Join the Turning the Tide UVic club

Get involved with the Turning the Tide UVic Club, joining a community of students and allies around a shared love for the Salish Sea and human-powered marine recreation, with fun and meaningful events building toward the annual Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

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You can sign up via this online form and also read the Constitution and Bylaws below.



Open the TTT UVic sign-up form in a separate webpage

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Turning the Tide UVic Club
Constitution and Bylaws

Updated: August 2016

Article 1. Name

The club will be known as the Turning the Tide UVic Club.

Article 2: Purpose

The purpose of the Turning the Tide UVic Club is to create a community of students and allies around a shared love for the Salish Sea and human-powered marine recreation, with fun and meaningful events building toward the annual Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea. The Club will also participate in year-long advocacy with members of the campus community and broader public for ecological responsibility, social justice, strengthened connections between coastal communities, and the transition toward the post-carbon economy.

Article 3. Dissolution

Upon dissolution of the Turning the Tide UVic Club, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of debts and liabilities will be transferred to the University of Victoria Students’ Society.

Bylaw 1. Membership

University of Victoria Students’ Society members will comprise at least two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Turning the Tide UVic Club.

Bylaw 2. Meetings

General Meetings will be held at least monthly from September to November and January to March to give the membership control of the direction and activities of the club. General Meetings are scheduled by the executive.

Annual General Meetings must take place in the month of February each year. Semi-Annual General Meetings must take place in the month of October each year.

Only club members are entitled to vote at General Meetings. Special General Meetings may be called any time between September and April by either the Executive or at the request of one-half (1/2) of the club’s membership. The Executive will prepare the agenda for General Meetings, based on input from the membership. General Meetings must be advertised at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting. Sufficient advertising will take the form of notices posted throughout campus, as well as an invitation via e-mail to every member.

Bylaw 3. Executive Positions

The positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Community Liaison, herein referred to as the Executive, will be chosen at the Annual General Meeting for one (1) year terms of office. The Chair, the Treasurer, and one other club member will be the designated signing officers of the club. The Executive will meet a minimum of six (6) times per year. Executive Meetings must take place in each of the following months: September, October, November, January, February, and March. Executive Meetings are open to all club members, and a minimum of three (3) Executive members must be present to establish quorum.

In the event of a mid-term executive vacancy, a special general meeting will be called to elect a new executive member. In the event that there are no current executives, the Director of Student Affairs will be empowered to appoint an interim executive so that a special general meeting may be called.

The Chair will be responsible for the overall operations of the club. S/he will ensure that both the Executive and the general Membership meet on a regular basis throughout the academic year, and the Purpose of the club is realized. S/he will act as the principal liaison with the UVSS Clubs Council and Director of Student Affairs.

The Vice-Chair will assist the Chair in the exercise of her/his duties and take responsibility for these duties if the Chair is incapacitated or otherwise unable to perform these duties.

The Treasurer will oversee the club’s finances, and submit budgetary request forms to the Director of Student Affairs

The Community Liaison will oversee the club’s communications and relations with the Turning the Tide community-based Organizing Committee as well as other organizations in the Greater Victoria and Salish Sea area.

Bylaw 4. Finances

All banking will be carried out subject to the rules and regulations of the Students’ Society as set out by the Board of Directors. The allocated budget grant that the Turning the Tide UVic Club receives each year from the Clubs Council will be deposited into the club’s standard budget account at the General Office of the Student Union Building. Any funds remaining in the Turning the Tide UVic Club’s budget account after the conclusion of the fiscal year (April 30) will revert to the Clubs Council control account. All funds designated as self-generated must be deposited in the Turning the Tide UVic Club’s trust account at the General Office. Cheque requisitions must be submitted according to UVSS policy to obtain access to these funds, and are subject to approval by the Director of Services.

Bylaw 5. Amendments

The Constitution and Bylaws of the Turning the Tide UVic Club may be amended on written published notice of at least one week prior to a General Meeting. Amendments require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a quorate General Meeting. In order to reach Quorum for constitutional amendments, at least fifty (50) percent of the active membership of the club must be present.

Bylaw 6. Limitations

Nothing in this constitution will be interpreted in a manner repugnant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the University of Victoria Students’ Society or to the declared policy of the Students’ Society Board of Directors.

Paddle renews call to protect Salish Sea

Participants in the annual Turning the Tide event, a five-day, 70-kilometre journey through the southern Gulf Islands as part of a peaceful protest of tanker traffic and the expansion of industrial development in the Salish Sea.
Participants in the annual Turning the TIde event, a five-day, 70-kilometre journey through the southern Gulf Islands as part of a peaceful protest of tanker traffic and the expansion of industrial development in the Salish Sea.

