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hen visitors to the Fireside Grill meet for a meal, they might be meeting with more than they bargained for. The West Saanich Road restaurant is said to be haunted by its previous owner, Katharine Maltwood, an artist fascinated by the occult. Katharine, a sculptor, and her husband John, immigrated to Victoria in the 1930s and moved into a converted the tea house they dubbed “The Thatch.” “The house itself was a very intriguing one,” says historian and local ghost expert John Adams, the man behind the city’s year-round ghost tours. “It looked like an old, English
cottage, surrounded by a Garry oak forest. It would very much have been like an old English cottage in a sacred Druidic grove.” Katharine had already gained notoriety in England for having written a book titled The Temple of the Stars, which documented her theory of a 16-kilometre-wide Zodiac carved into the countryside in Glastonbury. She continued to create her own art in the home and when she and John died in the 1960s, Adams explains, they bequeathed the house and their large art collection to the University of Victoria on the understanding that their home would become a museum featuring their art.
“The people who ran the museum discovered right away that there were unusual things going on … feelings, presences, noises,” Adams says. “Unmistakably, the things that you would expect to be associated with hauntings.” By 1978, the university decided that the building wasn’t the right fit, moved the art collection to UVic’s Gordon Head campus and sold the house. While the process was legal, it was clearly out of step with the wishes of its donors, Adams says. The house then became the Chantecler restaurant, where small happenings at first – some that could be chalked up to faulty wiring, such
as the recurring sounding of the fire alarm – became commonplace. “One night (the owner) was answering an alarm and he had with him a Doberman pinscher, a dog who was normally quite fearless, but who got his hackles up and refused to put even one paw into the house.” Perhaps the doberman had seen the ghost of a pug dog, which notoriously roams the site to this day – a rather unusual spirit given that the Maltwoods didn’t own such a pet, Adams says. Cold spots – unexplained icy, cool air – on the stairway to the second floor, and sightings of Katharine as a shimmering, white silhouette inside what was once her studio, are among the most reported experiences that Adams attributes to paranormal activity in the home. Tim Petropolous, managing partner of Fireside Grill, is a skeptic. Petropolous has been at the location for 13 years and has yet to encounter the spirit of Katharine Maltwood or that of the ghost pug. Though he might not believe them, he’s heard all the stories. Some staff members, chiefly those who worked in the Chantecler, believe the building to be haunted, yet the alleged activity never deterred them from working in the location, Petropolous says. “It was more a happy ghost or a pleasant ghost, not a scary ghost,” Petropolous said. “She was like a caretaker – just overseeing what was happening.” PLEASE SEE: Victoria, ‘a very haunted city,’ Page A8
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Trick-or-treat at Broadmead Village Broadmead Village will become a bit spookier on Oct. 31. Shops in Broadmead shopping centre will be giving candy to witches, ghosts, goblins and other scary visitors between 3 and 5:30 pm. on Halloween Day. Trick-or-treaters can visit stores throughout the centre for Halloween treats. The shopping centre will also host hot chocolate, treats and music in the breezeway from 3 to 6 pm.
Halloween goes to the dogs and cats Halloween Alley in the Gorge Road Shopping Centre (2973 Tillicum Rd.) is hosting Wag-O-Ween, a Halloween party for pets. People are encouraged to dress up their pet, and to dress up themselves for a costume contest. Email eileenheather1@ gmail.com or call 250-3814030 for $15 tickets. Proceeds go to Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue.
Students raise $200K for Tour Through bake sales, concerts, car washes, raffles and infamous head shaves, Greater Victoria students raised nearly $200,000 toward supporting kids with cancer for the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Tour de Rock campaign. Students at Reynolds secondary topped the list of highest fundraisers, gathering $109,253 in just 12 days. Since its inception in 1998, the two-week bicycle journey in which police officers ride the length of Vancouver Island has raised $16.6 million for pediatric cancer research. This year’s grand total has yet to be announced, but is estimated at $1.1 million. Donations can still be made at tourderock.ca.
Rise of the robot musicians Sound analysis guru on track to create computer systems that can jam with humans Edward Hill News staff
The thing about robot musicians is they’ll never trash a hotel room, show up to a gig drunk or break up a band after meeting an eccentric performance artist. At least not yet. The music-computer lab of George Tzanetakis at the University of Victoria is ground zero for the rise of robot musicians. But don’t think of it like anthropomorphic C-3PO strumming a guitar – it’s more like a series of mallets linked to solenoids on a drum, backed by sophisticated software. Tzanetakis effectively wants to teach music to a computer, and for the computer to pick up on musical cues while jamming with humans. “When you play sound, a musician hears what is happening. We are trying to add the ability to understand music to an artificial agent that performs,” says Tzanetakis, an assistant professor in the department of computer science, and in the department electrical and computer engineering – and the school of music. “The idea is to make the system musically intelligent, to have robotic musicianship.” It remains early days for robot jazz bands. Mechanical musicians are largely limited to percussion instruments due to increasing engineering complexity as each mallet and its actuator is added to the mix, and to the software that crunches the music in real time to adjust the tempo and volume. “We want the musicality of the system to learn how to slow down, speed up, understand if it is too loud. We are still working on making sure it doesn’t get drunk,” Tzanetakis jokes. Computers, even advanced learning systems, don’t understand music or sound or much of anything else – they just crunch data in sophisticated ways. Gabrielle Odowichuk, who worked in UVic computer-music lab as a mas-
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George Tzanetakis, a UVic professor in electrical and computer engineering, and music, is at the leading edge of teaching computer systems to understand music. ters student, said completely computer-driven music seems unlikely. Computers still can’t connect on an emotional level. “You need a human component or its boring. All robots need a human component,” says Odowichuk who worked on gestural control of sound. “Often you can program in more randomness to make it more human. But when it comes to conveying something and connecting with an audience, computers lack expressiveness.” Tzanetakis sees robots and computer musicality as the natural evolution of technology influencing how music is made. To him, it’s no different than the person who first strung wires and called it a piano, or plugged in a wah-wah pedal. “Using computers and robots is the same process,” he says. “Musicians accept synthesizers, drum machines and DJ sets. If anything a robot is more innocent than a drum machine. It’s just another technical dimension.” How this work will eventually influence the broader music world is hard to predict. Tzanetakis, a
37-year-old native of Greece who earned his PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 2002, tends to be about five years ahead of current popular technology.
