Thursday, March 31, 2011

#Benefit #Concert presented by #Glenora #Farm #Cowichan

GLENORA FARM is proud to present a Concert-Benefit event ‘’BELLS OF EASTER’’

Featuring our AWARD WINNING Glenora Farm Hand Bell Ensemble, Sunday April 17th at 3:00 pm at Duncan United church on Ingram St. Also performing;


Tickets: Adults $12, Family $20, available at Ten Old Books, Gallowglass Books, Volume One Bookstore, Glenora Store & Café AND at the door. Come and join us to this well worth unique experience. For more info contact Annette 250-701-0687 of Pierre 250-715-1664. Hope to see you all there.

#VicPD Launches #Interactive #Crime #Reports #Software #YYJ #Crimereports

March 31, 2011

Victoria Police Launch Interactive CrimeReports Software
Allowing Citizens Access to Crime Data

Victoria BC – The general public can now view timely crime data for their neighbourhood after VicPD launched their new CrimeReports software today. VicPD is the first agency in BC and one of only six in Canada to make this crime prevention tool available to the public.

“The Victoria Police Department prides itself on being open and sharing information, and engaging the community in issues of mutual interest. The ability to provide reliable, timely information to our citizens about crime occurring in their neighbourhood is another way of doing that,” stated Chief Jamie Graham.

“Partnering with CrimeReports allows us to keep the public informed as to what is going on in their community. The new service even lets local citizens sign up for free customizable email alerts, so they can stay on top of crime in their neighbourhood. Information is power and we hope that giving the community this information will help them prevent crime in their neighbourhoods,” he added.

“The Victoria Police Department is a leader in law enforcement innovation,” says Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “They are demonstrating their commitment to the community, to proactive policing, and fiscal responsibility.” The web-based CrimeReports service is designed to be affordable for agencies of all sizes.

Over a thousand law enforcement agencies in North America use CrimeReports software to understand crime trends and share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public by plotting crime data on a Google-based mapping system.

The public can access their local crime map and sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly email crime alerts at or

#Johnson St. #Bridge #Rail #Closure #Recommended - #YYJ #train #structural #repairs

Report Recommends Bridge Close to Rail Unless Repaired

Thursday, March 31, 2011

VICTORIA, BC – After completing a structural inspection of the Johnson Street Bridge the Engineer of Record from Stantec Consulting Ltd. found deterioration in key vertical steel support columns on the rail bridge and has recommended that the City close the rail bridge to rail traffic unless repairs are completed.

Roughly four weeks of repairs are required to safely allow the train to cross the bridge due to its weight. The bridge may remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Council will review the repair options at the April 7 Governance and Priorities Committee meeting.

City staff will meet with the Island Corridor Foundation to find a temporary stop in Victoria West for the train.

The train is not currently crossing the bridge as Southern Railway of Vancouver Island is conducting improvements to the track.

The rail bridge is scheduled to be removed in early 2012 to allow the construction of the replacement Johnson Street Bridge.

The road bridge requires some minor repairs which will begin with a two hour road bridge closure on Sunday, April 3, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and be completed within the following week. Sunday’s two hour closure should be the only disruption to the public due to the road bridge repairs.

The last structural inspection was conducted in 2008 as part of the Johnson Street Bridge condition assessment. Weekly visual inspections of the bridge are conducted by City staff and maintenance is conducted as required. The condition of the bridge has been monitored closely for many years to ensure the bridge remains safe.

The condition assessment of the now 87 year old bridge noted numerous structural, mechanical, electrical and seismic deficiencies. It indicated that a substantial investment would be required in the bridge by 2012 to avoid further deterioration, increasing operational costs and possible closure.

2011 Victoria #Book #Prizes #Call for #Entries #YYJ

Call for Entries 2011 Victoria Book Prizes

Thursday, March 31, 2011

VICTORIA, BC – The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the 8th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the 4th annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize honours a member of the local literary community with a $5,000 prize for the best book published for adult readership in the categories of poetry, literary non-fiction, and fiction. The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize honours a member of the children’s books literary community and presents $5,000 to the author/illustrator of the best book published for youth. The awards will be presented Wednesday October 12th at the Union Club of British Columbia.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to honour and showcase the literary achievements of local, talented authors with this annual award, “said Mayor Dean Fortin.

Victoria Book Prize Society President Lorna MacDonald echoes Mayor Fortin,”We look forward to celebrating our local writers and illustrators at the October 12th gala. Victoria is fortunate to have so many talented authors as well as the audience to appreciate them.”

Guidelines and submission forms are available at  Books must have been published between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011 to be considered this year. Submissions can be made to the Victoria Book Prize Society, c/o Target Storage Ltd., #15, 747 Princess Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1K5 between April 1 and May 31, 2011.

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community will be appointed by the Victoria Book Prize Society to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary or illustrative merit.

Last year’s City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winner was Children of the Klondike (Whitecap Books) by Frances Backhouse and Counting on Hope (Sono Nis Press) by Sylvia Olsen won the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

Fraser Institute: BC #aboriginal #students falling well below average

Fraser Institute news release:
BC aboriginal students falling well below average in academics, with little improvement in past five years

VANCOUVER, BC--Aboriginal students in British Columbia continue to trail their non-aboriginal classmates in all subject areas, with no significant improvement over the past five years, according to a new report released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

The Report Card on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia 2011 ( view complete publication: ) shows that aboriginal students are, on average, about twice as likely as non-aboriginals to receive a failing grade on a provincial exam, or not graduate on time.

"There is a considerable and persistent gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal students in terms of academics," said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies and co-author of the report card.

"What's most disturbing is that aboriginal test scores haven't improved over the past several years. What's being done to help aboriginal students catch up to their classmates? Whatever it is, it's clearly not working and a new approach is required."

The Report Card on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia 2011 ranks 52 BC elementary and 63 secondary schools based on six key indicators of aboriginal student performance, including average exam results in multiple subject areas and transition and graduation rates, derived from data provided by the BC Ministry of Education.

"The report card is much more than a 'snapshot' of school performance in a single year. Where data are available, it shows school results for the past five years, indicating whether a school has improved or declined in terms of the education of its aboriginal students over time. Call it a 'motion picture' that everybody needs to see," Cowley said.

One purpose of the report card is to put the spotlight on schools that have improved, and encourage them to share their recipe for success. Peter Skene Ogden Secondary of 100 Mile House, for example, has enjoyed a significant improvement in aboriginal academic results, climbing to an overall rating of 6.9 in 2009 from 3.0 in 2005, while Bayview Elementary of Nanaimo improved its overall rating to 5.4 from 2.8 over the same period.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, three schools which ranked among the bottom 10 in 2004--George M. Dawson Secondary of Masset, John Barsby Community School of Nanaimo, and Nisga'a Elementary/Secondary School of New Aiyansh--remain in the bottom 10 this year.

"If Peter Skene Ogden Secondary and Bayview Elementary can help their aboriginal students do better, then the same is possible for other schools across British Columbia," Cowley said.

"Every school is responsible for ensuring that its students acquire the skills and knowledge they need, without falling behind. The Fraser Institute's report card is the only source for critical, contextual information about the performance of aboriginal students year to year--and the results make it clear that BC's current approach to aboriginal education is disastrous."

