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  1. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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    1400 Fairfield

    1400 Fairfield The City is considering an Official Community Plan amendment and Rezoning Application to construct a duplex and attached dwellings. Concurrent with Development Permit No. 000555. Letter of application: 1400 Fairfield letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1400 Fairfield.pdf
  9. 1314 Wharf Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application for the redevelopment of existing heritage buildings and a residential with ground floor commercial, mixed use addition, concurrent Heritage Alteration Permit application No. 00236. Letter of application: 1314 Wharf Street letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1314 Wharf Street plans June 19, 2019.pdf
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    1301 Hillside

    1301 Hillside The City is considering a Rezoning Application and Official Community Plan Amendment for the development of a new six-storey, multi-unit, residential rental building. Letter of application: 1301 Hillside letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1301 Hillside plans.pdf
  11. 1050 Pandora + 1518 Cook Street The City is considering a Heritage Alteration Permit with Variance application for a mixed use residential and commercial development. The application is concurrent with a Rezoning application. Letter of application: 1050 Pandora + 1518 Cook Street revised plan letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1050 Pandora + 1518 Cook Street revised plans.pdf
  12. 1046 + 1048 North Park Victoria City council has approved a rezoning application to construct a rest home. Letter of application: 1046 + 1048 North Park letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1046 + 1048 North Park plans.pdf
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    1010 Fort Street

    1010 Fort Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application for the development of a twelve-storey, mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial and residential above. Letter of application: 1010 Fort Street letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 1010 Fort Street revised plans.pdf
  14. 956 Heywood Avenue The City is considering a Development Permit with Variance application to construct a 4-storey multiple dwelling building with variances. Letter of application: 956 Heywood Ave letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 956 Heywood Avenue submitted plans.pdf
  15. 926-932 Pandora Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning and Development Permit Application to allow for a 11-storey, mixed-use building consisting of approximately 150 residential units with ground-floor commercial use fronting Pandora Avenue, and 5 townhouse units fronting Mason Street. Letter of application: 926-932 Pandora Avenue letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 926-932 Pandora Avenue plans.pdf
  16. 829 – 891 Fort Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to increase the density and allow for a ten-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses consisting of retail, office, assembly, daycare facilities, and a mix of market, student and seniors rental housing and associated amenities. Concurrent with Development Permit #000516. Letter of application: 829 – 899 Fort Street letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 829 – 899 Fort Street plans.pdf
  17. 819-827 Fort Street Victoria City council has approved a Rezoning Application to increase the density and construct a ten-storey, mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial uses and rental residential apartments above. The proposal will retain the façade of the Heritage Designated building located at 825 Fort Street and designate the façade of 819 Fort Street. Letter of application: 819-827 Fort Street letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 819-827 Fort Street plans.pdf
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    736 Princess Ave

    736 Princess Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning, Development Permit with Variance and Official Community Plan amendment application to construct a six-storey, mixed-use building consisting of ground-floor commercial and 75 residential rental units above. The application is concurrent with a Development Permit with Variance application for a relaxation of the number of parking stalls. Letter of application: 736 Princess Ave letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 736 Princess Ave plans.pdf
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    700 Douglas

    700 Douglas The City is considering a Rezoning Application to construct a new residential building with ground-floor commercial. Letter of application: 700 Douglas letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 700 Douglas plans.pdf
  20. 324-328 Cook Street The City is considering a Rezoning & Development Permit Application to construct a four-storey, mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial uses and residential units above. Letter of application: 324-328 Cook Street letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 324-328 Cook Street plans.pdf
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    Mama Mia!

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    The Peninsula Players: Mama Mia! October 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. October 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm. Adults $44.63 Senior/Student $39.90 Want to go to a party? Well, have we got a party for you! Mamma Mia!, opening October 18th at the Charlie White Theatre, is just that. A glitzy, glamourous, rollicking, joyful party! Mamma Mia! features twenty-two of Abba’s greatest hits, tied together with a story that is full of fun, pathos, passion and lots of laughs. Audiences throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm for Mamma Mia! with wild, excited applause and instant standing ovations. You can’t help but clap along and tap your feet to dynamic versions of Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia. It’s Abba! The true test of a successful musical is when you leave the theatre humming one of the songs you’ve just heard. With Mamma Mia!, audiences are humming the songs even before the show starts. When Mamma Mia! first opened in London’s West End it was an immediate hit. It became the seventh longest running show in London and continues to delight audiences to this day. It ran for fourteen years on Broadway making it one of the top ten longest running musicals ever. There was the successful film, and its sequel, but neither can hold a candle to seeing Mamma Mia! live onstage. And now the Mary Winspear Centre, in collaboration with the Peninsula Players, is presenting Mamma Mia! live on the stage of the Charlie White Theatre. Directed by Steve Ivings, with choreography and music direction by Lena Palermo, this production of Mamma Mia! is a true musical party from the opening bars of the overture to the closing bows. You’ll be instantly drawn into the delightful story. On a small Greek island we meet Sophie, raised by her single mom, Donna. Sophie is about to be married. Donna has never revealed who Sophie’s father is but Sophie has discovered it is one of three men. So she invites them all to her wedding! She doesn’t tell Donna, whose reaction, when she first encounters her three former beaus, is priceless. (The fact that she’s wielding a live power tool at the time makes for a scarily hilarious moment). While the story is very funny, there are moments of great tenderness too. Donna trying to hide her heartache when she realizes her little girl has grown up and will soon leave the island. We see Donna fighting to control her anger and frustration when she finally has the chance to tell off one of the Dads for leaving her those twenty years ago. And there’s the fun, goofy, good feelings when Donna’s former bandmates, Rosie and Tanya, arrive to help her handle all the craziness (or add to it) along with the island’s population of delightfully ditzy Greek characters. The story has many layers, all brilliantly backed by Abba’s wonderful songs. Mamma Mia! is a sparkling, joyful celebration. Two hours of fabulous music and a great story overflowing with fun, laughter and love. You don’t want to miss this party! O Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
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    Antimatter [media art]

