Friday, April 29, 2011

Savoy Brown w/Kim Simmonds Karma Nightclub #yyjmusic #karmanightclub #blues


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Saturday, May 7, 2011
Karma Nightclub, 603 Pandora St., Victoria
Doors 7:30pm - Show 8:30pm - EARLY SHOW
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Legendary…a blues/rock institution…true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans.

One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.

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ACTivate at #Langham #Court #Theatre - Upcoming #Shows for May #YYJ


VICTORIA, BC. (April 29, 2011) – Langham Court Theatre and its theatrical partners are pleased to announce the launch of ACTivate – A Festival for Inspiring Theatre. This year’s inaugural event will bring together numerous local theatre companies to nurture their artistic development, further the education of emerging performers and showcase the talent that exists in Victoria’s volunteer theatre community!

“Together these companies thought forming a new, free festival could both increase enthusiasm for Victoria theatre and help recruit the involvement of young people in an area that desperately wants to make use of their talents,” says Erin Hoyt, festival organizer.

From May 13 to 15, 2011, participants – including Langham Court, St. Luke’s Players, Target Theatre, Where’s Noonan and Esquimalt and Victoria High Schools – will engage in various workshops that will culminate in two nights of adjudicated performances.

Highlights of the festival include:

• Companies involved are cornerstones of the local theatre community.

• Performances are free to both public and participants.

• High school students will not only perform at the festival, they will be responsible for the festival’s technical needs.

This year’s inaugural festival runs from May 13 to May 15, 2011 at Langham Court. Free performances take place on the evenings of Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. All performances are “open auditorium” and audience members are free to come and go as they please. (Please see attached for detailed performance information).

Performance Schedule for ACTivate: A Festival for Inspiring Theatre – May 13 to May 15th, 2011

Saturday May 14th – performances begin at 5:00pm

Canterbury Cocktails – performed and directed by Julian Cervello (Scrumpy Productions)

The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine (selections) – performed directed by David MacPherson and Melissa Blank (Where’s Noonan?)

Death and Other Friends - performances by Victoria High School students, written by Kathryn Taddei (Victoria High School Production)

Silver Linings – performed by Mitch and Jo Barnes, directed by Terry Roswell (St. Luke’s Players)

Sunday May 15th – performances begin at 5:00pm

Dot Con – written by Esme Gosling, directed by Judith McDowell (Target Theatre)

The Smell of the Kill (selections) – written by Michele Lowe, directed by Wendy Merk (Dragon Monkey Theatre)

Sonnets for An Old Century (selections) – written by Jose Rivera, directed by Holly Jonson (Rapid Rocket Productions)

Deliver Us Not – written by Lee Howard and Greg Gamble, performed by the students of Esquimalt High School (Esquimalt High School Production)

Victoria Theatre Guild

Langham Court Theatre
805 Langham Court
Victoria, BC, V8V 4J3
Box Office/Admin (250) 384-2142

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tales from the Deep at MMBC This Weekend #YYJ #submarines #navy #museums @MaritimeMusBC


Join Canadian submariners, our “living artefacts” as they recount their underwater adventures Saturday afternoon, April 30th, at the Maritime Museum in Bastion Square. Artefacts from the submarine HMCS GRILSE including a unique scrapbook will be on display. Anyone wanting to hear firsthand about life in “the silent service” is welcome to drop in for a chat with stalwart submariners between 2 and 4 pm. The GRILSE served as the Royal Canadian Navy’s West Cost submarine from 1961 to 1969 and was followed by RAINBOW (1968-74). Canada’s submariners are holding a reunion in Victoria this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of GRILSE’s commissioning with veterans coming from as far as Nova Scotia. Artefacts that have been held by the Maritime Museum will be going to the Submarine Support Facility in the Dockyard. The current West Cost submarine, HMCS VICTORIA is back in the water after an extensive docking.

For further information, please visit our website at under the “What’s New” section, or call 250-385-4222, ext. 113.

#Students to release #Salmon #Fry at #Thetis #Lake - #Public #Cooperation Requested #YYJ #goldstream #fuelspill

Public Cooperation Sought as Students Release Salmon Fry into Thetis Lake

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is requesting the public’s assistance and cooperation in treating the main beach area at Thetis Lake Regional Park as a quiet zone from April 29 - May 31, 2011.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has acquired a temporary permit allowing students to release salmon fry from their classroom projects into Thetis Lake. This is due to the recent fuel spill in Goldstream River, which damaged the fry’s home stream and compromised that watershed as healthy habitat for aquatic organisms.

CRD Regional Parks is requesting that the public not disturb the waterfront area if a release is in progress.

Dog owners are requested to use a different beach when a release is underway, and to keep dogs under control and away from the students and shore.

Chamber Hosts #Federal #Election Candidate #Forum for the #Saanich-Gulf Islands #YYJ #saanich

Chamber Hosts Federal Election Candidate Forum for the Saanich-Gulf Islands Riding

April 28, 2011 – Saanich, BC – The Chamber will be hosting a Federal Election All Candidate Forum for the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding tomorrow, one of the most hotly contested ridings in the country. All Candidates have confirmed their attendance. Bruce Carter, CEO of the Chamber, will be acting as the moderator.

Date: April 29th, 2011

Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Location: Comfort Hotel and Conference Centre 3020 Blanshard Street

Format: Opening remarks beginning at 7:30 followed by questions from a panel and from

the floor, concluding with closing remarks by 9:00 am.

A media feed will be available, as well as a backdrop for one-on-one interviews following the formal portion of the forum.

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.

Annual #Community #Planting of Small Steps #Edible #Garden #YYJ #sustainability #foodsecurity

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — Media are invited to attend the annual community planting of the Small Steps Edible Garden tomorrow at City Hall. For the third consecutive year, the edible, perennial demonstration garden will be home to close to 30 Mediterranean and Portuguese plants. The Small Steps Edible Garden promotes urban gardens, food security and regional agriculture.

What: Annual community planting of edible demonstration garden
When: Friday, April 29, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Victoria City Hall, Pandora Avenue Entrance

Designed by Geoff Johnson, a local expert in sustainable land use design, the edible garden features figs, blueberries and a variety of herbs which require little water and maintenance. New plantings this year will include annual greens, broccoli and cauliflower.

The event will include live music by Jennifer Louise Taylor and organic lemonade. The City of Victoria has again partnered with the LifeCycles Project Society, whose volunteers will help maintain and harvest the garden as part of their ongoing work to increase urban agriculture in the region. Harvested produce is donated to Our Place for use in their lunch program.

Urban gardening provides communities with a direct link to food production, empowers residents to produce fresh, local fruits and vegetables for their families and friends, promotes nutrition, and helps decrease our carbon footprint by reducing the fossil fuels used in the transportation of goods.

The City of Victoria supports the concept of urban agriculture as a valuable community resource and is working with the community to encourage urban agriculture where possible. Urban agriculture is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of activities involving the production, processing, marketing and distribution of food in urban areas.

#Full #Road #Closure #Union Rd between #Prestwood Dr and #Blenkinsop May 2 #YYJ #traffic

Road Closure

On Monday, May 2, 2011 through to Friday, June 17, 2011 there will be a on Union Road between Prestwood Drive and Blenkinsop Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 7:00 am and is expected to continue until 5:30 pm.

Only emergency vehicles and local traffic will have access. Please obey the signs.

