Friday, September 30, 2011

Chef Survival IV at Madrona Farm - Oct 2 #yyjevents #fundraiser

Chef Survival IV at Madrona Farm:
One of the Funniest Fundraisers Around
and No one Leaves Hungry!

VICTORIA, B.C. – Come join 20 of the finest chefs in Victoria as they demonstrate their commitment to organic sustainable agriculture and dedication to the conservation of farmland during Chef Survival Challenge IV on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Madrona Farm, 4317 Blenkinsop Road.

Many local chefs are stepping up to be the change they wanted to see in the world and are proud to show their love for local food by participating in this annual fundraiser. All ticket proceeds will go to TLC’s farmland conservation program.

This foodie event cannot be missed as it is also marks the one year anniversary of TLC’s protection of Madrona Farm.

At this culinary arts performance of epic proportions, spectators watch their favourite chefs participate in a farm-style obstacle course, with haystack hurdles, irrigation pipe crawl, climbing wall, tire obstacle course, and last but not least the legendary boat race to condiment island to get their condiment bags. After that each chef is given a Madrona Farm map to pick the vegetables they need to create a masterpiece all on survival cookware. They are only permitted to bring a cooler with a protein and their favourite cutting board, knife, and frying pan.

Meals are then auctioned off, the catered meal for everyone begins, local music will play, and wine and beer gardens will open.

This year’s tickets are $50 per person or $100 for a family of 4. Tickets can be purchased at the Madrona Farm Stand at 4317 Blenkinsop Rd, Victoria, Wed to Sat, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or online at

Girl Guide Cookie Selling Locations for Oct 1-2 #yyj #girlguidecookies @girlguidesofcan @girlguidesvic

OCTOBER 1st & 2nd

Thrifty Food Stores (Sunday only, except Hillside)

• Sears Hillside

• Country Grocer – Esquimalt

• Tillicum Mall (Sunday only)

• Canadian Tire - Admirals


• Western Foods

• Village Foods

• Royal Bank


• Coast Capital Savings – Colwood – Sat. only

• Home Outfitters

• Western Foods Langford

• Westshore Town Centre Mall

• Superstore Langford

• Millstream Market

• Walmart Langford

Single Lane Traffic: Quadra & Saanich Tomorrow & Saturday #yyj #traffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Friday, September 30, 2011, through to Saturday, October 1, 2011 there will be alternating single lane traffic at the Quadra Street and Saanich Road intersection for a pedestrian signal installation.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 11:00 pm and is expected to continue until 7:00 am.

There will be traffic control people.

Please contact the Electrical Section at (250) 475-5437 for more information.

Fall Colours Concert & Family Dance w/ Qristina & Quinn Bachand Oct 22 #yyjmusic


and Special Musical Guests & Doug Patterson calling the dances

Saturday, October 22

7:00 pm (doors 6:00 pm)
St. Matthias Church Hall
600 Richmond Avenue

$12 adults ; $10 students/seniors (Kids 8 & under Free)

Tickets at Larsen Music, Long & McQuade, Ivy's Bookshop

Qristina and Quinn Bachand ended 2010 with the Irish Music Award for Top Traditional Group; this year saw the release of their much anticipated second album, "Family" and the duo have just returned from a successful tour of the US which included performances at the largest Irish Festival in the world and appearances on NBC and CBS!

The nomination, in early December 2010, came as a complete surprise, but the duo was ecstatic when they won the Irish Music Award for Top Traditonal Group in January of this year.

This Spring Quinn completed an exciting three week tour of Australia with Cape Breton fiddling sensation Ashley MacIsaac, with whom he's performed for the past two years. Quinn is set to appear again with Ashley MacIsaac and the Victoria Symphony at a special show on December 17th.

The official release of Qristina and Quinn's critically acclaimed second album, "Family" in May included performances all around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The busy duo have just returned from an 18-day US tour that included performances at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Kansas City Irish Fest, as well as concerts and radio and television appearances in Missouri and Illinois. They were featured on NPR radio stations (Lakewind Effect, Milwaukee & Celtic Connections, Carbondale) and also appeared on NBC and CBS television programs.

Qristina and Quinn are excited about their upcoming concert and dance, which is Inspired by their multiple visits to Cape Breton Island. The popular duo have invited many of their musical friends to come out and join them and say it will be "the most fun you'll have this side of Cape Breton!"

For more information contact Marie Bachand (250) 472-0999

Project Connect at Our Place: October 14th @ourplacesociety @CityOfVictoria

Project Connect at Our Place on October 14th

Winter hats, scarves, gloves and toiletries are needed!

Project Connect is a one-day service and info fair held at Our Place on October 14th for people living homeless and in poverty.

The day features a wide range of free services including haircuts, CareCard and Canadian birth certificate replacements, pet care, resumes, tax returns, medical attention, a barbecue lunch and much more.

Each person who attends Project Connect will receive a gift bag of essential items for the coming winter months. We rely on community donations to fill these bags.

Project Connect still needs warm gloves, hats, scarves, granola bars and deodorants.

Donations can be dropped off at Our Place, 919 Pandora Avenue on Wednesday, October 5th between noon and 4pm.

Donations are also accepted at Victoria City Hall between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, until October 4th, or by calling the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness at 250.370.1512.

CIBC Run for the Cure in Victoria This Sunday #yyj #runforthecure #uvic


VICTORIA (October 2, 2011) – Get ready for a sea of pink across Victoria this weekend! This Sunday October 2nd is the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Victoria. Breast cancer survivors, friends, families, supporters and volunteers will be walking or running in support of the breast cancer cause.

This year marks the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s 25th anniversary and will see over 170,000 Canadians in 59 communities across Canada participate in the Run for the Cure. In BC, the Run for the Cure is taking place in eight communities: Abbotsford-Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Vancouver, Vernon and Victoria.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

9:00 am – Start of the Run for the Cure

10:00 am – Awards Celebration

Location: University of Victoria, Victoria BC

More information:

The annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led national event in Canada that raises funds for breast cancer research and community education and awareness programs. All of the proceeds raised at the Run for the Cure in BC will remain in the province.

Health Minister's Statement on #Insite - #bcpoli #harmreduction

Sept. 30, 2011
Ministry of Health
Health Minister's Statement on Insite

VICTORIA - Health Minister Michael de Jong today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that supported the ongoing operation of Insite, North America's only supervised injection site.

"This decision by the Supreme Court of Canada represents a wise and humane ruling by a unanimous bench.

"Conclusive research studies have shown that addiction is a medical condition. Scientific evidence continually proves that Insite saves lives, is a health benefit and poses no risk to the public.

"One recent study in the peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet, showed that drug overdoses decreased by 35 per cent within 500 metres of Insite over several years of operation compared to only nine per cent in the rest of Vancouver.

"Since opening in 2003, Insite has contributed to the health and safety of thousands of people by saving lives through prevention of drug overdoses and has connected this vulnerable population to health and addiction services. Last year alone, Insite staff made over 5,000 referrals for health and addiction treatment.

