Wednesday, November 30, 2011

British Columbia Cycling Coalition 2011 Annual General Meeting Dec 11 #Saltspring #cycling @bccycle

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Noon to 3:00 pm
Saltspring Island

The business meeting including the election of new directors will be noon to 1:30 PM. Please consider helping move cycling forward in BC by joining the BCCC Board of Directors.

This will be followed by a discussion regarding building momentum for a Provincial Cycling Strategy and province wide cycling touring network from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

Here are the ferry schedules:

The Fulford Spokespeople hold a ride every Sunday at 9:30. BCCC members are invited to participate. On Dec 11th, Darcy Green will wait for BCCC members arriving on the 9:00 ferry from Swartz Bay before setting out.

Island Pathways is having their AGM on Saturday, Dec. 10 and there will be a social afterwards.

If you are interested in making a weekend on the Island out of it, stay tuned for more details or join our email list.

Grandchild Scam Alert #yyj #scamalert @SaanichPolice

Another grandparent was scammed in our community apparently to get a grandchild out of jail.

On Nov. 23rd, 2011, Saanich Police were contacted by a victim who had been duped. The 68 year old male, had been contacted by a ‘lawyer’ supposedly representing a granddaughter who was in custody in Quebec. One thousand dollars was wired electronically to Montreal to facilitate the release. Only after the money was sent did the victim contact family to find that the granddaughter was in Ontario and not in jail.

The investigation revealed that the same names had been used in another successful scam on the island. Again, it was confirmed to be a fraud only after the monies were sent and the victim contacted family.

Investigators feel that social media may have played a role. In this particular case the caller had the correct names for the victim and the ‘grandchild.’ This gave the fraud more legitimacy with the victim.

Some suggestions to avoid a situation like this:

- contact the family member directly or another family member who would know their whereabouts.

- take down the name, address and number of the caller. Use the internet to ascertain if the details provided are correct.

- decline to send any money electronically for any reason until it is verified.

- activate security settings on your social media accounts to avoid unwanted access.

It is suspected that an increase of these and other solicitations will be seen given the holiday season is upon us.

BCCLA: STOP HIV/AIDS Project Fails to Inform Patients of New Privacy Risks

Human Rights Groups: STOP HIV/AIDS Project Fails to Inform Patients of New Privacy Risks

November 30, 2011

On the eve of World AIDS Day, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network are calling on the STOP HIV/AIDS Project to stop disseminating misleading information about privacy protection in its public campaign to encourage everyone to have an HIV test. The project’s aim is to expand HIV testing and treatment, but the marketing around it fails to say who has access to HIV test results and thus fails to provide a proper basis for informed consent to testing.

“The STOP Project slogan is “It’s Different Now,”” said Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BCCLA. “The difference being held out is the good news about improvements in HIV treatment. But STOP Project proponents do not disclose recent erosions in the confidentiality of patient medical information. The STOP Project tells people that “privacy is protected.” This flies in the face of the Canadian Medical Association Policy guidelines for doctors which clearly state that “patients should be informed that the treating physician cannot control access and guarantee confidentiality for an electronic health record system.” The aims of the STOP Project are laudable, but it isn’t giving people full information about the lack of medical privacy under e-health regimes and we’d like them to stop the misinformation.”

HIV blood tests in BC are recorded in a new centralized electronic health record system. This database is meant to be widely accessible to health care providers and others in BC. The only way patients can control access to their medical information in the system is to apply for a disclosure directive. This is supposed to limit those able to view the patient’s record to those health care providers that the patient provides with a PIN. But government has made a deliberate choice to not have an “opt-in” to disclosure rule, but instead an “opt-out” of disclosure rule and then not tell people about their opt-out rights. Most people are unaware that they must now take active steps to safeguard their private medical information.

“It would be profoundly cynical to use the good news of advances in HIV treatment to turn back the clock on human rights”, said Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. “Conducting any medical procedure on people without informed consent is illegal. Adopting policies and practices such as routine testing for HIV may lead more people to getting tested, but also rides roughshod over the need to ensure informed consent to testing. It violates basic human rights, it’s unethical medical practice and it’s ultimately counterproductive. HIV may be “different now,” but testing positive for HIV is hardly “routine” and the requirement to ensure informed consent is no different.”

B.C. reaches agreement-in-principle with RCMP #bcpoli @bcRCMP

Nov. 30, 2011
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA - Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond has announced today that the Province of British Columbia has reached agreement-in-principle with Public Safety Canada regarding a new contract for RCMP services in British Columbia.

The proposed agreement reflects a new partnership based on transparency and mutual benefits. It contains greater financial accountability and measures to monitor and contain costs over time.

Through a new proposed Contract Management Committee (CMC), the Province and Canada will jointly oversee how the RCMP delivers police services and how costs are managed. Municipalities will be represented on the CMC.

The Province will also be establishing a new local government advisory committee so that municipalities have a continued voice as the agreement is implemented.

In the days ahead, the contract details will be shared with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and shared publicly when appropriate. The tentative agreement contains important new management provisions and includes a two-year opt-out clause and a five-year review.

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Already prohibited driver gets IRP #yyj @SaanichPolice

Yesterday evening, just before 8pm, 911 callers reported a car off the road into Gorge park. The driver was prohibited and had been drinking.

At about 7:45pm, 911 callers advised that a vehicle had gone off the roadway at Gorge and Tillicum. The driver was seen walking away from the scene by witnesses. Multiple officers were dispatched to the scene.

A male matching the driver’s description was located a few blocks away by a canine officer. He was suspected to be intoxicated and was subsequently taken into custody.

Responding officers found a gray 1995 Toyota had gone off the roadway into the Gorge park just prior to the bridge.

The investigation at the scene revealed that the driver had no permission to use the car. The driver, a 42yr old Saanich resident, was found to be a prohibited driver already through to Feb. 2012. A roadside breath test revealed a fail reading, which led to a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle being seized.

The driver has a history of driving with no license, with four other convictions.

Know your sodium facts, win great prizes #bcpoli

Nov. 30, 2011

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA - From now until Jan. 15, you can put your sodium knowledge to the test and win big by taking the Healthy Families BC Sodium Facts Contest.

By answering questions about sodium on the Healthy Families BC website, you will be entered to win weekly prizes of new kitchen appliances. The grand prize is a choice of either $5,000 in groceries or specially selected kitchen appliances. No matter which option the grand prize winner chooses, they will also receive $1,000 worth of meal planning services from a registered dietitian.

Excess sodium intake is linked to elevated blood pressure, which is the leading preventable risk factor for death in B.C. and worldwide. Right now, British Columbians consume more than double the amount of sodium considered adequate to promote good health in adults.

Increasing your sodium awareness will make it easier to make healthier choices for you and your family. A good way to ensure you are getting the right amount of sodium is to always check the nutrition facts label on all packaged foods. Look for the percentage daily value (% DV). A helpful hint: five per cent daily value or less is a little, while 15 per cent or more is a lot. Consumers are advised to read those labels and aim for less than 15 per cent daily value.

