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The return of a competitive dance duo, a 10-piece orchestra and a fancy dinner will make one evening in February A Glittery Affair. The Monterey Centre hosts the dinner and dance where John and Nadine Woodall will make their return to demonstrate dancing techniques, teaching guests the finer points of the swings, dips and shakes picked up over 13 years of competitive dance across North America. The Oak Bay residents are looking forward to sharing their expertise and joining forces with the Bob Morrison Orchestra to get attendees of all levels onto the dance floor. “The best part of it is, it’s a body contact sport,” Nadine said with a laugh. “We haven’t done this for a long time, but if it gets them up to some exercise simply because we took up the challenge, that’s (great).” Nadine, 77, and her 81-year-old husband of 57 years have been hard at work practicing their moves in colourful dance attire, anticipating an inspiring night of dancing which is just what organizer Ena Cooke, president of the Oak Bay Seniors Activity Association, is hoping for. “(They are) the icing on the cake. It was important to get them to do the demonstration because they are such beautiful dancers,” she said. “We asked especially for them. They are such great dancers hopefully it will encourage people to get out there.” Cooke said the dancing duo, food and the Bob Morrison Orchestra will be well worth the $20 price of admission and hopes the evening will take members back to older times. “We have never had something like this before, they will be dressed up at their glittery best,” she said. “It will be a fabulous night – we will all be dancing with the stars.” A Glittery Affair takes place in the Garry Oak room at the Monterey Centre in Oak Bay at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. Tickets are $20 for members and $23 for guests. firstname.lastname@example.org
Husband and wife team John and Nadine Woodall show off some of the dance moves they will be bringing to A Glittery Affair at the Monterey Centre Feb. 11. Arnold Lim/News staff
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Laughs and memories abound after the 58 years Egon and Hanna Gimbel have lived and loved together. The couple married 56 years ago in their hometown of Bremen, Germany. They, arrived in Montreal by boat on July 1, 1966 with their two young children. The couple settled in Victoria where Hanna’s older brother and sister lived. Egon, now 79, worked as a construction labourer for two years and then for an office equipment repair company, where he remained until retirement. Hanna, 77, raised the kids and because her English was limited, started her Christopher Sun Canadian work life washReporting ing dishes at Woodward’s department store, before getting into sales. The couple has one grandson and come July, they will become great-grandparents, which should create even more memories. However, two years ago after Egon underwent knee surgery, he fell into delirium and was unresponsive for 10 days. “That scared the whole daylight out of me,” says Hanna, 77, glancing at Egon as she remembered. “Our son said you were a space cadet.” “Me, a space cadet? I didn’t know,” Egon says with a laugh. The couple couldn’t always speak candidly and tease of each other about what transpired two years ago, but time has helped. After the delirium, Egon was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects memory. It commonly occurs in people over age 65, but early onset can begin at 30. It starts with simple forgetfulness, such as misplacing keys, gradually advancing to complete memory loss. There is no cure. “I felt really bad,” Egon says, remembering the moment he was told. “All the things I’ve been doing, a lot of those things, I couldn’t do anymore.” “It felt like a death sentence for me,” Hanna says. Egon stopped driving and can no longer venture out on his own without worrying his wife. He became depressed and moody, which has since been treated. Hanna already had some experience with the disease. “My brother had (Alzheimer’s) and he died a year and a half ago,” she says. “My sister was diagnosed last year. Now I think, ‘oh my gosh,
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Hanna Gimbel and Egon her husband of 56 years in their home in Vic West. when is it going to be my turn? I can’t afford to have it.’” In only five to seven per cent of cases the cause is connected to genes, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Egon believes his mother also had Alzheimer’s in her old age, based on recent education about the disease. The couple went to the Alzheimer Society for information and through a series of workshops, the couple learned what to expect. Hanna said it took time to get over mourning about the life they had before the diagnosis. They now live in the present and make the most of it. “When Egon does something weird, we try to laugh about it,” Hanna says. “I believe laughing is an excellent cure to everything.” Egon hasn’t noticed a decline in his memory. He feels the same as he did before the diagnosis and is confident he has the faculty to drive. Hanna though is quick to point out the changes. Once Egon locked himself out of their VicWest condo and instead of calling someone to help, he just stood at the door. “It’s also little things,” Hanna says.
