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  1. Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present the first concert of the its 2019-2020 International Concert Series! For our first concert, "Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet", the Orontes Quartet, hailing from Syria, will be joined by guest artists BC writer Deborah Campbell, guitar and rythm master Celso Machado and oud stylist Bèro Saker for a multimedia stage show featuring Syrian poetry, prose, solo and ensemble guitar, percussion and oud. Orontes Quartet has been performing together since 2015 when they were brought together in Beirut by US guitarist Susan McDonald. They have performed several times in Damascus at the Opera House in concerts with the singing and guitar divisions of the Higher Institute of Music as well as with the Syrian State National Orchestra. They have taught and performed at several festivals in Lebanon and Syria and released their first CD "The Clock" in 2016. Since coming to Canada to do a fellowship with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria, the quartet has performed in several major Canadian cities. In Canada under the auspices of the Institute for International Education - Artist Protection Fund, Orontes is excited to play at Victoria's venerated Alix Goolden Hall on October 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-30 and available at Ivy’s Books, Long & McQuade, Good Earth Coffee House Oak Bay, Tanners and www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca
  2. Sept-Oct 2019 Focus.pdf 4 STRONG SANCTIONS NEEDED FOR DESTROYING PUBLIC RECORDS The “duty to document” may sound like boring bureaucratese, but it’s crucial to a functioning democracy. Leslie Campbell 12 BEHIND THE EMERGENCY WARD CURTAIN A plea for a better, more compassionate health care system. Monika Ullmann 14 Who, me? Canadians increasingly hate each other over politics. To reverse that trend we need to think beyond our natural tribe. David Broadland 16 ARE LOCAL VOTERS SHIFTING TO THE GREENS? Disillusionment with politics-as-usual could signal a new election landscape on Southern Vancouver Island. Judith Lavoie 20 THE COWICHAN RIVER: LOVING AND LOGGING IT TO DEATH The logic of a watershed, including development and forestry’s role in its demise, is playing out sadly in the Cowichan Valley. Stephen Hume 26 IS THERE ANY DEMAND FOR ALBERTA BITUMEN IN ASIA? A retired physics professor ground-truths the tanker traffic at Burnaby’s Westridge Terminal. Briony Penn 28 FABRICATING JOBS AND HASTENING CLIMATE CATASTROPHE Your tax dollars at work: LNG Canada is creating much-needed employment in Zhuhai, China. Russ Francis 30 ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND THE MYTH OF THE “CHEMICAL IMBALANCE” Psychiatrist Dr Joanna Moncrieff says “often there are better ways to deal with things” than taking drugs. Alan Cassels 32 IN VICTORIA, NO ONE IS WATCHING THE WATCHERS Can the rise of surveillance in our culture and city coexist with a right to privacy? Barbara Julian 34 HUGGETT’S GREATEST HITS The new bridge broke down after little more than a year of service. What else did the project’s leadership bequeath future taxpayers? David Broadland 36 DRAMA, PASSION AND CONTROL AT THE END OF HER FINGERTIPS Eunmi Conacher strives to communicate the feelings of a place with energetic brushstrokes and saturated colour. Kate Cino 50 JAMES AND HIS GIANT PEACH ADD SPARKLE TO VICTORIA Jimbo Insell is grateful for everything, especially his creative life. Mollie Kaye 54 2019 REPORT CARD How well do Victoria theatre companies incorporate gender equity and diversity? Monica Prendergast 58 ECOCIDE COMETH Mahler, artificial intelligence, and Victoria’s genius for safety. Gene Miller 60 HARRY DRAGE’S MISSION Saving forests and removing invasives in Saanich. Maleea Acker 62 OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS US TO SHOW RESOLVE Tired of being used by the corporate world? Revolt by exercising the common-sense muscle. Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
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    2558 Quadra

    2558 Quadra Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to permit a five-storey affordable rental building with commercial on the ground level. The application was made by the Greater Victoria Housing Society. Letter of application:2558 Quadra letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 2558 Quadra.pdf
  4. 1114 Rockland Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning Application for a 6 storey multiple dwelling building. The application to the City was made by Praxis Architects Inc on behalf of Conrad Nyren. Application letter:1114 Rockland application letter.pdf Submitted plans:1114 Rockland.pdf
