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Outraged by the tactics and behavior of the RCMP at Fairy Creek, Ray Zimmerman, is manning a sign which quotes the court decision in front of the entrance to the RCMP Victoria building (2881 Nanaimo St). His intention is to inform the public and remind the RCMP of the court decision. He will be there every work day possible between noon and 1PM until the injunction against the old growth defenders is lifted. Company will be welcomed.—Pete Rockwell, photo by Pete Rockwell too.
Thanks for your comments Ruben. Ms Callo will answer some of your complaints shortly. Meanwhile readers can look at earlier comment by Ms Callo that goes into more detail about how the 8-metre track seems to have been sacrificed due to the needs of the Caledonia project for a firelane, as well as a report on the development.
These lovely fall days are perfect for a walk in the woods. If you fancy some poetry with your dose of nature, register now for our popular event, the Forest Poet-Tree Walk. Check out our full schedule to register for all events and buy tickets. Scroll down for author Q&A's with Isabella Wang and Linda K. Thompson. Both Isabella and Linda will be reading their poems at the Forest-Poet Tree Walk. About this event Unique to the Victoria Festival of Authors, the fourth annual Forest Poet-Tree Walk places you in a West Coast landscape. This poetry reading under the trees unfolds at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary in the Highlands. Surrounded by fir and arbutus, passing alongside creeks and the lakeshore, this is an immersive sensory experience. Led by Yvonne Blomer and Beth Kope, the poets Dallas Hunt, Linda K. Thompson, Isabella Wang, and Terence Youngwill offer their own explorations of landscape and memory. Their poems will illuminate, lament, and celebrate the natural world. Be prepared to walk, be prepared for any weather, be prepared to find the magic in the forest. Be aware that the audience may well include flickers, a heron, an otter, or mink. Captioning available for livestreamed event. Sat, 2 October 2021 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Road Check out all of our events to buy tickets and register. Buy tickets now!
Linda makes a good point about the fish farm question. But the report by the Pacific Salmon Foundation—which by the way has advocated for all fish farming to be “contained” since 2018—indicates more data is needed to make conclusions about its role in relation to wild salmon health in the Salish Sea. Read the full report here: https://marinesurvival.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021PSF-SynthesisPaper-Screen.pdf As for the federally-funded “Local Journalism Initiative,” funds to hire reporters are distributed via arms-length organizations like (in the case of the National Observer), News Media Canada. Other media like FOCUS are granted the right to re-publish such stories for free. The government has no direct influence on the stories produced. Here's a story re the federal government and fish farms by Rochelle Baker:
In the US, where children are already back at school, the Guardian reports today: "On a state level, local leaders have noticed a sharp uptick in cases among children. In Maricopa county, Arizona, home to Phoenix, children under 12 make up one-sixth of the county’s Covid cases, and 6% of hospitalizations are children. In Tennessee, children under 18 are making up nearly 40% of cases in the state, with over 14,000 cases among children. Texas has reported 20,256 positive cases in the new school year, along with 7,488 cases among staff. "By the end of August, children represented about 15% of all Covid-19 cases across the country."
until2021 Pacific Baroque Festival Makes Triumphant Return September 8-13 Live Music Returns to Victoria with a Festival of Chaconnes and Passacaglias Victoria, BC - After a lengthy delay, the 17th annual Pacific Baroque Festival, presented in partnership with EMV: Pacific Baroque Series and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, will be held once again in Victoria this September. ‘From the Ground Up: Chaconnes and Passacaglias,’ features a dazzling series of concerts that highlight this uniquely virtuosic Baroque music, including stunning works by Claudio Monteverdi, François Couperin, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Georg Philipp Telemann. “We are so grateful to finally be able to present this wonderful series of concerts,” says Brian Groos, Managing Director of The Pacific Baroque Festival. “This music is beautiful and profound; an experience that will be enhanced when hearing these musicians play it in a live performance.” To interpret this captivating line-up, Festival Artistic Director Marc Destrubé will lead an ensemble of the west coast’s leading early music artists including violinist Kathryn Wiebe, cellist Natalie Mackie, harpsichordist Christina Hutten, and member of the Order of Canada, soprano Suzie Leblanc. The Festival opens with a recital by celebrated organist Mark McDonald. “This year’s theme is based on Chaconnes and Passacaglias. These are both types of pieces