Monday, February 28, 2011

BC Hydro announces 2010 Invent the Future winners #video #essay #song #awards

Feb. 28, 2011 No. 55


Vancouver – Who can we count on to be the champions of conservation and sustainability in the future? B.C.’s youth, that’s who, based on their creative and energetic submissions to BC Hydro’s Invent the Future contest for songs, videos and essays on energy conservation. Contest entries received from around the province demonstrated young people’s understanding of the need to conserve energy and support sustainability, and now the tough decisions on the winners have been made.

Entries were assessed by a panel of celebrity judges including actor Kristin Kreuk, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, Terry McBride of Nettwerk Music Group, Hal Wake from the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, local meteorologist Ann Luu, and environmental and community leader Ajay Puri. Judges evaluated submissions on originality, innovation, creativity, scope and potential to change behaviour in B.C.

Contest winners each receive a $2,000 cash prize and an opportunity to further develop their creative skills by spending a week at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School.

Nearly 150 contest entries were received from every corner of the province and can be viewed at www.inventthefuture.ca. In addition, as part to the contest, more than 6,500 people took the Power Smart pledge, vowing to change their behaviours in order to conserve energy.

The winners for each category are:



Video

• 16 – 19 years: Dominika Pilat and Andrea Diaz from Vancouver, students at Capilano University and Langara College for “Little Kids, Big Goals”

• 20 – 24 years: Irving Diaz from Vancouver, a student at Vancouver Film School for “LEDs, The Lighting of the Future!”


Essay

• 16 – 19 years: Priya Griesser, Kalindi Fournier and Kava Moore from Venables Valley (near Ashcroft), students at Govardhana Academy for “One School Saved – Many More to Go”

• 20 – 24 years: Grace Wong from Burnaby, a student at UBC for “The Tables Have Turned: Producer Responsibility on Product Disposal”


Song

• 16 – 19 years: Andrew Baskin and Tanner Waller from Campbell River, former students at Timberline Secondary School for “Energy Rap”

• 20 – 24 years: Graham Campbell from Kelowna, student at UBC Okanagan for “Xeriscape Gardens”

“It’s inspiring to see so many young people pledge to make a difference by being smart with their power,” said Lisa Coltart, executive director of Power Smart and Customer Care for BC Hydro. “BC Hydro is looking to meet 66 per cent of the province’s new energy needs through conservation by 2020 and our youth are some of the best conservation ambassadors. We need the help of all British Columbians to reach that goal. Our thanks to everyone who participated - both contestants and judges - and congratulations to our winners.”



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Blue Box Recycling Pickup Resumes Normal Service #YYJ #recycling

Blue Box Recycling Pickup Resumes Normal Service

February 28, 2011

Victoria, BC – Severe weather in the Capital Region forced the delay or cancellation of Blue Box recycling pickup on several routes last week. Recycling pickup has now returned to normal service. Those residents whose curbside recycling was not collected are advised to hold on to their recyclables until their next collection day.

For information updates and to determine your next collection day or other collection options please visit our website at www.crd.bc.ca/recycle or call our Recycling Hotline at 250.360.3030.



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All Victoria Busses Back on Regular Routes #YYJ #bus

All buses are on regular route.

R59 - back to regular routing

R56/57 - back to routing on Goldie and Gourman

Customers are encouraged to stay updated by following us on Twitter @bc_transit, visiting our website http://www.bctransit.com/  or call Transit Information 250.382.6161.

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Last Call for Torch Award Nominations #business #awards #nominations

Last Call for Torch Award Nominations


VICTORIA, BC –The deadline for the submission of nominations for the Better Business Bureau’s annual Torch Awards is fast approaching. BBB is calling on all Vancouver Island consumers to help us recognize and celebrate businesses that have gone above and beyond in their commitment to ethics and customer service excellence.

Nominate a business for the 2011 Torch Awards. All businesses, no matter what industry and regardless of whether they are an Accredited Business are eligible to be nominated and to win a prestigious Torch Award.

The deadline for Torch Award nominations is March 4, 2011. You can download a nomination form at vi.bbb.org/torch_awards. Drop your nomination off at the BBB Office, send it via mail (#220-1175 Cook Street; Victoria B.C.; V8V 4A1) or fax (250.386.2367) or email it to wendy@vi.bbb.org  Nominations simply require the businesses contact information; the nominees contact information; and a brief explanation of why you think the business deserves an award.

“We are encouraging everybody to take a few minutes to nominate one of the many amazing businesses that operate on Vancouver Island for a 2011 Torch Award,” says Rosalind Scott, Executive Director of BBB Vancouver Island. “Everyday we do business with companies that are making it their priority to care for their customers and to maintain trustworthy relationships. Whether it be your hairdresser, your local coffee shop, a retailer, contractor, dentist, insurance broker, academic institution, non-profit organization or other professional service, all businesses that are honest, reliable and trustworthy should be recognized for their efforts.”

For more information about the Torch Awards and to download a nomination form visit www.vi.bbb.org/torch_awards 

Winners of the 2011 Torch Awards will be announced at the gala event on May 6, 2011 in the Westin Ball Room at the Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa.



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Free Info Session - Doing Business With The Film Industry March 7 #YYJ #film #business

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE FILM INDUSTRY

Ever wondered how to do business with the film industry? Do you want to find out how to make your business film friendly? What’s happening with new media ? Join us for an informative session with Gordon Hardwick of the BC Film Commission and Kathleen Gilbert of The Greater Victoria Film Commission.

Monday, March 7, 2011
2pm – 4pm
The Greater Victoria Film Commission
#100-852 Fort Street
http://www.filmvictoria.com/
250-386-3976


Seating is limited so reserve your free space today on line at http://www.filmvictoria.com/ or by calling 250-386-3976.


Topics will include:

• “Film 101”, to raise awareness of the growth of the industry and consider BC’s position, both opportunities and challenges, in the world entertainment production market.

• Explore the industry’s complexities and the convergence of the Creative Entertainment Economy Cluster in Capital Region and economic benefits that the industry brings to a diversified economy in BC as a whole.

• Look at the balance between motion picture production industry needs and community concerns, with a focus on Location Resource Management and “Film Friendliness”.

• Address issues of the availability of local government administration resources to manage issues and facilitate access to location resources (both private and public).

• Consider the roles and responsibilities of local government when motion picture production takes place in communities and how multijurisdictional administrative structures may challenge timely approval processes and efficiencies.

• Showcase REEL GREEN and the Industry’s commitment to environmental responsibly in the manufacture of entertainment product.

It will include a short Industry Marketing Video, a PowerPoint Presentation and a Q&A .



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Clover Point Drifters performing 7:30pm at Norway House March 20 #YYJmusic #concerts

Live Music
Sunday, March 20, 2011

VFMS: The Clover Point Drifters (One of Victoria’s finest bluegrass bands), after Open Stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside), $5.

The Clover Point Drifters are a bluegrass band based in Victoria. Their repertoire consists primarily of traditional bluegrass songs, with a sprinkling of country, folk, blues, and pop melodies served up in the bluegrass style. Their songs feature close, heartfelt two- and three-part harmonies, backed by strong banjo, dobro and mandolin accompaniment.

The quintet is made up of Victoria's own Mike Kraft, formerly of the Chance Brothers, on banjo and back-up vocals; Larry Stevens, who moved here from Vancouver in 1999 after playing with several other bands, including the New Nash Ramblers, on resophonic guitar and lead vocals; former Ontarian Dan Parker on mandolin and lead vocals; band leader Alan Law on rhythm guitar ("I do not play any notes") and lead and back-up vocals; and George Robinson, a bluegrass player since the late seventies, on bass and lead vocals.

http://www.victoriafolkmusic.ca/


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Transit update 8:15 Busses May Run Late Due To Road Conditions #YYJ #bus

Buses may be running late because of road and weather conditions.


All buses are on regular route, with the following exceptions:

 
R59 - not servicing Triangle mountain – routing via Jacklin, Sooke, to VMP back to Langford Exchange.

