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NEWS & VIEWS > THE WEEK

EDITOR’S NOTE

Embrace life more fully

It’s your time to Vic-ation hen is the last time you vacationed in Victoria? For those who call the south Island home, it can be easy to forget this old stomping ground is the pinpoint that hundreds of thouDANIELLE sands of visitors gesture to on POPE a map when asked where they news@ would like to visit. But before mondaymag.com they get here, there is a rare opportunity to experience all the city has to offer at a price that’s made for locals. Cue Dine Around & Stay In Town, one of the Island’s most anticipated dining experiences, returning for its 10th year in our city from Feb. 21 to March 10. “Dine Around really brings a renewed interest in the culinary talent that we have here in town,” says Trina Mousseau, Tourism Victoria’s director of destination marketing. “It gets people out — whether you live here every day or are coming in from Vancouver or up Island — and gives everyone a reason to experience the culture we have in Victoria, which is so rich and diverse.” The event, which has become a welcomed ray of sun to Victorians and businesses who can’t wait for the festive feelings of summer, is presented by Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association’s Victoria branch. For those who haven’t tried it before, the experience showcases participating restaurants offering special three-course menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person, as well as hotels offering special accommodations from $79, $99 and $129 price points. For the opportunity to really see Victoria from another view, the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa hits the experience with a double whammy: stay a night (from the $99 range), then dine at LURE Restaurant & Lounge ($30 point, and special celiac menu). The newly renovated resort is one location that offers the rare postcard view of the city and can give even residents a feeling of getting away. “Many people don’t consider hotel restaurants when thinking of where to go to eat, but we have regulars who come here for their special date nights,” says the Delta’s Karri Rolofs. “Dine Around has always been an important opportunity for us to show people what we have to offer.” LURE’s chef Dan Bain came to the restaurant in 2005 as saucier before becoming head chef in 2011. He uses his fiery passion for marine biology to give his own innovative take on local ingredients with culinary artistry — think stenciled messages specially inscribed to impress your date. Just to cinch that extra touristy feeling, Be A Tourist In Your Hometown is celebrating its 40th year from Feb. 28-March 3, with $10 tickets allowing locals to experience free or heavily discounted attractions before the summer crowd hits. That’s not to say the experience won’t be packed. Learn more at tourismvictoria.com/dinearound and attractionsvictoria.com/bat.

he tragedy of three young lives lost in a horrific house fire on Johnson Street this past weekend should be a wake-up call to all of us on the fleeting fragility of life. By all accounts, the three twentysomethings were wonderful people with bright futures ahead of them when what looks to be a simple accident ended their journey far too soon. The fire department is still investigating the blaze, GRANT but preliminary results seem to suggest that a couch McKENZIE on the front porch had caught fire during a party. The fire was doused, but unseen cinders erupted again editor@ later in the night when everyone was asleep. mondaymag.com The sad truth is, accidents can happen to any of us at any time. And while we can’t live in fear, we do need to find ways to embrace life more fully while we’re able. It’s far too easy to get stuck in the mud worrying about debt and bills and never getting to go on that vacation you promised yourself because “things are just too tight right now.” It’s also easy to spend too much time stressing about work or the boss or the assignment that’s due next week and next month and . . . well, you get the idea. And while stress is part of earning a living, it’s far too easy to let it eat up more time than it deserves. Instead of stressing this weekend, why not plan some quality family time instead? Kick off your shoes and go for a walk with your loved ones. Explore the wonderful parts of this city that you’ve been too busy for, treat your family to one of our fabulous restaurants, or head up to the mountains for a day on the slopes. Kiss your family. Laugh with your friends. Rediscover those horrific dance moves that only your wife can appreciate. Sing in the shower. Who cares if you don’t know the words. Stop and smell the sea air. Watch the hummingbirds and be amazed at their speed. Feed the ducks and watch the peacocks strut. Savour a spot of tea. Remember, work feeds your belly, but family feeds your soul. And before you leave the house, apartment or condo, take one extra minute today to check your smoke detectors. Show your children how they work, explain why they’re important and make sure they have fresh batteries. Kiss your family again and enjoy your day — together. M

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A NEW WAY TO GET CARDED The government is rolling ahead with the BC Services Card, sent to replace the standard CareCard this week, even though the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has not finished reviewing the program and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) are asking the government to put on the brakes. Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has pointed to a number of shortcomings with the plan, and has called for a halt to any further expansion of the card without extensive public consultations on the risks and benefits of data linkage — the card is to be imbedded into B.C. driver’s licences. The BCCLA and BC FIPA, however, say that this will take more than a public consultation to fix. “This government has got to come clean on the card before we are all forced to use it,” says Micheal Vonn, BCCLA policy director. “British Columbians have been provided almost no real information about it, and the Commissioner herself says she was only given an ‘abbreviated time for review’ of the program.” Yet the government maintains that the change is needed for a card that has not been significantly updated in the last 20 years. “This new card will be a secure piece of photo identification with many anti-fraud and security features including secure design, an expiry date and enhanced features which will help to protect citizens’ personal information,” says Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. The new card provides what the government is calling a “foundation” for the future development of access to online services. Hello, big brother.

