Friday, October 28, 2011

Safe and Spooktacular Weekend #Saanichpd

The Saanich Police have a plan which includes a robust uniformed officer presence for the weekend. Officers will be focused on impaired drivers, mischief related behaviour and open liquor consumption for the weekend evenings.

It is expected that there will be an increase in parties and groups of revellers for Friday and Saturday evenings. Officers will be dedicated to responding to problem parties. Officers will take an educational approach with regard to the noise bylaw, if they are called to your home the first time. If our officers have to come back a second time, a fine will be issued under the bylaw.

The fireworks bylaw will also be in effect. It is not lawful to ignite fireworks without obtaining authorization and taking a safety course through the Saanich Fire Department. A zero tolerance approach will be taken for the misuse of fireworks.

Monday evening when your children go out trick or treating, make sure they are as safe as possible. Some children’s safety tips include:

• Ensure that your child’s vision is not overly impaired

• Make sure they wear bright clothing and that there is no trip hazard

• Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good footwear

• Be mindful of traffic and use crosswalks

• Trick or treat in groups in well lit areas with adult supervision

Saanich Police officers will be out on Monday evening in force to ensure safety for all pedestrians and motorists. Officers will be looking for impaired drivers and for vehicles being driven in an unsafe manner.

Let’s have a safe and ‘spooktacular’ weekend.

TEDxVictoria Announces Speakers & Performers for Nov 19th #yyjevents @TEDxVictoria

VICTORIA (October 26, 2011) — Less than one month to go until TEDxVictoria: Cultivating Evolution informs and inspires Victoria and the surrounding area with 15-20 of the region’s thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers, and entertainers. Representing diverse fields not limited to technology, entertainment, visual/performance art, design, music, ecology, and education, TEDxVictoria aims to host up to 400 attendees from 9am until 6pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the beautiful Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas).

Following up with the announcement of renowned Canadian performer Raffi Cavoukian in mid September, TEDxVictoria additionally announced University of Victoria associate professor and the director of professional writing in the Department of Writing David Leach, local performance poet and improviser Dave Morris, inventor and PhD student Derek Jacoby, local community leader and event organizer Jason Guille, and internationally acclaimed environmental photographer Garth Lenz, whose major touring exhibit on the Alberta Tar Sands premiered on Los Angeles in 2011 and recently appeared in New York.

We’d like to follow up on those announcements by officially announcing Greg Meiklejohn, Dr. Sean Richardson, Alexandra Samuel, and Jim Tanaka as speakers for TEDxVictoria.

Gregg Meiklejohn specializes in strategic marketing. He is an expert in branding businesses through public relations and is the developer of the award-winning program Knowledge Communities. Gregg is co-founder of Enrollment Resources Inc, a performance improvement management company that advocates for organizations wishing to help make society a better place.

Dr. Sean Richardson has been a performance psychologist for professional athletes, performing artists, and CEOs, and comes from a background of elite sport. Combining 30 years as an athlete in competitive sports with a PhD in psychology, ongoing research and professional development in brain and behaviour functionality, and 9 years in practice, Sean has found that the principles of mental discipline required for performance at the highest levels in sport apply effectively to performance in business, music, dance, and personal achievement.

Alexandra Samuel is the director of the Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University, and the co-founder and principal of Social Signal, one of the world’s most experienced social media agencies. Alex’s own research focuses on how people cope with information overload in order to build meaningful lives online; this research drives her blogs for and the Harvard Business Review.

Jim Tanaka is a professor of psychology and co-director of the Brain and Cognition at the University of Victoria. His research examines the effects of experience and learning on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of face and object recognition. His work in autism explores the use of interactive media to help children with autism spectrum disorder develop their social and emotional abilities.

In addition to those speakers, we’d like to announce that we’ll be featuring slam poetry by the Vic Slam Team, Cambodian belly dance/martial arts fusion dancer Nath Keo, and a folk/rock performance by Oliver Swain.

In addition to TEDTalks and performances by these amazing local artists, TEDxVictoria will feature an interactive art exhibit hosted by Limbic Media, an art gallery by Dallas V. Duobaitis.

Tickets are $50 (or 5 for $200), and can be purchased via Ticket Rocket ( A ticket gets an attendee a TEDxVictoria SWAG bag, free coffee and tea, and a free bag lunch.

The event is structured around four “sessions”, the first of which starts at 10:00 am and runs for 60 minutes. Each of the remaining sessions will run 90 minutes with 45-60 minutes in-between. Doors and registration both open at 9:00 am.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween @CityOfVictoria @Vicpdcanada

VICTORIA, BC — With Halloween approaching, the public is reminded that a City of Victoria Fireworks Bylaw prohibits the sale, possession or discharge of fireworks. Previously, the irresponsible use of fireworks resulted in property damage, injuries, pet stress, and an increase in nuisance calls to emergency service agencies.

The Fireworks Bylaw includes firecrackers, fireballs, Roman Candles, sky rockets, squibs, torpedoes, and any other explosive designated as a firework by regulation. Victoria Police enforce the bylaw and failure to comply results in seizures and fines. Penalties are applied per incident with a minimum penalty of $200 and a maximum of $10,000. Exceptions are available through an application of a special fireworks permit.

For more information, visit:

Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year. Below are some tips to keeping children safe during trick-ortreating and to preventing fires in the home.

· When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long, trailing fabric. If you are making a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

· Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

· Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

· It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a Jack-o-lantern. If using a real candle, use extreme caution and make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

· Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

· Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

The Victoria Fire Department wishes Victoria residents
a safe and happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

BC Hydro's deferred expenses now $2.2 billion and rising #bcpoli

Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Oct. 27, 2011

VICTORIA - Auditor General John Doyle has released his latest report, BC Hydro: The Effects of Rate-Regulated Accounting.

The report examines the implications of BC Hydro's use of rate-regulated accounting, which allows BC Hydro to establish deferral accounts into which it can "defer" expenses to future years. As of March 2011, a net total of $2.2 billion in expenses had been deferred and, by government's own estimate, the balance is predicted to grow to $5 billion by 2017.

"There does not appear to be a plan to reduce the balance of these accounts, let alone halt their growth. Rate-regulated accounts must be managed carefully," said Doyle. "While the use of rate-regulated accounting is acceptable under existing Canadian generally accepted accounting standards, it can mask the true cost of doing business, create the appearance of profitability where none actually exists, and place undue burdens on future ratepayers."

Canada will be adopting international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in the coming year, which does not allow for deferral accounts. As such, expenses that are currently being deferred under rate regulation would be shown each year, bringing to the forefront the financial consequences of management decisions and highlighting the challenges that lie ahead. "Unfortunately, government is considering not moving BC Hydro to IFRS," said Doyle. "It is requiring BC Hydro to adopt part of an American accounting standard that allows rate regulation, abandoning the transparency that will be required by Canadian GAAP."

"The B.C. government has taken it upon itself to define BC GAAP, rather than following the standards set by the Canadian Accounting Standards Board," said the Auditor General. "It concerns me that government is willing to override the due process that is involved in the setting of Canadian accounting standards, and instead legislate an accounting result that will have a significant impact on both the financial statements of BC Hydro and the Province."

About the Office of the Auditor General of B.C.

The Auditor General is a non-partisan, independent Officer of the Legislature who reports directly to the Legislative Assembly. The Auditor General Act empowers the Auditor General and staff (known as the Office of the Auditor General or OAG) to conduct audits, report findings and make recommendations.

