Friday, June 22, 2012

Road Closure Watson St between Richmond St and Dean Ave June 25-29 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Monday, June 25, 2012 through to Friday, June 29, 2012 there will be a full Road Closure on Watson Street between Richmond Street and Dean Avenue.

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

Only Emergency Vehicles will have access, all other vehicles are asked to please use alternate route.

Capital Regional District Hosts Climate Leadership Workshop #yyj @CRD_BC

Victoria, BC – Across the capital region this week, local elected officials were strategizing on climate action priorities. Over a dozen local government leaders from across the Capital Regional District (CRD) gathered in Victoria on June 19th to share accomplishments, identify challenges, and articulate common goals to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Working together on climate change issues is critical," says CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. "We need to send strong signals throughout municipal operations and in the community that will help to shift behavior and transform technologies in order to save energy and save money."

In 2009 the CRD established a regional Climate Action Service to serve municipalities and act as a community resource and hub on local climate change issues. The workshop held earlier this week is just one of many ways for elected officials to engage with each other and learn what is happening elsewhere in the province.

The session included a keynote presentation from City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussato who is a member of the BC Mayors' Climate Leadership Council. The City of North Vancouver has received numerous awards for its leadership in building a more sustainable and energy efficient city.

Priority themes emerging from the workshop centered on increasing the use of active transportation, promoting and protecting urban and rural agriculture, retrofitting the existing building stock, and maximizing efficiency of local government operations.

Suggested strategies developed at the workshop included developing digital cycling route maps, establishing an agricultural land bank trust, lobbying the provincial government for expansion of the LiveSmart Program, and integrating new technologies such as electric vehicles into municipal fleets.

District of Highlands Councillor Allen Dobb emphasized the need to focus on the region as a functioning eco-system. "Every community has a role to play in becoming more sustainable and addressing the impacts of climate change.

Urban centres rely on rural communities like The Highlands to act as 'the lungs' for the region."

The workshop was focused on encouraging community economic development and environmental leadership through climate action and was organized by the CRD with help from the Community Energy Association, the BC Mayors Climate Leadership Council and funding assistance from the province. Results and outcomes will help to shape the Climate Action Service's work plan and future policy directions emerging in the Regional Sustainability Strategy.

FernFest: Victoria’s Best Urban Street Party June 22-23 #yyj @fernwoodnrg

Victoria, B.C. – Sorry Fernwood, but your secret is out: the capital city’s best urban street party has hit the big time!

“Many of Victoria’s 13 neighbourhoods hold an annual summer festival, but none can hold a candle to the shaker known as FernFest,” said the Vic News in feature article on Fernwood in January of this year. With publicity like that, you’ll have to get there early this year. After all, there’s only so much room in the square!

The 17th annual FernFest returns on June 22nd and 23rd. Friday evening, the festivities kick off at 5:00pm with music, a barbecue and refreshments garden. At 6:00pm, we have the Rags to Riches hair show from Who Dyd Your Hair, followed by a body-rocking set by Masala World Percussion, and then music by up and coming local bands till close at 10:00pm. There will be dancing in the square so come prepared to cut loose.

Saturday, FernFest really heats up with 13 hours of awesomeness for all ages. The day begins with a community pancake breakfast—by donation—at 9:00am in front of the Fernwood Inn. That is followed by the Kidical Mass Bike Parade (with police escort); costumes are encouraged. There are plenty of kid’s activities: painting the Bubble Man’s car, a magician, games, face-painting, a bouncy castle, and more.

All of Saturday, there will be a local artisan market on Gladstone Avenue featuring over 40 vendors, service providers, and info tables with everything from local crafts, hula hoops, massages, and even a tarot card reader. At 2:00pm, there is a Seniors High Tea complete with sandwiches, goodies and, of course, tea. And as if all that isn’t enough, throughout the day on Saturday, there will be free Heritage Walking Tours through Fernwood starting at 11:00am and 1:00pm. And of course, the Fernwood Art Stroll is happening from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Saturday evening, there will be more live music, barbecue, and refreshments. Our headliner—The Chanterelles— will help us get down like it’s Memphis circa 1966, bringing a blend Motown, Soul and R&B to little old Victoria.

Come on down to Fernwood Square, in the heart of Fernwood, on June 22nd & 23rd to take part in a celebration of this vibrant & funky community—but whatever you do, don’t tell anyone else! Let’s keep this street party Fernwood’s little secret.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Velo Village Cycling Festival June 21-23 #Saltspring @CRD_BC

Salt Spring Island Prepares for Bicycle Heaven on Earth

June 21, 2012

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is proud to offer event support to Velo Village Salt Spring Island, a multi-day rural cycling festival and an official pre-conference event to Velo City Global 2012 Vancouver. The event is expected to draw 400 to 600 recreational, commuter and expert cyclists to Salt Spring Island from June 21 to 23, and will showcase the beauty and accessibility of rural BC.

BC’s first ever cyclist-only ferry, MV Skeena Queen, will depart on Saturday, June 23 on route to Salt Spring Island. Events include a local bike art auction, a FUN RIDE from Fulford to Ganges, cycling workshops and a bike-themed & bike powered music stage. As part of its Velo Village celebrations, Salt Spring Island is hosting an international cycling conference on Friday, June 22 which will aim to highlight the value of rural cycling.

“Some of the best cycling in the world can be found in British Columbia,” said John Rowlandson, Team Lead of Velo Village Salt Spring Island. “We’re connecting city cyclists with their country cousins to celebrate rural cycling and to demonstrate the value proposition for cycle tourism.”

It was recently announced that Salt Spring Island, in partnership with the CRD, will be developing a pedestrian/cycling Master Plan. Future recommendations may include a Vancouver Island Cycling Network joining the Gulf Islands with Mid and Southern Vancouver Island.

For event details, visit

NOTE: The BIKE FERRY departs Swartz Bay for Fulford @ 10:00am on Saturday June 23 and is not shown on the BC Ferries schedule. Cyclists should arrive at the Swartz Bay terminal by 9:30am to ensure boarding. Passage on the BIKE FERRY and Velo Village Event Pass is $20 (includes your bicycle and return to Swartz Bay). Cyclists are encouraged to register on-line in advance.

