Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft March 29th, 2018

Teach-In at Kwekwecnewtxw: Kinder Morgan’s Route & Construction
clock 29 March at 18:00–21:00
Next Week · 4–11° Cloudy

pin Trans Mountain Trail

Learn more about what Kinder Morgan is up to.

Wilderness Committee will be doing a deep dive into the route and construction of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline.

Directions: The Kwekwecnewtxw, or “watch-house,” is located north-east of the Burnaby 200 soccer field on the Trans Mountain Trail. Please refer the screenshot in this event for further details.
Google Maps link: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Forest+Grove+Park,+8505+Forest+Grove+Dr,+Burnaby,+BC+V5A+4H5/49.266367,-122.9200034/@49.2658861,-122.9210012,323m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x548679d02712f517:0x26253b6bd444a925!2m2!1d-122.919965!2d49.2652349!1m0!3e0

Palestine Now – Film Screening and Discussion
clock Thursday at 18:00–21:00
2 days from now · 7–11° Rain Showers

pin The Student Union Building
The SUB, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P3


Please join us for a screening and discussion of the film “Palestine Now” hosted in the UVic SUB in room B028 at 6:00, April 29. This 2017 documentary looks at the impact of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, fifty years after the Mid-East war of 1967. Israel’s apartheid policies have brought enormous hardship to the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, including the massive destruction of homes and olive groves, the killing and jailing of thousands of Palestinians (including hundreds of children), and much more. The charges against teenager Ahed Tamimi and her current trial have again drawn the attention of the world to the crimes committed by the Israeli state against Palestine. The screening will include discussion of the latest developments in this struggle.

Admission is free, however donations are appreciated in order to help cover the costs of our events and anti-apartheid activities.
Worth Fighting For
29 March at 19:00–22:00
Next Week · 6–10° Rain Showers

pin SFU Woodward’s
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4
Show map

On March 29th, Reel Causes and Wilderness Committee are pleased to present #WorthFightingFor, an evening of film and conversation to raise awareness about the value and fragility of our environment. Hunting Giants and Water Warriors address issues from Canada’s west and east coasts, showing how individuals and communities are coming together to save and protect the only planet we have. Nuuca, set in North Dakota, reveals important truths beyond the impact of oil on the land.

It’s all #WorthFightingFor.

Following the screening, there will be a post-film Q&A with the following panelists, moderated by Joe Foy, national campaign director with Wilderness Committee:
– Andrea Inness, campaigner with the Ancient Forest Alliance
– Sofi Hindmarch, independent biological consultant
– Nipawi Kakinoosit, an activist featured in Water Warriors
– Sean Horlor and Steve Adams, Hunting Giants filmmakers

More details @reelcauses.org

**Online sales for this event close at 3:30 pm on March 29th. Door tickets will still be available from 6:30 pm**


Going Wildwood! Ecoforestry Tour and Picnic Lunch
clock 31 March at 10:00–18:00
Next Week · 5–11° Partly cloudy

pin Fernwood Square
Fernwood and Gladstone, Victoria, British Columbia

Join Coast Connect, on our 14-seat passenger bus for a tour of Wildwood Ecoforest with forest stewards of the Ecofrestry Institute, for an invigorating walk and picnic in celebration of spring and to learn about about practical/sustainable forestry alternatives to the dominant industrial forestry paradigm, as developed by the late legendary ecoforester Merv Wilkinson.

The fee per passenger for this 7 hour outing is $120, with proceeds to support on-going low barrier transportation to the Walbran valley.

A delicious picnic lunch and additional trailhead access to wildflower meadows on Mt. Wells en route back to Victoria, is provided.

To register please etransfer: bccoastconnect@gmail.com. Deadline for registration is March 25th.

