Monday, January 31, 2011

Museum seeks Public Input on Proposed Move @MaritimeMusBC #VictoriaBC #public #museum #input

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, a long-term resident of the old Court House building in Bastion Square, has set its sights on the former CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. In response to the Provincial Capital Commission’s request for proposal to occupy the building previously tenanted by the Wax Museum, the Maritime Museum of BC has assembled a task force consisting of architects, planners, fundraisers and experienced museum personnel, to put together an attractive and practical submission.

“We’ve got only one chance to do this right” says Jamie Webb, the Museum’s Foundation president and chair of the task force, “and we need the community to tell us what they want to see in a new on-the-water maritime centre.”

As a result the Maritime Museum of BC is opening its doors to the public free of charge Saturday, February 5th so that its impressive collection of artefacts, paintings and photographs can be viewed first hand. Visitors and locals alike are being asked to express their views on what to keep and what to change. “We are encouraging the public to visit and share their ideas and experiences", says Webb. Museum staff and the task force committee will be on hand to answer questions and take suggestions.

Date: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm free admission

Place: Maritime Museum of BC, 28 Bastion Square

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Recall Petition To Be Issued For Kamloops-North Thompson #recall #petition #Kamloops #BCpoli

January 31, 2011


VICTORIA – Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James today approved in principle an application for a petition to recall Dr. Terry Lake, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kamloops-North Thompson. The proponent of the recall is Chad Byron Moats.

James said, “The petition will be issued on Thursday, February 3, 2011, and at that time, registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures. The petition must be returned to this office no later than Monday, April 4, 2011.”

In Kamloops-North Thompson, 38,246 voters were registered to vote on May 12, 2009. Registered canvassers will have 60 days to collect 15,299 or more valid signatures on the recall petition. The expenses limit for the proponent and the Member is $39,788.55.

Elections BC has 42 days from the date the petition pages are submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer to verify that those who signed the petition were entitled to do so. The Chief Electoral Officer cannot make a final determination as to the success of the recall petition until the financial report of the proponent is reviewed and it is determined that the proponent did not exceed the expenses limit. The financial report must be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within 28 days of the end of the recall petition period.

In the event of a successful recall petition, the recalled Member’s seat becomes vacant and a by-election must be called within 90 days. The recalled Member can run as a candidate in the by-election.

Proponent’s statement of why the recall of the Member is warranted:

I am proposing the recall of Kamloops-North Thompson Member of the Legislative Assembly, Terry Lake, because he supported the deceptive introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax. He refuses to represent the clear wishes of his constituents as expressed in the successful Initiative Petition to end the tax and return to a Provincial Sales Tax in its previous form. Instead, he has chosen to represent the interests of the British Columbia Liberal Party and their supporters in big business over those of his voters in Kamloops-North Thompson. Therefore, the voters of Kamloops-North Thompson wish to recall Terry Lake and elect a Member of the Legislative Assembly who will better represent them.

For more information, visit the Elections BC website at

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Global Engagement Showcase recognizes International Development Week #sustainability #cooperation #uvic #VictoriaBC #YYJ

Victoria, B.C – The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP) are co-hosting a Global Engagement Showcase to recognize International Development Week, 6-12 February.

The showcase will be held on February 9th from 2:30-4:30pm in the Upper Lounge of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria. Bringing together locally based organizations and student groups, the event aims to promote global awareness and inspire participation in the global movement for social change.

“I am making a difference” is the theme for the week. British Columbians committed to social change will be profiled during spotlight speakers. As guests visit organization and university booths, videos of 8 BC Youth selected by the BC Council of International Cooperation will be shown. The 8 youth have been recognized for their dedication to peaceful and sustainable futures.

Vancouver Island has a vibrant community dedicated to sustainability, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation. To celebrate their commitment, a “Development Reception” will follow the showcase at 5pm in Felicita’s Lounge. The casual reception is hosted by CAPI, PPP and VIDEA. It is an opportunity to network with and build Vancouver Islands international development community.

The events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend and enjoy free snacks.

For more information, please visit

The Government of Canada provides funding for this initiative through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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SCENE + HEARD Returns to Victoria - Music by Oliver Swain! #YYJmusic #yyjfilm #film #storytelling

SCENE + HEARD Returns to Victoria
This time with a live score from local folk musician Oliver Swain!

Scene + Heard SCORED is a project, funded by the City of Victoria, that connects the oldest form of storytelling with some of the most modern. Following up on sold out performances in 2008 and 2010, this third incarnation of PUENTE Theatre and CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmaker’s project is the next phase of a collaboration project between six local filmmakers, six traditional oral storytellers, and local musician made good, Oliver Swain. Each story is either a traditional story or is the tellers own personal expression illuminating an experience of multiculturalism.

Swain has created an original and beautiful score to segue seamlessly between the pieces, music inspired by the stories & diverse cultures they come from. And the treat is that Swain will be performing the score live!

Each of the performances is a unique collaboration, and audiences should expect to experience stories and images as varied as the artists taking part. The live performers intertwine their tales with film, animation, video, and now music, almost like fireside story with a multi-media enhancement. This collaboration will be presented over three days (Feb 25 - 27) in celebration of BC Multiculturalism Week at the Metro Studio Theatre.

The artists participating are Rob Hunter, Wangsu Ma, Raji Basi, Janice Valdez, Jennifer Ferris, Paulina Grainger, Grace Salez, Mark Borowski, Rachel Moore, Scott Amos, Denver Jackson and Maureen Bradley. Program Administrators are Bryan Skinner, Paulina Grainger and director Lina de Guevara. The performance pieces showcased are:

1 – CEREMONY OF DEATH: A personal story told by Raji Basi about a young Indian girl’s first experience with a death ceremony conducted by the older women of her community. It is poignantly accompanied by the film images of Grace Salez, a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr.

2 – THE JACKAL’S LAWSUIT: A litigious collection of animals seek their own forms of justice in this story inspired by the wildlife of Paulina Grainger’s African homeland. This colorful traditional story is beautifully illustrated by filmmaker Rachel Moore, an honors graduate of ECIAD’s animation program.

3 – BETWEEN: Is the true story of a young indigenous man's soul, told for both audience and ancestors to hear. It is a collaboration of filmmaker Scott Amos and Cree/Métis performer Rob Hunter about finding balance and floating between identities.

4 – LADY LALUNA: Told by Janice Valdez and visualized by filmmaker & cinematographer Mark Borowski, Lady Laluna is a story of a young Filipina princess with a gifted voice and an ill fated romance with a young outsider.

5 - THE WHITE BONED DEMON: Is narrated by Wangsu Ma from China and visualized by filmmaker Denver Jackson from South Africa. The story is a traditional Chinese myth based on the tales of the Monkey King, Wukong. Denver uses many different techniques from animation, hand-painting on paper to live-action, to create a visual mixed media representation of the tale. The atmosphere and mood is delightful and playful, and incorporates theatrical elements into its visuals. It is a powerful mix of the two mediums.

6 - THE WILD WOMAN: fuses contemporary dance and drama on film to recount a timeless Czech fable. Director and UVic Associate Professor, Maureen Bradley, teams up with storyteller Jennifer Ferris to create a video triptych in high definition.

WHERE: Metro Theatre Studio, 1411 Quadra at Johnson.

WHEN: Friday Feb 25, Saturday Feb 26 & Sunday Feb 27 at 8 PM. Matinee Saturday Feb 26 at 2 PM.

TICKETS: $15 Only. Available at the door, CineVic (1931 Lee Ave.) Mon-Fri 9-1 and at Lyle’s Place (770 Yates Street).

About the participating organizations:

PUENTE Theatre Society in Victoria, BC, was founded in 1988 by Chilean-born director Lina de Guevara, an immigrant to Canada, out of her own need to tell her story through theatre, and to connect with the Arts in her new country. Puente is a Spanish word meaning ‘bridge’.

CineVic is an artist-run cooperative facilitating the experience of unique, innovative voices in the ever-evolving language of film. CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers was founded in 1991 and provides the lower island filmmaking community with access to equipment, training, and collaborative opportunities, with an emphasis on telling the stories of our community through cinematic technique.

