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Camp Compassion finds none omeless camps are no more welcome in designated Central Saanich farms than they are in downtown Victoria, apparently, as residents and council leaped on the NIMBY tractor this week, and declared bylaw war against DANIELLE a camp at Woodwynn Farm. POPE Camp Compassion sproutnews@ ed up July 7 on the are property at the corner of West Saanich and Mount Newton Cross, when a group called the Creating Homefulness Society wanted to develop a “therapeutic farm community” at the farm for up to 96 former street people. However, Central Saanich acting mayor Cathie Ounsted told media on Monday, July 23, the municipality will be ramping up bylaw enforcement in response to complaints from residents. Council received over 30 letters on the topic, though almost half of those were from Keating Elementary students asking that council allow housing for homeless people at the farm. “This is definitely a geographical question. There are always going to be reasons why a camp can’t work, especially downtown,” says Victoria coun. Lisa Helps. “But the situation in Central Saanich is entirely different — this is a place that is being purpose-built ... if I was on Central Saanich council, I would say what a wonderful thing someone is trying to do.” Bylaws currently permit only four permanent residents to live on the site, but, despite the fact that Central Saanich Police Cpl. Pat Bryant said police have not had to attend the farm for any reason (and occasionally even refer homeless people to Woodwynn), the farm’s previous application to rezone one-hectare of the property to allow housing on the site was turned down by the Agricultural Land Commission. Camp Compassion arose in response. “They would need a temporary land-use permit for camping, and they have not applied,” Ounsted told media. “We are hoping for voluntary compliance.” Farm owner and Creating Homefulness head Richard Leblanc told media that, despite the enforcement threat, “We will just keep doing what we are doing.” “Bylaws can get in the way, but if you are homeless and want a better life for yourself than living on Douglas Street, there is a bus that can take you away from all that, to people who welcome you. It’s incredible that we have a place that can offer that,” says Helps. “I don’t even see this as being about homelessness. It’s about building community, it’s about second chances ... and, it’s about changing our perspectives.”

he bottom line when it comes to approval of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project isn’t whether an oil spill can be prevented, but how much damage it will cause to our environment when there is one. Because a spill is inevitable. Whether it’s from a fault in the pipeline, neglectful maintenance, environmental wear and tear, or simply from the fact that the marine approaches to the coast GRANT of northern B.C. are more complex than Prince William MCKENZIE Sound, where the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef. With over 200 supertankers entering Kitimat annually to load editor@ over 300 million litres of diluted bitumen, the odds are stacked against Mother Nature on this one. At one time, Canadian voters may have believed government promises and assurances that only the best and brightest would be monitoring the situation, but no more. For every promise our govenments make — both provincially and federally — we know they are also drafting contingency plans for when they inevitably break them. Government promises are written on sheets of rice paper that dissolve upon a drop of spit. It’s almost laughable to read the provincial government wanting to put in place a “world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery system for B.C.’s coastline,” when the federal government is busy closing down nearby Coast Guard stations to save money. Once the accountants get through with the approval process, our “worldleading marine oil spill response” will be an old fisherman named Bertie with a plastic bucket and spade. We need to focus our energy and mental resources into transitioning off fossil fuels, not finding ways to suck the last vestiges from the bottom of the glass and spewing it across our coastlines. The time to put our foot down is now.



NO TIME TO WASTE Scrapers, get out your chopping boards — it’s time to decide how much waste you create. Starting now, Victorians have the opportunity to select the size of their new garbage bin in a use-more-pay-more model, to welcome the city’s new “Kitchen Scraps and Garbage” program. For


Central Saanich says bylaws will quash a tent city sprouting up on Woodwynn Farm (not pictured), that hopes to rehouse up to 96 former homeless people.

all residential garbage customers who would like a bin other than the standard 120-litre size, the mailed-out “Grey Bin Selection Card” must be returned to City Hall by Aug. 17. Starting next February, kitchen scraps and garbage will be collected from backyards every two weeks. The standard cost will be $183 per year (a $19 reduction from the current garbage-only program), but can go further up or down depending on your scraping/composing tendencies. Large families may be stuck with the larger 180-litre $204-a-year size, while avid recyclers may get away with a small 80-litre bin for $168 a year. Best not to waste your choice. Heh. Former Victoria activist and current Ontario prisoner Kelly Rose Pflug-Back has been sentenced to 15 months in prison with three years probation after pleading guilty to several charges in connection with Toronto’s G20 riots. As part of a non-cooperative plea bargain, PflugBack accepted six charges of mischief over $5,000 — a feat for a single woman armed with a stick and a bandana — and one charge of wearing a mask with intent to commit a crime. Her sentence will be reduced by four months to compensate for time already served during the nearly year-long controversy surrounding prosecution for G20 protesters. While she maintains her charges are over-exaggerated, Pflug-Back explained to media that her plea bargain was accepted in order to avoid additional charges of conspiracy, assaulting an officer with a weapon, obstruction of justice and intimidation of a justice system participant — charges for which the police have not produced any evidence. Throughout her trial, Toronto police have accused the 21-year-old activist of being a leader of the ostensibly leaderless Black Bloc, and giving orders to other protesters during the riots. Responding to these claims, Pflug-Back stressed that, “I’m definitely not the leader of anything, nor do I want to be.” M — Simon Nattrass

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CITY SOMETHING Big Mama! and Mamma Mia!


