2017-12-01 : Victoria’s Beautiful Drinking Water

Talked to scientist Kristi Wilson at the CRD Water Quality Office.

Explored ideas on our Cattle Point Foundation Vision 2017 – especially our “BRING BACK THE HERRING PROJECT“.

Helping to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision :

“To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

READ MORE about our Partner RAIN.

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2017-12-01 : Keeping Track of Greater Victoria’s Tap Water Quality

May 3, 2010 : Victoria, BC – Many people in Greater Victoria do not know what is in their tap water or even where it comes from. Nils Jensen, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission, commented, “The water quality information recently posted on the CRD website along with the Watershed Tours during the first week of May will help to fill this knowledge gap. The quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System is very good, as shown by the results of our constant testing.”

Greater Victoria’s drinking water comes from Sooke Reservoir. The forested watershed provides a level of source water protection, which is virtually unique across North America. The water is disinfected using a three step process: ultraviolet light inactivates parasites, free chlorine kills viruses and bacteria and chloramine provides a long lasting chlorine residual in the distribution system. No fluoride or other chemicals are added during the treatment process.

Greater Victoria’s drinking water meets all Federal and Provincial health regulations. The water is very soft, has a neutral pH, moderate colour, low turbidity (cloudiness) and low solids. Greater Victoria’s drinking water contains low chlorine residual, a tiny amount of natural fluoride, low levels of minerals, low levels of disinfection by-products, virtually no heavy metals and no detectable levels of pesticides or other synthetic organic chemicals. In other words, Greater Victoria’s drinking water is safe to drink straight from the tap.

Information on the quality of Greater Victoria’s drinking water can be found on the CRD website at Reports and Documents.

Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority said, “People who live in Greater Victoria can be justly proud of the quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System.”

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2017-10-1 : Gracepoint Magic Moment for Aryeh Jackson. A new advocate for our Great Salish Sea.

Dr Andrew Ross (Oak Bay Wild Life photographer) and I were walking by “Gracepoint” (the car lay-by next to Turkey Head) when we spotted a magical “Kodak” moment. There was a young teenager sat on the rocks at exactly at the point where very occasionally our Blue Heron plays with one of our harbour seals.

The touching behaviour occurs when the seal pushes small fish underwater towards the heron, allowing him to fish from the rocks without getting wet.
Usually a few seagulls sit or swim close by waiting to pick up any droppings.

On this day, the Oak Bay boy, Aryeh Jackson, was sat in the exact spot Blue Heron likes to sit. The seal appeared and began his same game, swishing the smelt towards the boy on the rock. Of course Aryeh had no idea he was being asked to play, and take a fish.

Talking to the Grandparents, a few minutes later we explained to them, and to Areyeh, what was happening and how rare it was to see this little game. The one video Dr Ross captured is on Youtube from 2006 over 11 years ago: See below.

This was undoubtedly a magical moment for everyone involved but especially for young Aryeh Jackson. I suspect and hope he will become an advocate for our Great Salish Sea.

W.E. Smith

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2017-7-29: Thinking Watershed Pollution around Salish Sea

We continue to help promote the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

We are brain storming an opportunity to help organize and fund the development of a system which is sufficiently scaleable to have the ability to deliver a public real-time “DashBoard” to the health of all watersheds, rivers and lakes.

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2017-7-9 : UK Lake District becomes World Heritage Site

The Lake District been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.

The region, famed for its stunning scenery, joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list and is the UK’s first national park to be given the status.

Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District’s bid, said the decision to recognise its culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was “momentous”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/09/lake-district-named-unesco-world-heritage-site/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

This is profound for the Salish Sea World Heritage Site application as it confirms a large region of great beauty which contains many towns, and even military and industrial sites of great concern, can become world heritage sites.

This is a flagship for our great Salish Sea World Heritage Site application. 

Contact :

Mr. Laurie Gourlay
Salish Sea Trust, Box 333, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W1250.722.3444, <salishseatrust@shaw.ca> (www.salishseatrust.ca)

 

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2017-7-1 : Oak Bay. Hilary Coupland reads Salish Sea Bioregion Pledge

We, the People Pledge

The Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

READ MORE on CANADA 150 Day – full photo albums and video of O CANADA Sing-a-Long.

As a post script to the Canada 150 “Oak Bay Sings O CANADA” event it is worth noting that Hilary Coupland, the Choir Master, in greeting Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh, concluded her welcome with the very first public declaration of the Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision :

“Today on July 1, 2017, Canada’s 50th Birthday, we the people of Oak Bay Canada, gathered here today on the land of the L’kwungen, at the Oak Bay Marina (aka Spewhung Point) promise to work diligently to Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

Surely this is one of the major goals for Canada as we begin the next fifty years.