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Ultimate Romance Experience Raffle Supports Mustard Seed Food Bank #raffle #fundraiser #foodbank #VictoriaBC #YYJ #mustardseed

Victoria’s Ultimate Romance Experience

Victoria, BC Jan. 31, 2011. The Ultimate Romance Experience raffle is your chance to win a romantic grand prize valued at over $1,500. A group of Royal Roads BCom students are donating all raffle ticket sale proceeds to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Their Venture Challenge goal is to raise over $8,000.

The grand prize package includes:

• Dinner for 2 at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge
• Round trip flight for 2 between Vancouver and Victoria with Helijet
• Accommodations at the Hotel Grand Pacific
• Limousine service by Alpine Limousine
• Photography by Adam Carnwell
• Flowers by Jennings Florists

Tickets are available for $10 each (or 3 for $25) online at or in person at Mayfair Mall on February 5, 2011. The draw will be held February 12, 2011 at 7:00pm at The Oyster Bar (614 Humboldt Street). Generous donations are from local businesses and entrepreneurs who share the belief of lending a helping hand, and appreciate the spirit of aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Each month over 7,000 people benefit from their service, many struggling, as their income simply cannot keep pace with the rising costs of living. Benefiting the Mustard Seed, 100% of net proceeds raised by the raffle go directly to the food bank.

Get your tickets now and support the Mustard Seed Food Bank!

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Camosun Chargers Weekend Recap and Games This Week #Camosun #sports #volleyball #basketball

Wondering what’s on for the Camosun College Chargers this week?

Weekend Re-Cap (Jan. 28-29, 2011) … find the details on The Chargers Post

- It was another split weekend for the Chargers women’s volleyball team who lost a heart-breaking five-setter to the Capilano Blues on Friday night but bounced back sweep the Douglas College Royals on Saturday.

- The Chargers men’s volleyball team posted a perfect weekend taking down both their opponents in three straight sets. It was a great way to end the last home games of the season, especially for fifth-year veteran Chris Abra who is playing his final weeks of league play with the Chargers.

- In basketball action, the Chargers women blasted past opponents, the Douglas College Royals, posting their fourth perfect weekend. Game scores were 68-36 and 83-41 (Sat).

- The Chargers men’s basketball team lost both their weekend games against the Royals going 75-63 on Friday and 76-68 on Saturday.

Up next …

Chargers at Home (Feb. 4-5, 2011)

- The Chargers basketball teams host the UNBC Timberwolves who are making the long bus trip down from Prince George. As BCCAA Championship rivals, these two women’s teams will be sure to bring their best out to battle. The Chargers men also have a stake in this weekend’s outcome as they seek to stay in the qualifying six before Provincials.

- Fri, Feb. 4 CAM Chargers vs. UNBC Timberwolves Women 6pm; Men 8pm

Sat, Feb. 5 CAM Chargers vs. UNBC Timberwolves Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Chargers on the Road (Feb. 4, 2011)

- The Chargers volleyball teams travel to Kelowna in what will be a great match-up against a very tough opponent, the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

Fri, Feb. 4 Camosun vs. UBC-O Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Watch these games LIVE on Sports Canada TV

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Kaleidoscope Theatre Mini Family Theatre Series - The Big Sneeze #VictoriaBC #YYJ #theatre

January 31, 2011

Victoria, B.C. – Kaleidoscope Theatre ‘s Family Theatre Series presents Axis Theatre’s The Big Sneeze February 6, 2010 at the McPherson Playhouse with a 2 pm matinee performance.

Lizzy is the tallest girl in the whole school. What do you do when you’re in Grade 4, you don’t fit in, and your once best friend ignores you? You try to make yourself invisible. Lizzy practices being invisible, until one day right in the middle of gym class, she has the loudest, most gigantic sneeze EVER -- so loud and so big that Lizzy’s sneeze comes to life!

The Mini Family Theatre subscription series at the McPherson Playhouse also brings to Victoria three other dynamic touring productions including Vancouver Opera’s Cinderella on February 20; Dufflebag Theatre’s Rumpelstiltskin on March 27; and Canadiana Musical Theatre Co’s The Birth of the C.P.R. on April 10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase tickets to all four shows in our Mini Family Theatre Series and save up to 24 % off the regular single ticket price. Tickets & Subscriptions can be purchased at the McPherson Box Office (250) 386-6121.

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2011 Men's National Wheelchair Basketball Team Named #sports #basketball #wheelchair #paralympic

January 31, 2011

(Ottawa, ON) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 12 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2011 Parapan American Games slotted for November 12-20, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Parapan American Games double as Canada’s opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Paralympics, were the team is shooting for a fourth consecutive podium finish.

“A lot of hard work and sacrifice went into the preparation and execution of this year's selection camp from both the players' and coaches' perspective. I look forward to qualifying for the 2012 London Paralympics with a solid performance at this year's ParaPanAmerican Games in Guadalajara, Mexico later in November. Our quest for another gold medal finish begins anew,” said Team Canada Men’s head coach Jerry Tonello.

Canada is thrilled to welcome back a number of familiar faces including ten athletes that were members of the team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.

The Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team was announced following completion of a week-long selection camp in Toronto, ON.

The Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team consists of:

Abdi Dini (Scarborough, ON)
Adam Lancia (Toronto, ON)
Brandon Wagner (Burlington, ON)
Chad Jassman (Calgary, AB)
Dave Durepos (Fredericton, NB)
David Eng (Montreal, QC)
Joey Johnson (Lorette, MB)
Mickael Poulin (Quebec, QC)
Pat Anderson (New York, NY)
Richard Peter (Vancouver, BC)
Robert Hedges (Wonowon, BC)
Yvon Rouillard (Montreal, QC)
Head Coach: Jerry Tonello (Toronto, ON)

The Senior Men’s National Team are the defending sliver medallists from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. They won back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004 and have reached the podium at five of the last six consecutive World Championships dating back to 1990.

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Folk troubadour Steve Palmer at Norway House - Sunday, Feb 20 #YYJmusic #VictoriaBC #YYJconcerts

VFMS: Steve Palmer (Folk troubadour), after Open Stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside), $5.
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Raised on gospel, country, and the blues, Steve Palmer was a young prairie picker with a love of Doc Watson when he was swept up in the British Invasion of the 1960s, touring and playing with many of the psychedelic folk-rock bands of that era. He also paid steady dues as a guitarist-for-hire in country bands working the rural Alberta bar scene.

Only in the 1980s, when he studied music more formally, did Steve become a vocalist. It was a return to his family home that gave him personal respite and the freedom to become a solo performer.

Currently based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Steve travels a troubadour circuit around Western Canada and the northwestern USA. As he puts it, he’s now “grown enough to sing about life and its simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor.”

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Benefit Concert with Louise Rose - Saturday, Feb. 19 #VictoriaBC #YYJmusic #YYJconcert #fundraiser

The BC Choral Federation is holding a Benefit Concert with Louise Rose and a Gospel Choir. Admission to the concert is by donation, with proceeds going to the Cridge Centre for the Family and the BC Youth Choir, to enable young singers from all areas of BC to participate in the BCYC ChorFest in May.

What: Benefit concert "Sing with Spirit" - Louise Rose and Gospel Choir

When: Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, 9 am-3 pm

Concert: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, 4 pm

Where: St. Dunstan's Anglican Church, 1806 San Juan Street, Victoria

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Power Of Partnerships To Reinforce BC Development System For Rowing #rowing

British Columbia’s Performance Partnership for Rowing announces the establishment of a National Development Centre and two Talent Development Centres, and the hire of five world-class coaches

January 28, 2011

VICTORIA, BC – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), Rowing BC and Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSC Pacific) have joined forces to establish the province’s first High Performance Partnership for Rowing. BC's next generation of Olympians and Paralympians will soon benefit from a new network of training centres for national and developmental level rowers in Burnaby, Richmond and Victoria, and tailored programming delivered by five high performance coaches. John Wetzstein former Saskatchewan Rowing Association head coach, will lead a coaching team that includes Olympic medallists Barney Williams and Ben Rutledge, former Olympic and seasonal National Team coach Patrick Newman and Martin George, adaptive rowing specialist.

