Call for Victoria’s Second Youth Poet Laureate. Deadline November 25 2013

Did you know that the City of Victoria is the first city in Canada to have a Youth Poet Laureate?  Aysia Law, a current UVic creative writing student, was chosen in January 2013 to represent Victoria.  She was active in the community, performing at Pop-Up Poetry events in April to celebrate National Poetry Month, and at council meetings and Culture Days events, as well as organizing a Diversity Slam this past summer. Photo: City of … [Read more...]

Mustard Seed’s Fair Start School Supply Program accepting donations

Have you ever had to shop for school supplies? For most families, it's a significant expense as they prepare for the return to school. For some families, already feeling financial pressure, it's one more thing they cannot reasonably afford.  The Mustard Seed's Fair Start School Supply Program provides support with packages of school supplies. Started 16 years ago by Linda Matthews and Vera Webb, and carried on by a team of staff and volunteers … [Read more...]

Music in the Park. The Rutledge Park Series 2013.

Music in the Park. The Rutledge Park Series 2013 (corner of Cloverdale and Inverness), Tuesdays in August, from 6 – 8pm. Free concerts for the entire family. Years ago when I lived just off Quadra, near the intersection of Cloverdale and Inverness, the area now occupied by RutledgePark was populated with houses that were past their prime.  The  district of Saanich has long had a policy of buying up properties in areas where they wish to … [Read more...]

Ross Bay Villa Grand Opening. August 4 2013.

ROSS BAY VILLA GRAND OPENING: On August 4, 2013 The Ross Bay Villa Society and TLC open the doors of this special historic house museum to the community for a lawn party, house tours and to celebrate 13 years of restoration. I've written before about the restoration of Ross Bay Villa. Here's an earlier post on the Oil Cloth Project from December 2011. Now, you can tour the house, and view the results of thirteen years of careful restoration … [Read more...]

Five Hole For Food Victoria – help the Mustard Seed Food Bank – Friday July 19th 2013

Join the team from Five Hole for Food (FHFF), this Friday July 19th at Saanich Plaza from 2 to 6pm, as they play Canada’s favourite pastime – road hockey - and raise donations of food and cash for Victoria’s Mustard Seed Food Bank. I first became aware of Five Hole for Food, founded in Vancouver in 2010, through my online social media connections, and am happy to lend my support to their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of, and support … [Read more...]

From the Heart: enter into the journey of reconciliation. July 10 – 27th 2013.

I grew up in Ucluelet on the traditional lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, but it wasn’t until I was in Grade 5 or 6 that the first aboriginal students joined us at the local elementary school. The nearby residential school (called Christie or Kakawis) on MearesIsland was the last such school to close in BC in 1983.  So, why did I think it had closed when I was 11 or 12 (in the mid-60s)? Our settler’s memory can be very selective, even … [Read more...]

Black History Month 2013 in Victoria BC

A Black History and Heritage Day, an evening of poetry and song, a documentary film, a solo show, a cemetery tour and three presentations make up the very ambitious schedule in celebration of BC Black History Month February 2013 in Victoria. Many people are not even aware of the significant role black citizens played in the establishment of the City of Victoria– including the founding of a precursor to the Victoria Police Department; nor that … [Read more...]

Dr Andrew Weaver – acclaimed climate scientist and – actor?

Dr Andrew Weaver, acclaimed climate scientist, Nobel Prize winner, Oak Bay Gordon Head Green Party candidate and – actor? It was a chance comment by “Corky Blanshard” (in real life, actor Kathryn Popham) that lead me to the story of Dr Weaver’s transformation. I knew he had been a guest of Derwin Blanshard (Wes Borg) for Episode Two of Derwin Blanshard’s Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme, but how had he come to have a recurring, if … [Read more...]

Open Cinema hosts: “Play Again” – November 7th, 2012

Open Cinema hosts the thought-provoking and gently funny documentary PLAY AGAIN Wednesday November 7th, in partnership with the Habitat Acquistion Trust, and asks the question – “What are the consequences of a childhood removed from Nature?”   As a child, growing up on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island in the 1960s and early 1970s, I spent hours exploring the woods and beaches surrounding my community.  It wasn’t unusual for me … [Read more...]

iPod Pharmacy Week October 15-19, 2012. Donate at Victoria’s Simply Computing Store.

It started with a tweet from musician Dominque Fricot to Steffani Cameron. .@smuttysteff I'm currently looking to find somewhere in #Victoria to drop off mp3 players. Do you, @wrobson, @avsouthin have any ideas? — Dominique Fricot (@DominiqueFricot) October 3, 2012 And Steffani, new to Victoria, thought that I might be able to help. @dominiquefricot @wrobson @avsouthin I'm sorta new in town. I think the more savvy folks like @lacouvee & … [Read more...]