R56/57 - no Goldie Gourman loop

Customers are encouraged to stay updated by following us on Twitter @bc_transit, visiting our website http://www.bctransit.com/  or call Transit Information 250.382.6161.



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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Grizzlies defeat Clippers again #bchl #playoffs #YYJsports #YYJpics


Victoria Grizzlies Defeat Nanaimo Clippers
in Game 2 of BCHL Playoffs Round 1

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Road Closure Heath Drive March 1 - April 15 #YYJtraffic

Road Closure


On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 through to Friday, April 15, 2011 there will be a full road closure on Heath Drive. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:30 pm.

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

Please contact Storm and Wastewater at (250) 475-5597 for more information.


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Single Lane Traffic 5345 West Saanich Rd Monday Feb 28 #YYJtraffic

Single Lane Traffic


Starting on Monday, February 28, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on 5345 West Saanich Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

Northbound lane will be obstructed.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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Single Lane Traffic Cedar Hill Rd and Elnido Rd Monday Feb 28 #YYJtraffic

Single Lane Traffic


Starting on Monday, February 28, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Cedar Hill Road and Elnido Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Victoria Residents Launch Petition Drive To Stop Internet Metering #YYJ #stopthemeter

Victoria Residents Launch Petition Drive Calling On Ottawa To Stop Internet Metering

February 25th, 2011


What: Local pro-Internet supporters are joining a National Day of Action on tomorrow calling on the CRTC to stop usage based billing (UBB) and end Internet caps. Residents of Victoria will be hitting the streets to spread the word about the CRTC’s review of Internet metering, and asking friends and neighbours to add their names to the nearly half-a-million who signed the petition online at http://www.stopthemeter.ca/

Thousands of pink “Data Usage Tickets” have been printed and will be given out to unsuspecting civilians accessing the Internet in coffee shops and other public places.

Victoria will compete with other cities to get the most signatures, or give out the most tickets, all in the name of stopping the meter on Internet use.

Where: Main Steps to the Legislature

When: Saturday, February 26th, 2011, at 1pm

Why: After the CRTC made a decision that made the Internet less affordable and accessible, half-a-million Canadians signed an online petition calling on Ottawa to Stop The Meter and end Internet caps. Due to the public pressure, the CRTC was forced to reconsider its decision. This was a big win for the pro-Internet community, but this issue is far from over. The review of Internet metering is open for public comments, and we can be sure that Big Telecom is exerting significant pressure on the CRTC to move forward with less affordable Internet access. These Internet service providers are hoping to impose usage-based billing on all Canadians by forcing small competing ISPs to adopt the same pricing scheme, so that we have no choice but to pay these punitive fees.

Who: The Day of Action is organized by local residents, with support from OpenMedia.ca & Canadians Advocating for Political Participation (CAPP).


http://www.openmedia.ca/

http://www.stopthemeter.ca/


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Saanich Charges Ahead with First Electric Car in Region #Saanich #electriccar

February 25th, 2011


Saanich – Today the District of Saanich and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) are pleased to announce a partnership to pilot the all-electric zero-emissions Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Innovative Electric Vehicle). The municipality will test the i-MiEV to evaluate the vehicle’s performance, range of distance, and function within a municipal fleet. The i-MiEV will be available to consumers later this year.

The i-MiEV can go up to 120 kilometres on a single charge, has the top speed and safety ratings of current vehicles and can completely recharge on a standard household 120V outlet in 13 hours. The Municipality has installed a 240V charging station at the Saanich Hall which provides a full charge in only 6 hours.

The Municipality sees the arrival of electric vehicles as the beginning of a significant shift in vehicle use and a key component of the Saanich Climate Action Plan. The Municipality set a 2020 target of 5,000 electric vehicles in the community when the Plan was passed by Council in April 2010 and a 33% reduction target in community greenhouse gas emissions. Saanich cars, trucks and SUV’s emit over 220,000 tonnes of emissions each year which represents 54% of Saanich’s total emissions.

Following initial testing of the car by BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver, Saanich is now integrating the i-MiEV into its fleet of vehicles to assess the performance of the car under a range of conditions as part of a 3-year pilot project. Staff will provide feedback to Mitsubishi and also learn how the adoption of electric vehicles will impact the community. Saanich is currently developing an Electric Vehicles Strategy that will address these issues and also pull together experiences from other regions where electric vehicle policy has already been considered. The Municipality will also be providing information sessions and other engagement opportunities later this year for residents to learn the many benefits of the electric vehicle and to seek their input on how they will be integrated into the community.

For more information on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, visit http://www.mitsubishi-motors.ca/en/i-miev/

For more information on Saanich Energy and Climate Change initiatives, visit: http://www.saanich.ca/

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159 Companies Celebrated at Chamber Week #YYJ #business #commerce

159 Companies Celebrated at Chamber Week


Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce recognizes its 25 year members during Chamber Week. One hundred fifty nine (159) businesses in the region have been continuous members of the Greater Victoria Chamber.

The Greater Victoria Chamber is one of the largest and oldest chambers in the province. Established in 1863, the Victoria Chamber will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013.

“We are fortunate to a large group of long-standing members in the Chamber. It brings a richness of history to our organization,” says Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber.

The Chamber offers a number of services to members such as:

· A Business Education series focused on practical day-to-day tips for business operations
· A Business Leaders series, offering high profile guest speakers
· A Sustainable Futures series – understanding green business and opportunities
· Regular networking opportunities
· Mentorship and activities through the Prodigy Group, the chamber’s emerging professionals
· A health benefits package for small business
· Competitive credit card discount rates
· Advocacy on business issues, focusing on all levels of government


A list of the long-standing members can be accessed here: http://www.victoriachamber.ca/temp_pdf/Membership/25YrMembers.pdf


The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has approximately 1500 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Team BC Set For Great Finish To Games #TeamBC #skiing #slalom #skating #CanadaGames

TEAM BC SET FOR GREAT FINISH TO GAMES


Halifax, NS (February 24, 2011) -- Cross country skiier Alysson Marshall (Enderby) won her second Gold medal of the 2011 Canada Winter Games Thursday to go with the Silver medal she won on her first day of competition. She was joined on the podium for the 10km Classic Mass Start by Andrea Lee (Black Creek) who won the Bronze, her first of the Games.

Team BC currently stands in third place in the medal count at the Canada Games with 75, only one less than the total won at the previous Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, with three days of competition still to go.

Ski Martock continued to be a winning venue for Team BC as all three Para -Nordic athletes finished on the podium. Asquith (Lou) Gibson of Langley won his third Silver medal in as many events, this time in the 5k Sit-Ski Mass Start. In the 5k Standing Classic Mass Start Para Female race Mary Benson (South Surrey) won Silver and Bronze went to Courtney Knight (Burnaby) with guide Andrea Bundon (Vancouver).

Broderick Thompson (Whistler) clocked the fasted men's time in slalom and was able to pass the leader of the Super G race and claim the Gold medal. “I was upset with my Super G run. I made a mistake that cost me so I knew I had to go for it in Slalom," said Thompson. "I’m excited to be a Canada Games champion!"

Team BC's figure skaters ended the day, and the competition, with three medals. Madeline Edwards (Port Moody) and Zhaokai Pang won Gold in Novice Dance while Noa Bruser (Vancouver) and Timothy Lum (Burnaby) won Bronze. Mitchell Gordon (Vancouver) was the Bronze medalist in Novice Men.

Team BC's badminton team defeated Newfoundland and Labrador five matches to zero, followed by a victory over New Brunswick five matches to zero.

Team BC has brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, three National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.

The Canada Games is a national multi-sport Games competition that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth.


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Community and Environmental Groups Dismayed Over Oil Tanker Ban Situation #oil #tankers

Widespread dismay at “backwards” attempt by western Premiers to block coastal protection from oil spills

Campbell off-side with 80% of British Columbians in bid to support big oil in last days as Premier

Wilderness Tourism Association, Friends of Wild Salmon, Forest Ethics, West Coast Environmental Law Association, Dogwood Initiative, Living Oceans Society

VANCOUVER – An array of community and environmental groups, and business and fishing interests are expressing shock and disappointment with outgoing Premier Gordon Campbell’s decision to go against the wishes of the majority of British Columbians and side with the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan in asking the Prime Minister to defeat a bill that would permanently ban oil tankers through BC’s Pacific North Coast.