“The infusion of five exceptional coaches to work with new and developing athletes is a significant gain for rowing in the province of British Columbia,” said Peter Cookson, RCA High Performance Director.

The network of training centres will target athletes from the Train to Train through to the Train to Win levels in Canadian Sport for Life’s Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Rowing Canada Aviron is currently in discussions with Burnaby Lake Rowing Club to bring BC’s first National Development Centre (NDC) to the heart of Burnaby. This centre will be led by NDC Lead Coach John Wetzstein. The NDC will not only be home to a centralized training group, but also host training camps and regattas.

“Rowing Canada is very excited to be working with the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club on this project,” said Cookson. “Burnaby Lake has a long tradition of supporting high performance, and with the Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project coming to an end we expect it will once again become a premier location for rowing in Canada.”

The Talent Development Centres will be located in Richmond and Victoria thanks to partnerships forged with the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria respectively. Ben Rutledge, 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist, will lead the Richmond-based Talent Development program and work as Rowing BC’s Provincial Coach. In Victoria, 2004 Olympic Silver Medallist Barney Williams will lead the men’s program while the women’s program will be led by Patrick Newman at the Victoria-based Talent Development Centre.

“This is a great opportunity for BC rowers,” said Eron Main, Executive Director of Rowing BC. “We are lucky to have such exceptional coaches and Olympians joining our programs and working to develop the next generation of high performance rowers.”

Adaptive rowing continues to grow in popularity, having debuted as an official Paralympic event at the 2008 Beijing Games. In 2010, Canada won its first ever gold medal in adaptive in the four with cox at the 2010 World Rowing Championships. The Performance Partnership for Rowing is proud to have secured the coaching services of Martin George to lead adaptive rowing’s talent development and recruitment within the province of BC.

All three centres will be supported by CSC Pacific’s team of sport performance experts, enhancing the athletes’ daily training environment with targeted service according to their yearly training plans in the areas of physiology, nutrition, sport psychology and strength & conditioning.

“The enhanced service, coaching and support made available to BC’s rowers through this partnership targets a gap in the Canadian sport system in terms of talent identification and athlete retention,” added Wendy Pattenden, CSC Pacific Chief Executive Officer. “We are working to realize Own the Podium’s vision of enhanced support for developmental athletes through the Canadian Sport Institute model, and the Rowing Performance Partnership is an excellent first step.”

Rowing is leading the way in BC, recognizing this partnership leverages resources and builds a common vision for the development of athletes from grassroots to podium. This national-provincial partnership is the first of six Canadian Sport Institute programs set to launch in BC in 2011, as Canada moves toward a more robust support system for its developing athletes.

The BC Performance Partnership for Rowing was made possible thanks to funds invested by Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Province of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

About Rowing BC: As the provincial sport organization for the sport of rowing in British Columbia, Rowing BC develops opportunities to support personal and collective excellence for the rowing community with the vision of making British Columbia the leading rowing community in Canada.

About Rowing Canada: Rowing Canada Aviron is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in Canada. RCA represents its registered members at all levels, novices, juniors, university students, seniors and masters, whether they row for recreation, health and fitness or competition. RCA is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Fédération internationale des sociétés d'aviron, the international federation for rowing.

About Canadian Sport Center Pacific: In partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Centres and provincial network of PacificSport Centres, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific delivers sport performance programs to help athletes and coaches win medals for Canada. Working in support of our national and provincial sport partners, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific is creating a stronger system for the development of athletes, coaches, integrated support teams and sport performance facilities. For more information, please visit


Eron Main
Executive Director
Rowing BC
Jackie Skender
Rowing Canada Aviron
519.200.1835 (mobile)
519.452.7213 (indoor training centre)

Auburn Sigurdson
Manager Marketing & Communications
Canadian Sport Centre Pacific
604.787.2463 (mobile)
778.327.4087 (office)

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Pucker Up Victoria - A Kiss in the City is back! #YYJphoto #contest #photography #VictoriaBC #kiss

January 27, 2010

A kiss is just a kiss, unless you post it for thousands of people to see because then it can be your ticket to a perfect Downtown Victoria date night for you and your sweetheart!

Back by popular and passionate demand is "A Kiss in the City", the photo contest featuring Downtown Victoria as a backdrop to Valentine's Day romance. The contest, first introduced by the Downtown Victoria Business Association in 2010, asks Victoria's young and young at heart to photograph themselves, lips locked, somewhere in downtown Victoria, for a chance to win one unforgettable prize package.

Downtown Victoria is a romantic destination by nature. With the beautiful Inner Harbour, countless examples of historical architecture and numerous unique businesses that support a fun-loving and vibrant population, the City is ripe for romance. Throughout the year Victoria is the scene of countless carefully planned date nights, marriage proposals, and amorous memories for many couples.

In keeping with the undying trend of romance, the couple in the winning "Kiss in the City" photo will receive a spectacular prize package including a $150 one of a kind necklace from Violette Boutique, $100 in flowers from Poppies Floral Art, 'Keys to the Candy Store' from Bernard Callebaut, dinner at Aura and a one-night stay (including the aptly named "Naughty Package") at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Entering is easy, simply upload your Kiss photo (must be taken in 2011) to the DVBA Facebook page and then tell your friends. The photo with the most likes by February 14th wins the entire prize package!

Downtown Victoria is full of elegant and unforgettable experiences for couples and there are a multitude of picturesque places to capture romantic photos- all you have to do is get out the camera and get creative. For full details and complete contest rules visit or check out the contest on Facebook under DVBA.

Pucker up Victoria!

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Victoria Film Festival Adds 2 Movies #film #festival #YYJfilm #VictoriaBC

2 New movies are added to the Festival

Biutiful; and The Illusionist. You can see the full details here:

Also, the following change for FilmCAN screening:


Please note that there is an error in the program guide on p 61.

The Junior Category winner "Treasure Map" (G)

will NOW be playing with "Make Believe" (G)

Feb 10th at 7pm in Odeon Th2

The Senior Category Winner "The Gypsy Queen" (G)

will NOW be playing with "The People v. George Lucas" (14A)

Feb 8th at 7:15 in Cap6 Th5

Feb 13th at 12:15 in Odeon Th2

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Museum seeks Public Input on Proposed Waterfront Move #museum #maritime #public #free #VictoriaBC #YYJ

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, a long-term resident of the old Court House building in Bastion Square, has set its sights on the former CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. In response to the Provincial Capital Commission’s request for proposal to occupy the building previously tenanted by the Wax Museum, the Maritime Museum of BC has assembled a task force consisting of architects, planners, fundraisers and experienced museum personnel, to put together an attractive and practical submission.

“We’ve got only one chance to do this right” says Jamie Webb, the Museum’s Foundation president and chair of the task force, “and we need the community to tell us what they want to see in a new on-the-water maritime centre.”

As a result the Maritime Museum of BC is opening its doors to the public free of charge Saturday, February 5th so that its impressive collection of artefacts, paintings and photographs can be viewed first hand. Visitors and locals alike are being asked to express their views on what to keep and what to change. “We are encouraging the public to visit and share their ideas and experiences", says Webb. Museum staff and the task force committee will be on hand to answer questions and take suggestions.

Date: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm free admission

Place: Maritime Museum of BC, 28 Bastion Square

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Drinking Water Advisory Continues for Salt Spring Island’s Highland Drinking Water System #advisory #water #algae #Saltspring

January 27, 2011

Victoria, BC - A drinking water filling station is available for Highland Water Service customers.

WHERE: 145 Vesuvius Bay Road (Portlock Park across from tennis courts)

WHEN: Thursday Jan 27 4:30 pm - 9 pm

Friday Jan 28 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Saturday Jan 29 12 noon – 6 pm

(additional times to follow if necessary)

4-litre plastic water jugs are available on-site (max two 4L per household). Please re-use the jugs for drinking water until the water system is returned to service. It would be helpful if you could bring your own containers to fill.

