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November/December 2016

Nov-Dec 2016 Focus cover

FOCUS ANNOUNCES THE DIANE CARR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

A community force for truth, beauty and justice.

Leslie Campbell

 

THE CRD HID MCLOUGHLIN POINT’S FATAL FLAW

The choice of the controversial site over Rock Bay

will lead to hundreds of millions in costs that could have been avoided.

David Broadland

 

WILL NO POLITICIANS STAND UP FOR GRIZZLIES?

While most citizens oppose the bear trophy hunt,

BC’s politicians seem reluctant to offend hunters.

Judith Lavoie

 

TACKLING THE OVERDIAGNOSIS TREND

A local doctor helps wind back the harms of too much medicine.

Alan Cassels

 

INGMAR’S “WORRY” NOW A TRAGIC REALITY

On the eve of the Kinder Morgan decision,

an oil-carrying vessel tests marine disaster response—and finds it lacking.

Briony Penn

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

BC’s treaty process has taken a quarter-century of effort,

with only four final agreements to show for it.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

ESCAPE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA

Some people say that our province’s strong mental health laws save lives.

A constitutional court challenge says they lead to discrimination

abuse, fear and the flight of psychiatric refugees.

Rob Wipond 

 

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

While Blu Smith’s artistic expression has seen shifts both major and subtle,

his fascination with light remains constant.

Aaren Madden

 

TALES OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Victoria Jazz Society presents the Jerry Granelli Trio and the Victoria Children’s Choir.

Mollie Kaye

 

AH, THE MEMORIES!

Phoenix Theatre at UVic celebrates 50 years of making theatrical waves.

Monica Prendergast

 

NAVIGATING BELONGING

Jennifer Manuel explores the complexity of belonging

through the reflections of a nurse in a First Nations community.

Amy Reiswig

 

DVS IN PARADISE

Meditations on “why” while collecting trash in Beacon Hill Park.

Gene Miller

 

CONNECTING THROUGH OUR ROOTS

Adolf and Oluna Ceska’s fungi and the coastal ecosystems they nurture.

Maleea Acker

 

THE DARKER SIDE OF FLORA

It’s not all sweetness and light in the garden.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

September/October 2016

Focus Magazine September-October 2016

THE QUEST FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The gap between incomes and housing costs has grown so wide that bold action is overdue.

Leslie Campbell

 

VICTORIA’S BIG SECRET

The city was once targeted by Sierra Legal Defence Fund for the level of "harmful" chemical contaminants in its wastewater. 12 years later, advanced source control has reduced contaminants to a level lower than is allowed in Canada's drinking water.

David Broadland

 

THE FIGHT IS ON

The salmon farming battle heats up with the Sea Shepherd’s voyage and eviction notices served by First Nations on fish farms.

Judith Lavoie

 

THE DIABETES DIAGNOSIS

The war on blood glucose is stupid, costly and bloody.

Alan Cassels

 

NEW POT LAWS COULD BUST RURAL BC’S ECONOMY

BC growers worry they will be cut out of the equation as governments move towards legalization.

Lisa Cordasco

 

DROP DEAD

The use of fentanyl has exploded and more Victorians have died from overdoses in the first half of 2016 than all of 2015.

Stanley Tromp

 

PROFESSIONAL RELIANCE EXPERIMENT A REGULATORY FAILURE?

Tourism operators on the coast have been forced to watchdog forestry operations since government introduced self-monitoring.

Briony Penn

 

BURIED PROMISES

The Province’s failure on First Nations burial sites is leading to more Grace Islets and potentially another Gustafsen Lake.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

IN DEFIANCE: INDIGENOUS WOMEN DEFINE THEMSELVES

Lindsay Delaronde’s collaborative photography project uses images to defy the language and attitudes that marginalize indigenous women.

Aaren Madden

 

RAISING THE ROOF FOR COAST COLLECTIVE

An arts oasis faces challenges without CRD funding—so throws a dance party.

Mollie Kaye

 

NEXT TO NORMAL

Hard-hitting Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about mental health and family opens the season at Langham Court Theatre.

Monica Prendergast

 

THE TWO OF US: STORIES OF INTIMACY

Kathy Page’s new collection of short stories explores the transformative power of one-to-one encounters.

Amy Reiswig

 

ALL ONUS, NO BONUS

What’s creating all that weird energy to our south?

Gene Miller

 

METCHOSIN BIOBLITZ

Metchosin uses citizens and volunteer scientists

to create a low-cost but impressive inventory of species.

Maleea Acker

 

PANDORA’S BOX

Victoria and the Province are blind to the real costs of gambling.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

July/August 2016

July-August 2016 Focus

SEEKING REASON IN A SEA OF SOUND BITES

Here’s to a summer of books, reason and love.

Leslie Campbell

 

VICTORIA’S SEWAGE FIASCO AND THE POLITICS OF CONTAMINATION

Contamination of local politics by a false pretence and a toxic promise

requires primary treatment at the ballot box.