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“Egon was always a neat freak. He would never leave anything out and always put things back (but that has changed). And his interest in things is no longer there.” Friends also shy away from them. That doesn’t bother Egon much, but Hanna feels it might have to do with a lack of education on the disease. “They think we are contagious, or Egon wouldn’t understand what they are talking about or that he’s bonkers,” Hanna said. “Or they just talk to me and not him.” “Because Hanna, you talk (too much),” Egon says, with a smile. Over time, Egon will require more care, which will take an increasingly emotional and physical toll on Hanna. Already she learned that as a full-time caregiver, she needs some alone time, so every Thursday, she drops Egon off at a program and heads to yoga for a couple of hours. They attend Alzheimer’srelated classes together to help exercise Egon’s brain and meet others. In the last two years they have seen healthy people decline then die. “That scares me, that I’m getting that
way,” Egon says. “Especially when you see people and they want to talk to you and they cannot. You have to say, ‘yes’ and ‘I understand’ and ‘I know what you mean,’ to make them feel good.” Egon knows there may be a time when Hanna will be unable to care for him and he will be admitted to a home, a subject he is sensitive about. “I am very, very willing to keep him in the house as long as I can but I’m getting old too,” Hanna said. “I feel that it is a little too early to talk about because he gets very depressed about it. We live day-to-day because we don’t know what’s going to happen.” The Alzheimer Society regularly holds free workshops. On Feb. 11 the society hosts a two-hour session starting at 5:30 p.m. and on Feb. 20, a five-session series starts on caring for a person with dementia. Both workshops are at Hillside Seniors Health Centre, 1454 Hillside Ave. To register, call 250-370-5641. The Alzheimer Society B.C. can be reached at 250-382-2052 or info.victoria@ alzheimerbc.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
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New liquor rules add responsibility Big changes are afoot in the administration of liquor in this province. And while most of the changes mark a shift toward treating adults as adults, among those who choose to drink, not everyone exhibits adult behaviour where the consumption of alcohol is concerned. Part of the proposed changes include eliminating beer gardens, the penned off areas at public events that separate “family” areas from those where carded adults may purchase and drink alcohol. On the surface, the idea of allowing people who may be attending events with underage family members to enjoy their beverages as a family makes sense. We’d like to think that people who take their young relatives to an event aren’t going to over-consume alcohol in their presence. But the potential for problems doesn’t lie with the majority of people who will obey the law, behave themselves and ensure that only adults in their group partake in alcoholic beverages. It’s with the small minority who choose to flout the rules, get drunk and obnoxious in a “family” area and perhaps worst, buy alcohol for underaged drinkers. Promoters of music festivals and other similar large-crowd events have applauded the proposed changes, saying they will bring B.C. into the 21st century when it comes to treating people with respect and allowing them to make the right choices. But what about festival goers who don’t make the right choices? Attendees will need to be watched closely as new rules are phased in. Based on past experience, we expect the province to shift that task onto liquor licensees, in this case, the people who stage community events. Will those organizations, many of which operate largely on a volunteer basis, have the resources or the expertise to take on the role of ensuring liquor doesn’t fall into the hands of minors? Local organizers have shown they can manage the task under the old system. What’s clear is these issues will need to be addressed before the province puts pen to paper and creates new regulations. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: email@example.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The OAK BAY NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
End this bloody B.C. school war invented a constitutional right to There are two reasons why the collective bargaining in 2007, based B.C. government must appeal the on “freedom of association” in the latest court ruling that damns Charter of Rights and its conduct, assesses Freedoms. damages of $2 million plus The BCTF is piggylawyer bills and appears backing on that landmark to hand the B.C. Teachers’ decision, in favour of Federation the keys to the the Hospital Employees’ treasury. Union, after Gordon The first is practical Campbell ran roughshod politics. The legislature over their sweetheart reopens Feb. 11, ironically contract from the Glen right after Family Day. An Clark years. That one was appeal will give rookie settled for $85 million, Education Minister Peter Tom Fletcher including retroactive Fassbender the cover he B.C. Views payments. will need during the daily In case there are 30 minutes of sniper fire parents and taxpayers who still that is Question Period. believe that all would be calm had Rise. “It’s before the courts, the NDP won the 2013 election, Madam Speaker.” Sit. allow me to put that to rest. Even the trigger-happy Premier NDP leader Adrian Dix took to Christy Clark will be staying in her his Facebook page a couple of days trench, after the bleeding wound after last week’s ruling, joining she received from Justice Susan calls for an apology from Clark. Griffin last week. That would be for what Justice The second reason is practical Griffin characterized as deliberately economics. The 2014 budget has provoking a strike to build public gone to press. Government lawyers support for the latest of a long line told the court that retroactively of settlements imposed on teachers. returning to 2001 classroom rules Within minutes, Dix received this could cost $500 million, an estimate caustic response from Tara Ehrcke, Griffin dismissed as “speculative.” president of the Greater Victoria It could include compensation teachers’ union. to retired teachers for earnings “But where was the NDP during they gave up. This retroactive lump the election campaign?” Ehrcke would be on top of the ongoing asked Dix. “You committed a measly costs, running to hundreds of $100 million – a third of what it will millions more as 60 school districts try to reassemble the world of 2002. take to restore class sizes and less than the [NDP] platform in 2009, This union victory began when and only pocket change more than the Supreme Court of Canada