  5. Margaret Atwood in conversation with CBC's Shelagh Rogers Friday, September 27 at 8:00 pm University Centre Farquhar Auditorium 3800 Finnerty Rd., University of Victoria Tickets: $45* *Includes a copy of The Testaments to be received at the event Buy in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone at (250) 721-8480, or online at tickets.uvic.ca Season three of The Handmaid's Tale drops this Wednesday, but TV can only satisfy for so long. This fall, join Atwood herself as she discusses the decade's most anticipated sequel. Set 15 years after the events of the original novel, The Testamentsfollows three new handmaids as they navigate life in a dystopia that looks ever more familiar... Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down. 1108 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2 250-382-2464 Toll-free: 888-243-2464
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    All the People I Know Portrait Puppets An Art-making Workshop with Connie Michele Morey Thursday August 22 | 6 to 9 p.m.Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory Join Victoria-based artist Connie Michele Morey in the gallery to create soft sculpture portrait puppets of All the People You Know. In conjunction with Myfanwy Pavelic’s portrait exhibition, Mirrored Selves Within and Without, this workshop will use playful techniques to create narrative art that reflects your community within a single portrait puppet. Using storytelling, coloured wool felt, contemporary stitch work and beading, the workshop will innovate traditional portraiture to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and storytelling. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Material fee per person $40. Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca Learn more about our current exhibitions here. Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | 250.721.6562 | legacy.uvic.ca
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    The Island Artisans Association Announces Art “Fall” ness This Island Artisan's event is being held at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in the beautiful David Foster Auditorium and Conservatory on October 25, 1-9 pm, and on the 26 and 27th from 10-4. The official opening reception is Friday, October 25th, 6:30 - 9 pm. The event will show case the best work made by island artisans from Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. Art “Fall”ness has three juried parts to it: a feature of 23 artisans at tables in the David Foster theatre where you can meet and purchase a selection of their works; A small Gift Shop showcasing artisans work in the Conservatory and an Exhibition in the Conservatory. The event offers a variety of opportun ities for members of the Island Artisans’ Association as well as other outstanding artisans in the Islands’ community. The Island Artisans Association (IAA) formed 17 years ago as a way of supporting and creating opportunity for local artisans. They have had a varying number of members over the years and as many as 70 at one time. IAA was the organizing group of the Christmas event “Gifts for Myself and Others” that ran at the DaVinci Centre in Esquimalt for 10 plus Years. With this new show, Island Artisans’ is moving into a new era, in a venue that makes international exposure possible. The jury has already selected 34 artisans for the tables and shop. There is a wide selection of mediums that will be represented: ceramics, polymer clay, fabrics, up-recycled materials, quilling, jewelry made from precious metals, as well as wearable art, wood and glass. If you want any further information please check out the website: http://islandartisans.ca . Organizers: Linda Rajotte at lrajotte@shaw.ca or call her at 250 727-1232 and Flo-Elle Watson at floelle.artist@gmail.com or call her at 250-592-0832.
  9. Tea & Talks: Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii Thursday August 1, 2019; 2:30pm On August 1, join Tiffany Storrey at the Maritime Museum of BC as she explores the Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii: The waters around Haida Gwaii have been used by Haida people since as long as we know. The water and land have become intertwined with our culture and our traditional ways of life. This talk is a short exploration into my own culture and connection with the waters of Haida Gwaii. Come on down to the Maritime Museum every other Thursday for Tea & Talks! Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments! This program FREE with museum admission or membership! Location: The Maritime Museum of BC 634 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC V8W 1A6 Website
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    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Directed by Kevin McKendrick Starring Britt Small and Damon Calderwood Musical Direction - Dan Belland Choreography - Sarah Murphy All tickets 10% off until July 30! plus $2.00 surcharge and GST click here to purchase on line or call 250-382-3370 Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 Now on Sale! Call 250-382-3370 to order your 2019/2- Season Tickets!
