Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ryan Cochrane nabs second silver of worlds in men's 1500-metre freestyle #yyj #sports #Uvic

Ryan Cochrane nabs second silver of worlds in men's 1500-metre freestyle

University of Victoria Vikes swimmer Ryan Cochrane won his second silver medal at the 2011 FINA World Aquatic Championships with a time of 14 minutes, 44.36 seconds in the men's 1500-metre freestyle race on Sunday July 31 in Shanghai, China.

Representing his Island Swimming Association club, Cochrane finished in second spot behind Sun Yang of China, who swam a world-record time of 14 minutes, 34.14 seconds, edging the previous world-record time set by Grant Hackett in 2001 by over four-tenths of a second.

Cochrane, the 22-year-old 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport male swimmer and male rookie of the year, won a silver medal earlier this week in the non-Olympic men's 800-metre freestyle. He also placed fifth in the men's 400-metre freestyle.

The Victoria native was the 2008 bronze medallist in the men's 1500-metre freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Chilean Navy Training Ship (BE) Esmeralda To Visit Victoria August 1 #yyj #events @MARPAC

Chilean Navy Training Ship (BE) Esmeralda
To Visit Victoria August 1

BE Esmeralda

• The Chilean Navy Training Ship (BE) Esmeralda will arrive at Ogden Point on Monday August 1st at 11:00 am.

HMCS Edmonton

• In accordance with tradition, the ship will exchange a 21-gun salute with her escort ship Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Edmonton, at 10:15 a.m. prior to its arrival.

• Members of Esmeralda's band will parade to the B.C. Legislature on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. to lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

• On Thursday, the ship's band will perform a 90-minute concert at Ship Point at 7 p.m.

• The ship will be open for public tours Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• The Esmeralda makes this instruction cruise for the new officers and sailors of the Chilean Navy that have recently finished their studies at their respective academies. On board sails the first generation of officers that include women after 193 years of history of the Chilean Navy.

• The official Chilean Navy web site about the cruiser is:

• Other links (English):

Friday, July 29, 2011

BC Day Scavenger Hunt at the Royal BC Museum #yyj #bcday

BC Day Scavenger Hunt at the Royal BC Museum

What high school did Emily Carr attend?

How many kilometers long is BC’s coastline?

How many kinds of starfish can be found in BC waters?

Think you know BC? Test your BC IQ at the Royal BC Museum’s BC Day scavenger hunt. Inside and out, we guarantee you’ll discover new, interesting and odd stuff about Canada’s western-most province.

Find all the questions in Saturday’s edition of the Times Colonist or download them from the Royal BC Museum website:

Bring the list of questions to our box office for a 10% discount on adult admission on July 30, 31 and August 1.

BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk at Galey Farms Sept 11 #yyj #fundraiser @BCSPCA

Go walkies for the animals at largest annual BC SPCA fundraiser

Animal lovers in the Victoria area are urged to slide into their favourite pair of walking shoes and get moving to help a furry friend. Registration is open for the annual Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk held each fall to raise funds for homeless and abused animals in B.C. Each year participants in 37 communities around the province walk with colleagues, friends, family and with their dogs to raise $1 million to help animals in need.

“This is the largest single event supporting animals in B.C.,” says Denise Meade, the society’s director of development. “Participants are already signing up and will be fundraising in their own communities all summer long,” says Meade. “The creativity and passion that people show each year is remarkable. People in every region of the province — the Lower Mainland, Coast, Island, Interior, Kootenays and Northern B.C. — gather together each September to go on walkathons and hold many interesting all-ages events and activities to raise money to help animals in their community.” To register and for more information visit

Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause will be held at Galey Farms on September 11. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Walk start time is noon. Activities will include: corn maze, train riders, bouncy castle, crafts, dog games and a bowl licking contest. For more information visit

Last year Katie, the amazing can-collecting canine, raised hundreds of dollars by collecting cans on her daily walks and returning them for refunds. “As far as we know, Katie was the only non-human to personally sign up. And what's more, she actually did her own fundraising,” says Meade.

The event is generously sponsored by Scotiabank, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, PwC, See Ya Later Ranch Winery, Coast Hotels & Resorts, Global TV, TV Week Magazine, CKNW AM980 and 99.3 The Fox.

Lifecycles Summer Soiree Celebrates Local Food, Art, & Music Aug 11 #yyj #fundraising


Victoria – The annual summer fundraiser for the LifeCycles Project Society is just around the corner and this year will feature an abundance of home-grown treats.

Sleeping Dog Farm provides the backdrop for this luscious event showcasing local food by Nourish at Glendale Gardens and Real Food Made Easy. An array of locally produced alcoholic beverages will be offered. Victoria musicians James Whittall and Amanda Blied will be providing the entertainment. Paintings by local artists will be up for auction along with other spectacular items.

“It’s a wonderful event that really showcases the best of what we have to offer on the island,” says Avi Silberstein, chair of the LifeCycles Board of Directors. "The Summer Soiree is a chance for us to come together as a community and celebrate the fruits of our labour while at the same time helping us raise money to continue running our programs which help keep the local food system alive and well on the South Island.”

All proceeds raised from the Summer Soiree will support LifeCycles’ core programs, including the Fruit Tree Project, which picks and redistributes tons of excess local food each year, and the Growing Schools Program, which teaches food security, urban agriculture, environmental sustainability, community development and health through the creation of organic food gardens on school grounds.

The LifeCycles Project Society is an internationally-renowned nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness and initiating action around food, health, and urban sustainability in the Greater Victoria community.

B.C. improves public environmental reporting

B.C. improves public environmental reporting

July 29, 2011
Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA - The launch of a new online database will make it easier for British Columbians to keep track of the people, businesses and industries running afoul of B.C.'s environmental rules.

"The searchable database is part of our mission to improve the way we make information available to the public," said Environment Minister Terry Lake. "People have a strong interest in environmental stewardship in their communities and an equal interest in knowing who is responsible for environmental offences."

The free database includes a wide variety of compliance and enforcement actions taken by ministry staff and enforcement officers. It includes orders, administrative sanctions, tickets and court convictions covering hunting and fishing, open burning, mud bogging, dam safety, and pesticide and pollution violations.

Users can search by names, dates or types of infractions dating back to 2006 when the Ministry of Environment began public reporting of violations.