the Liberals’ Learning Improvement Fund of $75 million.” Note the mindset of this prominent member of the radical fringe that controls the BCTF. “A measly $100 million.” An extra $25 million? “Pocket change.” This is the same union boss who demanded that hundreds of teachers be hired this week, to reorganize current classes in the middle of the school year and make them smaller by one or two students. Parents and students would endure yet another major disruption of the public school system. And who needs an increase in rural ambulance service or drug and alcohol treatment for street kids? Let’s get those teacherlibrarians back in schools, and slightly reduce class sizes to offset declining enrolment! No government – B.C. Liberal, NDP or Green Party – can let its unions control their own payroll, just as no private company can. That goes double for this union, which had its own obvious role in provoking an illegal strike in 2012. It made outrageous benefit demands and cancelled extra-curriculars for months before it even specified its wage demand. Bargaining, if you can call it that, resumes this week. Both sides need to cease fire. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Potential frog bait finds home Payton Ihlen, 7, greets the new addition to the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary: a northwestern salamander, held by program naturalist Coral Forbes. The salamander was brought in recently after being found in a Christmas tree bought over the holidays. Sanctuary staff decided to keep the salamander at the centre, as opposed to releasing it, to keep it from being eaten by bullfrogs. Sharon Tiffin/News staff
LETTERS Action-based solution warranted on deer Re: Witness traumatized by shooting (News, Jan. 31) Comments and observations were included from members of three listed, and supported, ‘animal rights’ organizations and, together with the SPCA, have chosen to become centre-most and critical towards the issue, and resolution, of deer control within Oak Bay. It doesn’t surprise me that after
making calls for assistance to an injured deer, to conservation, RCMP, veterinary, and finally the Oak Bay Police Department, that only one was available to respond; unsatisfactorily, according to the specialized group spokesperson present. If they expect better intervention, then they should consider financing it themselves and fundraising for
this cause. They may like to suggest, with group support and funds, that the SPCA extend their licence to cull, or ‘put down,’ and retain the meat for kept animals; rather than to purchase commercial meat products. Or, to otherwise neuter male animals which is already a part of their daily shelter routine. This is certainly not the work of police. With deer population
numbers increasing, it would be irresponsible to have to face again the exorbitant cost the University of Victoria had to eventually face with rabbits. On behalf of home owners, and the like, a solution with action, please – before it gets further out of hand. Doug Miller Oak Bay
Cull explanation wastes tax dollars, says reader Mayor Nils Jensen is quoted in the Oak Bay News (Cars killing enough deer, say advocates, Jan. 8) saying he is also open to suggestions on how the community should deal with the deer but council isn’t
reversing its decision. He will continue to meet with those concerned and will explain what Oak Bay and the Capital Regional District are doing in advance of the cull. They are taking a multi-
faceted approach to dealing with the issue saying there will be public education regarding feeding and fencing. Interestingly no mention of speeding and road signage. He further says they are not just having a cull
without taking any preliminary steps. My question is if you are adamant about killing the deer then why waste your time and ours, plus taxpayers’ money by going through these motions? The two animal rights cor-
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The producer of Rifflandia and Rock The Shores is praising a B.C. government promise to get rid of separated beer gardens at music festivals. On Friday, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton announced the government will implement 73 recommended changes to modernize B.C. liquor policy, including the nixing of fenced-off beer gardens at licensed festivals. “It’s something we’ve wanted for a long time,” said Nick Blasko of Atomique Productions. Blasko is producing three multiday music festivals in Greater Victoria this summer, beginning with Rock The Shores at the West Shore Parks and Recreation centre in July. Atomique also produces a smaller lineup for the Phillips Backyard Weekender in July, as well as the growing Rifflandia Festival each September. “(Open liquor licensing) happens all over the world. Many (U.S.) states have this policy for their festivals,” Blasko said. “It’s not a new dynamic, by any stretch, so there’s lots of precedent to do this properly.” The new rules will also allow festival producers to apply for temporary liquor licences through a simplified online process.
