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Dennis Ohalloran shows produce he grew at Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility on Blenkinsop Road. Ohalloran is one of 14 people who grew vegetables as a part of Feeding Ourselves and Others, a therapeutic gardening project that also supplies the Mustard Seed and Our Place with fresh food. Natalie North/News staff
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very Tuesday and Thursday since May, Dennis Ohalloran has gotten his hands dirty, tending to a veggie patch in the Blenkinsop Valley. When his mental health worker suggested gardening, he was skeptical, despite its proven benefits for those with mental illness. “I thought she was crazy,” said Ohalloran outside his 30-square-metre plot of cucumbers, radishes, beans, peas and lettuce. “I thought it was pretty weird, then I came and did it and now I love growing vegetables.”
Ohalloran is one of nine Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) clients – people facing mental health or addictions issues and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – who, along with five clients of Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility, have grown vegetables at Blenkinsop Road farm as a part of the Feeding Ourselves and Others project. “Provincial psychiatric hospitals were well known for having farming and animal husbandry and an opportunity to grow their own food and to create opportunities for their patients and their staff in somewhat of a thera-
peutic milieu, a work therapy milieu if you will. We’re proud to be able to continue that tradition,” said Dr. Ian Musgrave, clinical director of ACT Services for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. “Farming and getting your hands in the soil continues to be a real legacy of horticultural therapy. It’s wonderful to see Seven Oaks getting into that.” Gardeners range in age from their 20s to their 60s and they are all overcoming obstacles most of us cannot even begin to imagine, said project coordinator David Stott. “So many contributions have been
made,” said Stott, noting the donation of gardening tools. “Perhaps most importantly time was contributed as well as advice, and especially the time of the participants.” Provincial Court judge Ernie Quantz championed the idea for the project through his involvement with the Victoria Integrated Court. “This is very much a community initiative,” Stott said. “It’s not just a Seven Oaks initiative. It’s not just a John Howard initiative. It’s not just an Integrated Court initiative. It’s everyone’s initiative and that’s why I feel really fortunate to be a part of this.” PLEASE SEE: Many chip in, Page A6
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Running for different reasons Victorians serious about health and fitness, but road races see decline as people shift to triathlon, adventure racing
here is a dense crush of wall-to-wall people when thousands runners pack the starting line on Menzies street for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The city, it seems, has no shortage of people who run. On any given day, and especially weekends, the number of runners on the trails around Elk Lake or Thetis Lake almost (but not quite) outnumber the dog walkers. Running clinics are flush with hundreds of marathon and half-marathoner hopefuls eying a personal best or training for a first Edward Hill race. Reporting But within the ebb and flow of fitness trends, road racing in Greater Victoria peaked about two years ago, and participant numbers are flattening or in decline. The Victoria marathon topped out in 2010 with 13,995 finishers in four events (marathon, halfmarathon, 8K and kids’ race). Last year it hit 11,674 – a 19 per cent drop. The TC10K, the other major running event in Victoria, saw 10,616 finishers in 2010, but dropped to 10,044 finishers this year. “It’s a trend all across B.C. – on average, races are 12 per cent down,” said Bob Reid, treasurer of the Prairie Inn Harriers running club and a long-time race director and coach. “Newer races might be showing growth, but older races are plateauing or dropping slightly.” An unsteady economy might seemingly influence athletics trends, but Reid doesn’t think so. He points to the growing
popularity of sports such as triathlon, which typically have high entry fees and expensive equipment. “The economy doesn’t affect attendance. Money doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Reid said. “People have different interests. A lot like running, but not all like racing. Many people continue running for fitness, health and friendship.” And despite the decline in racing attendance, people aren’t abandoning running. Support for most road race events in Greater Victoria remains strong and entries are far above numbers seen four or five years ago. “It’s amazing we have two large races on the Island, races with over 10,000 (runners),” said Mark Nelson, co-owner of Frontrunners Langford and race director of the Bear Mountain 10K. “A lot of big cities don’t have two events of that size. “In sheer quantity, there are nearly two events every weekend, on average, in the running and triathlon worlds ... with the majority in the Victoria area.” Nelson said its difficult to pin down why some runners flock to some races and ignore others. This year’s first Goddess Run women’s only run sold out and had some 1,426 finishers in the half marathon, 10K and 5K races. “The Victoria Goddess run did a good job. It’s a well-organized event that had a solid team,” Nelson said. “It had a great turnout for a first year event that had no history.” The running culture in Victoria remains vibrant, but a race directors sense a definite shift in attitude. Many recreational athletes have used running to build a fitness base and a launch point to other endurance sports, such as triathlon and adventure racing. Others have used running as another tool in their overall fitness regime that might include boot camps or CrossFit. “There isn’t so much a running craze than an outdoor fitness craze,” Nelson said. “A lot of people might do trail running, the Victoria marathon, (Mind over Mountain) triathlon. A lot of people do a bit of everything.” Phil Nicholls, owner of Island Runner and nationallevel marathoner in the 1990s,
Stats tell the story Victoria Marathon finishers 2011 – 1,631 2010 – 2,643 2009 – 2,621 2008 – 2,042 2007 – 1,981 Victoria HalfMarathon finishers 2011 – 5,130 2010 – 5,716 2009 – 4,608 2008 – 4,270 2007 – 3,869 TC10K finishers 2012 – 10,044 2011 – 10,225 2010 – 10,616 2009 – 9,942 2008 – 8,816 2007 – 8,533 Oak Bay HalfMarathon finishers 2012 – 760 2011 – 779 2010 – 644 2009 – 621 2008 – 544 2007 – 501 2006 – 481
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A runner makes her way along the Victoria waterfront. says Victoria’s running culture has shifted over the decades, from a relatively small band of dedicated runners who trained intensely to a popularized activity for thousands of people looking for a challenge and to stay fit. Nicholls points to the rapid growth of the Victoria halfmarathon. From 2009 to 2010 it added more than a thousand entrants to hit more than 5,700
people coursing through the route. The marathon entries stayed steady at about 2,600 for those years. “There is definitely also a health boom; the outdoor fitness boom is there,” said Nicholls, the race director for the McNeill Bay Half-Marathon. “I think we are one of the better cities overall. People take fitness seriously as a lifestyle.” firstname.lastname@example.org
The 33rd annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon weekend kicks off today and Saturday as more than 11,000 people flood into the Victoria Conference Centre for race package pickup, to tour the race expo and attend the speakers series. The marathon is on Sunday (Oct. 7). Participants will be on the race route starting with the marathon walkers at 6:30 a.m. The 8K road race starts at 7:15 a.m., the half marathon (21.1 km) starts at 7:30 a.m. and the marathon (42.2 km) at 8:45 a.m. All races start on Menzies Street at Kingston Street, and finish in front of the B.C. legislature on Belleville Street. See runvictoriamarathon. com for more information.
