Sunday, July 19, 2009

Triton Hockey Day

A belated thank you to Victoria Minor Hockey Association and the Triton Women's hockey team. They put on a great one day session for girls to try out hockey. My daughter got to hang up her figure skates for a day and shoot the puck with some great coaches and kids. It was a wonderful afternoon - Thank you!

I also got to learn a bit about a very neat program called H.E.L.P (Hockey Equipment Lending Program) This program, through the City of Victoria, helps kids access hockey equipment so that they can play. Unfortunately, the high cost of gear and ice time keeps some kids away from sport. H.E.L.P makes it possible for some families to get their kids out on the ice. What an amazing program. To find out more:


Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Esquimalt (dot com)

Esquimalt has launched a new website. Please check it out! It is:

There are some gorgeous photos of Esquimalt to enjoy. In addition to that, you can download some fantastic walking tours. If you ever get the chance, please treat yourself to a guided walking tour with Sheri Robinson. She has an incredible knowledge of our history! In the meantime, enjoy the great tours she has created!

Beetle Research at Saxe Point Park

Here is an interesting news release I took from our website. If you check out the website you'll see a photo of the bug that we're looking for!

Beetle Research at Saxe Point Park
June 19, 2009

The Ministry of Environment will be conducting research at Saxe Point Park this summer. The purpose of the research is to look for a large, black, predatory ground beetle called the Audouin's Night-Stalking Tiger Beetle (scientific name: Omus audouini). It inhabits forest floor leaf litter, and comes out into open plains and coastal bluffs (such as those at Saxe Point) at night to look for prey.

The Audouin's Night-Stalking Tiger Beetle is quite rare, and has not been documented on Vancouver Island since the 1920's. It is thought to be an important part of the invertebrate predator/prey system, and the goal of the research is to verify its continued presence in Garry Oak and associated ecosystems in the greater Victoria area.

The research will include collecting the beetles using 'pitfall' traps, which are essentially cups dug into the ground with the top rim level with the ground, so that beetles fall into them while they are walking. These traps will be left in the ground for the whole summer and will be checked once a week. There will be signs up at the survey site indicating the purpose of research and what the traps are for to the public.

Victoria News - Craigflower Road sidewalks set in stone

Victoria News - Craigflower Road sidewalks set in stone

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Esquimalt Community Market

This year, the Esquimalt Community Market will run every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 11th until September 12th. There is also a new location - "under the arches" at the Archie Browning Sports Centre at 1151 Esquimalt Road.

The Community Market has something for everybody and new vendors are welcome!

For further information, please contact Muriel Dunn at 250-383-7436.

See you at the Market!

Canada Day Rugby

July 1st was a picture perfect day in Esquimalt! Gorgeous sunshine and a great rugby game on Bullen Park field (pesticide free for almost 10 years now!)

Many thanks to all our Parks and Recreation staff, the James Bay Athletic Association, the Esquimalt Firefighters, Victoria Eagles Jr. B Lacrosse and Tom's tireless crew of volunteers. This was a great event!

FCM Whistler

In June, I was able to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities AGM and conference in Whistler. Some of the most memorable moments for me were touring the Wastewater Treatment Facilities. As the Mayor's Alternate at the CRD, I need to keep up on the discussions around our future sewage treatment. Seeing Whistler's operation gave me great perspective. They are doing some pretty neat things - making compost and recovering heat for residents! It helped to put things in perspective. I really appreciated the chance to see some of the technology being discussed in action.

We also got to visit some of the Olympic venues. I attended the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary '88, so I was particularly interested in seeing some of the work that has been done.

In all, there were valuable speakers and workshops and I was very honoured to go and represent Esquimalt!