#UVic Study Finds Increase in Overdose Hospitalizations


June 21, 2012

A new study by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) reveals an increase in BC hospitalizations as a result of alcohol and illicit drug overdoses between 2002 and 2009. The rate of alcohol overdose hospitalizations in the population rose by 16 per cent, while other drug overdose hospitalizations rose by 33 per cent. In total there were 3,753 overdose hospitalizations recorded during this period for the province.

There are many more overdose events presenting to emergency rooms than are admitted to hospital. For example, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority recorded 5,331 emergency room visitors who presented as an overdose in 2010 alone.

“Alcohol poses a much higher risk of overdose than people realize,” says research collaborator Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. “There needs to be much more awareness and education around the use of alcohol, both on its own and in combination with other drugs.”

The study was published in the latest CARBC Bulletin and is a collaboration between BCCDC, Vancouver Coastal Health’s Public Health Surveillance Unit and CARBC. The BC Coroners Service also contributed data for this study.

Of the five geographic areas administered by the BC Coroners Service, Metro Vancouver had the highest rate of drug overdose fatalities, with 7.6 deaths per 100,000 people. The Northern region recorded the lowest overdose death rates with 2.15 per 100,000 people.

The research also shows that Vancouver’s supervised safe injection service InSite is helping manage overdoses, providing Naloxone (Narcan), an opiate antagonist administered to people experiencing a heroin overdose.

“There is an urgent need for more investment in harm reduction services and education about risk factors for alcohol and other drug overdose,” says Vallance, a research associate with UVic’s CARBC and a co-author of the study. “We think this would go a long way to reducing the rate of overdoses in BC.”

Longsword Workshop June 30th in #MillBay @FBraunMcAsh @Falconlady7

F. Braun McAsh is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s Fine Arts department, and has literally hundreds of acting and fight-choreography/fight-master credits, including seasons 3 – 6 inclusive of “Highlander: the series”, and “Highlander 4: End Game”.

Along with studying under such legends as Istvan Danosi and Paddy Crean (Errol Flynn’s stunt-double), Braun has been a devotee of European martial history for almost 40 years, studying actual battle-scarred weapons in museum collections throughout Europe, and participating in two archaeological digs connected to the Battle of Visby.

The Ring of Steel has been largely mobile over this first year-and-a-half, but Master McAsh’s game plan has always been to establish a “floor and doors” school on Vancouver Island so enthusiasts of swordplay and history alike can partake in the vigorous workouts and his impromptu history lessons. Braun has also developed a stage-fight program specifically for high-school drama students, and would love to collaborate with drama teachers on the Island to further expand the skill-sets of future stage-actors.

Master McAsh established ‘The Ring of Steel - School of Historical & Theatrical Combat’ teaches historically authentic/accurate European martial heritage (such as the Longsword, Smallsword, Rapier & Sabre), as well as instructing actors in the techniques of “selling the fight” for stage, film and television. We want to invite new students to join us for the full-day June 30th workshop, and summer classes – details here!

Notice of Meetings June 25-29 #Saanich #yyj

Notice of Meetings
June 25 - 29, 2012

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers


9184: Zoning Bylaw housekeeping amendment – permitted uses in zone RT-4A (attached housing – accessory unit).

Resolutions for Adoption

• Strategic Community Investment Fund.
• 2011 Financial Information Act Report.

Reports from Saanich Advisory Committee Chairs

Committee Items

• 2531 Sinclair Road – rezoning to RS-6 (single family dwelling) for proposed 2 lot residential subdivision.
• 2011 Annual Report.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 5:00 p.m., Committee Room No. 2

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 9:00 a.m., Committee Room No. 2

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 7;00 p.m., Committee Room No. 2

Mercedes-Benz fuel cell plant creates 50 new jobs #bcpoli

June 21, 2012
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

BURNABY - Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell participated in the grand opening of the Mercedes-Benz fuel cell production and technology development facility in Burnaby today, which is providing 50 new jobs for B.C. families.

British Columbia was chosen as the home of the new facility, beating out some of the world's largest automotive manufacturing centres: Detroit, California, Stuttgart and Ontario. In the end, it was B.C.'s reputation for excellence in fuel cell research, as well as our existing infrastructure for fuel cell development, that gave our province the edge.

In fact, this Mercedes-Benz investment in our province has confirmed B.C.'s long-held distinction, shared by industry insiders, as the number-one place for fuel cell technology development in the world.

As promised in March 2011, Mercedes-Benz has transformed a 3,300 square-metre section of a Ballard Power facility in Burnaby in a seven-month timeframe, a new record for the company. The first fuel cell stack was produced on June 7 of this year.

The company has invested $53 million in the new plant. In collaboration with B.C.'s world-class fuel cell research and development cluster, Mercedes-Benz is working toward reducing the cost of fuel cell technology for future generations.

Single Lane Traffic Quadra at Woodhall June 21 #yyjtraffic

On Thursday, June 21, 2012 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Quadra Street at Woodhall Drive intersection. 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.

B.C. communities receive latest GHG emissions reports #bcpoli

June 20, 2012
Ministry of Environment

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has released its 2010 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports for all local governments. These reports assist local governments in monitoring progress toward community-wide GHG emissions reduction targets for their official community plans.

The 2010 CEEI reports reflect a variety of improvements to the information, including more accurate emissions estimates for the core sectors of transportation, buildings and solid waste. Also included are estimates of land-use changes from deforestation activities and emissions from livestock.

The previous CEEI data released in 2010 provided a consistent set of estimates of 2007 energy consumption and GHG emissions for all B.C. communities. This information proved useful to these communities by providing a valuable baseline to track the progress of policies and programs to reduce their carbon pollution levels.

The CEEI reports help local governments meet their commitments under the Climate Action Charter to measure and report on community GHG emissions profiles. They also help to inform targets and policies for local governments under the green communities legislation. These reports provide a fuller climate action picture for local governments as they plan future policies and programs.

The information can be accessed on the Ministry of Environment's website and through the Climate Action Toolkit.

Earlier this week, the provincial government announced that school districts throughout B.C. will be receiving their share of $5 million as part of ongoing funding to support their energy-efficiency upgrades, which are key to attaining carbon neutrality. Government also released a report entitled Carbon Neutral BC - Leading Change and Inspiring Action in B.C.'s Public Sector.

The report provides stories about the leadership being shown across the public sector and highlights key accomplishments, such as the fact that 70 per cent of all public sector organizations have replaced fleet vehicles with more fuel-efficient models and that there has been a 60 per cent reduction in emissions for core government travel since 2008.

