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Starving to make some change ne Victoria resident is so fed up with the way governments have stolen from the poor to bequeath the rich, that he’s decided to take matters into his own stomach: by starving himself. Zac Braciszewicz, 34, is on DANIELLE a hunger strike and intends not to consume anything but water POPE until he can’t go any longer, dpope@ in an effort to draw attention mondaymag.com to the political atrocities happening today. As of press time, Braciszewicz has been without food for 13 days. But what seems like torture to most of us is actually something Braciszewicz is well versed in — he’s practiced fasting with some of his Buddhist teachers, and he’s studied the topic extensively. “I got tired of the state of resource distribution, and how everything is organized into private profits. All we see are the same politicians making the same cuts to the same programs, and this isn’t just Victoria or Canada-wide — this is global,” says Braciszewicz. Any skeptic can do the math to know Braciszewicz will likely perish before any governments roll over fresh dough for the underprivileged, but that isn’t stopping the philosophy student. Braciszewicz says the human body can actually last weeks without food, so long as enough water and electrolytes (i.e. salt) are consumed, and energy output is low. Weaning oneself back onto food can also take as many days as were fasted, says Braciszewicz, though he says it will be a hard decision to resume eating. “People get stuck in this idea that all they can really do is vote, and that voting doesn’t work anyway, but it’s not the truth,” says Braciszewicz. “I found the most extreme protest I could think of without breaking the law. Everyone knows what they can do. What they have to get over is their fear, and their fear of losing.” Braciszewicz has lost nearly a pound a day since beginning his fast, and has been recording his process on YouTube. Find his Facebook page: “Support the Hunger Strike for Economic Justice!”
SPEAKING OF TORTURE A few Victoria residents are none too pleased with what the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has granted the OK to this week. A vessel named La Esmeralda will be floating in the city’s harbour, from Aug. 1 to 5, as a historical icon brought in by the Canadian Navy. But the boat was used as a floating torture ship during the Chilean Pinochet regime from 1973 to 1990, with a bloody history that left over 100 Chileans tortured, raped and assassinated. To date, no one has been held accountable for the crimes committed by the Chilean Navy on this ship, nor have the impunity laws been changed that were passed during the Pinochet regime. “It amazes me that this icon of torture and terrorism from ‘the other 9/11’ would be welcome in our port. Would cars from Holocaust trains be celebrated here?” says Melaney Black of Victoria’s chapter of
Zac Braciszewicz has gone 13 days without eating, only consuming water, in a protest against social injustice.
Amnesty International. “In a city and province that strives to support human rights, it is incumbent upon the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, the Canadian Naval authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to rescind their invitation to this vessel until official and legal Chilean reparations to victims, survivors and their families have been made.” So far, no move has been made to rescind the offer to port. “The GVHA is facilitating the Esmeralda’s safe moorage, as we would any other vessel legally entering Victoria harbour, under authority of the federal government,” says Curtis Grad, GVHA CEO. “We would also like to reiterate that we are liaising closely with all concerned parties to fulfill our obligations, including the facilitation of the right of individuals to protest in a peaceful and safe manner.” Victorians will be invited to tour this ship.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VICTORIA! With next Tuesday, Aug. 2, marking Victoria’s 149th birthday, Monday thought it would be a fine time to ask what the city has planned to celebrate next year’s big one-five-O. As Vancouver blows the candles out on its 125th, our neighbour has gifted $1.4 million to Van arts groups to help them organize their own events. How generous is big sis looking? Well, she’s got the decorations down pat. So far, the city’s preliminary plans are a lot of, well, signage. Rest assured, everyone will confidently know Victoria is turning 150 years old with the banners, hanging baskets and branding of Victoria 150. The city has also applied for a $750,000 grant from Cultural Capitals of Canada and a $200,000 grant from the Canadian Heritage Celebration Fund. No word yet on what presents could be gifted to city artists, though Mayor Dean Fortin hopes to see artists turn their attention to helping the city bring in the sesquicentennial cheer. Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out if any gifts are hiding in the closet. M
SOME DREAMS DO COME TRUE We’re giving this week's top mark to the official opening of the Olympic Vista apartments, an $8.4 million project which will provide supportive housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Saanich. Way to make good on that rumoured Olympic legacy housing.