VicPD Continue to Hunt Wanted Man #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Victoria BC – VicPD are once again asking for the public’s assistance to help find Roger Badour, who is wanted on a Canada Wide warrant and is considered a high risk offender.

It has been six months since Badour went missing and breached the terms of a court-imposed long-term supervision order. The 62-year old man has a lengthy criminal history which includes convictions for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and uttering death threats.

He has a history of targeting adult females who were alone and befriending females whom he believed were socially vulnerable. At the time of his disappearance, he was serving a seven-year sentence for sexual assault.

Badour is described as a white man, approximately 5-foot-8 and 175 lbs. He has medium length grey hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo of a heart on his left shoulder. A recent photograph accompanies this release.

Badour was subject to a public notification warning when he was relocated to Victoria in late January. He was last seen on April 29 in the 500-block of Johnson Street.

If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of Roger Badour, contact Victoria Police High Risk Offender Detective Shawn Robson at 250-995-7233. Anyone who sees Badour is advised to not approach him and call 9-1-1.

The BC Civil Liberties Association Clarifies its Position on “Occupy Vancouver”

The BCCLA’s position on “Occupy Vancouver” has been clear, notwithstanding misrepresentations of it in certain reporting on our recent press release (below)

1. The BCCLA calls on the City of Vancouver to celebrate free expression and assembly, and facilitate the demonstration on public space. The BCCLA is not calling for the demonstration’s immediate withdrawal and certainly not calling for their removal by force.

2. The BCCLA acknowledges that the Art Gallery is a traditional site for public demonstrations and that there have been and will be others who wish to use the site to get their message out. The BCCLA calls for constructive and respectful dialogue by the City with Occupy Vancouver demonstrators on how all prospective users of the site can fairly be accommodated.

BCCLA calls on City to celebrate
free speech use on public property

The City of Vancouver can lead the world in showing respect for freedom of expression and assembly by how it treats the “Occupy” global protest movement, says the BC Civil Liberties Association. The BCCLA is calling on the City and the VPD to show leadership in facilitating free speech on public property in relation to this demonstration and that of others.

“We have an opportunity to set an example for the 1100 cities where similar demonstrations are taking place,” said Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “Vancouver is at the forefront of vigorous debate and demonstrations. That must be preserved. And where different users want to use the same public property, constructive discussion and respectful dialogue are critical.”

The BCCLA argues that, so long as public safety is not compromised and the rights of others to a fair share of use of public property is respected, the City should permit the “Occupy” demonstrations as a living symbol of democracy. “In an election year, politicians may feel pressure to try to sound decisive in a sound bite”, said Holmes. “But eroding the rights of people to protest would not be responsible or right. Real leadership is better shown by supporting free speech not just for politicians at election time, but for everyone all the time. Passive forms of free speech such as putting up a billboard or lawn sign may appeal to some, but active forms involving marches, assemblies and the like have a rightful time and place, even when they are on the art gallery lawn.

Some argue that court decisions (e.g. Adams v. Victoria) dealing with homeless people taking refuge in public parks provide a precedent for the “Occupy” demonstration’s camp. But the Adams decision was based on a claim by homeless people to their right to life and security of the person in the context of having nowhere else to sleep. It was not a decision about free expression. A closer parallel is the court’s Falun Gong decision which upheld the right to free expression on public property and discusses structures put in place as part of demonstrations.

Part of the debate over the “Occupy” demonstration involves questions about use of the same space by others. The art gallery lawn is an established venue for demonstrations. The BCCLA encourages the City and the “Occupy” demonstrators to have a respectful dialogue that preserves the rights of others eventually to have their fair share of use of that public space. “Free speech, cooperation and understanding are the hallmarks of democracy. Dialogue in the public square and about its fair use by different groups is key,” added Holmes.

BBB Shred It! Secure Your ID Day A Great Success #yyj

October 27, 2011

VICTORIA – The BBB in partnership with Access Records & Media Management would like to thank all the small business and individuals that took part in the first ever Shed It! Secure Your ID Day community event held on October 14, 2011 in the Tillicum Centre Parking Lot.

Over 10,000 pounds of paper were shredded – the equivalent of 400+ full file boxes of confidential documents. The event also raised $1688.50 through individual donations and the sale of hot dogs, which will be donated to local charities through the Rotary Club of Victoria.

“The purpose of the Shred It! Secure Your ID Day event was to raise awareness about people’s vulnerability to identity theft and to encourage people to get into the routine of responsibly shredding confidential information,” says Rosalind Scott, Executive Director of BBB Vancouver Island. “We cannot thank the small business, individuals and media that took part in this event enough. Shredding confidential information is a very simple thing that everyone can do to significantly reduce their chances, and the chances of businesses and customers becoming victims of identity theft.”

The BBB would also like to thank all the sponsors that contributed to this event. Without the generous support of a number of sponsors the BBB would not have been able to make this a FREE community event for everyone to take advantage of.

For more information about this event or on tips to protect yourself from identity theft visit

Fort Street Businesses are 'In Your Neighbourhood' #yyj @myDVBA

October 27, 2011

Victoria, BC: The businesses in the 700-block of Fort Street in Downtown Victoria have something to say. They want to tell everybody, they are your neighbours.

Of the street's 42 ground floor businesses, close to 95% are locally owned and operated, something the street's business owners want to be known for.

"We Are The People In Your Neighbourhood is an idea that sprung from some block brainstorming sessions about the unique aspects of doing business on Fort Street," said Ian Cromack, co-founder of The Good Planet Company. "The Good Planet Company moved to this block three years ago, and we are very proud of being a local business."

The sentiment is echoed by others on the block including Oscar & Libby's owner Teri Hustins.

"Our block is often overlooked for the trendier or more tourism-focused areas of the downtown," says Hustins. "But we think the array of different shops and services available here that are local businesses is something to celebrate!"

The 700-block of Fort Street is not only local but also has years of accumulated business knowledge. In this one block alone 15 businesses are over 25 years old. Russell Books is celebrating 50 years in 2011, Dutch Bakery just marked 55 years and Brown's The Florist will reach the 100 year milestone in 2012.

"In launching the 'We Are The People in Your Neighbourhood' campaign we hope to let people know something about our businesses that they may not already," says Cromack. "We want our customers to be as familiar with us as we are to our stores, our block and the history of our City."

Look for the We Are The People in Your Neighbourhood posters on display in the windows of Fort Street businesses this month. Each will have a photo of the ownership and staff as well as a short bio about the company and the people who work there. Next time you go into a Fort Street store say hello, they are your neighbours!

Fabulous Fort is one of 10 unique business groupings, known as precincts, supported by the Downtown Victoria Business Association. The Mission of the DVBA is to help make Downtown Victoria the destination of choice for Greater Victoria residents and visitors - for shopping, dining, entertainment, and other services; and to act as catalyst for vibrancy and prosperity in the downtown core through advocacy, marketing, events, improvements, and co-operative measures.

Cougars host Braves in last home game of October #yyjsports #hockey @CougarsJuniorB


The Victoria Cougars will end October with a home-and-home series against the Saanich Braves tonight.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.

The second half of the series goes Friday in Saanich.

Victoria leads the season series 2-0-0 after knocking off the Braves 8-2 and 3-2.

Steve Axford leads all Cougars scorers against Saanich with five points (1g-4a). Connor Stephens has four points (1g-3a) versus his former team while Brody Coulter (3g-0a) and Josh Wyatt (1g-2a) each have posted three points.