By Kendra Wong, Victoria News, July 21, 2016

Wading into the waters of the Salish Sea at Dolphin Dock at Swartz Bay was an emotional experience for Emily Rogers.

Usually, Rogers, along with hundreds of other Victoria residents, will take the B.C. Ferries to travel from one island to the next.

However, at 6:30 a.m. on a Friday morning three years ago, Rogers, along with roughly 80 other people, quietly glided their canoes, kayaks and sailboats into the waters next to the ferries to embark on a journey of the southern Gulf Islands to raise awareness of the Salish Sea and the importance of protecting the ecosystem.

She felt dwarfed sitting in her kayak next to the giant ferry, but quickly began to form an emotional and personal connection with the water she was bobbing in, in a way she’s never experienced before.

“It really changed the experience. Being down on the water that close and being able to touch the water and see the sea life underneath me gave me a newfound appreciation for the diversity of the ocean and how dynamic of an entity it is,” said Rogers.

The five-day paddle, known as Turning the Tide, started three years ago and is a peaceful protest of tanker traffic and the expansion of industrial development in the Salish Sea.

During the roughly 70-kilometre journey, which included exploring and camping at Pender, Mayne and Salt Spring islands, Rogers spent hours on coastal waters and encountered wildlife such as birds, otters, seals and other sea creatures. She gained an appreciation for the waters that many coastal communities rely on.

“It envelopes all your senses. Your hands are wet and somewhat sore from the salt that they’re bathing in. But you can reach down and feel the coolness of the ocean, you can look down and see the depth of the sea life. You can see the huge abundance and variety in the ecosystem that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to,” Rogers said of her first Turning the Tide experience.

“Your body is sore, you’re using your muscles for four days straight. But that’s what it takes to power one’s self through the ocean and I think it creates an intimate experience with the environment.”

This year’s paddle begins on Friday (today) and goes until Tuesday, July 26, beginning and ending at Dolphin Dock.

Victoria city councillor Ben Isitt has participated in the paddle with his family for the past three years and said the event helps build community on the water.

“We see a lot of threats to the Salish Sea and to the coast particularly relating to pipelines and tankers and the extraction of fossil fuels and even broader climate change impacts. For the communities that depend on the Salish Sea and for the marine ecosystem, it’s important to demonstrate our love for the coast and our commitment to protect it and that’s what Turning the Tide is all about,” said Isitt, who will be travelling in a canoe.

“It’s a paddle with a purpose.”

For more information visit turningthetide.ca.

Registration

Registration for Turning the Tide 2016 is now FULL. Thanks to everyone who has signed up and see you on the water on Friday July 22! If you aren’t able to join us this year, see you in 2017 for the next Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

THE TURNING THE TIDE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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MEDIA RELEASE: People’s paddle returns to Salish Sea in summer 2016

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SALISH SEA — A human-powered flotilla will return to the Southern Gulf Islands in the summer of 2016, spreading a message of hope and change for solutions beyond the carbon-based economy. “Turning the Tide: the People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea” will bring together up to one hundred kayakers, canoers, open-water swimmers and sailors in a 5-day, 4-night journey in July 2016.

The flotilla, which is celebrating its 3rd annual event, is open to the general public and intended to provide a family-friendly journey to raise awareness of social and ecological issues and build community among islanders in the Salish Sea.

“Turning the Tide is a unique opportunity to explore the Salish Sea while raising awareness of the risks of industrial development and alternatives we can pursue,” says Emily Rogers, a Victoria-area resident and member of the Turning the Tide organizing committee. “This paddle is a fun way to share knowledge and energy with people who love the Salish Sea.”

Turning the Tide 2016 will include stops on Pender, Mayne and Salt Spring Islands, with musical performances, educational workshops and outdoor recreational activities for paddlers and islanders.

“The Salish Sea bioregion is a tremendous resource: it is where we live, work and play,” says Sasha Kvakic, an outdoors enthusiast and Turning the Tide organizer. “I want my grandkids to have the chance to fish and hunt in a healthy coastal ecosystem. That’s why we need to build a broad based movement for the Salish Sea.”

Registration for Turning the Tide 2016 has opened at http://www.TurningtheTide.ca. The early-bird fee of $70 ($80 after April 1st) includes camping and dinner on all-islands. Members of the public should be sufficiently comfortable and skilled in the watercraft of their choice to undertake this 70-kilometre journey through the coastal waters of the Salish Sea.

