Friday, November 30, 2012

Victoria Leadership Awards Nomination Deadline Nov 30 #yyj

Victoria Leadership Awards
Nomination Deadline November 30

The Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs) have been honouring inspired leadership in the community since 2005. Led by Leadership Victoria, the annual ceremony is a partnership between Leadership Victoria, the University of Victoria, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Foundation and the United Way of Greater Victoria.

Eight prestigious categories recognize an incredible array of passionate and committed leaders, from youth to lifetime achievement.

Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award honours outstanding current or posthumous long-term service in community leadership roles such as philanthropy, innovation, mentoring and career achievement (one honorary award per year).

Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award recognizes an organization that is building community capacity and achieving positive change (one honorary award per year).

University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards acknowledge outstanding leadership in linking UVic and the community for greater public benefit (up to two awards per year).

Rotary Community Leadership Awards recognize community leaders who meet the Rotary test of the highest levels of ethical behaviour and community leadership benefit (up to two awards per year).

United Way of Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration & Partnership recognizes an individual leader in a non-profit organization who is building community capacity by creating partnerships and collaboration (one award per year).

Vancity Youth Award recognizes a young leader between the ages of 20 and 30 who demonstrates community leadership and helps to build our community’s wealth and well-being with a focus in one or more of three areas: people, planet, place (one award per year).

Royal Roads University Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring Award recognizes long term and outstanding service in community leadership roles that specifically focus on coaching and/or mentoring (one award per year).

Leadership Victoria Alumni Award recognizes a graduate of the Leadership Victoria program who continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership and service in the Victoria community (one honorary award per year).

The Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Victoria Alumni Award and the Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award are honorary awards and are not available for nominations from the public. All other categories are open for nominations in accordance with specific award criteria.

Nomination packages are available online at For more information, call 250-386-2269 or email

Sponsorship opportunities are available for specific award categories — please contact Leadership Victoria for more information.

All funds raised help to build community leadership capacity in Greater Victoria.Nominations must be received by 4 pm, Friday, November 30, 2012.

The awards will be presented on Monday, February 25, 2013 at a gala ceremony at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fleet Diving Unit Participate in 3rd annual Turkey Run Dec 1 #yyj

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) Participate in 3rd annual Turkey Run

 November 29, 2012

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – This Saturday, Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) [FDU(P)] will participate in their 3rd annual Turkey Run, a local relay run in support of the Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund Society. Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. the public may see and hear Royal Canadian Navy divers, support staff, family, and volunteers running through a designated route in the municipalities of Colwood and Langford.

The running route, which will be traffic-controlled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), takes participants from the FDU(P) facility in Colwood to Westshore Town Centre and back.

The public are invited to watch the run at Millstream Village and Belmont Park. Both locations will have hot dog stands manned by Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund volunteers. Hot dogs can be purchased by donation. Westshore Town Centre will also showcase Sonar, the Royal Canadian Navy mascot, from 12:15-1 p.m.

In addition, Millstream Village and Westshore Town Centre shopping areas will have FDU(P) personnel and the unit’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot and bomb disposal truck on site.

Since starting the Turkey Run in 2010, FDU(P) has raised $30,000 in support of the Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund. At Christmas time, the Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund Society prepares up to 700 hampers for less fortunate families in the local community.

For more information about FDU(P)’s Turkey Run, please visit:

For more information about the Royal Canadian Navy, please visit:

75 Year Old Woman Succumbs to Injuries after Collision #yyj @VicpdCanada

File # 12-47242
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Victoria BC – The 75-year-old victim from yesterday’s collision at Douglas Street and Discover Street has succumbed to her injuries.

The woman was struck at an unmarked crosswalk at approximately 2:45 p.m. as she crossed at Discovery Street. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors, the woman passed away last night.

Due to the severe nature of the collision, VicPD’s Crash Team was called to analyze the scene and traffic in the area was re-routed for hours.

Officers continue to investigate the collision and as part of that have seized the vehicle for mechanical inspection.

Investigators are still looking for witnesses to this collision. If you did witness the collision, please contact VicPD at the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.

Saanich Police Search Two Residences #yyj

Saanich Police Search Two Residences
for Drugs and Property 

File No. 2012-24687

At approximately 5pm on November 28 2012, the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit conducted a multi target drug investigation into two residences in the 300 Block of Davida Ave. The two residences came to the attention of Police after being reported by concerned citizens.