that use an approach called a ‘ground bass,’ or a repeating bass line,” explains Destrubé. “It’s like a modern-day chord progression in a pop song. This year’s Pacific Baroque Festival gives us the opportunity to explore the many ways in which composers such as J.S. Bach and Arcangelo Corelli used the universal appeal of the chaconne and passacaglia. These forms suggest that the wheels of life just keep on turning, which is the perfect sonic balm for these unsettled times.” The Festival will feature performances at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall and Christ Church Cathedral, with limited seating and Covid safety protocols in place. EVENT LISTINGS: ‘The Master’s Masters: Teachers of the Young Bach’ Wednesday, September 8 at 8:00 PM Christ Church Cathedral (Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue) Mark McDonald (Organ) The pieces in the Andreas Bach Book and the so-called Möller manuscript, two significant collections compiled by J. S. Bach’s eldest brother and keyboard teacher Johann Ernst Bach, are a treasure trove of the greatest composers of the day and shed light on the early musical education of the young J. S. Among the many great names in the collections – Pachelbel, Froberger, Lully, Albinoni – are two of Bach’s greatest influences, the celebrated organists Dieterich Buxtehude and Georg Böhm whom Bach would seek out in his early years as a budding musician. Take a musical journey through the sound world of the young Bach, whose own early works in the collection, like the great Passacaglia in C minor, show his ascension from studious pupil to master in his own right. ‘Italian Passion’ Thursday, September 9 at 8:00 PM Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave Marc Destrubé (Violin); Kathryn Wiebe (Violin); Natalie Mackie (Viola da gamba); Christina Hutton (Harpsichord and Organ); Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano) Explore the brilliant music of the violin virtuosos of 17th and 18th century Italy. Early Italian composers were masters in defining genres, from Monteverdi’s operas to Frescobaldi’s toccatas to Corelli’s sonatas. This concert highlights the versatility of Italian expression over an ever-steady ground bass. ‘German Depth’ Friday, September 10 at 11:00 AM Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave Marc Destrubé (Violin); Kathryn Wiebe (Violin); Natalie Mackie (Viola da gamba); Christina Hutton (Harpsichord and Organ); Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano) The music of 17th century Germany was highly influenced by the Protestant Reformation. With a new approach to writing for the church, composers explored the depths of their own beliefs through music. Drawing from new musical ideas and forms that emerged in other regions, such as the chaconne and passacaglia, the brilliant composers of our German Depth concert skillfully adapted them to their more profound local tastes. ‘French Elegance’ Saturday, September 11 at 8:00 PM Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave Marc Destrubé (Violin); Kathryn Wiebe (Violin); Natalie Mackie (Viola da gamba); Christina Hutton (Harpsichord and Organ); Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano) In the Palace of Versailles, the Sun King, Louis XIV, presided over a court widely known for its extravagance. He celebrated the arts and employed many musicians to perform ballets, operas, and at official ceremonies for the entertainment of foreign guests. French Elegance is a programme of music from this period, exuding the glory of France as exemplified by the mighty chaconne. ‘Choral Evensong’ Monday, September 13 at 5:00 PM Christ Church Cathedral (Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue) (Voluntary Offerings) The Pacific Baroque Festival concludes with the annual tradition of Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral. This year’s Service of reflection and prayer will feature the music of England’s Henry Purcell and Lübeck’s Dieterich Buxtehude.” LISTING INFORMATION 2021 Pacific Baroque Festival – From the Ground Up: Chaconnes & Passacaglias Dates: September 8 – 13, 2021 Tickets: $25 + fees for all ages Box Office: www.pacbaroque.com/2021-pacific-baroque-festival
In regard to the recently announced new measures for schools and universities, a recent press release states: UVic unions (CUPE 951, CUPE 4163, the UVic Chapter of the Professional Employees Association (PEA), and the UVic Faculty Association) welcome the BC government’s announcement today about mask mandates in post-secondary institutions, and the requirement for vaccinations for students in residence, food services and other “non-essential” spaces on campus. But, despite these positive measures, the updated guidelines ultimately come up short when it comes to protecting the health of students and employees. “These new rules will protect many of our members,” said CUPE 951 President Kirk Mercer. “However, UVic unions remain very concerned that universities cannot require vaccinations for students in classrooms. This is the most important measure needed to help protect the health and safety of students and employees.”
