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Elphinstone Chronicles: ElderCollege classes under way

Also, the Elphinstone Community Association meeting Jan. 19 guest speaker is Allison Farrell

The Elphinstone Community Association (ECA) January meeting will meet by Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Please contact to request the code. Guest speaker will be Allison Farrell, who attended Cedar Grove Elementary, graduated from Elphinstone Secondary in 1998 and still has many connections to our community. With a master’s in art history from University of Victoria, her research explores ways to prioritize nature and green spaces through smart planning and design. Allison says, “My research focuses on ways that urban planners, architects and developers can employ specific design strategies that incorporate nature, heritage preservation and public art to re-establish connections to history and culture that may have been erased.” Allison currently works at the office of the Lieutenant Governor in Victoria. Her presentation is sure to be of great interest to everyone so mark your calendars!

Speaking of interesting presentations, have you ever signed up for an ElderCollege course through Capilano University? I’ve attended several – all quite interesting and stimulating. My most recent course is about climate change and Professor Michael Healy’s first lecture (by Zoom) focused on what came out of the recent COP26 international conference on climate Change in Glasgow in November. Spoiler alert – not much. With weather events growing in intensity and frequency, you’d think all countries would be ramping up efforts to transition from fossil fuels, but not so. Canada’s GHG emissions are growing despite lots of great-sounding rhetoric. It’s no wonder that young people grow ever more impatient about government inaction as they will be left holding the bag in a rapidly warming world, complete with a possible metre of sea level rise by the end of the century. Check out the wide offering of courses at: as there are still some available for this semester.

What a wild king tide last Friday afternoon! I happened to be driving through Sechelt at the height of that tide and had to take a detour because of seawater washing over the road. Quite a sight! With such an extent of climate change-related events being flung our way, it’s hard to fathom that there are still some who continue to believe the climate change denier propaganda bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, that there’s no real emergency. Take care, stay dry, be kind and make sure to get your information from reliable sources. 

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