#Environmental #Film #Festival coming to Royal BC Museum #YYJ #planetinfocus

Listen to Win Tickets!
April 12-15 7-9:00 AM

Award Winning Environmental Film Festival
at the Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum, a member of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC), presents a diverse selection of award-winning films on April 15, 16 and 17, 2011 from the internationally-acclaimed Planet in Focus Film Festival.

The film series, produced by Planet in Focus, is part of a national tour to be featured at museums from St. John’s to Whitehorse in partnership with the ANHMC. Topics covered in these informative documentaries include the coming crisis in drinking water, the dire and widespread ramifications of mass bee “hive collapse,” innovative projects by Indigenous groups to save habitats and global warming effects reaching as high as the Himalayas.

"These must-see films are being shared with Canadians at six museums across the country during Earth Month," says Anne Chafe, President of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. "This national and timely programme offers an ideal opportunity to engage individuals in pressing environmental issues and hopefully inspire them to take some action for the betterment of our planet."

“Our tour program is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians across the country to see some of the most acclaimed contemporary environmental films,” says Executive Director of Planet in Focus Sarah Margolius. “Where better to watch and appreciate fascinating environmental stories than in our very own natural history museums? We thank our partners for their support and dedication to delivering innovative programming.”

This Best of Planet in Focus cross-Canada Environmental Film Festival tour features films that will not only educate and enlighten, but intrigue you and expand your appreciation of the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Pricing and a full schedule for the film festival is available at The following films will be showcased at the Royal BC Museum as part of The Best of Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival Tour:

Water on the Table

Director: Liz Marshall

Canada / 2010 / 79 min / Documentary

Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2010 Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival. Nicknamed the international “Water Warrior,” Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians and former Senior Advisor on Water at the United Nations General Assembly, cares about the environment. She won’t back down from a fight with corporations who threaten the access to clean and free water. Water sustains life, but in many countries water has also become a commodity. Barlow wants to put a stop to considering water a profit-generating good and have it declared a human right. Marshall takes us on the road with Barlow as she works to preserve Canada’s freshwater systems. We travel with them to Canadian and international speaking engagements and get to watch as they crash political meetings. Marshall’s character-driven social commentary is a visually stunning meditation on the beauty and all-encompassing need for clean water.

Queen of the Sun: What the bees are telling us?

Taggart Siegel

USA/ 2010/ 82 min/ Documentary

A poetic and passionate homage to bees and beekeepers, Queen of the Sun is both soulful and scientific. The documentary follows passionate beekeepers and philosophers around the world as they grapple with colony collapse disorder, the crisis of the world’s bees’ sudden disappearance from their hives, pointing their collective finger at culprits like artificial insemination, pesticides, and monoculture farming. With daunting statistics, intimate conversations and luminous shots, Siegel issues a wake-up call to audiences while honouring these ancient, sacred insects. At once uplifting and alarming, Queen of the Sun explores the problems and solutions we face as we strive to coexist with nature in meaningful and beneficial ways.

The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy

Director: Carl-A. Fechner

Germany / 2010 / 86min / Documentary

German and English, with English subtitles

After the “agrarian revolution,” the “industrial revolution” and the “digital revolution,”energy autonomy will be the fourth revolution, shifting power relations by democratizing power generation. Such is the persuasive argument of The 4th Revolution. Examining proponents and opponents of getting off the fossil and nuclear powered grid, the film highlights how changing to renewable sources is not only necessary but also possible. With discussions and examples from Mali to Denmark, the film moves the energy debate beyond CO2 emissions, and calls for the borderless democratization of energy generation. The energy turn is not a technological issue, but an ideological one based on power relations and ownership structures: whoever owns the power, controls the power.

We live by the River

Director: Karin Williams

USA / Canada / 2010 / 52 min / Documentary

Shot over a period spanning 1997 to 2009, We Live By the River tells the awe-inspiring story of the Inter-Tribal Watershed Council—an amalgamation of all the indigenous nations and communities of the Yukon River across national borders—who combine forces to heal the river. Working with traditional and modern ecological sciences and grassroots communities, the ITWC proves their effectiveness against the ravages of military, municipal and mining waste. Signing one of the largest treaties between sovereign nations, and creating peaceful, respectful relationships with no interest in proprietorship, but rather in stewardship and caretaking, the communities of the Yukon River set an inspiring example for global ecosystem protection.

Himalaya Alert

Director: Mark Verkerk

The Netherlands / 2009 / 60 min / Documentary

English and Dutch with English subtitles

This gripping adventure film follows acclaimed climate journalist Bernice Notenboom’s grueling trip to the Everest summit, as she reports on the effects of rising water levels in the largest glacial range outside the polar regions. Speaking with local communities and climate professionals along the journey, Notenboom gathers alarming personal accounts of the changes already experienced in this region. A testament to Notenboom’s unflinching commitment to environmental education, Himalaya Alert documents the lengths to which she will go to inform and galvanize the world’s youth to mobilize on these issues.

Home for Hawksbill

Director: Jordan Plotsky

USA / 2010 / 29 min / Documentary

English and Pijin with English subtitles

The Hawksbill turtles have lived in the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Solomon Islands from the time of the dinosaurs. After overfishing the Hawksbills to the brink of extinction, three unique, separate neighbouring nations that were previously antagonistic come together to protect the islands and save the turtles from a tragic fate.

Belly Up: Salmon in Peril

Director: Andrew Deiters

Canada / 2009 / 21 min / Documentary

The First Nations people on the west coast of Canada have relied on salmon for income, sustenance and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years. Logging and salmon farming are threatening the wild salmon population and the coastal ecosystem. Belly Up reflects on the possibility of salmon extinction and what that means in terms of the environment and the food at our dinner table.

Héen Taak

Director: Nathalie Lasselin

Canada / USA / 51 min / Documentary

''A single drop on a calm sea reaches the furthest shore.'' Héen Tàak (bottom of the water in the Tlingit language) explores the wilderness of the inside passage in Alaska. A voyage from the tip of the glacier to the bottom of the ocean with the men and women who are part of the ocean landscape. The wilderness offers unique and surprising wonders, above and under water, revealing a host of fascinating species.

About the Royal BC Museum

As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia – on‐site, off‐site and online – through its research, collections, exhibitions and educational programs. Its two‐hectare cultural precinct also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.

For more information about the Royal BC Museum, visit or call 1‐888‐447‐7977.

About Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada

The Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) was created in 2002 from a common desire of Canada’s key natural history museums to establish a network for the exchange of information on issues dealing with collections, research and education. They shared a concern for the image and perception of natural history museums and increased competition for public and private funding as well as a desire to enhance cooperation among their institutions. Incorporated in 2003, the network’s primary objective is to enhance visibility, recognition and benefit of natural history museums under the shared goal of connecting people with nature.

About Planet In Focus

Planet in Focus is Canada’s leading environmental media arts organization. Planet in Focus produces the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; brings environmental films to communities and schools across the country and around the world through our Touring Programs; houses the largest archive of environmental film works in North America with 3,500-plus titles from more than 80 countries around the world and presented in all genres; teaches youth how to tell stories about the environment using the latest video production and storytelling tools in the Youth, Camera, Action! program; and spearheads a pan-industry program, Planet in Focus Green Screen, to reduce the environmental footprint of the film and television industry. Find out more at

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

#Camosun #College #Nursing #Students #Fundraising for #Japan #Relief with #Text #Campaign

"You're no fool to txt in school"

Due to the devastation in Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, Camosun College first year nursing students are promoting a MASS TEXT fundraiser.

