Friday, April 30, 2010

GREAT NAVY BARBEQUE WILL WELCOME 3,000 TO CENTENNIAL SQUARE!

April 30, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Music, magic, and 3000 hot dogs will be served up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th by the DVBA, in concert with the Esquimalt Lions and Royal Oak Centennial Rotary. It will be a celebration to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy and incorporated into the Freedom of the City Ceremony that morning. The DVBA is inviting all Navy personnel and their families and members of the Downtown Victoria business community to join us for the food and festivities.

“In keeping with the spirit of granting Freedom of the City, we wanted to host an event which is in keeping with the significance of this anniversary and an opportunity for families to enjoy themselves together,” says Scott Hoadley, Chair of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. “The Naval Centennial is a huge milestone and we want our business community join with the Navy and celebrate in the heart of downtown.”

The GREAT NAVY BBQ is being made possible through a partnership of the DVBA, City of Victoria, Esquimalt Lions Club, Royal Oak Centennial Rotary Club, and through the generosity of Sysco Foods, Coca Cola, and enthusiastic volunteers from the downtown community. The barbeque will officially open with greetings from DVBA Chair Scott Hoadley, Mayor Dean Fortin, and Admiral Tyron Pile. Throughout the event there will be face painting and magicians will wander and perform in the crowd. Chikoro Marimba will perform on Spirit Stage from 11:30 to 1:00 and will be joined by Shane King at 12:15 for some main stage magic. The Navy and the Maritime Museum will also have information tents set up so members of the public can find out more about the Navy’s past and present.

“We have had such an enthusiastic response to the idea of hosting the Navy in the Square. The barbecue is another way to celebrate them being such an integral part of our community!” says DVBA Board member Barry Hobbis who has been a key organizer.

The Mission of the Downtown Victoria Business Association ’s mission is to a proactive champion for Victoria’s downtown business community, promoting sustainable economic vitality through direct action and advocacy.


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Dahl accepts head coach position at Camosun

Camosun College is pleased to announce that Chris Dahl has accepted the position of head coach of the Chargers women’s volleyball program.

Dahl is currently the Volleyball BC Regional Coach for Vancouver Island, Northern BC and the Team BC NTCC 18U women’s assistant coach. He joins Camosun after spending two seasons as assistant coach of the VIU Mariners men’s volleyball team where he helped the program to finish with a BCCAA silver medal in 2008 and a bronze in 2009. His experience with the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association includes one year as assistant coach for Camosun’s men’s volleyball team (2006-07) and one year as head coach of the College of New Caledona Kodiaks in 2005-06.

“I’m excited and ready for the challenge,” said the Prince George native who has his sights set on making the Chargers a winning program. “Camosun is in a great position to offer a high quality program for the elite volleyball student athlete. My goal is to start building a program that can challenge for a podium finish within the BCCAA and ultimately a berth at the National Championships. The intention is to showcase student-athletes and all that is possible … we want to excel in what we do both on the court and in all aspects of life.”

A fully certified Level 3 NCCP coach and NCCP Level 1 and 2 Technical Course Conductor, Dahl has been involved in coaching volleyball for 16 years and has worked with a variety of athletes from youth to post-secondary and has coached at the high school, club, provincial team and post-secondary levels.

“We believe Chris will be a great addition to the program for us,” commented Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “He has a solid background in coaching and the desire to change the future of our women’s volleyball program.”

Although the appeal of working in Victoria where he and his wife Amanda have decided to settle with their young daughter Ava was one of the reasons Dahl was attracted to the position, it was the prospect of working with high performance athletes in a high performance environment that really drew Chris’ interest.

“The quality of competition in the CCAA and BCCAA conference at the top levels was a major factor in my decision to apply,” commented Dahl. “The fact that the past three national champions have come from the BCCAA speaks volumes for the league and sets the bar very high right off the bat. This is where I want to be – working with high performance athletes that seek and embrace challenges. It’s what every coach desires.”

Dahl added, “I’m also impressed with Camosun’s innovative academic programming, their reputation for teaching excellence and specific to the student-athlete, the relationship between Chargers Athletics and the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence. The programs and resources available to the Chargers are first-rate.”

Chris’ first task as head coach will be recruiting quality athletes to the program and not surprisingly, interest has already begun.

“My immediate goal as a coach is to ensure that each and every student-athlete in the Camosun women's volleyball program is provided with an excellent post-secondary athletic experience,” stated Dahl. “As for long term, if we can accomplish the initial goal, I see no reason why we shouldn't continue to compete and develop athletes at the highest possible level.”


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

17th Annual Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts - Port Angeles Washington, May 28-31.

Kick off summer early, with the 17th Annual Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts in Port Angeles, Washington. The festival features performances by The Marc Atkinson Trio, David Jacobs-Strain, Pearl Django and more. It's a celebration of Folk, Jazz, R&B, World, Theatre, Dance, and Comedy. There are even children's activities!

Enjoy over 150 performances on six stages - just a short ferry ride away on the Coho or Victoria Express to the 17th Annual Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts.

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New Music at the Village today: Xavier Rudd & Izintaba and Tequila Mockingbird

Newly released from Fontana North Records is the latest CD for Xavier Rudd @ Izintaba.  "Koonyum Sun."  We are really liking Track #4 "Reasons We Were Blessed.


Check out the CD and upcoming tour information.


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The Wailin' Jennys in concert. Win Tickets!



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2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Asking yourself how the odds makers have the Playoffs envisioned?  We've done all the work for you and found the latest odds.  GO CANUCKS!

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup


Pittsburgh Penguins 5/2

Chicago Blackhawks 15/4

San Jose Sharks 5/1

Detroit Red Wings 5/1

Vancouver Canucks 11/2

Boston Bruins 12/1

Montreal Canadiens 15/1

Philadelphia Flyers 16/1



Odds to win the 2009/2010 Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks 9/4

San Jose Sharks 23/10

Detroit Red Wings 5/2

Vancouver Canucks 3/1



Odds to win the 2009/2010 Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh Penguins 4/5

Boston Bruins 4/1

Philadelphia Flyers 5/1

Montreal Canadiens 11/2


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Folk West Fundraiser - Joy Kills Sorrow

Saturday, May 22, 2010: JOY KILLS SORROW with Oliver Swain
FAIRFIELD UNITED CHURCH, 1303 Fairfield Road, Victoria

Doors at 8:00pm / Show at 8:30pm

Tickets $14 advance at Lyle's Place & The Spiral Cafe; $16 at the door (FolkWest Members get a discount at the door, phone for more info: 250-385-5574 or 604-318-1424)

FolkWest thanks sponsors VILLAGE 900 and THE NUMBER


Listen to the Gabrielle Kind morning show, Friday, to hear a new track from the CD "Darkeness Sure Becomes The City" at 7:40.


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GREEN ENERGY ADVISORY TASK FORCE REPORT RELEASED

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

GREEN ENERGY ADVISORY TASK FORCE REPORT RELEASED

VICTORIA - The Green Energy Advisory Task Force report released today contains a number of recommendations that are being implemented to build on British Columbia's strategy to become a clean energy powerhouse, said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

"I'd like to thank the members of the Green Energy Advisory Task Force for the hard work they put into this report, and for their recommendations that will help to set the future of green energy in B.C.," said Lekstrom. "We are building on many of these recommendations as we look at how B.C.'s clean, renewable energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a greener economy that generates well-paying jobs."

As announced by Premier Gordon Campbell on Nov. 2, 2009, the Green Energy Advisory Task Force was struck to provide input to ensure B.C. remains a leader in clean, renewable energy. The task force was composed of four advisory task force groups, focused on:
* Procurement and regulatory reform.

* Carbon pricing, trading and export market development.

* Community engagement and First Nations partnerships.

* Resource development.

The four task force groups prepared separate reports, based on their individual mandates.
In keeping with government's commitment, the complete recommendations from each task force group have been compiled into a final report which can be found at: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/EAED/Documents/GreenEnergyAdvisoryTaskForce.pdf

The Province's Clean Energy Act, introduced today, builds on a number ofrecommendations from the task force, including:
* Confirming our commitment to the Heritage Contract, to ensure B.C. ratepayers continue to receive the benefits of B.C.'s low-cost electricity assets.
* Moving forward on critical infrastructure projects such as Site C and the Mica and Revelstoke upgrades.

* Increasing B.C.'s clean energy supply to meet domestic and future export demand.

* Better align implementation of policy between BC Hydro and BCUC and review the need for a separate transmission corporation.

* Enabling utilities to implement initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or improve energy efficiency, such as encouraging installation of high- efficiency heating systems like heat pumps or vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure.

* Creating a First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund to support revenuesharing opportunities and to increase First Nations participation in clean energy resource development.

The task force also made recommendations that government is not taking action on in order to protect BC ratepayers from risk and to ensure long-term environmental certainty of the land base is not jeopardized.

Recommendations the government is not moving forward on include:
* Increasing the maximum project size in the standing offer program above 10 megawatts.

* Moving forward with Lower Site E on the Peace River and conducting a call for storage.

* Transfer of all biomass fuel price risk to BC Hydro under biomass electricity purchase agreements.