WE’RE STILL BLUE We can't help but feel the sting of irony that the city has started heritage documentation of the old Johnson Street Bridge with a process of photogrammetric measurement that intends to “preserve” the old geometric measurements for future posterity. Thought you didn't like it.
NEWS FLASH: TREES ARE VALUABLE A thumbs up to the B.C. government for once, for publicly stating last week a commitment to designate the entire Avatar Grove off limits to logging by deeming it an Old-Growth Management Area. The Island has already lost 90 per cent of its old growth, but this rain drop is sure welcome. 
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hen I sounded the call for entries to Monday’s ﬁrst Flash Fiction contest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although not as restrictive as the six-word gem (credited to Ernest Hemingway, although its authorship may be apocryphal) that sparked interest in short-shorts — “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” — flash fiction is still a new arena for a lot of writers. GRANT The rules were simple: Keep it under 250 words. MCKENZIE Actually, that was the only rule. We received 65 entries that ran the gamut from editor@ personal nightmares of attempted rape onboard mondaymag.com transAtlantic steam ships to fast lessons on the job that life can be a con game. We had seasoned writers still in their teens to first-time scribblers who had long since blown the candles out on their 80th birthdays. To make things fair, I formatted all the stories as plain text documents, gave each one a title if one wasn’t supplied, and removed the authors’ names. In a nice little slice of serendipity, one of the entries happened to arrive from a favourite author of mine — whom I’ve never actually met — who once made his home here and taught generations of Canadian writers at the University of Victoria. Due to the inclusion of W.P. Kinsella (author of Shoeless Joe, among countless other award-winning tales), I recused myself as a judge. That way I was able to send all the stories to the remaining four judges (all published authors in their own right) without them having any knowledge of who wrote what. Each story was ranked out of a total of 10 points. When all the results were back in my hands, I tabulated the scores. Until this moment (unless they’ve anxiously skipped ahead), the winning writers only know they have been selected as finalists. They don’t know where they have placed or what cool prize they’ve won until they turn to Page 19 and read our special four-page section. The best part is that every Monday reader gets to share in the wealth as you have eight fast and entertaining morsals to sink your eyeballs into, including a first-time-in-print Kinsella original. Now that’s pretty cool. M
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SUDOKU, STR8TS & PATHEM
GEORGIA NICOLS HOROSCOPE
THIS WEEK’S PICKS Symphony Splash & B.C. Day
ART Vancouver Island Sculptor’s Guild
19-22 FLASH FICTION Contest winners announced 24
MUSIC Victoria Electronic Music Festival
FILM Captain America rocks
26-27 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
ON THE COVER Rob Zombie has his hand in so many varied projects, his life is scheduled for the next three years. Promoting his latest album, Zombie and crew are making a stop in Victoria.
8 BLUE BRIDGE PASSION One Victorian has taken historic pride to a whole new level by getting a full-on tattoo of Old Blue.
9 SMART METER DEBATE In the coming weeks, BC Hydro plans to finalize installation of the new “Smart Meters,” which has some Victoria residents concerned about privacy, health and the bees.
10 COVER PHOTO: RICK FAGAN
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Rose's face shows joy Delighted with your cover story on Rose Henry, a very worthy citizen . . . I don't see the "road map" of her rough life on the streets on her face, but rather the joy of moving ahead, onward and upward. JOYANNA WILKINSON, VICTORIA
Film pirates kill local biz I work at Hollywood Tonight Entertainment on Yates Street. We are a video store and we are going out of business because of piracy, which is illegal and theft. It is no different than stealing a physical item off the shelf at a store. You are taking 
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something that other people worked hard to make, that doesn't belong to you, without paying. What bothers me is how everyone is so nonchalant about how many people’s livelihoods are being destroyed. I ﬁnd it offensive that everybody thinks it is okay that this is happening on a mass scale and nobody cares. I know that there have been quite a few stories on the news about video stores shutting down, mostly Blockbuster, but it just sounds this big impersonal corporate thing. Why isn't anyone acknowledging the people it is affecting, because there is a lot of them. It's not just nameless, faceless corporations, it's mostly small, local, community-based stores and it not only affects the employees of the stores but the community as a whole. I just think that people shouldn't be so okay with destroying something that affects so many. P.S. I thought I should mention, because a lot of people bring it up, Netﬂix is just competition like any other video store. It did not put us out of business. CRYSTAL NEVE, HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Local buskers are enough