On Friday, April 1st at 1:00 pm Text ASIA to 30333 to make a one time donation of $5 to the Canadian Red Cross for Japan.

More Information at:

New Water Wall #Mural #Celebration at Crystal Pool March 31 #YYJ #art

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

VICTORIA, BC — The media and the public are invited to attend a gathering tomorrow to celebrate the completion of the Water Wall, a vibrant, new 28-panel mural at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.

The artwork is a community art project developed in partnership between the City of Victoria and the Vancouver Island School of Art.

Acting Mayor Charlayne Thornton-Joe will be joined by Art School Executive Director Wendy Welch, and Celine Berry, one of 17 adult students who participated in the mural project, for the unveiling of a celebratory
 plaque. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the mural, meet the artists and watch a synchronized swimming performance by the visiting Edmonton Auroras, a high performance team that is holding its Spring Training Camp at Crystal Pool this week.

What: Crystal Pool Mural Celebration and Synchronized Swimming Gala
When: Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Where: Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre, 2275 Quadra Street, Pool Deck

Approximately 2.5 metres wide and 30.5 metres long, the Water Wall features abstract and representational water patterns and designs that work together as a whole to complement Crystal Pool. Each panel has been carefully prepared to prevent water, moisture or chlorine from damaging the artwork.

Last fall, the City approached the Vancouver Island School of Art to see if their students could create a new mural for the pool. Wendy Welch invited her students to submit designs featuring blue “water" themes.

The 115 designs submitted by 42 student artists were shortlisted to 28 murals by 17 artists, with some artists creating more than one panel.

The previous mural, painted by Victoria High School students, was close to 20 years old and showing its age. Decommissioned in February, pieces of the mural are being reused by the City’s Art Street program which teaches youth ages 11 to 14 the difference between street art and graffiti.

The Vancouver Island School of Art is an accredited, private post-secondary contemporary art school, established in 2004. The philosophy of the school is to offer art education to adults with and without art experience. For more information, visit:

#Public #Education #Forum on #Student #Debt and #PostSecondary #Funding #YYJ #BCpoli #Camosun #Uvic

What would you do if you could change policy on public education? Here's your chance!

Public Education Forum. Free food, great ideas.

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Date: Saturday April 2nd

Place: Michele Pujol Room @ UVIC student union building

Bus routes that get to uvic: 4, 7, 11, 14, 15x, 16x, 26, 39, 51, 80

The Camsoun College Student Society and the UVic Student Society have been working with faculty and teacher associations across Victoria in a coalition called United for Public Education. This broad based coalition has one goal: Increase funding for public education from Preschool to PhD. More information about the coalition can be found here:

The purpose of the forum is to learn about the FACTS on the state of public education then ask a panel of LOCAL experts questions to learn more. Once this is done, the group will utilize a "world cafe" format to discuss what public education looks like to them. Once the event is over, these ideas will be put together by the moderators to draft a public policy which will be available to the community. This is our way of saying to the government that we have come together, pooled our ideas, discussed the options and here's what our version of public education looks like.

Any questions? Please contact:


Our Place to host #Easter Dinner #YYJ

March 29, 2011

Our Place Society will be hosting an Easter Dinner for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens.

What: Our Place Society is preparing a special Easter meal for the poor, homeless and disadvantaged in our region.

When: Tuesday April 19, 2011 beginning at 12:00pm

Where: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Avenue

About the Event

Our Place Society along with 40 volunteers will celebrate Easter by serving a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings to over 1,000 people.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

#Full #Road #Closure Cedar Hill Road between Elnido Cr & Cedarglen Rd Mar 30-Apr4 #YYJ #traffic

Road Closure

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 through to Monday,

April 4, 2011 there will be a full road closure on Cedar Hill Road between Elnido Crescent and Cedarglen Road. 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.

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

Dangerous Impaired Driver stopped in Brentwood Bay by #SaanichPD and #RCMP #YYJ #impaireddriving

March 29, 2011

Dangerous Impaired Driver

File No. 11-6546

Yesterday around 6pm, a vehicle was reported to be driving erratically on Interurban road.

Witnesses reported seeing a red 1994 Ford Explorer crossing the centre line on Interurban road travelling north bound. The Explorer was seen to nearly strike a vehicle travelling the other way head on. It then forced numerous vehicles to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Traffic Safety Unit officers were dispatched and the vehicle was not stopped until it had reached the Brentwood Bay area. The driver was stopped near his residence with the assistance of the Sidney RCMP and Central Saanich Police Service.

When stopped the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol impairment. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and breath samples revealed double the legal limit.

The driver is a 51 year old resident of Central Saanich with a history of two prior impaired driving convictions. The driver had been suspended previously for three years by the Superintendant of Motor Vehicles and has not had a driver license since 2006.

Traffic Safety Unit investigators are seeking witnesses in the wake of this incident.

Several vehicles driving in the opposite direction were forced to take evasive action.

If you were in one of those vehicles please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and ask to speak to Constable Jon Cawsey of the Traffic Safety Unit.

Video Store Robbed in Royal Oak #YYJ #VicPD #crimestoppers

March 29, 2011
Video Store Robbed in Royal Oak

File No. 11-6539

Around 5pm yesterday afternoon an armed robbery was reported at the Xanavision Video store in Royal Oak Plaza. The lone male suspect entered the store and pretended to shop for a few minutes. After selecting DVD he approached the counter and produced a large hunting style knife and demanded cash from the till.

The male then fled on foot from the area. Patrol officers and a Police Service Dog responded to the scene. A cordon was established and the dog was deployed. Unfortunately the suspect was nowhere to be found.

The suspect is described as:

- white male, 6’0”- 6’2” in height
- medium build, approximately 200lb
- darker skin or tan, stubble
- wearing a blue sweat-shirt and blue sweat pants

Saanich Police Detectives and Forensic Investigators responded to the scene to conduct a forensic examination and to conduct interviews.

The investigation continues and Detectives request that anybody with information about this crime are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police Detectives. If you know something and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Victoria Crimestoppers.

#Public #Assistance Requested in Oak Bay #Theft and #Damage #YYJ #VicPD #Crimestoppers

For Immediate Release File # 11-10660
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Public Assistance Requested
Suspects Steal Cash and Cause
Significant Damage to Oak Bay Business

Victoria BC – VicPD Major Crime detectives are investigating after a pair of thieves made off with cash and also caused nearly $70,000 worth of damage to Henry’s Tailors located at 1834 Oak Bay Avenue during a robbery on Friday night.

Just after 6 p.m. two young men entered the storefront and one of them demanded money, while the other began spraying something over the clothes on the display racks. The men stole an undisclosed sum of money from the cash register before fleeing from the store.

Police later determined the suspect used white spray paint to cause an estimated $67,000 worth of damage to 140 suits and 220 pairs of pants.

Several units were dispatched to the area, including K-9, but could not locate the suspects.

Investigators have obtained composite sketches of the suspects and are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the two individuals responsible.

Description Suspect #1: Caucasian, tan face (odd) with white lines in it, 20(s), 5'8", skinny, hoody up, clean shaven, small eyes, jeans, runners, hoody (navy blue), unknown hair color or style.