"Today's ruling will allow the doctors, nurses and staff at Insite to continue to deliver care in a safe environment with a stable future.

"The wider implications of today's decision will now be scrutinized in the weeks and months ahead to fully determine the potential impact onthe health-care system and on government."

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Camosun College Student Society Yard Sale on the Ledge Oct 1 10:00am #yyj #yardsale

Yard Sale on the Ledge

Camosun College Student Society is sponsoring an event this weekend on the Legislature Lawns. October 1st from 10am – 2pm there will be a Yard Sale to raise money for Adult Basic Education.

As you know the provincial government and Ministry responsible promised ABE courses would be free for students in BC. Unfortunately that seems to be a false promise as enhanced credit versions of ABE courses are now being offered with a paid tuition requirement. Students are asking you to bring your stuff to sell to donate the proceeds to the ABE program.

You can contact representatives through email at to arrange pick up of stuff or drop it off at the CCSS offices at either campus.

Art of the Cocktail Workshops for October 1-3 #yyjevents @ArtOfCocktail

Art of the Cocktail's INTRODUCTION TO BOUTIQUE DISTILLERIES is now open to the public!

What started out as a an industry event has been opened to to public. These hand-crafted beverages aren't just for the professionals, and now the public will have a chance to get familiar with small boutique distillers of the Pacific Coast. Following a short talk from each master distiller in attendance attendees will have the opportunity to sample the distinct handcrafted flavour that can only come from attention to detail and a personal touch.


Saturday, Oct 1st, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Veneto Tapas Lounge

Tickets cost $20 +HST, and are available online at

Distilleries in attendance:

- Okanagan Distillery
- Victoria Spirits
- Urban Distillery
- Soft Tail Spirits
- Pemberton Distillery

Art of the Cocktail - Cocktail Workshops - October 1-3rd, 2011

Can you ever really know too much about tasty beverages? Be a hit at parties with your in-depth knowledge of grain spirits; learn how to mix a perfect martini and unravel the mysteries of citrus. And while you're learning, you should probably taste a beverage or two, because we all know that hands-on learning has been proven to work. It's just science. Delicious science.

We're bringing in the best and brightest in the world of cocktails to enlighten, entertain and educate. As with all festivals, there's simply too much to list here, so I'll briefly touch on the big ones, and leave you to explore the rest at the AOTC website at

Workshop Tickets cost $20 +HST, and are available online at  

Saturday, October 1st - 12:00pm - 1:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

The Long & Mysterious History of Cocktail Bitters & Liqueurs

Recently, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of cocktail bitters on an international level. The Bitter Truth has been doing its share to contribute to this development.

Saturday, October 1st - 2:30pm - 4:00 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Gin

An introduction to the world of dry gin and gin based cocktails. Learn how to make a basic gin cocktail, how to mix a real martini and contemporary favourites.

– Solomon Siegel

Saturday, October 1st - 3:30pm - 5:00 pm, Clive's Classic Lounge

Liguid Lounge Session: The Science of Citrus

A fascinating interactive seminar that will have you blindfolded, nose-clipped and bamboozled as you smell, taste, see and touch citrus in all it's many guises."

– Philip Duff

Sunday, October 2nd - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

How the American Bar Spread the Cocktail (Not to Mention a Little Conflict) Across the Globe

Travel through time with cocktails, led by author and beverage enthusiast Christine Sismondo as she recounts the history of the American Bar, a pioneer in the innovation of the cocktail that was revered and mimicked across the globe. Until the dark days of Prohibition.

Sunday, October 2nd - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

Going Against The Grain: Crafting Spirits & Flavours Around Grain Distillates

Why does rye bite your ass off? Join Irishman Philip Duff for a rollicking mega-tasting ride through the history, flavours, laws and practises of grain based spirits.

Sunday, October 2nd - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

Science of Taste

Ever wondered why a certain cocktail tastes great to you, but the person sitting next to you finds it unpalatable? Part of the reason is personal preference, culture and experience, but a significant part is genetics. Find out what kind of Taster you are.

Sunday, October 2nd - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

The Great Debate Continues

Cameron Bogue and Craig James duke it out in a debate format to determine "When have mixologists gone too far in their quest to create the "perfect cocktail?"

Monday, October 3rd - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

Barrel Aged Cocktails

Barrel aged cocktails have become a world-wide trend over the past year. Learn about their from two leaders of the industry, Shawn Soole and Jeffrey Morgenthaler as they share their successes and failures, insights and suggestions.

Monday, October 3rd - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

SOMEWHERENESS. Terroir and Spirits

To some of us, a sipping spirit is quite often more than something simply brown, bitter, and stirred – it’s a transformation; an experience; an expression of a time; and more importantly, of a place. But what is it exactly that makes the spirits from places like Scotland and Cognac so unique?

Monday, October 3rd - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

The Spirituality of Mezcal

Join Ron Cooper, as he discusses the creation of an elixir that eases the pain of hard physical labor and transforms humans to joyously celebrate spiritual moments. Agave are from semi-arrid tropical regions, High mountain valleys, and savannas all generate different spirits and flavours. Taste them all in great cocktails made with mescal!

Monday, October 3rd - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Meeting Room, Chateau Victoria

Crafting Carbonated Cocktails

ABSOLUT Brand Ambassador Casey McKay and Evan Wallace, President and Founder of Perlage Systems, conduct a hands on seminar cover the science behind carbonation and explain the affects it has on ingredients when crafting cocktails. You will leave this seminar inspired with a new and exciting technique to add to the ever evolving craft of bartending.

Girl Guide Cookies are here! #yyj #fundraiser @girlguidesofcan @girlguidesvic

Girl Guide Cookies are here!

VICTORIA, B.C. – Who wants Girl Guide cookies? Girl Guides in Greater Victoria will be selling cookies at locations throughout the region on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd and at most Thrifty Food stores Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. At only $4.00 a box (tax included), Girl Guide cookies are a delicious way to make a difference in the lives of girls in Victoria and across the country. Our Chocolatey Mint Cookies are on sale from October 1st to March 1st 2012, but tend to go quickly in the first month of sales.

Each box of cookies sold supports effective and meaningful Girl Guide programs and community based activities offering girls opportunities to discover new interests, form lasting friendships and develop leadership and life skills through experience, challenge and adventure. This important fundraiser helps to provide girls with the tools they need to be confident, courageous and resourceful – capable of achieving greatness in every area of their life.

Girl Guide cookies are a tasty Canadian tradition. When you buy a box of Girl Guide cookies, you’re buying more than just a cookie. Cookie sales help over 1200 girls in Greater Victoria try exciting activities, develop leadership skills and participate in dynamic community service projects.

The Girl Guide cookie tradition stared in 1927, when a Guide leader in Regina baked cookies for her girls to sell as a simple way to raise money for uniforms and camping equipment. Today, Canadians eagerly await the arrival of Classic Vanilla and Chocolate cookies each spring and Chocolatey Mint cookies every fall. Approximately 7 million boxes of Girl Guide cookies are sold each year across Canada.

About Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada

Since 1910, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) has been a trailblazing movement advocating for girls and women, while offering them opportunities to discover new interests and develop leadership skills. Throughout its history, Guiding has prepared girls to meet the challenges they face. Today’s girls can learn about global and cultural awareness, career exploration, science and technology and the arts. They work on environmental projects and explore important issues such as cyber-bullying, self-esteem and body image, and develop the skills needed to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them. Guiding enables girls to be confident, courageous and resourceful, and to make a difference in the world.

Foster families open hearts, homes #bcpoli #editorial


Foster families open hearts, homes

By Mary McNeil

Minister of Children and Family Development
Sept. 30, 2011

This October marks the 21st year of celebrating Foster Family Month in British Columbia - an important chance to honour the incredible work of foster families across the province.

Every child and teen is unique and everyone needs, and deserves, a safe and welcoming home. Foster families take on one of society's most important jobs - caring for children and youth at a time when they need it the most.

To all the foster parents and families in British Columbia, I want to extend our profound thanks. Your love and care give children and youth in difficult situations the support they need to develop into strong, confident adults. It truly takes someone special to be a foster parent.

Every day across British Columbia, around 3,300 foster families open their hearts and their homes to about 5,900 vulnerable children and youth. However, B.C., like so many other jurisdictions in the world, always needs more foster families of all cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Anyone 19 years or older can make the decision to open their home to a child or youth in need of care. The most important qualifications for a foster parent are a strong desire to make a positive difference in a child's life, and a commitment to provide a safe, nurturing, stable home for children when they are not able to live with their family. I encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster parent to call the Foster Line at 1-800-663-9999.

Foster parents bring different life experiences to their role and have different reasons for doing the work they do. But from Agassiz to Atlin, and Kimberley to Kitwanga, B.C. foster parents all have one thing in common - they are ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of kindness.

The B.C. government supports a continuum of services that help children and youth who are separated from their families through the different challenges and stages of life, but it is truly foster families who make the difference, by providing them with a safe, nurturing place to live. In doing so, foster parents help not only the young people for whom they are caring. They perform an invaluable community-wide service for all of us.

I am grateful for the important work undertaken by foster families and agencies such as the B.C. Federation of Foster Parent Associations and the Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents that support them. I hope you will join me in celebrating foster families now and throughout the year.

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Express the Creative You at Culture Days This Weekend #yyjevents

VICTORIA, BC — Centennial Square will come alive this weekend with free Zumba fitness classes, ballroom dance lessons, interactive theatre skits, and a variety of visual art activities for all ages. It’s all part of Culture Days, a national movement designed to encourage Canadians to participate in activities that celebrate the creative expression of their community.

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The community is invited to write a Haiku (short poem) on what they love about culture in Victoria and send it to the City’s Twitter account @CityofVictoria. Poet Laureate Linda Rogers will read the Haikus aloud on Spirit Stage.

Kids can have fun visiting the Instrument Petting Zoo, racing origami boats, participating in maritime-themed activities at Pirate School, creating a community mural using paint balloons, as well as making buttons and a take-home postcard collage.

Art supplies will be provided for people of all ages to help decorate “Art Haus” (German for “house”), a 1 x 2.5 square metre plywood structure in Centennial Square, which will be recycled into new art pieces by the Crystal Pool Art Street program. The “Bob Ross Experience” will provide the public a hands-on, landscape painting lesson with the famous painter’s voice playing in the background. A variety of interpretive walking tours showcasing Victoria’s public art and heritage buildings will also be offered over the two days.

Established in 2010, Culture Days provides an opportunity for the City of Victoria to collaborate with Victoria’s arts and culture community and encourage public participation in the arts. This is the first year the City of Victoria is participating in Culture Days. Community partners include the Victoria Symphony, Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria Ballroom Society, Spilt Milk Theatre Company, Vancouver Island School of Art, Architectural Institute of BC, and the Ministry of Casual Living.

Activities will take place rain or shine. Registration is not required. For a full list of Culture Days activities in Centennial Square this weekend, visit:

Esquimalt’s Freeman Ken Hill Park Official Opening Ceremony This Saturday #yyjevents #Esquimalt

The Township of Esquimalt will be holding an official opening of Freeman Ken Hill Park on Saturday October 1st at 11:00 a.m.

Esquimalt’s Freeman Ken Hill Park official opening ceremony and plaque unveiling

Saturday October 1st 11:00 a.m.

Freeman Ken Hill Park, located at the corner of Lyall and Grafton Streets in Esquimalt

Mayor Barbara Desjardins will be in attendance at the event to unveil the plaque. “This is a welcome addition to our parklands in the municipality,” said Mayor Desjardins. “It is a place where all community members, from small children to seniors, can gather for inspiration and relaxation. It is also a fitting way to recognize and remember one of our community’s leading citizens.”

The event will celebrate the community spirit of former mayor, avid volunteer and Esquimalt resident Ken Hill. Ken Hill served as an alderman in Esquimalt for 16 years and as Mayor for a further eight years. Among his many contributions to the community, he was instrumental in establishing the Esquimalt Library and, through his work on the Provincial Capital Commission, the development of the West Song Walkway between Esquimalt and Victoria.

Freeman Ken Hill Park is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking Esquimalt Harbour, and features a picnic area with benches, table, and gazebo; native plantings; retained Garry Oak trees; a walkway and a children’s climbing rock. The park is one-third of a hectare in size, adding to the 41.2 hectares designated as parkland in the Township.

Light food and refreshments will be served at the event.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Byron, Manager of Recreation Services
Tel: 250-412-8517

Cariboo Buckaroo explores historical events in BC history Oct 25-30 #yyjtheatre @theatreSKAM

After this October's month long tour through BC's Central Interior, writer and performing Matthew Payne returns home to Victoria with a true tall tale of an 1864 cattle drive full of surprise, magic and beans. 

October 25th through 30th- saddle up for epic cowboy poetry, water, and secrets for any children in attendance as Cariboo Buckaroo explores three actual historical events in BC history, including the Chilcotin War of 1864.

Lions Bay and Whistler earn Bear Smart status

Sept. 29, 2011
Ministry of Environment

VANCOUVER - The Village of Lions Bay and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are the latest of only four B.C. communities to achieve the Bear Smart designation, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced today.

The Bear Smart Community program is a voluntary, preventative conservation program designed by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

The goal of achieving Bear Smart Community status is to address the root causes of bear-human conflicts, reduce the risks to human safety and private property and reduce the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year.

The Ministry of Environment's Conservation Officer Service (COS) is responsible for managing and responding to wildlife-human conflicts when there is a risk to public safety or property damage. The COS provides expertise and funding to help communities implement Bear Smart planning and management. Since 2000, the provincial government has provided more than $3 million to cost-share with municipalities.

Squamish and Kamloops were the first two B.C. communities to achieve the Bear Smart designation.

Environment Minister Terry Lake -

"Congratulations to residents and community leaders for making Lions Bay and Whistler safer for both people and bears."

