Wednesday, October 31, 2012

RRU and CUPE Local 3886 ratify agreement #yyj

Oct. 31, 2012

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

RRU and CUPE Local 3886 ratify agreement

VICTORIA - A four-year collective agreement between Royal Roads University and CUPE Local 3886 staff has been ratified, providing for modest wage increases within existing budgets, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The new collective agreement covers about 70 employees with positions in gardens and grounds, custodial and housekeeping, production and trades. The four-year agreement includes zero per cent wage increases for the first two years, June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012, which is consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and a two per cent general wage increase in each of the third and fourth years, June 1, 2012, through May 31, 2014. This is consistent with the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

The B.C. government has been clear that there is no new money to fund wage increases and there is no desire to download these costs onto families or future generations. The Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases funded from savings within existing budgets, not adding costs to taxpayers and ratepayers, and not sacrificing services.

Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.

New Traffic Signal at Carey Rd & Ravine Way: 4 Way Stop until Nov 5 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory
4-Way Stop

Starting on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 through to Monday, November 5, 2012 there is now a NEW traffic signal installed at Carey Road and Ravine Way.

It will RESIDE IN FLASH MODE in all approaches until Monday morning.

Please obey all traffic signs and approach the intersection as four way stop.

GVYO Concert Nov 25 at #UVic #yyj

It’s High Time for Haydn!

Tickets: Adult $25 Senior $20 Student/Child $10 250-721-8480

Can you hear the clock ticking? Can it be -indeed it is - ‘the inexhaustible, the wonderful, the sublime HAYDN!’ So wrote the London Morning Chronicle in March 1794 when Symphony No. 101 premiered, rendering its Hanover Square audience rapturous! Papa Haydn’s delightful Clock Symphony, still a favourite in our time, opens the first concert of the GVYO’s 27th Season.

There will also be time for a walk – in the verdant Bohemian countryside, beloved home of Smetana – and certainly time for a taste of Czech village festivities.

Finally, the music moves southward and forward in time to the lush harmonies of Hungarian LeĆ³ Weiner’s Suite on Hungarian Folk Themes.

This is masterful music in the high romantic tradition, yet it is seldom performed, in part because Weiner, composing in the 20th century, was considered a man behind the times. Has time vindicated him? Come to the concert and decide for yourself!

For 27 years the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra – expressive, focused, and adventurous - has brought symphonic sounds to thousands of music lovers, young and old, in communities from Bamfield to Whitehorse and Haida Gwaii. In rehearsals, sectionals, and workshops, the orchestra’s 65 players explore centuries of symphonic style, develop ensemble and performance skills, and build lasting friendships.

In the rehearsal hall and on the concert stage, the GVYO brings music to life as only young people can, with verve and enthusiasm and inexhaustible energy, orchestrating joy for themselves and their audience alike.

Yariv Aloni was appointed Music Director of GVYO in July 2010, having served as Associate Music Director since 2002. As violist he has performed and recorded worldwide. On faculty at the University of Victoria, Mr. Aloni is also Music Director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra.

Foot Pursuit leads to Arrest in Gorge Waterway #yyj @VicpdCanada

File # 12-43345
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Foot Pursuit leads to Arrest in Gorge Waterway

Victoria BC – A 19-year-old Victoria man is in police custody after fleeing a traffic stop and fighting with officers and a Police Service Dog in the Gorge Waterway.

Last night at approximately 10 p.m. a VicPD patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the 300-block of Gorge Road East. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the passenger was a well-known Victoria drug dealer who appeared to be breaching his court-ordered curfew.

The officer called for backup in order to safely arrest the violent man. As the K9 officer arrived, the suspect opened the passenger door and fled from the area. Both officers and Police Service Dog Conan gave chase down the embankment and onto the Galloping Goose trail.

The suspect disregarded all calls for him to stop and PSD Conan was sent to take him into custody. The suspect fled into the woods and neither PSD Conan nor the suspect was visible to the officers. PSD Conan returned and officers finally spotted the suspect who was now wading into the Gorge Waterway.