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NEWS & VIEWS > LOVE IN VICTORIA - PART 3

Loving Apart:

Couples choose to live apart together, as evolving structure gives new definition to the term ‘committed’

By Danielle Pope

in love. They never married, never lived together, but talked every day, had regular date nights, vacationed together and kept their hearts fastened for the next 33 years until n 1963, my grandmother found the love of her life. Both he passed away in 1996. Now, at age 91, my grandma still she and he were in their 40s, and had been separated from keeps his picture by her nightstand. their spouses and families when they met and fell madly It’s not a structure that’s talked about openly, but Living Apart Together (LAT) relationships are becoming a bigger-than-ever trend in today’s dating scene. This isn’t your typical long-distance love affair — while some of these couples are forced apart due to circumstance, a growing majority of Canadian adults are choosing to stay in committed, monogamous relationships with an individual twist: they opt to live alone. “The defining factor we see in LAT relationships is that while some people choose to live apart until marriage, these couples have no intention of co-habiting,” says Victorian Linda Breault, co-editor of a national LAT anthology project. “These are committed and in love, but they (Beach Dr. at Dalhousie) people want their independence as well.” For the last two years, Breault and coCheck In: 8:30 am editor Dianne Gillespie have dedicated their lives to tracking down the stories of Start: 10:00 am couples creating this shift. After putting out a request for submissions, the two were overwhelmed by the response and will publish over 30 first-person LAT accounts in their upcoming anthology Living Apart Register now to end MS mswalks.ca | 250.388.6496 Together: A New Paradigm for Loving Couples. While there is currently no literature published on the topic, University of Victoria and University of Manitoba researchers partnered in 2011 to examine their own study of couples who wanted to be together and apart. “The majority of our age group for this study is over 35, and we’re seeing women who want their independence, men who want their space, and people who have experienced divorce and separation who want to be much more careful with their relationships this time around,” Dr. Karen Kobayashi, assistant professor and research affiliate with UVic’s Centre on Aging, told Monday in 2011. “What we’ve found so far is that a lot of the couples are coming to us and saying, ‘Thank you, this will finally validate our lifestyle — we’re so tired of explaining our choices to our families.’”

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An estimated one-in-twelve Canadians live apart together. A study in 2003 showed that nearly 57 per cent of couples in the 20 to 29 age group lived in an LAT setup, which may have explained “commuter” or long-distance relationships with both partners pursuing a career. Back then, only 11 per cent of couples over the age of 50 chose the monogamous live-apart structure. Yet, Kobayashi and Breault have now separately discovered findings that have tipped the scales dramatically. More couples — and not just the young ones — are choosing to live apart in committed, monogamous relationships than ever before. “In our submissions, we found about 15 per cent chose to marry and maintain their separate dwellings, though many more had been married in the past but wanted the comfort and security of a relationship that also gave them space,” says Breault. Breault experienced her own taste of LAT while doing social work overseas, where she met Gillespie. Both women were introduced to many others who had happy, committed relationships but had left their partners at home — some with no long-term plans of returning. “So many of the women I met were living their own completely independent lives while maintaining partners and families, and other women who didn’t know about this who I told would say, ‘Wow, I would love to do that,’” Breault says. “It’s something that has been around for a long time but it hasn’t really been talked about — until now.” Breault and Gillespie discovered four main categories in the submissions. First, voluntary LAT: those who select, wholeheartedly, to maintain both a relationship and privacy. Some examples include couples that had to “separate” to stay together, often renting apartments next to each other. Second, involuntary LAT: those separated by distance, unable to live together due to immigration or work restrictions. Third, trial LAT: couples who are met with conflicting dreams or ideals and choose to pursue them for a trial period. Fourth, miscellanea: just as love comes in many forms, Breault and Gillespie found there were some cases where LAT worked inexplicably, like the senior man who opted to move into an assisted-care facility just to be near his wife who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. “I’m a hopeless romantic who doesn’t believe in unconditional love. I haven’t found any convincing reason why I have to live in the same house … as long as we keep dancing,” says Nanci, one of the anthology contributors, who classes herself in the volunteer LAT category. For those who choose it, the two ladies learned there were a few main reasons that older adults, especially, weren’t so quick to shack up — fear of an unequal division of domestic labour and care giving; a desire to keep private homes for social activities with friends, adult children and grandchildren; concerns over the infringement on financial autonomy and lifestyle; stress about decisions of where to live and what possessions to keep or share. But most important of all: keeping the love alive. “One thing was true with all the couples who spoke with us for the anthology — they didn’t take each other for granted,” says Breault. “They Spa worked hard to keep their connection strong, Lim ce and they treasured every minute they had to Call ited Tod spend together.” M ay!