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

New High Quality Live Stream Works Great, RealAudio stream shutting down soon #listenlive

Now that our new streaming audio feed is tested and working great, the Real Audio stream at will soon be shutting down.

The Windows Media stream will continue as normal, however we encourage you to try our new multi-platform streaming feed. It works with  Mac, PC, and your smartphone, uses much less bandwidth, and sounds awesome!

Regional #Parks #Strategic #Plan #Ready for #Public #Review #YYJ

Draft Regional Parks Strategic Plan Ready for Public Review

April 28, 2011

Victoria, BC – The Citizen Advisory Panel to the Capital Regional District has prepared a draft strategic plan that would set the direction for regional parks and trails over the next decade.

“The draft plan is founded on the belief that our parks and trails provide immense benefits to all,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Vice-chair Janet Evans. “That is why it is necessary to plan today to protect those natural areas that are so vital to the long term health of the region’s environment and of the people who live here.”

“The draft Regional Parks Strategic Plan represents the work and discussions of the Citizen Advisory Panel and CRD staff over the past 15 months,” said panel chair Dave Chater. “The plan recognizes the expectation for significant population growth in the region over the next ten to thirty years and is based on what we heard from the community, interest groups and other park agencies and what we learned from reviewing relevant technical information.”

The volunteer panel includes residents from throughout the region, and represents a wide age range of people with diverse interests and knowledge.

The highlights of the draft plan are:

• Confirmation that CRD Regional Parks is on the right track and that nature protection is its top priority.

• Conserving biodiversity, connecting natural areas, providing compatible recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities and responding to changing demographics are the centrepieces of the draft Plan.

• Environmental interpretation and communication are essential functions of Regional Parks and the CRD as a whole.

• That at least half of the land and water in the region should be managed for the conservation of nature through a wide range of means by 2100.

• An expanded parks and trails system, particularly in areas west of the Sooke River. The plan also advocates for connections between the natural area of the region and to trails systems in other regional districts.

• That the CRD maintain the direction that off-road motorized use is not compatible with the vision and mission of regional parks and trails.

Public meetings will be held throughout the district in May to review the draft strategic plan. A report on the results of this feedback together with a recommended final plan will be sent to the Regional Parks Committee and CRD Board in the summer.

The draft Regional Parks Strategic Plan, information on public meetings and other ways to provide feedback can be found at 

Committee To #End #Homelessness In Victoria #Media #release re: #Homeless #Vote

Committee To End Homelessness In Victoria

Media Release -- For immediate release April 28, 2011


VICTORIA B.C. -- Elections Canada is doing a very poor job of making sure that Canada's homeless can exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election, says the Committee To End Homelessness In Victoria., The Committee claims that Elections Canada will not release special information brochures with details of their voting rights and where they can register to vote, fast enough for distribution to the 1,200 Canadian citizens currently homeless in BC's capital city.

As well, posters telling people where they can vote are being removed by staff at local homeless shelters, Committee spokesperson Phil Lyons claimed today. "We don't know exactly why this is happening, but our Committee thinks that shelter staff may mistakenly believe that displaying this non-partisan information is a political act that could cause them to lose their charitable status," Lyons said.

"Whatever the reason, clearly Elections Canada is failing to protect the right of all Canadian citizens to exercise their right to vote in this federal election, regardless of their economic status," Lyons concluded. Committee members have raised this issue in previous elections, but Elections Canada's response so far has proved to be tepid and ineffective, Lyons said.

"Homeless people are constantly getting overlooked by Canada's federal politicians," Lyons said. "All Canadians have a right to vote in a federal election, and we call upon Elections Canada to inform all citizens and charities of the right of homeless people to vote. Elections are for all Canadians -- not just the affluent," Lyons concluded.

For more information please contact:

Phil Lyons, Spokesperson Committee To End Homelessness In Victoria Telephone: (250) 381-0033

#CUPE 2081 April 28th – #National #Day of #Mourning #worksafe #Camosun

April 28th – National Day of Mourning

The Labour Movement, Federal and Provincial Government and Local Municipal Governments have declared April 28th as a “Day of Mourning” for workers who have been killed, permanently disabled or injured on the job during the past year.

April 28th has been chosen for this event because it was on this date in 1914 tha t the first Workers Compensation Act in Canada received third reading.

Each year, over a thousand Canadian workers die in industrial accidents, thousands more are injured, many are permanently disabled. Seven CUPE members died on the job last year. Thousands of workers continue to be exposed to hazardous conditions and materials where the effects of such exposure do no show up until years later.

The Canary, a symbol to represent the day, was used in the coal mines to signal to miners when the air they were breathing or working was not safe.

The Canary continues to be a symbol in recognition of workers who have been injured or killed on the job so that we never forget the sacrifices which have been made.

Statistics show that every seven seconds a serious workplace injury occurs and nearly three fatalities per working day continue to occur in our country.

The “Day of Mourning” is a time to reflect on our worksites, and to remember those who have given their lives or been injured on the job. We must always be vigilant in protecting the basic working and safety conditions we have in order to prevent Injury and Death in the workplace.

Thank you to the Physical Resources Department and the Grounds keeping staff, who maintain our Memorial monument in dedication to the day. The Monument is located at the Lansdowne campus beside the Paul Building. And a special thank you to Ida Colantonio our Health and Safety Coordinator and our Health and Safety representatives who endeavour to make our worksites healthy and safe!

#Fisheries and #Oceans ordered to #pay $80,000 in #killer #whale case @dogwoodbc

Federal court orders Fisheries and Oceans to pay $80,000 in killer whale case

Victoria, B.C. — The federal fisheries department has been ordered to pay $80,000 in court costs in a case in which the department was found not to be protecting critical habitat of resident killer whales as required under the Species at Risk Act.

Dogwood Initiative was one of nine environmental groups that hired Ecojustice to fight their case. Dogwood Initiative was a part of the court case due to the threat posed to killer whales by oil tankers.

In a tersely worded decision Justice James Russell of the Federal Court of Canada wrote that the fisheries department had taken an “unjustifiably evasive and obstructive approach to these proceedings for no other purpose than to thwart the Applicants’ attempts to bring important public issues before the Court” and that “this has resulted in substantial and unnecessary difficulty and expense to the Applicants, and unnecessarily lengthened and complicated the proceedings.”

Dogwood Initiative executive director Will Horter commended today’s decision.

“This is just another example of the Conservative governments’ attempts to avoid protecting the environment,” Horter said. “Not only has Harper’s government failed to protect killer whales, but they tried to obstruct the fair process of the court. We’re going to keep on fighting to protect the B.C. coast and orcas’ critical habitat from oil tankers.”

The ruling can be viewed online:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#Free #Shows at 2011 TD Victoria #International #Jazzfest #YYJ #music #jazz


SUNDAY, JULY 3 ~ 12:30PM

Guitar player Wes Carroll was the 2010 winner of the ”Darryl Mar Scholarship” awarded by the Victoria Jazz Society. His quartet is a combo of musicians hailing from the Vancouver Island University‟s Jazz Studies program. As individual musicians they are interested in their own respective varieties of contrasting musical genres, however these players have unified through jazz. Each member carries with them an ingrained love for improvisation and performance alike. With Jacob Skeeles guitar, Michael Mlikotic drums and Nicolas Sheasgreen bass.



