Jeff Bateman

Perspective: Links of Note 


* District of Sooke website

*  Archive  of District reports and plans 

* Statistics Canada ~ Sooke Census Data 2015 

* Sooke Chamber of Commerce Townfolio data 

*​ Community Charter

​* BC Local Government Act 

* Civic Info BC 

* Province of British Columbia ~ website home page

* Province of British Columbia ~ Ministries and Crown Corps. 

* Government of Canada ~ Departments & Agencies 


* One-stop guide to Sooke Smart Growth.The legislative and planning framework was established a decade ago. We have a town centre plan, design guidelines and a financial incentive program for green building and affordable housing in a masterplanned town core (aka up Sooke). 


Some favourite (personal bias alert) local websites ...


* Transition Sooke ~ archive of reports and submissions  here 

            - Zero Waste Sooke ~ copy of the Talk Trash Open Space report  here

            - Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative ~ link to Charter for Compassion here 

               Wild Wise Sooke

            Pesticide Education Group 


* Edward Milne Community School Society

                - Sooke Talks 

                - Makerspace

             - Annual Reports 


* Sooke Region Food CHI

* Sooke Farmland Trust Society ~ position paper here 


* Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society 


* Awareness Film Night​  




Plot yourself on the left/centre/right spectrum with the Political Compass. Just so you know, whenever I take the online quiz I invariably wind up in the bottom left quadrant, aka "Left Libertarian." This result reflects my worldview and values, however it's important to note that decision-making at a municipal level doesn't involve many/most of the questions that shape the results. Nor should any political philosophy or party affiliation for that matter. Yet it does accurately capture the subjective lens through which I view life. By all means try it yourself and see where and in what quadrant you land. 


Basically, for whatever it's worth, I believe I'm a practical, rather than idealistic, humanitarian who values safety nets and a society that offers as much active, empowering compassion as possible to those left behind. I'm part of the vast majority who believe we need to take urgent action to address climate change. We need higher, not punitive, taxation for corporations and the rich, and must accept that a free market requires checks, balances and environmental oversight. I also value the freedom of thought and action that a previous generation fought to preserve, and I worry along with so many others that we as a society have forgotten how fragile these freedoms can be. 


Also worth a visit is the equally reputable Vote Compass . You can revisit provincial and national elections from 2011 onwards and see how your views align with the party platforms (markedly different, of course, from their actions). 


And then there is the endlessly fascinating Scale of the Universe, an online zoom-in/out tool by which to explore the micro and macro spectrum of life, the universe and everything. Very useful in remembering our small but impactful place in the scheme of things.  

15/10/18 ~ Time Waits For No One 

20/10/18 ~ Earth: A Global Map of Wind, Weather and Ocean Conditions 

20/10/18 ~An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossari (complete PDF)  

"This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice."

20/10/18 ~ A Soft Murmur "Ambient sounds (rain, wind, waves, crickets) to wash away distraction." 

31/10/18 ~ Daily Top 100 Most Popular Wikipedia Searches (updated daily in the archive

11/11/18 ~ The Fallen Of World War II ~ A data visualization of military and civilian casualties between 1939-45 and the period of relative peace we enjoy today.  

16/11/18 ~ Mercator Map Reimagined The true size of the world's countries (as opposed to the Eurocentric version produced in 1569 by Portugese cartographer Gerardus Mercator)

21/11/18Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map, a projection that showed the world without the distortion of the standard Mercator projection.

02/02/19 ~ International Quality of Life Index 

02/18/19 ~ Planet Earth from today to 750 million years ago (interactive map) 

04/15/19 ~ Canada Mapped Only By Rivers, Streams and Lakes 

01/01/20 ~ The Deep Sea