Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Disturbing assault in Hampton #Park- Detectives seek Info #yyj @SaanichPolice



On July 25th, at approximately 10:40pm, Saanich Police were called by 911 to Hampton Park. Upon arriving officers encountered a male on the ground bleeding profusely from the head being cared for by a friend who was using a shirt to try and staunch the bleeding.

Patrol officers and a canine team arrived at the park to begin a search for the suspects. Unfortunately, none were located.

As it turns out the two victims, local area residents, had been drinking at home and decided to walk through the park towards the Tillicum mall. While walking through the park, they passed a group of four males that were walking the other way. The group of four young males then turned and began to follow the two victims.

The four suspects then began swearing at the victims and made demands for money. All of a sudden, one of the males walked up behind the 52 year old victim who was then struck on the side of the head with what is believed to be a bat. The male suspects then fled through the park.

Given the darkness in the park at the time no description of the suspects was obtained.

The victim was left with a 3 inch gash on his head. He was taken to Victoria General Hospital by BC Ambulance Service. The injuries required multiple staples to his head and sustained significant concussion like injuries.

Investigators are at a loss and are requesting the public’s assistance in this investigation. Unfortunately there is little to go on and request that if you know something or have heard someone bragging about this incident or talking about it on social media, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

Doggy Idol - Dog Days of Summer #fundraiser for animal rescue Sept 22 #yyj @petonga


Fund raiser for Victoria Adoptables & Vets for Pets 


Sept 22, St. Luke's Church Hall 
3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road 
11am-5:30pm 
$4 admission/ kids under 10 free

(bring used collars, leashes etc. in good shape or unopened pet food for $1 off)
Pet Photo Contest sponsored by Petonga.com & Doggy Idol

All day fashion show "Pets on Parade" enter your pet for prizes, shop for cool pet products & services, demos, and more.

For more info please contact doggyidol@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/362487410489334


Another Drunk Driver... #yyj @Saanichpolice



Sunday morning July 29th, just before 3am, a Saanich officer had occasion to stop a motorist in the 4200 block of the Pat Bay highway. As it turned out, the driver was suspected of being impaired.

The officer learned that the 24 year old female driver from Vancouver, had left a wedding reception in the Prospect Lake area. Despite there being a shuttle service for attendees, she decided to chance navigating her 2011 Jeep Liberty downtown while impaired. Unfortunately, she got lost.

She then stopped at some unknown convenience store in an attempt to seek directions. As luck would have it, a male patron in the store who was going in the same direction suggested that she follow him.

Both vehicles ended up on the Pat Bay highway heading southbound. The Saanich officer’s attention was drawn to them as they were driving 50-60kmh down the highway. Apparently the lead car had to slow down dramatically as the Jeep was driving so slowly.

The officer followed both vehicles and saw that the Jeep was drifting over the lines and off the roadway. Believing she may be intoxicated, the officer put on his emergency lights. The Jeep continued and took several blocks and the emergency siren before it pulled off the road.

When approached the driver smelled of alcohol and had difficulty turning the car off and remove the keys. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and was returned to the Saanich Police headquarters for breath tests. The results showed blood alcohol in the range of three times the legal limit.

The 24 year old Vancouver resident now faces impaired driving related charges, she had her vehicle impounded and her license suspended.

When she was picked up by an adult male relative, he made the comment: “Wow, you beat me!” when he found out the test results.


More Motorcycle Mischief #yyj @Saanichpolice


Yesterday at around 11:30am, a Traffic Safety Unit officer and a Saanich Reserve were monitoring traffic on Willis Point road, which leads to Durrance Lake. This area has been well known for vehicles to speed excessively on a regular basis.

Officers observed a vehicle travelling up the hill towards the lake, doing the speed limit at 60kmh. All of a sudden, both officers could hear a pair of motorcycles accelerate dramatically and saw them pull into oncoming traffic to pass the slower vehicle going up the hill.

Both bikes continued to accelerate through the gears up the hill travelling at speeds of approximately 160kmh. The two bikes passed the officers who were on foot and had to jump into their police vehicle. For fear of a possible pursuit, the two bikes were followed by the unmarked police vehicle for some distance. No lights or sirens were used until officers felt they were in a better position to safely pull the bikes over.

One of the bikes was stopped on Willis Point road, but the second sped away. Believing that the two riders were known to each other, the officers asked the rider to call his friend on the cell phone and ask him to return. After a brief conversation the second bike returned to the scene as well.

Given the dramatic speeds, both were charged with excessive speeding contrary to the Motor Vehicle Act. As a result, both vehicles were impounded for 7 days and towed from the scene. Both drivers took immediate responsibility for their driving behaviour at the roadside.

The two bikes were a 2005 black Honda and a 2003 red Honda, driven by a 22 year old male from Victoria and a 25 year old male from Oak Bay.

Willis Point road will continue to be a focus for officers through the summer months.


#VicPD to Join City’s 150th Anniversary Celebration #yyj150 @VicpdCanada



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Victoria BC – On Thursday, August 2nd, VicPD will take part in the City of Victoria’s 150th anniversary celebrations at Centennial Square. The department’s display, entitled VicPD: Past and Present, will explain the department’s deep roots in the community and how policing has evolved since the department was founded in 1858.

Vintage vehicles will be on display, including a 1921 patrol wagon and “Car 40,” a restored 1940 Dodge. Modern police vehicles, including a VicPD Charger patrol car and a new Victory motorcycle, will also be featured along with artifacts from the Victoria Police Historical Society Museum.

