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...]

Movies Under the Stars in Victoria BC, summer of 2012

Now that the weather has started to warm up, it’s time for another Victoria summer tradition – movies under the stars. New this year, in addition to the Free B Film Festival in Beacon Hill Park, and the drive-in movies at Mayfair, is Fresh Air Cinema in Topaz Park.  If you live in Sooke, check out Sooke Starlight Cinema. Bring a picnic for dinner before the movie or pick up some “drive-in” snacks and enjoy an evening out. Some of the venues … [Read more...]

LIV Your Life Dragon Boat Fundraiser July 28th

Join young women leaders for the first LIV Your Life Dragon Boat Fundraiser July 28th at Go Rowing and Paddle in Victoria, and help them reach their goal of $40,000 raised to assist your girls in Malawi stay in school. Clean running water. Electricity. Free school.  In our western developed world, we take these to be basic rights.  Yet, in many developing countries, even if school is free, uniforms and shoes are not, and children drop out … [Read more...]

Jeremy Loveday, performance poet and community organizer

Social media has opened many new worlds to me – among them the world of slam poetry and spoken word. In January 2011 I had the opportunity to attend a Tongues of Fire-hosted Victoria performance by the celebrated slam poet, Buddy Wakefield, and heard local performance poet Jeremy Loveday. … [Read more...]

Cuts Hit Applied Communication Program At Camosun College (Victoria BC)

When budget cuts were announced at Camosun College (Victoria BC) Wednesday April 4 2012, it became apparent that the renowned and respected Applied Communication Program (ACP), a mainstay for almost 40 years - class 40 graduates in 2013 - is on the chopping block.  This is the curated content regarding the impact of these cuts to many generations of communications professionals, and the greater community they serve. … [Read more...]

Cuts to Camosun College’s Applied Communication Program: An Open Letter from Grad Amanda Farrell-Low

When Camosun College announced recent program cuts, one casualty was the Applied Communication Program, which has, since 1972, trained thousands of communications and communications industry professionals. Graduates of the program work in every communications and media field, and are present in every major media outlet in Victoria BC (and well beyond). One such graduate is Amanda Farrell- Low (class 32). Here is her open letter concerning the … [Read more...]

The Human Body Project Celebrates 6th Anniversary with a March Vigil

The first year  Tasha Diamant appeared in the Human Body Project at the Victoria Fringe Festival, I had just completed the photo shoot for the Babes (and Blokes) Go Bare for Cancer fundraising calendar, so the idea of a middle-aged woman onstage, naked and unscripted, struck me, not as odd, but as intriguing. The Human Body Project is an ongoing performance art and non-violent action project. As creator, I make an intention to show up in … [Read more...]

Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, talk from IdeaWave 2011

From a talk given at Idea Wave 2011: Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, in the 21st Century.  Thanks to Kris Constable for continuing to provide a platform for critical thinkers to exchange ideas. Today I got to thinking about social media, connection and community. How the nature of technology has changed the way we think about community but has not necessarily made it easier to maintain the connections needed to maintain resilient … [Read more...]

Sports for Smokey Mountain

Recently Lee Richardson of SportBall introduced me to Jared Hendry, a UVic student with a sports-related project for children in developing nations. … [Read more...]