CRD staff continue to work diligently to return the Highland Drinking Water System to normal operation.

Note: The small water bottles that were delivered to you January 26 can be recycled at the Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot at 349 Rainbow Road

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

BCCLA: Cameras in the courthouse decision to be released #court #bccla #cameras #media

January 27, 2011

Tomorrow morning (Friday), the Supreme Court of Canada will release decisions in two cases that could revolutionize media access to courthouses. In the companion cases of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, et al. v. Attorney General of Quebec, et al. and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v. Her Majesty the Queen, et al., the Court addresses for the first time the validity of rules restricting the media's ability to interview, photograph and film in courthouses' public hallways, as well as the validity of rules altogether prohibiting the media from broadcasting recordings of public court proceedings.

The BCCLA was an intervener in the case and argued that allowing media to access courthouses' public spaces and transmit court proceedings is vital to upholding the Constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Openness tends to foster the integrity of judicial proceedings and allows the public to access information that might otherwise be hidden from view. The BCCLA was represented by Simon V. Potter and Michael Feder of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

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Special Council meeting to consider Project Charter for the Johnson Street Bridge: Feb 4th at 8am #VictoriaBC #YYJ #bluebridge

Please note that there will be a Special Council meeting for Council to consider the Project Charter for the Johnson Street Bridge on Friday, February 4th at 8am.

The project charter will outline the scope, key milestones, construction method and timelines for the project.

Public and media are invited to attend.

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School District Parent Advisory Councils of Victoria (VCPAC) and Sooke (SPEAC) to host annual Vancouver Island Parent Conference #parenting #education #workshops #community

The School District Parent Advisory Councils of Victoria (VCPAC) and Sooke (SPEAC) is hosting the annual Vancouver Island Parent Conference at Spectrum Community School on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Headlining this year’s 21st Century Learning, Leadership and Parent

Participation conference is internationally renowned Kids Are Worth It! author educator, Barbara Coloroso.

In addition, several workshops throughout the day are scheduled with speakers from the University of Victoria, BC Ministry of Education, School District 61, Cowichan Secondary school, VCPAC & SPEAC executive and Aboriginal/First Nations community members.

More information at

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RCU Arrest 3 on Credit Card Shopping Spree #VictoriaBC #crime #arrested #stolen


On Wednesday afternoon members of the Regional Crime Unit arrested two males and a female in the act of using stolen credit cards at the Real Canadian Superstore in Langford. The three appeared to be taking turns entering the store and making purchases when they were arrested in the parking lot without incident. When police contacted the owner of the credit cards she had not yet discovered that they had been stolen. Follow-up investigation determined that her vehicle had been entered earlier the same afternoon while it was parked unattended at Anderson Cove in East Sooke Park. Thieves had removed the credit cards from the victim’s wallet but left the wallet and purse otherwise undisturbed, apparently hoping to delay the discovery of the theft and cancellation of the credit cards.

A 39 year old male has been charged with Fraud, Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Break In Instruments. A 32 year old male prolific offender has been charged with the same offences as well as breaching a condition of his probation. Both males are well known to police, and have been held in custody to appear in Western Communities Court on Thursday, January 27. A 20 year old female has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property, and was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of April 7.

The Regional Crime Unit is an integrated unit comprised of police officers from the Saanich Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, Central Saanich Police Service, West Shore Detachment RCMP as well as Provincial RCMP. Since February 2008 the Regional Crime Unit has been pursuing its mandate of proactively targeting the region’s most prolific criminal offenders.

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$1 million donation enables enhanced breast cancer detection #mammography #donation #gopink #health

TELUS’ Go Pink campaign provides unprecedented corporate gift for a new digital mammography machine at BC Women’s Hospital
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS’ Go Pink campaign has raised over $1 million for the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. The campaign raised a total of more than $2 million for women’s breast health across Canada. The $1 million raised here in B.C. is enough to fund an additional digital mammography machine for the new Sadie Diamond Breast Health Imaging Centre.

In May, TELUS announced it would donate $25 from every pink Blackberry sold across Canada towards new digital mammography machines in regional hospitals. Combined with employee and corporate donations, that campaign raised more than $2 million, $1 million of that right here in B.C.

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre is launching a flagship breast imaging and training centre in B.C. offering state-of-the-art digital mammography, slated to open late in 2011. A $3 million donation from the Gordon Diamond family will support the creation of the Sadie Diamond Breast Health Imaging Centre at BC Women’s. The Diamond gift is enough for the hospital foundation to purchase two state-of-the-art digital mammography machines with tomosynthesis, the most advanced breast screening and diagnostic technology available today. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is contributing a further $1.1 million in operational funding to BC Women’s new Breast Health Centre. The TELUS gift will enable BC Women’s to purchase a third digital mammography machine.

“Expanding the Sadie Diamond Breast Health Imaging Centre from two to three digital mammography units will be a truly transformational gift for BC Women’s,” said Laurie Clarke, CEO BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. “It will vastly increase the Hospital’s breast cancer screening and diagnostic capacity, enabling us to provide care to women faster with the most advanced equipment available on the market today. It will increase the scope of BC Women’s new breast cancer imaging centre, necessitating an expansion of the Centre’s current footprint, and a new location within the BC Women’s hospital campus. And it will build on the funds of other partner donors in this project, expanding research capacity to demonstrate the far-reaching impact digital mammography screening and diagnosis can yield for women.”

Tomosynthesis is a medical imaging technique that provides 3D images of the breast, which helps doctors with early detection of breast cancer in women. The technique generates multiple images with different views of the breast tissue, and then it reconstructs them through a computer algorithm to provide 3D images. Radiologists prefer to use tomosynthesis as it aids them in more accurate breast cancer detection and thus reduces call-backs, misdiagnosis, and the need to perform invasive biopsy procedures.

Jill Schnarr, vice-president of TELUS Community Affairs, said replacing existing analog mammography machines with state-of-the-art digital machines that are better able to detect smaller cancers in denser tissue will save lives, save taxpayer dollars by reducing re-testing due to inconclusive tests, and save thousands of women from having to undergo stressful waits between an initial inconclusive test and further procedures.

“At TELUS we give where we live and we’re thrilled we can partner with our customers across B.C. to fund this important machine for BC Women’s Hospital. I know from personal experience the wait for a new test after an inconclusive result from an old-school analog machine is agonizing,” Ms. Schnarr said. “A couple of years ago one of my own mammographies was inconclusive and I had to wait three weeks for further tests to determine whether I had breast cancer or not. While it turned out I was cancer free, those 21 days were among the most stressful and frightening of my life. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would mean if I had cancer, what would happen to my young children if the worst occurred. Not knowing was awful. A digital mammography machine would have given me the all-clear on the first test.”

The Go Pink campaign will help buy new digital mammography machines or other innovative breast cancer technology for healthcare facilities in communities across Canada, including: BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, CancerCare Manitoba, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Toronto, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Segal Cancer Center at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, the Jurivinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, and QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

TELUS has been a long-time supporter of charities that advance cancer research, awareness and detection. Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed $12.4 million towards finding a cure for cancer, and continue to raise funds and awareness for early detection. TELUS has also been a proud supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's TELUS Tours for the Cure, the Rethink Breast Cancer fundraising campaign, the BC Cancer Foundation, and Alberta Cancer Foundation.

About BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to raising sufficient funds to enable BC Women's to function as the leader in women's health. Donor support enables the Foundation to support programs at BC Women's that reflect the healthcare needs of women and their families. For more information on the Foundation please visit  

About BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is devoted to the health of women, newborns and families. Located in Vancouver, BC Women's provides a range of specialized, tertiary, and primary and secondary health services that address the needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. For more information on BC Women's please visit


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 12.1 million customer connections including 6.9 million wireless subscribers, 3.8 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 266,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $185 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.5 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit 

About the Sadie Diamond Breast Health Imaging Centre

The Sadie Diamond Breast Health Imaging Centre has been made possible thanks to a $3 million donation from Vancouver philanthropists, the Diamond Family, to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon Region (CBCF) in partnership with BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. Complementing this private donation, the Provincial Health Services Authority has contributed a further $1.1 million of operational funding for educational fellowships and project management to train staff on the new equipment, and initiate and oversee renovations to create the new Centre housing the new digital mammography equipment.