Two search warrants were executed with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and the Regional Crime Unit. Six persons were arrested during the investigation for drug and property related offences. All were released with charges pending.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Single Lane Traffic McKenzie Avenue between Cedarwood St & Larchwood Dr Nov 28 #yyjtraffic

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 there will be single lane traffic on McKenzie Avenue travelling West between Cedarwood Street and Larchwood Drive.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:30 pm.

All vehicles including Emergency vehicles will have access. Please obey all traffic signs.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Saanich Police seek robbery suspect #yyj @SaanichPolice

On November 26, 2012 at approximately 1911 hours Saanich Police members responded to a report of a robbery at TT Mix Karaoke located in the 3600 block of Shelbourne Street.

A male reportedly had entered the business premises and producing a knife robbed the lone female employee of a quantity of cash.

The male exited from the business and fled on foot north-bound on Shelbourne Street. Responding patrol units were unable to locate the suspect male.

The suspect is described as a caucasian male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 6' 0'' tall with a medium build. He was wearing a grey coat and dark pants.

Anyone with information which might assist in this investigation is asked to call the Saanich Police or Crimestoppers.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Rocking out for HIV Awareness Dec 1 in #yyj

5th Annual Rock show to raise funds
for local women living with HIV/AIDS

Victoria—On World AIDS Day 2012 (Sat., December 1st) members of Victoria’s rock community will play the 5th Annual Rock Your Awareness benefit in support of AIDS Vancouver Island’s women’s programs.

‘Ho-tonk’ headliners The Ballgag ‘n’ Chain Gang have created a cult following on Canada’s west coast and are participating at this event for the first time. They will be joined by rock, gyspy and soul sounds of Double Platinum. Rounding out the line-up is the folk cabaret couple Hearse.

“We are very grateful for the support of Logan’s Pub who have generously hosted this event for the past 5 years in support of AIDS Vancouver Island’s programs” says Hermione Jefferis, Health Promotion Educator and organizer of the event. “Proceeds from the event will greatly assist us in providing specific programs for women who are living with HIV/AIDS in our community.”

The event starts at 8pm with door-prizes, and raffles. $10 donations accepted at the door. Logan’s Pub 1831 Cook St.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Downtown Public Market Society Announce List of Vendors @VicPubMark #yyj

Victoria Downtown Public Market Society
Announce Preliminary List of Vendors
With the new Public Market at the historic Hudson Building slated to open in April 2013, the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society (VDPMS) is proud to announce the preliminary list of potential vendors today.

The list includes shops by well-respected local businesses like Silk Road, Salt Spring Island Cheese, and Wildfire Bakery; hot food outlets by amazing local chefs like George Szasz and Cosmo Means (Hot and Cold Café); and great new and emerging businesses like the Island Spice Trade, Tortilleria Monterrey, and Bounty Seafood at the Hudson.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have this combination of well-established local restaurateurs and experienced food-centered businesses mixed with unique and exciting young companies and startups”, says Maryanne Carmack, VDPMS Administrator. “This will create an eating and food-shopping experience unlike anything else in the region”.

Modeled after popular markets like the Ferry Building in San Francisco, the Atwater Market in Montreal and London’s Borough Market, the Victoria Public Market is a food-centered Public Market that will feature farmers' day tables, semi-permanent kiosks with 1-year leases and permanent vendors with 3-year leases. The market will also include a commercial kitchen for cooking classes, special dinners, urban agriculture workshops and special events.

“This food-centered social enterprise will be where the eat local and shop local movements meet, allowing Victoria residents and tourists to eat the best of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands under one roof”, says VDPMS Board Chair Philippe Lucas, “and by eating better, healthier, tastier food we’ll be supporting local businesses and protecting local farms and farmers well into the future.

Hours of operation are expected to be 9:30am – 6:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30-5pm on Sundays, and closed on Mondays, with larger farmers’ markets every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, please check out:

Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition Registration Deadline Nov 23 #yyj

Register for the Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition!

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2012
For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — Do you like singing Christmas carols with friends and family, and dressing up in costume? Register to participate in the City of Victoria’s 3rd Annual Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Bastion Square.

Organize friends, family or coworkers to dress up and sing carols for two 15 minutes performances, enjoy other groups’ carols, then gather for awards and a group sing-along.

A panel of local celebrity judges will judge your performances. Prizes will be awarded for best singing and costumes, so dress in traditional choral attire or the most outrageous Christmas costume you can find!