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EVENTS CALENDAR STAGE THURS. FEB. 21 IN THE NEXT ROOM - (or The Vibrator Play) Theatre Inconnu presents an elegant comedy about love and longing. WED, THURS, SAT at 8pm and SAT and SUN at 2pm until March 2 at 1923 Fernwood. Feb. 20 is pay what you can. Tickets $14/10 are available at ticketrocket.org or 250-590-6291. (See review, P11) SPEAKING IN TONGUES-This fascinating and erotic play from Australia pays homage to film noir. Nine parallel lives – interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto – are woven through a series of fragmented confessionals where the lines between right and wrong become dangerously blurred. Runs WED to SAT at 8pm, WED at 1pm, SAT at 4pm until Feb. 24 at the Belfry Theatre. Tickets $25-40 at 250-385-6815 or belfry.bc.ca. REASONS TO BE PRETTY -UVic's Phoenix Theatre presents this Tonynominated black comedy about love and relationships. Runs THURS-SAT at 8pm, and SAT at 2pm until Feb. 23 (3800 Finnerty). Tickets are $22/18/13 at 250-721-8000. HELEN'S NECKLACE -The Belfry Theatre presents a play by Carloe Frechette, In the heart of a chaotic Middle Eastern city, Helen, a Canadian, tries to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding a lost necklace. Her journey brings her face to face with the realities of a war-torn city and the many facets of loss. Runs WED-SAT at 8pm, SAT at 4pm and SUN at 2pm until March 3 in the studio. Tickets start at $25 at 250-3856815 or belfry.bc.ca. (See review, P11)

FRI. FEB. 22 THEATRICAL TREASURES -The Canadian College of Performing Arts Year 2 actors present classic and cutting edge theatrical presentations and perform a moving ode to endurance and hope featuring The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Darcy Evans. FRIDAY at 7:30pm and SATURDAY at 2 and 7:30pm at the CCPA Performance Hall (1701 Elgin). $15 at rmts.bc.ca or 250-386-6121. PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLETDance Victoria presents Canada's only date for Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. The powerhouse program features Balanchine, Robbins and Wheeldon. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $29 at rmts. bc.ca or 250-386-6121. IN THE HEIGHTS-Spectrum Community School presents the BC premiere of this Tony award winning Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, blending Latin American, new broadway and hip hop. FRI, SAT at 7:30pm at 957 Burnside. Tickets at 250-489-8271. Until March 3.

HELLO BABY-Theatre SKAM presents Lucas Myers’ hilarious and unique brand of observational humour for anyone who is going to be a dad, is a dad, has a dad or knows a dad. FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8pm at Metro Studio. Tickets are $18/15 in advance at ticketrocket.org or 250590-6291or $23/20 at the door.

G++ INTERACTIVE MEDIA - Fish.e: an interactive window-front art installation by Paul Reimer and Gabrielle Odowichuk, two of the artist/engineers at Limbic Media. Opening reception 8pm at 1119 Fort. CACGV CAFE GALLERY - Mixed show of landscapes, portraits and still life. To March 3 at 3220 Cedar Hill.

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THE OCCUPIED MIND OF MR. K-The play, by local playwright John Demmery Green, is presented by Intrepid Theatre Club as their next You Show. It explores what can happen when two unemployed friends convince a new-age, fauxHindu guru to hijack the mind of a recently-deceased billionaire. 2 and 7pm at 1609 Blanshard. $12/10 cash only at the door or in advance at 250-370-9800. DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA-The Peninsula Young Performers and Allegro Performing Arts Centre present their annual dance show. 2 and 7pm at Charlie White Theatre (Mary Winspear, Sidney). $16 at 250-656-0275 or online at marywinspearcentre.ca. MANSCAPE - Rosie Bitts hosts an evening of all-male burlesque performance featuring Jett Adore, the 2012 King of Boylesque Russell Bruner, Magic Man Travis Brenhardt, Dave Morris, Jeremy Loveday, The Boxers are Brief and Jeff Poynter. 9pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $25 advance at Garden of Eden or eventbrite.com. $30 at the door. CONTRA DANCE - Everyone is welcome, beginner friendly, no partner required. Tunes by Odd Hack and calling by Bob Rentz. Lesson at 7pm, dance at 7:30pm at St. Matthias Church (600 Richmond). $8. STARLIGHT BALL - Social Ballroom dance hosted by Wanda Kivitt and Donna Lawrence. Workshop and waltz mixer with Wanda at 7:30pm, Dance at 8pm at Saanich Silver Threads (Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton). $15.

