Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Road Closure Dysart Rd between Cowper St & Gorge Road W Feb 5 to Apr 12 #yyjtraffic


Starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013 through to Friday, April 12, 2013 there will be a full road closure on Dysart Road between Cowper Street and Gorge Road W.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00am and is expected to continue until 4:30pm weekdays.

Only emergency vehicles and local traffic will have access. All other vehicles are asked to please use alternate route.

There will be traffic signs posted to help inform and direct traffic.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Community Allotment Garden Public Open House Feb 4 #Saanich

Proposed Community Allotment Garden
 
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Drop-in between 4 – 7:30 pm
Saanich Commonwealth Place, Cedar Room
4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria B.C., V8Z 5M1

The District of Saanich recognizes the need for local food security and the development of community gardens. Both the Official Community Plan and the Strategic Plan 2013‐2017 support agricultural initiatives within the municipality. The long term goal is to establish one community garden in each local area.

A portion of the open field behind Saanich Commonwealth Place is the proposed location for an allotment garden in the Royal Oak Local Area. The non‐profit group Saanich Allotment Garden Advocates Association (SAGA) has approached Saanich to help establish the community garden. The allotment garden is proposed to have two phases should the demand for garden plots warrant and the programming needs of SCP are met.

Saanich Parks and Recreation will be hosting a public open house to provide an opportunity for all members of the public to learn more about the proposal. Members of SAGA, as well as Saanich staff, will be present to answer questions, provide information and hear feedback from the community. Surveys will also be available for the public to fill out.

For further details contact Gary Darrah at 250-475-5522 or visit our website


Gottacon 2013 Gaming convention Feb 1-3 in #yyj @GottaCon


2000 people will have their new year's resolutions to have more fun answered February 1st to 3rd with their tickets to the 5th annual GottaCon Game Convention. GottaCon partners Evan Hatch and Carson Upton have planned an entire weekend of entertainment in hobby based games. Festivities beginning Friday at 5PM and going for 50 hours straight until 7PM on Sunday, located at the G R Pearkes Centre, 3100 Tillicum Avenue in Victoria. Find a full schedule of games and other events at www.gottacon.com 

Board Game highlights include the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz qualifier, a four round event featuring seven different games each round, with a ticket for the blitz finals at FanExpo in Toronto going to the overall winner. There will be demonstrations and learn to play sessions, and Board Game tournaments include Settlers of Catan, Race for the Galaxy, Small World, Dominion, and Ticket to Ride. Role Playing Games kick off Friday night and will feature systems such as Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Marvel Heroic, Starwars Universe, Boundless, Iron Kingdoms, Rifts, Savage Worlds, Mistborn, Spycraft and others and will host celebrity sessions with some of the creators.

The Warhammer 40K and Fantasy championships, Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller championship, and the Malifaux championship are major features of Miniatures games and quite possibly the largest events in Canada. Of course there are other Warhammer and Warmachine events, including team events for pairs and trios. The largest Trading Card Games events on the island will be hosted including the GottaCon Magic: The Gathering Open and World of Warcraft GottaCon Championships as well as a home grown event known as the Victoria versus Vancouver grudge match in Magic: The Gathering, along with many other games.

Video games include computer, X-box 360, Wii, and Playstation 3 games and events. X-box 360 will have free- for-all and pairs tournaments in Halo 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2 going on all weekend. Wii will host Super Smash Brothers. Major computer events include the Logitech G-Series League of Legends 5 vs 5 tournament with over $2000 in prizes, Kingston HyperX Starcraft 2 singles tournament with over $1000 in prizes and special events in new releases Shootmania: Storm ™ and Chivalry: Medieval Combat.

There will be many other contests as well as free play whenever seat availability permits. And for fun don't forget the VicLUG hosted Legos tables featuring a Blind Build contest and kids section. In addition to the games, take part in the famous gamer auction, the ever popular costume contest, the minis painting contest, or sit in on panel discussions with guest speakers. Refreshments on site keep gamers playing.

One resolution worth keeping: have more fun this year at the GottaCon Game Convention by registering at www.gottacon.com.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Victoria Cougars look to extend winning streak #yyj @CougarsjuniorB



The Victoria Cougars (40-1-0-2) host the Peninsula Panthers (21-18-0-3) in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games on tap tonight.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m. Tonight’s game marks the first of three straight meetings versus Peninsula.

After tonight, Victoria will square off against the Panthers tomorrow at the Panorama Recreation Centre before clashing for a third time next Thursday in Esquimalt. The next three games could very well be a preview of the first round of the 2013 VIJHL playoffs.

If the regular season was to end today, the Cougars would face Peninsula while the other series in the South Island Division would pit the Saanich Braves against the Westshore Wolves.

