Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Centennial Parkade to Close for Repairs

VICTORIA, BC — The Centennial Parkade will close for concrete repairs over the Easter long weekend.

Parking will not be available on Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5, 2010. The parkade will reopen on Tuesday,

April 6, 2010 at 6 a.m.

During this time, CRD vehicle access on the Mezzanine floor of Centennial Parkade will remain open. Monthly parkers will be able to use their access card to park at Johnson Street Parkade during the closure. Signs will be posted.

Repairs to the Centennial Parkade elevator are also underway and are expected to be completed by Monday,

The City of Victoria apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause.
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Call for Entries for 7th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

VICTORIA, BC – Authors and publishers from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the 7th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, a competition that honours members of the literary community. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction and fiction.

“We are pleased to continue our support for arts and culture in the community,” said Mayor Dean Fortin.

“For the seventh year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize will honour and showcase the literary achievements of talented authors who make the Capital Region their home.”

For the third year, the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize will be awarded to an author of children’s literature. The prize was created in 2008 to provide authors of children and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition.

“We are looking forward to another celebration of local writers and illustrators at the October 13th gala,” said Lorna MacDonald, incoming President of the Victoria Book Prize Society. "Our community is very fortunate to have so many talented authors as well as the audience to appreciate them.”

Books must have been published between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010 to be considered. Submissions can be made to the City of Victoria’s Recreation and Culture Office at 633 Pandora Avenue between April 12 and May 31, 2010. The Society will appoint two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary merit.

Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in September, and authors will be showcased at a public reading and reception held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include Kevin Patterson for Country of Cold in 2004, Terrence Young for After Goodlake’s in 2005, Mark Zuehlke for Holding Juno in 2006, Bill Gaston for Gargoyles in 2007, Arleen Paré for Paper Trail in 2008, and Patrick Lane for Red Dog, Red Dog in 2009.

Previous Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize winners include Chris Tougas for Mechanimals in 2008 and Penny Draper for Graveyard of the Sea in 2009.

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies and is sponsored this year by the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, the Marriott Hotel, CBC Radio and the Union Club of British Columbia. The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prize, appoints the jury and administers the competition.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: and click on What’s New?
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Jean Ritchie, The Nashville Dulcimer Quartet, and Jeff Hames - Tonight on The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Join Michael Johnathan at 7:00 tonight for the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, right after A World Of Possibilities on Village 900.

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If you haven't yet heard the album Zebu Nation from Madagascar's Razia Said, now is your chance to discover what press and radio around the world have heralded as one of the best world music releases of 2010.

A soulful and poignant call to save Madagascar's environmental and cultural heritage has garnered acclaim from fans and critics from all circles. Listen to Razia's fascinating music and inspirational story on NPR's The Story, WNYC, Radio France, the BBC, PRI's The World, World Vision Report and other radio outlets.

"Insistent, hypnotic rhythms share the bill with ethereal ballads...consistently seductive." - Boston Globe

"A disk with sincerity and heart. TOP OF THE WORLD SELECTION." - Songlines

"Evocative new fusion... rooted firmly in Malagasy tradition." - Nat Geo Music

Now available worldwide, the album celebrates the wealth of Malagasy musical culture. 10% of the net profits from the sale of Zebu Nation will be used to plant trees in Madagascar.

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Formed in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix from the ashes of destruction to create this infectious and celebratory new record. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Angélique Kidjo, Michelle Shocked, Rickie Lee Jones and Ozomatli), Rise & Shine was recorded in Freetown, Sierra Leone and New Orleans, Louisiana. Much like the band, the residents of New Orleans know both the bitterness of exile and the redemptive power of music, and the spirit of the Crescent City permeates this uplifting album.

The band's long awaited second album captures their indomitable courage and drive to creating a better and more peaceful world. Cumbancha is incredibly proud to be part of their remarkable story, and we hope you can catch the band on their forthcoming US tour. Register for updates on new tour dates in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in 2010.

Order the album directly from Cumbancha and receive 4 free digital bonus tracks!

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have recorded a special version of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" exclusively for the forthcoming Putumayo collection Tribute to a Reggae Legend, which will be released in July 2010.

"Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have tapped into the music's transformative powers. Rise & Shine is a testament to the unbreakable human spirit." - Relix

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One Man, Three Ring Circus! Comes to Kaleidoscope Theatre

Victoria, B.C. – Our Family Theatre Series for 2010 at the McPherson Playhouse proudly presents Flyin’ Bob’s One Man, Three Ring Circus! Due to the unfortunate cancellation of Vancouver Opera’s tour of Jack Pine, we are happy to present in its place Flyin’ Bob’s One Man Three Ring Circus! on Sunday, April 11, 2010 – 2 pm matinee performance (approximately 1 hour performance).

For 20 years, across Canada and in fifteen countries around the world, Bob Palmer has performed as a juggler, tightwire walker, comic, and musician in every venue imaginable. The street, stage, corporations, national television shows and festivals in Europe, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Israel, Egypt, and the US have all experienced Flyin’ Bob’s unique brand of comedy and physical theatre. He has toured extensively through the Alberta School System and has performed at many outdoor and corporate events throughout Canada. He also teaches Circus Skills at various circus camps around the country.

From the rainbow skywriter, to a dramatic and nearly disastrous finale on the 9 foot high, 20 foot long tightwire, Flyin’ Bob; balancer, wire walker, professional idiot and highly skilled goofball, takes you on a visit to the one man three ring circus in his mind.

We encourage our guests to come early and enjoy the pre-show activities in the lobby. Doors to open 1 hour prior to show time.

Tickets are available at the McPherson Box Office (250) 386-6121.

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Stand Up For Mental Health Brings Its Own Brand of Inspired Insanity to Victoria

Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH) is proud to announce the start of our new SMH Victoria Comedy Program. Most people think that you have to be nuts to go anywhere near stand-up comedy. We are nuts!!

SMH uses laughter to break down the prejudice, stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness. We use humour to empower our comics and our audiences. Laughter is our lethal and cost-effective weapon of choice.

The new SMH Program comes to Victoria through the generosity of Canada Post, Rotaract University of Victoria and others.

SMH greatly appreciates the invaluable support of VIHA, the Vancouver Island Health Authority. They have donated the Royal Jubilee Hospital Eric Martin Pavilion Board Room for our weekly Friday classes. We look forward to working together with many members of the Greater Victoria healthcare and general community including : the UVIC Island Medical Program, BCSS Victoria, the Cool-Aid Society, the Victoria Brain Injury Society, UVIC, Camosun College and others.

We are already planning a fabulous SMH Victoria Showcase on April 24th at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre. Imagine 3 shows in one day, for Royal Jubilee Hospital Staff, Patients and the General Public. It doesn’t get much crazier than this!

Showcase details to be announced.

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Uclulet to Hawaii in a pedal boat

(Victoria Times-Colonist March 31, 2010)

Ucluelet - A record-breaking aficionado is in Ucluelet and he's getting ready with his boat WiTHiN to start trials for the next few days weather permitting.

Greg Kolodziejzyk, WiTHiN skipper, is planning a 4,500-kilometre trip on his human powered, custom-designed boat from Ucluelet to Hawaii on July 1, which will take him about 50 to 90 days to reach.

Right now he's getting ready to launch out of Ucluelet and travel west into the Pacific in his offshore trials, he said. "I'm trying to make it as real as possible," Kolodziejzyk told the Westerly about piloting the boat alone this time and going offshore.

The boat is powered by pedalling, much like that of a bicycle, and he expects to pedal 14 hours a day when he's going to Hawaii. "There are two aspects of training," he said. "One being out here in the water and the other is the physical part of 20 to 30 hours a week of cycling just getting ready for 14 hours a day of pedalling non stop so that's kind of the two areas I'm focused on right now."

The boat is composed of solar panels on the outside that generate power for the GPS, radios and water makers. It has a cabin in the back, a bulkhead seat, a peddle, and the space between where he will be crawling back and forth from the cock pit to the cabin.

"There's a hatch that keeps it water tight in case the cock pit were to flood," he explained. Kolodziejzyk will start his several or one-day trial (weather dependent) this week with the help of his accompanying safety boat Theodora with skipper, and friend, Clive McGowan at the helm.

"It depends on the weather," he said. "My thoughts change on the weather. It was looking okay after the storm and the long-term forecast, but now it's not looking so super great with 40 to 50 nautical winds. We might end up going straight out for the day and coming back again.