"These two communities earned their Bear Smart title by implementing Bear Aware education, bear-proofing residential waste management such as residential garbage totes and community bins and taking many other actions to reduce bear-human conflict."

Lions Bay Mayor Brenda Broughton -

"The Lions Bay Bear Smart program was created and supported by the skilled and committed members of our Bear Smart committee, led by Norma Rodgers. Residents of Lions Bay have benefited greatly by using best practices for storage and curbside pick-up of garbage, along with care and attention to picking ripe fruit. This has greatly reduced interactions between people and bears in Lions Bay."

Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed -

"The Resort Municipality of Whistler and its partners have been engaged in proactive initiatives to reduce and prevent human-bear conflicts since the mid-1990s. Our community strongly supports protecting our black bears and is committed to making continuous improvements in waste and attractant management."

"Achieving Bear Smart Community status is a high point in our program, but is not the end point - we will continue to work co-operatively to further reduce human-bear conflicts."

The Bear Smart program is directed to all types of communities. Some, like Whistler, have a high volume of "resident" bears, while others, like Lions Bay, have bears that "travel through" the region.

The most recent bear-human conflict statistics (2010-11) for Lions Bay and Whistler:

Lions Bay -

* 68 reported bear sightings

* COS responded to 21 calls

* One bear hazed (scared off) and no bears destroyed in 10 years

Whistler -

* 915 reported bear sightings

* COS responded to 400 calls

* 43 hazed and 11 bears destroyed

Community requirements for Bear Smart status -

* Prepare a bear hazard assessment of the community and surrounding area.

* Prepare a bear-human conflict management plan designed to address bear hazards and land-use conflicts identified in the previous step.

* Revise planning and decision-making documents to be consistent with the bear-human conflict management plan.

* Implement a continuing education program, directed at all sectors of the community.

* Develop and maintain a bear-proof municipal solid waste management system.

* Implement Bear Smart bylaws prohibiting providing food to bears, whether as a result of intent, neglect, or irresponsible management of attractants.

Find out more:

B.C.'s Bear Smart Program:

Auditor General releases report on B.C.'s financial statements #bcpoli

Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
Sept. 29, 2011

VICTORIA - Auditor General John Doyle has released his annual report on the provincial Public Accounts, in which he comments on the B.C. government's financial accounting and reporting practices. The report also provides further details on his audit opinion for government's 2010/11 Summary Financial Statements, which was once again a qualified opinion.

"In the auditing profession, a qualified audit report is a rare occurrence: it indicates to the users of the financial statements that some of the information is not auditable or is misleading," said Doyle.

"During the last 15 years, this Office has issued qualified audit reports on the Province's financial statements 12 times. For a government that strives for transparency and accountability, this is unacceptable."

The 2010/11 reservation relates to the improper consolidation of the Transportation Investment Corporation, the Crown corporation responsible for constructing and managing the new Port Mann Bridge.

In addition, the report contains analysis of other key issues, such as changes in Canadian accounting standards, the impact of rate-regulated accounting on the deficit, and an amendment to the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act that allows government to institute its own definition of generally accepted accounting principles. The report also contains a compilation of recommendations from the financial statement audits of more than 150 government organizations.

"This report is an opportunity to both recognize the areas where government is demonstrating sound financial reporting, and identify and advise on those areas that need improvement," said Doyle. "I would like to thank my staff and the private sector auditors who contributed to British Columbia's largest audit and made this report possible."

BBB: Don’t Fall Victim to Misleading Claims About Energy Conservation Products #yyj #scamalert

BBB Warns: Don’t Fall Victim to Misleading Claims About Energy Conservation Products

For Immediate Release SCAM ALERT
September 29, 2011

VICTORIA BC – BBB of Vancouver Island has recently received an influx of calls from consumers reporting deceptive and misleading sales practices related to a device known as a “power saver device.”

Consumers report receiving unsolicited telephone calls from aggressive sales people claiming they are selling energy conservation products that will substantially reduce your Hydro bill. The caller typically misleads consumers into thinking they are a representative of a local or provincial power company. The caller then claims that the power saver device will reduce the currents on power supplies and appliances in the consumer’s household, resulting in Hydro savings of 25% to 50%. The device is being sold for around $150.00 with payments being made by cheque, money order or credit card. Numerous consumers allege that some power saver devices do not work.

“With the recent switch to Smart Meters there has also been a recent rise in the number of companies being reported that are selling energy conservation products,” says Rosalind Scott, Executive Director of BBB Vancouver Island. “Some of these companies are claiming that you can reduce your energy bill by plugging in a device to your Smart Meter. While there may be some companies selling legitimate products capable of helping you to reduce your energy consumption, it is important for consumers to be aware that there are also companies selling power saving devices that are reported as not working, and which do not meet The Electrical Safety Authorities Canadian Safety Standards.”

BBB recommends consumers consider the following tips before purchasing any energy conservation product:

• Before purchasing an energy conservation product be sure to do some research to make sure you understand exactly how the product works, as well as what the benefits, costs and risks are.

• Always check a company’s BBB Business Review out at (locally) or (internationally) before making any purchase.

• Never feel pressured into making a purchase. If a sales person is being aggressive, simply hang up the phone, close the door, or walk away.

• Know that while some power saving devices are reported not to work, there are many legitimate energy saving devices that do work. For example current-sensing power bars can help reduce the energy output of your desktop computer, during non-working hours.

For tips on reducing your energy consumption visit BC Hydro’s web page Green Your Home at:

If you or someone you know has been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to the BBB of Vancouver Island 250-386-6348.

And be sure to report it to the Competition Bureau of Canada, using their online complaint form at or call 1-800-348-5358 for more information.

For more consumer tips on how to protect yourself from this and other frauds visit

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Judges announced for the Art of the Cocktail Home Bartenders Competition #yyj @ArtOfCocktail

Judges announced for the
Art of the Cocktail Home Bartenders Competition

Saturday, October 1st, 4:00pm
Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas St.

Tickets: $10 + HST only available in advance at

One of our new additions to this year's Art of theCocktail Festival is the Home Bartenders Competition! We've invited Peter Hunt of Victoria Spirits, Simon Ogden of Veneto Tapas Bar and Darcy O'Neil of Art of Drink to step up and decide who is deserving of the "Best Home Bartender Award."

Dave Lennam with be MCing the festivities as we watch local Victorians tinker with their drinks and experiment with their vermouths in search of the perfect flavour combination. This is a chance to find the people whose best friend you want to be - to help them with their training, of course.

Get warmed up at the Crystal Garden before the Grand Tasting while local home bartenders mix up some tasty beverages and show us their skills. The theme for their beverages this year is "herbs."

More information at

Province recognizes six small business-friendly communities #bcpoli

Sept. 28, 2011
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

VANCOUVER - Local governments that go out of their way to champion the growth of small businesses are being celebrated with a new, annual provincewide award.

"B.C.'s Most Small Business Friendly Community" award was handed out today by Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger at a ceremony during the Union of British Columbia Municipalities week-long convention.

