Monday, May 31, 2010

Record Attendance for Victoria's Uno Fest: Canada's Singular Live Theatre Event

Uno Fest marks rise in Victoria Culture Vultures

Victoria, BC recently ranked as Canada’s smartest and ‘most cultured city’ - 49.1% of the population spend money on performing arts events (Maclean’s Magazine, May 31 2010).

Over the last ten days, Victoria audiences demonstrated their love of culture with 2,310 people purchasing tickets for Uno Fest: Canada’s Singular Live Theatre Event. This is a substantial 20% increase in attendance from last year for Victoria’s international solo theatre festival run by Intrepid Theatre which finished on Sunday May 30.

Intrepid Theatre’s General Manager Ian Case was astounded that in spite of reduction in the number of shows in the festival due to recent BC government funding cuts, the number of people enjoying its live theatre offerings increased.

“We had 13 sold-out shows this year, which is incredible. It seems as though arts cuts are highlighting the importance of arts and culture in our community and people are actually attending more arts events since they were announced. The Victoria Fringe Festival, which Intrepid Theatre also presents, recorded a 30% increase in attendance last summer,” says Case.

Uno Fest also recorded a sizable increase in the number of online and advance ticket sales, with 1,169 people pre-booking tickets.

“We introduced an internet booking system just before Uno Fest last year and now more than half of our audiences book online or by phone. The festival is now 13 years old and people seem to be more aware of Uno Fest as an event and are planning what shows to see in advance,” comments Case.

See www.intrepidtheatre.com for more information on Uno Fest: Canada's Singular Live Theatre Event.



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BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation's Child Passenger Safety Month

BURNABY, BC, May 31 /CNW/ - June is BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation's Child Passenger Safety Month in B.C.

In 2008 the foundation declared June to be Child Passenger Safety Month as a campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of keeping children safe while they are riding in a vehicle.

Car crashes are the leading cause of accidental death among children in BC. Each year in this province over 1,300 children, roughly equivalent of five elementary schools, under the age of nine are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions. A correctly installed and used child car seat can reduce the risk of injury and death by up to 85%.

Although the province has not done a recent compliance survey, Marg Deibert, Child Passenger Safety program manager for the foundation says that overall, drivers are following the safety regulations for children under nine years - especially in the use of booster seats.

While this is good news, Deibert says that there are still drivers out there that are compromising the safety of the children in their vehicles by not using proper child restraints.

"A 2008 study conducted by ICBC, showed that while booster seat use has significantly increased, almost 20% of the children using a seat belt should have been in a booster seat. Those are the people that we really need to reach," stated Deibert.

New parents know that they cannot leave the hospital with their newborn without a proper infant car seat, but as the child grows, they may not know what the next stage is.

The foundation wants parents to learn how to keep their child safe in a vehicle. That is why they started running new parent workshops that address questions about child passenger safety.

The educational workshops are 1-2 hours and are designed to help expecting parents and parents of newborns become more familiar with the correct use and installation of infant car seats. Participants learn about child seat laws; how to disassemble & reassemble their infant seat; how to harness the child properly; and how to correctly use and install the seat in their vehicle.

New parents have so much to think about and they receive information from various sources, which isn't always correct, according to Deibert.

Parents can also access information on the foundation's website or call their toll free information line to speak with a certified child passenger safety educator or find out when there will be a workshop or child car seat check happening in their community.

In B.C. all drivers are responsible for transporting all children in a secure age and weight-appropriate child car seat or booster seat until their 9th birthday or they reach 145 centimeters (4' 9") in height.

For more information visit the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation's child passenger safety website, ChildSeatInfo.ca or call the Child Seat Info line toll free at 1-877-247-5551.

About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES

www.BCAATSF.ca

URL for this media release is: http://www.tsfbcaa.com/content/custompages/news.aspx

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 875-1182, E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca



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Bike to Work Week: Day One Update

Hello dedicated Bike to Workers,


So nice to see your smiling (albeit wet and occasionally mud-speckled) faces this morning :)

1. Sekirk = awesome
2. Date/Time correction: Camosun
3. Commuter Challenge
4. Next stations
5. Registration


1. Fabulous turn-out at Selkirk Trestle!

CFB Esquimalt and CRD Parks joined the festivities. Good to see everyone including the Mayor of Victoria, and the Base Commander and many of you great Team Leaders. Preliminary counts suggest around 600 people stopped by to celebrate with us - in spite of the weather! We are now busy counting ballots (we will be contacting prize winners individually) and are getting ready for an afternoon of fun events!

2. Correction on date and time for Camosun Lansdowne Campus Celebration station on Wednesday June 2 at 7:30am-9:30am -- NOT the afternoon as previously suggested!

3. Last Call for the Commuter Challenge!

You can still register a bicycle vs. car team for the tomorrow morning's Commuter Challenge. call 250-920-5775 or email chrissie@biketowork.ca

4. Today we have 2 more celebration stations

Juan de Fuca (near RRU and Westshore Rec) from 3:30-5:30pm Dockside Green (354 Harbour Rd) at 3:30-5:30pm

There are still 17 stations to visit this week, so lots of chances to get in on the fun. Be sure to check the schedule online at www.biketowork.ca/victoria/resources.

5. Registration Questions?

This came up a few times on the trail this morning: if you are still having registration troubles or need help adjusting your team for this year's ride, call us at 250-920-5775 or email us at email@biketowork.ca

See you soon!

The Bike to Work Team


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A Father’s Day Event for Kids and Dads of All Ages!

The Coast Collective Presents - A Father’s Day Event for Kids and Dads of All Ages!

Transportation Festival
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 from 10am to 4pm
The Coast Collective Art Centre
3221 Heatherbell Road
250- 391-5522 www.coastcollective.ca
Admission is Free!

Looking for a place to bring Dad on Father’s Day? Then check out the Coast Collective’s Transportation Festival on Sunday, June 20, 2010, from 10am to 4pm. The event will feature model trains, Harley Davidson motorcycles, small tractors, a dump truck, bicycles, the Colwood Fire Rescue Truck, and much, much more. What a great place for the kids and dads to hang out together and explore different modes of transport! Be sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities with the equipment.

The Festival will also have family activities such as SportBall - a great game for kids and parents to play – and a kid’s centre put on by West Shore Parks and Rec. There will also be music, food, and a beer and wine garden.

Take some time to peruse the Coast Collective Gallery and Gift Shop, featuring the works of over 100 local artists. Father’s Day will be the closing day for the Collective’s latest art show, “Transported: ways of getting from here to there”, complementing our outdoor event, the Transportation Festival.

The Coast Collective is a community Art Centre located on the shores of the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood. Housed in the historic 1929 Pendray mansion on 11.5 acres of woods, lawns and gardens, the site has become a West Shore destination for arts and culture. The Coast Collective Gallery is committed to showcasing local art, with new shows going up every 2 to 4 weeks. The Gift Shop has 4 rooms full of original works of art by local artists, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The Collective offers a wide range of art classes and workshops open to the public taught by many well-known, talented artists. You can learn more at http://www.coastcollective.ca/.



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A NORTH AMERICA FIRST: COMMUNITY GHG EMISSIONS REPORTS

VANCOUVER - The Province has released the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports for all B.C. local governments to assist them in creating community-wide GHG emissions baselines for their official community plans, John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action announced today.

"These community emissions reports are the first of their kind in North America," said Yap. "Local governments are key players in our Province's push towards lowering its carbon footprint. By putting this information in their hands, they are further empowered to measure and track emissions to reduce their carbon-pollution levels."

The CEEI reports provide a consistent set of estimates of 2007 energy consumption and GHG emissions for all B.C. communities. Local governments can use this baseline to track the progress of policies and programs that are designed to lower GHG emissions.
Activities covered under the inventory include on-road transportation, buildings and solid waste. As well, estimates of land-use change from deforestation activities and emissions from livestock are also available in the CEEI at the regional district level.

"Since the Climate Action Charter was first introduced, local governments have said that we needed new tools to measure community emissions," said UBCM President Harry Nyce. "The Province is to be commended for providing communities with a benchmark to aid the assessment of local reduction strategies."

The CEEI will help local governments meet their commitments under the Climate Action Charter to measure and report on community GHG emissions profiles. It will help inform targets and policies for local governments under the new green communities legislation. Alongside official community plans and regional growth strategies, the inventory will assist in providing a fuller climate action picture for local governments.