Introduced by Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray in December of last year, Bill C-606 would protect the abundant north coast of BC from catastrophic oil spills by banning the transportation of crude oil by tankers through the dangerous waters of the region. The bill followed a motion introduced by the federal NDP in December in which a majority of the House of Commons voted in favour of a tanker ban.

The attempt to scuttle a tanker ban by the three premiers is seen as compromising BC’s nature-based tourism industry, which brings $1.5 billion annually to BC’s economy and employs approximately 26,000 people, roughly half of whom work on the coast.

“Oil tankers could seriously jeopardize the future for nature-based tourism not only on the coast, but potentially throughout BC, because an oil spill would cause lasting damage to our coast and to BC's reputation,” said Evan Loveless of BC’s Wilderness Tourism Association. “We welcome the business certainty provided by this bill, and prefer legislation over review by a panel whose conclusions can be ignored. In the case of the panel for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal, it doesn’t even include a representative of British Columbia.”

Arnie Nagy, a member of BC’s United Fisherman and Allied Workers Union responded to the breaking news yesterday afternoon by saying “when I heard [Mr. Campbell] signed that [letter], I was furious,” Nagy went on to say that it was “absolutely a betrayal of the people of British Columbia.” Nagy said that the fishing industry employs 5-6,000 people, and is at risk from oil tankers proposed for waters that are notoriously difficult to navigate.“One little accident destroys this entire operation,” Nagy said.

Polls have consistently shown that between 75% and 80% of British Columbians support a ban on tankers on the North Coast, and the Union of BC Municipalities passed a motion last year in support.

“Mr Campbell has been forced out because he didn’t listen, and now he’s ignoring more than 80% of BC as he heads out the door,” said Jennifer Rice of Friends of Wild Salmon. “He's also ignoring the overwhelming voices of northern communities. The public has made it clear: he doesn’t represent British Columbia anymore. I wonder what his potential replacements think?”


Josh Paterson of West Coast Environmental Law added: “A legislative tanker ban is the best and most sensible way to ensure lasting protection of the north coast from the threat of oil spills. This is forward-looking legislation that will allow the continued growth of a sustainable coastal economy, fisheries and tourism that aren't compatible with tanker traffic and oil spills.”

“British Columbians have spoken loud and clear: we will not put our coast at risk and want a ban on tankers to protect coastal communities and the Great Bear Rainforest,” said Nikki Skuce of ForestEthics. “A majority of Canada’s MPs back us up on this issue. Premier Campbell’s position is so off-side with British Columbians that it could only come from someone not running for re-election.”

“Mr. Campbell is telling British Columbians to give away their power to decide what happens to our rivers and our coast, and put the fate of our communities in the hands of a body with zero BC representation,” said Eric Swanson of Dogwood Initiative. “We say forget it. The decision is for British Columbians to make, British Columbians have been clear, and it’s time for both our provincial and federal government to listen.”

More than 80 First Nations in BC have declared their staunch opposition to the proposal for tar sands pipelines and oil tankers in BC. The Coastal First Nations, on the north coast, and the Nations of the Fraser watershed have both declared bans on the transportation of tar sands oil through their lands and waters. A majority of the proposed Enbridge pipeline and tanker route is held by Nations that have imposed such bans.

The BC New Democrats have taken a position in support of a ban on tankers. Federally, the Liberal Party of Canada, the NDP, the Bloc Québécois and the Greens support a tanker ban, while the governing Conservatives voted against December’s tanker ban motion.


- courtesy of Dogwood Initiative



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Victoria Police Arrest Man for Arson at Royal Jubilee Hospital #VictoriaBC #arrest #arson

For Immediate Release File # 11-6471
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Victoria Police Arrest Man for
Arson at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Victoria BC – A 36 year old man is appearing in court today and is facing charges of arson – disregard for human life and failing to comply with probation order in relation to a fire at Royal Jubilee Hospital last Friday night.

Daniel Charles SUTHERLAND was arrested by VicPD Major Crime detectives on Tuesday and was held in custody while investigators gathered additional information.

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18, police and fire departments responded to a reported fire in the old emergency room of the hospital. The area was not being used by the hospital and was unoccupied.

Upon arrival emergency personnel found that an old stretcher bed had been lit on fire and the blaze spread within a 25-metre radius. Smoke damage was caused throughout the old emergency room and about 30 patients had to be evacuated from the neighbouring wards.

Mr. SUTHERLAND is known to police and has an extensive criminal record including previous convictions for arson.
 

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#VictoriaBC Transit Update - All Busses on Regular Routes #YYJtraffic #YYJsnow

Buses may run late because of road and weather conditions.


handyDART is providing regular service for medical and non-medical appointments.


All buses are on regular route.

R 39 - Royal Roads service re-opened

R 56/57 - Gourman/Goldie loop re-opened

R 54 - Lombard re-opened

R 83 - Re-opened

Customers are encouraged to stay updated by following us on Twitter, @bc_transit, visiting our website, http://www.bctransit.com/  or calling Transit Information, 250.382.6161.


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Woman’s Specialized Bike Recovered #VictoriaBC #YYJbike #recovered #VicPD

For Immediate Release File # 11-5989

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Woman’s Specialized Bike Recovered

Victoria BC – A woman’s specialized bicycle that was first reported stolen on February 15 has been recovered by the owner.

The 54 year old owner of the bike notified police yesterday that she had the bike back in her possession. The bike was returned to her anonymously through a friend.

The woman expressed her gratitude that the bike had been recovered.

Due to lack of evidence, police are not contemplating charges and would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.
 
 
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#YYJTransit Update - Busses May Run Late Due To Road Conditions #VictoriaBC #YYJbus

Buses may run late because of road & weather conditions.


handyDART is providing regular service for medical and non-medical appointments.

All buses are on regular route, with the following exceptions:

R 39 - Royal Roads service re-opened

R 56/57 - Gourman/Goldie loop re-opened

R 54 - Truck blocking Lombard, buses detouring via Taylor temporarily

R 83 - No service to Quail/Beaver area at this time


Customers are encouraged to stay updated by following us on Twitter, @bc_transit, visiting our website, http://www.bctransit.com/  or calling Transit Information, 250.382.6161.



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Team BC Continues March To The Podium #TeamBC #Canadagames #medals

TEAM BC CONTINUES MARCH TO THE PODIUM


Halifax, NS (February 23, 2011) -- Team BC's badminton team earned a full set of medals, the figure skaters had a six-medal haul and the men of judo won two gold medals. Those were just some of Wednesday's highlights with four days left to go at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and Team BC sitting in third place in the medal standings.

Adonis Wong (Vancouver) won Gold in the pre novice men's category in figure skating while Jessica Jiang (Richmond) and Nikolas Wamsteeker (Langley) were also at the top of the podium in the pre novice dance category. Jayda Jurome (Kelowna) won her Silver with a total combined score of 82.91 in pre novice women's while Haley Sales (Kelowna) was right behind her with a Bronze medal and a total score of 81.94.

Two of Team BC's Special Olympics skaters won a Silver medal each. Matthew Lai (Richmond) earned his medal in the Special Olympics Men's Level 2 while Allan Tsang (Vancouver) won his for Special Olympics Men's Level 3.

Brandon Jobb (Abbotsford) and Cohen Hocking (Delta) brought home Gold for Team BC in the Men's 81kg and 66kg Judo events respectively. Jobb defeated Jonah Burt of Ontario in the final scoring an Ippon while Hocking scored two Yuko to beat Andrew Yuen of Saskatchewan.

"It hasn't sunk in yet." Cohen said shortly after his win. "My goal was to be on the podium, and everything just kind of went well today. I feel that it's partly luck, but I've worked a lot in the last while."