This walk is happening with gratitude on the unceded territory of the Stzu’minus First Nations

For more information, call: 778-265-3564



Saturday, March 31st
5-7 pm
Olympic Village area

Seva the Plant Powered Dogg invites your dogg to her first DOGG pupper club! She can’t wait to share her favourite food, that she says will deliver delight to her furry friends’ taste buds, all while you learn about DOGG’s exciting plans, new upcoming programs, and community fun launching in Vancouver, BC.

Join a delightful DOGG supper for your dog, with tasty appies and bevies for you!

RSVP please, it’s free, but limited to 15 dogs. visit joindogg.com.

How Cuba’s Democracy Works
clock 2 April at 14:00–16:00
Next Week · 5–11° Rain Showers

pin 706 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3J1, Canada

Come and learn more about Cuba’s Democratic Process, as well as the Che Guevara Work Brigade.

Monday, April 2nd @ 2pm
Organized by: Canadian Cuban Friendship Association (CCFA)
Location: Centre For Socialist Education 706 Clark Dr.
Speakers: Juan Carlos Rodriguez Diaz and Yamil Martínez Marrero

Juan Carlos Rodriguez Diaz, elected member of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, professor of history, and historian of the City of Pinar del Rio, will talk about elections and democracy in Cuba

Yamil Martínez Marrero, official of the Canada Desk of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in Havana will outline the Ché Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba, taking place from April 22nd to May 6. For tour registration information and itinerary please see on back page.

These two distinguished Cubans are on a 2-week tour of nine cities from Halifax to Victoria organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba.
This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. In acknowledging this, we must be in solidarity with the struggles of the peoples of the territory in which we occupy.


Guests from Cuba on Elections & Democracy in Revolutionary Cuba!

3 April at 19:00–22:00

pin Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia, Vancouver, British Columbia

~ La versión en español sigue la versión en inglés ~

Guest Speakers Direct from Cuba:
Member of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, Historian of the City of Pinar del Rio and Professor at the “Hermanos Saíz Montes de Oca” University
Director of the Canada Desk of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)

** A Free Community Event **
7pm – Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
350 E. Georgia Street
Downtown Vancouver, Canada

This event will be taking place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and the Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Coast Salish Nations.

On March 11, 2018, over 7 million Cubans went to the polls to elect a new National Assembly of People’s Power. The election of the National Assembly is one step in the process which will culminate in mid-April with the vote by the National Assembly for the country’s new State Council, and soon after, they will elect Cuba’s new President.

As part of a 9 city cross-Canada tour, we invite you to join us with two great speakers visiting direct from Cuba, including member of Cuba’s National Assembly and Historian of the City of Pinar del Rio, JUAN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ DÍAZ, who will discuss more about Cuba’s elections and democratic process. He will be joined by YAMIL MARTÍNEZ MARRERO, director of the Canada Desk of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). Yamil will also speak about an exciting chance to travel to Cuba with the Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade, April 22 – May 6, 2018 and the ongoing impact of the U.S. blockade on Cuba.

To view the event poster: http://vancubasolidarity.com/posters/180403-CNC-ICAP-Tour.pdf

For more info: 778-882-5223 or 778-879-2759

Organized by:
Canadian Network on Cuba – CNC

Endorsed by:
Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), Communist League – Vancouver, Friends of Cuba Against the Blockade – Vancouver



Oradores invitados directos de Cuba:
Miembro de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular de Cuba, historiador de la ciudad de Pinar del Río y profesor de la Universidad “Hermanos Saíz Montes de Oca”
Director de la Oficina de Canadá del Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP)

** Un evento comunitario gratuito **
7pm – Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
350 E. Georgia Street
El centro de Vancouver, Canadá

Este evento se llevará a cabo en los territorios tradicionales de las naciones Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) y Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh).

El 11 de marzo de 2018, más de 7 millones de cubanos acudieron a las urnas para elegir una nueva Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular. La elección de la Asamblea Nacional es un paso en el proceso que culminará a mediados de abril con el voto de la Asamblea Nacional para el nuevo Consejo de Estado del país, y poco después elegirán al nuevo presidente de Cuba.

