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Public input sought for Cole Island preservation Colwood and View Royal working to save unique national historic site News staff
In the mid-1800s, Cole Island, at the head of Esquimalt Harbour, had wooden walkways and uniforms with no metal for those stationed there. The reason: one spark and the whole island could have gone up in flames. The island, technically in Colwood, was once used as the navy’s ammunition storage, including gun powder. The Royal Navy created the facility, which continued to be used after the creation of the Canadian Navy, up until the Second World War. Since then, Cole Island has passed from federal into provincial hands and fallen into disrepair. But now a partnership between a citizen’s group and government agencies have started restoring the site as a testament to its importance as a national historic site. The next step is to ask the public what it wants done with the island. The first buildings on the island were constructed in 1859. At its peak, the island housed 17 structures. Over the years, the tide, weather and vandalism have taken their toll on the his-
toric site and now only five buildings remain. Moving forward, Colwood and the province For the past five years, the province and Col- want to turn to the public to figure out what to wood have been working with the Friends of do with the island. Cole Island Society to co-ordinate basic mainThe province’s mandate is to facilitate heritenance. With $70,000 from the province and tage conservation, but with input from commumatching funds from the federal government, nities where the sites exist. the provincial Heritage Branch hired a contrac“Why is it important to you? For your comtor to address safety issues and secure build- munity? Why do you value it? What’s your ideal ings that are on the verge of colstate for the island in 20 years time?” Linlapse. zey said. “We’ll ask those kinds of ques“This project wasn’t intended tions and then from that we’ll be able to to address every single last defect determine what the community vision for on the island,” said Richard Linthe island is.” zey, a manager with the provincial After some type of dialogue with the heritage branch. public, a consultant will develop a num“We identified within that what ber of options to preserving the site, the subgroup was that were absobased both on money and public input. lute, crashingly urgent issues.” An option, and the one that the Friends Colwood is interested in assistof Cole Island support, is to see the site Cynthia Day ing with the project because of become a marine park, complete with a the island’s historical importance small dock to moor to and a picnic area to the area, said Coun. Cynthia Day, chair of the for visitors. parks, recreation and culture committee. “Those are the good visitors and we love “There is some fabulous history there and to see them,” said Linda Carswell, one of the there needs to be a vision from the community friends founders. “We love to see kids going on what they’d like to see,” Day said. “It’s very over there and people are really using it. It’s much connected with the history of the whole just that kind of place that should be open and Esquimalt Harbour ... so we would really like to used by all.” see that heritage is valued and remains.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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“The increase in the number of seniors we’ve known would be coming for some time,” said Brice, a Saanich Greater Victoria’s population is municipal councillor. “What’s amazing getting older and there’s fewer kids, a is the number of older seniors at our trend that will surprise few and centres. A large portion is was re-enforced by Statistics over 85. Many are in their Canada census data released 90s.” this week. The aging generation of The number of people aged baby boomers is adding 65 and older has increased to the rise in the number by nearly eight per cent in of seniors, as is improved the past five years and is the medical care and healthier fastest growing age cohort in lifestyles. Once consequence the region. is that more people Nearly a quarter of all people traditionally at retirement in Greater Victoria are senior age are seeking employment, Susan Brice citizens. The number of youth either to keep active or dropped by nearly three per because pensions and cent – kids 14 and younger savings aren’t enough. That’s make up 13 per cent of the city’s a phenomenon they didn’t see 20 years residents. ago, Brice said. The drop in youth is seen almost Some people who retire to Victoria across the board – the number of kids face sticker shock when it comes in Saanich dropped by six per cent to real estate and cost of living, she and the City of Victoria went down noted. Silver Threads, especially the by five per cent. Langford, the only downtown facility, helps seniors craft area of the city experiencing strong resumes and hunt for jobs, tasks many overall population growth, bucked the haven’t done for decades. trend. The number of kids grew by an “Either by choice or by need, more astonishing 21 per cent in five years. seniors are remaining in the workplace,” Silver Threads, a non-profit service Brice said. “A lot don’t envision provider for seniors in Victoria and spending 35 years in a sedentary or Saanich, is seeing a trend toward relaxed way. A lot like to stay active. seniors on the older end of the scale, Although many need extra money ... said Susan Brice, director of the Victoria there’s a higher cost of living. Money office. doesn’t go as far.” News staff
Elaine Gallagher, professor emeritus with the University of Victoria Centre on Aging, said the steady proportional increase in seniors has been predicted for years. Senior governments have been slow to respond, but are starting to see the repercussions of a greying population. As the senior population gets bigger, the more younger people are caring for aging relatives. And a higher proportion of people will be living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and arthritis, Gallagher said. “These areas will really be a challenge in the future. There are fewer young people to support health care and social care,” Gallagher said. “And there are other repercussions. Our generation, baby boomers, want a role to play in society. They don’t want to sit back and just golf and fish. They want to be engaged.” A greying population has caused local governments to reorient how they develop their communities. Taking into account an aging population while planning infrastructure and programs is now part of the standard procedure.