For over a year, The Doug Farr Quartet has been bringing swing era hits to Victoria audiences at venues such as Hermann‟s Jazz Club, The Superior, The Parkside Resort and more. The Doug Farr Quartet plays jazz standards with a side of latin jazz, originals and some from other genres too. With Doug Farr piano/harmonica/flute, Daniel Mari guitar, David Booth bass and Kathy Alexander vocals.



This crew of six hip-hop warriors draws on a wide array of oldschool and contemporary musical influences, and is strongly committed to delivering a thrilling live-band experience. They rocked the house at last year‟s Rifflandia, and are regulars at Lucky Bar. Fight in the Fields is demonstrating that Hip-Hop can be as compelling a live-band experience as any other genre. The crew features John Hayte keyboards, The Northern Light vocals/MPC/keyboards, Uncle Jesse drums, Derry vocals, DJ Schaps vocals, and Wellionaire turntables.


JUNE 30 – JULY 2~ 10PM

(Open Jam Session beginning at 11:15pm)


The Griffith Hiltz Trio takes the term „multi-tasking‟ to the extreme. Each member masterfully contributes to the groove on more than one instrument, simultaneously, to produce a beautifully layered musical tapestry and making this trio sound much larger than it actually is. Nathan Hiltz (formerly of the Pocket Dwellers), is the most promising Canadian guitarist of this generation, soft shoes his way across an array of bass pedals with the deftness of Gene Kelly. The spirit of Rashaann Roland Kirk is channeled through the daring multi-reed explorer Johnny Griffith and the ever tasteful, precise, and supportive Sly Juhas seems incapable of playing anything that isn‟t “right on the money!” Together and separately they have appeared at many international festivals, and have played and recorded with everyone from Oliver Jones to Maceo Parker. Their debut CD Now And Then, was voted “#1 Jazz Album of 2009” by Jazz FM. Returning back after a well received concert this past January at Hermann's Jazz Club.

“With Griffith and Hiltz both doing double instrumental duty, the resulting sound is much larger than a simple trio.” –MuzikReviews



Although relatively new on the Victoria music scene, this harddriving septet is already shaking up the clubs with its red-hot mix of funk, Latin and soul. Led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Anderson and buttressed by a three-piece horn section, this party-hearty crew really delivers the goods – mostly sizzling versions of classic tunes by Maceo Parker, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. The band is Adrian Chamberlain keyboards, Dave Richardson alto saxophone, Scott Ramsay tenor saxophone, Sean Burnett trombone, Ron Lukawitski bass and Ben Anderson drums.

JUNE 27 – 29 ~ 9:30PM


Toronto-based jazz singer Terra Hazelton started out in improve comedy – until she was asked to create three comedic songs, which kick-started a multifaceted music career that began with her as a featured vocalist with Jeff Healey and Brandi Disterheft. A confident, charismatic performer with a knack for classic jazz and blues – check out her recent Gimme Whatcha Got solo CD – Hazelton is guaranteed to light up the room. Performing with Johnny Griffith saxophone, Nathan Hiltz guitar, Sly Juhas drums, and TBA on bass.

“Man, her beauty, stage presence, and vocals hit me like an iron fist.” – Blueheart Archive



Trombone maestro Nick La Riviere is definitely Victoria‟s go-to guy if you want some hot sliding in your horn section. Aside from being a co-leader of Trombone Mayhem, the hard-working La Riviere also plays in the The Paperboys, Locarno, The Starbirds, amongst many others. His musically playful and adventurous septet performs a mix of originals and standards, but always in a non-standard way! The band includes Nick La Riviere trombone/conch shells, Julian Vitek violin, Chris Taber violin, Alasdair Money cello, Karel Roessingh piano, Joey Smith bass, and Damian Graham drums.


FRIDAY, JULY 1 ~ 12:30PM

Mexican-American vocalist Anna Lyman grew up in Detroit, and she has seamlessly combined her Latin heritage with the Motown sounds she loved as a child. Lyman describes her sound as “Bluenote Latin Jazz” and sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese. With several records to her credit and a lot of festival and touring experience, this passionate and sophisticated jazz veteran is one of the most versatile singers on the circuit today. With Darcy Phillips piano, Johnny Lucas drums and Steve Sutton bass.
“Anna is a gifted vocalist who is able to paint amazing grooves with her many different vocal palettes.” –Jazz Review



Local guitarist Leon Nagasaki (a former Victoria Jazz Society scholarship winner) is proud to call Victoria his home. His teaching and two musical projects (Skyla J & The Vibes and Round Midnight) keep him very busy. His quartet plays a lot of fresh arrangements of classic jazz standards. With Ryan Tandy bass, Nick La Riviere trombone, and Kelby McNayr drums.



NikTex is a hometown band that has created its own distinctive form of neo-folk jazz augmented with electronica flourishes. Vocalist Nikole Texidor, originally from Montreal, inherited a flair for jazz percussion from her father, a celebrated musician. Her partner, Manjinder Benning, has expertise in electronic music production as well as being a skillful performer on tabla, drums, guitar and synth. Currently recording a follow-up to 2010‟s The Power of Yang, NikTex is an intriguing band with a bright future. With Kate Hutchins vocals, Jake Jenne drums, and Colin Nealis bass.


MONDAY, JUNE 27 ~ 9:30PM

During nearly a decade of making hip, excitingly new music, Australia‟s indie darlings OKA have long-since perfected an irresistible fusion of electronic and organic world music that is like the soundtrack to a funky atmospheric sci-fi movie set in an Outback mirage (or as the band itself likes to put it: Imagine Bob Marley meeting Stevie Wonder via the Chemical Brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming forest). This easy-going music collective is known for its uplifting melodies, exotic tones and righteous dance grooves that shift between reggae, dub, and jazz while creating a hypnotic yet high energy live show on stage. Let‟s just say that these guys are
very popular on the festival circuit! The band consists of Stu Boga Fergie didgeridoo/vocals, Chris Lane slide guitar/various saxophones/flutes, and CharlesWall drums/native percussion.



Having been born into a flamenco family (his father was the late guitar great Harry Owen, his mother is dancer Veronica Maguire), it‟s not surprising Victoria‟s Gareth Owen has been playing professionally and recording since the age of 12. A technically superb and emotionally intense guitarist who has been mentored by some of Spain‟s best flamenco musicians, Owen has already recorded two CDs, including 2010‟s El Cobre. Despite his relative youth Owen is a dazzlingly accomplished virtuoso.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26 ~ 3:45PM

Saltspring Island‟s tastiest musical export, Planet Music is a collective of professional musicians who love getting together to get a big groove going while performing mostly original tunes that combine elements of jazz, Latin, funk, and blues. For nearly a decade these great musicians have been kick starting the party whenever they set up on the bandstand. The planetary members include Greg Esposito guitar, Dave Rowse saxophone, Bob Delion bass, Dan Leavers drums, and Laurent Boucher percussion.



Forget the suburbs. Manhattan‟s Ravens & Chimes make music for cities that never sleep and the people that inhabit them. 2007‟s Reichenbach Falls earned comparisons to the Arcade Fire and drew notice from Leonard Cohen and Jeff Mangum. Their new album Holiday Life might get Dylan‟s attention and it would be well-earned. In short, their take on postmodern pop-rock is impossible to resist! The band consists of Asher Lack vocals/guitar, Avery Brooks synth, Rebecca Rossi piano/vocals, Dave Dawda bass, Mike Riddleberger drums.