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Greater Victoria Family Making a difference Sema May Hamidi, 17, is a community leader well-regarded at Oak Bay secondary for her integrity, responsibility and work ethic. Sema’s major focus is leading the Environment Club at Oak Bay, centred on a major recycling program within the school. A committed volunteer, Sema brings great energy, intelligence and heart to all her activities – a leader who is willing to do the hard work behind the scene for little attention. Eleven-yearold Ben Shaw attends St. Michaels University School where his favourite subject is Humanities, a mixture of language arts and social studies. In his spare time he plays soccer and tumbles rocks in his rock polisher. “The good thing is that you never run out of rocks because you can pick up any rock off the beach.” He likes delivering the Oak Bay News because it makes people happy.
Family Day boasts flurry of fun Whether you get active at your local rec centre, get creative with LEGO, or get busy at the museum – or all of the above – there’s plenty to see and do this Family Day. In Victoria, visit the Vic West Community Centre for the free Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, when free activities include crafts, board games and the kindergym. From 1 to 4 p.m, make a splash at the Family Fun Swim at the Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre. Esquimalt Recreation Centre has a free, activity-filled Family Day planned. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. get busy with a large bouncy castle, face painting and children’s art station. In the pool enjoy the inflatable aquatic crocodile and the water runway. Esquimalt Lions will host a barbecue by donation after 11 a.m. in support of the Splash Park at Memorial Park. Saanich’s Pearkes Recreation Centre celebrates with skating and kindergym from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation, with proceeds to Saanich KidsFUND. A Family Day Skate is also on the calendar at Oak Bay Recreation Centre from 1:30 to 3 p.m., when the rink hosts family-friendly music and games, a pre-school area and an off-ice colouring and craft station. From the rink head
Festival features a line-up of family-friendly films showing at the Vic Theatre. Relive memories of sneaking downstairs for Saturday morning cartoons with Jammies and Toons at 10 a.m., featuring nostalgic National Film Board and retro cartoons like The Cat Came Back, favourite Looney Tunes screenings and more. Linsanity arrives at 2 p.m. Learn how at the lowest point of his career, talented point guard Jeremy Lin found the courage in himself and the game to turn it around and live the life he was born to lead. Bear Mountain Resort invites families to explore nature via golf cart with a self-guided winter eco-tour of the Valley Course, nestled in 102 acres of mature forests. Learn about the rich natural habitat, the creatures who live there and the course’s restoration efforts. The resort offers a special Family Day Weekend rate of $20, Feb. 8 to 10 for a golf cart for two and blanket, with partial proceeds to the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association. Book at 250-744-2327. On the Saanich Peninsula, the annual Sidney Family Day LEGO weekend has grown to three full days, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10. Discover displays, a town-wide LEGO treasure hunt, the Sidney Museum’s exciting LEGO exhibit, the new LEGO movie and more.
