Thursday, January 31, 2013

Victoria Cougars look to extend winning streak #yyj @CougarsjuniorB

The Victoria Cougars (40-1-0-2) host the Peninsula Panthers (21-18-0-3) in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games on tap tonight.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m. Tonight’s game marks the first of three straight meetings versus Peninsula.

After tonight, Victoria will square off against the Panthers tomorrow at the Panorama Recreation Centre before clashing for a third time next Thursday in Esquimalt. The next three games could very well be a preview of the first round of the 2013 VIJHL playoffs.

If the regular season was to end today, the Cougars would face Peninsula while the other series in the South Island Division would pit the Saanich Braves against the Westshore Wolves.

However, the standings could change at any moment. Peninsula, winless in its last two games, still has an outside chance to move up in the standings.

Brian Passmore and his troops currently sit in fourth place with 45 points and not counting tonight’s game, has six games remaining. Third place is occupied by Westshore who has 53 points but only has three games left on its schedule.

And with 55 points and with six games remaining are the Braves. Victoria is coming off a 7-4 win over the North Island Division leading Nanaimo Buccaneers.

Brody Coulter, who leads the VIJHL in scoring with 113 points, had a goal and three assists in that game. His line mate, Sam Rice, chipped in with four helpers and was named the game’s first star.

In their last game, the Panthers fell 5-1 to Kerry Park despite outshooting the Islanders 51-31. Zack Smith scored the lone goal for Peninsula.

Tonight’s game also marks the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the two long-standing divisional rivals. Victoria has won all five contests by scores of 6-2, 5-2, 3-1, 3-0, and 6-1.

It has been a while since the Panthers last visited the ABSC – 127 days to be exact. The other game has Nanaimo entertaining Saanich.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boat Burglar Taken Into Custody While Playing Pirate #yyj @VicpdCanada

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Victoria BC – Quick action by West Shore RCMP appears to have closed a caper that was recent front-page news – and took a Victoria man responsible for a one-man nautical crime spree off our waterways.

A local citizen called police after spying suspiciously poor seamanship aboard a watercraft she recognized. Upon attending Portage inlet along the 100-block of Island Highway in View Royal, West Shore RCMP officers hailed the vessel from the shore. The male told the investigating RCMP officers that he had “borrowed” the $50,000 watercraft to go fishing, but could not recall the phone number of the owner. Upon further questioning, the male identified himself to the RCMP officers on scene and then suggested the boat belonged to yet a different friend who had lent it to him.

With the View Royal Fire Department on scene to assist RCMP officers, they made their way to the crippled vessel. There they discovered the vessel was indeed stolen and that the male attempting to pilot the watercraft had fouled the propeller with a line while fleeing, injuring himself as the boat came to an unexpected halt. The male was also in breach of several court ordered conditions, which include a prohibition on operating any motorized vehicle.

While the male was treated for the minor injuries sustained in his boating mishap, RCMP officers then recognized him as a person of interest from another nautical caper – a January 27th boat break and enter captured on video by a vigilant citizen. In that case, an amateur sleuth forwarded video footage that captured of a male entering his boat and making off with the surveillance camera itself. A still image from that video was featured on the front page of local newspapers and many media outlets. The attending RCMP officers noted the striking similarities between the subject of the surveillance video and their suspect.

Darrell Martin Tychuk is in custody and charged in connection with taking the boat without permission. It is believed that Mr. Tychuk may be involved in the January 27th break and enter incident. Further investigation is on-going.

Road Closure Colquitz Ave between Cowper St & Gorge Rd West Jan 30 #yyjtraffic

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 there will be a full road closure on Colquitz Avenue between Cowper Street and Gorge Road West.

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

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will not have access during working hours and will need to use alternate route.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

GiGi Sisters battling for top spot - Cast your votes for Canadian talent @TheGiGiSisters

The GiGi Sisters showed up on our radar just over a year ago when their demo CD showed up in the mail. It was almost hidden in the pile of music that showed up that day, but once we had it on the office stereo it ended up being played end-to-end. Twice. We had it on the air that day.

Now The GiGi Sisters are battling for top spot in StarCentral Magazine's Group/Duo of the year competition, and we feel it is important to support Canadian talent.

Cast your vote HERE 

VicPD Looking to Identify Driver Involved in Hit and Run of Quadriplegic Man #yyj

Victoria BC – VicPD Traffic Officers are requesting assistance in locating a suspect vehicle that hit a quadriplegic man in a marked crosswalk yesterday breaking his arm.