This globetrotting concert big band is comprised of 20 of the most accomplished high school musicians from the San Francisco Bay area. Now in its fifth year, this is an award-winning ensemble whose crisp and exciting versions of contemporary and standard big band songs have delighted audiences from New York to Montreux, New Orleans to Moscow. The band consists of Keith Johnson Director, Albert Baliwas saxophone, Sam Priven saxophone, Kevin Miller saxophone, Tad Nicol saxophone, Evan Waltmire saxophone, Josh Shpak trumpet, Zach Ramacier trumpet, Daniel Schumacher trumpet, Benjamin Gerard trumpet, Timothy Swanson trumpet, Jonah Levine trombone, Jamie Dunkle trombone, Mark Kolding trombone, Calvin Barthel trombone, Jake Lengacher trombone, Marshall Williams drums, Roddy Galli drums, Chris Jefferies bass, Nick Lamb piano, Nate Parton guitar.


JUNE 24 & 25 ~ 9:30PM

Originally from Nova Scotia but now living in Victoria, 25-yearold Aurora Scott has been performing for over a decade and has just released her first EP, Of The Dawn. A gifted and passionate jazz and blues singer, the versatile Scott effortlessly incorporates elements of pop, ska, R&B and Latin. She owns the stage with confidence, and sings with a smooth and powerful expressiveness. With Thomas Kinzel piano, Nick La Riviere trombone, James Young bass and Josh Dixon drums.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26 ~ 12:30PM

Flora Scott began playing the guitar and singing at an early age and by the mid-eighties she discovered jazz and found her true musical home. Flora has

studied with greats such as Oliver Gannon, Jay Clayton and internationally renowned vocalist Dee Daniels, among others. In 1998 she recorded her debut CD Then & Now with Hugh Fraser, and released Collage in 2005. With Roy Styffe saxophone, Jan Stirling keyboards, Joey Smith bass and Josh Dixon drums.


Based in Victoria, this four-piece ensemble deftly straddles the intersection of jazz, pop-rock and R&B. Aside from replacing the traditional horn section with a viola, the forward-looking members of Showroom do lots of things to keep their sound fresh and exciting. Whether doing originals or tasty covers of classic songs by Bill Withers, Sly and the Family Stone, this band can go from heartfelt ballads to high energy dance grooves without losing a beat. Showroom consists of Irena Perkovic vocals/guitar, Lea Kirstein vocals/viola, Thomas Del Motte bass, and Bryan McDonald.



The Victoria-based Skyla J & The Vibes offers a catchy amalgam of soul, R&B and jazz. This quintet grew out the legendary Greenlaw, which had great success as far away as Europe. Together for just over two years now, these talented musicians continue to be popular mainstays on the local scene. Skyla Johnson vocals/flute, Leon Nagasaki guitar, Aaron Scoones keyboards, Oz bass, and Bryan Kelly drums.



Those who like their musical hoedowns with lots of hyphens had better check out this weird and wonderful local ensemble, whose mix of gypsy-ska-folk-grass is pretty much the perfect party formula. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra combines such diverse elements as Latin rhythms, African hand drumming and Eastern European gypsy tunes into a wacky whirligig of rhythm and melody that is truly irresistible. The Orchestra members are Ian Griffiths accordion/vocals, Peter Mynett double bass/vocals, Patrick MGonigle violin/mandolin/vocals, Kurt Lowen guitar/vocals and Paul Wolda percussion/vocals.


The VIU Jazz Sextet is comprised of students from the Vancouver Island University Jazz Studies program. Under the direction of VIU faculty member Greg Bush, the group will be playing music from the jazz standard repertoire as well as some original music by the band members. The group is thrilled to have been asked to perform at JazzFest again this year! The members include Greg Bush, director/trumpet, Lauren Bush vocals, Theo Hughes- Ridgway saxophone, Phil Hamelin piano, Jamie Nordli bass, and Colin Paugh drums.



The Vic High R&B Band, are the students in Vic High‟s “rhythm and blues career preparation program.” For nearly two decades Vic High has been taking fledgling musicians and transforming them into amazingly sophisticated R&B pros performing the timeless tunes from Motown and Memphis. You will never see 20+ musicians have more fun lighting up a bandstand! Eric Emde Director, Chloe Lampman keyboard/vocals, Kali Cox-Moreno vocals, Soleil Demers vocals, Rianne Craig vocals, Greg Baan-Meiklejohn vocals, Jill Cooper drums, Connor White guitar, Simon Dawkins bass, Zac Economou guitar, Leo Mckee – Reid guitar, Kyle Lowther bass , Trigo Morrison keyboard, Hugh Mackie keyboard, Lars Bournemann alto saxophone, Esteban Huerta trumpet, Mike Huerta baritone saxophone, Jillian Harrison tenor saxophone, Megan Harrison tenor saxophone.


JULY 2 & 3 ~ 8PM

Vocalist Maureen Washington and guitarist Daniel Cook are distinct artists whose successful collaboration as performers and composers is highlighted by the many fine musicians who they have had the privilege of sharing the stage with over the past eight years. Known as Washington & Cook, these two seasoned musicians combine elements of jazz, funk, latin, and pop, creating their own blend of original music uniquely named, funkified urban jazz. This is an apt description of the eight original songs that comprise their latest album, Here We Go Again, released in 2010, featuring songs with contagious melodies, and funky eclectic grooves blended with a cool urban feel. You can see Washington & Cook performing at Vista 18 as a quintet with Tom Ackerman horns, Ryan Tandy bass, and Brad Hawkes percussion. They will also be performing as a sextet (Like Minded People) at Centennial Square with Nick La Riviere trombone, Karel Roessingh keyboards, Ryan Tandy bass, and Damian Graham drums.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26 ~ 12:30PM

Melinda‟s professional career began early in Edmonton where she sang her own compositions with Tommy Banks on CBC television. When she returned to Vancouver, Melinda poured all of her creative energies into music, singing in jazz lounges six nights a week and making a second home for herself in local studios recording vocals for radio, television and film. In 2004, Melinda returned to the recording studio and produced The Touch of Your Lips, a collection of joyfully swinging standards as well as rich, textured ballads. With John MacArthur guitar, Joey Smith bass and Josh Dixon drums.

#Keynote #Speakers Jay Baer and Amber Naslund announced for #smcv11 #YYJ

VICTORIA, BC. Social Media Camp Victoria, scheduled for June 3 and 4 at the Victoria Conference Centre, announces keynote speakers Jay Baer and Amber Naslund, authors of the new book “The NOW Revolution”.

Jay is a social media strategist, author and speaker and President of consultancy Convince & Convert. He has also founded of five companies, and worked with over 700 brands, including 25 of the Fortune 1000.

Amber is a communications and business strategist and the VP of Social Strategy for Radian6. She’s a writer, professional speaker, community and social media strategist, and works with businesses of all sizes to solve business problems through better communication.

Jay & Amber will discuss the principles of The NOW Revolution, and how your company or organization can add more speed, smarts, and sociability. Widely recognized as among the best and most engaging marketing speakers in the U.S., the authors tailor their presentation of the book’s key points to meet the specific needs of their audiences.

Suitable for beginners to advanced, enjoy two jam-packed days dedicated to Social Media exploration, sharing, networking and learning. Register online at  or phone 250.508.7761 for more information

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#CMHA Set to #Celebrate #Mental #Health #Week, May 1-7 #mentalhealthweek

CMHA Gets Set to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Mental Health Week, May 1-7 with Activities Across BC and Vancouver Island

National Mental Health Week is turning 60 years old this May, and the Canadian Mental Health Associatio(CMHA) is inviting everyone across BC to celebrate. Taking place May 1-7, 2011 the annual awareness week encourages people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health and well-being.