Early Evening Canoeing at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park June 25 #yyj @CRD_BC

Early Evening Canoeing at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Monday, June 25, 2012, 6-9pm
Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich)
Guided Paddle, 5 years+

Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary.

You must pre–register: $20+HST (15 yrs+); $10+HST (5–14 years & adult non–paddlers). Phone 250.478.3344.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Neighbours Score Assist in VicPD Arrests #yyj @VicpdCanada

File # 12-21923, 12-21946
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD officers are crediting alert neighbours with putting a quick end to separate incidents today.

The first call by neighbours ended the theft spree of a 31-year-old View Royal man, who was breaking into cars in an Esquimalt neighborhood.

Officers were called at approximately 9 a.m. by neighbours in the area of Kindersley Road and Naden Street after they noticed a man breaking into cars. Officers, who were in the immediate area, arrived within minutes and spotted the thief.

As the officers came into the area, the suspect fled on foot causing a short foot pursuit. The suspect was taken into custody a short time later and was found to have broken into numerous cars in the area.

The man is well known to police and has been held in custody for a telebail hearing later today on charges of theft.

The second incident that neighbours put an end to was a break and enter in the 1500-block of Fairfield Road.

An alert neighbour called police after they noticed a suspicious man throwing rocks at the windows of a house nearby.

When officers arrived two minutes later, the door to the residence had been kicked in and officers found the suspect, a 44-year-old Victoria resident, in the kitchen of the house. He was quickly taken into custody and is being held for morning court.

“It was the great observations made by residents in their own neighborhoods that allowed our nearby officers to get there in mere moments. That’s what made these arrests possible,” said, Sgt. Barrie Cockle.

Dirt, Dogwoods and Dragonflies June 24 @RoyalBCMuseum #yyj #mymuseum

VICTORIA, BC – A green thumb is not required for Wonder Sunday at the Royal BC Museum, June 24, 2012 from 1 to 3 pm. Families will learn about BC’s native plants with the museum’s botany specialists, Ken Marr and Erica Wheeler, while they dissect flowers, make sun prints, help create botany-themed animation, make seed paper, explore the worlds of dragonflies, butterflies and bees, and add to the art garden bed.

Join Ken Marr, Curator of Botany, for a guided tour of the native plant garden, or play a family round of croquet. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen (or rain boots depending on the weather). In case of rain, some activities will move indoors.

Wonder Sunday is a family program that runs on the last Sunday of every month and is included with museum admission or membership. Events are generally guided by the ideas of the permanent galleries and feature exhibitions and include activities, crafts and performances for children 6 – 12 years old and their families.

Royal BC Museum Kids’ Club members are invited on an earlier behind-the-scenes tour of the indoor herbarium beginning at 12:15 pm. To find out more about the Kid’s Club and family membership, contact

About the Royal BC Museum

As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia – on-site, off-site and online – through its research, collections, exhibitions, publications and educational programs. Its two-hectare cultural precinct in Victoria also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites; and its seasonal satellite museum gallery in Vancouver showcases BC’s history in one of the oldest buildings in Chinatown – Wing Sang.

Surgical waitlists in Canada cost patients more than $1 billion in lost time @FraserInstitute

CALGARY, AB--Lengthy waits for surgery cost Canadian patients a combined $1.08 billion in lost time and productivity in 2011, concludes a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

The report calculates the average value of time lost during the work week at $1,144 for each of the estimated 941,321 Canadians waiting for treatment in 2011.

When considering hours outside the work week, including evenings and weekends but excluding eight hours of sleep per night, the estimated cost of waiting jumps to almost $3.29 billion, or about $3,490 per patient.

"Patients waiting for surgery suffer both physically and emotionally, which diminishes their ability to participate fully in their lives both at work and at home," said Nadeem Esmail, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of The Private Cost of Public Queues (full report:

The report uses data from the Fraser Institute's annual survey of hospital wait times, which found that Canadians waited 9.5 weeks, on average, from an appointment with a specialist to receiving treatment in 2011, up slightly from 9.3 weeks in 2010. Across all provinces and medical specialties, the report estimates that Canadian patients waited a combined 11.8 million weeks for treatment in 2011.

The report notes the true private cost of waiting for medical care in Canada is likely higher than $1.08 billion in 2011, or $3.29 billion over the same period when hours outside the work week are included. Importantly, neither estimate includes the cost of care provided by family members and any reductions in their productivity due to worry and grief.

Non-monetary medical costs such as increased risk of mortality or adverse events that result directly from long delays for treatment are also not included in the estimates. Finally, the estimates consider only waits from specialist to treatment and do not capture the private cost of waiting for either diagnostic scans such as CT or MRI, or for an appointment with a specialist.

"Canadians endure some of the longest waits for medically necessary treatment in the developed world," Esmail said.

"Rationing of health care in Canada not only deprives patients of timely access to medically necessary treatment, it also causes them to lose out on wages, productivity, and enjoyment of life while they wait."

Road Closure Rithetwood Dr at Emily Carr to June 22 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 through to Friday, June 22, 2012 there will be a full road closure on Rithetwood Drive at Emily Carr Drive. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 7:00am and is expected to continue until 5:00pm weekdays.

During working hours only emergency vehicles will have access. All other vehicles are asked to please use alternate route.

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

Guided Walk at Albert Head Regional Park June 24 #yyj @CRD_BC

What Has the Tide Brought In?
Guided Walk at Albert Head Regional Park

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 12:30-2pm
Albert Head Regional Park (Metchosin)
Guided Walk, All ages

Discover the treasures of the sea with a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist. Snoop on the strand line, peer into the lagoon for birds, explore the rocks. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Delgada Drive, off Park Drive.

Please leave your pets at home. For inquiries contact CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344 or visit

Community engagement on Coastal Ferries to begin this summer #bcpoli

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has begun the process of public engagement on coastal ferry services by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP).

This RFP is the first step in the provincial government's commitment to seek public input on strategies to support its long-term vision of connecting coastal communities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable manner.

The consultant will also work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on a community engagement process to discuss service adjustments with coastal communities.

The RFP is posted on BC Bid at:

Bids will close July 10, 2012. The successful proponent is expected to be announced in July.

Coast Trail Guided Adult Hike at East Sooke Regional Park June 24 yyj @CRD_BC

Coast Trail Guided Adult Hike at East Sooke Regional Park

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 8:30am-4:30pm
East Sooke Regional Park (East Sooke)
Guided Adult Hike, 18 years+

Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists for one of Canada’s premier day hikes – East Sooke’s Coast Trail. Enjoy ocean breezes, great views and lush coastal forests on this challenging 7-hour hike.

