Friday, March 14, 2014

Lost Rivers: film and discussion

Just received a press release from the University of Victoria Graduate Students Society, with a general invitation to attend a film and panel discussion on rivers lost to urban development. This is an important issue. As a child, I enjoyed dabbling in Bowker Creek which is now mostly culverted. Some of our Kayak Yak paddlers have enjoyed paddling on urban rivers in the metropolitan Toronto area and in Montreal. Check out this event and let us know all about it:


DATE: Tuesday, March 18th

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105

COST: Free

Join us this Canada Water Week for a film screening and panel discussion exploring the long history and interactions between natural waterways and our urban environments. Lost Rivers (CatBird Films) will take us across the globe, retracing the history of lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. We’ll search for the disappeared Petite Rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the River Tyburn in London, England, the Saw Mill River in New York, and the Bova-Celato River in Bresica, Italy. Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we’ll meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.
Following the film, we will turn our thinking to local water priorities in the Victoria region--including green infrastructure, stormwater utilities, and collaborative restoration efforts--through a moderated panel discussion with local experts:
  • Scott Murdoch, Registered Landscape Architect, Murdoch de Greeff Inc.
  • Ed Robertson, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Victoria
  • Nikki Curnow, Coordinator, Bowker Creek Initiative
  • Kirk Stinchcombe, Sustainability Specialist, Econics & Strategic Advisor, POLIS Water Sustainability Project (moderator)
This event is being hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, the Capital Regional District, and the University of Victoria Department of Geography, with support from the RBC Blue Water Project.

For more information please contact Laura Brandes at or 250-721-8189.

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