In 2008, Saanich participated in a World Health Organization project to make urban areas more “age friendly,” in co-operation with the Centre on Aging. In areas with high populations of seniors, Brice said the engineering department installed countdown indicators at crosswalks and longer walk signals. Recreation centres needed to be mindful of how people with walkers, scooters and wheelchairs would access facilities. The police department is more aware of the kind of scams targeted at senior citizens. Saanich and the SD61 also joined forces to meld a seniors centre into an elementary school under threat of closing in Cordova Bay five years ago, a move seen as a success in the face of falling enrolment. Kids and seniors even share joint programs. “That kind of thinking is needed on how we will manage resources with changing demographics,” Gallagher said. email@example.com
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Camping is a quintessential Canadian summer pastime, but for some newcomers to the country it can be an alluring yet intimidating right of passage. Whether you’re new to camping or new to Canada, or both, Parks Canada is holding its National Urban Learn-to Camp Event for the second year to help teach people all over Canada the fundamentals of outdoor camping. In Greater Victoria, the event is held at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site from June 16 to June 17. “They might have some fears about camping, they might have some trepidation,” Parks Canada West Coast public education manager Dennis Wasylenko said. “We’re helping them out the first time so that they can get the skills and confidence to do it on their own in the future.” People are often unsure about the logistics of camping, such as preparing for weather, setting up a tent or cooking while camping. Beyond that, some have never slept outside before and have some concerns over what it will be like. “To do it in a group setting really helps them feel more comfortable,” Wasylenko said. “If they’re participating in the program they’re obviously at a point at their time in Canada that they’re ready to start trying those things. So we’re just giving them a helping hand.” Participants learn to set up a camp, with tents and sleeping pads donated by Mountain Equipment Co-op. They’re also taught food preparation, as well as taking part in nature walks and journaling. Participants are also shown how to camp ethically, leaving no footprint of their visit behind. “It’s really about the connection to the outdoors,” Wasylenko said. “I think it really builds and forms a personal connection.”
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Caught in the act Undercover RCMP officers arrest man wanted for indecent exposure Charla Huber News staff
The Mounties got their man red-handed and with his pants down. Most importantly, police believe theyâ€™ve arrested the person responsible for a series of indecent acts committed on a B.C. Transit bus linking the West Shore to Saanich. A 31-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday after two women officers with West Shore RCMP conducted a sting operation and caught the man masturbating on the No. 50 bus, shortly after 7 a.m. He boarded the bus in Langford at Goldstream Avenue and Wale Road, along with the two plainclothes female RCMP officers. â€œAs soon as they got on the bus they got seats to get a good view,â€? said Sgt. Max Fossum of West Shore RCMP. B.C. Transit believes it is the first time anyone has been arrested while exposing himself on a bus, said Meribeth Burton, B.C. Transit spokesperson. â€œMoments (after boarding the bus), the gentleman starts exposing himself,â€? Burton said. â€œHe was arrested at Douglas and Cloverdale (in Saanich) when he got off the bus.â€? There were other passengers on the bus, but police say none were aware of what the man was doing.