To participate, you do not need to be able to sing well. Whether you're a beginner singer or a seasoned caroller, there is a category for you: Large Group or Choir (5 or more); Small Group (4 or less); Local Business or Organization (any size group); and Best Dressed Group. All ages are welcome.

The deadline to register is Friday, November 23, 2012. Registration is free and only one registration form is required per group. To register and for more information, visit:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pacific Fleet Postpones Navy Lighting Contest for 2012 #yyj

Pacific Fleet Postpones Navy Lighting Contest for 2012

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Navy Lighting Contest for 2012 at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt has been postponed primarily due to extensive ongoing construction at Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard.

 “I fully recognize that the Navy Lighting event has become a tradition for many of us, including our neighbours in the community,” said Captain (Navy) Bob Auchterlonie, Base Commander of CFB Esquimalt. “My decision is based on a number of factors including the ongoing construction and renewal in HMC Dockyard, the ability for personnel to safely decorate buildings near the work being done, as well as the unavailability of ships due to operational and maintenance requirements.”

Millions of dollars in construction work is being carried out in a variety of locations on the base. As well, a number of Pacific Fleet ships are either deployed or undergoing extensive maintenance work that precludes their availability to support the Navy Lighting Contest this year.

The annual Navy Lighting Contest has been a unique holiday tradition for a number of years. Last year, nearly 5,800 visitors toured HMC Dockyard by bus via a pre-determined route, viewing the decorated ships and buildings, and voting for their favourite.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Parenting in the Internet Age Nov 18 #saltspring @RaffiRC

Speakers Series Dual Event Special

Sunday November 18

Two noted experts, one a psychotherapist, best-selling author of parenting books and the other a former Crown Prosecutor and champion of ethical social media practices, will speak about bullying, cyber safety and social media responsibilities on Salt Spring Island.

Alyson Schafer, a regular on CTV, CBC TV and The Marilyn Denis Show, is a strong advocate for conscious parenting. She believes that “bullying is a relationship issue that needs a relationship solution,” and she will provide parents and young people tips about communication that can foster positive habits, and healthy and respectful relationships at home and at school.

Sandy Garossino will bring her legal experience to the work of helping parents and children understand the laws concerning online safety and privacy, and to learn how to do their part to curb bullying and protect the privacy of social media users. She’ll present breaking news on a movement to safeguard young users of social media.

Alyson Schafer • Sunday November 11, 7 PM

“Communicating with Kids: Bullying and Online Safety”

Sandy Garossino • Sunday November 18, 2 PM

“Cyber Safety: Laws, Parenting, Behaviour”

Orchard Room, Harbour House Hotel

$10 suggested donation – Students free

Presented in association with Salt Spring Community Services.

Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk Nov 17 at Francis/King Regional Park #Saanich #yyj

Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk 

Saturday, November 17, 1-3:30pm 
Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 
Guided Walk, 5 years+

For the novice mushroom explorer, join a CRD Regional Parks ’ naturalist to discover more about fungi in the forest. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register as space is limited.

To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344

Dry Wit Act II Comedy Variety Show & Fundraiser Nov 16 for @LifeRingCanada #yyj

Dry Wit Act II Comedy Variety Show & Fundraiser

Creative Producer/Director Rod Crawford and Executive Producer Michael Walsh bring together Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, the world premier of the sketch: DETOX The Musical; Recording Artist Janet Panic; Musical Guests The New Souls and much more for an evening of entertainment that will benefit LifeRing Alcohol and Drug Addiction Support groups on Vancouver Island.

Silent Auction from 6pm-7:30pm

Showtime 8 pm sharp on Friday, November 16th, at the Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street at Johnson

Tickets are $20/advance or $25/door

For information call 250.896.8494 

Hillside Avenue Crash Sends Man to Hospital #yyj @VicpdCanada

Second Serious Crash on Hillside Avenue
Sends Man to Hospital

File # 12-45621
Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD CRASH team is investigating the second serious crash within a week on Hillside Road, this time sending a Victoria man to hospital with serious injuries.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. VicPD was called to the area of Hillside Avenue and Cedar Hill road this morning for a spectacular single vehicle crash that left a man pinned inside for almost an hour. Officers arrived within moments of the 911 calls to find the small hatchback nearly destroyed after a collision with a telephone pole.

Victoria Fire Department arrived and had to extract the driver from the wreck as he was pinned and severely injured. After almost an hour of hard work, the man was taken out and rushed to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injures.

