Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26 - Resource Conservation

These ideas on Resource Conservation came from participants in our Servin' up Sustainability event in June.

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Resource Conservation

The principles of 'reduce, reuse, and recycle' must govern
the use of all materials and energy. Renewable resources use should be less than the rate of replenishment, while non-renewable resource use must be decreased in order to conserve and share equitably with future generations.

Ways to apply Resource Conservation,

In Your Daily Life

· Use low flow showerheads, washers, taps

· Insulate homes, replace windows to lower heat loss

· Buy second hand

In the Community

· Reduce consumption – reusing – recycle – refuse waste

· More bike lanes

· Public transportation

Provincial Government Policy

· Need for a non-renewables extraction strategy

· Funding for public transit – & more discounts to regular users using the system

· Stop old growth logging on Vancouver Island

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saanich South Community Garden Update

Travis (AKA the Best Farm Worker Ever) is helping whip the Community Garden back into shape - it's been getting a bit out of hand with all the sunshine.

He is making really good time clearing the jungle of weeds!

It was really great to get my own hands in the soil again today, too! Just planting some winter pansies - but gardening nonetheless!

Seems like a good idea to get grounded before the Legislature resumes in less than two weeks.

Come on down to 4085 Quadra and enjoy some of the last days of summer in our garden!

See you soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19 - Just Transition

These ideas on Just Transition came from participants in our Servin' up Sustainability event in June.

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Just Transition

Mechanisms must be in place to manage the transition toward a Sustainable BC so that everyone takes responsibility and no one bears an unfair share of the burden of change.

Ways to prepare for Transition to sustainability:

In Your Daily Life

· Consider your purchases, where they come from, and if you really need them

· Resist victim mentality, be proactive and demonstrate leadership

· Purchase from environmentally & socially responsible companies whenever possible

In the Community

· Set up carpooling at work

· Set up walk or run groups in the community

· Make Quadra Street more bike friendly!!! Increase the amount of bike lanes in Victoria

Provincial Government Policy

· Policies that assist small family farming

· Student loan relief for ‘green’ training or free education for reviewable tech, etc

· Government purchases of land from ALR and made available via lease at reasonable rates to farmers so they don’t have the full burden of land acquisition and maintenance (as with park lands)

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12 - Social Equity

These ideas on the Social Equity came from participants in our Servin' upSustainability event in June.

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Social Equity:

Every British Columbian has a right to clean air and water, healthful food, adequate shelter, quality education and health care, safe surroundings, a sustainable livelihood and active participation in the economy.

Ways you can encourage Social Equity

In Your Daily Life

· Monitor what your kids watch on TV, encourage shows like “Jamie Olivers Food Revolution”

· Organize community meet ups to address issues in the community

· Advocate for the need for publicly owned and managed water etc. Water as a human right.

In the Community

· Support and volunteer for local politicians who campaign on social housing

· Get rid of standardized testing in schools

· Start a garden at a homeless shelter

Provincial Government Policy

· Policies promoting community farming and supporting food banks

· Address and promote healing for the legacy and harm caused by colonialism. First Nations have much to teach in regards to living in harmony and responsibly, these ethics cannot be lost.

· Raise minimum wage to $15-$17 and hour which families and live on and have the opportunity to make better socially conscious choices

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Connecting the Dots for Mental Health

September 10, 2011

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and about 300 people participated in a rally in downtown Victoria. They are calling for some very basic services not currently available to British Columbians in mental health crises. Access to emergency psychiatric services, a bed to sleep on during their crisis, and publicly funded psychotherapy are some of the services needed not available to most people.

Although I had to be elsewhere - my staff represented me at the rally, including reading my statement below.

Too many people are falling through the cracks in our mental health system. It is well passed time to address the gaps that lead already vulnerable people to suicide.

Thank you to the organizers, the volunteers, the speakers, the photographers, for the donations and, of course, thank you to the DOTS.

Good Day Dots Supporters,

I regret that I am unable to be here is person today. It was a great pleasure for our Saanich South Constituency office to assist the Dots Rally from the beginning. The awareness that DOTS is bringing to our Capital Region and to our Province is extremely valuable. Political will is often driven by public

awareness and demand, and taking this issue to the streets, literally, is an excellent use of time and resources. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Jean- for her dedication and passion.

