Friday, December 23, 2011

December 31 Deadline for 2012 Island Music Awards Call for Submissions #yyjmusic

VICTORIA BC - The producers of the Vancouver Island Music Awards are reminding Island musicians to submit music they've released in 2010 or 2011, to be considered for nomination in the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards, which will be held April 21 in Victoria (venue and hosts to be announced in the new year). This will be the eighth installment of the event. Musicians can find all details on what and how to submit at The deadline is December 31st, 2011.

The 2011 gala event was held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. Courtenay's Helen Austin was named the 2011 Artist of the Year, and The Irish Rovers were honored with the "Island Classic Award" to recognize their 46-year (and counting) run in the music industry - the past 20 of which as Vancouver Island-based artists. All other 2011 Winners can be found on the website. Over the seven years of the event so far, such high-profile Canadians as Neil Osborne of 54/40, Dan Hill, Terry David Mulligan, David Gogo, Alex Cuba, Armchair Cynics, Vince Ditrich of Spirit of the West, Hayley Sales, and Angela Kelman of Farmer's Daughter have been involved in the VIMA festivities.

The VIMA website states that "The goal of the Vancouver Island Music Awards is to:

(1) CELEBRATE the Vancouver Island music scene,

(2) Build AWARENESS of this scene among the general public on the island and across Canada,

(3) Provide a NETWORKING opportunity between artists and music industry representatives,

(4) Acknowledge & Reward EXCELLENCE in the artistry and work ethic of Island artists,

(5) EMPOWER & ENCOURAGE Island Artists to pursue their musical dreams,

(6) Set a positive and professional example for YOUTH (and the young at heart!) who are pursuing a career in music.

Chris Brogan announced as keynote speaker for Victoria’s Social Media Camp #yyj @SocMediaCamp

Best Selling Author hopes to remove fear and fatigue
surrounding digital marketing strategies

June 8 - 9, 2012

Dec. 23, 2011, Victoria, BC – Organizers for the most popular social media learning events in Canada are pleased to announce best selling author and digital media expert Chris Brogan will present the keynote address at Victoria’s third annual Social Media Camp, June 8 - 9, 2012.

Brogan is president of Human Business Works, a media and education company dedicated to helping companies improve customer acquisition and community nurturing. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and blogs at, a blog in the Top 5 of Advertising Age’s Power150.

Brogan’s soon to be released book, Google+ for Business, How Google's Social Network Changes Everything outlines the reasons behind using Google + , which is the search engine giant’s entry into the world of social networks.

“Victoria is a remarkably tech forward community full of people doing cool stuff,” said Brogan. “I will be going beyond the book to talk about how to get real value for your business.” Brogan will also be available to meet with delegates during conference networking sessions.

“There are compelling reasons why businesses need to pay attention to new tools like Google+.” said Brogan. “Google + allows users to share with their community and build a relationship before a sale like other social media…but more importantly for business, Google + can help improve search results. When you post publicly in Google +, the post is entered into search engines so you can see search results higher and faster. This is the essence of social search.”

And, when over 800 social media devotees, and business and marketing leaders converge in Victoria, BC to share and learn about the latest tools , techniques and challenges, Brogan will suggest that delegates fire up their netbooks, iPads and social networks to address the leading issues in social media: fear and fatigue.

“People tell me that they just started to feel comfortable on Facebook and Twitter and don’t want to have to add another social network,” said Brogan. “And yet, they must.” Brogan explains that keeping abreast on social media trends and tools is part of the marketing mix that keeps business ahead of the competition.

When attending a leading conference like Social Media Camp, Brogan also suggests attendees go beyond looking for a few new tips, but rather look for what they can apply to their business immediately. In preparation, Brogan advises Social Media Camp delegates to come with specific questions that are relevant to their business. “Just looking for a few tips is like going to a grocery store and asking someone what you should make for dinner.”

About Social Media Camp:

The third annual Social Media Camp will be held at BC’s Victoria Conference Centre, June 8 - 9, 2012. Created by Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge , Social Media Camp has grown to be the world’s largest learning camp of its kind, bringing together the brightest social media minds in North America for two days of social media exploration, sharing and teaching, with ample time built in for networking. The agenda will include workshops, panels, key note speakers, roundtables, social showcase, a knowledge cafe, trade show, and the West Coast Social Media awards . Sessions will also include clearly defined streams for beginners and advanced users. Early bird tickets for Social Media Camp will be offered on the website on January 14th, 2012.

For more information and to register please visit Facebook: SocialMediaCamp. Twitter: @SocMediaCamp. Google +: 

About Chris Brogan:

 Made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists for Trust Agents
 Wrote for Entrepreneur magazine (print), SUCCESS magazine (online), and American Express OPEN Forum (online)
 Won the Mass High Tech All Stars award for 2008.
 Blogged since 1998 (when it was called journaling).
 Recorded several podcasts, and launched a small new media network in 2006.
 Video blogged in several forms, including Small Boxes and AttentionUPGRADE.
 Built data centers, released software, acquired companies, and all kinds of other fun projects while working for a wireless telecommunications company.
 Launched the PodCamp unconference series with Christopher S. Penn.
 Programmed and hosted the Video on the Net conference in 2007.
 Worked on an Internet video startup with Jeff Pulver in 2007.
 Collaborated on tons of social media and social networks projects over 2007.

Citizens’ Group Seeks Injunction Against Smart Meter Program #smartmeters

Citizens for Safe Technology Society

A complaint has been filed under Section 47 of the Utilities Commission Act requesting an injunctive freeze on the wireless component of the Smart Meter Program without delay. This action is being taken to engage the Commission’s administrative function as a regulator of BC Hydro in accordance with the rule of law; only by operation of the rule of law can the public interest in health, security, privacy and safety be factored into Smart Meter Program decisions.

Up until now, the Commission as a regulator has been left out and, with that, any consideration of the public interest has been eliminated from BC Hydro’s decision. The action taken is about preserving the regulatory oversight and democratic process we uphold under the rule of law in British Columbia. BC Hydro cannot be allowed to act with impunity, without regard to the public interest, on a matter that raises serious concerns with respect to human health, environmental integrity, individual privacy and civil liberties.

The Clean Energy Act purports to excuse BC Hydro from having to obtain a BCUC issued Certificate of “public convenience and necessity” but not with respect to the wireless and snooping components of the Smart Meter Program. The Commission is requested to issue relief on an urgent and interim basis, without hearing and without delay, so as to effectively freeze any and all activity being carried out by BC Hydro in contravention of section 45(1) of the Utilities Commission Act. Any delay in the issuance of the relief sought will allow BC Hydro to continue with unauthorized expenditures associated with the Unauthorized Extensions. This Action is taken to preserve and give weight to the public interest with regard to the deployment of the Smart Meter Program in British Columbia.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

4th Annual Cool Aid Coat Drive On Now #yyj @alanrycroft @viccoolaid

Did you get warm clothes for Christmas? Got something extra you no longer need?

It’s not too late to donate a new or used winter coat to those less fortunate. Mittens, gloves, hats, socks, sweaters and blankets are also welcome.