The database augments reporting that takes place through the release of a quarterly Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Summary in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

"One of the benefits of making this information even more accessible is that it will serve as an added deterrent and help increase compliance with our regulations," said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

The public can also help by reporting environmental violations and human-wildlife conflicts to the 24-hour Conservation Officer Service call centre at 1 877 952-7277.

Learn More:

* Use the new search tool and find the most recent quarterly Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Summary at:

* Interested in other useful government data? Check out the new DataBC site:

Bicycle Tire Recycling in BC #Cycling #recycling

Bike Tire Recycling

Tire Stewardship BC in partnership with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and the local biking community are proud to announce the launch of a new bike tire and tube recycling program on June 1, 2011. This is a voluntary program and TSBC is delighted at the interest and support shown by the bike retailers in the province to participate. TSBC would like to thank BTAC for partnering with us on this new initiative and to Nick Palaj from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition for his persistence and assistance and to Aaron Bremner from the 02 Cycling Club in Victoria who has been instrumental in bringing this program to its launch.

•I have questions

•I am a bike retailer

•Drop off locations – Please note this list only lists those bike retailers that have contacted TSBC to sign up. We will update the list on a weekly basis during the month of June. If you do not see a location in your city you could try calling your local bike retailer to see if they will accept your tires and tubes – they may be willing but have just not had the time to sign up or they may be unaware of the new program.

More information at:

The Camping and RV BC Coalition Encourages British Columbians to “Go Out and Play” this BC Day #bcday #camping

The Camping and RV BC Coalition Encourages British Columbians to “Go Out and Play” this BC Day

Vancouver, BC, July 26, 2011 – Rain or shine British Columbians rarely wait for the perfect weather to get out and play. Despite a slow start to the summer season the Camping and RV BC Coalition (CRVBCC) suggests the best way to celebrate the upcoming BC Day long weekend is by getting outside for some fun, fresh air and festivities. This BC Day, celebrate our beautiful province by camping, picnicking or fishing and perhaps take in one of the numerous special events taking place in honour of BC Parks 100th anniversary.

“Camping is a great way to enjoy BC’s natural beauty and there are several types of camping to suit all comfort levels,” said Joss Penny, CRVBCC Chair and Executive Director of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association. “Whether you choose to tent camp, backpack or RV, BC is one of the best places to ‘play’ in the great outdoors.”

If camping is not an option British Columbians can still get out and participate in BC Day celebrations in campgrounds and parks throughout the province.

“In partnership with the Provincial Capital Commission, BC Parks is hosting eight events that are specific to the BC Day weekend,” said Jim Gilliland, Manager of Marketing and Partnerships for BC Parks. “All events are open to the public and we hope to see everyone out celebrating and showing their civic pride.”

Victoria’s Symphony Splash is the highlight of the BC Day celebrations as 100 years of BC Parks are celebrated with a night of extraordinary music. In honour of BC Parks the Victoria Symphony is performing on a floating stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour at approximately 7:30pm.The event begins at 1pm with children’s activities, local food vendors and live music.

Just like Santa Claus, Jerry the Moose will find time to visit many BC Parks hosting BC Day events over the long weekend including:

• Beatton Park (North) – The weekend festivities include family nature and craft programs, a scavenger hunt and a celebration birthday cake.

• Purden Lake Park (North) – Throughout the weekend there will be colouring, short story and sandcastle building contests; fly tying demos; local musicians; face painting and plenty of games for everyone to enjoy.

• Kokanee Creek Park (Kootenay) – Folk dancing in the Park will feature the music of Eastern European roots group "Heavy Shtetl” and dance Instruction by folk fusion dancer Slava Doval.

• Moyie Lake Park (Kootenay) – This party will include Learn to Fish programming, a scavenger hunt, a BBQ, and a parade for Jerry the Moose.

• Wells Gray (Thompson) – This popular park is hosting a treasure hunt along the Wells Gray park corridor. Visitors will get an introduction to the culture and history of the park and learn interesting ecological aspects. The day will wrap up back at North Thompson Park with a BBQ and prizes for winners.

• Cultus Lake (Mainland) – Learning will be fun at this party with the Learn to Fish, Adventure Smart and Bear Aware tents. Top off the day with a scavenger hunt; draw prizes and cake!

• Rathtrevor Park (Vancouver Island) – Visitors will enjoy local musicians and artists, a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be opportunities to learn to pan for gold, see local artefacts and displays, take nature walks, and participate in some good "old fashioned" family fun.

For more information and an extensive list of BC Day celebrations in BC Parks please visit and click on Calendar of Events.

For more information on campgrounds and parks in British Columbia the CRVBCC website has an interactive google map that plots over 1,100 campgrounds and outstanding freshwater fishing opportunities on numerous lakes stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. In one location, campers can easily find all the different types of campgrounds located in British Columbia including: BC Parks, Parks Canada, privately operated campgrounds and RV parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Please visit

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition

The Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition was formed with the support of Tourism British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Northern BC Tourism Association, The BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Reduce accidents and injuries this B.C. Day weekend #BCday #longweekend #traffic

Let's reduce accidents and injuries
this B.C. Day weekend

July 29, 2011
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA - Shirley Bond, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is urging motorists to drive defensively, stay alert and avoid drinking and driving this B.C. Day long weekend.

The recent spate of pedestrian and flagger fatalities and injuries has highlighted the fact that not only motorists are vulnerable. Defensive driving, which includes obeying the speed limit, coming to a full stop, adjusting driving habits to prevailing conditions, and staying alert can reduce motor vehicle crashes significantly.

Over the past five years, there have been 1,950 crashes, 540 injuries and three fatalities over the B.C. Day long weekend throughout the province.

Speed and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs are two of the greatest contributors to the province's roadside fatalities. Each year, 350 people die on B.C. roads, with 127 people losing their lives in alcohol- or drug-related crashes.

Throughout the summer, police will target a number of dangerous driving behaviours. It is imperative that people who drink have a designated driver to take them home or arrange for public transit or a taxi.

During summer, the combination of hot days and long drives create a dangerous cocktail, often resulting in driver fatigue, which slows reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment.

Each year, driver fatigue results in 20 fatalities and 690 injuries in B.C. These statistics are probably much higher as driver fatigue is under-reported and fatigue is notoriously difficult to measure.

Quick Facts:

* Alcohol affects people in different ways due to diet, fatigue or drinking habits. You can be legally impaired even with a blood alcohol content below 0.05.