This article by Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic includes a video of the RCMP's recent pepper-spraying behaviour at Fairy Creek blockades:
This photo, supplied by Rainforest Flying Squad, shows RCMP carrying a protestor in an unnecessarily painful position. Photo credit: @arvinoutside Rainforest Flying Squad reports "Violent arrests have escalated in the past two weeks, say forest protectors at Fairy Creek, on unceded Pacheedaht ancestral territory. They have included sexual assaults, and recklessly taking down a double tripod causing it to collapse, dropping two young protestors 15 feet to the ground. Protestors say RCMP also shoveled gravel on top of two women in a trench blockade, and are twisting thumbs, wrists, legs or arms to near dislocation or breaking point. "RCMP continue to ignore the court's ruling on access for media, legal observers and protestors. "With the use of these extreme tactics against people practicing nonviolent civil disobedience, protestors fear losing River Camp today. "RCMP and the BC government are criminalizing forest protectors. Our group has been denigrated as a bunch of hippies or unemployed people. Far from it. Many of the people trying to protect these precious old-growth forests and their ecosystems come during their time off, or have taken leave: An airline pilot spent his holidays here. There are quite a few doctors and many nurses, as well as scientists, teachers, professors, landscapers, retired folks, disabled folks, youth fighting for a better climate future, and Indigenous people fighting for choices about their ancestral territory. "We understand the 'green guys' we often see now at the blockades may be from the RCMP's Emergency Response team. "The Emergency Response Team deals with situations where extreme danger/firearms are above the ability of detachments or other policing partners. Team members are highly trained and are specialized experts in weapons and a variety of tactics." From: https://bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=23&languageId=1&contentId=5611 "But what is the danger? What is the emergency? Teal Jones' desperate need to make more money? Or is it that RCMP are trying to clean protestors out before the injunction expires -- Sept. 26th at midnight. Teal Jones has already applied to extend the injunction, and Rainforest Flying Squad lawyers are appealing an extension. The case will be heard the week of Sept 13th during a two-day hearing. "In protest against RCMP's extreme violence and unlawful exclusion zones, a province-wide protest, called RCMP Stand Down, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday in towns that so far include: Burnaby, Victoria, Sooke, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay, Nelson, Sechelt and Vernon." Total arrests will top 700 by the end of the day today.
Stephen Hume has a new story on the subject of reconciliation and in direct answer to some above commenters here.
New cases of COVID-19 have been found on another mink farm—and government is taking action. Here's the government press release just in (bolding mine): Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries INFORMATION BULLETIN Mink test positive for SARS-CoV-2 ABBOTSFORD - Two mink have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, on a farm under quarantine after it had mink test positive in May 2021. Five additional mink samples from the same farm have initially tested positive at the B.C. Animal Health Lab, with final results pending from The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg. The two positive mink were identified through a co-ordinated wildlife surveillance project led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, in co-operation with the One Health Working Group. One of the main objectives is to assess the potential for virus transmission to free-ranging animals from an infected premise. In this instance, four mink had escaped their cages and were captured on-farm. As a result of the latest infections, a provincial health officer's order has also been issued to all mink-farm operators in the province, placing a moratorium on any new mink farms in B.C. and capping existing mink farms at their current numbers. The order is effective immediately. Each farm is required to report the total number of mink, both breeding stock and non-breeding mink, to the provincial health officer and the medical health officer in their health authority. The Province is conducting a review of its policies and regulations with respect to fur farms, while ensuring the recommended mitigation measures are in place and enforced to protect both public and animal health. Three B.C. mink farms have had mink test positive for SARS-CoV-2 since December 2020. All three remain under quarantine, with no mink being moved to or from the properties. Fraser Health, WorkSafeBC and the Province continue to ensure biosecurity measures are in place to protect workers and families on mink farms, as well as making sure each farm is taking all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-through human-to-animal or animal-to-human transmission. The nine B.C. mink farms, all located in the Fraser Valley, employ approximately 150 workers. The exact locations of mink farms are not being released as per Section 16.1 of the Animal Health Act, which prohibits the disclosure of information that would identify a specific place where an animal is located. Learn More: Provincial health officer's order on mink farms: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-mink-farms.pdf
"We thought your purpose is to serve and protect Canadians. Instead, you have used your paramilitary force of trained personnel, helicopters, tracking dogs, threats and intimidation with increasing brutality and harshness." See the Open Letter to the RCMP from the Rainforest Flying Squad, and it's lengthy, disturbing rapsheet.
