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Climate Preparedness

This is what I just sent off to the Province in response to the call from Edna to get us to contribute to the discussion about the Province’s climate preparedness initiative. It’s a little terse and leaves out some stuff, but, hey! it’s Friday afternoon and it was a rush job.

Submission to Climate Preparedness BC

First, preparation should include mitigating steps. Stop the LNG masquerade and redirect those resources into wind, solar and geothermal energy production. The same should apply to Site C, an expensive boondoggle that will flood some of the best farmland that we will need to feed ourselves. Remove subsidies for fossil fuels, along with preferential tax and royalty schemes, shifting those funds to less destructive and more sustainable practices.

Stop clear cutting of any kind, and any cutting of old growth forests. Instead, plant new trees with an idea that we will have forests, as opposed to tree farms. This will help not only to mitigate climate disruption, but will reestablish watersheds that support both wildlife and drinking water sources. Ban the export of raw logs and help rejig mills so that they can use fewer trees, but use them thoroughly and efficiently.

Set up farmland so that farmers can actually farm, including the provision of housing for farmworkers and subsidies to ensure that farmers actually make a living and provide nourishing local produce, meat and dairy to people around the province. Restructure agricultural studies to reflect the need for organic and regenerative practices so as to improve soils, restore nutritive value and sequester carbon in our soils. Eliminate the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Discourage urban sprawl in the strongest terms so that no further encroachment is made on land that has even marginal value to agriculture or forestry. Densify urban cores, build walkable neighbourhoods and shorten commutes, ensuring that foot, cycle and public transit become the primary modes of circulation. Make public transit free. Stop building freeways. Rebuild rail corridors wherever possible.

AVTTS Monthly Meeting, May, 2019

AVTTS Monthly Meeting, 2019 05 15

Agenda and Reports

Greetings, Introductions, Acknowledgement of FN Territory

Canada Green New Deal Round Table

Meg’s Doc Project (AVTTS Letter of Support)

Gleaning: Proposal from R. Powelson re: equipment purchase

Possible partnerships for usage of fruit (Would Twin City Brewing consider the production of small batch local ciders?  Would the Shelter Farm/Society want to be involved with gleaning/processing as a work skills/job generator? What other possibilities might we consider?)

Housing: possible presentation by John Edmonson (stemming from April AVCSI meeting)

Education: Rob is interested in doing a presentation on urban permaculture. Still waiting on a possible talk by Guy on soil health, lots of great material on regenerative ag/carbon farming. Several films pending due to licensing matters and costs.

Financial Report

Food Group Report

Here’s an update from Cycle Alberni.

We are well on the way to having another fantastic Bike To Work Week. Yesterday Sarah and I went to Council to publicize the event and to invite Mayor and Council to Bike to Council on May 27.

We have a full slate of events scheduled for May 27 to June 1 including the following:

Monday May 27 7-9 AM Pancake Breakfast at Jumping Slug Community Cyclery (formerly Ozzie’s)

Tue. 7-9 and 4-6 Steampunks Coffee

Wed. 4-6 Barclay

Thur. 7-9 Buy Low

Friday 7-9 ADSS

Sat. 11:00 Bike parade from Echo Centre

        Noon BBQ at Harbour Quay with live Rock and Roll band.

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