About eight weeks ago Kolodziejzyk was doing his first inshore trial with a friend with him in WiTHiN up Vancouver Island's inside passage from Nanaimo and 300 km non stop for three days to Port McNeil.

"The first trial with this boat [in Nanaimo] was just to get the systems working right and get a feel for the boat and all that. It was a good test and now we'll get out into the big sprawls and make sure it's stable."

The grueling trip was at times quite dangerous but was made up for by the rare site of coming face to face with 12 orcas that followed them around in the Johnstone Strait. He was in Tofino two years ago doing a trial run with this boat's prototype.

If he makes it to Hawaii, Kolodziejzyk will be the first person to navigate those waters with nothing but the power in his legs. But, it won't be the first record he breaks using his own strength.

In July 2006 he broke his first world record by pedalling his human powered vehicle Critical Power 1,041 km in one day. In September 2008 he took his Critical Power Two (the boat version) 245.16 km in 24 hours around a lake.

"It grew from there and now I'm in pursuit of the limits of human power," he said. WiTHiN will be the boat he takes with him on the trip. "We used some of the technology we developed with the propeller and all that stuff to make a boat that could take me across the ocean," he explained. "We hired a naval architect out of Australia to do the design of the boat so there's a lot of expertise involved in this design."

If the offshore trial is successful he will head back to his home in Calgary next weekend. "It all depends on how things go here," he said. "If I have to come back I'll come back and give it another shot."

He said he wants to figure out the sea anchor and ensure he is comfortable with the boat's stability when chopping the big waves. "We'll get that opportunity here," he added. Kolodziejzyk has completed 12 ironman triathlons, about 24 marathons and two 100-km utlramarathons.

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Submissions and nominations open for the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art

VANCOUVER, March 30 /CNW/ - Keith Mitchell, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation announced today the Call for Submissions for the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art.

"These awards celebrate artistic excellence," said Mitchell. "Artists affiliated with BC First Nations working in BC traditional or contemporary visual arts are eligible to enter this fourth annual competition."

An artist may be nominated or self-submit to these juried awards. Up to five awards of $2,500 will be presented at a formal ceremony in the fall of 2010.

Calvin Hunt, Kwakiutl of Port Hardy; Richard Hunt, Kwakiutl of Victoria; Noeleen McQuary, Nadleh Whut'en of Vanderhoof; John Marston, Chemainus of Ladysmith; and Isabel Rorick, Haida of Hornby Island were selected as the 2009 recipients.

The BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art are generously sponsored by Polygon Homes Limited, a British Columbia home building company serving British Columbians since 1980.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation, established and endowed by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to celebrate excellence in community service, arts, humanities and enterprise.

Visit for details. The deadline for submissions/nominations is April 30, 2010.

For further information: Contact: Nora Newlands, B.C. Achievement Foundation, (604) 261-9777, 1-866-882-6088 or at

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VICTORIA - A Book of Reflection to commemorate the passing of the last known Canadian World War I veteran will be available starting today in the legislature for the general public to sign, announced Premier Gordon Campbell.

Premier Campbell will sign the book today in the legislature. The book will remain in the legislature and be available for the public to sign until April 9, Vimy Ridge Day.

"We owe veterans our respect and appreciation for the sacrifices they have made to secure and protect our freedoms," said Premier Campbell.

"It is important that we remember the contributions they have made to the society we enjoy today. I encourage British Columbians to show their appreciation by visiting the legislature and signing this Book of Reflection."

John "Jack" Babcock, Canada's last known veteran of the First World War, passed away on February 18, 2010. At age 16 he was placed in a reserve battalion called the Boys (or Young Soldiers) Battalion and later trained with the 26th Reserve in England. Babcock moved to the United States after the war and became an American citizen in 1946. He became a dual Canadian-American citizen in 2008.

Six hundred and twenty thousand Canadian men and women served in the First World War as soldiers or healthcare support. An estimated 67,000 Canadians died during the war. Fourteen British Columbians are recognized in the legislature for having earned the Victoria Cross Award while serving in the First World War. Canada entered that war as a British colony but signed the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as a nation.

British Columbians who are unable to visit the legislature and sign the Book of Reflection in person can contribute to a virtual Book of Reflection available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website at:

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VICTORIA - The Province continues to move forward with clean, renewable energy opportunities, including expanding geothermal, announced Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom today.

"British Columbia has significant geothermal energy potential and continues towards advancing geothermal energy generation in this province," said Lekstrom. "We will put this resource to work for our economy, generating new jobs and new wealth for rural B.C. communities, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions."

The March 29 tenure sale offered one parcel in B.C.'s central coast, Knight Inlet, which covers approximately 8,075 hectares. The total bid for this parcel is almost $25,000. This permit has a geothermal exploration work requirement of approximately $40,000 in the first year. Additional sales are planned for later in 2010.

Permits provide the exclusive right to explore the area for geothermal energy. This does not include surface rights to build roads or drill wells. A company has eight years in which to convert a permit to a lease. There are also annual work requirements and rent associated with a geothermal permit.

Geothermal energy is one of the most reliable, clean and renewable energy sources with almost no greenhouse gas emissions. Once developed, a geothermal plant can deliver a stable source of power. Geothermal energy draws sustainable power from the natural thermal energy contained in the rock and fluid in the Earth's crust.
Clean, renewable energy continues to be a cornerstone of the Province's climate action plan, which will create jobs, support families and generate new economic activity throughout British Columbia, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions within and beyond our borders.

Electricity self-sufficiency and clean, renewable power generation are integral to B.C.'s effort to reduce its carbon footprint and fight climate change.

Further information on this sale, geothermal energy and the tenuring process can be found at

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jhr Seeks Submissions for 2nd Annual Human Rights Docfest

TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights is pleased to announce they are seeking submissions for the 2nd Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

The festival, which will be hosted at the National Film Board's Toronto Mediateque on July 23rd- 25th, will showcase Canadian films that highlight both national and international human rights issues. "Human Rights Docfest 2010 seeks to leverage the powerful message of documentary films and to engage the community in dialogue about pertinent human rights issues around the world and here at home" says Festival Director Sophie Langlois.

The Human Rights Doc-Fest will be accepting submissions of documentary films under 90 minutes until June 1st 2010. Submissions will be placed in two categories, those with a production budget higher than $5000 and those below $5000. Submissions will be judged by a panel of high profile, industry leading judges from organizations such as jhr, the University of Toronto, Hotdocs Film Festival, Think Content Inc. and the Toronto Amnesty Business Human Rights Group.

Festival categories include: Best Direction, Best Film Highlighting a Canadian Issue, Best Film Highlighting an International Issue, Most Groundbreaking Film and Most Impactful film. Awards will be given to each, in addition to a grand prize gift certificate to Production Services, to be used on renting production equipment as well as an invitation to a seminar on Production Services new state of the art Red One cameras. The top awards are co-sponsored by both Production Services and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

"The Human Rights Doc-fest goes a long way toward helping Canadians become aware of human rights issues both inside and outside of our borders" says jhr Executive Director Ben Peterson. "Last year's winner Where Credit is Due highlighted the success of micro credit programs in Guatemala and successfully educated Canadians on an issue of rising global importance."

jhr is Canada's largest media development organization. Through its projects in post conflict countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and the DRC, jhr mobilizes local media to reach millions of Africans regularly with human rights stories. In Canada, projects like the documentary film festival help jhr reach its goal of making everyone in the world aware of their rights.

For further information: on HR Docfest contact: Sophie Langlois, HR Docfest Director: e., t. (416) 797-9444,; For further information on jhr contact: Bill Killorn, jhr Domestic Programs: e., t. (416) 413-0240 ext 202,

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New report shows that 700,000 Canadians volunteered nearly 75 million hours in arts and culture organizations in 2007

Canadian arts and culture organizations rely on volunteers to fulfill many roles, including serving on boards of directors, organizing events, fundraising, teaching or mentoring others, and performing various administrative tasks. Without volunteer support, many arts and culture organizations would be unable to achieve their mandates. In fact, a 2003 survey of non-profit organizations found that almost two-thirds of arts and culture organizations are run entirely by volunteers.

Given the importance of volunteers, Volunteers in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2007, the 31st report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, provides an important indicator of the health of the arts and culture sector and evidence of community engagement in arts and culture organizations, including organizations involved in visual arts, architecture, ceramic art, performing arts, museums, zoos, aquariums, media and communications as well as historical, literary and humanistic societies.

