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    For the Love of Africa's Annual Water Garden Tour Tickets are $25 each. You can discuss your water garden designs with our designers. All proceeds of the tour will support our projects in Tanzania, East Africa. See www.watergardentour.ca for information on tickets, or call (250) 891-0762 for details. See also www.fortheloveofafrica.ca (for past projects). A ticket holder will see master gardeners, musicians and artists at many of the homes, as well as one location serving delicious desserts.
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    605 and 615 Speed Ave

    605 & 615 Speed Avenue The City is considering a Development Permit with Variances Application for a multi-unit residential development consisting of an approximately 14-storey and six-storey residential building. For more information, click here.
  3. 1900 Richmond Road The City is considering a rezoning application to replace the existing building at Richmond and Fort with a five storey assisted living building with ground-floor commercial use. For more information, click here.
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    Wilson Walk

    208, 210, 220, 230 & 240 Wilson Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to allow for the construction of 22 strata townhouse units and 12 rental dwelling units. The proposal is concurrent with a Development Permit with Variances application. For more information, click here.
  5. 1906 & 1912 Duchess Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to increase the site's density to allow for the development of an approximate five-storey, multiple-dwelling, residential building. For more information, click here.
  6. 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. Leslie Campbell 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. David Broadland 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. David Broadland 16 UPDATE ON THE MAYORS’ MISSING EMAILS They’ve been found—all 271 of them. David Broadland 18 TURNING THE PLASTIC TIDE Is recycling enough, or should we ban some plastics completely? Ross Crockford 22 HOUSING SECURITY ELUSIVE FOR VICTORIA RENTERS Changes are happening, but renters and their advocates are demanding further protection. Judith Lavoie 24 SUBSIDIZING CLIMATE CHANGE LNG Canada’s lobbying wins $6-plus billion payout. Russ Francis 26 A MESSAGE FOR THE MINISTER A forestry conference invited Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson to give a keynote address. He talked and ran. Briony Penn 28 GOING BACKWARDS IN COWICHAN BAY How is a metals manufacturing plant in the midst of a fish-bearing estuary even possible? Stephen Hume 34 DRUG INSIGHTS FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER Are broken bones “hiding in plain sight” of heartburn meds? Alan Cassels 36 HASHIM HANNOON’S “CITY LIFE” The artist, an immigrant from Iraq, proves the creative spirit can rise above the brutal ugliness of war. Kate Cino 42 SKETCHING INTO THE WILD The Bateman Foundation’s new vision comes into focus. Maleea Acker 50 AARON SCOONES IS HEARING THINGS A Victoria vocalist brings his stylings to the spotlight at JazzFest. Mollie Kaye 54 A NEW THEATRE COMPANY IS BORN Hapax Theatre has ambitions for a long life in Victoria. Monica Prendergast 58 IN PRAISE OF MODESTY Do those of us who behave immodestly do so because we resent our mortality? Gene Miller 60 LEAVING THE SEALS BE A molting elephant seal on Gonzales Beach offered lessons in nature and an occasion for friendship. Maleea Acker 62 THIS IS THE SEASON It is in our gardens that wisdom and humility are nurtured. Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
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    Adrenaline An Evening of Theatre and Conversation Adrenaline : Theatre Mada Saturday, May 4 from 5:45pm – 8:00pm Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street. Tickets $5 to $25 (pay what you can) A riveting performance recounting a man’s first New Year’s Eve in Canada after leaving war-torn Syria. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the play’s author, Ahmad Meree, and the director of Adrenaline. Light snacks provided by Saraya Hot Bread and Silk Road Tea. Wheelchair accessible. Click here to reserve your seats.
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    May 4th & 5th, 11-4pm Fairfield Artists Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 4th & 5th, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm The Fairfield Artists Studio Tour is an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet local artists, tour their studios and view their work while exploring the beautiful neighbourhoods of Fairfield and Gonzales in Victoria BC. This free community event is a celebration of the rich variety of art being created in Victoria. Established and emerging artists open their studio doors to the public to display their fine art including painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and photography. Visit https://www.fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com/about for maps, artist info and more. We look forward to welcoming you to our studio!