While this case sounds similar to accounts earlier in the year of a male exposing himself at bus stops in Greater Victoria, Sgt. Max Fossum of West Shore RCMP said he is not sure if the cases are connected. Last year, about 20 incidents were reported in Saanich and Victoria about a man masturbating at bus stops. In most of those incidents, the man would expose and fondle himself in front of women, primarily Asian. The description of the offender at the time was a caucasian male between 20 and 35, six-feet-tall with short brown hair.
â€œThe officers were surprised no one else saw,â€? Fossum said. The RCMP had a suspect after a woman took photos and video of a man committing a similar indecent act. The witness recorded that incident at 7:15 a.m., May 23, and passed on the evidence to police. It was the second time she had seen the same man expose himself.
The 31-year-old is a Langford resident. He was described as six-feet-tall, Caucasian with reddish hair. â€œThis is not the first time heâ€™s been charged with this,â€? Fossum said. The man was spotted getting on the bus at the same location several days in a row before police set up the sting. B.C. Transitâ€™s customer service team received calls after May 23 from other bus riders who reported a man exposing himself on the No. 50 bus. â€œDescriptions varied,â€? Burton said. â€œWith the photo it was clear who it was we were looking for.â€? The woman who snapped the image of the man in the act was â€œsmartâ€? to do so, said Burton, explaining that it allowed the RCMP to work with B.C. Transitâ€™s security to send the suspectâ€™s description to all 550 bus drivers. â€œWe suspect it wasnâ€™t just the one or two times,â€? Burton said. â€œBut it was the one time that we had someone who was really sharp who took a photo, and the police involved our security team and all of the pieces came together.â€? The suspect, whose name had not been released as of Wednesday, was due to appear in court on June 5. email@example.com With files from Erin McCracken
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When Canadian frigate HMCS Regina heads for the Arabian Sea region in July, it will deploy with an unmanned aerial vehicle detachment. The ship will carry a small remote-controlled drone â€“ essentially a tiny airplane that can fly for hours on end â€“ that can capture high-quality images and data used for intelligence-gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance. â€œThis is something of a first for a West Coast ship,â€? said Cmdr. Jason Boyd, who took command of Regina on May 18. The aerial vehicle will likely prove useful when the ship conducts patrols as part of an American-led naval counterterrorism operation underway in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. â€œLike any unmanned air vehicle, theyâ€™re used as an extension of your shipâ€™s sensors to broaden your reconnaissance capability, basically,â€? Boyd said. â€œThatâ€™s the effect that the navy brings, is that weâ€™re able to easily re-role and take on new things such as this. Weâ€™re very flexible.â€? The crewâ€™s job during the seven-to-eight-month mission, he said, will be to look for suspicious ships, take note of traffic patterns and act as a deterrence in an unstable region. â€œWeâ€™re just looking for things that stand out in the area, from the flow of narcotics to supply money to fund (terrorism), to the transporting of key personnel, to the transporting of weapons â€“ anything relating to counterterrorism is what weâ€™re looking for.â€? When Regina leaves CFB Esquimalt, it will carry 260 crew, including Sea King maritime helicopter personnel and spe. Ambiance & hospitality in a natural ocean front setting
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Queen’s reign offers stability At a time when the world is in financial turmoil and people are looking for some stability, Queen Elizabeth II is as good a person to look to as anyone. Not just for the Commonwealth countries over which she symbolically rules, but as a global picture of modest leadership. Recent polls show that support for At 86, Elizabeth II maintaining Canada’s presents modestly ties to the monarchy on the upswing strong leadership are among Englishspeaking Canadians. Part of that reversal of trend from say, five or six years ago, is likely due to last year’s royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. But large kudos have to be given to William’s grandmother, who has traditionally held her own in polls when it comes to popularity or respect, regardless of the general feeling about the monarchy. In the 60-plus years since her coronation, Queen Elizabeth has quietly done her job as the head of state, sparking very little controversy and avoiding interference in political matters, especially those of countries other than Britain. It seems those in Canada who argue against keeping our connection to the monarchy have more concern over what might happen if Prince Charles were to become King, which he is in line to become once his mother dies or steps down from her duties. For now, the Queen, 86, shows few signs of slowing down, especially as she heartily celebrates the start of her seventh decade on the throne with a series of celebrations at home and abroad. To be sure, the future of the monarchy as it relates to Canada will one day require more serious discussions than relying on poll results. But with the Canadian public remaining as enthralled with the Royal Family as any other type of international celebrities, our links to the Queen and the Crown appear firmly entrenched. As we muddle our way through tough times, that’s comforting to know. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: email@example.com or fax 250-478-6545. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Goldstream News Gazette is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Chipping away at democracy We hear it all the time: too much channels are being turned to more sugar is bad for us. often as an information-gathering And yet, we continue to be spoon- tool. They’re a treasure trove fed the sugary messages that are of public opinions, photos and coming out of, or rather eyewitness statements being filtered from, Prime that can be farmed, within Minister Stephen Harper’s reason, by journalists. office in Ottawa. But these channels We’ve heard time again – Facebook, Twitter that he is controlling and YouTube – are also the message, keeping a being used to funnel tight rein on journalists polished-within-an-inch-ofby limiting the flow their-life messages from of information, and governments at all levels, polishing up what little is as well as other public and released publicly. Erin McCracken private entities. Just hearing the Those channels are Paper Trail words ‘federal scientists’ being used to deliver a might prompt you to sugar-coated message automatically think ‘gag order.’ to journalists and the public. That Oh, we lament, what is the pill might be sweet on the outside, government trying to hide? but the message is still tough to Oh, we cry, our own government swallow when it’s that sugary. is eroding our democratic right to Gone are the days when freedom of speech. announcements were relayed to I don’t have to tell you the harm media sources over the phone, caused by elected officials in their through snail mail and via fax. relentless campaign to control the Today’s government-issued message, as well as the medium statements are delivered in a through which it is delivered. steady, non-stop electronic stream, The flow of information is being meant to foster the appearance funnelled and strained more of open communication and than ever before because of our transparency. But it feels like an digital world, which should, in illusion, one that runs the risk of fact, be offering more freedoms of alienating an already weary public. expression. The fingers of blame for the Instead, thanks to today’s gradual erosion of democratic technology, there are more ways rights shouldn’t only be pointed at to spin information – from press Harper. releases shelled out by public This delicate fabric of rights bodies to the 140-character blurbs is also being shredded by a sent out over the Twitterverse – persistence among provincial into messages that ooze sunshine government communications staff, and lollipops. to provide ‘background’ information On a positive note, social media on a variety of topics, but refuse to
be directly quoted. There is only one spokesperson, they say, and that is the minister of each government department. I’ve even received background information from a government communications staffer who simply cut, pasted and emailed a story to me that was written by a journalist from another media outlet. Journalists are also under regular pressure from non-government sources who ask to read drafts of articles in which they are quoted, prior to publication. Regardless of the reason – nervousness about being misquoted, or being associated with incorrect facts or portrayed in a negative light – I think it’s critical that the public know they are reading an unfiltered, balanced news story. Imagine if every article you read in a newspaper was first vetted by the people who are quoted in the story. The story would, in essence, be a sanitized press release. And we get enough of those as it is. This is a fast-paced electronic age, one in which the output of information from a bevy of sources is one-sided. As such, it’s becoming increasingly important for the public to have access to content that isn’t simply processed sunshine and lollipop statements. Sugar in moderation is okay, but too much and it can come back to bite us one day. That day may already be here. Erin McCracken is a reporter with the Victoria News. firstname.lastname@example.org
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LETTERS Dog ownership rules restrictive Why won’t the City of Victoria stop pussy-footing around and admit they’re dog-hating cat people? There are no rules regarding cat ownership. They’re allowed to wander unsupervised all over the city. Everyone’s yard is a litter box and nobody seems to care that these critters can bolt into traffic. But heaven forbid you own a dog. The city hired a private team of over-zealous browbeats to maintain “control” over dog owners and their pets. You’re not allowed to bike with your dog and apparently walking with your dog is
discouraged too. There’s a bylaw stating you’re not allowed to “park” (tie up) your dog so you can go grab a coffee or do an errand. This means dog owners must drive everywhere with their dogs. I’m a bike-riding dog owner who does not drive. I’ve been in touch with the mayor and city council regarding the restrictive bylaws surrounding dog ownership. I am all for dogs being controlled by their owners, but mandatory leash laws do not guarantee control. A leash only gives the illusion of control while allowing the owner to forgo actually training
