Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps Notes 6th Year Declaration of Overdose Emergency Apr 14, 2022

Today Mayor Helps issued the following statement on the overdose public health emergency: “Victoria City Council has repeatedly called for action on the toxic drug poisoning crisis that is happening in our city and province. We’ve urged both the federal and provincial governments to create more treatment beds, implement safe supply and decriminalize small amountsContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps Notes 6th Year Declaration of Overdose Emergency Apr 14, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Call for Entries Victoria Book Prizes Apr 13, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize.  The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a local author for the best book of fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry published in the preceding year. Established in 2004, thisContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Call for Entries Victoria Book Prizes Apr 13, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Easter Holiday Hours & Parking Apr 12, 2022

City of Victoria facilities will be observing the holiday schedule below for Easter. Police, fire and those who provide emergency streets and utility services are available 24/7. Closed for Easter – Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 City HallBeacon Hill Park Maintenance YardPublic Works YardVictoria Conference Centre and Administration Office Crystal Pool and Fitness CentreContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Easter Holiday Hours & Parking Apr 12, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council on Apr 14 From Apr 12, 2022

What’s Up At Council? is our bi-weekly video series that gives you a glance at what’s coming up for discussion and decision making at evening meetings of Council.  Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps, this week’s episode is available here and on the City of Victoria’s social media channels.  Here’s What’s Up At Council on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council on Apr 14 From Apr 12, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Tsunami Preparedness Week High Ground Hike Contest Apr 06, 2022

Victoria is joining coastal communities throughout British Columbia to raise awareness of the importance of understanding tsunami risks during Tsunami Preparedness Week, April 10 – 16. Residents are encouraged to take part in the virtual High Ground Hike contest, coordinated by PreparedBC and co-hosted by the City of Victoria. It is easy to participate –Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Tsunami Preparedness Week High Ground Hike Contest Apr 06, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: All Our Voices Apr 05, 2022

  Have Your Say: All Our Voices Share your ideas about how the City of Victoria can be more inclusive and equitable when we engage the community. Your ideas will help us update the City’s Engagement Framework. The Framework guides how the City collects ideas and feedback from the community. This survey is a chanceContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: All Our Voices Apr 05, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Celebrate National Poetry Month Mar 29, 2022

Join City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton for an in-person poetry reading by past laureates Yvonne Blomer, Carla Funk, and Linda Rogers, at Christ Church Cathedral. Wednesday, April 6, 20227 – 8:30 p.m.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Christ Church CathedralCorner of Quadra Street and Rockland Avenue Admission is free; masks and proof of vaccinationContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Celebrate National Poetry Month Mar 29, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps on the Federal Government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan Mar 29, 2022

City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has released the following statement in response to today’s release of the Federal Government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. “The Emissions Reduction Plan is a positive step forward on an urgent path to meet Canada’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement. It provides meaningful opportunities to invest in protectingContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps on the Federal Government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan Mar 29, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Connect & Prepare Your Community. Have your Say on Neighbour Hubs Mar 25, 2022

The City of Victoria is asking residents for their ideas on what makes a great Neighbour Hub. Neighbour Hubs are vibrant public spaces that foster community connection while providing emergency resources for neighbourhoods. “Connected communities are resilient communities,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “When neighbours know each other, they are better prepared to take collective actionContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Connect & Prepare Your Community. Have your Say on Neighbour Hubs Mar 25, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Festival Investment Grants Support a Return of the Festival Season Mar 24, 2022

The City is supporting 41 festivals with $321,200 in Festival Investment Grant funding and up to $129,500 of in-kind contributions to usher in the return to festival season in Victoria.  “Grab your sun hat and festival chair, after the long pandemic hiatus it’s going to be a great summer for arts and culture events inContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Festival Investment Grants Support a Return of the Festival Season Mar 24, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Joint statement on Victoria, Saanich Citizens Assembly Mar 23, 2022

Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Lisa Helps, mayor of Victoria, and Fred Haynes, mayor of Saanich, have released the following statement about moving forward with the citizens assembly to investigate potential amalgamation between the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich: “We are committed to exploring our citizens views on amalgamating the City of Victoria and theContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Joint statement on Victoria, Saanich Citizens Assembly Mar 23, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Positive Tailwinds Mar 23, 2022

VICTORIA, BC – Buoyed by continued growth this fall and early winter, Victoria posted a solid year-end performance with many key business indicators within sight of pre-pandemic levels, in spite of Omicron’s drag in December. “We’re releasing this compilation of economic recovery data to show Victorians the story the numbers tell in terms of ourContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Positive Tailwinds Mar 23, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: City Cultural Infrastructure Grants to Support Arts Mar 18, 2022

Call Opens for City Cultural Infrastructure Grants to Support Arts Groups The arts and culture sector that was hard-hit by the pandemic will get a boost with a new grant program of $250,000 in annual funding, plus an additional $150,000 in one-time funding in 2022 for accessibility upgrades. This $400,000 in City funding will supportContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: City Cultural Infrastructure Grants to Support Arts Mar 18, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council for Mar 24, 2022

What’s Up At Council? is our bi-weekly video series that gives you a glance at what’s coming up for discussion and decision making at evening meetings of Council.  Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps, this week’s episode is available here and on the City of Victoria’s social media channels.  Here’s What’s Up At Council on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council for Mar 24, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: New Grants to Support Arts Groups Mar 18, 2022