Clean, renewable energy continues to be a cornerstone of British Columbia's climate action plan that will create jobs, support families and generate new economic activity throughout British Columbia. Electricity self-sufficiency and clean, renewable power generation is integral to B.C.'s effort to reduce its carbon footprint and fight climate change.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Help us help our students

Did you know more than 50% of our students will apply for much-needed financial assistance of some kind this year, yet only 15% of them or fewer than one in three will receive a bursary?

Did you know that tuition and fees for a full-time student at Camosun average over $2,500 and yet minimum wage is just $8 an hour?

This year, the Camosun College Foundation Annual Campaign focuses on helping those students in greatest financial need and, with proceeds of close to $35,000 from the recent Annual Fundraising Dinner, we are well underway - but need your help to make the difference that’s needed.

Whether you already give to the Foundation or are considering a gift for the first time, your support makes a real difference in the lives of our students.

If you make a one-time donation to an Endowed Bursary for your School prior to May 31, 2010, the Foundation will match it dollar for dollar.

Alternatively, you can set up a bi-weekly payroll deduction contribution:

• $5 per pay period can provide emergency funds to help a struggling student make ends meet

• $10 per pay period can help a student buy text books or groceries

• $20 per pay period can help create your own named student bursary

It’s easy to give, especially online, and over 99% of every dollar goes directly to your Camosun cause. We hear again and again how much encouragement and inspiration a bursary provides to student recipients, a further demonstration of how much we care about their futures.

Thank you for your support!

Kathryn

Contact:
Camosun College Foundation
foundation@camosun.bc.ca
Campus Centre 314 - Interurban
250-370-4233

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The TD Victoria International Jazzfest Countdown is on!!


Village 900 was invited out last night to the reception that officially kicks off Jazzfest International.  It was a great introduction to this years amazing line-up.

We are still sifting through the program which covers off an array of talent and genre's sure to thrill all Jazzfest fans.  Here are some early picks to assist you in deciding what shows to consider.

Elisapie Isaac - June 30 at the Victoria Event Centre

Sara Marreiros - Thursday July 1 Centennial Square @ 12:30


Niyaz - Sunday July 4, 9:00pm at Element Nightclub with Alboa. 
Village 900 has been big supporters of both these artists and not only is it great to see both of them performing at this years Jazzfest, but both on the same night.  How cool is that?

I also want to give a shout out to an old friend of mine from the prairies and long time Victoria resident, Maria Manna who will also be performing this year.  June 28 and 29 5:15pm at the Fire and Water Lounge.

Keep checking in for more of our picks, and of course listen to Village 900 to hear music from these great artists and more.

Full details on-line at http://www.jazzvictoria.ca/

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Hillside Centre and Cannor Nurseries Victoria Inspirational Garden Raises $13,760.00 for BC Cancer Foundation.

April 27, 2010, Victoria BC – Hillside Centre and Cannor Nurseries Victoria launched a spectacular indoor garden in Hillside’s Centre Court on April 9th. Built in only four days, the garden included over 200 assorted plants, 7000 gallons of water for a stream and waterfall system, 10 tons of rock, and one 12 by 18 foot American Beech tree, among many other elements.


The purpose of the garden was to provide visitors with a sanctuary, and a place to reflect upon the importance of cancer research and patient care. Donations collected at the entrances to the garden and from the wishing pond raised $13,760.00 for the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign which will create a state-of-the-art patient and family support centre, a predictive cancer research centre and a radiation innovation wing at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre.

Cannor Nurseries Victoria donated over $50,000 in supplies and labour, and volunteers contributed over 140 hours to help make the garden a reality. “This was truly an example of the community pulling together for a very worthy cause,” says Michele Paget, Hillside Centre’s Marketing Director.

“Being part of something like this was truly a great experience and with the help of so many volunteers we created an inspirational garden, filled with beauty and emotion for all who visited” says Gord Nickel, Cannor Nurseries Victoria.

“We are so grateful to the many people who helped create the garden and those who visited, made donations and wrote heart warming messages on their ‘inspire’ stars,” says Laura Walsh, Campaign Director for BC Cancer Foundation. “

About Hillside Centre

With over 90 stores and services, Hillside Centre has played a leading role in the community since 1963 in terms of convenient, one-stop shopping and generously supporting local charities.
http://www.hillsidecentre.com/

About BC Cancer Foundation

To learn more about the Inspire the World campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.inspiretheworld.ca or call the BC Cancer Foundation at 250-382-4470.

The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency throughout B.C.


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Holisic Health and Metaphysics Energy Expo in Fernwood

As we share our light with the world, we find others that shine. As we join together, our lights shine brightly as a beacon to guide the way to peace, love and enlightenment . . .
Come explore, learn and grow with wisdom as the healing energy community of Vancouver Island and area gathers together to celebrate their work and educate the public about the benefits of holistic health and psychic /healing arts.

This is your time to shine!
$10 admission includes:
Over 20 workhshops and seminars in two workshop rooms for two days

Holisic health and metaphysical practitioners exhibiting their talents and offering mini healing sessions and psychic readings

Tickets Available at:
Red Gate Intuitive Arts Centre
Full Circle Studio
She Said Gallery
Dragon Horse Gifts

Listen to Village 900 to win tickets!

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Free Bike Safety Check

Sidney Health Fair and Russ Hay's Team Up to Offer Bike Tips and Safety Demos


The Sidney Health Fair and Russ Hay’s Bicycle Shop are teaming up to get riders on the road safely this bike season. Russ Hay’s Sidney location at 9781A 2nd Street will be offering safety demonstrations, bike maintenance presentations and helpful tips from May 1, 2010 from 10am to 12pm, with staff on hand to fill tires and make sure bikes are ready for summer. Riders can test out their tuned-up bikes with a ride to Reay Creek Park on Frost Avenue West for refreshments, a tour of the park and if they are up to it after the ride, help volunteers clear invasive species plants. The event is sponsored by the Sidney Health Fair, Russ Hay’s Bicycle Shop and Peninsula Streams.


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Youth Reject Nuclear Weapons, SGI Survey Shows

TOKYO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- From January to March 2010, youth members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in six countries conducted surveys of their peers' attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the upcoming NPT Review Conference.


A total of 4,362 interview surveys were conducted of people from their teens through 30s in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.

Asked whether the presence of nuclear weapons contributes to global peace and stability, 59.6% of respondents, including those from the nuclear states, said no.

Further, 67.3% said the use of nuclear weapons was not acceptable under any circumstances, with only 17.5% seeing it as acceptable as a last resort if a country's survival was threatened and 6.1% to prevent international terrorism or genocide.

A total of 59.1% said they would feel safer if nuclear weapons were abolished.

Asked which countries possess nuclear weapons, 66.9% of the respondents identified the USA, 48.7% said Russia, 30% China, 19.8% the UK and 19.8% France. Fewer respondents were aware of the nuclear weapons possessed by India, Pakistan and Israel, while 40.7% thought North Korea had them.

Within the nuclear states, just 59.2% of US respondents were aware that their country possessed nuclear weapons, and only 43.2% of UK respondents were aware of their country's possession.

Soka Gakkai student group leader Takahisa Miyao, the survey organizer, comments:

"Almost 70% of respondents said the use of nuclear weapons was not acceptable under any circumstances. This is encouraging for us. Building on the widespread rejection of nuclear weapons by youth is key to efforts toward their abolition."

Between January and March 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members in Japan collected 2,276,167 signatures on a petition calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention which would prohibit the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of nuclear weapons.

The full survey results are at:

http://www.peoplesdecade.org/about/efforts/index.html

Soka Gakkai International is a Buddhist association with 12 million members in 192 countries and territories. It has a 50 year-record of activities to promote peace and disarmament. In 2007, SGI launched the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition, offering a range of educational tools. See www.peoplesdecade.org


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B.C. EXPANDS PARKS AND CONSERVANCIES

VICTORIA - The B.C. government introduced legislation that will establish seven new "Class A" provincial parks and one new conservancy, as well as make land additions to 12 existing provincial parks, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

Bill 15, the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2010, continues this government's expansion of British Columbia's parks and protected areas system by adding 13,219 hectares.

The provisions in this bill include:

* Establishing six new "Class A" parks and making additions to two existing "Class A" parks in the Lillooet region as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan.

* Establishing a new "Class A" park in the Kamloops region as a result of the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.

* Establishing a new conservancy in the Ure Creek area following an agreement with the Lil'wat First Nation.

If the legislature passes bill 15, since 2001 the B.C. government will have established 65 new parks, 14 conservancies, two ecological reserves and nine protected areas, and expanded more than 60 parks and six ecological reserves, protecting more than 1.9 million hectares of additional land.

This legislation also adds lands to improve park values in 10 "Class A"parks around the province, including:

* 7.9 hectares to Beaver Creek Park in the Kootenays as a result of a private land acquisition.

* 270 hectares to Brandywine Falls Park along the Sea to Sky Highway.

* 44.5 hectares of marine foreshore to Buccaneer Bay Park near the Sunshine Coast.

* 64.8 hectares to Eskers Park near Prince George as a result of a private land acquisition.

* 2.2 hectares to Francis Point Park on the Sunshine Coast as a result of a private land acquisition.

* 124 hectares to Gilpin Grasslands Park near Grand Forks as a result of a private land acquisition.

* 911 hectares to Mount Robson Park.

