Hello Spring!

Cherry blossoms have been spotted, the Pacific chorus frogs have been singing, and the vernal equinox has passed. Don't want to jinx it, but it might be spring! Some greet spring with open arms, while others grumpily emerge blinking into the sunlight out of their caves. ("That might be a description of me," quoth Bernie Klassen).

What's Been Happening?

Official Community Plan (OCP) and Climate Emergency Team 

Low Carbon/Low Growth Scenario proposed for Sooke

Transition Sooke’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and Climate Action Team has developed an alternative growth scenario to those proposed by Dialog, the firm hired to consult with residents and then prepare a new OCP for the District.

The Low Carbon/Low Growth Scenario looks at slowing Sooke’s growth considerably to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect land that acts as a “carbon sink,” and provide a much more sustainable and liveable community for all.

Dialog’s assumptions are that Sooke will double its population to 25,000 in the next 30 years. If accurate, it would be impossible to maintain that growth while meeting Sooke's climate emission targets and retaining the small town by the sea and forests vision that residents of Sooke value.

Download our Low Carbon/Low Growth Scenario D here.

What is Climate-First?

Transition Sooke’s OCP and Climate Action Team prepared a document that defines the concept of climate-first and submitted it to Sooke Council. If Sooke is going to meet its climate emergency goals, it needs to ensure that a climate-first approach is taken in all municipal decision making and planning processes including the Official Community Plan (OCP). Read the Climate-First Definition here

Housing, Growth and Climate Op-ed

An op-ed in this week’s Sooke News Mirror by board member Alan Dolan tells the story of Bert, who was looking to buy a house in Sooke and wondered whether that would contribute to the climate emergency problem.

Bert realized that one of the negative spinoffs of Sooke growing so rapidly was not only the increase in carbon emissions contributing to climate change, the loss of our carbon sink, and our resilience towards climate change.  There would also be the loss of natural assets that affect our quality of life i.e., farm and garden land, recreational green spaces, wildlife corridors, natural drainage and biodiversity. Residents of Sooke, like Bert, have said that they value these natural assets.

Read the whole op-ed here

BC Climate Action Network (BC-CAN)

The Climate Solutions team that grew from the Green New Deal meetings is now helping establish the BC-Climate Action Network. When the word went out, 350 groups working on climate change in BC got together for the formative meeting.

The BC-CAN reminded us that we are not alone. The international transition website has five other Transition groups active on Vancouver Island with dozens more across BC and the rest of Canada.  For more information contact us.

Zero Waste

Zero Waste had been pressing the District to install three-tier (bottle-filling, human drinking and dog dish) water fountains around town. There are now examples at Whiffin Spit and in John Phillips park. 

OCP Video Stars 

Transition Sooke wants to reach out to a broad range of citizens, especially young people, to find out what they think about how Sooke is growing. We are asking Sooke residents of all ages a series of short questions. Some folks have made their own video selfies, while others have been interviewed on the street by us. If you want to get involved, please contact Alan.

Transition Sooke hopes to highlight some of the video results on social media and will use others to stimulate discussions at an upcoming online Transition Sooke Town Hall.

For more information, check out the website

And spring means starting a garden! 
The Sooke Region Backyard Garden Project, in collaboration with the Sooke Region Food CHI and the Sooke Garden Club, are partnering with the Food ECO District (FED) of Greater Victoria hoping to have their website online around the beginning of April. The program is set to continue with a few modifications from last year.  If you're interested in helping, please contact
Stephen Hindrichs.

Upcoming Events

Note: A number of Transition Sooke groups are continuing to meet via videoconferencing. For the Climate Change Emergency Teams, contact the individuals listed at the bottom of the Climate Emergency page. For other groups, please contact our general email.

April 7, 7 pm Regular TS General Meeting (via Zoom) All welcome. Contact Alan for the login information. Previous minutes available here.

Helping in the Fight Against Covid-19

There are people experiencing difficulty travelling to get their Covid-19 vaccine shots. If you have a vehicle and are not compromised, ask people you know who might need a ride. Keep social distancing in mind: a masked driver can drive a masked passenger in the back seat with windows open. Let’s ensure everybody who needs a ride to be inoculated gets a ride, just as we do during elections.

Spring also means the return of bears. Wild Wise Sooke reminds us to keep our BBQs clean, otherwise all those lovely smells may attract unwanted attention. Besides, with the sun coming back, you're going to want to use it again.

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