* Impairment from drugs is the same as alcohol, and carries the same penalties. Drugs can affect reaction time and decision-making abilities in the same way as alcohol.

* Remember to drive according to the conditions of the road. Wet roads can affect how a vehicle operates - such as increasing braking time, and can cause tires to lose traction or contact with the pavement.

* In B.C. it is illegal to use a hand-held electronic device while driving unless a hands-free system is used.

* Police catch about 10,000 excessive speeders annually.

Learn More:

To check weather and road conditions before setting off on your journey, visit:  

For more information on road safety, visit:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bring Lawn Chairs to Splash, But Not Before Sunday Please: City of Victoria #yyj #symphonysplash

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority remind Victoria Symphony Splash concert goers that the chaining of lawn chairs to fencing along the harbour is a safety concern and is prohibited on public property and the lower causeway.

To maintain pedestrian access along walkways on days leading up to the event, lawn chairs are not to be set up on the upper and lower causeway until Sunday, July 31, starting at 8 a.m. Areas where seating is permitted during the event will be marked with tape. Once lawn chairs are set up, people must remain with their seats until the concert begins. Through education efforts over the past three years, not one chair has had to be removed.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature live music, bouncy castles and children’s activities in the Splash Family Zone. A street dance with The Timebenders will commence at 4 p.m., with Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony and the 2011 Young Soloist Alice Haekyo Lee featured at 7:30 p.m. on a floating stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The concert’s grand finale at 9:30 p.m. will feature the 1812 Overture, accompanied by bells, cannons and fireworks. Lawn chairs affixed to public property on the upper causeway or on lower causeway property will be removed.

Signs will be posted in the area. Lawn chairs will be available for retrieval by calling the City of Victoria Parks, Recreation and Culture Department on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 250.361.0369.

A passenger drop-off zone will be available on Government Street, located across the road from the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Sunday, July 31, 2011, from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about Victoria Symphony Splash, visit:

Recently Released Inmate Busted Selling Cocaine #yyj #Vicpd @vicpdcanada

Recently Released Inmate Busted Selling Cocaine

For Immediate Release File # 11-26758
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Victoria BC – A Victoria man who was released from prison Wednesday is back behind bars less than 16 hours later, after Victoria Police arrested him trafficking cocaine.

John Barry, 30 years old, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the 2300-block of Douglas Street. He was arrested, along with 26-year old associate James Richardson, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Police seized 40 grams of cocaine from the pair, after stopping the vehicle they were driving in a parking lot on Douglas Street. The cocaine has an approximate street value of $3,500.

Barry had been released from jail early Wednesday morning, and police had already received information that he was trafficking cocaine. Officers conducted surveillance on the well-know offender before stopping him in his vehicle.

He now faces charges for breaching his probation order, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two charges of trafficking a controlled substance.

Richardson is also being charged with trafficking a controlled substance. He was also due in court for the charges pertaining to the warrant for theft and breach of undertaking.

Privacy Commissioner Investigating BC Hydro's Smart Metering Program #smartmeters #bcpoli

Privacy Commissioner Investigating
BC Hydro's Smart Metering Program

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
July 28, 2011

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioner is investigating BC Hydro's Smart Metering Program to ensure that it complies with privacy law.

Commissioner Elizabeth Denham launched her investigation following receipt of numerous complaints that the information collected by smart meters breaches personal privacy.

BC Hydro has recently started installing smart meters and, by the end of 2012, has plans to install more than 1.8 million throughout BC. Rather than measuring energy use for each billing period, as is currently the case, smart meters provide more frequent information about people's electricity use.

"The privacy and security of energy consumption data is a very real issue for citizens throughout the province," said Commissioner Denham.

"With an increase in the frequency of the information collected from smart meters comes an increased responsibility on BC Hydro to ensure that privacy and security is built into the smart grid."

The commissioner will investigate whether BC Hydro's use of smart meters complies with its obligations regarding collection, use, disclosure, retention and security of personal information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

BC Hydro has been consulting with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner on the privacy and security implications of its smart meters program, and has also committed to co-operate fully with the Commissioner's investigation.

The commissioner will release a public report when the investigation is complete.

Long Weekend Road Trips – Don’t fall asleep at the wheel: IIBC #BCDay #longweekend @icbc

Long weekend road trips – don’t fall asleep at the wheel - July 28, 2011

With many in search of warm weather for the B.C. Day long weekend, it’s a popular time to load up the car and take a long road trip. Those many hours behind the wheel can be particularly draining on warm summer days and increase your risk of driver fatigue.

On average (2005 to 2009), fatigue is a contributing factor in 1,010 crashes, 690 injuries and 20 fatalities every year on B.C. roads, and very likely higher given how under-reported driver fatigue is and how hard it is to measure.

“We want every family that’s heading out on the road this long weekend – and throughout the summer – to enjoy their trip and return home safely,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “It’s important to drive responsibly and avoid distractions when you’re at the wheel but you also need to take breaks and recognize when you’re too tired to continue safely.”

Hot summer days and long drives are a dangerous combination, which often result in driver fatigue, which slows our reaction time, decreases our awareness and impairs our judgment – a dangerous combination of factors.

On average (2006 to 2010), there are 1,950 crashes, 540 injuries and three fatalities during the B.C. Day long weekend across the province.

“When most of us think of impaired driving we think of people who drink and drive, but anything that decreases your ability to judge the situation around you and to react appropriately is an impairment,” said Jill Blacklock, ICBC road safety manager.

“We don’t often realize the extent of our own fatigue,” said Blacklock. “But we’ve probably all driven when we’re tired and also heard of tragic crashes that have happened when someone falls asleep at the wheel.”

Here are ICBC’s top tips for avoiding driver fatigue:

Plan your journey: Get a good sleep the night before you leave on a long trip and know the route you’re going to take so you can plan to stop at rest points along the way. A good rule of thumb is to take a break from driving every two hours on long road trips and avoid driving during the night when you’d normally be asleep. Long weekends always mean more vehicles on the road so plan ahead by checking road and weather conditions on the signs: We don’t often sense the degree of our own fatigue behind the wheel so it’s important to know the warning signs:

- you don’t notice a vehicle until it suddenly passes you;
- you don’t recall driving the last few kilometres;
- you’re yawning or daydreaming;
- your driving speed creeps up or down;
- you find yourself wandering into the next lane;
- you have difficulty keeping your head up.