* 310 hectares to Skaha Bluffs Park near Penticton as a result of private land acquisitions.

* 5.6 hectares to Tyhee Park near Smithers as a result of a private land acquisition.

* 62.7 hectares of land as a result of a private land acquisition and 18.3 hectares of foreshore to Valhalla Park in the Kootenays.

The bill also confirms the implementation of the 2004 decision for mining/tourism zones in the Lillooet plan area. Bill 15 will create a new South Chilcotin Mountains Park, a "Class A" park comprising 56,796 hectares from the area currently designated as Spruce Lake Protected Area. The remaining approximately 14,550 hectares are proposed for tourism and mining, but commercial logging will be prohibited.

The plan protects 56,796 hectares of land as a new "Class A" park, while opening up new economic opportunities by creating certainty on the land base. This plan strikes a balance that will provide job opportunities for families that live and work in this region, while still protecting the natural environment.

In addition to South Chilcotin Mountains Park, five other new "Class A" parks and two park additions are being established in the Lillooet area. These five new areas and two additions total 21,801 hectares. There is also a name change for one existing "Class A" park in the Morice plan area as a result of discussions with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

Amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act are regularly required to establish new parks and conservancies, to add land to existing parks, and to modify the boundaries of parks and conservancies.

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2010ENV0022-000476
April 27, 2010
Ministry of Environment



DESCRIPTIONS OF THE NEW AND EXPANDED "CLASS A" PARKS AND CONSERVANCIES

Beaver Creek Provincial Park: This park, located approximately 12 kilometres south of Trail, is being expanded by 7.9 hectares as a result of a private land acquisition. The property lies in a rare interior cedar hemlock ecosystem and contains grasslands used by the blue-listed Columbia racer. The total area of the park will be 89 hectares.

Brandywine Falls Park: This park, situated along the Brandywine River 15 kilometres south of Whistler, is being expanded by 270 hectares to protect critical habitat for the blue-listed red- legged frog and other amphibians. The area includes small lakes, wetlands and forested uplands. A section of the Sea-to-Sky Trail travels through the park addition. The total area of the park will be 420 hectares.

Bridge River Delta Park (992 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. The park is an example of a broad valley, glacial-fed, braided stream complex that remains in a natural condition within the Bridge River system. The park is an important spring habitat and cross valley connection for grizzly bears and provides habitat for moose, mule deer, wolverine, mink and Harlequin ducks. The park is located approximately 80 kilometres west of Lillooet and 65 kilometres north of Pemberton.

Buccaneer Bay Park: This park, situated on North Thormanby Island on the Sunshine Coast, is being expanded to include 44.5 hectares of intertidal marine foreshore. This addition protects sea grass meadows and sand shoals, which provide habitat for a rich variety of marine life, including shorebirds, salmon, rockfish, sandlance and Dungeness crab. The park addition also protects a sandy beach, which is a popular destination for boaters and kayakers. The total area of the park will be 45 hectares (0.5 hectares of upland and 44.5 hectares of foreshore).

]Eskers Park: This park, located 40 kilometres northwest of Prince George, is being expanded by 64.8 hectares as a result of a recent land acquisition. The addition will expand the park by incorporating a private in-holding that was surrounded by the park. This addition will ensure the park is managed as one unit. It includes meadow, wetland and pine forest habitat. The total area of the park will be 4,044 hectares.

Francis Point Park: This park, located approximately 35 km northwest of Sechelt in Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, is being expanded as a result of a private land acquisition to include 2.2 hectares of wetland and mature forest area within the under-represented Georgia Lowlands Ecosection. The addition provides connectivity to Beaver Island Regional Park and includes important habitat for the red-listed western painted turtle. The total area of the park will be 83 hectares (74 hectares of upland and nine hectares of foreshore).

Fred Antoine Park (8,230 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. It includes a complete and undisturbed watershed (Antoine Creek) and the upper elevations of Fred Creek.

The park protects a unique range of dry forest types and provides critical wildlife winter and spring range. It offers a wilderness recreation experience and contains numerous signs and artifacts of First Nations traditional use. Fred Antoine Park is located approximately 25 kilometres northwest of Lillooet.

French Bar Creek Park (1,159 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. It protects under-represented dry forests and grasslands, a small frontage on the Fraser River and is a migration route for bighorn sheep. French Bar Creek Park is located approximately 60 kilometres north of Lillooet.

Gilpin Grasslands Park: This park, located six kilometres east of Grand Forks, is being expanded by 124 hectares as a result of a private land acquisition. The land acquisition involved a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Environment and The Land Conservancy of BC. The addition contains essential habitat for provincially blue-listed bighorn sheep and other species at risk (including western rattlesnake, gopher snake and badger) and retains significant grassland values. Primary access to the upland portions of the park and the new park addition is along the Gilpin Creek Forest Service Road. The total area of the park will be 912 hectares.

Gwyneth Lake Park (132 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. It is situated on the Hurley-Carpenter Lake road tour route from the Lower Mainland and can cater to the destination and day use needs of visitors to the Goldbridg Bralorne area. The park includes a small lake and marsh and provides opportunities for fishing, camping, picnicking and hiking. Gwyneth Lake Park is located approximately 70 kilometres west of Lillooet and 60 kilometres north of Pemberton.

Marble Canyon Park: This park, situated on the Sea-to-Sky Highway approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Lillooet and 40 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, is being expanded by 1,994 hectares as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. It protects the natural scenic and recreational values of Marble Canyon and Marble Lake, highly significant First Nation cultural values and important provincial recreation opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking, fishing and camping. As well, the park protects internationally significant coral-like stromatolite formations in the lake and globally significant fossil occurrences. The total area of the park will be 2,544 hectares.

Mkwal'ts Conservancy (3,874 hectares): This new conservancy is being established as an outcome of the province's Land Use Agreement with Lil'wat Nation as part of the Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan. The conservancy is situated within the traditional territory of the Lil'wat Nation and protects a significant cultural site in the Ure Creek watershed. The conservancy is adjacent to Garibaldi Park, about 75 kilometres north of the City of Vancouver, and includes old growth hemlock forest that provides habitat for a range of species including mountain goat and spotted owl.

Mount Robson Park: This park, located 300 kilometres east of Prince George in the central Rocky Mountains, is being expanded by 911 hectares. The addition will expand the south- western boundary of the park in the Marathon Creek drainage. This addition will further protect the visual quality of the upper Fraser River watershed in the vicinity of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The total area of the park will be 225,285 hectares.

Oregana Creek Park (286 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan. It protects a small area of "ancient" forest containing a representative example of old-growth cedar/hemlock forest and associated vegetation community, including rare lichens. It also protects riparian areas along the upper reaches of the Adams River and serves as valuable seasonal habitat for mountain caribou. Oregana Creek Park is located approximately 150 kilometres north of Salmon Arm in the headwaters of the Adams River in the traditional territories of Secwepemc First Nations.

Skaha Bluffs Park: This park, located on the southeast perimeter of the City of Penticton, is being expanded by 310 hectares as a result of two private land acquisitions and the addition of a small Crown parcel. Sublot 18, comprising approximately 307 hectares, was purchased through a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Environment, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Land Conservancy of BC, the BC Trust for Public Lands, and through the contributions of numerous individuals, groups and agencies. It consists of a variety of distinctive terrain features, including steep cliffs, riparian areas, grassland and open forest, which function together to provide habitat for many provincially or federally listed species at risk, including bighorn sheep, western rattlesnake and western screech owl. The total area of the park will be 489 hectares.

Skihist Park: This park, located approximately eight kilometres east of Lytton on Highway 1, is being expanded by 353 hectares as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. The addition significantly enhances the natural values of the park, adding representative examples of the dry forest types typical of the north facing slopes of the Thompson River valley, and includes elk and deer winter range, old growth forest, a regenerating burn, cliffs, talus slopes and deep draws. The area also includes a portion of the historic Cariboo Wagon Road and offers new opportunities for natural and cultural history interpretation, complementing the existing day- use and camping opportunities of the park. The park is in the traditional territory of the N'laka'pamux First Nation. The total area of the park will be 386 hectares.

South Chilcotin Mountains Park (56,796 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. The area is presently within the existing Spruce Lake Protected Area established under the Environment and Land Use Act. The area has long been recognized as having outstanding conservation and wilderness recreation resources focused on the alpine and sub-alpine grasslands, forest ecosystems and the small alpine lake systems of the Central and Southern Chilcotin Ranges. The park protects high- value habitats for grizzly bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer and wolverine. It offers a wide range of wilderness recreation opportunities including hiking, mountain-biking and horse riding on an extensive network of interconnected trails, ski touring, snowmobiling and heli- skiing. The park is located in the Gold Bridge/Bralorne area, approximately 75 kilometres west of Lillooet and 70 kilometres north of Pemberton.

Tyhee Lake Park: This park, located approximately two kilometres northwest of Telkwa and 12 kilometres south-east of Smithers, is being expanded by 5.6 hectares as a result of a private land acquisition. The addition is located on Tyhee Lake and protects a large cattail and reed complex that hosts a high concentration of breeding loon pairs, grebes, other waterfowl and songbirds. It contributes to maintaining the lake's water quality and an ecologically functional shoreline. This area provides excellent canoeing and bird watching opportunities. The total area of the park will be 39 hectares.