David Broadland

 

SPEAKING UP FOR SENIORS

BC’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie makes the case for

more government intervention on behalf of seniors.

Leslie Campbell

 

TRANS MOUNTAIN: EVIDENCE GROWS, TRUDEAU SHOULD SAY "NO"

On the heels of the NEB’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal,

a raft of research points in the other direction.

Judith Lavoie

 

MORE NAILS IN THE COFFIN OF THE “CHOLESTEROL HYPOTHESIS”

New studies provide further evidence that cholesterol-lowering statins

and other new drugs may be a costly dead end.

Alan Cassels

 

NEW CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON OLD-GROWTH LOGGING

Business interests, scientists, environmental groups and First Nations

call for new policy on the Island’s remaining old growth.

Briony Penn

 

E&N: DERAILMENT AHEAD?

A First Nation’s claim to Vancouver Island’s rail corridor

could spell the end of the E&N revival.

Roszan Holmen

 

DANA’S DANCING TREES

Dana Irving’s background as a mural painter and her love of coastal forests

have resulted in a grand, sweeping style.

Aaren Madden

 

2016 VICTORIA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Six summer concerts offer a “less fearsome” way

to start conversations about classical music.

Mollie Kaye

 

RICH LESSONS IN A YEAR’S WORTH OF GOING TO THE THEATRE

The past year’s theatrical highlights included ghosts, tears, music and silliness.

Monica Prendergast

 

DE-TOX FOR PUBLIC DISCOURSE

James Hoggan’s new book makes us look at our own communication practices, including our critical thinking, compassion and integrity.

Amy Reiswig

 

TERROR MANAGEMENT

How is a city like an older guy’s memory?

Gene Miller

 

(UN)SAFE PASSAGE: AMPHIBIANS ON THE MOVE

Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteers help to save local

frogs, salamanders and other amphibians.

Maleea Acker

 

IS THERE NO END TO OUR FOOD MYOPIA?

The brave new world of GMO salmon joins other absurdities

like flooding the fertile Peace River Valley.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 


May/June 2016

May June 2016

OUR LIMITED RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH

BC’s defamation laws are downgrading our democracy.

Leslie Campbell

 

QUASHING THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Mayor Helps and the CRD seem to have lost sight of whom they are serving on the sewage treatment issue.

David Broadland

 

THE CHILL IN SHAWNIGAN LAKE

People who have publicly expressed concern about a contaminated soil dump are being threatened with defamation suits.

Judith Lavoie

 

CRITICAL CROSSROADS FOR RAIL ON THE ISLAND

Island politicians support rail—but not rail management.

Roszan Holmen

 

FIGHTING FOR THE SALISH SEA

With 18 large port expansion projects around the Salish Sea, how’s an ecosystem to survive the influx of tanker traffic?

Briony Penn

 

WASHINGTON’S PHONY SEWAGE WAR WITH VICTORIA

Puget Sound is a mess of sewage and toxic chemical discharges. Should Victoria taxpayers have to pay for Seattle’s sins?

David Broadland

 

WALKING IN THE GARDEN WITH ROBIN

Robin Hopper’s legacy in ceramics encompasses production, education, publications, institutions—and a beautiful garden.

Aaren Madden

 

GIVING VOICE TO A GENERATION LOST TO AIDS

Illustrating resilience, generosity and bravery, The Missing Generation opens our hearts.

Robin J. Miller

 

IN AND OUTS AT INTREPID THEATRE

Janet Munsil may be departing, but Intrepid is forging ahead.

Monica Prendergast

 

WATER, TRUST AND TRUTH

Andrew Nikiforuk writes about one woman’s battle to protect her water from fracking and our lives from corporate lies.

Amy Reiswig

 

SOFTISM

Maintaining Victoria’s soft edges may be worth a hard fight.

Gene Miller

 

BIG TREES, BIG DREAMS

James Clowater’s urban arboreal vision.

Maleea Acker

 

CHRISTY’S IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

Realities like increased GHGs just get processed in the Premier’s political mix-master.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

March/April 2016

March-April 2016

MOVING FROM THEM TO US

A tent city on provincial land has pushed the Province a little closer toward a solution to homelessness in Victoria.

Leslie Campbell

 

GIVE US RESPONSIBLE, RATIONAL SEWAGE STEWARDSHIP

Is it time to head to Ottawa to discuss Victoria’s mistaken and expensive risk classification for sewage treatment?

Brian Burchill

 

CRAP AND CORRUPTION

The sewage and bridge projects are wasting millions in public money, including the cost of hiding those costs.

David Broadland

 

DEVIL’S MOUNTAIN FAULT: THE FRIGHTENING IMPLICATIONS FOR VICTORIA

Scientists recently confirmed an active seismic fault that could generate a large earthquake lies within 5 kilometres of downtown Victoria.