Six winning communities from across the province were selected based on their demonstration of the following criteria:

* Reducing regulatory barriers.

* Enhancing competitiveness.

* Recognizing small business's contribution to their community.

* Climate action initiatives that support small business.

This year's award recipients are: Surrey, Kamloops, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Rossland.

The award is issued by B.C.'s Small Business Roundtable, which was formed in 2005 with a mandate to advise on issues, strategies and potential actions to support B.C. small businesses. Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell and Krueger are both co-chairs. Board members are leaders in the small business community who represent a wide range of business sectors and regions throughout the province.

The small business sector is a key economic driver in B.C., employing more than one million people, providing nearly 57 per cent of all private-sector jobs and accounting for 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C.

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation -

"This year's winning communities recognize the important role small businesses play in B.C.'s economic success. Having created more tax incentives for entrepreneurs to invest and innovate through our jobs plan, Canada Starts Here, I'm proud to say this government joins them in standing up for the interests and long-term sustainability of small businesses across the province."

Kevin Krueger, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA -

"I would like to thank all the communities who made submissions this year for all of the work they do to help small businesses thrive. I was amazed at the breadth of initiatives being undertaken across the province to make doing business better in British Columbia."

Linda Larson, Small Business Roundtable vice-chair -

"It's great to see the extraordinary efforts that communities are making to help businesses succeed. I'm excited to see this award come to fruition and proud as a member of the roundtable to recognize the work of all the nominees.

Quick Facts:

* The Small Business Roundtable is committed to making British Columbia the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada by cutting red tape and making it easier and less expensive to do business in the province.

* B.C. has reduced regulatory requirements to 206,345 today, down from 360,000 in 2001, a 42 per cent reduction.

* BizPaL: This online service provides one-stop access to permit and licence information for all levels of government. The program reduces document research time and helps entrepreneurs start a business faster. A process that once took seven hours has been reduced to 20 to 30 minutes.

* Environmental Protection Office: Reduced pesticide certification time from 42 to 14 days.

* Liquor licensing: Streamlined by reducing the number of licence classes from 19 to two.

* Mobile Business Licence: The Province continues to promote and support the adoption of a mobile business licence by local governments. By purchasing one licence rather than multiple non-resident permits, a mobile business licence allows a business to operate in any participating municipality.

For more information on the Small Business Roundtable, visit:

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Will the real terrorist please stand up? Oct 6 #yyj #film #documentary

Will the real terrorist please stand up?

Her Excellency Ms. Teresita de Jesús Vicente Sotolongo, Cuban Ambassador to Canada, and film director Saul Landau will present "Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?"

7:00pm Thursday Oct. 6 at St. John the Divine 925 Balmoral
(near Quadra).

This documentary by Saul Landau chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban Five: intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage first backed then ignored by the very government that launched the war against terrorism.

In the film viewers see leading terrorists recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups. The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment?

Sponsored by Friends of Cuba.

7:00pm Thurs. Oct. 6 at St. John the Divine 925 Balmoral
Admission by donation

More info at:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lane Obstructions on Carey Rd from Douglas to Ravine Sept 26-30 #yyj #traffic

Lane Obstruction

On Monday, September 26, 2011, through to, Friday, September 30, 2011, there will be lane obstruction on Carey Road from Douglas Street to Ravine Way.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

B.C. firefighters deployed to Alberta

Sept. 28, 2011
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - British Columbia is sending 16 firefighting personnel to central Alberta, to assist that province with an increase in fire activity.

Five three-person initial attack crews and one agency representative will arrive in Calgary, Alberta, today where they will be briefed by Alberta officials, and then assigned to where the need is greatest.

These crews are being deployed from the Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres, where minimal fire activity has allowed the release of personnel.

Costs for a deployment are covered by the Alberta government under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the movement of firefighting resources across Canada.

B.C. has recovered approximately $25 million from sending 2,051 personnel out-of-province this past fire season.

The Wildfire Management Branch always maintains adequate firefighting capacity to respond to current conditions. The fire danger rating for most of B.C. is very low to moderate, with some pockets of high in the Peace and southern regions.

Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to:

You can also follow the latest wildfire news -

* On Twitter at:!/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook at:

Single Lane Traffic 642 Ridgebank Crescent Sept. 28 #yyj #traffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, there will be alternating single lane traffic at 642 Ridgebank Crescent for a fire hydrant replacement.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:30 pm.

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

Education for Girls in Ghana: A Student's Life-changing Initiative Oct 12th @Camosun Lansdowne #yyj

Education for Girls in Ghana:
A Student's Life-changing Initiative

Congratulations to Isaiah Archer for receiving the 2011 Leadership in African Awareness Award. Isaiah was a former student of Camosun College in the School of Arts and Science and is currently studying Political Science at the University of Victoria.

He was a co-chair of the African Awareness Committee in 2010-11 and initiated an education fund to support girls to attend the Human Factor Leadership Academy in Ghana where he also volunteered during the past summer.

He will give a talk on the "Education for Girls in Ghana: A Student's Life-changing Initiative" on Oct 12th at 1:30 pm in Wilna Thomas 202 to share his experience and ideas with everyone. Isaiah is also the winner of the 2011 Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Student and the 2011 Indigenization Essay Award.

Please join us to extend our congratulations to Isaiah and come out to support his initiative that will bring seeds of success to children in Ghana.

Contact Francis Adu-Febiri by email at for details.

Fuelling redevelopment: Former Service Station Toolkit #brownfields #bcpoli

Sept. 28, 2011
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - Former gas stations are the most common type of brownfield in B.C. Today the Province is releasing a new toolkit to help local governments address these often overlooked and underutilized sites.

Former service stations are often centrally located and highly visible. When left undeveloped they can become an eyesore, negatively affecting surrounding property values, pride of place, investment and tourism. But once onsite contamination is addressed, they represent an excellent opportunity for redevelopment, fuelling economic development and job creation.

The new B.C. Former Service Station Toolkit is a website with resources for local governments and anyone interested in the reuse and redevelopment of former service station sites. Tools included are:

* Brownfield Guide for Local Governments.

* BC Brownfield Roadmap: Legislation and Funding Programs.

* Contaminated Site Registry information and tips.

* Case study examples for interim uses for former service station sites.

* Directory of company contacts.

* Summary of available brownfield funding sources.

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

"We need to look at brownfields, such as former gas station, as opportunities. The Province wants to help local governments tap into brownfield potential to revitalize neighbourhoods and contribute to local economies."

Barbara Steele, president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities -

"There is a lot of uncertainty in addressing brownfield cleanup - the extent of the contamination, how much will it cost. This new toolkit provides local governments with the information and access to funding they need to address onsite contamination issues."

Ken McRae, mayor of Port Alberni -

"We would never have been able to move forward on the revitalization of our industrial waterfront without the support from the Brownfield Renewal Strategy. Many of the resources in this toolkit were developed out of lessons learned on projects like ours."