VicPD’s CRASH team has been on scene since and is trying to determine what caused the crash. They are investigating to see whether speed or road conditions were a factor.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

VicPD Search for Suspects after 11-Year-Old Girls Robbed #yyj @VicpdCanada

VicPD Search for Suspects after 11-Year-Old Girls Robbed

Victoria BC – VicPD Detectives are searching for two suspects after a pair of 11-year-old girls were robbed last night just after 5 p.m.

The girls were approached by a man and a woman while walking home from Hillside Mall. The suspects demanded the girl’s cell phones and backpacks while being threatened. The girls gave their property to the suspects and then ran home.

Officers combed the area last night and the case is now being investigated by detectives.

VicPD is looking for any information on the suspects who are described as both being Caucasian, the male having all black clothes with a hood covering his head at the time of the robbery, and being in his mid-twenties. The female is approximately 5-foot-6, also wearing all black. She is also described as having shoulder length dark hair.

If you have any information on the suspects, or witnessed the crime, please call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Managing Invasive Plants Nov 15 at #UVic

The Native Plant Study Group presents:

An Ecological Approach to Managing Invasive Plants
with Dave Polster

Back by popular demand, Dave Polster tackles the issue of invasive species. Understanding the ecological characteristics of weeds can provide the foundation for developing effective management strategies. Techniques such as successional advancement can be used to prevent invasive species, usually pioneering plants, from establishing.

Similarly, a technique called successional distancing can allow for effective management of roadside vegetation. Dave will present some simple, but powerful ideas for managing invasive species.

Thurs, November 15 at 7pm. UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D116
Non-member drop-in fee: $3. More info:

Single Lane Road Closure 4216 Wilkinson Rd Nov 15 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory

On Thursday Nov. 15, 2012 there will be a single lane road closure in front of 4216 Wilkinson Rd.

We will be using traffic control people. It will be one lane alternating traffic. Work is scheduled to start at 9:30 am until 3:00 pm.

Lane Closure Vernon Ave & Ravine Way Nov 13-19 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory

Starting on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 through to Monday, November 19, 2012 there will be a lane closure on Vernon Avenue and Ravine Way. Work is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All vehicles will have access.

Please obey all traffic signs.

Birding in Uplands Park Nov 25 #yyj

Birding in Uplands Park
Sunday November 25, 2012
8:00 am - Free

Join Birder Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park. Meet at Cattle Point by the first boat launch.

Bring binoculars, bird books or checklists or simply show up to enjoy the outing, rain or shine.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Forfeiture grants extended to anti-bullying projects #bcpoli

Nov. 14, 2012
Ministry of Justice

Forfeiture grants extended to anti-bullying projects

VANCOUVER - Schools, police agencies and community groups that are working to combat bullying can now apply to share in the up to $1 million in grants from civil forfeiture proceeds that were announced last week.

This expansion of the grant eligibility criteria follows yesterday's anti-bullying summit in Vancouver, where parents, educators, police, student safety experts and other attendees received an update on B.C.'s ERASE Bullying strategy and shared their ideas about additional counter-measures.

Bullying prevention is the latest high-profile community safety goal to receive timely support from civil forfeiture proceeds. Earlier this year, government responded to a spike in deaths linked to the use of Ecstasy, supporting five police and community-led projects to help raise awareness among youth about the drug's dangers.

In the current round of grants, government will also consider projects focused on preventing youth involvement in crime, combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation, preventing family violence and violence against women, and community crime prevention. Applications are now open, as of today, and more details are at:

Since 2006, B.C. has sought the forfeiture of an array of cash sums, cars, helicopters, properties and other assets with alleged links to unlawful activity - predominantly drug and organized crime. Most of about $28.7 million taken in to date has gone to support the self-funding program, while about one-third has gone to fund grants to local crime-prevention programs in communities throughout B.C., and to compensate fraud victims.

Under B.C.'s Family Agenda, government is committed to ensuring communities and families feel protected and safe. British Columbians are encouraged to learn more and provide feedback at:

Victoria Cougars go after 15th straight win this Thursday @cougarsjuniorB #yyj #hockey

The Victoria Cougars (20-0-0-1) open up a three-game home stand this Thursday as the Campbell River Storm (4-14-0-2) comes calling.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m. Thursday night’s meeting marks the final regular season appearance by Campbell River.