Fit hikers only. $10+HST. Pre–registration required before June 22. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Hartland Happening Open House June 24 #yyj @CRD_BC

Come Out to Hartland Happening Open House June 24

Victoria, BC–- Have you ever wondered where your garbage goes after you place it at the curb? Hartland Happening is an annual open house designed to familiarize people with how our landfill works and raise awareness about how waste is managed. This year’s Hartland Happening is being held on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-3:30pm, at 1 Hartland Avenue and is open to all members of the public.

Hartland receives garbage from across the region, processing over 500 tonnes per day. “Superior processes and innovative waste management programs are what make Hartland an award winning multi-purpose facility,” said Tom Watkins, Operations Manager at the landfill.

Activities at the open house will include guided tours, a mini-machines giant sandbox, the opportunity to climb aboard monster machines like dump trucks, tractors and bulldozers, as well as a barbeque with the Central Saanich Lion’s Club. Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about waste reduction, composting, water conservation and more by visiting informational booths at the event. Donations of cash will be collected for the United Way.

This year’s event also includes a free shuttle service to and from the landfill. The shuttle will pick people up at Camosun College Interurban Campus, located at 4461 Interurban Road, before arriving at Hartland; service will include a guided tour. Shuttles will run every half hour beginning at 10:15am and continuing until 2pm. Free parking will be available at Camosun College for those taking the tour. For additional details, and to reserve a spot in advance, please visit the online schedule at Reservation deadline is Friday, June 22.

The CRD wishes to thank its community supporters, Black Press, Jack FM and The Ocean, Titanium Tents, Walmart and Wilson’s Transportation.

Residents are advised that the landfill will not be open during this time to receive garbage or recyclables.

Summertime Living Tips to Keep Kids Safe @BCCHF

Summertime Living Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Top 10 from BC experts

Vancouver - With the fun-filled summer season underway, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Ambulance Service are reminding everyone to be mindful of the risks of summertime activities – especially for children.

Ten key safety tips for summer include:

• Bikes, Skateboards and Rollerblades – Helmets can significantly reduce the risk of brain injury for all ages when worn appropriately. Children should wear a helmet at all times, even on tricycles; a fall from as little as two feet can result in significant trauma to a child’s brain.

• Water and pools – Children can drown in less than five centimetres of water, so never leave a child unattended. Enroll your children and yourself in swimming lessons. Always empty wading pools after supervised use.

• Be vigilant about fast-moving rivers – Children, adults and pets can be swept away, which requires search and rescue responders, whose lives may also be put at risk.

• Sunburns – Children’s skin is more prone to burn than an adult’s. Be sure to liberally apply sunscreen, reapply often, especially after being in the water; children should wear a hat and take a break periodically to go indoors or sit in the shade.

• Guard against heatstroke – Move to the shade -- take a break once in a while so that you don’t overdo sun exposure -- and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, clammy/pale skin and weak or rapid pulse are all common signs of heat exhaustion.

• Campfires and barbeques – Never leave a fire or barbecue unattended or use a campstove in a confined space; always keep children a safe distance from the heat. Remember that even a fire that has been recently put out can generate enough heat to cause a serious burn in a child.

• Breathe – Keep medication and inhalers with you at all times as hot and humid conditions and poor air quality can aggravate asthma and bronchitis.

• Falls from windows – It’s only natural to want to get some fresh air as the weather gets warmer. Move furniture away from windows and balcony rails to discourage a curious child from climbing up and falling out. Install window guards on windows above the ground level, to provide a gate in front of the window.

• Cars – Never leave a child or pet in your car – even with the windows partly rolled down as the interior temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius in as little as 10 minutes.

• Travel – Be sure to keep your cell phone charged, and consider purchasing a second battery. Always have a first aid kit in the car. Make note of landmarks and direction so emergency personnel can find your location easily.

“As the temperature rises, so do the number of preventable injuries among young children,” said Dr. Ash Singhal, Medical Director, BC Children’s Hospital Trauma Program. “Kids and families are outdoors more often, riding bikes, swimming and enjoying outdoor activities -- so we want to provide information for parents and caregivers to help reduce the potential for injury.”

“Summertime usually means you’re travelling or vacationing in an unfamiliar place, so it’s a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and local landmarks,” said Marilyn Oberg, Unit Chief of BC Ambulance Service. “In the event you have to call 911 from a cell phone, you’ll need to let first responders know where you are.”

First responders are there for you if you need emergency assistance. BCAS dispatchers can provide first aid coaching to bystanders to assist those injured while an ambulance is enroute.

For more information about these safety tips visit BC Children’s Hospital at and BC Ambulance Service at

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Officer Injured after Prisoner Assault #yyj @VicpdCanada

File # 12-21690
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Victoria BC – A VicPD officer is recovering from serious facial injuries this morning after being assaulted by a prisoner at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The assault occurred last night just before midnight. A 22-year-old man, who was in police custody, intentionally swung both his arms at the officer and struck her in the face. The attack came unprovoked as she was helping the man with a blanket so he could get dressed and be discharged.

The officer, a 13-year veteran, sustained a broken orbital bone, scratched cornea and broken teeth. She is scheduled for surgery today and is currently recovering at home.

The man was taken to hospital following an earlier altercation outside the Salvation Army at 525 Johnson Street. The man had been yelling and screaming at bystanders when he struck a citizen and had to be restrained.

Following the assault, the man was taken to cells and held for further investigation. Police are recommending charges of assault causing bodily harm. The assailant was wanted on a warrant out of Kelowna. He is being held for a telebail hearing that will take place later today.

He is also under investigation for the original assault to the citizen.

Protect Yourself From Storage Rip-Offs @VIBBB

BBB TIPS: Protect Yourself From Storage Rip-Offs

VICTORIA BC — The Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island is warning consumers to be aware of the common problems and scams associated with some disreputable self-storage facilities.

“Self-storage facilities dot the landscapes of new and older communities. Folks rent units to empty overflowing basements; to stash furnishings while moving or remodeling; or to store business supplies for future use,” says Rosalind Scott, President & CEO of the BBB of Vancouver Island. “While most facilities are operated by reputable businesses, we recommend that you carefully check out the business you want to use, BEFORE handing over your precious belongings.”