TUES. FEB. 26 SIN CITY -This clever cast of improvisors is back with the third season of the live improvised weekly serial, Bedlam-by-Sea, set in a pub-hotel in a quaint seaside English village. Completely improvised and continues over 21 weekly episodes. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets are $15/12, cash only at the door.

GALLERIES FRI. FEB. 22 THE AVENUE GALLERY - Evolution: mixed media new works by Blu Smith. Opening reception 5-7pm. To March 7 at 2184 Oak Bay.

FRI. FEB. 22 TSUKINO CON 2013 - For anime and manga fans, Tsukino-Con is be a great chance for anime and gaming fans to meet people with the similar interests, and show off their latest costumes or gaming skills. To SUNDAY. Opening FRIDAY 2pm until buildings close at University of Victoria’s Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS building). $25 for weekend. 250-474-5981, tsukinocon.com.

SAT. FEB. 23 SEEDY SATURDAY - Check out the fourth-annual Seedy Saturday, Sooke's premier gardening and local food growing event. The family friendly day will feature a seed exchange and trading table, a diverse range of seed and plant vendors, local food artisans; educational displays featuring information on everything from composting to bees, to the history of farming in our region. 10am-3pm at Sooke Community Hall (2037 Shields). $5. 250-642-0503, seedysaturday@gmail.com. THE FIRST CO-OP DAY IN VICTORIA - Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Community Health Co-op. See displays by 18 Victoria area co-operatives, and the presentation: Peace, Co-operation and Sustainability by global co-op expert, Dr. Ian MacPherson. 11am2pm at Fairfield United Church, (1303 Fairfield). By donation to the Creating Community Wellness Society, or food for the event. 250-477-4751.

SUN. FEB. 24 THE BIG SHRED - Make that mountain of old bank statements disappear the safe way. Shredding is by donation to help the veterans, seniors and adults with disabilities served by Broadmead Care. 9am1pm in the parking lot of the Lodge at Broadmead (4579 Chatterton). Suggested minimum donation of $8 per box. 250-658-3274. (See story P3.) WHO GIVES A HOOT - Who, who, who glides silently, can turn a head almost completely around and can cough-up a wicked hairball? Explore wonderful world of owls through games, stories, crafts, hands-on exploration, dissect an owl pellet and try your luck at a wicked game of owl bingo. noon-3pm at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation. 250-479-0211.

WONDER SUNDAY, MY MUSEUM - Did you ever wonder how to start a collection? If you could design a museum, what would it look like, where would it be, and what would you keep? All ages workshop. 1-3pm at Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). Free with admission. 250-356-7226. FAMILY ORIENTEERING - Be active with the whole family. CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists will have maps and compasses on hand, and a beginner level orienteering course set up at Beaver Lake. 11am-2pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (information kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot). Free. 250-478-3344. ROSS BAY CEMETERY GUIDED TOUR - Visit graves of many Black citizens in long ago Victoria. CoSponsored by the BC Black History Awareness Society and Old Cemetery Society. 2-3:30pm in front of of Oregano’s, Fairfield Village (1-1516 Fairfield). $5. bcblackhistory.ca.

MON. FEB. 25 SPARKLING WINE COURSE - A companion to every occasion and from the first 'POP' of the cork, a bottle of bubbly lets everyone know it's time to celebrate. Travel the world in a glass of sparkling wine and explore what's behind the bubbles. 7-9pm at Monterey Recreation Centre (1442 Monterey). $55. 250-370-7300. AN EVENING OF CLAIRVOYANCE - Ara Parisien, internationally acclaimed Psychic Medium, will offer messages from the other side in this evening of evidence, empowerment and inspiration. 19+. Limited seating, arrive early or pre-book seating by emailing araparisien@shaw. ca. 7-9pm at Church of Truth (111 Superior). $20. 250-382-1133.

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STREET SMARTS Would a bike-share work in Victoria?