The mixed doubles badminton team of Christin Tsai (Richmond) and Nathan Choi (Vancouver) played their way through three pairs of higher seeded players to win Gold in an upset. "We were pretty happy to make the semi-finals in the beginning so this is totally unexpected," said Tsai. "We were the underdogs so we were just trying to do our best," added Choi.

In women's singles, Phyllis Chan (Vancouver) had won all of her matches up to Wednesday's Gold medal match which she lost in two games to top seed Michelle Li from Ontario, leaving her with the Silver. Mixed doubles Gold medallist Tsai also medalled in the singles, winning in two games for the Bronze.

Against some stiff competition from Ontario, Kailee Darlington (Whistler) was able to proudly march to the Bronze medal podium in the Giant Slalom at Ski Wentworth. And back in Halifax, BC's table tennis teams won the Bronze in both the men's and the ladies team competition.

Team BC has brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, three National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.

The Canada Games is a national multi-sport Games competition that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth.



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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

BC Transit Update 12:47 #VictoriaBC #YYJ #YYJsnow

Buses are running late on most routes due to road & weather conditions.


handyDART is providing service for essential appointments only (cancer clinic and dialysis).


All buses are on regular route, with the following exceptions:

Rte. 3 – No service to Cres/Quimper

Rte. 4 - Hillside / Cedar Hill X Road delayed due to slippery conditions

Rte. 6 – No service to Emily Carr / Chatterton

Rte. 8 - Finlayson / Cook - delays due to slippery conditions

Rte. 11 - Unable to service Finnerty/Arbutus area or Uplands - Detour via: Cadboro Bay, Cedarhill X Rd. to Uvic. - reverse outbound

Rte. 13 - Cancelled

Rte.14 - Not servicing Cedarhill X Road


Detours:

Conventional (single-floor) buses: Richmond, Left - Cedarhill X Rd., Right - Shelbourne, McKenzie to Uvic. - reverse outbound

Double Deckers: Richmond, Lansdowne, Henderson to Uvic. - reverse inbound

Rte. 17 - Cancelled

Rte. 21 – Interurban @ Viaduct & Tech Park inaccessible; buses turning at Camosun College

Rte. 22 – Hastings or Holland Rd. closed / No service on Wilkinson between Burnside & Helmcken

Rte.24 - No service to Parklands loop, no service to Wilson/Old Esquimalt. Route will detour: Wilson, Left on Catherine, right on Esquimalt, right on Lampson to regular route

Rte. 26 – Back to regular route

Rte. 28 – No service on Ash Rd. - detouring via Kenmore to Shelbourne

Rte. 30 – No service on Carey Road, all buses on Glanford

Rte. 31 – Extreme icy conditions – Glanford closed between Vanalman and McKenzie

Detours:

Inbound: Glanford, Vanalman, Pat Bay Highway, McKenzie, Glanford to regular route

Outbound: Glanford, McKenzie, Pat Bay Highway to Quadra exit, to regular route

Rte. 32 – Back to regular route

Rte. 35 - Cancelled

Rte. 39 - No service to Royal Roads

Rte. 52 - Lagoon Rd inaccessible, No service on Cairndale Rd.

Rte. 53 – Cancelled

Rte. 54/55 - No service to Goldie/Gorman, Duke Rd. or Dukrill Rd.

Rte. 56/57 - No service to Goldie /Gourman

Rte. 59 - No service to Triangle Mountain, detouring on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway

Rte. 61 - Sooke Rd. at 17 Mile – Sooke Road outbound now alternating single lane traffic; service delays can be expected

Rte. 66 - No service down East Sooke Park

Rte. 83 - No service to Beaver/Quail

Customers are encouraged to stay updated by following us on Twitter @bc_transit, visiting our website http://www.bctransit.com/  or call Transit Information 250.382.6161.




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#VicPD Travel Advisory – Motorists Advised to Stay off Roads #YYJtraffic #YYJsnow #VictoriaBC

Travel Advisory – Motorists Advised to Stay off Roads


Victoria BC – Victoria Police are advising the public to stay off the roads and only drive if it is absolutely necessary.

Victoria Public Works crews have been busy plowing and salting roads since early this morning. However driving conditions throughout the Capital Region are poor.

VicPD vehicles are having difficulty on side streets and many hills are becoming impassable. If you are involved in a collision where there are no injuries, motorists are encouraged to exchange information and make their own arrangements for towing.

If you must drive, slow down and keep extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
 

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#VictoriaBC Transit Update 8:32 - Busses Late On All Routes #YYJtraffic #YYJsnow

Buses are running late on all routes due to road & weather conditions, all buses are on regular route, with the following exceptions *Updates since last in Red*:


Rte.3 – No service to Cres/Quimper


Rte.4 - Hillside / Cedarhil X Rd. delayed due to slippery conditions


Rte.6 – No service to Emily Carr / Chatterton


Rte.8 - Finlayson / Cook - delays due to slippery conditions


Rte.13 - Cancelled


Rte.17 - CancelledRte.R-21 – Interurban @ Viaduct & Tech Park inaccessible; buses turning at Camosun College


Rte.22 – No service to Hastings or Holland Rd.


Rte.26 - No service onLampson Hill - detouring via Esquimalt, Tyee, Craigflower, Admirals


Rte.28 – No service on Ash Rd. - detouring via Kenmore to Shelbourne


Rte.30 – No service on Carey Road, all buses on Glanford

R-32 Sayward/Cordova Bay inaccessible

Rte.35 - Cancelled


Rte.39 - No service to Royal Roads


R-52 Lagoon Rd inaccessible, No service on Cairndale Rd.


Rte.54/55 - No service to Goldie/Gorman


R-56/57 No service to Goldie /Gourman

R-59 no service to Triangle Mountain, detouring on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway

R-66 no service down East Sooke Park

R-83 no service to Beaver/Quail

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#VictoriaBC Transit Update: Services and Website Affected #BCtransit #YYJsnow #twitter

One update: HandyDART is providing MEDICAL service only.

Impacted service known since 6:45am:

R-21 – Interurban to Viaduct inaccessible; buses turning at Camosun College

R-56/57 - No access to Goldie /Gourman

R-32 - Sayward/Cordova Bay inaccessible

R-59 – Buses staying on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and staying off Triangle Mountain

R-66 – No service to East Sooke Park

R-52 - Lagoon Rd inaccessible

R-83 – No service on Beaver/Quail


Our website is down due to the volume of hits – we’ve been communicating via media, Twitter and Facebook to get the word out on service. Thank you for your help.


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Balkan Babes Part Of Opportunity for Local Youth Robotics Team #VictoriaBC #fundraiser #robotics

We are four local teens, Katherine, Ian, Devin and Kika. Our team, FIX IT, is part of the FIRST Tech Challenge competitive robotics league: we design, engineer and build working robots. We have been doing so well in competition this year that we have been selected to go to the World Festival championships in St. Louis Missouri at the end of April 2011!

In order to help us get there, the Balkan Babes (national award-winning vocal ensemble from Victoria) have agreed to do a special fundraising performance on March 6th 2011 at the Orange Hall, 1620 Fernwood Road, from 3 – 5 pm.

We will be holding a raffle and a concession at the event and are asking for donations from our communities. If your business is in a position to contribute an item or service to our raffle or to our refreshment table, we would be very grateful! Please contact us if you are able to help in any way.


Link to our team website: www.lego-stormers.com/FTC
(For additional information about FIRST, see http://www.usfirst.org/ )

Link to the Balkan Babes music samples: www.myspace.com/balkanbabes
(For additional information, see http://www.balkanbabes.ca/ )

Please include some of your business cards with your donation and we will be sure to list you as a sponsor!

Thanks in advance for your consideration,

The FIX IT Team



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#VictoriaBC City Crews Busy Clearing Roads with More Snow Expected #YYJsnow #ploughing #advisory

City Crews Busy Clearing Roads with More Snow Expected


Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

VICTORIA, BC — Victoria’s Public Works crews are out in force ploughing and salting City streets. Crews are focusing road clearing on emergency routes first, followed by main arterial routes, hills, bridge decks and access routes to hospitals, fire stations and police headquarters.

