June 16 - Stories of Island fathers

Your guide to local food trucks. Faster mental health services. BC may fight feds on equalization payments

Good morning !

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads and grandpas reading this today.

Our thoughts and best wishes are also with anybody dealing with the loss of a father, loss of a child, or a strained or estranged relationship with a father.

We have another roundup of family stories below, along with a guide to all the local food trucks.


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The stories of Island dads

Photos (submitted), from top left: Levi & Lucky Budd; Graham Meckling & family. MLA Adam Olsen & son Silas. Harjas & Mansahaj Singh Popli (Photo by Emily Fagan)

This Father's Day, we're once again bringing you our stories that cover the lives of dads and granddads on the Island.

For Father’s Day last year, we spoke with restaurateur Graham Meckling about the book he wrote on fatherhood, mental health, and how handling a busy bar prepared him for the chaos of a new baby.  

Fatherhood has figured in several of our stories this year, from the father-daughter trip that ended up with dad stuck in a clay pit to the story of a local baseball pro who learned the game from his dad. 

Sadly, recent months also brought a story on the loss of young local father Caleb Beyers, a popular designer. Last Father's Day, too, was dampened by the death of a young father; Nash Hellwig died at 22 after a fall while travelling. 

Our archive of fatherhood stories covers several stories looking at how those who have lost influential fathers have carried on, and carried their fathers' values and abilities forward.

We've looked at the legacies that fathers have passed along, from helping others in need to loving the Maple Leafs to sailing boats to speaking a traditional language that could have been lost.

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Sun & clouds this week, with highs around 22C.

Snow on some mainland highways, including Coquihalla, expected this weekend

Victoria artists: Apply to have work displayed in Commercial Alley downtown. Info session on June 19.

Nanaimo artists: The city wants your designs for street banners.

HarbourCats 2, RiverHawks 5 in Edmonton on Sat.

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


The food trucks of summer—and where to find them

Photo: Greek n'Go on Cook

As summer rounds the corner and community festivities kick off across Greater Victoria, food trucks are becoming a more and more common sight. Eye-catching on the outside and with mouth-watering meals on the inside, these trucks are an increasingly popular way to get delicious on-the-go treats.

We've compiled a jumbo-sized roundup of nearly 20 food trucks that you can expect to see at festivals, community events, and street parties across the city this summer—along with the details on and where to seek them out on any average day of the week. From seafood and poutine to tacos and bannock, Victoria’s mobile eateries cover a lot of ground when it comes to both variety and range.  


More same-day mental health services coming to Victoria & Westshore

Image: Island Health

Some locals who reach out for help don't get it when they most need it—and that can deter them from seeking treatment again.

In an effort to address this, same-day assessments and counselling have been added to the CARES centre in Victoria, Island Health announced last week. This office on Pembroke has added clinicians and peer supporters in order to take on more locals with a “moderate mental health condition” such as anxiety or depression. People can be assessed or counselled that day, and be connected with other services or follow-up appointments.

The services are intended for mental health emergencies that require a hospital, but aim to reduce pressure on hospital intake and specifically Royal Jubilee's Psychiatric Emergency Services Department (PES).

Western communities service hub coming to Colwood

The hub, currently under construction, will also have same-day walk-in or call-in counselling and five-day-a-week assessments, along with specialized ongoing support for clients through a care coordinator.

The new facility will be using a model developed in consultation with local Indigenous communities to make services more culturally informed and relevant. It also aims to personalize each person's care by hiring a range of workers in different fields, like psychiatry, addiction medicine, nursing, counselling, occupational therapy, and peer support.

⭐️ Capital Picks

🐸 A whole lot of tadpoles in Beaver Lake (Cowichan). [Photo]

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 🌁 Watch the bridge rise to let two tall-masted ships through. [Video]

🤝 Now hiring: Organizing Coordinator 1 at Dogwood.

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🗞️ In Other News

BC may challenge federal equalization payments
Premier Eby said BC is frustrated over a lack of funding for projects including flood prevention infrastructure, and argues Ontario and Quebec get favourable treatment. His government may now join Newfoundland and Labrador in a court challenge of the system and its allocation formula. [CP / Yahoo]

Cascadia broke law by replacing striking workers, BC Labour Board rules
Workers at 3 liquor store locations are striking for higher wages (citing the rising local cost of living), and a 4th just voted to join them in the SEIU Local 2 union. The company says its labour law violations came from having management staff fill jobs, but not any new hires. [CHEK]

Person rescued from Langford Lake by fire crews in boat
The person was unconscious and intubated before being taken away by ambulance, a witness told the Times Colonist..

🗓️ Things to do

🚗 Father’s Day British Car Show and Picnic: British cars can join in on the field by 3pm. [9am-3pm]

👟 Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer: The 21st annual Raymond James 5K starts 10am at Vancouver Island Tech Park.

🥞 More Father’s Day events in Sat. newsletter. 

💎 Victoria Gem Show: Check out this massive gem and mineral show, with 50 vendors showcasing their items at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Today 10am-5pm. [Info]

👢 Westshore Swap, Shop & Market: Browse a variety of local vendors with new items available every week at Westshore Parks and Rec every Sunday this summer. [Info]

👗 ReLove Market: Shop pre-loved goodies at this market in Market Square 11am-5pm. [Info]

🧝‍♂️ Lord of the Rings Extended Editions continue this weekend at the Roxy. Return of the King today at 2:20 & 7:30pm.

🎵 Sunday Blues Services, now at Wicket Hall rather than Hermann’s Upstairs. 3-7:30pm.

👀 In Case You Missed It

Island in seismic danger zone: New research indicates that our region is more vulnerable to major tectonic events than those to our south. [Capital Daily]

Bambi meets Mugs as the dear and cat tough in Oak Bay. [Photos]

First win of June for Pacific FC, 3-2 over Valour on Friday. 

Friday’s headlines: Crystal Pool referendum. FernFest's 27th year. Saanich speed limits drop. [June 14]

Website reselling campsite reservations in BC Parks has been shut down. [CBC]

Close-up with a crab at Witty’s Lagoon. [Photos]

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