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    JOSHUA WRIGHT speaks about the blockade with Gorilla Radio here: http://www.gorilla-radio.com/2020/08/25/gorilla-radio-chris-cook-joshua-wright-tim-takaro-janine-bandcroft-august-27-2020/
  3. Posted November 27, 2020. Image: The weir on Cowichan Lake A reprieve for the Cowichan River offers a rare good news story. Go to story
  4. A reprieve for the Cowichan River offers a rare good news story. PERHAPS IT’S A GOOD MOMENT to let our attention drift from the pandemic-propelled collapse of the Trumpian snake-oil-sales dystopia to the south and the daily litany of coronavirus woes across Canada to some good news that promises to yield benefits long after our current griefs have receded into gloomy tales for grandchildren. After decades of dithering, hand-wringing, seemingly interminable committee meetings, political buck-passing, corporate two-steps and protests from curmudgeonly self-interest groups, it lo
  5. Very uplifting article, dear friend; wish there were more ''Carls'' in this world and less ''Irvings'' - Stay safe and be well XOXO
  6. That was a lovely article
  7. Posted November 25, 2010 A close-to-heart climate hero instills hope, courage, and solidarity. Go to story
  8. A close-to-heart climate hero instills hope, courage, and solidarity. EIGHT MONTHS INTO A PANDEMIC that as of yet shows no end, I’ve found a new hero and guiding light—my youngest brother Carl. I know he’ll fidget with discomfort when I tell him this, maybe suggest I ease up on hyperbole, possibly even wonder if I’ve gone off my rocker. But I’ll insist I know a hero when I see one—a selfless, genuinely good person who, even against formidable odds, chooses to devote life and livelihood to the betterment of a greater common cause. Heroes are resourceful and resilient, typicall
  9. Posted November 24, 2020 Image: New Residuals Treatment Plant at Hartland Landfill Residents worry as Capital Regional District prepares to spread sewage biosolids at Hartland Landfill. Go to story
  10. Residents worry as Capital Regional District prepares to spread sewage biosolids at Hartland Landfill. THERE’S A GUT REACTION to the idea of spreading processed human poop on land, whether to grow bigger trees, better tomatoes, or cap off a landfill. Suspicions remain even after sewage sludge is treated to remove pathogens and pollutants. Following sewage treatment at the Capital Regional District’s new McLoughlin Point Wastewater Plant, “residual solids” in the form of sludge are piped to the new Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill. There, the sludge is treated
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    Our highly anticipated 8th annual jewellery exhibition and fundraiser for Victoria Hospice, All That Glitters VIII, showcases stunning, wearable art created by the finest boutique jewellers in Canada. A percentage from the sale of each item of jewellery sold during the exhibition, December 1 to 24, will be donated to Victoria Hospice, offering each of us the opportunity to acquire a little gem while supporting this extraordinary community treasure. Looking fabulous has never had such a worthy payoff! The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC Exhibition continues
  13. Terrific article that shows Metchosin isn't just the "pastoral" community it so often appears to be!
  14. Posted November 21, 2020 Image: Efren Quiroz making a video of Dominique Chapheau demonstrating making a monoprint. Arc.Hive has created a wealth of artist demos and gallery tours, all online, aim at fostering creativity and community. Go to story
  15. A wealth of artist demos and gallery tours, all online, aim at fostering creativity and community. A DAY AFTER stringent new COVID measures were announced by Dr Bonnie Henry on November 19, the Bridge Crawl planning team at Arc.Hive Artist Run Centre were feeling both relieved and excited. Relieved because when they had started planning the multi-venue/multi-artist event last spring, they decided to incorporate a lot of digital components into it, just in case COVID-19 was not behind us by the fall. And they were excited because only some fine-tuning to keep everything safe was nee
  16. Posted November 19, 2020 Refugees on Vancouver Island have a unique service to help them heal from trauma thanks to the leadership of Adrienne Carter. Go to story
  17. Refugees on Vancouver Island have a unique service to help them heal from trauma thanks to the leadership of Adrienne Carter. LAST YEAR, as medical student at UBC and future physician, I embarked on a research project to better understand the resettlement challenges that refugees have when coming to Vancouver Island, and the issues that physicians face in meeting refugee health needs. My research led me to the Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees and its founder Adrienne Carter. At the age of 12, Adrienne Carter became a refugee when her family fled
  18. Posted November 16, 2020 Image: Fairy Creek Valley looking north A blockade that stopped construction of a logging road into Fairy Creek Valley near Port Renfrew needs public support to keep the valley pristine. Go to story
  19. A brief history of the Fairy Creek Blockade JOSHUA WRIGHT is a 17-year-old filmmaker from Olympia, Washington with an irrepressible passion for protecting the little that is left of the old-growth temperate rainforests. He has handy access to a state-of-the-art digital mapping program that allows him to track and monitor industrial logging activities in near-real time. In late July this year, he gave a heads-up to Vancouver Island veteran grassroots forest activist grandmother Eartha Muirhead of a road-building crew subcontracted to Surrey-based logging company and TFL 46 tenure-h
  20. Excellent piece and quite informative. Also, I would like to thank those that commented - very on point items.
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    Pavel Barta’s modernist style is evident in a broad range of subject matter that he skillfully produces. Working in both bronze and stone, Pavel brings a unique view of design to his captivating sculptures. “The best reward I can get is to know that thanks to my art, someone’s day became brighter.” Pavel Barta The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm See more at www.theavenuegallery.com
  22. "Why does profit take precedence over science?" That's an essential question in our rapacious capitalist society. It is also present in the precedence given to "The Economy" over people's lives in the pandemic. Thousands are dead but the economy must come first. Medical experts plead for lockdowns that are denied over concern for business interests. It is a universal problem in our society.
  23. Once you've read this bit by Gene, there is a fascinating article in The Atlantic that expands on the idea. It's an idea that Gene is not alone in suggesting. "We may, once again, have hit the civilizing limit. It always feels different, the result of some distinct narrative, some particular set of claims, or personalities, but it’s always the same: a civilization, an empire, reaches a stage at which communication fails and the arguments, the “why” of a culture, become ambiguous, self-contradictory, less-shared or share-able. Still, the cultural enthusiasms underlying the idea of social
  24. I have read every one of Gene's articles in Focus from the first time I discovered them until this one. Gene writes about life and also Victoria in ways that make me think that I am seeing with new eyes even though I was born and raised here. I always look forward to a new edition of Gene's musings and ramblings about the city I love almost as much as he does. Anything he writes is worth the time. I am very glad he is going to continue to appear in Focus.
  25. Posted November 13, 2020 Photo of clearcut logging by Island Timberlands near Port Alberni. We, meaning government, First Nations, communities, scientists, academics, non-government organizations, industry and citizens, must find a way to pool our collective efforts to responsibly steward the precious natural resources given to us. Go to story
  26. We, meaning government, First Nations, communities, scientists, academics, non-government organizations, industry and citizens, must find a way to pool our collective efforts to responsibly steward the precious natural resources given to us. Logging on McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni (Photo by TJ Watts) BLESSED UNREST—that’s the name Paul Hawken gave more than a decade ago to the grassroots movement that was sweeping the world working in the name of environmental protection and social justice. Generally comprised of a loose collection of individuals or groups
  27. Posted November 12, 2020 Can the social messaging inherent in Victoria’s buildings help us render current reality legible in these destabilized times? Go to story
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