On a national level, the key findings of the report are:

• 698,000 Canadians age 15 or older volunteered 73.5 million hours in arts and culture organizations in 2007.

• The 73.5 million hours volunteered in arts and culture organizations is equivalent to about 38,000 full-time, full-year jobs, valued at about $1.1 billion.

• The 73.5 million hours contributed to arts and culture organizations represent an average of 105 hours per volunteer.

• The most common reason for volunteering in arts and culture organizations is a desire to make a contribution to one’s community (chosen by 92% of volunteers).

• Education is clearly the most important demographic factor in arts and culture volunteering. Canadians with higher levels of education are more likely to volunteer in cultural organizations than other demographic groups.

• 1.3 million Canadians volunteered in arts and culture organizations, donated money to them, or did both in 2007. This represents 5.0% of all Canadians 15 years of age or older.

On a provincial level:

Saskatchewan residents are most likely to volunteer in arts and culture organizations (4.1% did so in 2007), followed by Nova Scotians (4.0%), Manitobans (3.5%), and New Brunswickers (3.3%). The arts and culture volunteer rate in Quebec and Alberta match the Canadian average (2.6%).

Some differences in provincial volunteer rates could be due to different overall levels of volunteer activity between the provinces. As a percentage of all provincial volunteers, Nova Scotia and Quebec organizations are most successful in attracting volunteers to arts and culture causes, with 7.1% of all volunteers in each of these two provinces. New Brunswick and Saskatchewan follow very closely, with 7.0% and 6.9% of all volunteers in these provinces (respectively) attracted to arts and culture organizations. In Manitoba, 6.4% of volunteers gave their time to arts and culture organizations, a figure that is above the Canadian average (5.6%).

The report highlights the strong competition for volunteers from other non-profit sectors:

The 698,000 volunteers in arts and culture organizations comprise 5.6% of all Canadian volunteers. Sports and recreation, social service, education and research, and religious organizations attract the most volunteers (close to 3 million each), followed by health organizations (1.6 million) and development and housing organizations (1.2 million).

A variety of statistics show that there was a decrease in arts and culture volunteering between 2004 and 2007:

• The number of arts and culture volunteers decreased by 4%, from 729,000 in 2004 to 698,000 in 2007. In comparison, the number of volunteers in all types of non-profit organizations increased from 11.8 million to 12.5 million, a 6% increase. Because of these changes, the arts and culture sector’s share of total volunteers decreased from 6.2% in 2004 to 5.6% in 2007.

• Only two non-profit sectors saw a larger decrease in the number of volunteers than the arts and culture: universities and colleges (a 21% decrease) and organizations involved in law, advocacy and politics (a 13% decrease). Hospitals and environmental organizations saw the largest increases in the number of volunteers (16% for hospitals and 13% for environmental organizations).

• As a percentage of the population 15 or older, the arts and culture volunteer rate decreased slightly, from 2.8% in 2004 to 2.6% in 2007. In comparison, the percentage of the population 15 or older who volunteered in any type of non-profit organization increased very slightly, from 45% in 2004 to 46% in 2007.

• The average hours per arts and culture volunteer decreased from 120 to 105 between 2004 and 2007, a 13% decrease. In comparison, there was a very small decrease (-1%) in the average hours volunteered in all types of non-profit organizations.

• While most types of non-profit organizations saw very little change in the average hours volunteered, religious organizations saw a substantial increase in average hours (11%). Education and research organizations also saw an increase (6%). Organizations involved in law, advocacy and politics are the only other type of non-profit organization with a decrease in average hours volunteered (-14%) that was similar to the decrease for arts and culture organizations (-13%).

• For the arts and culture, the combination of a decrease in the number of volunteers (-4%) and a decline in average hours per volunteer (-13%) led to a 16% decrease in the total number of hours volunteered (from 87.8 million in 2004 to 73.5 million in 2007). In comparison, there was a 4% increase in the number of volunteer hours in all types of organizations. Because of these changes, the arts and culture sector’s share of volunteer hours decreased from 4.4% to 3.6%.

• While there are no statistically definitive answers as to why these decreases have taken place, possibilities include the strong competition from other non-profit sectors, a potentially wider array of volunteer choices, and declining support from older volunteers.

The full report contains many more details about arts and culture volunteers, volunteer hours, volunteer activities, reasons for volunteering, demographic characteristics of volunteers, changes in volunteering, and provincial data.

The report examines data from custom tabulations that Hill Strategies Research commissioned from Statistics Canada based on the 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP). Between September and December 2007, Statistics Canada surveyed a statistically representative sample of Canadians 15 and older (20,510 people) about their volunteer work in all types of not-for-profit organizations in the 12 months preceding the survey.

The previous report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, based on the same survey as this report, showed that there are approximately 759,000 donors to arts and culture organizations. These donors gave a total of about $101 million to arts and culture organizations in 2007. In combination, the two reports provide a valuable portrait of individuals’ participation in arts and culture organizations in Canada.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Healing Perspectives - New Episode; Relationships. Tonight at 7:00 on Village 900

Join host Trevor Day and the circle as they discuss relationships, how to nurture them, and what challenges are faced. Tonight at 7:00 on Village 900.

Tune us in at 900 AM or listen live at

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18 new Canadian shorts programmed in NSI Online Short Film Festival; new films sought

Winnipeg, MB – 18 new short films from Canadian directors have been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival, hosted by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI).

The festival is currently soliciting new films. Submit films for free by 4:30 P.M. CST, Friday, May 21, 2010. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes. Drama, comedy, animation, short documentaries and experimental films are all eligible and must be Canadian. New films are solicited four times a year. Get details and a submission form here.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a quality, year-round, 100% Canadian online film festival. New films are added to the NSI website weekly. All NSI website content can be accessed for free.

Links are included for films that are already available on the site. Remaining films will be released online over the coming weeks.

The King of Siam directed by Byron McKim (Burlington, ON)

During a day at the horse races, a son learns to become a man to his father.

Let Go directed by Elif Isikozlu (Whitby, ON)

Living in a world of silks and stairs, a lone dancer grapples with gravity, risking, releasing, struggling and succumbing to this inevitable force of nature.

Those Ten Minutes directed by Sonal Bawa Bakshi (Surrey, BC)

Shveta is expected to do her duty and produce a male heir for the family no matter what. Can she break free and give her daughter a chance at leading a dignified life?

Triptych directed by Byron McKim (Burlington, ON)

John Prophet is haunted by his past. His memories cloud each sleepless night and his waking hours, confusing past and present, delusion and reality.

Time to Kill directed by Danielle French (Calgary, AB)

A bizarre series of dream dates ensue when Scarlett and Raven spot each other across the room at a fantasy-themed costume party.

Alternative Parents directed by Larry Di Stefano (Vancouver, BC)

Alternative parenting vanguards Robyn and Leeagh won't stop until Dolly is accepted into school and society.

Sanguine directed by Levon Henderson (Vancouver, BC)

After escaping a lethal pandemic, a family of isolated survivors now has to deal with the disappearance of their son. When word of his possible infection reaches them, the father must choose between abandoning him or unleashing the virus on his family.

Truce directed by Cameron Patterson (Winnipeg, MB)

A Canadian soldier is faced with the decision to either help or kill a German general.

Time to Fire Your Agent directed by Bruno Marino (Toronto, ON)

David, a classically trained actor, is frustrated with his agent who keeps sending him out on degrading auditions. After a heated argument his agent decides to teach him a lesson.

And You Keep Going directed by Lisa Pham and Tyler Hagan (Vancouver, BC)

Smoke, fight and eat your way through another long day with two bros who refuse to give up on each other.

Our Son Is A… directed by Juan Riedinger (Vancouver, BC)

Having run out of options, the Thompsons seek the advice of a quirky psychologist to help them cope with their son's 'alternative lifestyle'.

Straight and Narrow directed by James Vorstenbosch (Mississauga, ON)

In a world where homosexuality is the norm, high school students Roman and Julia have to face the consequences of being different.

Roofies and Romance directed by Cody Campanale (Toronto, ON)

A sociopathic date rapist sets his sights on one unfortunate young woman, but discovers he’s not the only predator in search of new prey.

Man of the Family directed by Laura Turek (Montreal, QC)

Vishwa has only been in Montreal for a few months and he’s already in trouble for fighting at his new school. Replaying the events leading up to his current predicament outside the principal’s office, he wonders if his Uncle Kapil will be proud of him or not.