Description Suspect #2: Caucasian, early 20(s), 6'3"(very skinny), long face, chestnut color, hoody up, clean shaven, good looking, light gray hoody, jeans, about a size 40 tall.

It is believed that either suspect would have remnants of the white spray paint on their clothing.

If anyone has information about this robbery they are urged to contact Dets. Shauneen Cope at 250.995.7321 or Roger de Pass at 250.995.7372 or can remain anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).

#Diabetes #Education Event & Regional Annual #Meeting #YYJ


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Dorothy "Sam" Williams: Gerontologist, vice-chief of Geriatric Medicine for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
8:45 am-12:15 pm
Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Everyone welcome

Please register by May 9th
Phone: (250) 382-5454 or e-mail

Victoria Blues Society presents Harp Dog Brown: #Listen to #Win #Tickets #YYJ #music

The VBS Society is pleased to present another "Return To Harpo's Event" in the waterfront Upstairs Cabaret location and announce that Harpdog Brown will be appearing on Sunday April 3rd.
Tickets are $15 for members and non-members
or Listen to Village 900 to Win
Harpdog Brown has been recording and performing Blues for almost 30 yrs now. From Frisco to Alaska, the West Coast to the Capitol, he has raised the level of love for the blues one handed. The only Canadian to ever win the coveted Muddy Award for best Blues Recording of the year. Nominated for Best Regional act and best blues recording in Canada from the Juno Awards. Bio taken from artist's reverbnation website...

April Fools’ Day #Weekend #Scavenger Hunt at Royal BC Museum April 1-3 #YYJ #fun

Royal BC Museum curators get cheeky for April Fools’ Day

Victoria, BC — Prepare to don your deerstalker hat and have a magnifying glass on hand for the Royal BC Museum’s inaugural April Fools’ Weekend Scavenger Hunt.

Don’t let the Royal BC Museum dupe you this April 1. To mark the occasion, our staff will be placing unusual objects alongside artifacts and specimens in exhibitions throughout the museum. One of these things is not like the other, and it’s your job, Sherlock Holmes, to identify the objects that don’t belong with the rest. And you could win some great prizes as well.

Did that Ford Model T always have a pair of fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror? What’s an Air Canada tag doing there? What’s that we glimpse amidst the trees in the forest exhibition?

“Our April Fools’ scavenger hunt is sure to be a fun and entertaining event that will have visitors and families fully engaged in the entire Royal BC museum experience,” said Tim Willis, Director, Exhibitions and Visitor Experience for the Royal BC Museum.

Museum regulars may have an advantage over first-time visitors, noted Willis, but even they will need to view their favourite exhibits in a whole new light. “Not only will people get a kick out of the misplaced objects, but they’ll have to pay extra close attention to ensure they spot them all,” he added.

Armed with a checklist, visitors must take note of all the items they suspect to be part of the elaborate hoax. Some of the jokes will be obvious, while others will be subtle (and museum security guards may be willing to give a hint or two to those who are struggling.)

At the end of their visit, participants can hand in their checklist at the museum’s information booth and enter to win a great prize package of a year-long, family membership to the Royal BC Museum and a one-hour, customizable tour behind the scenes of the museum and archives.

The scavenger hunt begins April 1 and runs until closing time on Sunday, April 3.

About the Royal BC Museum

As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia – on‐site, off‐site and online – through its research, collections, exhibitions and educational programs. Its two‐hectare cultural precinct also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.

#Vicpd seek assistance in Identifying #Suspect Responsible for Series of #Indecent Acts #YYJ #crimestoppers

File # 11-10244

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VicPD Urge Public to be Vigilant and Assist in Identifying Suspect Responsible for Series of Indecent Acts

Victoria BC – The Victoria Police are urging the public to be vigilant and are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the suspect responsible for a series of indecent acts against women that have occurred since the middle of January.

Police have investigated seven cases that involve a man exposing himself and masturbating near his female victims. The incidents have been occurring at bus stops throughout Victoria and Saanich, with younger woman of Asian descent being targeted.

The most recent incident occurred on Saturday night at around 11:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of Johnson Street when a suspect approached a 16 year old victim at a bus stop, and asked her to touch his genitals which were protruding from his pants. The victim is this case was not Asian.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 20 to 35 years old, 6’0”, between 190-220 pounds, with a medium build and short brown hair. At the time of the most recent incident he was wearing a black baseball cap, baggy blue jeans, and a dark blue zip-up jacket and dark hoodie.

The suspect is believed to be responsible for as many as 12 indecent acts that have occurred in Victoria and Saanich since January, all with a similar pattern of behavior. Police are becoming increasingly concerned as the suspect appears to be escalating his behaviour and is now attempting to touch the victims.

Police are reminding women to be aware of their surroundings and stay in busy, well-lit areas and avoid sitting in bus shelters as the suspect has blocked the entry/exit on a couple of occasions. If approached by a suspicious person, scream or use any means necessary to draw attention.

Anyone who is victim to these kinds of incidents should call police immediately.

If you have information about this incident or can identify the person responsible, please contact Det. Kevin Lastiwka at (250)995-7234 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The You Show presents: Treena Stubel in 'False Dilemma' April 16 @Intrepidtheatre #YYJ #theatre

FALSE DILEMMA, a dance cabaret
created and performed by Treena Stubel

Intrepid Theatre Club, 1609 Blanshard St.

Sat April 16, 2011, 8pm
Tickets $5-$10 donation at door
Reservations: 250 882 1208 or

“Treena Stubelʼs choreography is relentlessly entertaining” The Globe and Mail

“Choreographer Treena Stubel's fight scenes were unique and interesting......both haunting and beautiful.” Wendy Dallian, The Vancouver Observer

“Stubelʼs engaging, full-on performance make this a stellar show.” Monday Magazine

Victoria-based Treena Stubel is known for her highly unique, engaging and physical dance theatre works. She presents a preview performance of her latest solo work-in-progress, False Dilemma, a dance cabaret about making choices.

A girl has been wandering the universe for a very long time, but she must now find a home. There are so many choices to make, and nothing will harmonize with anything else. Different worlds of possibility present themselves as she journeys through the conflicts of decision making in this fantastical dance theatre, song, and storytelling cabaret.

RECENT ACCOLADES for Treena Stubel:

• was recently featured in the film Near Silence (Winner of Best Short Film at the 2011

Vancouver Women in Film Festival)

• choreographed the hit musical Ride The Cyclone (Awards for Best Production, and Audience Choice awards at 2010 SummerWorks Festival, Toronto).

• founder of the Chrystal award winning Bounce Dance Cabaret

• two time M-award winner

TREENA STUBEL is an actor, dancer and choreographer. Her original work has been shown at: Dancing on the Edge, Dancersʼ Studio West, the Toronto LabCab Festival, ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance, The InFrinGing Dance Festival, and the Hay Festival (Wales). She has appeared with: Suddenly Dance Theatre, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Intrepid Theatre and has choreographed for: The Bard on The Beach Shakespeare Festival, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Atomic Vaudeville, and Theatre SKAM. She studied many movement related disciplines internationally, and holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, and an MFA in Lecoq Theatre from LISPA in London, UK.