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Celebrating a lifetime of art Frank Lewis recalls his many works Daniel Palmer News staff
paint on a boxcar.’” The B.C. government, led at the time by W.A.C. Bennett, jumped at the chance for publicity and commissioned Lewis after Pearson’s letter was picked up by the national media. The “silly idea” toured North America for two years and was featured in the New York Times and Maclean’s Magazine, among others. In 1967, Lewis earned a spot as a young First Nation boy on the debut of George Ryga’s play, The Ecstacy of Rita Joe, at the Vancouver Playhouse. Two years later, the play opened the studio theatre of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where Lewis mingled with the country’s elite and artists alike. “I sat down with Chief Dan George, Jean Chrétien and Pierre Trudeau and talked about the Indian Act,” Lewis said, recalling nights out on the town with Trudeau. “He took my girlfriend away,” he said, laughing. In the mid ’70s, Lewis landed in Cumberland, B.C., where he began accepting commissions
world-class painter. “I had newspaper headlines and I was thinking, ‘I don’t mind success, but why give me so much so quickly?’ It was really hard to deal with right away,” he said. He met his current wife, Margaret Parker, at their 40th high school reunion in 1992. Lewis has since produced 20 major public artworks, including the Burnside Gorge Community Mural on the Galloping Goose Trail in 2006. He and Parker have travelled the world. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lewis completed a mural for the boardroom of the Canadian High Commission, while Parker helped develop an architectural and art school. They now live in Saanich, their home filled with Lewis’ dearest work. His blue eyes light up as he recalls all that connects him with his Métis heritage. “We’re everywhere, but not together,” he said. “That spirituality is still in me, and has been all through my career.” email@example.com
“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give their spirit back.” Louis Riel didn’t know it at the time, but he was talking about Frank Lewis. Standing six-foot-six, with blue eyes and a full head of white hair, Lewis knows the hardship and joy of being Métis. On Sept. 20, he presented an elaborate painting portraying that dichotomy to the Royal Jubilee Sharon Tiffin/News staff Hospital, where it will hang in the Noted muralist Frank Lewis with a few of his paintings in his All Nations Healing Room. home in Saanich. His recent donation of a piece to the Royal “This painting represents Jubilee Hospital celebrates his Métis heritage, but may be the the culmination of a 65-year final work of public art in a colourful career. career,” Lewis told a crowd at the unveiling. It is likely to be his last public for murals, first illustrating He then completed a five-bywork in a remarkable career Cumberland’s coal mining history 20-metre mural of the Gumboot that leaves a legacy across the on the inside of a general store in Navy for the Vancouver Maritime country in multiple genres, from exchange for a small stipend and Museum to much fanfare, painting to acting to graphic free groceries. solidifying his reputation as a design. He graduated from Oak Bay High in 1952 and attended the Vancouver School of Art – now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design – on a The Faculty of Science presents scholarship. York 98% gas furnace and 18 seer heat He quickly pump labeled "Most Efﬁcient" from established himself as a skilled graphic Energy Star. See dealer for details. Distinguished Speaker Series designer at CBC television and in some of North America’s biggest advertising studios, winning numerous industry awards between 1957 and 1964. In the underground music scene in Toronto and Montreal, he designed album artwork and posters for many of the future legends of jazz. “You could go to Physician, Medical Historian & Author the Pilot Tavern (in Toronto), sit down, and for 35 cents a beer, watch Thelonius Monk Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. playing on the stand,” University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Lewis said. As the golden years Book signing to follow of bebop faded, so Whether we like it or not, we are all getting older. As a surgeon, ethicist too did Lewis’ drive to produce meaningful and teacher, Dr. Nuland draws on scientific facts to explain the changes art. “It was a lot of that occur in the last stage of life’s journey. Melding a scientist’s passion fun, but I wasn’t going for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, he shares anywhere,” he said. He kept painting the essential steps that middle-aged or younger men and women should by undertaking be taking in preparation for their sixties, seventies and beyond. Yale a governmentUniversity’s Dr. Nuland is best known for his honest take on death in the commissioned project to promote Canadian New York Times Best Seller How We Die. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, art. is not a disease but an art – and for those who practice it well, it can bring “I painted a extraordinary rewards. boxcar for the B.C. Call NOW for free estimate: government. It was a silly idea,” he said. “We This free public lecture has reserved seating. got a letter back from Tickets can be booked in advance at 250-721-8480 or www.auditorium.uvic.ca. (then-prime minister www.coastalhvac.ca P.O. Box 2172, Sidney, B.C. V8L 3S6 Lester) Pearson A $2 evening parking fee will be in eﬀect for all UVic parking lots. that said, ‘No self* Until Nov 30th, 2012 respecting artist would
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Two masked assailants barged into a home and beat a man with a metal pipe in a morning home invasion in Saanich last Friday. Saanich police say neighbours called police at 8:40 a.m. after a bleeding man called for help outside of a notorious home in the 3400-block of Harriet Rd. The property has some 270 police files associated with it since 2007, police say. During the home invasion on Friday, two men dressed in black with their faces covered in bandanas forced their way into the house, shoved down the homeowner and burst into the bedroom of a 41-year-old male resident.
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Home invasion at notorious property They struck him in the head with a metal pipe, police say. The victim grabbed a baseball bat to defend himself, but the suspects disarmed him quickly, and then ran out of the house, fleeing the area on bicycles. Investigators think the attackers also targeted a second male victim in the home, but he ran off and has refused to co-operate with police. Sgt. Dean Jantzen said the attack wasn’t a robbery and appears targeted at the two victims over a dispute. The property is known as a flophouse and police regularly respond to complaints of drug dealing, noise, stolen goods and petty crimes. The home is also rife with municipal bylaw infractions.