Chenrezig directed by Doug LeConte (Thunder Bay, ON)

Observing the construction of a mandala, this short documentary explores the relationship between Art, the Sacred, and the pathway of peaceful action.

The Projectionist directed by Kevin Gabel (Winnipeg, MB)

David is about to close up the movie theatre for the night when he discovers there is still someone inside.

Bee Man directed by Robert Lendrum, Morris Lum, Drew Ferguson (Toronto, ON)

Robert Ireland is a bee keeper who has a complex relationship with bees. Not only are bees his livelihood, they also help keep him alive.

Jigsaw directed by Scott Staven (Surrey, BC)

How do you solve a puzzle if you don't know what it's about? That is essentially the question asked by Jigsaw as you enter a non-chronological crime thriller that pieces itself together in a rather unique fashion.

This is the seventh official selection of films in the NSI Online Short Film Festival. New films are solicited four times a year, with films currently being accepted until May 21. Get details and a submission form here.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival has been made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Canwest, and A&E Television Networks which has generously funded the A&E Short Filmmakers Award. The next winner of the A&E Short Filmmaker Award will be announced in April.

In addition to the NSI Online Short Film Festival, the NSI website also features the NSI Online Industry Centre with professional development resources including blogs, industry articles and video and audio interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors from the film, television and digital media industries.

The NSI Online Industry Centre has been made possible in part through the support of Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada. We also gratefully acknowledge the ongoing financial contributions of our additional Founding Site Sponsors: Rogers, Canwest, Insight Film Studios, and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

About the National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)

The National Screen Institute is a national training school widely known for its prestigious training programs for Canadian writers, directors and producers working in film and television. Most programs are part-time so students keep their day jobs while they train. Participants do not have to relocate – intensive training happens in one place and participants return home to work with a mentor for the rest of their program. All training is delivered by senior industry experts.

The National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactor: Canwest; Patron: CTV and the CTV/CHUM Benefits; Builders: Rogers, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Contributors: Telefilm Canada, APTN, NBC Universal, Women in Media Foundation.

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Trade, Politics and Global Climate Change

The Council of Canadians

The Victoria Chapter presents a forum on Trade, Politics and Global Climate Change

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Da Vinci Centre 195 Bay Street, Victoria, BC V9A 3K4

6:30 pm Doors open for Viewing Displays

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Forum

Are International Trade agreements undermining efforts to solve

Global Climate Change?

Can our politicians cooperatively address this issue by working together across party lines?

The Council of Canadians, Victoria Chapter is holding a forum on global warming with the focus on trade agreements and how they affect our environment. We need to address how to create and enforce trade agreements that place environmental sustainability and the lowering of our carbon footprint in the forefront. It is time for our elected officials to cooperate on these issues. In a non-partisan forum we hope to discuss the challenges and the solutions to this most important issue. Microphones will be available for you to speak to this critical situation to our panel.

Invited Guests:

Elizabeth May

Dr. Keith Martin MP

Hon. Gary Lunn MP

Denise Savoie MP

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship welcome 36 new Canadians at a ceremony at the Inn at Laurel Point

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship in partnership with the Victoria Citizenship Committee will host candidates for citizenship at a special community ceremony on Tuesday April 6 at the Inn at Laurel Point. Thirty-six new citizens from 14 countries will be welcomed. Prior to the ceremony, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will hold another in its series of community roundtable discussions. These unique ICC-designed roundtable discussions aim to strengthen the connection between new Canadians and their communities.

PRESIDING OFFICIAL: Judge George Gibault

WHEN: Tuesday April 6, 2010

Noon --- Roundtable discussions

2p.m. --- Citizenship ceremony

3p.m.--- Reception

WHERE: Inn at Laurel Point

680 Montreal Street

Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8

(250) 386-8721

Media are invited to attend. There will be a photo opportunity at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship was founded by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada and John Ralston Saul. The ICC is dedicated to engaging Canadians about citizenship.

For further information on Canadian citizenship ceremonies held across the country please visit the “Celebrate Citizenship” section of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s web site at

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Ali Farke Toure and Toumani Diabate - Mini Documentary

Village 900 Afternoon Show Host Peter Gardner found this awesome little doc about Ali Farke Toure and Toumani Diabate on the topic of their new record.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Oliver Swain, Sara Marreiros, Ken Hall, Dan Wisenburger and Danielle Lebeau-Petersen

Live at Hermann's Jazz Club:
Saturday, April 10; 8:30pm
$8 at the door

Oliver Swain will be hosting a very special night of roots music at Hermann's jazz club featuring some of Victoria's finest musicians.

Fresh off his second tour of Australia in the last six months with triple Grammy nominee Toni Childs and preparing to go into the studio in June to record his first solo cd, Oliver will be hosting this evening and showcasing his solo set as well as performing with Sara, Ken, Danielle and Dan. As Victoria's resident master of Portuguese Fado, Latin and Jazz, Sara Marreiros will be leading Oliver, Ken and Dan and as the newest members of Outlaw Social, Dan Wisenburger and Danielle Lebeau-petersen will be showcasing some of the new material the group presented at festivals over the last year.

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BC Hydro reports Earth Hour electricity savings

Vancouver – The province’s electricity load dropped by 1.04 per cent during Earth Hour last night. The individual community in B.C. with the highest reduction in consumption – seven per cent – was Burns Lake.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. British Columbians saved 64.6 megawatt hours of electricity – the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights.

Earth Hour, an annual global event hosted by the WWF and sponsored provincially by BC Hydro, encourages individuals to show their support for the fight against climate change. More than 80 communities in B.C. signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2010.

If British Columbians implemented the same conservation measures just one hour every evening, the combined savings would be enough to power close to 2,200 homes for an entire year.

This year marks the third year of BC Hydro’s participation in the event. In 2009, there was a 1.1 per cent reduction in the overall electricity load. In 2008, the drop was measured at two per cent.

BC Hydro encourages British Columbians to join Team Power Smart to set a personal electricity conservation target. Team Power Smart provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. For example, washing your clothes in cold water, turning off the heated-dry function on your dishwasher and turning down the heat by one degree are all simple changes people can make everyday to conserve.

For more conservation tips or to join Team Power Smart, visit

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour around the world

March 27, 2010 Egypt leads record number of nations across Africa to participate in Earth Hour

11 nations across and off the coast of Africa – exceeding last years number of 3 – have participated in Earth Hour as the cradle of civilization makes a powerful statement on climate change.

Cairo, Egypt:

Ancient and modern marvels switched off for Earth Hour in Egypt with The Great Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx taking part in Earth Hour for the second time. These two ancient icons were joined by Cairo Tower and Cairo Citadel, demonstrating Egypt's commitment to resolving the issue of climate change.

Port Louis, Mauritius:

The Swan Group in Mauritius led the way in Mauritius by distributing 800 candles and candleholders to all companies and employees in the building. All 320 employees lit candles for Earth Hour in their homes, sharing the moment with their families to reflect on their relationship with the environment.

Antananarivo, Madagascar:

The capital and largest city in Madagascar, Antananarivo plunged into darkness for Earth Hour. In celebrating Earth Hour 2010 Madagascar adapted the popular Malagasy song "Mba vonoy o!" to include the lights off message.

Antananarivo’s most recognised landmark, and the only one with regular with electricity - the Train Station - switched off for Earth Hour.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

Tanzania celebrated Earth Hour 2010 ensuring is acknowledge every hour, with Lukosi Secondary school, Iringa and Mahurunga Secondary school, Mtwara installing solar power systems for Earth Hour in a lasting commitment to the environment, providing a bright future for students.

Nairobi, Kenya:

A fun community event organized by the Scouts the National Environment Trust Fund saw Kenyans celebrate Earth Hour to their own special beat, with an environmental concert in Nairobi led by renowned Afro-fusion artist, Achien'g Abura.

Dakar, Senegal:

Dakar city in Senegal acknowledged Earth Hour on the historic island of Goree, where 3000 youth group members held a candlelit vigil in celebration and contemplation of their harmonious co-existence with the planet.

The Meridien Hotel group also participated in the global climate action with guests attending cocktails by candlelight throughout their properties.

Maputo, Mozambique:

Maputo, the capital and largest city of Mozambique celebrated Earth Hour by partnering with national private business groups, to create an exhibit of “green” products and services. Mozambique WWF partnered with the Environment Ministry to launch a CD on Climate Change.