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Save Mary Lake Live Web-a-thon #savemarylake #marylake #nature #environment #webathon #fundraiser

Mary Lake Conservancy logo

Save Mary Lake Live Web-a-thon Features Elizabeth May, Oliver Swain, Seamus McGrath, Guy Dauncey and Vicky Husband.

January 26, 2011

Victoria, BC - On Thursday, January 27th, the Mary Lake Conservancy will host a live web-a-thon as part of its innovative campaign to protect a threatened Highlands ecosystem from development. This web broadcast PBS-style fund-drive will be open to the public at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora) from 4-8pm PST, featuring speakers, musicians, films, poets, food, a “Tweet bar” and much more!

Since launching in October 2010, the Save Mary Lake campaign has attracted National and International attention for its unusual approach and innovative use of social media, including a video contest, a pixel map that allows donors to buy a virtual square meter of the property and a weekly mini-doc series. Bob McMinn, the 86 year-old EcoChampion leading the charge, has even started tweeting for the cause!

The webathon will be hosted by Colleen Eccleston and will feature live interviews with National Green Party leader Elizabeth May, Guy Dauncey (EcoFutures), environmental champion Vicky Husband, two-time Olympic cyclist Seamus McGrath; with music from Oliver Swain, and Karel Roessingh; poetry from Times Colonist winter poet Dvora Levin, videos and much more! Local social media personalities will be micro-blogging the event via the Tweet Bar and there will be an actual square to stand on while checking into the popular geolocation app, FourSquare!

Across the globe, Bob McMinn's "Power of Many" campaign is inspiring people to donate $10 to protect a piece of untouched wilderness that connects people, parks and possibilities. This exciting event will be broadcast via Ustream on and partner websites as one final outreach effort to raise a million dollars by February 1st, 2011.

What: Save Mary Lake Live Web-a-thon!

Where: Cabin 12, 607 Pandora Ave

When: Jan 27th 4-8pm

Brief Description: Join us for this innovative live web broadcast and help Save Mary Lake! On air guests include: Oliver Swain, Elizabeth May, Guy Dauncey, and Vicky Husband. Free snacks, music, poetry, video and live 'tweet bar'! Help us reach our Feb 1st goal to Save Mary Lake!

Cost: FREE!


Contact info: , (250) 478-5858

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Victoria man convicted of GST fraud #VictoriaBC #fraud #convicted #gst

Victoria man convicted of GST fraud

Victoria, British Columbia, January 27, 2011… The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on January 21, 2011, Raphael Louis was convicted of five counts of goods and services tax (GST) fraud in Victoria Provincial Court. Sentencing has been put over to a later date.

A CRA investigation revealed that Louis filed false GST returns for periods between January 31, 2007 and December 31, 2007, for himself and his organization called Federal Association for the Advancement for Visible Minorities (FAAVM) claiming credits of $8,820,000. The returns were subject to an audit that commenced in April of 2008. Louis did not provide the auditor with any supporting documentation citing confidentiality agreements with his clients. In May 2008 the file was referred to the Enforcement Division of CRA for investigation.

As a result of the investigation it was determined that Louis had fraudulently attempted to obtain $7,259,000 in GST refunds to which he was not entitled. No GST refunds were issued by the CRA.

Louis stated during his testimony that he claimed GST on the value of intellectual property that he had created and on the value of goods and services acquired. Louis failed to provide any documentation in court to support his claims for the total of $8,820,000.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at

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Victoria Cougars Open Home&Home Series with Kerry Park Islanders Tonight #sports #hockey #VictoriaBC

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League

 January 27, 2011

The Victoria Cougars host the Kerry Park Islanders in the first half of a home-and-home series tonight.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.

The second half goes Saturday in Kerry Park.

As of Wednesday, Victoria (27-6-0-2) trailed the league leading Comox Valley Glacier Kings by three points. However, the Cougars have three games in hand and will use one of them up tonight.

Finishing the regular season first overall in the seven-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has its advantages; an opening round bye in the playoffs, home ice advantage throughout, and a cash bonus.

Victoria is led by four-year veteran Adam Steenbergen. The defending Jack Kingston Memorial Trophy winner (Top Defenseman) is tied for fifth place in league scoring with 47 points; 12 goals and 35 assists.

Corey Koop, 17-5-0-1 on the season, continues to lead the league with a 2.22 goals against average. Of his six losses, five have come on the road. In their last meeting with Kerry Park, Koop stopped 19 shots in an 8-1 Cougars win.

Zach Wear leads the league with three shutouts. Only Cam Large had more goose eggs but the former Comox Valley goaltender signed with the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) earlier in the season.

Victoria enters its game against the Islanders on a two game losing streak. After getting beaten by the last place Campbell River Storm, the Cougars then dropped a 3-1 decision to the Peninsula Panthers last Friday. Trevor McNeil scored his team leading 25th goal in a losing cause. Victoria trailed 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two despite outshooting the hometown Panthers 36-32 overall.

McNeil has three goals and two assists in his last four games.

Like the Cougars, Kerry Park (16-19-0-2) is embroiled in a heated battle of its own.

The Islanders trail the fourth-seeded Oceanside Generals by five points in the standings and in all likelihood, the two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs. Not decided is who will get home ice advantage. Though in this case, it may not matter as the visiting team has won five out of the maximum eight meetings this year.

Kerry Park is led by Cole Thomson. The 19-year-old forward has 19 goals and 28 assists and is tied with Steenbergen in league scoring.

Last Saturday, the Islanders held on for a 3-2 victory over Oceanside. After squandering a two goal lead, Thomson scored the game winner in the second round of a shootout while goaltender Ben Kantor stopped all three Generals shooters.

Thomson and Jordan Suzuki scored in regulation, which snapped a two game losing streak for Kerry Park. Kantor, who stands only five feet and nine inches tall, made 39 saves for his eighth win of the season.

Zach Fridella is an all-around player, providing both scoring and toughness. The former Fernie Ghostrider (KIJHL) has 19 goals to go along with his 157 penalty minutes, which ranks second most in the league.

Brendan Enns of Campbell River leads the league with 238 penalty minutes.

The Islanders play much better on the road (9-9-0-1) than they do at home (7-10-0-1).

OVERALL STANDINGS: Victoria – 2nd place, 56 points. Kerry Park – 5th place, 34 points.

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Trevor McNeil, 25 goals; Adam Steenbergen, 35 assists; Brandan Smith, 116 penalty minutes. Kerry Park – Cole Thomson, Zach Fridella, 19 goals; Cole Thomson, 28 assists; Zach Fridella, 157 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Corey Koop (2.22 goals against average, 92.10 save percentage); Zach Wear (2.78 goals against average, 88.78 save percentage). Kerry Park – Ben Kantor (3.49 goals against average, 90.55 save percentage); Tanner Milliron (3.87 goals against average, 87.39 save percentage)

SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 2-0-0-0


September 18, 2010. Victoria Cougars 5 @ Kerry Park Islanders 4

January 2, 2011. Kerry Park Islanders 1 @ Victoria Cougars 8

January 29, 2011. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders

February 10, 2011. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars

February 19, 2011. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders

HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 16-1-0-2. Kerry Park – Away, 9-9-0-1
STREAKS: Victoria, 2L. Kerry Park, 1W
LAST TEN: Victoria, 5-3-0-2. Kerry Park, 4-6-0-0

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Drinking Water Advisory for Salt Spring Island’s Highland Drinking Water System #advisory #water #algae #Saltspring

Victoria, BC - Customers on the Highland Drinking Water System are advised not to use their tap water for drinking or food preparation because of the presence of a toxin produced by blue-green algae growing in St. Mary Lake.

This advisory applies only to the Highland Drinking Water System because the water treatment process in that water system is ineffective in removing the toxin. This notice does not apply to the Fernwood or North Saltspring Waterworks drinking water systems as the water treatment process in those systems can remove the microcystin toxin. Recent testing confirms that the tap water in those systems continues to be safe to drink.