Officers repeatedly called to the suspect, but he continued to try to escape. PSD Conan was sent in again and this time was able to take hold of the suspect. As the water and current were pulling the suspect and PSD Conan, both officers entered the water to make the arrest.

As officers got beside the suspect, he continued to fight. It took both officers and PSD Conan to finally arrest the suspect, and bring him back to the shore, from what was now, waist deep water.

The suspect was given medical attention for the dog bite and is now facing four new charges. He was held in jail for a court appearance this morning.

ICBC’s Halloween Safety Tips @icbc

On average, on Halloween night, 120 people are injured in 390 crashes across the province.* With Halloween parties this weekend and trick-or-treaters knocking on doors next week, ICBC is asking parents and drivers to use extra caution and plan ahead to help keep children safe for this year’s Halloween festivities. 

Tips for parents:

Dress to be seen: Let’s not spoil our kids’ fun. Halloween is about putting on spooky outfits – but that often involves dark colours. A good solution is to buy reflective tape that you can add to the outfit or even to children’s shoes or bags to help them stand out against the dark road.

The best ghouls see everything: Scary masks are a key part of many Halloween costumes but it’s important that your child wears a mask that doesn’t hinder their ability to see what’s going on around them. Put the mask over your own face to check the visibility and make any necessary adjustments.

The best ghouls hear everything too: As adults, we know that hearing is just as important as seeing when it comes to safety around roads. Remind your children not to use their cellphone or listen to their iPod – they should keep their fun focused on Halloween and all the candy.

Safety in numbers: If you’ll be walking outside on this spookiest of nights, walk in numbers to help drivers and others see you and your children. Be sure to have an appropriate number of adults to accompany the children.

Gone haunting: If your kids are heading out for some trick-or-treating fun without you, help them plan their route ahead of time so they get home safely. Consider a route that takes them through a quiet residential area away from busy main roads and parking lots. Remind them to cross streets at designated points.

Tips for drivers:

A fright’s just around the corner: Drivers need to slow down and expect the unexpected. Children are likely caught up in the excitement of Halloween and may forget the rules of the road so slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Limit any distractions in your car so you can focus your full attention on the road.

The ghouls may not notice you: Children may have very limited visibility while wearing masks and costumes so don’t assume they see you approaching. Always yield to pedestrians – by doing so, you help ensure they cross the road safely.

Beware of those dark alleys: Surprises often lurk in the darkest of places so enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Watch for little trick-or-treaters when backing up.

Don’t end on a true scare: If you’re hosting or attending a Halloween party, always make sure there are options for everyone to get home safely, such as designated drivers, transit or taxi numbers on hand.

For more road safety tips, visit

On average, on Halloween night, approximately*:

90 people are injured in 250 crashes in the Lower Mainland.
10 people are injured in 60 crashes on Vancouver Island.
5 people are injured in 30 crashes in the North Central region.
10 people are injured in 50 crashes in the Southern Interior.

*Statistics are police reported incidents over the last five years (2007 to 2011) on Halloween between 3pm and midnight.

New plan in place to improve fire code compliance #bcpoli

Oct. 31, 2012

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
Ministry of Justice

New plan in place to improve fire code compliance

VICTORIA - Building owners and employers are responsible for fire code compliance in British Columbia, but in the interests of long-term safety for workers, the government will now be asking high-risk facility owners to provide documentation of fire code compliance.

In the course of regularly scheduled and/or targeted inspections, WorkSafeBC will be requesting all building owners to provide documentation related to fire code compliance. The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) will request documentation of fire code compliance when performing on-site inspections of regulated equipment installation.

To assist, Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General introduced today the creation of the Fire Inspection and Prevention Initiative (FIPI). Through FIPI, WorkSafeBC will invest one million dollars in funding over two years to reduce the risk fire represents to workers in industrial operations and to improve compliance.

FIPI will improve awareness of employers' fire safety obligations and education about the BC Fire Code standards. It will also improve co-ordination between WorkSafeBC and BCSA inspectors and the OFC, which has responsibility for enforcing the BC Fire Code.

The B.C. government expects these enhanced fire code compliance efforts will improve health and safety for workers in British Columbia and provide more clarity about the accountability of industrial owners and operators and how they must meet BC Fire Code standards.