Local recreation centres will welcome families for a variety of special activities this Monday. to the pool for an Everyone Welcome swim from 3 to 5 p.m., that includes games for all ages. West Shore families will find plenty to do in both the arena and pool at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. Things get under way on-ice with a Toonie Skate from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a Parent & Child, Sticks & Pucks skate from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. and an Everyone Welcome skate from 2 to 3:20 p.m. Make a splash in the pool with a Leisure & Lengths swim from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Public Swim from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Offering free admission Feb. 10, the Royal BC Museum invites
families to enjoy self-guided activities all day, with special naturethemed activities planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Make a bookmark, sketch in the Natural History gallery, dress-up and have your family portrait taken with a mounted Golden Eagle, and much more. At the nearby Robert Bateman Centre, kids under 18 can visit for free this Family Day, when an exciting scavenger hunt will have families searching the gallery for nature trivia and visual clues. Maritime Museum of BC visitors can create a sailor’s Valentine for their special someone, Feb. 8 to 14. Family Day at Victoria Film
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Adult tasks trigger rebellion There are times I don’t want to be the adult. I don’t want to be the mother; I don’t want to be the one who must deal with the dead rodent in the cupboard or to remove the tick from the dog’s head. However, a few years ago, I faced both these tasks within 48 hours. It all started Susan when I went to grab a clean towel from the cupboard and there was a tail – a rubbery, grey bit of horror draped over the edge of the shelf. I slammed the door and used a dirty towel instead. Then I peeked back in. Yup, tail still there and a mound of grey that I simply did not want to observe. That’s when I recognized the rebellion welling inside. Why do I have to be the adult? Why is this my problem? Honestly, removing dead rodents is … a man’s job. There. I said it. So I called up my ex and said slyly, “May I borrow your lawnmower?” Little did he know that when he dropped by the house I would casually mention that a dead rodent among the towels was not good for the well-being of his children – and could he please remove it. However, before this plan even started to unfold, he pointed out that rain was pour-
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the tick’s body from his head and create a bigger problem.” So I just flat out refused to do it. Instead, I made a lot of noise to wake up my elder daughter, who appeared alarmed as I dropped to my knees and begged – slightly hysterical – that she remove the tick. She said no. I became wily. I realized I was speaking to someone who had just spent a year as a starving university student. “Twenty bucks,” I said, a little thrill running up my spine as I read the conflict in her eyes. “Fine,” she muttered, returning moments later with a hoodie, gloves and a scarf. I helpfully found and sterilized the tweezers and offered to hold the dog’s head while Danica applied tweezers to tick. Nothing much happened, although we were fully prepared for the tick to burst off in a bloody gush of tick head and tick teeth and little tick legs. “Pull on it,” I hissed. “It says be patient!” Finally, I grabbed the tweezers, encircled the tick and yanked. We screamed as it came barreling out. Sure enough, it still had teeth and legs. Probably one of God’s most ugly creatures. Out the door it went, straight into the garbage bag with the dead rodent. I sighed and picked up the bag. Taking out the garbage is, after all, the adult thing to do.