City crews are also busy clearing downtown transit stops and wheelchair ramps, as well as sidewalks fronting City properties, and applying ice melt.

Motorists are asked to stay off roads, wherever possible. Victoria residents and businesses are reminded they are responsible for clearing the sidewalks fronting their properties of snow and ice by 10 a.m. each day so that people can walk safely to where they need to go.

Using environmentally friendly ice melt products is highly recommended as rock salt is harmful to concrete sidewalks, pets’ paws and the environment. Please help those neighbours who are disabled or elderly with snow and ice removal.

Emergency vehicles are being outfitted with chains.

Roads need to be clear for crews to plough. Motorists whose vehicles are parked on-street are asked to move them to use off-street facilities.

For more information on how the City of Victoria prioritizes it snow and ice response, and the role and responsibilities of Victoria citizens, please visit: www.victoria.ca/snowclearing

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Traffic Advisory: Saanich Police advise Do Not Drive #YYJtraffic #YYJsnow #advisory #VictoriaBC

Traffic Advisory

As of February 23, 2011 at 0730 hrs, Saanich Police are issuing a traffic advisory due to the accumulation of snow on local roads. Police request the public do not drive unless it is absolutely imperative to do so. Saanich Police are currently dealing with several motor vehicle incidents and anticipate serious traffic congestion of the course of the day.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Alternating Single Lane Traffic: Feb 24-5 Cordova Bay Rd between Blenkinsop Rd and Cordova Bay #YYJtraffic #VictoriaBC

Single Lane Traffic


Starting on Thursday, February 24, 2011 through to Friday, February 25, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Cordova Bay Road between the intersections of Blenkinsop Road and Cordova Bay to Mount Douglas Park entrance. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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Harmonica World Champion Carlos Del Junco Launches Mongrel Mash #YYJmusic #YYJconcerts #tour

Harmonica World Champion Carlos Del Junco
Launches Mongrel Mash

March 2 – Capitol Theatre, Port Alberni
March 3 – Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River
March 4 – Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria
March 5 – Community Hall, Saturna Island, BC
March 6 – Hornby Community Hall, Hornby Island, BC
March 9 – Millennium Place, Whistler
March 10 – Crescent Beach Legion, Surrey
March 11 – St. James Hall, Vancouver
March 12 – Mary Irwin Theatre, Kelowna
March 13 – TBC, Nelson
March 16 – Lorenzo’s Café, Enderby
March 17-18 – The Empress Theatre, Fort McLeod
March 19 – The Bow Island Theatre, Bow Island AB
March 22 – Bud’s – Invermere
March 23 – Art Station, Fernie
March 24 – Bert Church Theatre, Airdrie
March 25 – Festival Place, Sherwood Park
March 26 – Nickelodeon Folk Club, Calgary

At first, world champion jazz/blues harmonica player Carlos Del Junco thought a live album would be a fitting follow-up to his Juno-nominated 2010 release Steady Movin’.

But, after growing frustrated with sound quality issues, the two-time Juno nominee decided instead to make a “live album in the studio,” capturing all the rawness, energy and diversity of Del Junco’s live show with the crystal clarity of a studio set.

The result is Mongrel Mash, a collection of the old, new, borrowed, and blue, showcasing Del Junco’s mad skills on harp and long-time collaborator Kevin Breit’s singularly quirky musical accompaniment – plus the rock-solid backing of the rest of the Blues Mogrels: Henry Heillig on bass, Jorn Andersen on drums and percussion and Denis Keldie on organ.

The album opens with a swampy, rockin’ Breit original called “The Crazy Bastard” and follows it up with Del Junco’s own “My Favourite Uncle,” an airy, summery-sounding blend of New Orleans and Hawaii.

From there, it moves through two more covers and three updated renditions of Del Junco audience favourites before closing with “Lil’ Laptop,” a new-millennium remake of “Rockit 88,” in which fast computers replace fast cars as the focus of macho one-upmanship.

Two Mark Sepic compositions from Del Junco’s 2001 album Up and at ‘Em get new treatments on Mongrel Mash. “Mariachi” goes from a middle-of-the-road Mexican piece to an edgy rockin’ Latin romp in which Del Junco truly makes the piece his own. “The Field,” on the other hand, slows down to become a moving melody with a long, atmospheric guitar lead-in courtesy of Breit.

Just like any great live set, the album is punctuated with rip-roaring extended solos and plenty of raw, impassioned playing.

Del Junco is one of only a handful of musicians in the world adept at using the overblow technique on diatonic harmonica. The extremely difficult technique, taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy, allows him to play chromatically on an instrument that is normally meant to be played in one key center – and it is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica. Del Junco’s sound ranges from sensitive and soulful Stan Getz-like riffs to raw, rockin’ and raunchy solos that prompted one reviewer to call him the Jimi Hendrix of the harmonica.

The Cuban-born, Toronto-raised Del Junco has been named Harmonica Player of the Year seven times in the Maple Blues Awards’ 14 year history. He’s earned the Best Blues title from Now magazine, and he’s received Jazz Report magazine’s Blues Musician of the Year Award. His albums Big Boy and Steady Movin’ were both nominated for Junos.

He began his solo career in 1993 after winning two gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championships in Germany – in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz. He has released a total of eight solo albums and has recorded with Bruce Cockburn, Kim Mitchell, Cassandra Vassick, Oliver Schroer, and Zappacosta. He has also worked with Dutch Mason, Hoc Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) and Holly Cole.

Del Junco tours regularly in Canada, the US, and Germany. He is launching Mongrel Mash with a tour of Western Canada starting March 2.



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Musical Comedy Trio The Arrogant Worms Marks 20th Anniversary #YYJconcerts #YYJmusic #tour

Musical Comedy Trio The Arrogant Worms Marks its 20th Anniversary


March 3 – West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
March 4 – Casino Moose Jaw
March 5 – Casino Regina
March 8 – Vic Juba Theatre, Lloydminster
March 9 – Forestburg Community Centre, Forestburg, AB
March 10 - Shell Theatre, Dow Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
March 11 – Maclab Centre, Leduc, AB
March 12 – Knox United Church, Calgary
March 13 – Keyano College Theatre, Fort McMurray, BC
March 14 – Clarke Theatre, Mission, BC
March 15 – Vanier Hall, Prince George, BC
March 17 – Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC
March 18 – Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay, BC
March 19 – Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
March 20 – Merritt Civic Centre, Merritt, BC
March 25 – Rene M. Cassie Theatre, Bracebridge, ON

They’ve sold well over 150,000 copies of their 13 independent releases. They’ve become one of the Canadian roots circuit’s most lucrative acts. They’ve performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, resulting in a nationally-televised concert special. They’ve played the Grand Canyon, the Grey Cup, the Disney Institute and Second City. They’ve had a number one song on America’s syndicated Dr. Demento radio program, and their music has been played on the space shuttle.

They are the Arrogant Worms, Canada’s favourite musical comedy trio. And like those underdog contestants on Survivor, they have outlasted, outplayed and quite literally outwitted hundreds of promising roots music upstarts to arrive at yet another milestone: Their 20th anniversary!

They’re celebrating with the release of their first ever best-of album, Highsight 20/20, a collection of 20 audience favourites. And they’re supporting the release with a tour of Western Canada that begins March 3rd in Winnipeg.

Hindsight 20/20 literally begins AND ends with the Worms’ show-stopping signature song, “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate,” a brawny tale of a displaced prairie farmer who becomes a pirate on the Saskatchewan River. Here, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra version is paired with a novel new dance remix of the song that’s sure to rock dance floors wherever comedy dance mixes are popular. Other favourites on the album include “Carrot Juice is Murder,” a mournful protest song about the killing of veggies, “Canada’s Really Big,” an alternate national anthem that asserts, “It’s not what you do with it / It’s the size that counts,” “Jesus’ Brother Bob,” the ultimate sibling rivalry song; and “Celine Dion,” a creepy ode to the Charlemagne chanteuse.