“The idea is to make the system musically intelligent, to have robotic musicianship.” – George Tzanetakis Tzanetakis’ early work on acoustic signal processing laid the groundwork for popular apps such as Shazam, which can recognize songs by holding a smartphone up to a speaker. He’s helped develop melodymatching systems that identify songs by users humming or singing. His music sensing algorithms are at the heart of Smule’s AutoRap app, which creates a rap song out of any set of sounds, and the Ocarina app, which transforms an iPhone into a flute. Of course, when he began working on what’s called audio finger-
printing – systems that analyze, dissect and find patterns in acoustic signals – smartphone technology didn’t exist. “If I do my job right, stuff I’m doing now will be commercial in about five years,” he says. “What is commercial now is stuff myself and others were doing 10 years ago. Ten years ago there was no iPod, no iTunes. The world was a different place.” Tzanetakis expects the next big creative leaps to involve computer systems that can analyze and extract individual instruments and voices from complex music scores. The human ear can pick our individual conversations in a noisy party – computers cannot. “It’s really a hard problem, far from being solved, but is actively researched,” he said. Despite being at the forefront of intertwining computers and music, Tzanetakis, a jazz musician and pianist before he became a computer scientist and engineer, admits he doesn't always practice what he preaches. “I’m a sax player. I have typically avoided playing with technology.” email@example.com
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Knife-wielding man sicks Rottweiler on police Kyle Slavin News staff
Saanich police arrested an intoxicated Saanich man who
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Another poached deer found in Saanich A Saanich resident found a deer carcass in his backyard, with a crossbow arrow sticking out of the animal's back end on Sunday. Police were notified of the find, in the 5000-block of Del Monte Ave., on Oct. 21, but believe the animal had been dead for several weeks. It's the second dead deer found shot with an arrow in the Claremont area this month. "Once again we see that there's another felled buck," said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. "This is now the second one
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Flu shot clinics open across Greater Victoria Natalie North News staff
Some years, the influenza virus kills up to 8,000 Canadians, but it doesn’t have to. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has this week begun rolling out free clinics for those at greatest risk of falling victim to the flu. This year’s flu vaccine includes two new strains of the virus, as well as the infamous H1N1 strain, which has been in the vaccine since 2009, the year of the H1N1 pandemic. Last year 160,000 people on Vancouver Island received the vaccine at public clinics, excluding health care workers. VIHA anticipates the same amount of uptake this year, though more health-care workers are likely to get vaccinated following the province’s decision to require all such workers to either get the vaccine, or wear a face mask during flu season. VIHA medical health officer Dr. Dee Hoyano said the requirement for health-care workers hasn’t been an issue thus far.
“From early reports people are showing up to get immunized,” Dr. Hoyano said. “We won’t know for a number of weeks what our overall coverage is going to look like.” Free shots are offered to people at highest risk of complications from the flu, including those 65 years of age and over and their caregivers, children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts, health care workers and emergency responders. Influenza is transmitted person-to-person, even before symptoms are apparent. Regular hand-washing and staying home when ill are two other ways of helping protect yourself against the virus. VIHA recommends even healthy adults get immunized via family doctor, local pharmacy, walk-in clinic or travel clinic. Visit viha.ca/flu for more information and to see if you qualify for a free immunization shot. The website viha.ca/flu also has a list of upcoming flu shot clinics across the city. email@example.com
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Ex cadet instructor guilty of sex crimes Military court convicts Capt. Daniel Moriarity Roger Knox Black Press
A military judge has found a former army cadet instructor guilty of three sex-related charges. The judge found Capt. Daniel Moriarity guilty on two counts of sexual exploitation and one count each of sexual assault at Moriarity’s court martial hearing at CFB Esquimalt on Monday. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged Moriarity in February after he committed crimes against two teenaged cadets at the Lt.-Gen. E.C. Ashton Armoury in Saanich and the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. The incidents occurred between 2008 and 2011. The case was brought forward by the chains of command for the two cadets, who contacted the military police about the allegations. When the accusations were made, Moriarity was deputy commanding officer of 3005 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, which is based at the Ashton Armoury. Moriarity is slated to
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Even after “Dougy,” Cadboro Bay’s notorious Douglas fir, hit the ground Monday morning, one of its most outspoken advocates couldn’t stop taking photos of the scene. Bob Furber, along with fellow area resident Max Cowper-Smith, will now pay for their failed legal effort to save the ancient, 30-metre tree, which Saanich felled Oct. 22. B.C. Supreme Court approved the municipality’s application lst Friday to have it removed, based on safety concerns over its level of decay. “When do you walk away?” said Furber, who will now split Saanich’s legal fees with CowperSmith. “I don’t know. It’s something that comes from inside
and I haven’t walked away yet.” Crews arrived to fall the tree on Monday at 7:30 a.m., while supporters of the tree, dubbed “Dougy,” were engaged in a wake. Neighbours complied with the district’s requests to leave the tree after presenting information on the health of the tree – a sonic tomography report commissioned by Cowper-Smith. They stalled the removal for another hour or so, and then Dougy finally came down. “The tree is on Saanich property and Saanich can do what it likes and we had no say in the matter,” Furber said. “It certainly didn’t go in our favour. … It’s going to be sad because we give quite a lot of money to charity and this year instead we’ll be giving it to Saanich.” Furber, still reeling from his first day in court, remains upset
The blind runner who filed a human rights complaint against the Victoria International Running Society and the race director of the Times Colonist 10 K is awaiting a decision after a fourday hearing finished last week. Graeme McCreath, a 65-yearold Saanich physiotherapist, filed the discrimination complaint against the VIRS and race director Jacqui Sanderson, after he was denied his request to start the race early to avoid heavy congestion.
