Category: News

CEC, COVID-19 Preparedness and Flattening the Curve

The Compost Education Centre is currently doing its part to respond to COVID 19 concerns and working to “flatten the curve” of the outbreak.

Although policies and events are evolving rapidly we are currently:

  • Maintaining a healthy work environment with posted information about how to stop the spread of illness.
  • Encouraging employees, visitors and workshop attendees to stay home when ill, having traveled to one of the countries on Canada’s advisory list or having had recent contact with a sick person.
  • Promoting proper hygiene (hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette) and social distancing among employees, visitors and workshop attendees.
  • Ensuring easy availability of soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer products.
  • Expanding and establishing policies and tools that enable employees to work from home.

You can connect to trusted information via the Office of the Provincial Health Officer or the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Healing City Soils 2019 Update

The Royal Roads University Student Team, GVA Soil Solutions, has wrapped up their work with Healing City Soils for 2019.  This year the team continued their focus on testing and mapping soil quality in the West Shore Communities, but also received many applications from all over the CRD.  Their final report, with many illuminating results, can be read in our office located at 1216 North Park.
The updated soil quality map, which includes 2019 soil test locations ranging from Sooke to Sidney, can be found here:
Applicants can expect to receive their test results this fall as well as notifications on how to access to the free workshop “Understanding and Addressing Soil Contamination for Gardeners”.  This workshop, led by soil remediation and mapping expert Steeve Deschenes, assists applicants in making sense of their test results and then making a plan for their gardens should they have higher-than-normal levels of heavy metals in their soils.