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  1. The Public Hearing for the 647 Goldstream Ave. development is now scheduled for Monday, April 19. Citizens continued to be concerned about lack of information and process.
  2. And here's the just-released statement from the Rainforest Flying Squad—which will stand with elder Bill Jones in defence of old-growth forests. Rainforest Flying Squad release, Apr 13:21.rtf
  3. Here's the statement from the Pacheedaht Chiefs mentioned above. A statement in response from elder Bill Jones is on our facebook page. Pacheedaht FN Letter.pdf
  4. A statement from the Rainforest Flying Squad is expected April 14.
  5. In Conversation with Makambe K Simamba: Solo Show Creation As part of our Spring Series we are offering free online programming. This artist talk will be hosted on our Facebook page at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 20. Join Dora award winner, playwright, theatre creator and UNO Fest alum (A Chitenge Story and Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers) Makambe K Simamba for this free online artist talk. In Conversation with Intrepid’s Sean Guist, Simamba will discuss her process
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    "Real Life, Real Light" by Dan Eastabrook April 8th - 28th 2021 Dan Eastabrook has called Victoria home since 2009, when he came to study at the Western Academy of Photography. While enrolled, he obtained diplomas in photojournalism and advanced visual communications. He has been photographing since he obtained his first digital camera in 2001, and has covered a range of subjects from news to landscapes, and fine art to portraits.
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    Canadian College of Performing Arts: Festival of New Works The Festival of New Works is this week! The two-day festival is the culmination of the Year II mentorship program. Students apply for this extra-curricular with a project proposal. Each student is then paired with a faculty member to guide them through their artistic creation project, from preparation to incubation to final presentation. It’s a unique opportunity for students to take on a leadership role by guiding their pee
  8. Beyond Enlightenment: The Best is Yet to Come Presenter: Rabbi Matt Ponak Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 7 pm on Zoom Does Judaism have an end goal for spiritual growth? Is Buddhist enlightenment the same as Hindu liberation or Christian mystical union? Religions are both traditions and innovations. Their innermost spiritual expressions change over time. In our culture, we embrace newness in technology, science, business, and the arts, but we leave spiritual innovation largely unexplored—at least openly. Religions are storehouses of tremendous wisdom that originate in an
  9. Karen Kaiser presents New Work April 20 - May 9, 2021 at the Gage Gallery See http://www.artopenings.ca/karen-kaiser.html
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    Right of Return Sanaz Sohrabi | Caroline So Jung Lee | Mona Kasra | Peng Zuqiang April 10 to May 8, 2021 online at deluge.ca Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC Right of Return is an online exhibition of media works by four international artists exploring revolutionary politics, diasporic knowledge and the intersection of collective memory vs. archival evidence. Sanaz Sohrab
  11. The last of the ancient trees on Southern Vancouver Island are being protected by some very determined and capable people. AT THE FAIRY CREEK BLOCKADE “headquarters” and intake centre on a sunny but chilly Easter Monday morning, breakfast is being served by Rupert Koyote and his mom Alison. Rupert is a farmer in the Cowichan Valley. He and Alison have brought eggs, bacon and hot cross buns and melon slices and are doling out platefuls to the many camp organizers and volunteers. Everyone is well-masked except when in their small pods. People stand at a distance from each other
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    April Featured Artists at the Gallery at Matticks Farm: Introducing Jessica Pedersen Jessica Pedersen is a Canadian artist born in Vancouver, BC. She was raised by artist parents - her mother is a ceramic artist and her father is a painter. Jessica studied Fine Arts at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver BC, and Nova Scotia University of Art and Design in Halifax - where she received her BFA. Jessica’s current body of work is inspired by nature, beauty, a
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    Jeremy Herndl: Human Nature April 10 - 24, 2021 Madrona Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Jeremy Herndl. "Human Nature" is a collection of work that combines the natural landscape with big industry, inviting viewers to look at the beautiful and often contradictory connections between humans and their surrounding environment. Of these works, Herndl says "As a landscape painter, ideas about land use, colonialism, privilege, and environment shape the way I look at places. I am interested in the stories embedded in place and how
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    Blue Bridge Theatre presents: Spring Beatles Conceived by Ride the Cyclone creators Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell Victoria's finest musicians bring you the music of the greatest rock and roll band that ever lived - straight to your living room! Live Streamed April 27 - May 2 2021 Tickets $25-$45 plus service charge and GST For tickets click here
  15. Readers concerned about the wolves might want to also read a recent piece by Cheryl Alexander on the anniversary of Takaya's death, reflecting on what really caused it. Also senior wolf researchers Dr. John and Mary Theberge write an open letter to BC's Forests Minister recommending 5 important steps that need to be taken.
  16. There is an April 23rd Earth Day concert with Sara Thomsen being held as a fundraiser for Bowker Creek, by Earth Literacies. See details in Focus' calendar here.
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    Song Like a Seed; An Earth Day Concert with Sara Thomsen Fundraiser for Bowker Creek Originally scheduled as an in-person concert for Earth Day 2020, it had to be cancelled because of COVID. You will not want to miss this one, as well as joining us in support of the important work of daylighting Bowker Creek. This concert will bring to you a packet of songs like seeds to care for the earth and each other. Plant them in the crumbling cracks around your heart, your country, your world. It will be a healing balm, a call to action, to blossom, to fruit, to harvest. Each no
  18. Readers of this letter will be interested in Judith Lavoie's recent piece for FOCUS: "How Do You Feel About the Indiscriminate Killing of Wolves?"
  19. See a new report by Russ Francis on this development here.
  20. See this open letter to Minister Conroy by Canada's senior wolf researchers Dr John and Mary Theberge. It accuses BC of decades of mismanagement of wolves based on faulty assumptions and poor data, and urges the immediate stop of aerial killing and trophy hunting of wolves, as well as more funds for wolf censusing.
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    Festival of New Works Canadian College of Performing Arts April 15 & 16, 7:30pm Join us for a provocative and engaging showcase of new artistic works from a variety of disciplines including music, dance, and theatre. The festival offers our Year II Performing Arts Diploma and Certificate students an opportunity to create, direct, and/or develop a piece from an inspira
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    Problem Child By George F. Walker LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCES March 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2021 @ 8pm Stuck in a room. Stuck in the system. A desperate mother and her hapless partner are confined to a hotel room while they try to put their delinquent pasts behind them in order to regain custody of their baby. One of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights, Walker is best known for his fast-paced social comedies that satirize the woes of contemporary culture under the pressures of capitalism. NOTE: This play was chosen to offer students in our fourth-year performance fo
  24. Ballet Étoile Canada Presents Robin Hood March 26th @ 7:30pm March 28th @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm Join Robin Hood and her band of Merry Maidens as they fight to stop the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham and bring peace to the citizens of Sherwood forest as well as saving Robin’s beloved, Prince Marius, from an unwanted marriage! Ballet Étoile brings its signature charm and vibranc
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    BACHMAN & BACHMAN: EXCLUSIVE CONCERT SERIES 2 NIGHTS • 50 PEOPLE MARCH 19 & 20 - 7:30 PM Mary Winspeare Centre Bachman & Bachman is a brand new, father/son duo made up of Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), and his son, Tal (of "She's So High" fame). They're currently writing songs for an album of rootsy, Americana-style songs.
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