their dog to listen/obey. Just last week in Nanaimo, a dog was attacked and killed by a dog on a leash. As I’ve explained to the mayor, the issue is control. Clearly that leashed dog was not under control. My dog was trained on a “mental” leash and for 11-plus years we’ve used words to get him to slow down, move over, stay, etc. Dogs enhance their owner’s lives and it’s a shame the city supports bylaws that make dog ownership so unpleasant and restrictive. Nancy Raycroft Victoria
Readers respond: Left-laners, economy, E&N High speed main factor in traffic deaths Re: Slow drivers present greatest hazard (Letters, June 1) I was not surprised by the ranting letter about people who drive in the left lane on the Pat Bay Highway. Formerly a law enforcement traffic officer, I am one of them, but drive on the left because it is the safer of the two lanes. I do not drive under the speed limit unless there is a reason to do so. The left lane is not exposed to merging traffic, or traffic entering from service roads along that route. Nor is it exposed to drivers who jerk into a right exit from the left lane because their driving habits do not allow them to safely get into the right lane in time. There are times when I must drive in the left lane in preparation for a left exit. I am a bit amazed about the statement that Alberta drivers “finally got it.” Has this man driven Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary? It is frightening and dangerous, due entirely to high speed. The Pat Bay Highway is less than 25 kilometres long, with four traffic lights. One needs a calculator to determine how much time one ‘may’ save – under ideal conditions, over that entire length – even driving twice the legal speed limit. The need for speed is a habit and a dangerous one. A bit of thought about the actual time factor in almost every situation will clearly show this to be a fact. Charles Scheideman Saanichton
Our economic future tied to resource sector We are living in a strange and rapidly changing world, where countries are on the brink of
default on their huge debts. While anti-federal government voices are heard almost daily, Canada is hopefully on track to avoid the Greek-style tragedy unfolding in Europe. Our resource sector, the economic engine presently keeping Canada afloat, will be our saviour in a world where the options are few. Canadians are being force fed the idea that Canada will now have no environmental watchdogs or safeguards. All that with a minor reduction in government spending. That seems a little odd to me. I also do not think Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has been vilified by so many, has instructed the various government agencies where they should make cuts. Many environmental regulations were too restrictive and cumbersome before the proposed budget bill changes. They caused legitimate resource development to be indefinitely stalled or reviewed out of being. The problem of governments tending to overlegislate to justify their own existence is common. The stakes are high. Because of our natural resources and energy reserves, Canada has the unique ability to survive in a world where manufacturing is being sucked into the black hole we call China. There is no stopping this deindustrialization of the west. If Canada can survive with our standard of living mostly intact, we will be one of the few developed countries to do so. Canada can be a society that uses its financial resources to care for our rapidly aging population and have some significant influence internationally. Or, we can fade into economic obscurity, adrift and unable to finance our social programs, health care and
educational systems. In that scenario, Canada could have little or no affect on the world; another welfare state looking for handouts. Bill Wilson Saanichton
Let’s get moving on E & N project Re: Rail safety none of the public’s business (Roszan Holmen column, May 25) I understand the first part of the E & N railway restoration project will be the stretch between Victoria and Langford. They are going to need a lot of help cleaning up along the tracks. People will be asked to help clear brush and weeds, plus a lot of junk that people have dropped on their walk along the trestles. Work is supposed to have started on the railway project, but I have not seen anyone at the roundhouse. The public needs to see work begin on the tracks now, and not have it be put on hold. Any delay would not help ease the Colwood crawl, which sometimes causes it to take two hours or more just to reach Helmcken Road from the Dockyard. The railroad could place dumpsters for volunteers to dump debris and weeds into, unless they want to put weeds in a separate container. I know quite a few people would come out for a hour or two to work on the tracks. People don’t want to wait until 2013 or 2014 to be able to take a train. Politicians have to stand up and tell us the truth of the matter at hand. I hope the E & N rail project isn’t delayed. It would be a shame to see a part of Victoria heritage die when there is no reason for it. Barbara Dunahee Esquimalt
Ridem’ mower A unique cyclemower is stationed alongside commuter bikes at the City of Victoria parks yard at Beacon Hill Park. It was put together as a gag by staff, outside of work hours, after an accident befell one of the department’s standard-issue lawn mowers. Roszan Holmen/News staff
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Notice is given that all persons who believe that their interest in property may be affected by proposed Bylaw No. 345 and Bylaw No. 346 will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed Bylaws at a Public Hearing to be held at the School House, 1589 Millstream Road, Highlands, BC on Monday, June 18, 2012 commencing at 7:00 p.m.