In net, Kiefer Giroux and Evan Roch have posted a win each.

Connor Krupa (2g-0a) and Chad Roorda (0g-2a) leads the way offensively for the Braves.

Tanner McGaw has started both games against Victoria, compiling a 5.55 goals against average and a .855 save percentage.

The Cougars are a combined 5-for-19 on the power play; meanwhile, Saanich is 2-for-16.

Sporting a record of 12-1-1, Victoria is coming off a home-and-home series with the North Island Division leading Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

After dropping a 5-3 decision last Thursday, the Cougars went into a packed Comox Valley Sports Centre on Saturday and eked out a 2-1 victory. Coulter and Axford, ranked third and fourth in league scoring respectively, provided the offense while Roch turned aside 26-of-27 shots for his seventh victory in as many games.

Axford, who extended his point streak to ten games, has recorded six goals and 12 assists during that span.

Saanich improved to 4-6-3 following its 6-3 win over the Campbell River Storm on Sunday.

Krupa scored three times in a four-goal first period. Adding singles were Ty Jones, Sheldon Trees, and Sam Johnston. The Braves led 4-1 after one period and 6-1 after two.

Between the pipes was McGaw who leads the league with 629 minutes played.

One player to keep an eye out for is Saanich’s 16-year-old forward Jack Palmer. The six-foot-one, 180 pound forward was selected in the eighth round, 175th overall, by the Brandon Wheat Kings during the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Palmer recorded three assists last game and now has ten points in eight contests.

The Braves have been involved in seven one-goal games, a league high, and has been victorious only once during those games.

James Kellington is tied for ninth in league scoring with six goals and ten assists for 16 points.

STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 25 points, South Island Division. Saanich – 4th place, 11 points, South Island Division

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Brody Coulter, 13 goals; Steve Axford, Sam Rice, 14 assists; Robert Zadra, Anthony Bonner, 42 penalty minutes. Saanich – Sheldon Trees, 8 goals; James Kellington, 10 assists; Cody Larsen, 80 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Kiefer Giroux (2.28 goals against average, .916 save percentage); Evan Roch (2.14 goals against average, .909 save percentage). Saanich – Tanner McGaw (4.49 goals against average, .885 save percentage); Bowman Rutledge (3.38 goals against average, .893 save percentage)

SEASON SERIES: Cougars lead, 2-0-0


September 29, 2011. Saanich Braves 2 @ Victoria Cougars 8
October 14, 2011. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Saanich Braves 2
October 28, 2011. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
November 25, 2011. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
December 16, 2011. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
December 22, 2011. Saanich Braves @ Victoria Cougars
February 2, 2012. Saanich Braves @ Victoria Cougars

HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 5-1-1. Saanich – Away, 3-3-0
STREAKS: Victoria, 1W. Saanich, 1W
LAST TEN: Victoria, 8-1-1. Saanich, 3-5-2

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Multi-kilogram Cocaine Dealer Arrested #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Victoria BC – A 28-year old Saanich man, described as a multi-kilogram cocaine dealer, has been arrested as part of a VicPD drug investigation.

Police seized two kilograms of cocaine, a large cache of illicit pharmaceutical drugs such as oxycodone and ketamine, and a range of other street drugs. Police also found nearly $100,000 in cash and over 250 rounds of handgun ammunition. The drugs have an estimated value of $100,000.

“This was outstanding work by our officers in arresting this high-level cocaine dealer, but also demonstrates the need for more collaborative efforts across the region in combating drugs,” said Inspector Clark Russell.

The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, with assistance from Saanich Police, executed the search warrant at a home in the 4000-block of Martha Crescent on Friday, October 21st just after 4 p.m.

VicPD Street Crime and Strike Force units were led to the Saanich home through surveillance of an earlier drug arrest on the 1100-block of Yates Street.

On October 11, police executed a search warrant at the Yates Street apartment and arrested two “dial-a-dope” dealers who were actively supplying drugs downtown. These men were being supplied cocaine by the Martha Street resident.

The Saanich man faces six charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and was released on a promise to appear for January 12.

Single Lane Traffic Grange Rd between Violet & Gardenia Oct 26-27 #yyjtraffic

Single Lane Traffic

Starting on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, through to Thursday, October 27, 2011, there will be single lane traffic on Grange Road between Violet Avenue and Gardenia Court. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 4:00 pm and is expected to continue until 9:00 am.

Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Single Lane Traffic & Delays Cordova Bay Rd between Doumac & Gloria Oct 31-Nov 30 #yyjtraffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Monday, October 31, 2011, through to Wednesday, November 30, 2011, there will be traffic delays on Cordova Bay Road between Doumac Avenue and Gloria Place. 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.

Sher-E-Punjab Radiothon Raises $97,312 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Vancouver, BC – October 12, 2011– Radio station Sher-E-Punjab raised an outstanding $97,312 for BC Children’s Hospital during its all-day radionthon September 27. Members of the South Asian community responded to Sher-E-Punjab’s broadcast to raise much-needed funds for the province’s only full-service hospital dedicated to treating children.

The radiothon featured inspiring stories of children and families who have benefited from services of the hospital. Hospital caregivers also described the urgent health needs of today’s children and the impact donations can have on child health in the province.

Funds raised from the Sher-E-Punjab Radiothon will go to the Excellence in Child Health Fund at BC Children’s Hospital, supporting equipment upgrades and purchases, research, and educational programs.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made online at

Suneil Karod Hoping to Bring Home Gold


Suneil Karod is on his way to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan today.

The Victoria Cougars assistant coach is part of Team British Columbia’s coaching staff at this year’s Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup being held from October 27-30.

All games will be played at Mosaic Place, home of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, which occurs every other year, consists of teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Only the highest rated players in the U16 category are eligible to play.

Joe Hicketts, selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Victoria Royals in the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, will be playing for Team BC.

For the latest scores, visit Team BC can also be followed on Twitter at @teambcwcc


October 27. Team Saskatchewan vs. Team BC (7:00 p.m. MST)
October 28. Team BC vs. Team Alberta (3:00 p.m. MST)
October 29. Team Manitoba vs. Team BC (3:00 p.m. MST)
October 30. Bronze Medal Game (11:00 a.m. MST), Gold Medal Game (3:00 p.m. MST)

BC Healthy Living Alliance Urges British Columbians Think Healthy, Vote Locally @bchealthyliving

October 25, 2011 - Today, the BC Healthy Living Alliance is launching the “Think Healthy, Vote Locally” guide to get more people interested, informed and involved in the upcoming elections.

BCHLA Chair and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, Barbara Kaminsky said, “we know that supportive environments make all the difference when it comes to whether people can and do make healthy choices which in turn affects their risk for chronic disease.”

She added, “physical activity and healthy eating should be an easier part of our daily lives and supported by local governments - we want citizens to get informed and vote with these issues in mind.”

Suzanne Strutt, BCHLA Member and CEO of BC Recreation and Parks Association, highlighted, “living in walkable neighbourhoods where you can walk to the store, to school and run errands on foot lowers the risk of being an unhealthy weight by 35%”.

The “Think Healthy, Vote Locally” voters’ guide provides an overview of some of the key issues that fall within the jurisdiction of local government. It covers 6 main issues:

1. Healthy Community Planning
2. Active Transportation – Providing More Places to Walk and Bike
3. Healthy Eating and Food Security
4. Renewal of Recreation Facilities
5. Healthier Schools
6. Support for Affordable Housing

The guide also provides a checklist and sample questions that can be used to assess candidates’ positions on healthy living, background information on the issues, social media tools, sample letters and links to media from Abbotsford to Williams Lake.