Valhalla Provincial Park: This park, situated on the west shore of Slocan Lake approximately 16 kilometres south of New Denver, is being expanded by 62.7 hectares purchased through a collaborative effort between the B.C. government, The Land Conservancy of BC, Valhalla Foundation for Social Justice, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Fund, BC Trust for Public Lands, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Toronto-Dominion Friends of the Environment Foundation and donations from members of the public. This property is surrounded on three sides by Valhalla Provincial Park and fills an important gap in the park boundary. It consists of a low elevation old-growth cedar and hemlock rainforest and a 1.7 km lakefront shoreline with sandy and pebble beaches and a small cove. The upland protects the habitat for a variety of species including grizzly and black bears, cougars, wolverines, mule deer and great blue herons. A total of 18.3 hectares of foreshore are also being added to the park. The total area of the park will be 50,060 hectares.
Yalakom Park (8,941 hectares): This new "Class A" park is being established as a result of the Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan. It protects the whole of the basin of Yalakom Creek and much of Nine Mile Ridge, providing extensive representation of the Camelsfoot Range including old growth forests, a mosaic of dry and streamside forests and wetlands, high elevation aspen and krumholz forests and alpine grasslands. It also protects bighorn sheep, mountain goat and
deer migration corridors. There are many trails throughout the area offering backcountry recreation opportunities. Yalakom Park is located approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Lillooet.

*The Lillooet Land and Resource Management Plan covers an area that includes traditional territories of the St'at'mic, Secwepemc, Nlaka'pamux and Tsilhqot'in First Nations.



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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Village 900 Welcomes The Wailin' Jennys


Alix Goolden Hall
Thursday, May 6, 7:30pm.

Tickets available at:
Lyle's Place
Ditch Records
The McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121
and Online at http://www.hightideconcerts.net/

Listen to Village 900 to win!


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Jazzpañola!: Original Jazz Meets Traditional Hispania

After singing with gypsies in Spain, jamming with Berber tribesmen in Morocco, and eight years of world tours, Sidney native Nancy Ruth returns with a new CD and a new show.

Jazzpañola!: Original Jazz Meets Traditional Hispania

Saturday, May 22, 8:00 P.M.

Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria B.C.

$15. Reservations: 250 388-9166

Nancy Ruth, vocals and flamenco guitar; Ron Hadley, piano; Allan Johnston, bass; Joseph 'Pepe' Danza, percussion; Alfons Fear, trumpet.

Sailing the Gulf Islands as a girl gave Nancy a taste of adventure. Singing her way around the world, from Panama to Singapore, Brunei to Belgium, she found her greatest inspiration while exploring her Spanish roots. A decade of cultural immersion in Malaga, Spain brought her musical sensibilities to fruition: a life-long love of Latin music and flamenco, a respect for her classical training and an enduring fascination of the jazz idiom have informed her songwriting and performance style.

While touring in Holland, a record producer took note of her talent and offered her a recording deal, resulting in an elegant collection of original and classic Spanish standards called Me Quedo (Home of Jazz, 2008).

Nancy brings her Spanish Jazz show to Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm.

Songs from Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and Nancy's originals will be featured.



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Open House this Thursday at Interurban!

It looks like this year’s Open House is set to be the biggest one ever. We now have more than 2,500 student visitors confirmed from 30 different schools, coming from as far north as Port Hardy. Plus, we’re now hearing from other schools who are arranging their own transportation, and we’re getting some pre-event promotion on CHEK 6 TV and the Zone FM Radio, so don’t be surprised to see the numbers tip over the 3,000 mark!

Buses will be showing up throughout the day, starting right at 8am. Peak arrival times will be between 9:15 and 10am, when 1,250 visitors are expected to arrive, then we’ll get another wave of 350 at 11am, and 350 more at 12:30.

Details are posted online at www.camosun.ca/openhouse. Check it out and invite your friends and families. The more the merrier!

Open House is also a great professional development opportunity for you as a Camosun employee. This is your chance to visit areas of the campus you’ve never seen and learn about programs you don’t know much about. You’ll be impressed!


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Brand new release from Little Miss Higgins!

Village 900 has just recieved the brand new CD Little Miss Higgins - Across the Plains.

Released April 20th, this a studio album follows her previous live release. In contrast to the off-the-floor sound of The Dirty Ol'Tractor song, the track Beautiful Sun has crisp production, stunning brass, and above all showcases Higgins' tremendous voice. This one is on the playlist. Expedited.

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Congratulations to Skills Canada BC competition winners!

Congratulations to three Camosun Trades students, who brought home silver medals from the provincial Skills competition in Abbotsford, April 21. Carpentry apprentice Darcy Rhodes represented Camosun in the post-secondary Carpentry contest, while Horticulture students Elliot Lewis-Lifton and Maggie Angus teamed up in the post secondary Landscape Gardening contest. To win these silver medals, Camosun’s students put their talents up against other college students from across BC. Well-done!

Four south Island high school students also did well at the provincial competition. Camosun hosted the South Island Regional Skills competition on March 26, to decide who would represent the South Island region in the secondary school category at Skills Canada BC.

Congratulation to our south Island regional gold-medal winners who followed up with a provincial medal:

Gold in Automotive Service: David Hind from Cowichan Secondary
(David now moves on to the national level, in Waterloo, Ontario, May 20-23.)

Silver in Architectural CAD: Alexander Allen from Frances Kelsey Secondary

Silver in Carpentry: Charles Thomas from Stelly’s Secondary

Bronze in Internet Website Design: Brandon McCormick from Victoria High School.


Congratulations also go to Camosun’s School of Trades & Technology for hosting the regional competition, giving these students such a valuable experience and opportunity, and for supporting our own Trades students in the post-secondary competitions.



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"Saints of Circumstance" May 6-22nd, 2010

Mercurio Gallery presents:
"Saints of Circumstance"
May 6-22nd, 2010
New work by Victoria based artist MILES LOWRY
at 602 Courtney St.
Gallery Hours
Tues-Sun 11-5, Thurs night 'til 8
(opening reception 5-8pm on May 6)
contact: 250 388 5158

In Saints of Circumstance Miles Lowry's new paintings of friends and strangers blend the ordinary with the iconic. Painted in layers of pigment on folded and distressed mulberry paper, these images are at once haunting, alluring and crackling with energy. The work evokes spiritualist "ghost" prints, Kirlian photography, street snapshots and religious images. These enigmatic faces suggest the immanent potential of every person to exhibit the marks of grace, however fleetingly.

Lowry is one of a small group of artists influenced by the practice and teaching of Chinese born, Calgary based artist Lin Chien-Shih whose style is a confluence of Eastern calligraphic brush painting and a form of Divisionism, a theoretical framework championed by the Neo-impressionists also evident in much of the work of Jack Wise. Each stroke of the brush deposits pure colour intended to vibrate against the colours laid down immediately next to it. Lowry has added to this technique by spraying translucent pigment held in thin layers of beeswax - to create an opulent, hazy depth to his painting that draws the eye beneath the surface.

Miles Lowry has been exhibiting paintings and sculptures since 1981. His exhibitions, Two Tribes, Rites and Passages and his ongoing series of cast fibre figures Crucial Fragments, have established him as one of Western Canada's most versatile contemporary artists. He has also been designing for theatre, dance, and film in Victoria, and for several years has been exploring his painting techniques at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. www.mileslowry.ca

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City to Remove Driftwood from Gonzales Beach to Prevent Beach Fires

VICTORIA, BC — Even though it is illegal to have beach fires in the Capital City, the Victoria Fire Department still responds to nearly 200 calls each year to put out beach fires that get out of control or are left smoldering. These fires pose a risk to those on or near the beach. The City of Victoria will be removing driftwood from Gonzales Bay this week as part of a trial project to prevent beach fires.

City Parks staff will collect wood that is less than two metres long and 30 centimetres wide from two locations on the beach. The driftwood will then be taken to the Beacon Hill Park Maintenance Yard, where it will be
chipped for re-use in City garden beds and chip trails. To minimize any impacts to the beach, Parks staff will carefully place the collected wood into the bucket of a small tractor, to be located on two access ramps. G
Gonzales Beach will remain open during the work and every effort will be made to minimize any disruptions to residents, beach users and pedestrians.

The work is timed to take place prior to summer holidays - when the number of beach fires tends to peak - and when storms are less likely to bring new driftwood to shore. The removal of wood is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Beach fires are often difficult to access due to their location, and a small or smoldering fire can be time consuming to put out, occupying emergency responders who may be needed elsewhere in the community.
Beach fires can have serious impacts on natural vegetation, property and people’s safety. The embers and ash left behind also create a hazard for other beach users. Preventing beach fires will ensure the beach is safe
and enjoyable.

An offence under the Parks Regulation Bylaw can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

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SOME HST TRANSITION RULES TAKE EFFECT MAY 1ST

VICTORIA - The Harmonized Sales Tax will generally apply to
consideration that becomes due or is paid without having become due on
or after May 1, 2010, for property and services provided on or after
July 1, 2010, based on the general HST transitional rules under the
federal Excise Tax Act. The Harmonized Sales Tax is proposed to be
effective in B.C. on July 1, 2010.

