In the three years plus I’ve been putting down my impressions about the differences and similarities we have observed as we transition from our life in California to our life in Victoria, I surprise myself about the number of topics that have presented themselves. I think that must mean there is a lot of small, barely perceptible ways that life and living acquire slight nuances between the two locales. I was struck recently by one that I think is probably among the more subtle or subconscious of them: sounds.

As I stood at our local war memorial this past Remembrance Day and thought of you, the words of the old nursery rhyme “Georgy, Porgy pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry” floated into my head. Not irreverently, but fondly, for as a child you were known to me as “Uncle Porgy.”

Carbonate your garden? It’s not quite like carbonating a fizzy drink, though it may make your garden more effervescent. What I’m talking about is using your garden as a tool to fight climate change by pulling carbon out of the air and storing it in the soil.

On September 25 I attended a community information session hosted by CRD and held at the Victoria Edelweiss Club in James Bay to learn about the Clover Point Forcemain construction project. This project, part of the overall wastewater treatment plan, will result in construction along Dallas Road over the next two years. CRD staff and contractor representatives provided information and answered questions on all aspects of the project.

To repudiate the laws such as the Doctrine of Discovery and others that give Europeans the right of sovereignty is a place to start the political process of sharing and respecting all who live here. Church parties, too, should “formally adopt and comply with the principles … of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation” (p.52).

Book Review: Climate Change, second edition by Joseph Romm

If you have any questions about Global Warming, aka Climate Change, this is the go-to book for you. Beautifully organized by questions within major topics (chapters), anyone can catch up on the most recent information, discover the scientific basis for these changes, and read the predictions of scientists for the planet’s future.

Fossils in James Bay

Fossils in James Bay, you say? Yes, and not plump grey-haired two-legged survivors with walkers, either. No, there are 18,000 new actual fossils at the Royal BC Museum which have been donated recently by the McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site