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  1. Featuring authentic reproductions of beautiful fashions from the 1800's. Fashion show - 3:15 (open seating) so get there ahead of time to get parked and walk. Tickets $25.00 - Available at Seaberry gardens. Matticks Farm, or online from Feb. 18th at www.fortheloveofafrica.ca. All proceeds to support For ol the Love of Africa Society's children and youth work in Tanzania, East Africa. Location: 813 Claremont Ave., Victoria, B.C.; Cordova Bay United Church.
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    1700 Blanshard

    1700 Blanshard Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application for a 23 Storey residential building with ground floor commercial. A variance for building massing setback at the upper storeys (Blanshard Street) is required. The proposal was presented by Justin Filuk, director of development in Victoria for Townline Homes. Find more information here.
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    504 Herald Street

    504 Herald Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application to construct an upper floor addition and exterior stairs to an existing building. The proposal was presented to the City by Peter de Hoog, architect on behalf of Mike and Lee Spence. Find more information here.
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    1468 Vancouver Street

    1468 Vancouver Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances Application for the development of a mixed-use residential building with ground-floor commercial and residential above, at a height of approximately 16-storeys, and with an increase in density. The proposal was presented to the City by Alex Warren of Townline Homes Inc. Find more information here.
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    1109 Johnson Street

    1109 Johnson Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to increase the density in order to facilitate a mixed-use development consisting of an approximately 13 storey, eight-storey and six-storey building and retain the existing Victoria Professional Office Building. There is a concurrent Development Permit with Variances Application. The proposal was presented to the City by Hugh Cochlin, architect, of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc, for Chard Development Ltd. Find more information here.
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    2615 Douglas Street

    2615 Douglas Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application to include distillery, brewpub and liquor retail uses. There is a concurrent rezoning application. The proposal requires a variance for vehicle parking from 159 stalls to 144 stalls. The proposal was presented to the City by David Fullbrook of Merchant House Capital Ltd. Find more information here.
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    584 Burnside & 3020 Douglas

    584 Burnside & 3020 Douglas The City is considering a rezoning application for a mixed-use development consisting of a mix of commercial and residential uses. The application is concurrent with DP#000542. The proposal was presented to the City by Victoria Cool Aid Society in partnership with TL Housing Solutions. Find more information here.
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    2566 Fifth Street

    2566 Fifth Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application for a mixed-use development which includes townhouses and a 5 storey rental apartment building with commercial use on the ground level. The application is concurrent with REZ#00673. The variance is to reduce the required vehicle parking. The proposal was made to the City by the Purdey Group/Aryze Developments. Find more information here.
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    550 Pandora Avenue

    550 Pandora Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning Application for a mixed-use, multi-unit, affordable-housing rental apartment building with ground-floor commercial use. The application is concurrent with DP000541. The proposal was presented to the City by Alan Lowe Architect Inc. on behalf of the Chinese Freemasons Housing Society (Victoria). Find more information here.
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    1015 Cook Street

    1015 Cook Street The City is considering a rezoning application to increase the density and construct a four-storey residential building with multiple dwelling units. The proposal was presented to the City by Peter Hardcastle of Hillel Architecture Inc. Find more information here.
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    931 McClure Street

    931 McClure Street The City is considering a rezoning application to increase the density and construct a four-storey townhouse development. The proposal was presented to the City by D'Arcy Jones Architecture Inc. Find more information here.
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    561-565 Toronto Street

    561-565 Toronto Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application to construct a multi-unit residential building. The proposal was presented to the City by Waymark Architecture on behalf of Parry Street Developments. Find more information here.
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    952 Johnson Street

    952 Johnson Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application and a Development Permit with Variances Application for the development of a mixed-use residential building with commercial at grade and residential above, at a height of approximately 16-storeys and with an increase in density. The existing chapel is proposed to be retained for future commercial use. The proposal being made by Cox Developments. Find more information here.
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    2300 Douglas Street

    2300 Douglas Street The City is considering an amendment to the Official Community Plan and Rezoning Application to increase the density and allow for residential uses at this location in order to facilitate a development of a mixed-use building of approximately six storeys consisting of ground floor commercial and rental apartment units above. There is a concurrent Development Permit Application. The proposal was presented by Victoria Architect Pete de Hoog Architect on behalf of 2300 Douglas Holdings Ltd., Inc. No. BC 1111775. Find more information here.
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    2659 Douglas (Scott Building)