The transitional rules are intended to avoid imposing both the PST and
the provincial portion of the HST on the same payments for goods and
services-that is, to avoid double taxation. Generally, the HST will
apply to goods and services purchased on or after July 1, 2010.

As a result of these rules, consumers that are purchasing property or
services that will be provided on or after July 1, 2010, or entering
into leases on or after July 1, 2010, will start seeing HST on their
invoices or bills for these as of May 1, 2010.

Where leases or services straddle July 1, 2010, there are special
transitional rules outlining when the portion of the lease or service
that occurs on or after July 1, 2010, are subject to the HST.

On Oct. 14, 2009, the Government of B.C. released proposed general
transitional rules to help guide businesses and consumers in a smooth
changeover to the proposed HST. The transitional rules are being
implemented in Ontario as well as in B.C.

To view complete information on the General Transition Rules for the
HST, visit:

www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/notices/HST_Notice_001.pdf.

Extensive information is also available on the CRA website at:

www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/pstr/trnstnl/menu-eng.html.

More information about the B.C. HST is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/hst.


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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Gruff's Farewell Show - Saturday May 1st. Listen to Win!

The Gruff's Farewell Show

Saturday, May 1
Ambrosia Event Centre, 638 Fisgard St., Victoria
Doors 7:30, Show 8pm
Tickets: $12
Advance Tickets available at: Lyle's Place, Long & McQuade, Ditch Records
For more information call: (250) 858-2358

'M' Award winners "Favourite Roots/World/Blues Artist or Group"

www.thegruff.com

"hell bent on pushing the boundaries of what folk music can be... the group pushes the genre past its limits, nosediving into rock, bluegrass and country over the four independent albums it has put out, getting more adventurous each time." - Bryan Birtles, Vue Weekly (Edmonton)

"(they) play folk music with the skill of old-timers" - Penguin Eggs magazine

"Old sounds in young hands, played with a nod to the past and an eye to the future." - David Francey

After a decade of sweet sounds and broken down vans, one of Victoria's favourite folk-roots bands, The Gruff, have decided to do one last road trip then turn in their towels. This swan song tour will allow the band to revisit some of their favourite hangouts throughout Alberta & Saskatchewan in April. The last show, in Victoria, will be a bittersweet farewell for the quartet's most adoring fans. The Gruff will be joined by Adrian Dolan, and the stage will be teeming with last minute musical peers; any sadness burgeoning into a joyous, hootenanny-revue. For fans wanting to round out their library, a disc of three new songs will be available at the show.

The Gruff, Phaedra Kemp (drums, vocals), Jenny Ritter (guitar, vocals) and Terri Upton (double bass, vocals) have, over the years, filtered numerous folk traditions through the sieve of modern experience into their own unique, decidedly West Coast roots-country sound. From old-time to country, bluegrass to good old rock'n'roll, these young songwriters have harmonized, sung and shouted songs of joy, sorrow and everything in between with an astounding energy and passion. The fourth spot has been occupied by an auxilliary that has included Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), Lucas Goetz (Deep Dark Woods), and Christopher Herbst. Over the years, The Gruff have shared the stage and worked with Oh Susanna, Steve Dawson, Old Man Luedecke, Eliza Gilkyson, Amelia Curran, Adrian Dolan, The Crooked Brothers, and Corbin Murdoch to name a few. They leave behind an impressive canon of recordings: "A Trail of Missing Thoughts" (2008), "The Gruff" (2006), and the now-out-of-print titles, "A Goat for Every Floor" (2003) and as Billy Goats Gruff, "The Million Dollar Tip" (2002).

In addition to their website www.thegruff.com, look for The Gruff on CD Baby, iTunes, PayPlay.fm, tradebit.com, You Tube, Facebook, MySpace, CBCRadio3, Last.fm, iLike.com, emusic, reverbnation.com and outside-music.com .


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"The Art of Re-Gifting," an evening to inspire support for the arts - Crystal Gardens, May 27th, 7pm

Is re-gifting really acceptable? Yes it is, and you can find out why!

Leadership Victoria and nine local arts groups are partnering together to celebrate our vibrant arts community with "The Art of Re-Gifting,” a cabaret style evening of live performance followed by an exclusive Indigenous Arts Auction on May 27th, 7 pm, in the Victoria Conference Centre’s Crystal Gardens.

This Community Action Project, spearheaded by Leadership Victoria’s Team W cohort, was created to raise awareness of the arts community through celebration and designed in partnership with local arts groups Ballet Victoria, Intrepid Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, ProArt Alliance and The Other Guys Theatre Company; and First Nations artists Carey Newman, George Littlechild, Victor Reece and Ann-Marie Rice. In the true spirit of collaboration, the visual artists will gift four pieces of art to the local arts organizations, who will return the gift with live performances. The original vision of the art exchange is inspired by the Coast Salish potlatch ceremony, where wealth is not determined by how much you have but by how much you share with your community.

The “Art of Re-Gifting” is an opportunity to experience a unique evening of collaborative performance art, and to participate in a live art auction of exquisite First Nations art. All proceeds will be donated to the five participating arts organizations. The purpose of the evening is to inspire a shared vision among all arts patrons, and to introduce those in attendance to a fresh way of showing appreciation for artists and the community organizations supporting them.

When asked, why he is involved with The Art of Re-Gifting, Carey Newman of Blue Raven Gallery responded, "For me, I see a cultural sensibility in the act of sharing. We are at our strongest when we work together, so with all the recent adversity facing the arts community, now more than ever, it is time for an event that brings players from all aspects of the arts spectrum together for the common good."

Tickets can be purchased in person and by phone at the Belfry Box Office (250) 385-6815; online at Intrepid Theatre for $50 or $75 after May 13th. Join us on Facebook “The Art of Re-Gifting.”

Leadership Victoria is a community-based, volunteer-led non-profit organization committed to developing, supporting, recognizing and honouring outstanding community leaders. Each year, new teams learn hands on leadership skills while collaborating in aspects of planning, development, community involvement, fundraising, and implementation.


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B.C. PROCLAIMS INTERNATIONAL ADULT LEARNERS' WEEK

April 26, 2010
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development

VICTORIA - The Province is affirming its commitment to education for all
learners by proclaiming the week of April 26 to May 2, 2010 International
Adult Learners' Week, announced Advanced Education and Labour Market
Development Minister Moira Stilwell.

"One of our government's goals is to make B.C. the most literate
jurisdiction in North America," said Stilwell. "By supporting adult
education and lifelong learning, we are helping British Columbians to reach
their full potential in all aspects of their lives, as well as ensuring our
province's success in today's knowledge economy."

Canada and British Columbia's recognition of International Adult Learners'
Week is co-ordinated through the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Its goal, and that of other international organizations, is to promote the importance of adult education and lifelong learning.

"Our government supports all learners regardless of age, because we know
how important a solid education is to our province as a whole," said
Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "We are committed to ensuring our
students have great learning opportunities, right from early learning
through to our adult education programs."

The Province invests over $116 million annually in programs to support
68,000 adult learners in meeting their literacy goals - from basic literacy
and numeracy to secondary school upgrading, high school completion and
workplace-essential skills.

Programs include tuition-free adult basic education, implemented in 2008;
the Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program, which helps adult
basic education and English as a second language students pay for books,
transportation, day care and tuition; and the Community Adult Literacy
Program, which last year benefited nearly 7,000 British Columbians,
providing learning experiences tailored for adults, including those living
in rural and remote communities.

In addition, government provides over $68 million through the federal
agreements on labour market, people with disabilities and immigration to
support a range of adult programs throughout B.C. To address newcomers who
may have low English language skills, the Province provides $40 million
annually for English language training for 20,000 adults through English
Language Services for Adults (ELSA).

International Adult Learners' Week has been marked in Canada since 2002.

For more information on UNESCO's education initiatives and International
Adult Learners' Week in Canada:
http://www.unesco.ca/en/activity/education/AdultLearners.aspx.


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CP Police steps up safety enforcement in British Columbia

Rail Safety Week is April 26 - May 2, 2010

Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) will conduct crossing and rail property trespassing enforcement as part of Railway Safety Week in Canada, which runs from April 26 to May 2.

PORT MOODY, BC, April 25 /CNW/ - At Canadian Pacific, the health and safety of our employees and the public is fundamental to our culture and our operations, and CPPS are dedicated to promoting public awareness of railway safety issues. CPPS officers will be out next week reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians of the importance of staying safe around railway crossings and property.

"Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a safer situation for everybody," said CP Police Sergeant Steve Gregoris. "During Rail Safety Week, officers across our system have the opportunity to further educate the public to deter risk taking behavior through enforcement activities."

CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in southern British Columbia.

In 2009, Transport Canada reported 186 crossing collisions across Canada, 19 fatalities and 21 serious injuries. There were also 70 trespasser incidents, including 52 fatalities and 15 serious injuries. These numbers do not include the many near collisions that take place every year.

"Building public awareness is our top priority," said Sergeant Gregoris. "Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property creates significant unnecessary personal risks that often lead to personal injury or death."

People who trespass on railway property or fail to yield the right-of-way to an approaching train at a crossing risk death or serious injury and are subject to being charged with a number of offences under the Rail Safety Act or applicable Provincial Legislation. People can report offences occurring at crossings and on railway property by contacting the Canadian Pacific Police Service at: 1-800-716-9132 or their local police.