David Broadland

 

THE HOLY GRAIL OF LNG

The quest of Christy Clark’s government for a BC LNG industry has taken on an increasingly mythical quality.

Judith Lavoie

 

FEAR AND FUNDING WEAPONS OF CHOICE IN THE SEWAGE BATTLE

Mayor Helps’ forceful push to a billion-dollar sewage facility at Rock Bay takes some twists and turns—and ain’t done yet.

Leslie Campbell

 

BANKRUPT IN BC

New laws meant to protect BC consumers who are drowning in debt may not go far enough.

Lisa Cordasco

 

IN HIS ELEMENT

Wildlife artist and environmentalist Mark Hobson’s arrival at his beloved, secluded floating studio has been a lifelong journey.

Aaren Madden

 

PAYING HOMAGE TO THOSE WHO SHAPED JAZZ

Last call for this season’s Sunday afternoon “tribute” concerts at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Mollie Kaye

 

MATTERS OF CLASS

Some upcoming plays are designed to shake us down to our middle class roots.

Monica Prendergast

 

TOWARDS A LIFE OF INTEGRITY

Set in a US community in conflict over civil rights and the Viet Nam war, Tricia Dower’s novel explores the essential fight for self-expression.

Amy Reiswig

 

PRACTICING HOPE AND BUYING TIME

A meditation while picking litter in the perfected landscape of Beacon Hill Park.

Gene Miller

 

THE MISKELLYS’ PASSION

Nurturing native species, young farmers and the land.

Maleea Acker

 

UNLIKELY ALLIES IN A COMPLEX ECOSYSTEM

Reflections on the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement cannot leave out Chief Qwatsinas.

Briony Penn

 

THE JOYS OF SOUP

When the world seems crazy, chopping and stewing

conserve sanity and the Earth.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

February 2016

February 2016

OUR FOCUS IS CHANGING

After 28 years as a monthly, we’re going to decarbonize a bit.

Leslie Campbell

 

OPTION 10: OUR BEST BET TO AVOID SEWERCIDE?

Fisheries Act requirements for sewage treatment in Victoria could be met for less than $200 million.

David Broadland

 

STANDOFF AT POLAK SPRINGS

Shawnigan Lake residents dig in for a long fight to protect their water from a controversial contaminated soil landfill.

Judith Lavoie

 

WHOSE SECRET INSTRUCTIONS WASTED $100 MILLION?

The likely cost of the unjustified firing of eight Ministry of Health researchers is staggering, yet no one has been held accountable.

Alan Cassels

 

TRANS MOUNTAIN OPPONENTS GET BOOST FROM FEDS

How the National Energy Board found itself under attack by everyone in January.

Briony Penn

 

ILLUMINATING THE EVERYDAY

Barbara Callow uses light to bring life to the painted form.

Aaren Madden

 

CALLING YOUR INNER GYPSY

Swain on swing: The 5th Annual Victoria Django Festival.

Mollie Kaye

 

THE VALLEY

Issues around policing and mental health lie at the heart of award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod’s work.

Monica Prendergast

 

NATURE IS FORECLOSING

The Climate Nexus calls for a transformative discussion on adapting our life-support systems to climate change.

Amy Reiswig

 

SEWERCIDE

Local politicians are bumbling toward a multi-billion-dollar sewage treatment plan the community doesn’t need.

Gene Miller

 

A BIRDING EVANGELIST’S BIG YEAR

Knowing our fellow creatures inspires Ann Nightingale’s passion.

Maleea Acker

 

SNUGGLE UP WITH KOSELIGHET

The yarn that keeps us knitted together, especially through winter.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

January 2016

January 2016

COMMISSIONER LOWE’S OPEN WINDOW

The Commissioner’s report, by example, challenges other government officials to meet his high standard for transparency.

David Broadland

 

IN TERMS OF EMISSIONS, LOGGING THE WALBRAN MAKES NO SENSE

If the BC government were serious about addressing climate change, it would protect old-growth forests.

Ken Wu

 

ENVIRONMENT CANADA’S BILLION-DOLLAR SCREW-UP

A study by DFO scientists found that secondary sewage treatment will have a negligible effect on environmental conditions in our waters.

David Broadland

 

INTENT CITY

The encampment at the law courts grounds provides evidence of our collective failure to meet the need for housing.

Leslie Campbell

 

SCIENTISTS: SPLIT DFO IN TWO

Is the new government open to hearing scientists’ arguments that DFO cannot protect both industry and fish?

Judith Lavoie

 

THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

With his unique medium, sculptor Roland Gatin fuses stone to build connections and explore ideas.

Aaren Madden

 

LORRAINE MIN COMES HOME

Acclaimed pianist will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 on January 23 at the Royal Theatre.

Mollie Kaye

 

MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre premières its latest creation in Victoria, January 29 & 30.