"As a proactive leader and advocate in the area of climate action and addressing GHG emissions, the City of North Vancouver supports the Province's creation of community emissions reports," says Mayor Darrell Mussatto. "The Province has taken on the considerable task of providing this baseline and tracking system so that municipalities can focus on developing policies and actions - reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from on-road transportation, buildings, and solid waste. This program will be a useful tool for all B.C. communities and it will help the city to further monitor and measure our reduction strategies, meet our targets and note our successes."

To link to the full CEEI reports, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cas/mitigation/ceei/index.html.




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INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED VOCALIST GINA SALA COMES TO VICTORIA

VICTORIA, May 29, 2010 – Gina Sala, internationally renowned vocalist, composer and teacher, will appear as Guest Artist with the 300-voice Gettin' Higher Choir in concerts entitled “The Golden Apples of the Sun”, to be held June 4 and 5, 2010.

Ms. Sala, who is based in Seattle, has appeared with the Gettin’ Higher Choir in 1999, and again in 2005. Since then, she has continued to study, perform and teach around the world. She has performed at the US Pentagon, the US Capital, the United Nations, and as principal singer for Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.

Ms. Sala stresses that singing is as much about empowerment of the individual and the community as it is about performance. She is known for her work using music and singing to provide healing.

“Performing with the Gettin’ Higher Choir has been one of my favourite musical moments,” she says. “There is so much love and such a feeling of community. I’m delighted to be back.”

Other guest musicians will be local percussionist Niel Golden, and from Vancouver, Amir Peter O'Loughlin on the oud.

Both concerts will take place at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets may be obtained at Larsen Music, 1833 Cook Street; Ivy’s Books, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue; James Bay Coffee and Books, 143 Menzies Street; Dig This, Broadmead Village mall; or from any choir member, or at the door. Cash or Cheques only, please.

This is the 12th annual concert held by the Gettin’ Higher Choir as a fundraiser for the Kapasseni Project in Mozambique, a community development project in the African nation.



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B.C. SENDS MORE WILDFIRE HELP TO ONTARIO AND QUÉBEC

KAMLOOPS - British Columbia is sending an additional 157 wildfire professionals and firefighting equipment to Ontario and Québec to help with increasingly challenging wildfire activity.

Twenty-seven three-person initial attack crews, eight division supervisors, two fire behaviour analysts and three agency representatives will arrive in the city of Thunder Bay on Sunday, May 30, and will be deployed for up to 19 days. The 94 individuals will join the 81 B.C. initial attack firefighters and three agency representatives already deployed to the area.

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources requested initial attack crews for their expertise in quickly containing small and new fires. The fire behaviour analysts will work with fire centres and incident management teams assessing and forecasting fire behavior to help determine fire management tactics. Division supervisors will be deployed to supervise and determine tactical decisions on large geographic areaof larger fires.

The fire danger rating is currently extreme across much of Ontario with the risk continuing to build. The province is currently fighting 66 active fires with 32 reported as not under control. Ontario's largest fire, Red Lake Fire 32, has burned 4,000 hectares. So far this season, 453 wildfires have burned over 10,000 hectares in that province.Three twenty-person unit crews, three task force leaders and additional firefighting equipment will also arrive in the town of Maniwaki, Québec on

Monday, May 31. The 63 individuals will join the 130 B.C. personnel already deployed to the area. The sustained-action unit crews will help contain larger fires while task force leaders will work under division supervisors to determine wildfire management tactics on sections of large fires. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch is also supplying 115 pump kits and over 350,000 metres of hose.

Québec is currently experiencing extreme fire conditions with some wildfires impacting communities. Nine fires are listed as out of the control, the largest of which has burned nearly 25,000 hectares.

Costs for the deployments will be covered by the governments of Ontario and Québec under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the sharing of firefighting resources across Canada. This is the fourth and fifth deployment of British Columbia fire crews this year.

The Wildfire Management Branch maintains sufficient capacity in B.C. to respond to any fires in this province. Nineteen sustained-action unit crews and 76 initial attack crews remain in the province. Current cool conditions allow the Province to continue to support other jurisdictions with challenging fire seasons. Deployed personnel can be recalled at any time.

Since April 1, provincial fire crews have responded to 234 fires across British Columbia, all but six of which were human-caused and therefore preventable. The public is reminded to ensure they have the necessary tools on hand to extinguish any fires they light. Open fire prohibitions are in effect in many jurisdictions.

The public reports nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. Please continue to report smoke and flames by calling *5555 on mobile phones or 1-800 663-5555.




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SEVEN B.C. COMMUNITIES AWARDED SOLAR FUNDING

VICTORIA - Seven communities have been named Solar Communities and have been awarded a total of $35,000, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom announced today.

The funding will enable the communities to further develop solar hot water programs and other solar initiatives in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy and a sustainable energy future.

"These seven new Solar Communities are showing how solar technology can be a part of their energy solution," said Lekstrom. "We now have a total of 16 Solar Communities across B.C., with innovative and sustainable energy solutions like solar hot water to help us become energy self-sufficient, while improving the environment in which we live."

The communities selected are: the city of Richmond, the corporation of Delta, the city of Campbell River, the district of Invermere, the city of Fort St. John, the city of Grand Forks and the regional district of Nanaimo and member municipalities. These communities were chosen through a request for proposals process and will each receive $5,000.

On July 17, 2008, the Province announced a $5-million investment in the SolarBC initiative to support six solar hot water programs, including installations on residences, local government buildings, First Nations homes, social housing, schools and the Solar Communities initiative.

"These Solar Communities will provide leadership by their innovative deployment of solar technologies and will become role models for communities across B.C.," said Nitya Harris, executive director of SolarBC.

A solar hot water system can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one to two tonnes per year for a single family home using natural gas for water heating. The increased use of solar energy technology is part of a broader sustainable energy strategy that will help the Province reach its goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.

The SolarBC initiative supports the proposed Clean Energy Act and the BC Energy Plan conservation and clean energy objectives. For more information on SolarBC, please visit www.solarbc.ca.

British Columbia's new Clean Energy Act, currently before the Legislature, sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, powered by unprecedented investments in clean, renewable energy across the province.



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Bike to Work Week Final Details (with correct dates!)

Over 570 workplace teams are registered on Friday May 28, 2010 representing at least 5,700 riders! A summary of upcoming events: A complete schedule and map of the events are included as links below.


Monday May 31

Kick-off breakfast. Hundreds of cyclists ranging from experienced to new riders will be on the trail and stopping by for some great free treats. Selkirk Trestle South on the Galloping Goose near to Banfield Park, between 6:45-8:45am


Tuesday June 1

• Commuter Challenge – A friendly car vs. bike challenge. Teams consisting of a driver and cyclist start from a point of their choosing and then race (following the rules of the road) to The Bay Centre entrance at View and Broad Street. Teams will arrive between 7:45-8am. Last year, more than 50% of cyclists beat their car-driving counterparts and the time between usually ranges only between 4-5 minutes! More info at: http://biketowork.ca/victoria/btww/commuter_challenge

Some notable participants are Ryder Hesjedel, Jack Knox, Mira Laurence, Hudson Mack, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Chief of Police Jamie Graham and more.

• UVIC & Tech Park 6:45-8:45am and Chancellor Park & Saanich Hall 3:30-5:30pm


Wednesday June 2

• Mid-Week BBQ @ CFB Esquimalt - Colville and Admirals entrance 3-6pm

Join CFB’s Base Commander and /A\ News Anchor Hudson Mack for FREE burgers and fun. Enter to win a Deluxe BBQ from Capital Iron!

• Downtown Victoria Library – 6:45-8:45am & Camosun College/Lansdowne – 3:30-5:30pm


Thursday June 3

Blenkinsop Trestle and RJH – 6:45-8:45am. UVIC and The Bay Centre 3:30-5:30pm


Friday June 4

Wrap-up BBQ – 3-6pm. Selkirk Trestle North We are expecting a huge turnout! The final culmination of Bike to Work Week. Cyclists young and old, experienced and unexperienced will be coming together to enjoy a successful week of great events. There are several stations every day during the week – both morning and afternoon. A complete schedule and map of the events are included as links below.