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to be a problem. Your empathy for "the lower classes" and the supposedly exorbitant prices they pay for a valuable commodity to run their expensive, sophisticated machines is admirable, but it sounds too much like an excuse for you to vent about something that is an irritating splinter in the wellmanicured hand that is your life. OLIVER TERRY, VANCOUVER ISLAND

RE: Kieran Report, Time for Adrian Dix's free ride to end, July 19-25 I read your headline, and wondered just what you meant by "free ride." Finally, you got to the point; you wanted him to release his budget now rather than later in plenty of time for the election. If you wanted to smash his teeth in, you needed a bigger club than that. ROEDY GREEN, VIA FACEBOOK

Empathy is admirable RE: Kieran Report, Liberals need to axe the carbon tax, July 12-18 Though I agree with your political observations that the gas tax is a heavy-handed and possibly misguided way of trying to decrease British Columbia's fossil-fuel emissions, I take some umbrage with the rest of your article. Which I'm sure you expect, because it is, after all, an opinion piece. Although you're probably not the only person to do this, calling the gas tax a

Don’t axe tax, increase it "carbon tax" is somewhat misleading, and ends up in your article reading more that a broad tax on all industries related to fossil fuel production and consumption is a bad idea, rather than just the gas tax. That being said, in the grand scheme of gas prices, 6.7 cents per liter is not that much — only around ďŹ ve per cent of the actual cost of gas. When compared to the overall trend of gas prices going up, it is obvious that the "carbon tax" is not responsible for the totality of the increase.

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Axe the carbon tax? Hell — add more to it! Maybe I am wrong but there seems to be a high number of trucks and luxury vehicles in Victoria. The volume is increasing and there is zero planning for what lies ahead. All kinds of whining from drivers about gas prices but how many people do you see doing close to the speed limit on the Pat Bay or other roads? I actually know home grown Victorians who have never taken transit. The time has come to change it up. DAVID DENNIS, VIA FACEBOOK

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Enbridge shows Clark’s weaknesses e have grown accustomed to the government of Premier Christy Clark sitting on the fence with both ears on the ground. So, it comes as no surprise this week that its prerequisites for support of the Enbridge pipeline project raise more questions than


they answer. In fact, in the guise of offering conditions for the project to proceed, the government seems to be signalling that this heavy oil pipeline is dead in the water. The five “minimum project requirements” are glaringly obvious: Successful completion of the National Energy Board (NEB) environmental review process, world-leading marine oil spill prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline, the same for land oil spills, the addressing of aboriginal and treaty requirements and a fair share of the economic benefits. It staggers the imagination to figure out why it took Premier Clark’s brain trust so long to draw these lines in the oil sands. Further, the prospect that any

or all of them can be achieved is slim and none. Let’s start with the economics of the deal: the pipeline will generate $80 billion in provincial and federal taxation revenue over 30 years. That includes $36 billion for Ottawa and $32 billion for Alberta with B.C. getting less than $7 billion. To fly, this deal must pay B.C. a share commensurate with its risk, but Alberta has already refused to share its pipeline revenue and the feds will likely follow suit. Second, there will never be measurable aboriginal support for a pipeline. In fact, we can anticipate that First Nations will mount a Supreme Court challenge if the NEB gives Enbridge the green light. Finally, regardless of good intentions, no government can guarantee environmental indemnity on the land or on the sea, regardless of the amount of time, money and engineering invested in prevention and recovery systems. What remains unclear is why Premier Clark did not lay out these five preconditions for all the world to see before arriving at the side door of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton last week for what she hoped would be a clandestine energy issues chat with Premier Alison Redford. A “frustrated” Redford was unimpressed by Clark’s dithering over Enbridge and let her hang out to dry

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the next day on the front page of the Edmonton Journal. Redford told the Journal: “If I was in her shoes, I would be trying to set in place a set of conditions that ... would allow the project to go ahead but that would work with industry, not just Enbridge but other companies that are looking at pipelines in B.C., to try to come up with a framework that makes sense to let that investment come into the province.” Apparently, Clark heard just part of the message. Redford — displaying nation-building qualities that Clark can only dream of — has been gathering support for a national energy strategy, saying Canada’s prosperity demands a united front to exploit the nation’s vast resources. She met last week with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and her calls for deeper east-west energy ties have been embraced by Quebec and by the Conservative-dominated Senate energy committee. This week, premiers Clark and Redford and their counterparts are in Halifax for Council of the Federation meetings where a national energy strategy will be high on the agenda. Even with her eleventh-hour list of pipeline prerequisites tucked under her arm, Premier Clark has very little to bring to the table. M


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Nazi skinheads crawling out of shadows n the past, our community has reacted appropriately to acts of violence motivated by prejudice and bigotry. Everyone from politicians and media outlets to business owners and private citizens readily denounce as thugs and lunatics those who paint symbols of hate on businesses and graveyards or threaten bar patrons in the middle of the night. SIMON This made it all the more surprising to NATTRASS discover a growing Nazi skinhead and fascist snattrass@ presence here in the City of Gardens. Even more surreal has been the increasingly regular sight of these young men — shaved heads held high and displaying a wide selection of white power and Nazi tattoos — walking confidently through our streets, largely ignored and completely uninterrupted by the general public. It’s easy for a community to rally around a single act of violence, and easier still to forget that no act of violence is committed in isolation. Every spraypainted slogan, every late-night


beating requires a network of support, a community that will condone not only the act itself but the ideology from which it grew. Every swastika tattoo needs an artist, every hate pamphlet needs an author, and all of this activity is made possible only by the silent consent of the broader community. In a recent interview, one member of the local Victoria AntiRacist Network (VARN) stressed the need for sustained resistance against fascism in our communities. “My feeling is that any presence indicates some level of tolerance for [fascism] in our society.” He goes on to explain that only constant pressure from the broader community can prevent the level of organization and confidence required for fascist groups to risk acts of violence. Fascism is not simply an unfortunate lifestyle choice, a personal opinion to be brushed aside and politely ignored; it has as its only goal the rise of bigotry and the decimation of every freedom our society has fought to secure. Nazis and others who promote hate and intolerance cannot be welcome on our streets, in our communities, or in our society. We can’t force these people into silence, but it is our job — yours and mine — to make it clear that those of us who think, feel and love unconditionally will never accept hate into our lives. M



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Dark Secrets

ith one week to go before Victoria celebrates its sesquicentennial birthday, we thought it the perfect time to unwrap some of the city’s lesser-known secrets.

