Make Emergency Preparedness a New Year’s Resolution – Attend a Free Workshop - (many dates throughout 2019)

CITY OF VICTORIA PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT -

Are you and your family prepared for an emergency such as a power outage, winter storm, earthquake or tsunami? Your family needs to have enough food, water and supplies to cope for at least seven days without outside assistance, depending on the emergency.

Make emergency preparedness your family’s New Year’s Resolution and attend a free workshop offered by Emergency Management Victoria. Learn about the hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in your emergency kits, what you can do to protect your home from an earthquake, and how to reunite with your loved ones after a disaster.

Register for a free workshop at emvic@victoria.ca or call 250.920.3373. The 2019 Emergency Preparedness

Workshop schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, January 23 - 7 – 8:30 pm                                 

James Bay Community School Centre

140 Oswego Street 

Tuesday, February 5 - 1 – 2:30 pm         

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Tuesday, February 19 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue 

Tuesday, March 5 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Wednesday, March 27 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Wednesday, April 3 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Tuesday, April 16 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone

Tuesday, May 7 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Wednesday, May 22 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Thursday, June 6 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Tuesday, June 18 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

James Bay Community School Centre

140 Oswego Street

Tuesday, September 10 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Wednesday, September 25 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue

Wednesday, October 9 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Tuesday, October 22 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Thursday, November 7 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Tuesday, November 19 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Free, customized emergency preparedness workshops for business, community groups, and housing complexes are available upon request. 

Emergency Management Victoria is the City of Victoria’s resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency. For more information and to sign up for Vic-Alert, the City’s emergency notification service, visit: VictoriaReady.ca.

For More Information:

Tanya Patterson

Emergency Program Coordinator

Emergency Management Victoria

Cellular: 250.888.3594

Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future Launches January 24

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria is kicking-off 2019 with an event to engage the community on the development of a Sustainable Mobility Strategy that will chart the course for transportation planning and priorities in the City for the next 40 years. Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future will set our plans and priorities to invest in the most transformative ways to move people, goods and services in, out and around the City of Victoria, for generations to come.

Community Event Launch Details:

Date: Thursday, January 24

Where: Victoria Conference Centre

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. – Event starts at 7 p.m.

Limited Seating – Reserve Today: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/go-victoria-our-mobility-future-tickets-54437231224

The audience will hear from an expert panel of speakers and watch a series of short transportation films about how mobility has already shaped Victoria, and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lilly Shoup – Senior Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft

  • Jeff Tumlin – Transportation Strategy Director, Nelson\Nygaard

  • Gordon Price – Urban Development and Planning Consultant and author of Price Tags

The audience can participate in the discussion, ask questions and provide insights on city-wide transportation and mobility issues. 

 “Victoria and the region need new mobility solutions to help eliminate congestion, pollution and greenhouse gases, while still allowing people the freedom to move and access the things they love,” says Mayor Lisa Helps. “Victoria needs rapid transit links to the West Shore and the Peninsula, safe and enjoyable walking and cycling networks, well-designed parking networks, high-standards of accessibility, and multiple shared and electric mobility options. These are the types of solutions that can help the City thrive.”

The City wants to hear from the public to build the strategy that will map Victoria’s transition to a higher standard of transportation and mobility, defined by integrated, clean, seamless and attractive mobility networks that support all modes of travel. This is the first in a series of community outreach sessions planned for 2019.

To find out more about Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future or reserve a seat visit: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/transportation/go-victoria.html 

For More Information:

Bill Eisenhauer
Head of Engagement, City of Victoria
250.858.1061

beisenhauer@victoria.ca

City of Victoria - Draft Strategic Plan - 2019-2022

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City of Victoria - Draft Strategic Plan - 2019-2022

City Council has completed its 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan and invites you to provide feedback.

Give a Day to Your City! 

Join us at the  Strategic Plan Engagement Summit!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Victoria Conference Centre 

(Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration check-in)

If you’re looking for an inspiring day of sharing ideas, learning together and community building – we invite you to give a day to your city and participate in the City of Victoria’s Strategic Plan Engagement Summit!

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and join your neighbours to dive deep into the proposed Strategic Plan and help set the course for your city over the next four years, as well as levels of engagement in 2019. 

The City’s draft Strategic Plan includes eight objectives and associated actions to direct the City's four-year work plan:

  1. Good Governance

  2. Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations

  3. Affordable Housing

  4. Prosperity and Economic Inclusion

  5. Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City

  6. Climate Leadership and Environmental Stewardship

  7. Sustainable Transportation

  8. Strong Liveable Neighbourhoods.

Read the 2019 - 2022 Draft Strategic Plan to learn more!

Register Now!

At the event, you’ll deep dive into the strategic objectives and help map out the City’s 2019 Engagement Road Map.

Registration is FREE. Please plan to join us for the day. The event will include complimentary refreshments and a light lunch. Free childminding will be available but space is limited.

We hope you can join us and look forward to your feedback!

Online Survey

Provide your feedback on the City’s 2019 Draft Financial Plan and the 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan by completing an online survey by midnight on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Budget Town Hall

Share your input on the City's 2019 Draft Finanical Plan. Mark you calendar and join us for the Budget Town Hall on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Victoria City Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m., or tune into our live webcast.

The Budget Town Hall provides the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback in-person or online from the comfort of your own home. You can submit questions online prior to the event or in real-time during the Budget Town Hall. Learn more.

Council will consider the draft Financial Plan and draft Strategic Plan, as well as all public input received, in early February.


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Leaf Collection - North Jubilee Deadlines

November 18 - 1st. Deadline

December 16 - 2nd. Deadline

Victoria residents have 3 options for leaf collection: 

1.  Scheduled Neighbourhood Collection

  • Place your leaves on the boulevard in loose piles, secured by chicken wire mesh rings, or in tied, clear, certified* compostable bags

  • There is no limit to the number of bags or piles you can set out

  • Crews will start leaf pick-up in your zone on your deadline day

  • It takes 3 – 4 weeks to complete a zone

  • City trucks will make one pass down a street following each deadline

2. Bagged Leaves "Call for Pick-up" Service: October 15 - December 31

  • Call 250.361.0600 or email for pick up from October 15 to December 31, 2018 for service within five business days

  • There is no additional charge for this service. Victoria residents must provide their first and last name, street address, phone number & the number of bags for pick up

  • Leaves must be bagged in clear, certified* compostable bags

  • Bags must contain leaves only, no other garden waste accepted

    • Look for compatible bags marked ASTM #D6400 or EN13432.

3. Drop off bagged leaves: Two locations

  • Public Works Yard, 417 Garbally Road; Saturdays from 7 a.m.– 2 p.m.

  • NEW 2018: drop off at Parks Yard, 100 Cook Street. Sundays From Oct 28 – Dec 23 between 12 p.m.– 3 p.m.  Bagged leaves only, no garden waste accepted at this location.

Quick Tips to Prepare for Leaf Pick-Up

  • To prevent flooding, keep gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drains clear of leaves

  • Please do not rake or blow leaves onto the sidewalk, or into the gutter or street

  • Do not place leaves in other plastic bags, boxes or containers

  • Set out leaves only please

  • Ensure leaf piles and bags are placed on the boulevard, and are visible and accessible from the street

  • Avoid placing leaf piles on or against trees, power poles, signs and fire hydrants

  • For properties without a boulevard, please place your leaf piles inside your property line, and ensure they are accessible from your driveway

  • Please follow the ‘No Parking’ signs placed out ahead of the crews

Help Prevent Flooding

  • Please keep gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drain grates clear of leaves

  • Placing leaves in clear, 100% compostable bags prevents them from blowing into the street

  • Adopt a Storm Drain Grate: To prevent flooding, please help us keep storm drain grates clear. Sweep   leaves and tree needles away from grates to allow rainwater to enter freely, and avoid water backups on streets and into properties. To report a blocked grate, please call our 24-hour line at 250.361.0400.

Where to Purchase Compostable Bags

Placing leaves in clear, certified compostable bags or chicken wire mesh rings helps prevent flooding by keeping gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drain grates clear of leaves.

Where to buy bags:

  • The City sells large, clear, certified compostable bags at City Hall and Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre

  • A 10-pack costs $12.50 plus tax. Bags can also be purchased at local retailers

  • Look for compostable bags marked ASTM #D6400 or EN13432

  • Bags should be no larger than 107cm x 127cm

  • Protect your grass by bagging your leaves and placing them out approximately one week before scheduled collection, or use “Call for Pick-up” service

Keep The Water Flowing ! Help Reduce Flooding Risks This Storm Season

VICTORIA, BC — This is the time of year where periods of heavy rainfall and falling leaves create the highest risk of pooling water and localized flooding, alongside risks from high winds and power outages. 

Here's what you need to know and do to minimize risks during this period of stormy weather:

Help reduce the risks of flooding:

The City maintains the storm water system to safely transport rainwater to the ocean. The City and community are working hard daily to clear leaves and debris from storm drains to help reduce the flooding risks imposed by increasing rainfall.  Everyone has an important role to play in reducing flooding risks during storms:

  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean and free from debris to allow water to flow freely

  • Help clear storm drain grates from leaves and debris to prevent clogging, pooling and roadside flooding. Locate the storm drain grate(s) on your street and ensure they are kept clear to reduce flood risks on your street.

  • Avoid piling fallen leaves or yard waste in a location where they could wash into city drains

  • Property owners, landscaping companies, property maintenance companies and business owners should avoid blowing or raking leaves into the street, which could ultimately block a storm drain grate, and cause flooding

  • If a storm drain grate appears to be blocked by leaves or debris, try to safely clear a path for the water to flow

  • If the drain cannot be cleared safely, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, please call our Public Works department at (250) 361-0400

Help reduce risks from high winds:

  • Residents, businesses, and contractors should secure materials on their properties to ensure they do not become airborne and cause damage (examples: garbage cans/lids, patio furniture, awnings and canopies, ladders, hoarding, building materials, banners, etc.)

  • Residents are encouraged to check and trim dead or damaged tree branches to reduce the danger of these falling onto homes and vehicles during a storm

Responding to power outages:

During wet, windier months, there is a likelihood of power outages due to fallen trees or high winds. Residents should be prepared and have flashlights, blankets, a portable radio and spare batteries on hand in case of a power outage, and should avoid parking vehicles under trees or hydro wires, where appropriate/possible.

For information on what to include in an emergency kit visit: www.VictoriaReady.ca and for more information on how to prevent flooding visit: www.victoria.ca/stormwater  

For More Information

Bill Eisenhauer
Head of Engagement
Cellular: 250.858.1061

beisenhauer@victoria.ca