According to the Canadian Association of Journalists, a major victory for press freedom has just been won:: "In his decision, Justice Thompson agreed with the press coalition, stating: “I am not satisfied that geographically extensive exclusion zones, and associated access checkpoints, have been justified as reasonably necessary in order to give the police the space they need.” He continued: “I exercise my discretion to make the order sought by the media consortium, on the basis that in making operational decisions and exercising its discretion surrounding the removal and arrest of persons violating the order, the RCMP will be reminded by the presence of this additional language to keep in mind the media’s special role in a free and democratic society, and the necessity of avoiding undue and unnecessary interference with the journalistic function. “This is, without question, a watershed moment in the history of Canadian press freedom advocacy,” said Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. “The RCMP have now been told by two different courts, as well as their own oversight body, that their treatment of journalists is unacceptable in a free and democratic society. It is our hope that this latest defeat will prompt the RCMP to reexamine their approach with regards to allowing journalists to do their jobs.” "
SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF ARRESTS at the Fairy Creek old-growth defence blockades, the RCMP have been employing vast “exclusion zones.” On July 20 a BC Supreme Court judge ruled those exclusion zones are not legal, according to a lawyer for the Rainforest Flying Squad. Justice Douglas Thompson told lawyer Matthew Nefstead that the RCMP may arrest and remove people who violate an injunction order, but may not deny access to everyone simply based on the possibility that someone may violate the order in the future. Justice Thompson agreed that the order issued April 1 by Justice Frits Verhoeven was clear in its protection of public access and the right to participate in lawful protest, and that important liberties were being compromised by the RCMP’s enforcement actions. Chief among these actions are the RCMP’s checkpoints and geographically extensive exclusion zones—which have ranged up to 10 kilometres—which have limited the public from getting anywhere near the forest defenders’ logging blockades. This has meant the public could not show support or engage in civil disobedience by standing on the road. The exclusion zones also meant that media representatives were limited to having to be escorted in by RCMP members, at times the RCMP chose, in order to get close to the blockades and arrests. Those representatives had to prove to the RCMP they were credentialed. (Media access was the subject of another court application, which was also ruled on favourably by Justice Thompson, who stated the RCMP must: “keep in mind the media’s special role in a free and democratic society, and the necessity of avoiding undue and unnecessary interference with the journalistic function.”) Will RCMP gates at Fairy Creek blockades come down soon? Justice Thompson was responding to an application last week from Elders for Ancient Trees to amend or clarify the injunction the BC Supreme Court granted to logging company Teal Cedar Ltd on April 1. Thompson’s oral judgments today, on applications for access by the Elders and by the coalition of media groups, will be followed in the coming weeks by written reasons. “This is a major victory for the public and anyone who wants to express their disapproval of the destruction of some of the last irreplaceable old growth in the region,” said Susan Gage, a spokesperson for Elders for Ancient Trees. The application was prompted in part when a bus carrying 15 elders was forced to back down a logging road three kilometres in the rain after they were turned away from reaching a logging blockade in the Fairy Creek area on June 15. “We hope the RCMP will respond immediately to this court order and remove their blockades and checkpoints,” stated Gage. FOCUS contacted the RCMP for comment but did not hear back by publishing time. Saul Arbess, another elder involved in the application, noted that in past forest defence actions, such as at Clayoquot and Walbran, RCMP behaviour has been more respectful of people’s right to protest. “Each morning, supporters would be allowed to attend the blockade. The police would come and read the injunction to everyone and then ask, ‘Will you step aside?’ Those who did not want to be arrested would step off the road; those willing to be arrested would remain on it and be removed and arrested by the officers.” But in the Fairy Creek blockades, as in Wetsuwet’en, it’s very different, noted Arbess. Huge exclusion zones enforced with blockades and checkpoints established by the RCMP, block access to everyone on long stretches of logging roads—all on public land. Even tourists have been unable to get through. Lawyer Matthew Nefstead, who represented the elders group, told media it seems clear based on the wording of the injunction and oral reasons by Justice Frits Verhoeven that the intent of the injunction was to ensure access to the area for the public and for peaceful protest while also clearing the way for industry. The judge stated: “The protestors are free to protest, demonstrate, and attempt to influence the government in any lawful way they may choose.” Instead, Nefstead said, the exclusion zones prevented people who wanted to visit the area to participate in lawful protest, with no intent to violate the injunction, from being allowed to enter. These people were able to walk through an exclusion zone set up 10-12 kilometres from Waterfall blockade camp in late May. The RCMP chose not to arrest anyone that day. Lawyer Noah Ross told FOCUS in May that “Exclusion zones are only legal in certain limited circumstances in which there are serious public safety risks. It’s explicitly not allowed by the injunction,” said Ross. “It appears that the RCMP are once again willing to enforce exclusion zones that are not legally justified in order to make their job easier. They’re willing to overlook people’s civil rights in order to give industry access to their logs,” Ross stated. “It’s not legally justified.” This opinion was confirmed by the BC Supreme Court Even with the restrictive exclusion zones, well over 440 people have been arrested at the Fairy Creek blockades trying to prevent clearcutting of old-growth forests. With the new ruling against the zones, it seems likely more citizens will be able to show support and risk arrest in doing so. (In other legal news, arrestees may now face criminal contempt of court charges rather than just civil.) Leslie Campbell is the editor of FOCUS. She has visited Fairy Creek blockades three times, including in late May when she and hundreds of others—were able to walk past an RCMP checkpoint due to the sheer numbers and Pacheedaht elder Bill Jone’s advocacy. That story is here.