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    Antimatter 2019: 11 Days of International Media Art & Experimental Cinema Antimatter [media art] October 16 to 26, 2019 Various Locations, Victoria BC Canada antimatter.ca The 22nd annual Antimatter festival offers residents of the Capital Region 11 days and nights of screenings, installations and performances of world-class international media art. Long dismissing the notion of a divide between the art world and experimental film and video, Antimatter has been at the vanguard for more than two decades—presenting the work of over 3,000 artists from around the world. Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging time-based forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter offers local, regional and international artists a noncompetitive festival setting committed to diversity and inclusivity, free from commercial and industry agendas. Since 1998, the quality and creativity of its programming, dedication to audience development, resolute internationalism and respect for artists and their work have made Antimatter one of the most important media arts events in Canada. This year, an expanded public installation component features works at Deluge Contemporary Art, Legacy Art Gallery, Ministry of Casual Living, Empty Gallery and in partnership with Victoria Arts Council at regional public libraries, Victoria International Airport and the VAC Gallery. Deluge will host three installation works including Uruguayan-Belgian filmmaker Isabelle Carbonell’s The Camel Race—a verité-style look into camel racing culture—a world of modern bedouins, robot jockeys and the dark roots of Qatar’s heritage. Visitors to the VAC Gallery can experience Acoustic Turbulence by Victoria’s Colton Hash. The interactive digital application presents visualizations of underwater noise pollution from ocean vessels using ocean data and hydrophone recordings of the passage of ships through the Salish Sea. Antimatter opens on Wednesday, October 16 with the screening program Algo-Rhythm, featuring the film of the same name. Shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, poets and graffiti artists, the film probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human rights and agency posed by the rise of the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. On Saturday, October 19, California artists and performers Rob Fatal and DJ Bianca Oblivion remix audio and video into a feature-length experimental film performed live in front of an audience in the Canadian premiere of TechnoTihuacan. Thursday, October 24 sees the world premiere of Barry Doupe’s durational animated opus Distracted Blueberry and Friday, October 25 the expanded cinema and musical performance Le vent sur ton visage doré n’atteindra pas le sommet de ta noirceur by Montreal’s Guillaume Vallée and Hazy Montagne Mystique. More than 120 artists from 30+ countries will be exhibited and screened during Antimatter 2019, with 60% of the work made by women. The festival offers 19 curated screening programs in addition to performances, public installations, workshops and artists salons. Fully two-thirds of the films showing at the festival are world, North American or Canadian premieres, with all being new to Victoria audiences. Installations/exhibitions are free and screenings and performances are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $5–$8). Participating artists from around the world attend Antimatter and audiences are invited to engage and dialogue with them and festival producers at afternoon Media Salons as well as pre- and post-screening artist talks and Q&As. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council and CRD Arts Commission through the Arts & Culture Support Service. Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1L3 Complete Antimatter 2019 program guide is available now throughout greater Victoria and online at antimatter.ca
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    Vancouver Island’s First International Burlesque Festival! Isle of Tease Burlesque Festival, held on November 15 and 16, is the first festival of its kind on Vancouver Island. It will be a theatrical extravaganza of storytelling, dancing, singing, and comedy centred around the art form of BURLESQUE! The festival will host three headliners, Canadian Burlesque Legend, The Lady Divine, Ms. Judith Stein, Seattle’s interdisciplinary cabaret performance artist, The Luminous Pariah, and Ruthe Ordare, founding member of the all-Aboriginal troupe Virago Nation from Vancouver. Performers are coming from across North America to shimmy, shake, bump, and grind on the stage! You’ll see burlesque artists from Puerto Vallarta, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tacoma, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Cawston, Quesnel, Vancouver, and Victoria! Conceptualized by local burlesque producers Misty Moss, Champagne Sparkles, and Gala Vega from Wet Coast Burlesque, The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, and The Bump ‘n Grind House, this entirely volunteer run production showcases the finest local and international talent. This community driven festival brings its audience award winning global performers, and local dynamos alike. The festival celebrates indigenous artists, performers of colour, artists of all sizes and body types, LGBTQ+ artists and many more artists from a wide range of backgrounds. Join us on November 15 and 16 at the, Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria B.C, for two nights of electrifying burlesque showcases. Tickets are available now. Click here for ticket information! Single show tickets start at $40 Weekend passes start at $75 Fabulous VIP packages are also available! he Victoria Conference Centre is an accessible venue, including lifts, elevators, ramps, automatic doors, accessible parking, and wheel chair seating, for details, please see the interactive accessibility map. Isle of Tease respectfully acknowledges that these events take place on the stolen and unceded lands of the Lekwungen People of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. Isle of Tease Website
  24. 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
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