Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Drug Deal Gone Wrong Led to Stabbing #yyj @vicpdcanada

File #     11-31288
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Victoria BC – In what appears to be a drug deal gone wrong, a 60-year old man was stabbed downtown Monday night.

The stabbing took place on the corner of Quadra and Yates Streets and the suspect was arrested within minutes.  A 31-year old woman of no fixed address was arrested on the 900 block of Pandora.

The two parties were known to each other. The reason for the argument is unknown, but police believe it involved drugs.

Police were called to the 7-Eleven at Quadra and Yates Streets at approximately 11:45 p.m. for a report of a male inside who was bleeding profusely from a wound in his abdomen. Officers arrived and immediately started first aid on the man. During that time officers were able to get a description of the assailant and radioed this to other members in the area.

A woman, matching the description given, was spotted a short time later in the 900-block of Pandora. She was arrested without incident by patrol members and transported to jail.

Paramedics soon arrived and transported the man to the hospital for treatment. His injuries are described as serious by not life threatening.

The woman was charged with assault with a weapon and was held for morning court.

Police to focus on distracted driving in September: ICBC

B.C. drivers polled see cellphone use as risky as drinking and driving - August 30, 2011

Police will focus enforcement on
distracted drivers in September

B.C. drivers seem to be getting the message that using a cellphone or other hand-held devices while driving is extremely dangerous.

A new Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of ICBC found that nearly nine in ten respondents (87 per cent) believe texting or emailing while driving is one of the most risky things we can do behind the wheel – in fact, 76 per cent believe it’s just as dangerous as drinking and driving. The majority (65 per cent) view talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving as very risky behaviour, and 50 per cent believe it’s just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

“We know that the injuries and fatalities that result from distracted driving are preventable,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We all play an important role in making our roads safer. As Government, we have established aggressive legislation and police have done a good job of enforcement. But everyone needs to use their common sense and take action. Think about your friends, family and colleagues, and set an example – driving is a complex task that requires our full attention and when we drive distracted the results can be deadly!"

While the majority of survey respondents recognize the dangers, about 16 per cent admitted they’ve talked on a hand-held cellphone while driving over the last 12 months. And about one-in-10 (nine per cent) confessed they’ve texted or emailed on a hand-held device while driving.

Over 50 per cent of those surveyed reported they see other drivers violating the restrictions on using hand-held devices “several times a day.” And about 20 per cent said they see other drivers violate the restrictions “about once a day.”

“With school back in and fall weather approaching, September can be a dangerous month on B.C.’s roads,” says Chief Constable Jamie Graham, Traffic Committee Chair of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP). “It’s illegal and stupid to use your cellphone or text while driving. You are putting people at risk. Statistics show that about a quarter of all deaths in fatal crashes in our province are driver-distraction-related so police are going to continue to recommend tougher sanctions for people who think they’re above the law.”

Why do drivers still talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving? Among those who admitted such behavior, the main excuses were, “I use the speaker function” (42 per cent), “It was a very short call” (42 per cent), “I pulled over after answering the call” (37 per cent) and “I was stopped at a red light,” (29 per cent). Other reasons given included, “Not having a hands-free device” or, “It’s simply a force of habit”.

“Driving is a complex task,” said Fiona Temple, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Many people don’t realize that it’s also illegal to take a call or text while waiting in traffic or stopped for a red light. You lose 50 per cent of what’s going on around you when you’re talking or texting on a hand-held device. This makes you four times more likely to get in a crash. Make smart decisions – whether you’re driving, waiting in traffic or stopped at a red light, let voice mail do its job or pull over if you must take a call.”

For more road safety tips, visit icbc.com. To see the full Ipsos Reid survey on driver distraction, visit http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5312.

To find tips on how to use a cellphone safely while driving and the penalties for breaking the law, go to drivecellsafe.ca.

Saltspring Island: BC Transit Service Advisory #saltspring @BC_Transit


SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. - From Monday, September 5 until Sunday, September 25, BC Transit customers on Salt Spring Island will see a number of minor service changes.

To better serve Salt Spring Island, BC Transit makes schedule adjustments each fall to meet changing BC Ferries times.

For detailed transit information, customers can visit www.bctransit.com or pick up a Rider's Bulletin on board.

Funding for the Salt Spring Island Transit System is cost-shared between the Capital Regional District and BC Transit. Decisions about fares, routes and service levels are made by the Capital Regional District according to recommendations from BC Transit and the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Single Lane Traffic - Burnside Rd Upgrade: Sept to Dec #yyj #traffic

Burnside Road
(between Grange and McKenzie) Upgrade

Saanich, BC, August 25, 2011 — The much anticipated upgrading of Burnside Road (between Grange Road and McKenzie Avenue) gets underway during the month of September 2011. Although the Municipality of Saanich would have preferred to carry out this work during the summer months while schools were not in session, concurrent work on alternate routes including Admirals and Helmcken and Old Island Highway in View Royal made that impractical.

"The purpose of this project is to provide concrete sidewalks and bikelanes on both sides of this section of Burnside Road and to replace the failing asphalt pavement," says Project Manager, Daryl Yuen. "In addition, there will be a marked crosswalk complete with solar powered pedestrian signals at the entrance to Spectrum Community School."

This project will also include the installation of a storm drain system which will eliminate the existing drainage ditch on the north side of Burnside Road between Marigold Avenue and McKenzie Avenue. "The Municipality of Saanich also intends to relocate an existing water main from Grange Road to 120 m east of Montcalm Avenue," said Yuen.

There will be single lane alternating traffic between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. All other times will be two-way traffic. Access to school driveways will remain open throughout, and drivers are encouraged to obey the directions of the traffic control persons who will be on-site to assist with the work. It is anticipated that this project will be complete by early December 2011.

If you have further questions, please contact Saanich Engineering at 250-475-5575.

Single Lane Traffic Grandview Dr between Ferndale & Evergreen Aug 30 to Sept 2 #yyj #traffic

Single Lane Traffic

Starting on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, through to Friday, September 2, 2011, there will be a single lane alternating traffic on Grandview Drive between Ferndale Road and Evergreen Place. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Back to School Road Safety: BCAA

Entering the School Zone:
Back to school road safety

Burnaby, B.C. / August 29, 2011 – As of 8:00 am on September 6th, school zones are back in effect. Excited children will be walking, biking and jumping off of school buses all over the province, and drivers need to pay attention.