SCHOOLYARD RACISM The Chinese Imperial School on Fisgard Street was opened more than 100 years ago, in part because of the racism children were facing while attending Victoria public schools. Under the New Immigration Act of 1900, Chinese children were forced to pay a $100 head tax unless they could prove they had attended public school in B.C. for at least one year. Parents of white children were unhappy with this, however, and “lodged a petition to the school board, requesting that the Chinese children be put in a separate DANIELLE POPE school because they were unclean, untidy, depraved and ill-mannered, and had a demoralizing influence on the white children,” according to sources of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Soon after, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association raised money from Chinese communities across Canada to create the new school in August of 1909.

BANISH THE LEPERS When city officials were on a mission to root out small pox in 1891, they discovered five Chinese men living with leprosy in Victoria. Instead of treating them, however, the city banished them to D’Arcy Island, across from Island View Beach. According to Ross Crockford’s book Victoria: the Unknown City, over the next 35 years dozens of people were sent to the island, almost all of them Chinese. No visitors were allowed and supplies were shipped over every three months, including food, tools, opium and coffins. In 1924, survivors were moved to a proper medical facility on Bentinck Island. Still, more than a dozen graves remain on D’Arcy today, which is now a marine park.


worked hard policing gambling, womanizing and fighting hting — sometimes even drunk driving, where a person’s horse could be confiscated for the night, according to records at the Maritime Museum. More serious criminals would serve time in the Bastion Square Jail. While the building is gone, the memory of its 11 hangings lives on. Bodies left uncollected were buried olished beneath the ground, but when the prison was demolished in 1885, the ground was excavated to make way for a court vation house. Some bodies were not found during this excavation and are still beneath the foundation of the courthouse, leaving many to claim they still hear the rattling of chains.

THAT’S NO ROCK Beacon Hill is the site of an ancient aboriginal cememing etery, but Victoria city workers made an embarrassing taff mistake in August of 1986, when parks department staff nd mistook Songhees First Nations cairns for rock piles and wcleared them off the south slope to make way for mowoling. According to Grant Keddie, curator of archaeoles ogy at the Royal B. C. Museum and author of Songhees Pictorial: A History of the Songhees People as Seen byy ns Outsiders, Coast Salish ancestors constructed the cairns entirely by hand, with boulders weighing up to onee o tonne each — completed cairns measured from one to 10 metres across, and up to two metres high. At least twenty-three burial cairns would have been standing on the hill when James Douglas arrived in 1843 to establish Fort Victoria. While many original cairns remain, most are not visible due to bush or shrub growth. Keddie directed the replacement of each stone after the city’s disastrous mistake.

SECRETS OF THE CHURCH While it’s no secret that churches are full of mystery, how many know that the bottom of Christ Church Cathedral on Burdett Avenue houses cubbyholes filled with dead people? A columbarium, named after St. Columba, fills the basement of the cathedral where people can pay to store their ashes (or those of a loved one), provided they meet the Anglican requirement. A statue of St. Michael watches over the 1,800 “niches,” and seating for about 50 mourners offers a silent retreat, along with spots to leave flowers or potted plants. Don’t think that’s the only spot you can check out for your post-life real-estate, however — the Church of St. John the Divine offers a smaller, but cozy Anglican columbarium. And, if you’re on the Catholic side, or lucky enough to be a bishop aiming for the hereafter, you might find yourself in one of three burial tombs in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, safely tucked away in a basement level with no pesky public access.

Plenty of dark secrets lurk behind the bricks of Bastion Square, according to the Maritime Museum of B.C. Revenuepoor hotels like the Burnes House, owned by businessman Tommy Burnes, allowed women and their clients to rent rooms by the hour, which became especially popular with local politicians and legal dignitaries. Elite brothels were rampant in Victoria at the time, including one rumoured to be A GRAVE accessed through the Union Club, a gentlemen-only SITUATION establishment, then located Pioneer Square offers at Courtney and Douglas. a quiet spot for downtown A special underground tunlunch-goers, but this historic nel ran beneath Douglas, graveyard-turned-city-park secretly connecting the club has long stirred controversy. to a bawdy house, likely so While the City of Victoria is men could go unnoticed. still evaluating its new mainteMeanwhile, less inconspicunance project, the square has ous, elegant houses offered a sordid history for upkeep. entertainment to some of The graveyard was deactiVictoria’s wealthiest upper vated as a burial site in 1873 class. Clients could make an and turned into a city park appointment at one such PROVIDED around 1908. Yet, in 1909, house, then be boated up when Victoria undertook its the Gorge Waterway to a The Chinese Imperial School on Fisgard Street in 1909. first attempt at “maintaining” mansion referred to as the park — which involved “Carroll’s Castle.” Guests enjoyed plush parlors, ladies, piano music and samples of removing dozens of stone markers and installing new structures — the parks manager at the time resigned after an onslaught of opium until the house burned to the ground in 1923. community (and perhaps ghostly) anger. More than 1,300 bodies are actually buried in the square, including an unaccounted JAILHOUSE HAUNTS number of illegal burials from when immigrants could not Bastion Square housed Victoria’s first jail in Helmcken be buried alongside the white community. Over 50 haunting Alley in the early 1800s. Back then, Victoria’s law enforcement grave markers remain in a little shed behind the parks office.


Unclaimed grave markers from Pioneer Square.