Take a break: Pull over as soon as you start to feel drowsy. Get out and walk around to get some fresh air. If that’s not enough, pull over to a safe stopping spot, turn off your car and take a nap. Winding down the window or turning the volume up on the radio are not effective strategies. The only cure for sleepiness is sleep – it’s better to arrive late than not at all.Even a slight decrease in your reaction time behind the wheel can have a profound increase on your chance of crashing, particularly at high speeds on highways. Follow these tips and drive smart this summer.

UVic Study: Stoned Drivers, Marijuana Impairment #yyj #cannabis


A University of Victoria researcher is a co-investigator for a study on whether drivers who are high on marijuana cause more crashes than sober drivers.

Scott Macdonald is a scientist at UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) and co-investigaton in the Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Crashes: A Multicentre Culpability Study— which is the first of its kind in Canada.

“This is the first study in Canada to compare the active THC levels of those responsible for crashes with those not responsible in non-fatal crashes,” says Macdonald. “A similar study was conducted in Australia for fatally injured drivers and the authors found those with active THC in their blood were significantly more likely to be responsible for their crashes.”

The study is led by Dr. Jeffrey Brubacher, an emergency doctor at Vancouver General Hospital.

Over the next five years, blood samples will be taken from those involved in vehicle accidents where a blood sample is required for treatment. After police reports are analyzed to determine which drivers cause the crash, their identification will be stripped from police records before their blood samples are analyzed for THC—the active ingredient in pot.

This will indicate to researchers whether marijuana use contributed to the accident and may help traffic safety experts develop safer driving policies. According to the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia, impairment is one of the top three contributing factors for fatal car crashes. Each year, on average, 126 people die in motor vehicle crashes involving impaired driving and approximately 32 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities are related to impaired driving.

A recent study on substance use among nighttime drivers in Vancouver, Saanich and Abbotsford found that patterns of drug driving appear to be different from patterns of alcohol and driving. For example, alcohol use among drivers is most common on weekend nights and increases later at night. Drug use is more evenly spread throughout times and days.

The study also revealed that 15.5 per cent of drivers tested positive for drugs, alcohol or both; that cannabis and cocaine were the drugs most frequently detected in drivers; and that alcohol use was most common among drivers aged 19 to 24 and 25 to 34 while drug use was more evenly distributed across all age groups. (Source: A Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use Among Drivers in British Columbia,

Last year, CARBC launched a new outreach program aimed at ensuring that youth and young adults understand just how lethal it is to mix drugs. The province-wide project will use a number of different methods, including social media, to educate people between the ages of 16 to 24 who are new drivers.

Man Arrested Following Reports of a Handgun #yyj #Vicpd @vicpdcanada

Man Arrested Following Reports of a Handgun

For Immediate Release File # 11-26737
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Victoria BC – A 49-year old Victoria man was arrested Thursday morning following a police incident in the 2700-block of Roseberry Avenue.

The man surrendered himself to police just before 8:45 a.m. this morning. The man had barricaded himself inside his Fernwood home after reports that he was seen at the location with a handgun.

Following his arrest, VicPD conducted a search warrant on the home and found a very real-looking replica handgun.

The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and Crisis Negotiators had been at the man’s home for several hours. Patrol officers first responded to the home last night around 11 p.m. when dispatch received a call concerning the man with a gun.

Police setup road blocks in the immediate area with Roseberry Ave closed between Ryan Street and Kings Road, and Ryan St was closed between Avebury Avenue and Cedar Hill Road.

The man is facing potential weapons related charges. He is currently in police custody.

Check restrictions before lighting your campfire #bcday #longweekend

Check restrictions before lighting your campfire

July 28, 2011
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - Is it sunny? Or is it raining? Only one thing is for certain - the B.C. Day long weekend is around the corner and people will be heading outdoors, so be sure to check open burning restrictions at your destination before you light that campfire.

While some open burning is still allowed in the Northwest, Prince George and Cariboo Fire Centres, the public is reminded to exercise caution.

No matter what type of burning you are doing, whether it is to clean up your backyard or roast marshmallows, make sure that you have enough people, tools and water nearby to keep the fire under control. Even in cooler conditions, it is best to play it safe and keep practising campfire safety. Never light a fire in windy conditions and always completely extinguish the fire before leaving the area.

Where restrictions are in place, compliance and enforcement officers will be ensuring people are following the Province's regulations. Failure to comply with open burning regulations can result in a $345 ticket. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million and/or spend three years in prison.


Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - "Campfires are still allowed in the province, but please remember wildfires can start in an instant. Be extremely cautious with any flame source, including cigarettes, candles and tiki torches, when camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying B.C.'s backcountry this weekend."

Quick Facts:

* Since April 1, a total of 195 out of 272 fires - about 72 per cent - across the province have been person-caused.

* Compliance and enforcement officers will be out over the long weekend throughout the province. They not only look for people ignoring campfire regulations, but also watch for camping etiquette and respect for others, site clean-up of garbage and litter, and responsible off-road vehicle use.

* Public education is a large part of a compliance and enforcement officer's job.

* We rely on the public to help spot new fires. Report smoke and flames by calling *5555 on mobile phones or 1 800 663-5555.

* For more information on open fire restrictions in your area, check:

* With more than 1,300 recreation sites and 800 trails to enjoy, recreation sites offer an affordable family experience. The vast majority are free, and only about eight per cent have a small user fee.

* Pack-in, pack-out - what you bring to a recreation site should be taken home afterward.

* Stay on authorized roads, trails and designated motorized vehicle areas.

Learn More:

* For information on wildfires, area restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, check:

* Follow us on Twitter at:!/BCGovFireInfo

* Follow us on Facebook at:

* Find a recreation site or trail near you:

* Join the backcountry community on Facebook:

Ocean Engineer to head to UVic's Neptune Canada #Uvic


The new director of the NEPTUNE Canada ocean network is Dr. Kate Moran, a world-renowned ocean engineer who is completing a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.

NEPTUNE Canada is the world’s largest and most advanced cabled ocean network. It and the VENUS coastal network make up the University of Victoria’s ONC Observatory, which is managed for the university by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC).