Halloween Safety Tips from BC Ambulance Service

Safety tips to help keep kids from a fright on Halloween night

British Columbia - Before parents and children head out for Halloween trick or treating, BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) and the specialists at BC Children’s Hospital have some safety tips for parents.

These safety tips are based on visits to BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and BCAS call data that shows on Halloween last year, between the hours of 4 and 9 pm, there was a significant increase in the number of ambulance calls for traffic incidents and burns compared to regular nights. Every year, BC Children’s and BC Ambulance Service treat many preventable injuries involving trick-or-treaters, such as falls from ill-fitting costumes, injuries from being struck by a car, burns from fireworks or cuts from pumpkin-carving.

The following tips can help parents and caregivers keep children safe this Halloween:

BE SEEN – Parents as well as children should wear bright costumes or clothing made of flame-resistant material with reflective tape, or carry light sticks or flashlights to ensure motorists can see them. Consider trick-or-treating in a group.

Don’t forget to stop, look left, right and left again – before crossing a street. Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk beside the road or street facing traffic.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY – To prevent falls, make sure your child’s costume fits well and isn’t too long or loose. Dress for the weather to ensure your child is comfortable and warm. A mask can obscure your vision; instead try make-up.

ADULT SUPERVISION – Young children should always have a responsible adult escorting them door-to-door on Halloween night. Skip past houses that don’t have lights on, or the walkway isn’t well-lit, and avoid unfamiliar animals.

PUMPKIN CARVING – Kids under six should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins. Instead they can express their creativity by drawing a face on a pumpkin or dressing it up with colourful fall leaves. Parents should use a flashlight or a light stick to illuminate a pumpkin rather than a candle, to reduce the risk of burns.

CHOKING – Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age, but choking can happen at any age. Do not give children under five popcorn, hard candy, or nuts. When eating candy, parents should have children sit at a table since eating while playing, jumping or talking can lead to choking. Information is available through HealthLink BC at

FIREWORK SAFETY – To be safe, plan family fun and activities that don’t include fireworks. However, if you plan to use fireworks as part of your celebration, only purchase them from a reliable source and always read and follow label directions. Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby when lighting fireworks.

SLOW DOWN AND WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS – Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with extra caution this Halloween. BCAS notes that historically there is an increase in the number of traffic accidents on Halloween evening. Children are easily distracted and difficult to see because of their small size, particularly if they run into the street from between parked cars.

BE A GOOD HOST – As a homeowner, make sure the path to your front door is clear of any obstructions or sharp objects and well-lit to prevent trick-or-treaters from falling. Don’t leave pumpkins with burning candles close to where children may be trick-or-treating to prevent burns or costumes catching on fire.

ENJOY THE TREATS, BUT CHECK THEM FIRST – Always check the treats before your child eats them. Throw away any items with torn wrappers or holes in the wrapper. Wash and cut any fruit before eating.

Trick-or-Treat #Esquimalt Style with @VicPDCanada #yyj

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD West Division officers and staff are welcoming the little ghouls and goblins to the Esquimalt Public Safety Building this Halloween for Trick-or-Treating.

Officers and staff will be dressed up and handing out treats for the kids big and small.

“Halloween is a great opportunity for the kids to come and meet our staff and officers, it is also our way to give back to the community,” said Community Resource Officer Cst. Chantal Ziegler.

Come by during the day or after school to say ‘hi’ to the staff and show off your costumes. The station will be open for Trick-or-Treating from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Pumpkin Art on the Avenue in Oak Bay Oct 26-31 #yyj

Oak Bay Village Setting Up for Spooky Halloween Fun

Second Annual Pumpkin Art on the Avenue Expands 

Oak Bay Village is becoming a haunted village for Halloween! Setup is underway for the second annual Pumpkin Art on the Avenue, featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins, a pumpkin carving contest and a Halloween Trick or Treat. Pumpkin Art on the Avenue runs October 26 to 31 throughout Oak Bay Village.