Como parte de una gira por nueve ciudades de Canadá, te invitamos a unirte a nosotros con dos grandes oradores que visitan directamente de Cuba, incluido el miembro de la Asamblea Nacional de Cuba e historiador de la ciudad de Pinar del Rio, JUAN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ DÍAZ, quien discutirá más sobre las elecciones de Cuba y el proceso democrático. A él se unirá YAMIL MARTÍNEZ MARRERO, director de la Oficina de Canadá del Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP). Yamil también hablará sobre una excelente oportunidad de viajar a Cuba con la Brigada de Trabajo Voluntario Che Guevara, del 22 de abril al 6 de mayo de 2018. El hablará también del impacto actual del bloqueo de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba.

Para ver el cartel del evento: http://vancubasolidarity.com/posters/180403-CNC-ICAP-Tour.pdf
Para más información: 778-882-5223 o 778-879-2759

Organizado por:
Canadian Network on Cuba – CNC

Aprobado por:
Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), Communist League – Vancouver, Friends of Cuba Against the Blockade – Vancouver



How To Mix Social Justice and Business | waaw! TALKS

clock 5 April at 18:00–20:00

pin Suite Genius Mt. Pleasant
225 West 8th Avenue #300, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1N3


These events are taking place on Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories.

❝How To Mix Social Justice and Business❞

Join speakers MELANIE MATINING, JESSIE ANDERSON and RUBY SMITH DIAZ as they talk about their experiences navigating capitalism, supporting clients and hustling hard while still staying connected to communities that matter to them. Sometimes the corporate world and the world of activism, social justice advocacy and meaningful change feel at odds. Join these speakers for a conversation on socially responsible business practices.

waaw! TALKS is a series of events that encourages critical thinking among professionals. Cicely Blain Consulting is passionate about accessibility, equality, inclusivity and diversity and hopes to make meaningful change in workplaces across Vancouver and beyond. In this series, audiences gain powerful and exclusive insight into the minds of some of Vancouver’s greatest change-makers. Each month, new speakers will deliver empowering words to help inspire and revolutionize your business.

The events will be sweet combination of inspirational and intriguing conversation with expert panelists and professional networking opportunities.

waaw! [wow]
interjection, adverb
1. Yes!
In the indigenous West African language of Wolof, the tribal language of the Blain family, waaw means yes!

> First Thursday of Every Month! <


May 3rd: “How To Support LGBTQ Clients and Staff”

June 7th: “Consent and Non-Violence in the Workplace”

July 5th: “Creating a Feminist Workplace”

August 2nd: “What is Intercultural Understanding?”

September 6th: “Queer and Trans Accessibility in Healthcare”


If you are in need of ASL-English registered interpreters, please indicate if you need this service so we can accomodate you accordingly.

The space is wheelchair accessible, with gender neutral bathrooms and scent-reduced.


Animal Advocacy Camp 2018!
clock 14 April at 10:00–17:00

pin Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5J2

Vancouver Island Vegan Association and Liberation B.C. are proud to announce the return of Animal Advocacy Camp in 2018! For the first time, AAC will be taking place on Vancouver Island in Victoria, B.C!

The event will feature 6 speakers from a variety of fields in animal advocacy from activists to authors, academics and politics.
You can see the full list of speakers on the website at

Animal Advocacy Camp

*Schedule to be released soon!

**MAINLAND FOLKS! Please DM Liberation BC or Meghan Beattie if you are wanting to drive over or need a ride and we will coordinate car pools!

This will be a full day event starting in the morning with a lunch break catered by local vegan eatery Green Cuisine.

The event will be held in the Gibson Auditorium at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, located in the Young Building Room 219.
A map is provided on Eventbrite

The building is wheelchair accessible, with a gender neutral washroom.

If you need to access sliding scale ticket options please contact us at vancouverislandvegan@gmail.com

We are grateful to the Animal Protection Party of Canada for their generous support of the event.

We wish to acknowledge that we are organizing this event on the unceded territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.


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