KIERAN REPORT

Political ménage à trois for the ages ere’s a political ménage à trois for the ages. It is called “Kool Topp & Guy Public Affairs” and it redefines opportunism. BRIAN Yes folks, one KIERAN of Premier Christy bkieran@ Clark’s fallen angels, mondaymag.com disgraced chief adviser Ken Boessenkool, is clawing his way back into the political limelight on the back of NDP Leader Adrian Dix’s most trusted strategist, Brian Topp. The third man in this marriage of preelection convenience is Don Guy, a featured speaker at the Liberals’ convention last October and a potential senior strategist for the coming election campaign. Last September, Boessenkool suddenly resigned as Clark’s right-hand man in the wake of what was described at the time as an “inappropriate incident.” This incident was said to have transpired at the Bard & Banker Scottish Pub on Government Street following a Liberal golf tournament. But, details were sketchy at best as the premier refused to elaborate because she did not want to see people who did

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nothing wrong undergo an invasion of their privacy. Topp, a failed candidate in the federal NDP leadership race won by Thomas Mulcair, is a Dix confidante who is running the party’s provincial campaign. Topp defines plugged in. The announcement Boessenkool sent out states: “Imagine Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby playing together, all the time. That’s why Brian Topp (the left winger), Don Guy (the centre) and I (the right winger) have teamed up. I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kool Topp & Guy Public Affairs.” Boessenkool — just “Kool” to you — describes the new lobbying firm’s mantra as “unparalleled longitudinal, vertical and horizontal line-of-sight into public sector decision-making in Canada, and beyond.” Sorry, that’s simply unadulterated horse hockey. The only line-of-sight element in this new firm will be Topp’s unfettered view into the office of the next premier, Adrian Dix. I assume Boessenkool and Guy are along for the ride because they know how to link Topp with a new client base of deep-pocketed private sector players seeking access to the new NDP administration. Boessenkool says: “Our principals plan, but don’t lobby.” I trust he has the decency to blush.

I don’t see why not. Just need to get enough people to sign up.

I wonder if this trinity of consenting bedfellows has the blessing of the NDP leader. I would have thought that Dix would want to distance himself from speculation that a privileged insider will be encouraged to beat a path to his door. Earlier this month, I enjoyed a couple of frosty Dos Equis in Mexico with my old pal Bill Bell, a former NDP campaign strategist and public affairs consultant who maintains close links with the party. He believes the election of an NDP government will profoundly change the way corporations and advocacy associations communicate with Victoria. He reminded me that government relations (GR) firms have seen the writing on the wall for many months and some have hired new associates they believe have the right NDP credentials. However, these GR firms have failed to appreciate that “a paradigm shift is coming.” I agree with Bell when he says that nothing less than a radical rethinking of the public affairs consulting model will suffice. He is assuming that Dix and the new government will take “a supremely dim view of lobbyists who assume their pedigrees give them right of passage into the corridors of power.” I will not be surprised if, in the coming weeks, Topp announces that he is rethinking this new partnership. M

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I just had a bike stolen and have to save for another, so yes, if the price is right. JAMIN LEE, Victoria

Yes. Less pollution. Fewer cars and buses. Very Victoria.

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With neighbours like these . . . ive years after someone first set about sweeping away the alltoo-visible signs of poverty in the area around Pandora Green, someone finally thought to ask members of the street community how they felt about life on the 900 block of Pandora. Last Friday, the Greater Victoria Committee to End Homelessness, along with the RadiSIMON cal Health Alliance (RHA), gathered across NATTRASS from Our Place to serve food and ask Victosnattrass@ ria’s homeless what they thought of the Panmondaymag.com dora Green Good Neighbour Agreement. “When you read between the lines of the Good Neighbour Agreement, the assumptions that it’s putting forward about people who use the 900 block are very stigmatizing,” says Seb Bonet of the RHA. “It puts forward the idea they they produce unsafety, that they are bringing down property values.” Since its creation, the agreement recognized that the clientele of Our Place fit into the category of Neighbours on the 900 block, but while property owners, police and municipal officials

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were deeply involved in the document’s creation, Friday was the first time many living on the street had even heard of it. Bonet says Friday’s event was an attempt to make up for the consultation that the City of Victoria, Victoria Police,VIHA and property owners should have carried out when they signed the agreement back in 2009. A central tenet of the agreement is that all neighbours should feel safe, welcome and comfortable, but a glance at the responses to the RHA’s survey indicate this is not the case. Amid calls for a safe injection site or a secure place to leave belongings to avoid having them confiscated or searched by officials, Bonet says a common theme was apprehension about the constant presence of police in an area populated by people whose way of life puts them at odds with the law. The Pandora Green Good Neighbour Agreement is a microcosm of our region’s approach to the harsh realities of poverty. Instead of searching for a balance between the needs of the street community and other interests, it succumbs to paranoia and misinformation. Instead of providing hope, it seeks to “manage social issues to reduce or eliminate their impact,” calling for more enforcement, more restriction, and blindly trailing behind those who still believe we can police poverty away. M

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being fired, I feel that this is inappropriate for the Inner Harbour. The extremely loud noise, concurrent concussions, and large amount of associated smoke (pollution) is not an activity that should take place in a densely populated urban area. You may not be aware