The “Think Healthy, Vote Locally” voters’guide is available on the BC Healthy Living Alliance website and Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lane Obstructions Eastbound Saanich Rd & Oak St Wed. Oct 26

Traffic Advisory

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 there will be lane obstructions, Eastbound on Saanich Road and Oak Street. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 2:00 pm. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres: Improvements Announced #yyjevents

Organizers announce changes & improvements
to this year's festivities

Organizers of Greater Victoria's newest community Halloween tradition are urging the public to purchase their tickets in advance to reduce traffic lineups. Enchanted Halloween Co-producer Alice Bacon is hoping to reduce delays by making the purchase of advance ticket sales quicker and easier.

"This year, advance tickets can be purchased either online or over the phone from Ticket Rocket. Advance ticket holders will be able to proceed directly to the shuttle buses as soon as they park their car at the Gateway Park and Ride facility."

There is no parking at the event site this year. Instead, attendees will use the parkade at Gateway Park in the nearby Keating Industrial Area at 2261 Keating Cross Road. From there, shuttle buses will transport event-goers to the site at Heritage Acres and back again.

"Attendance at last year's Enchanted exceeded our expectations and while people were really thrilled with the event itself, we needed to improve traffic and parking. Advance ticket sales in conjunction with the park and ride concept will help to make Enchanted a convenient and more enjoyable experience."

Advance ticket purchasers will save money as well. The cost in advance is $10 for children and seniors, $15 for adults and a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children is $40. Tickets purchased at Gateway Park on event days will be $12 for children and seniors, $17 for adults and $45 for a family pass. Advance ticket sales end 3 hours before event start time.

Enchanted is an all-ages celebration of Halloween-related cultural traditions: a pumpkin trail with interactive costumed characters handing out treats; creative decoration including a Mexican-flavoured 'Day of the Dead' display, a 'Wicked' tableau and other themed displays, as well as activities, kids' crafts and refreshments. Musicians, magicians, stilt-walkers, performers and storytellers add to the ethereal atmosphere amidst the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society's pioneer village.

Full details including directions & maps are available at

Enchanted runs Friday, October 28 and Saturday October 29 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and on Sunday October 30 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Advance tickets available online at, by phone at 250-590-6291 or in person at the TicketRocket box office at 1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard).

Book a smart, romantic dinner out in Victoria Oct 27 #yyj @powersmartbc @victoriavisitor

Victoria, BC – Candlelight will set the mood for romance and conservation on October 27 during the Candlelight Conservation Dinner as more than 120 restaurants in British Columbia turn off the lights and invite customers to dine exclusively by candlelight to raise awareness of energy efficiency and conservation.

To sweeten the deal and serve up a few more savings, most restaurants will be offering special discounts to diners like two-for-one entrees, or complimentary appetizers or desserts.

Tourism Victoria partnered with BC Hydro to help promote the event. In Victoria, Café Brio; Canoe Brewpub; Empress Dining Room; Fernwood Inn; Milestones Inner Harbour; The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery; The O Bistro at Oswego hotel; the Office Lounge; Paprika Bistro; Penny Farthing Pub; Pizzeria Prima Strada; Sips Artisan Bistro; Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub; Vista 18 Martini and Wine Bar; and the Wild Saffron Bistro are all participating in the candlelight dinner.

Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines:

“Our province is growing, so too is the need for electricity. The least expensive power is the power we don’t have to produce, namely power saved through conservation. We need British Columbians to make conserving power a way of life and of doing business to help keep our electricity rates among the lowest in North America.”

Lisa Coltart, Executive Director of Power Smart and Customer Care, BC Hydro

“What a delicious way to save energy. Our Candlelight Conservation Dinner, now in its third year, has been a huge success and is part of BC Hydro’s Power Smart Month campaign. The tasty event is designed to show how simple behaviours, like turning off the lights, can save energy.”

Rob Gialloreto, President & CEO, Tourism Victoria

“Once again, Tourism Victoria is pleased to participate in this conservation event. Demonstrating a continued effort by BC Hydro to raise awareness of simple energy saving initiatives, the Candlelight Conservation Dinner is a unique opportunity for the restaurant community to join together with their patrons to promote smart energy use and a sustainable environment.”


• For a full list of participating restaurants, and special discounts, visit

• Power Smart Month teaches people how easy it is to conserve energy. Even small actions – like turning off unneeded lights – can make a difference. BC Hydro saves over 2,300 gigawatt hours per year of electricity through conservation programs – the equivalent of powering more than 210,000 homes annually.

• Each year BC Hydro hosts Power Smart Month in October to increase awareness about the benefits and ease of using energy efficiently at a time when electricity consumption begins to increase for the winter. During October, BC Hydro provides special Power Smart offers including increased rebates and incentives for the purchase of energy efficient products.

• For details on incentives, rebates, contests, activities, and energy-efficient tips, visit

Camosun Chargers Netters Prepare to Bounce Back #yyjsports #Volleyball @CamosunChargers

October 26, 2011

Following the loss of last weekend’s double-header Island rivalry matches to the VIU Mariners, the Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams are preparing to bounce back to their winning ways as they face off against another PACWEST rival, the Capilano University Blues, this weekend at St. Michaels University School.

On Friday, the Chargers men fell to the Mariners in a thrilling two hour contest that had both teams on the edge of victory. The five-set match went 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13.

“Losing 15-13 in a fifth set is always disappointing but a single bounce here or one break there could have changed the outcome,” said Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson.

While either team could have won Friday’s match, the game on Saturday was a different story. In spite of some good combinations, the squad showed a lot of ragged play going down in three straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-23).

“We played like an October team while our opponents showed mid or even late season form,” commented Coach Parkinson. “We lacked discipline and our blocks were not very well formed. VIU’s defense was very good and their serving was hard and strategic which took us out of our game. While we battled hard, they earned their victory.”

While superior in size over this weekend’s opponents, the Chargers men are preparing for another slugfest as they face off against a vastly upgraded Capilano Blues squad. In their first match of the season, the Blues went the distance with the defending National Champions, the Columbia Bible College Bearcats, losing in the fifth set.

“They are a smaller team overall and rely on fast sets to the outside to beat the block and a lot of action from the right side, both front and back row,” stated Coach Parkinson. “We will have to have a solid block that forms very quickly to contain CAP’s attackers, as well as a determined transition game where our attackers counter-attack effectively and with power. Taking the energy out of a smaller team early with tough serving and a few great plays will be one of the keys to our success. If we can create an environment where our superior size is coupled with a psychological advantage, we will be fine but make no mistake – we anticipate that this is going to be a battle.”

The Chargers women also conceded to the Mariners on the weekend going to four sets (26-24, 25-20, 16-25, 25-18) against last year’s CCAA Silver Medalists on Friday and then falling in three (25-15, 25-23, 25-20) on Saturday.

Despite the loss, second-year, leftside Elizabeth Davis (Glenylyon Norfolk) capped off a very consistent and productive week of training and led the Chargers over the weekend with a total of 21 kills, 5 aces, 20 digs and 4 blocks.

“We put a lot of responsibility on our athletes in training,” said Coach Dahl. “This is the time of year to find out about every small detail as it relates to our performance on the court. Elizabeth has consistently produced points for us offensively so it was great to see her add numbers to the blocking and service ace columns. This is part of being a six rotation player, something our league thrives on.”