Research shows that most child pedestrian related injuries occur in September and October, followed by May and June, and that children aged 5 to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related fatalities.

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation recommends that you avoid driving through school zones if possible throughout the school year.

“That goes for parents too,” says David Dunne, director of road safety programs for the foundation.

“Parents that drive their children to and from school are actually the biggest danger to child pedestrians and cyclists around schools. The congestion caused by so many vehicles creates a very dangerous environment.”

School staff and parents continue to report incidents of drivers making U-turns, stopping in no-stopping zones, backing up into crosswalks, rolling through stop signs, ignoring the school safety patrollers, letting their children out from the driver’s side into oncoming traffic.

The most common offence is still speeding says Dunne, who is pleased that the foundation’s partner Preventable.ca will be asking drivers that speed through school zones to, “Have a word with yourself.” during their back-to-school campaign that will be launching September 6 to 9 in school zones in Surrey and Burnaby.

Linda Lawlor, the BCAA Road Safety Foundation’s school safety program coordinator says that there is also a message for children who text or talk on their cell phones or have earphones on while walking or cycling to school.

“Kids should not be talking or texting on their cell phones when they are in intersections or school zones because they become less aware of situations around them when they are distracted by the use of these devices.”

There is strong evidence from research with ten and eleven year old children that talking on a cell phone while crossing a street increases a child's risk of being struck by a vehicle by up to one third.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is celebrating 82 years as the largest sponsor of School Safety Patrol programs in Canada. Supporting local community-based programs across the nation, their Back to School Month awareness campaign focuses on safety tips and information for child pedestrians, cyclists and school bus riders.
Serious or fatal injury is preventable, if parents, caregivers and drivers take an active role in keeping all kids safe, says Lawlor who is pleased that schools around B.C. are implementing school safety patrol programs to help protect their students.

For more information about school safety in B.C. visit www.BCAARoadSafety.ca

DriveBC now provides up-to-the-minute information on mobile

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

VICTORIA - The Province's most-popular website is now mobile-friendly.
DriveBC - which receives over 2.9 million visits a month - is now
accessible as a mobile site: www.drivebc.ca/mobile

Visitors can access up-to-the-minute traveller information from
their mobile phones.

The new site is part of the government's commitment to make it more
convenient for citizens to find important data. DriveBC is updated 24
hours a day, seven days of the week with information about highway
conditions and road incidents so that travellers can know before they

DriveBC also offers real-time cameras, maps, information about current
events, weather forecasts and much more.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom -

"Drivers now have better access to a quality service that was shaped by
feedback from DriveBC users. It is now possible to access reliable
information 24 hours a day in a user-friendly application."

"This is an invaluable tool for anyone planning a trip and helps drivers
avoid unnecessary delays or adverse road conditions. Ultimately that
makes our highways safer to drive."
Quick Facts:

* Traveller information is provided only for provincially managed
transportation routes in British Columbia.
* Federal, municipal, forest service and industrial resource roads are
not considered part of the provincial highway system, and therefore are
not reported on through DriveBC.

Learn More:

Visit: www.drivebc.ca/mobile

Evacuee Assistance Volunteers Wanted #yyj #volunteering

Evacuee Assistance Volunteers

Are you calm under pressure? Do you like helping those in need? Volunteer with Evacuee Assistance Victoria and be part of a dedicated team that assists displaced residents in the event of a fire or other emergency in our community.

We’re looking for people who are caring and calm, well-organized problem solvers, willing to assist day or night, and can work independently and as a team.

Evacuee Assistance volunteers are called out to set up Reception Centres and assist residents who have been evacuated from their homes, often in the middle of the night. Displaced residents may require comfort and help in finding a place to stay, obtaining clothing, communicating with family members, or finding care for their pets.

Free training in Reception Centre operations, first aid, and worker and self-care is provided. Volunteers must be 19 years of age or older and undergo an annual criminal record check.

To learn more, register for our free Evacuee Assistance Orientation Session on Wednesday, September 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Victoria Fire Station 1, 1234 Yates Street. To register, email vema@victoria.ca or call 250.920.3373. For more information, visit: PrepareVictoria.ca

Evacuee Assistance Victoria is celebrating its 10 th anniversary in 2011. It’s one of five volunteer teams within the Victoria Emergency Management Agency, the City of Victoria’s resource for coordinating an emergency response in as disaster and educating Victoria citizens on how to be “emergency prepared.”

Action plan in place to return B.C. to 12% PST/GST #hst #bcpoli

Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA - The Province will reinstate the combined 12 per cent PST and GST tax system following the referendum decision by British Columbians to extinguish the HST in B.C., Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced today.

An action plan has been established to guide the transition process and help ensure an effective and orderly transition from the HST to the PST plus GST system in B.C.

The PST will be reinstated at seven per cent with all permanent PST exemptions. The Province may make some common sense administrative improvements to streamline the PST.

The transition period is expected to take a minimum of 18 months, consistent with the report of the independent panel on the HST. During this period, the provincial portion of the HST will remain in place at seven per cent. Eligible lower-income British Columbians will continue to receive the B.C. HST Credit until the PST is re-implemented. The B.C. HST credit will then be replaced by the re-implemented PST credit.

During the transition period, the Province will provide quarterly updates on the progress of returning to the PST.

Minister of Finance Kevin Falcon -

"British Columbians have made their choice and we will honour that decision. Now more than ever, government must provide British Columbians economic stability and focus our attention toward growing our economy to create jobs and balancing our budget in a time of global economic uncertainty.

"We will work as quickly as we responsibly can to return to the PST. We have always been clear that, as the independent panel found, dismantling the B.C. HST and returning to the PST will take time to do properly.

"I can assure British Columbians PST will not be applied to such items as restaurant meals, haircuts, bikes and gym memberships - just as it was before the HST was introduced in B.C."

Learn More:

For more information about the return to the PST, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/fin

B.C. firefighting personnel head to the United States

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - The Province is sending fire-fighting resources to Boise, Idaho and Missoula, Montana.

Two airtankers, one birddog, and one air attack officer left for Boise, Idaho yesterday to assist local crews in their fire-fighting efforts. They are expected to help combat a number of fires that are currently burning in the state.

Twenty Parattack personnel and one agency representative will be leaving for Missoula, Montana today. Lightning is common in the area and the state is preparing for an expected increase in new starts.

Both requests were co-ordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fighting Centre, and the receiving jurisdictions will be covering the costs of the deployment. The Mutual Aid Agreement sets out the terms under which resources can be legally shared, how resources will be made available, what costs will be involved, and the conditions for their return.

