’s City On Edge exhibition: archives and their historically rich relationship to activism.

Exhibition co-curator Kate Bird will moderate a discussion featuring some of Vancouver’s cutting edge archivists – Ron Dutton of the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives, Bailey Garden from the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre and Vincent Tao of the Pollyanna Library & 221A artist run centre. 

Q and A to follow the panel presentation

Learn More: goo.gl/AzDihE

Date: Thursday, December 7

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: Adults: $19; Seniors and Students: $16; MOV Members: Free; Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free. 


Kate Bird worked as a librarian at The Vancouver Sun and The Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for a 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia. 

Ron Dutton is a retired librarian whose professional activism included establishing Carnegie Library in the Downtown Eastside; amalgamating existing library programs into Outreach Services for the sight impaired and homebound; and managing several subject divisions at VPL’s Central Library. In 1976, at the height of the gay liberation movement, he began collecting material that documents BC queer political initiatives, organizations, ethnic minorities, cultural and social activities, health issues, and art. The Archives has now grown to contain some 3/4 million items in all media, and is heavily consulted by journalists, academics, cultural workers and the public.

Bailey Garden is a social, political and environmental activist originally from Calgary, AB. She is a Project Manager at the BC Labour Heritage Centre, as well as the creator of the Centre’s Oral History Workshop & Guide. Bailey is an alumni of Simon Fraser University and has worked on a number of oral history research projects based around British Columbia, on a wide range of subjects including labour, land use, industry, immigration, diversity and more. Her oral history video, “Our Working Waterfront”, won 2nd prize in the SFU Blue Student Competition in Water, acknowledged at the 2015 Canadian Water Summit.

Vincent Tao is the Librarian at 221A, where he is responsible for the Pollyanna Library collection and associated programs. His independent research and organizing work concerns urban displacement and the right to the city. Tao’s recent projects at 221A include Notes on Political Ecologies (N.O.P.E. 2016); Rereading Room: the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore; Parallax Study: The New Romantics; and Deep Blue Open Archive. Recently, Tao took part in documenta 14’s an education program at Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning, travelling to Kassel to present and workshop the 221A’s educational programming. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Tao studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he was the outreach coordinator for a worker-run community kitchen.


City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites.

Our Climate . Our Future

december 8th
Synergy, Surfrider and the City of Victoria are co-hosting a film screening that will spark the conversation about Climate Change. Join us at the Vic Theatre on December 8th for a film screening of Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by the Grand Unveiling of the new Victoria Climate Leadership Plan, presented by Mayor Lisa Helps and Fraser Work.  

Climate Change can be a daunting issue, but the solutions start with us. Following the film, the City of Victoria will announce the the new plan, Synergy present green economy solutions, and Surfrider will convey what we can do as active citizens to make change. 

Let’s fill the room with movers n’ shakers who want to see Victoria continue to shift towards a more sustainable future!

This is a 19+ event as beer and cider will be available for purchase along with some of our favourite movie theatre snacks! Seating is not assigned. Doors open at 6:00 pm the film will start at 6:30 pm.

NGO HO HO 2017

december 8th
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    Victoria Event Centre

    1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2
On Friday December 8th join us at the Victoria Event Centre for the annual ​NGO HO HO, the holiday party for Victoria’s non-profit community. This year’s event features Bučan Bučan​​, Victoria’s favourite balkan brass band, along with special guest DJ’s. There will also be drink specials, a photo booth, and most importantly a room full of people who are engaged in creating positive change in our communities.  

This year’s event is hosted by SocialCoast. We look forward to seeing you there!

NGO HO HO 2017
Friday December 8th
Victoria Event Centre
Doors open at 9:00pm
Tickets $10 advance (or get 20% off a book of 10)
or $15 at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds

Bučan Bučan (www.bucanbucan.com)

Bučan Bučan, Victoria’s favourite Folk/Roots group in 2013 (Monday Magazine Awards), is a “high energy,” “spontaneous,” “not to be missed” Balkan brass marching band! Made up of a very colourful and talented collection of musicians playing trumpets, violins, clarinets, tubas, accordions, trombones and drums, Bučan Bučan has been entertaining crowds for the last five years with its variety of traditional, eastern European brass band tunes and original material inspired by Balkan rhythms and melodies. 

This high energy group is mobile and often plays while moving around a venue, indoors or outside, making use of the different features of performance spaces while giving their audiences an up close and personal experience with live music. Alternately, the band is just as comfortable on a nightclub stage playing to a packed dance floor.


This event is taking place on unceded Lkwungen territory.


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.

– this is a 19+ event
– the VEC is a licensed venue and will be serving alcohol
– washrooms will be gender-neutral for this event

Vancouver Chicken Save Saturday Vigil

december 9th

 · Hosted by Vancouver Chicken Save
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    Commercial and Hastings (NE corner)
*Please note* The timing for this week’s vigil has been adjusted, to coincide with the VCS co-presented workshop, Intro To Kingian Nonviolence and Reconciliation. Workshop attendees, please feel free to attend the vigil in the morning pre-workshop; or, we will have support on site for folks attending during the regular timeframe who are unable to attend the workshop.