I was thinking about who I would wear my dot for?

This is a question that emphasizes the incredible need for seamless mental health care in Canada and in BC. This is a question that can't be answered without feeling a sense of sadness and frustration due to the lack of connection for people of all ages who suffer with mental illness.

So who does my dot represent? My dot represents Rusty, Brendan and Cam; friends who are not here today because they couldn't find a way to connect the dots and they fell between the cracks. My dot represents all of us who have lost people or feel we are losing people because there are too many spaces between the DOTS here in BC. My DOT is for our community that is suffering because we don't have a plan. And my DOT is for you, because you are here today, and my DOT is standing beside yours making the connection.

Thank-you so very much for taking part is this incredibly important event.

Your Sincerely,

Lana Popham

MLA, Saanich South

(Hands Photo: Daphne Shaed)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6 - Resilience

These ideas on the Resilience came from participants in our Servin' upSustainability event in June.

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Diversity needs to be fostered in communities and ineconomic, social and infrastructure systems in order to lessen vulnerability to risk, uncertainty and surprise, to maintain flexibility, to aid adaptation in the face of adversity and to facilitate future innovation and infrastructure.

Ways that you can foster resilience,

In Your Daily Life

· Get to know your neighbours

· Grow your own food and increase your consumption of organic foods

· Re-skill – learn how to do basic things such as canning, sewing, cooking, and fixing things rather than throwing things out

In the Community

· Engage youth & children

· Bring dynamic innovative training into the school system from an early age to foster creative caring citizens and solutions

· Give feedback to municipal councils for positive actions taken (eg. Infrastructure, transportation)

Provincial Government Policy

· Mandatory food composting for dense areas

· Incorporate gardening skills into elementary school curriculum

· Prohibit genetically modified crops or imported goods

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Be Positive.......or B+

Do you donate blood?

I heard a radio ad today letting us know that there is a real need for blood right now. I have donated in the past but it's been awhile. I know it's an important thing to do and many lives depend on I called and made an appointment.

On Tuesday I will be donating 450ml (1 pint) of B+ blood.


Information about donating blood to Canadian Blood Services:

Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Much of the blood that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. In Canada, hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.

· The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints

· There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit

· On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient

· In 2004/2005 Canadian Blood Services collected approximately 850,000 units of whole blood

It is estimated that about one in two Canadians can give blood. However, this year only one in 60 has and Canadian Blood Services needs this to change.

Basic Eligibility

Please note that this information is subject to change. Final eligibility determination rests with the screening staff at the donor clinic.

Identification with full name and signature, or full name and photograph required.

To donate, you must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health, and feeling well on the day of your donation. If you have never donated before and have had your 61st birthday, or if you are between the ages of 67 and 71, and have not donated within the last two years, you must be assessed by a physician who must fill out and sign the following letter. You must also meet the other standard requirements for donation. To find out more, please call us at1 888 2 DONATE.

Letter to the Attending Physician (Please bring the completed letter with you to the clinic when you next come in to donate)

At least 50 kg (110 lb).

Frequency of Donation
Minimum interval between blood donations is 56 days.

In general good health and feeling well. You should have had something to eat and adequate sleep. You must also meet hemoglobin (iron) requirements (test done at clinic).

At the time of donation, you will be asked a number of questions to determine your eligibility. For example:

· Had dental treatment (extractions, fillings, cleaning, restoration)

o For cleaning or filling: until the day after treatment

o For extraction, root canal or dental surgery: 72 hours provided there is full recovery

· A cold, flu or sore throat

o Full recovery

· Had ear or body piercing or tattooing

o 6 months

Donating blood does not put you at risk of disease. All needles are sterile, used only once and discarded. The usual blood collection - a "unit" - is about half a litre, or one pint. Your body soon replaces all the blood you donate.

Stem Cells
To be eligible to join the Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, you must:

· Be between 17 and 50 years of age

· Meet certain health-related criteria

· Fall between certain height and weight levels

For more information please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).