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Jantzen said the house is occupied by the homeowner, who has done little to clean up the property. “The place is well known to us, it’s regularly attended by patrol officers,” Jantzen said. “It’s an inordinate number of calls. This house is a focal point for (crimes) like this ... it impacts the whole neighbourhood.” The 41-year-old had a significant gash to the head and was taken to hospital. Adding insult to injury, Saanich police arrested the him on outstanding warrants after he was released from medical care. Anyone with information on this assault can call Saanich police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Children’s harvest festival on Saturday The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific hosts its second annual Children’s Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 505 Quayle Rd. The free festival has hands-on activities about growing and harvesting healthy food. Children can plant garlic, paint, run an obstacle course and enjoy a barbecue, among other activities. For more information see hcp.ca.
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Greater Victoria is one step closer to achieving a health care goal as construction officially began Tuesday at the Heights at Mt. View, the latest addition to the Campus of Care. The seven-storey, 260-bed residential care facility is a joint effort between Baptist Housing, the Capital Regional Hospital District and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The $60.5-million Heights at Mt. View will form one-third of the Campus of Care, a site devoted to seniors, housing for the homeless and affordable family housing. “The end is in sight,” said Charlie Nishi, chair of the Baptist Housing board of directors. “This road has had its challenges. “It’s been our concern for a number of years as we endeavour to provide quality residential care while working in buildings that weren’t always optimal for today’s needs.” Unlike other care facilities in the region, The Heights at Mt. View includes two, 20-patient houses specially designed for patients with early stages of dementia. “They are able to be in a community where people that have similar dementia issues. Those residents actually respond bet-
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witnessed a stabbing outside Country Grocer in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre last week. Someone stabbed a 22-yearold man several times near the north entrance to Country Grocer on Wednesday, Sept. 26, around 9 p.m. Police have interviewed the victim, who is recovering in hospital, but the details on the number of assailants or their relationship to the victim hasn’t been released. Anyone in the parking lot or who went by Viewmont Avenue between 9 and 9:15 p.m. are asked to call the Saanich major crimes tip line at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477).
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Saanich charity team breaks down barriers One of the marathon’s first regular wheelchair participant returns
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Taryn Richdale didn’t prepare for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon like others who passed the finish line last October, but she did set a course record.
Richdale, a 23-yearold Colwood woman, was the first person in a regular wheelchair to join a team for the eightkilometre road race, alongside her mother and a support worker. Richdale wanted to be with her peers on
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“HERITAGE DESIGNATION BYLAW, 2012, NO. 9187” PROPOSED DESIGNATION OF A HERITAGE STRUCTURE ON SINCLAIR ROAD The intent of this proposed bylaw is to designate the structure known as the Hamsterley Farm Water Tower at 2489 Sinclair Road, now part of the University of Victoria at Lot 1, Sections 31, 44, 45, 71 and 72, Victoria District, Plan VIP57957 (3800 FINNERTY ROAD) as a municipal heritage structure because of its signiﬁcance to the agricultural history of Gordon Head.
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the team for Lifetime Networks Victoria, a Saanich-based charity devoted to building social networks for people with developmental disabilities, but until 2010, only those in designed racing wheelchairs were allowed on the course. GoodLife has since extended their insurance policy to allow for wheelchairs of all kinds on the scenic waterfront route. “I was there to support her, not as a worker, but to be with this lady,” said Loreta Piamonte, a community support worker who has worked with Richdale two years. “At the finish, she just smiled (and said), ‘We did it.’” Richdale, despite feeling a little nervous and overwhelmed by the size of the event, is excited to hit the 8K course again in her motorized chair adorned with Canucks stickers and her pink purse slung over one arm rest, as a message to others. “Nothing’s impossible,” said Richdale, who after a tracheotomy speaks primarily in sign language. “Everything’s possible. There is no limit. You can accomplish your dreams.” Richdale is one of 53 people,13 of whom are facing physical or developmental challenges, who are running, walking or rolling for Lifetime Networks Cruisers – the largest charity team in the marathon, for the smallest charities registered. In the last two years Lifetime Networks has raised $51,000 to support clients through the GoodLife Fitness event. This year the charity has set the goal of raising $30,000 to launch an endowment fund and ensure
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Taryn Richdale was among the first to participate in the Victoria marathon in a regular wheelchair after Lifetime Networks, a Saanich-based charity aimed at supporting people with disabilities, advocated for the change last year. She will be participating on the Lifetime Networks eight-kilometre team along with one of her care givers, Loreta Piamonte. their work can continue. Saanich News editor Edward Hill and reporter Natalie North will be participating in the marathon and half-marathon races, respectively, for the Lifetime Networks team. For more information on Lifetime Networks or how to donate to the team, visit
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Homeless numbers hold steady in Capital Region Long waitlists for subsidized housing, emergency shelters remain busy Roszan Holmen News staff
Alberta may have the reputation as Canada’s most conservative province, but it is the first and only provincial government to commit to ending homelessness. This commitment helped Calgary reverse its growing problem, said Tim Ritcher, president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “At the end of the day, provincial policy change will be the single most important factor in ending homelessness,” Ritcher, keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, said last week. “They have the money.” Calgary, where Ritcher previously led a homeless foundation, was the first Canadian city to sign on to a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Since 2008, it has housed 4,000 people. Greater Victoria was the second region to sign on to the plan. Now four years into its strategy, the Coalition reports mixed results. In 2011-12, 639 people were housed, slightly higher than the average number housed annually since 2008. Also, 152 subsidized housing units came onstream in the region. At the same time, the use of the emergency shelters has seen no real reductions. The number of individuals using the shelters at least once dropped only marginally in the past year, from 1,668 to 1,617.