Robin J Miller

 

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE FUTURE

Guy Dauncey’s new novel envisions an urban ecotopia.

Amy Reiswig

 

THE PLUMBER’S DILEMMA

The delusional desire for amalgamation.

Gene Miller

 

CARING FOR KWETLAL IN MEEGAN

Cheryl Bryce’s Community Tool Shed.

Maleea Acker

 

100 PERCENT PURE WHAT?

Most of New Zealand has been deforested due to agriculture, impacting biodiversity, water quality and the climate.

Briony Penn

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ONE TREE

2016: A good year for championing everything local.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

December 2015

December 2015

EMBRACING DECARBONIZATION

It’s time for Christy Clark to wake up from her LNG dream before it becomes a nightmare for the rest of us.

Leslie Campbell

 

SCIENTISTS TO CRD: PETITION THE FEDS FOR RECLASSIFICATION

Marine scientists plead for an evidence-based approach to developing sewage treatment for Victoria.

10 Marine Scientists

 

THE CHINESE WELDING RUSE

As the cost for a new bridge marches towards $150 million, explanations from City Hall seem designed to distract rather than inform.

David Broadland

 

PUTTING THE GAG WHERE IT BELONGS

Scientists and policy experts on the Harper government’s well-loathed practice of replacing scientific evidence with PR spin.

Judith Lavoie

 

100 DAYS OF DESTRUCTION

BC Hydro accused of divide-and-conquer tactics among Peace River Valley First Nations.

Briony Penn

 

PROVINCE TO REIN IN POLICE CHIEF ASSOCIATIONS?

A surprise government announcement could lead to the resolution of long-standing controversies about police secrecy.

Rob Wipond

 

HEALTH VOICES CO-OPTED

The Ministry of Health’s attempt to privatize the voice of patients does not have a promising prognosis. 

Alan Cassels

 

NEW CANADIANS INCOMING

Victoria prepares to help Syrian refugees make a new home.

Liz McArthur

 

SELF PRESERVATION

Joanne Thomson’s new paintings, inspired by her grandparents’ life, transforms the pain of family secrets.

Aaren Madden

 

SPIT DELANEY’S ISLAND

Jack Hodgins’ novel has been reworked into a new play by Charles Tidler.

Monica Prendergast

 

THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS

45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana: a book and an exhibit.

Amy Reiswig

 

TOMORROWLAND

Let’s make Victoria a model for the new economy.

Gene Miller

 

JACQUES SIROIS’ BIOSPHERE DREAMS

Nurturing herring would allow other species to rebound in the Salish Sea area.

Maleea Acker

 

SHARING OUR BLESSINGS

This Christmas season, let’s envision our city as an inn that truly has room for everyone.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

November 2015

November 2015

THE LAST STRATEGIC VOTE

Let’s make sure that next time we can vote our conscience and know it will count.

Leslie Campbell

 

EXXON’S CLIMATE LIE

Decades ago the company’s scientists warned about climate change but Exxon executives chose to fund doubt.

Bill McKibben

 

THE ORIGINS OF SPYYNICH

Was the surveillance software installed on the newly-elected mayor’s  computer by Saanich staff a case of tit for tat?

David Broadland

 

BRIDGE PROJECT HEADED FOR RECORD BOOKS

Would the new bridge survive a collision with common sense?

David Broadland

 

HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVE: GLIMMER OF HOPE OR “FART IN THE AIR”?

“Housing First” is easier in theory than in practice, especially given multiple municipalities and lack of senior government support.

Judith Lavoie

 

CERMAQ V. THE PEOPLE

The rise and fall of fish farming in Ahousaht territory.

Briony Penn

 

THE SLIPPERY STATS ON FLU VACCINES

Are flu shots 60 percent effective? Or are they 3 percent effective in a good year and 1 percent in a bad year? 

Alan Cassels

 

PEN TO PAPER

Amy Frank’s art practice encompasses creative expression, advocacy and powerful coping tools in her struggle with mental illness.

Aaren Madden

 

MUSIC FROM 1000 YEARS AGO

An early music ensemble from France is expected to perform magic at Alix Goolden Hall this month.

Mollie Kaye

 

SAYING BIG THINGS SMALL

Ronnie Burkett returns to town this month with his puppets and improvisational-style theatre.

Monica Prendergast

 

ON ORIGINS AND ENDINGS

Arleen Paré explores tiny but sometimes momentous moments of intersection, where we connect unexpectedly.

Amy Reiswig

 

GIMME SHELTER

The homeless on Victoria’s downtown streets offer a full-colour snapshot of response failure.

Gene Miller

 

MALTBY LAKE'S ECOLOGICAL WONDERS

Carmel and Woody Thomson show how love of place can keep it safe.