Crews will be out-of-province 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.


Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations:

"Our American neighbours require our assistance and we're more than willing and able to support their fire-fighting efforts. We still have the resources in place here in B.C. should fire activity increase towards the end of summer. To that end I want to remind people, especially campers, to not let their guard down around fire safety despite the quiet wildfire season we've experienced so far."

Quick Facts:

* Agency representatives act as the link between the deployed crews and the Wildfire Management Branch.
* Air attack officers are trained how to fight wildfire from the air.
* Parattack crews are highly mobile resources that use parachutes to
  access a fire and are used to assist in initial attack efforts.

Learn More:

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions in B.C., visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at:


You can also follow the latest B.C. wildfire news -

On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Friday, August 26, 2011

2011 HST Referendum Voting Results Available #hst #bcpoli


VICTORIA – The voting results of the 2011 HST Referendum were submitted to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly today.

The referendum question was:

Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No

The final voting results are:

% of valid votes voting Yes 54.73%

% of valid votes voting No 45.27%

Traffic Delays - Feltham Rd between Cavallin Court and Tyndall Ave Aug 25-31 #yyj #traffic

Traffic Advisory

On Thursday, August 25, 2011, through to Wednesday, August 31, 2011 there will be traffic delays on Feltham Road between Cavallin Court and Tyndall Avenue. 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. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

HST Rejection Misses Opportunity #hst #BCpoli

Disappointing HST Rejection Misses Opportunity to Address BC’s Economic Weaknesses

Business Council Looks to Government to Move on Transition Plans and to Accelerate Efforts to Address BC’s Competitiveness and Growth Challenges

Vancouver B.C. August 25, 2011—The Business Council of British Columbia today accepts the public’s decision on the HST, but called on the government to quickly turn its attention to addressing the short term impacts of the transition back to a separate provincial sales tax as well as lingering problems with BC’s competitiveness that the HST had begun to tackle.

“The public have spoken and rejected the HST, a tax change we strongly endorsed. The business community respects that decision and understands that the government will do the same,” stated Greg D’Avignon President and CEO of the Business Council of BC. “We are unquestionably disappointed but don’t have the luxury in today’s uncertain times to revisit the past. We need to move on to deal with the real challenges facing BC’s economy and its people if we are to achieve our full potential.”

“Specifically, there is an urgent need to focus on BC’s lagging competiveness, our poor productivity, and most importantly the challenge of attracting the capital that is required to build our economy, invest in innovation, and harness our natural assets to create jobs,” stated Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President of the Business Council.

“We will work with government to try and ensure an orderly transition to the PST, but in doing so we believe there is a pressing need for government and industry to address the lost competitive advantage and efficiency that the HST provided for business and our economy ,” said D’Avignon. “Particularly in today’s unsettled global economy, it is important that we look at all opportunities to improve our economy and grow and maintain BC’s reputation as a stable and attractive place to invest.”

“Unfortunately, businesses and government will face direct and indirect costs and lost revenues in the billions of dollars as the province shifts back to an inefficient and cumbersome retail sales tax,” added Finlayson. “These costs will fall on companies, taxpayers and households. This change poses a risk to the province’s reputation as a stable jurisdiction in which to do business. Government must be mindful of this risk going forward.”

The Business Council will be establishing a Task Force on Productivity, Competition and Innovation with a mandate to develop proposals to enhance the investment climate and improve British Columbia’s ability to attract capital and create jobs. “Through this new Task Force, we will work with key industry sectors that underpin BC’s prosperity to come up with practical and innovative ideas to develop a stronger and more competitive provincial economy,” stated D’Avignon.

The Business Council of British Columbia is in its 45th year as the premier business organization in BC representing the province’s 250 leading companies and enterprises in every key sector of the economy. Our membership, found throughout BC, accounts for over 25 percent of all jobs in the province.

Last Call for Free-B! Free B Movies this weekend #yyj #bmovies

Last Call for Free-B!

We're sad that the end of summer is here. Not because the sun will stop shining, or that the rain is about to return, but because it means that the Free-B Film Festival is almost over for another year.

Grab your blankets this weekend, and don't miss the final films of the best summer film series in the galaxy.

This Friday and Saturday, 9pm, at Beacon Hill Park.


On Friday, from director Katsuhiro Otomo (of AKIRA fame,) the steampunk-themed anime film from 2004, STEAMBOY, in which a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Short Circuit

And on Saturday, it's the 80's Sci-Fi comedy favourite SHORT CIRCUIT. Join experimental robot Johnny 5, as he is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes from the lab.

See you there!

check freebfilmfest.com for more details

VicPD Concludes Investigation of Nanaimo RCMP Cedar Road Incident #yyj @Vicpdcanada

VicPD Concludes Investigation of Nanaimo RCMP Cedar Road Incident

Victoria BC – Victoria Police have concluded their investigation into a Nanaimo RCMP incident, which occurred in the 1000-block of Cedar Road in Nanaimo on March 2, 2011.

The VicPD investigation, in consultation with Crown Counsel, has determined that no charges will be laid. The investigation has determined that the Nanaimo RCMP officers were in the lawful execution of their duty.

There are also no charges being recommended against two people at the home, who were involved in the incident.

Nanaimo RCMP officers were called to the home on the evening of March 2 for a distraught man. When officers were at the home, there was an altercation between two residents and police. A 53-year old woman and 20-year old man were arrested at the time of the incident.

The RCMP requested an independent criminal review of the incident on March 8th.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chinatown Night Market Expands for August Market #yyj #chinatown

Chinatown Night Market
Expands for August Market

August 25, 2011: The Chinatown Night Market’s second market of the season has grown to almost twice the size of the first, offering more food, vendors and entertainment during an evening that celebrates Chinatown’s heritage and culture. The August Chinatown Night Market takes place August 31 from 5 pm to 9 pm in the 500 block of Fisgard Street. Many Chinatown merchants will be open through the evening while vendors will be set up on the street. The market will also feature traditional music, dance and activities throughout the evening.

“The response to having an evening market in Chinatown has been fantastic! We’ve heard that people want to see it grow and succeed and that people especially like the emphasis on Chinatown heritage and culture,” says Tony Joe, VCCA member and Chinatown Market Committee Chair. “We hope the market will continue to grow and will become an essential part of downtown’s vibrant night scene.”