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still, it is very disturbing and often painful to be subjected to the noise and concussions. As you are well aware, there are many other people in hotels, offices and pedestrians who are subjected to this disturbing activity too. Many may not be informed prior to the

event. I would worry for anyone with a heart condition who experiences these very disturbing noises and concussions without warning. I would worry for them even with warning. While I am aware of the tradition of honouring various dignitaries and veterans, I personally do not believe that it is honouring anyone to have guns fired at them. Surely there is enough of this activity already in the world

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OFF THE COVER: GONE COUNTRY LIVE n hour before Upstairs Cabaret opens he took off to the Cayman Islands to work. It its doors Thursday night, the line out- wasn’t long though, before he was back in the side will have already started. But the saddle, so to speak. He moved back to Victoria, scene is more tail-gate party than a became the general manager of Upstairs and red carpet affair. decided to get back on the horse. Guys dressed head-to-toe in denim, huge belt Friesen approached Ryan Evans of The buckles and cowboy hats keep girls in skin-tight Southern Urge, a rock ‘n’ roll band with country plaid and braided pigtails warm until they can compulsion who played a weekly gig at Upstairs all hit the dancefloor at Victoria’s hottest country Cabaret’s downstairs partner Darcy’s Pub, to music night, Gone Country Live. form a new band to play live country music Inside, the bar is transformed from sea-side covers at the revived event. Evans (vocals, guilounge to southern-style roadhouse, with bales tar) partnered up with Andrew Laing (guitar), of hay and people crushing cans of Pabst Blue drummer Luke Renshaw (Hannah Georgas, Jets Ribbon. Overhead), and bassist Leigh Grisewood to form The dancefloor is packed with line-dancers an in-demand country cover band with set lists and two-steppers. There’s hootin’ and hollerin’ that include popular “new country” artists like all around. And in the air — the sweet sound of Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw alonglive country music — courtesy side “old country” favourites like of house band, The Tumblin’ Hank Williams and even a few GONE COUNTRY Dice. originals. (New single “This old The event, now running House” http://goo.gl/Y1BKy ) LIVE monthly at the time-honoured “After we did the first Gone Thurs., Feb. 21 live music venue and nightclub Country we knew we had someUpstairs Cabaret in Bastion Square, began as an thing special on our hands,” says (15 Bastion Square) idea by a local bartender eight Evans. “It’s come from a humble Doors at 9pm years ago and has ballooned gathering of great country music Ladies Free into one of the biggest, and fans, to the biggest night this city gonecountrylive.com most anticipated, club nights in has ever seen. Now we have people town — with the venue packed coming from places like Nanaimo, to capacity early, leaving many Duncan and Vancouver just to waiting outside all night hoping see what everyone’s freaking out for a chance to get in on the party. Go to another about.” club nearby and there’s a high probability you’ll “The entire dance floor is so focused on the see some of the spillover. band,” says Friesen, who is now in operations “I always had a love for country music,” says development for Upstairs and Darcys. “People Gone Country creator Joel Friesen, who grew are singing along, everyone’s all smiles, dancing, up “driving jacked-up muddy pickups” in Sidney yelling, the vibe is so high. It’s just a room full and working on his family’s 3,000-acre farm in of people whose primary focus is to have a good Manitoba. “It hasn’t always been cool to express time.” that, but as you get older you get more comfortFor those coming from out of town or who just able with it,” he says with a laugh. want guaranteed entry, Friesen puts 100 priorFriesen originally thought a country-themed ity access tickets for sale online (tinyurl.com/ club night in a city like Victoria would be a tough bc3gj6o). Ladies are always free. sell when he pitched it to what was then Red Keep your ears open for a country music conJacket nightclub, but with the support of his cert announcement too. Friesen will be announcmanager and his friends, he made it a success. ing a concert by a multiple Juno and Canadian “The first one was packed to the gills,” he says. Country Music Award winning artist Thursday Friesen held an event every few months before night. M

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ORION he Vancouver-born son of rootsrocker Barney Bentall is pulling double duty Saturday night at Lucky Bar as he and his new band The Smokes co-headline a tour with emerging Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega. But Dustin Bentall and the Smokes won’t only be playing one set, they’re also Ortega’s backing band. The two have the same agent in Canada and when Bentall heard Ortega was looking for a backing band, he sug-

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY ountry music in Victoria isn’t only for the trendy nightclubs of downtown. Montgomery County has been wielding their country twang the way country started — with rednecks. From opening for Canadian country music superstar George Canyon back in 2011 to the beer gardens of the Western Speedway, the Saloon stage of Sunfest and local haunts like My Bar and Tudor House, lead singer Wayne Montgomery and the band have taken on new country’s finest for the past three years, covering new classics like “Red Solo Cup,” “Put A Girl In It” and “The More I Drink.” The group may not be the youngest country act in Victoria, but they’re as country as it gets. According to Montgomery, Victoria’s pretty country too. “Cowboy culture might not be as strong in Victoria as in places like Shawnigan and Duncan, but it is here! Lots of our fans are young and lots are in full country attire. You can’t just buy that stuff at the Mayfair Mall.” Join the county crew Fri., Feb. 22 at My Bar (9pm, 310 Gorge East in the Hojo), take a drive to The Black Swan Fri., March 1(Shawnigan Lake) or at the Tudor — By Colin Cayer House Sat., March 2 . M

