Climate action and Sooke’s Official Community Plan were significant topics at the Celebrate Sooke event Photo credit Lily Mah-Sen
Transition Sooke in the Community
Volunteers from Transition Sooke set up a table at two recent community events — Celebrate Sooke on September 18 at John Phillips Memorial Park and the following Sunday September 26 for, Sooke Region Food Chi’s annual Apple Festival at the Sun River Community Gardens.
It was a great opportunity to meet and talk to the community, including many of our members and supporters.
Sooke Ban on Cosmetic Use of Pesticides
At the September 20 District of Sooke Council meeting, Transition Sooke member Yvonne Court asked Council to adopt a local bylaw to ban cosmetic herbicides and pesticides. She noted that as the Province has had four years to act and done nothing, it makes sense for local governments to proceed on their own.
Councillor Bateman responded that while such a ban is in the 2010 OCP, Council has chosen to advocate with the Province for such a ban and has met with the Integrated Pest Management division. As they had some success going this route with rodenticides, Council hopes that the cosmetic use of pesticides will be added to the Integrated Pest Management Act when general amendments are next scheduled.
In November, Transition Sooke’s Pesticide Education Group hopes to make a formal presentation to Council encouraging them not to wait for the Province and to adopt a bylaw that draws on a model bylaw developed by CRD. Many municipalities in CRD have already adopted such bylaws.
Please go to this link if you are interested in becoming part of the Pesticide Education Group, If you would like to become involved send an email to us (email@example.com)
Transition Sooke’s Water Group continues to seek new members. Contact Lynn for more information. Topics of discussion will include greywater management and water conservation. For more information, visit the new page on Transition Sooke’s website: Water Group.
In the News...
Transition Sooke has made it into the paper again. This time the Saanich News for our work on the non-essential pesticide ban mentioned above.
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