Call Opens for City Cultural Infrastructure Grants to Support Arts Groups The arts and culture sector that was hard-hit by the pandemic will get a boost with a new grant program of $250,000 in annual funding, plus an additional $150,000 in one-time funding in 2022 for accessibility upgrades. This $400,000 in City funding will supportContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: New Grants to Support Arts Groups Mar 18, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps on Funding to Address Homelessness in Budget Mar 17, 2022

City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Province that Budget 2022 will invest $633 million in new initiatives aimed at helping prevent and reduce chronic homelessness in Victoria and across the province. “We are grateful to see the Province make these important new investmentsContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Mayor Helps on Funding to Address Homelessness in Budget Mar 17, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Support for Songhees Treaty Negotiations Mar 11, 2022

Today, Songhees Nation and the City of Victoria are pleased to celebrate an important next step toward return of Lək̓ʷəŋən land as part of Treaty negotiations. In a show of support for the Songhees, City of Victoria has provided a formal letter of support for recognition of Songhees’ Treaty Settlement Lands within City boundaries. AlthoughContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Support for Songhees Treaty Negotiations Mar 11, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 01 | Mar 10, 2022

Have a great idea for a project or activity that would bring neighbours together and help create an inviting, vibrant place for people to connect? Applications for My Great Neighbourhood Grants will be accepted starting on April 1. “Victoria has so many amazing neighbourhoods, each with their own unique identity and sense of community pride,” saidContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 01 | Mar 10, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council on Mar 10. Mar 07, 2022

What’s Up At Council? is our bi-weekly video series that gives you a glance at what’s coming up for discussion and decision making at evening meetings of Council.  Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps, this week’s episode is available here and on the City of Victoria’s social media channels.  Here’s What’s Up At Council on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council on Mar 10. Mar 07, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Year of the Garden Kicks Off With Two New Community Gardens. Feb 25, 2022

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria has proclaimed 2022 as the Year of the Garden and June 18, 2022 as Garden Day, part of a national celebration of everything garden, led by the Canadian Garden Council.  “We are delighted to join other municipalities across Canada in proclaiming 2022 as the Year of the Garden,”Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Year of the Garden Kicks Off With Two New Community Gardens. Feb 25, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: Court Advises Beacon Hill Park Trust. Feb 24, 2022

VICTORIA, BC — In response to a question posed by the City of Victoria as trustee, the Supreme Court of B.C. has advised that sheltering in Beacon Hill Park by people experiencing homelessness is not consistent with the terms of the trust under which the City holds the park. The City asked the Court forContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: Court Advises Beacon Hill Park Trust. Feb 24, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: City Hall to Light up in Blue for World Thinking Day Feb 22, 2022

Tonight City Hall will light up blue to mark World Thinking Day. Every year on February 22, the Girl Guides of Canada celebrate World Thinking Day, a day of international friendship. It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect girls and young women, celebrate the founding of Girl Guides, and be connectedContinue reading “Victoria Newsletter: City Hall to Light up in Blue for World Thinking Day Feb 22, 2022”

Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council Feb24 Feb 22, 2022

What’s Up At Council? is our bi-weekly video series that gives you a glance at what’s coming up for discussion and decision making at evening meetings of Council.  Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps, this week’s episode is available here and on the City of Victoria’s social media channels.  Here’s What’s Up At Council on Thursday, February 24 at 6:30Continue reading “Victoria Newsletter: What’s Up at Council Feb24 Feb 22, 2022”

Victoria: BC Family Day at Royal Athletic Park | February 14 2022

Join us for a free BC Family Day event at Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave. on February 21, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include music, activity stations, mini-field soccer, bouncy castle, bocce area, and more!  Activity schedule: Puppy Pageant – 10 a.m.Dress up your pup in their favourite costume and bring them to meetContinue reading “Victoria: BC Family Day at Royal Athletic Park | February 14 2022”

Victoria: Family Day Holiday Hours and Parking | February 14 2022

City of Victoria facilities will be observing the Family Day schedule below. Police, fire and those who provide emergency streets and utility services are available 24/7. City Hall Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre Beacon Hill Park Maintenance Yard Public Works Yard Victoria Conference Centre Monday, February 21 – closed Family Day at Royal Athletic ParkContinue reading “Victoria: Family Day Holiday Hours and Parking | February 14 2022”

Victoria: Mayor’s Statement on New Chinese Canadian Museum Exhibition Space in Victoria | February 17 2022

Mayor Lisa Helps made the following statement today on the establishment of a Chinese Canadian Museum exhibition space in Victoria: “I would like to thank the provincial government for working with the City of Victoria and the Chinese Canadian community to support the development of the Chinese Canadian Museum’s temporary exhibition space in Victoria, includingContinue reading “Victoria: Mayor’s Statement on New Chinese Canadian Museum Exhibition Space in Victoria | February 17 2022”

Victoria: Statement From Mayor Helps on B.C.’s Economic Plan | February 17 2022

Mayor Lisa Helps issued the following statement in response to the provincial government’s economic plan. “I’d like to thank Premier Horgan and Minister Kahlon for developing the StrongerBC Economic Plan that lays the ground for a resilient and inclusive economy where wealth and opportunity are broadly shared. I’m also appreciative that the government consulted withContinue reading “Victoria: Statement From Mayor Helps on B.C.’s Economic Plan | February 17 2022”

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