Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Full Road Closure Walema Ave between Lockside and Cordova Bay June 1-10 #yyj #traffic

Road Closure

On Wednesday, June 1, 2011 through to Friday, June 10, 2011 there will be a full road closure on Walema Avenue between Lockside Drive and Cordova Bay Road. 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. All other vehicles are asked to please use alternate route.

This closure is due to water main installation.

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

Privacy Commissioner Monitoring Unprecidented Security Breaches

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

May 31, 2011


VICTORIA - Security breaches affecting the personal information of millions of Canadians have been reported in recent weeks.

B.C. Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is working with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta to monitor the actions being taken to address the security breaches at Sony Network Entertainment America Inc., Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International AB and Honda Canada.

British Columbia's Personal Information Protection Act requires companies to protect personal information and take steps to prevent unauthorized access, use, disclosure, copying, modification and disposal.

Denham and the federal and Alberta Commissioners launched the "Securing Personal Information: A Self-Assessment Tool for Organizations" earlier this month. The tool is available online at www.oipc.bc.ca and can beused by organizations to systematically evaluate and improve their data-security practices and reduce the risk of harmful breaches.

Individuals also have a role in protecting their personal information online. The Commissioner encourages individuals to take precautions including:

* regularly changing passwords used to access online services,

* being cautious when providing personal information online,

* being aware of common scams such as phishing, and

* always reading a site's privacy notice before entering personal information.

"Privacy breaches cause anxiety for individuals and shakes their confidence in the organization they trusted to protect their personal information," said Commissioner Denham. "Companies can reduce their corporate risk and protect their customers by using our self assessment security tool and implementing better information security practices."

Individuals who would like further information about the steps they can take to protect themselves online can access our website at http://www.oipc.bc.ca/ or contact us by phone at 250 387-5629.

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2011 TD Victoria International Jazzfest - Village 900 will be giving away Tickets #yyj #music


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Village 900 has 15 pairs of tickets to some of the hottest shows in this year's TD Victoria International JazzFest! They're a closely guarded secret for now, but we won't be able to keep quiet forever.

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1st Annual Wild About Whales Derby for Boys & Girls Club of Victoria #yyj #fundraising

Participate in the 1st Annual Wild About Whales Derby

VICTORIA, BC — Adopt a whale and watch it race down the Gorge Waterway for a chance to win one of six ‘fintastic’ prizes. Boys & Girls Club is hosting Victoria’s first ever Whale Derby on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at Esquimalt Gorge Park from 1:30 – 4:30 PM to raise funds for out of school programs for kids.

In addition to the race there will be a free, family oriented event in the Esquimalt Gorge Park with a concession and activities for children including face painting, inflatables and voyageur canoe rides. The festivities will continue at a hosted reception and live auction for VIPs and sponsors.

Whale raffle tickets are $5 each or $25 for a pod pack of 6, and prizes include $2,500 cash, WestJet flights, a day sale on the HMCS Oriole, a Tofino getaway, a BBQ and an Xbox Kinnect bundle.

Get your tickets from Boys & Girls Clubs by calling (250) 384-9133 or visit Boys & Girls Club’s website at www.bgcvic.org. Then come down to Esquimalt Gorge Park on June 18th to cheer on your whales.

Bring the whole family to this free ‘fin filled’ event.

Public comment requested on residences in the ALR

Public comment requested on residences in the ALR

Ministry of Agriculture

VICTORIA - The Ministry of Agriculture is inviting British Columbians to comment on possible guidelines for residence size and location on properties in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

The call for public comments follows the distribution of the ministry's discussion paper on the same topic to local governments and stakeholders and is part of the process to help develop standards that could be applied by local governments across the province. The consultation includes a survey seeking opinions on:

* Whether size and location limits should be applied to residences and their amenities in the ALR.

* The process in which the standards could be introduced.

* Feedback on the discussion paper.

The ALR is a provincial zone in which agriculture is the priority use. Although local governments regulate residence size and location limits within their boundaries, not many have specified size and placement requirements for residences specifically within the ALR. As a result of local governments concerns over differences in regulations among municipalities, Metro Vancouver (formerly the GVRD) asked the Minister of Agriculture to develop a provincial standard that local governments could use.

The survey is open to all British Columbians. Respondents are advised to familiarize themselves with the discussion paper prior to participating in the survey. To read the discussion paper and participate in the survey, visit: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/

The survey will be open until July 14, 2011. All comments will be included in the ministry's consideration of Metro Vancouver's request for a provincial standard.

#HST Motion Passes #bcpoli

Motion to reduce HST to 10 per cent passes

Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA - A binding motion passed in the B.C. legislature today is a firm commitment to all British Columbians that this government will keep its promise to reduce the HST to 10 per cent, Minister of Finance Kevin Falcon announced.

As a result of the motion being passed, British Columbia's minister of finance must immediately advise the Minister of Finance for the Government of Canada to reduce B.C.'s portion of the HST to six per cent on July 1, 2012 and a further reduction to five per cent on July 1, 2014, subject to a "no" vote in the HST referendum.

Under the terms of the binding motion, the Province will also provide one-time transition cheques of $175 per child that will be issued to families with children under 18 years old. In addition, low- and modest-income seniors will receive a one-time transition cheque of $175.

These proposed changes to the HST, including transition cheques, will take effect only if British Columbians vote to keep the HST.


Minister of Finance Kevin Falcon -

"This binding motion makes it crystal clear to all British Columbians that this government will keep its promises on the changes to the HST.

"As a government, we are convinced that the HST is the right tax policy for the province.

"If British Columbians still prefer to return to the PST plus GST system - we will honour that decision and work as hard as we possibly can to make that decision successful for the province going forward."

For more information about the HST, visit: http://www.hstinbc.ca/

Last Week to Provide Feedback on the Draft Regional Parks Strategic Plan

Last Week to Provide Feedback on the Draft Regional Parks Strategic Plan

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 Regional Parks Strategic Plan 2011-2020 represents the work and discussions of the Citizen Advisory Panel and CRD staff over the past 15 months. The plan recognizes the expectation for significant population growth in the region over the next ten to thirty years and is based on what was heard from the community, interest groups and other park agencies.

Public meetings have been held throughout the district to review the draft strategic plan and gather comments. The public may also provide feedback online. The draft plan and feedback form are available at http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks. The deadline is June 5, 2011.

Free Bus Rides for Grads: #BCTransit #Gradpass Program @BC_Transit


Victoria - In an effort to promote safer, more sustainable ways to travel, more than 16,000 graduating secondary students in communities throughout the province have received a special GradPASS. The pass is good for two days of unlimited travel within their local transit system in the month of June.