Tap water in the Highland Drinking Water System can continue to be used for showering, bathing, washing dishes, brushing teeth, etc. Boiling the water has no effect on this toxin.

The duration of this advisory is unknown because algal blooms in St. Mary Lake are very unpredictable. CRD staff will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you advised of progress. Updates will be posted on the CRD website at:

CRD staff are working diligently to explore treatment alternatives for the Highland Drinking Water System. Meanwhile, bottled drinking water is being supplied to each customer free of charge.

Dr. Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority, advises that this notice is precautionary and errs on the side of safety.

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Ha-bat-itat Guided Walk in Francis/King Regional Park #YYJparks #walk #nature

Sunday, January 30, 1-2:30pm

Ha-bat-itat (Guided Walk)
All ages
Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich)

This guided walk with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist will help dispel fear and misinformation about these fascinating flying) mammals. Meet at the nature centre off Munn Road.

This event is ideal for all ages and it’s free. No registration required. Please leave your pets at home. For more information call 250.478.3344 or visit 

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Neil Young To Be Honoured With Humanitarian Award #awards #music #humanitarian



Toronto, ON (January 26, 2011) – He is one of the most gifted and celebrated singer-songwriters in rock and roll history. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CTV are pleased to announce Neil Young as the recipient of the 2011 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. The Award, named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, is made possible by funding from the CTV-CHUM benefits package.

The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. The award will be presented to Mr. Young during CTV's broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS on Sunday, March 27. Nominations will be announced next Tuesday, February 1.

The impact of Neil Young's music as well as his philanthropy has touched millions of lives and spans generations. Young is a five-time JUNO Award winner and was inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2010 was named the MusiCares Person of the Year by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"We are thrilled to salute Neil Young's committed and compassionate legacy. As a driving force behind one of music's most successful fundraising events, Farm Aid, and a key participant in Live 8 right here at home, plus many other deserving causes and programs, his tenacity and spirit is highly regarded among his peers and serves as an inspiration to all of us," said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.

As a two-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Young's incredible music career speaks for itself. Whether a solo artist, a member of the iconic groups Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, or Crazy Horse, one thing is certain: Neil Young has remained steadfast, uncompromising and fearless throughout his musical journey. These same characteristics can also be used to describe his charitable interests and dedication.

Since the early days of his music career, Young has been at the forefront of fundraising and social awareness events for causes at home and globally. Having shot to notoriety in the late '60s and throughout the '70s, he used his profile and voice to advocate for the welfare and protection of small farmers in America. In 1985, Young along with country music icon Willie Nelson and rocker John Mellencamp co-founded Farm Aid, a benefit concert to help keep family farmers on their land. The inaugural Illinois concert featured dozens of performers, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jon Bon Jovi and Joni Mitchell to name a few.

The awareness raised by Farm Aid led to subsequent action by the U.S. Congress to pass the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, helping to save hundreds of family farms from foreclosure. Young, Nelson and Mellencamp have continued to organize the benefit concert in mid-west cities across America, drawing millions of fans each year. Farm Aid recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2010, having successfully raised more than $37 million, making it one of the most successful charitable events in history.

In between recording 37 studio albums over more than 40 years, Young has also managed to devote himself to yet another excellent cause very close to his heart. In 1986, he co-founded The Bridge School with wife Pegi Young, to create an organization and school to help educate children with severe speech and physical impairments. The Young family has three children, two of whom were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Having encountered difficulty in finding a suitable school that met the needs of their children, Young rallied his fellow musicians and organized the first Bridge School Benefit Concert in 1986 to raise funds necessary to build the school.

In 1987, The Bridge School opened its doors within an elementary school in Hillsborough, CA, and has since expanded its educational program to include early childhood intervention, international outreach through Teachers in Residence, and successfully completed construction of a permanent detached facility in 1995.

On the occasion of the school's 20th Anniversary, Neil organized a special Benefit Concert featuring a star-studded line-up that included Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Brian Wilson, Foo Fighters, Trent Reznor, Death Cab for Cutie, Gillian Welch and Devendra Banhart. One week later, The Bridge School hosted its first "Heart of Gold" Gala with Sir Elton John providing an evening to remember.

Although he adopted residency in the U.S., Young never relinquished his Canadian citizenship, and continued to find time to support worthy causes at home. He's joined fellow Canadian musicians in the recording of "Tears Are Not Enough," to help raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia; closed out the Canadian leg of Live 8; and recently took to the stage for "Summer Sessions" to raise funds for Sarah McLachlan's Foundation, which offers free music programs to children in underserved communities.

Web links:

The Bridge School:

Farm Aid:

The JUNO Awards:


Neil Young will join past recipients including Bryan Adams (2010), Sarah McLachlan (2009), Paul Brandt (2008), Tom Jackson (2007) and Bruce Cockburn (2006), when he is honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award during the broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, Sunday, March 27 in Toronto, ON.

For more information on the 2011 JUNO Awards, or to download photos of Neil Young, go to 

CARAS gratefully acknowledges CTV for its outstanding support of Canadian talent and for its support of this award.

Hosted by Drake, THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, Canada's Music Awards, will be broadcast for the 10th year in a row on CTV on Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Previous hosts of THE JUNO AWARDS include Russell Peters in Vancouver (2009) and Calgary (2008), Nelly Furtado in Saskatoon (2007), Pamela Anderson in Halifax (2006), Brent Butt in Winnipeg (2005), Alanis Morissette in Edmonton (2004), Shania Twain in Ottawa (2003) and Barenaked Ladies in St. John’s (2002).

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Melanie Berry and Ed Robinson for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS are Chevrolet, Garnier, and Rogers.

Sponsors of the 2011 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," Radio Starmaker Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Aeroplan and funding partner Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 40th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit or 

About CTV:

CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at 

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Geotechnical Investigation for new Johnson Street Bridge Begins This Week #VictoriaBC #bridge #YYJ

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

VICTORIA, BC – Further geotechnical investigation work will begin this week to advance the Johnson Street Bridge Project.

Both in-water and on-land drilling is required to gather necessary geotechnical information to continue with the detailed design work for the bridge. Drilling will take place from Thursday, January 27 to Friday, February 18 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends in accordance with the City’s Noise Bylaw. Traffic will not be affected by this work.

A barge will be in the water around Johnson Street Bridge on Thursday, January 27 to begin the in-water portion of the work which should be completed by Thursday, February 10. The on-land portion of the work will begin on Friday, February 11 and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, February 18.

Neighbours have been notified and the City is working with the Harbour Master to ensure that the in-water work will not conflict with marine traffic.

For more information about the Johnson Street Bridge Project go to

Note: A special Council meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 4. Council will review the Johnson Street Bridge Project Charter outlining the scope, schedule, key milestones and construction methods recommended to deliver the project.

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The Great BC Shakeout at Camosun College #YYJpics #shakeoutBC #VictoriaBC #earthquake

Camosun College took part in the Great BC Shakeout at 10:00 am today, with great response from all.

Everyone evacuated on time and assembled at their assigned rally points. Camosun's Audio Visual department was there with cameras in hand. Nice Job!

Click here for the pictures by Camosun College Audio Visual Department

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Kiran Ahluwalia coming to Victoria: Wednesday Feb 2 #YYJmusic #UVIC #worldmusic #amazingvoice #VictoriaBC

JUNO award winner Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity. After inspiring the University Centre audience members in 2006 with her enchanting and seductive music, Kiran returns with a compelling performance revealing the harmonies that unite her diverse inspirations.

Price: $23.25 to $43.25

Dates: Feb 02, 2011

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Public Assistance Requested in Identifying Person Responsible for Bank Robbery #vicpd #robbery #crimestoppers #suspect

File # 10-3085

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Victoria BC – VicPD Major Crime Detectives and Forensic Identification members are currently investigating a robbery that occurred this morning, just before 11:00 a.m. at the Bank of Montreal located at 1225 Douglas Street.

A suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. No weapon was used.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled the store and met up with a female who was waiting on Yates Street. They both then rode away on bicycles east on Yates. One bike was grey in colour and the other one was red and white. The two were last seen turning south onto Blanshard Street.

The suspect is described as being between 40-50 yrs of age, with a medium build. He is between 5’7”and 5’11” and has brown hair and brown eyes. He is further described as having some facial hair and a pale complexion.

At the time of the robbery the suspect had his lower face covered with a scarf or bandana. He was wearing a navy coloured nylon raincoat and dark pants with stripes down the sides. He also had on a black baseball hat with white lettering on the front and was wearing gloves.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is requested to contact Det. Phil Richmond at 250.995.7281 or Det. Shauneen Cope at 250.995.7321 or Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or online at 

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Nobody Waved Good-Bye and more from @theNFB #film

Watch Nobody Waved Good-bye, on

This black & white feature fiction from 1964 tells the story of a teenager (Peter Kastner) who rebels against his middle-class upbringing and the cold world he finds himself in when he flees his parents’ nest.

Check out Nobody Waved Good-bye on NFB/interactive

This week, we’re also featuring: Evolution, an Oscar®-nominated animated short that playfully revisits the evolution of life on Earth; Confessions of an Innocent Man, a feature-length doc about a Canadian man wrongfully detained and tortured in a Saudi Arabian jail; Canada Vignettes: Emergency Numbers, an amusing fight between a cat and dog about the importance of keeping emergency numbers close to the phone; and Memorandum, a film about a group of Holocaust survivors who make a pilgrimage to Bergen Belsen, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Get a sneak peek at what’s coming up on our upcoming releases page.

This week’s featured comment

“What a beautiful memory of Lismer! In the 50s, in Montreal, he and my mother were good friends. I was around 4 or 5 and we’d visit him at his school, at the back of the Museum. Even as he and my mother chatted about art and stuff, Lismer would start finger painting with me on paper… sometimes even on the wooden floor! It all depended on where the nearest blob of paint was. Lismer - all the artist called each other by their last names then - was a great adult to know as a child”

Watch Lismer now and join in the conversation!

Check out Main Street, a new interactive photo project about small prairie towns

Discover the main streets of small Canadian prairie towns with this interactive photo essay by Danny Singer. Constructed by carefully stitching together hundreds of individual photographs with digital editing software, the compositions emerge as seamless prospects with a unique "floating-point" perspective.

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World-Renowned Pianist André Laplante Joins the Victoria Symphony #YYJmusic #Beethoven #Mozart #VictoriaBC #YYJ

January 26, 2011

World-Renowned Pianist André Laplante Joins the Victoria Symphony to Perform Beethoven’s “Emperor”

Victoria, BC -- The Victoria Symphony welcomes André Laplante back to the Royal Theatre on February 5th & 6th to perform Beethoven's final Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”. Conducted by Music Director Tania Miller, the concert also marks the world premiere of composer Jennifer Butler’s “And Birds Do Sing”, as well as Mozart’s “Symphony No. 39 in E Flat”.

One of Canada’s most highly regarded pianists, André Laplante, returns to Victoria to perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Victoria Symphony. Among Beethoven’s popular and widely performed pieces, the “Emperor” speaks to audiences with the craft and vitality that set him apart from his contemporaries. From the majesty of the first movement, through the hymn-like serenity of the second, to the exuberant rondo that concludes the piece, the "Emperor" Concerto is thoughtful, expressive and dramatic.

André Laplante’s relationship with Beethoven is one he approaches with humility. Beethoven was one of the great improvisers of his time, and as Laplante states, “By learning a lot of his music, I discovered a wonderfully original musical language, marked by strong character, as poetic as it is philosophical.”

The evening also features the world premiere of “And Birds Do Fly” by Vancouver composer Jennifer Butler. The piece was composed by Butler shortly after the birth of her daughter last year. Initially a very dark desolate piece reflecting the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, Butler acknowledges that the birth of her daughter changed the way in which she interpreted the music, and moved her towards a brighter more hopeful sound. Butler says that the fragmented composition will emerge as a tender lullaby featuring an eight-part cannon by the orchestra.

The concert also features Mozart’s “Symphony No. 39 in E Flat”. Arguably the most lyrical music in existence, Mozart composed this piece during a very low point in his life. Symphony No. 39 is exquisite and dramatic, as the sense of perfect order and structural integrity throughout the composition, collapse in the final movement. The work is perfectly conceived from start to finish, and the miraculous beauty of the work defies comparison.

The Victoria Symphony celebrates its 70th season this year and continues to be Vancouver Island's largest and most active arts organization, offering audiences high-quality concerts in six diverse series, a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. More than 125,000 people hear the Symphony each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony's 2010-2011season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of series sponsor Chard Development.

For complete programming details of the 2010-2011 season, please visit

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Native Plant Study Group: "Eelgrass: A Coastal Habitat" #nature #UVIC

The Native Plant Study Group presents "Eelgrass: A Coastal Habitat" with Nikki Wright

As Executive Director of SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, Nikki will share her knowledge about eelgrass, a plant that grows along our coast. This presentation will include photos of this unique ecology which serves as a nursery for hundreds of sea critters and feeding habitat for birds.

Thurs, Feb. 17 at 7pm. UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D116

Non-member drop-in fee: $3. More info:

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Camosun rookie earns BCCAA Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week #Camosun #volleyball #sports #rookie

Today, the BCCAA named first-year Camosun Chargers outside hitter Elizabeth Davis as the Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

For more information, please contact:

Chris Dahl, Head Coach
Camosun College Chargers Women’s Volleyball
Cell: 778-977-1822 Email:

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Friends of Uplands Park First Nations Burial Cairns in Uplands Park #firstnations #burial #cairn #YYJparks #UVIC #Camosun #nature

Event: Friends of Uplands Park:

First Nations Burial Cairns in Uplands Park

Will be presented by enthusiastic and knowledgeable UVic graduate student Darcy Mathews. Working with permission of the Songhees Council and Oak Bay Parks, Darcy had Camosun archaeology students document several burial cairns of the Chekonein family in the park over 2 weekends last spring. He plans to continue his volunteer work this spring. Learn about the funeral practices, the rock markers and how extensive the cemetery is...maybe even into your yard. After refreshments, meet the Steering Committee and discuss the vision, goals and mission statement. Let us know what activities you would like to be involved with. Bring a "New Friend" of Uplands Park. Keep it "wild and natural".

Date: Thursday February 24

7 to 9 pm

Where: Windsor Park Pavilion upstairs

Everyone welcome, Donations appreciated.

Contact: Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084 and Kathleen Matthews 250-598-7995

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Buddhist Leader Calls for Progress on Abolition of Nuclear Weapons #Buddhist #humanrights #nuclearweapons #interfaith

Buddhist Leader Calls for Progress on Abolition of Nuclear Weapons,
Building Global Human Rights Culture

TOKYO, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for global civil society to take the lead in resolving two key challenges of our time: abolishing nuclear weapons and building a global culture of human rights.

While these issues are daunting in scale and complexity, Ikeda expresses his faith, as a Buddhist, in the human capacity to meet and overcome even seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Regarding nuclear abolition, he explores actions that the world's people can initiate to: 1) establish the structures within which states possessing nuclear weapons will move rapidly toward disarmament; 2) forestall further nuclear weapons development or modernization; and 3) comprehensively outlaw these inhumane weapons through a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC).

To this end, he expresses support for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for the regular holding of UN Security Council summits on nuclear disarmament. Ikeda proposes that states that have relinquished nuclear weapons be regular participants, and that specialists and NGO representatives also address the summits. He suggests that Hiroshima and Nagasaki host the 2015 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, and that it should serve as a nuclear abolition summit.

To move the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) toward entry into force, Ikeda calls for a series of bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives by which groups of states, such as Egypt, Israel and Iran, would mutually commit to ratify the treaty. A similar arrangement based on the Six-Party Talks could be used to bring about the denuclearization of the Northeast Asia.