SHORT CUT TO DEATH It was raining hard the night of Sept. 22, 1899, when 44-year-old Agnes Bing missed her bus home. Bing decided to walk the distance from her job at Pilgrim Bakery in Market Square to her house on Russell Street in Vic West. But, perhaps because of the rain or because the store had stayed open late, she decided to take a shortcut across the railway tracks where the Johnson Street Bridge now exists. As Victoria ghost historian John Adams tells, she would never arrive home. Her husband called police, who found her the next morning near the tracks of the rail yard. She was naked, and had been completely disemboweled, with her stomach split open and her innards pulled out. No one was ever caught for Bing’s murder, but because of its similarity to the Jack-the-Ripper-style killings in London 10 years earlier, many wondered if the murderer had made a tour through Victoria. This likely remains Victoria’s most upsetting unsolved murder, though the city now accounts for even more devastating killings, like that of 24-year-old realtor Lindsay Buziak who was stabbed to death while showing a Saanich home, or 14-year-old Reena Virk who was murdered under Craigflower Bridge by a gang of her female classmates, or that of 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor who was raped and killed on the Galloping Goose by two male classmates.

AN EXPLOSIVE GRUDGE When Hudson’s Bay Company officer Roderick Finlayson discovered a group of aboriginals had stolen minor items from Fort Victoria in the 1840s, he ordered the items returned or he would blow up the house of the Songhees Nations chief. The items did not return, so Finlayson sent word that a cannon would be discharged and advised the chief to vacate his house, according to historian Adams, who reveals more historical tales at Sure enough, the cannon bastion located near what is now Nautical Nellies was set off, and the chief’s house along Westsong Way was demolished. M




Naughty stories brought to life MARITIME MUSEUM LAUNCHES VICE TOURS By Clare Walton

“You’ve got the type of people that love to hear those ghost stories and the slightly strange things about the building, and lots of people that love to hear about what happened before the ghosts — the weirder stories,” says Kennedy. Victoria Vice Tours are held every Thursday and Friday from 7:30pm-9pm, until Sept. 1. Tickets are $20 +HST, and include access to the museum. Call 250-385-4222 ext. 112 or stop by the museum at 28 Bastion Square to purchase tickets. M

ex, scandal and scams lurk in the heart of Bastion Square. Now, the naughty history of Victoria’s seedy underbelly is being served up to interested audiences by the Maritime Museum of B.C. “Bastion Square was really the centre for some pretty seedy stuff,” says Shalini Kennedy, museum programs coordinator. “Groups will be led around by a 19th century buttoned-up town gossip, who will be telling them all these naughty stories.” The Victoria Vice Tours will acquaint participants with notori2012 ous characters, murder, mayhem and scandal of the historic square th and museum. Because of the nature of the Music and Dance Performances in: topic, Kennedy says she Tango, Nuevo, Jazz, Latin, Fusion. doesn’t recommend it for children. However, viewers can expect to be entertained by shocking tales of the square’s Friday, August 10 vibrant mix of secrets Straight from Seattle and other points US, from as far back as the Gold Rush. Tangabrazo; Jazz-Tango Fusion Specialists The town gossip Hermann’s Jazz Club, 8 pm • $15 Adv / $18 Door will lead the group to Friday Aug 10 classic locations like Tommy Burnes’ famous hourly hotel. “Burnes House” was the location of exchanges with at Centenial Square Scarlett Ladies and a Friday August 10, 12 Noon rumoured murder. Violin virtuoso Pablo Diemecke’s Diemaler The gossip may tell of String Quartet. other sneaky ways the Sun August 12 1pm-6:30pm Scarlett Ladies conTrio Tango, The Klez Galz, Kumbia ducted their business in carriages, brothels and plus tango/salsa classes. the infamous “Caroll’s Castle” on Tillicum and Gorge. For ghost lovers and Saturday, August 11 those obsessed with the morbid and haunted, The legendary Quartango Virtuosity, prepare to hear stories of musicality, elegance sensuality and humour, hangings in the jail yards Quartango’s music evokes deep emotions… and the forgotten bodies even after 25 years Saturday Aug 11 that still lurk beneath the Alex Goolden Hall, 8 pm • $26 Adv / $30 Door G old courthouse. “Groups will be given a bit of a history lesson on Victoria,” says Kennedy. Sunday, August 12 “We will talk about what Hot Swinging Brazilian Jazz vocialists used to be here, and reaAnna Acevedo’s Quartet teams up with sons for why there was Sunday Victoria pianist, Pablo Cardenas. this influx of people, Aug 12 Herman’s Jazz Club, 8 pm • $10 Adv / $12 Door and then make our way around Bastion Square.” Saturday, August 11 The museum decidLarsen’s Music Centre Tangabrazo music workshop 2pm ed to add the vice tours to cater to tourists and Tix available at Munro’s Books • Martin Batchelor Gallery • Francophone Society Victoria For complete schedule of artists, venues, locals who love learning free events and workshops see about the quirky history of Victoria’s downtown We acknowledge the support of The Province of BC sector.


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he Belfry Theatre is kicking off its new season by filling the former baptist church with the sounds of soulful blues. A co-production with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story brings Canadian jazz powerhouse and award-winning actress Jackie Richardson to the Belfry stage for the first time in the starring role. Richardson’s commanding voice and exceptional charisma are a perfect fit for Thornton, the originator of such hits as “Ball ’n’ Chain” and “Hound dog.” Big Mama! takes a glimpse into the life of this legendary female musician working in a man’s world on Chirstmas Eve in the early ’70s, complete with a full band featuring local Junonominated bluesman Bill Johnson (guitar), Andy Graffiti (drums) and music director Ron Casat (keys). Big Mama opens Thursday, July 26 at 8pm and runs Tuesday to Sunday until Aug. 19. Matinees Wednesdays (1pm) and Sundays (2pm). Tickets at or 250-385-6815. M



ooking for a little fusion that is sure to delight your ear buds, tickle your soul and keep you dancing all night long? Check out Duke & The Robobabes, a modern indie band that combines folk and rock ’n’ roll to create a unique sound all of its own. Their music is versatile and draws in the young and old, the hipster and the cowboy. Featuring Wesley Scott, Stephan Butler, Kyle Hagen, Steve Letts and Emily Coldwell, Duke & The Robobabes came together a year ago and have been gigging around the Island ever since. Check out their unique sound at Duke’s Big Cambie Music Party with Hawk & Steel, and The New Colors. 8pm at the Cambie (856 Esquimalt). $10. Read the full story by Sheena Graham at M