About Canadian Pacific Police Service
The Canadian Pacific Police Service is a police agency created by Federal Statute with full federal and provincial powers, its members are peace officers as defined by the Criminal code. The CPPS plays an important role in public safety and enforcement in the communities where CP operates. CPPS officers typically promote public safety through trespasser abatement patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at railway crossings and participation in education activities to raise awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect the critical infrastructure of Canada and the US by ensuring supply chain security and ensuring the operational efficiency of the transportation network.


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Friday, April 23, 2010

Cool Aid Volunteers Receive The Bay Centre’s Support

Victoria - The volunteer program of Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mental health and employment services will benefit from a $2,000 donation from The Bay Centre. The gift from The Bay Centre coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 18-24) – a celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Victoria and across the country.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society thanks dozens of volunteers who are central to its REES (Resources, Education, Employment and Support) Program and thanks over 100 other volunteers who make a difference to clients’ lives every day at its emergency shelters, dental clinic and supportive housing programs.

“We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers, who enhance the lives of thousands of our clients every year – providing services that Cool Aid could not offer without them,” said executive director Kathy Stinson. “At our REES Program, volunteers mentor people living with mental illness and overcoming addictions, help our clients find housing, employment and supports, and produce a monthly publication to assist the many citizens and organizations working to improve mental health in our community. REES volunteers help over 100 people every day.”

“Victoria is fortunate to have over 138,000 volunteers who are committed to enriching the lives of others through volunteerism,” said Darlene Hollstein, General Manager of The Bay Centre. “It is because of these individuals that organizations such as the Victoria Cool Aid Society can deliver essential programs to thousands of people in need on an annual basis.”

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building hope, lives and community in the Capital Region for over 40 years, since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supported housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, mental health supports, and a casual labour pool for adults who are homeless or in need of help.

Covering one full city block in the heart of town, The Bay Centre has a mix of over 90 street front and interior shops where you’ll find great unique brands, diverse dining options and exceptional service in an urban shopping environment.


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ABORIGINAL SKILLS PROGRAM BUILDS COMMUNITIES

Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development

VANCOUVER - The Province is investing almost $4 million in a new program to help build skills and training for over 600 Aboriginal people in communities across B.C., creating opportunities for participants to practice their new skills and gain work experience, Minister Moira Stilwell announced today.

"Tapping into the labour market potential for B.C.'s Aboriginal people is
vital to meet our province's future needs for skilled workers," said Stilwell.
"This is another example of how government, the Aboriginal community and the private sector can collaborate, creating new opportunities in skilled, well-paying jobs."

The Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP) will deliver job-related training in essential skills and introductory trades training, coupled with mentoring, coaching and other retention tools through public, private and Aboriginal-controlled training organizations around the province. Seventeen Aboriginal organizations have partnered with industry education and training providers to deliver services in over 60 communities.

"As demand for skilled labour increases and the average age of our population continues to rise, Aboriginal communities, with their young and vibrant
populations will become even more important to the workforce of the future," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "Through the Canada-B.C. labour market agreement, we're investing in the skills needed for the future success of our economy."

Once participants successfully complete their training, the ATEP program will directly lead to employment in business and industry, as well as First Nations economic development and self-governance projects of varying size throughout B.C.

"Through the ATEP program, we're working with our partners in First Nations and Métis communities to create lasting opportunities through skills training," said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation George Abbott. "Participants will not only gain valuable skills for employment, but in many cases will be able to immediately use their new abilities on projects within and for the benefit of their own communities while building
experience."

"The Yekooche First Nation is a small, semi-remote community, and we are
working hard to find more educational and employment opportunities for our
people living on the reserve," said Chief Partner Schielke. "This program
enables us to train and hire up to 10 trainees, building skills and capacity for our members through work in the community."

The B.C. government - working with academic, industry and other partners - is enabling British Columbians to gain the skills needed to successfully
participate in our provincial labour market, and respond positively to
changing workplace demands.

Under the LMA, the Government of Canada is providing the Province with
approximately $66 million annually until 2013-14. Through a variety of
programs, these funds will support training for employed individuals who are low-skilled and require essential skills, or require recognized credentials to reach their full potential in the current marketplace. They will also help increase access to training for unemployed individuals who are not currently Employment Insurance clients, including but not limited to those who are under-represented in the labour market.

For more information about B.C.'s labour market initiatives, please visit
www.workbc.ca.


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The 17th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival: A Performing Arts Celebration In Port Angeles, Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31

The 17th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival celebrates the coming of summer, Memorial Day weekend, with a cornucopia of live music, performing arts, comedy, dancing bands, and children’s activities. Held every year on the North Olympic Peninsula, at Port Angeles’ Vern Burton Community Center, the festival is awash with color and cultures presenting over 125 performances from as far away as Africa and South America, and as close as our own back yard. Outside a vibrant street fair is framed by the Olympic Mountains where festival goers can lounge on the grass, have a bite from one of the many food vendors, or soak up the free outdoor performances.

Performers from a variety of cultures and genres converge over the four days on six indoor stages. The festival is proud to announce the addition of Twilight songwriter, Sam Bradley, to this year’s lineup. Bradley will be a featured performer as well as the main attraction for a festival fundraiser at Bella Italia Restaurant on Sunday, May 30.

The Festival opens Friday night, May 28, with a Main Stage performance by the west coast’s premiere
a’cappella group, the Bobs. This Grammy-nominated group has won numerous awards for it’s lively and humorous performances and has been called “one of the most entertaining acts on the circuit today.” Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks follow the Bobs with their rousing and enthusiastic rockin’ hillbilly swing tunes. This band is sure to get audiences out on the dance floor.

The Juan de Fuca Festival is well known for rounding up the best talent from around the Pacific Northwest, along with several national and international acts, and presenting them on small, intimate stages. Traditional folk and bluegrass, blues, jazz, and acoustic instrumental and vocal groups, mix with comedy and children’s shows, dance groups, and ethnic presentations.

World cultures are always well represented. New to the festival, master African performer Okaidja entertains audiences with traditional songs, dance and stories from Ghana. Tumbao swings with Latino rhythms meant to get everyone up on the dance floor. Nuestro Canto performs the Legends of Mexico through storytelling and masks. The vocal and percussion ensemble, Abrache, sings in 17 languages, with a repertoire ranging from the 15th Century to the present. And the hit group from Seattle, the Adrian Xavier Band, brings the rhythm of Reggae to Festival Stages.

Traditional folk performers include top notch groups, such as Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band nominated by the Western Music Association for best Cowboy/Western Swing Group of the Year. Lauren Sheehan, an American roots artist and a formidable musician and singer, is a true entertainer who weaves the stories and history of the music into her authentic performances. Stanley Greenthal, a possessor of fine, rare musical talent performs fresh arrangements of traditional instrumental music from Brittany, Scotland, Ireland and the Balkans. And new on the scene, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, perform a unique vision of traditional music. Drawing from bluegrass, old time and country, their lightning performances and charismatic stage presence energize audiences of all ages.

International performers Dornfeld and Hoirup, are at the top of their musical game. The duo met 25 years ago at an international Festival in Denmark, and have enjoyed a fruitful musical partnership, forming several groups including the American Cafe Orchestra performing throughout Scandinavia for ten years. Paul Chasman and Terry Robb, played as one half of The Acoustic Guitar Summit, and as a duo their repertoire runs from blues to bluegrass, ragtime to rock, along with classics and originals. Moira Smiley & VOCO make their festival debut with stompin’ gorgeous harmony, cello & banjo and original songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe. Jami Sieber returns with her hauntingly beautiful electric cello and original compositions.

Blues & Jazz enthusiasts will not want to miss David Jacobs-Strain, who developed a cult following last year with his lap steel guitar and boozy vocals. From Canada, the Marc Atkinson Trio, a daring and inventive acoustic trio and a powerful force in the new roots/jazz movement, makes its festival debut. Audiences love the resonator guitar and witty lyrics of Del Rey’s acoustic blues. Delta and Piedmont bluesman, Thom Davis, will have the sparks flying from his slide guitar.

For folks who like to dance, the festival is always happy to oblige. File Gumbo, a popular band from the New Orleans Cafe in Seattle, will bring their authentic high energy Zydeco, and Cajun music to Festival stages Sunday night. Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators will entertain dancers with vintage jazz music of the 20’s and 30s, and Pearl Django will delight the followers of icon gypsy jazz performer, Django Reinhert. The Laura Love Band will belt her trademark exuberant Folk-Funk, Afro-Celtic music, and the Super Trees will rock and roll the stages.

Children and their parents will have much to look forward to with the return of one of the festivals all time favorite performers, Christian Swenson, a dancer, singer, and actor who plays his body and voice with joy and abandon. Bronkar Lee, a mix of music, charisma, improvisation and energy, combines body percussion, drumming and vocal percussion with highly skilled juggling and a big dose of humor! Charlie Brown a loveable juggler, comedian and children’s performer always keeps audiences happy and wide-eyed. Amazama returns with its circus arts workshop for kids and their families. Amazama’s motto is “If we can do it so can you!”