Quick Facts:

* Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, derelict or underutilized commercial and industrial properties, where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination.

* Redeveloped brownfields increase local tax revenue from previously underutilized properties, and can increase surrounding property value by an estimated five to 15 per cent.

* Every dollar spent in the Canadian economy on brownfield redevelopment generates approximately $3.80 in total economic output.

* Since 2007, the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program has supported 21 local governments and regional districts to begin brownfield redevelopment projects.

Learn More:

B.C. Toolkit for Former Service Station Sites:

B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy:

B.C. Brownfield Renewal Information Line: 1 877 787-9730

Bring Us Your Doodles! Slide Room Gallery & Vancouver Island School of Art #yyj


We are looking for doodles.

For the month of November, the Slide Room Gallery is going to cover its walls with doodles of all kinds, from the casual to serious, from the simple to the complex, from the silly to the profound.

We want them all.

Please bring your submissions directly to the office at the Vancouver Island School of Art in an envelope with 'doodle drawing' on the front. Include your name and contact information. Deadline: October 21, 2011 (5pm)

All work should be unframed.Work will be taped or pinned to the wall. Please encourage friends and family to participate in this fun exhibition!

Curious about what a 'doodle' is?

Image above is a doodle by American president Herbert Hoover from an article in the Atlantic Monthy called "All the Presidents Doodles'

The Vancouver Island School of Art is located at 2549 Quadra Street (between Bay and Hillside)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Camosun Student Employment Festival Sept. 28 Lansdowne Campus #yyjevents @Camosun

Get educated about careers at
Camosun’s Student Employment Festival


Chris Burdge, president of bWest Social Media, speaks at
10:30am main stage

Camosun students and alumni are invited to the college’s first-ever Student Employment Festival “One Life, Many Careers” hosted by Camosun’s Student Employment office, Wednesday, September 28 at Lansdowne campus.

“The festival is designed to educate and expose Camosun students and graduates to a variety of career opportunities and to help them discover what it really takes to find that ‘dream job’,” says Camosun Student Employment Facilitator and event coordinator Irene Wallace. “Participants will have a chance to meet one-on-one with experts in their fields, practice their interview skills and have their resumes critiqued by professional employment coaches.”

The Student Employment Festival is free of charge and includes a full day of special guest speakers and fun career-related activities:

Guest speakers

9:00am Peter Lawless, civil litigation and sports/recreation lawyer. (Fisher 100)

9:45am Renaat Marchand, owner/operator of the Wannawafel Franchise and winner of CBC’s Dragon’s Den show. (Fisher 100)

10:30am Chris Burdge (key note), president of bWest Social Media, shares his tips and tricks for building a successful on-line presence. (outside stage)

11:15am Baldev Pooni, Camosun VP of Education and Student Services and Gloria Darroch, Director of Co-operative Education and Student Employment offer the official welcome. (outside stage)

11:30am Sean Aiken (key note), author of The One Week Job Project, speaks on his journey to discover his passion in 52 weeks (outside stage). Sean will sign his book at 12:30pm in the Fisher Foyer.

1:00pm Cathy Noel, event manager for over 25 years and founder of GoBid online auctions shares her experiences in building relationships and partnerships. (Fisher 100)

Sean Aiken, author of the “One Week Job Project,” speaks at 11:30am main stage

Festival activities

Resumania - students can fine-tune their next job application by bringing in their resumes for a professional critique from a resume coach.

Interview Moments - students can practice their interview skills with one of 22 human resources experts.

Living Library - students can make an appointment to talk to one of 28 Living Books - real people from many different career and educational backgrounds, to find out what that job it is really like

Entrepreneurial Talk Show - students will hear four entrepreneurs, including CBC Dragon's Den winner Renaat Marchand, Wannawafel owner, share their unique career experiences

Dragon’s Den - students can compete for a chance to win $500 in tuition by pitching their best ideas on “how to make Camosun the best it can be” in the Dragon's Den, FAQ . Students must apply by September 22. (Young 216 from 1pm to 3:15pm). Winners announced at 3:15pm. Spectators welcome!

Community Partners - students can network and explore career opportunities with local businesses and organizations, have their passports stamped and visit the Bookstore for great prizes!

A free noon-hour barbecue will be sponsored by the Camosun College Student Society. Fortune tellers, tarot card readers, games, prizes and improv acts are also part of the day’s fun events which runs from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Lansdowne campus.

To register for a specific activity or for more information about speakers, activities and times, visit:

Many thanks to our community partners and sponsors for helping support this event: Camosun College Student Society, Camosun Alumni Association, Camosun's Counselling department, CGA Association, CMA Association, Canadian Public Relations Society - Vancouver Island, Defence Construction Canada, Insurance Institute of Canada, Regional Corrections Centre, Student Entrepreneurs, VIHA, Volunteer Victoria, Youth Mean Business, The Zone, and many more.


Irene Wallace
Student Employment Facilitator
Camosun College

Chantal Kreviazuk Lends Vocals to A Song for Canada @chantalkreviaz


(Toronto, Ontario) September 27, 2011 - Canada's Walk of Fame today announced two-time JUNO Award-winner Chantal Kreviazuk as the recording artist for A Song For Canada, presented by RE/MAX. The highly anticipated song, titled "I'm Here (A Song for Canada)" features members of Toronto's renowned Bach Children's Chorus as well as 35-piece string orchestra Global Village.

"I'm Here (A Song for Canada)" is available for download on iTunes and wherever music is available digitally beginning today by Canada's Walk of Fame music partner, Universal Music Canada. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Music Centre in Alberta - also the beneficiary of the Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Charity Ball.

In addition, Kreviazuk, accompanied by Raine Maida, Stephan Moccio and both the Global Village orchestra and members of the Bach Children's Chorus, will perform the anthemic tune for the first time during the Canada's Walk of Fame Awards on Saturday, October 1 from Toronto's Elgin Theatre. The Awards will air on Global and Slice™ - Sunday, October 23 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

"I was moved to sing a song specifically written about our country," said Kreviazuk. "There is a diversity and spirit to Canada that is unique to any other country in the world. I hope others share in the emotion of pride and gratitude that I feel from the meaning in the song."

"I'm Here (A Song for Canada)" was co-written by Kreviazuk along with pianist, producer and songwriter, Stephan Moccio ("I Believe", 2010 Vancouver Olympics theme song), and singer/songwriter and front man for Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida. Calum Graham, of High River, Alberta - the winner of A Song For Canada competition – also contributed lyrics.

"The song is a glimpse into the soul of Canadians. It is a homecoming - a familiar blanket - like the smell of home," said Moccio. "It is motoric and changes like the layers of our country with every listen. My hope is that people embrace and feel the warm energy Chantal, Raine and I feel every time we experience it."

"I always knew that this song would be great given the three powerhouse musicians that collaborated on it, but I didn't anticipate the overwhelming sense of pride that I felt to be a citizen of this country after hearing just the rough recording for the first time," said Peter Soumalias, CEO and Founding Director of Canada's Walk of Fame. "Thank you to Stephan, Chantal, Raine and our competition winner Calum for this wonderful contribution to Canada's legacy and to our presenting partner RE/MAX for their ongoing support."