Healthy Families BC is the ministry's health promotion and  prevention strategy. It is targeted at reducing chronic diseases  and obesity levels in the province through healthy eating and  physical activity. The $68.7-million strategy will see the  implementation of a variety of healthy living initiatives to improve health and promote wellness in every part B.C.

By entering the contest, you also gain access to the Healthy  Families BC Online Community. Here you can explore a wide range  of healthy living resources from recipes to videos to blogs by registered dietitians and so much more.

Road Closure: 2812 Inlet Ave between Admirals Rd & Gorge Rd West #yyjtraffic

Road Closure

Starting on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, through to Wednesday, November 30, 2011, there will be a full road closure on 2812 Inlet Avenue between Admirals Road and Gorge Road West. 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.

Only emergency vehicles and local traffic will have access.

Province, Police and ICBC launch December CounterAttack campaign @icbc

Get home safely over the holidays

Is it your turn to be the designated driver? This morning, the province, police and ICBC launched the December impaired driving CounterAttack campaign, and that’s the question they want drivers to ask themselves this holiday season. Plan for a safe ride home and share the responsibility of being the designated driver to help make sure your friends and family get home safely.

Police will be conducting CounterAttack roadchecks across the province in December to raise awareness and help reduce impaired driving crashes. On average, 127 lives are lost in impaired-related crashes each year in B.C.*

"Celebrating with family and friends is an important part of the holidays," said Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "And getting home safely should be part of everyone’s holiday planning. We know that B.C.’s tougher impaired driving laws are working – 45 fewer people have lost their lives since the legislation was introduced last year. We are making great progress and we are committed to building on that success."

"Police will be out in full force across the province conducting CounterAttack road checks," said Chief Constable Jamie Graham, Victoria Police and Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. "As police officers, we see the heartbreaking effects of impaired driving all too often, and we know how easily it can be prevented."

"We want everyone to enjoy their holiday season festivities with friends and family, but do it responsibly – plan ahead for a safe ride home," said Jon Schubert, ICBC's president and CEO. "There are so many alternatives. Set an example – take your turn to be the designated driver. Your smart driving decisions can have a significant influence on others."

ICBC supports CounterAttack through enhanced police enforcement and an awareness campaign, and provides CounterAttack materials to businesses, sports facilities and community groups to help prevent impaired driving.

ICBC also lends support to Operation Red Nose, a volunteer service in 12 communities across B.C. that provides safe rides home to drivers who have been drinking or feel unfit to drive during the holiday season.

For holiday season driving tips and more on the CounterAttack campaign, visit

*Annual averages from 2005-2009 police-reported data. Impaired-driving related data includes alcohol, illegal drugs and medicine

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre to Close for Annual Maintenance #yyj @CityofVictoria

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

VICTORIA, BC — The Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed for annual maintenance from Monday, December 5, 2011 – Sunday, January 15, 2012.

A range of mechanical repairs, maintenance, and a thorough cleaning of the facility will be completed.

Upgrades to the facility will include accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities, a new public announcement system, repairs to concrete in the children’s pools and a fresh coat of paint in the pool area. Mechanical repairs to pumps and an overhaul of the fire alarm system will be made to address recommendations of a recent audit of the facility. The facility will reopen on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre passes will be honoured at other recreational facilities in the Capital Region during the closure. Pass holders are encouraged to contact regional facilities for hours and drop-in schedules.

During the closure, registration will be available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays, at the Centre or by telephone at 250.361.0732 (except for the week of December 26 – 30, 2011). Program registration will resume on weekends once the Centre reopens. Payments may be made by cash, cheque, debit, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

The City of Victoria appreciates the community’s patience and regrets any inconvenience this closure may cause.

#Camosun College offers new courses at WestShore Centre #yyj #education @Camosun

Attend college without driving into town!

Camosun's partnership with the WestShore Centre for Learning and Training continues, with five transfer courses coming to your neighbourhood this winter. Classes are held in the evenings using classroom space in Spencer Middle School on Goldstream Avenue and the WestShore Learning Centre’s Annex on Sooke Road.

Please join us for a free info session!

6:30pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WestShore Learning Centre, Room 102, 814 Goldstream Avenue.

SPCA seeking homes for 4,000 animals during holiday pet adoption drive @BC_SPCA

4,000 pets looking for homes this holiday season

All they want for Christmas is a home.

The BC SPCA is trying to find “forever homes” for hundreds of homeless animals during the month of December through its Home for the Holidays pet adoption drive. SPCA shelters, adoption centres and volunteer-run branches currently have 4,000 homeless cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits and small animals in care.

“What better gift to give a homeless animal than a caring family and a warm home?” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “The SPCA strongly discourages giving pets as gifts. But if an individual or family has carefully considered their decision and the responsibility of a new pet, the holidays can be an optimum time to adopt. Families are more likely to be off work or school during the holidays and have more time to spend with each other and with their new companion animal.”

Chortyk says it is sad to think of animals having to spend the holidays at a shelter. “Our staff and volunteers do an outstanding job of nurturing the animals in our care, but there is no substitute for being part of a permanent, loving family. If you are thinking about welcoming a dog, cat or other furry creature into your home at this time of year, please come and meet some of the wonderful pets that we have available. Your love will change the life of a homeless animal forever.”

You can search SPCA animals available for adoption by location, breed, age, gender, colour and other characteristics at The website also lists the locations and contact information for all BC SPCA branches and satellite adoption centres as well as important pet care information.

Visit the SPCA in person or online and find your new best friend today!

Listen To The NEW Village 900 Stream

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blue Bridge Repertory Expands Board of Directors #yyjtheatre @Blue_Bridge


VICTORIA, BC- With the critical acclaim of its 2011 season still ringing in its ears, Victoria’s Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre has taken another step in its journey towards becoming one of Canadian theatre’s major players. The award-winning company has expanded its Board of Directors to reflect its growth and continue its forward momentum.

“The transition from a small Board of seven members to one almost double its size is going to provide us with unparalleled opportunities for development.” said Board President and Professor Emeritus Eugen Bannerman.

Joining Board President Eugen Bannerman, and current Board members Grania Litwin, journalist, Jim Leard, director, David Spaven, travel consultant, and Tanya Anderson, financial planner, are new members Jerry McLean, lawyer, Clodagh O’Connell, articling lawyer, Jeremy Long, arts consultant, Corny O’Connell, portfolio manager, and Dennis Anholt, retired consultant.

“The combined talent and experience on our Board is representative of the vital Victoria community,” said Bannerman. “Between our members we have 9 former Board Chairs, four theatre company founders and multiple theatre award winners.”