Cape Town, South Africa:

Cape Town celebrated Earth Hour in unique style; over 80 children from disadvantaged backgrounds were invited to play in a special game of ‘glow-in-the-dark’ beach football on Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town.

Landmarks to go dark included Table Mountain, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Nelson Mandela Square, World Cup venue Soccer World Cup Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium.

An impressive 50 cities switched off for Earth Hour across South Africa, with the support of 20 ambassadors. The ambassadors included; Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; previous Miss South Africa and TV Presenter, Jo-Ann Strauss; Springbok Rugby players, Bryan Habana and Percy Montgomery together with Super 14 Rugby team, The Stormers.

Harare, Zimbabwe:

The Victoria Falls, considered to be among the seven natural wonders of the world, was host to an impressive Earth Hour event where 250 school children held a candle-lit-vigil-viewing of the Falls and read poetry, reflecting on their own personal commitment to building a more sustainable future.

Windhoek, Namibia:

Lights were switched off in across Namibia, with lodges in national parks going dark. The lodges in Namib Naukluft park, in the famous Namib desert were plunged into darkness in a show of support, as well as those in the Etosha national park, with candlelit dinners held in lodge restaurants across the country.

Casablanca, Morocco:

One of the truly great stories of Earth Hour 2010 was the initiative shown by group of University students, friends and associates who contacted Earth Hour to find out how they could run Earth Hour in Morocco.

With study commitments and full-time jobs to hold down they volunteered their time engaging with corporations, local governments and an extensive social media network to ensure Morocco was represented in the world’s greatest ever action on climate change. Their efforts highlighted by landmarks in Casablanca switching off, including Casanearshore – the largest business park in Africa.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Alpha Yaya Diallo - 8:00 Tonight at Alix Goolden Hall

Global Rhythms Society presents


CD Release Party for Immé

Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave)

Friday, March 26, at 8pm

Tickets: McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121

Regular $26 + service charges

Benefit concert for Global Rhythms inaugural summer festival in 2011

“Diallo writes and plays intoxicating music steeped in the rhythms of his homeland.” — Words & Music Magazine (SOCAN)

“Alpha Yaya Diallo- is an artist of rare musical ability. This Juno award winner is a composer, band leader and guitarist extraordinaire.” — Edmonton Journal

Three-time Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, and true multicultural Canadian artist performing in French, English and his native Guinean languages of Foulani and Souso. A festival circuit veteran, Vancouver-based Alpha and his Afro-funk band Bafing enjoy a reputation as one of the hottest acts on the world music scene for his excellent musicianship and the excitement of his live shows. They will be promoting Diallo’s latest album release, Immé, at their performance at Alix Goolden Hall on Friday, March 26, at 8pm.

By uniting the traditional and the contemporary, Diallo has carved a unique niche for himself beside such West African luminaries as Baaba Maal and Youssou N’Dour. While renowned for his fast and precise guitar playing, Diallo also incorporates traditional Guinean instruments such as the kora (21-stringed African harp) and balafon (wooden xylophone) into his electric mix. Singing in four different languages, his high-ranging voice is melodious and sweet. Diallo creates neo-traditional, high-energy Afro-Funk that's richly composed of many musical textures, a product of a childhood spent traveling all over Africa.

Born in Guinea, West Africa, Diallo spent most of his growing up on the move, giving him the opportunity to absorb the many musical influences of the region: Senegal, Mali, Gambia, and even Cape Verde with its Spanish and Caribbean rhythms. Diallo was discovered in the late 1980’s by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records as the lead guitarist for folkloric group Fatala. Eventually settling in Vancouver, Diallo has since released six recordings of his own original compositions, two of which have won a JUNO, firmly establishing him as one of Canada’s top performers.

In 2004 Diallo took part in the hugely successful African Guitar Summit concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Since the release of the second African Guitar Summit album, Alpha has contributed music to several major Hollywood movies, including Rendition and District 9.

The Victoria performance is a CD release party of Alpha’s sixth solo recording, Immé, following on his 2005 release Djama, and two-award winning releases with the African Guitar Summit. The album was produced by Alpha with the assistance of violinist, Jess Zubot, and marks a significant departure from previous releases with its Western influences. Alpha brought in several friends for Immé, his friend and African Guitar Summit drummer Kofi Ackah, the goni player Sekou Dioubate, and from France the well-known Guinean émigré, Doura Barry. Doura added his guitar, harmonica and co-wrote one song, “Wondigal”. Alpha co-wrote one song “The Climate is the Heart” with environmentalist Sanjay Khanna, who worked with Alpha to compose a song that synthesized the paradox of love, hope, social instability, and economic crisis.

Alpha Yaya Diallo and his band Bafing are known for performing some of the best African Guitar, percussion and dance that you will see on the stage today. Diallo’s fluid guitar playing places him in the front ranks of African musicians, while his band, Bafing, features high-energy African rhythms, visually stunning dancers and a dynamic percussion section.

All proceeds of the performance will go towards producing a summer music festival. The Global Rhythms Society is a local non-profit society dedicated to producing a Global Music Fest in the capital region for summer 2011.

Please see our website at:

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Harbourside Rotary Club Garage Sale - Saturday, April 24

“Spring cleaning or downsizing?”

You can help Rotary help others.

Saturday April 24th is the date chosen for this year’s Harbourside Rotary club giant ‘garage sale’ and club members are appealing for donations of household items, clothing, books, cd’s, dvd’s, tools, sporting goods etc., etc, for the fund raising event.

All monies raised will go to help families in need both locally and in the third world.

Last year the popular event raised over $9000 and garage sale chairman Ken Milbrath, and volunteer coordinator Lauren Millin, are hoping to surpass that figure this year.

“This is a terrific opportunity for local residents to dispose of gently used items like bookcases, books, cd’s or clothing they don’t want or use anymore” said Millin, “and have the proceeds help those less fortunate in our community and overseas.

The garage sale will be held in the gymnasium of Central Middle School, located at 1280 Fort Street, on April 24th, starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until approximately 1:00 p.m.

The club cannot accept some larger items like sofas, electrical appliances, or children’s items with safety regulations (e.g. cribs and strollers) and sorry, but no computers please. All donations must be in good condition and proper working order. Persons wishing to donate items should drop off sorted items at the Central Middle School, the day before, Friday April 23rd between 9a.m. and 4p.m. Persons wishes to donate unique or large items should check first with the organizing committee by calling 250-386-7140.

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Camosun Business wins gold

Students from Camosun College’s School of Business took on some of business’ toughest challenges, and came away with the Top Team Senior Division prize in this year’s BC Business Simulation Competition held March 19-21 in Kelowna, BC.

The BC Business Simulation Competition was initiated in 1988 by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and is open to both two-year and four-year post-secondary institutions. The competition uses simulated business cases to test and strengthen students’ knowledge and acumen. The competition starts online, and then students are held accountable for strategies, decisions and implementation in a real-time three-day play-off.

The gold medal for Top Team was awarded to a Camosun College business team called Synergy Air. In the final hours, Synergy Air was up against teams from Langara and Okanagan College in an airline simulation that reflected the equivalent of three operating years.

The Camosun team of Breanne Garrett, Christopher Paine, Daniel Lee, Ellen Dragushan and Bobbijo Bassarab was coached by marketing faculty member, Cynthia Wrate, who accompanied the students to Kelowna.

“The teams are judged on the full spectrum of management – HR, finance, operations and marketing,” says Wrate. “Camosun business students know their material, and the simulation allowed them to test their management thinking in the same highly charged, competitive environment business leaders face every day. I’m very proud of the team’s professionalism, teamwork and stamina.”

Okanagan College hosted this year’s event. A total of eight post-secondary institutions competed, including one from Alberta. Rick Appleby is on Okanagan’s business faculty and coordinated the competition.

“The students are challenged to improve the performance of a simulated company with changing economic environments,” says Appleby.“The competition has an online phase of several weeks and then, the heat really gets turned up onsite. Each division is judged by experienced business people, including presidents, owners and CFOs. The computer acts as the buying public and the results in 11 different performance categories are measured every period. At the end of three days, the students leave with superior long-term strategic thinking, greater confidence, plus a network of future business contacts.”

More about Vancouver Island’s business school

Camosun College’s School of Business offers a diverse range of business programs, including degrees in accounting, marketing/communication, HR and leadership. All the programs promote career development by focusing on the application of practical skills in business studies.