ing from the sky and why did I think this was a good day for lawn mowing? Fine. I would deal with it myself. I grabbed gloves and a garbage bag, and devised a strategy to roll up the towel and throw it all out in one big, grim bundle. But, oh my God, as I started to do this, the Thing Lundy rolled off and fell into the corner of the cupboard. I spent the next three hours watching hockey and pretending there was no dead rodent in the towel cupboard. I will state right now that I did eventually harness my fear and remove the Thing. It was horrible. But then, wouldn’t you know it, I get up the next morning and notice something sticking out of the dog’s head, right above his eyes. For 20 years I’ve had various dogs and never, ever, have I had to remove a tick. Again, I rebelled against the unfairness of being the adult. I turned to the internet, hoping for soothing advice, like: “It’s recommended that children’s young, nimble fingers are used to remove ticks from dogs’ foreheads.” Instead it said: “Try to get the tweezers between the skin and the tick’s jaws. Be gentle, yet firm and patient. You don’t want to yank
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Women in the Director’s Chair series, this FrenchPlus with an amazing slate of guest speakers, Canadian film looks like a delightful comingdocumentaries, short films and limited release of-age type film about a young female runner. movies which otherwise would never be screened Robichaud’s feature film debut has played in theatrically here, it’s not to be missed. Quebec, but this is one of its first forays outside But time is money, am I right? So what to see, of the belle province into our Anglo world. what to see? The Selfish Giant (2013), directed by Clio For those of you looking for a little guidance as Barnard: to what’s worthy and what’s worth missing, here This UK film got a lot of notice on last year’s Black areonly my humble picks for nine films to see over festival circuit and made the cut on more than a the festival’s nine days. Keep in mind I’m more few best of the year lists, including that of prestipartial to narratives than documentaries, and that gious British film magazine Sight and Sound. The I haven’t actually seen any of these. I will, howfilm follows two English youth who get caught up ever, explain why each has me excited. in the criminal world of scrap metal dealing. The In alphabetical order: film looks heavy, but powerful. And A Field in England (2013), directed hey, another female director being by Ben Wheatley: featured is always a good thing. Why: Mainly because Wheatley Stranger by the Lake (2013), is a name to watch in UK cinema directed by Alain Guiraudie for original, edgy and slightly crazy Another Sight and Sound pick movies, especially 2011 horror flick for one of the best of the year, Kill List and 2012’s Sightseers. The Stranger by the Lake is getting masfilm itself is a historical thriller, shot in sive amounts of critical praise and black-and-white and set during the has a good chance of making some English Civil War, but it promises to North American lists this time next be anything but dry or “normal.” It year, having just had a limited release was well received in Europe and has here. This film, an erotic thriller about played at only a few North American a summer tryst between two men festivals, including Vancouver. in France, is worth seeing based on The Congress (2013), directed by Follow Kyle Wells early reception alone. Ari Folman: @CineFileBlog. Tide Lines (2014), directed by Why: Again this choice (as many Andrew Naysmith will be) is based on the strength of Why: Because you gotta support the director, whose previous film, Waltz With the hometown folks, you know? This is the only Bashir, was one of the most inventive and full-fledged local feature film of the festival, and engaging animated films in recent years. With it looks like a good one, following two Victoria his second major release, Folman is returning to brothers over three years as they sail the world animation, this time with a meta-level actorsto surf and spread the word about environmental playing-themselves-type affair which looks equal issues related to beaches. So it’s got that whole parts inventive and mesmerizing. Not yet released environmental doc thing going on, which seems beyond the festival circuit, this is one not to be to be what people like. I might like this one too. missed. Young and Beautiful (2013), directed by Devil’s Knot (2013), directed by Atom Egoyan: Francois Ozon Why: While Devil’s Knot has had a limited Why: What’s a film festival without at least release, including a run in Vancouver, this will be one erotic French movie? And with respected the first chance to see it in Victoria (before the director Ozon (In the House, Swimming Pool) Americans no less) and, most importantly, preat the helm, this one, about a teenage prostisented by the director himself at his speaker series tute, looks particularly captivating, if the critical on Saturday. Even if you can’t make the special acclaim and Palme d’Or nomination are anyevent, the film, starring Colin Firth and Reese thing to go by. And if the trailer is anything to Witherspoon, a crime thriller based on the West go by, it also looks scintillating and thought Memphis Three case in the States (also the subprovoking. ject of the Paradise Lost series of documentaries Also of interest: Empire of Dirt, Alan and West of Memphis), looks dark and riveting. Partridge; Big Sur; Cas and Dylan; Finding Victoria-raised director Egoyan is one of Canada’s Vivian Maier; Il Futuro; Like Father Like Son; greatest filmmakers and if his last feature, Chloe, Me and You; Our Man in Tehran; Siddarth; is anything to go by he is still at the top of his Strange Little Cat and The Stag. game. Check out Wells’ festival preview in the curEnemy (2013), directed by Denis Villeneuve rent issue of Monday Magazine and visit Why: Because Villeneuve (Incendies, mondaymag.com throughout the festival for Polytechnique) is the most interesting and talentreviews and updates from inside the fest.