ICBC notes #Insurance #rates down

ICBC's 2010 highlighted by lower rates for customers

March 29, 2011

Basic rates went down despite pressure from bodily injury claims

Undoubtedly, the biggest highlight of 2010 for ICBC was being able to reduce both basic and optional insurance rates for combined savings to our customers of more than $80 million.

The optional insurance rate reduction of three per cent means that ICBC's optional insurance premiums have gone down by approximately 20 per cent over the past six years. The basic insurance rate reduction of 2.4 per cent was perhaps even more significant as it was the first time in more than a decade that we were able to reduce our basic rates.

"We live in an age where the price of almost everything is going up so it was great that we were able to reward our customers with these rate reductions," said Jon Schubert, ICBC's president and CEO.

The rate reductions were achieved while ensuring ICBC remains in a healthy financial position. Net income, supported by a strong performance from our investment portfolio, was $361 million for the year, down from $563 million in 2009.

The $200 million drop in net income was due in large part to a continued increase in claims costs, which were up more than $100 million over last year. Net income was also impacted by the rate reductions in 2010, which resulted in flat premium revenues.

The increase in bodily injury claims in 2010 is a particular area of concern. We saw an increase last year in both the number of bodily injury claims as well as the costs associated with those claims. The increase in the number of bodily injury claims was a reversal of the previous few years which saw the numbers declining steadily. An increase of only one bodily injury claim per 1,000 vehicles insured translates into approximately $100 million in additional claims costs.

Despite these pressures, ICBC continues to be well-capitalized to levels similar to the rest of the Canadian insurance industry. This means we are well placed to meet our financial obligations as well as to withstand unforeseen events.

Our operating costs continue to remain low compared to the industry average, with approximately five cents of every premium dollar used for our core administrative costs.

More details on ICBC's 2010 financial report can be found in our Statement of Operations

Victoria Writers' Society Contest: Deadline May 1 #YYJ #writing #poetry

The Victoria Writers’ Society is sponsoring its 10th Annual Writing Competition. Submit your best poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. The contest is open to all residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The deadline is May 1, 2011 and the entry fee is $10 per entry for members and $20 for non-members. For more information go to

The Victoria Writers’ Society is a non-profit organization whose goal is to support writers and writing in our community. We hold monthly meetings with guest speakers and offer numerous critique groups.

Prizes for the contest include a first prize of $100, second prize of $75 and a third prize of a $50 in each category.

#China #Education Resources to Expand Online Training

China Education Resources To Significantly Expand Its Online Teacher Training Program Into China's Liaoning Province After Receiving Official Endorsement By Education Officials

- Initial Rollout to Cover Over 100,000 Teachers in 4,000 Schools -

(Vancouver, Canada) – China Education Resources, Inc. (TSXV:CHN, OTCQX:CHNUF), a leading technology provider of online learning, training courses and tools for teachers, students and education professionals in China, announced today that it has received official authorization from the Liaoning provincial education officials to provide online teacher training and study programs in conjunction with the country's mandated continuing education credit program.

The Liaoning Province, with over 43 million residents in 14 cities, covering 56,300 square miles, has 9,000 schools with 294,961 teachers instructing 4.5 million students. The Provincial Education Commission selected five cities, representing approximately 104,490 teachers and 1.6 million students, to initially start the program in March 2011. These five cities will each select 800 teachers, for a total 4,000 teachers, to participate in the initial program. The fee per teacher for the training program, which will be financed by the provincial and municipal governments, will be 200 RMB (US$30). The program will be administered using China Education Resources' school platform and is an ongoing program requiring teachers to achieve continuing training credits during their careers.

"This is a milestone achievement for our company. The Liaoning Province offers an incredible opportunity for our company to participate in China's education initiative. We have built a powerful infrastructure to provide efficient and dynamic on-line training in support of the initiative. Our four-step growth plan has now been expanded to fourteen provinces throughout China. As our comprehensive training resource portal gains traction throughout the educational system, we anticipate achieving similar endorsements as we achieved in the Liaoning Province," said Chengfeng Zhou, CEO, China Education Resources.

About China Education Resources

In collaboration with China's education administrators and experts, China Education Resources is helping to transform the curriculum of the world's largest educational system from memory based system to a creative thinking and interactive method. China Education Resources has created educational tools and curricula for China's entire kindergarten through twelfth grade system. Presently, China Education Resources has over 1 million kindergarten through 12th grade teachers registered through its Web portal. For more information, visit or call (604) 331-2388. Information about China Education Resources can also be viewed via Facebook and Twitter. To receive press releases, investor newsletters & corporate updates, email

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Oaklands Community Association #AGM April 14 #YYJ #Grafitti #Vicpd

Notice of Annual General Meeting for Oaklands Community Association:
April 14, 2011, from 7:00-9:00pm at Oaklands Community Centre (#1-2827 Belmont Ave.)

Keynote Address: Cst. Stephen Pannekoek, Victoria Police Dept.

“Grafitti 101: Taking Back Your Neighbourhood”. Refreshments will be served.

Delays Southbound: Blanshard between Vernon and Ravine to April 15 #YYJ #traffic

Traffic Advisory

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 through to Friday April 15, 2011 there will be traffic delays on the southbound lane of Blanshard Street between Vernon Avenue and Ravine Way. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 3:00 pm.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Wynton Marsalis to perform at TD International Jazzfest #YYJ #music #jazz #trumpet

Wynton Marsalis w. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra


Sat June 25, 2011
7:30pm doors at 630pm

Venue: Royal Theatre
$85.00 & $70.00

Wynton Marsalis is a man who wears many hats: trumpeter, composer, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988.

The world-renowned big band will perform a wide variety of music including masterworks by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and others as well as original compositions to the newly arranged music of Chick Corea and selections from JLCO’s most recent CD release, Vitoria Suite. Vitoria Suite is a new extended work by Marsalis that uses the impulse of the blues as a foundation to jointly explore the music of two worlds and two cultures: the jazz and blues of North America and the indigenous music of the Basque region and flamenco of Spain.

The JLCO swings into Victoria for the TD Victoria International JazzFest, their third appearance here since 2005.

Canada's Walk of Fame seeks 2011 Nominations #music #film #sports #walkoffame





(Toronto, Ontario) March 29, 2011 - Canada's Walk of Fame today announced the return of its inductee nomination campaign, in partnership with the RBC® Visa Infinite‡ Avion® card. Beginning Friday, April 1 through Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 pm ET, Canadians from coast to coast can have their say about who they feel should have their accomplishments in the fields of music, film, sport, television, literature, visual and performing arts, as well as science and innovation honoured by induction this year to Canada's Walk of Fame. To submit nominations, visit 

"The continued overwhelming support of Canadians for the annual nomination contest is the essence of what makes this tribute so unique," said Peter Soumalias, President and CEO of Canada's Walk of Fame. "Each year, Canadians have their say in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of so many talented and inspiring individuals, helping to create a legacy that will be a source of national pride for many years to come."

Each entrant will have the chance to be one of six lucky contest winners to win a trip for two to Toronto to attend Canada's Walk of Fame 2011 induction celebrations (Saturday, October 1, 2011), courtesy of the RBC Avion card.

