Announcements -09-May-2012

2012 May 09, by Chapter Council

Events in Brief

  1. May 8- – CBC and CHEK tv seniors series
  2. Thursday, May 17 – Saanich Community Gardens
  3. May 12, 7-9pm On the Radar
  4. May 25-28 – retreat

May 8-11 – CBC and CHEK tv seniors series

CBC News Vancouver, along with Business in Vancouver, take a look at the business behind caring for B.C.’s seniors, the companies that make their money caring for the elderly and why the system needs them.

B.C. seniors lost in care homes chasm

In the first part of a multi-platform, week-long joint BIV-CBC investigation, the state of seniors care in B.C. is unravelled – revealing a glut of pricey retirement homes and few affordable options to meet the aging population’s needs.

As B.C.’s population ages, the number of seniors heading for long-term care is increasing and that’s led to a booming business for operators. Those aged 65 and older make up about 15 per cent of B.C.’s population, but the number of seniors over the age of 85 is growing more than three times faster than the rest of the senior population. Most people over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, from home care to independent or assisted living, to residential care. While those who end up in residential care are a small fraction of the population, it’s a huge business.

The series will air this week,(8 – 11 May) Tuesday-Friday. The newscast always airs on CHEK (channel 6) at 6pm. Because of the hockey playoffs, we get bumped around a little bit, but we’re always on after the hockey game of the day (usually a little after 7pm). And there will be a special section on our website”

Thursday May 17 Evening discussion cafe topic: Saanich Community Gardens.

The largest municipality in the Capital Region has created only one community allotment garden — ever. We want to see that change and Saanich municipality agrees, opening the way to many substantial allotment gardens all across Saanich. These will create opportunities to grow food and much more — building connected resilient community while providing healthy food access to many who are threatened by commercial food prices (that may skyrocket). As we come together to plan shared gardens we share wider visions about how we (and everyone) may equitably sustainably share life on Earth.

At Crumsby cafe at the heritage schoolhouse, 4525 W Saanich Rd. Social drop-in 6-7pm, roundtable discussion 7-9pm.

Space is limited. Please RSVP


On the Radar – a Panel Discussion on Social Profiling, Police Accountability, and Community Oversight

MAY 12, 7-9pm
First Metropolitan Church
932 Balmoral Road


  • David Eby (BC Civil Liberties Association)
  • Hilary Marks (Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group)
  • Ashley Mollison (Safer for All campaign)

People living in extreme poverty face disproportionate amounts of police attention in the form of ticketing, searches, stops, and seizures of personal property — this is called social profiling, and communities across Canada are working together to see this stopped.

Interactions between police and people who are street-involved remain invisible because many of these interactions are undocumented by police, and marginalized community members lack access to reporting mechanisms such as the police complaints commission. It’s time for us to put these practices on the radar.

Come and hear about police accountability issues in BC, about actions taken in other Canadian regions to address social profiling of people who are street-involved, and about community initiatives to ensure community oversight of policing practices.

Mark Willson
Research Coordinator
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)

Phone: (250) 472-4386
Office: UVic student union building room B122
Mail: PO Box 3035 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen & WSANEC Territories, V8W 3P3

Renew, Re-energize and Reconnect to Life – Retreat

Stowell Lake Farm Retreat with Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler

May 25 – May 28, 2012

Engage heart, mind and spirit in the task of deepening and repairing our connections to ourselves, our human community and all planetary life. Celebrate the joy and beauty of life, open to our true place in nature, and share witness to our deepest feelings about the challenges facing our troubled world.

Drawing on a range of creative processes, we explore new ways of seeing that support a heart-felt and sustainable engagement with the world. Finding strength in our interconnectedness, we access the courage to speak our deepest truth and the creativity necessary for bringing our gifts into the service of life.

Maggie and Jackie have worked together for many years. Their work has evolved from that of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. “Jackie and Maggie are naturals at this work.” Joanna Macy.

For more information: For registration, rates and scholarship information: Jackie Larkin,, 250-478-7604