• 51 business programs

• 2340 learners

• 40 years in the business of education

• 77 teachers – the greatest number of qualified teaching faculty on the Island

• 91% of graduates rank instruction good to very good

• 89% of business graduates rank Camosun education as useful and relevant

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Camosun takes provincial co-op award again!

For the third consecutive year, a Camosun College student has been awarded the provincial Co-op Student of the Year award at the college level. The Association for Co-operative Education in British Columbia/Yukon (ACE) award is presented to a co-op student at both the college and university level annually. Congratulations to Katherine Williams, a second year student in the Computer Systems Technology program, who received this prestigious award based upon the student’s achievement on the work term, academics, and on contributions to co-operative education and the community.

Award winner saves company $$$

Williams spent her co-op work term last summer at Enquisite, Inc., a software company in Victoria, working as a member of an integrated software development team. “Katherine Williams was an exemplary co-op student, certainly the best co-op student we’ve ever had (we’ve had over a dozen). She exceeded our expectations on all fronts,” states Greg Caws, vice-president of technology operations.

Williams completed programming of two critical applications in the four scant months she worked with Enquisite, Inc. “These two applications probably saved our company approximately $50,000 in development time and has lead to greater customer loyalty. Indirectly I would estimate a $150,000 impact on our business on an annualized basis,” say Caws.

Williams has completed two co-op work terms and is currently enrolled in a third.

CAFCE award winner Dusty Silvester

That's not all!

A national Co-op Student of the Year award is presented to a student at both the college and university level by The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education, (CAFCE). “We are extremely proud to have two of our Camosun College co-op students receive an honourary mention in the college category,” says Gloria Darroch, director of co-operative education at Camosun.

Dusty Silvester, a second year student in the Environmental Technology program and Katherine Williams (yes, Katherine again) Computer Systems Technology, received this major recognition.

Previous award winners

The ACE award was presented to Kevin Ginley (Applied Communications) in 2008 and to Jen LeMercier (Environmental Technology) in 2009. Kevin Ginley also received the CAFCE award in 2008.

Learn more about co-op education and internships from Camosun’s Co-op department or

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Esquimalt Will Switch Off Lights for Earth Hour

Esquimalt, British Columbia CANADA: On Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time, the Township of Esquimalt will join Earth Hour celebrations across British Columbia and around the world by switching off lights for one hour to show it is possible to take action on climate change.

Last year, Earth Hour was a huge success reaching over one billion people in more than 80 countries. Canada had over 10 million participants, including 84 communities in British Columbia. During the hour-long event, Esquimalt’s electricity consumption decreased by 2.7%.

“The Township of Esquimalt is proud to participate in Earth Hour for the second year in a row,” said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins. “I encourage Township community members to participate by turning out their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday.”

This year, the Township’s participation in Earth Hour will take place over the entire weekend and will include:

Powering off all staff computers, monitors, battery backups and printers; Switching off all lights in the Municipal Hall – except emergency and library lighting; Shutting off the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in Municipal Hall; Turning off the exterior projector for the Municipal Hall’s outside mural; and, Switching off the interior and exterior lights at the Public Works Yard and Parks Nursery.

Esquimalt residents and businesses can also take part by signing up for Earth Hour at The website provides great ideas for no-light events — including candle light dinners, board games and stargazing — and other ways of making a difference year-round.

Earth Hour is an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that brings attention to the issue of global warming by asking individuals, businesses and governments to turn off their lights for an hour. It began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and in 2008 became a global sustainability movement.
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VICTORIA - Changes to the BC Fire Code require that every private home and hotel or motel room built before 1979 must have smoke alarms installed by May 1, 2010.

Owners of these older buildings can install battery-operated smoke alarms, rather than connecting smoke alarms to the buildings' electrical system. Battery-operated smoke alarms are an affordable way to improve safety.

Home owners affected should contact their municipality or fire department to bring their buildings up to code by May 1, 2010. There are about 800,000 residential buildings in B.C. constructed before 1979. Some of them may require smoke alarms.

Previously buildings built after 1979 were required to have smoke alarms, and most municipalities have established bylaws that require smoke alarms be installed and maintained. The new law will increase public safety and awareness, helping to reduce the health risks and property damage caused by fire in older buildings.

The Province developed the new smoke alarm regulations with advice from the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the public. Changes will make the BC Fire Code more consistent with the National Fire Code.

For more information:

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The BC Recreation and Parks Association’s (BCRPA) Walk BC initiative is launching its newest venture and online resource, an interactive walking route map. As the first map of its kind, it features walking routes and recreational facilities from around British Columbia. Powered by GOOGLE™, it enables people to find the right walking route for their level of physical activity, assists communities in highlighting their unique features like accessible walking routes and recreational facilities, and helps individuals incorporate active transportation into their daily activities or travels.

When searching facilities, users can locate a facility within a certain community or distance from their current location. They are also able to view what features and amenities are available at each facility. When looking for walking routes, users can search communities for walks based on location and level of difficulty.

“The Walk BC interactive map is a unique tool that profiles easy to moderate community walks which are accessible to individuals with a range of physical activity levels,” states Suzanne Strutt, Chief Executive Officer of the BC Recreation and Parks Association. “This free and exciting tool will help British Columbians get active by enabling them to find appropriate places to walk or engage in recreational and leisure programs.”

To continually build the Map, and have detailed walking route information for each community, Walk BC is inviting the public to submit walking route information. A simple online survey, accessed from the map, allows contributors to enter a variety of data such as: walk location, level of difficulty, route amenities, topography, utilization, accessibility and safety. Knowing the level of difficulty, length of a route, the grade and number of hills, and whether or not there are benches to rest on, can help prepare and motivate individuals to get out and start walking.

Walking is one of the most popular forms of active transportation, enhancing mental wellbeing, helping control body weight, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and lowering blood pressure. Finding the right place to walk can be a challenge and take precious time away from walking even before that first step is taken. With the introduction of Walk BC’s interactive walking route map more people will be able to find and plan for their next community walk or share their favourite routes with others. Being web based, the map can be accessed wherever the user may be through handheld web-ready devices.

“The Walk BC website and interactive walking route map are fabulous tools allowing you to search for new and exciting walks in your community,” said Gillian Goerzen, Nanaimo walk and run leader. “The map allows you to upload your favorite routes which in turn helps other walkers, so everyone benefits!”

The Map is located on the Walk BC website at The site supports and educates walkers and walk leaders by providing program, leadership and marketing resources; information about events, grants and training; as well as success stories to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

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Girl Guides of Canada’s “Camperships” enable 38 girls from across the country to experience 10 days of fun, friendship and adventure

Guiding Mosaic 2010 International Camp brings girls of the world together

Toronto, Ontario – March 24, 2010

Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) is proud to announce that 38 girls from across the country have earned the opportunity to join their sisters from around the world at Guiding Mosaic 2010. Guiding Mosaic 2010 is a 10-day international camp being held July 8-17, 2010 at Guelph Lake Conservation Area in Southern Ontario. The 38 “campership” recipients, chosen from over 200 essay contest applicants, receive free registration (a $900 value) to this extraordinary camp celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Guides of Canada.

Camp activities are numerous and varied and include rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, scuba diving, rocket building, canoeing, team sports, and so much more. Guiding Mosaic is open to any girl aged 11-17 and campers do not have to be Guiding Members to participate. Space is still available, however, registration closes March 31, 2010. Visit for more information, a detailed list of events and activities, and to register.

Guiding Mosaic reinforces Girl Guides of Canada’s commitment to providing girls with the opportunities, skills and knowledge they need to become dynamic, effective leaders. From eco-activities, sports, camping and science to fashion design, advocacy and community service projects, Guiding has something for everyone. In their winning essays the girls wrote about the role Guiding plays in their lives and what going to camp means to them.

Katelyn from Edmonton, Alberta, writes: “Guiding has given me opportunities to make a difference in the environment, in my community and globally. I have been part of many service projects, and I know that I can help make the world a better place.”

For sisters Jessica and Amanda, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, winning the contest means the chance to experience an international camp together and they are looking forward to exploring all that camp has to offer. “I’m really looking forward to trying things I haven’t done before like making my own pajama pants, synchronized swimming, playing beach blanket volleyball, and go-carting,” writes Jessica.

In her winning essay Lauren, a Pathfinder from Mississauga, Ontario, writes: “It is the feeling of sisterhood that is important to me – girls and women coming together from all over the world to explore our differences and celebrate how we are the same. Together we will overcome our fears and cheer each other on to greatness.”