Focus congratulates Reverend Al for his many years of service to the Victoria community through his dedication to the less fortunate among us. It has been a real pleasure to know him. I have gone out with him on some of his 5 am rounds and witnessed his genuine friendship, compassion and practical assistance he offered through the Dandelion Society. We wish him a wonderful retirement. It is great to know his work will carry on.
Arguments are being heard in court now, continuing Friday, July 16. See the formal submission by media organizations here.
untilWhy This Word Hou I-Ting | Valentina Jager | Wang Yahui Curated by Jo Ying Peng July 17 to August 21, 2021 Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Exhibition Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 4pm Why This Word is an exhibition that draws an axis between interpretation and vocalization to deconstruct the act of writing as a way to shape identity. The title is inspired by a quote—“the word is my fourth dimension”—in Clarice Lispector’s novel Agua Viva, and partly borrowed from a biography of the author (Why This World, Benjamin Moser, Oxford University Press, 2009). Referencing the looming myths of Lispector’s own life as a means to speak to universal female experiences, Why This Word considers how fractures in the socio-political world may otherwise remain invisible. Detailing women’s labor within the global workforce, Hou I-Ting examines the politics of the body through her practice. Valentina Jager’s work is infused with a deep sensibility that explores the precariousness of truth, subjectivity of interpretation and fragile nature of memory. Wang Yahui employs poetic imagery in dynamic scenarios to present alternative ways of translating time through quotidian materials. The exhibition combines these different narrative approaches—writing in time, labour and poetic rhetoric—to amplify definitions of feminist micro-narratives. Hou I-Ting (Taiwan) is especially interested in female labor conditions in socioeconomic systems of the past and present. Her practice pivots around the changing relationships between the body and the visual image over time. Hou has exhibited internationally, including We Now Stand – In Order to Map the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2019); Contemporary Art from Asia, Australia and the Pacific: A Selection of Works from QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile (2019); Tejiendo Identidades (Weaving Identities), PhotoEspaña, Centro de Historias, Zaragoza, Spain (2019); and Cold Chain,Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2019). Valentina Jager (Mexico/USA) unfolds her practice in the borders between writing, sculpture and performance, focusing on ephemerality and materialism. Jager has participated in residency programs such as Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Fieldworks Marfa and the Syros Institute. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries and museums internationally such as the Orange County Museum of Art, Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, Alumnos47 Mexico and the Kunstverein Göttingen. She is currently a PhD student of Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston and recipient of the 2021 Artadia Houston Awards. Wang Yahui (Taiwan) turns imageries of contemporary life into microcosms with the artist herself as an astronomer observing the hidden relationship between nature and all living things: Huizi and Zhuangzi debating the happiness of fish. Solo exhibitions include Still Life Sonata, Taitung Art Museum (2021, Taiwan), The Diamond that is Raindrops, Absolute Space for the Arts (2020, Taiwan), A Brief History of Time, Eslite Gallery (2019, Taiwan), Questions to Shadow, Neuer Kunstverein Giessen (2018, Germany), A Slant of Light, TKG+ (2016, Taiwan), Pick up a leaf when it falls, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto (2012, Japan) and Handmade Fairytales, Cable Gallery, Helsinki (2010 Finland). Jo Ying Peng (Taiwan/Mexico) runs Vernacular Institute and co-ran Taipei Contemporary Art Center as open platforms to present, exchange, create and share artistic ideas outside of institutional discourse. Working across curatorial, editorial and cinematic boundaries, Peng strives to expand possibilities beyond linear narrative and is dedicated to projects with performative approaches and in experimental settings. Selected recent projects include Buenos días mujeres (ARIEL, 2020), Who Writes? (Gallery OMR, 2019), Narratives of Exchange / Exchange of Narratives (Instituto Alumnos, 2018), Vernácular: Art Book Fair (Proyectos Monclova, 2018), There after Here: Performing a Verb (Vernacular Institute, 2017), Portrait Portrait (TCAC, 2016), Marginal Matters (Arkipel, 2016) and A Gaze on the Contemporary (Urban Nomad Film Fest, 2016). Why This Word is supported by the Province of British Columbia and the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.
