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  1. Unveiling of Street Sculpture outside Gage Gallery, Dec. 3, 11 am. Kick-Off name the Artwork Contest: Win a piece of driftwood art! The Gage Gallery Arts Collective’s newest “member” will take up residence on the sidewalk of Oak Bay Avenue - adding to Oak Bay’s growing reputation as an art destination. Stickman, his working title for now, is a creation of local driftwood sculptor and Gage member, Tanya Bub. “Looking into the Gallery window Stickman represents the person engaging with art. What he sees triggers a powerful response, shown by the explosion of colour inside of him,” says Bub. At the same time, Stickman is himself a piece of art that invites passersby to engage, creating the possibility for small changes to occur inside of those who take the time. Stickman is born of the Gallery’s motto, “Engaging with Communities.” He invites touch, close-up investigation, and photographing. “Our purpose is to get people to stop and start a dialogue - with art, with themselves, with each other,” Bub explains. For starters, he needs a name, and the Gallery is holding a naming contest. To enter, send your suggestion to info@gagegallery.ca or fill out a ballot at Gage Gallery from December 3 to 22. A jury of Gage-artists will select the winner who will be rewarded with an original piece of driftwood art by Tanya Bub ($100 value)! Please visit www.gagegallery.ca for more information. You can see Bub’s sculptures, as well as new paintings by five member artists at the Gage Gallery’s new group show “Solstice Dreams - The Poetry of Winter” running December 10 to 22. Come meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Thursday, December 12 from 6-9 p.m.! Unveiling Event Please join us for the unveiling of Oak Bay’s newest street art. When: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Where: Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Avenue The artist will be available for photos and questions.
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    PechaKucha Night Victoria VOL. 18 Thursday November 28, 2019, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Back by popular demand, another wonderful night of ART + CULTURE + TECH + STORIES at PechaKucha Night VOL. 18, happening at the new + fabulous Kwench Culture Club! 11 LOCAL CREATIVES, ENTREPRENEURS + CHANGE-MAKERS will inspire + educate us with dynamic + captivating presentations (PKN-style: 20 slides x 20 seconds) on topics including: film + music composition, community choir, urban village concepts, a social art practice, passion for food, saving the world one tree at a time, a non-profit art supply refuse “store”, inclusive community-building and multi-culturalism, a merging of great minds (visionary + designer) a presentation about half-told stories of incomplete experiences and their half-understood impacts….and more + much more! DOORS OPEN: 7pm SHOW STARTS: 7:30pm TICKETS: $18 in ADVANCE (ADVANCE TICKETS on EVENTBRITE TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT) The event tends to sell out so please arrive early to get a drink and find your seat and watch our Facebook page ADVANCE SALES reports + for more details + info about our Volume 18 presenters. VENUE DETAILS KWENCH: 2031 Store Street **At the end of Store Street, in between Discovery + Pembroke (somewhat kitty-corner from Capital Iron) ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair Accessible (via elevator) CAPACITY: 150 (Inclusive) LICENSED: All ages welcome, event will offer alcoholic (beer, wine, cider) and non-alcoholic beverages. ART · CULTURAL EVENTS · LECTURE & STORYTELLING · TECH & INNOVATION
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    Ancient Forest Alliance Year-End Celebration and Fundraiser Wednesday November 27, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Join us for the Ancient Forest Alliance’s 2019 Year-End Celebration & Fundraiser at Victoria Event Centre! It’s a great chance to get to know the AFA team, connect with other supporters, donors, and volunteers, and enjoy a presentation by the AFA’s Andrea Inness & TJ Watt. There will be a silent auction with loads of fabulous items & experiences up for grabs, musical pieces by CelloBride, appies and refreshments, a cash bar, and AFA merchandise for sale, so don’t miss out! Tickets: Suggested donation of $10 to $25 at the door or contact info@ancientforestalliance.org to arrange your ticket in advance. Event Schedule: Doors open: 5:45pm Presentations: 6:30pm CelloBride: ~8pm Silent Auction Close & Distribute ~8:45pm Wrap up: ~9pm All funds raised go toward protecting BC’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable second-growth forest industry. See you there! CAUSES · MUSIC · SUSTAINABILITY Location: Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad Street Victoria, BC V8W 2B2 Links Website Cost $10 – $25