Over the same period, the occupancy rate increased to 111 per cent, and people were turned away at the door 3,284 times. As of March 31, there were 1,545 households on the wait list for subsidized housing. That’s up from 1,172 applicants in 2009. “While we’ve housed people and we’re keeping them housed, we have not stopped the flow into homelessness,” said University of Victoria researcher Bernie Pauly. She cited high rental costs and low incomes among the contributing factors. In 2007, researchers predicted an increase of 400 to 500 homeless people in Greater Victoria every year, up from a starting point of roughly 1,500. To date, the coalition’s success has been to prevent this growth, rather than curb the problem. Coalition co-chair and Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin made clear the goal is still to end homelessness, not simply to manage it. At the same time, Coalition executive director Andrew WynnWilliams said progress is being made. “If you just walk around in the streets now, the feeling now compared to the feeling five years ago is completely different,” he said. Esquimalt-Royal Roads NDP MLA Maurine Karagianis, however, was skeptical B.C. can provide the needed boost Ritcher calls for. “Alberta has a different experience than us,” she said at the AGM. “They have huge oil revenues that are coming into that province that are being used to subsidize social programs … If we had the capacity to have the oil sands to give us unlimited dollars, it would be a different scenario.”
THE CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF SAANICH
NOTICE OF PERMISSIVE TAX EXEMPTION Pursuant to Section 224 of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation for 3 years (2013-2015), the lands and improvements or both that are owned or held by charitable, philanthropic or other not for proﬁt organizations and that Council considers are used for a purpose that is directly related to the purposes of the Corporation. The properties being considered and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if they were not exempt are: Owner/Occupier Albert E. Yates, Donald L. Barclay, Charles H. Coulson, Douglas D. Waring, Mark L. Haley (Boy Scouts) BC Hydro (District of Saanich Lease) Broadmead Care Society Canadian Centre of Learning for Maitreya Missionary Capital Mental Health Association Capital Mental Health Association Cordova Bay Community Club The Cridge Centre for the Family The Cridge Centre for the Family District of Saanich (Boy Scouts) District of Saanich (Capital City Allotment Association) District of Saanich (Capital Mental Health Association) District of Saanich (Gorge Soccer Assn) District of Saanich (Goward House Society) District of Saanich (Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society) District of Saanich (Saanich Heritage Foundation) District of Saanich (Saanich Heritage Foundation) District of Saanich (South Island Sailing Society) District of Saanich (Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club) Garth Homer Foundation Girl Guides of Canada Gordon Head Mutual Improvement Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Jewish Community Centre of Victoria Luther Court Society Prospect Lake Community Association Province of British Columbia (Horticulture Centre of the Paciﬁc) Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children Royal Oak Women’s Institute Scout Properties (B.C./Yukon) Ltd. Scout Properties (B.C./Yukon) Ltd. Shekinah Homes Society Shekinah Homes Society Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society of Vancouver Island University of Victoria (Velox Valhallians Sports Association) University of Victoria (Victoria Rowing Soc) Vancouver Island Netherlands Association Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Native Friendship Centre
3680 Cottonwood Street 4400 West Saanich Road 846 Nigel Avenue 1834 Adanac Street 970 Greenridge Crescent 972 Greenridge Crescent 941 Sutcliffe Road Conﬁdential Address 1251 Santa Rosa Avenue 2625 Sinclair Road Douglas Street 5500 Hamsterly Road Field houses-Hampton Park 2495 Arbutus Road
6,632 19,747 11,599 3,066 4,000 3,915 11,281 6,240 4,927 7,561 23,071 10,788 549 39,340
6,848 20,388 11,976 3,165 4,130 4,043 11,648 6,443 5,087 7,807 23,820 11,139 566 40,618
7,070 21,051 12,365 3,268 4,265 4,174 12,026 6,653 5,253 8,061 24,594 11,501 585 41,938
741 Haliburton Road 1248 Burnside Road West 4139 Lambrick Way 2620 Sinclair Rd 355/361 Gorge Road West 813 Darwin Avenue 611 Linnet Lane 4146 Tyndall Avenue 1610 Hawthorne Street 1765 Feltham Road 1015 Falmouth Road 910 Easter Road 238 Obed Avenue 3636 Shelbourne Street 1525 Cedar Hill Cross Road 5358 Sparton Road
7,853 1,914 893 549 11,364 74,745 24,062 4,772 3,357 3,679 3,132 3,151 2,932 9,179 64,225 9,829
8,108 1,977 922 566 11,734 77,174 24,844 4,927 3,466 3,798 3,234 3,253 3,027 9,478 66,312 10,148
8,371 2,041 952 585 12,115 79,683 25,652 5,087 3,579 3,922 3,339 3,359 3,126 9,786 68,467 10,478
505 Quayle Road 2390 Arbutus Road 4516 West Saanich Road 505 Marigold Road 3266 Glasgow Avenue 3028 Millgrove Street 3034 Donald Street 4349 West Saanich Road 3277 Douglas Street 3957 Gordon Head Road Elk Lake Park Boathouse 733 Vanalman Avenue 1512 McRae Avenue 754 Lindsay Street 4133 Mariposa Heights 3851 Cedar Hill Cross Road 4482 Tyndall Avenue 595 Burnside Road West 231 Regina Avenue
32,090 19,198 7,438 8,616 8,252 4,225 4,456 37,082 11,311 54,308 8,836 11,311 3,654 3,697 3,229 59,547 4,207 3,120 162,032
33,133 34,210 19,822 20,466 7,680 7,930 8,896 9,185 8,520 8,797 4,362 4,504 4,600 4,750 38,287 39,531 11,679 12,058 56,073 57,896 9,123 9,420 11,679 12,058 3,773 3,896 3,817 3,941 3,334 3,443 61,482 63,480 4,343 4,485 3,222 3,326 167,298 172,735
Pursuant to Section 225 of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation for 3 years (2013-2015), the lands that are Riparian land. The property subject to the bylaw and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if it was not exempt are: Owner/Occupier
203 Goward Road
2013 $ 152
2014 $ 157
2015 $ 162
Pursuant to Section 224(2)(f) of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation any area of land surrounding a building set apart for public worship. The property subject to the bylaw and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if it was not exempt are: Owner/Occupier
New Life Community Fellowship Victoria Full Gospel Fellowship Inquiries concerning the proposed bylaws may be directed to: The Corporation of the District of Saanich 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC V8X 2W7 Telephone: (250) 475-5415
3900 Carey Road
2013 $ 1,725
2014 $ 1,781
2015 $ 1,838
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his Thanksgiving weekend is a special one, as we reflect on the many ways our community has come together recently. One could not help but be touched by the support of hundreds of folks who came out for the annual Terry Fox Run last month. Their enthusiasm and giving spirit is contagious. The Terry Fox Run for cancer research begins a wave of fundraising that rolls through the fall and into the Christmas season. Last weekend’s CIBC Run for the Cure saw more than 4,000 runners and walkers make their way around Ring Road at the University of Victoria. The event is fun and exciting for participants, who are in equal part sombre and thoughtful. They sang, chanted and wore all manner of pink attire, from boas and tiaras to T-shirts and tutus, emblazoned with names honouring loved ones who are battling or have been taken by breast cancer. More than $30 million was raised across the country by this event for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. Today (Oct. 5) is the finale of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraising ride. The 17 riders trained six months – averaging 4,000 kilometres each – in preparation for the twoweek, 1,000-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island. As well, those who support them spend many months planning and fundraising to make that ride worthwhile. The riders themselves will tell you, it’s not about the cycling, but about the communities, both large and small, that support the tour along the way. And this weekend the 33rd GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon hits the streets of the city. Competitive runners have trained hard for the event, pounding out an estimated 400 kilometres before they hit the ground running this Sunday on Menzies Street near the legislature. Along with thousands of runners come thousands of dollars in donations for more than 20 charities supported by the marathon. The fundraising aspect of the marathon is relatively new, yet has shown great potential as it becomes more culturally intertwined with the race itself. We applaud the physical and fundraising efforts of all these riders, runners and walkers. They help lift all of our spirits, by giving us the opportunity to share their good feelings and help those around us through our charitable donations. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Saanich News 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.