The Arrogant Worms first met as students at Queens University, where they were all participants in the Queens Players theatre troupe. At the time, Mike McCormick was pursuing a Masters degree in engineering, and Trevor Strong was working toward a BA in psychology. Their pursuit of respectable careers started to go sideways, however, when they were asked to perform sketches and songs on a late night Sunday night radio program on the campus radio station. A pair of humourous songs, including one about cross-border shopping, was later played on the CBC, and the positive reaction prompted the group to start performing live – at which point the comedy sketches were dropped from the routine and replaced by more silly songs. Original members John Whytock and Steve Wood both left the band in the early years -- overwhelmed as they were by severe cases of common sense – and were replaced by bass player and fellow Queens Players alumnus Chris Patterson.

Thus began a slow but steady ascent up the ranks of the performing arts scene that has utterly defied the sometimes-you’re-hot-sometimes-you’re-not trajectory of the average roots music career. While potential new Bob Dylans have risen and fallen from favour with alarming regularity, the Worms have continued to sell out several hundred seat theatres for more than a decade. They’ve also racked up an impressive list of more novel achievements: World champion figure skater Kurt Browning skated to their song “Christmas is Almost Here” on a nationally-televised holiday special. Astronaut Chris Hadfield played “Dangerous” on board the space shuttle Endeavor. “Baby Poo” was used in one of those pop-up novelty greeting cards. And the lyrics to “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” appear in the Grade 9 English text book Sight Lines 9.

The last couple of years have seen the Worms perform a second show with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, sell out a debut performance with the Calgary Philharmonic, and play to a series of packed houses from Victoria to Toronto. Their 20th anniversary tour is a brilliant opportunity for fans old and new to rediscover one of the most consistently hilarious acts on the Canadian music scene.



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Urban Arts Productions Returns to Maritime Museum of BC #museums #YYJart #VictoriaBC

Urban Arts Productions is back at the Maritime Museum of BC


The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to present Urban Arts Productions’ Marie Antoinette – The Colour of Flesh. Set in the Museum’s beautifully restored 19th century Courtroom, Victoria audiences will be enraptured with the dramatic love triangle during the turbulent years of the French Revolution. A beautiful, social-climbing portrait painter uses her affair with a Count to get a commission to paint the naive young Marie Antoinette. While she uses the Queen to further her career and the Count uses the Queen to further his political goals, both learn to love the woman they’re exploiting. Elisa tries to end the scandalous affair between the Queen and Alexis, both out of concern for the Queen’s political position and jealousy over Alexis’ love, until the Revolution shatters all three of their lives…

Marie Antoinette will be showing at the Maritime Museum of BC from February 24th to the 26th and March 3rd to the 5th. Tickets are available through Urban Art’s ticket hotline at 250-896-3956 or through email at tickets@urbanartproductions.com



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Dining Out For Life to Fight AIDS - March 24 #fundraising #AIDS #dining #cruise

On Thursday March 24th, thousands of islanders will fill their plates to fight AIDS. Over 65 generous restaurants from across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands will donate 25% of your food bill to AIDS Vancouver Island.




All diners will have the opportunity to win a free cruise for two courtesy of Expedia CruiseShipCenters (Vancouver Island) and Holland America Line. Stella Artois will donate $1 from every sale of their beer in Dining Out For Life participating restaurants on March 24th.

For a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/



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The Delicate Art of Photo Manipulation at The Maritime Museum of BC #photoshop #beginner #workshop

Have you ever wanted to create masterful works of art
 or simply touch up some family pictures?

Photo manipulation by Mike Routliffe



The Maritime Museum of BC is hosting a 3 hr Photoshop Beginner’s Workshop every Wednesday and Saturday from March 14th to the 26th. Taught by Photoshop extraordinaire, Mike Routliffe, this beginner’s course is the first step in becoming comfortable using the tools and tricks of Photoshop. Routliffe, a local designer, photographer and video artist, has been serving clients through his company Thornapple Productions for the past 8 years and has been teaching for nearly as long.

The course requirements are basic computer skills and a laptop with Photoshop installed. You will learn the many uses of Photoshop, a walk around of its tools and the art of manipulating an image to create your own visual work of art. As well, it includes a lesson and assignment.

This Photoshop Beginner’s Workshop runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on March 16th, 19th, 23rd and the 26th. Cost is $60.00 per person.

To register for any one of the four scheduled workshops, or for more information, please call 250-385-4222, ext. 113. Hurry! Space is limited!



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Camosun Chargers Volleyball Rookies Earn Top BCCAA Honors #Camosun #volleyball #honours #awards

Camosun volleyball rookies earn top BCCAA honors


The British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association just announced their 2010-2011 Volleyball Award winners – among them are three first-year Camosun College Chargers student-athletes: men’s volleyball rightside from Oslo, Norway Jon Joerstad and Team BC Alumni players - leftside Elizabeth Davis from Victoria (Glenlyon) and setter Suzanna Campbell from Penticton (Pen High).

As one of two international students on the Chargers men’s volleyball roster, Jon Joerstad arrived at Camosun exclusively a beach volleyball player. Despite starting the season with very little technical, tactical or practical knowledge of indoor volleyball, Jon quickly developed into a triple threat for the Chargers with strong serving, blocking and attacking. He ended the season ranked 13th in blocks, 10th in kills and 8th in total offensive stats – his impressive work ethic and performance earned Jon a spot on this year’s BCCAA Men’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team.

Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson said, “I couldn't be happier for Jon in being selected to the All-Rookie Team. It is the result of a lot of hard work, both in the gym and the weight room, and is well deserved. It is the coaches in the league that make these selections so this award is a testament to how they have had to revise their game plans as Jon has become a more confident and potent offensive and defensive threat.”

On the women’s side, Suzanna Campbell’s steady influence on the game earned the up and coming setter a well-deserved spot on the BCCAA Women’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team.

“Suzanna has led the Chargers offense this season, which would be no small task for a veteran let alone a rookie,” commented Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chris Dahl. “Our offensive patterning and pace are unique in the league and Suzanna continues to develop an understanding and high level of consistency in delivery. In true setter fashion, her abilities are best summed up by her ability to make provide opportunity for others. Suzanna has placed her hitters in amongst the league leaders statistically all season long.”

Collecting the lion’s share of awards for first-year athletes was Camosun’s Elizabeth Davis. Davis earned a BCCAA Second Team All-Star, was named to the BCCAA All-Rookie Team and won the coveted BCCAA Rookie of the Year award for women’s volleyball.

“Elizabeth has unbelievable talent and is committed to sharpening her skills,” remarked Coach Dahl. “She is a unique athlete who has only scratched the surface of her potential. Elizabeth has kept pace with the top outside hitters in the league this season with 136 total kills tracking at 3.16 kills per game which places her fifth amongst the league leaders and seventh in total offensive stats.”

“Suzanna and Elizabeth are part of a new Chargers Women's Volleyball program,” added Coach Dahl. “Their recognition from the BCCAA is well deserved and generates a lot of excitement as the program continues to move forward.”

Coach Dahl and the Chargers women’s volleyball team have one last practice at home tonight to make last-minute preparations before boarding the bus to Kelowna bound for the 2010-2011 BCCAA Provincial Championships in Kelowna hosted by UBC-Okanagan February 24-26.

The fifth-seeded Chargers will begin the tournament with a semi-final match against the fourth-seeded University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6pm.

Fans can catch the LIVE webcast on SportsCanadaTV … http://www.sportscanada.tv/



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Every Step Counts Marks 2nd Anniversary with TC 10K @Viccoolaid @Vicfoundation #yyj #marathon #tc10k

Every Step Counts Marks 2nd Anniversary with TC 10K


Victoria, BC – For over two years, Every Step Counts, a unique running program founded by the Victoria Foundation and hosted at the Victoria Cool Aid Society, has been helping people grow health, confidence and community participation. Established as an opportunity for individuals who have experienced challenges with addiction, mental health, poverty, homelessness and other social issues, the program provides an opportunity to connect and take part in physical exercise. Since 2008, 42 runners have also moved on to educational programs and employment.