Event schedule:

http://biketowork.ca/files/images/Celebration_station_map.pdf



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Friday, May 28, 2010

More Bike to Work Week Details

Over 570 workplace teams are registered on Friday May 28, 2010 representing at least 5,700 riders! A summary of upcoming events: A complete schedule and map of the events are included as links below.


Monday May 31

Kick-off breakfast. Hundreds of cyclists ranging from experienced to new riders will be on the trail and stopping by for some great free treats. Selkirk Trestle South on the Galloping Goose near to Banfield Park, between 6:45-8:45am

Tuesday June 1

• Commuter Challenge – A friendly car vs. bike challenge. Teams consisting of a driver and cyclist start from a point of their choosing and then race (following the rules of the road) to The Bay Centre entrance at View and Broad Street. Teams will arrive between 7:45-8am. Last year, more than 50% of cyclists beat their car-driving counterparts and the time between usually ranges only between 4-5 minutes! More info at: http://biketowork.ca/victoria/btww/commuter_challenge

Some notable participants are Ryder Hesjedel, Jack Knox, Mira Laurence, Hudson Mack, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Chief of Police Jamie Graham and more.

• UVIC & Tech Park 6:45-8:45am and Chancellor Park & Saanich Hall 3:30-5:30pm

Wednesday May 13

• Mid-Week BBQ @ CFB Esquimalt - Colville and Admirals entrance 3-6pm

Join CFB’s Base Commander and /A\ News Anchor Hudson Mack for FREE burgers and fun. Enter to win a Deluxe BBQ from Capital Iron!

• Downtown Victoria Library – 6:45-8:45am & Camosun College/Lansdowne – 3:30-5:30pm


Thursday May 14

Blenkinsop Trestle and RJH – 6:45-8:45am. UVIC and The Bay Centre 3:30-5:30pm


Friday May 15

Wrap-up BBQ – 3-6pm. Selkirk Trestle North We are expecting a huge turnout! The final culmination of Bike to Work Week. Cyclists young and old, experienced and unexperienced will be coming together to enjoy a successful week of great events. There are several stations every day during the week – both morning and afternoon. A complete schedule and map of the events are included as links below.

Event schedule:

http://biketowork.ca/files/images/Celebration_station_map.pdf


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B.C. TO SEND FIRE CREWS, AIRCRAFT TO QUEBEC AND ALASKA

KAMLOOPS - British Columbia is sending three aircraft and 139 wildfire professionals to Quebec and Alaska to respond to increased wildfire activity, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced today.

"Cooler conditions here allow us to share our highly trained personnel with agencies facing challenging fire situations," said Bell. "While our crews are busy fighting fires elsewhere, it is critical that the public remain cautious and vigilant with campfires here at home."

The Wildfire Management Branch will be deploying 130 wildfire personnel to the Val D'Or area of Quebec, to help manage a challenging firesituation. Quebec has 15 fires listed as out of control, and six fires over 1,000 hectares. Six 20-person unit crews, six task force leaders and four agency representatives will leave B.C. on Saturday, May 29. The sustained-action unit crews will be deployed to help contain large fires, while the task force leaders will help direct crews and establish fire management targets.

The sustained action crews are being deployed from each of British Columbia's six fire centres. Task force leaders come from each fire centre, while the agency representatives, who act as the link between deployed crews and the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, are from the Southeast, Cariboo, Northwest and Kamloops fire centres.

Costs for the deployment will be covered by the Government of Quebec under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the sharing of firefighting resources across Canada. Personnel will be deployed for up to 19 days.

Alaska is experiencing hot, dry weather, with an anticipated increase in lightning-caused wildfires. Two three-person rappel crews and a helicopter with a pilot and engineer will arrive in Alaska today and will be deployed for up to 14 days. Rappel firefighters are highly trained initial-attack crews who rappel from a specially equipped helicopter to fight small or new fires in inaccessible terrain. The personnel and helicopter are from Salmon Arm.

The Wildfire Management Branch is also deploying an aerial attack group to Alaska's Department of Natural Resources. The group includes one airtanker, which drops fire retardant to support ground crews working to contain fires, one birddog aircraft to guide the airtanker and one air attack officer, who determines aerial firefighting tactics.

Costs for the deployment are covered by the Government of Alaska under the Northwest Compact, which allows for short-term, mutual-resource sharing between western provinces and neighbouring U.S. states.

Sufficient crews and equipment will remain in B.C. should fire activity increase here. The Wildfire Management Branch maintains sufficient firefighting capacity to respond to current conditions in B.C. Deployed personnel can be recalled at any time.

These are the second and third deployments of British Columbia fire crews this year. Eighty-one initial attack firefighters and three agency representatives are currently deployed to Ontario.

The public reports nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. Please continue to report smoke and flames by calling *5555 on mobile phones or 1-800 663-5555.


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Inaugural BC Rugby Sevens Series Comes to Esquimalt - Buccaneer Sevens Announced. Newest Olympic Sport on display at Bullen Park June 12, 2010.

Victoria BC, May 27 2010 - Embracing the newest Olympic sport in lead up to the Brazil 2016 Games, JBAA and the Esquimalt Fire Department is hosting Buccaneer Sevens, the first event in the inaugural BC Rugby Sevens Series at Bullen Park June 12, 2010 in Esquimalt. The tournament will profile women's and men's seven aside rugby that boasts higher scoring, faster play and shorter games.

The event falls on Esquimalt Buccaneer days and the Navy's 100th Birthday Celebration, which are sure to draw a crowd and boost tournament attendance. The pre-tournament celebrations will include a midway, live bands, food booths and the full Buccaneer Parade. In conjunction with the Navy's 100th Birthday spectators will be treated to a Snowbird Air Show and a multi-national military presence. "We see this as a terrific chance to profile highly exciting seven aside rugby on a local level" says Buccaneer Sevens Chair, Tom Woods.

Based on previous events, the Bullen Park venue shows great promise following up the success of the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup training location, 2008 Canadian National rugby match-up versus the French Barbarians and the JBAA versus Ballymena RFC Belfast match in 2009. The Buccaneer Sevens inaugural BC Sevens Series tournament will see over 200 elite men and women participants competing in two divisions for a chance to clinch a win on the internationally acclaimed field.


TEAMS ATTENDING BUCCANEER SEVENS:

MEN - JBAA, Cowichan, Bayside Ambassadors, Burnaby Lake, UVIC, Velox, South Sea Connection, P.O.S RFC (elite U23).

WOMEN: JBAA, Velox, Cowichan, Burnaby Lake



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New Downtown Cycle Parking Ready for ‘Bike To Work’ Week

Have you chosen a parking spot for your bike for next week’s ‘Bike To Work Week’? If not, don’t despair. The Downtown Victoria Business Association, in partnership with the City of Victoria, Capital Bike & Walk, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Bike to Work Victoria, and Mountain Equipment Co-op have worked together to install 20 new bike racks located at two ‘Bike Corrals’ in the 600-block of Johnson Street and the 700-block of Fort Street.

‘What is really unique about the addition of the new bike parking stalls is that they are on-street’ says DVBA Board Chair, Scott Hoadley. ‘The corral in the 700-block of Fort Street replaces an on-street car parking stall and the one in the 600-block of Johnson has been created in some surplus on-street space’.

These new bike racks are part of a pilot project to measure demand for bike parking within the downtown. They were selected from approximately thirty downtown locations which were identified by downtown business owners in a February survey. If the racks are consistently used, permanent bike parking facilities will be installed in those locations shortly after the trial period, which will last until mid-November.

‘We are excited that these new bike racks will be ready for the start of Bike To Work Week’, said Robert Wickson, President of Bike to Work Victoria.

The bike parking racks will be officially ‘opened’ for use at 10 a.m., tomorrow morning Friday, May 28th, after the finishing touches are put on the mid-block corral in the 700-block of Fort Street (in front of BC Shaver & Hobby, 742 Fort). Members of each participating organization will be present and it will be an excellent photo opportunity.

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



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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Electric Vehicle Maker Expects Canada to Become Unique Showcase for Roadster

Tesla Motors Inc. will start selling cars in Canada today, and the automaker will begin delivering cars to Canadian customers starting in the fourth quarter.

Tesla is the only production automaker selling highway-capable EVs in North America and Europe. The Tesla Roadster competes with any sports car in its class for acceleration yet is twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius.