Maleea Acker

 

THE MAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

The story of a young soldier from Victoria helps us remember why we should strive for peace.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

October 2015

October 2015

WHEN SPIN DOCTORS MAKE POLICY

The provincial LNG fiction-writing exercise has some lessons towards October 19.

Leslie Campbell

 

WHY YOUR VOTE COUNTS

Halting the decay of our democracy isn’t difficult. It starts with valuing your vote.

Cheryl Thomas

 

AN ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE

There’s no scientific case for sewage treatment in Victoria, but the community faces a billion-dollar price tag anyway. Where do the candidates stand?

David Broadland

 

MURRAY RANKIN V. CANADA

Rankin acted on behalf of an American mining corporation in its successful bid to sue Canada using NAFTA.

Judith Lavoie

 

LEGISLATED VOTER SUPRESSION

The Unfair Election Act is coming soon—very soon—to a polling station near you.

Briony Penn

 

CANNABIS COWBOYS

Why are marijuana dispensaries the growth business in Victoria?

Liz McArthur

 

A CHANGE OF FOCUS

As she leaves us, our correspondent reflects on a decade of First Nations treaty negotiations, court rulings and attempts at reconciliation.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

A SERIES OF SMALL ABSTRACTIONS

Rod Charlesworth celebrates both place and paint.

Aaren Madden

 

THE VIEW FROM HERE

Geographic and cultural history combine in a bold new play about one of Victoria’s most infamous locations.

John Threlfall

 

THE REAL THING

Briony Penn’s new biography of beloved BC conservation hero Ian McTaggart Cowan.

Amy Reiswig

 

SPARE CHANGE

That $90 extra million on the bridge could have transformed Victoria.

Gene Miller

 

SALMON RESURGENCE

Thanks in part to volunteers like Dorothy Chambers, coho salmon are thriving in Colquitz River—but for how long?

Maleea Acker

 

THE PROBLEM WITH SITTING ON YOUR BALLOT

Low voter turnout in 2011 allowed a small minority of Canadians to elect a majority government.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

September 2015

September 2015

SUMMER’S BOUNTY

Animals, vegetables, and a thought-provoking book.

Leslie Campbell

 

STOP HARPER—AND BEYOND

Victorians who want to stop Harper might also want to elect an MP who is free to speak the truth.

Jo-Ann Roberts

 

THE $130-MILLION QUESTION

The Johnson Street Bridge project director says the new bridge will be “somewhat less robust” than the existing bridge. Why?

David Broadland

 

AT ISSUE: KINDER MORGAN’S TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE

Where do the parties stand on allowing another 890,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen to be shipped past Victoria each day?

Judith Lavoie

 

SONORA OLD-GROWTH FORESTS TO FEED PENSIONERS?

Owned by government pension plans, TimberWest appears set to ignore a Forest Practices Board finding about its logging on the island.

Briony Penn

 

THE MIRACLE BEFORE US

By re-presenting landscapes with views both intimate and monumental, Brent Lynch invokes the sanctity of the everyday.

Aaren Madden

 

GENDER EQUITY IN THEATRE

A recent report suggests not enough has changed for women in theatre.

Monica Prendergast

 

THE FIGHT FOR REAL FOOD

From Madrona Farm in the Blenkinsop Valley, a new book explores a global vision rooted in the earth.

Amy Reiswig

 

THE ORTHOPAEDIC WAITING GAME

Vancouver Island’s aging baby boomers, coupled with stretched budgets and operating rooms,have created a perfect storm for timely access to needed joint surgery.

Alan Cassels

 

WAR BETWEEN WORLDS

Contemporary circumstances, including shrinking governments, demand that we, the human family, be socially innovative.

Gene Miller

 

MANY SWALLOWS MAKE A SUMMER

Malcolm Rodin volunteers his time to nurture native (mosquito-eating) songbirds.

Maleea Acker

 

IF I HAD A HAMMER…

Provide a home and the rest follows.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

July/August 2015

July-August 2015

A LIFE-SAVER

Will Victoria take responsibility to provide safe consumption services?

Leslie Campbell

 

CANADA’S SHAME

If Vladimir Putin is politically “troublesome,” Stephan Harper is his environmental equivalent.

Ray  Grigg

 

SAANICH COUNCILLOR SUSAN BRICE DENIES SECRET COUNCIL MEETING HELD

Did a group of five Saanich councillors hold an illegal council meeting on December 4 last year?

David Broadland

 

INVESTIGATIONS INTO INVESTIGATIONS

News of a secret investigation involving Saanich’s interim CAO Andy Laidlaw may throw the District into more turmoil.

David Broadland and Daniel Palmer

 

WAR IN THE WOODS II?

Eight planned cutblocks in the Walbran are raising the temperature among those concerned about BC’s old-growth forests.

Briony Penn

 

GETTING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report calls for a massive shift in how Canada conducts itself in relation to Aboriginal people.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

WHERE THE WHALES COME IN

Marika Swan finds personal guidance and artistic inspiration in her people’s spiritual connection to whales.

