May-June 2019 Focus for web.pdf
4 BEHIND THE CURTAINS AT CITY HALL
The demise of the Humboldt “Innovation Tree” leads a citizen to investigate the City’s decision-making.
12 SHOAL POINT’S TROUBLED WATER
If a BC Supreme Court finding is correct, Victorians need to demand assurances from the City of Victoria about the safety of its water.
14 IS VICTORIA’S NEW BRIDGE TSUNAMI-PROOF?
Probably not, according to a 2013 AECOM study that was available to bridge engineers as they designed the structure’s main pier.
16 UPDATE ON THE MAYORS’ MISSING EMAILS
They’ve been found—all 271 of them.
Is recycling enough, or should we ban some plastics completely?
22 HOUSING SECURITY ELUSIVE FOR VICTORIA RENTERS
Changes are happening, but renters and their advocates are demanding further protection.
LNG Canada’s lobbying wins $6-plus billion payout.
A forestry conference invited Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson to give a keynote address. He talked and ran.
28 GOING BACKWARDS IN COWICHAN BAY
How is a metals manufacturing plant in the midst of a fish-bearing estuary even possible?
34 DRUG INSIGHTS FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER
Are broken bones “hiding in plain sight” of heartburn meds?
36 HASHIM HANNOON’S “CITY LIFE”
The artist, an immigrant from Iraq, proves the creative spirit can rise above the brutal ugliness of war.
The Bateman Foundation’s new vision comes into focus.
50 AARON SCOONES IS HEARING THINGS
A Victoria vocalist brings his stylings to the spotlight at JazzFest.
54 A NEW THEATRE COMPANY IS BORN
Hapax Theatre has ambitions for a long life in Victoria.
Do those of us who behave immodestly do so because we resent our mortality?
A molting elephant seal on Gonzales Beach offered lessons in nature and an occasion for friendship.
62 THIS IS THE SEASON
It is in our gardens that wisdom and humility are nurtured.
Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
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