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After a coin toss initially decided the Green Party candidacy for Victoria, the winner has stepped aside and thrown his support behind the party’s preferred choice. Trevor Moat, an engineering consultant and board member of the James Bay Neighbourhood Association, was declared the winner against fellow nominee Donald Galloway at the Metro Theatre last Saturday. A third nominee, Mark Loria, dropped out of the race before the nomination meeting. Of the 40 votes cast, both Galloway and Moat received an equal 20 votes. It wasn’t until after Donald Galloway Moat was declared the winner that the pair learned the tie had been broken by a coin toss. “The rules did say if there’s a tie, it will be decided by a coin toss, so that was followed,” said Jared Giesbrecht, Green Party Victoria constituency president. Once Moat discovered he had failed to obtain a majority of support, he decided to step aside for the heavily endorsed Galloway. “I felt that ... my efforts would best be spent in support of the campaign infrastructure that Donald already has in place,” Moat said.
here’s something quixotic about the way Adam Campbell is suiting up for his newest adventure. Campbell, you see, is an ultramarathoner. Before work, after work and on the weekends, the 33-year-old trains full time for long-distance running. From nine to five, however, he’s a lawyer with Hemminger Schmid based in Vic West. Campbell the lawyer also offers his services pro bono to the community. Inside And in true enterprising fashion, he’s tying all three together as he Road races see prepares to run Sunday morning’s decline as people GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon shift to triathlon, – in a suit. adventure racing “Although I’m a self-proclaimed Page A3 ‘serious’ runner, I recognize that sport is ultimately about having fun, 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 race 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.” Sharon Tiffin/News staff
Adam Campbell gets in some practice on Vancouver Street for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, which he’ll run in a business suit in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
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Victorians are serious about health and fitness, but road races see a decline as people shift to triathlon, adventure racing Last in a series 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 race. 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 Edward Hill older races are plateauing or dropping slightly.” Reporting 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 national-level marathoner in the 1990s, says Victoria’s running culture has shifted over the
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. 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 half-marathon. 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 HalfMarathon. “I think we are one of the better cities overall. People take fitness seriously as a lifestyle.” email@example.com
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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B.C. Ferries has the green light to raise fares by up to 12 per cent over three years and passengers should expect less frequent sailings on some major runs. Increases in the fare cap of roughly four per cent a year were approved Monday by B.C. Ferry Commissioner Gord Macatee.
The ferries regulator also directed B.C. Ferries to come up with more than $54 million in savings over four years, including $30 million through service cuts. The company will trim some sailings starting Oct. 9, particularly when vessels are running with light passenger loads on major routes between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Regular odd-hour sailings
won’t be affected, but nearly 100 even-hour sailings will be scrapped this fall and winter to save an estimated $1 million. Tsawwassen-Duke Point sailings that have been running less than 25 per cent full account for nearly half the planned cuts. B.C. Ferries reported declining fare revenue in 2011, recording the lowest overall number of passengers in 21 years. Vehicle traffic was at a
13-year low for the year. The province injected an extra $80 million into the ferry service this year to avert the threat of considerably higher fare increases as well as deeper service cuts. One option Macatee expects the corporation to explore is the possible conversion of some ferries to natural gas, reducing the impact of high fuel costs. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Esquimalt High first stop on Tour’s final day Tour de Rock final celebration happens today in Centennial Square Don Descoteau News staff
The excitement around this morning’s (Oct. 5) arrival of riders on the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has been steadily building for the past week at Esquimalt High. It began last Friday with a full assembly, during which teachers got pied in the face to raise money for the charity. It grew with daily goodie sales at a lunchtime café, a bottle drive at the Encorp depot on Ellery Street and a car wash on Saturday. And it was a state of controlled bedlam in the gym on Wednesday, as some students volunteered to have their heads shaved while others had their legs waxed, again as a way to bring in money for the cause. To add to the total, there will be a few more pies in the face
today before the riders come by for the first stop on the final day of their 12-day, 1,000-kilometre cycling tour down Vancouver Island, raising money for childhood cancer initiatives. “It’s been really busy,” says Grade 11 student Shayla Zeitz, who has organized the café, stocked with baked goods from Country Grocer and Thrifty Foods and tea from Silk Road. “We’ve tried doing a lot more things this year than past years. We added the café, the car wash and the bottle drive on top of the usual head shaves. I think the students have responded very positively. The buzz (about Tour de Rock) has been there, usually around the café and head shaves.” The school’s Tour de Rock committee set an unofficial goal to beat last year’s take of $4,000 and Zeitz says things are “looking promising” to achieve that. Teacher Jonathan Schneider, who guides the leadership class at Esquimalt High and has worked with fellow teacher Bryn Barker to keep the organizers on track, says the students have really got on board with
the fundraising activities. “It’s been fun. Every year is different and we’re always really happy to see the kids take an interest and get involved,” Schneider says. “Bryn and I have always been really proud of the kids here at Esquimalt.” email@example.com
Ride on Tour de Rock riders roll in to Esquimalt High around 9 a.m. Some other stops Friday: Esquimalt Plaza, 9 to 11 a.m., team arrives at approximately 9:20 a.m. Spectrum community school, 10:20 a.m. Glanford middle school, 11 a.m. St. Margaret’s school, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reynolds secondary, 12:55 p.m. Mount Doug secondary, 1:30 p.m. Dawson Heights (seniors’ housing, 3710 Cedar Hill Rd.), 2 p.m. Grand finale in Centennial Square 4 to 7 p.m.