untilE.J. Hughes: Works on Paper July 10 - 24, 2021 Madrona Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by E.J. Hughes. As one of British Columbia’s most celebrated artists, E.J. Hughes continues to be remembered for his strong depictions of the West Coast landscape. This collection of works on paper gives a glimpse into Hughes’ process and how he observed the world that is captured through his paintings. Creating his works on location, Hughes would later add written notes regarding tone and colour. This dedication and focus shown in his preliminary sketches and drawings would provide the foundation for larger, fully realized paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolour for years to come. Hughes studied at the Vancouver School of Applied Art and Design from 1929-1935 under Charles H. Scott, Jock Macdonald, and Frederick Varley. He would later go on to serve as an official war artist from 1943-1946. Hughes was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1968 and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Order of British Columbia in 2005. This will be the first focused solo exhibition of works by E.J. Hughes in over a decade. Image: E.J. Hughes, "Houses, Qualicum Beach", 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000 Image at top: E.J. Hughes, "South Thompson Valley at Pritchard, BC", 20 x 24, Watercolour, c. 1962 M A D R O N A G A L L E R Y | 606 View Street | Victoria, B.C. V8W 1J4 T: 250.380.4660 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
untilAn Acoustic Evening with Chad Brownlee August 12-15 - 7:30 PM 4 Shows • 50 People A ruggedly charming musician, his love of the outdoors is very much reflected within singer/songwriter Chad Brownlee’s chart topping tunes and infectious melodies. A multi talented artist, his passions for music, acting, sport and philanthropy run deep. Once a Vancouver Canucks draft pick, and now a critically acclaimed country music star with over a decade on the road, Brownlee is no stranger to the music scene. His raw musical talent, and compassionate storytelling exploring the adventures of life, inspire his signature pop, country and rock sound. CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE COVID-19 EVENT PLAN Your safety is our top priority. We are taking all measures to provide a safe, sanitized and comfortable concert setting, following the current updated regulations provided by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Work Safe BC. For each performance, we will be selling a maximum of 50 tickets. You and your cohort will be seated with appropriate social distancing between you and the next cohort. To this end, the Mary Winspear Staff will continue to assign seats to ensure the comfort and safety of all our patrons. If you have any mobility issues or special seating requirements, it is imperative that staff is notified at the time of concert “pre-screening”. It is essential that all patrons are guaranteed their required seating and respectfully accommodated. If we do not receive these requirements at the time of “pre-screening,” we risk not having the required seating available for these patrons. Please note: all exchanges, gifting, or reselling of tickets must be done through the Mary Winspear Centre box office in order for us to conduct pre-screening, seat assignment, and contact tracing protocols. If you are feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been asked to isolate, or have been around someone who has been asked to isolate, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please do not attend the concert and contact the box office. For your well-being, the Mary Winspear Centre will provide hand sanitizers and facemasks. -Mary Winspear Centre staff will assign seats (socially distanced by cohort and/or special needs/mobility issues) in order to maintain BC Provincial Health Orders. -Staff wearing PPE. -MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, unless briefly removing to sip your beverage. -The Charlie White Theatre has recently been examined by our trusted HVAC Technician. Fresh air-flow is ensured at all times. -Designated entrance: Theatre Lobby doors (Enter from outside). -Designated exits: Theatre Lobby doors and Theatre Alcove door (Both exit to outside). -Designated washrooms: Small washrooms by the box office. -No intermission: Pre-ordered drinks will be served to you before the performance. Maximum of 2 alcoholic drinks per patron both will be given before the performance. -No paper tickets. -Cleaning/disinfecting of entire space before and after each performance. -Before any performance, all patrons will receive a phone call from Mary Winspear Centre staff for personalized service and pre-screening. -You will be assigned a designated check-in time during the pre-screening call. You must arrive within that requested time frame to complete the health check-in and review the current protocols before being permitted to enter the Charlie White Theatre. -No singing or dancing is allowed at this time for the safety of your fellow concert goers, artist(s), and staff. -No outside food and beverage permitted. You may bring a water bottle. -Come with your own cohort and maintain social distancing from others. -Mary Winspear Centre representative(s) present in-house to monitor/ensure this current COVID-19 Event plan is followed. Maximum group size is 6. Order Tickets Now Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