    2659 Douglas Street The City is considering a rezoning application to increase the density in order to construct an approximately four to six-storeys, mixed-use building consisting of ground floor commercial and rental apartment units above as well as heritage-designate, renovate and add an additional storey to the existing building and convert the upper-storeys to rental apartment units. There is a concurrent Development Permit Application. The application is concurrent with Development Permit Application # 00537 and Heritage Designation #000180. This proposal would see redevelopment of the Scott Building at Douglas and Hillside and includes an additional building on the surface parking lot behind the existing building. Find more information here.
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    1025 Johnson

    1025 Johnson Street The City is considering a rezoning application to increase the density and add residential uses for a phased development that includes four development areas with four main buildings (12 storeys, 15, storeys, 14 storeys and 17 storeys). Mixed housing, commercial and retail space, a public plaza and a new post disaster building (Fire Hall No.1) are proposed. The proposal requires an amendment to the Official Community Plan. This application is concurrent with Development Permit #00536 (Phase 1). Find more information here. Related Reading: Alarmed: Downtown residents question the $34-million deal for a new fire hall.
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    2501 Blanshard

    2501 Blanshard Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application to construct an approximately three-storey, multi-unit affordable housing building to be located at the north portion of the lot facing Hillside Avenue. Variances include: • increase the number of buildings on-site by 1 • decrease the minimum floor area from 33.0m2 to TBDm2 • decrease the north side yard setback to the porch from 4.88 to TBDm. • decrease the north side yard setback to the steps from 4.50 to TBDm. • to allow location of the accessory building from the rear yard to the side yard. Find more information here.
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    505-521 Quadra

    505-521 Quadra Street The City is considering a rezoning application to increase the density to approximately 2.0:1 floor space ratio and allow construction of a six-storey rental apartment building, as well as adjoining rental townhouses. The proposal was prepared by Analogue Projects Ltd on behalf of Surfside Holdings Ltd. Find additional information here.
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    3130 Jutland Road

    3130 Jutland Road The City is considering a rezoning application for the construction of a four and five storey mixed use building consisting of ground floor community and daycare space and residential above. The location is the grass field adjacent to Burnside School. The proposal is being made by Pacifica Housing Advisory Association in partnership with TL Housing Solutions. Find additional information here.
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    1312-1324 Broad Street

    1312-1324 Broad Street The City is considering an application proposing the construction of a mixed-use building for ground floor commercial use and student market rental units and condominiums above including the renovation and addition to the existing heritage-registered Duck’s Block building. The variances are: • Height variance from 15.00m to 22.47m for 1314 Broad Street • Height variance from 15.00m to 21.61 for 1312 Broad Street • Class 2 bike parking from 12 stalls to 6. As well, the City is considering a Rezoning Application to increase the density and height to facilitate the construction of a mixed- use building including ground floor commercial and residential uses above. Find additional information here. Related reading: Will Victoria's Old Town become a façade?
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    Vancouver Island Vanguard

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    “In the Spirit” (detail) Charles Elliot (TEMOSEN) ALCHERINGA ENTERS THE NEW YEAR with new ownership and an exhibit recognizing some Vancouver Island-based artists whose innovative work has made a resounding impact on the contemporary art canon of the Northwest Coast, yet who are not as well known as many other artists. Mark Loria, a local arts and culture advocate, and his wife Mary Loria, a ceramic artist and educator, have taken over the gallery from its founder and director of 30 years, Elaine Monds, who established Alcheringa as one of the top Indigenous art galleries in the world. The Lorias are committed to supporting Northwest Coast-based artists, and Monds will help in an advisory role. For the Vancouver Island Vanguard exhibit, artists such as TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, Delmar Johnnie Seletze’ and Mark Henderson will be a major focus alongside Beau Dick, Art Thompson, Susan (Sparrow) Point, Roy Henry Vickers, Art Vickers, Harris Smith and Pat Amos. Of TEMOSEN, Professor Dr Robina Thomas writes: “Having been awarded the Order of British Columbia, and having international success, Coast Salish artist Charles Elliott’s (TEMOSEN) art work is like examining the old masters. However, a quick search for Charles Elliott displays minimal results at best. The tension in his elongated forms, his storytelling within the work, and the influence he continues to hold over young Salish artists is undeniable. He created the Queen’s baton used in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and a talking stick presented to Nelson Mandela.” TEMOSEN will give an artist talk at the closing event, March 2, 4-6pm. Professor Thomas also mentions Mark Henderson (1953–2016), who “created sophisticated multi-colour silkscreen prints that have a whimsical, painterly quality to them. There is always movement, and flow, landscape and motion, form line and nature. It is pictoral in a way; he took the current style and made it approachable, recognizable, and ultimately fun.” In all, over 30 works from the influencers of the burgeoning renaissance of Coast Salish contemporary art will be on display. Opening on February 2, 4-6pm with smudging ceremony. 621 Fort Street, 250-383-8224, www.alcheringa-gallery.com.
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    Chantal New: be honest. but don't

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    “untitled” Chantal New, drawing Xchanges Gallery This series of installations and drawings document the internal narrative of the female experience and the anxious thoughts that often define puberty and womanhood. Chantal New (BA in Art+Design, Trinity Western) is an emerging artist working in mixed media drawing and painting. Her minimalist drawings explore the importance of place and memory and the intersections between environmental and cultural geographies. Opening January 4, 7-9pm; otherwise Sats & Suns 11am-4pm. 6E-2333 Government St, 250-382-0442, www.xchangesgallery.org.
  23. Jan-Feb 2019 Focus.pdf 4 VICTORIA’S DIMINISHING URBAN FOREST | Leslie Campbell Residents are mobilizing to protect one of the City’s greatest natural charms, increasingly threatened by development. 14 SEX, LIES, AND TRIPLE-DELETED EMAILS | David Broadland An email unearthed by an FOI request raises fresh questions about the Elsner investigation. So do all the deleted emails. 18 ALARMED | Ross Crockford Downtown residents question the $34-million deal for a new fire hall. 20 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RECONSIDERED | Judith Lavoie BC’s new Environmental Assessment Act needs teeth and scientific certainty to avoid disasters of the past. 22 CLEANBC PLAN NICE ONSCREEN, BUT HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS | Russ Francis The BC government’s concerted efforts at message control nearly overwhelm its new climate plan. 24 LOGGING MADNESS CONTINUES | Briony Penn Nothing has changed in BC forestry practices under the BC NDP government. 26 SENIORS TARGETED WITH HIGH-DOSE FLU VACCINE | Alan Cassels The government doesn’t pay for it yet, but the pressure from Big Pharma is on. 28 BRIDGE BUILDER SUES CITY FOR BAD DESIGN | David Broadland The City has always denied the new bridge has any problems, thus limiting its ability to assert itself in legal fights over the project. 30 LIGHT OF DAY | Aaren Madden Ray Ward’s landscape paintings celebrate the ever-changing skies and moods of the West Coast. 34 THE ART AND LIFE OF ELIZABETH YEEND DUER | Kate Cino This Anglo-Japanese artist illustrates the fascinating blend of cultural themes at play in the 1940s in Victoria. 48 SPEAKEASY: HOT JAZZ ON BROAD STREET | Mollie Kaye Your once-sleepy Tuesday nights may never be the same. 52 ON THE PATH OF AN OIL PIPELINE | Monica Prendergast Bears is a great example of the resurgence of Indigenous theatre in Canada. 54 PATRICIA ROY’S THE COLLECTORS | Stephen Hume As this historian shows, the Royal BC Museum has proved a resilient, adaptive and unusually far-sighted institution. 58 DOWNTOWN HAS IT ALL-ISH | Gene Miller Downtown has 1000s of new units, yet it feels unwelcoming to many. 60 BALANCING PROGRESS AND PARKLAND | Maleea Acker Julian Anderson and Cuthbert Holmes Park. 62 ENVISIONING A PLASTIC-FREE ZONE FOR THE NEW YEAR | Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic Victoria is tackling the bags; now let’s move on to single-use plastics.
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    If you don’t think you could ever sit through—never mind enjoy—an opera, you might want to test your theory and go see Pacific Opera Victoria’s February staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. POV conductor Timothy Vernon says it’s a good “gateway opera” because “it moves quickly, like an arrow. It doesn’t flag. There’s not any part where you think, ‘Ugh, let’s get through this bit.’ It’s inspired, it’s moving.” It’s also relatable, he says, and exciting: “The [libretto] framework is society life in late 19th century Paris, so it’s fun. Champagne and bubbles…who doesn’t like a party with champagne?” In this staging, among the the tuxedos, flapper ballgowns, and glass flutes emerges a tragic tale of love in the face of social cruelty in the roaring 20s. La Traviata (Italian for “the fallen woman”) is adapted from a novel by Dumas, and has “a wonderful sense of psychology of the characters; Violetta (main protagonist, sung by soprano Lucia Cesaroni) is…a victim of incredible, hypocritical ostracism. She is willing to sacrifice the love of her life for propriety, to protect the family.” Even