Esquimalt High student Michael Macarthy looks stoic as fellow student Angela Edwards tears a strip of hair off his leg during Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraising activities at the school on Wednesday. Sharon Tiffin/News staff
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Bridge area elements shown After consulting with the public, the City of Victoria has created architectural drawings of the landscaping and other amenities included in the plans for the new Johnson Street Bridge. The drawings have been provided to the three proponents for the Johnson Street Bridge Project for consideration, according to a report to city staff by bridge project director Dwayne Kalynchuk. The budget for these public-realm elements is $1.3 million.
Conference centre sluggish Business is down at the Victoria Conference Centre. Between January and August, inclusive, the centre hosted 41,758 delegate days, compared to 54,001 over the same period last year. By comparison, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo grew by about 13,000 delegate days in the same period. That growth, however, marked a whopping 182-percent increase in the same time period. firstname.lastname@example.org
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“I’ve always maintained my purpose was to see a Green MP elected in Victoria. This, I feel, is our best chance this time around.” Galloway praised Moat’s integrity in making a “selfless” decision, and said his focus will now turn to convincing an electorate that two Green MPs can change the dynamics on Parliament Hill. “He always said he wanted the
person who is the better candidate to go through,” Galloway said. “Now here I am, dealing with a man of absolute honesty and integrity who actually meant it.” Galloway said Moat will play an integral role in his election campaign, working toward a goal they believe is within reach. “It will make such a difference to our political system to have two Greens in Parliament, to have a partner for Elizabeth May,” Galloway said.
Stephane Vigneault, communications co-ordinator for the Green Party of Canada, called the situation “unusual.” He said Galloway’s nomination takes effect immediately. A federal byelection was called in Victoria after Denise Savoie stepped down for health reasons as of Aug. 31. The byelection date has not yet been set by the federal government, but is expected to happen before December. email@example.com
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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. That’s about 17 hours longer than the average time it takes to complete an Olympic distance triathlon, the sport which brought Campbell to Victoria in the first place. “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
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Adam Campbell will be one sharp dressed man Sunday. the suit when he’s finished,” said Jonathan Foweraker, organizer of the marathon’s elite athletes.