“We are delighted to attract someone of Kate’s international calibre,” says Dr. Martin Taylor, ONC President and CEO. “She brings to NEPTUNE Canada a wealth of international experience through her engagement with the International Ocean Drilling Program and her leadership as chief scientist on many major research cruises and expeditions.”

In her White House role, Moran advised the Obama administration on the oceans, the Arctic and global warming. She was seconded to the position from a faculty appointment at the University of Rhode Island where she was a professor of oceanography and associate dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.

“Earth observation networks are critical for understanding the Earth system, particularly in the oceans as they become further impacted by climate change and in seismically active areas, such as Canada's west coast,” says Moran. “I am excited about joining an extraordinary team that not only had the vision, but also the collective abilities to build the world’s first deep ocean cabled network.”

Moran holds degrees in marine science and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoceanography, tectonics and seafloor stability. She has authored more than 45 publications.

Moran has led several major oceanographic expeditions, including the first drilling expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2004. The following year she led the first expedition to find the source of the earthquake that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She has also made major contributions to the assessment of hazards in Canada’s offshore regions.

Moran starts her five-year term with NEPTUNE Canada in September. She succeeds founding director Dr. Chris Barnes, who retired on June 30.

NEPTUNE Canada and its coastal sister network, VENUS, pioneer a new generation of ocean observation systems that, using power and the Internet, provides continuous, long-term monitoring of ocean processes and events, as they happen.

For more information on NEPTUNE Canada visit

Kinsol Trestle opens to families and visitors

Kinsol Trestle opens to families and visitors

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Western Economic Diversification Canada

SHAWNIGAN LAKE - The historic Kinsol Trestle, Canada's tallest timber trestle, has reopened to provide families a spectacular recreational route in the Cowichan Valley.

High above the Koksilah River, the restored trestle includes a 187-metre (614-foot) walkway along the top for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. The trestle completes an important section along the Trans-Canada Trail, connecting the Village of Shawnigan Lake to the District of North Cowichan.

"Our Government is proud to help restore this historic and spectacular structure," said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "I look forward to Cowichan Valley residents and visitors from around the world taking full advantage of the safer Kinsol Trestle for years to come."

The work included replacing unsound timbers and reinforcing the structure to ensure that the historic characteristics, including the span, height and timbered design qualities of the original structure, were preserved. As many as 60 jobs were created through the entire 13-month process.

"This project provided close to 60 jobs for Cowichan families," said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon on behalf of the B.C. government. "By adding a multi-purpose walkway to the structure, this 90-year-old former railway has been transformed into a safe and visually stunning connection along the Trans Canada Trail. This world- renowned trestle is an important part of our local and provincial heritage, and it will encourage family recreation, healthy living and tourism in the Cowichan Valley."

The Kinsol Trestle was built in 1920, is one of the largest timber bridges in the world and the highest timber trestle remaining in the Commonwealth. It is 44 metres high and 188 metres long.

Construction of the $7.2 million project began in 2010.

Construction was funded by:

* $1.9 million in federal funding through the Building Canada Fund -

Communities Component.

* $1.9 million in provincial funding through the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component.
* $1.6 million in provincial LocalMotion funding.
* $1 million from the Island Coastal Economic Trust.
* $600,000 from the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
* $250,000 from the Trans Canada Trail Foundation

"We're excited to be able to share this day with so many people and visitors alike," said Gerry Giles, Cowichan Valley Regional District board chair. "We know this truly will become the 'jewel in the crown' for attracting tourism to the Cowichan Valley region and are honoured to have supported the community fundraising campaign and done our part as project managers to save this magnificent structure for all to appreciate and experience."

The Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component is a federal-provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000.

Through this unprecedented Building Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a stronger, safer and better country.

Since October 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the Province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.

The Province's $40-million LocalMotion program has funded 122 projects such as this one, promoting healthier, greener and more accessible communities.

Quick Facts:

* More than 679 cubic metres (288,000 board feet) of new timber was used on the trestle, the majority of it second growth B.C.-grown Douglas-fir and cypress.

* The last train crossed the crossed the trestle in 1979.

* The trestle was built in 1929 to link Victoria to Nootka Sound to transport timber.

Learn More:

* A time-lapse video of the restoration on the Kinsol Trestle can be viewed at:

* For more information about the Kinsol Trestle project, visit:

* For more information on the LocalMotion program, visit:

* For more information on the Island Coastal Economic Trust, visit:

* For more information on the Building Canada Fund, visit:

Kinsol Trestle Re-Opens Today #kinsoltrestle

Kinsol Trestle Re-Opening Celebration

History will be as the Kinsol Trestle is set to be unveiled after an extensive rehabilitation to the structure. Having spanned the Koksilah River for more than 90 years, this “Jewel in the Crown” of the Cowichan Valley has been a vital part of rail travel on Vancouver Island. Standing at 44m high and 188m long, the Kinsol Trestle is the largest wooden trestle in all of Canada!

“After so much hard work, we are very pleased that the day has finally come to celebrate the completion of the rehabilitation of this magnificent structure,” shared Gerry Giles, Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board Chair.

“The trestle rehabilitation project was a significant undertaking by the CVRD that would not have been possible without the generous support received from major sponsors, local businesses, community groups and individuals – all of whom share a desire to preserve an important feature of Cowichan’s history,” Giles continued.

The Cowichan Valley Trail is part of Vancouver Island’s Trans Canada Trail route. With the addition of a new walkway on top of the structure, the trestle has been transformed into a safe, vital connector on the Cowichan Valley Trail.

The community is invited to celebrate this historic grand re-opening along with former Duncan mayor, Michael Coleman. Residents are welcome at this family-friendly event on Thursday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments, entertainment and information booths will be on hand.

Those wishing to be a part of the grand opening celebration can take a quick shuttle from the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre (2804 Shawnigan Lake Road) starting at 10 a.m. Make sure you bring sturdy shoes as the walk from the drop-off spot to the trestle site is about 15 minutes. For more information, visit the Cowichan Valley Regional District online.

How to get to Kinsol Trestle

Schedule set for Community Gaming Grant Review #bcpoli

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Community Gaming Grant Review will visit 14 communities across the province during August and September, Skip Triplett announced today.

Appointed earlier this month by Premier Christy Clark as the independent reviewer of the province's community gaming grant process, Triplett will begin a 14-city tour on Aug. 11 in Campbell River and conclude with a Sept. 16 session in Vancouver.