The second-year Camosun coach added, “We like our progress and the home crowds at PISE this past weekend were fantastic! I hope the crowds continue to grow as our game grows. We have a heavy home schedule in the first semester and come January we are on the road a lot so it's great to see a lot of bodies in the crowd in support of the Chargers.”

Catch the Chargers this weekend as they take their game off campus to St. Michaels University School (3400 Richmond Road).

Friday, October 28 Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Saturday, October 29 Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre 3rd annual Art Exhibition & Sale Oct 27-29 #yyjart @Blue_Bridge

Join us for our 3rd Annual Art Exhibition and Sale
October 27th-29th!

Next week Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre will partner with Winchester Galleries for our 3rd annual Art Exhibition and Sale in support of BBRT! Featuring over two dozen new works, this event will showcase great pieces from local and internationally acclaimed artists such as Joe Coffey, Adam Noonan, Manish Om Prakash and Duncan Regehr and others who have shown their support for Vicotria's newest professional theatre company. Costume renderings by Cat Haywood from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? signed by Meg Tilly will also be available for purchase.

New this year! Blue Bridge will offer a 'Donor Lottery' allowing patrons to make pledges at various levels and be guaranteed the opportunity to take home one of the fantastic works from our back inventory and receive a charitable tax receipt for a part of their donation!

Viewings will take place October 27th and 28th from 10am-5:30pm and October 29th from 10am-1pm, with a reception October 29th from 1:30pm-5:30pm at Winchester Galleries Oak Bay
(2260 Oak Bay Avenue).

For more information visit our website.

Camosun’s Mental Health Awareness Week Oct 31-Nov 4 #yyj @Camosun @Camosungiving

Camosun’s Mental Health Awareness Week

October 31 to November 4, 2011
Lansdowne Campus

Everyone Welcome! Employees and students can take part in these free activities happening throughout the week –

Mental Health Check-Up: Drop-in visits, screening & support through the CMHA. Thursday, November 3, Library – Main Floor. Employees only: 9:00am to 9:30am – Students: 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Less Stress – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Join Lynne Mustard to learn the biology of stress, how it’s triggered, and how to relieve it! Wednesday, November 2. Young Building, Room Y219. 11:30am to 12:20pm.

“Bipolar Babe” – special engagement: One woman’s unique perspective on her journey with mental illness. Thursday, November 3. Young Building, Room Y310. Noon to 1:00pm.

Mental Health Promotion displays: All week in the Fisher Building foyer.

For further information, please contact Chris Balmer: 

Join Us for Tree Appreciation Day #yyjevents @CityOfVictoria

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

VICTORIA, BC — Want to help plant trees and shrubs for future generations to enjoy? Roll up your sleeves and join us for the City of Victoria’s 6th Annual Tree Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon at Arbutus Park, 2925 Washington Avenue.

Please bring your own tools and gloves as supplies are limited, and dress for the weather as the event will happen rain or shine. City Parks staff will demonstrate how to select, plant and care for a tree, and how banding ornamental and fruit trees now can help prevent Winter moth damage in the spring.

The 6th Annual Tree Appreciation Day is funded by the City of Victoria in cooperation with the Burnside Gorge Community Association and CUPE Local 50.

Registration is not required. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information, visit: and click on What’s New?

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Receives $112,000 from Uplands Golf Club Heart Tournaments #yyj

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Receives $112,000
from the 2011 Uplands Golf Club Heart Tournaments

The 2011 Uplands Golf Club Heart Tournaments raised an incredible $112,000 towards the purchase of specialized critical care beds for the Heart Health unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital. For more than three decades, Uplands Golf Club has organized the annual tournaments in support of cardiac care in Victoria.

This year marked the 34th Men’s Heart Tournament, the 31st Ladies’ Heart Tournament, and the 5th Junior Heart Tournament. Together, the Heart Tournaments are the longest running tournaments of their kind in British Columbia and have raised an outstanding $1.8 million for Heart Health at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The Heart Health unit cares for patients who have undergone open-heart surgery, or who are receiving medical treatment for cardiac conditions, such as a heart attack. The Royal Jubilee’s Heart Health Program is rated by the American Cardiology Association as one of the top cardiac programs in North America. Recognized as a Cardiac Centre of Excellence for the diagnostic tools and treatment capacity of its cardiology program, more than 3,400 patients received care through the Heart Health program last year.

“We are very committed to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and raising money for Heart Health at Royal Jubilee Hospital,” says John Matthews, General Manager of Uplands Golf Club. “It’s so important for Vancouver Island residents to have access to leading-edge technology and the best possible care. With the ongoing support of everyone here at Uplands Golf Club including significant volunteer participation, and heartfelt support from the community we were once again able to donate to this important cause that affects so many people.”

“The Victoria Hospitals Foundation is very honored by the generosity of Uplands Golf Club Heart Tournaments over the past 34 years,” says Melanie McKenzie, Executive Director. “Their commitment to improving Heart Health at Royal Jubilee Hospital has been absolutely outstanding and we’re extremely grateful to have such strong and dedicated supporters.”

Next year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Men’s Heart Tournament, and Uplands Golf Club will reach the $2 million dollar milestone within the next few years. Both members and non-members are welcome to register for next year’s Heart Tournaments. It’s a great opportunity to play a round of golf at the prestigious Uplands Golf Club and contribute to an important cause. The 2012 Ladies’ Heart Tournament will take place on July 25, Junior Heart Tournament on July 28, and Men’s Heart Tournament on July 29.

About the Victoria Hospitals Foundation:

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to enable donations to Vancouver Island’s two largest and most comprehensive hospitals: the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General. Every year we fund approximately 40 per cent of capital equipment purchases for these hospitals. Last year, this amounted to nearly $4.5 million for urgently needed medical equipment and special projects that help these two hospitals provide care to the more than 750,000 residents of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Since 1989, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised more than $80 million to benefit our hospitals. For more information, please call the Foundation at 250-519- 1750 or visit 

Chamber Announces 2012 Board of Directors #yyj @Chambervictoria

October 25, 2011 - Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2012. The Chamber holds yearly elections, where half of the board’s terms expire and those directors may seek re-election by running along with new candidates for seats on the board.

“ The strength of the 2012 Board will help shape the direction for the Chamber in the coming year, with a strong focus on delivering the best possible value to our members,“ said John Espley, Chair of the 2012 Board of Directors. “Our election process attracted a number of candidates resulting in an incredible combination of skills and depth of experience that should benefit both local businesses and the community as a whole.”

The 2012 Chamber Executive will be:

Chair - John Espley, Accent Inns

Vice Chair – Darlene Hollstein, The Bay Centre

Past Chair – David Marshall, Strategus Consulting

Secretary – Kimberly Hughes, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

Treasurer – Frank Bourree, Chemistry Consulting Group

Member at Large - Al Hasham, Maximum Express Courier, Freight and Logistics

CEO – Bruce Carter, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

The rest of the 2012 Directors of the Board of Directors includes Rose Arsenault (Placement Group), Capt(N) Craig Baines (CFB Esquimalt), Mike Black (Capital Iron), Kathleen Burton (Victoria Hospice), Dan Dagg (Hot House Marketing), Janell Karst (CGI Information Systems & Management Consultants) Sang Ly (KPMG), David Rand (the Cridge Centre),Jesse Szczpanowski (Marv Holland Apparel ), and John Wilson (Wilson’s Transportation).