“High school graduation is an important milestone in many young people’s lives,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom. “Choosing to travel for free on public transit on grad day will allow students to celebrate their achievement safely. Thanks to BC Transit for encouraging our young people to take the bus on their big day.”

The program has been available in Victoria since 1990. Other participating municipalities include Abbotsford, Campbell River, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kootenay Boundary, Mission, Nanaimo, Pemberton, Penticton, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Powell River, Salt Spring Island, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vernon and Whistler.

“The GradPASS is our way of helping graduating students celebrate their achievements safely,” said Manuel Achadinha, President and CEO of BC Transit. “Congratulations to the 2011 grads, who by continuing to choose transit, will shape our communities for a more sustainable future.”

The GradPASS program was developed in Vancouver in 1988 through Counterattack,

BC Transit and local School Boards to help get students home safely at graduation time.

Students must scratch off the travel date on the GradPASS and present a valid Student ID to the bus driver. Passes are non‐transferable.

Wilderness Committee: 500 Send Message at Raven Coal Public Meeting in Courtenay

“No More Coal”: Over 500 people send clear message at Raven Coal public meeting

Courtenay B.C. - Chants of 'No More Coal” filled a packed Courtenay room for the first of three public comment meetings scheduled for the Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment. Over five hundred people crammed into the Filberg Centre for the six hour meeting, to ask questions and express their concerns with the proposed mine.

“Throughout the night it was clear that people are frustrated with the process and deeply worried about the future of our communities,” said John Snyder, President of CoalWatch Comox Valley. “The government cookie cutter response of 'it will be assessed' doesn't cut it when you are talking about peoples drinking water, their livelihood and their health.”

About 70 citizens registered to asked questions on broad range of topics including climate change, water quality, impact on tourism, liability and reclamation to the shellfish industry. Not one person spoke in favour of the project, and many people brought serious concerns about the feasibility of the project.

“It is clear that Compliance's unproven track record managing these types of project calls their ability protect the environment into question,”said Tria Donaldson, Pacific Coast Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee. “Compliance Energy's CEO John Tapics stated that his 1975 stint as a worker in an underground mine was the most experience in underground mining held by any Compliance board members. If true, that is unacceptable risk.”

Another consistent theme throughout the meeting was a resounding call for a full independent review panel, and for more public meetings in impacted communities like Denman Island and Qualicum Beach. Over 22 environmental, community, labour organizations and local governments have joined that call.

“The location and scheduling of the meetings effectively excludes many Denman and Hornby Islanders,” says Mike Morrell, from Denman Opposes Coal. Residents on Denman will be able to directly see the proposed mine site. “ We have repeatedly requested that a public meeting be held on Denman and have been refused.”

The Wilderness Committee and its allies are gearing up for the upcoming public meetings in Port Alberni on Thursday and Union Bay on Friday. It is expected that both meetings will have large crowds.

The Wilderness Committee is Canada's largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization. We work for the preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research and grassroots education. The Wilderness Committee works on the ground to achieve ecologically sustainable communities. We work only through lawful means.

#Vicpd Undercover Project Nets 22 Drug Dealers #yyj

Twenty-two Drug Dealers Arrested as Result
of VicPD Undercover Project

File # 11-15775
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Victoria BC – Twenty-two drug dealers have been arrested as the result of a Victoria Police undercover project focused on supressing the open air drug market in the city’s downtown.

Dubbed “Project Cinco de Mayo”, VicPD’s Focused Enforcement Team partnered with other police agencies to execute the project. Undercover operators from VicPD’s own Strike Force, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and Saanich Police were used to buy cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

The project was initiated to help alleviate community concerns about the drug dealers who intimidate the neighbourhood and affect local businesses. Police focused on identified problem areas, such as the 900-block of Pandora Avenue and Reeson Park.

Undercover operators purchased drugs from city streets between May 3-6. Warrants were then issued and police began making arrests on May 17th.The most recent arrest came on May 26th and five people are still wanted on outstanding warrants.

Of the 22 people arrested thus far, 20 are men ranging from 21-49 years old, and seven women were between the ages of 19-43 were arrested. Several of the people sold to undercover officers on multiple occasions.

One of the people arrested was caught breaking into a police officer’s car near the station on May 19th. Another well-known drug dealer was arrested the same day with a newspaper article detailing the undercover project in his pocket. The majority of arrests took place between May 17-19.

During the arrest of these 22 drug dealers, police were also able to recommend four additional charges of breach, one for possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one for possession. In many instances, officers also successfully lobbied for “red-zone” conditions, which would prevent the drug dealers from returning to the problem areas upon release.

The #Backyardigans Sept 8 at The Royal Theatre #yyj @RMTS_Victoria

Paquin Entertainment presents


This out-of-this-world theatrical production will lead families on a heroic quest through the whimsical escapades of The Backyardigans.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

6:30pm at the Royal Theatre

Don’t miss the chance to see The Backyardigans
live on stage in your city!

A Song For Canada: Canada's Walk of Fame Details #music #contest


- WINNER RECEIVES $25,000 and a unique chance to help make history -

- Song To debut Nationally during the Canada’s Walk of Fame televised AWARDS ON Global and Slice™ -

(Toronto, ON) May 31, 2011 – Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today an exciting new competition offering Canadians a chance to make history and help create a song for Canada.

From June 1st to July 15th, A Song For Canada, presented by RE/MAX, is calling all Canadians to describe the true essence of the Canadian identity, and what makes them proud to be a Canadian, in a 250-word poem or essay. Hopefuls are also encouraged to submit a vocal or musical interpretation with their written content that may later be featured during the performance of the song (yet to be titled) when it is debuted nationally this October during the Canada’s Walk of Fame Televised Awards on Global and Slice.

The original score will be co-written, composed and arranged by acclaimed pianist, producer and songwriter, Stephan Moccio (“I Believe”, 2010 Vancouver Olympics theme song). Additional members of the creative team, who will be announced in the coming weeks, will work with Moccio and the winner on this exciting project.

The winner of this competition will have a minimum of one line from their submission included in the song. The idea behind the competition is to create a theme in keeping with the inspirational Canadians who are a part of Canada’s Walk of Fame. The song will reflect the spirit and values of today’s Canada and ultimately become a musical symbol of our country worldwide.

“We want to create a song in keeping with the achievements of this outstanding country that will resonate with all Canadians and inspire our children,” said Peter Soumalias, Founding Director, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We are honoured that Stephan Moccio shares our vision and we’re confident that together with the winner of this competition, the team will create an inspiring melody that stirs the souls of Canadians for generations to come.”

A panel of esteemed judges will review all submissions and select the Top 10 eligible participants to advance to the final round. The judges include: Canadian jazz-pop singer and 2010 Allan Slaight Award recipient, Nikki Yanofsky; Stephan Moccio; Entertainment Tonight Canada co-host, Rick Campanelli and Peter Soumalias. The public will also have the opportunity to view the Top 10 submissions online and comment on their favourites.