In 2011, BBB received more than 1,000 complaints (across North America) against storage units. Many of the complaints filed were from disgruntled consumers who were never able to access their storage units after paying a deposit, had goods damaged in the storage units, and even consumers that had their belongings taken from the storage unit.

Consumers are advised to shop carefully before signing on the dotted line. BBB recommends understanding 7 major factors before selecting a temporary storage facility.

Cost. Obtain written cost estimates from at least three facilities. Most will insist on inspecting your items before offering an estimate. Costs to consider include the monthly rental fee (usually there are a minimum monthly storage charge and a minimum number of month’s storage); storage preparation, padding, packing or transportation fees; and fees for extra options (electricity, pest control, insurance) you may choose. Ask how the fees are to be paid and by what date.

Size. What size storage units are available? Is there a maximum weight limit for unit contents? Can you jam-pack the entire unit from floor to ceiling?

Climate. Consider the general climate and whether your belongings might be subject to mold or water damage. If so, you may want to consider an environmentally-controlled unit.

Insurance. Make sure your items are insured from theft, fire or other damage. The facility may provide basic insurance or you can choose to purchase insurance from an alternate source. Some homeowners’ policies cover self-storage; check with your insurance agent to be sure you are covered.

Safety. You will need a heavy-duty, secure lock protecting your storage unit. Ask if the facility has surveillance cameras on the property and if a system is in place to restrict access by strangers. Ask for contact information to reach someone at the facility in case of an emergency, both during and after business hours.

Contract. Get everything in writing – the size and location of the unit, options (such as climate-control) that you have selected, termination regulations, insurance coverage, and payment terms. Make sure the facility has several different ways to get in touch with you (home phone, cell phone, email, etc.) in case there is ever a problem with your unit or your payment.

Access. What are the hours and related charges for accessing your unit? Is there adequate room for parking and is the distance from your car/truck to the rental unit acceptable? Does the facility offer dollies or hand-trucks to help you move your belongings in and out? Make sure you can easily move your possessions in and out with reasonable ease.

Lastly, pay attention to your monthly bill or credit card statement to make sure you are up-to-date on your payments. You don’t want your storage unit to be labeled “abandoned” and put up for auction.

For more tips you can trust, visit

Canada's Walk of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees @CWOFame

(Toronto, Ontario) June 19, 2012 – Canada's Walk of Fame together with RBC Visa Infinite Avion and Shaw Media announced today the names of this year's inductees. Six new inspiring and celebrated Canadians, who have excelled in their fields and are a part of Canada's legacy, will each receive their tribute on Saturday, September 22 at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre. The Canada's Walk of Fame televised Awards will be broadcast nationally in October on Global (date and time TBA).

Canada's Walk of Fame will add the following Canadian icons to its current list:

• Randy Bachman
• Sarah McLachlan
• Phil Hartman
• Sonia Rodriguez
• Russ Jackson
• Team Canada 1972

"We are honoured and excited to welcome these outstanding Canadians to the ranks of Canada's Walk of Fame," said Peter Soumalias, President and Founding Director. "Their exceptional achievements and incredible success are an inspiration for all Canadians in their own individual pursuit of excellence."

Today's announcement followed the annual inductee nomination campaign whereby Canadians from across the country and around the world had their say about who they felt should be inducted. Nearly 30,000 Canadians from 135 countries submitted their nomination to Canada's Walk of Fame. Over 11 million Twitter impressions alone were generated from this campaign, including support from celebrities such as Shannon Tweed, William Shatner, Rob Lowe, Anne Murray and Kevin Pollak to name a few.

"The accomplishments of our six phenomenal 2012 inductees and their impact around the world are awe inspiring," commented Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "Through Canada's Walk of Fame, we have a fantastic opportunity to honour them through this unique annual celebration. We are proud to continue this broadcasting partnership, which allows us to express our admiration and appreciation for these amazing Canadians."

Once again, one of this year's inductees will be honoured with the Cineplex Legends Award, sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment. This year's recipient is acclaimed actor, comedian and screenwriter, Phil Hartman. The Cineplex Legends Award is given posthumously to Canadian pioneers in film and television, music, sport, arts and innovation. Cineplex Entertainment is proud to sponsor the Legends Award as well as Canada's Walk of Fame.

The 2012 honourees will be added to Canada's Walk of Fame, which annually recognizes individuals for their achievements in various fields, including music, sport, film and television, science and innovation, in addition to the literary, visual and performing arts. Commemorating the 2012 inductees, the Canada's Walk of Fame Awards will feature special guest performances and celebrity presenters.

Potential candidates for Canada's Walk of Fame must have been born in or spent the totality of their creative or formative years in Canada. A minimum of 10 successful years is required to qualify, as well as a recognized body of work that has had a significant influence on our cultural heritage.

"For four years now, RBC Visa Infinite Avion has proudly partnered with Canada's Walk of Fame, sharing the vision of recognizing great Canadians for their superior achievements," said Prashant Sharma, Vice President, RBC Retail Credit Cards.

Tickets to the star-studded 2012 Canada's Walk of Fame Awards will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 22 at 10:00 am. To purchase tickets, go to or call 416-872-1212. The Canada's Walk of Fame televised Awards will be broadcast nationally in October on Global Television and Slice™.

CeltFest 2012 Concert Series Announced #yyjmusic @CeltFestVI @CCPACanada


Monday, July 16, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Canadian College of Performing Arts auditorium, 1701 Elgin Road, Victoria
Tickets $24.50

Tickets available at Ivy's Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue, ph: 250 598 2713 or visit

Siblings Lori (fiddle, vocals) and Innes (guitars, vocals) from Birgham in the Scottish Borders, tour extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Spain, Austria, Germany and Nova Scotia playing folk clubs, arts centres, theatres and festival stages to great acclaim. Their collaboration of Lowland and Highland styles varied European and popular influences result in a sound brimming with personality. Opening for the Watsons will be the Strathspey Fiddlers, a group of youth musicians visiting from the Scottish Highlands. The audience is invited to remain after the concert to participate in a ceilidh (Celtic party) with the performers.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Canadian College of Performing Arts auditorium, 1701 Elgin Road, Victoria
Tickets $24.50

Tickets available at Ivy's Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue, ph: 250 598 2713 or visit

Ottawa fiddler/step dancer, Stephanie Cadman, takes the stage with former World Champion Irish Dancer, Owen Barrington. Appearing together for the first time, Cadman and Barrington are acclaimed for their mastery of both dance and instruments and this mash-up will celebrate their own unique musical styles. The audience is invited to remain after the concert to participate in a ceilidh (Celtic party) with the performers.