The Community Gaming Grant Review is examining the role of government in allocating gaming revenue with input from charities, community members, industry representatives and local government.

The Terms of Reference include reviewing and providing options for:

* Existing legislation governing community gaming grant funding.
* Funding formula.
* Criteria/eligibility for community gaming grants.
* Processes involved with applying for and receiving community gaming grants.
* A multi-year funding model.
* The future role of government in community gaming grants.

Review forums will be held in the North, Interior, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Submissions will also be accepted via the gaming grant website and by email, FAX, or mail. Triplett's final report is due to government by Oct. 31.

Learn More:

Find out more about the review, including the time and location of  community forums, as well as registration and presentation information,  through the Community Gaming Grant Review Website:

Submissions can be made up to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2011:

* through the website:
* by mail: PO Box 9827 Stn Prov Gov't, Victoria BC, V8W 9W4
* fax: 250 356-2842
* email:

Water Main Work May Result in Low Water Pressure #yyj #water

Water Main Work May Result in
Low Water Pressure

VICTORIA, BC – Residents and businesses are advised they may experience low water pressure today and tomorrow due to repairs of the underground water system.

While conducting upgrades to a portion of the water main system at the corner of Gorge and Government, crews noted a necessary repair to a water main that required shutting it off temporarily. The repair was intended to be conducted overnight so as to have minimal impact on the public; however, it has taken longer than expected. As a result, residents and businesses in the City of Victoria, and potentially portions of south Saanich and Oak Bay, may be experiencing low water pressure, particularly during peak use times.

Crews are working as quickly as possible to make the repair, and anticipate normal water pressure by tomorrow evening. The public is encouraged to reduce non-essential water use in the meantime.

The City of Victoria is committed to improving and maintaining Victoria’s aging underground infrastructure which dates back to 1891, and greatly appreciates the public’s patience.

Change of Command Ceremony for Victoria Fire Department This Friday: Updated #yyj #events

Change of Command Ceremony for
Victoria Fire Department


VICTORIA, BC — On Friday morning, a Change of Command ceremony will mark the transfer of leadership from the Victoria Fire Department’s 31st Fire Chief Doug Angrove, to Jeff Lambert, the 32nd Chief in the department’s 153 year history.

Fire Chief Doug Angrove is retiring after eight years of service with the City of Victoria. He started his career with the Nanaimo Fire Department, where he spent 24 years before joining the Victoria Fire Department as Deputy Chief in 2003 and serving as Fire Chief since 2006.

Jeff Lambert will begin his appointment as Victoria’s 32nd Fire Chief at tomorrow’s ceremony. Lambert most recently served over five years as Fire Chief for the City of Port Moody, and prior to that was Fire Chief in Fort St. John and Chief Fire Prevention Officer for the District of Powell River.

The symbolic Change of Command ceremony consists of the presentation of the Badge of Office and the passing of the Fire Chief’s speaking trumpet. The ceremony will acknowledge Chief Angrove’s contributions to Victoria and welcome Jeff Lambert to his new position.

Founded in 1858, the Victoria Fire Department is the oldest department west of Toronto and north of San Francisco and is well-respected for its dedication to the protection of the lives and the property of the citizens of Victoria. 

Ryan St closed between Avebury & Cedar Hill, Roseberry Ave between Ryan & Kings #yyj #traffic @vicpdcanada

Ryan Street is closed between Avebury Avenue and Cedar Hill Road and Roseberry Avenue is closed between Ryan St and Kings Road. Please be advised no traffic will be allowed through at those locations.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Team BC sending 345 athletes to 2011 Western Canada Summer Games #bcgames @TBC_CanadaGames

2011 Western Canada Summer Games: Team BC

The 2011 Western Canada Summer Games take place Aug. 5-14 in Kamloops and will bring together approximately 2,300 athletes competing in 19 sports, along with coaches, managers and officials from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.

Team BC will send 345 athletes aged 12 to 22 and 72 coaches to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. BC has won the Western Canada Summer Games Cup every year since the Games’ inception in 1975.

The last time the Games were held in BC was in 1995 in Abbotsford.

The Team BC website has bios of all competitors as well as a search engine under Media to search for athletes by community. Please see and click on 2011 Western Canada Summer Games for more information.

Sixth wave of B.C. wildfire personnel head to Ontario

Sixth wave of B.C. wildfire personnel
head to Ontario

July 27, 2011
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - British Columbia is deploying additional forest fire personnel to Ontario today, while another group returns home.

As 101 firefighters currently in Ontario reach their maximum amount of deployment days and return to B.C., five 20-person unit crews and an agency representative will depart for Ontario to replace them.

With this latest changeover of crews, 532 personnel remain out of province. The Wildfire Management Branch has deployed 1,720 personnel during the 2011 season.

Crews will be in Ontario for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time if B.C.'s wildfire situation changes. Sufficient personnel have been retained to manage current firefighting needs.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Launches Art Booklet & Partners with Winchester Galleries #yyj #art

Victoria Hospitals Foundation
Launches Art Booklet,
Partners with Winchester Galleries

July 27, 2011 For Immediate Release

Victoria, BC — A book entitled – Fuse - featuring visual art, photography and creative writing by people living with mental illness is now available for public purchase, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation announced today. Compiled by the Foundation, and local writer/professor Melanie Siebert in support of the Courtnall Celebrity Classic, Fuse showcases local writers and artists as a way raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness.

“This is a remarkable collection of visual art, creative writing and photography,” said Melanie McKenzie, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. “In the past mental illness has been such an uncomfortable subject, and those suffering from the illness have been stigmatized and isolated. It’s time all that changed. The artists featured in this book are extremely talented and deserve our attention.”

The title, Fuse, was suggested by Siebert who helps people living with mental illness by leading a small writing group out of the new Patient Care Centre at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Siebert sees imagination as the fuse that, once lit, can assist in healing and recovery.

She said, “The artists featured in this book all have a personal experience with mental illness. And I think they would all agree that art and creativity has at times been a lifeline.”

To provide further exposure to the artists the Winchester Gallery (Humboldt Valley) is showing high-quality prints from Fuse until August 6th. The prints are reasonably priced with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

“We’re happy to be able to make this contribution to the community,” said Elizabeth Levinson for Winchester Galleries. “This work is a small window into the significant skill of these artists. I’d encourage all who can to take the time to drop in and view their work.”