Victoria is 2-0-0-0 against the Storm this season; having won by scores of 3-2 and 7-3. Offensively, the game will feature the Cougars No. 1 ranked scoring offense (5.95 goals for per game) up against Campbell River’s No. 8 ranked scoring defense (4.80 goals against per game).

Conversely, the Storm’s No. 8 ranked scoring offense (3.00 goals for per game) will be put to the test against Victoria’s No. 1 scoring defense (1.90 goals against per game). Campbell River has the dubious distinction of allowing a league-high seven shorthanded goals.

Last weekend, the Cougars beat the Kerry Park Islanders 9-1 before downing the Saanich Braves 6-2. In the game against the Islanders, Sam Rice scored once and added three assists for a four point night. Victoria, who held period leads of 3-0 and 6-1, outshot Kerry Park 49-19.

24 hours later, in the game against Saanich – Ben Kinshella and Rhys Williams each had a goal and a pair of helpers while Brody Coulter chipped in with three assists. The Cougars, who outshot the Braves 36-19, held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Coulter is currently on an 18 game point streak.

Victoria, whose last loss was back on Sep. 22 when it dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, has won its last 14 games. One of the best 1-2 punches, Coulter (14g-42a, 56 pts.) and Rice (13g-39a, 52 pts.) continues to lead the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in scoring.

As Coulter and Rice are piling up points, Evan Roch is preventing them. The reigning Ray’s Sports Centre Trophy winner is a perfect 12-0-0-0 and leads the league with a 1.50 goals against average. Last weekend, Campbell River split a pair of games; losing 4-3 to the Peninsula Panthers before rebounding for a 6-4 win over Comox Valley.

In the game against Peninsula, Josh Adkins scored with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Panthers to a come-from-behind victory. This coming after Joel Smith of the Storm had tied the game 19 seconds earlier. Alex Benjestorf scored twice in a losing cause.

48 hours later, in the game against the Glacier Kings – both James Bryant and Christopher Critchley added a goal and two assists to lead Campbell River to victory. Nicholas Clark, who was only making his third start of the season, turned aside 31-of-35 shots for the win.

Tyson Rennie leads all Storm scorers with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points.

Campbell River, who had its 14 game losing streak halted, remains last in the North Island Division with ten points in 20 games. Following its match against the Storm, Victoria will host Comox Valley for a matinee game on Nov. 18 before concluding the home stand with the Saanich Braves on Nov. 22.

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UVic, UNBC and UBC ratify agreements with #CUPE locals #bcpoli

Nov. 13, 2012

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

UVic, UNBC and UBC ratify agreements with CUPE locals

VICTORIA - Four agreements have been ratified under the Cooperative Gains Mandate with CUPE locals at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and at the University of Northern B.C., Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The four-year agreements include zero-per-cent wage increases for the first two years consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and two-per-cent general wage increases in each of the third and fourth years, funded from savings found within existing budgets as required under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

At the University of Victoria, CUPE Local 917 represents about 450 employees working in trades, janitorial, food services and various other outside services. CUPE Local 951 represents about 750 employees including secretarial, clerical, library assistants, daycare workers, nurses, technicians and other inside workers.

CUPE Local 116 represents approximately 2,000 employees working in trades, food services, custodial, research and security at the University of British Columbia.

The University of Northern B.C.'s CUPE Local 3799 represents about 350 administrative staff including inside and outside support staff, as well as English language studies instructors.

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.

Royal BC Museum launches 2 new books #yyj @RoyalBCmuseum

Two New Royal BC Museum Books Explore Local Culture and Nature

Victoria, BC – Two new books published by the Royal BC Museum explore and explain the Victoria and Saanich areas from two related perspectives — ethnobotany and natural history.

Saanich Ethnobotany: Culturally Important Plants of the WSÁNEĆ People, by Dr Nancy J. Turner, University of Victoria, and Dr Richard J. Hebda, Royal BC Museum, presents the collected wisdom of four botanical experts from the Saanich Nation, gathered over many years.

The second book Nature Guide to the Victoria Region is co-published with the Victoria Natural History Society. Ten local experts have contributed their knowledge on all things natural in this region, from mushrooms to whales. This new guidebook is edited by Ann Nightingale, Rocky Point Bird Observatory, and Claudia Copley, Royal BC Museum.

