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June 29 - Canadian comedy star comes to Victoria

CRD rolls out cost program, referendum for Crystal Pool, Coun. Kim won't be disciplined.

Good morning !

It’s always a fun day when I can chat with someone whose work I admire. Yesterday, I interviewed Bruce McCulloch, a member of Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, ahead of his one-man show tonight at McPherson Playhouse. I’m glad to report that he was as nice—and as goofy—as I’d hoped.


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Bruce McCulloch on bringing his one-man show to Victoria and his fond memories of the Island

Photo: Facebook

There aren’t many who can lay claim to being a true comedy legend. But Bruce McCulloch, a man who makes up one-fifth of the iconic Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, has earned that right. 

From bringing his Edmonton “punk” comedy with The Kids to Toronto—then to the world—to his days as a writer at Saturday Night Live, McCulloch has had his hand in projects that have influenced the comedy world over decades.

Now, he’s touring his one-man show Tales of Bravery and Stupidityand he’ll be performing it tonight at the McPherson Playhouse. 

Capital Daily sat down with McCulloch to talk about the show, how comedy has evolved, and his memories of learning how to drive in Ladysmith.

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Traffic disruptions and CCTV deployment downtown for demonstration. The rally, for Palestine, is expected to run 2-4pm.

North Saanich draft parks master plan survey. Closes July 5

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


Developments would pay a charge for local capital upgrades, in new CRD program

CRD Office. Photo: Google Maps

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is set to launch its Development Cost Charge (DCC) program aimed at funding vital upgrades to the region's water supply infrastructure. With an estimated $2B price tag, the program will ensure equitable cost-sharing among new developments for growth-related projects.

DCCs are fees collected from developers by municipalities and regional districts to fund essential off-site infrastructure like roads, waterworks, and drainage systems.

The Regional Water Supply (RWS) DCC program, outlined in the CRD's strategic plans, targets improvements identified in the 2022 Master Plan, spanning the next 30 years. Each project within this plan will require approval from affected municipalities, and developments not using CRD water won't bear these these costs.

DCCs, applied as one-time charges during permit approvals, exempt certain developments like small residential units and public worship buildings. The program aims to mitigate water rate increases by about 20% across Greater Victoria. Future adjustments will reflect evolving regional needs, such as the population grows.

Read the full story here for more on what to expect, and on how DCCs wortk.

⭐️ Capital Picks

🇯🇲 Ska Fest fun from last week, photographed by Colin Smith. [Photos]

🎵 Bring the family to the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park, Sunday, 1:30pm. Songs for the Summer of Love! Heather Ferguson sings with horns and drums and stuff!*

🤝 Now hiring: Executive Director at Capital Bike.

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🗞️ In Other News

Victoria’s city council approves referendum on new Crystal Pool
The vote is to decide whether you want the city to borrow money to build a new facility and if so, where that facilty would be located, either next door (South: with a $168.9M loan) or on its current Quadra site (North: with a $162.2M loan). When, how and where to vote will be determined and announced in the fall. [City of Victoria]

Victoria city councillor won’t be disciplined for breaching code
An investigation found Coun. Susan Kim inadvertently broke a social media conduct code by signing an online letter of support for Palestine in which she described herself as a city councillor. The investigation determined Kim thought she was speaking as a private citizen rather than a Victoria representative. All councillors will now be trained on the city’s code of conduct. [Times Colonist]

Another cyberattck shutdown—this time it’s Co-Op gas stations
Retail Co-op and cardlock fuel locations are closed as Federated Co-operatives Ltd., deals with a cybersecurity incident, the company confirmed yesterday. The BC government recently announced it had been targeted by a cybersecurity attack, BC’s First Natons Health Authority also was hit. Last month, it was London Drugs. [CHEK]

Premier papa: David Eby and wife Cailey Lynch have third baby
Gwendolyn Eby entered the world on Thu. and takes the name of one of her great-grandmothers who moved to Victoria from the Prairies. Premier Eby broke from his early electioneering—BC's election is Oct. 19—to be with his wife and new child. [Global News]

🗓️ Things to do

🛠 Musical construction: Multimedia artists Jeff and Niloo will be building an instrument from scratch, then turning the sounds of the process into an ambient music / found sound audio-visual piece. Watch it unfold. Ministry of Casual Living. Tonight. 7-9pm. & Tomorrow. 12-2pm. [More info]

🎷 Scott Hamilton: As part of JazzFest, the tenor saxophonist will be joined by jazz group Triology at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Today. 7pm. [Info]

🎶 Laketown Shakedown: The music festival is on this weekend at Laketown Ranch in Youbou, with headliners Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, and Jesse Roper. Today and tomorrow. [Info]

🎙️ Lady O & The Omen: The bassist and singer will be joined by saxophonist Larry Miller, guitarist Brad Shipley, and drummer James McRae at Bullen Park during JazzFest. Today. [Info

😂 Bruce McCulloch: The Kids in the Hall legend will take the stage at the McPherson Playhouse to perform his solo work. Today. 8pm. [Info]

🎹 West Coast Cuban Orchestra: Lead by pianist Pablo Cardenas, the Cuban music group will perform at Bullen Park as a part of JazzFest. Today. [Info]

🛍️ Queer & Trans Farmers Market: This event at Oaklands Community Centre celebrating and supporting Victoria’s transgender and queer community features 50+ vendors, live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. Today. 11am-5pm. [Info

🎸 The Smokestacks: JazzFest in Bullen Park: The Victoria-based six-piece blues band will perform at Bullen Park during JazzFest. Today. [Info

🎙️ Music in the Park: Edie Daponte will perform at the Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park. Today. 1:30-3:30pm. [Info

🥁 MarchFourth: JazzFest in Bullen Park: The 15-piece brassy funk and rock group will perform at Bullen Park. Today. [Info

🖼️ Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art: The new exhibit at AGGV explores the Sobey Family’s private collection. Opens today. Until Oct. 27. [Info

🎺 Tight Hair: The Victoria-based disco band will perform during JazzFest at Bullen Park. Tonight. 7pm. [Info

🎵 Colwood’s Music in the Park: Shaky Ground will perform at Lagoon West Park. Food will also be available. Today. 5:30-7:30pm. [Info]

👀 In Case You Missed It

Friday’s headlines: Langford City Hall flooded; UVic promises more naloxone, training for students; Sentimental cycle returned; And more. [June 28]

CRD considers safety devices for 2 beaches. [Capital Daily

Celebrate Pride at these food-related events. [Tasting Victoria

Jumping eggs: Gall wasp eggs seen bouncing in Esquimalt. [Video/ photos]

Langford crosswalk vandalized. [RCMP Video]

Busking in Victoria: Five busking locations are being piloted along Government. Provide feedback in an online survey.

Planning a summer driving trip in BC? [Know Before You Go]

Canada Day in Vic festivities information. [City of Victoria] 

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