Aaren Madden

 

A DELICIOUS SUMMER THEATRE MENU

Shakespeare, queer, the Goose, the Fringe and more.

Monica Prendergast

 

BUILDING A HOUSE TOGETHER

Two books expand the conversation on how, together, indigenous and settler people can create a new story.

Amy Reiswig

 

AGGRESSIVE RECYCLING BEATS AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING

Contemporary circumstances, including shrinking governments, demand that we, the human family, be socially innovative.

Gene Miller

 

THE AGE OF IRRESPONSIBILITY

What’s happening on our roads is a microcosm of what seems to be ailing society in general.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

June 2015

June 2015

MEDIA AS WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION

Whistle blowers, citizen activists and persistent journalists are the antidote.

Leslie Campbell

 

THE WHISTLE BLOWER’S TALE: PART 2

The spyware installed on Mayor-elect Richard Atwell’s computer was only one of three IT strategies that targeted him.

David Broadland

 

DRAFTING THE REGION’S FUTURE   

While Mike Hicks fears the Regional Sustainability Strategy’s teeth will bite his community, others say they aren’t sharp enough.

Judith Lavoie

 

MORTON VS DFO

You’d think Fisheries and Oceans Canada would be on the side of wild salmon. Think again.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

INGMAR’S WORRY

Do articulated tug barges, each carrying millions of gallons of hydrocarbon fuels, pose a threat to our coast?

Leslie Campbell

 

KALYNCHUK’S LEGACY

The CRD is fighting to prevent release of a record that could show how badly they estimated one of the costs of sewage treatment.

David Broadland

 

REVISITING THE SIXTIES SCENE

Legacy’s new exhibition illustrates a formative time in Victoria’s modern art history.

Aaren Madden

 

IMMERSION IN THE SOUND

Ensemble Laude presents two concerts in June, displaying the power of choral music.

Mollie Kaye

 

A HEALING PLACE

A visual and literary homage to Tod Inlet, its history, nature, and people.

Amy Reiswig

 

SEDUCTION BY THE TECHNOCRATS

Amalgamation may destroy that which makes this place meaningful.

Gene Miller

 

POETIC JUSTICE

A sense of humour and humility are essential as settlers wade into the rich intertidal zone of decolonization.

Briony Penn

 

OVERCOMING GODZILLA

Despite federal neglect, local youth are taking meaningful action.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

May 2015

May 2015

CAUTIONARY TALES ON THE ROAD TO BOLD AND INNOVATIVE

It’s political will—not ideas—that we’ve been missing in reducing homelessness.

Leslie Campbell

 

2015: THE YEAR THAT MUST CHANGE EVERYTHING

How we can make up for nine years of lost time?

Elizabeth May

 

THE WHISTLE BLOWER’S TALE   

Did Saanich staff conspire to spy on the newly-elected mayor?

David Broadland

 

SHAWNIGAN LAKE BATTLE ESCALATES

With legal costs already over $1 million, the traumatized community continues its fight against a contaminated soil dump.

Judith Lavoie

 

LORI AND GOLIATH

A scientific communicator takes on big oil and its so-called regulator.

Briony Penn

 

A-WORD CONVERSATION CONTINUES

Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt tells a pro-amalgamation crowd that citizens will have to lead the way.

Derry McDonell

 

OYSTERCATCHER GIRL

Anne Hansen paints joyful natural images as antidote to social injustices.

Aaren Madden

 

PLAYS WITH SOMETHING TO SAY

Social commentary abounds in the upcoming UNO Fest.

Monica Prendergast

 

THE MYSTERY

The complexities of our relations with other animals are explored in a new anthology.

Amy Reiswig

 

ENRIQUE’S FATAL ERROR

There’s nothing like a crisis—even if it’s someone else’s—to remind us that the true meaning of life is survival itself.

Gene Miller

 

RATS!

They love the Garden City too.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

April 2015

April 2015

PEEKING BEHIND CAMPAIGN CURTAINS

Campaign finance reforms are welcome but the Province refuses to restrict donations.

Leslie Campbell

 

AN EARTH DAY MESSAGE

Stephen Harper’s indifference to climate change could mean Canada will lose the opportunity for clean energy investment and jobs.

Murray Rankin

 

PROCESSING SEWAGE TREATMENT IN THE CRD  

And you wonder why it all takes so much time...

Leslie Campbell

 

ELEVEN DOWN: THE OAK BAY DEER CULL  

Questions around costs and justification remain.

Leslie Campbell

 

THE FOX AND THE CHICKENS  

Victoria City Council has been fooled again on the Johnson Street Bridge project.

David Broadland

 

SAVING GRACE

At a March longhouse ceremony, a cabinet minister promises change, but First Nations are still wary.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

PETROSTATE CLAMPDOWN

Critics of proposed “anti-terrorism” legislation see it as part of the Conservative’s push to quell opposition to petroleum-related projects.