Ikeda reiterates his strong support for an NWC. He stresses that such a convention could represent a qualitative transformation from traditional international law--negotiated solely among governments--to a form of law that derives its ultimate authority from the expressed will of the world's peoples.

Regarding human rights education, Ikeda notes that human rights are not brought into existence by treaties or laws, but through the efforts of ordinary people to correct the injustices they experience or see in the world around them. This means making sensitivity to human rights--our own and others'--a part of a "culture of human rights."

Ikeda expresses his support for efforts, centered on the UN, to promote human rights education, and to this end proposes the establishment of new consultative bodies within the UN system. He stresses the importance of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training currently being finalized and describes SGI's initiatives to support this process, such as the development of DVDs and other tools for human rights education.

He also calls for the world's religions to engage in interfaith dialogue on promoting human rights education.

Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association which has 12 million members around the world committed to the promotion of peace, culture and education. He has issued annual peace proposals on January 26 every year since 1983, to commemorate the founding of SGI, offering concrete suggestions for resolution of global issues, based on his philosophy of Buddhist humanism.

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Shaw Cable Employee Uniform Stolen #Saanich #crime #uniform #stolen


File No. 11-1236

On January 17th, a report was received by the Saanich Police regarding a work vehicle entered.

Many items including various electronics were removed from the vehicle. Later it was discovered that the following items were also missing:

- Shaw ball hat
- Work vest
- Work clip board
- Employee business cards

The theft occurred sometime over the weekend. The vehicle was entered by forcing the passenger side door lock.

If you have concerns about the validity of someone representing Shaw, people are encouraged to contact Shaw and confirm the employee's identity.

Saanich Police are receiving an increase in the number of reported autos entered in the municipality. If anybody has any information on who may be doing these crimes they are encouraged to conact the Saanich Police. The public is reminded once again not to leave anything of value in your vehicle.

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Camosun Chargers pay tribute to fifth-year veteran #Camosun #tribute #volleyball #sports

In addition to hosting their final home matches of the season this weekend, the Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams will pay tribute to one of their own on Friday night with a special farewell to fifth-year men’s middle Chris Abra.

The 6’4” veteran began his intercollegiate athletic career with Camosun in 2005 and continued with the team until 2009. Following a year hiatus to begin studying at the University of Victoria, Abra returned to play his final year in the 2010-11 season.

During his five years with Camosun, Abra had the exceptional privilege of working with two very accomplished coaches. Former Head Coach Linda Henderson cultivated the Chargers men’s volleyball program’s winning reputation over a 12-year period and led Camosun to a CCAA National Bronze medal and three Gold, 2 Silver and one Bronze BCCAA medals before leaving Victoria to take the Athletic and Recreation Director position at NAIT. Current Head Coach Charles Parkinson joined the Chargers in January 2007 and since that time, has been at the helm of assembling yet another CCAA National Bronze medal team as well as two back-to-back BCCAA gold medal winning teams.

“Both Linda and Charles have had a large influence on both my volleyball life and my personal growth,” said Abra. “Linda taught about being a strong leader and person, both on and off the court and Charles has shown me that there is a lot to learn in volleyball and that the best players and coaches keep learning and adapting throughout their entire careers.”

As a dedicated athlete and student, Abra has some great memories to take with him as he approaches the final weeks of his intercollegiate athletic career.

“Winning the BCCAA Championship in my fourth year was pretty great,” said Abra who earned a BCCAA Academic Excellence Award in 2006-08 and a CCAA National Scholar Athlete in 2006-07. “It was the culmination of the strongest season I have been a part of and showed how far hard work, great coaching and team chemistry can take a group of guys. Winning the National Bronze medal after that was pretty memorable too.”

Heading into his final matches on home soil this weekend, Abra is feeling both nostalgic and ready for action.

“I’m excited but sad at the same time,” commented Abra. “I’m sad because I have had a lot great memories with the Chargers over the last five to six years and I will miss the opportunity to compete and grow as a team each year. “On the other hand, I’m really excited about the next few weekends of volleyball because they are crucial for our season. The team is pumped and I can’t wait to see how hard we can compete and how well we can play when the pressure is on.”

Catch the Chargers in action this weekend at PISE or tune into Sports Canada TV to watch the live webcast.

Fri, Jan. 28 CAM Chargers vs. Capilano University Blues Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Sat, Jan. 29 CAM Chargers vs. Douglas College Royals Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm

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What’s on for the Camosun College Chargers this week? #volleyball #Camosun #College #sports

Weekend Re-Cap (Jan. 21-22, 2011) … find the details on The Chargers Post

- It was a split weekend for the Chargers women’s volleyball team who won Friday’s match against the CBC Bearcats 3-0 but lost in five grueling sets to the UFV Cascades on Saturday.

- Despite fighting two extremely heated battles, the Chargers men’s volleyball team suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses. CBC defeated the home team 3-1 while UFV took the Chargers down in five.

- In basketball action, the Camosun women posted their third perfect weekend winning both their road games against the Quest University Kermodes in Squamish. Game scores were 73-64 (Fri) and 71-68 (Sat).

- The Chargers men’s basketball team split this weekend against Quest losing to the home team Kermodes on Friday by five points (79-74) and collecting a win at the buzzer on Saturday, 62-61.

Up next …

Chargers at Home (Jan. 28-29, 2011)

- Chargers volleyball teams anticipate a big crowd as they play their last home matches of the season this weekend at PISE. Fifth-year Chargers veteran Chris Abra (Lambrick) plays his final BCCAA collegiate games on Camosun soil. The Chargers will recognize Chris’ achievements in a short ceremony on Friday night.

Fri, Jan. 28 CAM Chargers vs. Capilano University Blues Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Sat, Jan. 29 CAM Chargers vs. Douglas College Royals Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm

Chargers on the Road (Jan. 28-29, 2011)

- Chargers basketball teams travel to New Westminster to face the Douglas College Royals.

Fri, Jan. 28 Camosun vs. Douglas Women 6pm; Men 8pm

Sat, Jan. 29 Camosun vs. Douglas Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Watch these games LIVE on Sports Canada TV

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Possible Pipe Bomb Located, Disrupted #suspicious #Saanich #police #explosive #crimestoppers

File No. 11-1527

On Friday, January 21st, just before 10am, a suspicious object was found on the 200 block of Durrance road. Saanich Police were called to the area and believed the item to be some type of explosive device.

The device was discovered by an area residence who was on their porperty and saw the item in the ditch area in front of the house.

The RCMP EOD team was contacted. As luck would have it they were already on Vancouver Island in the Nanaimo area. Given the unknown nature of the device, RCMP EOD used a robot and water cannon to 'disrupt' the device.

Forensic Examination revealed that the item was a 'look-a-like' being a foam water 'noodle' type toy wrapped in duct tape with a wooden handle.

This hoax is being investigated as a mischief. It tied up many police resources including the EOD team for most of the day.

If anybody has information on this incident, please contact the Saanich Police Department or Victoria Crimestoppers.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Charges in Cab Accident #Saanich #accident #taxi #charges #impaireddriving


File No. 10-19001

Back on August 8th, 2010, just after 2pm a taxi cab was reported to have struck a building on Tillicum road at Regina ave. Saanich Police Patrol and Traffic Safety Unit officers arrived on scene to find a cab had come to rest against the outer wall of a residence.

The cab was reported to have travelled through a red light, into the intersection, over the sidewalk, through a fence and into thebalcony of a residence.

The driver sustained some injuries and was unconcious at the scene. He was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service. Luckily, nobody else was injured at the time.

The original investigation revealed that the cab may have been travelling at a high rate of speed on Regina avenue prior to striking the town-house complex.

A lengthy and complex investigation by the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit, Collision Reconstruction Team and Forensic Investigators ensued. This led to two search warrants, a mechanical inspection, and the seizure of video from the cab.

The mechanical inspection of the cab revealed only minor defects, none of which could have contributed to the cause of the accident. Charges of Impaired Driving by Drug and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle were recommended by investigators and were approved by Victoria Crown Counsel. A summons has been issued for the driver identified as a 27 year old male Saanich resident.

The taxi company has been fully cooperative during this investigation.

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