Canada is uniquely positioned to become a premier showcase for Tesla, which has delivered more than 200 cars to U.S. customers. Canada and Norway are the only two countries worldwide where the majority of electricity comes from renewable resources, including run-of-river small hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy.

An EV recharged from the current Canadian grid, on average, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 85 percent compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle. In hydro-dominant British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba, the reduction would be an impressive 98 percent.

“As they have already for Americans and Europeans, we’re certain Roadsters will quickly become the automobile of choice for Canadians who refuse to compromise between performance and the environment,” said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “We have heard from many enthusiastic Canadians over the years and are quite eager to sell there.”

Initially, Tesla will deliver cars to Canadian customers through regional centers in Seattle and New York. These retail and service facilities will open in the first half of this year. Eventually, Tesla hopes to open facilities in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

Canadian Roadsters will comply with all national and provincial safety regulations for mass-produced, highway-capable vehicles. The base price for Roadsters in Canada will be set closer to the start of deliveries, and pricing will reflect exchange rates at that time. In the United States, the base price is $109,000.





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Putumayo World Music Hour: World Ska - Tonight at 7:00 on Village 900

Join Rosalee Howarth on The Putumayo World Music Hour for a journey through World Ska, tonight at 7:00 on Village 900.



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Johnson Street Bridge Survey Results

The City of Victoria worked with Ipsos-Reid to produce two independent, representative polls to gather input on the Johnson Street Bridge. The information collected will help inform council decisions leading to a fall referendum and was the first step in the City of Victoria’s engagement process. The data will help determine how the City provides information and gathers input from the community in the coming months.


The two surveys included a sample of Victoria citizens and a survey of Downtown and Victoria West businesses.



Key Findings from Citizen Survey:


•The Johnson Street Bridge has a substantial community profile.

•However, the bridge is not the only important local issue.

•Residents understand/accept the need for quick action.

•Residents appear to be open-minded about both main options for the bridge.

•Residents think the City must take many variables into account in their decision.

•Heritage value and a rail crossing are less important, but not unimportant.

•Residents are interested in more information from the City of Victoria.

•Residents also want to provide their own input.
 
 
Key Findings from Business Survey:


•The Johnson Street Bridge has a substantial profile among businesses.

•However, the bridge is very low on the list of top-of-mind business concerns.

•Many businesses see no benefit to them from either the replacement option or the rehabilitation option.

•Many businesses also have no concerns about either option. Among those with concerns, costs/funding and access/construction issues are top of mind for both options.

•Full closures for a period of months would have a major impact on roughly one-third of businesses. Other closure scenarios would have much less impact.

•Businesses are interested in more information from the City of Victoria, especially cost/funding and construction information.

•Email is the best way to provide information to businesses, followed by newspapers and regular mail.

•Businesses also want to provide their own input, especially through an interactive website.
 
 
Full results available at http://www.johnsonstreetbridge.com/public-involvement/community-survey/
 
 
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Canadian Environment Week Embracing Life on Earth - May 30 - June 5, 2010

Protecting Canada's natural environment reaps a world of benefits for Canadians, from strengthening the economy to enhancing health and quality of life.

Canadian Environment Week is the perfect time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives in tackling climate change and reducing air pollution.

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Biodiversity can be defined as being the variety of all life on earth. Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of the vital role biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth.

This year’s theme for Canadian Environment Week is: Embracing Life on Earth.


International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22)

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 to be The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.


World Environment Day (June 5)

Canadian Environment Week is held during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5). This special day was designated by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate action on the environment and empower people from every corner of the globe to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.



Clean Air Day (June 2)

Clean Air Day (June 2) raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. Canadians can show their commitment by participating in activities that contribute to cleaner air, healthier communities and a better quality of life for all.

The transportation sector is a major contributor of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. For Clean Air Day, why not renew or begin a commitment to sustainable transportation? When you use public transit, cycle, walk and rollerblade, you can reduce your personal emissions, save money used on fuel, contribute to your personal health and much more.

Before you leave home on Clean Air Day and every other day, monitor your local air quality with the Air Quality Health index (AQHI)!

Learn about how Environment Canada is a world leader in clean air science research. This important work is part of our mission to better understand air pollution, its levels, causes and sources, to keep Canadians informed about the air we breathe every day.



Oceans Day (June 8)

Oceans Day (June 8) is a time to remember the critical role of oceans worldwide. This international celebration has grown from a ripple into a tidal wave of awareness about the importance of our oceans.



Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8 - 14)

Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8 - 14) is an opportunity to work together to create an understanding of Canada's watersheds, our connection to fresh- and salt-water environments and what everyone can do to protect and keep watersheds healthy for people and wildlife.



Commuter Challenge (May 30 - June 5)

The Commuter Challenge (May 30 - June 5) is a nation-wide event that promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities to see who can get the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking.

For more information on Government of Canada environmental initiatives, visit our ecoACTION website at: http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/



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Canadians Sport Pink in Support of the Fight Against Women’s Cancers



May 27th is the first ever ‘National Wear it Pink Day’ in support of the Shoppers’ Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ benefiting BC Cancer Foundation



(Vancouver, May 27) – You may see some pink today. That’s because, across the country, people are making a statement of support for the fight against women’s cancers and the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting BC Cancer Foundation by wearing something pink.

Why this? Why now?

Because one in seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer in her lifetime.

This is an untenable situation, but there is a way to act beyond simply wearing pink. Visit www.endcancer.ca or call 604-684-WALK (9255) and register to walk in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers or donate to a participant.

“I am so pleased that people are showing their support by wearing pink today,” said Weekend to End Women’s Cancers participant Jennifer Cordeiro. “Everyone knows someone who has lost a mother, a daughter, or a friend to these horrible diseases. I urge everyone to visit www.endcancer.ca or call to register to walk with us on August 14-15. Each step leads us closer to a cure!”

The Weekend also takes place in Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto and Calgary. Over its history it has raised over $200 million for research, treatment and care of women’s cancers.

This year it is truly a brand new Weekend! Participants can choose whether the money they raise goes to breast or gynecologic cancer research and treatment, and they can also choose between a one-day or two-day walking option to accommodate their schedules.

One Weekend truly can make a lifetime of difference— join us in our efforts to Cure One, Cure All. Visit www.endcancer.ca to register.




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Mischief Reigns In Victoria

May 27, 2010 (Victoria, BC), This summer, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will present a not-to-miss exhibition featuring the work of one of Canada’s leading contemporary artists.

Kent Monkman: The Triumph of Mischief opens at the AGGV on June 18 and runs through September 12. Monkman is a Manitoba-born, Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. The exhibition includes work that Monkman has produced in a variety of media, including painting, video and film, photography and sculpture.

Monkman draws inspiration for his work from the histories depicted in 19th century art, including photography and romantic painting, colonial portrayals of Aboriginal peoples and cinematic genres such as classic Hollywood Westerns. His large, beautifully painted landscapes are reminiscent of Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane and the Hudson River School. However, he uses the landscapes to construct new stories through images that take into account the missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples.

In the same works, Monkman also explores stereotypes of masculinity and queer culture through the construction of witty situations and scenarios that use sexuality as a tool for challenging the authority of these established histories.

The exhibition centres on Monkman’s alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. She is embodied in the highly wrought canvases, photographs, costumes and accoutrements, and in her appearance in the videos Shooting Geronimo and The Taxonomy of the European Male.

Monkman, as Miss Chief, has curated an exhibition within the exhibition, exclusively for the AGGV entitled Miss Chief’s Choice: Art of the European Male in Canada. Monkman has chosen 14 works from the AGGV’s extensive collection of 19th century Canadian art and commented on them from the perspective of Miss Chief. The comments are written as if Miss Chief knew each artist personally.

The Triumph of Mischief is a collaborative project between the AGGV, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The AGGV is the final stop on a five city national tour that began in 2007.

For more information, visit www.aggv.bc.ca or call 250-384-4171.



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New study: energy efficiency and conservation lead to 6,400 B.C. jobs a year

VANCOUVER – A study released today shows that BC Hydro’s electricity conservation and efficiency activities will create 193,000 jobs in the province over 30 years – an average of 6,400 jobs annually. The findings are presented in the Power Smart Employment Impacts Study completed by G.E. Bridges and Associates, a B.C.-based independent research firm, and commissioned by BC Hydro.