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    Hands-on Mini (HOM) Printmaking Workshop "Form and Colour" Jigsaw Stencil Monoprint with Dominique Chapheau Tuesday December 3 2019, 7-9:30 pm Doors open 6:45 pm Fee: Members $25 Non-Members $35 Dominique Chapheau will lead a lively workshop in exploring colour and form using the stencil monoprint technique and his unique stencil style. Working with a palette of colours and free form stencil cutting, you will explore the rich possibilities of composition with colour. Participants are invited to work from an image of their own or from an original print from our GZPS archive collection. Dominique Chapheau, was born in France. "After a busy life in the restaurant industry I was able to become a part time artist, painting and doing prints and in particular mono prints for about 30 years. I get inspired by shapes, nature, food and abstract space. I travel a lot and do sketches in my travel, take a lots of pictures, converting them eventually into water colour and mono prints." Dominique's work has been exhibited with the CNIB, The NOW Show, Victoria Arts Council, and is in many private collections. As long time member of GZPS, Dominique has shown in themed group shows and has had 2 solo shows at the studio. To register & 'what to bring', contact Alain at groundzeroprint@gmail.com 250-382-2186 Space is limited so please RSVP by November 28, 2019 Come and visit our Chinatown studio 3rd Floor, 549 1/2 Fisgard Street (Corner of Fan Tan Alley and Fisgard Street) Please follow our Facebook, Instagram, and visit our website by clicking the buttons and contact us via email groundzeroprint@gmail.com or phone call 250-382-2186
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    Christmas at the Roxy

    With guest star Sunny Shams Singing all your holiday favourites! White Christmas Ave Maria Baby I'ts Cold Outside and many more! Dec 5,6,7 at 8pm Dec 8 at 2pm Tickets $35 (plus GST and surcharge) bluebridgetheatre.ca
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    Still Beginning

    STILL BEGINNING The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art Sunday, December 1, 2019 Screening at 7pm | free admission Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Viva Ruiz, Chloe Dzubilo: There is a Transolution, 2019. Still courtesy of the artist. Carl George, The Lie, 2019. Still courtesy of the artist. Deluge Contemporary Art and the Victoria Arts Council are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres and Derrick Woods-Morrow. The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the screening program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades. Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. For Day With(out) Art’s thirtieth year, over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING, recognizing the important and necessary work of artists, activists and cultural workers who have responded to AIDS while emphasizing the persistent presence of the epidemic. Derrick Woods-Morrow, Much handled things are always soft, 2019. Production still by Patric McCoy.
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    3rd Annual Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair Cool Aid, Our Place and First Metropolitan Church invite you to the Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair, on Saturday, November 30th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at First Metropolitan United Church Hall, located at 932 Balmoral Road. Media can get an advance sneak peek at some participating artists’ works and have an opportunity to interview artists Joseph, Beryl and Bob the day before the Fair, on Friday, November 29, from 11 am to 12 noon at the First Met Church Hall. This Craft Fair is designed to highlight the talents of both low-income and emerging artists, many of whom have never had the chance to sell their creations to the public before. Every artist in attendance is below the low-income cut off or faces substantial barriers to participation in society, and many have never participated in a craft fair before or even shown their work publicly. Every artist in attendance last year sold some of their work. Over 45 vendors will display their arts and crafts, many from Cool Aid and Our Place programs. A music corner will feature several emerging musical artists. Admission is free, the event will be cash only, and refreshments and a raffle are available by donation. For more information find us on Facebook: “Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair” (Facebook.com/events/697264704096169), email feedback@CoolAid.org or call 250-595-8619.