Bikers want bus support
Bringing in a “worldclass group” for a full week, but excluding our own talented buskers feels very much like the effective killing of Folkfest here in Victoria. For years we had a viable Folkfest on Centennial Square, drawing on the vast number of local groups and talents for free entertainment while feeding the onlookers from kiosks staffed by local groups. Then the Intercultural association decided to bring in paid “world class” talents, move Folkfest to the inner harbour AND charge admission. Well, Folkfest is dead — though in Seattle after 40 years they still manage to keep their Folklife Festival free. The question is, why do we need to invite outside buskers to entertain us when there is such a pool of talent in Victoria? We now face the same scenario of “annually” inviting outsiders to perform instead of locals, but in this case also depriving locals of their livelihood. ANNE FORESTER, VICTORIA
Last summer I started a petition to see how many people on and around Vancouver Island would be interested in seeing improved bike transportation infrastructure on the Greyhound buses on Vancouver Island. My goal was to ﬁnd out whether I was the only one who wanted a better way to transport my bike around the Island. My online petition outlines the difﬁculties of such a task and how it is quite a deterrent for those that wish to cycle in this area, which is ironic as we are renowned for our great cycling destinations and facilities. It turns out over 500 people feel the same way I do and probably a lot more who haven't seen my petition. These are people that would otherwise be very eager to use the services of Greyhound if only it were more convenient for them to do so. I feel that there is great potential for Greyhound to ﬁll this void, increase ridership and also create a lot of positive press in the process by continuing to endorse efﬁcient modes of transportation. JAWN LAFRATTA, VICTORIA
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Oppal's bungling threatens benefits ith the help of grandstanding by Commissioner Wally Oppal, special interest groups now have an excuse to turn the BRIAN Missing Women InKIERAN quiry into a platform bkieran@ for political activism. mondaymag.com A few days ago, the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of B.C. announced that it will boycott the inquiry because it does not have the resources to participate. The resources they speak of are publicly-funded lawyers to articulate an agenda the association should have no problem communicating on its own. That prompted a spokesperson for the Feb. 14 Women’s Memorial March Committee to accuse the government of trying to silence its voice. “This provincial government has in so many ways let us know that women’s voices are not welcome,” marcher Angela Marie MacDougall said. This anger and resentment springs from the government’s rejection of a Wally Oppal eight-page treatise urging government to pay for lawyers for aboriginal and women’s groups. Oppal fanned the flames of dissent by suggesting the government’s “failure to fund the participant organizations would leave disenfranchised women and vic-
Rose's story important Re: Heroine for the Homeless, July 21-27 The article that you had on Rose Henry was very accurate. I have been working with her for several years in the Committee to end Homelessness in Greater Victoria . Her credibilty on the streets has enabled us to get many items of news from the streets from the homeless people of Victoria. We have then been able to inﬂuence the decisions of local politicians and charities to make changes in their programmes and their policies regarding the large number of homeless here in Victoria. It is long past time that her work has been recognized, and the unstinting support of her life-partner, James, should also be recognized. The problems of the homeless are very difﬁcult to solve and, slowly but surely, we are seeing changes in the housing situation in Victoria and this is in no small measure due to the inﬂuence of Rose and the committee. PHIL LYONS, VIEW ROYAL
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tims in a clearly unfair position at the Premier Christy Clark attempted to hearing.” refocus the issue when she and other This needless pandering to special Canadian premiers met with national interests forced Deputy Attorney-General aboriginal leaders at the Council of the David Loukidelis to publicly scold the Federation meeting in Vancouver. former judge and inform Oppal that he Asked about her government’s refusal was overstepping his bounds by even to cave in to Oppal’s demands, Clark said recommending funding funding should be spent on be provided. preventing future abuse. If we can find Loukidelis said the “Wally Oppal’s cominquiry can be conducted millions of mission is providing in such a way that parvery valuable informadollars to ticipants won’t need lawtion about the past and spend — and yers. Further, Oppal can how we can make sure we should — use commission lawyers that the Vancouver police to play an active role in department and other it needs to be examining documents and areas of law enforcement about going prompting evidence ... a in the Lower Mainland forward, and suggestion Oppal rejected have closed the gaps that as “untenable.” allowed that tragedy to making sure The deputy AG also unfold,” Clark said. women today reminded the former AG “If we can