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For further information, please contact:

Emily Rogers, Turning the Tide, 250-514-6211
Sasha Kvakic, Turning the Tide, 250-818-5565

Reflecting on Turning the Tide 2015

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Thank you for your participation in Turning the Tide 2015: The Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

What an amazing experience building our on-the-water community, united with shore communities on Salt Spring, Mayne, Pender and other islands for a shared love of the Salish Sea and a shared commitment to protect it!

We hope you can join next year’s paddle and we welcome your suggestions and help as we move forward with planning in the months ahead.

Right now, we are asking participants to share your photos and videos from Turning the Tide 2015, to help us compile an audiovisual archive and “Highlights” album for sharing on the website, social media and public presentations.

Please send photos or videos by email attachment to turningthetide.ca@gmail.com. If possible, it would be great if you can take a short video of yourself answering the question “What does Turning the Tide mean to me?” and upload it as well.

Thanks very much and keep in touch. Solidarity for the Salish Sea!

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MEDIA RELEASE: Peoples’ paddle aims to Turn the Tide on tankers, tarsands and pipelines

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SALISH SEA — The second annual Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea will push off from the Dolphin Dock in North Saanich, BC on Friday morning at 8:00 am, mobilizing an on-the-water community to celebrate the Salish Sea and demonstrate the unwavering commitment of participants to protect the coast from the threat of tarsands, tankers and pipelines.

The people-powered flotilla, which is spearheaded by the Turning the Tide committee in concert with a number of organizations, with embark on a five-day paddle through the Southern Gulf Islands with overnight stops and community celebrations at Salt Spring, Mayne Island and Pender Island.

“One year after the first Peoples’ Paddle, our coast still faces multiple threats from tarsands, tankers, pipelines and a federal government keen to sell our natural wealth to the highest bidder,” says Turning the Tide organizer Sasha Kvakic. “As long as these threats continue, we will keep building our movement and demonstrating our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to protect it.”

“Turning the Tide represents a 180 degree turn away from the fossil fuel economy and towards a restorative future. We want a sustainable future for coastal communities. Join us as we unite our islands in solidarity.”

The Turning the Tide paddle has reached capacity with 100 registered participants, from open-water swimmers, to sailors, to self-propelled paddlers travelling by canoe, kayak and rowboat. The participants range from toddlers to senior citizens and include residents from across British Columbia and elected officials from Port Hardy at the top of Vancouver Island to municipalities including Central Saanich and the City of Victoria.

“Turning the Tide builds community among people who are passionate about protecting the fragile and irreplaceable ecosystem of the Salish Sea,” says Emily Rogers, a member of the Turning the Tide organizer committee. “It is simultaneously a celebration of the ecology that we rely upon and a peaceful protest of industrial development that threatens it. We encourage everyone to join with us and turn the tide.”

The Turning the Tide paddle embarks from Dolphin Dock, adjacent to the BC Ferries Swartz Bay ferry terminal off Dolphin Road and Barnacle Road, on Friday July 24th at 8:00 am.

Community gatherings are taking place on Friday, July 24th at Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, Saturday July 25th at Miners Bay Park, Mayne Island, and Sunday July 26th and Monday July 27th at Port Browning, Pender Island. The paddle returns to Vancouver Island on Tuesday July 28th. Visit http://www.TurningtheTide.ca to learn more and get involved.

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For further information, contact:

Sasha Kvakic, Turning the Tide, 250-818-5565
Emily Rogers, Turning the Tide, 250-514-6211

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Community Celebrations in the Southern Gulf Islands

We are excited to announce the line-up of Community Celebrations happening throughout the Southern Gulf Islands in conjunction with the Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

The flotilla provides a powerful opportunity for islanders from throughout the Salish Sea to join together to demonstrate our love for the coast and commitment to transition to a post-carbon future!

All welcome!

SALT SPRING ISLAND – FRIDAY JULY 24

Join us for the Community Celebration on Salt Spring Island this Friday July 24 at 5:00 pm at Ruckle Provincial Park as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!

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MAYNE ISLAND – SATURDAY JULY 25

Join us for the Community Celebration on Mayne Island this Saturday July 25 at Miners Bay Park as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!

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PENDER ISLAND – SUNDAY JULY 26 AND MONDAY JULY 27

Join us for the Community Celebration on Pender Island this Sunday July 26th and Monday July 27th at Port Browning as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!

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