Making climate part of the Official Community Plan


Transition Sooke continues to try to make the climate emergency an overarching theme of the new Official Community Plan. As part of the community engagement process, we have met with the planning consultants (DIalog), submitted briefs, written letters to council and the community, addressed council directly, and provided feedback in as many ways as we can.

If you want to get involved in Transition Sooke's OCP and Climate Action Team, contact Susan.

If you want to know what's coming next in the community engagement process, go to the District of Sooke's website.

Public applications to Council committees (closes December 9, 2020)

The District of Sooke is accepting applications from members of the public interested in serving on Council committees. If you dream of finding a way to help give District of Sooke a friendly nudge toward more climate friendly practices, this may be an ideal opportunity. Consider applying for one of the many vacancies below.

Climate Action Committee (9 vacancies) provides advice to Council and recommends policies to assist the District and community in achieving a reduction in all carbon emissions by 40 – 50% by 2030
Select Committee on Community Economic Development (8 vacancies) provides recommendations to Council that build a fairer and stronger local economy tackling poverty and homelessness

Land Use and Development Committee (8 vacancies) provides recommendations to Council regarding land-use policies and development procedures

Program for the Arts Committee (1 vacancy) provides advice to Council on a wide range of community art initiatives and events

To learn more, go to the Corporate Services website. The Application Document for all the above committees can be found here. Deadline for applications is December 9, 2020.


Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative in action 2019 to 2020

Over the past year, the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative (SMBI), a working group of Transition Sooke, developed a Compassionate Action Plan for the Sooke Community. Once the Plan was approved by the District Council, SMBI was able to have our District declared a Compassionate Community by the Charter for Compassion International.

SMBI just completed the Sooke Compassionate Action Plan – Year One Report outlining the progress on the Plan and further actions required. The report is being submitted to Council for approval and attachment to the Official Community Plan.

SMBI is continuing to pursue its purpose of creating a prosperous, flourishing community, a haven of unity and compassion, living in harmony with our physical environment.

A more complete article about SMBI is available on our website.

Moki Tacon and Don Brown


Sooke Region Lifelong Learning will be offering free programs January 2021 through April 2021. The programs and registration information are located on its web page. Join its community of active learners starting in January for interesting times and stimulating conversation. 


Council Watchdog News

Transition Sooke volunteers continue to follow all Sooke Council proceedings closely. If you would like to see the meeting summaries to date, go here. If you  would like to help (now we're talking!), email Hester.

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.

Dec 2, 7 pm Regular General Meeting (via Zoom) All welcome. Contact Alan for the login information. Previous minutes and upcoming agenda here

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