Wednesday, July 18 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Canadian College of Performing Arts auditorium, 1701 Elgin Road, Victoria
Tickets $11.25

Tickets available at Ivy's Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue, ph: 250 598 2713 or visit

Everyone is invited to join students and faculty from CeltFest's Summer School in a good-natured contest adjudicated by a "panel of distinguished judges". The competition is open to individuals and groups of any size and the only criteria are to play, sing, or dance to a Jig and/or Hornpipe. Join in, or just come to be entertained! Note: Please submit your entry at the CeltFest office on site at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.


Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Canadian College of Performing Arts auditorium, 1701 Elgin Road, Victoria
Tickets $34

Tickets available at Ivy's Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue, ph: 250 598 2713 or visit

Celtic cultures merge in the CELTFEST 2012 finale, the Sunset & Stars Gala, when champion fiddlers, dancers, pipers, and drummers, including Juno Award nominee Eileen McGann and Master pipers Rene Cusson and Jamie Troy, take the stage! This year's headliner is The Niamh Ni Charra Trio from Ireland. A former Riverdance cast member, Niamh and her band are making their first Vancouver Island appearance at CeltFest 2012.

see also: Celtfest 2012: July 16-20

BCCLA invites RCMP to release data on serious injuries & deaths

June 19, 2012
For immediate release

BCCLA invites RCMP to release data on serious injuries and deaths by detachment

The BCCLA is asking the RCMP to release their data on serious injuries and deaths caused by RCMP officers, by detachment, for the purposes of a Canada-wide comparison with municipal forces.

The BCCLA held a press conference on June 12, 2012 in relation to three serious injuries caused by RCMP officers in five weeks in two small northern communities. The BCCLA noted that at this rate of injury, Terrace and Prince Rupert would have almost five times the serious injury rate of municipalities in BC policed by their own municipal police departments.

The RCMP elected not to respond to that data.

“We have done what we can to engage with the RCMP and give them lots of notice of our concerns, and we will continue to do so, as long as the RCMP polices B.C.,” said Robert Holmes, Q.C., President of the BCCLA. “However, we will also continue to ask why BC has the highest rate of police-involved deaths in Canada on a per-capita basis, and why Northwestern BC appears to be on track to set a record for serious injuries caused by police. We’ll take whatever opportunity we can to keep pressuring the RCMP to work on prevention.”

The BCCLA press release pointed out that in April and May, the communities of Prince Rupert and Terrace had almost five times the police-related serious injury rate of any municipality in BC. The RCMP has not released any statistics that contradict these findings. The BCCLA has invited the RCMP to release their national serious injury and death statistics by detachment to ensure accuracy of data and fair comparisons.

“The RCMP has chosen to focus solely on whether criminal charges will ensue against RCMP officers. That is only part of the concern here,” said Holmes. “The RCMP should focus not just on whether its members may be charged criminally, but also whether they are properly and professionally doing the job of policing in and enjoy the trust of the communities they are to serve.”

The BCCLA has noted previously that effective policing requires that the RCMP work on training for its officers to prevent these incidents, and that the force must use prevention-minded policies and training to rebuild the trust that is so essential to their role.

Province celebrates Agricultural Bank of China's grand opening #bcpoli

June 19, 2012
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

VANCOUVER - It is one of the world's largest banks, with a client base 10 times Canada's population, and its first representative office in this country will open in Vancouver with a UBC alumnus at the helm.

In a ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Monday, Premier Christy Clark officially welcomed the award-winning Agricultural Bank of China to British Columbia and to Canada. Joining Premier Clark were Runlong Mao, Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, and Chao Gong, Senior Vice-President of the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC).

As outlined in "Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan", the government is building on the province's advantages - our sound fiscal fundamentals, diverse population and proximity to high-growth Asian economies - to attract international investment and open new markets. The Agricultural Bank of China's Canadian expansion was facilitated by British Columbia's International Trade and Investment Representatives. Located in nine offices around the world, including six in Asia, this network promotes British Columbia abroad and is a valuable resource for companies looking to invest in B.C. and spur domestic job growth.

ABC's first representative in Canada is Shi Hao, who 15 years ago was an international student at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Shi and Premier Clark met in person in Beijing last November during the Premier's Jobs and Trade Mission to China and India. Mr. Shi's story was subsequently included in the Ministry of Advanced Education's "International Education Strategy", and highlights how creating new relationships with students from other countries brings strong social and cultural benefits to our communities, as well as significant economic gains.

ABC, which last year had the largest Initial Public Offering ever with $22.1 billion raised, is ranked seventh among the Top 1,000 World Banks. The Vancouver location is its fifth overseas representative office, joining New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Sydney.

Camosun Community Association Family Fun Day & Picnic June 23 #yyj @Camosun

Camosun Community Association Family Fun Day & Picnic

Saturday June 23rd between 11am and 2pm
on the Richmond School Grounds

Monday, June 18, 2012

Family Day at the Maritime Museum June 23 #yyj @MaritimeMusBC

June 23rd is Family Day at the Maritime Museum!

Explore the Maritime Museum Saturday, June 23rd from 10-5pm for a well-deserved Family Day! Admission is by donation and families, as well as the public at large, will enjoy various activities and crafts. As well, World Fisheries Trust will be back with their ever-popular Seaquarium. Come see and touch live sea creatures!

Still looking for more to do? Come back to the Museum in the evening for a date night as you listen to the magical sounds of A Great Noyse. Be a witness to Sir Frances Drake’s greatest achievement, through a retelling of his round-the-world voyage from the perspective of the musicians who sailed with him. Accompanied by music that Drake would have known, performed on authentic period instruments, and featuring the male choral group, Drake’s Men.

Tickets are $15 for Seniors, Students and MMBC Members and $18 for General Admission and may be purchased in advance. Doors open at 7:00pm.

See our website for our full line-up of exciting events and programming coming this summer!

ALC fee structure comments invited #bcpoli

June 18, 2012
Ministry of Agriculture

VICTORIA - The Ministry of Agriculture is inviting public comment on developing the Agricultural Land Commission's (ALC) fee structure to support its evolution into a more self-sustaining organization.