  9. Vox Humana Choir: The Long Road On May 18, 2019, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, Victoria’s premier choir, will present The Long Road, featuring a cappella repertoire by Canadian composers, written in the last 40 years. The concert will feature “One Black Spike” by Jocelyn Morlock, a work that explores the theme of immigrant labour used to develop the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from 1914-1945. The last concert in Vox Humana’s 2018-2019 season, The Long Road, will feature two commissioned works: “Fire and Ice” and “Canadian Triptych”. “Fire and Ice” by BC composer David Archer is one of the first settings of poetry by Robert Frost since the poet’s work entered the public domain in 2019. David Archer says of the text, “Astronomer Harold Shapley claimed to have inspired “Fire and Ice” when Robert Frost asked him how the world will actually end. By the exploding sun or by freezing in deep space, came the reply.” “Canadian Triptych”, a three-movement work by BC composer Liova Bueno, includes poetry by Canadian poets Margaret Avison, Lorna Crozier and Jan Zwicky. The work speaks to “Who we are and how we see the world is shaped by our living environments. The history of Canadian literature is full of the exploration of urban/rural contrasts, with poets reflecting, yearning, celebrating, remembering or projecting change, and sharing tales of transformation.” The choir will present the world premiere performance of “Carpe Diem” by Victoria composer Nicholas alongside works by other BC composers Kathleen Allan, Kristopher Fulton, Rodney Sharman, Chris Sivak, and Tobin Stokes, as well as works by Ontario composers, Leonard Enns and Jeff Enns (no relation). The choir is proud to give the BC premiere performance of Jeff Enns’ “I Lost My Talk” commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2018. With permission from her family, Jeff Enns set the poem “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, a Mi'kmaw elder and poet,who speaks about her experience attending a Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and being forced to give up her native language. Additional information, interviews and photographs can be obtained by contacting Artistic Director, Brian Wismath (info@voxhumanachoir.ca). Performances: May 18th, 2019– 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm) St. Andrew’s Catholic Cathedral (740 View Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8) Tickets: $20, Free (25 and under) Duration: About 1.5 hours Visit www.voxhumanachoir.ca for more information.
  10. Linden Traditions: Choral Classics The Linden Singers of Victoria is pleased to present a selection of choral classics, old and new, with Emily Carr String Quartet and guest soloists Adam Dyjach, tenor, Kyron Basu, baritone, and Jessica Wagner, soprano. This concert presents the familiar, rich harmonies of Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Brahms' Zigeunerlieder, along with the equally beautiful and lush haunting melodies of Ola Gjeilo. Tickets $20.00, under 25 years free. Saturday May 25th at 7:30 PM Lutheran Church of the Cross 3787 Cedar Hill Road www.lindensingers.ca/concerts-tickets https://www.facebook.com/LindenSingers
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    Café Suite

    Café Suite The Westshore Community Concert Band, based in Langford, is a group of about40 amateur band musicians under the direction of Mike Dominy, who rehearseonce a week and perform about 10 times a year in various venues around thegreater Victoria area.On Saturday, May 25th, 2019 we will be holding our 12th annual Café Suiteevent, which is our major annual concert and fundraiser. The eveningfeatures a variety of concert band music, with lots of delicious snacks,desserts, and many door prizes, all included in the ticket price, and asilent auction featuring a wide variety of items donated by local merchantsall around the Victoria area.Café Suite will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, 798Goldstream Avenue, Langford, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 25th.Tickets are $15. each, and can be obtained at the door (if still available)or in advance by calling Pauline Barnes at 250-477-0117. Westshore Community Concert Band (http://www.westshoreband.org)
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    My Soul is Escaped: Healing art of Patricia June Vickers at Christ Church Cathedral April 28 to May 11 One woman’s healing journey, expressed powerfully through her art, is the subject of the next exhibit to be held at Christ Church Cathedral’s Chapel of the New Jerusalem. Patricia June Vickers, an artist, psychotherapist and spiritual director, addresses the issue of sexual abuse and intergenerational trauma in her exhibit. Two years ago, Vickers underwent an intensive period of neurofeedback and psychotherapy to heal her dissociative amnesia, an involuntary response to trauma. As she restored her spiritual balance, she documented her journey in small paintings. There are more than 30 mixed media works in the show, pieces that use acrylic, watercolour and collage to create layers. These abstract images are coupled with written reflections on the artist’s healing process. “Life is a midden,” she said. “Truth can sometimes be underneath all these layers.” She began to paint out of an inability to find words to communicate the raw reality. “It came out of a need to express what I couldn’t say in words,” she said. She believes that continuing intergenerational and sexual trauma among First Nations, “is the root problem in our communities that we are still not facing.” Vickers, 63, is of British, Tsimshian, Heiltsuk and Haida First Nation ancestry and was raised in Hazelton and Victoria. She grew up with art all around her, learning traditional applique fabric designs and later, painting. Her brothers Arthur Vickers and Roy Henry Vickers are both well-known artists. Roy has partnered with her to create a potlatch screen that will be on display during the show. Having Christ Church Cathedral host the show is really significant, says Vickers, who always loved the words and music of the Anglican service. Christ Church Cathedral Dean Ansley Tucker said such an important exhibit creates valuable insights. “Long before we learned to speak, we learned to see,” she said. “In this exhibit we have the benefit of visceral visual images, as well as Patricia Vickers’s own words of reflection to guide and teach us. We are grateful for her courage and honesty.” Sunday, April 28, 5.30 pm. Opening reception (Chapel of the New Jerusalem) Sunday, May 5 at 3.00 pm, Connecting Hearts, artist talk on personal reconciliation. “People know the history. What isn’t being spoken about is our internal worlds and what connects our hearts,” she said. Hours: The show will be open to the public 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 1.00 to 3.00 pm on Sunday. Patricia June Vickers is a counsellor and artist living in Vancouver. She is clinical director of mental health and wellness at the First Nations Health Authority and has a PhD. Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria stands on the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. It is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, which includes Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The Cathedral also has a large and active parish community and contributes to the cultural, social and spiritual life of residents and visitors in the Capital Regional District. The gothic cathedral, one of Canada’s largest churches, was designed in 1896. Christ Church Cathedral 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC V8V 3G8 250.383.2714 x 228, cell 250-634-3696 www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