ast coast surf punk maniacs Night Birds (New Jersey/New York) are coming to Logan’s Pub on their first ever West Coast tour. They blend a distinct shimmering surf guitar sound over a searing early 80’s hardcore back beat. B-Movies, horror stories and post apocalyptic nightmare images are the lyrical order of the day. They are bringing their friends Big Eyes (Seattle) along for the ride. Big Eyes exude a sound that leans more to the pop side of punk rock. Catchy and fun. Calgary’s Sheglank’d Shoulders are flying into Victoria just to play this show (they love Night Birds that much!). Opening it all up are local buffet punks The Hoosegow. Continuing to celebrate their tenth anniversary with a string of great shows, this is the shining jewel in the crown. The punk rock show of the summer! Tues., July 31 at 9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance (Talk’s Cheap, Ditch Records and Absolute Underground) or $15 at the door. M —By Ty Stranglehold



ou’re too young for Broadway,” is what Alison Ewing heard when she first auditioned for the role of Tanya in the hit Mamma Mia! Ewing was 28 at the time, and it took her 10 more years to land the role. The producers thought she had talent, but couldn’t cast her as a 40-year-old cougar on her first audition. “I was amazed that they had me on file for so long, but they looked at my resume and said ’OK maybe she is the right age now?’” said Ewing. “I got the part finally.” Mamma Mia! has been a hit with audiences all over North America thanks to its North American tour and the popularity of the 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. Now the smash-hit musical is making its way to Victoria for a six-night run, opening Tues., July 31 at 8pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $93 and are available at or by phone at 250-386-6121. Read the full preview by Clare Walton at M [10]





Lou Allin is the author of the Belle Palmer mysteries set in Northern Ontario. Now living on Vancouver Island, she is writing a new series featuring Victoria-area RCMP Corporal Holly Martin in On the Surface Die and She Felt No Pain.

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hildren play frantically, covering the bright plastic playthings like ants clambering over a forgotten picnic. A little figure all alone is nearly camouflaged kneeling in the grass; her dress is the same emerald green as the flora beneath her. Only a shock of orange-red hair vibrantly calls attention to the child. She kneels where the grass of the field meets the coarse sand of the playground, keeping free from the pesky particles that find their way into the socks, shoes and pockets of her less careful classmates. Teachers consider her an ideal child. Even the other children are taken to her, they clamor for her attention with invitations to join their games at recess. She prefers to be alone. Her freckled


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little arms reach across the grass; she rhythmically pours sand between her hands, finding the rushing sensation through her fingers exhilaratingly peaceful. Each day between 10:15-10:35am and 2:15-2:35pm she kneels in this spot, treasuring her minutes of solitude away from the other sweaty, wild children. She prefers natural, quiet, simplicity: vanilla ice cream, clean white socks, and the smell of fresh oranges. She finds buttered bread distasteful, almost sinful, preferring the purity of the freshly baked white loaf left plain and warm. She has dreamt about sneaking slices into her bed and eating them under her covers at night. The imagined taste of bread in the darkness excites her; she is sure though, that her mother would discover the crumbs.

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By Michael J. Turner


’m in this place again — visiting my father in hospital. From deep inside myself I pull out my brave face. I hear my back teeth grind as I urge my unwilling feet through the doorway and see him lying there — eyes closed, mouth flaccid. Is he breathing? I start to panic just as his eyes flutter open. He’s alive. I don’t know if I’m relieved or not. Confusion and fear stare up at me. I stroke his hand, uttering sanguine platitudes. The doctors call it vascular dementia; I call it the hairball in his brain. Over a lifetime, each scoop of ice cream, slice of bacon, and cigarette, like single hairs, clogged the pipes of his brain until he is not the man he was. Does he even remember that man? He’s agitated and tugs at his catheter as I lean over to give him an awkward hug. Lord, he reeks. From both ends. I open this leather kit bag. Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Missing. But he’s remembered to pack his bright yellow condoms. They are the only cheerful bit of colour in the room. Like most of our conversations these days, this one is in my head: Dad. What were you thinking? Nobody likes bananaflavoured condoms. He yanks at the catheter again. His pride and joy is black and blue with a hose sticking out of it and still, he’s optimistic. The part of me that isn’t mortified, is impressed. I leave the room in search of toothpaste.


he dog slept. In his head, he ran by a river, his nose to wet earth, his ears to the woods, his eyes on the silver ribbon that pulled him onwards. Behind him was pain and death. He knew that the river hated those things too; it said, “Run with me, don’t stop — I’ll tell you when to stop.� As he stood waiting for the kettle to boil, the man looked out into the blackness beyond the window. He felt a damp nose nudge into his hand. He was not startled even though the dog had moved so silently. The man cradled the dog’s head in both hands. “OK, tea can wait.� The dog accepted the leash quietly and kept pace with the man as they walked to the corner. They went on towards the woods, where the darkness swallowed everything beyond the halo of a single street lamp. The man unfastened the leash and caressed the side of the dog’s head. “OK, boy, go, if you want to.� The dog walked to the edge of the light, merged with the darkness and was gone. After a long time, the dog reappeared and walked up to him. They went back to the house. The man settled with his tea in a chair by the fire. He put his arm round the dog at the shoulder. The dog licked the man’s hand in return — just a small, quick lick. It seemed to the man that something had finally changed.