The Festival wouldn’t be complete without showcasing some of our local talent. Port Angeles natives, Tracey and Spencer Hovekeland, the nationally recognized Bottom Line Duo, perform on bass and cello with superb musicianship, impeccable technique and delightful showmanship. Progressive old-timey band Deadwood Revival brings their hoedown uptown with a some Grateful Dead influence. Now celebrating ten years, Shula Azhar blends traditional folkloric belly dancing with a contemporary twist. Kory Nagler and John Schramm duo from the alt-country band Westerly bring their tight harmonies and rhythms to town. Local playwright Max Mania’s production of Don’t Touch That Dial, a spook of old-time radio dramas and Rebecca Redshaw’s The Sitting Room, where art comes to life, will both run at the Playhouse Theater stage.

This is just a sampling of the over 400 performers who will entertain on Festival stages over Memorial Day weekend. Check it out jffa.org. The website has links to both a blog site and their Facebook Page for updates, reminders, pictures and attendee comments about the festival’s performers and activities.

Four day passes ($45/55) can be purchased online, at www.jffa.org, by phone or at the festival ticket booth starting at noon on Friday, May 28. Single day passes ($12 & 14 Friday and Monday and $15 & $17 Saturday and Sunday) will be available at the ticket booth or any of the satellite stages the day of.

The Juan de Fuca Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and arts organization, sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News with additional sponsorships from radio KONP, Washington State Arts Commission, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For a complete festival schedule, visit www.jffa.org


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Twilight Musician Featured at Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, Sunday, May 30th, Port Angeles, Washington

Sam Bradley, co-writer of Never Think, the hit song recorded by Rob Pattison in the Twilight soundtrack, will perform his original version of the song along with other compositions at the 17th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, May 30th.

Sam will perform Sunday on the Main Stage from 2:45 – 3:45 pm, at the KONP Elks stage from 6:00 – 7:00pm, and at a special Fundraiser at Bella Italia Restaurant at 10pm. Attendees may even catch a glimpse of Bella or Edward lurking in the dark corners of the stages… if it’s not too bright!

The story of Sam’s rise to fame came when a song written by Bradley was co-opted by his childhood friend, actor Rob Pattison of Twilight fame, for use in the movies’ soundtrack in 2008. Pattison’s version of Bradley’s original tune, Too Far Gone, was reworked and rewritten as the Pattison-sung Never Think, and the rest is history.

Bradley’s relationship with Pattison goes back more than a decade when the two were school chums. “We are friends that grew up together… We support each other in everything we do, in whatever capacity that may be, as friends do.”

Sam is a strong musician on his own merits. Born in London in 1986, he began his schooling at the age of three in Hong Kong. Two years later, when his parents split, he moved with his mom to Nashville as she pursued her dreams as a singer/songwriter. Sam’s mother later returned to England and his father moved on to Sri Lanka jump starting Sam’s destiny as a modern day wandered – bohemian in nature, artistic and free.

Shaped by a diversity of cultures and influences, he began playing music at the age of 17 before audiences at any venue that would have him. During that same summer, Sam left school and moved to Vancouver to continue the search for his own sound. There, he started a small music night at a local café all the while recording his own songs.

Festival day passes are $15 for members, students, and seniors; and $17 for the general public. The day fee covers all performances at the festival, including two of Sam’s. For more details on the festival schedule go to www.jffa.org

The benefit performance will be held at Bella Italia Restaurant, the site where Bella and Edward had their first “date,” while the song Never Think, played in the background. This is a small restaurant and tickets are very limited. Cost is $90 a person which includes a light meal of the now famous mushroom ravioli ordered by Bella in Twilight, along with a salad, and Bella Italia’s famous tiramisu and coffee. There will be a no host bar available from Bella’s extensive wine list. Please call the JFFA Office at 360-457-5411 to make your reservation. Reserved seating will be assigned in order of reservations received and seating is very limited so don’t wait.

The performances and concerts are sponsored by Bella Italia Restaurant, Dazzled by Twilight, and the Peninsula Daily News.

The Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts is a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit educational organization that is committed to the development and promotion of the Arts for the cultural, economic and educational benefit of Washington’s North Olympic Peninsula.

For more information on Sam, visit www.myspace.com/sambradley



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Saanich Police traffic safety unit members have been busy the last few days responding to reports of cyclists being hit by motorists.

There Is No Death Sentence In the Criminal Code – There Should Not Be One For Being a Cyclist:

Saanich Police traffic safety unit members have been busy the last few days responding to reports of cyclists being hit by motorists.

Today, April 22, 2010, at 11:45 am, the Saanich police communications centre received a number of 911 calls from motorists reporting that a cyclist just struck by a car.

When police officers arrived on scene they located a cyclist and motorist in the 4400 block of West Saanich Rd. What was learned, and it is a repeating scenario, is the cyclist was travelling in a marked bike lane southbound (he had the right of way) when the motorist turned into his path. The cyclist could not stop in time and struck the rear quarter panel of the car.

The offending driver, an 85 year old woman, was uninjured and was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield on her left turn. She was fined $167.00 dollars. The cyclist was not injured however his bike was severely damaged.

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On Wednesday, April 23, 2010, at 10:43 am, Saanich police traffic safety unit members responded to a report of a serious crash involving a cyclist and a car. The collision occurred in the 4700 block of Interurban Rd.

The cyclist was travelling southbound on Interurban in the bike lane when a vehicle turned in front of him to enter a driveway. The cyclist struck the front right quarter panel of the offending car and he was ejected over the hood of the car. The cyclist then struck a large rock with his face. He sustained a large cut to his forehead, a broken right eye socket, nose and possibly a broken jaw.

The Cyclist was transported to the hospital by EHS.

The driver, a 49 year old West Shore man was uninjured. He was fined for failing to yield the right of way to the cyclist – his fine was a mere $167.00. The 22 year old cyclist is lucky to be alive.


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Victoria Introduces New Climate Plan on Earth Day

VICTORIA, BC — Victoria City Council committed to two ambitious environmental targets on Earth Day,signing on to the BC Green Communities Act goal of reducing green house gas emissions by 33% by 2020,and targeting 2012 for municipal operations to be carbon neutral. Both targets will live in a Climate Action Plan to be developed by the municipality.

“Victoria is starting this process from a position of strength,” notes Acting Mayor Geoff Young. “We already have the highest use of sustainable modes of transportation for work travel in Canada, and we are building our sustainable, carbon neutral City operations from there.”

Today, the Governance and Priorities Committee approved an interim amendment to the current Official Community Plan in order to meet the Province of B.C.’s Green Communities Act deadline of May 31 for inclusion of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets, policies and actions. Climate protection and energy use reduction will form a major part of the new official community plan, currently being developed through intensive community consultation.

In addition to targeting the reduction of GHG emissions, the Climate Action Plan will outline a comprehensive, prioritized and phased strategy for how the community will mitigate impacts of current activity on climate change, and adapt in future. The plan will address improved transportation choices, integrated land use and transportation, new building practices and reducing vulnerability and risk due to climate change impacts.
Victoria already has significantly lower residential emissions than the average municipality in the CapitalRegional District, due to our more compact and connected urban design.


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National Summer Safety Week: May 1 – 7, 2010 - Sun Care, Be Aware

OTTAWA – Participating in activities and sports outdoors during the summer months is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But most importantly, you must remember to protect your skin from harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays.

During National Summer Safety Week the Canada Safety Council encourages you to protect yourself in the sun all summer long. Always apply plenty of sunscreen before going outside, whether it's sunny or cloudy, hot or cool. Make sure it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 against both UVA and UVB rays. Use it generously (approximately a golf ball sized amount) and re-apply after swimming and exercise.
Nearly one in five Canadians is likely to develop skin cancer sometime during their lives. Melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer – is the type most likely to be fatal. It makes up one to two per cent of all cancers, and incidence rates continue to increase with every passing year. It is also one of the most common cancers among young people in Canada aged 15 to 29. Young women seem to be the most vulnerable to melanoma. For the year 2009, the Canadian Cancer Society had estimated that 940 Canadians, or three people a day, would die from melanoma and 5,000 more would be diagnosed with it. The good news? Skin cancer is almost totally preventable.

When you get a sunburn, the long-term effects of skin injured by the sun can be very serious. The more time young people spend unprotected in the sun, the higher their risk for developing skin cancer later in life. Dermatologists describe a burn as being the skin cells’ response to injury. Getting a tan also injures skin cells. When skin cells are damaged, skin cancer can result from these irreparable cell mutations.
Outdoor physical activity can be healthy, fun and safe if you remain protected. Follow the Canada Sun Guide, created by Canada Safety Council and others partners, to help Canadians combine sun safety with outdoor activities.

Minimize Sun Exposure
• Schedule outdoor physical activities when UV rays are at their weakest - before 11:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., especially between the months of April and October.

• Always keep children under the age of one out of the sun.

• Remember that skin doesn't have to be hot to burn, so don't be fooled by cloudy or overcast weather.

• Remember too that water, snow, sand and concrete can reflect and increase the sun's burning rays.

Seek and Create Shade
• Seek natural shade from trees and buildings.

• Plant trees in schoolyards and other play areas.

• Use shade umbrellas, or create other forms of shade if natural shade is not possible.

• Keep playpens, strollers and carriages in shaded areas.

Cover Up – 80 per cent of skin cancers occur above the neck.