untilFestival Dates: July 22 to 25, 2021 Location: Please visit www.victoriaflamencofestival.com for information regarding virtual show times and links. Cost: Free, donations accepted at www.victoriaflamencofestival.com The Flamenco de la Isla Society has come to the difficult decision, given the current COVID-19 situation, to suspend all physical in-person events at the 2021 Victoria Flamenco Festival. We feel it is important to do our part to keep artists, audience, and our community safe. We are currently working to bring you a virtual festival. Our commitment to Flamenco on Vancouver Island remains strong and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions: email@example.com Thank you for your ongoing support! 2021 VIRTUAL VICTORIA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL For the ninth year in a row, the Flamenco de la Isla Society brings you the passion and rhythm of flamenco music and dance! The 9th annual Flamenco Festival of Victoria will run July 22 – 25, showcasing local and international dancers, singers and guitarists collaborating to bring their love of this fiery art form to you! For more information please contact: Zoey Wells Festival Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
untilMichael Kaeshammer July 15-19, 2021 Saturday Special Show "Christmas in July" 5 Shows • 50 People New Show Added Monday, July 19 - 7:30 PM Michael Kaeshammer has invested a lot – countless hours at the keyboard, hundreds of recordings, thousands of live performances, millions of miles in the air and on the road – all in pursuit of a mastery of 12 notes across 88 keys. But for the acclaimed Canadian pianist and singer, there is no set destination, no achievable end point on his path; it’s all about the journey itself, and that journey will always be ongoing. Over the course of decades as a professional performer, Kaeshammer has developed a style that weaves threads of classical, jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, stride, and even pop into a signature and sought-after sonic tapestry. CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE COVID-19 EVENT PLAN Your safety is our top priority. We are taking all measures to provide a safe, sanitized and comfortable concert setting, following the current updated regulations provided by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Work Safe BC. For each performance, we will be selling a maximum of 50 tickets. You and your cohort will be seated with appropriate social distancing between you and the next cohort. To this end, the Mary Winspear Staff will continue to assign seats to ensure the comfort and safety of all our patrons. If you have any mobility issues or special seating requirements, it is imperative that staff is notified at the time of concert “pre-screening”. It is essential that all patrons are guaranteed their required seating and respectfully accommodated. If we do not receive these requirements at the time of “pre-screening,” we risk not having the required seating available for these patrons. Please note: all exchanges, gifting, or reselling of tickets must be done through the Mary Winspear Centre box office in order for us to conduct pre-screening, seat assignment, and contact tracing protocols. If you are feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been asked to isolate, or have been around someone who has been asked to isolate, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please do not attend the concert and contact the box office. For your well-being, the Mary Winspear Centre will provide hand sanitizers and facemasks. -Mary Winspear Centre staff will assign seats (socially distanced by cohort and/or special needs/mobility issues) in order to maintain BC Provincial Health Orders. -Staff wearing PPE. -MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, unless briefly removing to sip your beverage. -The Charlie White Theatre has recently been examined by our trusted HVAC Technician. Fresh air-flow is ensured at all times. -Designated entrance: Theatre Lobby doors (Enter from outside). -Designated exits: Theatre Lobby doors and Theatre Alcove door (Both exit to outside). -Designated washrooms: Small washrooms by the box office. -No intermission: Pre-ordered drinks will be served to you before the performance. Maximum of 2 alcoholic drinks per patron both will be given before the performance. -No paper tickets. -Cleaning/disinfecting of entire space before and after each performance. -Before any performance, all patrons will receive a phone call from Mary Winspear Centre staff for personalized service and pre-screening. -You will be assigned a designated check-in time during the pre-screening call. You must arrive within that requested time frame to complete the health check-in and review the current protocols before being permitted to enter the Charlie White Theatre. -No singing or dancing is allowed at this time for the safety of your fellow concert goers, artist(s), and staff. -No outside food and beverage permitted. You may bring a water bottle. -Come with your own cohort and maintain social distancing from others. -Mary Winspear Centre representative(s) present in-house to monitor/ensure this current COVID-19 Event plan is followed. Maximum group size is 6. Order Tickets Now Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
untilLast week of Salt-Water Moon! July 6-18 by David French Directed by Fran Gebhard Designed by Graham McMonagle, Giles Hogya and Emily Friesen with Pierre Schryer on fiddle Salt-Water Moon is now half-way through its run! We have wrapped up our livestream option and are now offering in-person only. If you haven't already, call our box office to secure your spot in the theatre! Reviews are in for Salt-Water Moon! "Pure giddiness..." "A perfect way to re-introduce live theatre into our lives." - Nexus Newspaper Read the whole review here Click here to buy tickets! We look forward to welcoming you back into the theatre. Box office hours - Tuesday to Saturday 12.30pm-4.30pm. 250-382-3370 2657 Quadra St, Victoria, BC Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre · 2657 Quadra St · Victoria, BC V5T 3E4 · Canada
Reports filtering out through social media say the RCMP have ramped up tactics against forest defenders. They are using undercover cops, overnight raids and floodlights, and other "abuse"—most happening without any media present. Hoping to get more solid report soon. Meanwhile, read FOCUS new report on media going to BC Supreme Court to challenge RCMP behaviour at Fairy Creek here.