The popular road race typically sees 10,000 entrants. McCreath, who has a prosthetic left eye and only light perception in the other, has, with the assistance of a guide, run six of the Times Colonist 10K events, including races spanning 2006 until 2010. “We should never have had go to this situation,” McCreath said. “I’ve been pretty devastated … I’m cautiously optimistic, but you never know.” McCreath has requested com-
Two off-duty Victoria police officers stumbled upon an attempted armed robbery during a morning jog last Thursday. The officers were passing the corner of Pembroke Street and Dowler Place just before 6
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Three year sentence for 2011 beating death at Rock Bay motel Night of consuming drugs led to unprovoked assault Edward Hill News staff
Jason Van Winkle will spend the next three years behind bars in the wake of an unprovoked drug- and booze-fuelled assault that left a man dead in a Rock Bay motel in March 2011. Van Winkle, 37, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Gilles Alain Thibodeau, 41, in July. Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court, Justice Laura Gerow sentenced the View Royal man to three and a half years, minus credit for six and a half months for time in custody. Van Winkle, who has a criminal history spanning 22 years, featuring 50 convictions for drug offenses, three assaults and a robbery, apologized to the victim’s family and his family. His mother was in the courtroom. “I’ll live with this for the rest of my life. I just want to apologize and say I’m sorry,” Van Winkle told the court. The victim’s elderly parents, who live in eastern Canada, did not attend court. Thibodeau’s sister sent a letter describing her brother as smart and witty, but who struggled with addictions. “He was loved by his family and it’s a loss that will be felt forever,” Gerow said, reading the letter. The sentence is in line with a joint recommendation of Crown counsel and Van Winkle’s defense lawyer Tom Morino.
Gerow noted that Van Winkle has a lengthy criminal record, and unprovoked, he attacked a much smaller man, but she also took into account that he has shown remorse and co-operated with police. Crown prosecutor Dale Marshall described the events leading to Thibodeau’s death, and the pathologist’s report on the cause of death, in an agreed statement of facts. On March 15, 2011, Van Winkle hired Thibodeau and three other men for a job moving a family from Duncan to Victoria using a truck owned by Van Winkle. On the second of three trips to finish the job, Thibodeau and two of the men drove to Duncan, but “became sidetracked” and started drinking alcohol. They eventually ran out of gas, abandoned the truck on the side of the road and ran off. Police called Van Winkle, who was forced to drive to Duncan, fetch the truck and finish the moving job. The night of March 15, three of the men, Van Winkle and his girlfriend partied in suite 121 of the former Traveller’s Inn at 2828 Rock Bay Ave., consuming large amounts of alcohol and crack cocaine. Van Winkle consumed heroin, crack and alcohol, the court heard. In the early morning of March 16, Marshall said Van Winkle started becoming obsessed with a supposed missing key for his mother’s house, and accused Thibodeau of stealing it. Van Winkle, a large, stocky man, suddenly attacked Thibodeau, a slight, 147pound man, easily kicking him to the floor and then kneeling on his chest. “He was on Mr. Thibodeau’s chest hitting Mr. Thibodeau in the face with a closed fist repeatedly, six or seven times
... saying ‘Where’s my key? Where’s my key?’” Marshall said. “Nobody expected it. If anything, Mr. Thibodeau was moving away from Mr. Van Winkle.” In the moments before police arrived, Van Winkle realized Thibodeau was unresponsive and performed CPR on his victim. Victoria police officers arrived at the room around 2:50 a.m. and saw Thibodeau on the floor, eyes and mouth open, face blue and pale and not breathing. Officers began CPR, and paramedics continued compressions en route to Victoria General Hospital and managed to induce a faint pulse. Thibodeau suffered a significant brain injury from a lack of oxygen. He was taken off life support on March 22, 2011, and died soon after. At the Traveller’s Inn, police arrested Van Winkle on suspicion of manslaughter – which over the next days and months veered to aggravated assault, second degree murder and finally back to manslaughter. Marshall described the incident as a prolonged assault on a defenseless man of considerable size difference. “(Van Winkle) was overheard by police saying over and over again, ‘Please don’t let him die. Please don’t let him die. Please don’t let him die,’” Marshall said. Marshall said the pathologist report revealed Thibodeau died of a lack of oxygen to the brain due to a heart attack, which resulted from a combination of acute intoxication from crack cocaine and having Van Winkle’s full weight on his chest. He had several broken ribs. The punches to Thibodeau’s head weren’t deemed a contributing factor in his death. email@example.com
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Saanich police are reminding pedestrians and drivers to stay alert when sharing the road after a teenager was hit by a car at a lighted, marked crosswalk. The collision occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22) at the intersection of West Saanich and Prospect Lake roads.
