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    Alain Bédard's passion for painting started in 1976 and led him to pursue art studies at Cégep de Ste-Foy in Quebec. He then traveled to New York to continue his studies and gain experience in illustration. Never one to res, Alain's desire to push his own boundaries led him to further his eduction at Laval University where he completed his Baccalaureate in 1984. While attending Laval University he had the privilege of studying under renowned Canadian painter Claude A. Simard, who became a great friend and mentor. Having worked as a professional painter for many years, Alain has developed a dis
  3. A persuasive argument. Democracy thrives through dialogue. Militarized policing, backing up a corporate state wedded to big business -- these are taking us in the opposite direction.
  4. The Victoria Guitar Society is pleased to present a masterclass and technique session with acclaimed classical guitarist Scott Tennant on Saturday March 27th at 3pm (PST) via ZOOM. Scott Tennant is a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the GRAMMY-winning ensemble composed entirely of alumni of the USC Thornton School of Music, and is himself considered to be one of the world’s top classical guitarists. During his student years at USC (1980-1986), he studied with Pepe Romero, James Smith and was a chosen performer in the USC Segovia Masterclasses of 1981 and 1986. He has aut
  5. Safety and the climate emergency are being neglected on rural roads to the region’s detriment. LIVABLE ROADS FOR RURAL SAANICH (LRRS) advocates for safety and livability on five rural roads. We focus on Sparton, Goward, Prospect Lake, southern Old West Saanich and Oldfield because of strong experience here; safety issues also exist on other rural roads. While traffic impacts on rural environments are the primary problem, LRRS takes a broad view. We believe in the interconnectedness of Saanich’s stated goals regarding road safety, active transportation, environmental and herit
  6. Whether it's the problem with pipelines, police, or public subsidies, we need to have a back-and-forth dialogue to initiate change. ONE OF THE MOST OVER-WORKED, yet fundamentally necessary words in our language is conversation. It’s not only significant interpersonally but inter-culturally. We’re at a time in our history that conversations with authentic intent and understanding are crucial to clearing the debris so evident in many domains in our society. Communication means back and forth—a dialogue, not a monologue. But, also, back and forth again and again. Things th
  7. Victoria Baroque’s celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dazzling selection of Baroque concerti for multiple instruments. Led by one of Canada’s most sought-after Baroque violinists, Chloe Meyers, Victoria Baroque performs elevating Concerti Grossi by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Everisto Dall’Abaco. Programme Evaristo Dall’Abaco: Concerto Grosso in D major Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for flute, violin and orchestra in E minor Telemann: Concerto for two violins, bassoon, and orchestra in D major Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor from L’estro armonico Musicians Ch
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    Join us for an afternoon of art discussion with Michelle Austen, a Calgary-based artist, working en Plein air to capture the essence of the Canadian landscapes. She will discuss her inspirations and her process of art-making for our current exhibition Backroads and Beyond at Winchester Galleries. Join Here: https://zoom.us/j/96113632757?pwd=enFRYTlScDErVDBmMDlmaFpBTVJWQT09
  9. What a wonderfully rational approach to the hysteria around the 'dangers' of urban wildlife.
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    Come and see what’s on display at the Gallery! This new installation of contemporary art in the Ker Gallery aims to create a contemplative, mostly monochromatic space. The exhibition spans time, cultures, and techniques. Through these works, aspects of design, architecture, craft, history, and identity are present. Through the lens of Celebrating the AGGV Collection, it has been a great opportunity to dive into the permanent collection and see what works are long overdue for display, and to consider which artists and stories can be highlighted in that process. Free admission, 10AM - 5PM.
  11. Photo: A Black-tailed Columbian buck in a Rockland neighbourhood Stephen Hume tells his own story of backyard deer, and asks some hard questions about our attitudes toward wildlife. We want your stories—and photos—too. Go to story
  12. Stephen Hume tells his own story of backyard deer, and asks some hard questions about our attitudes toward wildlife. We want your stories—and photos—too. CARVED FROM A CORNER OF OUR GARAGE is a tiny office. It’s monastic in its austerity. Writing table, chair, nothing else. I retreat there when a deadline presses and when I want to evade the incessant 21st-century distractions of e-mail pinging, phone ringing, Twitter tweeting, Flipboard flipping or the CBC and the New York Times urging me to some news item to which I must pay immediate attention. The first attraction of this
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  14. I live on 30 acres in Prince George, which is colored RED. I am the third owner since 1908 on an original land title. The spruce are starting to fall down, but the fir are still growing and are ancient. The fir tree butts are about 40" so how old are these trees and when do they start to fall down?