find millions are protected of funding realities he of dollars to spend — and should remember from we should — it needs to his time in the hot seat. be about going forward, Simply put: public funding for teams of and making sure women today are prolawyers for this inquiry — other than the tected.” families of missing and murdered women The premier is right. If Oppal’s inquiry — is not a higher priority than meeting is to have any lasting benefit it will be its ministry requirements such as paying for ability to identify protocols that can be court staff, sheriffs, Crown prosecutors implemented to ensure that our various and judges. law enforcement agencies are on the It is worth recalling that at the time same page when such a terrible crisis is serial killer Robert Pickton was convict- unfolding. ed, Oppal was serving as BC’s AG and Sadly, Oppal’s bungling decision to rejected calls for an inquiry saying that upstage his own inquiry with needless an investigation into how police handled provocation has created a backlash that the Eastside murders was not needed. could well undermine the whole proHow times have changed. cess. M
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Cheap hotels can be last line of defence uietly, slowly, but surely, something is slipping away from us here in the capital. On the surface, the impending sale of 603 Pandora (containing among other things the Plaza Hotel and Monty’s strip club) is part of a fairly normal process. It’s happened before with the Holiday Court, the Douglas Hotel and the Traveller’s Inn SIMON franchises; it’ll happen again, right? BuildNATTRASS ings change hands, old replaces new, we all snattrass@ move on. mondaymag.com Unfortunately for some, moving on isn’t an option. Hundreds of people rely on hotels like the Plaza and the Douglas to fill the gaps in shelter services or provide at least a temporary alternative to the streets. While you might not have booked the Holiday Court for yourself, someone had a roof over their head because of its existence. More broadly, hotel space represents a last line of defence for families on the edge of homelessness. “If that housing resource
dries up we’re going to be impacted — our families are going to be impacted by not having an emergency resource to access when they are in crisis, which is what we use hotels for,” says Tory Kincross of the Burnside-Gorge Community Centre. Kincross adds that the lack of subsidized housing leaves families little choice but to stay in hotels or risk living on the street and consequently losing their children to custody. “There simply isn’t enough safe, affordable housing in the Greater Victoria region for everyone who needs it,” she says. And so hotel space is essential in keeping families together and off the streets. “Until we come up with a better solution, this is the best option that we have, and it seems to be meeting certain needs until we can find something else.” Now, let’s get one thing straight. This sort of shelter (particularly on the cheaper end) is far from ideal; it’s short term, it’s cramped and, if it’s not expensive, chances are it’s unsafe. The capital’s reliance on tourism also ensures that you’re shit out of luck if you need somewhere to live during the summer months. In short, living in a hotel sucks — but it’s better than living on the street, it’s better than losing your kids and it’s the only option available to a lot of people. M
Should B.C. revisit the Carbon Tax? Yes, we pay too much for gas
Keep it as is, but no more increases
No, it's positive for the environment
Use the revenue to buy everyone a bicycle
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Victoria man’s passion for Blue Bridge goes skin deep
Residents concerned by Smart Meter plan
CORT WATT AND TATTOO ARTIST ORY PEREIRA TURN OLD INK INTO HERITAGE MEMORIAL
BC HYDRO PLANS TO MAKE NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY ‘STANDARD’
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his week marks the beginning of the City of Victoria’s heritage documentation of the Johnson Street Bridge, but one Victorian has taken historic pride to a whole new level by getting a full-on tattoo of
Old Blue. Cort Watt, 24, just finished the last touches on his masterpiece only months ago — a finely detailed representation of the Blue Bridge, situated prominently on his right bicep. The tattoo, which took a total of five months to complete, was the work of local artist Ory Pereira. In what Watt describes as a painful set of 10 two-to-three-hour sessions, his original skull ink was transformed into a brilliant sunset bridge scene. “I wanted something that would represent my hometown pride and I always thought of the Blue Bridge as the centrepiece of the city,” Watt says. “It represents age and has that classic look, and there’s nothing better than that bridge on a sunny day.” While Watt conceptualized the idea for the tattoo years before the bridge underwent its recent removal controversy, he used the skull image already on his arm to appropriately turn it into a ghostly memorial. Watt was pleased about the amount of detail that went into the image, and learned that DANIELLE POPE Old Blue isn’t as simple as she seems: her colour is a Cort Watt had his original skull tattoo transformed into a brilliant sunset Blue Bridge scene by artist Ory Pereira. mix of blue, white and a bit of aquamarine. Pereira, who has been a tattoo