Judith Lavoie

 

A-WORD CONVERSATION BEGINS

Academics weigh in on the amalgamation question.

Derry McDonell

 

A HAPPY NOTE

Using light and shadow, technique and subject matter, Clement Kwan paints to bring joy to viewers.

Aaren Madden

 

PORTRAYING RACE ON STAGE

An upcoming production of Madama Butterfly encourages discussion of how to represent race properly in theatre.

Monica Prendergast

 

SUPER UNEQUAL BC

Through statistics and personal stories, Andrew MacLeod delves into the realities and costs of poverty in BC.

Amy Reiswig

 

VICTORIA: iCAPITAL OF CANADA?

The task of positioning Victoria as a centre for innovation and investment demands, among other things, desire.

Gene Miller

 

GOOD NEWS FOR PLODDERS

More is not better, and actually, more could be worse, says one cardiologist.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

March 2015

March 2015

THE DEER QUESTION

Living with wildlife can be a community-building project. Oak Bay chose a different path.

Leslie Campbell

 

ENGINEERS IGNORED THEIR OWN RECOMMENDATION, A COUNCIL VOTE AND A REFERENDUM 

Engineers recommended a high level of seismic protection for the new bridge and then, as their cost estimates wnet south, they secretly cut that level of protection to the bone.

David Broadland

 

DIVESTMENT COOLS TAR SANDS

Divestment on its own won’t keep fossil fuel reserves in the ground—but it might help.

Judith Lavoie

 

BC’S EXPENSIVE FISH FARMS

The federal government seems intent on propping up corporate fish farming despite the high costs.

Briony Penn

 

McLOUGHLINISM IN RETREAT?

In trying to save the McLoughlin Point plan, CRD staff instead shoot it in the foot.

David Broadland

 

COLOURFUL HISTORIES

Nancy Ruhl’s paintings offer vivid homage to domestic architecture while documenting a changing cityscape.

Aaren Madden

 

FROM THE FAVELAS OF BRAZIL

Dance Victoria brings Compagnie Käfig to the Royal Theatre, March 13 and 14.

Robin J Miller

 

THE ENEMY IS PINK LEGO

Jordan Stratford’s feminist adventure story helps girls reboot their own reality.

Amy Reiswig

 

WHEN I’M 164

Past cultures were gone in a generational eye-blink. Strap in, brothers and sisters!

Gene Miller

 

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

A small house doesn’t have to be a compromise.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

February 2015

February 2015

FIGHT? OR PLAY NICE TILL IT’S OVER?

Green candidate Jo-Ann Roberts reflects on why a strong public broadcaster is important to democracy.

Leslie Campbell

 

THE TC’S COVERAGE OF RICHARD ATWELL 

In their coverage of two stories, was the local daily concocting a case for an overturn of November’s election in Saanich?

David Broadland

 

PARTY AT THE PUMPS

The low price of oil is raising big questions around pipeline proposals, BC’s carbon tax, emissions, and consumer behavior.

Judith Lavoie

 

VACCINATION INSURANCE

A Victoria resident spearheads a national vaccine compensation movement.

Alan Cassels

 

PLUNDERING THE CARBON SINK

The extraordinary potential of Vancouver Island forests to sequester carbon is being lost due to government inaction.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

THE EASTSIDE-WESTSIDE SPLIT

Will breaking into two groups create a consensus solution on sewage treatment? Or new unresolvable problems?

Derry McDonell

 

ENERGETIC UNIVERSE

Using the fundamentals of gesture, line and colour, Gillian Redwood paints invisible energies into visible form.

Aaren Madden

 

ABSENT MOTHERS AND PRESENT SONS

This month the Belfry helps us explore the bonds and tensions between mothers and sons (with both laughs and tears).

Monica Prendergast

 

KNITTING STORIES

In her most recent book, Sylvia Olsen tells stories of knitting relationships as well as wool.

Amy Reiswig

 

VICKY GOT LUCKY

This City has been managed by stewards, not visionaries…until now.

Gene Miller

 

ENOUGH WITH THE SELFIE CULTURE

How about a bucket list for the Earth instead?

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

 

January 2015

January 2015

CAN WE TRUST OUR DEMOCRACY?

The use of robocalls and other “voter suppression” tactics suggests we can’t.

Leslie Campbell

 

HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION

Bring disengaged citizens back to the polls.

Sonia Théroux

 

THE CASE AGAINST MCLOUGHLINISM 

Will Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen and Victoria’s Dwayne Kalynchuk lead the region’s big issue back to a gunfight at McLoughlin Point?

David Broadland

 

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Failure to protect First Nations graves on Grace Islet may lead to the first aboriginal title claim on private property in BC.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

 

KINDER MORGAN'S FAIRY TALE

The Houston-based pipeline company says it’s a good corporate citizen but its record in Canada doesn’t support that claim.