The funding for these camperships is generously provided by several supporters including: Dare Foods Inc., bakers of the famous Girl Guide Cookies; the First 32, the late Col. Karen Ritchie’s classmates at Royal Military College; donations in memory of the late June Gillespie, former Ottawa Area Commissioner and a girl Member and Guider for over 80 years; the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation; and donations provided by Girl Guides of Canada national staff.

About Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada

Since 1910, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada has been a trailblazing movement advocating for girls and women, while offering them opportunities to discover new interests and develop leadership skills. Throughout its history, Guiding has prepared girls to meet the challenges they face head on. Girls in Guiding today can learn about global and cultural awareness, career exploration, science and technology and the arts. They work on environmental projects and explore important issues such as cyber-bullying, self-esteem and body image, and develop the skills needed to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them. Guiding enables girls to be confident, courageous and resourceful, and to make a difference in the world.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

World Retro - Tonight at 6:00 on Putumayo World Music Hour

Turn up the volume and turn back the clock with Rosalie Howarth and Dan Storper as they explore retro world music, tonight at 6:00 on Village 900.

Plus - Join Tony Lima for Portuguese Mosaic, right after Putumayo

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“Lyme-Aid 4” fundraiser

Victoria, BC – March 15, 2010 – The JL Lyme Support Society will be hosting an event called Lyme-Aid 4 on Saturday April 3, 2010 at the University of Victoria, David Strong Building, Room C103. The event will begin at 1:30pm with a screening of the award-winning documentary “Under Our Skin” exposing the politics behind Lyme disease. At 3:30pm Dr. Murakami, a retired MD who has successfully treated over 1000 Lyme disease patients, will do a presentation on Lyme disease. The event will also feature a silent art auction showcasing talented local artists’ work. This event aims to create awareness about Lyme disease in our community and to help Jean-Luc Giroux, a young Victoria resident, pay for his treatment of Lyme disease.

“The lack of awareness about Lyme disease is killing people slowly, literally. I hope that the fundraiser can raise awareness, but also connect people that have been suffering without knowing what they have. JL is putting up a good fight to Lyme disease. He’s a fighter ‘til the end!” said co-organizer & Lyme disease sufferer Jessica Iulianella.

Lyme disease is a vector-borne disease passed through the bite of infected ticks. It is known as “The Great Imitator” and is often misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Lupus, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Attention Deficit Disorder. The situation is complicated due to the fact that tests for Lyme disease are unreliable, symptoms can occur years after a tick bite, and many people don’t remember a bulls-eye rash.

Common symptoms include:

Chronic headaches, sweats/chills, fatigue, sore joints/muscles, palpitations, tremors, neck creaks and stiffness, numbness, blurred vision, light and sound sensitivity, digestive problems, memory/speech/balance problems, and many more.

“Ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found on Vancouver Island and across the country but, with so much controversy surrounding Lyme disease, diagnosis and treatment in Canada is almost impossible to get.” said JL Lyme Society president and event coordinator Keilih Gates.

Everyone is welcome; entry is by donation.

For more information contact Keilih Gates at (250) 588-9520 or visit

The JL Lyme Support Society is a not-for-profit society founded by a group of friends committed to helping subsidize medical expenses associated with the treatment of Lyme disease.

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Intrepid Theatre Gets Funding For Venue Facelift

VICTORIA, BC - Intrepid Theatre has received $45,000 in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and British Columbia Arts Council to make much needed improvements to its venues, the Metro Studio and Intrepid Theatre Club.

These venues host the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, Uno Fest, and Intrepid Theatre Presents series, while also providing low cost performance and rehearsal spaces for the arts community. The funds will go towards the following vital capital improvements for the two venues:

 Purchase of a new riser system for the Metro Studio to improve sightlines, increase seating capacity from 130 to 200 and create onsite storage.

 Purchase of collapsible riser unit for Intrepid Theatre Club to improve venue flexibility.

 Install a concrete wheelchair ramp to improve Metro accessibility.

 Renovate and improve bathroom facilities at Intrepid Theatre Club.

 Purchase box office equipment.

Intrepid Theatre will seek to match these grants with $25,000 in individual donations and fundraising to complete the technical upgrades, including a new sound board, and new entrance and signage for the Metro Studio.

Intrepid’s General Manager, Ian Case, says he is delighted that the organization can finally make these improvements to its theatres.

‘This is a project we have wanted to complete for some time, as it will make our venues more versatile for the arts community who rent them and allow Intrepid to be more sustainable by increasing revenue.’

The grants comprise of $20,000 Capacity and Sustainability Project Assistance from the  British Columbia Arts Council and $25,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Anyone wanting to donate to Intrepid Theatre’s capital improvement fund can do so online ( or call Intrepid Theatre for more information 250 383 2663.

Intrepid Theatre gratefully acknowledges the important support of our funders, partners, and sponsors:

Department of Canadian Heritage, CRD Arts Development, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Playtime Bingo, Phillips Brewing Co., Monday Magazine, Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Paul's Motor Inn.

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Jazz vocalist Miranda Sage returns to Vancouver and Victoria

Jazz vocalist Miranda Sage is getting set to make her first appearance in Vancouver since the release in January ’09 of her most recent album, Daydream. She will also be performing at Hermann’s Jazz Club in her hometown of Victoria. The shows represent a sweet return home for Sage following her first tour of Alberta in several years.

As always, Sage will be performing with some of North America’s top jazz players. This time, the line-up features Juno-winning pianist Don Thompson (Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Sonny Greenwich, Rob McConnell, Paul Desmond); Juno-winning bassist Ken Lister (Pat Coleman, Hugh Fraser); drummer Dan Brubeck (The Brubecks); and sax player Roy Styffe (Kenny Wheeler, Rene Rosnes, Rob McConnell).

The quartet will be performing material from Daydream, which has been highly praised for its first-rate musicianship and for Sage’s outstanding vocals. Peter Merrett of PBS 106.7 in Melbourne said Sage’s voice “oozes the sex appeal of days gone by.” The Times Colonist remarked that her vocals were perfectly suited to the material, adding that the title track “benefits from Sage’s intimate, bitter-sweet interpretation.” The Province praised Sage’s “subtle restraint,” which it said “feels more British/European than American,” and Bob Collins of WRHU in New York described Daydream as “a beautiful mix of standards and touching original songs sung with great style and backed by outstanding musicianship.” The title track from the CD has just been included on the Taiwanese compilation album Jazz for a Rainy Day.

Daydream is a classy-sounding Latin-tinged recording that features a bossa nova treatment of “Serenade in Blue,” a cover of Brazilian composer Ivan Lins’ “Island,” and an original tango called “Alone at Last.” Standout tracks include a seductive rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Reaching for the Moon,” the sprightly “Up Jumped Spring” and the swingin’ “It Could Happen to You.” Another notable track is “Song for David,” a Sage-penned tribute to her childhood friend, the late Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer David Peregrine.

Since Daydream was released, Sage, who is the niece of one-time Kinks accompanist Nick Newall, has continued to perform around Victoria with some of her other projects. In November, she was a featured performer at the Great Ladies of Jazz concert at the Alix Goolden Hall. Most recently, she performed a swingin’ Valentine’s dance with The Swiftsure Big Band.

April 1 – The Cellar, Vancouver

April 2 and 3 – Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ronnie Cox & Lonesome Country - Tonight on The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Tonight at 7:00 The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour features Ronnie Cox and Lonesome Country.

Tune us in at 900 AM or Listen Live at

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VICTORIA, B.C. - BC Transit customers in the Capital Region will see a number of changes starting next month.

As of Thursday, April 1, customers are reminded that the new transit fares will be in effect. Cash fares will increase by a quarter for adults from $2.25 to $2.50, and from $1.40 to $1.65 for seniors and youth. Pass products will increase accordingly. The new fare prices are listed online at Old dayPASSES and tickets bearing the former fare rate will be accepted for full fare value until June 30, 2010.

The three-month trial run of late-night transit service officially ends during the upcoming long weekend. The last night of late-night service for the three routes - #4 UVic, #6 Esquimalt/Royal Oak, and #14 UVic/Vic General - is Saturday, April 3.

BC Transit will prepare a report with the data gathered from the trial run for presentation to the Victoria Regional Transit Commission at its next public meeting (May 25, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the BC Transit Boardroom, 520 Gorge Road East). Based on the report, system priorities and funding, the Commission will decide on the future of the late-night service.

