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

Summary of Candidates & Issues - Victoria Municipal Election - October 20, 2018

On election day Victoria residents will be voting for:

1 Mayor

8 City Councillors

9 School Trustees

There is a dearth of comprehensive and accessible information re candidates and issues.

“Here's a (pretty) objective summary of the candidates and issues.”


http://www.victoriavotes.org

Disclaimer:

“This website was haphazardly created by unaffiliated Victoria resident, Danielle Leduc McQueen. 

‘All information was compiled and collected in my spare time from candidate websites, newspaper articles, and LinkedIn profiles. I’ve tried to reference sources where relevant and keep a neutral stance, but this website was necessarily informed by my perspectives - I’m a millennial renter and new mom. I’m also a believer in the importance of democracy, and think government should be informed, policy-driven, and inclusive. 

I created this site to hopefully encourage more people (especially young people) to get interested in municipal politics, get informed, and get voting.

I hope to continue to edit and update candidate summaries as the election approaches and more information becomes available.’” 

All Candidates Meetings --- Mayor - Sunday, September 30 @ 6:30 pm - & - Councillors - Sunday October 14 @ 6:30 pm - Fairfield Gonzales Community Association


The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association is hosting two all candidates meetings pertaining to the upcoming municipal election. More info on the election and candidates here

Mayor ~ all candidates meeting

Sunday, September 30th @ 6:30pm

Location TBD – it will be either in our Garry Oak Room or the Sir James Douglas school gym.

Councillors ~ all candidates meeting

Sunday, October 14th @ 6:30pm

Location TBD – it will be either in our Garry Oak Room or the Sir James Douglas school gym.

Fairfield Gonzales Community Place

1330 Fairfield Road 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8S 5J1
(near Moss St, beside Sir James Douglas School)

Tel: 250-382-4604
Fax: 250-382-4613

place@fairfieldcommunity.ca

People for a One Planet Region: Town Hall Meeting Tuesday September 18, 7:30p.m. — University of Victoria, Hickman Auditorium

All welcome for this free event! 

Please join, share & invite others to the Facebook event

Join us for the launch of the Common Vision, Common Action Solutions Statement and a public discussion on how citizens can mobilize and organize to advance social and ecological justice at the local government level.

What role can citizens take to speak out for the planet and the health of the population, to oppose unsustainable plans, and to propose sustainable and healthy alternatives when local governments consider land use proposals, Official Community Plans and neighbourhood plans, and operational policies on housing, transportation, parks, culture and other issues?

Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies Program, UVic Social Environmental Alliance Club, Creatively United for the Planet, Common Vision Common Action, Conversations for a One Planet Region, Social Environmental Alliance - SEA

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Cloverdale-Langley City MP Backs Petition For Heritage Funding - John Aldag Hopes The Petition Will Bring More Support To Heritage Initiatives In Canada

article by GRACE KENNEDY

Aug. 9, 2018 12:20 p.m.

LOCAL NEWS    SURREY NOW LEADER

“Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag is heading up a new petition with the hope that it could help increase federal support for heritage initiatives.

“I think there’s both monetary and non-monetary things that the federal government can do related to heritage conservation,” Aldag said. “I think that we have not really met those expectations.

“There’s an opportunity there and that’s what I’m trying to advance … through this petition.”

Earlier this year, Aldag was asked to sponsor the petition by the National Trust for Canada, a national non-profit that advocates for heritage across the country. Accepting was hardly a question.

“I’m a strong supporter of the preservation of our built heritage,” Aldag said. “It helps us understand where we’ve come from as a country and as Canadians.

“I see that in many places we’re losing that heritage,” he continued. “I think that’s a tragedy.”

The petition, which went live on July 11, calls on the federal government to create a multi-million dollar heritage fund in the 2019 budget, as well as to provide federal leadership for historic places.

The petition doesn’t call for the fund to be distributed to particular places, so long as the money goes to support Indigenous and charitable ventures to save and renew historic places, or encourage private investment and philanthropy in heritage sites.

There are some funds that would be ready to receive this kind of money if it was part of the 2019 budget, including Parks Canada’s cost-sharing program. This fund often has more applications than it can fund; for the first two years that the Liberal government was in power, the budget was increased to $10 million each year. It has now gone back down to $1 million, the same amount the fund had before the Liberal election.

“It’s better than nothing, but frankly, from my perspective, it’s unacceptable for the federal government to be giving that low of level of investment,” Aldag said. “That’s why I’m very supportive of the National Trust trying to get additional funds for heritage.”

The petition’s proposed fund could also go to support as-yet un-created programs to promote reconciliation initiatives around residential schools or private sector investment in urban heritage buildings.

As of Aug. 9, the petition has more than 1,100 signatures, which Aldag believes is above the threshold needed to get a tabled response in the House of Commons (which means the government will respond to the request in the petition) this fall.

“Hopefully that will trigger investment in the 2019 budget, and perhaps inform my party’s platform going into the next election, as well as perhaps other parties,” he said.

The petition is available online at petitions.ourcommons.ca under Petition E-1778 (National Historic Sites). The petition will remain available for signing until Nov. 8 at 9:31 a.m."

Save BC Hydro Lands - "Kings Park" - Block Party Potluck

Save Kings Park Block Party Potluck - event on Facebook

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS!  BRING YOUR KIDS & DOGS TO PLAY IN THE PARK!

When: Sunday, September 16th 10am-2pm
Short speeches at 12pm noon
What: Block Potluck Party & Park Rally
How: Please bring a food dish to share, a cup, plate &
cutlery for each person attending.
Where: Kings Road, between Dean and Richmond

Hope to see you all on Sunday, September 16th!

-Your Kings Road Neighbours

Facebook Page - Save Kings Park - The BC Hydro Green Space on Bowker Creek

 

Development Proposal Meeting - 1906/1912 Duchess Street - South Jubilee - (you're invited)

What:

A new 5-storey, 32-unit rental building development, with underground parking (29 stalls), is being proposed for 1906/1912 Duchess Street.  The proposal is for one house to be relocated and one house deconstructed.  The development will require re-zoning from R3-2 to new zone.  

Who:

The applicant is Cary Hayashi (0887898 BC Ltd.). Tony James of KPL Architecture Inc. will present the (proposed) design.

Where:

Victoria College Of Art (1625 Bank Street)

When:

7:00 p.m., September 25, 2018

Please come out to look at and comment on the proposal.  The meeting will be facilitated by The South Jubilee Land Use Development Committee.

Note:  North Jubilee residents are invited to attend too.  (The proposed development is at the corner of Duchess & Fort.) 

Densification In Victoria - (via Gonzales Neighbourhood Association)

Read the following articles here.

What Does "Urban Village" Mean?

How the City of Victoria is "Reimagining" Your Neighbourhood and what the impact will be on you.

Two Sorts of Truth

Have developers been running circles around our Mayor and council?

What the Proposed Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan Means to You

The "Vancouverization" of Gonzales/Fairfield

A Housing Fiasco of Council's Own Doing

Mile Zero Mirror: Reflections on Victoria, BC Challeges, Changes & Choices

The Myth of Supply

Globe and Mail: Academic Takes on Vancouver's Housing Supply Myth

Time Colonist Quotes Councillor Chris Coleman on Density in Gonzales

Read the above articles here.

www.gonzalesna.ca