Officers were called to Douglas and Fort streets yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. for a report of a hit and run involving a man in a motorized wheelchair. Officers arrived and spoke to the victim who stated that he was crossing the crosswalk with the hand signal when a blue vehicle hit him as it turned left onto Fort Street.

The driver then backed the vehicle up and drove around the victim who was left without assistance. Thankfully, numerous passersby stopped to help the victim, but none provided a license plate of the offending vehicle and they had left by the time police arrived. The only description of the vehicle was that it was blue.

It was later revealed that the collision had broken the man’s arm.

Officers will be out today canvassing local businesses for video surveillance and are hoping that anyone who may have seen this collision or can offer any information will call VicPD.

Witnesses can contact VicPD at the non-emergency line of 250-995-7654 or anonymously on Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Single Lane Traffic Greenridge Cr from Saanich Rd to Quadra St Jan 24-25 #yyjtraffic

Starting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 through to Friday, January 25, 2013 there will be alternating single lane traffic at Greenridge Crescent from Saanich Road to Quadra Street.

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, January 18, 2013

Green and Grey Bins on the way for #yyj

VICTORIA, BC – Victoria residents will start receiving their new green and grey bins this week. Residents are also invited to drop by Kitchen Scraps and Garbage “information stations” when they are out getting groceries during January and February.

Starting this week all households currently on the City of Victoria garbage-only program will be delivered a standard 120L green bin, the size of grey bin that each household selected this past summer (80L, 120L or 180L) and a small "kitchen catcher" for the daily collection of kitchen scraps.

A “how-to” guide for the new kitchen scraps and garbage program, a new collection schedule and sample compostable bags will also be included. All bins will be delivered within the next three weeks. Residents are asked to consult their new collection schedule and should begin using their green and grey bins after their last garbage-only collection day.

Beginning in early February, kitchen scraps and garbage will be collected from backyards, every two weeks and the empty Green and Grey Bins will be left at the front of each property. Keeping kitchen scraps out of the landfill will reduce our waste by 30%.

Information Stations

Residents should watch for information stations at local grocery stores to learn more about the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program. January dates include:

The Market on Yates: Wednesday, January 16, 3 – 7 pm and Thursday, January 17, 3 – 7 pm

Victoria Winter Market, Market Square: Saturday, January 19, 11 am -2 pm

James Bay Thrifty Foods: Wednesday, January 23, 3 – 7 pm and Thursday, January 24, 3 – 7 pm

Fairfield Thrifty Foods: Wednesday, January 30, 3 – 7 pm and Thursday, January 31, 3 – 7pm

To watch a video about the new Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program and to learn more visit:

2013 Victoria Film Festival Program Guide is Here #yyj @VicFilmFestival

The 2013 Victoria Film Festival Program Guide is Here!

Don't miss out on all of the Festival news! The Program Guide is your #1 resource for all things VFF, from info about our 150 films and showtimes, to the low-down on our unforgettable events, and so much more.

Pick yours up today!

In person at the Victoria Film Festival office: 1215 Blanshard St. 
At Empire Theatres Victoria: 805 Yates Street 
At your local Serious Coffee 
Download a PDF version online at

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Traffic Signal Interruption Cedar Hill Cross Rd & Gordon Head Rd January 20 #yyjtraffic

Traffic Advisory 

On Sunday, January 20, 2013 there will be interruptions with traffic signals at the intersection of Cedar Hill Cross Road and Gordon Head Road.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 7:00 am and is expected to continue until 12:00 pm.

The traffic signals will temporarily be turned off for repairs.

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

VicPD Issues Public Notification for Michael Wayne Carpenter #yyj


CARPENTER, Michael Wayne

Michael Carpenter, a 40-year-old man, is the subject of a public notification issued by the Victoria Police Department. VicPD believes Michael Carpenter poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of adult and teenage females.

Mr. Carpenter is currently serving an eight-year sentence for three counts each of sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement, and uttering threats. He has a lengthy criminal record which includes other convictions for sexually related offences. He has a history of targeting and sexually assaulting adult and young females who were strangers to him.

Mr. Carpenter is currently on parole in the Victoria area. He must abide by various conditions of his statutory release, including the following:

1) Must not consume any alcohol or other intoxicants;

2) Must report all interactions with females immediately to his parole officer;

3) Must reside Victoria and cannot travel north of the Malahat;

4) Not to use or possess any computers; and

5) Not to go anywhere that children may reasonably be expected to gather (schools, playgrounds, etc.)

If he is observed in violation of any of the above-noted conditions, please do not approach him but contact your local police agency immediately.