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Tweaked B.C. liquor policy crushes Belfry fundraiser Daniel Palmer News staff
Revised provincial liquor policies have forced the Belfry Theatre to cancel its annual wine auction, a move that could have devastating consequences for other charities in B.C. For the past two years, Belfry organizers have successfully applied for a special occasion licence to put on Crush, a wine auction that was expected to raise $20,000 this year for the arts group, which is a registered charity. Bottles of rare and hard-tofind wine are donated from private collections for the event, said general manager Ivan Habel. But on Oct. 19, the Belfry received a letter from the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) stating current regulations prohibit the auctioning of wine unless it is directly purchased through a B.C. liquor store or donated by a liquor manufacturer. “The province says they didn’t know that’s what we were doing,” Habel said. “And it doesn’t matter that we’ve done it in the past or that literally hundreds of other charities do similar kinds of things. It’s against the regulations, period.” Mark Hicken, a lawyer who specializes in B.C. wine law, said the LCLB updated its special occasion licence policy manual in June to bring charities into line with other licence-holders, thus making
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Ivan Habel, general manager of the Belfry Theatre, stands with a collection of rare wine. The wine was meant to be auctioned off Sunday as part of Crush, an annual fundraiser. Instead, the province denied a licence for the event, claiming the sale of privately donated wine for charity has always been illegal. charity wine auctions illegal. “I don’t agree with, first, the interpretation of the law, and second, from a policy perspective, it doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” Hicken said. There are hundreds of schools, theatres and arts organizations across the prov-
ince who rely on fundraising wine auctions, he noted. “I’m a bit perplexed by it all.” By cutting off that revenue stream, charities will end up relying more heavily on provincial funding to make up for financial losses, Hicken said. A spokesperson from the ministry responsible
for liquor distribution said the restrictions will help “ensure product authenticity and quality and that the appropriate taxes have been paid,” but denied any policy changes have taken place beyond “housekeeping.” “This law has been in place for many years,” said the spokesperson, who asked not to be named. “Changing this rule (in the future) may require a change in legislation and we’ve asked legal counsel to investigate options.” NDP culture and arts critic Spencer Chandra Herbert said the impact on charities and arts groups like the Belfry will be “massive.” “The Liberals have been saying, ‘Arts groups have to do better raising money themselves,’” Chandra Herbert said. “Well, here’s an example where they do that very successfully and the government’s taking that away from them.” The Belfry manager plans to lobby the provincial government to make an exception for charities and allow wine auctions to continue. Habel has already spoken with local MLAs and hopes to secure a meeting with ministers Rich Coleman and Bill Bennett in the coming weeks. If no solution can be found, Habel said the Belfry will be forced to cope by doing what so many other non-profits and charities have done in recent years: “Nickel and dime the expenses away.” email@example.com
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Le champ de tir Heals est situé à l’ouest de la jonction du chemin Willis Point et Wallace Drive, à Saanich, CB. Les coordonnées sont 48° 32’ 40” Nord, 123° 27’ 00” Ouest.
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or non-profit groups and charities that survived grant cutbacks of recent years, the provincial government has found a new way to add insult to injury. Auctioning bottles of alcohol donated as gifts for fundraising events is a big no-no – unless the government is guaranteed to get its cut. The Belfry Theatre found this out three years after the fact, an oversight that will cost them at least $20,000 in fundraising this year. The Belfry, a registered charity, was preparing for its third Crush event for this Sunday, where it auctions off privately donated rare wines from around the world. This wasn’t a secret – the theatre company openly solicited for donations of fine wines and listed wines up for auction on its Crush website from 2010, including the names of donors. For some reason, this year things were different. The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch denied the Belfry a special occasion licence to serve alcohol when it found out the theatre company planned, once again, to auction privately donated wines. The Ministry of Energy and Mines, which oversees the LCBC, said it had been unaware until now that the Belfry auctioned privately donated wine. Apparently it was also unaware of the dozens of other B.C. charities that do the same thing year after year. “This law has been in place for many years,” the Ministry of Energy and Mines told the News in an email. It is odd the LCLB Special Occasion Licencing manual highlights those specific sections regarding charity wine auctions, indicating they were revised in June 2012. The province dismisses this as “housekeeping” – it insists the rules haven’t changed. Either the rules haven’t changed and they weren’t being enforced until now, or the rules have changed without warning and the province won’t admit it. Either way, the regulations are mean spirited and self-serving. Under the rules, the booze needs to be purchased directly from a government liquor store or donated from a liquor manufacturer. B.C. is known for its antiquated and arbitrary liquor laws. The B.C. Liberals have brought some of B.C.’s liquor laws into the modern day. People can now bring their own wine to restaurants. Movie theatres can apply for liquor licences for adult-only screenings. But these auction regulations are a step backwards and only serve to punish legitimate charities.
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Embracing the horror, the horror I
have such conflicted feelings October has seen the usual about October. release of a few mainstream horror On one hand, summer is offimovies, and the results have been cially, no question about it, over. less than horrific (“horrific” in this The wind is picking up, case being a good thing). heaters are being turned Sinister is the best of the on and I’m getting up in bunch, even with a weak the dark now, despite my ending and a snuff film elebody’s sensible protests. ment at play that seems to But then again, there’s turning people off. Personbeautiful leaves, pumpally I liked the whole gritty, kin-flavoured everything 1970s film stock thing Sinand blankets. ister has going on, along Oh, and blood-soaked with the general tactile feel movies. So it’s a bit of a of the movie. toss up. Don’t get me wrong, the Kyle Wells I love horror movies whole thing falls apart in CineFile around Halloween time. the end, but the setup is I know they’re not everyfantastic. body’s thing. It can be extremely difKicking the month off was The ficult to find people to go see them House at the End of the Street, which with me, so I understand how many is nothing like The Last House on of you prefer to stay away. the Left. I doubt it’s even in the For me though, they tap into that same neighbourhood. This is purely part of me that likes to be scared. PG-13 horror, and not especially Or challenged. Or disgusted. Why good PG-13 horror at that. All I enjoy that is up for debate, but told, it’s a dull, unoriginal film that I’ll leave that to the psychologists. doesn’t even get the basics right. Either way, there’s something inside But Jennifer Lawrence is in it, so of me that enjoys the thrill of testthere’s that. ing my cinematic limits. The Paranormal Activity series Then again, lots of people like keeps chugging along with Part 4, roller coasters. I do not. I’ll get my out in theatres last weekend. I was scares from horror movies, thank a staunch defender of the franchise you very much. up until PA 3, when the whole thing All of October I have been devotreally became too reliant on its own ing my blog, CineFile, to watching formula. the new horror releases in cinemas PA 4 is an improvement, but and on home video, as well as still offers nothing in the way of catching up with some classics (or innovation or a developed mytholnot so classics) I missed to beef up ogy. Instead, there’s a lot of shaky my status as horror movie connoiscamera work, a couple of genuine seur. I call it my Horror Pledge 2012. scares and lots of bumps in the
