Thursday, November 24, 2016

Saanich News: Watershed Event

OPINION - MLA REPORT
by Lana Popham
Reprinted from the Saanich News, November 23 2016

There are hundreds of people in our community who volunteer to improve our local environment. They often organize around a particular part of nature or natural life. It might be helping to restore a stream so salmon can once again use it to spawn, or to protect a forest stand that holds endangered wildlife and trees that are hundreds of years old. There are literally dozens of streams, rivers, bogs, wetlands, lakes and other natural places in Saanich that are cared for by our volunteering friends and neighbours.

It makes sense to focus in on specific parts of an ecosystem, it helps to set priorities and makes goals more achievable. But it also means that all these different individuals, societies, associations, volunteer groups and charities can feel separated or disconnected from each other.

To strengthen our interconnectedness and celebrate all the volunteers who work to restore and protect our precious watersheds, I am very pleased to invite you to a dinner and family-friendly event: I Watersheds! It will take place on Saturday November 26th at the Cordova Bay United Church, from 5:30-9:00pm.

Highlights to expect:

  • Working watershed models; 
  • More than a dozen local non-profit exhibitors; 
  • A “locavore” dinner (we are sourcing fresh food ingredients from close by); 
  • Live music (recording artists and prohibition-era Jazz band, the Capital Syncopators); 
  • Fun and educational activities for children (the event is designed to be for all ages); 
  • A photo-booth; and 
  • A celebratory certificate presentation for watershed volunteer community leaders.

A “watershed” is a good way to think about our interconnectedness. Watersheds are physical spaces that hold, filter and move rainfall. They include streams, rivers, lakes, bogs and inlets. There are two watersheds that cover almost all of the Constituency of Saanich South, named after the Colquitz River and Tod Creek. Watersheds are all around us and essential to our health and well-being even if we sometimes take them for granted.

Watersheds are often called “arteries of the land,” that is how important they are!

Watersheds filter water so we can drink it; they recharge reservoirs and aquifers and are critical to our local farmers, they give life and nourishment to countless species of fish, birds, invertebrates and mammals; they hold together larger ecosystems and clean and refresh the water, soil and air that we and all beings require to survive and thrive. When appreciating the importance of sustainable watersheds in our communities, we must begin by acknowledging the great debt we owe to the Coast Salish people. They preserved the richness of the environment we live in today for thousands of years before colonization in the 19th century. There are five original First Nations of W̱SÁNEĆ (anglicized as “Saanich”): the Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum, Malahat and Pauquachin Nations. As we work to restore watersheds from the impact of settlement and industrialization, we can look to the history and knowledge of the Saanich and Coast Salish peoples for insights and direction.

The event is sponsored by my Constituency Office as well as the Peninsula Streams Society, Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society and the Cordova Bay United Church. With special thanks to the Capital Regional District and the District of Saanich.

Tickets are only $10 (and that includes dinner). Seating is limited: tickets can be picked-up Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-2:00pm at the Constituency Office, 4085 Quadra St. For more information call my office at 250 479 4154 or visit www.saanichsouth.ca.

Warm Regards,

MLA Lana Popham

Original article: http://www.saanichnews.com/community/402334505.html

SHAW TV: Constituency Report, Fall 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

You are invited - Saturday Nov. 26!


Dear Friends,

It is my privilege to invite you and your family to: I Watersheds, 5:30pm-9:00pm on Saturday November 26 at the Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave.

This is an evening to: Celebrate those who restore and protect our precious watersheds!
Highlights to expect:
  • Working watershed models;
  • More than a dozen local non-profit exhibitors;
  • A “locavore” dinner (we are sourcing fresh food ingredients from close by);
  • Live music (recording artists and prohibition-era Jazz band, the Capital Syncopators);
  • Fun and educational activities for children (the event is designed to be for all ages);
  • A photo-booth; and
  • A celebratory certificate presentation for volunteer community leaders.  
Tickets are only $10. Seating is limited: please contact my office at your earliest convenience to reserve your place (if you have not done so already). Tickets can be picked-up Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-2:00pm at the Constituency Office, 4085 Quadra St.

The event is sponsored by my Constituency Office as well as the Peninsula Streams Society, Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society and the Cordova Bay United Church. With special thanks to the Capital Regional District and the District of Saanich. Warm Regards,
MLA Lana Popham
Warm regards, Lana

Lana Popham
Member of the BC Legislative Assembly for Saanich South
P: 250.479.4154 | | F: 250.479.4176  |  4085 Quadra, Victoria BC V8X 1K5
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Saanich News: Celebrating sustainable food

OPINION - MLA REPORT
by Lana Popham
Reprinted from the Saanich News, Nov 9, 2016

I’m very active on Facebook – but I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The technology can be complicated and distancing. And we all have our own expectations of privacy.
So for those of you who aren’t on Facebook, I would like to share a personal post and photograph that I put up on my birthday last week.
It will give you insight into a big part of what inspires and motivates me every day, and a little context for how I set my priorities as Opposition spokesperson for agriculture and food.
Today I turned 48 years old. Yikes. I was so very fortunate to have been given a gift to dine at Chez Pannise (in Berkeley, Calif.) this weekend.
This restaurant and owner,  Alice Waters,  have been in business since 1971, almost as long as I’ve been alive. It’s been a centre of a food revolution and the influence Ms. Waters has had over her lifetime is remarkable. The things Alice Waters has dedicated her life to fighting for are an inspiration for me and allow me to know that food is worth the fight.
The idea of sustainable, regional, fresh, nutritious food may seem like a luxury, even trendy to some, but in reality I think it’s the way our world works best.
Sustainably scaled production, respect for our environment, fair treatment of workers, fair prices for food, a community that is educated on eating seasonally, kids who know where their food comes from and how to prepare it, chefs who have relationships with their farmers, universal access to nutritious food, a health care system that uses food as medicine – it’s all part of a healthy, diversified economy.
I am passionate about all of this and have dedicated my life and career to trying to find a way forward to this reality at a provincial level in B.C. I stand strong with so many of you who are on the same quest.
So, at 48 years old, I am checking Chez Panisse off my bucket list, and in doing so I celebrate all you farmers, producers, processors, chefs, eaters, consumers, teachers and farmland protectors who feel the same way I do: that we can change the world by the way we eat.
I look forward to continuing this fight for the rest of my life.
Lana Popham is the MLA for Saanich South.