“We already know that conservation is the most cost-effective way to meet and manage electricity demand, and I am pleased to see that B.C.’s efforts will also continue to create sustainable employment year-after-year,” said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

The new Clean Energy Act has established a goal of meeting 66 per cent of the province’s incremental electricity needs through efficiency and conservation by 2020. BC Hydro plans to achieve these savings through a combination of conservation-oriented rates, Power Smart programs for business, commercial and residential customers, and improved building codes and product standards.

“Our Power Smart approach is not just saving customers’ energy and money, it’s also creating jobs in communities all over the province,” said Dave Cobb, President and CEO, BC Hydro. “Energy efficiency programs such as Power Smart help create a range of jobs and opportunities such as energy managers who are responsible for identifying and implementing conservation measures in workplaces. These programs also create jobs in retail, technology, construction, engineering and much more.”

The study looked at the fiscal years 2008 through 2037 and considered employment impacts from BC Hydro’s Power Smart programs, as well as from provincial and federal energy-efficiency codes and standards. It shows that BC Hydro’s conservation initiatives will give rise to direct employment through the purchase of labour and materials, and indirect jobs from business activity in the supply chain and the spending of wages. Employment is also created by the spending and re-spending of energy bill savings.

The study also found that conservation investments create jobs that are geographically dispersed, spread over many small firms, and ongoing in nature. In addition to new jobs, BC Hydro’s Power Smart programs are expected to save nearly 245,000 gigawatt hours over the 30-year study period or an average of 8,100 gigawatt hours annually through 2037. That’s enough to power close to 720,000 homes every year.

To view the study, please visit www.bchydro.com/media.



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We're Going To Rattle Some Tea Cups

On Saturday, June 5th, join the Oak Bay Tea Party’s “Mad Hatter Fun Run” to help out our region’s homeless community. The short run will take place just before the parade, starting at Windsor Park, and ending at Willows Beach. Registration starts at 9:45.

Bring a cheque and personal hygiene product to support the “Every Step Counts” running program and Cool Aid’s Sandy Merriman House for women.

For more info, visit www.CoolAid.org or a Frontrunners store.


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ICBC's top safety tips for cyclists and other road users ahead of B.C.'s Bike to Work Week, May 31 to June 6

VANCOUVER, May 27 /CNW/ - As the days get warmer and longer, May is traditionally the start of cycling season around the province. This means more bicycles will be on the road and the need for cyclists - and other road users - to take extra caution.

May 31 to June 6 also marks the annual Bike to Work Week in British Columbia, and this year's event comes at a time when more and more people are turning to their bikes as we continue to shift to more environmentally-conscious forms of transportation.

There are approximately 1,300 crashes and 1,400 injuries involving cyclists each year in B.C. - a number that has stayed consistent but it is still too high. We can all do our part to help make these numbers even lower and have a shared responsibility to follow the rules of the road and respect all road users. Both drivers and cyclists need to yield to pedestrians and follow instructions from traffic control devices such as red lights and stop signs.

TIPS FOR CYCLISTS

No. 1 - Brighten up: Bicycles can be hard for other road users to spot in the mix of busy traffic so cyclists need to be as visible as possible. Bright, reflective clothing is the best option for the rider, while the bicycle itself needs to have lights. If you ride at night, your bicycle must be equipped with a white headlight visible at 150 metres, and have a rear red light and red rear reflector. Even if you are doing all of these things, never assume you have been seen by another vehicle.

No. 2 - Don't rush: Remember to stop and look in all directions before cycling out of an intersection, driveway or lane. The majority of all children's cycling crashes are caused by a child riding out onto a roadway without looking. Cyclists need to follow the rules of the road. Just like a vehicle, cyclists need to obey stop signs and other traffic control devices and enforcement.

No. 3 - Start at the top: While we're talking rules, remember to always wear an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards - it's the law in B.C. and you could be fined for not wearing one. Bike helmets alone could prevent up to 85 per cent of serious injuries, which account for 80 per cent of all bicycle-related deaths. Look for a helmet that is approved by a recognized body such as Snell. More important than who made the helmet is how it fits. It should be snug, but not uncomfortable, and should not be able to roll off your head when the chinstrap is secured.

No. 4 - Get well positioned: Position yourself so other road users can easily see you - don't weave in and out of traffic. Cyclists should ride on the right side of the road and in single file while avoiding other road user's blind spots.

No. 5 - Be defensive: While it's fine to ride in an assertive manner, cyclists need to think and look well ahead - remember, a conflict between a bicycle and a motor vehicle usually results in injury to the cyclist. Pay particular attention for vehicles turning at intersections, and slow down and take it easy on the curves.

TIPS FOR OTHER ROAD USERS

No. 1 - Keep your eyes peeled: As a road user, it is important that you always actively look for cyclists in traffic - especially in the spring and summer months when there are more of them on the road. Intersections are a place to be extra cautious - 40 per cent of all police-attended crashes in B.C. occur at intersections. Wherever possible, make eye contact with the cyclist to let them know you have seen him - a cyclist often relies on eye contact as a means of communication as they try to anticipate your next move. Make sure you understand all of the hand signals that cyclists use.

No. 2 - Put things in perspective: It is often difficult to judge the correct distance between your spot on the road and a bicycle as it is approaching, particularly when turning left. Be extra cautious of cyclists, especially when turning at intersections. Before you pass another vehicle, make sure you check for oncoming cyclists and bicycles ahead of the vehicle you are passing.

No. 3 - Don't get close: Drivers need to pay attention and yield to people on bikes and, must keep at least three seconds of following distance. Bicycle movements can be unpredictable so an increased distance will give you more time to safely react. A significant number of crashes involving cyclists result from side sweeping, so make sure there is enough space if you want to pass a cyclist. Shoulder checking is also important, especially when making right-hand turns at intersections and before you open your door to get out of your vehicle.

No. 4 - Keep out: Bicycle lanes are reserved for cyclists - do not drive, stop or park in a bicycle lane. Sometimes you will need to cross a bicycle lane to turn right, or to pull to the side of the road. When you need to do so, take extra care - be sure to signal well ahead and remember to always yield to cyclists.

No. 5 - Be considerate: Like pedestrians, cyclists are vulnerable road users and don't have the protection drivers have - both in terms of the shell of their vehicle and their seatbelt. Don't honk your horn at a cyclist unless you need to give them a warning. A loud honk could startle them or even cause them to fall.


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Victoria/ Grand Opening-Parson's Bridge Cantilever Bike Lane

On Saturday March 7, the new Parson’s Bridge Cantilever Bike Lane will be officially open. This bike lane across the busy Parson’s birdge was made possible with funding by Local Motion and the Town of View Royal. Come out and celebrate this great addition to the cycling infrastructure in View Royal.


What: Grand opening of Parson’s Bridge Cantilever Bike Lane
When: Saturday March 7 at noon
Where:Parson’s Bridge- Six Mile Pub side of Island Highway at Six Mile Rd in View Royal.



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Only a few days left to “Match Your Donations in May!

May 27, 2010


The Camosun Foundation reminds you that there’s still time to double your opportunity to help Camosun students!

This year, the Camosun College Foundation Annual Campaign focuses on enhancing our bursaries to help those students in greatest financial need. Thanks to many people’s support, so far we’ve raised $42,700 (plus $35,000 from our Annual Fundraising Dinner) for students.

But more help is always needed. Whether you already give to the Foundation or are considering a gift for the first time, your support makes all the difference in our students’ lives.

The Camosun Foundation will match any donation (one-time gift or payroll deduction) during the month of May to any Endowed Bursary—doubling your donation to help Camosun students in need!

As an added bonus, all Annual Campaign donors will be entered into a draw to win 2 tickets to a Victoria Seals baseball game in June!

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 consideration and support!


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


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UNO Fest News & Updates

Chris Gibbs Returns!


The master of the humour of self-consciousness, Chris Gibbs has not one, but two shows at Uno Fest. His Fringe favourite, The Power of Ignorance, and his brand new, critically acclaimed show Like Father, Like Son? Sorry, which playfully explores the fears, worries and surprises of being a new father, and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one. Chris says it is his favourite show yet, and we are excited to see the results. There are just two shows - Wed May 26 & Sat May 29.

