June 13 - Safer trails for the CRD

The magic of mud, Lansdowne student assaulted, 39 years of Beacon Hill Children's Farm

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Safety will be a priority on trails in the CRD, after a recent collision between an e-bike rider and a pedestrian. I’ve seen many complaints on local Facebook groups about biking etiquette on the Galloping Goose and other trails throughout Greater Victoria—I’m wondering if any of our readers have dealt with issues while out on the trails.

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E&N Trail collision puts focus on CRD Cruise with Courtesy campaign

Photo: Dorata Photography / Shutterstock

More eyes will be monitoring cyclist, e-biker and pedestrian behaviour on the CRD’s popular pathways as the district launches its Cruise with Courtesy safety campaign.

The campaign promotes safe trail use through speed monitoring, proper path sharing, and environmental care, so expect to see more bylaw officers, park rangers, and police along walking and cycling trails this summer 

E-bike injuries have proven more severe than those from conventional bicycles, underscoring the necessity for updated safety protocols. 

A recent collision involving an e-bike rider and a pedestrian on the E&N Trail near Island Highway and Woodbine Court in View Royal may have brought home the need for stricter regulations on the 17-km trail. 

A witness told the Saanich News the e-biker struck the pedestrian's arm, leaving him "moaning in pain." The e-biker and bike "skidded several metres" before slamming into a pole. Both were taken to hospital. The pedestrian opted against pursuing charges. West Shore RCMP said they preferred police speak with the e-biker to remind them about traffic safety.

The CRD also is updating its Regional Trails Management Plan to reflect changing trail use and public feedback. 

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Road closures: See which Victoria streets are affected by construction right now.

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


Ocean mud is mighty when it comes to tackling climate change

Photo: Baum Lab / UVic

Mud is what matters for the ocean’s natural ability to store massive amounts of carbon and buffer global warming.

Oceans absorb an enormous amount of human-caused emissions, sinking as much as 48% of the carbon produced by burning fossil fuels. Seafloor sediments, in particular, are estimated to hold more of these “blue carbon” stores than all the soil on land.

“Muddy sediment is where you often have really high carbon,” said Graham Epstein, a member of Canada’s Blue Carbon project, a collective scientific effort to assess the country’s coastal carbon reservoirs.

Boasting the longest coast in the world, Canada potentially has numerous seabed reserves, but needs a better understanding of where carbon hot spots are to preserve them, said Epstein, a researcher at UVic.

Fortunately, he and other university researchers and ocean conservation groups involved in the blue carbon initiative have produced the first national map predicting the location of Canada’s richest ocean carbon deposits.

Epstein said blue carbon storage is vulnerable to human activities, including bottom trawl fishing, shipping, energy generation, telecommunication construction, deep-sea mining and pollution from land-based activity. But knowing where the best carbon storage sites are can help inform fisheries plans, or sites for marine-protected areas, or help prioritize locations for further research on the ground.


Help Fill A Dream helps sick kids dream big

Nikko, a young boy who was breathing through a tube, had a dream of sitting on a beach in Hawaii. After several years, he recovered and the Help Fill A Dream Foundation made his dream come true. 

Read more about how the foundation turns dreams into realities for children and families with critical conditions.

⭐️ Capital Picks

HarbourCats morning baseball on Mayfair Optometric’s annual School Spirit Day.

🐐 Beacon Hill Children's Farm celebrates 39 years with a few cute photos of its residents. [Instagram]

🤝 Now hiring: Organizing Coordinator at Dogwood.

🗞️ In Other News

Student assaulted at Lansdowne Middle School
The students were outside for recess when a person entered the campus and assaulted the child, who sustained minor injuries that were treated with ice. It’s not clear whether the person was associated with the school and Saanich police are currently investigating. [CHEK]

Bonnie Henry among 5 getting honorary degrees from VIU
Henry, the provincial health officer who led BC’s response to the pandemic received the honour during convocation ceremonies held yesterday. She was joined by Haida artist Guud San Glans (Robert Davidson), whose work has landed in the National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Museum of History. Aboriginal business leader Matt Vickers is to receive the honorary degree today. Coast Salish Elder Thiyuas-Florence James will be honoured tomorrow, and Island author Joan Mayo will be honoured at a future date. [Release]

Saanich council approves district’s tallest building, at Uptown
A 24-storey rental-housing structure will go up in the shopping centre’s northwest corner, facing Carey. The mixed-use project will include 318 units and six commercial spaces. Mayor Dean Murdock said the tower will help establish the Uptown-Douglas corridor as Saanich’s city centre. [Times Colonist]

🗓️ Things to do

👠 Jimbo's Drag Circus: The Victoria-based drag queen and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will host this drag show at the Royal Theatre. Today. 8pm. Info

⚓ Salt Sea Singers at Ship Point: Sing along with 8 sea shanties down at the harbour today. 4pm. Free, outdoors.

🤘 Hillsboro, Idle Lane, and Earth Freaks: See the local rock bands perform at Victoria Event Centre tonight. 8:30pm. [Info]

💃 Loko Latin Night: Join this night of Latin music and dancing at Paparazzi tonight. 10pm. [Info]

🎺 Swiftsure Big Band: The 17-piece ensemble will perform at Hermann’s alongside Brenda Morie tonight. 7pm. [Info]

🌈 Youth Pride Queer Prom: For young people aged 15-21, this alternative prom is welcoming to everyone. Dress how you want and join the dance party at the Rifflandia Showroom tonight. 6pm [Info]

🎸 Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic: Let this Queen tribute band transport you to the 1980s at the Royal Theatre tomorrow. 7pm. [Info]

⚡ Bowie Forever: See the David Bowie tribute act at McPherson Playhouse tomorrow. 7:30pm. [Info]

🎨 Art Battle Victoria: Watch as talented artists battle it out in three rounds of 20-minute masterpieces at Victoria Event Centre tomorrow. Pieces will be auctioned afterwards. 6pm. [Info]

🧝 Children’s Garden Gnome Hunt: This fun scavenger hunt will be at The Butchart Gardens all weekend, starting tomorrow. [Info]

👀 In Case You Missed It

Wednesday’s headlines: Vic High students bear sprayed; Bear captured in Sidney; BC Ferry down one boat; And more. [June 12]

Down on downtown: 1 in 5 downtown businesses says it’s bad enough to leave. [Capital Daily]

Victoria joins international sustainability alliance. [Capital Daily]

Orcas at Ogden: See photos of J and L Pod members swimming near Ogden Point and watch the video of them meandering near Trial Island. [Photos/Video]

Lindsay Buziak’s father counter sues in defamation case about slain daughter. [CHEK]

Missing child located in Campbell River. [RCMP]

Call to artists: Commercial Alley Art Gallery. Display your art, get $4K.

Canada Day lineup announced. City of Victoria

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