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Music Thurs. Feb. 6 Johnny Vallis: a TribuTe To buddy holly - Johnny Vallis, the imitator extraordinare, shows off his finest work, early rock ‘n’ roll hit-maker Buddy Holly. Vallis takes all the hits to The Charlie white Theatre, 2243 Beacon. Tickets, $55, marywinspear.ca or 250-656-0275.
Fri. Feb. 7 sTories & songs: a ConCerT by leon bibb - The B.C. Black History Awareness Society presents an overview of Black History with stories and songs by Leon Bibb at Government House, with wine bar and reception to follow. Business dress code in effect. Tickets, required in advance, are $35. ticketrocket.org. uViC Wind symphony - The Naden Band, under the direction of Lieutenant (Navy) Matthew Clark joins the UVic Wind Symphony in a concert supporting the Naden Band Scholarship in Music Performance. 8pm at the Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets, $5$14, tickets.uvic.ca.
proud - Award-winning playwright Michael Healey takes on his biggest subject yet: Stephen Harper. Aimed at audiences of all political stripes – who enjoy a little cheek. Tickets, from $25, tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Until March 9. deadmonTon - Fishbowl Productions presents the dark, poetic drama from playwright Andy Garland as a part of Intrepid Theatre’s YOU Show. Set in the deep winter of 2008, it tells the story of two strangers (Richard Meen and Starlise Waschuk) who meet by chance – and both share the same violent hobby. Show runs at 2 and 7pm. Tickets, $12/ $10, ticketrocket.org.
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The glass menagerie Tennessee Williams’ first great Broadway success, awarded best play of 1945 by New York Drama Critics’ Circle, is next up at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. The tale of an aspiring poet who finds a gentleman caller for his desperately shy sister is on at their new home at the Roxy Theatre. Tickets, from $25, 250-385-4462, bluebridgetheatre.ca. Until March 2.
Words Wed. Feb. 5 open Word: readings and ideas, nora young - Open Space (510 Fort), in partnership with the UVic writing department hosts Nora Young as part of its literary series. Young will read from her non-fiction book, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us, at 7:30 pm at Open Space, followed by an interview by local writer David Leach. By donation.
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The history of our black pioneers dates back to when first immigrants arrived in Fort Victoria. Ron Nicholson, vice-president of the B.C. Black History Awareness Society, is committed to honouring that history through the celebration of Black History Month, running through February. Nicholson, whose great-grandfather escaped slavery via the underground railroad, will present a talk on his ancestor, entitled Adam’s Journey to the Promised Land, Feb. 27 at the Oak Bay library. It’s part of a full lineup of music and cultural events hosted by the society starting this Friday (Feb. 7). “Many of those descendants of the original pioneers are still here,” he says. “Quite a few have stayed.” Immigration in recent years has quickened the pace of what has historically been very slow growth within the local black population. The society nonetheless is continuing its mandate of honouring heritage past and present through education. “To me the history doesn’t change – the history is still the history,” Nicholson says. “And as a society, we try to recognize the current people. It’s not just from the old days.” One of those current people is vocalist Leon Bibb, an inductee in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame. Bibb and pianist Bill Sample, a former Victorian, will offer an overview of black history in the province through stories and songs at Government House on Friday. The con-
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cert, followed by a mixer with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, is the sole ticketed event in a month of jazz and poetry, historical walks, talks and author insights. RCMP Sgt. Craig Smith, a Halifax-based historian and author of You Had Better Be White by Six A.M.: The African-Canadian Experience in the RCMP, is doing a special presentation at James Bay New Horizons Centre (234 Menzies St.) on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Smith, the RCMP’s diversity policing analyst for Nova Scotia, comes wellprepared to share his knowledge as the creator and presenter of cultural competency workshops for the province. Feb. 24 sees an evening of jazz, blues and spoken word, featuring Maureen Washington Quartet and spoken word poet Scruffmouth at the Belfry Theatre
(1291 Gladstone Ave.). The by-donation event, which features Karel Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums, is expected to fill up quickly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A small, but dedicated group of about 30 society volunteers work closely with local immigrant groups including the African & Caribbean Students’ Association at the University of Victoria and the InterCultural Association of Greater Victoria to welcome newcomers to the city. Tickets to Leon Bibb are $35, including a wine bar and appetizers, are only available in advance at ticketrocket.org or by calling 250-590-6291. For more information and a full listing of free Black History Month events, visit bcblackhistory.ca. email@example.com