Saanich Ethnobotany
Culturally Important Plants of the WSÁNEĆ People
Nancy J. Turner and Richard J. Hebda

Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda present the results of many years of working with botanical experts from the Saanich Nation on southern Vancouver Island. Elders Violet Williams of Pauquachin, Elsie Claxton of Tsawout, and Christopher Paul and Dave Elliott of Tsartlip pass on their knowledge of plants and their uses to future generations of Saanich and Coast Salish people, and to anyone interested in native plants and their uses.

Saanich Ethnobotany includes detailed information about the plants that were traditionally harvested to use in all aspects of Saanich life, such as for food and medicines, and to make tools, buildings, clothing and baskets. Each plant is listed by its common, scientific and Saanich names. Each listing contains a brief botanical description with a colour photograph, where to find the plant and how it was used traditionally by the Saanich people.

Dr Nancy J. Turner is Distinguished and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She has published several books and numerous articles on ethnobotany and First Nations issues. She has received numerous awards for her work and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Dr Richard J. Hebda is Curator of Earth History and Botany at the Royal BC Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written hundreds of articles and several books on BC’s plants and ice-age history.

paperback, 176 pages, 6 x 9, 150 colour photographs

Nature Guide to the Victoria Region
Edited by Ann Nightingale and Claudia Copley

The Victoria region is a natural wonderland – one of the most biologically rich areas of the country, with many plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned naturalist, a visitor or a resident, this book will give you the knowledge you need to get the most out of your explorations of southeastern Vancouver Island.

Ten local experts have contributed their knowledge about all things natural in this region, from mushrooms and dragonflies to owls and whales. In ten chapters, they describe the species most likely to be seen here, and direct you to the best places to see them.

Nature Guide to the Victoria Region is designed to help you understand the variety of habitats and natural wonders awaiting your discovery, all in a portable, easy-to-read format. It includes beautiful full-colour photographs, checklists and a map of all the great places to visit.

Ann Nightingale is president of the Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Claudia Copley is the entomology collections manager at the Royal BC Museum. They and the other contributors to this book actively support the Victoria Natural History Society.

Co-published with the Victoria Natural History Society
paperback, 240 pages, 6 x 9, 250 colour photographs

For a full list of Royal BC Museum books in print, please see:

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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Car prowler threatens witness with knife #yyj

In the early morning hours of Monday, November 12, 2012, a resident in the 2800 block of Adelaide Avenue noticed that his vehicle appeared to have been entered by someone. He then saw a suspect male several properties away who appeared to be breaking into other vehicles in the area.

The witness then confronted the suspect and saw that he was in possession of property from his car. The suspect was challenged at which time he produced a knife threatened the witness and then fled from the area on foot.

Multiple Saanich Police officers were dispatched to the area including a police K9 officer. The dog tracked the suspect to no avail. Luckily, the dog found the chain which had been taken from the witnesses car, which was returned later.

The suspect male was described as Caucasian, 23-31 years of age, 5'10" tall, 200 pounds, with a full dark brown beard. He was wearing a grey 3/4 length winter coat with a white stripe and a toque at the time of the incident.

Officers found that a total of four vehicles in the immediate area had been entered.

Residents are reminded to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to ensure that their vehicles are locked when parked.

If anybody knows anythign about this incident they are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police or Crimestoppers.

Theft from vehicles spike, businesses targeted in Vanalman area #yyj

In the past few days there has been a spike in theft from autos and a compound on Enterprise crescent was entered for the fourth time.

There have been 8 different occasions since September that vehicles have been attacked at businesses in the area of Vanalman ave and Enterprise crescent. This is a largely commercial area where there are not many people or much traffic through the evening and weekends.

Sunday morning, a compound was reported as having been entered overnight Saturday in the 700 block of Enterprise Crescent. Eight commercial work vehicles were entered with items inside being rummaged and strewn about.

This was the fourth time that the fenced compound has been entered since September. All eight vehicles were damaged with locks having been forced or doors pried. Investigators discovered a large hole in the fence surrounding the compound.

There have also been a significant number of autos entered in the Sinclair Hill area near the University of Victoria. There were, eleven incidents reported overnight Friday night, Nov. 9th and into Saturday morning. The areas Included Killarney road, Sinclair road, Pitcombe place and Penrhyn street.

Residents are reminded to leave nothing in your vehicls. Even a few cents in pocket change can attract a thief. Businesses are reminded to take security precautions for their premises. Review your exterior lighting, your locks, gates, fences and consider video of the premises.

For more information contact the Saanich Police Crime Prevention Office at 250-475-4321, to assist in reviewing your security arrangements.

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