"This is an exciting and unique Canadian event. By shining a spotlight on the talented Canadians that have made their mark in their respective fields, both at home and abroad, we are inspiring all Canadians and are helping to foster a culture of continuous excellence." said Karen Leggett, SVP, RBC Cards & Payment Solutions. "For a third consecutive year, the RBC Visa Infinite Avion card is proud to be a sponsor of Canada's Walk of Fame and be part of a wonderful legacy that will last for generations to come."

Criteria for nominations includes:

• Nominees must have been born in Canada or have spent their formative or creative years in Canada
• Nominees must have a minimum of 10 years of experience in their field
• Nominees must have had national or international impact on Canada's heritage
• Public interest – the total number of nominations received for an individual or individuals
• All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2011

The highlight of a full weekend of events, the Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at Toronto's Elgin Theatre. The show will be broadcast nationally on Global Television and SliceTM (date and time TBC).

Canada's Walk of Fame 2011 inductee nomination promotion sponsors include the RBC Visa Infinite Avion card, Cineplex Entertainment, the National Post, Astral Radio, and Slaight Communications.

In addition, Cineplex Entertainment is the official sponsor of the Canadian Legends Award, which is an award given posthumously to recognize entertainment industry pioneers whose impact on Canadian culture can still be felt today.

About Canada's Walk of Fame

Established in 1998, Canada's Walk of Fame (CWOF) aims to educate, inform, and inspire through the permanent celebration of achievements in Canadian music, sport, film and television as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, and science and innovation. In 2010, CWOF expanded to include a four-day festival of music, comedy and film featuring some of Canada's most popular and iconic performers. The annual celebration culminates in a televised tribute special that honours Canada's finest stars from the worlds of arts, entertainment and sports. Each inductee is immortalized, their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto's Entertainment District. To date, 131 Canadians have been honoured, including Margaret Atwood, Howie Mandel, Steve Nash, Michael J. Fox and Blue Rodeo. A complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada's Walk of Fame can be found at

About the RBC Visa Infinite Avion card

The RBC Visa Infinite Avion card is a premium travel rewards credit card, which includes a host of luxury travel benefits, comprehensive insurance coverage and the ability to earn 25 per cent more RBC Rewards points on travel purchases. Points can be redeemed for tickets on any flight, on any airline, at any time, with no blackouts, seat restrictions or points expiry. Cardholders have exclusive access to the Avion Air Travel Redemption Schedule. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Traffic Delays on Glanford Avenue and Agnes Street March 31 #YYJ #traffic

On Thursday, March 31, 2011 there will be traffic delays on Glanford Avenue and Agnes Street.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 am and is expected to continue until 3:00 pm.

The traffic signals will not be working.

Please follow the direction of the signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra present Maria in the Shower & Deadhorse #YYJ #music

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
are PROUD to present
Maria In The Shower

Thursday April 14th

The Upstairs Cabaret

Tix : $14 available at Lyles Place and Ditch Records


The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (TMO) have been bringing bands from all over Western US and Canada to play in Victoria over the past 2 years. Every show, we try to find something special to open with. From Los Gringos, to Chervona, Human Statues, Blackberry Wood to The Underskore Orchestra. And this night will be no different.

TMO will be opening in support of two bands that they deem worthy the Victoria dance party!

NOT ONLY THAT! Special guest DJ con i griega will keep the groove going all night long, keeping the jive up between sets!

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Maria In The Shower

Already legendary in Vancouver, Maria In The Shower can be found anywhere from playing with Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret musicals to selling out The Woldorf in a frenzied sweaty dance marathon of their own.

Maria In The Shower are hot on the lips of music lovers, headlining festivals across Western Canada, and in a single night take you to the brink of sexy time Zeppelin steez, samba, gypsy swing, and findng room in there for funk...making you wish you had worn your flapper dress, pinstripes, lapels, and pointy shoes. If fact, please do!

If any part of you yearns to move....this be a band you want to see.


Wedged in the purgatory between stations on the AM dial, Deadhorse's ghostly Canadiana inhabits the interstitial gaps between smokehouses and smoke lodges. Celestine space waltzes spike the punch of pissed-up blues stompers.

This band absolutely slayed us all two years ago at MUKWA JAMBOREE. Something a little different, to end the night. To take you somewhere unexpected, exciting.....a little.....dark...a little...dirty...a little....psychedelic. None the less. I once stood. with my jaw agape.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Excited as ALWAYS to come back home, more excited then EVER to be presenting another amazing night, TMO are Victoria grown gypsy-roots-folk-grass!

One of Canada's most exciting young folk bands, TMO delivers their brand of acoustic, high energy Gypsy-Ska-Roots-Grass with dedication and precision, from coast to coast. Said to "look and feel like they are from deep Europe, but raised by Bill Monroe," their live show is not to be missed, and is guaranteed to get even the most stilled feet up and dancing

WOOOEYYY!!! Come Early, Stay Late, Dance till you can't dance anymore!

#BCCLA - Ex-Chief Coroner says Compromised

Ex-Chief Coroner says government compromised her ethics and values, forcing resignation

The BCCLA has obtained internal government documents that allege that the first doctor in 30 years to act as Chief Coroner in B.C., Dr. Diane Rothon, was forced to leave her position by government compromising her “professional ethics and personal values.” She also accused government of “weakening” and “eroding” the coroner’s role. Media reports on Friday indicate that the former Chief Coroner was paid $128,000 in severance after just eight months on the job.

“There is great confusion in the media messaging by the province and the internal records about whether Dr. Rothon quit, was fired or left pursuant to some mutual agreement,” said David Eby, Executive Director of the BCCLA. “That she was paid $128,000 at some point shortly before or after alleging that government was asking her to compromise her professional ethics is something our new Solicitor General must address, and immediately.”

The BCCLA has already asked the Ombudsperson of B.C. to investigate this matter. In light of these recently obtained allegations by Dr. Rothon, the significant severance payment, and discussion in the FOI documents within government of attempts to make Dr. Rothon’s resignation over a policy dispute look like a “termination”, the BCCLA will now be writing to the Ombudsperson to ask her to expand the scope of her investigation. The Coroners’ office is currently undergoing an audit by the Auditor General of B.C.

“The Coroner’s office is in distress, with repeated issues of lost files, allegations of interference and erosion of independence,” said Eby. “Interfering with the Chief Coroner’s office is illegal, and is as serious as interfering with police. The public will not stand for it, and we insist that these serious allegations are investigated.”

In Ontario, failings in the provincial coroner’s office led to wrongful convictions in child deaths and a massive public inquiry.

Click here to read the full FOI documentation obtained by the BCCLA >>

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#Juno #Win for Le Vent du Nord's La Part Du Feu #music #roots

Another award for

La Part du Feu, LE VENT DU NORD’s sixth album, has won the 2011 JUNO AWARD for Best Roots & Traditional album – Group at the 40th JUNO AWARDS ceremony held last Saturday at the Allstream Centre in Toronto.

The quartet was notified while on tour in the Paris area (France), where their concert was the closing performance for the Les carnets de voyage de la francophonie festival at L’ESPACE 93. Le Vent du Nord had just completed a European 9-date tour, most of which took place in Denmark where the band was a hit once again. Talk about getting good news before heading back home. Congratulations, LE VENT DU NORD!

Perceived as an unmatched Francophone ambassador and a driving force in the Québécois progressive folk movement, Le Vent du Nord had won that same award in 2004 for their very first album Maudite Moisson. The second JUNO in 10 years represents is a tremendous exploit!

