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Michael Cross: Free Our Data campaign presentation

04/02/2008 12:00 pm

On Wednesday April 2nd the BCS Geospatial Specialist Group is hosting a presentation by Michael Cross on the Free Our Data campaign which seeks to make the data collected by government-funded and approved agencies, available for use for free. The campaign asserts that charging for this data 'restricts innovation and artificially restricts the number and variety of organisations that can offer services based on that most useful data - which our taxes have helped to collect.' Michael will be explaining the rationale behind, and taking questions about, the sometimes controversial campaign, now in its third year.

Michael Cross is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian. He has worked as a journalist on seven continents, spending most of his time nowadays in the UK, exploring the intimate labyrinths of government IT and information policy. He is joint founder of the Free Our Data campaign, and is a member of the National Union of Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers and the British Computer Society.

NB This event is free, but registration is required. See for more information.


Communities In Jeopardy Public Dialogue

03/31/2008 7:00 pm
03/31/2008 9:00 pm

Location: ICBC Concourse, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St.
Cost: Free of charge, but seating is limited, so please register in advance at or at the door starting at 7 pm.

This public dialogue on communities, nature, and climate change will feature brief presentations on climate-induced ecosystem shifts, and offer the public an opportunity to engage with experts and each other on the challenges we face adapting to climate change and possible solutions.

Jon O'Riordan, former senior BC Deputy Minister; ACT policy author
Stewart Cohen, senior researcher, Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada; contributing author, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Donna Barnett, Mayor, 100 Mile House District; Vice-Chair, Cariboo-Chilcotin Pine Beetle Coalition
Dawn Morrison, Coordinator, Provincial Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Gary Zorn, Proprietor, Eco-Tours BC

Mark Winston, Academic Director and Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

About ACT
SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) is a new initiative that aims to help government, industry and communities develop policy options and sustainable responses to climate change. This event kicks off the first in a series of eight sessions in which a cross section of thought leaders from industry, academia, government, communities, NGOs and First Nations from across Canada will be brought together to examine climate change, its impacts on communities and industry, and viable policy responses.

For more information contact:
Michelle Harper
Administrative Assistant, ACT


Rural Communities Summit - Building Communities Together

03/13/2008 9:00 am
03/15/2008 5:00 pm

5th BC Rural Communities Summit

A joint conference of the BC Rural Network, Cariboo Regional District and Rural Team BC

Location: 100 Mile House Lodge and Conference Centre, 100 Mile House British Columbia

The BC Rural Network, in partnership with the Cariboo Regional District and Rural Team BC, are please to host the 5th BC Rural Communities Summit in 100 Mile House, BC.

The need and desire to improve networking and exchange of information among rural communities has been clearly identified and requested by rural stakeholders across BC.

“Building Communities Together” will be an opportunity for rural residents, and representatives of rural organizations from across the province to come together to discuss ways to coordinate their efforts to improve networking and build the capacity of rural communities in BC.


 More than 25 workshops and presentations that will provide new skills, explore the experiences,  and share the lessons learned by rural and remote communities across BC.

  • More than 25 workshops and presentations that will provide new skills, explore the experiences,  and share the lessons learned by rural and remote communities across BC.
  • Social events and networking opportunities to develop new contacts and partnerships
  • The Annual General Meeting of the BC Rural Network
  • Inspiring speakers and plenary sessions
  • Youth sessions and participation: planned and presented by rural youth

For more information, please visit:


First Contacts, Second Thoughts: Myth Understanding on the Northwest Coast

03/12/2008 4:30 pm
03/12/2008 5:30 pm

John Lutz (UVic, Dept. of History)
David Strong Building, Room  C118

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society's Public Lecture Series.

"First contact." The words leap off the page into the imagination. Between whom? What happened? How do we know what happened? This talk presents some first contact stories by Indigenous People and Europeans in the 18th-century Pacific Northwest and some of the lessons learned about their continuing importance today, from the CSRS project that resulted in the book Myth and Memory: Stories of Indigenous European Contact.

The speaker will give a 40-minute talk, followed by a discussion.