The market has almost doubled in size compared to July with twice as many vendors setting up on the street and more food vendors providing a variety of tastes. Jewellery, houseware items and clothing will be available, while several merchants will be offering special merchandise and hosting special events.

Silk Road Tea will demonstrate a Chinese Tea ceremony throughout the evening. Market visitors can learn about the meaning and symbolism of the ceremony, which dates back 4,000 years, as well as what teas and teaware are used. Bamboo, Beads and Bling will offer henna tattoos as well as local handcrafted jewellery and beads and collectables from around the world.

Market visitors will be treated to a performance by the Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy, featuring Chinese folk, ethnic, classical and modern dances. There will be performances of traditional Chinese music as well as a demonstration by the Tai Chi Club. The students at the Victoria Chinese Public School will perform a Dragon Dance.

Entertainment schedule:

6:00 Live Traditional Chinese Music

7:00 Dragon Dance with Victoria Chinese Public School

7:10 Chinese folk, ethnic, classical and modern dances

8:00 Tai Chi Demonstratin

The Chinatown Night Market, held on the last Wednesday of the summer months, is organized by the Victoria Chinese Commerce Association and businesses and individuals in the community. The market aims to celebrate Chinatown heritage and culture through focusing on culturally relevant entertainment, food, artists and vendors to participate in the market, making it a showcase of Asian culture in Victoria.

Information is posted at www.chinatownnightmarket.ca

No Regular Saanich Council/Committee Meetings Aug 29 #yyj


For further details please contact the Legislative Division at 250-475-1775 or by e-mail at clerksec@saanich.ca. Meeting agendas and minutes can be obtained from our website at http://www.saanich.ca/.


For research enquiries please contact Saanich Archives at 250-475-1775, ext. 3477; by email: archives@saanich.ca Listen To The NEW Village 900 Stream

Seventeen VicPD Officers to Compete in World Police and Fire Games #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Seventeen VicPD Officers to Compete
in World Police and Fire Games

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Victoria BC – A contingent of 17 Victoria Police officers are headed to New York City for the World Police and Fire Games, which run August 26th through September 5th.

This year’s Games coincide with the 10-year anniversary of September 11th and involve 15,000 athletes competing in 65 sporting events. The athletic event is open to active and retired police officers and fire fighters from around the world.

VicPD officers will be competing in a range of events, including triathlon, half marathon, track events, cross-country, volleyball, cycling, mountain biking and the “Toughest Competitor Alive”.

The TCA consists of eight events spread over four days of competition. The schedule includes a 5km cross-country run, shot put, 100m dash, 100m swim, 20-foot rope climb, bench press, pull-ups and an obstacle course.

Community Resource Officer Cst. Rachel Bourne won the TCA event at the 2009 Vancouver Games. Although not participating in this year’s competition, she explained what a rewarding experience the Games will be.

“I wish our officers the best of luck in New York. It was certainly a rewarding experience for me and something I will remember for the rest of my career,” said Bourne.

The Games are held every two years since being launched in San Jose, Calif. in 1985.

4th One Wave Festival Sept 17 in Centennial Square #yyj

Chamber Calls for Respect of Upcoming HST Referendum Results #yyj #hst @ChamberVictoria

Chamber Calls for Respect of
Upcoming HST Referendum Results

August 25, 2011 – Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce encourages the support of the results of the referendum on the BC Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), expected to be announced on Friday.

“The democratic process has been respected and we look forward to seeing the close to this lengthy chapter.” said Bruce Carter, CEO at the Greater Victoria Chamber. “The issue has been debated fully and the public consulted. Regardless of the margin, it is critical that the result be respected to allow the province to move forward towards economic prosperity.”

The Chamber is advocating for an end to uncertainty and, no matter what the outcome of the referendum, is prepared to continue to work on progressive tax policies for the good of the community.

A Chamber spokesperson will be available to comment on the results of this important debate when they are issued.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has close to 1,500 members and is the Voice of Business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Police Seeking Witness to Road Rage Incident #yyj #roadrage @Vicpdcanada

File # 11-30437

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Victoria BC – Victoria Police are looking for witnesses in regards to a road rage incident that took place in Esquimalt on Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m. yesterday two women were involved in a collision on Craigflower Road near the Lampson Street intersection. A Langford woman rammed her black Chevrolet Aveo into the vehicle behind her, a grey Honda Civic occupied by a View Royal woman.

The two vehicles were travelling east on Craigflower and were stopped for construction taking place. The two women were yelling at each other while stopped, before the collision took place.

The road rage was apparently instigated after the one woman cut off the other driver, while turning onto the road from Lampson Street.

The woman who rammed her car fled the scene, but was pulled over by a VicPD Traffic Section officer a short distance away. The officer issued the woman a ticket for failing to remain at the scene of a collision, but police are contemplating further charges pending witness statements.

If anyone saw the collision on Craigflower Road, please contact the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.

Luminara Open Studio at Gordon Head & Moon Festival Making Workshops start Aug 27 #yyj

“What’s Happening at Saanich Parks & Recreation”

Both Workshops are at Gordon Head Recreation Centre 4100 Lambrick Way

Dates & Times

Luminera Open Studio
Moon Festival Workshops
Sat, Aug 27 - 10am – 4pm

Thu, Aug 25 - 6 pm – 8 pm

Sun, Aug 28 - 11am – 3pm

Wed, Aug 31 - 6 pm – 8 pm

Sat, Sept 3 - 10am – 4pm

Thu, Sept 8 - 6 pm – 8 pm

Sun, Sept 4 - 11am – 3pm

Sun, Sept 11 - 3 pm – 8 pm

Luminera Festival Lantern Making: Come and help create a community lantern installation for the Moon Festival Lantern Celebration on Sunday September 11, 6-9pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Flowers, sea creatures, butterflies, animals or anything you can imagine on a simple balloon lantern structure. Wear old clothes. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free.

Moon Festival Workshops (drop-in): Create a small folding paper house lantern, complete with carrying stick and LED light to bring to the Moon Festival Lantern Celebration at Gordon Head Recreation on Sunday September 11, 6-9pm

All materials are supplied for $5. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

RCMP audit has not been disclosed to Cabinet: BC Civil Liberties

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

August 25, 2011

The BCCLA has been notified by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner that the audit of B.C.’s RCMP has not been given to Cabinet or to the Treasury Board, despite the fact that these bodies are on the verge of signing another 20 year agreement with the force.