ICBC reminds Vancouver Island drivers to adjust their speed on wet roads

October 25, 2011

The province, ICBC and police are joining together in an awareness campaign to remind Vancouver Island drivers to be prepared and adjust their speed when driving on wet roads this fall and winter.

On average, in October there are approximately 34 crashes involving injuries or death on Vancouver Island due to people driving too fast for the conditions and that number increases by over 30 per cent in December as the driving conditions worsen.*

At the Justice Institute’s driver training facility in the Lower Mainland earlier this month, guests were invited to experience first-hand how various driving speeds impact a driver’s ability to react to an emergency situation on wet roads. The results were clear – the faster you go, the harder it will be to deal with the unexpected, such as changing lanes to avoid a crash. With icy and snowy roads, it becomes even more challenging.

“Every time we get behind the wheel, we have a responsibility to operate our vehicles in the safest manner possible,” said Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley. “When winter driving conditions are present, the best choice for everyone is to slow down and get there in one piece.”

“Many drivers don’t realize that when they drive too fast for the road conditions their risk of crashing increases significantly,” said Fiona Temple, ICBC’s road safety director. “The reality is that the posted speed limit is only for ideal or dry road conditions. You can help make our roads safer by slowing down – you’ll see more of the road and be better equipped to respond to the unexpected.”

“Seasonal weather conditions for the North Island such as rain, snow and ice have a considerable impact on your visibility, and your ability to stop, and negotiate curves,” said Inspector Tom Gray, Comox Valley RCMP detachment.

“Your chances of getting into a crash dramatically increase as the weather changes and road conditions worsen,” said Staff Sergeant Frank Wright, Capital Regional District integrated road safety unit. “Please take care of yourself and others out on the roads – slow down and use caution.”

Here are more tips from ICBC for fall and winter driving:

When driving on wet roads, increase your following distance to at least four seconds.

Slow down. Remember the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop on wet roads.

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order and you have sufficient windshield wiper fluid.

Check that your tires are inflated at the correct pressure and appropriately rated for the weather conditions.ICBC invests in road safety awareness campaigns and police enforcement activities to promote smart driving behaviour and help save lives. Visit for more tips.

* Statistics are police reported incidents over the last five years (2006 to 2010).

Cars Wanted for Nickelodeon Movie Oct 27-28 #yyjfilm


Compact European cars in neutral colours

(NOT black, red, white) needed for Oct 27 -28, 2011

Please send 1 photo and contact information to:

Please No Phone Calls

Monday, October 24, 2011

Single Lane Traffic Dysart Rd between Cowper & Ker to Nov 25 #yyjtraffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, through to Friday, November 25, 2011, there will be traffic delays on Dysart Road between Cowper Street and Ker Avenue. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm. Work is due to sidewalk and road construction.

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.

Full Road Closure Grange Rd between Violet Ave & Interurban Rd Oct 4 to 28 #yyj #traffic

Road Closure

Starting on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, through to Friday, October 28, 2011, there will be a full road closure on Grange Road between Violet Avenue and Interurban Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be a full Road Closure between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Only residential and emergency vehicles will be accommodated. Please obey the signs.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Indecent Act (11-38323)

A man registered as a sex offender was arrested Sunday for indecent acts. The 27-year old man was arrested after masturbating along the Westsong walkway around 2:30 p.m.

Police were called after he approached a female jogger on the popular footpath that connects Vic West and Esquimalt. Several officers arrived immediately and began searching the walkway and they located a man matching the description provided on the footbridge near Barnard Park.

The man was arrested without incident and a query revealed that the man has history of indecent acts in other cities. He was also found in breach of a probation order.

Police are particularly concerned of this offence given this man’s history and the location. Yesterday the walkway was busy with lots of people, including young families, enjoying the sunny weather. If anyone else witnessed this offence Sunday afternoon, they are asked to contact police to provide a statement at 250-995-764.

Upcoming Victoria Natural History Society Presentations #yyjevents

1. Victoria Natural History Society Presentation – Natural History Night: Capturing Nature with Compact Cameras

Tuesday Nov. 8 7:30 pm, Room 159 Fraser Building, University of Victoria.

Join Mikhail Belikov, a professional photographer, as he shares his techniques for getting the best images of nature with simple compact cameras. Join this hands-on presentation and bring your own camera if you wish to, but don’t forget to read and bring the manual. Mikhail will also discuss how to select a compact camera that fulfills your needs. Although the presentation will primarily focus on ‘point & shoot’ cameras, users of more advanced camera systems may also find it useful, or at least entertaining. Mikhail will stay after the presentation to answer your questions. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

2. Victoria Natural History Society Presentation – Botany Night: New Caledonia – Glimpses of a Biodiversity Hotspot

Tuesday Nov. 15, 7:30 pm, Room 167 Elliott Building, University of Victoria.

Wynne Miles will explore some of the most interesting and puzzling flora of the southwest Pacific island of New Caledonia. This flora includes many endemics such as those that adapted after the island drifted away from Australia about 65 million years ago. Two other plants of note are Parasitaxus ustus, the only known parasitic gymnosperm, and Amborella trichopoda, which is considered to be the most ancient flowering plant. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

3. Victoria Natural History Society Presentation – Birder's Night: Hoo-hoo’s in Your Backyard? – Owls of Southern Vancouver Island

Wednesday Nov. 23. 28, 7:30 pm, Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria.

Our forests, fields, beaches and backyards offer food and shelter to a wide variety of owls, some of which are here in surprising numbers. Ann Nightingale, past president of VNHS and Rocky Point Bird Observatory will present the sights and sounds of these usually stealthy local predators, with special emphasis on the Northern Saw-whet Owl, the subject of a monitoring study by RPBO. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

4. Victoria Natural History Society Presentation – Marine Night: Sea Level Rise in British Columbia: a New Challenge to Protected Areas Management

Monday Nov. 28, 7:30 pm, Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria.

Almost one-third of the BC coastline is protected in parks and other types of protected areas. Now these protected areas face a new challenge – climate change. A new approach is needed that adapts to: rising sea level, increasing storm intensity and frequency, changing wind, rainfall, humidity, air temperature, and water temperature patterns. Doug Biffard, Aquatic Ecologist with the BC Ministry of Environment, will describe the shoreline information that the province has mapped, then, using examples from local parks and ecological reserves, demonstrate how the information is used to help shorelines and people adapt. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

VicPD Officers use Taser to Save Man’s Life #yyj @Vicpdcanada

VicPD Officers use Taser to Save Man’s Life (11-38327)

VicPD officers are being credited with saving a man’s life late yesterday afternoon after deploying a Taser during a tense standoff.

Officers responded to a 911 call yesterday in a suite in the 1200-block of North Park. When officers entered, they encountered the man in his small suite where he was slashing himself with a large kitchen knife.

Unable to talk the man into dropping the knife, the situation escalated when he motioned to his throat with the large knife. At that time officers deployed the Conducted Energy Weapon, which momentarily stopped the man. He dropped the knife and he was taken into custody.

Officers rendered emergency medical treatment to the man’s injuries and Paramedics were soon on scene. The 46-year old Victoria man was transported to hospital for his injuries and assessment under the Mental Health Act.

Man Arrested with Loaded Handgun #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Man Arrested with Loaded Handgun (11-38108)

Friday night VicPD removed a handgun from a well-known offender in the 400-block of Gorge Road East.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team arrested the man, who was reported to be carrying a handgun. The 42-year old Victoria man was arrested with a nine-millimetre handgun tucked inside his waistband.