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The lands that are the subject of the proposed bylaws comprise approximately 32.2 hectares (79.6 acres) and are described as: Lot C, Section 30 and 74, Highland District, Plan VIP76070, shown on Map 1. “Highlands Ofﬁcial Community Plan Bylaw, 2007, Amendment No. 4 (Amenity 2), Bylaw No. 345, 2012” General Purpose: Bylaw No. 345 creates a new Amenity Area called, Amenity 2 – East West Trail Connector. Also under Bylaw No. 345, the subject property’s OCP land use designation would change from Rural to the new Amenity 2 – East West Trail Connector. Land in this new designation may realize an increase in density if a portion of land in this new designation is donated for use as trail intended to connect the east and west areas of the District and the CRD.
“Highlands Zoning Bylaw, 1998, Amendment No. 33, (Amenity 2 Zone - (Lot C, Section 74)) Bylaw No. 346, 2012”
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria’s Whale Derby returns to Esquimalt Gorge Park and the Gorge Waterway June 9. This unique fundraiser will see more than 4,500 small yellow plastic whales racing down the waterway at 1 p.m. It’s part of Wild About Whales, a free family event that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ‘Whale adoption’ tickets are available through Boys & Girls Clubs at a cost of $5 each, five for $20 or 25 for $100. The lucky owners of the numbers attached to the first six whales across the finish win one of six great prizes: A $2,200 WestJet voucher, patio set and heater, a bicycle, an iPad, $500 cash or a Fender acoustic guitar with lessons. For details, visit www.bgcvic.org/ wildaboutwhales.
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General Purpose: Following from the above proposed OCP amendment, Bylaw No. 346 creates a new zone, Amenity 2 (Am2) Zone. This zone has permitted uses of residential, home-based business, agriculture, and accessory uses, buildings and structures. The base density of this new zone is one dwelling unit per 12 hectares (30 acres). If the following amenities are provided: i. approximately 16.4 hectares (40.5 acres) of land shown generally in Map 2 as, “Area 1 - Proposed Land Donation to CRD,” donated to the Capital Regional District to be used for regional park and trail purposes, ii. $75,000 to the District of Highlands to be placed in a Reserve Fund for the purpose of building a community centre/hall; iii. $25,000 to the District of Highlands to placed in a Reserve Fund for the purpose of Community Gardens and related appurtenances including: water well, fencing, shed for well pump and garden equipment storage, and a parking area,
Thanks to the support of customers, suppliers and staff, Fairway Market presented a cheque last Friday to the David Foster Foundation for $86,817. The cheque represents the culmination of the local grocery’s successful three-week fundraising campaign for the foundation, which provides financial support to Canadian families with children in need of lifesaving organ transplants. “It all goes to a great cause,” said Fairway Market vice-president Robert Jay. “Fairway is always involved in the community Jennifer Blyth and wants to give back. Business Beat Families are a good fit for us as we see generations coming to our stores.” Mel Cooper, David Foster Foundation’s honourary director and special advisor, said the fact Fairway is nearing its 50th anniversary in Victoria is timely. “It shows the importance of local support. This is where we began as the David Foster Foundation 25 years ago (and) now, as a national foundation, our need for support is greater than ever before.”
at the District of Highlands Municipal Ofﬁce located at 1980 Millstream Road, Victoria, BC V9B 6H1. You can mail or deliver your comments on these Bylaws to the Municipal Ofﬁce or by fax to 250-474-3677, or email to LBeckett@highlands.ca to be received prior to 12 p.m. on the day of the public hearing.