The grand prize winner of A Song For Canada will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Moccio in addition to a cash prize of $25,000, studio recording time at Metalworks Studios valued at $10,000, plus a trip for two to Toronto to attend the 2011 Canada’s Walk of Fame Televised Awards and exclusive Inductee Ball. The winning submission will be announced in August 2011. Visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com <http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/> for contest details.

“I am excited to be involved with this worthwhile and unique project,” said Stephan Moccio, composer and judge. “It will be intriguing to see how Canadians react to the challenge of representing their country in a creative and compelling way, and then to translate the winner’s thoughts and ideas into a song that will hopefully stand the test of time, telling a new musical story about Canada.”

“As a proud Canadian company, RE/MAX is excited to take part in A Song for Canada. Every Canadian needs to reflect on how Canada is emerging as a leader on the world stage, and how Canada will inspire future generations of leaders.” Walter Schneider, President and Co-Founder of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc.

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 awards 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 http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/

Entertainment & Events for Army Navy Air Force Unit 302/9831 #Sidney #yyj

Entertainment & Events
for The Army Navy Air Force
Unit 302/9831
4th Street, Sidney, B.C.

Charity meat draws every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday -5:00-7:00 PM

The money made from these events goes too various charities.

Entertainment & Events June 2011

Friday - June 3, 2011 - Music - Ron King - 7:00-11:00 PM (Variety)

Sunday - June 5, 2011 - Music Bingo by Ron King - 2:00-5:00 PM

Friday - June 10, 2011 - Band - Ginzu Knives - 7:00-11:00 PM (Rock & Roll)

Friday - June 17, 2011 - Music - Double Play - 7:00-11:00 PM (Variety)

Sunday - June 19, 2011 - Music Bingo by Ron King - 2:00-5:00 PM (Grand Prize Draw)

Friday - June 24, 2011 - Band - Mile Zero - 7:00 -11:00 PM (Rock & Roll)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Canada Post Notice Of Disruption #canadapost #CUPW

  • Canada Post received notice that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) intends to begin strike activities at 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 2, 2011.
  • In the event of a strike, Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered.
  • Contingency plans are in place to ensure the security of our facilities and safety of any items that remain in the mail stream during a work disruption.
  • There are also plans to ensure Canada Post returns to normal operations as quickly as possible following any work disruption
  • Despite this development, talks between the company and union are continuing in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement to this round of labour negotiations.

Vancouver Island #dogs receive animal #courage awards

Vancouver Island dogs receive
animal courage awards

May 30, 2011.

Two brave and beautiful dogs recently received the BC SPCA's annual Animal Courage Award. Moji, a nine-year-old pit bull-whippet, and Stella, a pit bull cross just under two years old, were honoured for their strength and courage in the face of horrific abuse and suffering. The awards were announced at a special ceremony held in Vancouver May 27.


left to right: (accepting on behalf of Stella) Cowichan and District Branch Manager Sandi Trent with BC SPCA Board President Cindy Soules

"Every day across our province animals are subjected to horrific violence and it is shocking to see the effects of that cruelty," says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations. Our staff and volunteers care for tens of thousands of animals and the spirit and courage of the animals who have survived even the most terrible circumstances is deeply moving. These awards are a tribute to those animals who have managed to somehow triumph.”

Moji was rescued from a Mayne Island residence last year after reports of abuse in the care of a person described as "a violent drunk.” Moji's abuser inflicted unspeakable and regular torture on the animal, including throwing him down a flight of stairs and choking him unconscious, and starving, beating, and burning him with a cigarette lighter. When Constable Dale Bakken first saw Moji, the dog was severely underweight, extremely timid, and it seemed as if his spirit had been broken. "There was no light in his eyes, no joy," says Bakken. The abused dog was transferred to the Cowichan branch of the BC SPCA, where Moji grew stronger at the shelter through the care and nurturing of SPCA staff and volunteers. "He was a sweetheart of a dog," says branch manager Sandi Trent. "It's astounding how he survived — we see many cases of abuse but this one was really over the top," she says. This past fall Moji found a loving, permanent home when he was adopted by a Victoria woman and her family, and he now enjoys the run of the house. "He's a super, really smart, exceptionally affectionate and playful dog,” says one of Moji's extended family. He's also very gentle with the family's two toddlers, and his guardian is looking forward to enrolling Moji in the third of a series of obedience classes, in which Moji has excelled, this September.

Stella was only seven months old when she gave birth under some of the worst conditions Cowichan branch manager Sandi Trent has ever seen. Last summer an after-hours call came in about a neglected mother and her eight pups, three of whom were already dead. Constable Dale Bakken and Trent attended the call. "Pups were scattered all over the yard, some were under bushes or rocks; they were cold to the touch. The mother was lying on the ground motionless at the end of a tether," says Bakken. Stella was horribly emaciated, weighing only 33 pounds, nearly half her normal weight. She was severely dehydrated, had a serious uterine infection and, most horrific of all, she was covered in feces, fly eggs and maggots. The puppies were also covered in maggots. Trent immediately set to work trying to save the little family, an extremely difficult task as time was of the essence given that heat would hatch the eggs. One pup died within a few hours and Trent toiled through the stuffy August night, removing more than a cup full of maggots from the animals. Despite all efforts, the puppies died one by one the following week. Cowichan residents rallied financially for Stella and Trent fostered her until this past November when the young female found a good home and began her new, happy life. Trent says, "I have never seen more courage than I did that night with Stella. She tried so hard to save her babies, and I'll never forget her look of terror and worry when we took her puppies away so we could tend to her and them. She was so emaciated and sick, but her first concern was her pups.” Charges against the original guardian are pending.

The BC SPCA Awards Program honours both people and animals who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare during the past year. Recipients include veterinarians, staff, volunteers and animal heroes. The non-profit BC SPCA cares for nearly 34,000 abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals each year in British Columbia.

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Ivana Halliday Wins @BC_SPCA #Volunteer Award #yyj

Victoria volunteer honoured
at BC SPCA awards

May 30, 2011.

When Ivana Halliday first moved to Canada, government officials taking down her personal information misspelled her name but because she didn't speak much English at the time she couldn’t correct them. Halliday has come a long way since then, and is now a powerful voice for abused, abandoned and injured animals taken in by the Victoria BC SPCA. Halliday was awarded a Volunteer of the Year Award at a special ceremony held in Vancouver May 27.