  13. To The Movies and Beyond! With Meridiem Wind Orchestra Take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear symphonic wind band music performed by some of Victoria's finest musicians and music educators! Meridiem Wind Orchestra invites you to North Douglas Church on Wednesday, May 22nd for an evening of movie and television music, as well as a new thematic work for symphonic wind band written by acclaimed Canadian composer, Robert Buckley, titled Seas of the Moon. If you don't think you're familiar with Bob's work, think again - he has has recorded and worked with artists including David Foster, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, The Cult, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Jack Lemmon, B.T.O., Rita McNeil, Valdy, Randy Travis, The Irish Rovers, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, among many others! In the film and television world, Bob has scored numerous award-winning shows for Disney, Alliance, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, CBC and the Cartoon Network. Lucky for us, Bob also composes and arranges an array of music for symphonic wind band that is performed worldwide. The program on May 22 will also include theme music from favourites like Star Wars, Doctor Who, How To Train Your Dragon, Star Trek, James Bond, and more! And for your viewing pleasure, Stelly's Secondary School Media Class is creating accompanying visuals. Meridiem hopes to draw music lovers from across the CRD, as well as band and music students from across all local school districts to hear an exemplary performance of wind orchestra works both familiar and new. The program will be conducted by Meridiem's Artistic Director, Scott MacInnes, as well as two guest conductors - Dr. Steven Capaldo, director of the University of Victoria Wind Symphony; and local school teacher who you'll also find in Meridiem's clarinet section, Andrea Blair. It will be an evening of music to delight the senses! Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents TO THE MOVIES AND BEYOND! Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00 PM North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place, Victoria Scott MacInnes, Artist Director Andrea Blair, Guest Conductor Dr. Steven Capaldo, Guest Conductor Visuals by Stelly's Secondary School Media Class Admission by donation
  14. Take It Down! Recent Films by Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Admission by donation In this collection of recent film work by North Carolina-based media artists Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, celluloid film serves as both a material register and critical resource for interrogating the documentary image. Whether using discontinuous montage, handmade techniques for creating and processing images, or dramatic re-enactors, these five short films aim to extend the formal possibilities of non-fiction filmmaking as Brown and Gruffat attempt to describe and decipher life in the American South. Artists in attendance. Q&A to follow screening. Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and filmmaker with a special interest in the social and political implications of media and technology. Her experimental and essay films explore how technology, globalization, urbanism and capitalism affect human beings and the environment. Gruffat’s films have screened at festivals worldwide including Viennale, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cinéma du Réel at Centre Pompidou and CPH:DOX. Gruffat lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated and reconfigured according to human desires, memories and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, UFOs, memorial architecture and outsider archaeology. Brown’s films have screened at venues around the world, including Rotterdam Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sundance and Lincoln Centre. A retrospective of his films was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Brown lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Take It Down (Gruffat, 2018, 12:30) Employing solarized colour positive 35mm film and animation of old postcard images of Confederate monuments in North Carolina, Take It Down documents how Southern identity continues to be bound up in the legacy of the Civil War and the Jim Crow Era. The film considers how these old memorials continue to be sites of conflicting politics and historical narratives. XCTRY (Brown, 2018, 6:18) Brown re-works 16mm footage that he shot years ago during a cross-country road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas. The spatial discontinuities of the road trip are rendered as visual continuities across three frames as Brown goes in search of the next town to fall in and out of love with. Life on the Mississippi (Brown, 2018, 28:13) A short essay film about a river and the limits of knowing it. Using Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi as a road map, Brown travels from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans and considers ways river pilots, paddlers, historical reenactors and civil engineers attempt to know the river through modelling, measurement and simulation. Framelines (Gruffat, 2017, 10:14) An abstract scratch film made by laser etching preset patterns onto the film emulsion of negative and positive 35mm film. The strips of film were then re-photographed on top of each other as photograms. The soundtrack is created by filtering and layering the noise made by the laser-etched 35mm optical track. Amarillo Ramp (Brown + Gruffat, 2017, 24:10) A portrait of sculptor Robert Smithson’s final earthwork. Employing filmmaking strategies that are both responsive to the artwork’s environmental context and informed by Smithson’s own art-making strategies, the filmmakers encounter the Ramp as an observatory where human scales of space and time are set against geological and cosmic scales.
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