About the Victoria Hospitals Foundation:

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to enable donations to Vancouver Island’s two largest and most comprehensive hospitals: the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General. Every year we fund 40 per cent of capital equipment purchases for these hospitals, and last year this amounted to more than $6 million for urgently needed medical equipment and special projects that help these two hospitals provide care to all 752,000 residents of Vancouver Island. Since 1989, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised more than $76 million to benefit our hospitals. For more information, call the Foundation at 250-414-6688 or go to

Forest Practices Board releases 15th annual report #forestry #bcpoli

Forest Practices Board releases 15th annual report

July 27, 2011
Forest Practices Board

VICTORIA - The Forest Practices Board's accomplishments and key findings from April 2010 to March 2011 were published today in its annual report. The report marks 15 years of independent oversight of forest and range practices in B.C.

"The board has earned public confidence by frankly and objectively assessing industry and government performance," said Al Gorley, board chair. "I'm pleased to note that a recent survey of stakeholders showed continuing support for our work."

In 2010-11, the board's field-based audit program examined harvesting on 181 cutblocks, 283 kilometres of road construction, 2,816 kilometres of road maintenance, 20 bridges, regeneration on 451 cutblocks and fire protection activities at 14 active sites. Ten complaints from the public were resolved and five special investigations and reports were completed and published.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.'s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.

The board:

* Audits forest and range practices on public lands.

* Audits appropriateness of government enforcement.

* Investigates public complaints.

* Undertakes special investigations of current forestry issues.

* Participates in administrative appeals.

* Makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

BC Cancer Agency: Substantial gain in knowledge about non-Hodgkin lymphoma #cancer #lymphoma


New genetic mutations found for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Substantial gain in knowledge about the disease


• First study to sequence whole genome of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

• Study identifies 109 repeatedly mutated and 26 significantly mutated genes involved in non-Hodgkin lymphoma—a massive knowledge gain about the disease

• Novel discovery of MLL2 genetic mutation found to occur in 89 per cent of Follicular lymphoma patients

VANCOUVER, BC – BC Cancer Agency scientists have identified a number of new genetic mutations involved in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). This massive cancer-sequencing study (, published online in Nature will open a floodgate for researchers around the world to explore the significant number of newly discovered gene mutations and their role in the growth and development of lymphoma cells.

In an extensive undertaking, researchers sequenced the entire genome of lymphoma cancer cells from 14 NHL patient samples and the ‘active’ genes from 117 NHL patients to search for genetic mutations specific to cancer cells. The magnitude of data revealed 109 genes with recurring mutations, from which 26 have been identified as contributors to NHL based on their mutation patterns. Over two-thirds of mutated genes had never been linked to lymphoma prior to this study.

“Based on the patterns of mutation in these 26 genes, we can see that these mutations enable tumour cells to grow and expand in non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients,” says Ryan Morin, the study’s lead author and researcher at the BC Cancer Agency.

“The mutated genes we’ve discovered, most of which were previously unknown to lymphoma or other cancers, should enable us to design new tests that allow us to recognize subtypes of lymphoma and may help us predict how each variation of this disease will react to different treatments,” adds Morin, who is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Vanier scholar.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the fifth most common form of cancer in Canada, affecting 7,700 people in 2011 across the country. It estimated that over 1,000 people in B.C. will be diagnosed this year.

“This research offers an exciting future for lymphoma survivors, who rely on research that could lead to new treatments,” says Richard Alexander, Chair, BC Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and who has lived with lymphoma for nearly 30 years and received treatment at the BC Cancer Agency. “It is especially gratifying that this research was accomplished by many local scientists.“

“We must have more detail about this disease to effectively treat our growing number of patients,” says Dr. Joseph Connors, medical oncologist and distinguished scientist at the BC Cancer Agency and clinical professor of medical oncology at UBC.

“This new abundance of genetic information is thrilling. Researchers and clinicians can now collaborate to eventually create new drugs, or identify existing drugs, that inhibit these mutated genes directly and prevent the growth of non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” emphasizes Dr. Connors.

The pattern of mutation observed in some of these genes is indicative of new tumour suppressors and oncogenes, the latter of which may be ideal targets for existing therapies. Specifically, one of the novel lymphoma-related genes discovered in this study, MLL2, is mutated in 89 per cent of Follicular lymphoma patients, suggesting it is the most commonly mutated gene in NHL. Mutation of MLL2, which appears to be a tumour suppressor, is suspected to provide cancer cells with the ability to grow rapidly in-spite of the body’s regulatory mechanisms. A second novel gene discovery, MEF2B, bears a so-called ‘hot spot’ mutation pattern reminiscent of other known cancer genes.

This major advancement in lymphoma knowledge comes on the heels of three other significant discoveries within the past 18 months from the BC Cancer Agency’s lymphoid research group, who is drawing international attention from fellow researchers.

Their team recently launched a major new research initiative, the ANGELYC Project, which will analyze the entire DNA of all lymphoid cancers, to discover and develop new, targeted, and more effective treatments for patients. The BC Cancer Foundation has raised $2.6 million to support this momentous project.

Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative Biofuels Facility Opens Today #cowichan #biofuel

From The Fryer to Your Fuel Tank: A Biodiesel Processor Using Waste Cooking Oil Launches in the Cowichan Valley!

Where: Bing’s Creek Biofuels Facility, CVRD Solid Waste Management Facility

3900 Drinkwater Road, Cowichan Valley (Duncan), Vancouver Island, Canada

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

What: The Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative (CB-DC) has been supplying 100% biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil to members as a petro-diesel alternative for 6 years. With the introduction of this new community biodiesel processor, this sustainable vehicle fuel can now be processed in Duncan!

The new processor will close the sustainable fuels loop in the Cowichan Valley – taking waste cooking oil from area residents and restaurants, processing it into biodiesel, and selling it at the 2999 Allenby Road card lock in Duncan to CB-DC members.

By recycling waste streams into sustainable biofuels to offset petroleum use in the Valley, CEA and CB-DC are making important contributions to local energy security and community resilience. Using waste oil as feedstock creates a biofuel with a lower carbon footprint than conventional biofuels made from virgin crops, and avoids the food versus fuel debate that has tarnished the reputation of many biofuels.