This year’s theme in BC, Thank You for Trusting Me, speaks to the importance of having people you can trust when faced with challenges, and the rewards of being able to provide that support to others. Is a reminder of the role each of us can play in promoting the well-being of those we care about.

“Feeling trusted and respected is part of building a healthy self-esteem. Thank you for Trusting Me is a reminder to thank those whose trust and friendship you value,” says Bev Gutray, CEO of CMHA BC Division. “At CMHA, we are thanking our communities for their support and helping us celebrate Mental Health Week across Canada for 60 years.”

Mental Health Week was founded nationally by CMHA. The first Mental Health Week was celebrated in 1951with “Come See Tours” of mental hospitals, school poster and essay competitions, and news articles. The event has continued to grow each year, with CMHA holding dozens of community activities annually across BC and Canada, including movie events, art shows, fun runs, ‘acts of kindness’ campaigns and more.

“Mental Health Week is about connecting communities, building respect for people with mental illness, and remembering the things we can do every day to build mentally healthy lifestyles.” says Gutray. “Because there is no health without mental health.”

CMHA shares simple things you can do to promote well-being in yourself and others:

Adopt an attitude of gratitude: Taking time each day to think about the people and things you enjoy and appreciate helps keep things in perspective. Saying thanks is even better. Whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers, saying thanks lets them know they are valued. It’s amazing how good a simple thank you can feel.

Nurture your relationships: Building caring, supportive relationships can be the most rewarding parts of our lives, but sometimes we forget to maintain them. Reach out a few times a month to talk, listen and share a laugh.

Take time out for tea: Whether it’s tea, a good book, or a walk in the park, remember to make time for relaxation, conversation or quiet reflection—and share it with someone you care about.

Eat right, keep fit: Eating right and getting exercise isn’t just great for your body – it’s great for your mind. A healthy diet helps balance mood and exercise is a great for relieving stress. Plan healthy potluck lunches at work. Take a brisk walk on your break. Join a fun activity or fitness class with a friend or coworker.

Get a lifestyle tune up: When facing life’s challenges, sometimes we can use the help of a professional. If you are feeling depressed, meet with your doctor. For financial challenges, seek the help of a financial planner or debt counselor. For direction in your work life, speak to a career counselor. To repair relationships, talk to a counselor.

For more information about Mental Health Week, please visit For a listing of events in BC visit

The Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division is a charity that promotes mental health for all in British Columbia and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness through public education, community-based research, influencing public policy, and direct services and supports. Last year, through the BC division and 19 BC branches, CMHA helped over 180,0000 British Columbians. Nationally, it is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. To get involved or donate, visit  or call 1-800-555-8222.

27th #Annual TD Victoria #International #Jazzfest June 24 - July 3 YYJ #Music #Jazz



JUNE 24 – JULY 3, 2011
The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to announce the 27th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest. The 2011 festival hopes to once again attract an audience of over 43,000 people, who will create an economic impact of well over $3 million to the City of Victoria. The 2011 festival has an operating budget of $820,000.
THE TEN HOT DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE COOLEST MUSIC IN TOWN will happen from June 24 - July 3, 2011 when the TD JazzFest will present a culturally and musically diverse program of 85 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 12 stages in downtown Victoria. Over 350 musicians in 66 bands from over nine of the world’s most diverse countries including Australia, Cuba, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States will be performing in our city during the TD Victoria International JazzFest 2011.

The headlining Royal Theatre Concert Series begins on the opening night of the festival Friday, June 24, with a festival favorite, vocalist Madeleine Peyroux who will be debuting her brand new album Standing On The Rooftop, followed by world renowned, 15 members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w. Wynton Marsalis. Other performances at the Royal Theatre include the debut appearances at JazzFest of multiple Grammy winners Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle with his band The Dukes. TD JazzFest proudly welcomes to Victoria, for the first time, Spanish flamenco superstar and one of the world’s best guitarists, Paco de Lucia.

The 2011 TD Victoria International JazzFest will be utilizing and presenting on 11 additional venue/stages throughout downtown Victoria including The Bay Centre • Hotel Grand Pacific • Chateau Victoria • The Office • Club 9ONE9 • Harpo’s at Upstairs Cabaret • Victoria Event Centre • Hermann’s Jazz Club • Centennial Square • Alix Goolden Performance Hall and Long & McQuade Music Education Centre.

As the Victoria Jazz Society continues its commitment to developing jazz in our community, Victoria music students will benefit from the four “free admission” informal workshop/clinics hosted by visiting TD JazzFest artists such as members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, jazz vocalist Alex Pangman, pianist Robert Glasper, and bassist Christian McBride. This component of the Victoria Jazz Society’s “Outreach Program” is presented with the funding support of TD’s Community Relations program.
The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to continue with TD as the Title Sponsor of our jazz festival. The TD Victoria International JazzFest is also funded by all three levels of government: the Department of Canadian Heritage: Arts Presentation Program, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Capital Regional District, and the City of Victoria.

TD JazzFest’s Presenting Media Sponsors are Times Colonist • A Channel British Columbia and radio stations CFAX 1070 and KOOL FM.

Other continuing festival sponsors include: Big Rock Brewery • CBC 90.5 Radio One • Cook’s Day Off • Cumberbirch Insurance • Downtown Victoria Business Association • KPLU 88.5 • Long and McQuade • Metro Lexus Victoria • National Car & Truck Rental • Newport Realty • Pacific Audio Works • Pearlman & Lindholm Barristers & Solicitors • Pepsi • Rockland Oceanographic Services Inc. • Rogers • Shaw • Tom Lee Music • Trapeze Communications Inc. and Victoria Backline Services. TD JazzFest 2011 is pleased to welcome Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services, Thrifty Foods and La Société de francophone Victoria to our esteemed group of sponsors.

The Victoria Jazz Society, producers of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and the 250 plus volunteers for supporting both the music and the festival.

Darryl Mar

Artistic Director/Festival Producer: TD Victoria International JazzFest


Guided #Walk - #Raccoon Tales at #Devonian Regional #Park #YYJ #Metchosin

Raccoon Tales Guided Walk
at Devonian Regional Park

Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30pm
Raccoon Tales (Guided Walk)—All ages
Devonian Regional Park (Metchosin)

Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist on a raccoon trail for a ‘day in the life’ of one of these little rascals. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off William Head Road.

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

#Qristina & #Quinn #Bachand to perform May 21st in #YYJ #music #folk #CDrelease

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#BCTransit #Increases #Service on #Saltspring Island @BC_Transit #takethebus


SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. – On Sunday, May 1, 2011, service levels in the Salt Spring Island Transit System will increase to coincide with the summer ferry schedule.

The increase in frequency and the schedule adjustments will help accommodate local and tourist travel. Other minor schedule changes can be found at

Funding of the local transit system is cost‐shared between the Capital Regional District and BC Transit.

For routes, schedules and general inquiries, please call the local BC Transit operator at 250.538.4282 or visit .

#Sharing #Food and #Knowledge #Forum April 28 at #UVIC #YYJ #sustainability

April 26, 2011


YOU CAN GROW IT HERE: Should you plant a vegetable garden on your balcony or rooftop? Is it a good idea to raise chickens in your backyard? How you can use urban spaces to grow food is just one of the topics that will be discussed at the University of Victoria’s Sharing Food and Knowledge Forum on Thursday, April 28.