As a reminder, LE VENT DU NORD also received the award for BEST GROUP at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Winnipeg last November.

Next April 16, Le Vent du Nord will present a concert at Peterborough Players Theater (USA), in May will present concerts in Montréal and Québec with Ensemble Constantinople. Then, the quartet will head to England to present their concert La Part du Feu seven times, including one date in London, before hitting the road for a summer tour.

Le Vent du Nord (Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice, Réjean Brunet, Olivier Demers)
Label : Borealis Records
Distributor : Linus/Universal
Sound engineer : Mark Busic
Mastering : Marc-Olivier Bouchard
Guests: GruvNBrass, Michel Bordeleau, André Brunet et Jean-Francois Branchaud, Patrick Graham
Design : Alain Reno

Tour De Victoria joined by GoodLife Fitness #YYJ #cycling #Tourdevictoria


VICTORIA - Momentum continues to build for the inaugural Ryder Hesjedal¹s Tour de Victoria on May 28th, with the announcement today that GoodLife Fitness, Canada¹s largest fitness organization, has joined up to be the presenting sponsor for the Tour¹s Community Ride.

I¹m excited that GoodLife has come on board with us, said Seamus McGrath, Race Director and former Olympic cyclist. The Tour is all about enjoying the benefits of cycling and exercise and good health and that matches perfectly with what GoodLife Fitness is all about. It¹s a great fit.

Today¹s announcement was made at GoodLife Fitness¹ Bay Centre Club, where McGrath led an impromptu Group Cycling Class for everyone attending.

We¹re really excited to be a part of this great event, which celebrates Victoria's renowned cycling community and the benefits of fitness through cycling,² said David Patchell-Evans, Founder & CEO of GoodLife Fitness.

At GoodLife, our priority is caring for our members and the communities we are in. That is why it is important for us to be part of events like the Tour de Victoria, which encourage participants to live a healthier, happier life and feel better about themselves.

The Tour de Victoria is a mass participation event for up to 1,500 riders, to celebrate cycling and fitness and show off the beautiful cycling opportunities around Victoria. The ride will be led by Canadian Cycling Hero and Olympian Ryder Hesjedal, who placed 7th in the 2010 Tour de France.

The event features three distances ¬ a 140 km ride for the enthusiast, a 90 km ride for the entry level rider and a 1.5 hour Community Ride for beginners, families and those who want to see what cycling is all about. Former Olympic rower Silken Laumann, who is the GoodLife Kids Champion, will be leading the 1.5 hour Community Ride along Victoria¹s scenic waterfront.

I¹m thrilled to be able to participate in this part of the tour, said Laumann. Active families mean active, healthy kids. As a community it¹s important that we provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved, and learn to love exercise, the outdoors and a lifestyle that includes health and fitness.

Registration for the Community Ride is now available online at

Registration is $20 for individuals and $25 for families. All registration money raised through the Community Ride will be donated to Victoria¹s Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society.

Registration is also open on the Tour website for anyone wanting to sign up for the 90 km and 140 km rides. And If you can¹t join us for the ride, consider signing on as a volunteer. To register, or sign up as a volunteer, go to

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#Fraud #Prevention Month #Updates

Protecting Yourself from Online Classified Ad and Auction Scams

VICTORIA, BC – Online classified ads and auctions are a great way to find good deals on a variety of products and services. It’s important to note however that the Internet is a playground for cyber criminals looking for opportunities to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.

“Time and time again we hear reports from people using online classified advertising sites such as Craigslist or Used Victoria, or online auction sites who have become victims of a scam,” says Detective Rick Anthony of the Victoria Police. “In some instances the victim may have unsuspectingly purchased stolen property, in other cases the victim is the person selling an item to a scam artist.”

“Most of the complaints we receive from consumers pertaining to online classified ads or auction sites are for big ticket items such as cars, vacation rentals, electronics, tickets and novelty products,” says Rosalind Scott, Executive Director of BBB Vancouver Island. “We hear about these scams more commonly because they have a bigger financial impact on the victims. I suspect however that similar frauds are occurring for smaller priced items as well. Before engaging in any transaction it is vital that you have confidence and trust in the business, website or person that you will be giving your money to.”

The following are some common online classified ad and auction scams to target Victoria and Vancouver Island residents:

1) Stolen Property: Scammers have been known to steal property and sell it online in hopes of making some quick cash. Stolen bikes and electronics are often sold this way. If the police discover that you purchased a stolen product you will likely have to return it to its rightful owner and in many circumstances you will not be reimbursed for your purchase.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:

• People selling stolen items are often looking to sell it “quickly.”

• Be wary of people selling multiples of similar items.

• Watch for suspicious back-stories about an item’s history or reason for being sold.

Tips to Protect Yourself:

• Always ask for proof of purchase and/or service records when buying an item online. This not only reduces the chances that the item was stolen, but will help you to better understand or research the quality of the product you are purchasing, as well as information to related to warranties.

2) Money Wiring: Both buyers and sellers have become victims of frauds via money wiring requests. Scam artists using wire serve payments (i.e. Western Union or MoneyGram) often require payment be made this way because they are out of the country, require some fake confirmation code, or don’t have access to a bank.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:

Be wary of buyers and sellers (or any stranger) that is in a urgent, complicated, or emotional need of payment via a money wiring service. Once wired money has been received on the other end it is untraceable.

Tips to Protect Yourself:

• When paying for a product always pay by credit card and use a secure online payment system such as PayPal (etc.). Both the credit card company and the secure online payment system should have security features in place to protect you should your purchase not be delivered.

3) Overpayment Scams: In this scam the buyer will overpay (usually with a fake money order or cheque) for a product and request that you send back a refund for the difference in price. Often the scammer will request that the refund be sent to a third party. Once you have cashed the fake money order or cheque you are responsible for the funds. Victims often report having just mailed out the product and refunded the overpayment amount to the scammer upon being notified by the bank that the money order or cheque was a fake. Victims are then out both the product and the money.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:

• Know that almost all overpayments are part of a scam.

• Overpayment scams typically require money to be wired or the product to be paid for by money order or cheque.

Tips to Protect Yourself:

• Do not participate in overpayment schemes. If you find yourself part of one contact your local police.

• If you must accept payment from a stranger via money order or cheque be sure to hold the money in your account for an acceptable amount of time before spending it, so that the banks can clear the money order or cheque (typically 3 weeks or more).

4) Phishing Scams: This is a very common scam that takes a number of forms. In this scam victims receive emails that appear to come from an official site administrator (i.e. eBay, Paypal etc.). These emails will at all appearances look official and typically require you to click on a link to sign into your account or update your account information (often and ironically claiming to be for security purposes). One you click on the link and enter your information you have just given the scammer access to your personal and account information from which they can now operate. Often in the cases of eBay the scammer will then “purchase” products using your financial information, but have the items shipped directly to themselves.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:

• Phishing emails often have spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in them.

• Be wary of unsolicited contact via email from company’s, organizations, banks etc. asking you to update or enter your account information.

Tips to Protect Yourself:

• Always check the specifics of who an email is “from” before opening it or clicking on any links. Check the “from” email address against other normal email correspondence you may have received from the company/organization.

