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Notes and Minutes from March Regular Meeting

Hi everyone!

Here’s my notes from Wednesdays regular meeting. If any of the folks who were there have anything to add please do so! 🙂 Post them in the comments here. I will also have a post about the Movie.

AGENDA: Main AVTT Meeting

#1: Meet and Greet new and old Members

Guy, Myron, Rob, Edna, Dan, Chris

Permaculture – Rob:
Large Permaculture course — $1100 person — Saturday/Sunday — 9-til-5 with Saturday Potluck — 6 Weeks course —
Need 6 people minimum – not sure if they’ll get one in town. Works toward a Design Certificate

Small Permaculture 101 – $40-$60 — part fundraiser as well Looking at late April or early May for either of these to happen. Will cross post through the Mt Klitsa Garden Club and Environmental Coalition

7 Cedars Studio in Coombs — can investigate on workshops that they put on.

Public Hearing in Lantzville for Compassion farm— public hearing on Monday the 21st.

Food — Local Food Map – Will contact ACRD directly rather than doing delegation to see if we can get it on… getting close, feedback has been good
Edna will be calling a meeting of the Food Group soon at Bob Collins
– Agricultural Plan will be released soon.
– Once the listing is done then Food Group can perhaps focus on Permaculture with Rob.

Could we encourage the City Works to embrace Perma Culture?

Guy: Picking fruit from un-tended trees in City — make a tree map — make a connection with groups in Victoria — a plan would have to be developed to know what to do with it. Comox organizes individuals to do picking… 1/3 to owner, 1/3 to sally ann, 1/3 to picker.

Edna/Myron/Chris: Shared comments about the meeting that was held on Saturday with BCEAO and CEAA to develop public meeting format for Port Alberni on Raven Coal. In general it was thought to be very successful. Apparently more successful than subsequent meeting with Comox groups.

—- EDAP —- Dan’s report (check out his BLOG POST HERE)

Kinsale and Totnes looked at Plans included historical development of dependancy

Kinsale – fictional, blue sky visioning and filled in middle details
Totnes – was more targeting but didn’t see any specific targets on reductions in energy and CO2

Things that struck him —–
– definitely work to be done on attitude shift
– reducing empire building and duplication
– set timelines for where they want to be and goals
– put together Open Space workshops with stakeholders

Is 20/20 going to get going again?
– Asset mapping Open Space session coming soon through 20/20 vision.

Make the EDAP into a list of goals to be

NEXT MEETING _ April – 20th – At Chars’ Landing 6PM – Water Film at 7PM

AVTT Meeting – Minutes from Feb 16

My apologies for not getting to this quicker. I gotta remember not to give in to the urge to write notes rather than type them directly… just not very efficient!

Anyway, I will do my best to summarize:

#1 Meet and Greet Members
In Attendance: Chris, Dan, Edna, Myron, Colin, Rob Powelson (new member!)

#2: Permanent Meeting Place
– We met in the basement of Echo Village (the retirement home across from “Echo woods”). It was a nice room, very large, would be great for movie nights and it’s free for AVTT to use. Dan indicated the catch is that we can not pre-book long into the future. That said, he doesn’t anticipate there being a problem getting bookings there when we need to in the future.

– It was also discussed and agreed that we should use the opportunity of us being there in the basement to include residents at the Village in any movie showings that we might have there.

– There was also the possibility discussed of having meetings at Echo Center in one of the smaller rooms. This would be great for visibility but would come at a cost (by donation?). We would receive a preferential rate from the City.

#3: Films
– March – Energy – March 16 at 7PM with AVTT meeting at 6:00 beforehand — we need to have a title ready to show for the Energy film by next week (Feb 20-25)
– April – Water film – April (World Water day is March 22 and Earth Day is April 29)
– May – Food Inc
– June – Findholm (?)

#4: Groups

– Edna for food group reported that the farmers are very excited with the success of the local food initiatives. They are starting to have to expand their capacity to meet demand. Great news!
– Edna and Chris reported on the Local Food Directory. It is starting to come together and is near completion. Will be meeting with the ACRD, City and CHamber shortly to show it to them, get their endorsement and get it up on their website.
– Lots of Food stuff going on, but no specific Food Group meetings being scheduled right now.

Energy group had its first meeting. Made plans for a movie focusing on Energy issues and hoping to draw people in to work on the EDAP.
– From Energy Group Minutes –
– Energy Group will be producing a “one-pager” hand out for folks at the Energy movie event
Other news:
– There will be a door-to-door survey for the ACRD Socio-Economic impact study for the Raven Coal project supported by the AEC.
– Dan passed on the good news that the ALEHS has gotten its official society papers and is moving forward on a business plan. We all wish them great success.

#5: Events:
– Thunder in the Valley – Happens in August – Chris attempted contact with no response. Will try again
– July 1 Canada Day parade. It was discussed that it would be great to have a presence at the parade. We need volunteers in the group to do it. Lots of people already busy with other things. Chris will put it up on the website to see if anyone wants to take it on.

#7: Next Meeting Time/Place
March 16 at Echo with the Movie!