The gun was loaded with six rounds in the magazine. The restricted firearm had its serial number removed and was modified so it could accommodate more rounds.

The man is facing nine gun-related charges and remained in custody over the weekend. He is due in court this afternoon. Police targeted the man after receiving information that he was in possession of the gun.

This is the second handgun we have recovered in as many weeks. Police have seen more instances of guns on the street, but fortunately have not been used to commit violence. However we are making arrests and getting these dangerous weapons off the street.

Land Act changes improve protection of sled dogs #bcpoli

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is now requiring any sled dog company receiving a Crown land tenure to obtain an annual inspection of its sled dogs.

This is a key recommendation of the Sled Dog Task Force report.

The requirement of an annual inspection will be added to tenures issued under the provincial Land Act for future sled dog owners and operators.

Current operators must include the commitment to have an annual inspection of their sled dogs in their business management plans. The new provision requiring an annual inspection will be included in their tenures when they come up for renewal. A licensed veterinarian or constable from the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is required to conduct these annual inspections.

Sled dog operators may operate on Crown land through tenures issued under the provincial Land Act. The updated policy is available online at:

On April 5, 2011, Premier Christy Clark announced the Province is acting on all 10 of the Sled Dog Task Force report's recommendations. Earlier this year, B.C. amended legislation to give this province the toughest animal cruelty laws in Canada with higher penalties and greater accountability.

Great American Taxi, Danny Barnes & Deadwood Revival: Oct 29 #portangeles

#Camosun Chargers Action Oct 24-30 #yyjsports @Camosunchargers

CHARGERS ACTION for October 24-30

Weekend Re-Cap

- The Chargers finished fourth at the PING CCAA National Golf Championships. While the team finished just outside the medals at Nationals, they earned Gold at the 2011 PACWEST Provincial Championship and Head Coach John Randle earned PACWEST Men’s Golf Coach of the Year!

- Despite playing several very close sets, the Camosun College Chargers men’s and women’s volleyball teams lost all four of this past weekend’s PACWEST matches to Island rivals, the Vancouver Island University Mariners … find the scores and leaders on The Chargers Post

Chargers at Home

The Chargers will host its third consecutive set of league matches this weekend as they face off against the Capilano University Blues at St. Michaels University.

- Chargers Volleyball League Matches

Fri, Oct. 28 CAM vs. CAP Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Sat, Oct. 29 CAM vs. CAP Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm

The Chargers men head into Week #3 ranked third in the PACWEST; the women are fourth in the standings.

Find all the official results and standings on the PACWEST website.

Chargers on the Road

- The Chargers women’s basketball team will meet the VIU Mariners in Duncan in exhibition play on Oct. 28.

- The Chargers men’s basketball team travels south of the border Oct. 28-29 for exhibition action against Northwest Indian College (Bellingham) and Wenatchee Valley Community College.

Families to learn more about B.C. foods at B.C. fairs #bcpoli

Ministry of Agriculture

SUN PEAKS - British Columbian families will learn more about B.C.'s farmers and food producers as a result of $75,000 the Ministry of Agriculture is providing to the B.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions, said Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger.

"A fair's strongest legacy can be the connections developed between shoppers and farmers," said Krueger. "British Columbians are very keen to learn how our food reaches our tables, and fairs are often the place where conversations and enthusiasm for local agriculture begins."

The funding promotes B.C. agriculture and food at local fairs and supports the implementation of the association's five-year strategic plan. Krueger made the announcement at the association's annual general meeting in Sun Peaks on Oct. 22, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Don McRae.

"Agricultural fairs introduce British Columbians in small and large communities to producers and processors, emphasize the health benefits of buying local, and cast a spotlight on the opportunities agriculture presents," said McRae. "A trip to a fall or summer fair can be the inspiration for a young British Columbian to join the 61,000 employees who work in B.C.'s agri-food sector, to become engaged in farming and pave the way for them to become a leader among the next generation of producers."

The B.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions is a non-profit organization with 48 member fairs and exhibitions. The fairs and exhibitions boost local economies, build awareness of agriculture and offer families a day of fun, community, agricultural learning and entertainment. About 1.6 million people have visited B.C. fairs in 2011.

"The strongest impact that fairs provide are the wonderful lasting memories for all their guests, including families and young generations as they experience the touch, smell and full connection to B.C. agriculture in their lives," said B.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions president Leah North Hryko. "B.C.'s fairs provide unique entertaining educational experiences that have a long-lasting impact, thus the longevity of agricultural fairs."

The fairs showcase B.C. as Canada's most diverse agricultural province with over 200 commodities and cast a spotlight on British Columbia's agri-food industry, which generates close to $9.6 billion in economic activity annually.

Don't let things "go bump in the dark" this fall: BCAA Halloween Safety Tips

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation offers advice to stay safe on Halloween and after daylight saving time ends

Burnaby, BC / October 24, 2011 – Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time are two changes at this time of year that the BCAA Road Safety Foundation says drivers and pedestrians need to prepare for.

Halloween is one of a few nights when there is a higher than usual volume of pedestrians and drivers on the streets. Children aged 5 to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related fatalities, especially in areas with heavy traffic volumes and a high density of parked cars.

“The younger children often come out earlier in the evening, around the same time as drivers are making their way home,” reminds Allan Lamb, President and COO of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation. “Drivers should be especially careful and look for children darting out from between parked cars or rushing into intersections without looking.”

Lamb adds that parents or caregivers can help reduce the risk for children by reviewing pedestrian safety rules and accompanying their child along a designated route.

A short week later most communities in B.C. will turn their clocks back one hour when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

Studies show that our circadian rhythms (body clocks) are not good at adjusting to time changes naturally. We may feel like we’ve gained an extra hour of sleep in the morning, but by the end of the first Monday after the time change, we are feeling tired.

Fatigue can impair brain and body functions as much as alcohol does. Groggy drivers and pedestrians can easily put themselves at risk. Studies indicate that the lack of daylight during the evening commute home often sees an increased number of traffic related deaths and serious injuries.

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation offers some suggestions to help drivers and pedestrians stay safe

For Drivers –

Slow down – The faster you travel the longer it will take to stop. Give yourself more time to react to a situation by driving 10 km slower and allow more time to reach your destination.

Reduce speed in rain – Heavy rains after a prolonged dry spell tend to bring oil to the surface of the road and create large pools making roads slick and making vehicles susceptible to hydroplaning.

Stop - Come to a full stop at designated intersections then proceed slowly.

Slippery road surfaces - Fallen leaves retain large amounts of water and can create a slippery surface that can be just as treacherous as patches of ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard or panic braking.

Turn your headlights on - most daytime-running light systems don’t automatically illuminate the taillights.

Windows – Wipe away snow or frost, defrost interior and change windshield wiper blades before their effectiveness is reduced.

Watch for children – Reduce your speed in residential areas and around schools and parks. Children often dart out from between parked cars or into intersections.

Do not drive while impaired – Fatigue is a form of impairment – get plenty of sleep and if you’ve consumed alcohol or drugs, find alternate transportation such as a designated driver, taxi or transit.

For Pedestrians –

Clothing - Wear light or reflective clothing to make you more visible in dark conditions. Carrying a flashlight will also make you more visible and help you see your way in the dark.