• If you receive an email requesting that you update or enter your account information do not click on the link. Instead go directly to the website yourself, typing in the address or using your bookmark, rather than following a link from another source.

• Don’t be lured away from secure sites. Always check the URL to ensure it is legitimate before entering personal information in a website.

For more information on Fraud Prevention Month or for updates on fraud related topics this month visit or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at

For more information about the BBB visit  For more information about the Victoria Police Department visit

#Edmonton Songstress Lizzy Hoyt Grand Finalist in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting #Contest

Young Edmonton folk musician Lizzy Hoyt was recently named a grand finalist in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Chosen among thousands of songs written worldwide, Lizzy's moving ballad "Vimy Ridge" captured the hearts of judges. The judges included Natasha Beddingfield, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Jesse Harris, Lamont Dozier and other critically acclaimed songwriters.

Inspired by a trip to the Vimy Ridge Memorial in 2005 during a university exchange, Lizzy spent the next two years working on the lyrics and the music. Her hard work has paid off with this recognition from an acclaimed international competition.

"Vimy Ridge" is featured on Lizzy's second album Home released in 2010 to “glowing praise from a number of media outlets with emphasis given to Hoytʼs burgeoning songwriting talent.”- Jonathan Milke, The Fort Saskatchewan Record. A favourite song among her fans, Lizzy has decided to create a video to accompany it to be filmed later this year at the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

#Grafting and #Pruning #Workshop at Foxglove Farm

Saturday April 9th, 2011

9:00am – 4:00pm

instructor: Harry Burton and Michael Ableman

cost: $95 + HST (includes lunch)

Grafting and pruning are often viewed with a sense of mystery. How do you place a small stem from one fruiting plant onto the rootstock of another and encourage them to fuse and produce a totally different fruit? How do you know, amidst a tangle of branches, which ones to cut and which to leave? This course will move through the mystery and provide clear instruction in specific grafting and pruning techniques and how they can be applied to a range of fruiting trees. The day will be divided between instruction and hands-on practice, providing each participant with the opportunity to try some of the techniques that have been taught.

Sign up online!

#EarthHour saves twice as much #electricity as last year in BC

BC Hydro reports close to twice as much Earth Hour savings over 2010; encouraging sign for ongoing conservation

VANCOUVER – British Columbians saved 117 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.8 percent during Earth Hour – almost twice as much as the 64 megawatt hours and 1.04 percent saved last year – and the equivalent of turning off about 7.8 million 15-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The community with the highest reduction in consumption – six per cent – was Pitt Meadows. Tumbler Ridge measured the second highest decrease at five per cent.

The event showed that British Columbians can make a difference in energy conservation with a simple effort. Increased participation by commercial and industrial customers is believed to be one the main reasons for the increase in savings this year.

“We’re delighted to see the significant increase in electricity savings over last year which we believe are a result of the increased leadership and commitment of both businesses and residences. Think about it: if British Columbians who participated this year implemented the same conservation measures one hour every day for the whole year, the combined savings would power close to 4,000 homes for an entire year,” said Lisa Coltart, Executive Director of Power Smart and Customer Care. “We encourage our customers to think about how to live a little bit of Earth Hour every day and we will continue to support them with Power Smart tools and resources to help achieve this goal.”

Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by WWF and supported provincially by BC Hydro. This year marks the fourth year of BC Hydro’s support of the event. The goal of the event is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary light and electronics in an effort to conserve power and in doing so, demonstrate support for the fight against climate change.

British Columbia is growing, and so is the need for electricity. BC Hydro is working to meet at least 66 per cent of new electricity demand through conservation and energy efficiency by 2020. In the last three years alone, BC Hydro’s Power Smart programs have saved close to 2,300 gigawatt hours of electricity – enough to power 200,000 homes annually. In addition to conservation, BC Hydro will meet demand and continue to ensure a clean, reliable supply of energy by investing now in the projects that are needed to keep the lights on in our province for the next 50 years. For more information visit

Tim Williams to perform at Norway House 7:30pm Apr 17 #YYJ #music #blues #folk #jazz

Live Music
Sunday, April 17, 2011

VFMS: Tim Williams (blues-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist), after Open Stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside), $5.

Tim Williams is a blues-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a veteran of the roots music movement in North America. Since settling in Canada in 1970, he has thrived as a studio musician, producer, and performer at folk, blues, and jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs across the country.

Tim absorbed musical styles from hillbilly and Western swing to rhythm and blues, rock and roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, to early folk and bluegrass. A master of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Tim is also fluent in the Delta bottleneck and bluegrass dobro techniques. His passion for traditional blues styles was fueled by seeing many fine musicians perform during the sixties blues boom. Tim went on to appear with several of these blues greats, including B.B. King, Queen Ida, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy.

Friday, March 25, 2011

#YYJTwestival Raises $7,608 for @VicCoolAid #Fundriaser

Victoria Twestival Raises $7,608
for Victoria Cool Aid Society

Friday, March 25, 2011 – The Victoria twitterstream was filled with activity on Wednesday and Thursday as local twitter folks tried to get their hands on a ticket for the sold out Victoria Twestival, the third iteration of the twitter fundraising event held around the globe yesterday. The $7,608 raised for Cool Aid will pay for lunches for women at Sandy Merriman House emergency shelter and for new equipment for public access computers at the Downtown Community Centre. Donations will be accepted until March 31st by visiting the website, and clicking on the Donate button. Organizers are hoping to reach $10,000 in total.

Victoria is already a world leader in raising funds through Twestival. Of 150 participating cities, Twestival Victoria ranks 3rd in per capita donations and 17th in total donations this year – beating out much larger cities including Seattle, Calgary, and Montreal.

The Bengal Lounge of the Fairmont Empress Hotel was packed with people meeting other tweeters, enjoying the talented local musicians, and browsing the abundance of silent auction items donated to raise funds for Victoria’s Cool Aid Society. Globally a total of over $434,000 was raised for local charities.

What is a Twestival?

Twestivals are volunteer-run, charity fundraising events for people who know each other through the micro-blogging service Twitter (

Since the first global Twestival on February 12th 2009, over 200 cities have participated worldwide in Twesitval Global and Local Twestivals, raising over $1.2 M in aid of 137 charities. For the full and changing list of cities, or to get involved, go to

#VicPD Encouraged by Michael Dunahee Tips #YYJ #tips #crimestoppers

VicPD Encouraged by Number of Tips Coming Forward
Concerning Michael Dunahee’s Disappearance

Victoria BC – Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Michael Dunahee’s disappearance, and today Victoria Police are busy handling a number of new tips and information that have come forward from across North America.

Just two days removed from the news conference and the Dunahee family’s impassioned plea for information concerning the disappearance of their son, VicPD have received over 50 tips from coast to coast and across North America.

“We are really encouraged by the information coming forward,” said Detective Daryl Baswick. “Sometimes it’s just one tip, or one piece of information that can help provide that break in the case, and we hope the public continue to call our tip-line.”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Michael’s disappearance from Blanshard Elementary School. Since the date Michael went missing in 1991, VicPD have received over 10,000 tips related to Michael’s disappearance.

There is a $100,000 reward for anyone providing information that can help bring Michael home.

If anyone has information about Michael Dunahee’s disappearance they can contact the VicPD tip-line at: 250-995-7444.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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