The forum is part of a new research project that is mapping a food production plan for the island and helping to respond to threats to food security. The Local Food Project is led by principal investigators UVic historian Dr. John Lutz, currently acting director of UVic’s Office of Community-Based Research (OCBR), and Canada Research Chair Dr. Aleck Ostry in the Department of Geography at UVic. They are working with the four partner institutions of the Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance (VICRA) and a steering committee made up of academic, community and government representatives.

Thursday’s Sharing Food and Knowledge Forum will include guest speakers, informative sessions on the Local Food Project, growing food on campus, current food research and student initiatives, as well as tours of the campus gardens and UVic food services. For more information visit

Sharing Food and Knowledge Forum
Thurs., April 28, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Cadboro Commons
Admission is free
More info:

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CityVibe - #YYJ Guide to #Festivals and #Outdoor #Events

Get Your CITYVibe – Victoria’s Guide to Festivals and Outdoor Events

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

VICTORIA, BC — Looking to celebrate summer in Victoria with family and friends? Get your CITYVibe, your free go-to guide for festivals and outdoor events in the Capital City.

In its second year, this City of Victoria publication showcases festivals and celebrations that are recipients of the City’s 2011 Festival Investment Grant. The guide also features Victoria’s vibrant public markets, City sponsored concerts and events at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park, and Summer in the Square programming in Centennial Square, next to City Hall.

The festival season kicks off with live theatre at Uno Fest on May 19, with a spectacular line-up of arts and cultural events right through the summer, culminating with the Vancouver Island Blues Bash from September 3 – 5. Most events are free, while others offer a combination of free and ticketed performances.

Whether you’re bringing the kids to a parade, taking in an outdoor concert or film, shopping for homemade and homegrown at local markets, or celebrating our diversity, make CITYVibe your guide to summer fun in Victoria.

Watch for CITYVibe in May in your community newspaper, or pick up a copy at your local library, recreation, community or seniors centre, or at Victoria City Hall. The guide is also available online at

#YYJ #All #Candidates #Meeting Tonight at 7:00 #affordablehousing #poverty #community


A reminder that tonight, April 26, all 4 candidates for the Victoria riding will be participating in a forum in St. John's Hall, 915 Balmoral at 7:00 p.m.

The focus will be "Communities where everyone has dignity: what's your prescription?" Candidates will be expected to speak to their respective party’s plans to improve quality of life, education and healthcare investment, and build inclusive communities.

The debate is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. The format will feature:

• • 3-minute opening statement by each candidate
• • 3 questions which will be submitted on behalf of the groups sponsoring the debate
• • 30 minutes of questions from the floor
• • 2-minute closing statement by each candidate.

This event is organized by:

- Faith in Action
- Downtown Service Providers
- Committee to End Homelessness in Victoria
- Together Against Poverty Society
- Downtown Churches Association
- The Church of St. John the Divine
- Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness

The moderator is Gregor Craigie of CBC Radio’s On the Island.

#VicPD Launches Targeted #Enforcement #Campaign in #YYJ #traffic #distracteddriving #cycling

VicPD’s Traffic Section Launches Week-Long
Targeted Enforcement Campaign

Victoria BC – All this week Victoria Police’s Traffic Section and Speed Watch volunteers will be conducting targeted enforcement on busy intersections and other identified roadways to enforce safe driving practices.

The intent of the campaign is to raise awareness of enforcement activities and the positive impact smart driving behaviours have on preventing collisions and motor vehicle injuries.

There is additional focus on driver’s impact on vulnerable road users, which includes cyclists, pedestrians and motorcycles.

The campaign kicked off Tuesday morning with police setup at the intersection of Douglas Street and Hillside Avenue, which was ranked no. 5 in the city’s last annual collision statistics report. Officers primarily targeted unsafe lane changes, and secondary offences such as distracted driving.

Speed Watch volunteers will also be active throughout the week with speed reader boards, which they hope will remind people to slow down and obey the posted speed limits.

The campaign runs through Friday, April 29. VicPD’s Traffic Section routinely conducts enforcement projects with specific focuses.

BC Children’s Hospital seeks #pectus #repair #patients @BCCHF

BC Children’s Hospital seeks pectus repair patients

April 26, 2011

Vancouver, B.C. – BC Children’s Hospital is in the process of contacting a select group of past patients who had a specific type of pectus repair surgery and hardware insertion performed at the hospital, between the early 1980s and early 2009.

This procedure includes surgically inserting a metal strut to address a condition that involves a concave deformity of the chest and ribs. The strut helps hold the chest in proper position and at the time of the surgeries noted, it was not considered standard practice by the physicians performing this procedure for the hardware to be removed.

Over time, this practice has changed and the local medical community has become aware of cases where older migrating hardware may cause health complications. Patients are not necessarily at risk, but in the interest of ensuring patient safety long term, BC Children’s Hospital is now contacting past patients about the situation and consulting with them about the most appropriate clinical course of action based on their individual circumstances.

Every effort is being made to contact patients directly, but in some cases individuals have moved and no known address is available. We encourage those who had this procedure performed at BC Children’s Hospital in the timeframe identified to contact us at 1-855-875-2507.

There is no broad public health risk; this advisory applies to a specific patient population and even within this group, not all patients will be impacted. BC Children’s Hospital staff want to speak to patients and determine their health status; arrangements are already in place to coordinate follow up care as required.

BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents. BC Children’s is an academic health centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information, please visit

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, please visit 

#Native #Plant #Study #Group presents: Native #Bees May 19 at #UVIC #YYJ

The Native Plant Study Group presents:

Native Bees: Essential Pollinators For Our Future with entomologist Gordon Hutchings

A worldwide crisis in bee populations has made our native pollinators more important than ever. A resident of our region—they are resilient and fascinating. Learn more as Gordon shares his expertise, images and materials on how we can help preserve our natural environment.

Thurs, May 19 at 7pm. UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D116

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

#Institute for #Canadian #Citizenship Announces #New Board #Members


Toronto, April 26, 2011 - The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to its Board of Directors.

Co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the Board is composed of creative, high profile leaders from a diversity of backgrounds. The new members are: Stéphane Marceau, Chief Marketing Officer of the Yellow Pages Group; Gail Misra, a labour and employment lawyer at Caley Wray; Mark Podlasly, principal and senior socio-economist of Tsayash Management Group; Zaib Shaikh, the star of the world's first Muslim sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie; and Khalil Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). These new members join the current members: Martin Katz, president and founder of Prospero Pictures; Irfhan Rawji, Director at Onex Partners, and Gill Rémillard, counsel at Fraser, Milner, Casgrain LLP.

“We are absolutely delighted to have such a vibrant, dynamic group of people joining our organization,” said ICC Co-Chair, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. “Their exceptional leadership and management skills, their vision, creativity, and commitment will be invaluable to the ICC and its Executive Director and CEO, Gillian Hewitt Smith, as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization.”