"Ivana has been a committed volunteer with the Victoria Branch for more than 12 years. Her contribution and dedication has been, and continues to be, invaluable," says Penny Stone, branch manager. Stone estimates that Halliday has logged nearly 17,000 hours in those 12 years, dog walking, working with volunteers and fundraising. "Ivana is a force of nature," Penny laughs. "She recently set up a new system in our dogwalking program. Sometimes we're short on walkers so that the dogs who've been walked first have to wait before they can go out again and they only get an hour out if we're short. Ivana has set up a program that ensures each dog gets at least two hours of exercise outdoors every day." Halliday is tireless in her dedication to each dog and knows what each one likes, where she or he likes to walk and other details which she passes on to each volunteer, after carefully matching each volunteer to a dog. That concern for the dogs even extends to taking care of nutrition. For example, when a stressed-out pit bull named Gilligan went off her food recently, Ivanna began cooking her a special chicken dish and bringing it to the shelter. “I don’t cook for my husband but I cook for the dogs,” she quips. Halliday also counsels potential adopters about individual dogs and conveys pertinent information back to staff.

By all accounts the shelter's dogs, staff and volunteers all adore Ivana. "Everyone knows Ivana. She is beautiful, charming and well-spoken and she always represents the BC SPCA when she is out," Stone adds. Halliday and her husband used to run the local Canadian Tire outlet. Halliday is a born fundraiser, and has a reputation for using her considerable promotional skills to benefit the animals, once talking an acquaintance into letting her take over the BBQ tongs at a political fundraiser, contingent on the acquaintance donating $1,500 to the SPCA – which he did. "At our recent spring fundraiser, which Ivana was attending as a paying participant, we were short-staffed and she immediately changed out of her high heels and into a pair of running shoes to help out. Her enthusiasm and passion for helping are contagious and she is a huge inspiration to both volunteers and staff," says Stone. Halliday takes part in every fundraiser and holds many of her own for the branch. "It doesn't matter whether it's 50-50 tickets or hot dogs — no one walks away from Ivana without donating!" Stone says. “We love her so much. Really, we couldn’t do our job without her."

The BC SPCA Awards Program honours both people and animals who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare during the past year. Recipients include veterinarians, staff, volunteers and animal heroes. The non-profit BC SPCA cares for nearly 34,000 abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals each year in British Columbia.

Victoria Transit Ridership Passes 25 Million @BC_Transit


VICTORIA – Last fiscal, a record-breaking 25,251,149 rides were provided in the Victoria Regional Transit System by BC Transit. This is an increase of 403,411 more customers or 1.6% over the previous year.

“We are pleased to see that more people chose transit in the Capital Region last year,” said Mayor Christopher Causton, Chair of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. “This increase in ridership confirms the importance of continually providing more effective and efficient service in our community.”

The expanded ridership contributed to an additional $1.8M in fare revenue, an increase of 5.4 percent over the previous year.

The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $99.6M. Funding for the system came from transit fares ($34.8M or 34.9 percent), provincial funding ($34.4M or 34.5 percent), property taxes ($18.5M or 18.5 percent), fuel tax ($11.4M or 11.5%), and bus advertising ($0.5M or 0.6 percent).

The Victoria Regional Transit System has consistently performed well compared to similar-sized conventional systems across the country. The Victoria system carries more passengers per capita (46 percent above the national average), more passengers per hour (9 percent above the national average), and is more cost-efficient to run (8 percent lower than the national average), according to the latest Canadian Urban Transit Association report.

“Our focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness has helped us deliver one of the best performing transit systems of similar size across Canada,” said Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit President and CEO.

BC Transit is the provincial Crown agency charged with coordinating transportation systems throughout British Columbia outside of Metro Vancouver.

The corporation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Province according to criteria specified in the British Columbia Transit Act. The Board of Directors, through the Chair, reports to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure (designated as the Minister responsible for BC Transit).

The Victoria Regional Transit System is governed by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. Members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, chosen from municipalities specified in the British Columbia Transit Act. The Commission is responsible for determining route configurations and transit service levels, setting fares, reviewing and making recommendations for the annual operating budget and capital spending, and raising the local share of the annual cost of transit service in the region.

Funding transit service is a partnership of local governments and the Province through BC Transit.

To learn more about BC Transit and the Victoria Regional Transit System, visit http://www.bctransit.com/ 

#BCHydro Signage on Poles: Letter to the Editor @bchydro

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw your readers’ attention to the increased amount of signage posted on utility poles.

Signs, posters, banners or other objects on utility poles create a safety hazard for BC Hydro line crews who need clear access to poles. A worker can be injured attempting to climb a pole with these obstructions or by the nails that are used to attach the sign. It is for those reasons that the posting of anything on the poles under any circumstances is not permitted.

This a safety hazard not only to BC Hydro line crews, but those of TELUS and Shaw as well. Signs on utility poles violate WorkSafe BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. We realize most people are not aware of the potential hazard this creates for our crews or of the regulation by WorkSafe; so we are asking individuals and businesses to refrain from using poles as public notice boards.

If you have posted something on a utility pole, please take the time to remove it. BC Hydro will be actively ensuring that material is removed from utility poles across Vancouver Island and reserve the right to remove any sign at anytime.

Our line crews work hard to keep your lights on, please consider their safety and refrain from posting obstructions on utility poles.


Ted Olynyk
BC Hydro

Community Arts Council & District of Saanich Announce New Alliance #yyj #arts

May 30th, 2011

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
and the Municipal District of Saanich
Announce New Alliance

With over 300 members and an important history of supporting local artists and the arts community for over 42 years, the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria (CACGV) is poised to move into a new location that will provide a home-base for the organization to conduct its ongoing operations and activities.

“The mission of the CACGV is to provide advocacy through leadership, partnership and community involvement, and to increase and broaden public awareness and opportunities in artistic and cultural activities. Moving our office and gallery to the new Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, will provide our organization with a stable long term residence that will allow us to focus upon growing our involvement in the community and in fulfilling our mission into the future” said President Bob Williams. Williams also commented: “When considering potential locations for a new CACGV home the new Arts Centre at Cedar Hill fit all of the important criteria we required including artist working spaces, gallery and display space, socialization and reception spaces as well as office space”.

“This is truly a win-win situation for everyone involved in the arts throughout the Capital Region. By working collaboratively with the CACGV the new Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre will be well on its way in fulfilling its mission of becoming a regional hub for artists and in providing a centre for the arts to flourish and thrive. Saanich’s new alliance with the CACGV represents one of the most important landmark developments in recent history for the arts community.” said Carole Ireland, Manager of the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.

Wilderness Committee: Islanders say 'No' to Raven Coal mine

Vancouver Islanders say 'No' to Raven Coal mine

Public hearings begin today in Courtenay

Courtenay B.C. - A large crowd is expected this evening at the Florence Filberg Centre (411 Anderton Ave.) in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Today’s public hearing, which runs from 6pm to 10pm, is the first in a series on the Island, where local opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine is widespread.