On Tuesday, February 22, Every Step Counts is holding a private TC 10K Rally with participants and runners from the Victoria Foundation and Cool Aid. The event will serve to celebrate two years of the program’s success as well as kick-off the 75th Anniversary running team of the Victoria Foundation. Local VIPs coming out to support the Victoria Foundation - Every Step Counts TC 10K running teams include:

o Dr. Keith Martin, MP

o Jacqui Sanderson, TC 10K Race Director

Members of the public who would like to join the Victoria Foundation team and support Every Step Counts are invited to sign up online www.tc10k.ca/registration or call the Foundation at 250-381-5532.

Total individual runs have reached 5,000 by over 200 participants as Every Step Counts enters its third year. The program adds value to the runs through additional activities such as nutritious post-run snacks, nurse visits and monthly wellness talks.

This year the Victoria Foundation celebrates its 75th anniversary. Since 1936 the generosity and commitment of donors has enabled the Victoria Foundation to fulfill its vision of connecting people who care with causes that matter®. The connections that the Foundation has with the charitable sector make us the go to resource centre for community philanthropy and they allow us to respond to the needs in our community through leadership, stewardship and granting.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building hope, lives and community in the Capital Region for over 42 years, since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supported housing, emergency shelter, community health and dental services, employment services, mental health support and recreation and exercise programs for adults who are homeless or in need of help. For more information visit http://www.coolaid.org/ or call 250-383-1977.



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Alternating Single Lane Traffic: 5345 West Saanich Road Feb 23 #YYJtraffic #VictoriaBC

Single Lane Traffic


Starting on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on 5345 West Saanich Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs. Northbound lane will be obstructed.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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Alternating Single Lane Traffic: Cedar Hill Rd & Elnido Rd Feb 23 #YYJtraffic #VictoriaBC

Single Lane Traffic


Starting on Wednesday February 23, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Cedar Hill Road and Elnido Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Please contact the Waterworks Section at (250) 475-5481 for more information.

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Public Assistance Requested in Locating Woman’s Specialized Bicycle #VictoriaBC #Vicpd #stolenbike

File # 11-5989

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Public Assistance Requested in
Locating Woman’s Specialized Bicycle

Victoria BC – VicPD are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a woman’s specialized bicycle, which was stolen last week from outside of Our Place at 919 Pandora Avenue.



The bike is specialized to accommodate the 54 year old owner’s health issues, and was her primary mode of transportation. The bike is described as a red recumbent bike, similar to the one in the attached photo.

The bike was locked to a post on the sidewalk and stolen on Tuesday, February 15 at approximately 5 p.m.

A witness saw the suspect, who is described as a male between 20-30 years old. At the time of the theft he was wearing a gangster-style ball cap sideways with dark clothing.

If anyone has information concerning the bicycle theft, they are encouraged to contact VicPD’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.victoriacrimestoppers.com/.
 

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UVic Program Welcomes Dr. Sunera Thobani #UVIC #activists #feminist #justice #YYJ

UVic Program Welcomes Noted Feminist Scholar:
Dr. Sunera Thobani will address
race and struggles for social justice

February 15, 2011 – Victoria, Coast Salish Territories- The University of Victoria’s Social Justice Studies Program welcomes the public to attend the final offering of its 2011 “Conversations with Activists” Series. Dr. Sunera Thobani will present a free public talk on Tuesday, March 1.

Dr. Thobani is a noted feminist scholar and past president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada's largest feminist organization. The first woman of colour to serve in this position, Dr. Thobani's tenure was committed to making the politics of anti-racism central to the women's movement. In her community work she has written and spoken on many issues, including the impact of globalization on women's citizenship; Canadian immigration and social policy; new reproductive technologies; violence against women; and women and APEC. In 2001, she bravely spoke out against the hasty resort to war by the Bush administration in the wake of September 11, a position that brought controversy at the time, and has been vindicated by subsequent events.

The “Conversations with Activists” Series is an example of how the Social Justice Studies (SJS) Program at UVic reaches out to the activist community in Victoria. The interdisciplinary program provides critical perspectives on socio-political and ecological challenges and aims “to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and activists address and engage with issues surrounding social injustices and initiatives promoting social justice.” While SJS students will attend Dr. Thobani’s lecture, the series is also for other students, community members and concerned citizens.

All are welcome to attend this free event.



UVic Social Justice Studies “Conversations with Activists” Series Presents: Dr. Sunera Thobani

“States of Race and Struggles for Social Justice”

Tuesday, March 1, 7pm
UVic, Hickman Building, Room 105



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The Other Side of Witty’s Guided Walk #YYJparks #parks #walks #nature #free

The Other Side of Witty’s Guided Walk


Sunday, February 27, 1-3:30pm
The Other Side of Witty’s (Guided Walk)—8 years+
Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin)

Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for a look at Witty’s Lagoon from a different point of view. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at the nature centre off Metchosin Road.

This event is ideal for ages eight years and older and it’s free. No registration required. Please leave your pets at home. For more information call 250.478.3344 or visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks 



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BC Hydro’s $6 billion, 3-year regeneration plan #BChydro #upgrades #smartmeters

BC Hydro’s $6 billion, 3-year regeneration plan
meets growing power needs

$800-million Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse
upgrade to renew 80-year-old facility

Vancouver – With aging infrastructure in need of significant upgrades and B.C.’s demand for electricity projected to grow by 40 per cent in the next 20 years, BC Hydro today provided updated details about its $6 billion, three-year capital investment strategy aimed at meeting the public’s current and future demands for clean, reliable electricity.

Also part of its three-year plan, BC Hydro this week will submit one of its largest ever applications to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) for approval of an $800-million upgrade of the 80-year-old Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse. Located near Mission, B.C., the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse has not received significant upgrades or modifications since the last generator was added in the 1950s. It will also create approximately 1,050 person-years of employment during construction.

Over the next three years, BC Hydro will be in a regeneration phase, investing to renew and expand the province’s electricity system. While this phase will put upward pressure on rates, BC Hydro is committed to maintaining among the lowest rates for electricity in North America. These investments are required to improve and replace aging facilities that were built primarily between 1950 and 1980, ranging from upgrading dams and generating stations, to building entirely new transmission lines linking existing and new substations, and much more. BC Hydro will also continue its focus on important conservation strategies through projects like Smart Meters and Power Smart to help meet the Clean Energy Act target of meeting 66 per cent of new electricity demand through conservation and efficiency by 2020.

“The upgrades at Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse are just one example of the real need to keep our heritage assets working hard for British Columbians,” said Energy Minister Steve Thomson. “B.C. is growing and electricity is the backbone of that economic growth. We need to maintain our competitive advantage of having among the lowest rates in North America, while at the same time investing in our facilities to ensure British Columbians continue to enjoy safe, clean and reliable electricity for future generations to come.”

Highlights of BC Hydro’s three-year capital investments and conservation strategy, including videos, photos and backgrounders, have all been posted to bchydro.com/mediahttp://bchydro.com/media and include:


Ruskin Dam Upgrade

Mica Units 5 and 6

GMS Upgrade

John Hart Dam Upgrade

Revelstoke 5

Fort Nelson

System Maintenance

Vancouver City Central Transmission

Dawson Creek (Chetwynd Transmission)

Northwest Transmission Line

Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission

Smart Metering and Infrastructure

Columbia Valley Transmission Project

Power Smart (Demand Side Management)

“At BC Hydro, we are committed to our regeneration strategy – it is critical to our province and all of our customers. We also recognize the infrastructure upgrades will put upward pressure on rates which may be challenging for many people,” said BC Hydro President and CEO, Dave Cobb. “We will continue to make prudent decisions on behalf of our customers while also providing them with tools they can use to help manage their own energy use and minimize the impact on their monthly electricity bills.”

Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Project filed with the BCUC this week:


The Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse were built in 1930 and are located in Mission, B.C. After 80 years of service, this project is required to upgrade the facility to modern safety and seismic criteria and replace the powerhouse equipment which is in poor condition. Construction is scheduled from 2012 to 2018 and includes replacing the spillway gates and dam bridge, rehabilitating the powerhouse structure and installing new turbines, generators and ancillary equipment.


