Rocket launcher in local home. 155 years at Saanich Fair. Clipper strike averted. A leak in the Gorge,
Capital Daily team September 02, 2023
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With September now here and schools reopening next week, this weekend is one of the last chances at summertime. Have a fun and safe Labour Day(s)—right now we’ve got stories for you on an over-century-old local event and on the region’s latest travel setback.
With only three staff and an estimated 100 people in line, the queue moved at a “glacial pace,” according to Nicole Kemp who was flying to Toronto that day.
Rony Mazumber, also Toronto-bound, arrived at 2:15pm for his 4:45pm flight. He told Capital Daily he was still in line, with 50+ others behind him, at 4pm when Flair staff members announced that check-in was closed and those in line would not make their flights.
“Chaos erupted—people started shouting,” said Kemp. Those left behind were eventually told they should have arrived earlier.
Some spent hundreds to re-book the next flight they could find, and a few even ferried over to Vancouver to fly from YVR.
The Saanich Fair is Western Canada’s oldest continuous agricultural fair—dating back to 1868—and originated to celebrate an abundant harvest in the Saanich Peninsula. It returns to the Saanich Fairgrounds this weekend with the theme “It’s Jammin’ Time at the Fair”, to celebrate everything preserved–from jams and jellies to delicious jarred pickles.
The annual fall fair, hosted by the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, boasts 5,000+ exhibits, displays, contests, raffles, and the Midway amusement park with its rides, games, and concessions. A Kids Zone has interactive educational farming activities, while four-legged fun will include animal displays, featuring horses, llamas, sheep, pigs, and donkeys.
Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett headlines tonight at 8pm while Canadian rockers Prism will no doubt will be “Spaceship Superstars”tomorrow at 8pm. Food contestants and highland dancers also will hit that main stage, while the West Ring Stage will host local performers each day (12-4pm).
And you know how parking is a bit of a squeeze near the fairgrounds? Well, for the first time, this year’s fair will have a bike valet to accommodate people who prefer to cycle their way there.
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🗞️ In Other News
Rocket launcher found in local home: The M27 anti-tank rocket launcher was found near Hillside on Wednesday. VicPD were called and in turn called in CFB Esquimalt, CTV reported, and those crews determined the launcher was empty. A rocket launcher was also found nearly 13 years ago in trees just off the side of the Malahat.
Clear sailing for Clipper as strike avoided with a tentative agreement between the Seattle-based ferry company and the union representing 25 Victoria customer service, ticketing, and baggage workers who are in a position to strike Sunday. Ben Williams, spokesman for Unifor Local 114, told Capital Daily that the union is recommending that members sign the deal.
Coolant leak cleanup in Gorge: BC Hydro crews were using an oil containment boom to collect a ‘low-toxicity mineral oil’ that leaked near the northwest corner of the Selkirk Trestle, on the Gorge-Rd. side of the Goose. Cleanup is expected to run into next week. [CHEK]
BC childcare funding extended: The province announced that funding will now cover those with school-aged children enrolled in before- and after-school care programs, with these families saving $145 per child per month through discounts from participating programs. Other promised funding for those with children kindergarten-aged and younger could total as much as $900 per child per month.
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Hwy 4 reopens to two-way traffic, after closures for the last three months.
Friday’s headlines: Affordable housing for veterans gets new operators, UVic student media blocked by Meta, BC Ferries hits another whale, and more. [Sep. 1]
Cougar warnings for Gordon Head & Mt. Tolmie after sightings this week.
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