  8. Nov-Dec 2019 Focus.pdf 4 TUG-OF-WAR OVER SCHOOL LANDS Victoria’s affordable housing crisis puts the bullseye on public land in Fernwood. Leslie Campbell 12 AN INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST FAILURE OF CLIMATE ACTION PLANS If history repeats itself, local plans to reduce GHG emissions will come up far short of targets. Shouldn’t there be a Plan B? David Broadland 18 DENSITY ON TRIAL Residents take the City of Victoria to court for overriding its Official Community Plan. Ross Crockford 20 FIRST STOP THE DYING Experts agree that bold moves are essential to reducing the deaths from opioid use. Judith Lavoie 24 THE VANISHING ANCIENT FORESTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND As they are logged, whole ecosystems disappear forever, along with their superior ability to sequester carbon. Stephen Hume 30 LET THE HERRING LIVE West Coast wildlife depends on herring—and there’s a model for bringing them back to the Salish Sea. Briony Penn 32 DON’T MENTION LNG! Some elephants in the LNG-room. Russ Francis 34 DEMAND ANSWERS ABOUT THE DRUGS YOU’RE PRESCRIBED What’s happening in the world of antipsychotics might keep you awake at night. Alan Cassels 36 A MAGNET FOR TROUBLE The Johnson Street Bridge undergoes one safety review after another. Ross Crockford 38 DEBORAH TILBY, A PAINTER'S PAINTER The artist’s finely-tuned palette and skillful brushwork capture the mood of a place. Kate Cino 45 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: BERT VANDERGUGTEN The building is for sale; performers and audiences are hoping for an arts-friendly buyer. Mollie Kaye 50 HERMANN’S MARCHES ONWARD–AND UPSTAIRS—ON VIEW STREET The building is for sale; performers and audiences are hoping for an arts-friendly buyer. Mollie Kaye 54 PUENTE THEATRE 30 YEARS ON Theatre by, for, and about immigrants, based in Victoria and touring the world. Monica Prendergast 58 OUTSIDE Victoria society’s “service engine now” light is flashing with bright urgency. Gene Miller 60 WHY ARE WE IN TROUBLE? A plea for action on this column’s fourth anniversary. Maleea Acker 62 CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOW TOP-OF-MIND But both the new federal government and citizens must dig deeper to face it. Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
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  10. Caledonia redevelopment The City is considering a Rezoning application for a residential development consisting of two rental apartment buildings, three townhouse blocks, and an amendment to the Official Community Plan. There is a concurrent Development Permit Application. Letter of application: Letter of application for Caledonia redevelopment.pdf Plans submitted: Caledonia redevelopment plans.pdf
  11. 3080-3090 Washington Ave The City is considering a Rezoning application for townhouses and an amendment to the Official Community Plan. There is a concurrent Development Permit application. Letter of application: 3080-3090 Washington Ave letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 3080-3090 Washington Ave plans.pdf
  12. 2852 Douglas Street The City is considering a rezoning application for a 6 storey hotel located at the south side of the property and for a 4 storey parkade structure on the north portion for the existing hotel. Letter of application: Letter of application 2852 Douglas Street.pdf Plans submitted: 2852 Douglas Street plans.pdf
  13. 1811 Oak Bay Avenue The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application for a five-storey building with multiple dwelling units at a density of 1.6:1 floor space ratio. The proposal requires variances as follows: Relax the minimum site area requirement from 920.00m2 to 799.80m2. Relax the minimum street boundary (Bank Street) setback requirement from 12.00m to 3.58m (to building) and 2.63m (to privacy screen). Relax the minimum rear setback requirement from 8.41m to 4.32m (to building) and 0.00m (to parkade). Relax the minimum south side yard setback requirement from 8.41m to 3.12m (to building) and 0.00m (to parkade). Relax the minimum north side yard setback requirement from 8.41m to 1.99m (to building). Relax the maximum site coverage requirement from 32.00% to 74.24%. Relax the minimum open site space requirement from 60.00% to 21.95%. Letter of application: 1811 Oak Bay Avenue letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1811 Oak Bay Avenue.pdf
  14. 1908-1920 Oak Bay Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning and Development Permit Application to increase the density to facilitate the development of an approximately four-storey, mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial and residential above. Letter of application: 1908-1920 Oak Bay Avenue letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1908-1920 Oak Bay Avenue plans.pdf
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