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    Just a Moment: Jeremy Borsos July 26 to August 24, 2019 Opening: Friday, July 26, 7 to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Testing the unreliability of memory through the context of prosaic actions, Borsos has created a series of painted aluminum and plastic sculptures, each work titled by the year of the source material and a visual referent. “Even in our dream state, for better or worse, our hands are not necessarily idle. It may be the act of disregarding the detritus of life, or sitting in a fog while making miniature assemblages of available wastepaper.” It is our preoccupation with the importance of living, he says, that allows these muddled drifting acts to recall and transcend our past. Jeremy Borsos attended Emily Carr School of Art and the Art Students League in New York. His practice is multidisciplinary and includes writing, photography, installation, painting, and video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Together with his partner, Sus, the Borsos have developed a meta-historical use of salvaged architecture, constructing multiple dwellings and ancillary structures, most recently in the restoration of the Blue Cabin in North Vancouver. 1960: Honeyboy, silkscreen monoprint on polyethylene terephthalate and aluminum, 10" x 36" x 10.5”, 2019 1941: A home movie, of a man, cleaning car parts with steel wool, oil silkscreen on aluminum 15" x15" x12”, 2019
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    Cool Aid Joins Island Chef’s Collaborative at Market Square Saturday Thirsty Chef #5, a unique west coast food & craft beer experience, is happening Saturday July 27, 2019 from 12-4 pm in the Market Square courtyard. Hand-picked breweries match their beer with food creations from some of the city's best chefs. While the event has already sold out the media is welcome to join us. Thirsty Chef #5 celebrates The Drake Eatery's 5th anniversary and raises funds for the Islands' Chef Collaborative to build a sustainable food culture on Vancouver Island and support microloans to area farmers to grow more food and connect with local merchants. For the first time, two non-profit organizations will join in the collaboration. Cool Aid’s head chef and Manager of Food Services, Paul Stewart, will prepare some mouth-watering delights, served together with our partner The Mustard Seed. “For me personally, and also for Cool Aid, food security is a very important issue,” said Paul Stewart. “We want to support local farmers to the extent possible and are excited to have joined the Island Chef’s Collaborative.” Information: CoolAid.org/food iccbc.ca
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    A Little Crazy Bema Productions is thrilled to present their fifth Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy “A Little Crazy” by Joseph Reed Hayes, Directed by Zelda Dean, Performed by Toshik Bukowiecki and Michael Rodgers. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3. Thursday August 22, 7 pm Sunday August 25, 2 pm Monday August 26, 7 pm Tuesday August 27, 7 pm Wednesday August 28, 7 pm Thursday August 29, 7 pm Sunday September 1, 2 pm TICKETS $11 are available online from at victoriafringe.com or ticketrocket.co or in person at Ticket Rocket Lounge: 10 am–5 pm Monday to Friday at 1050 Meares Street; Fringe HQ beginning August 20: noon–7 pm daily at 2–1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard across from Romeo’s), or at the door THE STORY “A Little Crazy” is a contemporary play about two men — Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew, Harry and their sometimes turbulent relationship. Every family has an Uncle Avram — the holder of the secrets, the storyteller, the heart. We connect with “A Little Crazy” on many levels, whether it’s the memory of a distant relative or the echo of a half-forgotten story. We laugh (a lot), and we cry, renewed in the idea that one generation can connect with another, and that regardless of the accent, words can change lives. “Playwright Joseph Reed Hayes captured the essence of the Jewish spirit in “A Little Crazy,” a beautifully written and acted drama that was among the best of the shows I saw.” – Orlando Weekly “…The dialogue was both native and universal at the same time and what impressed me most of all about the script was the way its message had an appeal to a wide audience crossing age and cultural boundaries with consummate ease.” — Peter McGarry, Artistic Director, Eyewitness Theatre, Manchester, England ABOUT BEMA Born during Congregation Emanu-el’s 2013 Arts Festival, Bema Productions is now in its fifth successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival, Bema believes in the power of theatre and in helping Victoria’s community by supporting other non-profit organizations. To this purpose, Bema offers productions of its main stage play each year to Victoria non-profit groups in support of their fundraising efforts.
  14. Victoria Film Festival celebrates 20 years of the Free-B Film Festival It’s baaaaaaack! Victoria Film Festival celebrates 20 years of screening free outdoor film with the return of The Free-B Film Festival this August at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Free-B is Victoria’s favourite summer film festival, bringing families and film buffs together to relive classic crowd-pleasing films that are sometimes kitschy, but always fun. Kicking off this year’s line-up is the 2001 romantic-comedy Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sat Aug 10), Hook (Fri Aug 16), Jurassic Park (Sat Aug 17), Mrs. Doubtfire (Fri Aug 23), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Sat Aug 24). Festival Director Kathy Kays says 20 years of screening free film for the public has been an achievement. "From the very beginning, Free-B was all about creating a playful line-up,"says Kay. "It's enjoyable picking a slate of films that can range from 1950s Flash Gordon to Harry Potter. We even screened a 3-D film once. For us, it's a favourite event at VFF and one of our longest-running, second only to the Film Fest in February." "It really is the coolest summer tradition in Victoria and we're so pleased to have created an event that appeals to such a broad audience." So, grab your family and some pals and bring chairs, blankies, flashlights and plenty of snacks! Screenings are all 'rain or shine' and start at 9 PM. A full schedule and more on this year’s Free-B Film Festival is available at freebfilmfest.com.