The original score was composed and arranged by Moccio. Kreviazuk and Maida worked with Moccio on the melody. The winner of the song competition Calum Graham, a budding songwriter and musician was also flown in from Alberta for the sessions and can also be heard playing guitar in the song. Vocals for "I'm Here (A Song for Canada)" were recorded at Moccio's downtown Toronto studio, Maison de Musique. The orchestra session was held at Revolution Recording also in Toronto. Base, drum and guitar recordings took place at Mississauga's Metalworks Studios.

About Canada's Walk of Fame

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

Victoria Natural History Society: Natural History Night - Advocacy & Conservation #yyjevents #greenbelt #Uvic

Victoria Natural History Society Presentation

Natural History Night: Advocacy and Conservation
The Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt Example

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm, Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria.

Large land-use changes have occurred and are occurring in the Capital Regional District. In 1990 the Greater Victoria Water District was still clear-cutting the drinking-water watersheds and only three parks existed in the lands between Saanich Inlet and the Sooke Basin.

Join Ray Zimmermann as he looks at the campaigns and legal actions that led to the area now protected in the Sea-to-Sea Green/Blue Belt. He will also provide perspective on present land-use issues. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

Cultivating Evolution - TedX Events Nov 19-20 #yyjevents @TEDxVictoria @Raffi_RC

Ideas. Community. Action.


VICTORIA (September 13, 2011) — Organizers of TEDxVictoria have confirmed November 19-20, 2011, as the dates for two regionally hosted versions of the popular TED conference. These two independently produced events, operated under license from TED, will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre in beautiful downtown Victoria, BC.

The first confirmed speaker to present November 19 for the TEDxVictoria event is Raffi Cavoukian.

Known to millions simply as Raffi, once called “the most popular children's entertainer in the western world” (Washington Post), Raffi is a renaissance man: record producer, author, entrepreneur, systems thinker, ecology advocate and children's entertainer. Raffi's work has changed; he has become a “global troubadour”, lecturing and networking to help create a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come. Raffi is founder and chair of the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC. It serves as an education and communications hub for the advancement of Child Honouring as a universal ethic.

Organized along the theme of Cultivating Evolution, the TEDxVictoria conference will feature 15-20 of the region’s thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers, and entertainers representing diverse fields not limited to technology, entertainment, visual and performance art, design, politics, music, ecology, and education. It is the first full-day TEDx event on Vancouver Island and aims to host up to 400 attendees.

TEDxYouth@Victoria is part of the TEDxYouthDay series of TEDx events happening all around the world on November 20th, Universal Children’s Day. It is hosted for (and by) young people for the purpose of inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, making deeper connections and empowering young leaders.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference held since 1984 in California. TED’s motto — ideas worth spreading — gathers scientists, businessmen, politicians, artists, musicians, engineers and more onto one stage. The speakers share much in common: bright ideas, undisputed influence in their respected fields of activity and the ability to talk about sophisticated concepts in an accessible manner. TED videos are distributed freely through, and since 2009 independent TED conferences called TEDx are being held internationally: in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx where x = independently organized.

The events are as much about the attendees as they are the speakers. TEDxVictoria licensee John Mardlin says he hopes these events will bring out curious and engaged people who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. This past April, Mardlin organized the 100 person TEDx event called “TEDxJuanDeFuca: Innovation. Transformation”, and in July he attended TEDGlobal 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Speakers are currently being vetted and will be announced as they are confirmed. More information about TEDxVictoria can be found at

Interested attendees can purchase tickets Sept 30th, for the limited-space adult TEDxVictoria event, held on Saturday, November 19. Updates and information is available at 

TEDxVictoria will be recorded, and during the four speaker sessions all electronic devices will be turned off.

Esquimalt Children's Story Fest: Oct 1 #yyj #Esquimalt

Esquimalt Children's Story Fest

What's The Story Esquimalt? Esquimalt Parks and Recreation, together with the Greater Victoria Public Library, wish to invite local families to celebrate the wonder of storytelling at the 9th Annual Esquimalt Children's Story Fest!

What: Esquimalt Children's Story Fest

When: Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Esquimalt's Town Square, behind Municipal Hall at 1229 Esquimalt Road

There will be storytellers, crafts and contests, plus a FREE children's lunch. This is the perfect way for children to explore the magic of books and help families inspire a life long love of reading. Adults can enjoy free coffee and pick up tips from experts on reading with their little ones!

For more information, please contact:

Vicki Klyne, Community Services Programmer
Tel: 250-412-8511

VicPD Continue to Hunt Robbery Suspect #yyj #video @Vicpdcanada

File # 11-35091
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Victoria BC – Victoria Police Major Crimes detectives are again asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an armed robbery suspect, who struck again yesterday afternoon.

Monday just after 3 p.m. the suspect used what appeared to be a handgun to rob the Dreamland Kids store at 3194 Douglas Street. It was the latest in a series of six armed robberies that have occurred in the past three weeks in Victoria and Saanich.

Police are asking the public to watch the previously released surveillance footage in hopes of identifying the man.

VIDEO from September 19th, 2011: 

The suspect is described as a man in his late 20s to early 30s between 5-foot-11 and 6-feet. At the time of the most recent robbery he was wearing a grey hoodie with a scarf pulled over his face.

The first robbery occurred on September 10th at the Liquor Depot at 123 Gorge Road East. Subsequent robberies occurred on September 15th at the Blue Ridge Motel at 3110 Douglas Street and on September 19th at the Travel Lodge Hotel at 229 Gorge Road East,

Two of the robberies occurred in Saanich, with the Shopper’s Drug Mart at 101 Burnside Road West robbed on September 19th, and the Subway Restaurant at 3400 Douglas Street robbed on September 25th.

VicPD and Saanich detectives are collaborating in this investigation and asking anyone with information about these robberies to contact Detective Paul Spencelayh at 250-995-7259 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

B.C. coal industry nearly doubles province's climate pollution @dogwoodbc

Expanding B.C. coal industry nearly doubles province's
global warming pollution

Victoria, B.C. — A report released by the Dogwood Initiative today reveals the rapidly expanding global warming impacts of B.C. coal and criticizes the provincial government for allowing these emissions to grow unchecked.

“It will be a surprise to many British Columbians that our province is a major exporter of coal, the world’s most pollution-intensive form of energy,” said Will Horter, executive director of Dogwood Initiative and author of the report. “Instead of taking leadership in the battle to reduce emissions from coal, the B.C. government is promoting the expansion of coal mining and coal exports.”

In 2008 (the last year for which production and pollution data is available), 54.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent were created when coal mined in B.C. was burned elsewhere — equivalent to the annual pollution from 14 coal-fired power plants, more than are currently operating in all of Canada.