It’s OK not to be a tough mudder A
slew of friends and friendsmarathon. For an event that of-friends signed up for the swarms walkers, runners and Tough Mudder in Whistler, wheelers over a good chunk of a hardcore 10- to 12-kilometre the city for a day, I was stunned obstacle course, earlier this year. with how little I knew about the It seemed you couldn’t go a day GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. without hearing about More than 12,000 another connection to participants are expected someone who planned to to fill the streets on leap small buildings and marathon morning slime through obstacles – with road closures to achieve the glory of throughout Victoria and completion. Oak Bay along the route. I take pride in knowing The races range from a these friends who one-kilometre kids’ run intentionally ran through to the full 42-kilometre electrically charged wires marathon, starting and in the Mudder, or guys and finishing not far from the girls who climb mountains Christine van legislative buildings. or snowshoe ridiculous There are four official Reeuwyk hills and vales in Mind charities benefiting from Island Girl Over Mountain Adventure race proceeds and 20 Racing. charities that are raising I’ve never contemplated anything funds through a pledge process in remotely similar, not even a simple the event. trek up the West Coast Trail. I’m running with the Hepatitis C They’re generally strong of body Education and Prevention Society’s and mind. I’m not. Liver Warriors, also known as Team I know these things about Daisy, for my pal. myself and tend to lean away Non-profit HepCBC provides from activities where I’ll likely be support for those living with the maimed or injured. I know my blood-borne virus which attacks limitations and am not shamed by the liver. them. The society has high hopes of So me, myself and I were stunned raising $25,000 – enough to reopen when my rubber arm twisted to its office, hire a part-time executive support a friend and walk the half director for a year and return to marathon this weekend. This heart helping people living with the over mind thing could get a person heavy stigma of Hep C. killed. I figure the least I can do is take Sunday marks the 33rd a few hours to walk this beautiful anniversary of the Victoria city as a way of raising awareness
of this group. One coworker (OK, he’s the boss) and his wife are doing the half marathon as a training run for the New York Marathon next month. I’d call it insane, but he’s the boss. Another coworker is partaking in her fourth Victoria Marathon, doing the half again to raise funds for Lifetime Networks, a non-profit to support people with disabilities in Victoria. It’s not the lure of adrenaline that pulls her, but the emotional high. “It’s uplifting and powerful,” she says. It’s a high to witness the sense of accomplishment on the faces of folks as they cross the finish line, particularly those participants with obvious physical impairments who overcome a lot to make the trek. The online map identifies cheer zones along the way. From what I hear, there are people in costume, those who offer inspirational quotes on posterboard and even entertainers keeping everyone – walkers and athletic specimens alike – in good spirits on the 21-kilometre route. Fortunately, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon welcomes walkers who can finish the half marathon course in fewer than six hours. I can do that. I’m pretty sure. Probably. I’m no Tough Mudder and have no desire to win or anything… Christine van Reeuwyk is a reporter with the Oak Bay News. email@example.com
‘I know my limitations and am not shamed by them.’
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Get your kids away from the screen and into the green P
ushing our kids out the door friends in the nearby woods. may be the best way to save For someone of my generathe planet. tion this is almost unfathomable. In a survey conWhen I was a kid, being ducted for the David outside was the norm. Suzuki Foundation, 70 Rain or shine, our parper cent of Canadian ents would tell us to youth said they spend get out of the house. an hour or less a day in As a teenager in the open air. And when London, Ontario, they are out, it’s usually my sanctuary was to go from one place to a swamp. I’d return another. In other words, home at the end of a it’s just a consequence day, often soaking wet of trying to be someand covered in mud, where else. David Suzuki with my collection of Nearly half the young with Leanne Clare insects, salamander people surveyed said eggs and turtles. That they don’t have enough piqued my interest in time to join programs that would science. Making tree forts and involve them in outdoor activilying in fields watching the clouds ties. School, work and other stimulated my imagination and responsibilities make it difficult creativity. Being outside made me to do things like kick around a a happy, healthy kid and made soccer ball or go for a walk with me feel connected to the world
around me. As a father, I also encouraged my kids to enjoy time outdoors, and one of my favourite activities now is exploring nature with my grandchildren. In just a few generations, life has changed dramatically for children. Now, they can’t seem to find the time to play outdoors. They sit in front of screens for long periods of time. A U.S. survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found young people are engaged with entertainment media for an average of seven and a half hours a day. Over seven days, that’s longer than the average workweek! We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell
them it’s dirty and dangerous. As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside. The David Suzuki Foundation survey found youth were 20 per cent more likely to take part in outdoor programming or explore nature on their own if they spent time outside from an early age. Younger teens reported that getting outside with their families was the best way to connect with nature. Older youth were more likely to explore nature spontaneously, on their own or with friends – likely because parents relax restrictions and allow them to do more of what they want. And what they want is fun and adventure, at least when it comes to being outside. More than half
the youth said they enjoy spending unstructured time in nature. This is great news. What we need to do is encourage them – and sometimes just get out of their way. We need to make sure our neighbourhoods have green spaces. We need to ask teachers and school board representatives to take students outside regularly to incorporate the natural world into everything they learn. If we don’t, we’ll never raise the next generation of environmental stewards to help protect and celebrate the wonders of nature. After all, people are more likely to look after something they have come to know and cherish. Parents need to remember the fun times they had outside as kids. They need to trust their children, and kick them out the door like my mom did.