This is Vancouver Chicken Save’s weekly chicken vigil at the Hallmark Chicken Slaughterhouse. We come together to bear witness and say goodbye to the chickens before they go to slaughter.

Taking it to the next level, we are also there to document any cruelty, ‘extreme suffering’ (ie broken legs, wings, wounds) or even dead chickens in the crates. With documenting we need close up as well as far away, meaning; footage of the actual event of bearing witness, the scene as a whole. We also have a presence out front on the NE corner of Hastings and Commercial. People are invited to hold signs & wave to drivers-by and open peoples eyes to the fact that this grey nondescript building is in fact a slaughterhouse.

Please join us in spreading the message of compassion and kindness!

Stay tuned for some other events happening this weekend.

New attendees: if you are joining us this week for your first vigil, please check in with Zoe, Meghan, Mick or Roy.

Intro To Kingian Nonviolence and Reconciliation

saturday and sunday
COST: Gift Economics


MUST FILL OUT ABOVE REGISTRATION (If you are having trouble with the form please email vancouverchickensave@gmail.com)

Saturday 9am – 5:30pm
Sunday 9am – 5:30pm

WHAT: Come join us for this transformational two-day workshop exploring Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement.

This workshop has helped thousands of people in various social justice movements as well as in prisons, law enforcement, schools and other communities understand the depth of the philosophy of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation. 

If you are an organizer working for social change, an activist working to reduce violence in your community, a youth worker/organizer, or just someone who wants to learn how to resolve their personal conflicts better, this workshop is for you!

WHERE: you will get exact directions after you register.

Vancouver Vegan Drinks December Meetup

Pack your bags, we’re going to the Black Lodge for another Vegan Drinks meetup! 🌲

The Black Lodge on Broadway is one of Vancouver’s newest vegetarian/vegan bars. Imagine tater tot poutine, hoppy IPAs, and boozy vegan milkshakes. 

New and returning people are welcome! 

This is a fairly casual and laidback meetup but is guaranteed to be good fun and a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks.

Hope to see you there!

Speakeasy | Every Tuesday

december 12th, 19th
Victoria Event Centre

1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2
Join us every Tuesday at the VEC for swing jazz and cocktail culture in an old-timey Prohibition era setting.

Live jazz by the city’s favourite swing jazz musicians in the form of The Capital City Syncopators and The Flying Saucers.

Cocktails and beverages created by Vincent VanderheideEric NordalKeith Williams, and special guest bartenders.

$10 at the door (includes a welcome drink!)


To book a table for your holiday staff party, please email Eric@VictoriaEventCentre.ca


For information on accessibility, please see our website or contact info@victoriaeventcentre.ca

This event is taking place within Lkwungen Territory.
Victoria Health Cooperative Dec 12th Special General Meeting
We, a group of Wellness Practitioners and enthusiastic clients, established the Victoria Heath Co-op in 2008 to facilitate access by the clients to a wide range of professionally qualified practitioners.  Very soon we were also providing services to community organizations including Our Place, BC Housing locations, public libraries etc.
In 2010 we agreed to take over the medical services previously run by the James Bay Community Project.  We are proud that we have maintained this service, caring for up to 7,400 patients.  But this has been at a high cost financially, in terms of community outreach and sheer exhaustion.
We now have an opportunity to hand over the medical service (the Co-op Health Centre) to Revive Lifestyle Medicine.  Revive would make space available to the Victoria Health Co-operative to facilitate the wellness and community services that were our first priorities. The Victoria Health Co-operative will continue to provide services to its members.
We invite you, as a Member-Owner of the Victoria Health Co-operative, to participate in a Special General Meeting to vote on whether to accept the proposal from Revive Lifestyle Medicine.  If you are able to attend in person, please do so.  If you are unable to attend, we invite you to use the Proxy Form below. Scroll over the link to open the document.
The Special General Meeting will be held on Tuesday December 12th at 7 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Boardroom of the James Bay Community Project at 547 Michigan Street. We hope you will plan on attending.
To RSVP for the meeting or if you have questions that can’t wait until the meeting, please call Vanessa at 250-415-9272 or use the email address below.

Volunteer Orientation and Work Party

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    Sierra Club BC Offices 301-2994 Douglas St. Victoria, BC V8T 4N4
Come join us for a volunteer orientation and work party.  

Things are picking up speed here, and we have an urgent need for many volunteers over the next few weeks. 

We launched a new stage of our forest campaign, and we’re racing against time to stop the rapid deforestation happening on Vancouver Island. Right now, endangered old-growth rainforest continues to be cut at a rate of 3 square meters per second. Find out more here: www.rainforestisland.ca. 

We are gathering at the Sierra Club BC Victoria offices on Wednesday, December 13th from 3- 5pm for an orientation and work party. If you’re new, come get trained and if you’re seasoned, come meet our new recruits and help with our forests campaign.

Once you’re trained, we will take to the streets, educate the public, and get as many petition signatures as possible. Can you join us? There will be copious amounts of potato chips and hot beverages. 

If you’re on board, please send me a note or text me with your availability. 

With gratitude, 

Elisabeth Hazell
Manager, Donor Support and Engagement
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