Do you live in Downtown Victoria?

March 29, 2009 at 9:58 am (Community, open house) (, , )

If you live downtown, you might want to join the Downtown Residents’ Association for a free special event, On The Front Lines: Community Solutions for Homelessness and Social Issues. Event is free, no pre-registration required, presented by the Victoria Downtown Residents’ Association.

When? Monday, March 30, 7 p.m – 9 p.m.

Where? City Hall Antechamber, Centennial Square (map)

What? A meeting for residents of Downtown/Harris Green to hear about some ground-breaking solutions for homelessness, crime, safety and other social issues that concern us all. We’ve gathered the experts who will be able to answer your questions. Join us for Silk Road Tea and snacks and an evening of informative discussion.

Introduction by Robert Randall, DRA
Victoria Police Department Chief Jamie Graham and Inspector Jamie Pearce on Downtown Security
Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe on the Mayor’s Task Force (link opens a PDF) and our homeless population
Jill Clement of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness on the Coalition, its goals and achievements
Ken Kelly of the Downtown Victoria Business Association on the Clean and Safe Team, Con Air and the Community Court Program

Question and answer session follows


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Centennial Square ceremony, 3/27

March 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm (open house, public_art) (, )

The City of Victoria hosts a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning, Friday March 27, at Centennial Square, to mark the construction of that public gathering place’s “Spirit Square.”

Designed to make Centennial Square more inviting to the general public and increase opportunities for celebrations and events, Victoria’s Spirit Square will include a canopied turn-key performance stage and infrastructure to host small and medium size performances as well as markets, a drinking water feature in the shape of a First Nations inspired ladle, and a sustainable garden of native species. The project is an important step in the City’s overall plan to rejuvenate the north end of downtown.

What: Victoria’s Spirit Square Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: Friday, March 27, 2009, from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Centennial Square next to City Hall archway

A reception will follow in the City Hall Antechamber, where design drawings and a model of Victoria’s Spirit Square will be on display. Joe Daly, the landscape architect for the project, will be available for interviews.

Years ago, Cormorant Creek ran through what is now Centennial Square and served as a water source for the traditional Songhees community. Two Spirit Poles designed and carved by Salish Coast artist, Butch Dick and his son Clarence, will serve as a gateway into the Square and highlight the historical contributions of the Songhees and Esquimalt people.

From the City’s own website, see this press release (PDF) for the full text – or much, much better yet, read it without having to bother opening a PDF by surfing over to Ginger Snap’s post on  Vibrant Victoria’s forum.

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Wild Arc hosts open house

March 21, 2009 at 8:42 am (animals, open house) (, )

Wild ARC, the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, will hold an open house March 28 to 29 from noon to 4pm both days.

Come learn how staff treat, feed and clean the injured creatures in their care.

See Cutting human bonds vital for wild animals, by Judith Lavoie, in today’s Times-Colonist for more information about the animals brought to ARC (annually over 1,700).

Details on the open house:

There is space for only 1,000 guests and visitors must reserve ahead of time either by phoning 250-474-1957 or e-mailing

Guests are asked to bring a donation for the animals, such as liquid laundry soap, liquid dish soap, bleach, toilet paper, eggs, pecans, walnuts, striped sunflower seeds, peanuts in shells or suet. Cash donations are also welcome.

See the Wild ARC website for more.

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