“This proposed coal mine would have many harmful impacts on the local environment, so it’s no surprise to see such broad opposition,” said Tria Donaldson, Pacific coast campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. “If the Raven Coal Mine were to go ahead, there would be increased highway traffic, threats to the shellfish industry, and the risk of heavy metal contaminants in drinking water and salmon streams,” said Donaldson.

In addition to the local impacts, there are global implications to expanding coal mining in British Columbia. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, and has devastating global impacts when burned. The project would add millions of tonnes of climate change causing carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.

“We know that a large number of people have already made clear their opposition to the Raven mine in writing, and so tonight we expect a large turnout because this is local residents’ chance to make their concerns heard,” said Donaldson.

Local opponents of the coal proposal took their message to the streets of Courtenay early today, holding up signs to get the message to the morning road traffic. “We heard a lot of honks – it’s clear a majority of people here in Courtenay don’t want this coal mine,” said Donaldson.

Additional public hearings on Raven Coal will take place June 2 in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Athletic Hall (3727 Roger St.) from 6-10pm, and June 3 in Union Bay at the Union Bay Community Club (5401 South Island Hwy.) from 6-10pm.

2011 Island Chef's Collaborative Food Fest June 12 - ticket info #yyj

12 to 4pm
at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
Colwood B.C.

Tickets Available HERE

Listen to Village 900 to win!

Uke-Stravaganza at Norway House June 19 #yyj #music

Live Music at Norway House

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Uke-Stravaganza (Ukelele Panel Concert), after Open Stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside), $5.

This panel concert features some of Victoria's finest Ukulele maestros making amazing music on a simple instrument. Ian Johnson, Molly Newman, Laurel Circle, and Paul Laverick will show off the ukulele’s wide range of styles, sounds, and rhythms.

Ian, Molly, and Laurel have performed in Victoria for years as soloists and in groups like Rig-a-Jig and the Ukuladies, while Paul works, teaches, and performs at Larsen Music. Backed up by Roger Tallentyre on bass, the group will solo and combine for fun and harmony, ending with a rousing group finale. Come see why uke-playing has become a worldwide movement and be ready to be surprised!


BC Children’s marks Safe Kids Week: May 30-June 5 #injuryprevention

Child Passenger Safety: BC Children’s marks
Safe Kids Week May 30 – June 5

May 30, 2011

Vancouver, B.C. – Car crashes kill more children than any other injury, but when children use car seats they are well protected and less likely to be injured.

Organized annually by Safe Kids Canada - the national injury prevention program at the Hospital for Sick Children - Safe Kids Week is Canada's largest injury prevention awareness program. The campaign is designed to help reduce the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries.

BC Children’s Hospital, through its own injury prevention program Safe Start, is proud to be an active partner in raising awareness of this national safety campaign which this year focuses on child passenger safety.

“We know that motor vehicle collisions can cause a number of serious injuries to the spine and internal organs in children,” says Dr. Shelina Babul-Wellar, Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit. “However, research also tells us that the risk of death or serious injury can be reduced by as much as 74 per cent when children are correctly installed in appropriate car seats.”

“Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or caregiver for young children, knowing how to properly select and use a car seat is essential,” says Karen Horn, Manager of BC Children’s Safe Start program. “During Safe Kids Week, we want to make that message particularly clear and help people be better informed.”

To kick off Safe Kids Week, the Safe Start program will host a child passenger safety educational display and booster seat measuring station at BC Children’s Hospital at the date and time below. A booster seat will also be given away as a prize. It’s free and all are welcome.

May 31

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
BC Children’s Hospital – Ambulatory Care Building Lobby
4480 Oak Street, Vancouver

Also, in partnership with BCAA Road Safety Foundation, Safe Start is offering free car seat checks at the following locations and times. All are welcome to bring in their car seats, ask questions of experienced professionals, and enter a draw for a FREE booster seat courtesy of Safe Start.

June 1

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Parkgate Community Centre
3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver

June 2

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
West Vancouver Community Centre
2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

More information on Safe Kids Week and home and car seat safety is available online from the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit http://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/ and Safe Start www.bcchildrens.ca/safestart

Mill Hill Regional Park Closed June 2 for Maintainance #yyj #parks

Mill Hill Regional Park Closed June 2

Mill Hill Regional Park at 490 Atkins Ave. will be closed Thursday, June 2. Closure is required for public safety as crews remove large bundles of Scotch broom by helicopter from the park.

The closure may be postponed due to weather. Please check for updates at www.crd.bc.ca/parks or by calling 250.478.3344.

Theatre Skam Bike Ride rolls July 9-17 #yyj #theatre

Mobile Performance Event Charts Sustainable Growth

Victoria, BC – Theatre SKAM’s summer feast of live performances is serving more selections in 2011. Bike Ride is rolling into its third season with an expanded performance roster, a musical performance at the end of each day and several green initiatives to ensure this growing event remains sustainable. Also, for the first time, Bike Ride tickets may be purchased in advance by phone, in person or online, to better serve a growing audience.

“Interest in Bike Ride is growing both in terms of our audience and in terms of performers who wish to be a part of it. For the first time we had to jury the event because we had more performances than space to accommodate them. It just shows there is a demand for this kind of unique theatre experience,” says Matthew Payne, Theatre SKAM Artistic Producer. “It continues to push the caliber of the performances as well as the versatility of our performers and our audience appreciates that.”

Bike Ride tickets are offered in advance through Ticket Rocket, Victoria’s new community box office. Tickets are available online at ticketrocket.org/bike-ride, by phone at 250.590.6291 or inperson at the Ticket Rocket office (#2-1609 Blanshard St.)

Theatre SKAM will also be offering for the first time the option of a one day or a two day pass for theatre-goers who wish to spread the experience over two afternoons. A single day pass is $15 and a two-day pass is $25.

Bike Ride is staged along a 4km stretch of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and based at The Hub, at Cecelia Ravine Park. The number of performances hosted by Bike Ride has grown from nine to 12. These are repeated at twenty-minute intervals as audiences travel by bicycle from venue to venue. Each show is ten minutes in duration.

Hub activities are greener this year with eco-conscious bike decoration, using alternative and recycled art materials; healthy concessions supported by local markets; ethical merchandise featuring fill-able water bottles via the on-site water fountain, along with tee-shirts printed by a local art collective on garments sourced from Canada’s only fair trade company.

“As the event grows we wanted to continue to focus on the sustainability of it. We feel we are, along with other users, stewards of the trail. While Bike Ride has had a green mandate from the beginning, we are always looking for ways to minimize our impact while encouraging creative uses of these public spaces,” says Payne.