From peak oil to global climate change to rising energy prices, finding local energy solutions is increasingly important. “We eat locally, and so do our cars” is the CB-DC motto. The environmental disaster of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf, the ramifications of which are still being discovered, is another reason to support this clean-burning biodegradable petroleum alternative.

Come see the CB-DC and CEA, in a unique recycling partnership with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, reveal their exciting new community-scale plant!

World Hepatitis Day is Tomorrow! Info and links available here #hepatitisday

Know it. Confront it.
Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere

Vancouver, BC – July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day, an important opportunity to highlight the public health impact of hepatitis B and C on our society, which together kill one million people worldwide every year.

Individuals around the world who are affected by hepatitis want the world to know what living with hepatitis B and C means. To help bring these stories forward, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Pacific Hepatitis Network worked with people affected by this illness to produce a short film featuring real stories of British Columbians living with hepatitis. Individuals shared their stories about what it is like to live with hepatitis, or how their lives are impacted when caring for someone with hepatitis.

In Canada, an estimated 600,000 people are living with hepatitis B and C and are at risk for developing cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, and other non-liver related illness. In British Columbia, up to 60,000 people are infected with hepatitis B and a similar number with hepatitis C, as estimated by the BCCDC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

“Stigma and ignorance about hepatitis haunts those affected. Communities and healthcare providers need to work together to educate each other, prevent new infections, and treat those affected,” says to Dr. Gail Butt, Clinical Lead, Hepatitis, Clinical Prevention Services at the BCCDC. “This is why resources like this film are so important.”

“Hepatitis B vaccination is very effective at preventing infections and has dramatically reduced the number of new infections in British Columbians,” explains Dr. Mel Krajden, Co-Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services. “However, for those already infected with hepatitis B, there is still a need for diagnosis and treatment, which can control infection and improve outcomes. Although there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, new antiviral drugs will bring the hope of cure to most individuals in next few years.”

For more information on hepatitis, please visit:

• BC Centre for Disease Control:

• HealthLink BC / Health Files:

• World Health Organization: Hepatitis:

• World Hepatitis Day 2009 / Am I Number 12?:

• BC Ministry of Health / Healthy Pathways Forward:

Victoria Chinatown Summer Night Markets Start Tonight #yyj #chinatown

Chinatown Launches Summer Night Market
Markets to highlight Chinatown culture, history

July 21, 2011: The Victoria Chinese Commerce Association, in partnership with businesses and individuals in the community, is hosting a night market once a month in the 500 block of Fisgard Street. A first for Chinatown, the market will celebrate Chinese culture and Chinatown as a cultural hub. Vendors, music and food will fit with a Chinatown cultural theme in celebration of Chinatown’s long history in the community.

“The market is as much about celebrating Chinatown as a cultural hub as it will be about what people can buy at the market,” says Tony Joe, VCCA member and Chinatown Market Committee Chair. “Chinatown is a vibrant place and we are looking forward to adding to that vibrancy with these evening events.”

Markets will be held the last Wednesday of the month, on July 27, August 31 and September 28 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Chinatown merchants will be participating along with guest vendors, entertainers and food vendors.

Entertainment will feature traditional dance and music. Hua Lin Dance will perform a series of dances performances on Chinese Harp, Violin and flute as well as Tai Chi and other demonstrations.

A variety of vendors will be set up for the evening including Bamboo Beads and Bling selling locally handcrafted jewellery and henna tattooing in front of their shop. May Ip-Lam, of May Ip Lam Gallery, will demonstrate brush painting and Chinese calligraphy. Art cards and prints will be available for sale. Silk Road will also be hosting a Chinese tea-themed night.

HST Referendum Close of Voting - 4:30pm Aug 5 #hst #bcpoli

4:30 P.M. AUGUST 5

VICTORIA – Voters are reminded that voting in the 2011 HST Referendum closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2011, when all completed ballot packages must be received by Elections BC, a Service BC Centre or an Elections BC Collection Centre.

“Voters can mail their completed ballot package,” said Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James, “or they can deliver their ballot package to any one of the options available. The yellow ballot package must be in the hands of Elections BC or a Service BC Centre by 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Postmarks will not be accepted as proof of meeting the deadline.”

Canada Post delivery standards can be found at:

Elections BC is located at: Suite 100 – 1112 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C.

Service BC Centres are located in 60 communities throughout the province. Click here to find a centre near you.

Elections BC Collection Centres are located at:

Capilano Mall, Unit #81 – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, B.C.
City Square Shopping Centre, Unit #17 – 555 W. 12 Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
Lougheed Town Centre, Unit D7 – 9855 Austin Road, Burnaby, B.C.
Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, (next to Purdy’s) 1701 152 Street, Surrey, B.C.
Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Unit #436 – 19705 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.

Referendum results are expected to be reported in early September.

For more information, visit the Elections BC website at

Vancouver Island School of Art Seeks #Folkwest Volunteers #yyj #art #volunteering

ARTISTS NEEDED: Want to volunteer
for the Folkwest Music Festival?

Vancouver Island School of Art: The Folkwest Music Festival (Aug 19-21 at Royal Athletic Park) is looking for several artists (figurative and graffiti) to help design and paint a mural for a fence along Caledonia Street. Some of the 8 panels will be painted beforehand and others painted during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering your talents, contact Judith Rassenti at 250-479-6559 or

Click the Folkwest poster to purchase event tickets online

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day #yyj #parks

Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day

VICTORIA, BC — PARK(ing) Day is an annual, global initiative that encourages citizens to create temporary parks and open spaces out of downtown parking spots – challenging us to rethink how we use space in the urban core. For the second consecutive year, the City of Victoria is participating in the worldwide initiative and invites you to Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16, 2011.

Individuals and community groups can apply for one of the 20 permits available to create a temporary park or public space at a designated, on-street parking spot downtown. Previous innovative uses of parking spaces have included installing temporary turf and flowers, holding picnics, yoga classes, lawn bowling, Shakespeare in the PARK(ing) Lot, random acts of kindness, as well as Scrabble, croquet, and chess tournaments.

PARK(ing) Day is intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, social interactions, generosity and play. This non-commercial event also provides an opportunity to raise awareness on what individuals can do to lower their carbon footprint.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 in San Francisco, when Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary park. For more information about the worldwide PARK(ing) Day movement, visit

To apply for a PARK(ing) Day permit, call 250.361.0257 or email by 4 p.m. on August 26, 2011. For more information, visit: and click on What’s New?
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