However, the standings could change at any moment. Peninsula, winless in its last two games, still has an outside chance to move up in the standings.

Brian Passmore and his troops currently sit in fourth place with 45 points and not counting tonight’s game, has six games remaining. Third place is occupied by Westshore who has 53 points but only has three games left on its schedule.

And with 55 points and with six games remaining are the Braves. Victoria is coming off a 7-4 win over the North Island Division leading Nanaimo Buccaneers.

Brody Coulter, who leads the VIJHL in scoring with 113 points, had a goal and three assists in that game. His line mate, Sam Rice, chipped in with four helpers and was named the game’s first star.

In their last game, the Panthers fell 5-1 to Kerry Park despite outshooting the Islanders 51-31. Zack Smith scored the lone goal for Peninsula.

Tonight’s game also marks the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the two long-standing divisional rivals. Victoria has won all five contests by scores of 6-2, 5-2, 3-1, 3-0, and 6-1.

It has been a while since the Panthers last visited the ABSC – 127 days to be exact. The other game has Nanaimo entertaining Saanich.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boat Burglar Taken Into Custody While Playing Pirate #yyj @VicpdCanada



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Victoria BC – Quick action by West Shore RCMP appears to have closed a caper that was recent front-page news – and took a Victoria man responsible for a one-man nautical crime spree off our waterways.

A local citizen called police after spying suspiciously poor seamanship aboard a watercraft she recognized. Upon attending Portage inlet along the 100-block of Island Highway in View Royal, West Shore RCMP officers hailed the vessel from the shore. The male told the investigating RCMP officers that he had “borrowed” the $50,000 watercraft to go fishing, but could not recall the phone number of the owner. Upon further questioning, the male identified himself to the RCMP officers on scene and then suggested the boat belonged to yet a different friend who had lent it to him.

With the View Royal Fire Department on scene to assist RCMP officers, they made their way to the crippled vessel. There they discovered the vessel was indeed stolen and that the male attempting to pilot the watercraft had fouled the propeller with a line while fleeing, injuring himself as the boat came to an unexpected halt. The male was also in breach of several court ordered conditions, which include a prohibition on operating any motorized vehicle.

While the male was treated for the minor injuries sustained in his boating mishap, RCMP officers then recognized him as a person of interest from another nautical caper – a January 27th boat break and enter captured on video by a vigilant citizen. In that case, an amateur sleuth forwarded video footage that captured of a male entering his boat and making off with the surveillance camera itself. A still image from that video was featured on the front page of local newspapers and many media outlets. The attending RCMP officers noted the striking similarities between the subject of the surveillance video and their suspect.

Darrell Martin Tychuk is in custody and charged in connection with taking the boat without permission. It is believed that Mr. Tychuk may be involved in the January 27th break and enter incident. Further investigation is on-going.

Road Closure Colquitz Ave between Cowper St & Gorge Rd West Jan 30 #yyjtraffic


On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 there will be a full road closure on Colquitz Avenue between Cowper Street and Gorge Road West.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will not have access during working hours and will need to use alternate route.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

GiGi Sisters battling for top spot - Cast your votes for Canadian talent @TheGiGiSisters

The GiGi Sisters showed up on our radar just over a year ago when their demo CD showed up in the mail. It was almost hidden in the pile of music that showed up that day, but once we had it on the office stereo it ended up being played end-to-end. Twice. We had it on the air that day.

Now The GiGi Sisters are battling for top spot in StarCentral Magazine's Group/Duo of the year competition, and we feel it is important to support Canadian talent.

Cast your vote HERE 



VicPD Looking to Identify Driver Involved in Hit and Run of Quadriplegic Man #yyj



Victoria BC – VicPD Traffic Officers are requesting assistance in locating a suspect vehicle that hit a quadriplegic man in a marked crosswalk yesterday breaking his arm.

Officers were called to Douglas and Fort streets yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. for a report of a hit and run involving a man in a motorized wheelchair. Officers arrived and spoke to the victim who stated that he was crossing the crosswalk with the hand signal when a blue vehicle hit him as it turned left onto Fort Street.

The driver then backed the vehicle up and drove around the victim who was left without assistance. Thankfully, numerous passersby stopped to help the victim, but none provided a license plate of the offending vehicle and they had left by the time police arrived. The only description of the vehicle was that it was blue.

It was later revealed that the collision had broken the man’s arm.

Officers will be out today canvassing local businesses for video surveillance and are hoping that anyone who may have seen this collision or can offer any information will call VicPD.

Witnesses can contact VicPD at the non-emergency line of 250-995-7654 or anonymously on Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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