The Pumpkin Art display, featuring several hundred pumpkins carved by John Vickers, is located behind the Oak Bay Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue) and is open from 5pm to 9pm. Admission is by donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Favourite displays including The Beatles, the Royal Family and others will return along with some new carvings.

Leading up to Halloween, pumpkins will be hung from lampposts along Oak Bay Avenue in the same way hanging flower baskets brighten the street during the summer. Pumpkins will adorn 20 poles along the Avenue this year and will expand each year as more pumpkins are carved.

For the first time Oak Bay Village businesses are taking up the carving challenge. Oak Bay Village businesses are competing against one another in a pumpkin-carving contest. Carved pumpkins will be displayed in business windows from October 24 to October 31. Oak Bay Village visitors can use their smart phone to vote for their favourite pumpkin window using the QR code on the poster or by visiting Every vote is an entry to win a gift basket from Oak Bay Village stores.

Oak Bay Village businesses will host a trick or treat from 2 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday, October 31. Participating businesses are identified by a pumpkin poster in their window. Trick or treat is followed by a Bonfire in Fireman's Park, 1703 Monterey (next to the fire hall) at 6:00 p.m.

Pumpkin Art began in 1998 when John Vickers staged it on the front lawn of his Fairfield home. Pumpkin Art continued to grow, drawing upwards of 25,000 visitors when it was held on the grounds of Government House from 2003 to 2006. The display has moved a few times since then, including touring Vancouver Island and spending two years at the Victoria Truth Centre on Fort Street before coming to a permanent home in Oak Bay Village in 2011.

The businesses in Oak Bay Village host a variety of community events through the year including the Oak Bay Summer markets, the Oak Bay Christmas Light Up, Pumpkin Art on the Avenue and a Halloween Trick or Treat. Information about Oak Bay Village is at

Novartis influenza vaccine suspension lifted

Oct. 31, 2012

Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer

Novartis influenza vaccine suspension lifted

VICTORIA - Health Canada has announced that it has lifted the temporary precautionary suspension on all Novartis influenza vaccine products in Canada.

After extensive consultation with Novartis, and public health and regulatory officials in Italy and Switzerland, as well as its own product assessments, Health Canada has determined that there are no safety concerns with any Novartis vaccine products in Canada or British Columbia.

With this release for use, all Fluad and Agriflu products currently distributed across health authorities in B.C. will be put back into use in public influenza vaccine campaigns. That campaign is now underway throughout the province. Novartis products represent about 30 per cent of the provincial vaccine supply.

Both Fluad and Agriflu, influenza vaccines manufactured in Italy by Novartis, had been pulled from vaccine campaigns in Canada and some European countries following reports of clumping noted in a specific vaccine batch; that batch was not released for use. Similar clumping has not been discovered in any vaccine distributed in Canada. The Canadian suspension was a purely precautionary measure. All vaccine products received in Canada have passed Health Canada safety inspections.

Influenza can be a serious illness. Each year thousands of Canadians die from its complications - most of them seniors or those with compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions. The flu vaccine is safe for use and is the best way to prevent illness from the virus.

British Columbians can get vaccinated at a variety of locations - from dedicated flu clinics, to public health units, family physicians and pharmacists. To find a flu clinic near you, visit the flu clinic locator at:

Halloween pet safety tips from @BC_SPCA

Protect your pets at Halloween

October 15, 2012. For immediate release.

With Halloween around the corner it’s a good time to think about the animals in your household and their safety that night. All those weird loud noises as well as the little people traffic in and out of your home can be upsetting to your pet and can even lead to harm.

“Fireworks going off, a constantly ringing doorbell and the presence of costumed strangers can all 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.

It’s not only companion animals are at risk. “Frightened farm animals have even been known to run into barbed-wire fences or other obstructions. With a little planning, guardians can take steps to keep their all their animals safe on Halloween,” says Chortyk

The BC SPCA offers these Halloween safety tips:  

Keep pets inside

Pets who are inside have fewer opportunities to confront trick-or-treaters. Some pets do well left in a separate room with the radio or television on to mask the sound of fireworks and trick-or-treaters. 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. If your pet finds the doorbell disturbing, consider disconnecting the doorbell for the night. Alternatively, you can leave a bowl of treats near the door outside where trick-or-treaters can help themselves. That way, they won’t knock or ring the doorbell – at least not until the bowl is emptied.