night. The usual. So this isn’t exactly a golden age of horror in the cinemas, but my journey into the horror backlog unearthed some gems. High Tension (2003) is an intense French slasher film with some truly gnarly kills and an impressive devotion to quality filmmaking and atmosphere, even if the ending makes no sense. Day of the Dead (1985) is an obvious influence of The Walking Dead and, as the third film in George A. Romero’s original Dead trilogy, is a smart, but still fun zombie flick. Hell-bent for leather is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), one of the most off-the-wall crazy, totally disturbing and discomforting horror films I’ve ever seen. It truly is bizarre and yet is somehow strangely brilliant. Highly recommended, but only for those with a strong stomach. Come Halloween night, the genre essentials will still be there for you if you’re in the mood for some good horror. We’re talking Psycho (1960), The Shining, Romero’s Dead trilogy, Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (the original two), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Suspiria, Evil Dead II. The list goes on. Have a spooktacular Halloween everyone. To follow Horror Pledge 2012 and for full reviews of normal movies, check out CineFile at blogs.bclocalnews.com/cinefile. Kyle Wells is a reporter with the Goldstream News Gazette. firstname.lastname@example.org
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hy, when so many people oppose ting ecosystems at risk, and forfeiting due the Enbridge Northern Gateway democratic process. pipeline project, would governOur government is ramming through ment and industry resort to such another omnibus budget bill, and extreme measures to push it is set to sign a deal with China, through? both of which seem aimed at The problems with the plan facilitating the pipeline and other to run pipelines from the Alberta resource-extraction projects. Its tar sands across northern B.C. to first budget bill gutted environload unrefined, diluted bitumen mental protection laws, espeonto supertankers for export to cially those that might obstruct China and elsewhere are wellpipeline plans. known: threats to streams, rivThe recent 457-page omnibus ers, lakes and land from pipeline budget bill goes even further. leaks. Among other changes, it revises David Suzuki The danger of contaminated the Navigable Waters Protection Science Matters ocean ecosystems from tanker Act (renamed the Navigation spills; rapid expansion of the tar Protection Act) to substantially sands; and the climate change implications reduce waterways that must be considered of continued wasteful use of fossil fuels. for protection and exempt pipelines from The benefits aren’t as apparent. Some regulations. short-term and fewer long-term jobs, posMeanwhile, the government is set to sibly for foreign workers, and increased sign a 31-year deal on Oct. 31 that will give profits for the oil industry – including China’s government significant control state-owned Chinese companies – are all over Canada’s resources and even over we’re being offered in exchange for giving Canadians’ rights to question projects like up our resources, interests and future, putNorthern Gateway.
The Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement would allow China to sue Canada, outside of our borders and behind closed doors, if the pipeline deal were blocked or China’s interests in our resource industry hindered – for example, if the B.C. government were to stop Northern Gateway. It also gives the Chinese state-owned companies “the right to full protection and security from public opposition,” as well as the right to use Chinese labour and materials on projects in which it has invested. According to author and investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, writing for The Tyee, “The deal does not require provincial consent. It comes without any risk-benefit analysis. And it can be ratified into law without parliamentary debate.” Why would anyone want to sell out our interests, democratic processes and future like this? And why would we put up with it? On the first question, Gus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, told Desmog Blog we must consider the possibil-
ity that government and industry know that changes in attitudes about fossil fuel extraction “may lead to new regulations on the oil patch, in that, climate can’t just be wished away forever, and that governments might take steps to regulate the oil patch in ways that investors wouldn’t like.” He continues, “If you bring in a lot of Chinese investments, and you sign the Canada investment deal, you kind of get the Chinese investors to do your dirty work for you.” In other words, as the world recognizes the already extreme and increasing consequences of global warming and shifts from wastefully burning fossil fuels to conservation and renewable energy, tar sands bitumen may soon become uneconomical. The goal is to dig it up, sell it and burn it as quickly as possible while there’s still money to be made. It’s cynical and suicidal, but it’s the kind of thinking that is increasingly common among those who see the economy as the highest priority – over human health and the air, water, soil and biodiverse ecosystems that keep us alive.
LETTERS Responsibility for bullying falls on all of us Re: Social media to blame for teen’s death (Letters, Oct. 19) It is a terrible shame a young girl ended her life because of bullies. I agree with the saying “If people try to bring you down, it only means you are above them” also brings another really good saying to mind “To belittle is to be little.” However, I would not go as far as to say social media is as addictive as marijuana nor would I say it leads to depression or loss of life. I would not give social media that kind of power. One can shut off their computer or shut down their social media profiles if they are being bullied on the social media sites. Censoring and or shutting down sites do not solve or resolve the problem of bullies. It is a bit more difficult to walk away from these bullies at school or when physically socializing. The problem is plain and simple. People who are very insecure and have such low self-esteem feel the need to bully to make it appear like they are tough and to get attention from their peers. Unless we as parents raise our children to have good self-esteem and understand what is right and wrong, we as a society will continue to have these issues. It all starts at home with the parents who raise these bullies. Teach your children well and take responsibility for what your children do. Tamara Shiels Victoria
Targeting social media shifts blame Re: Social media to blame for teen’s death (Letters, Oct. 19) Letter writer Eileen Nattrass would have us believe that Amanda Todd would not have committed suicide were it not for “these immoral websites” that “need to be shut down immediately.”