Clean out your closet and make 1,000 of Cool Aid’s clients warmer, healthier and happier. Everything you donate is given away for free.

Drop them off at Cool Aid’s Rock Bay Landing, 535 Ellice Street, 24/7, until Tuesday, January 3rd.

#Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team hosts holiday hardwood events #yyjsports @CamosunChargers @Camosun

December 22, 2011

With College exams almost over, the Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team is gearing up to play host to two exciting events over the holidays.

The team will hit the hardwood at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence on December 28-30 as the program hosts its 6th Annual Christmas Classic Tournament and follow up in the New Year with an exhibition game against Japan’s U18 National Team on January 2.

“We are now the only college women’s basketball tournament between Christmas and New Year’s west of Toronto,” commented Chargers Head Coach Brett Westcott. “We have been able to attract three teams from the BC league and three from out-of-province so everybody will get to play games against different competition as teams look to start the second half of their season.”

Spectators can expect some great hoop action at the tournament where the home team will go up against defending Alberta Provincial Champions Grande Prairie Regional College , Grant MacEwan University (currently ranked second in the country and undefeated so far this season) and Red River College which plays in the competitive Manitoba college league. Defending BC Provincial Champions Capilano University and PACWEST competitors Langara College will complete the BC side of the draw.

Wednesday, December 28

3pm Langara vs. Red River
5pm Capilano vs. Grant MacEwan
7pm Camosun vs. Grande Prairie

Thursday, December 29

3pm Grande Prairie vs. Capilano
5pm Grant MacEwan vs. Langara
7pm Red River vs. Camosun

Friday, December 30

9:30am Capilano vs. Red River
11:30am Langara vs. Grande Prairie
1:30pm Camosun vs. Grant MacEwan

Following the tournament, the Chargers will cap off the holidays with an exhibition game against Japan’s National Women’s U18 team on Monday, January 2 at 1pm at PISE. The U18 squad will play UVic Sunday, January 1 at 2pm at McKinnon Gymnasium prior to facing off against Camosun.

“I don’t know much about them, but I expect them to be at the top of their game and they may be the best team we play all season,” said Coach Westcott. “Their roster shows they are bigger than us and I think they will be quick and tremendous perimeter shooters so I just hope we can be competitive.”

Coach Westcott added, “We may be in over our heads with the competition as we will need to work hard just to be close, but those are the types of games we need to make a run at the better teams in our league in the second half of the season. These games are important for our development as a team. We need to make steps in a positive direction with our level of execution and work ethic in order to compete with the teams in our league in the second half of the season. In the first half of our season, we played well at times, but we sabotaged ourselves with too many mistakes at critical times so we need to clean up that part of our performance if we hope to make playoffs again this season.”

The People vs George Lucas: 6:30 on Boxing Day at Eric Martin Theatre #yyjfilm

The People vs George Lucas

6:30 Monday Boxing Day Dec 26
Eric Martin Theatre

“The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes to George Lucas himself-one of the most passionately debated filmmakers of all time-many have found their ardor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship.

This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas's cultural legacy, asking all the tough questions. Has Lucas betrayed his masterwork? With loads of interviews, stop-motion animation, Super 8 action figure films and puppet rants, The People Vs. George Lucas takes a hard look at the man behind the most popular franchise in film history and asks: What the hell happened?” 93min 2010 Pg

More information at

Shirley Bond Editorial: Why we believe cameras should be allowed in B.C. courtrooms #bcpoli #vancouverriot


Why we believe cameras should be allowed in B.C. courtrooms

By Shirley Bond
Attorney General

Dec. 22, 2011
Word Count: 674

VICTORIA - Last week, the dedicated team of Crown counsel assigned to the Stanley Cup riot prosecutions advised the court of their intention to apply to have these proceedings publicly broadcasted. This is in keeping with a commitment set out in the government's throne speech, and I want to explain why I have directed these applications to be made.

This government believes that the courts need to be open institutions for the public and when we have opportunities to enhance the transparency of our justice system, we need to pursue those. This spring, we saw the successful live broadcast, by CBC online, of the polygamy reference case before B.C. Supreme Court in a case involving the government's constitutional lawyers.

The broadcasting of the polygamy reference addressed the sensitive issue of witness participation in a manner satisfactory to all parties. The decision about whether to allow such an application requires the balancing of a number of factors, including whether the broadcast is in the public interest.

There will always be discussion among those in the justice system about the virtues of any innovation that moves us beyond the current way of doing business. I often hear of people who have lost confidence in our justice system. I can think of no better way and in no better circumstance than with the Vancouver riots for the public to see justice in action. This initiative brings us a step closer to making our province's courts more open and accountable to British Columbians, and we welcome the debate it has generated.

Immediately following the June 15 riot, government established a dedicated riot prosecution team of skilled and experienced Crown counsel who review police reports as soon as they are received. To date, the Integrated Riot Investigation Team has recommended charges against 80 individuals and this past week we saw the start of the trial process for the first eight of those accused.

Crown and defence lawyers very often make a number of different applications on a variety of issues during a typical court case. In fact, the media bring applications to broadcast certain court proceedings themselves.

While these applications may take some time to be heard, it is important to note that, despite the number of individuals charged, these new riot cases represent less than 0.1 per cent of the criminal justice branch's caseload in a year. In fact, last year, the branch concluded prosecutions involving 68,000 accused. Clearly, other cases will continue to move through the court system while these prosecutions are underway.

Some have argued broadcasting the trials amounts to public shaming. Let me just say this: we believe broadcasting the trials of accused rioters is in the public interest and will help to maintain confidence in our justice system. It is always important to remember that every individual who is charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. At the same time, the residents of our province, and especially those who live and work in Vancouver, expect some form of accountability for those who wantonly and senselessly destroyed property and, in some cases, assaulted their fellow citizens.

While using broadcasting devices in the courts brings with it certain responsibilities, including protecting the safety of witnesses, in this age of technology, we think this will open up the courts to make it easier for the public to truly understand what is going on in our Province's courtrooms. Opening up our courtrooms is just one of the many ways we are working to maintain confidence in our province's justice system.

The decision to direct Crown counsel to apply to broadcast the riot prosecutions is just one part of the government's pledge to support open and accountable government and public engagement. We believe that the public wants transparency when dealing with those charged in the matters surrounding the Vancouver riot. Ultimately, the judiciary will make the decision about whether to broadcast the proceedings.

CRD Regional Parks January 2012 Winter Nature Outings and Events #yyjparks

2012 Winter Nature Outings and Events

CRD Regional Parks has lined up a whole new slate of nature outings and events on our regional parks. CRD park interpreters lead guided walks, hikes and drop-in events for all ages, for every season. See the listings below for winter outings and events from January to March 2012. They are also online at


Saturday, January 7

Owl Prowl (Guided Walk) –8 years+
Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford)

Owls are amazing birds! Join CRD Regional Parks’ guest naturalist David Allinson for this exciting adventure into the dark woods to look for and call in owls.

$7/person + HST. Pre–registration required before January 6. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.
BC Transit #50 or #53

Sunday, January 8

Thetis Lake Loop (Guided Walk) –8 years+
Thetis Lake Regional Park (View Royal)

Start your New Year off with a hike around the lakes at Thetis while exploring the park’s natural history with a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist. Bring a snack or lunch and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the main Thetis Lake parking lot.
BC Transit #50

Sunday, January 15

New Year, New Beginnings (Guided Adult Walk) –18 years+
Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich)

Burn off some of the holiday treats on a 10 km walk around the lake with a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist. Discover fascinating cultural and natural history about this gem of a park. Bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Beaver Lake nature centre.
BC Transit #70 or # 75

Saturday, January 21

Who’s Hooting (Guided Walk) –All ages
Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford)

The owls are hooting. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to learn some owl calls, find out about these excellent night hunters, and get to know our BC owls. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #50 or #53

Sunday, January 22

Winter Birds of Island View Beach
(Guided Walk) –12 years+
Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich)

Island View Beach is one of the premiere winter birding locations in the region. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to look for hawks, owls, sea ducks, loons and more. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the picnic shelter on Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

Saturday, January 28

Durrance Lake Loop (Guided Walk) –8 years+
Mount Work Regional Park (Saanich)

Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for a hike around this pictureque lake to explore its many inhabitants. Meet in the Durrance Lake parking lot off Durrance Close, off Willis Point Rd.

Sunday, January 29

Ha-bat-itat (Guided Walk) –All ages
Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich)

This guided walk with a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help dispel fear and misinformation about these fascinating flying mammals. Meet at the Francis/King nature centre off Munn Road.

Twenty-eight receive Queen's counsel honour #bcpoli

Dec. 22, 2011
Ministry of Attorney General

VICTORIA - Twenty-eight British Columbia lawyers have been appointed Queen's counsel, Attorney General Shirley Bond announced today.

The Queen's counsel designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character and must be members of the British Columbia bar for at least five years.

Each September, the attorney general calls for Queen's counsel nominations from the public. The 2011 deadline for submissions was Oct. 14. All applications were reviewed by an advisory committee, which recommended deserving candidates to the attorney general. The appointments are subsequently made by cabinet through an order-in-council.

The advisory committee includes the chief justice of British Columbia, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the chief judge of the Provincial Court, the president of the Law Society of British Columbia, a Law Society member appointed by the benchers (directors) and the deputy attorney general. The committee also seeks the views of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch).

Resource development will help create a prosperous new year #bcpoli

By Rich Coleman Minister of Energy and Mines
(728 words)

VICTORIA - The past year was a challenging one globally. Here in BC, our government is working hard to ensure we all benefit from a strong economy.

Our review of BC Hydro resulted in reduced electricity rates - a 50 per cent reduction over the next three years. BC Hydro is committed to keeping electricity rates affordable for B.C. families and businesses, while continuing to invest in renewing our infrastructure, which is the backbone of our economy.

This investment includes the installation of almost 525,000 smart meters. This number will grow to 1.8 million across B.C. by December 2012.

Smart meters are important for our future. They will help us run the power grid more efficiently and profit from electricity sales that help fund essential services like education and health care. We expect to save $70 million over the next three years, and a total of $1.6 billion in avoided costs and increased efficiencies over the next 20 years, which will allow us to keep our power rates among the lowest in North America.

2011 also set the stage for the 10th instalment of the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program. Today, this program supports development of 30 new infrastructure projects in northeast B.C. - creating jobs for B.C. families who work on important projects, such as new and upgraded roads and pipelines.

We also took steps to set the stage for greater social responsibility when it comes to resource development. Starting January 2012, a new online registry - accessible to everyone - will allow visitors to search for the location of where shale gas development is taking place. This will enable people everywhere to find out more about our development practices and the additives used during these activities.

This initiative supports our commitment to open and transparent government. It also builds upon our pledge to British Columbians that their water is protected with strict regulations and containment procedures in place. B.C. has never reported an incident of water contamination resulting from hydraulic fracturing, and we are taking the steps required to prevent that from happening.

That's important, because British Columbia is on the cusp of a renaissance in resource development that will result in tens of thousands of jobs in our resource communities.

A good indicator of this growth is the 2011 sale of petroleum and gas rights. This year we had $222.6 million in sales.

As well, we have begun to seize a historic opportunity in British Columbia. Global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to grow by another 50 per cent by 2020. So we are working hard to build a whole new industry.

Developing our LNG export potential will generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new investment. That will mean even more revenues for government to pay for important services for British Columbians, create well-paying jobs, help to diversify our economy and create new opportunities to build expertise in a brand new global industry.

B.C. is ideally positioned to compete for a share of the LNG market. We've been preparing for this opportunity for nearly a decade with progressive royalty programs, infrastructure upgrades, comprehensive environmental assessments, and direct engagement with industry, First Nations and communities.

When Premier Christy Clark announced the BC Jobs Plan, the Province committed to have the Kitimat LNG plant up and running by 2015, with a total of three LNG facilities operating by 2020. We also committed to building our mining industry with eight expansions and seven new mines by 2015. In doing so, the Province set a bold new path forward.

In fact, the work is well underway on the mining side, with the opening of Copper Mountain near Penticton - the first new copper mine since 1998.

In the coming year, you can look forward to many more positive developments in mining, natural gas development and in the area of clean energy. I am optimistic 2011 helped us to turn an important corner and I am confident the future ahead brings with it tremendous opportunities throughout our great province.

Rich Coleman
Minister of Energy and Mines

Call to Artists – Victoria 150 Public Art Project #yyjart @CityOfVictoria

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC – In 2012, the City of Victoria will celebrate its 150th anniversary of incorporation. Artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to enter a national, three-stage, juried competition to create new public artwork(s) that acknowledge and celebrate this important milestone in Victoria’s proud history. The Victoria 150 Public Art Project is open to artists who are residents of Canada.

A range of media may be considered, including but not limited to, two-dimensional images, relief and sculptural forms, and urban infrastructure (e.g., street furnishings, sidewalks, plaques). Single or multiple artworks may be proposed for one or more publically accessible City-owned sites within Victoria. Artists are to refer to the Downtown Area Plan – Appendix 4 Public Art Guidelines at:

The budget for the completed artwork(s) is up to $100,000 and must cover all design, production, installation and administrative costs. The new artwork(s) are to be installed by December 31, 2012.

Artists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the City’s celebration plans and may wish to consider the use of the Victoria 150 brand. Expressions of Interest can be submitted either electronically or by mail.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

The three-stage competition will follow the City’s Art in Public Places Policy and will be juried by a selection committee of arts professionals, community members, and City of Victoria representatives. Stage 1 will require artists to submit a resume, visual documentation of their work, a general concept and preferred site(s) for the

Victoria 150 Public Art Project. At Stage 2, semi-finalists will be selected and asked to propose a specific artwork and site(s). Up to three finalists will be selected at Stage 3 to submit a more detailed proposal with a rendering(s) or maquettes(s) of the proposed artwork(s).

For more information, visit:

King Tide Offers a Look to the Future #yyj #kingtideBC

VICTORIA, BC - What are the impacts of climate change projected to look like in Victoria by 2050? The higher water levels brought on by the King Tide this week help illustrate one of four main expected impacts.

The King Tide, an especially high tide that results when the sun and moon are in alignment, is approximately 3.1 meters. Current winter tides are typically in the range of 2.1 - 2.6 meters. It is projected that by 2050 Victoria will experience an estimated sea level rise of 45 centimeters that will be most visible during winter high tides*. In 2050 the winter high tides will be more like our current annual King Tide.

A second projected impact of climate change is an increased frequency and intensity of storm events by as much as 15 per cent by 2050. Larger storm events mean more “storm surges”, a rise in water that can be pushed onshore by high winds. It is the combination of higher sea levels and winter storm surges that will produce one of the largest challenges, localized flooding.

A third projected impact for 2050 will be warmer temperatures with an increase of 1.0 to 2.3 Celsius and an increase in days over 30o Celsius. Wetter winters and drier summers are the fourth expected impact, with up to a 14 per cent increase in winter precipitation and drier summers with up to a 32 per cent decrease in summer rainfall.

The City of Victoria is taking a leadership role to adapt our community to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and minimize the effects of human activities by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The City’s Climate Action Program is working with other community stakeholders to produce a climate change adaptation plan and to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020. The City of Victoria is also striving to make city operations carbon neutral by the end of 2012. For more information visit

King Tide Forecasts:

December 21- 2.69 meters - 9 a.m.
December 22 - 2.87 meters - 11 a.m.
December 23 - 3.00 meters - 11 a.m.
December 24 – 3.01 meters - 12 p.m.
December 25 – 3.10 meters - 12 p.m.
December 26 – 2.76 meters – 1 p.m.

*These projections have been compiled for Victoria by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

(ICLEI)Canada from a number of sources including the Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network ( and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria (

Celtic Yule-Tide at the Maritime Museum of BC Dec 22 #yyj @MaritimeMusBC

Thursday, Dec. 22nd 7:30-9:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)

Join the Maritime Museum of BC for song and dance in the Museum's beautiful 19th c. Courtroom. Enjoy listening to a variety of traditional and original festive tunes performed by the extremely talented ensemble, Cookeilidh, accompainied by the exciting O'Brien Irish Dancers! Get your feet tapping this Christmas!

Cookeilidh (cook-kay-lee) is a local 4 member Celtic band comprised of guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, bodhran, fretless bass, & vocals. Often noted for their high energy and enthusiastic performance, they play a variety of tunes both traditional and original, hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and the Maritimes. During the holiday season, they add a few festive tunes with a Celtic twist. Their name originates from the old Gaelic spelling of “Ceilidh” which means “kitchen party", and that is the atmosphere they strive to create.

Cost is just $12 for General Admission and $10 for MMBC Members, Students and Seniors. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 250-385-4222 or visit

Top excuses given by impaired drivers this holiday season #impaireddriving @icbc

December 22, 2011

ICBC and police are reminding drivers that as Christmas quickly approaches and you begin confirming your New Year’s plans, it’s also time to start planning a safe ride home for you and your loved ones. CounterAttack roadchecks remain in full effect across the province and excuses won’t hold up if you’re caught driving impaired this holiday season.

While attitudes about impaired driving are changing, amazingly, police are still hearing excuses from impaired drivers about why they chose to get behind the wheel while impaired despite the many alternatives available to get home safely.

Here are just some of the excuses offered by drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province this month:

“I’m driving my drunk friends home… I’ve had less than all of them.” Choosing the least drunk person to be the designated driver is not a safe way to get friends and family home, and it’s a decision that could end in tragedy. Start the night with a plan to get home safely – choose a designated driver before you go out, make sure you have money for transit or a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.

“I’ve only had a couple.” Every drink you consume adds to your level of impairment. The “just a couple” mentality can blur your perception of reality and the actual number of drinks you’ve consumed throughout the night. Don’t get caught up in the celebration – if you’ve been drinking, make the smart choice to get home safely.

“I was just going two blocks.” Impaired driving is dangerous and illegal whether you are traveling a block or 20 kilometres. CounterAttack roadchecks are everywhere – so no matter how close to home you may be, think twice about getting behind the wheel, you might just encounter a friendly, neighbourhood roadcheck.

“I can hold my liquor.” Police often hear from drivers who have survived an alcohol-related crash that they had very little to drink and really didn’t think they were impaired. The truth is, alcohol affects your perception of how impaired you are, and your risk of crashing increases with each alcoholic drink you consume.

"I can't be drunk...I'm the designated driver!" Taking your turn to be the designated driver is a commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Offer to be the designated driver before you head out to celebrate – but remember that a true designated driver is the person who decides not to drink so they can drive others home safely.

This holiday season, we can all do our part help to keep our roads safe. Set an example – share the responsibility and take your turn to be a designated driver. Your smart driving decisions can have a significant influence on others.

Enjoy the holidays and have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

Last Day to get your Victoria Film Festival Gift Vouchers #yyjfilm @VicFilmFestival

VFF Christmas Gift Vouchers only available
until December 22nd

Stumped by the holiday shopping shuffle?

Not sure what to get that person who has everything?

Victoria Film Festival Gift Vouchers are available now!

Give adventure, drama, and laughter. With VFF Ticket Vouchers, the lucky recipient gets to choose the movies they want to see at the Victoria Film Festival, so you don't have to.

It's a busy season, make gift-giving easy on yourself: Film and Industry passes, as well as 5-packs and 10-packs of Victoria Film Festival Ticket Vouchers are available until Dec. 22nd online at, or at the Victoria Film Festival office, 1215 Blanshard St. (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)

Happy Holidays!

Society Act discussion paper invites feedback #bcpoli

Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA - A new discussion paper on the Society Act invites discussion on the governance of B.C. societies and possible directions for reform.

The Province launched a review of the Society Act in 2009 to identify legislative obstacles that may be preventing societies from operating most effectively and to ensure continued protection of the public interest.

The first round of consultations invited stakeholder comments and received submissions from more than 200 individuals and organizations. The discussion paper puts forward a number of proposals based on the feedback received.

The proposals recognize the unique nature of societies and aim to balance societies' need for flexibility with broader concerns of accountability and integrity. The discussion paper does not represent government policy, but is intended to encourage discussion and provide interested parties with the opportunity to comment on possible directions for reform to the Society Act.

The Society Act outlines the rules that govern B.C.'s more than 26,000 societies. Societies are non-profit corporations organized primarily for social purposes. They make valuable contributions to B.C.'s families and communities, ranging from small community-based organizations to large charitable foundations.

Legislation is targeted for 2013 at the earliest.

The official deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012.

To view the discussion paper or make a submission, visit

All First Nations Will Be Admitted Free to Thursday's @CougarsJuniorB #hockey game #yyjsports


This Thursday is “First Nations Night.”

All First Nations members who show up to Thursday night’s game with valid identification will be admitted free of charge.

That night, the Victoria Cougars (23-5-1) will be hosting the Saanich Braves (13-11-3).

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

Doors open one hour prior to game time.

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Canadian Olympic Committee Congratulates Sidney Crosby: Youth Olympic Ambassador #Innsbruck #yog @youtholympics

Canadian hockey star promotes Innsbruck 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO. – Hockey star Sidney Crosby has been named the International Olympic Committee’s final Youth Olympic Ambassador for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is very proud of Sidney,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the COC. “He gave us a golden Olympic memory in Vancouver. Sidney is a Canadian Olympic hero and now he will help inspire the next generation of Olympic heroes. It was essential to have such an outstanding role model be part of this program.”

IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and Essar Gabriel, Head of the Youth Olympic Games, engaged the COC’s cooperation to help make Crosby a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador.

“He is a born leader and an excellent role model for these young athletes,” said Aubut. “The Canadian Olympic Committee was pleased to facilitate the process of Sidney becoming a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador and we are proud to have him represent Canada and the sport of hockey to Youth Olympians.”

Crosby, 24, joins figure skater Yuna Kim (South Korea), freestyle skier Kevin Rolland (France) and alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn (U.S.A.) and Benjamin Raich (Austria) as Youth Olympic Ambassadors.

The role of the Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors is to inspire and mentor the athletes competing at Innsbruck 2012, while encouraging young people worldwide to become more active in sport. The first Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, January 13-22, 2012.

Single Lane Traffic: Foul Bay Rd South Bound & Lansdowne Rd Today #yyjtraffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Thursday, December 22, 2011, there will be traffic delays on Foul Bay Road South Bound Lane and Lansdowne Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Journey on a Polar Expedition with the Maritime Museum of BC #yyj @MaritimeMusBC

This winter the Maritime Museum of BC is offering exciting and educational guided programming to kids of all ages! Their family-friendly adventures take you on a Polar Expedition without leaving the Museum! Find out just who else lives there besides Santa. Or how about discovering what life was like aboard a ship with Out to Sea? You get to build your very own model boat!

The Maritime Museum of BC is also bringing back its popular A Pirate’s Life for Me program for all you Scallywags who wish to be a pirate for a day!

Guided programs run Dec.27th to the 30th and begin at 1pm. Cost is admission to the Museum. Donations are always appreciated!

And for all those young and young at heart, the Museum also has some fun and challenging unguided activities! Follow the path of elves hidden throughout the galleries to discover a prize at the end. Explore the Museum's different floors on a scavenger hunt while learning navigational skills with the help of a compass. You can also try your hand at knot tying, creating your own pirate character or making a one-of-a-kind maritime Christmas decoration!

Unguided activities are free with admission from 10 am to 5 pm every day.

Also, coming Janurary 12th, the Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to invite the public to their opening of a new and thrilling exhibit, What Lies Beneath: The Past, Present and Future of Underwater Exploration. Join them at 1:00pm and delve into the dark depths of our oceans!

For more information, or if you would like to participate, please call 250-385- 4222, ext. 112, visit or email 

New Years Levees Mark Local Milestones #yyjevents


ESQUIMALT, B.C. – This year’s round of New Year’s Levées kick off both the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Victoria, and the centennial year of the Township of Esquimalt. Formerly known as Fort Victoria, the capital was incorporated on August 2, 1862, and is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Esquimalt was incorporated September 1, 1912.

Nine public levees are scheduled across the Capital Region in military messes and civic facilities. His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Steven Point will be hosting a reception at Government House in the tradition initiated by Lt-Gov. Joseph Trutch in 1872, and previously by the Governors of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

The senior service opens the day at Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division HMCS Malahat; then it’s on to Victoria City Hall, Government House, Bay Street Armoury, and the municipalities of Sooke, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich.

“Levée” is derived from the French “se lever” meaning “to rise,” and thus defines the practice of rising early on the first day of the New Year to pay respect to the King in his chamber or at the local Governor’s home. The custom came to Canada with the first governor of New France, Charles Huault de Montmagny, who welcomed civilian and military officials to Chateau Saint-Louis in Québec City in 1646.

The modern day levee is open to everyone. Fruit punch, tea and coffee are available as well as specially concocted eggnog sometimes referred to as “Moose Milk,” along with many delicacies including shortbread, cake and sandwiches.

Selkirk Trestle Temporary Closure December 21 #yyj

Victoria, BC - The Selkirk Trestle along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail will be temporarily closed for inspection on Wednesday, December 21 from 11am-3pm. Regional Parks recognizes this is an important corridor for the public. The trail closure is required to gain access to areas beneath the trestle lift span and inspect its condition.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation. For inquiries contact CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344 or visit

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Boys and Girls Club Fund Brings History Full Circle at Victoria Foundation #yyj @Vicfoundation

Victoria, B.C., Dec. 20, 2011 – The first organization to receive a grant from the Victoria Foundation has become the most recent one to create an endowment fund with the community foundation.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria Foundation has established the Boys and Girls Club Our Children – Our Future Fund with an initial endowment of $100,000.

“Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria Foundation first established the Our Children - Our Future endowment fund as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations in 2000,” said Patti Sullivan, executive director of Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria. “We wanted to ensure that we would continue to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families well into the future and thus honor the intentions of our founder, Colonel R.O. Bull. By transferring our endowment to the Victoria Foundation we believe it will gain a wider audience and even greater support.”

The club, then called the Victoria Boys’ Club, received a grant of $3,000 from the Victoria Foundation when the foundation began active granting in 1969. It has since received close to $100,000 in grants from the foundation.

In addition to being the founder of Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria, the late Colonel Roland Bull was also a donor to the Victoria Foundation and a prominent member of the foundation’s board of directors. Bull was present when the community foundation presented its first cheque to the club, along with $2,000 each to the Maritime Museum and what has since become the Community Living Association of Victoria.

“Our first grantee has become our 74th hosted organization – a charity with a permanent fund managed by our foundation,” said foundation CEO Sandra Richardson. “It’s a wonderful way to wrap up our 75th anniversary year because it reminds us of the history and the commitment our two organizations share to strengthen our community.”

The Victoria Foundation now manages 105 endowment funds for 74 registered charities, annually distributing earnings from these permanent funds to the organizations. It’s a service that provides long-term stability for the funds while reducing costs and paperwork for the non-profits.

Gifts to the endowment funds of any of the Victoria Foundation’s hosted organizations can be made online by credit card through the foundation’s portal at CanadaHelps. Donations by credit card may also be made by phone by calling 250-381-5532. Donations by phone may be made until noon Dec. 23 to receive a 2011 tax receipt. Donations by cheque must be dated Dec. 31 and be received by Jan. 6, 2012 to receive a 2011 tax receipt. The foundation’s mailing address is #109-645 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1G2. The Victoria Foundation office will be closed from noon Dec. 23, 2011 until 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3, 2012.

Publicly traded securities can also be accepted although the deadline has passed to receive a tax receipt for 2011.

Our Place Society Expects to Serve Over 1200 at Christmas Meal Today #yyj @ourplacesociety

Our Place Society Expects to Serve Over 1200 at their
Christmas Meal Tuesday, December 20th

December 12, VICTORIA -

The Our Place Society (OPS) dining room will be bustling with activity tomorrow, as many of Victoria’s homeless and most vulnerable will come off the streets and be treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Our Place expects to serve some 1200 people throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 20th; Doors open at 11:30 am, meals served until 5:00 pm .

Media are welcome to set up from 11:00 am.

Our Place Society Dining Room

919 Pandora Avenue, Victoria BC, V8V 3P4

The guests will have a special treat this year: hundreds of donors to Our Place Society had a chance to write a message of hope on a placemat and send it to the mission with their donation. Guests will receive both a delicious Thanksgiving meal, and a message of love on their placemat from someone who has supported OPS.

The holidays are the hardest for people who have no where to go. Our Place Society is here as a home for anyone who needs it. “Christmas is an exceptionally difficult time to be on the street” says Gail Snider, Director of Operations at Our Place, “Without a warm home and festive meal, the holidays become much harder. We at Our Place Society appreciate the donors in Victoria who give so much to ensure the inner-city family is taken care of in this season.”

About Our Place Society:

Our Place Society is a community service provider, serving the poor, disadvantaged, and homeless of Greater Victoria. From its Pandora Avenue location, Our Place serves up to 1500 meals a day. Our Place offers a safe, dignified environment for people to shower, receive clean clothing, find their place in the community, and connect with Our Place Society staff and each other. Above the street-level facility, Our Place has forty-five transitional housing units for the hardest to house in our region. Our Place Society offers hope and belonging to people struggling with issues of homelessness and poverty, including the homeless, elderly pensioners living in poverty, the working poor, struggling families, people with mental and physical disabilities, and people struggling with addiction.

Items served at the Meal:

- 70 turkeys
- 470lbs potatoes
- 370 lb of vegetables
- 60 gallons gravy
- 200 loaves of bread for stuffing
- 175 pumpkin pies

BC Coroners Service calls inquest into mushroom farm deaths

Dec. 20, 2011
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
BC Coroners Service

VANCOUVER - The BC Coroners Service has announced it will hold a public inquest into the deaths of three workers who died on a mushroom farm in Langley in September 2008.

Ut Tran aged 35, Han Pham aged 47 and Chi Wai (Jimmy) Chan aged 55 all died within moments of entering a pump shed where toxic gas had accumulated on Sept. 5, 2008. Two other workers survived, but suffered permanent, severe brain damage in the incident.

Last month the B.C. Supreme Court ordered fines totalling $350,000 against two companies and three of the principals involved in operation of the mushroom farm and related composting operation. The companies and personnel had pleaded guilty to 10 of 29 charges laid under occupational health and safety laws after a lengthy investigation by WorkSafeBC.

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said that after reviewing all the information available in the case, including the WorkSafeBC report, she concluded there is benefit to holding an inquest to examine some of the broader circumstances of the incident in an attempt to prevent future deaths from happening in similar circumstances.

During the inquest, presiding coroner Norm Leibel and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding these deaths. An inquest jury may not, by law, make any findings of fault or legal responsibility. However, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations related to the
evidence presented.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death.

The inquest is scheduled to commence on May 7, 2012, at the Coroners Court in Burnaby.

Because further details of the case are likely to become relevant evidence during the inquest, the BC Coroners Service will make no further comment at this time.

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Traffic Advisory: Lane Obstructions on Finnerty Rd until Dec 20 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory

Starting on Friday, December 16, 2011 through to Tuesday, December 20, 2011 there will be lane obstructions on Finnerty Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

The curb side turning lane onto McKenzie Avenue off of Finnerty Road will have lane obstructions that traffic will have to drive around.

All Vehicles will have access.

Top ten tips for staying fall-free this winter

Dec. 20, 2011
Ministry of Health

VICTORIA - Snow season has arrived, along with icy conditions that can lead to an unexpected slip or trip.

Falls are the most common cause of injury among British Columbia seniors and are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Each year, one in three seniors over the age of 65 experience at least one fall and nearly 40 per cent of fall-related hospitalizations involve a hip fracture - which greatly impacts the health and well-being of the senior as well as the B.C. health-care system.

Winter conditions, such as snow and ice, are known to increase the likelihood of experiencing a fall. Last year, 319 B.C. seniors aged 65 and over experienced fall-related hospitalizations due to ice and snow.

According to Canadian Institute of Health Information data, over 70 percent occurred between January and March. This information is often referred to as the tip of the iceberg, as many more fall injuries are treated in clinics, emergency departments and doctors' offices.
Falls usually happen due to factors that can be prevented. Identifying fall risk and taking the appropriate action to prevent falls can help seniors to stay independent and increase their overall health and well-being.

Top ten tips to help seniors stay fall-free this winter:

1. Check your traction - wearing appropriate shoes and boots for slippery sidewalks and stairs can help to avoid a fall. Research has shown that wearing an anti-slip shoe device can reduce the risk of a fall in icy conditions.

2. Slow down - 'tis the season for many exciting events... Falls often occur when you're in a rush.

3. Stay connected - letting people know your plans and taking a cellphone with you when you leave the house are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family this holiday season.

4. Vitamin D and calcium - research has shown that Vitamin D and calcium play an important role for muscular strength and bone health. During the winter months, it is especially important to eat foods high in Vitamin D and calcium and/or take supplements to get the recommended daily intake.

5. Stay active - strong muscles and bones are important in preventing falls and getting around safely. If winter conditions make it unsafe to exercise outdoors, stay active with an indoor routine that includes strengthening and balance exercises.

6. Bring in the salt - keep your salt and shovel indoors to avoid slipping while on your way to the garage or storage shed to get it.

7. Shovel the walkway - keep your steps and pathways clear. Check your railings and ensure they are sturdy, as they may save you from an unexpected slip or trip.

8. Ask for help - 'tis the season to lend a helping hand. Most people are happy to help an older person navigate across a slippery sidewalk or parking lot.

9. Have a plan - if you experienced a fall, what would you do? Being prepared in the event of a fall can assist in getting help as quickly as possible, and may even save your life.

10. Ask yourself if you are at risk - check your risk for falling with the Staying Independent fall risk assessment tool:

Find information to help you to stay fall-free this winter season through the websites listed below:

* For information on prevention, causes, consequences and treatment of fall-related injuries:
* The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility:
* Senior-focused publications like the BC Seniors Guide and SeniorsBC e-Newsletter helps seniors live healthy and active lives.

Learn More:

* Information on falls prevention can be found at:
* Information for seniors:
* Information for health professionals:
* BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit:
* Centre of Excellence on Mobility, Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging:

Comments requested on ALR on-farm energy creation #bcpoli #Anaerobicdigestion

Dec. 20, 2011
Ministry of Agriculture

VICTORIA - The Ministry of Agriculture is inviting British Columbians to contribute to the development of two bylaw standards related to the creation of on-farm energy.

One bylaw standard will cover anaerobic digestion on farms in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the other will cover combined heat and power co-generation in greenhouses in the ALR. Both systems present farmers possibilities to improve operating efficiency.

Anaerobic digestion systems use a combination of manure and organic materials to produce renewable energy in the form of methane gas. This methane gas can be upgraded to natural-gas quality or converted to electricity. A discussion paper and survey propose:

* Minimum farm size on using a system.
* Restrictions on the materials and their origins that can be used in the system.
* Planning, administrative and record-keeping requirements.
* Criteria for anaerobic digestion activities that would not require local-government rezoning.