Please note that all correspondence submitted to the District of Highlands in response to this Notice will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda when this matter is before the Council or a Committee of Council. This includes being published the proposed Amenity 2 Zone allows for an increase in density to on the District’s website. The District considers the author’s address a maximum of 13 lots providing no lot is less than 1 hectare (2.47 relevant to Council’s consideration of this matter and will disclose this acres) in size. Bylaw No. 346 also adds the subject property, as personal information. The author’s phone number and email address shown on Map 1, to this new zone. are not relevant and should not be included in the correspondence if the author does not wish this personal information disclosed. For any person wishing more detailed information, the proposed For convenience only, some of the documents may be viewed on the Bylaws and other related material may be inspected between District’s web site at: www.highlands.ca . the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday excluding holidays, from Wednesday, June 6, 2012 to Monday, June 18, 2012 C.D. Coates, Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer
Victoria Massage Therapy and Health Solutions has opened downtown in the Yarrow Building. Kasey Thompson’s integrated healthcare clinic provides massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, athletic therapy and physiotherapy. To celebrate their grand opening, through June the clinic’s team of health-care professionals is offering integrated health assessments to the public by donation (suggested $10), with proceeds going to Kidsport Victoria. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 250-590-5221. Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen on Oak Bay Avenue hosts Festa Italiano from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9, including food, Italian wine and beer tasting, the splitting of the parmagiano cheese, plus a gathering of Vespas, Ducatis, Ferraris and more. The Fairmont Empress is celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee with an array of royal events, officially declaring June 2012 “Royal Month.” Events include an exclusive dinner, a Royal Dog Show and Tea Party and a Royal Brunch in the hotel’s new Ivy Ballroom. A new era of Afternoon Tea begins with the launch of Royal-Tea which includes a live tableside presentation of honey from Chef Silva’s bee garden. Call 250-384-8111 for more details. To submit your business item or community event, email email@example.com.
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Wolves gear up for first season Jim Zeeben News staff
The West Shoreâ€™s new junior-B franchise has an updated logo and threequarters of a roster. The news was officially announced Thursday night at Bear Mountain Arena, where the club will kick off its season with a game meant to pay tribute to its future fanbase. The Wolves first league game on Sept. 5 will be free to the public as the team tries to make amends to fans burned by the last incarnation of a junior-B team on the West Shore. â€œI think where (the idea not to charge for the first game) stems from is the past history of junior-B was not good,â€? said Wolves general manager and director of hockey operations Ken Carson, who is also part of the teamâ€™s ownership group. â€œWe have a lot of things to change to get a good start out of the gate.â€? After several futile seasons in Sooke and eventually at Bear Mountain, the Westshore Stingers folded from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in 2010. The new owners of the Wolves are placing an emphasis on providing a place to play for kids who come up through Juan de Fuca minor hockey. â€œThatâ€™s one thing weâ€™re really trying to push is to get as many local kids as we can,â€? Carson said, noting that nine of the 15 players confirmed so far played their minor hockey on the West Shore. And while the club is investing in local players, Carson says being competitive is critical. â€œWeâ€™re still looking for a couple of top six forwards. Weâ€™re looking for two top six defencemen and weâ€™re looking for one more goaltender,â€? Carson said. â€œThe Juan de Fuca kids that weâ€™ve brought back all have a history of winning. Thatâ€™s the group thatâ€™s going to make up our core.â€? The team has also taken advantage of the connections of seasoned head coach Victor Gervais â€“ formerly the bench boss of the junior-A Victoria Grizzlies â€“ to bring in three prospects from Prince George. When it comes to recruiting, the Wolves benefit from being in a region thatâ€™s recognized for devel-
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