though it is the most performed opera in the world, it can be challenging to find soloists for the four main roles who have a particularly specific and versatile “fach,” an opera term for the combination of a singer’s vocal range, character and timbre. The success of any production of La Traviata hinges on the casting, says Vernon. “All you need are the four greatest singers in the world,” he laughs. Besides directing, Vernon was charged with the task to cast this sumptuous co-production with Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Opéra de Montréal. He says his real “casting coup” is the tenor he landed to sing the role of Violetta’s young lover Alfredo—Canadian Colin Ainsworth. “He sings quite a lot of Baroque opera,” Vernon says, and has the perfect “fach” for this plum role, even though he’s never sung it before. Vernon, a Traviata veteran who has conducted over 300 performances of this beloved piece, says, “You get a different kind of buy-in when singers are new to the role. You can figure it out together. Freshen it up.” Surtitles, a Canadian invention, are projected above the action on stage for those of us who may not be fluent in Italian, but still want to be in on every nuance of the story. Accessibility is a theme, and Vernon invites all comers. “Nobody should feel they’re going to have an estranging experience, or that you have to go and rent a tuxedo. This is an opera that anyone with any feelings at all can get right into.” La Traviata runs February 14-24 at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. Pre-performance talk one hour before curtain. For tickets, www.rmts.bc.ca or 250-386-6121. —Mollie Kaye
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    The catalytic moment that started a fine flourishing of Baroque music here in Victoria began in Brussels over 15 years ago. Brussels? Yes, that’s where Pacific Baroque Festival founder Brian Groos used to live, and first got a gleam in his eye about the sort of exciting, early-music happenings he could create back here on Vancouver Island. “I favoured going to period performance concerts throughout Belgium and Europe, and thought it would be a nice festival to bring to Victoria.” At a concert one night in Brussels, “I recognized the concertmaster, and it turned out to be [Marc] Destrubé from Victoria, performing with the Orchestra of the 18th Century. I told him my idea, and he seemed interested.” Once back in Victoria, Groos was at a crossroads. “I said to myself, ‘You going to do something about this idea, or spend the rest of your life wondering if you should have?’” Marc Destrubé Groos did it. Destrubé came on board and became the artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Festival, now producing its 15th anniversary offering. Each concert references significant moments from past years’ festivals, says Groos. “We’ve taken elements from the character that we’ve created, and tried to represent them in the program.” This year’s five-concert lineup includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, with Victoria Children’s Choir and the Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble; Ensemble La Modestine performing rarely-heard gems from the Düben Collection; and the PBF Ensemble and St Christopher Singers performing works by Henry Purcell. Fifteen years ago, Groos says, “there weren’t many institutions in Victoria performing this music [on period instruments]. Now there are other groups who are interested in continuing this work, over and above the festival,” One such inspiration is the new partnership between the Pacific Baroque Festival, Christ Church Cathedral, and Early Music Vancouver, who are co-producing the inaugural year of a brand-new annual Pacific Baroque Series they launched this fall in Victoria. “I am thrilled the Pacific Baroque Festival is deepening its collaborations,” Groos says. “Victoria is now recognized as a vibrant centre for Baroque music.” The Pacific Baroque Festival’s five concerts are held at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Alix Goolden Hall and Christ Church Cathedral. Festival tickets: pacbaroque.com/festival, 250-590-0523. —Mollie Kaye
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