For complete biographies of all board members, please visit

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships designed to ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals, to create meaningful connections among all Canadian citizens and to foster a culture of active, engaged citizens. Our Building Citizenship program brings together new and established Canadians at community citizenship ceremonies; our Cultural Access Pass (CAP), generously supported by the Canadian Museums Association and the RBC Foundation, offers new citizens the chance to visit more than 160 museums and galleries across Canada for free for a full year from the time they’re sworn in; and our annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium fosters a debate on the future of Canada’s civic culture. The ICC was founded and is co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul. The ICC is supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For more information, visit

#Fraser #Institute - Avg. #Canadian #Family pays more in #Taxes than #Food #Clothing & #Shelter

Average Canadian family pays more in taxes than it does for food, clothing, and shelter combined

#Fraser #InstituteVANCOUVER, BC--The average Canadian family spent more than 41 per cent of its annual income on taxes in 2010, more than it paid for food, clothing, and shelter combined, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

"Taxes have grown over the past 49 years to the point that government is now the largest expenditure facing a family," said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute senior economist and co-author of the Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2011 ( download the complete publication: ).

Much like the Consumer Price Index calculated by Statistics Canada which tracks the average price that consumers pay for the goods and services they choose to purchase, the Canadian Consumer Tax Index tracks the price of goods and services that government buys on behalf of Canadians.

In 2010, a Canadian family with an average income of $72,393 spent 41.3 per cent of its income on taxes, while spending 34.0 per cent on the necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter.

But it wasn't always this way. In 1961, the average family spent 33.5 per cent of its income on taxes, while 56.5 per cent was required for food, clothing, and shelter.

The report calculates that since 1961, the average Canadian family's total tax bill has increased by 1,686 per cent. In contrast, expenditures on shelter increased by 1,175 per cent, food by 498 per cent, and clothing by 510 per cent from 1961 to 2010. Additionally, the increase in taxes has far outpaced the increase in the Consumer Price Index, which was 642 per cent between 1961 and 2010.

"The average Canadian family has seen its total tax bill increase by an astounding 1,686 per cent over the past 49 years. As a result, taxes have become the most significant item in family budgets," Veldhuis said.

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index calculates the total tax bill paid by a Canadian family with average income by adding up the various taxes that the family pays to federal, provincial, and local governments. These include taxes such as income taxes, sales taxes, Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan contributions, as well as "hidden" taxes such as import duties, excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, amusement taxes, and gas taxes.

"At this time of year, most Canadians are focused on filing their income tax returns. But personal income taxes account for just about one-third of the total tax bill paid by the average Canadian family in 2010," Veldhuis said.

This year's index shows that even though average family income increased significantly since 1961 (1,348 per cent), the total tax bill increased at a much higher rate (1,686 per cent).

- In 2010, the average Canadian family earned an income of $72,393 and paid total taxes equaling $29,913--41.3 per cent of its income.

- In 1961, the average Canadian family earned an income of $5,000 and paid $1,675 in total taxes--33.5 per cent of its income.

Impact of government deficits:

The report also examines the impact of government deficits on the total tax bill of the average Canadian family. With the federal and most provincial governments increasing spending and incurring significant deficits, Charles Lammam, Fraser Institute senior policy analyst, suggests that deficits should be thought of as unpaid debts that must eventually be paid through taxes.

"If we include government deficits, we see the total tax bill for the average Canadian family is actually $33,275 in 2010, not $29,913. This means the average Canadian family faces a future tax bill of an additional $3,362," he said.

When current government deficits--deferred taxation--are included in the tax calculation, the total tax burden for an average Canadian family has increased by 1,887 per cent since 1961.

"Unless governments get spending under control and find a way to reduce their deficits, Canadian families face the spectre of increased taxation," Lammam said.

#UVIC #Students Launch #Urban #Agriculture #Project April 28 #YYJ #sustainability

Local students hatch plan for urban agriculture on Vancouver Island.

VICRA Local Food Project
Urban Agriculture Strategy Team Press Release

Chickens in Fernwood? Local students are hatching plans for urban agriculture on Vancouver Island. Have you ever questioned where your food comes from? If are thinking of a large farm in a rural area, you might think again. Urban Agriculture is gaining ground throughout North America, and Vancouver Island is no exception.

An essential part of the new Local Food Project, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council conducted by the Vancouver Island Research Alliance (VICRA), is to explore the growing potential on Vancouver Island.

Locally relevant and internationally significant, this project addresses the potential for urban agriculture within a sustainable food system. The present research identifies models for measuring food production capacity in cities taking into consideration different successful examples worldwide. Chris Kay, UVIC student intern found: “Urban agriculture is a movement that is extending its roots into cities all over the world. Boulevards, schoolyards, parks, backyards, rooftops, vacant and underused land could all be producing food. Urban land with agricultural potential exists all around us, it just needs to be identified and put into production.”

An integral part of the project is the creation of land inventories that may support municipal policy, programs and community initiatives here on Vancouver Island. Land inventories should be tailored to each geographical area according to their individual community and urban landscape needs. The results yielded considerable parcels of land for potential urban agriculture uses.

On Thursday, April 28th, come to UVic and hear about new tools for assessing food production potential on urban plots. The Sharing Food and Knowledge Forum, hosted by the Office of Community-Based Research, will take place in Cadboro Commons at UVic from 12:30-3:30pm. The event will include guest speakers, informative sessions on the Local Food Project, growing food on campus, current food research and student initiatives, as well as tours of the campus gardens and UVic food services. For more information of this event, please refer to:

#Highland #Games bring #World's #Best #Heavy #Athletes back to #YYJ

World’s Best Heavy Event Athletes Return to Victoria

The world’s top Highland Games athletes are coming back to Victoria for the International Heavy Events Challenge as part of the 148th Annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival on May 21 and 22, 2011 at Topaz Park, Victoria.

Thousands attended the 2010 World Heavy Event Championships in Victoria last year – and it is expected huge crowds will once again converge on Topaz Park to watch some of the world’s best in caber tossing, putting the stone and throwing the hammer. Nearly a dozen of the best heavy event athletes are confirmed to compete for honor and prize money. Lighthouse Brewing Company, title sponsor of the Challenge, has again brewed the Highland Challenge Scottish Ale specifically for the Highland Games.

The International Heavy Events Challenge is one of several world class events at this year’s Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival. The festival is now recognized across North America as a showcase of Scottish and Celtic arts, culture, sport, music and athletic activities.

“This is a true family event – there’s something here for everyone”, says Jim Maxwell, President of the Victoria Highland Games Association. “We have world class athletes and the top dancers, pipers and entertainers from across Western Canada and the United States coming to the Games this year”, says Maxwell.

The excitement leading up to the Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival including the Tartan Parade from Centennial Square to the Legislature on May 14 and the sold-out Tilted Kilt Pub Crawl on May 18. The Highland Games and Celtic Festival themselves kick off on Saturday, May 21 at Topaz Park. The weekend includes highland dancing, pipe bands, heavy events, Celtic music bands, the Kilted Mile run, haggis hurling, whisky tasting, sheep dog trials and the list goes on. This is a family-oriented event with lots of entertainment and activities for the kids (children under 12 are free), but also has two large beer tents for adult refreshment.

A Scottish Ceilidh will be held Saturday, May 21 starting at 7:30PM at the Bay Street Armoury. Tickets available through the MacPherson Ticket Office.

More information is available at

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Greater Victoria #Cycling #Coalition Day April 26th #YYJ #cycling @GVCC

April 26 declared Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Day in the City of Victoria

Please join the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVCC) at noon on Tuesday, April 26th at Victoria City Hall where Mayor Dean Fortin will proclaim the day to be Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Day in the city.