LETTERS Sociology is a safe investment for students Re: Swapping sociology for socket sets (B.C. Views, Sept. 26) Tom Fletcher’s column presents a number of misguided claims designed to lend rhetorical support to the provincial government’s intention to invest in trade and technical school facilities. Fletcher argues that the government’s emphasis on shop upgrades in trade and technical schools implies that “dead-end programs dear to the hearts of last year’s Occupy campers will feel the pinch.” He singles out sociology and women’s studies as examples of “aimless study” leading to unemployment (and social activism). Fletcher’s concern seems to be that today’s students need to select courses that ensure a “safe investment” for themselves, their parents and society at large. Sociology is a safe investment.
Sociologists have always focused on and provided necessary insights into relevant contemporary issues. Sociologists at the University of Victoria are addressing some of the biggest questions facing government today. For instance, UVic sociologists are helping the province design health care policy on older adults living in long-term care facilities – policy shaping the lives of our parents and grandparents. They are conducting research on increasing barriers placed on access to information and the right to know what government is doing. UVic sociologists are conducting policy research on crime control strategies, incarceration and prisons. Last but not least, sociologists at UVic are providing training in research design, quantitative reasoning, objective data analysis and policy-relevant issues that dominate government agendas. When a student majors in sociology, she studies a core
curriculum aimed at developing competent research skills applicable to today’s world (and labour market). Rather than relying on stereotypes and rhetorical nonsense to incite populist indignation, sociology students learn how to enact explanations that are informed by and based on clear evidence. To be sure, sociologists are passionate about and deeply committed to their research pursuits focused on maternity care, aging, dementia, blood donation, depression, weapons use and international human rights. Passion and commitment, combined with sound research skills, are the hallmarks of all scientific pursuits. The evidence indicates that sociology is one of the safest investments available to ensure social policy informed by evidence and sound research. Sean Hier chair, Sociology Department University of Victoria
Polio support crucial as disease nearly beat Many Canadians are old enough to remember the horror of polio from our childhoods. In the 1950s and 60s, polio killed thousands of children and left countless others living in iron lungs or with lifelong paralysis. With the development of effective vaccines, we thought we had seen the end of this terrible disease. We were wrong. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently predicted a global polio emergency in Pakistan within three months. In 2011, 73 new cases were reported there, nearly equal to all the cases in the previous five years. Polio is now 99 per cent eradicated globally, but without immediate action, the number of children paralyzed each year is expected rise to 200,000 in a decade. Canada contributes $35 million annually towards global polio eradication, but our spending is set to decline to just
$5 million in 2014. Prime Minister Harper has been invited by the United Nations to co-convene a meeting on polio this week. It is crucial that he recommit to our earlier funding. Nathaniel Poole Victoria
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Marathoner all business on Sunday Travis Paterson
to five, however, he’s a lawyer with Hemminger Schmid based in Vic West. And in true enterprising fashion, he’s tying all three together as he prepares to run Sunday morning’s GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – in a suit. “Although I’m a self-proclaimed ‘serious’ runner, I recognize that sport is ultimately about having fun,
here’s something quixotic about the way Adam Campbell is suiting up for his next adventure. Before work, after work and on the weekends, the 33-year-old trains full time for long-distance, ultramarathon running. From nine
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and into the sunshine. A Mental Health Information Fair at the University of Victoria
When: Wednesday, October 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building University of Victoria What: Information on mental health and mental illness, local services and advocacy groups Q Free screening for depression, anxiety and risky drinking Q Live music Q Prizes and Fun
Sponsored by the UVic Mental Health Task Force, the Equity and Human Rights Oﬃce, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Bell
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so I was looking for a quirky challenge,” Campbell said. The challenge being: run a faster marathon time, in a suit, than the current world record holder, Paul Buchanan, who ran the 2009 Dublin Marathon (Ireland) in three hours, 24 minutes. Buchanan’s time is acknowledged by Guinness World Records and Campbell has ironed out the necessary Guinness documentation should he lower Buchanan’s mark on Sunday. The rules are simple: finish the race in a suit. “Mercifully, I don’t have to wear dress shoes,” Campbell said. “I’ll be wearing my favourite pair of racing flats from Frontrunners, which happen to match my tie.” It seemed like a good way to marry my dual identity as a lawyer and an elite runner.” Predominantly a trail runner, Campbell is no slouch. He finished second overall at his first 100-miler in May, the Mt. Fuji Ultra Trail in Japan, with a time of 19 hours, 26 minutes. “My first marathon was Victoria in 2006 and I finished third with a time of 2:29:11. I don’t think I’ll be anywhere close to that, but I’m quite confident that I can break three hours.” Plenty of tutus and maskwearing runners have crossed the Victoria Marathon finish line before, so Campbell isn’t the first to run it in costume. But he might be the most accomplished runner to do so. “I hope (Campbell) doesn’t have too much chafing and I would like to see the state of the suit when he’s finished,” said Jonathan Foweraker, organizer of the marathon’s elite athletes.
Well-suited for racing Sharon Tiffin/News staff
Ultrarunners are accustomed to extra gear, most wearing a belt full of water bottles and a headlamp as they run through the dark of the night. But a tailored business suit is something else. Ultimately, heat is Campbell’s greatest concern. Sunday’s weather calls for sun and that’s Campbell’s preference. “I think heat is better than rain, I’m sure the suit would get
Adam Campbell plans to run the Victoria marathon in a business suit in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. quite heavy if it got drenched,” he said. The suit is a Paul Betenly, donated from Citizen Clothing in Estevan Village. It retails for $695 and comes with a shirt by Culturata and a red Dion tie. Campbell visited Citizen proprietor Patrick Tier for a fitting earlier this week, though
Tier was undecided about whether or not he should leave the suit and jacket a little bit loose. “Ultimately I’m doing the run for charity, to raise money for the Access Pro Bono Society, so I’m willing to put up with some significant discomfort to set a respectable time.”