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owards the end of last year, a new restaurant on the eastern edge of the Oak Bay Village quietly opened its doors. If early indications are anything to go by, this one is here to stay. I didn’t really know what to expect from the Oaks Restaurant and Grill. Owners Isa Hosein and Nick Hopkins met in Calgary in high school about half their lives ago (neither have yet reached the age of 30). It doesn’t sound like a recipe for success in a neighbourhood known for its, shall we say, population well over 30. Did they have any idea what they were doing opening a restaurant in an area of town where even experienced operators struggle? Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. They took possession in October and put hours into a facelift, though on the three occasions I have visited, no one could pinpoint any great visual difference between the current room and its immedi-

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’m lonely!” – Mrs. Givings e cannot go on living like this.” – Helen Theatre Inconnu kicks off its 2013 season For the first time in many years, The with a winner: In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Belfry Theatre has opened up its smaller studio Play) by Sarah Ruhl. Basically, it rocks. By turns space to its own programming: Helen’s Necklace funny, touching and sexy, Theatre Inconnu’s produc- by Carole Fréchette. It is a quiet, intimate production bewitches, providing real catharsis and a tran- tion, thoughtfully presented. At times, though, it scendent, exquisitely tender ending. does not quite leave the shallow end. In the Next Room takes place in an 1880s spa town Fréchette wrote Helen’s Necklace (translated in New York State (not to be confused with the infe- from the original French by John Murrell) after rior 2011 film Hysteria about a similar subject, but set spending some time in Lebanon. A one-act play, in England.) Mrs. Givings watches as her husband the action takes place during a lengthy cab ride treats a parade of women (and, eventually, men) for with many stops. Helen (Tracey Moore) searches what he diagnoses as “hysteria.” Whatever their con- for her lost necklace, made of cheap plastic but temporary diagnoses would be, Dr. Givings prescribes of immense personal value, in a nameless Arab rigorous application of electrical charge; in other country. She comes across many locals, all played words, he stimulates them with a vibrator he has by the same actor (Lee Majdoub). Helen’s Western invented. Meanwhile, Mrs. Givings remains unaware values meet the troubled reactions of a war-torn of the details of her husband’s practice. country. As Helen comes to accept her loss, she Ruhl describes her writing style as interpreting is — in a way — found. “how people subjectively experience life” because Tracey Moore as Helen shows courage in dis“everyone has a great, horrible opera inside of him.” playing unattractive self-regard. She almost does She also says that her plays have a “medieval sensibil- a number of face-plants as she pursues her misity of … transformation.” sion. Demurely she reins herself in, trying to conThe performances are uniformly excellent. Each ceal her need to find the necklace. As her characactor brings tremendous, subjective vitality to their ter’s arc moves from self-interest to self-forgetting, roles. Odile Nelson as Mrs. Givings completes a trans- Moore displays glimpses of Helen’s humanity; formative character arc, beginning in smug, racist however, I could not help but feel as if Moore’s propriety and finishing by revealing her profound characterization stopped short of the deep end. needs. Nelson’s character leads with her hands, which The transformation would have been more radiflit about the stage, trying to keep things in their place, cal, and affecting, had it plunged into sadness and nudge things to where she feels they should be. and compassion rather than wading in part of the Dr. Givings, played by Julian Cervello, captures way. I suspect that, as the play continues its run, the persona of a 19th-century man of science, sure Moore will bring Helen to the depths she requires of his practice, even if he is oblivious to the emo- (and craves). tional upheaval he unleashes around him. In the end, Cervello provides Dr. Givings some humanity Read the full review by Brent Schaus at monand vulnerability. Frequently, actors have to change daymag.com. Helen's Necklace runs at The Belfry out of layers of 19th-century women’s costume — on Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm stage — while still meeting all of the beats of a tightly- and Sunday at 2pm until March 3. Tickets at 250scripted play. It is an impressive feat. 385-6815 or belfry.bc.ca. Director Naomi Simpson also gets credit for both set and lighting design. It’s a wonder how Simpson choreoa double pass to the advance screening of graphs a large ensemble cast, unwieldy furniture and complex costume changes, all on Theatre Inconnu’s shallow stage. The set is divided in two, as the script requires: one side is Dr. Givings’ office; the other is Mrs. Givings’ sitting room (which doubles as her husband’s waiting room). Simpson, as lighting designer, synchs lighting changes with the action as it moves from room to room. At times, both rooms are lit; at other times, one room is dim but the action is still discernible. The result is layers of accented action. In Mrs. Givings’ sitting room, an era-appropriate piano sits, poorly tuned, serving as an apt metaphor for her loneliness and neglect. If there is any justice, Theatre Inconnu has a hit on their hands. 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MONDAY GUIDE > FILM TWILIGHT OF THE ACTION GODS iterally within weeks of each other we’ve seen the release of non-ironic action flicks starring aging gods of the blowed-up-real-good genre, beginning with Arnold Schwarzenegger and continuing with Sylvester Stallone (still impressively ripped). And now, limping into distant third place comes Bruce Willis in A Good Day To Die Hard, once again reprising his role as John McClane, cop and quipster and bane of all terrorists. In this fifth outing for the increasingly tired series, McClane travels to Russia to help out his estranged son. Unbeknownst to dear old dad, Jack is now working for the CIA and this dynamic duo soon find themselves battling Russian mobsters with plans to hijack weapons-grade uranium. The resulting plot is a formulaic jumble of gunfights, car chases, and explosions, interspersed with bickering between father and son that is presumably supposed to be cute but is merely grating. As well as looking a bit grimy, the movie is cheerless and dull. Back in the day, John McClane was resourceful, vulnerable, brave . . . and funny. Now, he’s just a bitter bald guy with the nearinvulnerability of a superhero. And don’t even ask if the plot makes sense. In short, this Good Day represents a very bad day at the movies.