• Cover children's heads, necks and ears with a broad brimmed hat when outdoors.

• Protect arms and legs with tightly woven, loose fitting, cotton clothing.

• Children should wear a T-shirt over their bathing suit, and long shorts instead of short shorts.

• Wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses--children can wear them too.

Use Sunscreen
• Have children use a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 15 or more.

• Apply sunscreen generously before all outdoor physical activities such as swimming, skateboarding, biking or even walking. Remember to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply often, as perspiration will reduce the effectiveness.

Pay attention to the UV Index – a measure of the strength of the sun's burning ultraviolet rays. The higher the number, the stronger the sun will be. UV rays usually reach their peak around noon, so minimize exposure to the sun in the middle of the day. When you are outside, stay in the shade, and make it a habit to wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and protective sunglasses.

Canada Safety Council wishes you a safe and happy summer season!


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Citizen Canine celebrates Victoria’s ‘7th Year of the Dog’, May 2

Join the pack at the seventh annual Everybody and Their Dog Walk on Sunday, May 2 at Beaver Lake Park. With fun for all the family, this canine carnival celebrates dog ownership, bringing people and their pets together from across the region.

What started as a walk around the lake has blossomed into a staple spring fixture supporting charities and showcasing everything ‘dog’. Returning by popular demand, the Fun Dog Show – with A-Channel’s Maggie Cox presiding – offers five classes for your pooch to strut their stuff. You can also put them through their paces with the ever-popular CKC Canine Good Neighbour Program. Local party planners, Par-T-Perfect are providing a bouncy castle and face painting to keep the kids entertained while you pick up tips from a variety of dog professionals.

Several dog rescue groups will be on hand to give you an insight into their amazing work and Citizen Canine’s by-donation refreshment stand will be serving hot dogs and pizza to help raise money for this year’s spotlight charity: German Shepherd Rescue of BC, who will lead off the leash optional dog walk at 11am.

It all starts at 10am in the big field by the main entrance to Beaver Lake Park (off Elk Lake Drive) and runs until 2pm. Registration for the walk and the dog show is by donation. There are contests, prizes and so much more, so mark your calendars and come join in the fun!

For further information check out our website www.citizencanine.org
or contact Joanna Pettit (250) 386-0826 joanna@citizencanine.org



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Canadian Grade 8 Students to Receive Free National Park Access: Minister Jim Prentice

Ottawa, Ontario, April 22, 2010 –

Today, Grade 8 students across Canada are
invited to experience Canada’s national parks and historic sites for free,
announced the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The launch of “My Parks Pass”, a program partnering initiative with Nature Canada and The Historica-Dominion Institute, will allow over 400,000 Grade 8 students to enter Parks Canada administered national parks and national historic sites for free for twelve months.

“Canada’s future lies in the hands of its youth, and today, on Earth Day,
our Government is especially proud to place a key to the nation’s greatest
treasures in those young hands,” said Minister Prentice. “The “My Parks
Pass” will allow Grade 8 students to enter Parks Canada-administered parks
and sites for free and open doors to connect their hearts and minds to
places and events that embody the very essence of Canada.”
"Nature Canada is proud to be a partner in this program," said Ian
Davidson, Executive Director, Nature Canada. "Creating opportunities for
our youth to experience nature first-hand in our parks and national
historic sites will promote healthy, active lifestyles and generate
appreciation of and respect for nature."
The passes, which will be distributed the week of May 17, provide free
access to 27 national parks and 68 national historic sites.
"The wealth of Canada is its wilderness and its history," says Andrew
Cohen, president of The Historica-Dominion Institute. "We hope the 'My
Parks Pass Program' will introduce young Canadians to both, igniting a
lifetime interest."

In addition to twelve months of free access to the parks, beginning this
September all new Grade 8 classes across Canada will be able to visit their
national parks and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites for
free when visiting as part of an organized school trip.
“We look forward to seeing these students in class outings and with their
family and friends in our national parks and national historic sites,”
added Minister Prentice. “I invite all Canadians and our visitors to come
celebrate our most treasured places where you can enjoy a personal moment
of discovery and gain a deeper understanding of Canada.”

For additional information on Parks Canada’s the “My Parks Pass,” please
see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room


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Village 900 presents the FolkWest Fundraiser!

FolkWest Fundraiser!

featuring music by

Bucan Bucan, Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra and Balkan Babes
Saturday, April 24 at White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock St.
Doors 7:30 / Show 8pm
Tickets $14 Advance, At the Door: $16/ $13 low income
Tickets available at: Larsen Music (1833 Cook St.), Lyle's Place (770 Yates St.), Long & McQuade (756 Hillside Ave.), Hemp & Co. (1102 Government St.), Spiral Cafe (418 Craigflower Rd.)
For more information call (250) 385-5574
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website www.folkwest.ca to be launched soon

FolkWest:
A great deal has happened since last August's overwhelmingly successful fundraiser to launch a new folk music festival in Victoria. Over the last six months, local musician Oliver Swain has wrangled together a top-notch group of local music biz professionals and the formation of a society is now complete. With the ultimate goal of producing the first annual world-class music festival, FolkWest in 2011, The Lower Island Folkfest Society is now ready to launch their next phase of development. As Ollie Swain explains, "The concert this April will be our first chance as a bonafide society to reach out to the community and say, hey!, we're seriously on the road to making a festival happen and we want YOU to join us! We now have a website under construction, site research nearing completion and are narrowing down a 2011 festival date." The concert will mark the unveiling of the website, the start of the membership drive, as well as the launch of a logo design contest. Information tables at the show will give concert goers the opportunity to get involved by becoming a member the society or signing up for the newsletter.

The musical lineup for this concert illustrates the goals and musical vision of the society's mission statement which reads "The Lower Island Folkfest Society is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the presentation, preservation and promotion of traditional and contemporary folk music and regional cultural traditions involving both professional and emerging musicians..." It goes on to explain a mandate that includes musical education and mentoring as well as values of environmental responsibility and community involvement.

Bučan Bučan:
Ever since last year's appearances at Luminara, the Dragon Boat Festival and Rifflandia, people just can't stop talking about the musically eclectic, visually jaw-dropping 14-piece gypsy marching band known as Bučan Bučan. Pronounced "BooCHAN BooCHAN", this Victoria super-group has quickly risen to the short-list of Victoria's favourite live bands. Neither a Klezmer nor “Oom-Pah” band, Bučan Bučan captures the ethnic essence of traditional Eastern European Gyspy music and transforms it into a crazy, loud and boisterous party filled with many instruments, theatrics, moustaches, fishnets and fur!
Bucan Bucan are: Chris Logan (vocals/tupan[drum]), Natasha Enquist (accordion/vocals), Jonty Parker-Jervis (violin), Matthew Pease (washboard/percussion), Aidan Knight (horse[pantomime]), Rebecca Hissen (clarinet) and on horns, horns and more horns: Michael Timothy (trombone), Denver Rawson (baritone), Aubrey Kelly (euphonium), Alfons Fear (trumpet/euphonium) as well as Michelle Footz, Kirsten Wright and Julia Wakal on trumpets.

'M' Awards runner-up "Most Welcome New Addition to the Arts Scene"

bucanbucan.com
www.myspace.com/bucanbucan
www.twitter.com/bucanbucan
www.youtube.com/bucanbucangypsy


Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra:
Led by singer Marion Siegel, the 8-piece YCSO is an extraordinarily passionate, versatile band with a big, brassy, swaggering sound and a love of Jewish and Eastern European music. Their repertoire of fast danceable music shifts effortlessly from the basic klezmer forms such as freylachs, and bulgars, to swing, jazz-influenced, New Orleans style marching bands, and even a hint of bluegrass! Marion's vocal repertoire travels in and out Yiddish music halls, Greek rembetika speakeasies, French coffee houses and the caravans of Eastern Europe with the vibrant accompaniment of accordion, guitar, double bass, violin and horns. The YCSO includes alumni of The Bills, The Stomp Club, The Belvedere Broad Casters, Caravan, The Romaniacs and The Victoria Symphony Orchestra. In November 2009, they released their CD, "Seven Good Years", to critical acclaim.

www.yiddishcolumbia.com
www.myspace.com/theyiddishcolumbiastateorchestra


Balkan Babes:
Victoria's, a capella choir, the Balkan Babes, enchant audiences with the penetrating harmonies and asymmetrical rhythms of the rich and ancient musical traditions of Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Dalmatia, Serbia, Georgia and the Ukraine. Operating as a collective, without a director, the 11 'Babes' strive for an authentic sound in vocal production and pronunciation, but also open up many of the songs to their own contemporary interpretations and arrangements. In 2008 the 'Babes' received national attention when they won first place in the "Pan Cultural Traditions" category of CBC Radio Two's biennial amateur choral competition. In August of the same year they released, Divna, described as "an entrancing album of world music from one of the city's much loved choirs" (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine). A favourite at local festivals including Luminara, their performance in Elektra's Tapestry International Celebration of Women's Choirs was one of the highlights of 2009. The 'Babes' celebrated their 10th anniversary last fall and will begin recording their next CD in May.

'M' Awards runner-up "Favourite Vocal Ensemble" (winners in this category in 2008)
www.balkanbabes.ca
www.myspace.com/balkanbabes


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