“We can only imagine that the point of this audit, which is almost a year old now, was commissioned to inform the government on how to ensure the best quality policing for B.C.,” said Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BCCLA. “How is it that B.C.’s Cabinet and Treasury Board have not yet received a copy of it, given that they’re on the verge of signing a single-source, multi-billion dollar, 20 year contract with the RCMP?”

The decision, issued by an analyst from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, reads as follows:

The Ministry states that all audit reports, other than ad hoc and forensic ones, are presented to both Treasury Board and Cabinet for deliberation. The Ministry tells me that the record is currently in draft format. It has been prepared for Treasury Board or Cabinet. I understand that neither body has yet had the opportunity to review the record or deliberate on its contents.

“Once the contract is signed, it’s too late to read the audit and realize what should have been included in the contract,” says Vonn. “This audit needs to get to Cabinet and Treasury Board urgently, and before B.C.’s signature goes on the dotted line.”

The BCCLA will be appealing the decision to refuse to disclose the audit pursuant to an FOI request made by the BCCLA for the audit, which the organization first learned about in October of 2010.

Click here to read the OIPC’s letter to the BCCLA >>

Fraser Institute - Provincial earthquake insurance laws likely to cause delays

Provincial insurance laws requiring split coverage for earthquake insurance likely to cause
added suffering and delay recovery

VANCOUVER, BC--If a major earthquake strikes one of Canada's major cities, victims will endure unnecessary hardships and prolonged waits for property damage insurance claims due to the split coverage set out under provincial insurance laws, concludes a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

"Insurance laws in every province differentiate between types of damage resulting from an earthquake, which creates legal disputes and significant waits in claims processing. This will hurt individuals and delay broader recovery," said Neil Mohindra, director of the Fraser Institute Centre for Financial Policy Studies and author of Preventing Disaster after a Disaster: Lessons for Canada from U.S. Experience (complete publication: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=17957).

The report notes that Canadian provincial insurance laws make a distinction between damage caused by the ground shaking and fires ignited following an earthquake. Fire protection is part of standard home insurance packages, while earthquake coverage must be purchased separately.

"B.C. and Alberta have signalled their intention to maintain this distinction, but the experience from Hurricane Katrina shows why that is bad policy," Mohindra said.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast in 2005, many victims had coverage through private insurance for wind damage but not separate flood insurance. The separation in coverage exacerbated the costs associated with the storm, including payment delays, court challenges, legal disputes, claims expansion, and disaster relief.

"This is a perilous situation, given the 30 per cent likelihood that a major earthquake will hit south-western British Columbia within the next 50 years, devastating densely populated Vancouver and Victoria," Mohindra said.

The report recommends allowing insurers to offer comprehensive coverage against damage from a quake and any quake-related fires to prevent many of the hardships Katrina victims faced.

"The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the problems that can occur when governments force people to buy separate coverage for different types of damage resulting from the same natural disaster," Mohindra said.

"Allowing insurers to offer comprehensive coverage against damage from the ground shaking and fires following an earthquake will help expedite recovery and reduce suffering by ensuring victims receive cheques from insurance companies as quickly as possible."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HST Referendum Results to be announced Friday #hst


VICTORIA – The Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James will release the 2011 HST Referendum voting results after the close of counting on Friday, August 26, 2011.

The referendum voting results will be provided to the Legislative Assembly through the Speaker, following which a news release will be distributed to media outlets throughout the province.

Voting results will also be posted on the Elections BC website at http://electionsbcenr.blob.core.windows.net/electionsbcenr/REF-2011-001.html.

BC researcher collaborates on international study on mobile phones & cancer


BC researcher collaborates on
international study on mobile phone use
and cancer risk

August 24, 2011

Vancouver, BC – Research published today in Cancer Epidemiology provides additional insight into mobile phone use and cancer.

Mary McBride, Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, led the B.C. arm of the study(http://www.cancerepidemiology.net/webfiles/images/journals/CANEP/INTERPHONE.pdf), which found no increase in the risk of acoustic neuroma (a rare cancer of the head) among those who have used a mobile phone for 10 years or longer.

“Cell phone usage has increased and so have concerns about possible health risks of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from these devices,” says Ms. McBride. “This study does not support the idea of an increased risk of acquiring acoustic neuroma from using mobile phones. However, it’s important that we continue this type of research and examine high exposure groups such as long-term heavy users.”

The research was conducted by the international Interphone Study Group. Twenty-one scientists from 13 countries participated in this international effort, interviewing 1,105 patients with newly diagnosed acoustic neuroma (84 cases in Canada, 34 of those in B.C.) and 2,145 people in the control group to determine differences in exposures between the groups.

Launched in 2000 and led by the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), researchers set out to determine whether radio frequency waves emitted during mobile phone use increased the risk of brain tumours. With the dramatic increase of mobile phone use in the 1980s, the WHO-sponsored study sought to address public health concerns by initiating the largest and most comprehensive case-control study on mobile phones and brain tumours.

There are 24.7 million wireless phone subscribers in Canada as of March 2011, according to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. While the prevalence of mobile phone use continues to grow, newer digital cell phone technology, which emits less radio frequency waves, has reduced individual exposure.

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit http://www.bccancer.ca/.

Dogwood Initiative reacts to Enbridge Northern Gateway shipper agreements

Dogwood Initiative reacts to Enbridge
Northern Gateway shipper agreements

Victoria, B.C. — Eric Swanson, director of Dogwood Initiative’s No Tankers campaign, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Enbridge regarding shipper agreements for the Northern Gateway pipeline.

“What Enbridge is saying today is that they have the support of shippers, but the support they need is that of British Columbians — and they don’t have it and they are unlikely to ever have it.

“More than 70 B.C. First Nations have declared a ban on oil tankers and pipelines through their territories. Additionally, Enbridge’s project is opposed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union and 75 to 80 per cent of British Columbians, according to polls.

“Enbridge was more than a year behind in filing this information, which should have been in the initial application. We still don’t know who the shippers are and the agreements don’t appear to represent any real obligation on their part."

B.C.’s transplant teams set new records


August 24, 2011
For Immediate Release

Vancouver – BC Transplant and transplant recipients across the province are celebrating this summer with a record number of transplants performed in one month. July 2011 set the record for overall transplants in B.C. as well as the record month for liver transplants.

The total number of transplants performed in July was 35, which is the highest number ever in a single month and the highest since BC Transplant, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) was formed 25 years ago. The previous record was in September 2007 with 34 total transplants.