The survey seeks comments on four areas the ALC has identified as possible sources to augment its provincial funding:

1. A review of existing ALC application fees, which were last increased in 2002, for exclusion, subdivision, non-farm use and utility corridor applications.

2. A new service fee to support the ALC's work to ensure that criteria on conditionally approved applications are met.

3. A new fee for the ALC's ongoing monitoring and site inspections of long-term approvals.

4. A new fee for the ALC's oversight and administration of delegation agreements with local governments and other authorities.

The funding derived from these sources is intended to provide the ALC with the ability to focus on its core mandate of encouraging farming, as well as improving compliance and enforcement activities, online resources, training for staff and commissioners and conducting targeted Agricultural Land Reserve boundary reviews.

The survey provides an opportunity for British Columbians to contribute to the strengthening of the ALC. Comments can be provided at: and willbe accepted until July 8. At the end of the process, a summary of public comments will be posted on the website.

The amended fee structure is the latest step in a comprehensive reform package for the ALC that began in November 2011. This package includes $1.6 million in transitional funding and legislative changes supporting the ALC's focus on its core functions of preserving farmland, encouraging farming and farming's transition to a more sustainable operating model.

It Takes a Village: Photographic Exhibit July 6-Sept 22 #yyj #photography

June 22 to September 4, 2012

Hours - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays)

Esquimalt, B.C. – The CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum is opening a new photographic exhibit that celebrates the centennial of the Township of Esquimalt.

“It Takes a Village: Esquimalt Faces, Places & the Navy” was created in cooperation with the Esquimalt Photography Club. The exhibit features archival photos from the museum’s collection as well as new photos taken by club members. The photos tell the story of the impact of the expansion of the dockyard during WW II on both the Township of Esquimalt and on the families whose properties were expropriated. Some of the new photos revisit those taken over 65 years ago and show the same locations or people as they appear today.

Naval & Military Museum located in Building 37 Naden (Turn off Admirals Road between Colville and Esquimalt Roads at Woodway Road into CFB Esquimalt and follow the blue lines on the road.)

The Museum will be open seven days a week, July 6 to September 2.

Gorge on Art: June 23 #yyj

Gorge on Art

Saturday, June 23, 2012
11:00am - 4:00 pm
Gorge Waterway in Greater Victoria

Gorge on Art, a free community event, features over 35 invited professional and emerging visual artists exhibiting their work along the scenic Gorge Waterway.
Visitors have an opportunity to see paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, watercolours, jewellery and textiles, and to meet and discuss the artists' work. Ongoing artists’ demonstrations and musical entertainment, as well as, food and refreshments. Sponsored by the District of Saanich.

Off-Leash Enforcement Increased for Dallas Rd & Beacon Hill Park #yyj

Increased Dogs Off-Leash Enforcement at
Dallas Road Pathway and Beacon Hill Park

June 18, 2012

VICTORIA, BC — Dallas Road Pathway is a popular spot for walkers and joggers, tourists, and dog owners exercising their pets. Considered part of Beacon Hill Park, the Dallas Road Pathway between Douglas Street and Clover Point is the only area of the park where dogs are permitted to be off-leash.

To balance the needs of all users of the pathway and park, the City of Victoria is starting additional Animal Control Bylaw presence during summer evenings and weekends to educate dog owners and ensure they have close supervision of their dogs and carry a leash at all times.

Within Beacon Hill Park, dogs must be kept on-leash at all times and are not allowed in the Heronry at Good Acre Lake, at the Children’s Petting Zoo, and at playgrounds in the park. Signs are posted reminding users of the off-leash rules, along with dispensers of biodegradable doggie bags and trash bins.

Off-leash regulations are in place to prevent dogs from running uncontrolled along the pathway, bumping into people causing injury; and to protect wildlife in the park from being chased, such as peacocks, squirrels and deer that make Beacon Hill Park their home.

Dog owners who don’t have proper control of their pet or who do not follow the dogs off-leash rules, can face a fine ranging from $100-$300. Increased patrols are currently underway and will continue until the end of September, during the time when the area is most popular.

All dogs are required to be licensed, and with the exception of designated off-leash areas and private property, all dogs must be on a leash in the City of Victoria.

The City’s Paws in Parks program provides off-leash access in 12 Victoria parks, each with specific areas and times for dogs to exercise off-leash, provided they are under their owner’s control. For more information, visit:

VicFest Photo Gallery by @Sarah6Henderson #yyj #photography

all photos by Sarah Henderson

see also: Sarah's VicFest Review

VicFest Review by @Sarah6Henderson #yyj

Victoria, BC - I had the opportunity to check out the second annual Vancouver Island Cultural Festival today (V.I.C. Fest) for the first time in my life. If you didn’t have the time to check it out this year, then I strongly suggest you find a way to go another time. V.I.C. Fest is a one day action packed outdoor festival filled with a variety of entertainment, culture, art, food, wine, cider and beer!

This year’s V.I.C. Fest was located in the center of downtown at St. Ann’s Academy on Humbolt Street. Tickets were only $40.00 and well worth the money. This festival offered two different stages, a day stage and the main event stage. The day stage ran from 12 to 5 pm and had a variety of the islands best performers. There was everything from Local DJ’s to Mindil Beach Markets and Rocky Mountain Rebel Music. The main stage picked up in the evening and ran until curfew (10pm). It’s nice to have a one day festival in Victoria that can showcase some amazing talent, but not run too late into the night. As soon as you step through the event gates, there was major buzz about both Kytami and Current Swell’s performances later in the evening. It was that or the buzz people were getting from the Merri-dale cider. That stuff is good.

What I liked most was that this Festival was not just about the impressive entertainment, but also about local art. V.I.C. Fest showcased some great vendors and artists. There were local booths selling jewelry, unique clothing, watercolor art, photography and more. Local artists Wolf/Sheep showcased their fabulous creations all day, while taking part in developing a mural.

Food and wine were also important components of today. There was an array of Victoria’s best local vendors providing the finest local food for the community to enjoy. Some of my favorites were Pizzeria Prima Strata, WannaWafel, Pig BBQ joint and Puerto Vallarta Amigos.

Set up in the Orchid of St. Ann’s Academy was the expanded wine tasting area. Open from 12 – 5 pm, you were able to purchase tokens to taste an overwhelming selection of fine local wines. There was Dragon Fly Vineyard and De Vine Vineyard from the Sannich Peninsula, Unsworth Vineyard from Mill Bay and Coastal Black from the Comox Valley to name a few. Even though the weather was a bit gloomy today, the wine tasting was nicely covered and attracted a bit of a crowd through the early afternoon rain.