While B.C. has set a target to reduce emissions by 33 per cent from 2007 levels by 2020, this target does not include the emissions from the burning of coal mined in B.C. and exported through our expanding coal ports. The total global warming pollution created by burning B.C. coal elsewhere almost doubles the province’s contribution to global warming.

“B.C. can’t abdicate responsibility for these emissions,” Horter said. “Imagine the response if a Colombian cocaine cartel claimed it had no responsibility because most of their addictive products are consumed in other countries.”

Burning coal has been singled out as the largest cause of global warming. The coal reserves in B.C’s proposed and operating coal mines, if burned, would produce 14.8 billion tonnes of heat-trapping pollution, amounting to 6.35 per cent of the total carbon emissions scientists believe humanity can safely emit globally in the next 90 years.

“Allowing the B.C. coal industry to produce almost 100 times our per-capita amount of carbon for the next 90 years is unacceptable,” Horter said. “The greatest weakness of the B.C. government’s climate plan is not what it regulates but what it omits.”

When the report was written, 18 new coal mines were at various stages of approval in B.C. The province is also exporting an ever-growing amount of U.S. coal; in 2010, these exports accounted for one-third of Westshore Terminals’ total volume. Westshore’s coal terminal at Roberts Bank, beside Tsawwassen ferry terminal, is the biggest exporter of coal in North America.

“Big coal in the U.S. is running out of domestic markets as regulations tighten up and power plants are shut down,” Horter said. “These companies are looking for export markets overseas, and they are turning to B.C. to get their coal off the continent.”

Despite this growing role in the coal trade, most of B.C.’s citizens have been kept in the dark about their province’s growing role in global warming.

“British Columbians, especially Vancouverites working hard to make their city the greenest city in the world, will be shocked to find out their ports are now the single largest exporter of global warming pollution in North America,” Horter said.

Download the report:

BCCLA: Williams Lake mom alleges RCMP assault on handcuffed daughter

September 27, 2011

The BCCLA is again calling for an independent investigation after allegations against Williams Lake RCMP by local indigenous family. The mother of 17-year-old Jamie Haller says that her daughter was punched in the face by a local RCMP constable while handcuffed in the back of a police car after her daughter had called local RCMP for assistance. The incident happened on September 10th, 2011.

“I saw Jamie on the ground, crying and handcuffed,” says Haller’s mother, Martina Jeff. “I got out and ran towards her. She was having a panic attack. She is very small and has never been in trouble with police before.” Jeff goes on to explain that she was forbidden contact with her daughter who was then loaded into a police car. Once in the car, her daughter began kicking on the windows and yelling “Mom!”

“I heard one [officer] say, ‘keep kicking and you’ll see what happens’. . . He put his whole upper body in the car and started punching…When I looked in the car I saw my daughter. Her face started swelling really bad. There was blood coming down on each side of her mouth. She was handcuffed, with her hands behind her back.”

The BCCLA is calling for an immediate and independent investigation of this incident by, at a minimum, a senior officer from outside the Williams Lake RCMP detachment.

“The community needs confidence that these serious allegations will be investigated fully, promptly and as impartially as possible under our current system. If wrongs were committed, the public wants to know that they will be dealt with in accordance with the law – whether those involved are employed as law enforcement officers or are members of the public,” said Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “The community needs to trust that when someone calls 911 for the police, they will be treated with respect and not end up in hospital because of injuries sustained due to police actions.”

Jamie Haller was released the next morning without charge, and without having received any medical attention. She reports that she was unable to work at her job at a fast food outlet given the appearance of the bruising on her face, and had to take a week off of school due to injuries to her eye that affected her vision.

Click here to see photographs of Jamie Haller taken after the incident >>

Click here to read the full statement of Martina Jeff, mother of Jamie Haller >>

B.C. rolls out program to help smokers quit #bcpoli

Sept. 27,

2011 Office of the Premier
Ministry of Health

VANCOUVER - As part of a commitment to healthy families in British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark announced today that starting this Friday nicotine replacement therapies will be available at no cost and smoking cessation prescription drugs will be covered under PharmaCare.

"Each year, more than 6,000 British Columbian needlessly die from tobacco use," said Premier Christy Clark.

"By providing convenient and direct support, we are helping British Columbians live smoke-free and improve their health as well as the health of their families. By reducing the number of people who smoke, not only will we prevent or delay the onset of diseases like heart attacks and cancer but also avoid the millions of dollars cost on our health care system."

By calling HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and registering for the smoking cessation program, B.C. smokers who are covered by MSP and who wish to quit will be able to receive free nicotine gum or patches either by mail or at their local community pharmacy once they receive a reference number from HealthLink BC.

As part of this program, varenicline (Champix) and bupropion (Zyban) will also be covered by B.C. PharmaCare beginning Sept. 30 and will be available with a prescription. People will need to see their doctor for a prescription and be registered in a PharmaCare plan to receive coverage for these products. The level of coverage will depend on a person's PharmaCare plan.

"Tobacco-related diseases like cancer and heart disease represent a massive burden on the lives of British Columbians and their families as well as our health care system," said Health Minister Michael de Jong.

"By calling 8-1-1, people will have access to a variety of health-related information and referrals, including our provincial stop smoking line, QuitNow Services."

Eligible B.C. residents can receive a single continuous course of treatment lasting up to 12 consecutive weeks with either a prescription smoking cessation drug or an NRT product once every calendar year.

The estimated cost of the program is an estimated $15 million to $25 million depending on the number of individuals who use the program.

Marnie Mitchell, CEO of BC Pharmacy Association, welcomed the opportunity for pharmacists to work with the Ministry of Health on this program. She said: "For many years, community pharmacists have been helping patients through smoking cessation clinics. This program will further support this work."

"One of the barriers that people can face when quitting smoking is the affordability of various therapies. It is very encouraging that those who are ready to quit can now hurdle this barrier by having coverage for some proven cessation aids, which will greatly increase their chances of being successful," said Diego Marchese, CEO, BC and Yukon, of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"Quitting smoking can be really tough for people," Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association. "Quit smoking aids like nicotine gum and the patch can improve success rates."

"Making it easier for people to quit smoking will pay off in the long run," said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon. "We all know the deadly effects of cancer as a result of smoking."

Smokers are encouraged to visit and to plan theirquit first. The B.C. smoking cessation program will be available tosmokers anytime after Sept. 30, so smokers can choose to registerwhenever they are really ready to quit.
The cost to the B.C. economy is approximately $2.3 billion annually, including $605 million for direct health-care costs.

While B.C. has the lowest smoking rate in Canada at 14.3 per cent, there are approximately 550,000 British Columbians who smoke. An estimated 70 per cent of smokers in B.C. want to quit.

QuitNow Services offers British Columbian smokers help to quit smoking 24 hours a day - Services include an online quitcommunity with professional and peer support, email or text message services and a telephone quitline - now available by calling 8-1-1 - with information available in 130 languages.

Providing free support for smokers to quit tobacco supports the province's Healthy Families BC strategy, which aims to better support the health of families and communities by helping to make the healthier choice the easier choice. For more information on Healthy Families BC, visit

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