Judith Lavoie

 

THE GREAT BEAR: WORTH MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD

Will adventure tourism and forest stewardship trump logging, pipelines and hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest?

Briony Penn

 

THE SUM OF EXPERIENCES

Jeremy Herndl’s landscape paintings push visual representation into a multisensory realm.

Aaren Madden

 

BEST ON STAGE

The “Spotlight Critics Choice Awards.”

Monica Prendergast

 

OF THE COAST AND ITS CREATURES

Ian McAllister’s latest book immerses readers in the magic of the Great Bear Rainforest, as well as the threats to its health.

Amy Reiswig

 

THE 90-MINUTE SOLUTION

If we’re going to invest in a pricey new McKenzie Avenue intersection, let’s charge commuters for stop-reduced driving.

Gene Miller

 

HERE’S TO AN INNOVATIVE NEW YEAR

Lucky for us there are folks taking initiative on some ingenious and beneficial ideas.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

December 2014

December 2014

FROM ONE ELECTION TO ANOTHER…

Why do we spend more than twice as much on prisons as we spend on young children?

Leslie Campbell

 

LISA’S LANDSLIDE AND THE ATWELL ATTACK 

Theories on why the region’s two most powerful mayors lost their jobs on November 15.

David Broadland

 

TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE HEATS UP

Critics complain the National Energy Board hearings are a farce; Kinder Morgan plays hardball and arrests begin.

Judith Lavoie

 

WHEN VOTER SUPPRESSION COMES CALLING

A new documentary and public forum in Victoria in January will shed light on election fraud in Canada.

Briony Penn

 

NOTHING MISSED

A new book provides a glimpse into Godfrey Stephens’ remarkable life and art.

Aaren Madden

 

GARTH MARTENS: PROLOGUE TO THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCE

A poet explores the oil sands through the eyes of its workers.

Amy Reiswig

 

E&N: MORE RED LIGHTS AHEAD?

Records recently obtained by FOI show that after explicit warnings about the condition of the E&N Railway tracks in 2009, the BC Safety Authority allowed 22 months of further deterioration before passenger service was finally terminated in 2011. Now, with $20 million in public money allocated to upgrade tracks and restart service, critics say the plan is under-funded, won’t provide long-term safety, and therefore isn’t worth pursuing. At the same time, impassioned advocates see rail as a low-carbon solution to the increasingly congested and accident-prone Island Highway—and a potential boon for tourism.

Roszan Holmen

 

HOW TALL IS GOD?

Belief in a Seven-Days-of-Creation God or any other fabulation

about beginnings is simply post-Paleolithic ooga-booga.

Gene Miller

 

COMMUNITY INTERVENTION FOR LOCAL PARKS NEEDED

Who knew? There are 42 provincial parks, from the southern Gulf Islands to Port Renfrew, that need your help.

Briony Penn

 

THE SOUL FELT ITS WORTH

Tailoring Christmas celebrations to your own sense of meaning.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

 

 

November 2014

November 2014

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD

In seeking a fairer election process, for starters, follow the money.

Leslie Campbell

 

ON EMISSIONS, LNG, AND A NEW VISION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

The shift to reducing emission intensity from absolute reductions is an illusion of action. What’s needed is a shift

in direction to develop clean tech industries.

Andrew Weaver

 

END-OF-TERM REPORT CARD 

Key votes at City Hall raise questions about the judgment of some councillors seeking re-election. 

David Broadland

 

STEPHEN ANDREW: NO POLITICAL BAGGAGE

Journalist Stephen Andrew’s candidacy was catalyzed by Mayor Fortin’s lack of answers about the Johnson Street Bridge.

Judith Lavoie

 

LISA HELPS: WELCOMING YOUR IDEAS TO CITY HALL

Helps wants the public more directly and meaningfully consulted before decisions are made by City Hall.

Katherine Gordon

 

IDA CHONG: READY TO TAKE CHARGE

An energetic downtown and fiscal restraint are among Ida Chong’s priorities.

Judith Lavoie

 

RICHARD ATWELL: SERIOUS CHALLENGER IN SAANICH

Mayoral candidate would provide stronger leadership and open up Saanich and the CRD to greater public involvement.

David Broadland

 

AS SHE SEES IT

Artist Blythe Scott makes the familiar new again with personal impressions of place.

Aaren Madden

 

ON THE ART OF WATCHING

Three productions in November illustrate how theatre helps us grow.

Monica Prendergast

 

REFLECTIONS OF CANADA AND DEMOCRACY

Elizabeth May’s new book is a call to take back Canada.

Amy Reiswig

 

VOTE FOR MAYOR SQUISHY

Who the hell thought up Ida Chong? And other insider tips...

Gene Miller

 

CREATING RESILIENCE

The surest ways to safeguard our neighbourhoods.

Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic