Thursday, May 31, 2012

Single Lane Traffic: Quadra & Woodhall Friday June 1 #yyjtraffic

On Friday, June 1, 2012 there will be alternating single lane traffic at the intersection of Quadra Street and Woodhall Drive. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

The northbound curb lane on Quadra Street will be closed.

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

Single Lane Traffic Reynolds Rd between Borden St & Cumberland Rd to June 22 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Wednesday May 30, 2012 through to Friday June 22, 2012, there will be single lane traffic on Reynolds Rd between Borden St and Cumberland Rd. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

The Waterworks department will be installing a Watermain.

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

Diversity Health Fair: Saturday, June 30 #yyjevents @ICAVictoria

Bring the whole family to the Diversity Health Fair on Saturday, June 30!

The Diversity Health Fair is a free, family-friendly event that provides Victoria's multi-ethnic community members with information about health, wellness, recreation, nutrition, and healthy living. People who attend the fair have the opportunity to gather information and talk to representatives from a variety of health services and facilities. Multi-lingual volunteers are available to assist with interpretation. This year's theme is Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.

40 Exhibitors, some of which include:

Canadian Cancer Society, BC Nurses Union, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Health Canada - Consumer Product Safety, Island Sexual Health, Access Midwifery & Family Care, UC Life Chiropractic Centre, AIDS Vancouver Island, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Heart & Hands Health Collective, and many more.


Guy Dauncey: Well-known local speaker, writer, and organizer, Guy is the author the award-winning Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic.

Hope Schreiber MSN, NP (F): Hope is a Nurse Practitioner for women and families, who works with Access Midwifery & Family Care. Her workshop focuses on Women's Health and Navigating the Health System.

Cancer Risk Factors & Healthy Living: Nancy Falconer, Health Promotion Coordinator for the Vancouver Island Region, BC & Yukon Division of Canadian Cancer Society, and Christy Anderson, Prevention Education Leader for the Southern Vancouver Island Region for BC Cancer, will be co-facilitating this workshop.


Live multicultural entertainment, a Zumba Dance fitness demonstration by Isabel Arias Santos, a kid's activity area, a multicultural food café, and more!

Saturday, June 30, from 10am to 2pm in the First United Metropolitan Church Hall at 932 Balmoral Road (next to ICA's offices).

Citizen Canine 9th Annual Dog Walk Sunday June 3 at Beaver Lake Park @CitizenCanineBC @SaveVicAnimals #yyj #dogs

On Sunday, June 3rd at Beaver Lake Park in Victoria, Citizen Canine is hosting its 9th annual Everybody and their dog Walk.  It's from 10 to 2, with the walk starting at 11 and it’s free.  There are raffle prizes, pizza for lunch and contests such as best-dressed dog and more. 

Dog groups and businesses will show you the latest in dog care, training, food and fashion.  Test your dog’s behaviour with the Canadian Kennel Club’s Canine Good Neighbour assessment, which starts at 10. 

All lunch proceeds go to Broken Promises Rescue, who help abused, neglected and unwanted pets.

World Oceans Day Festival at #Esquimalt Gorge Park June 3rd #yyj #worldoceansday

World Oceans Day Festival

Esquimalt Gorge Park - 1070 Tillicum Road

Sunday June 3rd, 12:00 noon to 3:30pm

Join Esquimalt Parks and Recreation and the World Fisheries Trust in a celebration of World Oceans Day on June 3rd, 2012. The event, featuring fun and educational activities for the entire family, will be held at Esquimalt Gorge Park.

This year's theme is "Youth - the Next Wave for Change." Event goers will be invited to explore the wonders of our local waterways through touch tanks, canoe tours of The Gorge and interpretive walks of the surrounding park land. Additionally, some 200 Douglas fir tree seedlings— donated by the provincial government— will be provided free of charge to the public (limit two per family).

The Ocean Project, an international network of over 1,000 aquaria, zoos, museums and conservation organizations including World Fisheries Trust, promotes and coordinates activities worldwide with a special focus on engaging youth in helping to conserve and protect the world's oceans.

Family friendly activities will include:

Seaquaria touch tanks filled with local marine life
Interactive 3D model of the Gorge Waterway
Face painting
Marine themed crafts
Canoe rides on the Gorge
Scavenger hunt
Interpretive walks
Educational displays
Live music with West My Friend, Snoqualmie and Compassion Gorilla
Esquimalt Centennial 2012 information booth

Additionally, some 200 Douglas fir tree seedlings— donated by the provincial government— will be provided free of charge to the public (limit two per family).

This event is FREE, but donations to help operate the Nature House at Esquimalt Gorge Park are welcome.

The Ocean Project, an international network of over 1,000 aquaria, zoos, museums and conservation organizations including World Fisheries Trust, promotes and coordinates activities worldwide with a special focus on engaging youth in helping to conserve and protect the world's oceans.

Oceans Day this year also marks the 5th anniversary of the Gorge Waterway Nature House, which opened on Oceans Day in 2008. Since then the centre has seen over 8,600 visitors, has delivered over 90 environmental education programs to more than 2,500 students and youth and has become an important part of the community.

World Oceans Day Festival: June 8-10 @MaritimeMusBC #yyjevents @WorldFisheries @GeorgiaStraitBC

Join the Maritime Museum of BC and Ocean Networks Canada as we partner with businesses and community organizations within the Inner Harbour and surrounding areas for our first annual World Oceans Day Festival, June 8th -10th.

Lots of exciting hands-on activities are planned for kids, as well as a lively outdoor exhibition featuring organizations that are actively involved with our oceans. World Fisheries Trust, CETUS society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Georgia Strait Alliance and SeaChange all plan to be there, and the list continues to grow!

A special afternoon speaker series will offer short talks from top marine researchers and graduate students on leading edge marine projects. There will be an art contest showcasing the beautiful images and video from researchers who are studying our blue planet.

We will discover our impact on this fragile ecosystem, how we are helping it and how it sustains our everyday life. This event is free and will be open to the public June 9th and 10th from 11am-5pm outside in beautiful Bastion Square and inside at the Maritime Museum of BC.

See our website for more information, or call 250-385-4222, ext. 112. If you would like to contact Ocean Networks Canada as well, please call 250.853.3540.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Panorama Recreation Centre Temporarily Closed #yyj @SliderPenguin

Due to a power outage, Panorama Recreation Centre on the Saanich Peninsula is temporarily closed to the public. Staff is working with BC Hydro to attempt to restore power. In the meantime, the public can visit for updates.

UPDATE: Prompt response to @BCCLA call for review of Boyd case welcomed #bcpoli


Prompt response to BCCLA call for review of Boyd case
a welcome change in tune

May 30, 2012
For immediate release

The BCCLA is pleased that the Province and BC’s police oversight bodies have reversed their previously dismissive attitudes towards the organization’s concerns about the Paul Boyd case.

On Monday, after the release of the Paul Boyd shooting video, the BCCLA called for the Boyd file to be re-opened, marking the BCCLA’s third such call for review. But unlike previous requests, by late Tuesday afternoon, the BCCLA had received notice that the Coroners’ Service of BC was re-opening their file on the death. In addition, the BCCLA was notified that the Police Complaint Commissioner, Minister of Justice and Vancouver Police Department had asked an outside police agency, Alberta’s “ASIRT” team, to re-investigate the file.

“The most unfortunate part of all of this is that it took a video to get action on the Boyd file. It’s like déjà vu all over again for British Columbians,” noted Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “We wrote to the Criminal Justice Branch and the Police Complaint Commissioner months ago pointing out that the evidence at the Coroner’s Inquest showed Boyd was crawling and disarmed when he was shot. To put it politely, our concerns were ignored.”

In a response authored by then Assistant Deputy Attorney General Robert W.G. Gillen, the Criminal Justice Branch dismissed the BCCLA’s letter, concluding: “I believe we can both agree that the public interest is not served by my office expending valuable resources to confirm that assertions made by your organization [BCCLA] are not correct.” The BCCLA did not agree with Mr. Gillen’s assessment of the evidence.

The Police Complaint Commissioner was similarly dismissive of the BCCLA’s concerns, creating a new defence for police officers called “Inattentional Blindness” to respond to the issue of Boyd being killed while crawling injured, and disarmed. The Commissioner wrote: “Constable Chipperfield’s failure to perceive Constable Baird’s removal of the chain from Mr. Boyd is reasonably explained by Dr. Lewinski in terms of his [Chipperfield’s] intense emotional reaction to the events coupled with a restricted focus that rendered him [Chipperfield] ‘inattentionally’ blind.”

The BCCLA will continue to demand justice for Paul Boyd, as it has for the last five years. People with information about the case, especially eyewitnesses, may contact the BCCLA for support in bringing forward their information to the ASIRT investigators.

“The fact that the police, the OPCC and others have been so dismissive of the idea of learning from this incident so as to prevent things like this happening again is concerning, as BC has the highest rate of police-involved deaths per capita in Canada,” said Holmes. “It seems to us that if ‘inattentive blindness’ and ‘emotional’ excitement by officers exists, and is apt to have this kind of a result, there should be efforts made to train them to be more cool-headed and professional, particularly when handling deadly weapons.”

see also: Coroners Service to Review Paul Boyd Case


May 29, 2012

The BCCLA is demanding that the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) re-open their review of the Paul Boyd shooting investigation after a shocking video of the shooting was released by a witness today. Boyd was a professional animator who was shot to death by Vancouver Police on Granville Street in 2007.

The BCCLA’s call asks for the OPCC to investigate first, how the Vancouver Police Department failed to obtain the alarming video in their original investigation of themselves, and second, whether criminal or disciplinary action should be taken against the shooting officer and/or the investigating officers.

“How is it that the VPD investigators did not canvass these witnesses for what they saw?” asked Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “The video shows the photographer was in close proximity to the shooting. The failure of the VPD to control the scene and canvass witnesses for evidence is very troubling. The Independent Investigation Office will be relying on police departments to contain scenes and canvass for witnesses until the independent investigation can begin. If they can’t perform even that limited role, we’re in real trouble.”

Following the Coroner’s Inquest into Boyd’s death, the BCCLA wrote to the Criminal Justice Branch raising concerns about witness accounts, including police accounts, that Boyd had been disarmed and crawling when he was fatally shot. The response received from the Criminal Justice Branch Assistant Deputy Attorney General Robert W.G. Gillen dismissed the BCCLA’s concerns and concluded: “I believe we can both agree that the public interest is not served by my office expending valuable resources to confirm that assertions made by your organization [BCCLA] are not correct.”

The video released today shows Boyd, fully disarmed and having been shot six times already, crawling along Granville Street for twenty three seconds before he is fatally shot. A car obscures the camera from showing the last seconds of the incident, but the video clearly depicts the injured man being disarmed after falling, and then crawling towards the shooting officer while surrounded by other VPD officers.

“Like the Robert Dziekanski and the Frank Paul videos before it, this video account will reinforce some witnesses as credible, and undermine others,” said Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “For the Boyd family, and for the public’s confidence in our police accountability system, this video must be taken seriously and reviewed against already available evidence to determine whether it would change investigation outcomes.”

Click here to read the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner review of the shooting >>

Click here to read the first review of the shooting by the Criminal Justice Branch >>

Click here to read the second review of the shooting by the Criminal Justice Branch, and correspondence with the BCCLA >>

see also: Alberta investigative unit to consider new information in Boyd case

#Cycling investment supports families and communities #bcpoli

May 30, 2012
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

VICTORIA - The Province has doubled this year's investment in BikeBC, with $7.25 million to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for B.C. families and communities.

BikeBC is a 50/50 cost-sharing program between the Province and local governments. This year's investment of $7.25 million by the Province will help create more than $14.5 million in cycling infrastructure. Since 2008, the Province has committed over $11.9 million in BikeBC funding throughout B.C. $4 million of this funding is available to Lower Mainland communities interested in linking their cycling paths and lanes to the Gateway

Program cycling network. $2.75 million is available to help B.C. communities complete key pieces in their existing cycling networks through the Provincial Cycling Investment Program (PCIP). Local governments interested in these programs should contact the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at:

In addition, $500,000 is available to help B.C. communities with smaller scale projects, such as bike lanes and paths through the Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program (CIPP). Local governments interested in this program should apply online at:

To be considered for funding, local governments must describe how the project benefits the community, contributes to increased physical activity and healthy living, as part of their municipality's active community plans.

Cycling is a key component of the Province's strategy for encouraging healthy living and addressing climate change, in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan and the Provincial Transit Plan.

VicPD’s Project Sting-Ray Nets Two More #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 12-14678
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD’s “Project Sting-Ray” has led to the arrest of two more individuals for a violent attack in April.

Project ‘Sting-Ray” was a month’s long Strikeforce project that cumulated late last week with the execution of multiple search warrants and seizure of over $70 000 worth of drugs.

Through “Project Sting-Ray” VicPD officers learned that 32-year-old Michael Hamer was the man behind a violent attack on April 12th on an unsuspecting patron of Svelt Lounge in Langford. Hamer punched the man in the face after a verbal confrontation inside the men’s bathroom. Hamer then went on to push the man through a stall, breaking fixtures throughout the bathroom.

West Shore RCMP responded but were unable to locate the suspect, or gather enough evidence to forward charges.

VicPD officers learned that Hamer was ushered through the lounge after this vicious attack and hidden from responding police by a 41-year-old man who is a staff member of Svelt Lounge.

Hamer is now facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm and charges have been recommended against the 41-year-old staff member for one count of being an accessory to an assault causing bodily harm.

see also: VicPD Conclude Project Sting-Ray, Cocaine & Ketamine Seized

Kidney Car Program: #Donate your clunker for #Research @kidneycanada @BCAA

Make the roads safer, the environment healthier and life better for those with Kidney Disease: Donate your vehicle to the Kidney Car Program

Victoria, B.C. / May 30, 2012 – Recycling your old vehicle by donating it to the Kidney Car Program is the perfect way to participate in Canadian Environment Week running from June 3-9, 2012.

The Kidney Car Program is part of a unique series of “recycle for life” programs developed by The Kidney Foundation of Canada that benefit the environment, vehicle owners and people affected by kidney disease.

How does the Kidney Car program work? The program accepts trucks, motorcycles, trailers, ATVs or even farm equipment. Donors receive a free vehicle tow and a tax receipt.

“Removing unsafe vehicles from our roads through the Kidney Car Program is an environmentally sound way to make our roads safer,” stated Allan Lamb, President and COO of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation upon announcing the Foundation’s partnership with The Kidney Foundation of Canada in this program.

With BCAA Road Safety Foundation’s involvement and BCAA’s network of towing contractors, the Kidney Car Program is being extended province wide. The BCAA Road Safety Foundation receives fifty per cent of the proceeds from each vehicle donated by BCAA members.

“Kidney disease is a major cause of death in Canada and an estimated 240,000 British Columbians either suffer from or are at risk for this devastating disease,” commented Lorraine Gerard, Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation, BC Branch. “We are thrilled to have BCAA Road Safety Foundation partner with us in our fight to make life better for those with kidney disease.”

Since 1995, the Kidney Car Program has recycled almost 25,000 vehicles. For each car donated, tires and car parts are recycled and 40 litres of fluids per average car are saved from leaking into our backyards.

Canadian Environment Week is an opportunity to get that unsafe smoke blowing clunker off the road and help turn unwanted vehicles into life saving machines.

To donate your vehicle call 1-888-538-1057 or donate on-line at BCAA members should mention their membership at time of booking.

New #Motorcycle #Safety Laws effective June 1st #bcpoli

May 30, 2012
Ministry of Justice

VICTORIA - As motorcyclists gear up for riding season, the Province is reminding riders that new motorcycle safety regulations take effect on June 1.

All motorcyclists and passengers in B.C. must wear a motorcycle helmet that displays the proper industry safety certification label. Helmets must comply with standards outlined by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Snell Memorial Foundation 2005 or 2010, or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). Riders found violating the new helmet laws will receive a $138 fine. New seating laws have also been put into place to protect both passengers and riders.

The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is working with police and motorcyclists to ensure the new helmet and seating regulations will be applied fairly and fines will be issued to riders putting their safety at risk. Police also have educational material to distribute to riders to inform them about the new laws.

New laws give riders more guidance for enjoying a safe journey. However, about two-thirds of crashes between a motorcycle and another vehicle are the fault of the other vehicle. To inform other drivers about the vulnerabilities motorcyclists face and how to drive safely around motorcycles, the superintendent of motor vehicles and ICBC have partnered on an awareness campaign.

The awareness campaign focuses on road safety tips aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities on B.C.'s roads. Important tips include:

1. Be aware - Check your mirrors frequently, be aware of road conditions that pose hazards to motorcyclists and look carefully for traffic at intersections. It can be difficult to judge the speed and distance of a motorcyclist so be extra cautious, especially when turning left.

2. Watch for clues - Watch for signs such as turn signals, shoulder checks or leaning, signalling the rider may turn or change lanes.

3. Share the road - Motorcycles use a full lane. Leave at least three seconds of following distance behind a motorcycle.

4. Be courteous - Acknowledge riders with a wave or eye contact. Give riders the space they need to change lanes and never try to pass a motorcycle using the same lane.

The Province is also moving forward with a graduated licensing program that includes power restrictions, following additional consultation to determine the best model.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coroners Service to Review #PaulBoyd Case #bcpoli

May 29, 2012

Ministry of Justice
BC Coroners Service

VICTORIA - The BC Coroners Service has announced it will review its investigation and inquest into the 2007 death of Paul Boyd in light of new video evidence that has been brought forward.

Mr. Boyd, who had a lengthy history of mental illness, was shot to death by Vancouver Police on August 13, 2007, at the intersection of Granville and 16th Streets.

A public inquest was held into Mr. Boyd's death in December, 2010, at which time the coroner's jury made a total of nine recommendations, directed to police and health authorities. A copy of the Verdict from the inquest can be found at:

A bystander's video came to public light only this week, and was therefore not available to the presiding coroner and jury at the inquest.

"Clearly, this video is an important piece of evidence regarding what happened during Mr. Boyd's last moments," says Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe. "In light of this new information, I have directed that a review be undertaken of this file to determine whether any further action is warranted on the part of the Coroners Service."

The Coroners Service hopes to conclude the review and decide on any future course of action within the next few weeks.

see also:

BCCLA demands Commissioner reopen Boyd investigation

Alberta investigative unit to consider new information in Boyd case

Johnson Street Bridge Open House: Pathways, Landscaping & Public Spaces June 9 #yyj

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC – The Johnson Street Bridge replacement project includes improvements to walking and cycling connections, public spaces and landscaping on both sides of the bridge. The public is invited to attend an information session and workshop on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delta Ocean Point Resort to provide feedback and help plan for these improvements.

The goal of this first session is for the community to contribute input that helps set priorities for the final design of landscaping, public spaces, and pathways related to the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project. The event will provide an opportunity for both drop-in as well as more in-depth discussions with staff and stakeholders.

Open House

Pathways, Landscaping, and Public Spaces
for the Johnson Street Bridge

Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Harbour Room - Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, 45 Songhees Road
This will be the first of two sessions.
A second event will take place in July

A second session will take place in early July. At this event staff will present updated drawings of the public realm and a summary of what staff heard from the community during the first session. This will be an opportunity for citizens to review concepts designed based on input received. Details of this event will be confirmed prior to the June 9 workshop.

For more information, visit

BC Ombudsperson Releases 2011/12 Annual Report

May 29, 2012


VICTORIA – Provincial Ombudsperson Kim Carter released her 2011/12 Annual Report today. In Carter’s last report of her first six year term, she highlights the Office’s work and jurisdiction over the largest number and widest array of authorities of any provincial ombudsperson in Canada. Over 8,000 inquiries and complaints were received and the most significant public authorities dealt with were the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, ICBC and the Workers’ Compensation Board. Carter was reappointed for an unprecedented second term as ombudsperson by the Legislative Assembly on May 9, 2012.

“The work of this office helps improve our democratic system”, says Carter. “It’s a powerful combination when people come to us for assistance and we are able to offer an effective referral or a timely resolution which assists public agencies in improving the fairness of their processes and the effectiveness of their service delivery.”

A number of complaints made by individuals resulted not only in resolution for them, but also improvements to program delivery including:

• Respecting the rights of youth in custody (Burnaby Youth Custody Services) Steps were taken to ensure all youth in custody have access to a private location (a soundproof booth) to make phone calls to privileged persons. A provincial policy was developed which sets out a youth’s right to private communication with privileged persons. (pg 24)

• Eligibility requirements for an adopted child (Ministry of Health) Ministry revised practice of processing applications for adopted children. (pg 34)

• Policy change benefits others (Ministry of Justice) Changes were made to the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program policy and standard letters with respect to enforcement of child support for children over the age of 19. (pg 58)

• Sudden Stops (Translink) Several improvements were made to TransLink’s sudden emergency braking claims processes. (pg 59)

Complaints resolved and included in the report include:

• Improving public input process (Cultus Lake Park Board) The investigation led to greater commitment to transparency and consultation and refunds of administration fees to affected individuals. (pg 48)

• Fees charged to involuntary residential care resident waived and reviewed (Vancouver Island Health Authority) The investigation resulted in fees not being charged to an involuntarily admitted patient and her transfer back to the same community where her husband lived. (pg 53)

• Knowing when it’s best to stay put (Community Living BC) The investigation into the procedure for planning and transitioning a youth to adult services resulted in CLBC agreeing to the youth remaining in the original community resource beyond the age of 19. CLBC also provided the funding. (pg 22)

• Trail blazing (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) A delay in reopening a public road access to a trail system resulted in the Office’s involvement and the completion of work to the satisfaction of not only the complainants but the community as a whole. (pg 61)

In addition to individual inquiries and complaints, the Office of the Ombudsperson delivered three reports on seniors care in 2011/12. These were the Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2), On Short Notice: An Investigation of Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Process for Closing Cowichan Lodge and Honouring Commitments: An Investigation of Fraser Health Authority’s Transfer of Seniors from Temporarily Funded Residential Care Beds.

Updates on action by government in implementing recommendations on previous reports Fit to Drink: Challenges in Providing Safe Drinking Water in British Columbia and Last Resort: Improving Fairness and Accountability in British Columbia’s Income Assistance Program are also included.

The annual report and all other special reports are available at Hard copies are also available by contacting the Office at 1-800-567-3247 or at 250-387-5855.

#VicPD Conclude Project Sting-Ray, Cocaine & Ketamine Seized #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 12-2060
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD concluded Project Sting-Ray late last week with the execution of three search warrants in Victoria and Saanich.

Approximately $70,000 worth of drugs was seized and four people were arrested in a three-month-long Strikeforce investigation that targeted mid-level drug dealers.

VIDEO: Crack cocaine seized and field test

With the assistance of the Emergency Response team and Saanich Police, VicPD executed search warrants in the 500-block of Dallas Road, 800-block of Denford Crescent and the unit-block of Burnside Road West.

Four people have been arrested, including a 30-year-old man, 22-year-old man, 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman. One of the men, Chris James Myre, remains in custody for five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The other people were released to be summoned later to court.

Officers seized large quantities of heroin, crack, cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine from the homes, and a variety of tools and equipment used to package and distribute drugs. Police also seized more than $30,000 in cash.

What's That? Ask A Nat! Drop-in Event at Island View Beach Regional Park #yyj

Come with your curiosity to explore low tide and all the marine critters it reveals. Borrow our dip nets and ask a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist to identify your treasures. Meet at the picnic shelter on Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

Sunday, June 2, 2012, 10am-2pm
Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich)
Drop-in Event, All ages

Victoria Pride Parade July 8: Registration Info #yyj #pride

What is Pride week celebrations for than to honour and celebrate our right to be PROUD?!.. We are pretty lucky to live in a place where we can proclaim who we are... so why not get out there and help to make it the best display of how you or your business is here to celebrate our freedom, and proclaim other peoples rights in the world to be afforded with the same.

Day of the Honey Bee marks importance to B.C. agriculture #bcpoli

May 29, 2012
Ministry of Agriculture

Day marks importance of honey bee to B.C. agriculture

VICTORIA - It has been estimated that up to one-third of the food we eat is the result of and dependent on pollination by honey bees.

The Day of the Honey Bee is held on May 29 in recognition of the critical importance of honey bees to the province's agriculture sector and, by extension to British Columbians' health and well-being.

Who would think that a creature as small as the honey bee could hold so much importance - both to our food security and to our economy in British Columbia and around the world? They are responsible for about 70 per cent of our food crop pollination.

Through their role as pollinators, honey bees have played an important role in B.C. agriculture since they were introduced to the Americas by European settlers hundreds of years ago. Today, honey bee colonies remain critical to the production of many crops British Columbians rely on, from tree fruits and berries to forage crops and canola.

Ministry of Agriculture staff work closely with B.C.'s beekeepers to improve disease prevention and control through field inspections and extension services.

Honey bees are an important keystone species and as such, they are the very cornerstone to the sustainability of our agriculture and health of our environment.

Alberta investigative unit to consider new information in Boyd case #bcpoli

May 29, 2012
Ministry of Justice

VICTORIA - Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond announced today that new video and witness information in the Boyd case will be investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

Bond directed the assistant deputy minister of Police Services Division to work with all parties, including the Vancouver Police Department and the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, to ensure that an independent outside agency take on the investigation into the new evidence that was brought to light in the fatal police shooting of Paul Boyd in August, 2007.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond -

"It is essential that British Columbians have confidence in their police. This is a very sensitive case, which is why we have asked theAlberta Serious Incident Response Team, an experienced, independent investigative agency, to consider the case in light of new information.

I know that the Vancouver Police Department agrees that this matter beinvestigated externally and will fully co-operate with the ASIRT investigation."

see also: BCCLA demands Commissioner reopen Boyd investigation

Four Drunk Drivers Taken off the Road by @Vicpdcanada #yyj

Four Drunk Drivers Taken off the Road Tuesday Morning

File # 12-18437, 12-18440, 12-18442, 12-18448
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Victoria BC – It was hardly a quiet Tuesday morning for VicPD officers who took four drunk drivers off the road in the early morning hours.

The first incident occurred in the 300-block of Island Highway just after 12:30 a.m. when police saw a Saturn sedan driving erratically. The 26-year-old Victoria man behind the wheel was found to be drinking, which was contrary to his learner’s license. He was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and the car towed.

Just before 2 a.m. police initiated a traffic stop on Douglas after a Saturn coupe passed them without a front license plate or a “L” sign displayed. The 28-year-old Oak Bay man was found to be over the legal limit and was issued a three-day driving prohibition and his car towed.

Then at 2 a.m. a Honda hatchback was pulled over after speeding down Esquimalt Road. A 21-year-old Esquimalt man admitted to drinking contrary to the restrictions of his learner’s license. He was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and his car towed.

Finally at 3:45 a.m. officers pulled over a Chevrolet SUV in the unit-block of Songhees Road after it was observed travelling to wrong way down Fort Street and driving erratically. The 30-year-old Victoria man was found to be intoxicated behind the wheel and he was given a 24-hour driving prohibition and vehicle towed.

Consultations kick off on seniors advocate #bcpoli

May 29, 2012
Ministry of Health

VICTORIA - Ten public consultations will take place throughout the province in the coming weeks as one of the ways seniors, their families, service providers, and other organizations can help shape the future role of a seniors advocate.

To register to attend one of the public meetings in person, people can phone 1 855 356-9614 or email:

People unable to attend a consultation can still have their say on the role of an advocate until the end of July by emailing or writing. This input will help define options for the role and function of the Office of the Seniors Advocate, including how the office could collaborate with existing organizations.

"Through the seniors action plan, we are changing the way seniors access and receive care throughout B.C.," said Health Minister Michael de Jong, who kicked off the public consultations in Victoria. "But we cannot move forward without consulting the groups most affected, seniors and their families. We are listening to what British Columbians want from a seniors advocate."

The commitment to establish an Office of the Seniors Advocate is a key component of the Province's seniors action plan that was announced on Feb. 14, 2012. An advocate supports the commitment in that plan to ensure a more accessible, transparent and accountable approach to seniors care.

"It is important that the role of the seniors advocate be determined not just by government, but by seniors and their families, as well as caregivers and service providers," added Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health Ron Cantelon. "That is why engaging the public to help develop the Office of the Seniors Advocate is so important."

The launch of this consultation process is one of the key deliverables in the seniors action plan. More information about the plan, including progress on various actions and a discussion paper on the seniors advocate, can be found online at:

Through Improving the Care of B.C. Seniors: An Action Plan, the Province is building a more accessible, transparent and accountable approach to seniors' care. The plan contains specific deliverables to help seniors and their families navigate the health system, easily access information about care options and have a clear and simple way to register complaints.

Mill Hill Regional Park Closed June 6 #yyj

Mill Hill Regional Park at 490 Atkins Ave. will be closed Wednesday, June 6. Closure is required for public safety as crews remove large bundles of Scotch broom by helicopter from the park.

The closure may be postponed due to weather. Please check for updates at or by calling 250.478.3344.

Candlelight Tribute Recognizes #Military & #Esquimalt May 31 #yyjevents @NadenBand @VCC_Kids_Sing

MARP 016/12
May 29,2012

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Sailors and gunners and centennial of the Township of Esquimalt will be the focus the annual Candlelight Tribute Parade starting at 6:45 p.m. at Gods Acre Veterans Cemetery in Esquimalt on Thursday, May 31.

Navy Capt. Angus Topshee representing Maritime Forces Pacific will be among several municipal, provincial, and federal officials as well as members of the public who will place candles on the gravesites in the 143-year old cemetery. The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific and the Canadian Scottish Regimental Association Pipe Band will lead the marching contingent and flag party.

The Victoria Children’s Choir directed by Madeleine Humer will perform with the Naden Band. Representatives from veterans’ organizations and Cadets, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts, as well as members of the public will place over 2,400 candles on the graves in the historic cemetery. The display of light provides an ambience perfect for reflection and remembrance.

Long before the Europeans came to what is today Esquimalt, the first sailors were the people of the Coast Salish Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Ships representing the King of Spain explored Esquimalt as early as 1774. British influence arrived in 1778. The first survey of Esquimalt Harbour was completed in 1846 and the Royal Navy moved its Pacific Station from Valparaiso, Chile to Esquimalt in 1865.

The military barracks was built at Work Point in 1887 to house C Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery and a detachment of the Royal Artillery. The British forces departed in 1906 and the Canadian Naval Service was established in 1910. Two years later the Township of Esquimalt was incorporated on Sept. 1 1912.

The Veteran’s Cemetery was consecrated on July 14, 1868 and was established by the Royal Navy to replace the cemetery on Brothers Island at the mouth of Esquimalt Harbour. The chapel houses several Royal Navy artefacts.

The property was expanded in 1901 to accommodate soldiers of the Royal Artillery. In 1947, the Department of Veterans Affairs took over the 1.1 hectare cemetery that is located between the 12th and 17th holes of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. Access is from Colville Road.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Auditor General examines Crown agency board governance #bcpoli

May 28, 2012
Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia

VICTORIA - Auditor General John Doyle has released his latest report, Crown Agency Board Governance. This report presents the findings from examinations of four Crown agencies.

Strong board governance structures and practices for ministries and Crown agencies help an organization achieve its goals and ensure taxpayers' contributions are used effectively. When an organization has a foundation of good governance it demonstrates accountability, leadership, integrity, stewardship and transparency.

To build on the Office's past work and assess the public sector's progress in implementing good governance principles, the Auditor General examined board governance structures and practices at BC Transit, Camosun College, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the University of Northern British Columbia.

"We examined four organizations in three sectors, yet many of the key findings were similar," said Doyle. "While each board met the core principles of good governance, they all experienced challenges in the areas of board composition, performance evaluation and communication with their respective ministry."

In addition to areas for improvement, the report also notes some good practices in place at each of the four boards.

"Providing effective board governance is a process of continual improvement, and I commend BC Transit, UNBC, Camosun College and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for their progress to date," said Doyle.

"I plan to conduct more governance examinations to identify further opportunities for improved governance at the Crown agency level and to assess whether there are issues that require co-ordinated action by central government."

The Auditor General will follow up on the 25 recommendations made within the report in 2013.

Wanted Man Surrenders #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 12-15261
Monday, May 28, 2012

Victoria BC – Marc William Bauer, who was wanted on a warrant for uttering threats, surrendered to VicPD this afternoon.

The 39-year-old man turned himself in at the courthouse at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 15th.

Bauer was wanted for threatening to kill a pregnant woman who lived in his neighbourhood. He is also currently before the courts for making death threats against a VicPD police officer in January.

VicPD wish to thank the public and media for their assistance in getting Bauer back in police custody.


File # 12-15261
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD have issued a warrant for a violent offender who has eluded police custody. Marc William Bauer is wanted by police for uttering death threats.

The 39-year-old man is wanted for threatening to kill a pregnant woman who lived in his neighbourhood. The incident occurred in early May. Bauer is also currently before the courts for making death threats against a VicPD police officer in January.

Police are concerned that Bauer has shown signs of escalating violent behaviour, coupled with a severe alcohol addiction that makes him unpredictable and violent.

Bauer is described as a white, 5-foot-11, medium build with short blonde hair and green eyes.

If anyone sees Bauer, or has information about his whereabouts, they are asked to contact VicPD via the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Selkirk Waterfront Festival review by @Sarah6Henderson #yyj

Victoria, B.C. The Selkirk Waterfront festival went on this past weekend and the weather held out for Victoria, as it was a beautiful Saturday with temperatures near 20 degrees. Weather like this, makes it easy for me to want to spend my time outdoors. This annual family-friendly festival took place along the beautiful Selkirk Waterfront in the Burnside Gorge community. It had a lot to offer people of every age and there were smiles at every turn.

For the little ones, there were a couple of carnival style rides, games, face painting, balloon animals and more. They also had the opportunity to meet a few local celebrities such as Daisy the Cow with farmer Vicki, Crunchy the Carrot and my personal favorite, Marty the Marmot from the Victoria Royals.

Visitors to the Selkirk Waterfront festival also enjoyed free live music and entertainment. Mufaro Marimba Ensemble played in the morning, adding ambiance to the entrance of the Vendors Market and Caleb Kenney, Terry Brennan, Salsa Caliente and more played throughout the day. Dragon Boating was also a popular spectator sport as teams of all ages took to the water and enjoyed this beautiful day. I was able to meet up with a couple different teams; Amazing Greys a 55+ team and the 2nd fastest on Saturday morning, as well as the Cowichan Valley Dragon Divas who were exercising to Mufaro music.

Another hot attraction to the Selkirk Waterfront Festival was the Vendors Market. It was what pulled me here and it certainly did not disappoint. Maybe, it was the hot weather or the music, but something had me opening my wallet more and more as I walked past all the vendors. There was a great selection of shopping as Avon, Ten Thousand Villages, the Savvy Squirrel and too many others to name were there. I was certainly tempted by all the handmade jewelry and bracelets, but even more so by the delicacies offered at all the gourmet food trucks. Hungry Rooster, Pizza Prima Strata, WannaWafel, Roasted Nuts are just a few of the local venders that offered a variety of foods for everyone’s pallet.

If you were ever wondering if you should attend the Selkirk Waterfront Festival, the answer is yes. On a beautiful day with this type of Community, you can’t go wrong spending the day outdoors with your family.

Smoke alarm campaign gains momentum #bcpoli

May 28, 2012

Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Social Development

VICTORIA - A smoke alarm campaign launched just two months ago aimed at ensuring every home in B.C. has working smoke alarms is quickly building momentum as supporters, notably Kidde Canada and Black Press, have come on board with contributions totalling $425,000.

Kidde Canada is donating 5,000 smoke alarms, with a total retail value of $75,000, to support the goal of the campaign - to have functioning smoke alarms in every household in B.C.

These 5,000 smoke alarms will be distributed among vulnerable populations in the province, including to First Nations homes. Partners will work together on developing a distribution plan that will maximize the protection offered by smoke alarms to homes identified as most at risk.

Research has found that the province's most vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly, face the highest risk of dying in a residential fire.

Black Press, based in Victoria, is adding more reach to the safety campaign with a $350,000 strategic, multimedia investment to raise awareness among its readers about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes.

Research done by Surrey Fire Services, in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), shows that almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in B.C. did not have functioning smoke alarms. The research predicts that working smoke alarms could reduce annual fire deaths by as much as 32 per cent.

Originally launched in Surrey on March 22 with Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond, Minister of Social Development Stephanie Cadieux and Chief Len Garis, president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C./Surrey Fire Chief, the campaign has attracted partners including B.C.'s Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C., the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Insurance Brokers' Association of B.C., the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the City of Surrey.

Children’s Coalition Wants Leadership on Cosmetic Pesticide Ban #bcpoli @FirstCallBC

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is calling on the Premier, the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Environment to step up to protect the health of BC’s children and legislate a provincial ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides.

The Coalition is encouraged that there may be a will within government to act on the demands for a ban from the large majority of the 8600+ British Columbians and organizations who made submissions to the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides.

“Our optimism is based on Premier Clark’s statement just over a year ago that she intended to work in a non-partisan fashion with the Opposition to bring in a legislated ban, on previous statements in support of a ban from Health Minister Mike DeJong, and Environment Minister Terry Lake’s support of a UBCM resolution calling for a ban when he was mayor of Kamloops,” said First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani.

The Coalition is calling on the government to move beyond the weak recommendations made in the report by the majority of the review committee and act on the scientific evidence that the unnecessary use of these toxic pesticides is poisoning our environment and harming children’s healthy development.

At a May 11, 2012 public forum on environmental toxins and children’s health hosted by First Call and co-sponsored by 15 concerned organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society-BC Yukon, Dr. Bruce Lanphear, from the Child & Family Research Institute and Simon Fraser University, presented research evidence on the harmful impacts of even low dose exposures to toxic chemicals on children’s health and development.

“The science is clear and compelling. Over two dozen studies show that pesticide exposures are associated with higher rates of cancer, learning problems and behavioral problems in children. The question is: should we protect our children or the profits of the pesticide industry? I think it is quite telling that the public has spoken and, thus far, has been ignored.”

On page 50 of the review committee report it states: “During the course of the inquiry, it became clear to committee members that many people do not understand the federal process for registering pesticides and are not aware that when pesticides are used safely environmental and health risks are reduced to an acceptable level … The Committee is convinced that additional education about the benefits of pesticides and about the safe use of chemical pesticide products would be beneficial.”

“This quote is absolutely chilling,” said Montani. “Assurances that federal pesticide regulators have sufficient safeguards in place ring hollow when parents read on Health Canada’s web site that “Exposures that fall below the reference dose are considered to provide sufficient margins of safety and are unlikely to be associated with unacceptable risk to health.” [our emphasis] Parents want to prevent exposures for their children, and this is why we need the provincial government to do what other provinces have done and stand up for our children’s right to a pesticide free environment in their homes and yards.”

First Call also urges the government to recognize that the 40 BC municipalities that have already passed local cosmetic pesticide bans need provincial support for their efforts to protect their communities, as only the province can ban the sale of these lawn and garden products.

B.C. firefighting personnel no longer headed to Ontario #bcpoli


For Immediate Release
May 28, 2012
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

KAMLOOPS - Further to the information bulletin issued earlier today, the Province of Ontario has cancelled its request for additional B.C. firefighting crews that were to be deployed on Wednesday, May 30. The 81 personnel will be remaining in B.C.

Eighty-three personnel still remain in Ontario after one 19-person incident management team returns to Prince George this afternoon.


Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

KAMLOOPS - B.C. is sending another 81 firefighting personnel to Ontario, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

Four 20-person unit crews and one agency representative will be deployed to Ontario on May 30. Crews will be departing from Prince George and Kamloops. The unit crews are from the Kamloops, Prince George and Southeast fire centres.

This is the second deployment to Ontario, bringing the total number of personnel deployed there this season to 183. In the past two weeks, B.C. has also sent 299 personnel to assist with firefighting efforts in Quebec.

The Wildfire Management Branch always maintains adequate firefighting capacity to respond to current conditions in B.C. Deployed personnel can be recalled at any time.

Costs associated with the deployment will be covered by Ontario under the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, which allows for the movement of firefighting resources throughout Canada.

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June is Child Passenger Safety Month @BCAA

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation reminds parents and caregivers to make sure the children you drive are safe!

Burnaby, B.C. / May 28, 2012 – The BCAA Road Safety Foundation has designated June as Child Passenger Safety Month, a time to promote the importance of using the right child car or booster seat for the children you drive.

The Foundation is reminding parents and caregivers that in B.C. all drivers are responsible for transporting all children in age- and weight-appropriate child car seats or booster seats until the child’s 9th birthday. It doesn’t matter if the trip is a short one to the store or a road trip to see the grandparents.

Transport Canada recently announced new child restraint system and booster seat requirements. The new regulations use the most up-to-date technology available for Canadian testing requirements and ensure an appropriate minimum level of safety for children.

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of accidental death among children in this province. According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), an average of 90 people are killed each year as a result of not being properly restrained in a vehicle. Approximately eight of those are under the age of twelve. Using a child car seat or booster seat can significantly reduce the risk of injury and death.

The Child Passenger Safety section of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation’s website has valuable information for parents including a buying guide for car seats, details about car seat use and a calendar of New Parent Workshops and one-to-one Instructional Clinics.

The BCAA RSF / ICBC Child Passenger Safety Program educates parents and caregivers about the importance of child passenger safety on their web page, through their toll free information line 1-877-247-5551, and by supporting workshops throughout the province.

Single Lane Traffic: Intersection of Quadra & Woodhall May 25-29 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Friday, May 25, 2012 through to Tuesday, May 29, 2012 there will be alternating single lane traffic at the intersection of Quadra Street and Woodhall Drive.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am and is expected to continue until 3:00 pm.

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

Gun Call at Empress a Hoax #yyj @Vicpdcanada @FairmontEmpress

File # 12-18189
Date: Monday, May 28, 2012

Victoria BC – Early yesterday morning VicPD officers responded to a prank call involving a gun at the Empress Hotel.

At approximately 10 a.m., officers were called by hotel staff reporting an apparent gun threat. Staff stated that someone had called the front counter to report a man had a gun in the suite.

Several units responded and quickly ascertained that the call appeared to be a hoax.

The suites involved were checked and none were associated with anyone attending the David Foster Foundation celebration this weekend. The call seems to be unrelated.

Safe Kids Week: May 28 to June 3 @BCCHF @CDCofBC

How to keep kids safe from poisoning

Vancouver, B.C. – BC Children’s Hospital and BC Centre for Disease Control are providing parents and guardians tips to prevent children from being poisoned with today marking the start of Safe Kids Week.

In British Columbia, more than half of all poisonings occur to children under six years of age. The most common causes of poisoning are medications, cleaning products and other everyday household items.

The theme of this year’s national Safe Kids Week is “Out of Sight and Locked up Tight,” and the focus is to increase awareness about safely handling medications and other potentially poisonous products in the home.

Kathleen Wong, a mother of three, was frantic when her two year daughter, Kiana, swallowed diabetic medication, which the little girl mistakenly thought was candy, during a visit to grandpa and grandma’s house.

“I’m usually very careful about child-proofing our home, but we were visiting my parents, and Kiana had quietly pulled a chair over to the counter and had her grandfather’s pills in her hands. I could see that she had taken a bite out of a pill.”

Kathleen immediately contacted the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre, who determined the medication could seriously harm her young daughter and asked her to take Kiana to BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

“It was a really frightening experience as a parent,” continues Kathleen. “I didn’t know it at the time, but it could have been fatal for Kiana.”

The BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre have created several resources to help increase awareness about keeping kids safe from poisoning.

BC Children’s Safe Start video:

This 27-minute video covers the common preventable injuries in children – including how to prevent poisoning. Kathleen Wong’s is one of several patient stories included in the video.

Give Your Child a Safe Start can be viewed at DVDs may be purchased at for $15 each; enter the DVD title or search under “Safety” in the “For Families” section.

BC Drug and Poison Information Centre

Call 604-707-2789, extension 3, or e-mail to get your free phone sticker or magnet with the number for the Poison Control Centre’s 24-hour hotline 604-682.5050 or 1-800-567-8911.

Other materials for order include pamphlets for Poison Awareness and First Aid, which are now available in Chinese, English, French, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, and Vietnamese, and a pamphlet on plant awareness.

How to prevent poisoning in the home:

• Place safety latches on all drawers or cabinets containing harmful products.
• Use products that have child-resistant safety caps. However, be mindful that child-resistant caps are not 100 percent child-proof.
• Never call medicine “candy” and do not take medicine in front of children because they might copy you.
• Avoid the use of cleaning products when children are close by, and keep all products locked away.
• Keep products in their original containers. Make sure they are clearly labeled, so you know what your child may have ingested.
• Learn to identify poisonous household plants. Keep plants off the floor and away from crawling or walking children.
• To speak directly to a poison information specialist, have the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre number handy: 604-682-5050 or toll-free 1-800-567-8911.

Safe Kids Week is Safe Kids Canada's largest-scale annual public awareness campaign, designed to raise awareness about the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries, the leading cause of death and disability of Canadian children.

The BC Drug and Poison Information Centre is a program of the BC Centre for Disease Control, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The Centre offers British Columbians a 24-hour telephone support and advice line, which is staffed by pharmacists and nurses who provide expert treatment advice on chemical or drug poisonings and overdoses.

BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents. BC Children’s is an academic health centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information, please visit

Cyclist Safety for Bike to Work Week #yyj #cycling @Vicpdcanada

Friday, May 25, 2012

Victoria BC – Next week is Bike to Work Week in the capital region and VicPD is reminding cyclists and motorists to practice road safety.

Today VicPD is releasing the first video in a series aimed at promoting safer roadways. With help from the staff at North Park Bike Shop, VicPD discusses safety tips for preparing your bike for Bike to Work week.

More videos in the series will be issued next week.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Victoria Hospitals Foundation launches Spring Campaign #yyj

Victoria Hospitals Foundation launches Spring Campaign to raise funds for minimally invasive surgery equipment for Victoria General Hospital

Victoria, BC — The Victoria Hospitals Foundation has launched its 2012 Spring Campaign to raise $390,000 to purchase leading-edge minimally invasive surgery equipment for Victoria General Hospital (VGH). The equipment allows surgeons to view the inside of a patient with a slender tube and camera while operating through tiny incisions that need only a few stitches to close. This equipment is used in a variety of procedures including abdominal, orthopaedic and gynaecological operations.

“Every spring we ask the community to support our hospitals by contributing to the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment for different departments. Our current surgical equipment is aging and so this leading-edge, replacement technology will assist surgical teams in continuing to deliver high-quality patient care”, said Rod Dewar, board chair, Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

“As a doctor, I abide by the principle of do no harm,” says Dr. Will Orrom, spokesperson for the Foundation’s campaign and Medical Director of Surgical Services at VGH. “By creating a smaller incision, I know my patients will experience less pain, need less medication and be back on their feet in a few days, doing the things they love.

“This new equipment will not only make surgery easier on my patients, but also helps me do my job more effectively and efficiently. Through a slender tube and camera inserted in the incision I can view the inside of the patient. The camera lets me enlarge and enhance high resolution images of internal tissues –pictures that just can’t be seen with the naked eye. These are transmitted onto a screen in the operating room, and using a hand-held surgical instrument I can manoeuvre within this delicate environment and conduct surgery with greater precision than ever before.”

Marcy McKay, a Clinical Nurse Leader at VGH and also a former patient, is in the unique situation of having experienced both traditional and minimally invasive surgery.

“Years ago I had gallbladder surgery. I was in hospital for a week, and because of the pain involved with an 8-inch incision, I needed a lot of medication. It was two months before I was myself again. More recently, I had an adrenal gland removed from my kidney. In the old days,

I would have been cut from my back to front and it would have taken months to heal. Instead, my surgeon operated through four tiny incisions. I went home feeling phenomenal the next day.”

The campaign for new minimally invasive surgery equipment launches this week throughout Greater Victoria. Donations can be made by returning the direct mail letter residents will receive at home, by contacting the Victoria Hospitals Foundation at 250-519-1750 or online at

Vancouver Island Pet Expo – May 26th & 27th #yyjevents #pets @VIPetExpo

The Vancouver Island Pet Expo delivers tons of animal education and entertainment under one roof. The fun-filled family Pet Expo will feature pet related vendors along with interesting and unique entertainment. The Pet Expo promotes responsible pet ownership and helps draw attention to abandoned pets available for adoption.

Tons of Fun for the Whole Family!

Meet with exciting exhibitors and trusted pet experts. Find many different kinds of pets, give-aways and great discounts on pet products and services! Bring the kids for Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Bouncy Castle & More.... All under one roof!

Win Prizes!

Enter to win exciting door prizes worth thousands of dollars

Skateboarding Bulldog

Come see the wheels in motions as Buttercup shows off her mad skills.

Pet Fashion Show

Fashion forward pooches will strut the "dogwalk"

Wiener Dog Races

Join in the fun as these Dachshunds give their all to cross the finish line
Pre- Purchase your Tickets Online and Save!

Advance Adult ticket only $6.00. Family discounts available and Kids 5 and under free! online at Tickets are $8.00 at the door

For everyone's safety (animals included) please leave your pets at home.

Friday, May 25, 2012

8th Annual Victoria Camera Swap Meet May 27 #yyjevents #photography @CameraTraders @MarketSqVic

Water Walk 2012 May 27 at Elk/Beaver Lakes #yyjevents #waterwalkyyj


Positively AFRICA & VIDEA are excited to announce our second annual Water Walk on Sunday, May 27th, 2012.

This fun, team-building event raises awareness about local and global water issues and is a fundraiser to support water and health-related programs at Nissi Orphanage and Osopet Community-based Organization in Kenya.

The Challenge:

Form a team of up to 10 people. Teams walk 10 km around Elk/Beaver Lakes, carrying buckets of 10 litres of water. This symbolizes the daily trek to the river that girls and women must make to fetch water.

Event start: 1:00 pm

Pre-registration preferred or 12:00 noon at the event at picnic shelter,
lower parking lot at Beaver Lake


Fish'n'Bird May 25th at Fort Street Café #yyjmusic @fishnbird @ModMayJoelle @FolkAlliance

May 25th @ 8pm: Fort St. Cafe, VICTORIA, BC

More Tour Dates:
Fish & Bird on “The Seen” in Victoria:

Fish & Bird are Canada’s alt-folk force to be reckoned with. Their latest effort, Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, fuses folk idioms with influences more typical of indie rock and jazz. The arrangements are captivating, the playing is strong and cohesive, and the writing is provocative. Every Whisper was nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Duo/Group Recording) and was the top most played album on the Galaxie Folk/Roots Radio channel for 2011. They opened up for Spirit of the West in March 2012 at the famous Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver to a sold out audience.

The band has crossed the country no less than 7 times, playing coast to coast on epic touring schedules, and they are also excited to play Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folk On The Rocks, Kispiox Valley Music Festival and Arts On The Fly this summer before jaunting into the US this fall and the UK next year! On Wednesday (tomorrow or today depending on when you read this) it’ll be announced if they are winners in the CBC Tracks On Tracks contest – Fish & Bird were among the top ten out of 200 bands and made several rounds of cuts – we are hoping they’ll be winners by Wednesday, which would see them ride the train from Vancouver to Toronto for NXNE!

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Why InSite Won event highlight of Community Solidarity for Harm Reduction Week #yyj @AIDSVanIsle

Victoria – On May 31, speakers from the front lines of the struggle for InSite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, will be in Victoria to share their story of how community involvement, research, policy, and legal strategies led to the success of Canada's most discussed harm reduction service. In September 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled to uphold InSite's exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, allowing the facility to stay open indefinitely.

The event is part of Community Solidarity for Harm Reduction week, which is being organized by a coalition of groups in order to mark the 4th anniversary of the closure of Victoria’s sole fixed site needle exchange.

“As long as we have a deficit of services for one group in our community – there is a deficit in the health of the community as a whole,” said James Boxshall acting-Executive Director of AIDS Vancouver Island. “We believe that it is essential that we continue to gather together to engage in dialogue about possible solutions to filling this gap in services and to learn from this example of what is possible when the community comes together.”

On Thursday, May 24, Victoria City Council proclaimed May 27-June 2 “Community Solidarity for Harm Reduction Week” and is also supporting the May 31 event.

“Awareness is the first step in creating solutions,” said Councillor Marianne Alto. “Marking Solidarity for Harm Reduction Week in Victoria reminds us that our community still needs a range of integrated, collaborative harm reduction services. We've had some success, but there's much more to do, and the City looks forward to doing its part, working in collaboration with VIHA and other community partners.”

The event will be moderated by Gregor Craigie, from CBC’s On the Island and speakers will include Liz Evans, the Executive Director of the Portland Hotel Society, the organization that operates InSite, Dean Wilson, community activist and plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case, Scott Bernstein, Lawyer with PIVOT Legal Society, and Kenneth Tupper, Director of Problematic Substance Use Prevention, BC Ministry of Health.

“Above all, this event celebrates community action and collaboration as a way to advocate for harm reduction services and real policy change. InSite is a powerful example of the health and social benefits of a commitment by the community and government to life-saving measures,” said Scott Bernstein, lawyer with PIVOT Legal Society, a Vancouver-based organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion.

Why InSite Won is being held May 31, at 7pm at the Ambrosia Events Center (638 Fisgard Street) and is presented by Pivot Legal Society, AIDS Vancouver Island, VIPIRG, SOLID, VARCS, Harm Reduction Victoria, The Beddow Centre, and Allies of Drug War Survivors.

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