Bike Ride runs July 9 & 10 and 16 & 17 beginning at 3:30pm daily. Visit http://www.skam.ca/ for more information on Bike Ride and other Theatre SKAM shows.

Stabbing Puts Langford Man in Hospital #yyj #vicpd

Serious Stabbing Puts Langford Man in Hospital

File: 11- 18602

Victoria BC – A 21-year old Langford man is in hospital with serious injuries following a stabbing in the 700-block of Queens Avenue early morning Sunday.

Just after 5:30 a.m. Victoria Police received a frantic 911 call from inside a Queens Avenue apartment stating that someone had been stabbed and was fearful they might die. Officers arrived moments later and found the man with what appeared to be life threatening injuries. He was being tended to by his girlfriend, who placed the 911 call.

Paramedics arrived quickly and were able to stabilize his numerous wounds and transport him to hospital. His initial prognosis looked bleak, but now appears he will make an immediate recovery.

The apartment was covered in blood, and the trail helped lead police to two other suites that were later identified as crime scenes. Inside one of the apartments officers located two other men who had been involved in the violent attack. Two 24-year old Victoria men were taken into custody without incident.

Police are receiving limited cooperation from all parties. It is believed that the group knew each other, and they are all well-known to police.

The two men remain in police custody as VicPD Patrol and Major Crimes Section continue to investigate. The victim remains in hospital.

Due to the high call load for Forensics Identification last night, who were busy with a stabbing in Esquimalt, Saanich Police Department’s Forensic Identification Services were called to assist. Saanich FIS photographed and collected evidence from the multiple crime scenes inside the apartment complex.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Friends of Greater Vic Library Book Sale June 25th #yyj

The Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library
Bring you
A spectacular Summer Book Sale

At the Nellie McClung Branch Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Road (Cedar Hill Rd near McKenzie) on Saturday, June 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ($3.00 admission) and Sunday, June 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (admission free).

Then from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. it’s all the books you can take away for $5.00.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sea Shanty Camp June 18-19 @MaritimeMusBC #yyj

Yo Ho Blow the Man Down!

Hear the words sea shanty and what often comes to mind? Is it Pirates? Stan Rogers? A fast jig, boisterous singing and a mug full of grog? While all of these may be synonymous with the term, sea shanties also fulfilled a very practical and important purpose. In the days before marine engines and fancy equipment, sea shanties helped to synchronize the movements of the workers as they slogged on with repetitive tasks.

The Maritime Museum of BC invites you to explore the unique history and culture of sea shanties as well as a chance to bellow out some responses to our “shantyman”, Hank Cramer (renowned Folk Singer/Mariner) and a roster of other talented facilitators, this Father’s Day weekend! Sea Shanty Camp runs from 8:30 to 17:00 Saturday, June 18th to Sunday, June 19th from 8:30 to 12:30. The cost to attend is $85 for Non Members and $75 for MMBC Members. Included with the Sea Shanty Camp are morning and afternoon refreshments as well as a catered lunch for Saturday and morning refreshments for Sunday.

Treat Dad or Grandpa to something different this Father’s Day! Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 250-385-4222, ext. 113 or visit our website mmbc.bc.ca  Check out our “What’s New at the Museum” section and Join the Voyage!

Harm Reduction Awareness Day Marks 3rd Anniversary of #YYJ Needle Exchange Closure

First Ever Harm Reduction Awareness Day Marks
3-Year Anniversary of Needle Exchange Closure

Victoria – Victoria’s City Council voted Thursday night to proclaim June 1 “Harm Reduction Awareness Day” in Victoria. The proclamation was put forward by Councillor Marianne Alto and AIDS Vancouver Island.

“Awareness is the first step in creating solutions,” said Councillor Alto. “Marking Harm Reduction Awareness Day in Victoria reminds us that our community still needs a range of integrated, collaborative harm reduction services. We've had some success, but there's much more to do, and the City looks forward to doing its part, working with VIHA and other community partners.”

AIDS Vancouver Island, along with other harm reduction service providers, will be hosting a Harm Reduction Awareness Day event in Spirit Square (in Centennial Square) on June 1, 2011, from 11am to 1pm. This informational event is free to the public and will include information tables on harm reduction, HIV & hepatitis C, and other health issues, and VIHA’s Street Nurses will be on hand to answer questions about testing.

“For the 3rd year anniversary of the closure of the needle exchange, we believe that it is important to highlight how far we’ve come, as well as the importance of harm reduction in building a safer and healthier community for all,” said Katrina Jensen. “As long as we have a deficit of services for one group in our community – there is a deficit in the health of the community as a whole.”

June 1, 2011, marks 3 years since AIDS Vancouver Island’s needle exchange was closed due to pressure from the community. Since that time, there have been many changes to harm reduction services in the region as well as increased efforts to offer housing and supports to people struggling with problematic substance use and mental health issues.

“With the support of VIHA we’ve expanded the reach of mobile needle exchange services and distribution sites,” said Katrina Jensen. “Yet, there is still work to be done. The lack of a comprehensive fixed site harm reduction service continues to impact the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs and the community as a whole.”

Harm Reduction Awareness Day comes just weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to hear arguments to determine the fate of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, in which 8 out of 9 interveners spoke at length about the value of such critical health services.

“What the country has learned from Insite is that harm reduction services, such as supervised consumption sites, have the potential to save money, save lives, decrease public disorder associated with illegal drug use, and help people to access treatment – harm reduction can be a win-win for people who need services and the community at-large,” said Jensen. “This day is about celebrating this fact with the community.”

AIDS Vancouver Island has provided services and education focused on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C since 1985, and opened one of the country’s first needle exchange services in 1988.

Celebration of Art and Fashion Onstage at the AGGV June 11 #yyj

A Celebration of Art and Fashion Takes The Stage at the AGGV.

May 27, 2011 (Victoria BC) -Join the Gallery Associates and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for a dazzling evening of culture and couture at Art Attire 2011, a Celebration of Wearable Art.

Art Attire 2011 will be held at the AGGV on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Challenging what most consider wearable every-day fashion, the evening showcases original designs and creations by BC artists and designers.

The juried runway show features stunning wearable art by 19 talented artists and designers. This year four awards will be presented at Art Attire, Best in Show, Best Student Submission, Best Jewellery, and People’s Choice. Three well -established local artists, world-renowned fabric artist Carole Sabiston, three-dimensional artist Dale Roberts (aka Dame Mailarta) and artist and AGGV Art Rental and Sales consultant, Mica Marsh will act as judges for the show.

“The stunning sculpture for the human body will unite the model and garment as a work of art to be viewed by the audience,” said Victoria artist and event chair Jennifer Olson, “People are encouraged to purchase their tickets for Art Attire 2011 early, as this exciting fundraiser is sure to sell out quickly.”