These transplant surgeries were performed by highly-skilled teams at Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and BC Children’s Hospital.

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) performed 11 liver transplants, which is the most liver transplants completed in a single month in the history of liver transplantation in B.C. The previous record was in May 2000 with 10 liver transplants. On average, there are three to four liver transplants performed each month. In 2010, there were 53 liver transplants, also a record announced earlier this year.

“Some of these patients have been waiting over a year for their transplant, and it was gratifying to see so many patients getting a second chance at life,” says Tara Smith, RN, recipient coordinator, VGH.

Many of the recent liver transplant recipients, including Terry Gill and Wendy Mackinlay, are already at home and well on their way to recovery.

Nine years ago, Gill was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitits, a rare degenerative bile duct condition, which required a liver transplant. For over a year before the transplant, he was extremely sick and suffered weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite, and confusion. The transplant changed this father of three young children forever.

“I’m lucky to be alive today,” says Gill. “It was truly the ultimate gift. To receive the gift of life is a humbling experience. My family and I are forever grateful for my second chance. Every day, I thank my donor and their family for their decision to donate.”

Gill, who was not previously registered as an organ donor himself, now knows the true value of taking the time to register with B.C.’s Organ Donor Registry at www.transplant.bc.ca. “Because of my personal experience, my family and I have all signed organ donation cards,” Gill says. “I want to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. I hope that by talking to whomever I can, I might help another person like me.”

Mackinlay was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called primary biliary cirrhosis six years ago that had attacked her liver. Fluid that had accumulated in her abdominal cavity had to be drained several times, and she had surgery to have a stent put into the portal vein of her liver. She also had serious problems with a hiatus hernia which resulted in a portion of the hernia becoming twisted into the bowel. Mackinlay had been in considerable pain and even went into a coma.

When she got the call to come in for the transplant, Mackinlay was excited, frightened, and nervous. But those emotions quickly turned into happiness.

“After my surgery, I felt this surge of pure energy and joy,” she says. “I have felt continued joy to be alive. I want to thank the anonymous family of my liver donor for this gift of life. And I also want to express heartfelt thanks to the entire liver transplant team for their all-encompassing care.”

Vancouver General Hospital, part of Vancouver Coastal Health, is the only liver transplant centre in B.C. The record number of liver transplants performed included deceased donor liver transplants (from a donor after brain death or cardiac death) and live donor liver transplants (when a portion of a liver is removed from a healthy friend or relative and given to the recipient).

“We think this dramatic increase in transplant activity can be attributed to the work of ICU physicians across the province who are increasing awareness around organ donation by talking to the families of potential donors,” says Dr. Charles Scudamore, Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program, BC Transplant.

“The success of our program stems only from the generous gift of life and the remarkable legacy left behind by the donor and their families,” continues Dr. Scudamore, who is also a liver transplant surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. “We extend our hearts in sincere gratitude for their gift during a difficult time in their lives.”

There are many factors that contribute to the number of organ transplants performed each year, such as organ suitability and match on the waitlist as well as awareness of and registration on B.C.’s Organ Donor Registry. In addition, programs such as PHSA’s Living Donor Expense Reimbursement program (administered by the Kidney Foundation of BC) and the National Paired Kidney Exchange (operated by Canadian Blood Services) enable more people to be living donors, and deceased organ donation is no longer limited to patients who died as a result of brain death but now includes cardio-circulatory death.

It takes only a few minutes to register your decision on organ donation on B.C.’s Organ Donor Registry at www.transplant.bc.ca. What are you waiting for? Do it today!

Officer Faces Scare after Being Pricked by Needle #yyj

Officer Faces Scare
after Being Pricked by Needle

File # 11-30183

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Victoria BC – A Victoria Police officer faces weeks of uncertainty after being pricked by a needle while searching a 49-year old man wanted on multiple warrants.

Manfred Waldhuber, of no fixed address, was being arrested Monday morning for two province-wide warrants in the 700-block of Discovery Street. While he was being searched for weapons, the officer was stuck by the needle of an uncapped syringe.

The man had lined his jacket and pockets with an assortment of exposed syringes, knife blades and razors designed to cause harm in the event of a police search.

Prior to the search the man was specifically asked if he had any syringes or sharp object in his pockets. This is common procedure to protect officer safety.

Waldhuber is being charged with setting traps likely to cause bodily harm, assault, and two charges of carrying a prohibited weapon. He was subject to a telebail hearing for the two warrants, and is due in court Friday for the additional charges.

The officer is undergoing testing and treatment for the possible exposure to blood-borne diseases. He is awaiting further tests and recommendations from an infectious disease specialist.

Victoria celebrates national Cruisin’ for a Cause Day to end MS Tomorrow #yyjevents #fundraiser

Victoria celebrates
national Cruisin’ for a Cause Day
to end MS

A&W hosts Classic Car Event at Victoria A&W to Support the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada on August 25, 2011

What? A&W Food Services of Canada is hosting its 3rd annual Cruisin’ for a Cause fundraising event for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada at more than 730 restaurants across the country. $1 from every Teen Burger® sold on August 25 goes to the MS Society. To date, A&W is proud to have raised more than $1 million. Festivities include: Classic car rallies A&W Root Beer® chugging contests Great A&W Root Bear® visit and photo opps Opportunity to purchase fundraising donation cut outs MS Info Booth / Representatives

Who? Peter Vik, Regional Manager, A&W Food Services of Canada

Joanne McCammon, local franchisee

Local car clubs

When? Thursday, August 25, 2011 (Main activities from 4-8pm)

All day – interviews can be arranged by request

Where? 3667 Shelbourne Street, Victoria

Why? Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Canada has one of the highest incidence rates of multiple sclerosis in the world – research and support for people with MS and their families is critical.

Cruisin’ for a Cause Day creates an opportunity for the many Canadians (and their families) who grew up enjoying warm summer evenings at the drive in—often with the radio blaring and trays of Teen® burgers, fresh made onion rings and icy cold A&W Root Beer delivered to their car by car hops—to revisit those fond memories while supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and its effort to end MS.

Classic cars and car hops are part of the fun as A&W celebrates its third annual Cruisin’ for a Cause Day in support of Multiple Sclerosis, on Thursday, August 25.  

New Driver, Fast Car: Vehicle Impounded on Pat Bay Highway #yyj #traffic @SaanichPolice

New Driver and a Fast Car

File No. 11-17861

Early yesterday morning, a new driver was caught doing 163km on the Pat Bay Hwy. His vehicle was impounded and he was given an Excessive Speeding ticket.