About BC Hydro:

British Columbia is growing, and so is the need for electricity. BC Hydro is dedicated to fulfilling its goal of meeting 66 per cent of the province’s future electricity needs through conservation by 2020. But in order to meet the remaining 34 per cent of this increased demand and continue to ensure a clean, reliable supply of energy, BC Hydro is investing now in the projects that are needed to keep the lights on in our province for the next 50 years.



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BC Hydro to highlight three-year regeneration plan details #BChydro #strategy #smartmeters

BC Hydro to highlight three-year regeneration plan details


Vancouver – BC Hydro is entering a regeneration phase, investing $6 billion in the next three years to upgrade and renew the province’s aging electricity system. Find out more details about BC Hydro’s capital investment strategy designed to meet British Columbians’ current and future demands for clean, reliable electricity. Learn more about how the capital investment program fits into BC Hydro’s plans to continue to focus on important conservation strategies through projects like Smart Meters and Power Smart to help meet 66 per cent of new electricity demand through conservation and efficiency by 2020.

• News release, backgrounders, video, photos and animations that outline the three-year capital investment plan will be distributed and posted to http://www.bchydro.com/ at 9 a.m. on Tuesday February 22.

NOTE: As this is a construction site, appropriate footwear should be worn.



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"Ethnobotany of the Peninsula" with John-Bradley Williams #virtual #Saanich #Ahousat #Uvic

The Native Plant Study Group presents
"Ethnobotany of the Peninsula"
with John-Bradley Williams

Join John-Bradley on a virtual walk around the Saanich Peninsula and hear about the customs and lore of the Saanich and Ahousat people. As an ethnobotanist John-Bradley will introduce us to the native plants that were traditional food sources, as well as their methods of preparation.

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

Non-member drop-in fee: $3. More info: http://www.npsg.ca/



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4600 Block Cordova Bay Road Structure Fire #Saanich #fire

Structure Fire


Date Released: 2011-02-21 Time: 2300 hrs
Issuing Officer: Captain Len Pratt
Narrative: (verbatim as released)

The Saanich Fire Department responded to the 4600 Block Cordova Bay Road this date for a structure fire. Three engine companies, one ladder truck, one rescue truck, one tender truck and a command vehicle operating with 17 fire fighters and officers attended the fire scene.

Upon arrival, there were flames showing from the roof area, with fire in the attic. There were two occupants in the residence on our arrival. We had BC Ambulance attend the fire scene to check the occupants for possible smoke inhalation.

Preliminary estimate of damage to the structure is $150,000.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is under investigation by the Saanich Fire Department.



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Week 2 - BC Athletes Continue Momentum #Canadagames #medals #sports

WEEK TWO TEAM BC ATHLETES CONTINUE MOMENTUM

Halifax, NS (February 21, 2011) -- On the first full day of competition in Week Two of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Team BC added more medals to their total, continuing the momentum set last week.

The Para Alpine team started off Alpine's five days of races with some very positive results at Ski Wentworth. Leading the way in good racing conditions was Caleb Brousseau (Whistler) who won the Bronze medal after two very consistent runs. Following close behind was Braydon Luscombe (Duncan) in 4th place and Benn Whitwell (Manning Park) in 5th place. Rounding out the team was Jeffrey Thompson (North Vancouver) in a respectable 7th place.

At Ski Martock the three Para-Nordic athletes had very quick 2.5km interval races which netted two Silver medals for BC. Lou Gibson (Langley) earned one of the Silvers in the men's sit-ski race while Courtney Knight (Burnaby) and her guide, Andrea Bundon (Vancouver), were fast enough to capture a Silver medal in the 2.5km Women's Interval - Standing category. Mary Benson (South Surrey) also had a great race, finishing 5th.

Alysson Marshall (Enderby) had a great ski in the Women's Interval 7.5k race.and captured another Silver medal for Team BC.

Table tennis got started with both the men's and women's teams advancing through the preliminaries but losing in the semi-finals in team play. They will both play for the Bronze medal tomorrow.

In preliminary round action at the Canada Games Center Team BC Badminton athletes had a number of wins, lining up some key quarter-final matches for Tuesday.

The men's curling team began their competition with an 8-4 loss to Ontario. Both teams played a close match until Ontario broke out with four in the 5th end. Team BC showed resilience as they fought back but skip Daniel Wenzek (Victoria), third Nolan Reid (Duncan), second Maxim Langlais (North Vancouver), and lead Calvin Heels (Victoria) were unable to pull off the comeback.

Team BC's athletes arrived in Halifax Saturday to compete in the 12 sports that make up the Week Two schedule which runs through to Sunday.

Team BC has brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, three National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.

The Canada Games is a national multi-sport Games competition that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth.



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Canadian Boat to Gaza - Fund Raiser Dinner followed by speaker #fundraiser #Cuba #Palestine

Tickets now available.


Canadian Boat to Gaza - Fund Raiser Dinner followed by speaker

Ramzy Baroud "People Power: What the World Can Learn from the Palestinians".

Saturday March 5
5.00 pm

St. Luke's Church Hall (3821 Cedar Hill XRd & Cedar Hill)
$20 ($15 unwaged)

There is a limited number so advance purchase is necessary.
Contact Erica Dodd at 250-721-2303

Sponsored by CAIA Victoria and Victoria Friends of Cuba



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Monday, February 21, 2011

‘GOOD SOUP FOR GOOD FOOD’ Food Box Fundraiser starts March 6 #Camosun #fundraiser #nonprofit #VictoriaBC

‘GOOD SOUP FOR GOOD FOOD’

Chefs and local food allies come together to support
Good Food Box program

A March fundraising drive for the popular Good Food Box prograsm launches on Sunday March 6 with a ‘Good Soup for Good Food’ event at the Rootcellar Green Grocer at 1286 McKenzie at Blenkinsop. The talented Chefs of Camosun’s Culinary Arts program are donating their expertise to create delicious gourmet soups to be sold for only $5 a large bowl between 11am and 2pm at the Rootcellar. The event is co-hosted by the Get Fresh Guide, connecting eaters with growers, producers, suppliers and supporters of local foods. The Rootcellar is donating produce for the soups. Guests can enjoy their soup at the event or take it home, talk to chefs, pick up recipe cards for the soups, and purchase local produce.

The Good Food Box is a CRD wide non-profit alternative distribution system that facilitates affordable access for all to sustainably produced local, regional, and high-quality produce. The program is administered by the Capital Region Good Food Society, an incorporated non-profit. The Camosun chefs of the College Culinary Arts program led by chair Gilbert Noussitou are internationally experienced chefs of exceptional skill and have donated their talents to support the good food box program. The ‘Good Soup for Good Food’ event is the perfect marriage of food access and food skills: both of which are key to local food security.

“The Good Food Box program serves hundreds of families and individuals in the CRD from Port Renfrew to James Bay,” explains Executive Director Sushil Saini, “our mandate is food access that values social and ecological justice.” By operating as a non-profit, the program provides clients with access to local, regional, and high quality organic food for about 50% less than chain grocery stores. The Good Food Society took over running the 12 year old program last year and is transitioning the good food box into a self-sustaining community service. “Good Food Box is a unique and exceptional food security initiative – operating as a non-profit we support local food production and ensure that those who would not normally be able to access high quality produce like local and organic get just that,” explains Saini, “good food is a human right not a privilege.”

“This is one of those great ideas that actually work – it’s no wonder we have garnered so much support from groups who care about food security,” says Saini

$10,000 is the fundraising goal of the Society over the month of March. Other fundraising initiatives include a letter campaign and a social media fundraising drive.

WHAT: Good Soup for Good Food event
WHEN: Sunday March 6th 11am – 2pm
WHERE: Rootcellar Green Grocer 1286 McKenzie Avenue at Blenkinsop.

For more information please contact:

Sushil Saini, Executive Director, Capital Region Good Food Society
Contact info: 250-893-7635 or goodfoodbox@shaw.ca

Gilbert Noussitou, Chair, Culinary Arts Camosun College
Contact info: 250-370-3378 or 250-370-3859 or noussito@camosun.bc.ca


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