This line of thinking is insulting to most people’s intelligence because it excuses the behaviour of the people involved, and attempts to transfer the blame to social media websites and their shareholders. Perhaps “the powers that be” should also blame auto makers, and ban these immoral motor vehicles immediately, because sometimes teenagers drink alcohol, drive, have car accidents and die. What exactly would Ms. Nattrass suggest the shareholders at General Motors do about the consequences that drivers experience after making poor choices while using their products, the same products that most people use on a daily basis without incident. There are laws in place to deal with people who cause harm to others, and I am confident that the bullies who tormented Amanda Todd will ultimately be brought to justice for any unlawful behaviours. However, knee-jerk reactions that attempt to shift the blame to innocent parties are neither useful nor helpful. Robert Waters Saanich
Bad, dangerous drivers are everywhere Re: Dedicate police patrol to Malahat, (Our View, Oct. 17) Before setting up a highway police unit on the Malahat mountain highway, we should ask how the dangerous drivers behave where they live – in fiefdoms like Saanich, Nanaimo, and on the mainland, most refusing to police properly. Watch the streets anywhere and you’ll see most drivers don’t slow down in the rain. Many deliberately drive dangerously, at 80 km/h through playground zones and around blind curves on residential streets, not stopping when turning right at a red light nor at stop signs. Others are merely inattentive or sloppy. Much re-education is needed. The Malahat is much less forgiving of error, but driver mentality is the same, general ignorance about driving physics is the same. B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has not
done much to educate drivers that it is a mountain highway, claiming the expensive vague sign in View Royal does that – despite using clear bright signs elsewhere in the province. Driver licensing isn’t working. The many drivers whose N placard indicates they recently passed a knowledge exam, but don’t want to benefit from using what they were taught. The effective approach is police feet on the street, identifying and directly reeducating drivers. Didn’t the continuous campaign of increased enforcement on the Malahat show that last year? I expect it will take a year of increased police presence everywhere before most drivers get the message about proper behaviour on roads. Keith Sketchley Saanich
Marching to abyss of sewage treatment Re: Tax increase poor treatment. (Writer’s Block, Oct. 19); “Political will on sewage treatment emerging in CRD” and “Scientists, former MP likely have facts straight” (Letters, Oct. 19) It is both a revealing and a welcome day when a long-established, non-partisan, widely read and respected community newspaper deems it acceptable to publish three items concerning the CRD’s secondary sewage treatment plans, all of which are against it. It is not difficult to see this event as yet another station of a newly burgeoning popular movement that seeks a way to halt (or at least delay) that destructive juggernaut that threatens the environmental and fiscal well being of the entire region. All this renewed activity is directly attributable to the release of the long-awaited detailed wastewater engineering plan at the end of September. The technical one is nothing short of frightening in its implications. Potential environmental dangers accompany every step of the planned construction. The other part, concerning the financing of the project, cannot be called anything other than pie-in-the-sky.
Current estimates of construction costs ($783 million), provincial and federal contributions ($501 million), and property tax increases of between $232 and $391 per year are actually worse than that. The contribution of at least the federal government’s share is not even close to being guaranteed, while any and all overruns will be the sole responsibility of local taxpayers. Can anyone doubt, then, that potential property tax increases will be in the neighbourhood of $500 to $700 per year – if we are lucky. In the meantime, the powers-that-be at the CRD continue to march us lemmings toward the abyss, heedless of science and overwhelming popular opposition, and bereft even of common sense. Each and every tax payer-elector opposed to the travesty of the current secondary sewage treatment plan must make it her or his business to apprise local, provincial, and federal politicians that their election or re-election will depend, to a large extent, on the position they take in this matter. Zoltan Roman Saanich
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About 130 protesters gathered at noon Wednesday on the sidewalk outside Ida Chongâ€™s constituency office to voice their concern regarding the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline projects. The rally was part of an ongoing series of protests coordinated by a group known as Defend Our Coast â€“ the same group who organized the much larger protest on the grounds of the legislature on Monday. While some protesters were affiliated with groups like the Dogwood Initiative and Victoria Paddlers Against Pipelines, most were simply concerned area residents. The crowd was made up of seniors and children, and one placard waving mother came with an infant child strapped to her body in a carry harness. Petitions were circulated and, at one point, protesters linked arms to demonstrate their solidarity. But to the frustration of some protesters, one person who did not show up to the rally was Ida Chong, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Her staff cited previous cabinet business in Vancouver as the reason for her absence. Staff remained sequestered in their locked second floor offices at 3930 Shelbourne St. Maureen Halstead-Rogoza, Chongâ€™s constituency assistant had no comment other than to say that the protest was not planned to respect Chongâ€™s previous schedule. The situation was further
Scott Ott joined about 130 people outside Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chongâ€™s office on Shelbourne Street during a Day of Action protest against pipelines and oil tankers on B.C.â€™s coast. Sharon Tiffin/ News staff
aggravated when the Shelbourne Street building manager locked the front entrance of the two story office building and stood in the foyer preventing access by any protesters through the unlocked back entrance. That move angered Ray Zimmerman, one of the area residents who had come out to make his voice heard. â€œFor her (Chong) to hide behind the fact that sheâ€™s on private property is disgusting,â€? said Zimmerman, who gained access to the building after entering with a television crew in tow. â€œThe leg building is closed, this office is closed ... and theyâ€™ve disappeared. Itâ€™s outrageous,â€? he said. â€œHow can we express our concerns? Itâ€™s like weâ€™re talking to ourselves.â€? It was a sentiment shared by many of the demonstrators. Emma Gilchrist held a sign that read â€œDear Ida, Thank Christie (Clark) for the tough talk. Now
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Tourism sector to be a leader in provincial job growth For some, a dream job would be a vacation planner – for themselves! Vacationing in B.C. can take so many forms that it would indeed be a full-time job. B.C.’s tourism industry will be a leader in provincial job growth as businesses look to fill Lana Denoni, 101,000 new job open- Chair, TIABC ings by 2020, according to a study of labour demand and supply by go2, the B.C. tourism industry’s human resource association. The Tourism Labour Market Strategy, released in the spring of 2012 by go2, sets out the plan to recruit, retain and train the workers needed to keep pace with the growth projected for the industry. Nearly half of the 101,000 openings will be new jobs created by the tourism industry across the province, adding 44,220 more jobs to the provincial workforce by 2020. The other approximately 57,000 openings are due to replacements (i.e. retirements). “The labour strategy co-ordinated by go2 is a key pillar of industry growth in the province. Without it, we simply wouldn’t have the skilled workers in place to deliver the visitor experience throughout B.C.,” says Lana Denoni, Chair of TIABC, the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia. The tourism and hospitality industry is extremely diverse with more than 400 different occupations – from those leading to longterm careers to those suiting people seeking part-time work, like students or older workers who are not yet ready to retire. For Sidney Boomer Gaye Dolezal, “working part-time in Tourism Information was a fun way for me to use my great knowledge of Canadian cities. I often astounded visitors with
an average annual growth rate of 4.2 the connections I could make to per cent. their hometowns,” she says. “People The provincial government’s like to feel like welcome guests, not Gaining the Edge: A Five-year Stratjust tourists.” egy for Tourism in British Columbia The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a lotargets revenue growth of five per cal example of the industry’s growth cent a year that will top $18 billion and diversity. The hotel will employ in tourism spending by 2016. close to 100 by its November openThe fastest-growing sectors for ing, with about another 20 coming tourism job growth over the next on staff each summer season. decade are expected to be recreThe hotel is a great example of ation and entertainment and travel the diversity of jobs available in the services. industry. There are an estimated 17,943 In addition to the typical jobs oftourism-related businesses across fered in a hotel environment – front the province, employing about desk and guest services, restaurant 260,000 workers, or 10.8 per cent of staff, bartenders and sommelier, B.C.’s tourism industry will be a leader in job growth B.C.’s total labour force of 2.4 milhousekeeping, maintenance, spa over the next decade. lion people. technicians, valet and administraMore than 80 per cent of tourtion staff – the hotel has also added successful candidate will bring a diversity of several unique positions, says Shawna Walker, talent to their role, being responsible for the ism’s new job openings are projected to come VP, Marketing and co-owner with husband business module of the theatre within the Oak in Food and Beverage Services (43,410 openings), Recreation and Entertainment (20,530 Kevin Walker. Bay Beach Hotel.” “The Oak Bay Beach Hotel will be bringing B.C.’s location, bordered by the Rocky openings) and the Accommodation sector back the tradition of a butler, available both Mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean (18,920 openings). “After several years of slow labour growth, for hotel guests and private residence own- on the west, makes it unique within Canada. ers to do everything from arrange the details Its mountain and coastal scenery, opportu- the tourism industry is poised to expand,” of their visit in Victoria to planning a private nities for summer sailing, winter skiing, and says Arlene Keis, Chief Executive Officer of function in their own suite, including in-room activities such as fishing or sightseeing or ex- go2. “Labour shortages are already being felt chef and sommelier.” periencing our vibrant cities all make B.C. a in places like Northern B.C., the Thompson Okanagan and in the Rockies regions. By The second position is a Convention and world-class destination. Theatre Sales Manager for the David Foster Tourism helps to diversify our economy 2016, the crunch will be more acute throughFoundation theatre, a purpose-built room and also brings new community services to out the province.” “The tourism industry often provides providing state-of-the-art sound, lighting and permanent residents. stage equipment for entertainment evenings, B.C.’s tourism and hospitality industry is people with their important first job and sets including dinner theatre, movies and con- now the single largest “primary resource in- them on their career path,” Keis says. “Tourcerts, as well private functions; a portion of all dustry” in the province, generating an annual ism is also the largest employer of youth, with theatre bookings will go to the David Foster real GDP ($2002) of more than $6.4 billion in one in four British Columbians under the age Foundation as part of a 10-year collabora- 2010, ahead of forestry, mining, oil and gas ex- of 24 working in the industry.” “This anticipated growth in tourism reintion with the charity. “We have combined traction and agriculture. the usual hotel job description of ConvenTourism and hospitality generated $13.4 forces the need to plan carefully and ensure tion Sales Manager with the requirements of billion in annual revenue in 2010. Overall, that there are enough workers with the right theatre manager/booking agent for our own between 2004 and 2010, industry revenues skills in the right communities to meet the theatre and concert series,” Walker says. “The grew by a total of 25.5 per cent, representing tourism industry’s future labour needs.”
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Pumpkin art returns to Oak Bay Jack-o’-lanterns displayed at Oak Bay municipal hall beginning tonight Tim Collins News staff
A decidedly spooky atmosphere will descend upon Oak Bay Village in the days leading up to Halloween, but it’s all in good fun. The spirit of the holiday has possessed the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association, and it’s once again preparing to host Canada’s largest display of Pumpkin Art, a display that has received rave reviews in Toronto, New York and a host of locations across Vancouver Island. Pumpkin Art is the creation of local artist and events guru, John Vickers. He’s the man behind the Victoria Buskers Festival and the Chalk Art Festival and he first created the pumpkin art display to be an event that would be consistent with his philosophy
of providing free, family friendly, public festivals and events to the people of Greater Victoria. The pumpkin display has been a 12-year labour of love for Vickers who has intricately carved upwards of 500 pumpkins (actually very authentic looking polyurethane pumpkin moulds), to represent a number of themes ranging from the humorous to the macabre. “I like to create themed groupings of the pumpkins,” said Vickers. “It’s great when people recognize something nostalgic – something that takes them back to another time. They’ll point them out and it’ll evoke other memories and conversations.” Vickers added new pumpkins to his display every year to replace those which have been damaged or become dated. This year he’s added pumpkins that feature the faces of the mayor and municipal councillors of Oak Bay. “They’re pretty good likenesses,” said Vickers. “And it’s all pretty light hearted, anyway.”
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While the display first started on some front lawns in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood in 1998, it soon outgrew that location and was housed at Government House for several years. It has moved a few times since then, but found a longterm home in Oak Bay in 2011. “We’re thrilled to have Pumpkin Art back in Oak Bay,” said Heather Leary, the project manager of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association. Leary estimated upward of 2,000 people toured the display last year and is confident that the number will be much higher now that people are aware of the display’s new location. The pumpkins will be on display on the back lawn of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave., between Oct. 26 and Halloween night on Oct. 31. The display is free of charge, but donations will be accepted for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Still, the Pumpkin Art display is just part
of what’s planned for Halloween by the business improvement association. During that same week, business owners in the village will be trying their hand at carving pumpkins to amaze, frighten or inspire passersby. They’ll be placing their creations in their shop windows and inviting folks to vote on the best pumpkin. “The merchants will have posters in their windows with QR-codes so that people will be able to use their smart phones to vote for their favourite creations,” Leary said. As an added bonus, everyone who casts a vote in the pumpkin contest will be entered to win a prize package of gift certificates and merchandise. Of course, Halloween is all about the children, so on Oct. 31, between 2 and 5 p.m., children will be invited to trick-or-treat among the shops on Oak Bay Avenue. Merchants will be handing out treats and admiring the costumes of their scary visitors. “It’s a great way for youngsters to participate in Halloween. … to have a safe and inviting Halloween experience,” said Leary. email@example.com
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Iconoclastic Cline takes the stage On Oct. 30, the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre launches its production of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. The musical cabaret has received rave reviews since 1991, and it features some of the singer’s classics, including I Fall to Pieces. Victoria News reporter Roszan Holmen caught up with director Brian Richmond in the middle of a rehearsal this week. •••• • News: Tell me about Patsy Cline and what about her life has drawn audiences for the past 20 years. • Brian Richmond: She’s generally considered the greatest country vocalist of all time. What’s great about Patsy is that she, like Hank Williams before her, took country music and she raised it to a new level. She moved from just a pure country sound into a pop sound. She just had that quality that made her stand out from the rest. • N: That must have made it hard to cast her role.
• BR: In my case it was easy because Sara-Jeanne Hosie has been playing Patsy Cline in a number of productions and is magnificent in the role. • N: For people not familiar with her music, what is it like? • BR: My own opinion is that any great singer is a great storyteller. When singers often start out they think about the technique of their voice, but as you hear them moving through their careers – the great ones – you’ll hear they focus more and more and more on the story. Even though Patsy did not live to be very old, I think that happened with her. • N: Why did you choose this piece? • BR: We had a lot of success with Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave which we put on a couple of years ago. It really drew in a new type of audience to the theatre for us. They’re not necessarily traditional theatre audiences. They’re country music fans. So I wanted to give a follow-up and
Patsy Cline seemed to be the strongest choice. • N: What about Patsy’s life makes an appealing drama, other than her untimely death? • BR: It’s really more about the fan that follows her and plays homage to her. It’s the character of little big man (played by Victoria actor Wes Borg) and his absolute adulation of her. • N: You describe the role of women and Patsy Cline walking a cheeky line. What did you mean by that? • BR: I think that Patsy was an iconoclast, particularly in the way women were viewed in the 1950s. Women were seen as the little wife who stayed at home and cleaned and made dinner for the husband, and I think Patsy showed women that there were other role models. That there were strong, forceful women who knew their own heart. It was a transition time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara-Jeanne Hosie as Patsy Cline.
The details The show runs Oct. 30 to Nov. 10 at the McPherson Playhouse. Discounted tickets available at the Blue Bridge offices at 600-# 3 Fan Tan Alley must be purchased as part of a season package (Info: 250-385-4462). Full price single tickets available at McPherson box office (250-386-6121).
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The founder and inspirational force behind one of the best known dance schools in Victoria is commemorating her silver anniversary and, naturally enough, the event will be celebrated in dance. Asmiraâ€™s Silver Anniversary Dinner Show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Dance Victoriaâ€™s Performance Lab, 2750 Quadra St. and it will feature dance by Asmira McConnell as well as a group of her past and present students. Other dancers will be remembered through a series of videos and slides. There will be a lot of reminiscing, said the dancer. She added that, for her, this is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Asmiraâ€™s school of dance first came to Victoria in 1987 and her instructional classes quickly gained in popularity, due in large part to her love of dance. She has received numerous awards over the years and was named Victoriaâ€™s Favourite Dancer/Choreographer and Victoriaâ€™s Favourite Dance Group by readers of Monday Magazine. She has also received numerous awards for both dance and
Voces Intimae, a Victoria-based choir that specializes in Russian and Ukrainian music, performs a concert this Sunday of Russian Orthodox church music. The show happens Oct. 28 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church (1112 Caledonia Ave.) at 3 p.m. Tickets ($20/$15) are available in advance at Ivy's Book Shop, Larsen Music, Long & McQuade, or at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ukrainian orphanages.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer, philosopher and artist John Cage, performances and exhibitions will be held all over the world, including a number of locations in Greater Victoria. Cage lived from 1912 to 1992. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Symphony, Open Space Gallery and the University of Victoria are all participating in the celebrations. On Nov. 8, an opening reception will be held at the AGGV (1040 Moss St., 7 p.m.), and will feature a performance by the symphony of some of Cage's musical compositions. The galleryâ€™s exhibit dedicated to his work, called Devoted Play, runs Nov. 9 to Jan. 6. For info on all Cage-related events, visit johncage.org.
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Asmiraâ€™s dance school came to Victoria in 1987. choreography from the Greater Victoria Festival of Arts. A food and cash bar will be a part of the festivities. Tickets are available at Amrikkos Authentic Indian Cuisine, located at 298 Island
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