Note to Featured Image : Hilary Coupland pledges on behalf of the assembled people, to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”
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2017-7-2 : Another beautiful Sunday as we contemplate yesterday’s CANADA 150 Birthday

Thanks to everyone who came, and special thanks to Bob Williams and Dr. Andrew Ross. Thanks to them we have two  souvenir albums on Google Photos:

It was a special birthday for Canada and those at the Oak Bay Marina Parking Lot were happy and proud to be part of this cross-Canada celebration.

Choir Master Hilary Coupland leads the singing of O-CANADA

Hopefully three things will emerge in Oak Bay :

1. a permanent performance area around the Salish Sea sculpture as per Barbara Adams vision.
2. Lolita/Tokitae will finally be freed and brought home from Miami to the Salish Sea.
3. A fine future use will be agreed for the end of the Oak Bay Marina parking lot. I support Jacques Sirois’ idea of the L’Kwungen Herring Smoke House : http://www.cattlepoint.org/lkwungen-herring-smokehouse/

We, the People Pledge

As a post script it is worth noting that Hilary Coupland, the Choir Master, in greeting Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh, concluded her welcome with the very first public declaration of the Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision :

“Today on July 1, 2017, Canada’s 50th Birthday, we the people of Canada gathered here today, promise to work diligently to Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

Surely this is one of the major goals for Canada as we begin the next fifty years.

Hilary Coupland pledges on behalf of the assembled people, to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”
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2017-7-1 : OAK BAY – CANADA DAY 2017

FREE – NO TICKETS – MUSIC ALL AFTERNOON

OAK BAY MARINA STREET PARTY

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD POSTER – PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

CLICK HERE to hear and maybe learn one of the three simple harmony parts

SINGING O CANADA – PREPARING FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS – CONSCIOUSNESS RISING

TIME TO BRING TOKITAE (LOLITA) HOME TO SALISH SEA

A SYRIAN MAN PLAYS TURKISH MUSIC ON TURKEY HEAD

Victorians are invited to join together on July 1 st at Oak Bay Marina as a spontaneous community gathering of grandparents, parents and kids of all ages take part the community singing of “O Canada.” 1 PM. Choirmaster is Hilary Coupland.

GUEST PERFORMERS

Sari Alesh – Syrian Violinist : https://youtu.be/KxqEw0wAUmU

Hilary Coupland – Guest Choir Conductor

Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band

MUSIC

Sheet music and rehearsal learning tracks are available for download at https://www.windsorsingsocanada.com/sheet-music

If you love harmony, simply download your part (low, mid, high vocal range), learn your part, then come sing your part at noon on July 1!

LOCATION

The gathering takes places in front of the great Salish Sea iron sculpture by Salish artist Chris Paul.

The Salish Sea Iron Sculpture

This location is part of the site of the ancient seaport of Sitchanalth.

It was also the location of Sealand where humans first realized that keeping ORCAs in captivity was inconsistent with the emerging human spirit.

 

BRING LOLITA HOME

As the World Spotlight is on Canada we are happy to do our little bit to also share this attention with “Tokitae/Lolita” and the “Bring Lolita Home” movement who are campaigning this month to bring Lolita home to Friday Harbour from a pen in Miami.

We will be delighted to have a local activist Diane McNally who has been working diligently to “Bring Lolita Home” :  She writes :

I’m in Victoria by the Cook St Village 🙂

I’ve been sending letters for 8 years to the Miami Seaquarium, about 120 each year and getting signatures on letters  and mailing them myself to the MSQ / Parques Reunidos etc.

This June was my 2nd year at Fernfest with info and letters.

I had a display at the central Library all month, and did an orca hat for kids event there.

This was my second year petitioning Victoria City council to proclaim Orca Month in the City of Victoria. Success x2 🙂

I’ve been published in the TC quite a few times re orcas over the years, last on “Stalking Orcas” re give it up with the whale watching, in a few days ago in Comment.

Another TC Comment from 2010: https://lolitatokitae.com/2010/10/20/orca-baby-born-at-sea-world-these-little-slaves-are-so-cute/

Looking forward to the event!

OrcaMonth Internatnl

@OrcaMonthIntnat

https://www.facebook.com/OrcaMonthBC/

Diane

 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR MORE : https://youtu.be/T-plB6vwDGo

A MUSICAL AFTERNOON

After the singing of O Canada, you will be entertained by Oak Bay Talent extraordinaire, led first by a new Oak Bay resident, the Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh.

GUEST PERFORMERS

Sari Alesh – Syrian Violinist : https://youtu.be/KxqEw0wAUmU

Hilary Coupland – Guest Choir Conductor

Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band

EXTRAS

WEAR RED

BRING CHAIR and FLAG

PICNIC’S ENCOURAGED – THIS IS A PICTURE PERFECT PICNIC PLACE

 

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