This discussion paper and survey are available at:

Greenhouse growers use natural gas-based combined heat and power co-generation systems to produce electricity, heat and carbon dioxide, which are used to fertilize greenhouse crops. A discussion paper and survey propose:

* Requirements that cogeneration production be commensurate with the heat demand on the farm and/or total greenhouse size.
* Minimum operating efficiency.
* Sites and management that minimize noise impacts.
* Criteria for cogeneration activities that would not require local-government rezoning.

This discussion paper and survey are available at:

Bylaw standards are not legally binding. Rather, they provide interested local governments with criteria on a topic, should they be interested in developing a bylaw. The call for public comments follows the distribution of the ministry's discussion papers to local governments and stakeholders.

Respondents are advised to familiarize themselves with the respective discussion paper prior to participating in the survey.

The surveys will be open until March 15, 2012. All comments will be included in the ministry's consideration in developing the bylaw standards.

Martin the Cobbler: Dec 23-24 at First Metropolitan United Church to support @ourplacesociety #yyj #fundraiser

Martin the Cobbler
a Christmas adaptation of Tolstoy’s famous story

Friday, Dec. 23 and Sat. Dec. 24 7:30 p.m.

First Metropolitan United Church

Quadra Street at Balmoral Road, Victoria

Carols in the Candlelight: A fully dramatized pageant with costumes and special music. Entry is by donation and all proceeds to benefit Our Place. Also join us Christmas Day at 11 a.m. for our Community Christmas Celebration and carol singing with Louise Rose and friends.

Contact: (250) 388-5188 or

Victoria Hospice Country Christmas Concert Dec 20 #yyjevents #fundraiser @VictoriaHospice

Enjoy a great evening of Country hits and Christmas Classics in this multi-artist acoustic concert featuring six of Canada's top Country recording artists and songwriters; Duane Steele, Jake Mathews, Gary Fjellgaard, Pear, and Samantha King.

Victoria Hospice is proud to be the beneficiary of the proceeds from this concert. Enjoy over two hours of live performances, with an opportunity to honour someone special by adding a tribute to one of our Celebrate-A-Life trees at the event.

Concert Details:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Concert at 7:00 pm
Upstairs Cabaret, 1127 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC
Tickets: $30.00 + service charge

Available at:

Lyle's Place 770 Yates St.

Ditch Records 784 Fort St.

Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique 1315 Cook St.

New Master Class for 2012 VFF SpringBoard #yyjfilm Fundraising @VicFilmFestival

"Trailer Mechanics: Making Fundraising Demos"
with the Documentary Doctor, Fernanda Rossi.

"Can you show me something?" usually means "can you show me a fundraising trailer?" Today, a short work-in-progress or demo is the essential tool every filmmaker needs to raise the funds needed to make a documentary, whether from grants, crowdfunding or private investors. Stop guessing what works and what doesn't work - and why - in this one-day, hands-on workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors. If you have already read or are about to read the book by the same name this workshop is a chance to see all that theory in action with real life examples. You will:

• learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers
• learn the most common mistakes filmmakers make
• analyze trailers before and after Fernanda's doctoring.
• analyze successful fundraising trailers.
• analyze demos from the audience.

Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored over 300 films, including two nominated for the Academy Award®; as well as hundreds of trailers, many of which received funding from ITVS and NFB. She has given seminars at major world conferences such as HotDocs in Canada, Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK and SilverDOCS in the US, among others. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications like The Independent in the US and DOX in Europe. She is the author of the book that, according to industry professionals, is the bible on fundraising demos: Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Demo.

There are limited seats available for Master Classes, so get your passes for SpringBoard now. Passes are available online at, in person at the Victoria Film Festival office, 1215 Blanshard St. (M-F 10am-4pm), or by calling (250)389-0444. SpringBoard passes are only available until January16th.

The SpringBoard schedule can be found here:

Get your doc pitches ready! A $10,000 development prize is up for grabs at the next Victoria Film Festival. Submission Deadline is Dec 31.

The competition will be a highlight of the Festival's SpringBoard industry event and pitches will be heard o February 4. The entire Festival runs February 3 - 12, 2012.

KCTS9, a public television station in Seattle, Washington who is partnering with VFF, is seeking proposals to compete for a grant of US $10,000 to enable the winning filmmaker to develop a documentary project and prepare a trailer. The final round of the pitching contest will occur at the 2012 Victoria Film Festival's SpringBoard Industry event happening February 3-5, 2012, where one project will be awarded a $10,000 development fund.

When asked about the implementation of a new development prize, Senior VP of Content John Lindsay said, “This Call for Submissions is a sign of KCTS9’s commitment to documentary filmmakers in the North West Pacific region and also of our intention to produce programming about and for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We know that good development costs money and we are putting our money where our mouth is.”

This is the first time that SpringBoard is offering a pitching competition and VFF board member Pat Ferns was integral to bringing KCTS9 to the table, “Springboard is honoured to be one of three platforms that KCTS9 is using to express its commitment to documentary filmmaking in the Pacific Rim. During challenging times for documentary filmmakers, this initiative is a breath of fresh air.”

Complete submission details can be found at

Victoria Cougars host Saanich Braves This Thursday #yyjsports #hockey @CougarsJuniorB @SaanichBraves


The Victoria Cougars close out their pre-Christmas schedule when they host the Saanich Braves this Thursday.

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

Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops do not return to game action until January 5.

Thursday night’s game features five of the top eight scorers in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

Brody Coulter leads the way with 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points. The Victoria captain is also riding a 16 game point streak.

Also in the top eight are Steve Axford (18-27-45) and Sam Rice (8-29-37).

In their last meeting, which so happens to be the last game for both teams, the visiting Cougars scored six second period goals en route to an 8-3 blasting of Saanich last Friday. It was redemption for Victoria as it had lost its last two games at the George R. Pearkes Community Recreation Centre by scores of 5-3 and 4-2.

The Cougars (23-5-1), which led 2-1 after one period, received a pair of goals from Chris Bannister while Connor Stephens, Wade Johnson, Nathan Chen-Mack, Jacob Nixon, Axford, and Rice each added singles.

Bryce Halverson made his second straight start in net for Victoria. Acquired from the Strathmore Wheatland Kings of the Heritage League over a week ago, the six-foot-three, 185-pound goalie is 2-0-0 since his arrival.

Victoria is 12-1-1 at the A.B.S.C., where it has won seven games in a row.

Ty Jones leads the Braves (13-11-3) with 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points and sits third in league scoring. Jack Palmer, selected 175th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, rounds out the top eight with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points.

After winning seven straight, Saanich has dropped four of its past six games.

In their game against Victoria, the Braves were outshot 19-8 in the first period, 24-4 in the second, and 9-8 in the third for a game total of 52-20.

Sheldon Trees scored twice while Jones also lit the lamp for Saanich.

Getting the start in goal for the Braves was Tanner McGaw who was replaced after allowing five goals on 25 shots. Bowman Rutledge made 24 saves in relief which included stopping all nine shots in the third period.

Saanich returns to the ice Jan. 6 for the start of a home-and-home series with the Kerry Park Islanders.

STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 47 points, South Island Division. Saanich – 2nd place, 29 points, South Island Division

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Brody Coulter, 24 goals; Brody Coulter, 30 assists; Robert Zadra, 103 penalty minutes. Saanich – Ty Jones, 23 goals; Ty Jones, 24 assists; Josh McGladery, 85 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Evan Roch (2.81 goals against average, .889 save percentage); Bryce Halverson (3.48 goals against average, .857 save percentage). Saanich – Tanner McGaw (3.59 goals against average, .903 save percentage); Bowman Rutledge (3.87 goals against average, .882 save percentage)

SEASON SERIES: Cougars lead, 4-2-0


September 29, 2011. Saanich Braves 2 @ Victoria Cougars 8
October 14, 2011. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Saanich Braves 2
October 27, 2011. Saanich Braves 2 @ Victoria Cougars 5
October 28, 2011. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Saanich Braves 5
November 25, 2011. Victoria Cougars 2 @ Saanich Braves 4
December 16, 2011. Victoria Cougars 8 @ Saanich Braves 3
February 2, 2012. Saanich Braves @ Victoria Cougars

HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 12-1-1. Saanich – Away, 5-7-0
STREAKS: Victoria, 3-0-0. Saanich, 0-2-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 8-2-0. Saanich, 6-4-0

Monday, December 19, 2011

Single Lane Traffic: West Saanich Rd & Cheeseman Rd Today #yyjtraffic

Single Lane Traffic

On Monday, December 19, 2011, there will be alternating single lane traffic at West Saanich Road and Cheeseman Road.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:30 pm.

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

Police Issue Warrant for Busker Assault Suspect #yyj @VicpdCanada


Shane Michael Dailey, a 23-year-old Langford man, is wanted by VicPD for the assault of a popular downtown busker that occurred back in June.

Dailey is wanted for assault and mischief, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

On June 11, Dailey assaulted a well-known Victoria street performer at Government and Wharf Streets. The attack came without warning or provocation when the busker was tackled to the ground during the middle of his set.

The street performer suffered minor injuries and also had his violin broken.

VicPD were able to identify Dailey as the culprit following numerous tips from the public. The attack spawned significant interest from the online community and spread virally via Twitter and YouTube. Twitter followers rallied to support the popular performer and even secured the donation of a new violin courtesy of Larsen Music.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Shane Dailey is asked to contact VicPD Major Crimes Detective Lori Beauvais (250-995-7256 /

Fourteen Drug Dealers Busted in Latest Pandora Crackdown #yyj @VicpdCanada


Fourteen people face charges of drug trafficking following the latest crackdown by members of VicPD’s Focused Enforcement Team and Strike Force.

The project, entitled “November Reign”, focused on drug dealing in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue and was initiated in response to community concerns.

“This undercover project targeting prolific drug traffickers is just one small aspect of the strategy to decrease crime in the Pandora area,” said S/Sgt. Dave Bown of the Focused Enforcement Team. “Combined with our high visibility patrols and close working relationship with downtown service providers, we’re committed to make the area safe for everyone.”

Undercover operators purchased cocaine and heroin over a three-day period, from November 15-18. Warrants were recently issued and police have already arrested 12 of the individuals. Two of the dealers remain outstanding on warrants.

Typically, VicPD’s Focused Enforcement Team conducts similar drug crackdown projects two or three times a year. In May, 22 drug dealers were arrested in Project “Cinco de Mayo”.

Victoria Mutiny Commemoration: Remember the resisters of the forgotten 259th Battalion Dec 21 #yyjevents

Victoria Mutiny Commemoration

Wednesday, December 21st @ 9AM

Gather at Fort and Quadra Street

(Lawn on the north-east corner)

Remember the resisters of the forgotten 259th Battalion and demand their pardon

On the morning of December 21st, 1918, French-Canadian conscripts in the 259th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Siberia) mutinied at the corner of Fort and Quadra Street in downtown Victoria. They refused to embark for service in a new theatre of war - the Russian port of Vladivostok and Siberia, to aid the White Russian forces fighting the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War. The war on the Western Front had ended six weeks earlier, prompting sharp debates within Canadian society and the military force itself.

But at the point of the bayonet, the mutinous men were forced to embark for Russia, exceeding the powers granted under Canada's conscription law, the Military Service Act 1917. The ringleaders were shackled together in the bottom of the ship, the SS Teesta, and received sentences of between 30 days and 3 years imprisonment with hard labour for "Joining in a mutiny while on active service in his majesty's armed forces."

This year, on the 93rd anniversary of the mutiny, we are gathering to remember this forgotten moment in the history of Victoria, French and English Canada and the world. The event will feature the story of the conscripts and mutiny itself, a moment of silence for the fallen soldiers of the Siberian Expedition, a musical interlude, and a public call for a formal apology for the families and a full pardon from the federal government for the French-Canadian soldiers wrongfully convicted of mutiny at Victoria.

Learn more:

On Youtube

En Française

Visit Canada's Siberian Expedition Virtual Exhibition & Digital Archive

Stabbing at View Towers: Public's Help Requested #yyj @VicpdCanada


VicPD are investigating a stabbing that occurred at View Towers on Saturday night. Police are asking for public’s help in providing any suspect information.

The stabbing occurred Saturday night just after 9 p.m. The attending officers located the victim in the parking lot, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds in the head and hands.

The 25-year-old Victoria man was uncooperative with police. Police do not known exactly where the stabbing occurred, or have any suspect information.

The victim, who is known to police, was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital. He was released later that day.

If anyone has information about the stabbing that occurred at View Towers Saturday night, asked to contact VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Suspects At-Large in Weekend Robberies #yyj @VicpdCanada

(11-44672, 11-44924)

VicPD is actively investigating two personal robberies that occurred this weekend in Esquimalt and Vic West. One of the robberies occurred in the 200-block of Robert Street, and the other robbery was near the Tillicum Road and Craigflower Road intersection.

The first robbery occurred on Thursday afternoon when a 27-year-old Colwood man was robbed at knifepoint near Rainbow Park in the 200-block of Robert St.

The victim was on the walkway when three suspects jumped in front of him and blocked his path. One of the suspects produced a large knife and demanded the backpack that man was carrying. The other two suspects circled around to block his escape.

The backpack was ripped from his shoulders and all three suspects ran from the scene.

Officers were quick on-scene, along with K9 unit, but unable to locate the suspects. All three of the suspects were described as white men, between the ages of 23-27 years old, and all approximately 6-feet tall. They were all wearing black toques at the time of the robbery

The second robbery occurred Sunday night at 11 p.m. by the intersection of Tillicum Road and Craigflower Road .

A 19-year-old Saanich man was robbed of his iPod and headphones while waiting at the bus stop. He was with a friend, when he was approached by the lone suspect. The suspect struck up a conversation and then threatened the man with violence unless he surrendered his iPod and headphones.

The suspect took the iPod and headphones and then fled the area. The suspect was described as a native man, approximately 18-23 years old, approximately 6-foot-2 with a slim build and clean shaven.

He had brown eyes and at the time of the robbery was wearing a brown hoodie and grey sweat pants.

If anybody has information on these robberies, please contact CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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