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At the Smokin’ Tune By Sam Dodd Her crow jaw flabs up then down in silence over in the kitchen the good looking young bearded man reaches down for lettuce then rises up nimbly with abundant youth and makes a little wrap and the boy at the head of the cafe is singing into the harshness of the speakers and elderly couples paired up by too few tables nod in hard middleaged silence while everyone sips on small American glasses of wine and this place is all new paint and new food and squished as hell because the terrace is rained out and the big plexy windows are streaked with sea salt memories and inside it feels warm almost hot because his face must be glowing and the three girls over by the mic seem fertile and alive and laugh too in that forsaken silence that betrays any real introspective thought and he is transient and rushing everywhere and nothing has been sacred since he loved christ’s simplicities dinosaurs knights fishing fresh water and even older the pleasure of a person’s sustained gaze with all the knowledge of what will never happen and still that woman’s jaw clapping like proud hands and all this false intimacy contemporaneous with a wild century that explodes and rejoices around him to such massive indifference that only the sea and the ethereal mountains beyond it can be real tonight.

he man who cleans the morgue runs nicotine fingers through salt and pepper hair. He’s got a face like a hungry badger. He washes down the remains of a meatball sandwich with whiskey-laced coffee. Tonight he cleans the crypt room, the cold storage unit for the recently dead. Someone’s discarded peg-leg pokes out like a carnival joke from beneath a dirty sink. Creepy cold circulating air moans like strange haunted whispers of unsure souls, stuck between this world or the next. His slender fingers smell like Comet Cleanser combined with the acrid aroma of blood. He sees people die every day, frail bodies like unwanted insects wrapped in large plastic bags, then shrouded in bright blue tarps as they descend on gurneys to their basement purgatory. He sees many ghosts, transparent spectral figures, strange clangs and clanks echoing down empty hallways conjured from fatigue and an ice-pick hangover. The cleaning chemicals are strong and he suspects they’ll kill him one day but tonight all he cares about is scoring another Moneymart payday loan and the subsequent bottle of Absolut. He scans the nameplates of the steel compartments containing the bodies. Like a giant filing cabinet full of old human meat he thinks. He recognizes a name, an old highschool enemy, a popular jock turned real-estate creep. Too bad it’s not his supervisor, a chubby chain-smoker with a frosted blonde poodle perm sucking back some Coke Zero. A lizard-like smile crosses his lips. Just one more hour and his weekend begins. THE PRIZE: Roy wins a gift card

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watched the last of my chorizo breakfast disappear behind the boat lost in three-metre swells. The wind whipped salt spray at my face and I lay over the railing appreciating an internal moment of empty stillness. The nasty smell of sea lions was gone but I could still hear them roar and belch over the sound of motor, wind and waves. I observed in confusion that despite the increase in pitch of the motor’s growl the ocean was catching up with us. An enormous head emerged not fifteen feet from where I dangled. The eye of a barnacled humpback whale fixed on me, it blew a spray of salt water onto me and my companions and rolled its body, gracefully exposing a fin, ten or twelve feet in length. The fin arced down and smashed onto the waves nearly close enough to touch sending yet another splash over our boat. My fellow travellers previously awed into silence babbled noisily as they readied cameras. The humpback obliged and breached exposing its back which bore a white saddle shaped mark. Its skyscraper like tail fin hung momentarily motionless an icon against the backdrop of the wrestling ocean waves. Accompanied by clicks, flashes, ooos and aaahs its tail fin slid into the sea and the elegant giant was gone. Our First Nations guide stepped to my side. “How much farther?” I asked him. “One more hour to the hot springs.” He smiled wryly.


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Black Dog By Jackie Gay


hen he was twelve, he’d broken all the bones in his face. A dog — his own black dog — ran into the road and he’d rammed his new bike down a pothole. Straight over the handlebars — ‘like you were shot from a cannon,’ his dad said, later. His mum on the sidewalk, frozen for a second, then scalded by the slipped leash; dropping it, screaming. They had to peel off his skin and pin the bones back together. Afterwards, he never looked the same. Pinched, he decided, holding up his mum’s hand-held mirror. And smaller; skewed to one side, as



if he was waiting for the world to whack him again. ‘Where’s the dog?’ he said. ‘It wasn’t his fault.’ No one answered. His mum took off and his dad took to drink. Every morning he watched his father’s hands trembling as they battled with toast and cartons of milk. There were bottles hidden everywhere — ‘might as well build the house out of fucking glass’ — he said, to the mirror; to her, watching the swear word crash from his twisted mouth. He fixed up his bike and rode to the woods, to the cool green air and grand-daddy trees. Faster and faster he pedaled till he was just a heart pumping, legs burning. No thought of his face or even himself just the black dog running beside him, pounding, and he knew he’d been right. You can’t just get rid of your dog.



One of the best summer activities in Victoria, the Ship Point Night Market offers a variety of entertainment and vendors to visitors of the inner harbour. This season, close to 40 vendors are plying their trade on the pier, offering original arts, handcrafted goods and live acoustic music. The night market runs at Ship Point near Milestones Restaurant every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 7pm to 10:30pm until September.

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an you visualize Victoria’s inner harbour without the Fairmont Empress? It’s hard to imagine, but during the mid-1960s, the idea of demolishing the iconic hotel was actually given serious consideration. Luckily, common sense prevailed and rather than proceeding with the proposed steel and glass high rise replacement, it was announced on June 10, 1966 that this Edwardian j jewel would live to see another day. Imagine what the postcards would look like. Has anyone ever taken a v visitor on their first visit to downtown who was not impressed by the sight of this ivyclad sentinel that has watched over the inner harbour for more than a century?



