November 2021 Regular Meeting – AGENDA – 6PM Nov 17 – Chars and ZOOM

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Time: Nov 17, 2021 – 6:00pm Pacific Time – Duration 1hr or less.

November 17, 2021 – Regular Meeting

  1. Traditional Territory Acknowledgement 6:00
  2. Introductions
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Restoration of Dry Creek Estuary – Presentation at City in December
  4. Upcoming Events – 6:20
  5. Sub Group Reports –
    • Education and Networking
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni
    • Ocean Friendly PA
    • Watershed – Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition
    • Somass River Estuary Group
  6. Affiliated Groups (welcome to share if present) 6:45
    • Alberni Climate Action
    • Alberni Valley Nature Club
    • Other Groups
  7. Finances – 6:50
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts – Rob
    • Aggregate: $26,053.86
    • AVTTS: $1,483.25
    • Food Hub Committee: $14,317.34
    • Food Hub Education: $496.59
    • Grow Local: $2,530.07
    • Gleaning: $2,094.31
    • Cycle Alberni: $1,926.25
    • Alberni Climate Action: $2,668.88
  8. New Business and Other Fun Stuff!
  9. ADJOURN – 7:00PM or before

    Next Regular Meeting is December 15, 2021

Minutes from October Regular Meeting

Written Minutes to come

Dour doers?

Photo by Sophie Louisnard on Unsplash

I sent a copy of Rebecca Solnit’s most recent essay (it came out in print October 19) to a friend in Vancouver, partly as a thank-you for a favour done some months back, and also because he’s the kind of reader that likes material that tickles the brain. He phoned this morning to tell me that Solnit was going to speak with Matt Galloway on The Current, a conversation you can both find and whose transcript you can read at:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-oct-29-2021-1.6229890/how-george-orwell-s-roses-gave-rebecca-solnit-a-new-perspective-on-the-author-1.6230540

I’m finding that Orwell’s Roses adds a lot of insight, both in my appreciation of the life and work of the Orwellian one, but also, in typical Solnit fashion, in general little life hacks. One of the items she discusses in the interview with Galloway is the incident where Orwell was told by a fellow activist and hard-line socialist, that flowers are bourgeois, and therefore worthy of the scorn of progressive activists. So ought those most persistent in the search for a better world to swear off all forms of pleasure and appreciation that don’t directly add to the effort to tear down the capitalist edifice? Evidently, not according to Orwell himself, given that he planted and tended notoriously bourgeois roses and indulged in the sensuality of gardening, amongst other pleasures without, seemingly, diminishing his efforts to warn us of the rise of authoritarianism and the surveillance society.

My mother Maggie was a long-time activist involved in anti-war protests, advocacy for women, housing issues, voter registration, racial equality and pretty much any other cause that worked for a more just society, but who maintained a passion for art, music, design, gardening (including those pesky bourgeois flowers), food, books, and conversation as belonging in everyone’s more just existence, and often mentioned the thought that beauty and humour needed to feature prominently in efforts to broaden people’s perspectives on social and economic justice. She and Dad were both seriously activist in their attitude, but his outlook was more straightforward and looked to simple facts to take the converts down the road. There are echos of Maggie in a lot of the mental meanderings of Orwell’s Roses, a lot of them reflecting the need for balance in the search for a better life.

Dedicated to a resilient, low carbon society.