LAST STAND AT THE LEGISLATURE FRIDAY, JUNE 11, NOON Massive Rally Defending Old Growth Forests Planned for BC Legislature Victoria, BC - A broad coalition of elders, protectors of old-growth, defenders of Fairy Creek, academics and determined citizens from across the province are gathering at the BC Legislature lawns Friday, June 11, 12 – 2 pm, to call on Premier John Horgan’s NDP government to ensure all old-growth forests in the province are permanently protected. While the NDP government’s official ratification of the recent announcement by the Pacheedaht, Dididaht and Huu-ay-aht First Nations for a 2-year deferral on old-growth logging at Fairy Creek watershed and Central Walbran is an encouraging first step, it falls short of what is needed. Vicky Husband, environmental activist and rally speaker confirms. “Let’s call Premier John Horgan’s sleazy forest policies what they are: a colonial defence of 'talk and log’, and a moral failure to protect the province’s remaining old growth forests. Horgan has sparked a brutal new war in the woods by denying two realities: our forests have been massively over cut for little added value, and we have now come to the long-predicted end of our old-growth forests. It is time for everyone to stand up for Indigenous rights and protection of the seriously endangered remaining old growth forests.” This grassroots coalition under the guidance and wisdom of Pacheedaht Elder, Bill Jones, has declared its intention to advocate for a immediate pause on old growth clear cutting and support the Fairy Creek blockades until all old-growth forests in BC are protected. “I will continue standing for the land until I am dead,” Elder Jones said. “I feel like an old growth tree is worth the same as my life. I implore people to continue to stand with me to protect our forests from destruction and colonialism; we need allies on the ground to stop old growth logging Iinmy home territory, and for my future generations and relatives.” A Press Conference moderated by Saul Arbess, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member, will be held at noon, preceding the rally. The press conference panel will include indigenous voices, forestry researchers and environmental champions. Press Conference Panel: Patrick Jones, nephew of Elder Bill Jones, Pacheedaht Nation Shawna Knight, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member and Tree Sitter Andy McKinnon, Metchosin Cllr., Retired Ecologist, BC Min. of Forests Vicky Husband, Environmental Activist, Member of the Order of Canada Brandi Lancaster- L’alittlilakw of Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw Villages Brianna Bear, of Songhees Nation, will open the rally, following the Press Conference, with a welcome, territorial acknowledgement, and lead a ritual honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were recently found at the Kamloops Residential School. Please wear orange in honour of the children. Rally Co-Ms: Jessica Ostroff, Rainforest Flying Squad Tree Sitter Briony Penn, Environmentalist, Author Kumi Nash, Youth blockader Rainbow Eyes, Rainforest Flying Squad Defender Rally Presenters: Will O’Connell, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member Pablo, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member Gregg McElroy, Canadian Orca Rescue Society Dr. Suzanne Simard, UBC Professor of Forestry, via audio-link Bobby Arbess, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member Rose Henry, Tla’amin Nation Kathy Code, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member Tiffany Joseph, Artist and Environmental Speaker Carol Tootill, Rainforest Flying Squad Core Member This event will be Livestreamed by Jason Guille of Stream of Consciousness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9nVpbLrFuI
Adam Olsen's piece is relevant reading on the government's colonialism played out in the forest agreement, as well as David Broadland's, which shows the amount of "revenue sharing" is pathetic.