If you have lived here for any length of time, you may be one of the nearly 800 people who take afternoon tea in the grand lobby, restored to reflect its original splendour a number of years ago. Though the lobby is an undeniably beautiful room, I think that there might be an even better spot. Facing an expanse of lawn and ships bobbing in the harbour, a seat on the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Veranda is simply one of the best in town. Open daily from 11:30am to dusk or chilly, which ever comes first, though heaters and wraps are provided, in addition to sun shades for the comfort of guests. It’s the perfect spot for a cocktail before dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Choose from the Empress Classics line ( $12 - $15) for a Mandarinhattan (Jack Daniels, sweet vermouth, Absolut mandarin vodka and bitters) or Grand Grapefruit Cosmopolitan (Finlandia ruby red grapefruit vodka, Grand Marnier and fruit juices), or if you’re in a group, sip on a veranda original, including The Queen (rose infused Victoria gin, lemon juice, club soda) or

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before,” says Boychuk. “I think it’s really interesting to devise a piece entirely from transcripts and interviews because it creates a very different ne man’s journey to seek out a new life style of show. There are some interesting chalin the tropics has inspired an intimate, lenges like how you dramatize things coming new play by the sibling playwrights of out of interviews and things of that nature. You Castlereigh Theatre Project. have a lot of freedom with how you put things Ocean Fox (a work-in-progress) together, but you’re also bound.... You can’t just looks at the tumultuous life and times of Jef Fox, make things up.” an American dive-master on a remote Bahamian His challenge is finding the appropriate placislet called Harbour Island. es for drama and creating Verbatim from interviews tension in the play, trimwith island residents, Ocean Fox ming down lines and getting OCEAN FOX is a spiritual odyssey that naviinventive about how to keep Intrepid Theatre Club gates the waters of tradition and people’s attention. (1609 Blanshard) devotion toward an uncertain Because it’s a work in July 27 and 28 horizon. progress, it will be fairly 8pm (doors at 7pm), Brother and sister playbare-bones, with a simple set reception to follow. wrights, Francesca Albright and and lighting. Tickets: $10 at Jude Thaddeus Allen, travelled “Life doesn’t have tidy, info@ to the remote island on vacation little character arcs and all or phone/ where they met Fox on a diving the things we’re used to in text 250 858 6870 excursion and were immediately drama, people don’t always intrigued by his story. come to realizations and “Jef took us out on the water transform. Things don’t and . . . for a moment we had experienced a part always get tied up in neat little bows and someof his life, which elevated our vision beyond times profound things happen and nobody what one might plainly see in front of them, changes.” which is a man who sought out a life in the tropCastlerigh Theatre Project has been around ics and the change that involved, and the beauty since 2007 when Albright and Allen travelled and humanity that comes along with making to Medicine Hat, Alta., to research their first a change like that,” says Allen, Castlereigh co- project, Castle in the Sky,(which Victoria audiartistic director. ences may remember from Intrepid Theatre’s Originally from Connecticut, Fox is a 30-year YOUSHOW in 2011) which tells the tale of a resident of Harbour Island, which is no more 12-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend than six kilometers long and has a population of who murdered her entire family. M less than 2,000. It’s just one of the more than 3,000 islands, cays and islets that make up The JULY 24 – AUGUST 19, 2012 Bahamas. In September 2011, Allen and Albright spent 30 days on the island researching the play. They interviewed many people, including Fox, using a dictaphone. “By doing by voice alone, it steers the way the play itself manifests,” says Allen. “We feel that without that visual influence we get something a little more real.” After transcribing and analyzing their recordings, what emerged is “a semblance, or some sort of aura of the Bahamas, starring which gives us a more JACKIE RICHARDSON literal version of what a man and his island really is,” says Allen. RICHARDSON captures the “There’s an anticiessence of Willie Mae Thornton, pation, a wish that her deceptive sensuousness, the audience’s expeher mix of machismo and rience of Ocean Fox sensitivity. Calgary Sun involves any and all of the Bahamas that we brought home with us.” TICKETS from $25 to $40 (+ HST) Actor Rhys Finnick Theatre at 250-385-6815 or plays Fox, as well as 14 other characters in the TICKETS.BELFRY.BC.CA 1291 GLADSTONE AT FERNWOOD, VICTORIA play, which is directed by Peter Boychuk. “I was interested in docu-drama and had never directed one



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pening the gates to animal liberation and putting an end to cruel experimentation is the focus of the Open The Cages Tour, stopping in Victoria July 31- Aug.1 at Camas Books and Infoshop. This multimedia tour, featuring film, music, poetry, activism and workshops aims to connect seasoned and emerging activists under the banner of animal liberation. “I was radicalized by the music I listened to growing up, but I know that a lot of people connect with struggles in many different ways,” says Mike XVX, tour organizer. “For that reason we’ve combined art, music, film, workshops and demonstrations to create a more unified and cohesive tour that is not only an effective series of events and demonstrations, but also something that gives us a platform to reach out to other social justice movements.” The Victoria stop is the second last on a tour that has travelled to San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Davis, Reno, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. “Each city was specifically chosen because they host an animal research facility or laboratory. Most people don’t know that these facilities exist and they’re sitting in their own backyard,” says XVX. The two-day event kicks off Tuesday with a workshop related to animal testing at Camas (2590 Quadra) at 5pm before a screening of a new antivivisection documentary Maximum Tolerated Dose at 7pm. It will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers, Decipher Film and Photo (Toronto, Ont.). Maximum Tolerated Dose is “equal parts foundfootage mash-up, verite investigation and artful meditation” on the practices inside animal testing labs. Complete with haunting testimonials from scientists and lab technicians who’ve left the industry and simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of the many beagles, rats, rabbits, cats and primates who either died or were rescued from