VicPD Reserves, Volunteers, and members of the Historical Society will be on hand to interact with the public and answer any questions they may have. VicPD Public Affairs, Crime Prevention Services, and the Victoria Police Historical Society are proud to have this display included in the City of Victoria’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

For more information on the event, visit the City of Victoria’s event page at http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/departments/parks-rec-culture/recreation-culture/art-culture/victoria-150/150forward-community-celebration.html

Little Shop of Horrors on until August 12 @Blue_Bridge #yyjtheatre


Little Shop of Horrors

July 31 - August 12


#Fireworks are fun for people but not for #pets @BC_SPCA

 Fireworks are fun for people, not pets

July 31, 2012. For immediate release.

Along with warm summer nights come barbecues, campfires and fireworks. While the sonic-boom of pyrotechnics may be thrilling for us, it is not an enjoyable time for our furry friends. With summer now underway, the BC SPCA strongly recommends that pet guardians plan for the safety of their household animals during these fireworks festivities.

All those weird, loud explosions and bright lights can be upsetting to your pet and can even lead to harm.

“The roaring thunder of fireworks can cause animals to panic, putting both pets and people in danger,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations.

When dogs and cats are frightened they are more likely to run away from their homes, jump out of open windows or dart into traffic. Stressed pets can also behave out of character — even scratching or biting people, says Chortyk.


The BC SPCA offers these summer fireworks safety tips:

Keep pets inside

An indoor pet is a happy pet on fireworks night. To help muffle the noise and prevent animals from escaping, remember to close the windows of your home and draw the curtains. Some pets do well left in a separate room with the radio or television on to mask the sound of fireworks. Be sure to leave plenty of toys in the room for your pet so that he doesn’t think he’s being isolated as a punishment.

 

Identification

Make sure your pet is wearing identification. Dogs and cats may try to run away if they feel threatened. Clear, current identification is your best chance to have them returned to you.


Don’t console your anxious pet

While it is natural to want to comfort your pet, it is better to use a bright, cheerful voice to send a message that things are fine. Avoid saying things like, “it’s OK” or “don’t be scared” in a soft or sympathetic voice. This only reinforces your pet’s fearful behaviour.


Leave home without them

If you think it would be fun to bring your dog to the festivities, he may not share your view. The strange sights, sounds, and crowds can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened.

Visit spca.bc.ca for more information on summer pet safety.

Vancouver Island Music Awards Last Call for Community’s Help #yyjmusic #fundraiser @vimusicawards


Vancouver Island Music Awards Announces
Last Call for Community’s Help

The Producers of the Vancouver Island Music Awards are putting out a final formal call to the Vancouver Island community to help keep the annual music event alive. The event, colloquially nicknamed “Vancouver Island’s Junos,” has run 8 of the past 11 years since its inaugural ceremony in 2002 (which was filmed by TV station Much Music) – 6 years in Victoria, 1 year in Courtenay, and 1 year in Nanaimo.

Despite strong interest from the Island’s musicians and media from the outset, all 8 years of the event have struggled financially, and it has reached the point where community support is required in order for the production to stay afloat. VIMA Producers have set a goal of $100 from each of 50 Vancouver Island businesses before September 1st.

The VIMAs have traditionally operated on a bare bones budget of $5000 per year, with zero profit. In order to take this “labour of love” to the next level – which means a more enjoyable, top-notch venue and high calibre sound & light production for concert-goers, an advertising budget, administrative costs, supplies, and honorariums for VIMA Hosts, Production Crew, Jury, and Performers – the production needs the community’s financial support over the next 3 weeks.

So far, the "Keep the Vancouver Island Music Awards" campaign has raised $625. A minimum of $2000 is required to get the production off the ground. 

VIMA is pleased to announce King Minion Music Podcast as a new VIMA sponsor. Podcast producer Terry Gilbert Morris, who is responsible for giving VIMA the biggest boost so far, expresses why he feels it is important to contribute to this community event:

"The Vancouver Island Music awards have been a great source of new emerging Indie talent for the King Minion Music Podcast," explains Morris. "Even during these tough times where music grants are rare, VIMA has been a great boost for local musicians. Under careful guidance, the VIMA could become an even larger driving force for the promotion of Vancouver Island bands and artists. VIMA plays a vital role in our music community."

The VIMAs have featured such hosts, keynote speakers, and presenters as Neil Osbourne of 54/40, The Irish Rovers, Vince Ditrich of Spirit of the West, Terry David Mulligan, and David Gogo. VIMA award-winners over the years include Armchair Cynics, Hayley Sales, Alex Cuba, Christine Evans, Jets Overhead, Todd Butler, and Ryan McMahon.


As stated on the official VIMA website islandmusicawards.com 
the mission statement of the VIMAs is to: 

(1) CELEBRATE the Vancouver Island music scene,

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

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

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

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

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

The Vancouver Island Music Awards is currently accepting much-needed donations at www.kapipal.com/vimas

Over the next 3 weeks, Vancouver Island businesses and music supporters are encouraged to contribute any amount to this local grassroots cultural initiative. Businesses who donate will receive advertising with the 2013 event. All donors will get tax receipts as well as be eligible for the VIMA prize package draw.

If the production can raise enough funds to continue, the Artist Call for Submissions period will commence September 1st, and the 2013 VIMAs will take place in April 2013. Host city TBA.

Business & public inquiries can be sent to info@jameskasper.com


Monday, July 30, 2012

B.C. deploys fire personnel to Northwest Territories


July 30, 2012
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre

KAMLOOPS - The Wildfire Management Branch is sending 23 personnel to assist the Northwest Territories with their fire suppression efforts.

One 20-person unit crew, two plans chiefs and one agency representative are departing today for Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

The request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions.

Considering the current and forecasted provincial fire situation, sufficient personnel and resources remain in B.C. to respond appropriately to any fire activity. Crews can be deployed for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.

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

This is the fifth out-of-province deployment this year. Personnel were previously sent to Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Colorado.

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