Around 1:30am yesterday, a Saanich Police Patrol officer was monitoring speeds on the 4000 block of the Pat Bay Hwy near McKenzie ave, while writing his evening reports. Traffic was very light as might be expected for that time.

Long before the officer could see the speeding car, he heard a vehicle coming at a high rate of speed south bound towards McKenzie ave on the highway. The speed of the car, caught on laser, was confirmed at an astounding 163 km per hour, more than twice the limit of 80km per hour.

“The speed which this young man was driving is unbelievable. At that speed your reaction time to an impending collision is greatly reduced to fractions of seconds,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

Impounded was the driver’s mother’s car, a 1993 Lexus. A violation ticket for Excessive Speeding, valued at $483 dollars was issued to the new driver. The 18 year old Saanich resident was picked up by his parents.

Te Vaka's new CD Havali - Coming to Village 900 #yyj #music #pics @tevaka

VillageNow is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Te Vaka's newest CD: Havali.Te Vaka has been an important feature of the Village 900 CKMO playlist for years, and never fails to lift the spirits of all who listen. Then they played at the Victoria Event Centre last year, the house was packed and spent the whole evening on their feet - dancing and singing.

Thank You Te Vaka!

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share the making of "Havili" Te Vaka's 7th Album with you so we made a little video.

Please check it out.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuwP1heifrI

Opetaia began writing the music and lyrics for "Havili" at the beginning of 2011. In some ways the project seems to have taken a long time but in reality 7 months is not long to write a brand new album. Te Vaka album number seven needed to be special and the key to this was to find just the right producer. We thought long and hard about who this should be and finally there was only one person who had the skill and the reality on Te Vaka music to do the job - ex drummer and master percussionist , Manase Foa'i. Although he was incredibly busy with his own business and K1 fighting career he agreed to our request. His experience working with Te Vaka for all those years, together with work he had done in his own studio and with other groups in Auckland had paid off and he knew exactly what would bring this album to life.

The next major decision was that the album would be recorded live. This meant that the band had to learn all the songs before the recording. To facilitate this an inspiring and sound proof rehearsal space was needed. The boys set to work creating a drum booth, so that Matatia could bash the drums without deafening the rest of the group, and fully soundproofing the rehearsal room so that there would be no complaints from the neighbours. It worked well and rehearsals began. There was a lot of creativity and much laughter and finally the band was ready to record.

Because of the tour, the timming for recording, mixing mastering and completing everything was very tight. Every part of it had to go according to plan in order to complete the project in time and have the CDs ready for the tour, infact the start of the tour was actually postponed by two months to make eveything possible. The engineer, Neil Baldock, arrived in Sydney on the 8th of July and set to work getting everything ready to move the whole operation to Studios 301, the best recording studio in Australia. This studio was chosen as it had the space and ability to handle the logdrums, which are an important part of the Te Vaka sound and they needed to be captured at their very best. The 10th of July was D-day, the Te Vaka bus was loaded up with log drums, guitars and band members and we were on our way to 301. Olivia was fairly estatic on arrival, realising that she was going to be recording in the same place as Chris Brown, Kanye West and Lady Gaga, among others.

Most of the band along with Manase and Neil Baldock moved into the accomodation provided at 301 so we wouldnt waste time getting to and from the studio each day. The days were very long - there was a lot happening and it had to happen fast. We had two beautiful young ladies come in to play celo and violin on "Lovely World" and a Didjeridoo player flew in from Perth to play some very cool stuff on "Luga ma lalo" but otherwise everything was played and sung by the band members. We had our fair share of challenges to get everything recorded to everyone's satisfaction within the time frame and a few surprises like Matatia's log drum masterpiece that ended up taking a whole day to record when there should have been 3 log drum tracks recorded in a day not just one of them. So yes, there was a bit of stress for sure as time was so precious but there was a lot of laughter and lots of good games on the ping pong table to chill out between songs.

There was only 7 days booked at 301 as Neil Baldock had to go back to New Zealand for another project, so the children and the chants had to be recorded at Startrek Studios, Opetaia's home studio. The kids had been practising for a couple of weeks and were so excited. They were a bit shy at the beginning, all sitting there with their headphones on but as Matatia made them laugh and got them relaxed they became very uninhibited and sang until they pretty much lost their voices. We had a great group of chanters too and as always recording the chants is a loud and very creative experience as everyone gets into the role and Opetaia starts coming up with the wildest stuff.

On the 31st of July we packed up and flew to New Zealand to mix the album at Roundhead Studios, the personal recording studio of Neil Finn ( Crowed House). Neil Baldock is the resident engineer at Roundhead and he believed that it was the best place to mix the album. As he had done most of the mixing on the first Te Vaka album and had done a great job if it, we had total faith in his decision. On arrival we knew it was the right place to be. The atmosphere was inspiring, it was a joy to work there. The A studio desk that the mixing was done on was a Neve desk originally custom made for the 'Who" and had recorded everyone from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones. Apparently this particular desk was an exceptionally good model and we were very glad to be mixing the 7th Te Vaka album on it.

We ended up being in New Zealand mixing the album for 11 days. The days were even longer than the days at 301. We had a great team on the job, a team of professionals whose only interest was to get the best possible sound. Everything took longer than expected and there was a bit of panic when the day before we were due to fly back to Australia for the mastering there was still 3 percussion tracks to mix. We finished the last track and prepared the files for mastering with about 5 minutes to spare before we had to leave for the airport but the deadline was made and were all incredibly happy with the result if a little exhausted. So now mixing was done but still two more things to complete before the CD was ready for manufacture.

12th of August at 10am we were back at Studios 301 to master the album with Steve Smart. He did a great job and 10 hours later we had a complete finished album to listen to. It should have been time to relax and enjoy but there was still the CD booklet to be finished. All the credits and texts had to be checked and rechecked. There is nothing worse than leaving someone's name off the credits. So ensued 2 more days that ended in the wee small hours of the morning and then the project was finally finished. Delivering the completed audio and 16 page CD booklet to the manufacturing company was a devine moment of relief and picking all the CDs up today was even better. The album looks and sounds just so good. All the hard work has paid off and now we can all prepare for the tour!