Well-suited for racing Ultrarunners are accustomed to extra gear, most wearing a belt full of water bottles and a headlamp as they run through
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the dark of the night. But a tailored business suit is something else. Ultimately, heat on the day is Campbell’s greatest concern. This summer, a Missouri runner tried to break the record but, because he over-heated, he walked to the finish, taking just over five hours. The weather calls for sun and that’s Campbell’s preference. “I think heat is better than rain, I’m sure the suit would get 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.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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With the NHL season on hold, Victoria bar owners and restaurateurs are lamenting the loss of a guaranteed seat-filler. But another bloodsport could attract an equally passionate crowd, should licensed establishments choose to deviate from sports programming. The first of three U.S. presidential debates between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney took place Wednesday. The remaining contests continue through this month. “We thought we’d have a party to celebrate,” said Giles Hogya, chair of Democrats Abroad, Victoria chapter. The organization, which helps register expatriate U.S. citizens to vote, held a fundraiser and viewing party in the Maple Room of the Sticky Wicket pub Wednesday night. “Although we are a political organization, our mandate is to register American voters,” Hogya said. Hundreds of U.S. citizens live on Vancouver Island, he noted. Through the website votefromabroad.org, expats can find information on registering to vote in their home state, a process that often differs between states. The U.S. government also has an easy-to-follow website for expat voters, www.fvap.gov. “Many Americans’ votes may be disqualified because the new law says you must register for every single federal election, not just once,” Hogya said. Democrats Abroad Victoria
Candlelight dinners demonstrate conservation Restaurants across B.C. will be dimming the lights, and offering special deals, to demonstrate simple ways to conserve electricity. The B.C. Hydro Candlelight Conservation Dinner takes place Oct. 25. There are 16 participating restaurants in Greater Victoria. Check bchydro.com/ candlelight for a list. email@example.com
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Democrats Abroad, Victoria chapter members Heidi Burch, Giles Hogya, Chair and Charles Meadow stand in front of a billboard on the Pat Bay Highway that encourages U.S. citizens to vote for President Barack Obama. held a Super Saturday in the spring from Victoria to Campbell River, registering roughly 200 U.S. citizens to vote in the presidential election. The group then initiated a campaign in August to target U.S. voters living in Canada from 11 key swing states. “No Republican candidate has ever won the White House without Ohio,” Hogya said. “We have sent thousands of votes to swing states. And I’m going to be looking ... to see if our efforts have borne fruit.” He attended the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina earlier this month and said the national party is “very conscious” of the fact that Canada can deliver thousands of votes. “We’re major player,” Hogya said. Ontario-based Republicans Abroad Canada has no active chapter in B.C., said spokesperson Kelli White, but the streamlining of online voter registra-
tion has made the organization’s efforts to inform expats much easier. “The website, fvap.gov, even allows you to download an emergency absentee ballot in case your official absentee ballot doesn’t arrive from your voting state,” she said. “With all of the accessibility and streamlining that technology has allowed, the number of absentee votes in almost every state has increased.” The next presidential debate takes place Oct. 16, with a vicepresidential debate Oct. 11. There are Democrats Abroad chapters in 51 countries and members in more than 120 countries, according to Hogya. For more information on Democrats Abroad and to find out about future viewing parties, email davictoriachapter@gmail. com. Find info on Republicans Abroad at republicansabroad. ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Handyman fraud artist nets a year in jail Court lauds Saanich police for detecting regionwide scam Edward Hill News staff
A man who committed a string of handyman scams across Greater Victoria will spend another year behind bars. On Sept. 29 in Victoria provincial court, judge Robert Higinbotham sentenced Glen French to 12 months for each of the 10 counts of fraud under $5,000, to be served concurrently. That's added to three months of jail time already served, due to his bail being revoked when he fled to Ontario. Striking a curious image as a 62-year-old with tattoos crawling around his bald head,
French sat quietly through the proceedings. None of the victims attended court. Crown prosecutor Jocelyn Byrne described French, a Sooke resident, as a habitual con artist and liar, who entered into professional looking contracts with his victims for handyman jobs, collected some money up front, and either didn’t complete the work or even start the job. In many cases French skipped out on work by telling customers his father had died, Byrne said. In one case, she added, French ran into one of his victims at a hardware store in Victoria after claiming he would be out of town at his father’s funeral. “Every victim who met Mr. French, despite him being covered in tattoos, said he seemed like a very nice guy.” When French’s customers demanded he finish the work or return the down payment, he often turned viciously aggressive
and threatened his victims with lawsuits. The scams took place in 2009 and early 2010 in Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt and the West Shore. Byrne said many victims reported their conflicts with French to their local police, but were told it amounted to a civil contract dispute. “That’s how he got away with it for so long,” she said. Saanich police suspected a pattern of fraud when they started investigating French in 2009. “Thank goodness the Saanich police fraud section … looked at the bigger picture,” Byrne said. “In all these cases they proved fraud, and that there was no intent to finish the work.” French was convicted of fraud in Edmonton in 2006 and Saskatoon in 1992. The Better Business Bureau in Alberta and Saskatchewan had issued warnings about him regarding his home renovation
and snow removal services. Const. Karen Phillips with the Saanich police financial crime unit told the News later that co-worker Const. Jerome Rozitis took complaints about French from a number of people, and was the first to notice a possible pattern of fraud. “Rozitis felt it was something that needed to be looked at,” Phillips said. “It was surprising, it was quite a number (of victims).” Phillips worked with the Victoria Better Business Bureau to locate people alleging they’d been ripped off by French. Victim statements and evidence was instrumental in establishing the larger, indisputable pattern of wrongdoing. French will also have two years of probation, which includes not being allowed to advertise services as a handyman and not being allowed to run a service business. email@example.com
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Going off-road Naomi Abbott tests the accessibility of the new Fisherman’s Wharf Park at the official opening ceremony on Tuesday. Visitors were treated to a tour of the largest rain garden in Victoria and learned how it filters water before it reaches the ocean. The park also features a seating area, a “beach area” to play in the sand, a playground, viewing bridge and other amenities.