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ability to deal with others, especially people in authority, is elegant. You are admired by others. LIBRA SEPT 23-OCT 22 The Full Moon midweek, which creates tension on Tuesday and Wednesday, is challenging for you when it comes to dealing with friends, groups and perhaps even children. Disputes about how to do something or move forward with collective plans might arise. Others might disagree with your goals. (If you read the book Steve Jobs, you won’t care!) Meanwhile, you couldn’t pick a better time to make longrange travel plans. These plans will please you and they will be surprisingly practical and beneficial for you. This is also a good week to make plans about future publishing, higher education, the media, medicine and the law. It will please you to see how everything is all coming together in a very fitting way. (“Size 16? Surely this is mismarked. I never have been and never will be a size 16!” h a r r u mp h e d the Queen of Denial.) SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 I’m not going to sugarcoat it. The energy building up to the Full Moon on Wednesday will be a bit tough. On Tuesday and Wednesday especially, you might feel at odds with parents, teachers, bosses and authority figures as well as family members. Oy vey. Just tough it out and cope as best you can. Be reasonable. Be co-operative. You can be part of the solution or part of the problem – your choice. The good news is that discussions with others, especially partners or anyone you share wealth with, can be productive and beneficial for a long time in the future. Romance with someone of an age difference might also take place now. If so, it will be very sweet, gentle and maybe oldfashioned. SAGITTARIUS NOV 22-DEC 21 Do be extra careful this week because the energy building up to Wednesday’s Full Moon can create an accident-prone time for your sign. Naturally, accidents don’t have to happen. In fact, they generally happen because you are distracted or hasty or your mind is angry or disturbed — classic textbook stuff. Therefore, slow down and take it easy. Be extra mindful of everything you say and do. Obviously, this is the week to avoid controversial subjects like politics and religion. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, relations with partners and close friends are unusually smooth, supportive and lovely this week. A casual relationship could become more committed. This good news applies to intimate relationships as well as professional partnerships.

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OPENING BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD -(Odeon) Nothing but raves have greeted this unusual and touching drama, which uses touches of magic realism to portray the inner life of a young girl who is part of a small community of poor Louisiana folk who live entirely "off the grid." Starts Fri. STEP UP: REVOLUTION -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) The series about hip hop dancers shifts to Miami, and seems to be having lots of fun choreographing flash mobs of radical dancers who are trying to use their art-smarts to defeat a rich developer who wants to trash their neighbourhood. Starts Fri. THE WATCH -(Odeon/SilverCity/ Westshore) A group of bored dads forms a suburban watch group, only to find themselves defending Earth from an alien invasion. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill provide the laughs. Starts Fri.

★★ ROCK OF AGES -(Caprice) Tom Cruise stars in a flabby and unfunny rock musical paying tribute to the over-the-top world of 1980s heavy metal music. Starts Fri.

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SCREENINGS MOVIE MONDAY - Screening Foreverland. This drama by Vancouver filmmaker Max McGuire features a man terminally ill with cystic fibrosis who is taking his friend's ashes to a healing shrine in Mexico. His travels turn into an epic adventure of friendship and life's small blessings. By donation. 6:30pm MONDAY in the 1900-block Fort. 595FLIC.

CINECENTA Cinecenta at UVic screens its films in the Student Union Building. Info: 7218365. JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE -(Wed.-Thurs., July 25-26: 7:15, 9:00) Dance fans will love this portrait of the iconic and groundbreaking American dance company that merged modern dance with classical ballet. DARLING COMPANION -(Fri.-Sat., July 27-28: 7:10, 9:15) Lawrence Kasdan directs Diane Keaton in a small-scale drama about an underappreciated wife whose unhappiness with her life begins to pour out when her beloved rescue dog goes missing. With Kevin Kline as the officious husband. ★★★ SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN -(Sun.-Mon., July 29-30: 7:00, 9:00) Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) directs Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in a whimsical tale, part satire and part romantic comedy -- about a fisheries expert who becomes a consultant to a sheik who wants to bring the sport of fly fishing to the desert. MARLEY -(Tues., July 31: 7:00 only) Reggae legend Bob Marley gets an indepth and behind the scenes portrait with this elaborate documentary by the director of King of Scotland. TREASURES FROM THE FAR FUR COUNTRY -(Wed., Aug. 1: 7:00 only) This half-hour presentation is based on 100-year-old films documenting Hudson Bay Company activities and First Nations communities in the Canadian north. This fascinating cinematic time capsule will be followed by a special presentation and Q&A session.

STAGE THURS. JULY 26 BIG MAMA! - The Belfry Theatre presents Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story, which musically tells the story of the creator of such songs as Hound Dog and Ball & Chain. Previews TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY at 8pm and runs until Aug. 19. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents this classic comedy directed by Ian Case. Opens Thursday and runs TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS from July 19-Aug. 18 at Camosun College Lnasdowne Campus. Tickets $22/16 available at, The Papery, Shepherd's Books, Ivy's Bookstore and Cadboro Bay Book Comapny. Shows at 7:30pm. THE PATH - Impulse Theatre’s physical/ dance theatre tale of love and hate a the English Inn’s Verdant Gardens (429 Lampson). WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY at 6pm. To July 26. $15/12.

FRI. JULY 27 AS YOU LIKE IT- The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents this classic comedy directed by David MacPherson. Opens WEDNESDAY and runs WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS and MONDAYS from July 18Aug. 17 at Camosun College Lnasdowne Campus. Tickets $22/16 at, The Papery, Shepherd's Books, Ivy's Bookstore and Cadboro Bay Book Comapny. Shows at 7:30pm.

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SUN. JULY 29 BOOMERANGST - Broad Theatrics presents a stand-up comedy show featuring a librarian, chef and doctor telling jokes about aging, divorce, mortality and other ills as a few young pups make the rest feel old. Hosted by Kirsten Van Ritzen as the students from her level one comedy class make their debut. 8pm at Heckler's (123 Gorge). $5.

MON. JULY 30 BEER AND SHAKESPEAREKeepItSimple productions presents a Shakespearian variety show featuring a cross-section of scenes from Shakespearean plays with some theatrical surprises and beer! 6:30pm at the Fort Street Cafe (742 Fort). $5. COMEDY SPECIAL - Hilarious, clean and cringe-free comedy show hosted by the Queen of Quirky, Diana Kuch. Ten comedians for $5. 7:30pm Moka House (1633 Hillside).

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