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre was founded in 2008 by award-winning Artistic Director Brian Richmond. Under Richmond’s leadership the company has enjoyed three highly successful seasons at the McPherson Playhouse, with productions garnering local and national acclaim. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s next presentation is Miracle on 34th Street - the radio play, December 14-18 at the Empress Hotel.

For further information please contact Darcy Stoop at the Blue Bridge office, 250-385-4462.

VicPD Ask for Public’s Help in Locating Missing Woman #yyj #missingperson @VicPdCanada

File # 11-42688
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Victoria BC – VicPD are asking for the public’s help in locating a 56-year-old Victoria woman. Catherine Piazza has not been seen since yesterday night and her family is concerned for her well-being.

Piazza was last seen Monday night around 9:30 p.m. in the Fairfield area.

She is described as 5-foot-6, with a medium build, shoulder length curly blonde hair. She often wears reading glasses and was last seen wearing a three-quarter length teal-coloured winter coat and blue jeans.

Since Piazza went missing, VicPD and Saanich Police have conducted an extensive search but have been unable to locate her. Police are concerned for her well-being and she is instructed to contact friends or family to let them know her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is requested to contact VicPD at 250-995-7654.

Downtown Gets a New Loo #yyj @CityofVictoria

Tuesday, November 29

VICTORIA, BC – Today, City crews began the installation of a new public washroom on Langley Street near Bastion Square. The new “Langley Street Loo” is expected to be in operation and open to the public by this afternoon.

The new, permanent structure will be open 24 hours per day and replaces the temporary urinal that previously existed on weekend nights at the same location. While the City’s portable urinals have been found effective in reducing the level of public urination downtown, the permanent facility is expected to be more cost effective over the long term and provide greater accessibility to all users 24 hours per day.

The ready-made stainless steel facility was purchased from the City of Portland for $90,000. It features solar powered lighting, a unisex toilet, exterior hand washing station and graffiti proof coating. Portland has installed four of these washrooms in their downtown over the past two years. The success of the washrooms has been attributed to their unique and open design.

The Langley Street Loo will be cleaned four times a day and as needed. If the new loo proves to be successful, the City could consider adding more washrooms downtown at different locations in the years ahead.

The City’s permanent, freestanding urinal located at Government Street and Pandora Avenue has proven to be successful in terms of safety and cleanliness since it was install in 2009. Last year the City was recognized by the International Downtown Association with a Downtown Pinnacle Award for its work in designing an innovative solution to a common urban issue.

Dangerous ambulance chaser caught red handed #yyj #Saanich @SaanichPolice

On Nov. 19th, a Traffic Safety Officer observed a truck following an ambulance responding to an emergency to avoid traffic.

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19th, 2011, just before 6pm a Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officer was monitoring traffic in the 100 block of the Trans Canada hwy at Uptown Center. The officer observed a BC Ambulance travelling northbound with emergency lights and siren.

Following closely behind the ambulance, the officer observed a gray Ford pickup also travelling at the same speed as the ambulance. The officer used a laser speed measuring device and determined that the driver was doing 95km per hour in a 50 kph zone.

The driver was stopped and admitted to following the ambulance to try and get through heavy traffic quicker. The 25 year old Colwood resident was issued a violation ticket for $368 and the truck was impounded for 7 days.

“Following any emergency vehicle in this manner is not acceptable driving behaviour,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen. Saanich Police work closely with other emergency services to address dangerous driving behaviour like this. We encourage local emergency services that if they see dangerous driving behaviour to note the plates and the Traffic Safety Unit will conduct an investigation.

“Like” The Bay Centre, show love for Mustard Seed Food Bank #yyj #fundraiser @baycentrevic @MustardSeedVic

Social Media for a cause: “Like” The Bay Centre
Show love for Mustard Seed Food Bank

Nov. 29, 2011, Victoria, BC – Starting today and continuing until Jan. 3, 2012, The Bay Centre is running a cause-related social media promo to raise funds for the 13th annual Spirit of Giving campaign in support of the Mustard Seed Food Bank. For every new “like” on Facebook, “follow” on Twitter, or comment on their blog, The Bay Centre will donate $2 to the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Darlene Hollstein, general manager of The Bay Centre, created the social media campaign in hopes of increasing awareness of the essential services provided by the Victoria-based food bank.

“Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank as part of The Bay Centre’s 13-year partnership with the annual Spirit of Giving campaign,” said Hollstein. “Over the years, members of our community have demonstrated incredible generosity through the donation of food or cash towards this campaign. It is my hope that the social media community in Victoria will show their support, too.”

While the social media campaign begins today, Hollstein will announce the challenge to members of the community at noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 during the official launch of the 13th annual Spirit of Giving campaign that’s scheduled to take place in centre court of The Bay Centre.

The Victoria community can also extend their support to the Mustard Seed Food Bank by visiting the Food, Fashion & Art exhibit on display starting Dec. 1, 2011 at The Bay Centre. The exhibit will showcase 14 one-of-a-kind dresses – made from food labels and designed by fashion design students from the Pacific Design Academy. Shoppers can vote for their favourite garment by making a donation to the Mustard Seed Food Bank (minimum suggested donation is $2). By participating, shoppers are eligible to win a $100 gift card from The Bay Centre. The Food, Fashion & Art exhibit will be on display until Jan. 2, 2012.

Since its inception in 1999, the Spirit of Giving campaign has raised more than $2.7M (combined cash and food) for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. The general public can donate non-perishable food and cash for the Mustard Seed until Dec. 24, 2011 at The Bay Centre’s Spirit of Giving location on Level 2. The Mustard Seed Food Bank is currently assisting more than 7,000 people every month, of which 25 percent are children.

For more information, visit,, Twitter: @baycentrevic or Blog:

Brandon Huth Faces Manslaughter Charge #yyj @vicpdcanada

UPDATE: Brandon Huth Faces Manslaughter Charge

File # 11-42366
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Victoria BC – Brandon Huth, a 24-year-old Victoria man, is facing a charge of manslaughter in the death of Tyler Noble.

Huth appeared in court today briefly via video link. His next court date has been scheduled for December 5th. Huth did not make a bail application and will remain in police custody.

Noble, a 20-year-old man from Shawnigan Lake, passed away Saturday afternoon following an altercation with Huth. The early morning assault took place at 2:30 a.m. at the Douglas and View Streets intersection.

Huth has been in police custody since turning himself in at VicPD Headquarters four hours after the incident occurred. He was subject to a telebail hearing that evening and was held on a court remand until Tuesday.

The homicide was Victoria's third of 2011. VicPD and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit have made arrests in 12 of the city's past 13 homicides.

Impaired driver risks 6 year old daughter #yyj @SaanichPolice

An impaired driver with her 6yr old daughter in the car struck a construction vehicle last evening.

Just before 10pm last night, multiple 911 callers reported an accident in the 4800 block of the Pat Bay hwy. Patrol officers responded to find that a green Ford Explorer had struck a construction lighted sign trailer still attached to a truck warning of an active work crew on the roadway.