artist for seven years and now owns Empire Tattoo, says that while Watt’s “I voted ‘No,’ on the referendum and was pretty devas- ing bridge began, which involves taking photographs of an tattoo wasn’t the most challenging concept he’s ever worked tated to see the results,” he says. “The new bridge won’t have object in a way that can capture exact geometric measurewith, at first he wasn’t sure it could be done. the same stature. It’ll be more like the Bay Street bridge, and ments. The technique is used in engineering and archi“It was kind of an unusual request — Cort wanted to take I don’t think some space-age thing going into Market Square tecture as a way to document existing structures so that scaled drawings or three-dimensional models can be crea landscape and turn it into a traditional-looking tattoo … really fits the city at all.” but I always appreciate a challenge,” Pereira says. “I believe Watt says he has no plans to get the new bridge tattooed ated, should a structure fail to exist. Similar work has the mark of a good tattooist is someone who is able to take a on his other arm, though he has found other ways to per- been done in Victoria for the Parliament Buildings, St. client’s concept and a limited amount of space and make an sonally commemorate Old Blue: he has a 1905 print of the Andrews Cathedral, the Metropolitan United Church and art piece out of it that really works.” bridge in his living room and has spent some time just hang- the Belmont building. While Pereira says he doesn’t have as strong feelings Watt has lived in Victoria all his life, and uses the bridge ing around the bridge, enjoying her remaining days. nearly every day for his work at a heritage company. While “My grandma is 98 years old and still with it, and we toward the bridge as Watt does, he thinks removing Old he says it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else, he will be go downtown on drives sometimes and she can tell me all Blue doesn’t fit with the rest of the city’s values on heritage choked to see the bridge go. these stories about what life used to be like in Victoria, and preservation. And take it from the man who knows a thing what things have changed,” Watt says. “This or two about remakes, Pereira says the city would have been bridge has a lot of history that it won’t be better to revamp the old bridge than start anew. “It’s a lot easier to rework something that doesn’t fit, or able to tell us when it goes.” The city itself has picked up on this doesn’t look good anymore than it is to scrap it and create knowledge. Last Friday, July 22, photo- something brand new,” he says. “That works for just about grammetric documentation of the exist- anything — it’s a lot less time, money and pain.” M
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erhaps no facet of the health and wellness industry has gained more momentum in the last decade than yoga. Having quietly existed for thousands of years, the practice of yoga now bene¿ts millions of people around the world on a daily basis. Victoria’s own Paci¿c Rim College (PRC) in Market Square is an educational leader in the ¿eld of yoga known as Yogatherapy and offers the only college-level Yogatherapy training in Canada. Yogatherapy (also spelled Yoga Therapy) is the application of the techniques and philosophy of yoga to support the healing and wellbeing of clients on all levels.
meters, as the company can trace the interference straight to the source. While Taylor understands that some people are uncomfortable with the technology, she says BC Hydro is committed to working with clients to find a solution for everyone, which could include placing the meters a small distance away from a home — though Sterk pointed out that a BC Hydro rep told her that cost would come at the owner’s expense, and can be upwards of $10,000. Taylor says BC Hydro has made no official decisions on what that cost would be, but when asked if it actually is possible to opt out of the meters, Taylor answered, “Smart Meters are becoming the global standard, and they will be our standard going forward. We are absolutely convinced that these are a safe, effective and reliable alternative to the old meters.” BC Hydro expects to save up to $70 million within the next three years, and $500 million over the next 20 years. Taylor says those savings will go directly to clients, though most will see no change on their bills — the savings are in avoiding fees that otherwise would have had to be implemented, she says. While customers on the Smart Meter system in the U.S. and Ontario have typically seen an increase in billing, Taylor says this is due to the fact that Smart Meters are more accurate, but says that B.C. will hardly see a difference due to BC Hydro’s relatively new meters. The contracted-out meter readers will mostly no longer be needed. Sterk encourages those who wish to opt out of the meters to contact BC Hydro and request to be placed on a “delayed installation” list, as well as continue to write in to BC Hydro and the government with a notice of non-consent. “There is no way to assure that this new system won’t be misused once it’s put in place, but it comes with so many more risks,” says Sterk. “This is another transfer of public funds to the private sector … and we need people and our government to see the ramifications this change could have.” M
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