Tickets are $50.00 ($65.00 for front row seats) and are available now at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in person or by phone at 250-384-4171.

The evening includes a post-runway cocktail & dessert reception, featuring offerings from Victoria Spirits and Truffles Catering. The reception also features an exclusive silent auction of silk scarves created for the event by local artists, Robert Amos, Nancy Slaght, Butch Dick, Judy McLaren, Catherine Moffat, Carole Sabiston, April Caverhill, and Dale Roberts, among others.

All funds raised by the Gallery Associates support the AGGV’s exhibitions and programming.

The AGGV and the Gallery Associates thank the Art Attire 2011 sponsors, Harrington Creative, Island Blue, Victoria Spirits, Beck Productions, Silk Road, Ballet Victoria, Langham Court Theatre, Philip Nyren Menswear and Womenswear Ltd., Bernard Callebaut, Jen Steele Photography, Free Couture Club, Hollie Makeup Artist, Lisa Weeks – Wordsmith and Bespoke Music for making this event possible.

For more information, visit http://www.aggv.ca/ or call 250-384-4171.

Royal BC Museum revitalization one step closer #yyj @RoyalBCMuseum

Royal BC Museum takes another step forward in revitalization plan

VICTORIA, BC – The City of Victoria has unanimously approved the Royal BC Museum’s rezoning request, clearing the way for the next phase of its long-term revitalization plan.

The new Comprehensive Development Zone designation for the two hectare cultural precinct, located next to the provincial legislature in the heart of the capital, better reflects the Royal BC Museum’s current and future operations as one of the preeminent research and educational institutions in the world.

“We can now move forward confidently to consult with British Columbians about how to make their provincial museum and archives the most engaging and inspiring place of discovery,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Pauline Rafferty.

The Royal BC Museum plays a unique role as guardian of the province’s cultural and environmental history, with more than seven million artifacts and records in its ever-growing collection. It is also a major economic driver for Victoria and the province as a whole, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually and generating an average $12 million to the local economy every year and up to $32 million during blockbuster exhibitions.

“We have a responsibility to the people of this province to be bold about our vision for the next 100 years,” said John Williams, Chair of the Royal BC Museum Board of Directors. “This is British Columbia’s opportunity to create a cultural destination that inspires pride about who we are and draw people from around the world to learn about our wonderful province.”

“I would like to thank the many people and organizations who took the time to write letters provide input on our plans and speak at the public hearing in support of our revitalization plan. Together, we can keep the Royal BC Museum vital and at the forefront for generations to come,” said Williams.

The next phase of work will include the development of a functional program plan for the museum and archives which is required prior to beginning architectural design. While the process of securing a design architect has yet to be determined by the Board, it is anticipated that this phase of the project will take up to 2 years to complete during which time further consultation with the Community and the City of Victoria is expected.

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 http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/ or call 1‐888‐447‐7977.

SCOTT COOK Delivers His Third Album May 31st at Fort Street Cafe

May 31: Fort St. Cafe, Victoria, BC

Edmonton troubadour Scott Cook is a busy man. Between organizing and playing over 150 shows a year while crossing the continent living out of his van, he's managed to record and release three full-length albums within the last four years. His brand new release, Moonlit Rambles is a self-produced collection of travels and tales, with contributions from many of his contemporaries and close musical friends. To celebrate the release, Scott and his band The Long Weekends are taking their danceable blend of folk, roots and reggae on a two-month tour of Alberta and BC. Band mates Jesse Dee and Jacquie B are along for the ride, opening shows with songs from their upcoming release Our Ghosts Will Fill These Walls. If you've never had the pleasure of seeing Scott Cook live and in person, don't miss your chance to be musically delighted and completely engaged. His brand of protest folk and storytelling balladry is music for today, with pearls of the old time masters flowing throughout. Scott's stage presence captivates the audience as if he were speaking to friends gathered around a campfire, sharing stories and a few laughs over a song.

"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on."

David Francey, 3x Juno winner

Moonlit Rambles shows the prairie balladeer in fine form, and reminds us of what music can be, well away from the big lights, the celebrity gossip machine, the genre specific cliches, and the endless pretense; a conduit for truth, change, inspiration, healing, and community. Three-part harmonies, touches of electric, acoustic and tenor guitars, accordion, fiddle, organ, dobro, and pedal steel colour the arrangements, but at the heart of things is a mellow fingerstyle groove and a plain-spoken clarity that's rarely heard these days. A true wandering minstrel, Scott has taken his tunes to festivals, clubs, cafes and house concerts from Vancouver to Halifax, California to Texas to Michigan, and many places in between, as well as touring in Taiwan. For an extensive list of shows and festivals, visit his website.

Emergency Single Lane #Traffic 3941 Saanich Rd to 3933 Saanich Rd #yyj

Emergency Single Lane Traffic

Friday, May 27, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic from 3941 Saanich Road to 3933 Saanich Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

The south bound lane will be closed.

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

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

Canadian Senior Mens Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins Gold at 2011 BT Paralympic


(Manchester, UK) The Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team won gold at the 2011 Paralympic Cup held May 23-28, 2011 in Manchester, UK, by defeating France 56-46 in the Championship game.

Canada stormed out of the gates and outscored France 21-6 in the opening frame of the championship match and never looked back. France rallied to narrow the gap on the scoreboard, but Canada denied the comeback with solid two-way play. David Eng (Montreal, QC) dropped a game-high 14 points, followed closely by Patrick Anderson (Fergus, ON), who tallied 12 points for the Canucks.

Canada wrapped up the competition with an overall win-loss record of 3-1.The team’s lone defeat came at the hands of France (60-56) in preliminary play, but the Canadians took revenge in a timely fashion to seize the gold medal. Canada also captured victories against Brazil (55-48) and the defending champions from Great Britain (56-52) in the preliminary round.

The Canadian Men have reached the podium in each of their four appearances at the Paralympic World Cup. Their medal count now stands at three gold and one silver.

Schedule & Results:

2011 BT Paralympic World Cup - http://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/en/tournament.aspx?id=3820

Team Roster:

Sr. Men’s National Team - http://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/en/full.aspx?id=65

The Canadian Women finished fourth after a 55-44 loss to Japan in the bronze medal contest.

The tournament served as a warm-up event for the 2011 Parapan American Games (November 12-20) where both the Canadian Men and Women will compete for a spot at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

About the tournament:

The BT Paralympic World Cup tournament is a world class multi-sport disability event for elite international athletes, bridging the gap between the Paralympic Games held every four years.

The tournament features several of the top wheelchair basketball teams in the world as they represent their respective global regions and compete for both their individual sport trophies and for the overall BT Paralympic Cup Trophy, which will be awarded to the region with the most accumulative points from each discipline.