Multiple witnesses remained on the scene to speak with officers. Information revealed that witnesses had concerns about the vehicle just prior to the accident. It had been seen stopped at a stoplight and when the light changed it remained at a stop. Witnesses also stated that the Explorer did not attempt to brake prior to colliding with the trailer.

The driver was arrested at the scene for impaired operation of a vehicle and was returned to Saanich Police headquarters. Breath samples revealed almost three times the legal limit. The driver, a 27yr old Saanichton resident, was also found to have never had a driver license.

The driver’s six year old daughter was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Luckily, there were no injuries. Family members picked up the daughter from the scene.

Investigators contacted the Ministry of Children and Families to advise them of concerns.

BCCLA supports Public Health Officers’ call for review of drug laws

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

November 29, 2011

The BCCLA is congratulating the courage of B.C.’s professional association of public health physicians for calling for a national inquiry into Canada’s illicit drug laws and their efficacy.

“The story about the Emperor’s new clothes is replayed time and again by governments unwilling to own up to realities,” said Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “Public health professionals in B.C. are right to point out that our current chaotic and contradictory drug laws and policies need to be reviewed against scientific evidence of what works to reduce consumption, social harms, and costs.”

The Health Officers’ Council report is a collection of up-to-date public health research from across the globe. It calls for a national commission of inquiry to examine all of the laws in place to regulate various illicit drugs in Canada, and how to coordinate those laws to ensure people are informed and to achieve the best possible public health outcomes.

“People routinely get put in jail for conduct related to active drug addictions, but the criminal justice system is hardly a surrogate for medical care. It is plain that we have inadequate treatment and detox available for people with addictions to help them cope, recover or quit,” noted Holmes.

“By making cannabis taboo, our society both prohibits and makes more alluring its use. It is, of course, widely used. But instead of recognizing that and taxing it like tobacco and liquor products, with the tax revenue going to the cost of education and care, we leave the massive profits of this industry to organized crime and leave taxpayers with the bill for police efforts to contain it.”

The Health Officers report is available online at

Police Release Name of Cyclist Killed #yyj @Vicpdcanada


File # 11-42642

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UPDATE: Police Release Name of Cyclist Killed

Victoria BC – VicPD want to express their condolences to the family and friends of Mark Phillip Metcalfe, who passed away Monday afternoon after a collision at the Burnside Road and Harriett Street intersection.

Metcalfe, a 50-year-old man from Victoria, was riding his bicycle when he was involved in a collision with a large dump truck. Both were travelling eastbound on Burnside Rd. and the collision occurred at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Paramedics administered first-aid on-scene, but Metcalfe died en route to hospital.

The intersection remained closed for several hours Monday night as VicPD’s CRASH Team conducted their investigation. Police wish to express their thanks to area residents and business owners for their patience and cooperation.

The investigation remains on-going with the examination of physical evidence and witness statements.

This is VicPD’s second traffic fatality of the year. On October 13th a 80-year-old man passed away from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle collision that occurred 16 days earlier on Lampson Street.

Tracking forest land status important #bcpoli

Nov. 29, 2011
Forest Practices Board
For Immediate Release

VICTORIA - An investigation has found that government needs to improve its system for tracking changes in forest land condition in B.C.

"Keeping track of forests - what's been harvested, what is growing back and what is set aside for wildlife - is essential to sound management of those forests," said board chair Al Gorley.

"The information has to be reasonably accurate and current to know if we are getting the results we expect from our forest management activities, and to inform decision-makers about what to do in the future."

By law, forest licensees must report annually on their harvesting and reforestation activities. This investigation looked at compliance with that requirement and found that most reports were correctly submitted, but enough were incomplete, inaccurate or late to be of concern to the board.

In 2005, government moved to the digital world, and hundreds of forestry licensees now submit their information directly into the reporting database. However, there are few built-in system controls to ensure that the information is complete, and very little quality control is done by government staff to ensure it is timely or accurate. Training for users and support for the system are also of concern to the board.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.'s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board can investigate and report on current forestry and range issues and make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

Stelly's Cross Grade 11 Students Ten Thousand Villages Global Fundraiser Dec 11 #yyj #fundraiser

For over ten years Stelly´s Global Perspectives grade twelve students have travelled to Toronto, Belize, Haiti, and Peru to build orphanages and schools. In March of 2012 they will be going to Nepal to complete yet another roject. Their mission is to build a school or orphanage.

Along with the big project (usually a build), the students also take part in many other projects during their 18 day trip with possibilities like installing stoves, digging wells, and building hospital beds.

This event is being put on by the grade 11 students of Global to raise money fo their trip in 2013. The store Ten Thousand Villages give us an evening to promote our project. There will be food and music and a lot of possibilities of early christmas shopping, as well as great door prizes. 15% of the profit made this night is destined in aiding a country in 2013.

December 11, from 12:00 to 5:00
Ten Thousand Villages in Broadmead Shopping Centre
330-777 Royal Oak Drive.

Traffic Advisory: Lane Reductions on Blanshard between Ravine & Saanich Rd Nov 29 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, there will be lane reductions on Blanshard Street between Ravine Way and Saanich Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 12:00 pm.

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

Lane Obstructions: Saanich Road & Oak Street to Dec 2 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory

On Monday, November 28, 2011, through to Friday, December 2, 2011, there will be lane obstructions at Saanich Road and Oak Street. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

ICBC reports third quarter financial results @icbc

Global economic conditions and rising claims costs impact net income

November 29, 2011

ICBC's net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $52 million, down from $331 million the previous year.

Claims costs rose to $2.47 billion, an increase of $200 million from the reported $2.27 billion for the first nine months of 2010. The increase in claims costs can be predominantly attributed to bodily injury claims costs, which have grown at a much higher rate than anticipated.

"We have seen increasing pressure, in particular, from bodily injury costs," said Jon Schubert, ICBC's president and CEO. "This year, bodily injury costs will be approximately $1.7 billion – $350 million more than five years ago. This increase in costs is not sustainable without a rate increase."

This pressure on rates has not been helped by current worldwide economic and capital market conditions which have led to a drop in ICBC's investment income. While ICBC's investment returns continue to perform well against the markets, the income of $341 million for the first nine months of 2011 was down by $38 million over the same period last year.

ICBC's investment portfolio remains diversified and well-managed with the majority of its investments in short-term bonds. ICBC has worked to position its investment portfolio to minimize market risks to protect the current value of its portfolio in the wake of very challenging market conditions.

"In previous years, our investment income has been strong enough to help keep our rates down but this is no longer the case and we cannot rely on this income to the same extent as we have in previous years," said Schubert.

In addition to the constraints of rising bodily injury costs and falling investment income, ICBC's premium income was flat at $2.83 billion for the first nine months of both 2010 and 2011.

"We’ve worked very hard to keep auto insurance rates as low as possible and we’ve had some successes," said Schubert. "We have not increased our rates since 2007 and there have been a number of rate decreases during that time. However, we face a different reality today but we remain committed to providing our customers with the best coverage at the lowest possible price."

ICBC will provide details on changes to its insurance rates when it files an application with the BCUC in the next few days. While ICBC will be filing for an increase to its basic insurance rates, it will also drop its optional rates in 2012. The impact of these rate changes on the majority of customers – those who purchase their full personal vehicle insurance coverage with ICBC – will be an average increase of less than $30 a year.

ICBC continues to remain well-capitalized and a rate increase is needed to ensure capitalization level targets are maintained.

"We believe we have done a good job of managing our operating costs, which have increased by approximately the rate of inflation since 2002," said Schubert. "We will continue to look for any additional steps we can take to manage our operating costs without undermining our high level of service to our customers."

More details on ICBC's financial position for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, can be found in the Statement of Operations (PDF).

Victoria Cougars host Campbell River Storm this Thursday #yyjsports @CougarsjuniorB


The Victoria Cougars hope to continue their dominance over the Campbell River Storm when the two teams square off for the fourth time this Thursday.

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

Victoria is 3-0-0 against the Storm this year and is 8-1-0 dating back to last season.

In their last meeting, the Cougars shut out Campbell River 3-0. Scoring for Victoria was Anthony Bonner, Brody Coulter, and Ben Kinshella. In net was Kiefer Giroux who faced only 17 shots that game.

Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops just completed a stretch of three games in four nights in which they collected four out of a possible six points. Last Thursday, the Cougars downed the visiting Kerry Park Islanders 2-1 in a shootout before dropping a 4-2 decision to the hometown Saanich Braves 24 hours later.

Victoria (19-4-1) last saw action on Grey Cup Sunday when it beat the visiting Peninsula Panthers 4-2. Netting the goals for the Cougars were Mark Walton and Coulter who sits atop of the league leaderboard with 45 points.

Giroux turned aside 19 shots for his league leading 11th win.

Steve Axford had his 18 game point streak come to an end after being held off the score sheet for the first time since Sep. 17.

Campbell River (7-15-1) enters Thursday’s game having lost four in a row.

For the Storm, it must start the game off quickly to have any chance of winning. In their last six games, they have faced deficits of 3-0, 5-0, 3-0, 4-0, 1-0, and 1-0.

After getting shut out by both the Braves and Cougars in between Nov. 16-18; Campbell River exploded for nine goals this past weekend. However, it was not enough as the Storm dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to Peninsula on Friday before losing 6-4 on Saturday to Kerry Park.

Campbell River has a European on its roster. Davis Sprukts, who stands six-foot-three and weighs in at 205 pounds, hails from Jelgava, Latvia. The 18-year-old forward has one goal and four assists for five points in ten games.

The Storm has been dreadful against teams from the South Island Division, going 2-11-1. Conversely, Campbell River is 5-4-0 versus teams within their own division.

Tyson Rennie, who leads the Storm with 21 points, is tied for 16th place in league scoring.

Oak Bay Helps to Green Truck Parade - Buys Carbon Credits to Support. #yyj

November 29, 2011: The Island Equipment Owners Association Parade of Lighted Trucks will be a bit greener, as well as brighter, when it rolls through town on December 3. The businesses of Oak Bay Village are helping the truck parade become more climate friendly through a climate impact assessment and the purchase of carbon offsets. As part of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association's annual sponsorship of the Truck Parade, the BIA asked Ecocentric Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in greenhouse gas inventories for businesses and organizations, to assess the carbon impacts of the truck parade. The Association has purchased carbon offset credits to help mitigate any inpacts the parade might have.

"We had one or two people express concern about the the impacts of the truck parade so we thought we would examine that more closely and see what the impacts really are," says Elizabeth Smith, Oak Bay BIA President. "Though the impacts are relatively small it's still important to recognize that there is an impact and offset that. It's such an important event in our community we want to expand our support and this fits with our green philosophy."

Ecocentric Consulting evaluated all the potential impacts of the truck parade including the parade trucks, organizer and volunteer travel and the use of generators to power the lights. The term climate-friendly has been applied, rather than carbon neutral, as a general assessment of the event's impacts was conducted. Rather than collect operational details on all 80 trucks a conservative average of heavy duty diesel trucks was used

The impacts are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e) a measure of all relevant greenhouse gases converted to the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2) the most common greenhouse gas. In total the Lighted Truck Parade will generate 3.9 tonnes of CO2e.

The Business ImprovementAssociation then bought carbon credits from Pacific Carbon Trust to offset the effects and support the Island Equipment Owner's Association's efforts in the community. These offsets are from projects that replaced business-as-usual technology by implementing cutting edge low carbon technology that would not be feasible without the funds from the carbon market.

Emissions from the Lighted Truck Parade are less than the emissions from the average single detached home in BC. The average home generates 4.5 tonnes of CO2e per year from heating and electricity. The equivalent emissions from passenger air travel would be three economy class return flights from Victoria to Toronto for one person.

The Island Equipment Owners Association Parade of Lighted Trucks annually generates over 7,500 pounds of food for The Mustard Seed Food Bank and the Westshore Service Clubs Christmas Hamper Fund Society. This event features 80 brightly decorated trucks winding through five communities and food drop off locations are stationed along the route. Spectators are asked to bring donations to one of the many drop off stations during the parade.

Ecocentric Carbon Management is a carbon consulting firm specializing in greenhouse gas management for businesses and organizations throughout a variety of industries. They measure and quantify carbon emissions for products, services and organizations and provide strategies on how to reduce these emissions.

Pacific Carbon Trust is a Crown corporation established in 2008 to deliver BC-based greenhouse gas offsets, to help clients meet their carbon reduction goals and to support the growth of BC's low-carbon economy. For more information or to subscribe to our industry interest list, please visit

Help the @CamosunChargers on Go-Bid #yyj @Camosun

Whether you are looking for something special for that hard to buy for person or trying to find stockings stuffers for the kids, you can find your holiday gift-buying solutions online with the Camosun College Chargers Basketball Go-Bid Charity Auction. Get a head start on your holiday season shopping and check out an array of fantastic items, the proceeds of which will go directly towards Camosun’s student-athlete scholarship fund.

Skip the hassles of crowded malls and parking lots and shop at your leisure. Find a variety of items including a three-course dinner for two at Spinnaker’s Brewhouse, a guided tour and tasting for 20 people at Merridale Ciderworks, a group paintball game and lunch at TNT Paintball, a birthday party for up to 10 people with the instructors at Falcon Gymnastics, hotel stays, fitness and recreation passes, artwork by Camosun’s Kay Henry and much, much more!

The auction runs from November 28 to December 14, 2011. It’s this easy …

2. Start shopping!

All the best for a safe and happy holiday from the Chargers!

Monday, November 28, 2011

#Camosun Chargers Action Nov 28-Dec4 #yyjsports #pacwest @Camosunchargers


Weekend Re-Cap (Nov. 25 & 26)

In PACWEST basketball action this past Saturday, the hosting Camosun College Chargers fell to the CCAA ranked Vancouver Island University Mariners in both men’s and women’s games in front of a packed home crowd at PISE. Despite losing the game by 10 at the buzzer (55-45), the Chargers women did a respectable job of keeping up with the No. 2 Nationally ranked Mariners squad and worked to outscore the M’s if only by one point in the fourth quarter. A slow first half for the Camosun men gave the Mariners a 17 point lead and contributed largely to the Chargers accumulating their first loss of the season. Camosun came back to play a great third quarter outscoring the Mariners by five but the home team could not hold on to their momentum and fell to the 9th nationally ranked Mariners men 96-80. Find box scores and team leaders on The Chargers Post

In PACWEST volleyball action this past weekend, the Chargers travelled to Abbotsford to face off against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in their final double header league matches for the Fall 2011 season. The Chargers women were defeated in straight sets in both their matches at the hands of the UFV who is currently the top team in the conference and fourth ranked in the nation. The Chargers men split their weekend matches against the Cascades, losing Friday’s match in a grueling five-setter and following up the next day with a 3-1 win to close out the first half of the season. The Chargers women are currently ranked No. 4 in the PACWEST with a record of 7-6; the men are 5-9 in fifth. Find set scores on The Chargers Post

Chargers on the Road

The Chargers basketball teams head north this weekend to tip off against the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George. This will be the Chargers’ final league games for the 2011 Fall Season! Watch the games LIVE on Sports Canada TV

The Victoria Symphony presents A Salute to the Rat Pack #yyj @VicSymphony

The Victoria Symphony presents

January 20 and 21, 2012 at 8 pm with matinée January 19 at 2:00 pm The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria Single tickets from $33. Beltone Pops series subscription from $132 for six concerts.

For tickets call 250 385 6515 or visit

Multi-talented musician Matt Catingub is generating excitement throughout the entertainment industry for his unique abilities as a conductor, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and singer. Catingub joins the Victoria Symphony for a celebration of the music, artistry, and songs of Las Vegas and the Rat Pack. Favourite songs from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and others including I've Got You Under My Skin, Night and Day, Ain't that a Kick in the Head and A Lot of Livin' To Do.

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre Stages Miracle on 34th Street #yyjtheatre @Blue_Bridge @FairmontEmpress

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre Stages Miracle on 34th Street
– the radio play at the Empress Hotel

VICTORIA, BC: Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre brings another holiday classic to life with Miracle on 34th Street – the radio play! Featuring fourteen on stage performers dressed in examples of 1940’s haute couture provided by designer Patricia Reilly, the presentation style of Miracle on 34th Street will be familiar to those who attended last year’s holiday treat, It’s a Wonderful Life!. Staged as though it were a live broadcast from the golden age of radio, this year’s production has moved to the beautiful Crystal Ballroom in the historic Empress Hotel for five performances between December 14th and 18th.

With scripts in hand, Blue Bridge favourites Thea Gill, John Krich, James Leard, Amanda Lisman, Christopher Mackie, Brian Richmond, Jacob Richmond, Wes Tritter, Kelly Hudson and newcomer Chelsea Seaby will lend their voices to the classic tale of faith and imagination. Fringe favourite and Atomic Vaudeville mainstay Andrew Bailey adapted the script from the Valentine Davies original and also takes to the stage as Fred Gailey, the lawyer who is determined to prove that Santa Claus is real. Also returning this year is Toronto-based award-winning composer and musician John Gzowski, who will be providing the 1940’s styled “Foley” radio sound effects live on stage that make this experience feel so authentic!

“We’re very excited that John has once again decided to lend his tremendous talent to this excitng new holiday offering!” said BBRT Producing Artistic Director Brian Richmond. “We’re also thrilled to be bringing our performances to the beautiful Empress Hotel amidst the wonderful Festival of Trees!” he added. “2011 has been a landmark year for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and Miracle on 34th Street is our way is our way of saying ‘thank you Victoria’ while contributing to the tremendous holiday spirit that lights up our city during the holiday season.”

Performances will take place December 14th at 8pm, December 15th at 2pm and 8pm, and December 18th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at $ 35 for adults, $ 30 for students and seniors and $ 15 for children under 12 and are available through the Blue Bridge office at 920 Johnson Street or by calling (250)-385-4462 or at the door on the day of performance. Seating is limited so patrons are urged to buy early.

Road Closure: Serious Collision at Intersection of Burnside & Harriett #yyjtraffic @Vicpdcanada

UPDATED - please see

File # 11-4642

Date: Monday, November 28, 2011

Victoria BC – The intersection of Burnside and Harriett Roads is closed as VicPD investigate a serious collision involving a pedestrian struck.

The collision occurred just after 2 p.m. A man was struck near the intersection.

VicPD’s Crash TEAM has been dispatched. More information to follow.

Victoria Foundation Grants $800,000 to 58 Charities #yyj @VicFoundation

Victoria, B.C., Nov. 28, 2011 – The Victoria Foundation has approved $806,000 in grants to 58 charitable organizations on Vancouver Island.

With this latest round of grants, the community foundation has awarded over $9 million so far this year within B.C. and across Canada. Another round of grants will be approved in mid-December, boosting the annual total even higher.

“This is the power of a community foundation,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO. “When the markets are up, we grant – when the markets are down, we grant. We are here for the long haul, setting funds aside when market returns are strong so we can continue to serve B.C. communities when the need is greatest. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the close of our 75th anniversary year.”

The 58 grants approved include 14 new initiatives:

• $80,350 to support the co-location of three community groups: Centennial Daycare Society, 1 UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, and Victoria Silver Threads Services

• $30,000 to create Teen Zone spaces in Greater Victoria libraries and expand the Teen Pass program to lend art gallery and museum passes

• $25,000 to replace the 30-year-old lighting system at Intrepid Theatre’s Metro Studio Theatre

• $15,000 for an education program on post-partum depression and infant development

• $15,000 for a healthy living program for vulnerable adults age 50 and over

• $14,300 to hire a volunteer coordinator for Sooke and the West Shore

• $12,000 to provide free legal representation to children who are the subjects of acrimonious parental custody

• $11,470 for an employment training summer camp for Victoria teenagers

• $11,000 to support the eco-certification of marinas in the Capital Regional District

• $10,500 for a major expansion of a community garden on Salt Spring Island, including wheelchair accessibility and a therapeutic component

• $10,000 for a remedial literacy program to engage vulnerable youth

• $10,000 for a music program that serves seniors in nursing homes and seniors centres

• $9,248 for a school-based girls’ circle project to support at-risk girls

• $4,000 to support Garry Oak eco-system recovery

The November grants support charitable organizations across Vancouver Island. They represent the foundation’s discretionary funds and some donor-advised funds - that is, funds held by the foundation on behalf of donors and awarded according to the donor’s criteria. The foundation will approve another round of grants in mid-December – this time from its non-discretionary funds. These include funds managed on behalf of the provincial government and non-profit organizations as well as those directed by donors.

VicPD Continuing to Investigate Home Invasion #yyj @Vicpdcanada


VicPD are continuing to investigate a home invasion that took place Saturday afternoon in the 2400-block of Wark Street.

Police are still asking anyone who has information about the incident to contact Det. Todd Wellman at 250-995-7276, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The victim, a 25-year-old Victoria man, suffered multiple stab wounds and lost a significant amount of blood, but is expected to survive.

His two attackers fled the building in an unknown direction. The victim was not a resident of the building and police believe it was not a random attack.

The home invasion occurred around 1:30 p.m.

Stabbing Victim not Cooperative with Police #yyj @Vicpdcanada


A 23-year-old man who was stabbed multiple times on Friday afternoon near Our Place, is not cooperating with VicPD investigators.

The man will not confirm for police if the stab wounds were the result of an assault. He was taken to hospital, treated and released for what was reported to be very superficial stab wounds.

Police are not looking for any suspects.

The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Several officers rushed to Our Place, at 919 Pandora Avenue after the victim entered the premises with multiple stab wounds. He was administered first aid by staff.

Investigators do not believe he was stabbed at Our Place and are still trying to determine what happened.

Partnerships lead to increased economic opportunities #bcpoli

Nov. 28, 2011

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Nanwakolas Council

VANCOUVER - New partnerships on Vancouver Island and the mid-coast will strengthen the relationship between First Nations and the provincial government and create economic opportunities, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak announced today.

Polak and Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell joined members of the Nanwakolas First Nations to celebrate three significant milestones in the growing partnership with Nanwakolas Council Society: a reconciliation protocol, a forestry agreement and an addition to the Strategic Engagement Agreement.

A new reconciliation protocol will help five Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations, members of the Nanwakolas Council, maintain their important relationship to the land, while supporting communities and economic growth. The agreement will help the First Nations develop their economy through opportunities in forestry, tourism and clean energy.

Through the protocol agreement, B.C. also agrees to discuss revenue-sharing opportunities for tourism, mines and clean-power projects that may be developed. Carbon-offset sharing opportunities will be implemented, similar to reconciliation protocol agreements signed with the Coastal First Nations and Council of the Haida Nation.

The protocol agreement focuses on strengthening community prosperity and social development, which will in turn lay the foundations for improved community well-being. The First Nations will identify their social priorities through community plans and collaborate with the Province to determine programs and services that will help them achieve their human well-being objectives.

One of the key benefits of the protocol is the negotiation of a comprehensive forestry schedule that also takes effect today.

The forestry schedule gives the five First Nations access to 52,993 cubic metres of timber per year in various replaceable licences and 39, 457 cubic metres per year in five-year, non-replaceable licences. The schedule also commits the First Nations and Province to reach agreement on a model for joint-decision making on strategic forest management issues and enhanced forestry revenue-sharing, which will provide stability and certainty for all forestry operators in the area.

As another example of the growing relationship with the Nanwakolas First Nations, the Wei Wai Kum (formerly Campbell River) First Nation has chosen to join the Strategic Engagement Agreement (SEA) between the Province and Nanwakolas. First signed in 2009, seven Nanwakolas First Nations have now joined the agreement that formalizes a single window for referrals on natural resource applications within Nanwakolas traditional territory, providing increased certainty to investors.

Wei Wai Kum's participation adds approximately 80,000 hectares to the agreement, for a total of approximately 3.5 million hectares. There are currently 13 major project proposals in the SEA area. As a result of signing the Strategic Engagement Agreement, Wei Wai Kum First Nation will receive a percentage increase in the revenue-sharing agreed to in their Forestry Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement.

In the two years since it was implemented, the SEA has shown positive results. More than 90 per cent of referrals to First Nations are being completed within targeted timelines, resulting in greater predictability for industry and resource development.

B.C. and Nanwakolas have a long-standing, strong government-to-government relationship established in several agreements dating back to 2001. As a symbol of their relationship a traditionally-carved, 11-meter canoe that was paddled in Vancouver as part of the 2010 Olympics was gifted to the Province by Nanwakolas Council President Dallas Smith. It will be permanently installed on display in the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Dallas Smith, President of the Nanwakolas Council Society -

"Nanwakolas values our evolving partnership with the provincial government. These agreements create an environment in which positive social and economic change can take place, and demonstrate commitment to reconciliation and respect.

"People and businesses in our communities are able to better pursue economic opportunities; and companies who want to do business in our traditional territory will have clear expectations and certainty."

Mary Polak, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation -

"In the BC Jobs Plan, we committed to 10 new non-treaty agreements by 2015. These are the type of agreements we need more of - ones that build strong, workable partnerships with First Nations.
"Strategic engagement agreements and reconciliation protocols create economic certainty, increase investor confidence and unleash major economic benefits in First Nations communities. They are already creating an environment in the region, in which B.C. and Nanwakolas are working together achieving mutual goals, while continuing to build trust."

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations -

"This protocol is an opportunity for lasting and comprehensive reconciliation between the Nanwakolas First Nations and British Columbia that will help the First Nations achieve progress toward their social and economic goals. The protocol will help provide increased certainty for business and a stronger economic base, with economic and employment benefits for the Nanwakolas First Nations and neighbouring communities."

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation -

"Over the last 10 years, the Province and various Nanwakolas First Nations have begun to create a more positive operating environment for business, to strengthen B.C.'s investment climate and reduce the consultation burden. The reconciliation protocol provides the Nanwakolas Council with strategic access to Crown lands to develop back country recreational activities, which will strengthen tourism opportunities across the region.

"I also want to thank Nanwakolas Council President Dallas Smith for donating the traditionally carved canoe that was used during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The canoe will be on permanent display at the Vancouver Convention Centre as a legacy of the Games and the Nanwakolas people."

Mayor of Port McNeill Gerry Furney -

"As mayor of Port McNeill for 36 years, I've seen our relationship with the Nanwakolas First Nations make great strides. These agreements support development that is guided by the mutual interests of the First Nations, B.C. and local municipalities. I congratulate the Province and the Nanwakolas Council on reaching an agreement that will support a sustainable economy and jobs, while at the same time ensuring environmental and cultural protection."

Operation Red Nose volunteers are back on the road

The smart choice for a safe ride home

Quebec City, November 28th, 2011 – Starting last Friday, and until December 31st, some 55,000 Canadian Operation Red Nose volunteers will be driving on roads and highways across the country in order to keep them safe during the holiday season. This year, in addition to the usual options of having a designated driver, taking a cab, or using public transit, motorists of 12 BC communities can also count on the services of Operation Red Nose to get themselves and their vehicles home safely after a night of celebrating.