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The 2012 City of Victoria Residential Leaf Pick-up Schedule enables you to look up your neighbourhood’s deadline for placing leaves at the curb. Leaves can be placed in loose piles or in tied, clear, 100% compostable bags. Neighbourhood leaf collection begins in November and ends in January.
From October 22 to December 21, Victoria residents can contact the City’s Parks Division at 250.361.0600 to arrange for their bagged leaves to be picked up at the curb within five working days at no additional charge. Bags must be tied, clear and 100% compostable.
There’s no limit to the number of compostable bags or leaf piles you can set out. If you live in a single family home, duplex or townhouse, watch for your 2012 City of Victoria Residential Leaf Pick-up Schedule in the mail, at City Hall, at local venues or online.
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Our Place serves up turkey lunch Clients of Our Place Society were treated to an early Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Thursday through the midday meal period. More than 1,000 of the city’s homeless and most vulnerable citizens were expected to sit down to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables,
stuffing and pie for dessert. “Thanksgiving is a special time to be grateful and be with loved ones. For many of the people we welcome, we’re the closest family they have,” said Our Place Society executive director Don Evans. “We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging and enjoy a great meal.”
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Interested in buying a condo? For some attractive-looking condo projects, buyers often sign a purchase contract for a unit well before construction starts. It’s not uncommon, however, for the development to be delayed and for the building not to be ready on the expected date. The purchase contract may anticipate this happening and allow the developer to shift the unit’s completion date to a later date by giving you notice. But does this mean that you – faced with not having a place to move into when planned, as well as with an uncertain condo market – never have any recourse or protection for extraordinary delays? Not necessarily. Consider this recent BC appeal court decision which looked at REDMA and helped one buyer. REDMA is the Real Estate Development Marketing Act. It is consumer protection legislation for buyers of “development units” such as condo units (and also subdivision lots and timeshares). A developer who wants to market condos well before construction starts has to file a “disclosure statement” with the Superintendent of Real Estate and also give the disclosure statement (and any amendments) to a buyer by a specified time. The information the condo developer must put in a disclosure statement includes the estimated project completion date. If the developer becomes aware that there is a misrepresentation in the disclosure statement, the developer must prepare an amendment or a new disclosure statement, which they also have to file with the Superintendent and give to buyers. REDMA defines “misrepresentation” as “a false or misleading statement of a material fact or … an omission to state a material fact.” In the recent case, the buyer signed a contract for a luxury Vancouver condo unit in August, 2007. The $1,136,000-plus deposit was to be paid in five installments, and she paid the first two installments
totalling $284,000. She was given copies of the May, 2006 disclosure statement and the only amendment to it. The developer, however, knew well before the buyer signed the contract that the project wouldn’t actually be finished by the estimated September, 2009 completion date set out in the disclosure statement. However, the developer never filed an amended disclosure statement to reflect that the completion date had changed. When she signed, the buyer was informally aware that the development completion date would be somewhat later, about November or December, 2009. But the project’s completion was further delayed. An occupancy permit for her unit was only issued January 25, 2010. (In the meantime, the purchase contract was amended to reflect a later closing date for the unit, which the developer shifted to January 27, 2010 as allowed under the contract.) The buyer refused to go through with the purchase. So the developer sued for the full deposit, while the buyer wanted to get back the $284,000 portion she had already paid. The BC Court of Appeal decided that REDMA spells out what amounts to a misrepresentation and that REDMA required the developer to file an amendment immediately once they knew the disclosure statement was wrong as to a material fact (here, the completion date). Because the developer didn’t do this, it didn’t comply with REDMA and the purchase contract was unenforceable. The buyer got her deposit back, with interest. Of course, any particular case will depend on its own unique facts. But if you’re faced with problems involving a pending condo (or other development unit) purchase, whether it’s construction delays or other issues, and you want to know your options, consider consulting a lawyer.
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Running for the money This 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.