"Laugh-for-laugh, Like Father (which features some of Gibbs's darkest, most personal material to date) is as funny as any show he's produced. Highly recommended." - Eye Weekly, Toronto



Red Bastard


A dangerous, seductive comedy monster is on the prowl!

May 27, 28 & 29 at the Metro Studio

“Deranged and Deadly Funny”.. a “must see” – Adelaide Now

"Very Very Funny." - The New York Times

Are you ready for wildest theatrical ride you've ever been on? Red Bastard is like a rollercoaster ride - beforehand you are a little nervous and fearful, and after you are begging to ride again!



Redheaded Stepchild


Intrepid Theatre Club, May 26, 28 & 29

Up-and-coming performer Johnnie Walker's Redheaded Stepchild will make its world premiere at Uno Fest tonight. This promising young Toronto playwright is a member of Theatre Passe Muraille's new Creator's Unit. Don't miss this brilliant gay coming-of-age story - when he's famous, you can tell people you saw him here in Victoria first!



Cariboo Buckaroo - Fun for the whole family


The Metro, May 27, 28 & 29

Theatre SKAM's popular show Cariboo Buckaroo provides an alternate BC frontier history to what you learnt at school, and probably far a more entertaining one! With songs, a 1860's cattle drive, goldfields, a little magic and plenty of beans, this rollicking historical ride starring Matthew Payne is suitable for audiences of all ages.



It's a CAKEWALK


Intrepid Theatre Club, May 27 & 29 (2 nights only!)

Local comedian Jen Wilcox makes her first full-length writing and performing debut in Cakewalk, directed by Atomic Vaudeville's Britt Small. Come 30 mins early to partake in a special carnival in the lobby of Intrepid Theatre Club, as Jen's dad Allan Wilcox reprises his role as a carnie! It will be super awesome.




3-word Reviews of the Day - Randomly drawn each day from 3-word review entries

Gunpowder - Phoxy, Phony & Phantastic

Ducks on the Moon - Brave illuminating storytelling

Limbo - Provocative thought humour

Bob Wiseman (Actionable): Love! Sweet Gertrude?

Bob Wiseman (Actionable): Wiseman "awarded" laughs

See IntrepidTheatre’s Twitter Feed

Want to write a witty 3-word review? (You could win ticket prizes!) After every show, we'll be encouraging you to turn ON your cell phones and text (to: 250 217 9563), or tweet a three-word review (hashtag #unofest), or post your review on our facebook page. All reviews will go into the draw for daily ticket prizes!



Workshops + Special Events


MonoBrow! Solo Slam: Are you ready for red hot thespian action? Join us at 10pm on Fri May 28 following Redheaded Stepchild at the Intrepid Theatre Club as Uno Fest performers and local artists battle it out for the Monobrow Crown (i.e. a felted monobrow and glory!).

*What's Your Story? An Introduction to Storytelling

*Solo Show Intensive Workshop - Inspired by seeing all these great solo shows to create your own? Space is still available in this workshop with Nicolle Nattrass

*Unleash Your Comedy Monster! - This workshop has been cancelled unfortunately



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HARM REDUCTION VICTORIA MARKS 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF EVICTION OF FIXED-SITE NEEDLE EXCHANGE WITH "YIMBY" (YES IN MY BACKYARD) EVENT AT MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Group reminds health authorities, government and public that without plans for a new fixed-site needle exchange, health crisis persists.


May 26, 2010 – Victoria, Coast Salish Territories - Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) will hold a "YES In My Backyard" (YIMBY) event to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the closure of Victoria's only fixed-site needle exchange on May 31, 2010. The event will bring community members together for speakers, performances and music.

"We’re gathering to remind government and public health officials that Victoria residents want more harm reduction services in our city", said spokesperson Kim Toombs. "It’s time to stop violating the basic right to health of our community’s most marginalized members because a small minority of our city's residents are saying 'not in my backyard', or 'NIMBY."

The event comes shortly after VIHA announced that it would establish secondary needle distribution sites in several facilities outside Victoria’s downtown core.

“These are not new fixed-site needle exchanges,” said Beverly Brookman, HRV spokesperson. “These are just more secondary distribution sites; many secondary distribution sites have existed in Greater Victoria for years, without negative impact on communities. The distribution of safer drug use supplies at pharmacies and other services that do not serve people who use drugs as their primary function is not what fixed site needle exchange programs are about. A comprehensive model includes a number of options, and secondary sites are only a small component of what needs to be a larger system of services, including fixed sites dedicated specifically to needle exchange and other associated harm reduction services.”

HRV will take these messages to the B.C. Ministry of Health Building at their ‘YIMBY’ event on May 31 to urge Minister Kevin Falcon to take action. Minister Falcon has the authority to step in and force VIHA to fulfill its mandate of reducing communicable diseases by establishing the necessary health services.

“This spring, we’ve gone to the City, we’ve gone to VIHA, and now we’re going to the Ministry of Health,” said Derek Peach, HRV spokesperson. “We will be making an important campaign announcement at this event to reinforce that after two years, this is still an issue that we’re not willing to let go.”


Two Years of Inaction = Emergency Action! YES In My Backyard!
May 31, 2010, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Ministry of Health Building, 1515 Blanshard St.

Media contacts: Kim Toombs, 250-888-9697; Beverly Brookman, 250-882-3196;
Derek Peach, 250-388-0081
victoria.harmreduction@gmail.com, http://www.harmreductionvictoria.ca/



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Andy McKee, plus The Kruger Brothers - Tonight at 7:00 on The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour


Join us for The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour - Tonight at 7:00 on Village 900

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Public invited to design Special Edition Symphony Splash T-Shirt

Victoria, BC – On May 26, 2010, the Victoria Symphony announced that it would be producing a special limited edition T-shirt for Victoria Symphony Splash 2010 based on the winning design of The Splashy White T-shirt Contest. The contest is open to everyone who has the ability to create a T-shirt design meeting required specifications. These T-shirts will be sold to the public to commemorate Symphony Splash with proceeds benefitting the event.

“We are introducing The Splashy T-shirt contest to create a special commemorative keepsake of this year’s event. This is a community event, so it seemed only fitting that a member of the community create this limited edition T-shirt. We hope the winning design will represent all the great things about Splash, be a coveted memento of Victoria Symphony Splash 2010 and be the beginning of a new Splash tradition,” stated Bethany Wilson, Director of Marketing & Sales of the Victoria Symphony.

The contest is now open. The deadline for entries is Sunday, June 13, 2010. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges including Adam Sawatsky, Anchor - Reporter of “A” Vancouver Island and Sarah Petrescu, Fashion Columnist for the Times Columnist.

The winner and their design will be revealed at the Victoria Symphony Splash launch event that will be held at the end of June. The winner receives two contest T-shirts, two Victoria Symphony Splash Grandstand Seats, recognition at Victoria Symphony Splash, recognition in a media release announcing contest winner, a Victoria Symphony 2010/2011 Subscription package and bragging rights!

The T-shirts will be presold through the Victoria Symphony office (250-385-6515, Suite 610, 620 View Street) prior to Splash and then available on event day, August 1st, at the merchandise tent. The T-shirt will be white, with the winning full colour design imprinted on the front and the Victoria Symphony Splash logo printed on the back.

Design requirements:

• Design MUST CONTAIN the event name Victoria Symphony Splash

• Design will be judged on originality, creativity, design, wearability, and the overall quality of the expression in depicting the Victoria Symphony Splash event.

• Some motifs to consider: community, music, orchestra, summer, family, Victoria, harbour

Technical requirements: EPS, TIFF, PDF, JPG formats, 300 dpi, CMYK, design must be within 8” x 8”. If submitting vector files be sure that all fonts are converted to “curves” or “outlines” before saved.

Victoria Symphony Splash takes place on August 1st, 2010. From a floating stage in Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony and special guests celebrate the remarkable 20 year history of this incredible event. The day begins at 1pm with activities for kids on the Provincial Legislature lawn and ends with Victoria Symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at 10pm accompanied by fireworks and cannons.


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Volunteer positions available for Organic Islands Festival


This year's Organic Islands Festival on July 11th & 12th is aiming to be the best one yet, with your help. Volunteer positions are available for every task leading up to and during the festival.

Visit www.organicislands.ca for a list of positions available,

or email volunteering@organicislands.ca to volunteer now.


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BCCLA calls for transparency in MP expenses

(Vancouver) The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is calling for Member of Parliament expense accounts to be opened to the Federal Auditor General. The call comes in the wake of news that an all party committee refused to allow Ms. Fraser to audit those expenses.

“Members of Parliament must be transparent in their activities on our behalf so that voters may be fully informed and can meaningfully exercise their democratic rights,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA. “If we don’t have all the information, how can we be expected to be able to vote in a manner that holds our politicians accountable?”

Media reports suggest that the Federal Auditor General has requested access to MP expense accounts. That request was considered by the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy and rejected. Similar audits in the United Kingdom led to criminal charges against four Members of Parliament. In Nova Scotia a similar audit led to criminal investigations against four former members and one current member of the Nova Scotia provincial parliament.

“The serious allegations coming from other jurisdictions are a compelling argument for holding such an audit,” said Holmes. “Given the need the public has for accountability, these results cry out for our federal politicians to be as transparent and accommodating of the federal auditor general’s requests as possible.”

The BCCLA has written a letter to each of the leaders of the federal political parties, asking them to cooperate with the federal auditor general’s request and permit access to MP expense accounts.

Letter requesting Federal Auditor General to audit MP expense accounts >>


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The Weather Network's Summer Outlook Calls for Warmer and Drier Conditions Across Most of Canada

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2010) - Most of Canada will be enjoying a warmer and drier summer season this year, as compared to the past two years, according to The Weather Network's recently released outlook for June, July and August.

Nearly 44 per cent of Canadians love summer - this is according to a recent poll conducted on theweathernetwork.com. Over 100,000 respondents were asked which season was their favourite. Fall is the second most popular season with 23 per cent of the vote.

"One of the most popular questions that I receive is 'How will the summer be?'" said Martin Belanger, Manager of Briefing Services with The Weather Network. "The outlook for this summer is for warmer and drier conditions for most of the country as compared to the past two summers. We are forecasting temperatures to be near or slightly above normal. This represents a marked difference as the past two summers have been relatively poor in the minds of Canadians east of the Rockies with long stretches of cool, wet weather."

El Nino: Weakening Impact

El Nino, a periodic warming of the water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean near South America, has played a role in the weather patterns affecting Canada for the past several seasons. As expected by meteorologists, the cyclical phenomenon is continuing to weaken, and as a result, will have little impact on Canadian weather patterns for the months of June, July and August.

What does "above normal" temperatures or precipitation mean?

When forecasters refer to a normal, they are talking about the mathematical average of the temperature or precipitation recorded over 30 years. To calculate the seasonal normal for the summer for a particular city, meteorologists add together all the daily average temperatures for June, July and August and divide the total by 92 (3-month period). "Above normal temperature" means that a specific area should expect the average temperature for the summer to be approximately one degree warmer than normal. The same can be applied to "above normal precipitation," which means that a specific area should receive 30 per cent more precipitation than usual.


Regional Breakdown

British Columbia: Near normal temperatures will dominate the province. The northern coastal region of the province including the Queen Charlotte Islands can expect below normal precipitation.

Prairie Provinces: Residents of Alberta can anticipate near normal precipitation. Temperatures for most of the province will be in the normal range, with only southeastern areas of the province expected to experience above normal temperatures. Above normal temperatures and precipitation are forecasted for most of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Ontario and Quebec: Near to above normal temperatures will dominate most of Ontario and Quebec. Near normal precipitation is forecast for the two provinces, with only Northwestern Ontario experiencing above normal precipitation.

Atlantic Canada: Near normal temperatures and precipitation are forecast for Atlantic Canada, with Labrador experiencing above normal temperatures for the summer months.

Northern Canada: Below normal precipitation is forecast for the northern most regions of Canada except Baffin Island. Near normal temperatures are expected for the summer for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

For complete details on the summer outlook and national weather maps, please watch The Weather Network or visit theweathernetwork.com. The Weather Network is available on television, web, desktop and mobile to provide Canadians with the latest forecasts and weather related reports, including Pollen and UV Reports, to help in planning outdoor summer activities.


The Weather Network's Summer 2010 Forecast

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Region Temperature outlook Precipitation outlook

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British Columbia Near normal for most of the province. Drier than normal, Near normal for north coastal areas.

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Alberta Above normal across the south. Near normal Near normal across the elsewhere. province.

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Saskatchewan Above normal with the exception of far northern Wetter than normal conditions areas of the province, where for south and central regions near normal temperatures are close to the Manitoba border. Near normal elsewhere.

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Manitoba Above normal for south and central regions of the province. Near normal for the Above normal. far north.

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Ontario Near normal for most of the province. Wetter than normal Above normal for most of the for the northwest near the province. Near normal for Manitoba border and Lake of Southwestern Ontario. the Woods.

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Quebec Above normal for most of the province. Near normal for Northern Quebec. Near normal.

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The Maritimes and Near normal for most of the Newfoundland & region. Warmer than normal Labrador for Labrador. Near normal.

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Yukon, Northwest Drier than normal for most of Territories, the region except eastern Nunavut Near normal. Nunavut.

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(i) The poll was conducted between May 6th and May 10th, 2010. 101,662 votes were cast.

About The Weather Network and MeteoMedia

The Weather Network and its French counterpart, MeteoMedia, are among the most popular media brands in Canada. They are the undisputed leader of weather information services in Canada across all mediums including cable, satellite, online, mobile and newspapers. The specialty television networks are among the most widely distributed and frequently consulted television networks in Canada. The websites, theweathernetwork.com and meteomedia.com, are among Canada's leading web services. All mobile carriers now distribute The Weather Network and MeteoMedia on their services. As the leading source of weather services in the commercial market, energy companies, municipalities, road services and numerous other commercial clients have their weather information needs met by The Weather Network and MeteoMedia. The growth of The Weather Network and MeteoMedia can be attributed to the continued focus and commitment put into providing the very best weather information to Canadians whose activities are dependent on weather.



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eleven Speakers, 100 Booths, 12 Workshops – A True Community Health Fair



The fourth annual Sidney Health Fair, happening May 29 and 30, 2010 at the Mary Winspear Centre, has a great local speaker line-up, including Vancouver Island's own Carolyn Herriot, author of the Zero Mile Diet, Hazel Loewen, relationship expert, Rick Silas, local artist and community arts advocate, Clive Langton, Director of the Raw Food Society of BC, Karen McCoy, TV fitness personality, Dave Friend, Mr Organic, and Tamara Strijack, clinical counsellor. The Fair also has well-known health experts such as Sam Graci, founder of Greens +, Brad King, fitness guru, Lorna Vanderhaege, women's health expert and Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, an expert in natural medicine, plus a panel discussion with four local experts discussing health and community.

The fair will also bring together the community in a local farmer’s market, an interactive youth area complete with a DJ, as well as a series of workshops and demonstrations for all ages and interests. Workshop topics hosted by local practitioners include mineral makeup from Paperdoll, raw food preparation, art therapy, meditation, healthy cooking with Taste of Life Catering, arthritis therapy and self-management, AMEGA wand wellness and healing and Healthier Choices products. For the kids, there will be Storyoga, fun and learning with Mr. Organic, Lifecycles, the Peninsula Streams Society, the Compost Education Centre and a station where can learn about recycling with H.O.P.E (Helping Our Peninsula Environment).

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under are free. Early bird rates, weekend passes and corporate ticket packages are also available. For tickets, call the Mary Winspear Centre at 250.656.0275 or visit www.sidneyhealthfair.com for a list of Victoria and Sidney vendors carrying tickets.

About Sidney Integrated Wellness Community Society

Founded in September 2006, the Sidney Integrated Wellness Community Society (SIWC) is a non-profit health and wellness association with members throughout the Saanich Peninsula. The SIWC serves the Island community using an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to healing. It endorses Islanders who are “working together to create the healthiest community in the world” in traditional and alternative health-care choices.


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Maude Barlow in BC this week to help protect lakes from destruction and fight for community rights

Vancouver / May 25, 2010 – Internationally renowned water expert and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow will be in BC and the Yukon from May 25-30 to bolster key campaigns to protect water and Indigenous rights in the region.