  15. Hermann’s re-opens with Summer Funk Series Tuesday, July 16, starting at 7:30 pm, the Phatfunks offer the first live performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, under the management of Arts On View. The Phatfunks a dynamic young band of emerging musicians, are kicking off a new, bi-weekly summer funk series every other Tuesday night at Hermann’s all-ages venue. The Phatfunks are a collective of funky musicians Victoria. The band can be seen in multiple forms, such as a 4 piece busking group in the summers performing downtown, or the full band, a 6 piece with 2 horns and rhythm section. They play funk, soul and R&B, with rock, jazz, and fusion influences. “We are delighted to take this essential step in our journey,” said interim executive director Nichola Walkden. “Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-operating jazz club in Canada and we are thankful that the community’s generosity has kept Hermann’s alive, vibrant and growing.” Hermann’s was voted “Best Nightclub” by Times Colonist readers earlier this year. In addition to making improvements to the two clubs, Arts On View is working to open the upstairs venues for its vision of a non-profit owned performing and visual arts centre. The Arts On View Society (AOV) was founded to save Hermann’s Jazz Club and open up the whole, purpose-built, downtown building for live performances and rehearsals, performer and student workshops, visual arts displays, arts incubation and office space for smaller arts groups that can’t afford Victoria’s steep rents. Information: hermannsjazz.com artsonview.ca
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    Opening Friday July 26th 7:00 - 9:00pm errant art space 975 Alston Street Victoria BC errantartspace.com 250-415-5480
  17. 330-336 Michigan Street The Capital Region Housing Corporation has submitted an application for a development permit that would allow redevelopment of the existing 62-unit structure into a 106-unit affordable housing development.
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    1475 Fort Street

    1475 Fort Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variances application to construct a 4-storey residential building. The proposal has been made by Lantern Properties with design created by Cascade Architects Inc.
  19. Curator’s Talk: Myfanwy in Context Thursday July 25 | 7 p.m.Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory We invite you to join us and guest curator Patricia Bovey for a talk on our current exhibition Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without! This illustrated talk will address the significance of Myfanwy Pavelic’s art and situate her visual acumen and accomplishments with portraits within the context of several major Canadian artists including Emily Carr, Paraskeva Clark, Vera Weatherbie and Molly Lamb Bobak. No registration required. Learn more about the exhibition here. Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.
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    Baroque Meets ABBA The Victoria Summer Choir presents “Baroque Meets ABBA” directed by Maestro Simon Leung with guests, Die Mahler Quartet. Tickets: $20 each available at Russell Books, Victoria, Ivy’s Bookshop, Oak Bay, Tanner’s Books, S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney and at the door. Saturday, August 17 @ 3:00 pm St. John the Divine Church 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria and Sunday, August 18 @ 3:00 pm The S.H.O.A.L Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney During the first half of the concert you will hear music by Handel and Vivaldi, accompanied by ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’. After an intermission, we will present a medley of popular music written and performed by the very successful Swedish group ABBA, and heard more recently in the film and musical ‘Mamma Mia’. The Victoria Summer Choir is sponsored by the Victoria Mendelssohn Choir Society.
  21. July-August 2019 Focus.pdf AN AIRPORT IN OUR MIDST by Leslie Campbell Victoria boasts one of the busiest water airports in the world—some think it’s too busy. DID THE MAYORS OBSTRUCT THE ELSNER INVESTIGATION? by David Broadland Records obtained by FOI leave little doubt that the two mayors hid allegations of sexual harassment raised against Police Chief Elsner. MORE ENTERTAINMENT, LESS ART by Ross Crockford The society running the Royal Theatre aims to make it the region’s hub for commercial live performance. OLD GROWTH IN THE CROSSHAIRS by Judith Lavoie Why is BC Timber Sales, a government agency, at the centre of so many contentious Vancouver Island logging disputes? FUN AND LOAFING IN THE BC PUBLIC SERVICE by Russ Francis Taxpayer dollars are wasted doing things that are unnecessary or wrong—while important records management tasks are routinely ignored. IS OUR IMMINENT PERIL VIRTUALLY CERTAIN OR NOT? by Briony Penn An appeal before the courts should spark debate about whether Trans Mountain is compatible with a stable climate. NOT YOUR GRANDPA’S WILDFIRES by Stephen Hume Climate change is exacerbating forest fires, including—perhaps especially—where the wild meets suburbia. RARE BUT SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OF “CIPRO” by Alan Cassels “Floxxed” patients are calling for better consumer drug information. DYLAN THOMAS AND HIS SACRED GEOMETRY GO SURFING by Kate Cino This Coast Salish artist combines traditional training with self-directed studies in mathematics, Buddhism and Islamic art. SUSANNAH ADAMS: JAZZ VOCALIST AND COMPOSER by Mollie Kaye Pushing towards greater authenticity, Adams is determined to write more of her own songs. WATER TORTURE by Gene Miller Parsing the promo material for a new development near the Esquimalt Lagoon. A PLACE OF REFUGE by Maleea Acker A deep and abiding love for ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park is evident in the stewardship work of volunteer Jarrett Teague. WANTED: REAL TALK IN PIVOTAL TIMES by Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic There are lessons we need to learn about the meaning of “consultation.”
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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.
  24. 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.
  25. 605 and 615 Speed Ave The City is considering a Development Permit with Variances Application for a multi-unit residential development consisting of two approximately 14-storey and 6-storey residential buildings.
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