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Only a working smoke alarm can save your life! FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
OCTOBER 7-14 Smoke alarms save lives “Fall back” to smart home safety As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips: • When you change your clocks, test your smoke arlam. • You have less than three minutes to escape a fire. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential. • Install one smoke alarm on every storey and outside bedrooms. Install inside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. • Ensure all smoke alarms are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm. • If your home has any fuelburning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSA-approved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended. • Replace smoke alarms ev-
ery 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So without a CO alarm, humans cannot detect its presence. Despite the average home having several potential sources of the deadly gas, studies show that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have not installed a CO alarm. In addition to being impossible to detect, CO also has another nefarious trait. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure mimic the flu, without the fever. It is routinely responsible for thousands of clinic and hospital visits each year, and is commonly misdiagnosed. Prolonged or extreme exposure causes nausea, dizziness, confusion, the loss of physical mobility, brain damage and ultimately, death. More home safety resources can be found on the www. safeathome.ca web site.
Analysis was undertaken on almost 50,000 fires that occurred in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario over a 5-year period involving 663 fatalities. The findings demonstrated that the death rate per 1,000 fires in the absence of a present, functioning smoke alarm was 74% greater than when a functioning smoke alarm was present.
Thanksgiving turkey fires cause for concern at 9-1-1 centre E -Comm’s fire dispatch team is warning families to be mindful of their turkey cooking during Thanksgiving weekend. “A turkey isn’t something you typically see on a list of household fire hazards, but we get 9-1-1 calls about ovens going up in flames all the time,” says Corey Kelso, E-Comm fire dispatcher. “The result can be devastating if you’re not careful every time you have something cooking for an extended period of time.”
E-Comm has received some odd calls to 9-1-1 before – including someone wanting to know how long to cook a turkey – but a turkey fire is no joke. In fact, it is a leading cause of spikes in 9-1-1 calls over the holidays. “A flame in your oven can start easily and escalate quickly,” says Kelso. “Oil drippings through a thin tinfoil turkey pan or bits of leftover food residue inside your oven are extremely flammable in a high temperature setting.”
Many fatal fires start at night Investigations into home fire deaths very often find that a smoke alarm did not sound. It may have been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out. Smoke alone won’t necessarily wake you up. In fact, the fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Se-
niors will often need assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a fire. Focus on these six priorities to help aging family members protect themselves against fire in the home.
■ INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. ■ Larger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. ■ For the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. ■ An IONIZATION smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a PHOTOELECTRIC smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended. ■ Smoke alarms should be INSTALLED away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance. ■ REPLACE all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Celebrating Fire Prevention Week in Greater Victoria Firefighters around the region will be busy educating the public about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. In Oak Bay, the Fire Department will be conducting the Challenge Trophy competition among area schools. On the morning of Oct. 10, firefighters will attend area schools to perform full evacuation and safety drills – the Black Press file school with the best time wins the trophy. Oak Bay Firefighter Kyle The firefighters will Beaumont prepares for also attend municipal rooftop drills. hall and all Oak Bay recreation centres during the week to conduct evacuation drills with patrons and employees to make sure everyone knows how to follow a fire escape plan. “Fire Prevention Week for us is the one time of year we can draw the public’s attention to one simple, important thing, that’s having a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly,” said Oak Bay Fire Department Captain Ken Gill. “If we could encourage every resident to take that small step, then every other message we have will dovetail into that. … It all hinges on early detection and warning, so people have the opportunity to escape.” Gill said it is a standard message, but one that is not always heeded. “It’s challenging, but it’s one step that would certainly go a long way to protecting property and saving lives,” he added. From Oct. 2 to 5, the Saanich Fire Department will partner with other departments to host a fire expo aimed at teaching 911 skills, fire extinguisher safety, and home evacuation, at the Central Saanich fire hall. The program, geared towards students in Grade 5, runs daily from 9 a.m. until noon. Firefighters will also take their fire trucks to schools across the Saanich and Greater Victoria School Districts, conducting fire drills throughout the week. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, firefighters will be on hand with fire safety resources at the Home Depot at 3986 Shelbourne St. for Home Depot Fire Safety Days. “We’d like to encourage everyone to participate at the in-home level, not just at public schools,” said Saanich fire department Capt. Rich Pala. “Everyone should have a home escape plan. We’d like to see everyone sit down with their kids and educate them.” The Victoria Fire Department will begin the week with opening ceremonies at Victoria City Hall Oct. 9 at 8:50 a.m. The event will begin with a fire drill at city hall, a proclamation and the raising of the Fire Prevention Week flag. Firefighters will attend all area schools to make sure students are prepared to evacuate their classrooms. “Every year we have a specific theme and this year is ‘have two ways to get out,’” said Insp. Megan Sabell of the VicBlack Press file toria Fire Department. Firefighter training in “Everyone should have Nanaimo. two ways to get out of every room in their building, home, school or office. And they should not only have a plan but practise that plan as well.” More information on Fire Prevention Week can be found at fpw.org. email@example.com
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UVic art collections celebrate 50th With about 27,000 art pieces gathered over more than 50 years, the University of Victoria is putting some prime selections on display for its 50th anniversary celebrations. Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections, on until Nov. 24 at UVic's downtown Legacy Art Gallery, was guest curated by former gallery director Martin Segger. “One of the biggest challenges in representing 50 years of collecting was paring down the list to fit in the
gallery,” says Caroline Riedel, curator of collections. “What began as a small group of works by Canadian and European artists has blossomed into a rich and varied teaching and research resource, thanks mainly to the generosity of individual donors.” A related exhibit, The University of Victoria: A Community of Communities, features a selection of photographs of life at UVic taken from Ian MacPherson’s new book Reaching Outward and Upward: The University
The president and CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority announced this week that he will retire from his role in April 2013. After eight years, Howard Waldner advised the VIHA board chair, Don Hubbard of his decision to move on from the position. According to Hubbard, Waldner leaves a proud legacy at VIHA, having developed a strong leadership team and a record of innovation and achievement.
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He was the driving force behind the creation of the Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre and the new North Island Hospitals Project. Under his leadership, VIHA was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers during the past four years and delivered a balanced operating budget each year since 2004. The VIHA board is moving forward to establish a recruitment process to replace Waldner.