Barlow will kick off the regional tour today, with a question and answer session following a screening of the new film Water on the Table in Williams Lake, followed by a public event the next day in the community with members of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. She will also visit Vancouver, Whitehorse, and Nanaimo.

Barlow and the Council of Canadians will be highlighting a number of threats to water in Canada which impact Aboriginal peoples, including raising the profile of the opposition to the threatened destruction of Fish Lake in solidarity with the Tsilhqot’in First Nation.

Barlow will emphasize how water is being impacted by looming trade deals. She will also be calling on the Canadian government close the Schedule 2 loophole in the Fisheries Act and for it to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



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Victoria Woman Credits Community Involvement, Positive Attitude for Beating Brain Tumour Diagnosis

(VICTORIA, BC, May 25, 2010) Robbie Pawlinsky loves to exceed expectations so when faced with a brain tumour diagnosis in 1999 and a survival prognosis of just four to seven years, she set out to prove the experts wrong. Today, Robbie is thriving while setting an inspiring example to everyone around her by continuing her efforts in Victoria to raise awareness and funds for important brain tumour support, information and research.

Two days before a planned family vacation, a sudden grand mal seizure at work sent Robbie to the hospital. Vacation plans were immediately cancelled when a brain tumour was identified as the cause of the seizure. Within the week, Robbie underwent brain surgery where two-thirds of her tumour was removed. While this initial surgery went well, a complicating infection grew rapidly requiring a second surgery.

It was after this second surgery that the seizures returned and began occurring frequently. As a result, Robbie found herself in her hospital’s epilepsy ward to find out why. This lead to an “awake craniotomy” during which most of the rest of her brain tumour was removed and the seizures were diminished.

With the seizures finally under control, Robbie made a plan to get back into the community. “I wanted to give back to all of those people who gave me such wonderful support during my journey,” she explains. After connecting with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Robbie volunteered to coordinate the organization’s annual walk-a-thon event, the Victoria Spring Sprint which she did from 2003 to 2005. Today Robbie continues to help build awareness in her community by staying involved with the event. “Over the years, the number of people who come out to the Spring Sprint has really grown, and I think that’s a great thing.”

On Sunday, May 30, Robbie Pawlinsky and her family and friends, along with hundreds of other people in Victoria, will join the thousands across Canada who will don their sneakers to participate in Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint. Last year, in 22 cities, Spring Sprints raised an unprecedented $1.4 million for brain tumour research and to support the estimated 55,000 Canadians currently living with a brain tumour. Each year, an additional 10,000 are newly diagnosed.

The Victoria Spring Sprint features a 3.5 km route for walkers, joggers and runners starting at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. People are invited to register online at www.springsprint.ca or by telephone at 1-800-265-5106. Participants raise pledges that are used for patient support programs and to fund research that will bring hope to people affected by brain tumours. Each step is one step closer to imagining a cure.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would like to thank their 2010 National Sponsors: Deloitte, Merck, Roche, WestJet, Critical Control, IMRIS and AstraZeneca. Spring Sprint would not be able to reach as many families affected by a brain tumour across the country without this considerable contribution and generous support.

Throughout it all, Robbie has stayed cheerful and motivated and she is more than happy to share the secret to her success: “The thing that really helped me keep a positive attitude was doing volunteer work. I still volunteer one morning a week at the cancer centre gift shop, I’m very active in Eastern Star, and I’m also very active in my church. It’s important to stay involved and in touch with the people around you, and to help out.”

Event: Victoria Spring Sprint Fundraising Walk
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2010
Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre
Time: 9:30 am Check-In


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Jazz at the Gallery Season Finale Features The Tony Genge Trio

The Tony Genge Trio closes out the inaugural Jazz at the Gallery series with a tribute to the great piano trios of jazz on Sunday, May 30, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Tony Genge (piano), Russ Botten (bass), and Joel Fountain (drums), will offer a “deeply swinging tip of the hat” to pianists like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and McCoy Tyner.

Genge is from the west coast but spends much of the year in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he is a professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University. In addition to working as an internationally known composer, he maintains an active career as one of Canada’s leading jazz pianists, educators and writers.

Botten studied with Ray Brown and Don Thompson and has toured with vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire. He’s also performed with the likes of Clark Terry, Renee Rosnes, and Herb Ellis.

Fountain toured with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and played in the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, a big band that performed with greats like Michael Brecker and Slide Hampton. He has also shared the stage with players like Mike Stern, John Abercrombie and Kenny Wheeler.

The concert takes place in the intimate setting of the Spencer Mansion of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St., and gets underway at 2 pm. Tickets ($23/$25) include admission to the Gallery exhibits on the day of the concert.

Seats are still available and can be purchased by phone or in person during regular Gallery hours. For more information, visit www.aggv.bc.ca or call 250-384-4101, ext. 0. Only 100 seats are available and so advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. The four previous concerts were sold out by show time.

Jazz at the Gallery is produced by U-JAM (www.u-jam.ca), a not-for-profit jazz advocacy society, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


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Saturday Afternoon at the 147th Annual Highland Games and Celtic Festival, Topaz Park

Erin Ball (Village 900 News) explored the Highland Games, and took in the sights and sounds of all the fantastic competitions and period demonstrations.


Erin Ball - Live in the Village


Celtic music from under the tent


As the Victoria Pipe Band made ready to march


And march they did...


In perfect step


Even the birds of prey took notice!

Special thanks to Jim Maxwell and all who hosted, volunteered, and took part!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

B.C. TO SEND WILDFIRE PERSONNEL TO ONTARIO

KAMLOOPS - British Columbia is sending 93 wildfire professionals to Ontario in anticipation of increased wildfire activity due to extreme fire conditions, Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell said today.

"Last year, more than 2,500 personnel from across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand assisted us with an extremely challenging fire season," said Bell. "Given the current conditions and wildfire situation in B.C., we are able to offer our resources to assist those who need our help at this time."

Thirty, three-person initial attack crews and three agency representatives will arrive in the city of Thunder Bay on Sunday, May

23 and will be deployed for up to 19 days. Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources specifically requested initial attack crews for their expertise as highly mobile first responders.

The crew members are being deployed from each of British Columbia's six fire centres. The three agency representatives act as the communication link between the crew members and Wildfire Management Branch personnel in B.C. They are being deployed from the Coastal, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.

The fire danger rating is currently extreme across much of Ontario, with the risk building over the weekend. Dry conditions coupled with forecasted lightning could lead to a significant number of new fires. Ontario has already responded to 341 wildfires since April 1, burning over 2,200 hectares.

Costs for the deployment will be covered by the Government of Ontario under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the sharing of firefighting resources across Canada. Sufficient crews and equipment will remain in B.C. should fire activity increase here. Deployed personnel can be recalled at any time.

Since April 1, provincial fire crews have responded to 225 fires across British Columbia, only six of which were caused naturally.

People are reminded to ensure they have the necessary tools on hand to extinguish any fires they light. Person-caused wildfires take critical resources away from naturally-occurring lightning fires. This is the first deployment of British Columbia fire crews this year.

The public reports nearly half of all wildfires in B.C.
Please continue to report smoke and flames by calling *5555 on mobile phones or 1-800 663-5555.


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Local Mayors to participate in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

For the final week (May 25 - 30) of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee we are inviting local Mayors, rock musicians and writers to come out and try their hand at spelling during the bee portion of the show.

Over the next week Mayor Christopher Causton (Oak Bay), Mayor Dean Fortin (Victoria) and Mayor Frank Leonard (Saanich) will be celebrity guest spellers, joining the actors on stage for the first half of the show. We are also expecting the Acting Mayor from Esquimalt.

We'll squelch any rumours right now - the word "amalgamation" will not be used during the show. Members of the local band Jets Overhead and Monday Magazine Editor John Threlfall will also be participating.

The premise of the show is simple. Six precocious and quirky children are competing in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Overseen by former champ and returning moderator Rona Lisa Peretti and Vice Principal Douglas Panch (returning after a long absence on account of “the incident”), these neurotic children must face their fears and deliver the goods. Along the way these youngsters learn that winning isn’t everything, and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Each evening, prior to the performance, four audience members are invited to compete in the spelling bee alongside our six young contestants. How well they spell depends entirely on them.

Tickets are available for most performances next week and can be reserved by calling 250-385-6815. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee must close on Sunday May 30.



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