If you have any additional information about Mr. Carpenter, please contact VicPD Detective Shawn Robson at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

M.V. COHO Takes Annual Maintenance Break #yyj

January 15, 2013

Port Angeles, Wash./Victoria, B.C. - Black Ball Ferry Line’s M.V. COHO takes its annual maintenance break from January 21 through February 6, 2013. The ferry, which runs between Victoria, B.C. and Port Angeles, Wash. will be out of service during this time to complete regular refurbishments and maintenance.

The M.V. COHO’s last sailings prior to the break will be on January 20 sailing at 8:20 a.m. from Port Angeles and at 10:30 a.m. from Victoria.

Service will resume on February 7, 2013 when the M.V. Coho departs Port Angeles at 8:20 a.m.

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Al Tysick's Dandelion Society Braces for Extreme Weather. #yyj

VICTORIA, January 14 - Rev. Al Tysick is bracing to help those living outside prepare for increasingly cold nights in Victoria. An extreme weather alert was issued last Tuesday, January 8, for Victoria, and continues.

Tysick and his Dandelion Society volunteers are already up before dawn every weekday morning with a team of volunteers to greet the homeless, provide them with coffee and a muffin, and make sure they made it through the night. With rain in this week’s forecast and temperatures dipping below freezing, Tysick’s team is preparing for some of the harshest nights this winter.

The Cold can be Deadly

“The colder it gets, the more clearly you can see the havoc that homelessness wreaks on the body,” says Tysick. “You witness the hacking coughs, you can hear the pneumonia settling into people’s chests. People are in desperate need of anything that might keep them safe, dry and warm throughout the night in subzero temperatures.” While most shelters make additional room during extreme weather alerts, many homeless are still sleeping outside.

“The freezing temperatures are one thing,” he says. “But the rain is what really does it. Wet weather sticks to your bones. It stays with you all day and night, unless you can completely dry out and heat up, which is difficult to do. If you’re damp when you go to sleep in freezing weather, your clothes can literally freeze.”

The Dandelion Society does an overload of blanket runs this time of year, offering a lot of additional care before the sun even rises. “The most heartbreaking thing is when you see someone made it through the night without anything,” he reflects. “Just last week I woke someone up who lasted the night outside without a blanket, sleeping on freezing, damp cement. I honestly didn’t know if he’d wake up.”

How the Public can Help

Tysick is clear when asked what the community can do. "If you want to help, just think what you would provide for your own child, or elderly parent, or friend, if they were out in the cold. We’re asking for anything that might help others make it through a night on freezing streets. Warm, thick materials that wick away moisture are key for winters in this city. They could save someone's life, or at least make it far more bearable during this hard season." 

Finally, donations are welcome via the Dandelion Society’s website at Rev. Al will use these donations efficiently to buy durable winter gear in bulk, stretching the donated dollar even further.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Royal BC Museum #WPY2012 #yyj @RoyalBCMuseum

New Flock of Wildlife Winners
opening at the Royal BC Museum

Victoria, BC – The world-renowned all-new exhibition of winning images from #WPY2012 - 2012’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – including the work of four Canadians – will open to the public on Nov. 30 at the Royal BC Museum. This is their first stop after being on display in London.

With 100 huge backlit images by photographers from Estonia to Taiwan, this year’s contest winners were again chosen from more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries.

The exhibition includes:

- Overall winner of ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’, an underwater shot of penguins in Antarctica, taken by Canadian Paul Nicklen of Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island.

- Nicklen’s specially commended image of BC’s Kermode bear, named in 1905 after one of the Royal BC Museum’s earliest curators, Francis Kermode.

- Humorous images, like the raven on a ‘bad hair day’ taken by Canadian John Marriott.

- Photojournalism portfolios and impactful images that range from storks eating from garbage dumps to the brutal and illegal harvest of rhino horn.

- Images by young photographers from ages 10 to 17, in three age categories.

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.

For more information about the Royal BC Museum, visit or call 1-888-447-7977.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cool Aid’s Winter Coat Giveaway at Downtown Community Centre Jan 10 #yyj @Viccoolaid

The chill of winter can be felt by all of us in Victoria, and it is especially chilly for those struggling with homelessness. To help people stay warm the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Casual Labour Pool has been accepting donations of winter coats and other cold weather gear.

On Thursday, Cool Aid staff will start spreading that warmth by giving away over 300 winter coats of all sizes for men, women and children.

The giveaway is open to anyone in need of warm clothing and will be held at the Downtown Community Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue, Thursday, January 10, from 1 to 2:30 pm.

Clothing donations are needed throughout the year and anyone wishing to make a donation after January 10, can contact Cool Aid at 250-414-4799 or visit to find out more.

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