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It’s OK not to be a tough mudder A slew of friends and friends-ofmarathon. For an event that friends signed up for the Tough swarms walkers, runners and Mudder in Whistler, a hardcore wheelers over a good chunk of 10- to 12-kilometre obstacle course, the city for a day, I was stunned 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Get your kids away from the screen and into the green Pushing our kids out the door the nearby woods. may be the best way to save the For someone of my generaplanet. 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 get youth said they spend out of the house. an hour or less a day in As a teenager in Lonthe open air. And when don, Ontario, my sancthey are out, it’s usually tuary was a swamp. to go from one place to I’d return home at the another. In other words, end of a day, often soakit’s just a consequence ing wet and covered in of trying to be somemud, with my collecwhere else. David Suzuki tion of insects, salamanNearly half the young with Leanne Clare der eggs and turtles. people surveyed said That piqued my interest they don’t have enough in science. Making tree time to join programs that would forts and lying in fields watching involve them in outdoor activities. the clouds stimulated my imaginaSchool, work and other respon- tion and creativity. Being outside sibilities make it difficult to do made me a happy, healthy kid and things like kick around a soccer made me feel connected to the ball or go for a walk with friends in 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 that 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 spend-
ing 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 all the fun times they had outside as kids. They need to trust their children, and kick them out the door like my mom did. david suzuki.org.
Readers respond: Arts education, polio funding cuts 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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Tot group fills a niche for those seeking unstructured play Parent and Tot Cafe offers chance for both parents and kids to kick back and relax Tim Collins News staff
It was an idea that came to Julita Traylen last spring when she was searching for a free play group in Oak Bay for her two-yearold daughter, Tess. She didn't have much luck in that quest. “There was a reading program at the library that was great, but really wasn't what I was looking for,” Traylen says. “And other programs all had a fee attached to them.” What she wanted was a place where toddlers and their parents could drop by and enjoy one another’s company in an informal and lightly structured program. “The kids really just needed a place to play and interact. And as for the parents – well I thought that other sleep-deprived parents like myself might want a place where we could enjoy a chat and a cup of coffee with other adults while the children played.” Undaunted by the seeming lack of a pro-
gram that fit her needs, Traylen cast about the neighbourhood and discovered that a perfect space for a play group existed in the Community Hall of the Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell St.). She approached the church’s minister, Rev. Keith Howard, with the idea that the church might be used for a non-denominational program for pre-school children. He was immediately enthusiastic about the concept. “We’re very interested in families,” Howard says. “So this was a natural fit.” He adds that the church is always supportive of initiatives that speak to the needs of families. “Young families, and particularly young mothers, are often under a lot of stress and need to have the support of the community. “The church is a part of the community and if we can provide the space for a worthwhile program … why not do it?” In fact, the church provided not only the space but also gave Traylen’s program access to a supply of toys and equipment that they already had on hand for other programs. But it was still up to Traylen to bring the program to fruition. “I created a Facebook page and made up a lot of posters,” she says. “Tess and I did a lot of walking last spring as we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.”
Moms Tara Kelk, left, and Morgan Malakoe with a group of children at the Oak Bay Parent and Tot Cafe, a playgroup that meets in the United Church Hall. Traylen had no idea if anyone would actually come to the program she had planned. “It was really a bit of an experiment on my part, but it turned out very well.” When the program started in April, a few parents and their children showed up. Over time, that number grew. “We had coffee and the kids just had a great time running around and playing,”
Traylen says. “Sometimes we’d do some directed play, but mostly we let them use their imagination. They have a great time.” The program operates every Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Details and updates regarding the program are available at facebook.com/ oakbay.parent.and.tot.cafe. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Q INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Q Larger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. Q For the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. Q 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. Q 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. Q 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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Exhibitions can be seen at Legacy Art Gallery until Nov. 24 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. â€œOne of the biggest challenges in representing 50 years of collecting was paring down the list to fit in the gallery,â€? says
Caroline Riedel, curator of collections. â€œWhat 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.â€? A related exhibit, The University of Victoria: A Community of Communities, features a selection of photographs of life at UVic taken from Ian MacPhersonâ€™s new book Reaching Outward and Upward: The Univer-
sity of Victoria 1963-2013. The photos are on display at the Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery on the lower level of UVicâ€™s McPherson library until Oct. 15. The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections is at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
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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
petrified replication. A central question is what construct does the viewer form of the original subject from the fragment? Motchman creates portrait paintings using a narrow fragment of the naked person from scalp to pelvis. With each painting is a mask that the viewer interacts with, covering or uncovering the face. The positioning of the mask can further fragment the portrait. The choice of mask depicted is another part of the
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Jacques Named Chief Curator at Victoria art gallery 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 email@example.com
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