Many current GVCC members will be in attendance, including GVCC founders such as Member of Parliament Denise Savoie and long-time member & Victoria City Councilor John Luton.

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition was incorporated April 26, 1991, and since that time has been an integral part in building Victoria’s cycling infrastructure. Successful projects that have helped make Victoria the Cycling Capital of Canada have included:

• Developing the Galloping Goose and Lochside Regional Trail systems, including the Selkirk Trestle, Switch Bridge, Blenkinsop Trestle, Blenkinsop Connector and Interurban Trail

• Continuing to advocate for improved cycling infrastructure throughout Greater Victoria, including bike lanes, bike parking, bike racks on buses, and bicycle-triggered traffic lights

• Numerous projects educating the public on cycling safety including the publication BikeSense: the BC Bicycle Operator’s Manual

• Promoting cycling culture in Greater Victoria with numerous events, conferences, and popular publications like Cycle Therapy

For more information please contact GVCC President:

Darren Marr at 250-220-9619 or

#Road #Closure #Santa #Anita Ave between Hastings & Mariposa Apr 26 to May 3 #YYJ #traffic

Road Closure

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 through to Tuesday, May 3, 2011 there will be a full road closure on Santa Anita Avenue between Hastings Street and Mariposa Avenue. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 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.

Please contact the Roads Section at (250) 475-5596 for more information.

#Canadian #Federation of the #Blind #Benefit #Concert May 6th in #YYJ #music #fundraising

Vegas-bound blind pianist and Vancouver Island's Got Talent winner, Sky Mundell, will be performing at the Sky's the Limit Benefit Concert, May 6th in Victoria, BC. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Canadian Federation of the Blind, a Victoria-based nonprofit organization.

The evening will feature performances by pianist, Sky Mundell; national award-winning jazz guitarist, Lucas Haneman; one of Canada's exciting up-and-coming singer-songwriters, Kaya Fraser; singer and bass guitar player, Karen Kelpin; classical singers Kristen Birley and Stephanie Landucci; and the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir.

"Sky's the Limit" will include an eclectic mix of music from rock to jazz to classical, from vocal to instrumental, with both blind and non-blind performers. “The concert will help us raise much-needed funds for the organization, and will provide the public with a positive perspective on blindness and the abilities of blind people," says Elizabeth Lalonde, president of the Canadian Federation of the Blind.

When: Friday, May 6, 2011. 7PM - 9PM

Where: St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC

Admission: By donation

Presented at the newly renovated sanctuary of St. Aiden's United Church, the concert will include a silent auction and refreshments for purchase during intermission.

The Canadian Federation of the Blind is an organization of blind people committed to the equality and empowerment of blind Canadians. Through advocacy, public education and mentoring, members promote a positive perspective on blindness, together gain confidence and skills and work to change what it means to be blind.

Canadian Federation of the Blind
Phone: 250-598-7154
Toll Free: 1-800-619-8789

#Extended #Single #Lane #Traffic between 966 #Tattersall Dr and intersection of #Calumet & Tattersall Dr #YYJ

Extended Single Lane Traffic

On Thursday, April 21, 2011 through to Friday, April 29, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic between 966 Tattersall Drive and the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Tattersall Drive. 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 andbvall traffic signs.

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

#Road #Closure #Smuggler’s #Cove Rd betwn McAnally Rd & Baynes Rd April 26-19 #YYJ #traffic

Road Closure

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 through to Friday, April 29, 2011 there will be a full road closure on . Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

Only emergency vehicles and local traffic will have access. Please obey the signs

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

Extended #Full #Road #Closure #Heath Drive: April 26-27 #YYJ #Traffic

Extended Road Closure

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 through to Wednesday, April 27, 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.

#Camsoun #ACP #Grad @gabriellekind to drive 9000km to find a #Job #YYJ

Two media grads will drive 9000 kilometres in 20 days to find a job

Victoria BC:

On May 15th, two young radio graduates, Mitch Hawes (20) and Gabrielle Kind (21), will set off to drive 9000 kilometres across Canada on a non‐traditional job hunt. The purpose of this road‐trip is to meet with potential employers, interview industry professionals, and gain a realistic understanding of how to break into the competitive radio industry.

“Radiotrip” is an interactive experience that will utilize a vast set of social media, video and audio production skills to entertain an audience and document the journey in real time.

Every stop means a new town, a new interview, and another piece of information that will shape an educational audio documentary about the radio industry.

“This is a great way to showcase a range of skills to potential employers. I can talk on the radio, but also Blog, Tweet, Facebook, put a video on YouTube, make an audio documentary, and survive a road trip,”says Kind.

The focus of this trip is different for both Kind and Hawes. Kind hopes to discover a niche in the talk radio industry, clarify her next step towards a career, and experience the different cities her country has to offer. Hawes is passionate about various departments in radio, from promotions to programming. He would like to further explore these passions, meet some of the top industry leaders and showcase what two aspiring broadcasters can bring to the table.

“We are young, energetic and have a unique skill set that is relevant and in demand by leaders in the media industry. We can bring our employers a competitive advantage and help access an untapped revenue source,”says Hawes.

As the two grads drive from Victoria to Toronto and back, they will be sharing everything with their audience. Not only the information they gather and the tricks they discover, but day to day challenges posed by their audience to keep them entertained; roadside fitness attempts, a country‐wide scavenger hunt, and an overwhelming amount of laughter.

Help @BelfryTheatre Create New #Play about #Homelessness April 30th in #YYJ #theatre

The Homeless Project : Question Period

Help the Belfry create a new play about homelessness

There are many different opinions about homelessness in Victoria. We want to hear them all. To that end, we are holding an “Open Space” discussion on Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 pm.

The Belfry is in the process of creating a “verbatim play” about the homeless situation in Victoria. A verbatim play is one created using transcripts from interviews with people in a particular segment of a population, or from a specific community. In this case, we want to hear from as many people as possible from within our community.

We want to hear what you think are the important questions. The ideas you bring may be incorporated into our play building process.

Please bring your questions, and a willingness to participate in collaborative discussion with you to the Belfry Theatre, Saturday, April 30, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

#International #AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 15th in #YYJ

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, 2011 - “Touching Lives ...”

Vancouver Island PWA Society/VARCS

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
The Front Steps of the BC Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC

Vancouver Island PWA Society would like to invite you, your family, your colleagues and friends to join us as we honour and remember those whom we have lost to AIDS and to stand in support of those in our community living with HIV/AIDS.

We would be honoured if you would be able to attend this years memorial.

If you are unable to join us for the memorial on May 15th, we would like to ask that you light a candle in your home, and take a moment to reflect on how HIV/AIDS has touched lives in our community and the world.

The theme for the 2011 Candlelight Memorial is "Touching Lives…". With this theme, the International Candlelight Memorial, Vancouver Island People Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VIPWAS) and Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS) wishes people to remember how HIV has touched the lives of so many of us; and how international solidarity has a positive impact on the lives of people living with HIV and affected by HIV worldwide.

Started in 1983, the annual observance of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness in the world.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is based on four simple principles: to honour the memory of those lost to AIDS; to show support for those living with HIV and AIDS; to raise community awareness and eliminate stigma related to HIV and AIDS; to mobilize community involvement in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Vancouver Island PWA Society

101 - 1139 Yates Street
Victoria BC V8V 3N2

Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society

1284F Gladstone Avenue
Victoria BC V8T 1G6
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