Also available and probably the most anticipated was the local beer sampling! Situated alongside the wine tasting area in the Orchid, it was a very busy place. Vancouver Island Brewery, Philips Brewing Company, Lighthouse Brewing Company, Driftwood Brewery, Spinnakers, Canoe Brewpub, and Swans were all there. This gave guests a great selection of fantastic local beers and not one of these vendors was a disappointment. If you couldn’t get there during the day to sample one of these delectable brews, the beer garden had extended hours and stayed open until the end of the festival.

V.I.C. Fest was an interesting, fun filled day and although the weather could have been better, this festival held its own.

All photos by Sarah Henderson

see also: Sarah's VicFest Photo Gallery

Single Lane Traffic Prospect Lake Rd between Prospect Ave and Lohr Rd June 12-29 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 through to Friday, June 29, 2012 there will be alternating single lane traffic on Prospect Lake Road between Prospect Avenue and Lohr Road. Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

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

Friday, June 15, 2012

Yard Sale for the Cure program: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation @CBCF_

June 14, 2012

Are you planning to host a yard sale this summer? Support a great cause in the process by participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Yard Sale for the Cure!

Every dollar raised through the program goes towards breast cancer research, health promotion, advocacy, education and awareness programs. Now in its third year, Yard Sale for the Cure has raised an incredible $1,000,000 towards a future without breast cancer.

Host a Yard Sale today by simply registering online at, or to find a Yard Sale happening in your area. There’s never been a better reason to shop!

Colwood Rotary Art & Wine Festival June 23 #yyj @RotaryVictoria

Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
603 Fort Rodd Hill, off Ocean Boulevard, Colwood, BC,
Saturday June 23rd 2012; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are a great place to visit at any time but especially during Colwood Rotary's Art & Wine Festival. There will be over 25 artists displaying their work: painting, wood sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, glass and much more. You will find pieces of art that you can purchase for your home or as a gift.

You will also have the opportunity to taste many different local and British Columbian wines and discuss the differences between them. Click on the tab "wineries" to see which wineries are attending the event.

There will also be food vendors providing everything from steak sandwiches to Rotary Dogs for purchase. You can stake out a piece of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites for a picnic and tour of the Sites.

The Rotary Club of Colwood will use 100% of the money raised for local Rotary projects but especially to help build the Rotary Picnic Playground at Westshore Parks and Recreation. Please see

For information about Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites please visit

Each ticket purchased will not only include entrance to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites but also include a specially crafted wine glass and 8 tokens to sample wine. Children under 19 are admitted free.

CRD Regional Parks Strategic Plan Approved #yyj @crd_bc

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District Board has approved the new 2012-2021 Regional Parks Strategic Plan which sets the direction for regional parks and trails over the next decade. It also reviewed a complementary Financial Program, which provides the fiscal roadmap to implement the strategic priorities identified in the plan.

“This Strategic Plan provides the long term vision and the short-term priorities for regional parks and trails spanning southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “The plan recognizes the expectation for significant population growth in the region over the next ten to thirty years. These green spaces will continue to provide immeasurable benefits that add to the region’s quality of life, to the long-term health of the local environment and of the people who live here.”

“A major part of the development process in preparing the Strategic Plan was the involvement of a volunteer Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) who spoke to residents throughout the region,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “The plan reflects what was heard from the community, interest groups and other park agencies and from relevant technical information. We thank everyone who participated in shaping the Regional Parks Strategic Plan. Together we are planning today to protect these vital natural areas while providing compatible recreation opportunities.”

The highlights of the 2012-2021 Regional Parks Strategic Plan are:

• Confirmation that CRD Regional Parks is on the right track and that nature protection is its top priority.

• Conserving biodiversity, connecting natural areas, providing compatible recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, and responding to changing demographics are the centrepieces of the draft Plan.

• Environmental interpretation and communication are essential functions of Regional Parks.

• An expanded parks and trails system, particularly in areas west of the Sooke River. The plan also advocates for connections between the natural area of the region and to trails systems in other regional districts.

• That the CRD maintain the direction that off-road motorized use is not compatible with the vision and mission of regional parks and trails.

The highlights of the 2012-2016 Financial Program to Implement the Regional Parks Strategic Plan are:

• The Financial Program provides guiding principles, an overview of the 2012 Regional Parks Budget, the capital budget and potential budget requests that result from implementation of the first five years of the Regional Parks Strategic Plan.

• The primary direction for Regional Parks over the next five years will be to strengthen the management of existing regional parks and trails while opening new parks and trails as funding permits.

• The Financial Program will be used to guide the preparation of the Regional Parks’ budget.

• The 2012-2016 Capital Infrastructure Plan identifies new capital projects with an estimated cost of $21 million.

• The major infrastructure projects are the E&N Humpback Connector Rail Trail, opening part of the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt and Sooke Hills Wilderness regional park reserves, opening the Trans Canada Trail and Matthews Point regional park reserves and upgrading existing infrastructure at Thetis Lake and Elk/Beaver Lake regional parks.

The Regional Parks Strategic Plan and Financial Program can be found at

Free Fishing Father's Day Weekend #bcpoli

Get hooked on free fishing this Father's Day weekend

June 14, 2012
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA - Aspiring and experienced anglers alike can cast their lines for free this Father's Day weekend, as part of the 13th Annual Free Family Fishing weekend.

This year's celebration runs from June 15 to 17, and allows Canadian families to fish for free in most freshwater lakes and non-tidal streams anywhere in B.C. on all three days. With 47 different events planned in communities across the province, families have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to fish and explore our beautiful recreation sites.

These events are supported by the Family Fishing Weekend Society, which provides financial assistance and materials, including fishing gear.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society stocks 800 lakes and streams with more than eight million fish each year. The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and Walmart Canada have also contributed funding to support Family Fishing Weekend. Throughout the province, hundreds of knowledgeable volunteers will share their advice and passion for fishing with all who attend.

Families planning to fish at a location outside of a sponsored event listed on the Family Fishing Society of BC's website are advised that people fishing for species requiring a conservation surcharge stamp or on classified waters will still need to purchase these supplementary licences.

For information on these few exceptions, please consult page 61 of the 2011-13 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, available online at:

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