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If you’re driving Highway 17 through Saanich this week, don’t be surprised to see the familiar rowers’ longboats churning through the chilly waters of Elk Lake. Fresh off the 29th annual Monster ERG indoor rowing competition at the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym on Sunday, Vikes rowers hit the water this week to begin training for the 2014 spring season. Vikes women’s team head coach Rick Crawley, who has been guiding the men’s side as well of late and helping in the selection process for that position, says the indoor event marks the culmination of the winter training period. “We use it in a lot of instances to help with our (varsity team) selection,” he said. “It’s not the be-all, end-all. For some kids, I might select them to the boat based on what
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Vikes rower Rebecca Zimmerman gets some advice from coach Rick Crawley during the Monster ERG indoor competition Sunday at the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. they do here. For others it decides a pecking order.” The Vikes men are a relatively young squad, Crawley said, but should be competitive this spring. They are led by a trio of under23 national team mem-
bers: Esquimalt alumnus Will O’Connell (fifth year), Vic High grad Alex Walker (second year) and Queen’s University transfer Jacob Koudys. The women’s side is younger – just four athletes are in their
third year or higher – but Crawley likes their approach and attitude. “They’re really fun to coach,” he said. “This group is really gung ho (and) there’s huge talent in them.” Including captain and second-year Vike Rebecca Zimmerman, the women’s heavyweight boats will be boosted by the presence of such members as six-foot-three Jillian Legare (third year), sixthree rookie Courtney Smith and six-one second-year athlete Elizabeth McConnell. “(In the lightgweight boats) we’re looking more for athleticism and drive,” Crawley said. “We’ve got a couple of kids with big futures ahead of them.” The teams dip their competitive oars in the water on the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16, when they’ll contest the Hungerford Regatta and the Head of the Shawnigan on Shawnigan Lake. Follow their progress at vikes.uvic.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Mary Manning Centre, a child abuse prevention and counseling society, will receive a $5,000 donation, thanks to a well-researched and informative presentation by four Oak Bay High students. Every year Grade 11 students in the Planning class participate in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, a program funded by the Toskan Casale Foundation, which has students work in groups, pick and research a local charity and present their findings to class. The charity of the top presentation receives a donation after a vote by judges, made up of teachers and the previous yearâ€™s winners. This is the second time in four years the centre got the $5,000 prize. â€œWe are very grateful and appreciative,â€? said Mary Manning Centre counsellor Ken Seidman. â€œWe are very appreciative that the students recognize the ongoing and greater need to support abused children.â€? Seidman said some funds will go toward the creation of a soft room, which will provide a calm space for abused children to work on their sensory and teach them to relax. The remaining amount will go toward support and resources. The society currently has a waiting list of almost 50 children. Researching and learning
Young philanthropists Mia Kennedy, left, Sophie Brindle, Ana Adams and Gen Sedun pose after giving the award-winning presentation about the Mary Manning Centre. about the Mary Manning Society was an eye-opening experience for the students involved. â€œLearning that one in three females and one in six males will experience sexual abuse before (age) 18, in the sense of numbers, really speaks volumes in how big an issue it is,â€? said Ana Adams, who worked on the presentation. â€œWe did our best and are really proud,â€? said Sophie Brindle, adding her team was amazed by the work the society did. Four groups of students, the top from each Planning class, presented the charity they researched. The other three presentations were on Life Ring, an alcohol and drug peer support group; Our Place Society, which provides support to Victoriaâ€™s
homeless; and Operation Track Shoes, an annual provincial sports event at UVic for people with developmental disability. The groups were rated on audience engagement, the outcome of what the $5,000 would do for the charity and the overall presentation. â€œ(The winning group) did a good job helping the audience understand what their charity is about,â€? said judge Shannon Giesbrecht, Oak Bay High career centre co-ordinator. â€œThey really connected with the audience. â€œI enjoy doing this every year. Itâ€™s amazing how much students get out of this and take away.â€? The Youth Philanthropy Initiative was launched in Canada in 2002. firstname.lastname@example.org
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