Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25 - Food Security

These ideas on food security came from participants in our Servin' up Sustainability event in June. Join the discussion on my Facebook page to comment or add your own ideas.

Food Security:
Increased local and provincial food self-sufficiency is essential. We must protect the agricultural land base, promote environmentally sustainable farm practices and support economic viability of food producers.

In Your Daily Life

· Overcome NIMBY attitude

· Buy fair trade

· Go to farmer's markets (Moss St market)

In the Community

· Build a community greenhouse

· Get involved in partnerships between schools and communities to grow community gardens

· Support volunteer for municipal politicians who support urban agriculture

In Provincial Government Policy

· Property laws that encourage new farmers (assist with land ownership, with leases)

· New Policies to prevent individuals from purchasing ALR land and turning it into private estates i.e. 1)Purchaser must file an agricultural plan and be able to implement it in 2 years 2) Demonstrate agricultural expertise/abilities 3) New buildings must not be situated in such a way that restricts future agricultural possibilities

· Funding and policy for food security related programs in schools (eg. ‘Growing Young Farmers’ program)

Ingredients of Sustainability

It has been just over a month since Dr Andrew Weaver and I presented Servin’ up Sustainabilty; a locovore dinner and community discussion on sustainability. The following notes are from that discussion.

Over the next 12 weeks, I will post the key discussion points that people shared. These points will be organized under headings of 12 Principles of Sustainability. Within each principle, people explored ideas that can be action in our daily lives, in our community and in our Provincial government policies.

Starting today, I will post one of these each Monday. I encourage you to read the description of each principle and the ideas generated. Feel free to join the online discussion on my Facebook page. There is no particular order to the principles, and ideas often overlap between principles.

I encourage this dialogue to be a thoughtful, challenging and respectful exploration of the 12 principles. It is my hope that this dialogue will inspire action.

12 Principles and the Dates they will be posted:

July 25 – Food Security

August 1 (BC Day) – Protection of the Commons

August 11 – Adaptive Management

August 15 – Precautionary Principle

August 29 – Biodiversity

September 6 – Resilience

September 12– Social Equity

September 19 – Just Transition

September 26 – Democracy & Due Process

October 3 – Full Cost Economics

October 10 (Thanksgiving) – Resource Conservation

October 17 – Ecosystem Protection

Thanks for the input so far – looking forward to more!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Meals "In The Bag"

Since my 2006 Think Outside the Bag campaign to eliminate plastic bags from the Capital Region, my collection of reusable grocery bags has reached critical mass.

Please help me get rid of these bags.

I will be donating all of my reusable grocery bags to the Mustard Seed food bank....once they are full of food donations.

Food banks often find that donations dwindle in the summer months, which can create real hardship. For example, families whose children don't have the benefit of a school lunch program are now wondering how to feed the family.

This is a change that we can have "in the bag".

Bring your donation of non-perishable food items to my Saanich South Constituency Office at 4085 Quadra and we will fill these bags for those in need.

Thanks everyone!

Friday, July 15, 2011

One Week Left to Comment on New Fish Farm Application

Hello Fellow Salmon Lovers,

Mainstream Canada, the Canadian arm of Norwegian fish farm company Cermaq has made application to use 55 hectares in Clayoquot Sound.

Although fish farming has recently changed jurisdiction from Provincial to Federal - the tenure for foreshore and for seabed rights are still through the Province.

The public comment period on this application closes on July 22, 2011 - next Friday. It appears that the only way to make comments is through this website - so please do so! There are two documents attached to this page - with images of the applications.

This area, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island is within the boundaries of the UN proclaimed UNESCO biosphere reserve - part of a global network of marine biospheres. To learn more about the biosphere program - click here.

Remember, wild Pacific salmon are still considered a common property resource in Canada - even if the fish farm companies and current Governments do not agree. We need to speak for the salmon! Demand protection for our wild salmon - they are the lifeblood of our coast!

All the best!


(Image: Existing Fish Farm Tenures in Clayoquot Sount area. Source: Friends of Clayoquot Sound)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thank-you to all those who took part in our bike rally today!!

This is MLA Doug Routley and myself standing in front of Capital City Bikes downtown Victoria. Our beautiful Squeaky Wheels banner is off to the side. We had many riders out today and appreciate all the good wishes.

Does the Squeaky Wheel get the grease? Sometimes yes and sometimes no...but it makes us feel better to speak out!

Cheers for now,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Squeaky Wheels Get the Grease!

Calling all cyclists in the Victoria region!
Join me this Thursday July 7 for a bike rally!
Our message is clear: Vote Yes to extinguish the HST on bikes in BC!
The rally starts at 11am sharp at Performance Cycles, 3949 Quadra St.

We’ll pick up riders along the way. Our tentative schedule includes stops at Ryder's Cycles, and Straight-Up Cycles.

The rally finishes at Capital City Cycles, 1419 Broad St, at 12pm with a few short speeches by leaders in the cycling and anti-HST community.

Click here for the route.

For thirty years, bikes (and bike expenses like repairs, helmets and locks) were PST exempt. Why? Because it makes no sense to tax such a healthy and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. The HST ended the exemption and in effect created a new 7% tax cycling.

Just over a year ago brought together thousands of cyclists from across BC who opposed the HST and the new tax it put on cycling.

Over 500 hundred of us rallied on the front steps of the Legislature and I submitted a petition to the Speaker of the House with over 5000 signatories.

With the HST referendum ongoing, now is the time for cyclists to again come together and send a strong message: Vote Yes to extinguish the HST on bikes in BC!

Can the B.C. Liberal government explain how jacking up the price of a bike is going to help make B.C. more sustainable or encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices?

And how does a new tax on cycling possibly advance B.C.’s Climate Action Plan? Getting people out of their cars and onto their bikes will reduce carbon emissions. It also means less traffic congestion, less wear and tear on our roads and lower health-care costs.

A government that increases taxes on green transportation is traveling in the wrong direction.

Join me for a ride on Thursday and let's help turn this thing around!


Lana Popham
MLA, Saanich South