What an incredible journey it has been - the writing, recording, mixing and mastering of this album has at times stretched us all. No matter the obstacles we were all determined that this Te Vaka album would be special. The album has 13 tracks, including 3 percussion/log drums tracks, it is the classic Te Vaka sound and more.

13 Inspired tracks. This is Te Vaka at their very best. Recorded, mixed and mastered in the finest studios,this is a very special album.

Buy your copy now and receive a download while you await your autographed, high sound-quality CD, complete with lyrics, translations & beautiful graphics.

Autographed CD & download for a limited time only!

FolkWest 2011 Battle of the Bands @joykillssorrow vs @fishnbird #yyj #folkwest #pics @vicFolkWest

Joy Kills Sorrow takes on
Fish and Bird in a freindly battle
of music and trivia...

Fish and Bird

Of course, Ollie was the ref!

Joy Kills Sorrow

The result? A draw, and a good time was had by all...

VillageNow photography sponsored by

Buchart Gardens Entertainment Schedule Aug 25-31 #yyjevents @butchartgardens

To view our full Entertainment schedule please click here

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Single Lane Traffic Blenkinsop Rd between Cedar Hill Cross & Union Tomorrow #yyj #traffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Blenkinsop Road between Cedar Hill Cross Road and Union Road.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Still Time to Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day #yyj #parking @CityOfVictoria

Still Time to Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day

VICTORIA, BC — There’s still time to get your free permit to Shape Your Space for PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16. For the second consecutive year, the City of Victoria is participating in PARK(ing) Day, a 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.

Individuals and community groups can apply for one of the remaining 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 http://www.parkingday.org/

To apply for a PARK(ing) Day permit, call 250.361.0257 or email parkingservices@victoria.ca by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011.

For more information, visit: http://www.victoria.ca/ and click on What’s New?

Chinese Moon Festival Sept 8-12 #yyjevents


Five-day event at The Pacific includes special tea-paired menu, lion dance and a traditional tea ceremony

August 23, 2011; Victoria, B.C. - Fittingly for a restaurant that both combines a farm-to-table philosophy with Asian touches, the Pacific Restaurant is inviting Victorians to celebrate the end of the traditional autumn harvest during their Chinese Moon Festival events. For five days, from September 8 through 12, the restaurant will celebrate with an auspicious east-meets-west set menu, dim sum and a time-honoured Chinese tea ceremony performed by local tea master, Daniela Cubelic from Silk Road.

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival, is traditionally associated with the tale of the archer, Houyi and his wife, Chang'e, the Goddess of Immortality. Legend has it that after taking an immortality pill, Chang'e flew up to the moon where she continued to live, while Houyi set up residence on the sun. The bright mid-autumn moon is said to be the result of Houyi paying his wife a visit. The festival is celebrated in both Chinese and Vietnamese cultures on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, bringing together family and friends to admire the bright harvest moon and eat mooncakes.

A specially-prepared three-course celebratory Chinese Moon Festival menu will be offered in the restaurant on each of the five nights, from Thursday, September 8 through to Monday, September 12. Continuing The Pacific's merging of the traditional and contemporary, Silk Road's Daniela Cubelic has selected Chinese tea pairings for each dish and restaurant's sommeliers have chosen contemporary wine pairings. The menu will cost $38.88 per person, with tea pairings for an additional $8.88 or wine pairings for $28.88. As part of the celebrations on the Saturday night, September 10, a lion dance will be performed for good luck at 6:00 pm.

While a magic pill was the "elixir of life" in the tale, the Hotel Grand Pacific will be celebrating with a substance perhaps less extreme but just as potent: tea! Along with the tea pairings for the menu, Cubelic will also perform a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, approximately 30 minutes long, in The Mark at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 11, perfect for those wishing to enjoy the restaurant's weekend dim sum. Tickets are free, however reservations are required to observe the ceremony; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 250-380-4458. Dim sum will be offered on both the Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 am through to 3:00 pm.

The Chinese tea ceremony is the world's oldest tea ritual and can be performed any time of year as a way to enjoy tea or as a celebration to mark a specific occasion. The version of the ceremony that Cubelic will be performing is specific to the Chinese Moon Festival. The tea ceremony was devised for brewing tea under the influence of the moon, and each of the steps in the tea ceremony, and even the tea-ware used, all have meaning and symbolism that tie to the occasion.

The Hotel Grand Pacific is a four-Diamond property conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria. With 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, the Hotel Grand Pacific is renowned for delivering an exceptional and personalized guest service experience. With a focus on health and wellness, the hotel offers complimentary access to the Victoria Athletic Club, located on-site. Relax at the spa or dine at the all-day Pacific Restaurant or The Mark, an award-winning fine dining restaurant. The Hotel Grand Pacific is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Room Still Available for Military Police Fund for Blind Children Ride Aug 26 #yyjevents #fundraiser


ESQUIMALT, B.C. — There is still an opportunity to join approximately 40 motorcycle riders raising funds for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada this Saturday. After a meet and greet breakfast at CFB Esquimalt’s Work Point property riders will depart Esquimalt at 10:00 a.m. will travel up the Island stopping for lunch in Parksville and finishing in Comox for the official closing ceremony and BBQ (timings below).

To help meet the $10,000 fundraising goal for the province riders can pay a $25 registration fee or raise $150 or more in donations and ride for free. For those unable to participate directly they can support a rider or make a donation at any one of their stops.

Interested British Columbia riders are asked to contact Sergeant (retired) Lamont French, National Co-Chair and B.C. Chair at 250-880-0909.

For more information about this ride or either of the charities please visit their websites at:

Military Police Motorcycle Ride – http://www.mpnmrr.ca/  

Military Police Fund for Blind Children – http://www.mpfbc.com/

Childrens Wish Foundation - http://www.childrenswish.ca/

Vancouver island - Victoria/CFB Esquimalt to Comox/19 Wing Comox Schedule

26 Aug 2011

2:00 p.m. Pre-registration, Meet and Greet BBQ, silent auction preview at CFB Esquimalt’s Naden property

27 Aug 2011

7:30-10-:00 a.m. Registration, Meet and Greet Breakfast and silent auction at the Naval Officer Training Centre Work Point

10:00 a.m. Depart Esquimalt for Parksville

12:00 p.m. Lunch fundraiser at Parksville Thrifty Foods

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Fundraiser at Spunky’s Motorcycle In Parksville

2:30 p.m. Arrive at 19 Wing Comox via Highway 19A

3:00 p.m. Final BBQ, Silent Auction and Closing Ceremony

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