For more information visit: http://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/

2011 Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts This Weekend in Port Angeles @tweetJFFA

On a Memorial Day Weekend in 1994, the very first Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts was launched and Port Angeles was never quite the same. Eighteen wonderful years later, we want to welcome you once more to this annual celebration that will amaze and delight you with its quality, diversity and just plain fun.

Visit our Performers page and we believe you’ll agree that the level of artistry at this year’s Festival is truly incredible. And one of the best deals on the planet just became better. For the first time we are offering discounted advance tickets for as low as $40. That’s $10 a day, folks!

There are several other innovations this year. Consolidating our Festival, we are discontinuing the more remote stages but have added a new downtown venue, Studio Bob. Also, for those who can never get enough, we’ve added “Juan de Fuca After-Hours in the Clubs.” We’re talking non-stop, multi-stage entertainment for as much as 14 hours a day.

With a beautiful setting nestled snugly between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, four days and nights of unparalleled artistry, a street fair filled with a garden of earthly delights and so much more, it probably seems too good to be true. So… come one, come all, families and folks of all ages, and find out for yourself. Welcome to the 18th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts!

or follow the link from the right side of this page

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bait Lockers for Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre #yyj #Vicpd

New Bait Lockers at Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Thieves should think twice about targeting change room lockers at Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre, thanks to a new Bait Locker program. Random lockers have been fitted with alarms.

If a locker door is forced open, an alarm will sound, alerting staff who will notify the police.

Crystal Pool patrons who hear the alarm while changing should leave the change room immediately and notify a staff member. Patrons are not to attempt to locate the source of the alarm.
Although the Bait Locker program is expected to reduce the incidence of theft from change rooms, visitors should continue to be diligent and avoid storing valuables in lockers.

A partnership between the City of Victoria and VicPD, the Bait Locker program is designed to deter thieves from attempting to break into lockers while a change room is empty. The program was developed by the City of Port Coquitlam, inspired by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s successful Bait Car program.

Alternating Single Lane #Traffic Finnerty Road May 30 to June 2 #yyj

Single Lane Traffic

Starting on Monday, May 30, 2011 through to Thursday, June 2, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Finnerty Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

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

Extended Single Lane #Traffic Tyndall Ave between Ash Rd & Barrie Rd #yyj

Extended Single Lane Traffic

Continuing on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 through to Wednesday, June 1, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Tyndall Avenue between Ash Road and Barrie Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

Alternating traffic is due to sidewalk construction.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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

2011 Harm Reduction Awareness Day: June 1st Spirit Square #yyj @AIDSVanIsle

JUNE 1 marks the 3rd anniversary of the closure of Victoria’s only fixed site needle exchange service.


Meet service providers, learn about harm reduction, and support a safer community and health care access for all!

Info tables, COOKIES, and MORE!

11am to 1pm

Victoria Filmmakers Receive Top Prizes #yyj #film @homeforhope @leadershipvicbc


Still opportunity for community to select Viewer’s Choice

May 26, 2011

(Victoria, BC) – With the support of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and Leadership Victoria, a team of five Victoria residents developed a community action project to raise awareness about homelessness amongst local youth. To celebrate the achievements of the young filmmakers, a video showcase event will be held at Cinecenta Theatre at University of Victoria this Sunday, May 29th from 2-4 pm.

“We are very excited to be showcasing these videos. The videos were created in response to a contest and are intended to educate and raise awareness about homelessness in the CRD,” says Chris Tilden, a team member of the Leadership Victoria community action project and Branch Manager for Vancity Credit Union. “It is a great time to celebrate the successes of these young filmmakers and to announce the winners.”

Top prizes include two laptops, a $500 educational bursary/scholarship, and a week at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School. A $100 gift certificate will be awarded as a Viewer’s Choice Award at Sunday’s Showcase Event.

Members of the community are invited to participate in helping select the Viewer’s Choice Award for the Y.A.H. Video Contest this week. All entries will be uploaded to our YouTube site for viewing and voting: http://www.youtube.com/theyahvideocontest

The YAH Video Contest was targeted to youth aged 14-21. There were two age groups: 14-17 and 18-21. The youth were requested to create videos up to 5 minutes in length to explore the issue of homelessness through their perspectives and voices. The focus of the videos was to educate, challenge myths, or simply raise awareness about homelessness in our community. All entries were reviewed by a panel of judges from the Greater Victoria community (Dean Forin - Mayor of Victoria, Michael Reid - Times Colonist, Kathy Kay – Victoria Film Festival, Colleen Kerr-Grey – Independent Film Maker, Performer, Jan Cadieux and George Harris – Gulf Islands Film & Television School).

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is a partnership of local service providers, non-profit organizations, all levels of government, business and the faith community. The Coalition’s vision is to end homelessness by 2018.

Leadership Victoria, founded in 2000, is a community-based voluntary organization committed to developing, supporting, recognizing and honouring outstanding community leaders in building a vibrant community. Over the last decade, Leadership Victoria has become the ‘go to’ organization for community leadership in Greater Victoria. As volunteer board members, coaches, mentors, facilitators, and program partners, Leadership Victoria puts its collective skills and expertise to work to develop Victoria’s emerging generation of leaders.

2011 Victoria Camera Swap Meet May 29 #yyj #photography

Can hardly wait for this one!

The Three Musketeers to perform on Fisgard St #yyj #theatre

All for one, and one for all!

Kate Rubin’s Advanced Performance Group Goes All Out for French Classic The Three Musketeers.

(Victoria, BC) Dueling with swords on Fisgard St. is not how one expects to find Victoria teenagers on a rainy Friday afternoon in May. Some retro form of gang warfare? No, it’s Kate Rubin Theatre Studio’s Advanced Performance Group preparing for their upcoming production of The Three Musketeers. Follow young D’Artagnan and his sister Sabine as they duel their way through the French countryside, accompanied by musketeers Porthos, Athos and Aramis, at Intrepid Theatre’s Metro Studio at 1411 Quadra St. June 1-5. Tickets are available at the door, or through the Ticket Rocket Box Office 250-590-6291 or ticketrocket.org.

Preview Evening Show : Wednesday June 1 @ 8:00pm (Special Preview Price!)

Matinees: Thurs June 2 and Friday June 3 @ 12:30pm

Evening Shows: Thurs June 2, Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 @ 8:00pm

Closing Matinee: Sunday June 5 @ 2:00pm

TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $9

(Preview Prices: $9/$6)

ADVANCED TICKETS available at Ticket Rocket ($2 surcharge per ticket), 2-1609 Blanshard St., 250-590-6291

SCHOOL GROUPS and Groups of 10 or more (Special Price) – Contact Erica Parker Petty vicartsmanager@gmail.com 778-430-7845

For more info: http://www.katerubintheatre.com/

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