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    We are thrilled to welcome the lively paintings of BC artist Claire Huang to The Avenue Gallery! Describing her art as "a tribute to the places that evoke a moment of contemplation," Claire Huang enjoys spaces that have mystery and atmosphere. She explores the duality of a conscious world filtered through ambiguity and clarity. Influenced by her early background in architectural design, Claire often turns to architecture as the inspiration for her work. The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm See more at
  16. Lisbon Court of Appeal Court Case Judgement Process: 1783/20.7T8PDL.L1-3 Reporter: Margarida Ramos De Almeida Descriptors: Habeas Corpus Interest in Action SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR Tests Deprivation of Illegal Detention The following is an excerpt from the court case listed above. ""iii. And the problem is that this reliability is shown, in terms of scientific evidence (and in this field, the judge will have to rely on the knowledge of experts in the field), more than deb
  17. Add Costin and Carlow 6 story down from 11 apt proposal by Ironclad, still too high for single family neighbourhood of mostly one level homes., Rockingham small lot proposal which has too many houses, Latiria Rd proposal for 24 duplexes, again too many units and traffic issues. Another building proposed that will have traffic enter and leave on quiet cul de sac. Not enough public say and no impact study on shading and privacy.
  18. The rate of demolitions took off in 2015 in Oak Bay. Vocal homeowners have been opposed to change to current single family residential zoning including making way for the regulation of secondary suites. Efforts to bring about change meet resistance at every turn. The elected council and planning department are on record now saying that zoning changes may be introduced in 2024 according to their housing strategy timeline. Too little and way, way ... too late.
  19. Thanks for such a timely article. I left Vancouver 10 years ago with my heart broken from watching all the fine homes being torn down near a house I rented for many years. There was no sorting of materials and all the old-growth wood, beautiful windows, wood flooring, solid-wood cabinets, etc. went into landfill. Every effort should be made to re-purpose materials, but I would ideally like to see more homes preserved and renovated, with additional suites, etc. It appears that new, oversized homes are not providing housing for more citizens. Furthermore, mature trees on the lot are often r
  20. If you haven’t read this piece in The Tyee by Ben Parfitt, I encourage you to do so: https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/02/17/Trees-Pellets-Fort-Nelson-Future-Hangs-Balance/ Please submit a comment on the proposed licence transfer to the BC government at this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/forest-tenures/forest-tenure-administration/timber-tenure-transfer-disposition/public-interest-proposed-timber-tenure-dispositions The deadline for submissions is February 26th.
  21. INITIALLY, the developer, Design Build Services proposed two 12-storey buildings, one fronting on to Goldstream and the other onto Fairway, with all access from Fairway. Community members in the mostly single family neighbourhood objected strenuously through a petition and letters to council. By the time the proposal reached Langford’s Planning, Zoning and Affordable Housing Committee in January 2020, the proposal was for 9- and 6-storey buildings and, by the end of the meeting, Design Build Services, agreed to two 6-storey buildings. Artist’s rendering of Design Build Services’ prop
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    By playing with the integration of common functional objects of European design with cultural boundaries, the artists explores how new forms can evolve to create new ways of seeing objects as failed, yet humors pseudo-technological devices. Using sculptural elements with photo documentation, the artist gives the viewer a new way of seeing the world and the devices that populate it.
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    By playing with the integration of common functional objects of European design with cultural boundaries, the artists explores how new forms can evolve to create new ways of seeing objects as failed, yet humors pseudo-technological devices. Using sculptural elements with photo documentation, the artist gives the viewer a new way of seeing the world and the devices that populate it.
  24. Our city is being sterilized before our eyes. Three four five or six building condos with retail on the bottom, underground parking and small balconies replacing single lots. interesting architecture replaced by same same. Space by crammed. look at Garden works on Oak Bay Ave. Soon to be a condo... it’s enough to make you weep. This city is nothing like the beautiful place I first arrived at 26 years ago. change is inevitable given express population growth but the way it’s been done is steralizing the character of Victoria
  25. Don't let them tell you that wood products are a good way to store carbon because only a small fraction of the carbon in a logged forest ens up in long-term storage, most of the carbon in a logged forest is put on an accelerated path to the atmosphere. Here is a slide show clarifying many misconceptions about forests, logging, and carbon: http://www.slideshare.net/dougoh/forest-carbon-climate-myths-presentation/
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    Michael Hermesh's art is shaped by how he views the world. “I do not believe that there is a state of grace in life. Life is life – it is dynamic and it is always a struggle. Integrity, awareness and dignity remain constants.” The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm See more at www.theavenuegallery.com
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