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HOROSCOPE > FEB. 24 - MARCH 2, 2013 2005 you could move in a new direction. This new direction completely redefined who you were. Since this is “behind” you, the big question is what are you going to do with the new you? VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 Although you were pleased with how things were unfolding at the turn of the millennium, right now you’re in a state of flux. Perfect. That’s exactly how it should feel. Since you set off in a new direction around 2008, you have been redefining and tweaking your life to the point where it is now. This is a crossroads. In the next two years, you will either change jobs, change residences or both so that you have a strong sense of who you are and what you’re doing in the world. LIBRA SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 You’ve been reinventing yourself since 2010.

Naturally, you had to streamline your life and let go of a lot of things prior to that, but now you are focused on cash flow, earnings and even major expenditures. You’re trying to make it all come together. An obvious question is what you do you want to do to earn your money? But at a deeper level, you are actually questioning your basic values right now. Essentially, you have to define to yourself what really matters in life. SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 This is a hugely defining time in your life. Older Scorpions can relate back to the mid-’80s because that was the last time Saturn was in your sign. Saturn is also known as the Great Teacher. Any Saturn transit is a maturing process. Saturn forces us to focus on responsibilities, duties, obligations that in turn lead to external success, rewards and

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a sense of accomplishment. Right now you are beginning to redefine who you are in the world. SAGITTARIUS NOV 22- DEC 21 You can’t ignore home and family! Major purchases, renovations, family meetings and visiting guests keep you on the go. Enjoy entertaining midst the chaos. But in the bigger picture, you’re starting to streamline your life. (In fact, many of you have already started to do this.) In the next year or so, you will let go of people, places, relationships, homes, jobs and possessions. Why? Because in about 18 months — around 2015-16 — you’re going to enter a new sandbox, which will be the beginning of you completely reinventing yourself and the world. CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 19 Short trips, visits and errands create an acceler-

ated pace, but you love it. This is a good time to write, teach, edit, act, sell or market. This is also an excellent year to improve your job as well as improve your health. You feel confident and very much on top of your game because others are appreciating what you have accomplished. Later this year and into next year, partnerships and close friendships will be wonderfully enriching. In fact, singles could meet and marry someone older, richer or worldlier. AQUARIUS JAN 20-FEB 18 This is wonderful time to wrap up financial projects. But in the bigger picture, you want to play! Lucky Aquarians are on vacation, enjoying love affairs and delighting in the arts, sports events plus playful activities with kids. However, in the “really big” picture — we’re talking a 30-year cycle — you

are now entering your time of harvest. This lasts for about five years and most of you will achieve success and recognition in areas you’ve been involved with for the last several years or even much longer. PISCES FEB 19-MARCH 20 With the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune all in Pisces, it’s all about you! Retrograde Mercury will bring confused communications, lost papers, books, glasses and keys. You might lock yourself out of the house with the bathtub running. Nevertheless, you have much to look forward to because this year you will have a feeling of a richer home with more beautiful things in your home. In fact, many will move to a bigger home. You will also enjoy a richer, happier relationship with family members. Start planning for a big vacation.

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