World AIDS Day 2011 about “Getting to Zero” @AIDSVanIsle #worldaidsday

Victoria – This year’s 2011 World AIDS Day campaign is about “getting to zero” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths. The campaign is set to run until 2015.

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), a local non-profit participating in World AIDS Day activities, says that the campaign encourages us to remember that the struggle against HIV/AIDS continues and that much work is needed to prevent the spread of HIV, to remove stigma, and to support those living with this disease.

On World AIDS Day from 7pm to 9pm, AVI will be once again lighting up the steps of the Parliament buildings with a Red Ribbon composed of candles, a powerful symbol of HIV/AIDS that will glow in the December darkness.

AVI will also be hosting their yearly “Rock Your Awareness” show and fundraiser at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook Street) on December 2, at 9pm. The event will feature performances by local musical acts Hearse, Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels, Hank Angel and his Island Devils, with emcee J. McLaughlin. Tickets will be $10 at the door and all funds will go to women’s programming at AVI.

In addition, on December 1, 2011, all three Discovery Coffee outlets will be donating 25 cents from every espresso-based coffee sale to AIDS Vancouver Island for their “Cup of Love” World AIDS Day Fundraiser.

“Getting to zero is about increasing access to HIV treatment and support,” said James Boxshall, acting Executive Director of AVI. “AVI’s events for Worlds AIDS Day will draw attention to the need for increased awareness around stigma and HIV/AIDS.”

More people than ever are living with HIV globally. According to UNAIDS’ World AIDS Day Report, at the end of 2010, an estimated 34 million people [31.6 million–35.2 million] were living with HIV worldwide – up 17% from 2001. This reflects the continued large number of new HIV infections and a significant expansion of access to antiretroviral therapy, which has helped reduce AIDS-related deaths, especially in more recent years.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that at the end of 2008 there were 65,000 (54,000 to 76,000) Canadians living with HIV. It is estimated that 26% of these are unaware of their HIV status. In 2009, there were 38 new cases of HIV diagnosed on Vancouver Island, out of a total of 339 in the province of British Columbia.

Services offered by AVI across Vancouver Island include advocacy and support for those affected by HIV, as well as education activities to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.

AIDS Vancouver Island has provided community health services focused on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS for 25 years. For more information about AVI, please visit or call 250-384-2366.

B.C. maintains prudent fiscal course as revenues decline #bcpoli

Nov. 28, 2011
Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA - British Columbia is feeling the effect of continued global economic uncertainty, and the Province will need to exercise continued fiscal discipline in order to balance the budget by 2013-14, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said today with the release of the Second Quarterly Report.

The Province's projected deficit for 2011-12 has deteriorated by $313 million since the First Quarterly Report, rising to $3.1 billion. B.C. will continue to maintain a forecast allowance of $350 million as a buffer against future economic and fiscal risks.

The forecast reflects a $303-million decrease in revenue, mainly due to lower corporate income tax revenues, the impact of lower commodity prices on natural resource revenue, and reduced net income projections from commercial Crown corporations.

The Province's projected spending in 2011-12 includes $30 million in additional statutory emergency program flood-related costs, partially offset by a net $20 million reduction in operating expenses. Government continues to face significant spending pressures that ministries and agencies will work to manage within existing budgets, with additional funding from contingencies if necessary.

The Second Quarterly Report expense and revenue figures also reflect a change in accounting treatment for the final HST transition funding received from the federal government. The final $580-million payment received July 1, 2011, will be reflected as an expense rather than a reduction in revenue. This change has no effect on the deficit.

At $7.4 billion, total capital spending is forecast to be $289 million lower than forecast in the First Quarterly Report, reflecting construction schedule changes to health-facility projects and the re-prioritization of BC Hydro capital spending in light of the June 2011 review.

Taxpayer-supported debt forecast stands at $36.5 billion and is $351 million lower than the projection in the First Quarterly Report, as improved working capital management and lower capital spending projections reduced borrowing requirements. The lower debt combined with Statistics Canada's revisions to the B.C. 2010 GDP reduced the taxpayer-supported debt to GDP ratio by 0.3 percentage points from the First Quarterly Report to 17.2 per cent.

British Columbia's 2011-12 Second Quarterly Report is available online at:

Equip-a-Need at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Research Centre #yyj @bccancer

It’s time to celebrate at the BC Cancer Foundation’s annual Jingle Mingle—a festive cocktail party and auction at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Brand new for 2011—Jingle Mingle introduces Equip–a–Need, which will enable researchers to accelerate the speed and scale of tumour analysis by funding a Molecular Pathology Robotic Microscope. In addition to bidding on fabulous vacation packages and jewels during the Live Auction, guests can raise their paddles to fund this state-of-the-art piece of research equipment for the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre.

Join us, Wednesday December 7, 2011, for the cocktail party of the year.

Jingle Mingle proceeds will be designated to the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. Call 250.519.5550 or visit to purchase your tickets today!

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Victoria Experiencing Major Power Outages #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Monday, November 28, 2011

Victoria BC – As of 9:30 a.m., several areas of Victoria are experiencing power outages, which have affected major intersections.

Major intersections along Bay Street, Cook Street and Pandora Avenues are experiencing outages with traffic signals not working. Drivers are reminded to approach intersections with caution and that the four-way stop procedures apply.

BC Hydro and City of Victoria Public Works have been advised and are working on restoring power.

Homicide Suspect Held on Remand #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 11-42366
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2011

UPDATE: Homicide Suspect Held on Remand

Victoria BC – The suspect in the VicPD and Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit homicide investigation has been remanded on murder charges.

A 24-year-old Victoria man, who cannot be named because of a court-imposed publication ban, is accused of murder in the death of Tyler Noble.

Noble, a 20-year-old Shawnigan Lake man, passed away Saturday afternoon following an altercation with the man. The early morning assault took place at 2:30 a.m. at the Douglas and View Streets intersection.

The accused was subject to a telebail hearing last night. He will remain in custody on a court remand for November 29th. Formal charges are still being contemplated.

VicPD and VIIMCU will continue to collect evidence and further their investigation until that date.

The homicide was Victoria's third of 2011. VicPD and VIIMCU have made arrests in 12 of the city's past 13 homicides.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Village 900 CKMO Broadcast Interruption 7am to 4pm November 27 #yyj

Please note that BC Hydro will be replacing two power poles on Argyle Road at the Lansdowne Campus of Camosun College on Sunday November 27.

This work will require the power to be shut off to the entire campus at Lansdowne including the offices and studios of Village 900 CKMO.

Village 900 will not have power to broadcast, and will be off the air for the duration of the repairs. This includes our live audio stream.

Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM until approximately 4:00 PM, Sunday November 27.

We apoligize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will resume normal broadcasting as soon as possible.
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