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izzling, salty, delicious bacon isn’t going anywhere. Media stories are whirling about a global bacon shortage, and pork in general. But for Metchosin hog farmer Tom Henry it’s business as usual. The anticipated pork shortage stems from a drought affecting grain production in the U.S. With a lack of grains, animal feed prices are on the rise. Hog farmers across Canada, the United States and Europe (the three largest pork producers) are selling their animals as it’s getting too expensive to raise them. “Shortage isn’t the right word, there’s still going to be lots of pork, it’ll just be more expensive,” Henry explains. Even though the meat prices are anticipated to rise, Henry suggests the price of pork will first go down, before the price hikes. “It’s all about supply and demand, farmers will be selling off a lot of their stock and prices will go down. Farmers with 200,000 hogs will start to sell off half the herd and there will be a glut of pork on the market,” Henry said. “The farmers that hang in there (and keep their pigs) can do well when the price goes back up.” Gary Stody, of the Canadian Pork Council, has been sitting next to a steadily ringing phone about this expected pork shortage. “I’ve learned you don’t want to get in front of people’s bacon,” Stody said. With grain prices rising, Stody estimated that hog farmers are facing an increase of $30 per hog for feed. Canada is in a better place than the U.S. and Europe, Stody said, explaining Canada is “selfsustainable” in the pork industry. The CPC anticipates the price of pork rising in about five or six months. While drought has played a major role in the recent grain price increases, Royal Roads University associate professor Charles Krusekopf says there are more factors at play. “Turning corn into fuel has
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rently drying in a Metchosin barn. “I knew grain prices were going up and I want something sustainable,” Henry said. “This brings home how vulnerable we are to the weather changes. We had no drought and excellent crops this year, but we’ll all be paying more for food.” Purchasing local grains is saving both farmers money on feed for their animals, but also may help with selling the product. Local meat fed local grains can be a great marketing point, Henry said. When it comes to bacon, he said, the cut of meat makes up about nine per cent of the animals. A 200-pound hog will produce about 18 pounds of Metchosin bacon. email@example.com
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The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St, presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region. Oct. 5 to Feb. 3, go to aggv.ca for more information.
Independent Camas Books thrives outside the mainstream Edward Hill News staff
If Camas Books adopted the corporate lingo of mainstream advertising, the store might be tagged “new and improved.” Or that might make its collective members collectively cringe. Victoria’s non-hierarchical hub of anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial and radical literature has relocated to a space half a block north from its former home at the corner of Quadra Street and Kings Road. Walls in the new space are splashed with grand, sweeping murals of nature – a humpback whale arches across the back wall, a cougar guards the cash register – while scattered boxes of books attest to the chaos of moving. A volunteer work party was expected to have the store in order and reopened by Wednesday. “I’m interested in discovering what the culture on this side of the street is like,” jokes Kim Croswell, a volunteer and member of the Camas Books collective, referring to their relocation to the north side of Kings Road. “We’re fortunate that we don’t have to leave the neighbourhood. We like
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Camas Books volunteer and collective member Kim Croswell stands amid the store in the process of unpacking in its new location on Quadra Street. it here.” Camas Books has survived for five years on a business model that matches the philosophy of its book inventory. It’s a nonprofit society run by a collective, where 24 members come to consensus on decision making through discussion and debate. “We have a broad base of community support. It’s reflected in the size of the collec-
tive, and volunteers give their time, skills and expertise to keep it going,” said Allan Antliff, one of the founding members of Camas Books and a University of Victoria professor of art history. “The books we carry aren’t carried in any other book store in Victoria. We have a strong identity in the radical community, and a strong indigenous orientation. It all comes together to create a viable operation,” he says. Camas Books will fundraise to help pay for the move, but Croswell said in general, the store is financially self-sustaining through book sales and community events, such as art shows, book readings and film launches. Its volunteer base is dedicated and loyal, and more than enough to staff the store seven days per week. “We’re a mixture of teachers, high school and university students, writers, cab drivers, people who work two jobs and then come here and do shifts. It’s people from all walks of life,” says Croswell, who teaches distance learning. Camas Books takes its name from the camas plant, a traditional aboriginal food source. In keeping with its mandate of pro-
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Artists face off in show Fragments and Masks is a two-person exhibition of photographs and paintings that explore the way people are presented by the artistâ€™s image. The show of black and white photography by Barry Herring and interactive paintings by Richard Motchman opens Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Xchanges Gallery, 2333 Government St. These artists use different media but their figurative work is related in that they both focus only on portions of the body in their portraits. When people pose for a portrait they decide what part of themselves to expose and what to hide. The person performs for the artist. The artist then records the performance and manipulates it to produce an image that will be exposed to a future viewer. These images are a representation of reality and provide the viewer with clues to initiate a personal narrative and form a conception of the person. Herring uses traditional black and white darkroom techniques to create portrayals of a fragment of a person or he cuts fragments from portraits and recombines them. In this way, he examines how the eye, brain and memory construct an artificial image and not an exact or
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collaboration between model and artist. The interaction of the viewer with the mask brings the viewer into an intimate relationship with the painting as object but also into an intimate relationship with the subject of the painting. The exhibition continues at Xchanges Gallery until Oct. 28. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. email@example.com
Michelle Jacques has been named Jon Tupper. Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Jacques is also an educator. She has Greater Victoria. taught writing, art history and curatoFor most of the past 15 years, rial studies at NSCAD University, the Jacques has held various curatorial University of Toronto and OCAD Unipositions in the contemporary and versity and is currently adjunct faculty Canadian departments of the Art Galat York University. lery of Ontario, where she is currently She is currently on the boards of the acting curator, Canadian art. Vtape and the Feminist Art Gallery From 2002 to 2004, she was the direcand is past board member of the artisttor of programming at the Centre for run contemporary art centre Mercer Art Tapes in Halifax. Union, all in Toronto. â€œMichelleâ€™s broad range of experiJacques received a B.A. in art history ence as a curator, from historical to Michelle Jacques and psychology from Queens Univercontemporary, will make her an ideal addition to the sity and an M.A. in art history from York University. curatorial team at the AGGV,â€? said gallery director firstname.lastname@example.org
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