Intersections - Always cross at a designated intersection, looking both ways and make sure drivers see you before you cross. Never step out from between parked cars.

Plan the walking portion of your commute along well-lit streets.

If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic and as far off the road as possible.

Avoid talking on your cell phone when crossing the street.


- Children wear light or reflective costumes that don’t cause tripping.
- Use face paint instead of wearing a mask.
- Parents make sure the “loot route” is planned along well-lit streets.
- Parents accompany children and make sure the group travels together.
- Parents review the “rules of the road” before starting out.

Movie Monday upcoming show schedule to Dec 5 #yyjfilm

Movie Monday events are by donation at the Eric Martin Theatre
(Jubilee Hospital) 1900 Block Fort Street.

Parking on Lee Avenue in the “one hour” zone
is not ticketed for our events.

Map and details at    

Monday 6:30 Oct 24

Ron Hynes -The Man of A Thousand Songs

Here’s a totally intriguing portrait of a Canadian icon, as told by himself and his intense and articulate nephew novelist Joel Thomas Hynes. It’s been a 35 year long and winding road, with failed relationships, battles with an alter ego and drugs – a turbulent life in search of the perfect song. Sonny’s Dream is one of those. 90min 2010 Pg


Veteran filmmaker Bill MacGillivray will be calling in from NS to talk with our audience about this story.

Halloween Oct 31 7:30 (after you go trick-or-treating)

- costumes encouraged bring your Jack o’ lantern

CORPSE BRIDE Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride, while his real bride, Victoria, waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style. 77min 2005 Pg

Monday 6:30 Nov 7 A WORK IN PROGRESS

A wonderful documentary about the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra; the bright and eager young players, dedicated parents, and the conductors who mentor them to give their best. Especially touching is the deep commitment of the inspired János Sándor, who the led the process for 15 years, as he challenges the players through his final season with them. He passed the mantel on to associate conductor Yariv Aloni because of failing health in 2010.

The music is brilliant and the youth musician’s spark and dedication to the music is exciting to see. By Victoria director David Springbett, Asterisk Productions 2011 42min PG

We’ll have a brass ensemble with us to open the program and Q&A after.

Here’s a clip:

Monday 6:30 Nov 14 DEFENDOR

Woody Harrelson is a construction worker by day, self-made superhero by night in Defendor, a comedy that takes aim at society's infatuation with comic-book mythologies. I was reminded of this film by a recent Jian Ghomeshi interview ( Oct 21@ 16:42)with a filmmaker who has found a number of self-proclaimed “real life superheroes” just like Defendor, aiming the make the streets safe for the innocent public. It can be a difficult calling! It’s a weird combination of comedy, dark drama, filmed in Hamilton (Hammertown) ON. 2009 101min R Some language, violence, sexual and drug use content


“EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South-Central Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."....

“At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.” 2010 107min Pg13 Language

We’ll have co-director Chris Metzler , who brought us PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, and Fishbone’s eccentric co-founder Angelo Moore with us for a Q&A by telephone!

Monday 6:30 Nov 28 Battle Of Britain

Not the old 1940 classic but a 2010 documentary with Ewan MacGregor and his aviator bro Colin (who flew combat over Iraq) looking into that remarkable history. It’s such a brilliant take on the story: bright, modern day blokes who were, as kids, inspired by these brave flyboys (those who inspired Colin to become an RAF pilot). They fly historic planes, meet the veterans, explore the tactics and technology mixed with amazing archival footage. 90min 2010 Pg

Thanks to SVP International Sales for permission to screen this remarkable film.

This event is in collaboration with The Churchill Society 

Happy 137 Winston! There’ll be cake!

Monday 6:30 Dec 5 Journey On The Wild Coast

This is a film you will not soon forget - once dubbed “a cross between Into The Wild and The Blair Witch Project”!

“A married couple attempt to walk, paddle, and ski under their own power from Seattle to the Aleutians along the wild and remote northwest coast of North America. This documentary was filmed with a tiny hand held video camera by the adventures as they traveled through northern Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. Experience this modern adventure through their eyes as they encounter breathtaking scenery, harsh weather, amazing wildlife, starvation and danger. This modern adventure demonstrates that the most significant aspect of a journey is not reaching the final destination but how the journey changes the trajectory of the rest of a person's life.” 2010 110min Pg Warning:don’t try this before watching this film!

Filmmaker Doug Chaney will join us by phone from Juno, Alaska Here you also see further exploits of this amazing couple.

Enjoy. Tell your friends. MM works best when we have a full house!

Island Instrumental Super-Collective Releases New Album #yyjmusic #cdrelease

VICTORIA - Vancouver Island roots music supergroup Three Worlds – comprised of acclaimed instrumental virtuosos Brad Prevedoros, Niel Golden, and Greg Joy – are releasing their debut collectively-created album in Victoria this November 4th and 5th. Both the new record and the release events (one show in Sidney and one close to downtown Victoria) will feature the trio’s unique blend of world music styles that is turning even the most cynical heads in the Canadian music industry.

Brad Prevedoros is renowned for his instrumental virtuosity, exuberant live performances, original compositions, and innovative re-imaginings of works by other composers. His repertoire of multi-genre music engages his audience through a mix of Jazz, Latin, Pop, Classical, Celtic, and Folk. Since 1988, Prevedoros has released ten internationally distributed recordings and sold nearly half a million CDs. His album In Motion was nominated for a 2003 Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2006, through public vote, Prevedoros won Monday Magazine’s Performer award. His recordings have been included in over twenty music compilations.

Niel Golden is a percussionist specializing in tabla hand drums. Niel’s masterful interpretation of Indian Classical music, African, Blues, and other world music styles - over a three decade career - has propelled him into the realm of internationally-respected percussionists. A highlight of his performances is his manipulation of the new and elusive Hang (pronounced Hung), a flying saucer-esque instrument from Switzerland. In addition to collaborating with internationally acclaimed artists Harry Manx and Xavier Rudd, Golden’s musical contributions have earned him nominations for three Juno Awards and two Western Canadian Music Awards.

Greg Joy brings a fusion of Celtic, Baroque, folk-rock, and contemporary jazz elements to the mix, through his mastery of guitar, flute, mandolin, and hammered dulcimer. Joy has recorded eighteen albums, which have sold over a quarter of a million copies world-wide. His music has also been used on many compilation albums in Europe and South-east Asia.

The release of a new record by any one of these three musicians would be cause for celebration. The release of this collective Three Worlds offering is arguably the Island’s World Music event of the year.

When asked to explain the appeal and success of their instrumental sound, Greg Joy observed “There is a mesmeric quality to what we do.” Prevedoros added “I think people like the fact that we’re not trying to hit them over the head with a message.”

The only message here is – get your tickets soon, because they are going to go fast.

Event #1:

Three Worlds CD Release, featuring Brad Prevedoros, Niel Golden, and Greg Joy.

Friday November 4th, 8pm

Charlie White Theatre in Sidney, 2243 Beacon Avenue.

Tickets/Info: $20 +HST at the door. For advance tickets, call 250-656-0275 or go to

Event #2:

Three Worlds CD Release, featuring Brad Prevedoros, Niel Golden, and Greg Joy.

Saturday November 5th, 8pm

St. Ann’s Academy Auditorium in Victoria, 835 Humboldt Street.

Tickets/Info: $20 at the door. Advance tickets at Munro’s Books, 1108 Government (cash only) or call 1-888-539-5319 to reserve by credit card.

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