On Monday, April 5, BC Transit's new spring schedule begins, which includes minor route and schedule changes to the Victoria Regional Transit System.

Saturday service on #54 Metchosin, introduced last fall, will continue to serve the William Head Institution (all trips except the first morning trip); however, it will no longer enter the Pearson College campus. Students may access #54 Metchosin by walking to the bus stop located at William Head at Sandgate. A larger bus will be used for the 9:20 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. trips to accommodate students.

Updated schedules and general inquiries, please call the Victoria Regional Transit System at 250-382-6161.

Updated scheduled and maps are also available online at

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100,000 teens go hungry to fight poverty

More than 100,000 Canadian youth are set to participate in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine on April 16-2010.

Funds raised from the Famine will go to support Haiti relief and long-term development projects as well as supporting on-going efforts to eradicate hunger, poverty and injustice around the world.

Youth will go without food for 30 hours in an effort to understand what hunger feels like and raise funds to fight poverty.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (March 24, 2010) — On April 16, more than 100,000 Canadian youth are expected to participate in the 39th annual World Vision 30 Hour Famine and become agents of change by raising funds to fight hunger, poverty and injustice.

“For 39 years, Canadian youth have shown their commitment to eradicating child hunger and malnutrition by participating in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine,” says T.J. Grant, Manager, 30 Hour Famine. “Canadian teens understand that preventing child hunger and malnutrition is a priority and is issue that we need to address now. Youth are making it their personal goal to do something and are motivating their friends, families and communities to get involved in this national campaign.”

By doing the World Vision 30 Hour Famine and raising funds for community projects in developing countries, Canadian teens are making an impact a world where millions of children die of hunger each year. Participants raise money and go without food for 30 hours. They can experience what hunger feels like first-hand. They learn about issues of poverty and hunger from guest speakers and the World Vision 30 Hour Famine website (

Famine funding will continue to support on-going efforts to eradicate hunger, poverty and injustice around the world, providing assistance to countries like Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, India, Peru and Thailand. Funds from this year’s campaign will also support programs aimed at reducing sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and by empowering children in conflict-prone areas of the Philippines to become advocates for peace.

The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is proudly supported by many Canadian celebrities, including Danny Fernandez, Faber Drive, Joannie Rochette, Karl Wolfe, Lights, Mike Fisher, Shiloh and the New Cities.

A global event, the 30 Hour Famine started began in Canada in1971with a group of Calgary teens who held a fast. They were moved to action by TV images of a famine in Africa. Today, the Famine now engages youth in 21 countries annually.

Last year, youth raised $4 million through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. This year the hope is to raise $5 million across Canada. If you would like to participate or want more information regarding the World Vision 30 Hour Famine campaign, please visit

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Bryan Kelly, an ACP student, is a semi-finalist in a $10K Axe contest!

Victoria’s Axe man sells earthy, West Coast guy in national job search:

Bryan Kelly skipped straight to the appropriate source in deciding how he should sell himself to Axe Canada’s Ridiculously Good Summer Gig contest.

“I work with a lot of girls — so I asked them,” said Kelly, 22, a Keg waiter and Camosun College student. “They said, ‘Be yourself, be funny.’ I’m laid-back and not into that greasy guy stuff.”

Kelly’s plan worked. He’s one of five male finalists for a summer job as an Axe product consultant. The winners (one man, one woman) will live in their own paid-for Toronto apartment for two months, get a $10,000 salary and gain experience in marketing. They’ll also have a personal blog to reveal their dating and social lives. This doesn’t make Kelly nervous.

“I’m an outgoing, social guy, so I think it will be fun,” he said. Kelly surfs, plays rugby, loves hockey and is a DJ at Village 900 — he’s in the Applied Communications program.

He has had to complete a series of challenges, including a photo essay, music video and speed interview since November and has one left before voting closes on March 31. To vote for Bryan Kelly, visit: or, ladies, find him on Facebook and arrange to have your photo taken and tagged with a Vote for Bryan sign.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Plant Sale

The Camosun College Horticulture Technician Program will be having its Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 from 10am–4pm each day in the Plant Shoppe on the grounds of Royal Roads University. There’s a great selection of perennials, herbs, small fruits, shrubs, succulents and beautiful Hyper Tufa planters created by Camosun students. Visa, Mastercard, Debit, Cash and Cheque accepted.

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Victoria Symphony and the Canadian College of Performing Arts Team Up in Tribute to the Best of Broadway

Victoria, BC – On April 1, 2, and 3, the Victoria Symphony and students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, bring Tony Award-winning musicals including Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and Wicked to life at the Royal Theatre in Broadway Brilliance.

The Victoria Symphony partners with the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) in a tribute to the Best of Broadway. Conductor Brian Jackson and CCPA co-directors Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning will dazzle the audience with colourful costumes, talented young singers and dancers and live orchestra.

Presenting music from seven outstanding musicals, the Victoria Symphony and CCPA will haunt audiences with a suite from Light in the Piazza, thrill them with Wicked and serenade them with the beautiful music from Kiss Me Kate. Highlights of the night also include the classics: West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and Guys and Dolls. With the full orchestra, 63 CCPA students on stage, over 150 costumes, and set designs, this Beltone Pops concert will entertain and excite all ages from beginning to end.

Maestro Brian Jackson is the Principal Pops conductor of the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London Canada. At the age of 25, Jackson was the youngest Music Director in Canada (Peterborough Symphony) and since that time he has conducted all the major Canadian orchestras. He has also led orchestras in the UK, Europe, the United States and South America. Jackson has performed all major symphony and choral literature as well as being recognized as a champion of Canadian composers.

Canadian College of Performing Arts is the only programme in Canada offering the full complement of studies in acting, singing, dancing and musical theatre. Since its inception, co-founders Janis Dunning and Jacque Lemay plus a renowned faculty have trained performing artists who consistently go on to establish careers on stage and screen.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences high-quality concerts in seven diverse series, and a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. More than 125,000 people hear the Symphony each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony’s 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Beltone Better Hearing Centre.

For complete programming details of the 2009-2010 season please visit

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ICC Local Food Festival - Defending our Back Yard Advanced Ticket Sales

Defending Our Backyard

Sunday May 30th, 2010 - 12pm to 4pm

at Fort Rodd Hill in Colwood B.C.

Early Bird Tickets available Now!

Buy now to save and be entered into two fabulous prizes!!! Tickets purchased before May 1st will be included in monthly draws

April 1st - Dinner for Two at The Mark
May 1st - Weekend for Two at The Union Club

The sooner you buy the more chances you will have to win!

Pricing Before May 1st:

Adults - $40 Youth (9-16 years) - $20 Family (2 adults & 2 youth) - $80

Pricing May 1st and after:

Adults - $50 Youth (9-16 years) - $25 Family (2 adults & 2 youth) - $100

Under 9 years old? Free

Ticket Vendors

BC Wine Guys – 2579 Cadboro Bay Rd, Oak Bay 250.592.8466
Cook Street Village Liquor - #109-230 Cook St., Victoria 250.995.2665
CrossRoads Bar and Grill –1889 Island Hwy. Colwood 250.478.1311
La Piola - 3189 Quadra Street, Victoria 250.388.4517
Sips Artisan Bistro - 425 Simcoe Street, James Bay 250.590.3519
Smoken Bones Cookshack – 101-721 Station Ave, Langford 250.391.6328
Spinnakers – 308 Catherine St, Victoria 250.386.2739
*West Shore Chamber of Commerce 250.478.1130

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Camosun College Indigenous Business Students present

Indigenous Business Mixer & Art Auction

Thursday, April 8, 2010 • 6-9:00pm

Interurban Campus, 4461 Interurban Road

INDIGENOUS BUSINESS MIXER & ART AUCTION – Camosun College’s Indigenous Business Leadership students invite you to help raise funds for student bursaries by attending the first annual Indigenous Business Mixer and Art Auction, Thursday, April 8, 6-9pm, Cafeteria Annex, Interurban Campus, 4461 Interurban Road. Mingle with local Indigenous leaders, business experts and young entrepreneurs, and bid on an exclusive selection of BC Indigenous artwork online from now until the evening of April 8 at An infusion of fun, food and Indigenous culture! Tickets: $10 each. All proceeds to create bursaries and awards for future Indigenous Business students. Call 250-370-4165 for tickets and info.

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