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.

Candy is for people

Candy can lead to health problems such as diabetes or obesity, and chocolate is especially dangerous because it contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. Keep treats well away from your pets.

Leave home without them

If you think it would be fun to bring your pet trick-or-treating, your pet may not share your view. The strange sights and sounds of Halloween can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened.

Don’t costume your pet

Dressing your dog in a costume inhibits his ability to communicate, making him prone to display aggression himself or be subjected to aggressive behaviour from other dogs.

Visit for more information on Halloween pet safety.

Safe and Happy Halloween Reminders from @Cityofvictoria #yyj

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Date: Monday, October 29, 2012
For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — With Halloween approaching, the public is reminded that a City of Victoria Fireworks Bylaw prohibits the sale, possession or discharge of fireworks. In the past, the irresponsible use of fireworks resulted in property damage, injuries, pet stress, and an increase in nuisance calls to emergency service agencies.

The Fireworks Bylaw includes firecrackers, fireballs, Roman Candles, sky rockets, squibs, torpedoes, and any other explosive designated as a firework by regulation. Victoria Police enforce the bylaw and failure to comply results in seizures and fines.

Penalties are applied per incident with a minimum penalty of $200 and a maximum of $10,000. Exceptions are available through an application of a special fireworks permit. For more information, visit:

Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year. Below are some tips to keeping children safe during trick-or-treating and to preventing fires in the home.

When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long, trailing fabric to prevent tripping.

If you are making a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Provide children with flashlights or glow in the dark props to carry for lighting as part of their costume.

Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a Jack-o-lantern. If using a real candle, use extreme caution and make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Keep outdoor pathways clear of tripping hazards for trick-or-treaters.

The Victoria Fire Department wishes Victoria residents a safe and happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#UVic Trick or Eat Food Drive Oct 31 #yyj @uvicnews @uvic

Trick or Eat

Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. 
Bob Wright Centre (SCI), room B150
Parking info and campus maps available at

University students are haunting city streets, looking for food for the hungry rather than sweet treats by going door-to-door in costume later this month. The UVic effort supports the Mustard Seed Food Bank as part of the Meal Exchange’s annual national Trick or Eat campaign.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Bob Wright Centre (SCI), room B150. Volunteers should bring their own ‘loot’ bags and arrive in costumes to receive their canvassing routes. Students interested in volunteering can email the UVic CKI club at

More information about the national non-profit program is available at People can also donate food at the door or donate money online at

Tree Appreciation Day in #Saanich Nov 4 #yyj

Mayor Frank Leonard has proclaimed Sunday, November 4, 2012 as Tree Appreciation Day in Saanich.

Many benefits and values come from trees including a very specific sense of place, aesthetics, air quality, property value, soil and water conservation and protection of the environment. The planting and preservation of trees is an action that yields long range benefits.

Saanich’s Significant Tree Advisory Committee and Saanich Parks, in cooperation with BC Hydro and Pacific Forestry Centre are looking for volunteers in our community to help plant trees and shrubs as detailed below. No experience is necessary. Time at all locations is 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon.

Swan Creek (Kent Road) where native trees and shrubs will be planted along banks of Swan Creek where Golden Willows were removed in 2011 and to out-compete Reed Canary Grass. Parking is available in main parking lot on Kent Road.

Whitehead Park (Goward Road/Prospect Lake Road) where native trees and shrubs will be planted along Tod Creek in areas where Golden Willows and Yellow Flag Iris were removed in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Parking is available in parking lots on Goward Road or Prospect Lake Road.

Mt. Douglas Park where native trees and shrubs will be planted along the Douglas Trail off Ash Road as restoration for 2012 Creek improvements and along Glendenning Trail in areas where invasive species have been removed. Limited parking is available on Glendenning Road or along Cedar Hill Road. For Ash Road planting, parking is available in the main washroom parking lot off the Parkway.

Drinks, snacks and planting tools will be provided to volunteers.

For event information please contact Saanich Parks at 250-475-5522 or e-mail

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