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July 6 - North Saanich could be in a pickle over courts

Plus: Local author scores with novel on bisexuality, polyamory

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The madcap world of pickleball once again is making news, this time in North Saanich where the courts could get involved with the courts. You’ll get it when you see it.

Also, may I recommend a novel I just finished reading? It’s from a local author and it’s a good one! See below.


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North Saanich may face court pressure to bring back shuttered pickleball courts

A microphone helps record noise levels at Carnarvon Park in May to compare with those of Wain Park. Photo: Mark Brennae / Capital Daily

The courts in Wain Park were shuttered on May 7 after the council voted to close them, citing loud noise and unruly behaviour of some players who it alleged were ignoring posted times.

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones went so far as to say some players were “bullying” the residents of a half-dozen homes that sit 50-80m from the courts.

“Well, if I had to pick a number, I’d say 75% noise and 25% because of the way that the residents in that location were being treated,” is how Jones explained his reasoning to Capital Daily on May 3.

Now a group says that if the council doesn’t reverse the decision it will use the legal courts to do so.

“What we would do is file a petition to have a judge review and rescind that decision,” Brian Harrigan, a group spokesperson, tells Capital Daily. “That makes it clear that it's not a personal lawsuit against anybody.”

On Monday, the Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association (SPPA), which is not involved in the potential legal challenge, is slated to give a 10-minute presentation at North Saanich’s council meeting. SPPA spokesman Brad Watson tells Capital Daily his association has a plan to mitigate noise, including soundproofing panels that would reduce sound levels by 40-50% at half the cost—$35K—the district has quoted. 

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

East Island heat warning continues.

Downtown traffic disruptions and CCTV deployment at 2-4pm today; Palestine rally returns to Legislature lawn.

Crane part of dismantling old V2V dock in Inner Harbour. [Times Colonist]

Vic 0, Kelowna 2 in Friday HarbourCats baseball.


Victoria author explores bisexuality and polyamory in ‘Daring Decisions’

Dorothea L. Gordon with her latest book. Photo: D. Gordon / Bolen Books.

You’ve been happily married to a man for 20 years until, one day, you find out he’s having sexual encounters with men, so you kick him out of the house and out of the marriage.

But what if you can’t get him out of your head and, because he’s the father of your children, you have to interact with him? Making matters worse, you still love him.

That’s the situation facing 57-year-old Lotti Seidel in the novel Daring Decisions, by Victoria author Dorothea L. Gordon, a former teacher turned handwriting analyst turned author.

Timely reading for this weekend’s Pride events, Gordon’s smexy offering explores the complex and at times heartbreaking world of bisexuality, homosexuality, and polyamorous relationships

“The book is very dear to my heart because it gave me an opportunity to bring out the subject of bisexuality, and the pain that can be caused by dishonesty,” Gordon tells Capital Daily.

“But also the possibility of accepting that a person is bisexual and allowing that to unfold.”


Join Andrew Wilkinson at Bolen Books on July 9 for his debut memoir book launch

Join local entrepreneur and investor Andrew Wilkinson on July 9, at 7pm at Bolen Books at The Hillside Shopping Centre for the launch of his debut memoir, Never Enough: From Barista to Billionaire. This will be the first public reading from Andrew’s highly anticipated memoir, detailing his journey from college dropout to tech investor and businessman.

Once a barista in a small café making $6.50 an hour, Andrew Wilkinson built a business valued at over a billion dollars by the time he was 36—and yet, his path to success was anything but a straight line. It’s a tale of unrelenting ambition, unexpected lessons, and the pursuit of something greater than wealth. 

No matter if you're a budding entrepreneur or just fascinated by genuine tales of triumph, we invite you to join us for this engaging dialogue. 

⭐️ Capital Picks

🍽️ Original Pho to open second location: Will replace Chorizo & Co. at 807 Fort. The opening date has not been announced.  

HarbourCats host Kelowna Falcons tonight and tomorrow.

🤝 Now hiring: Dental Hygienist at Peninsula Dental.

Dinner is served in Fairfield. Photo: Penny Pitcher

🗞️ In Other News

Cowichan will get Urgent & Primary Care Centre next year
The UPCC in Duncan will have 30 full-time staff providing same-day, non-emergency-room physical and mental-health care. It will be the eighth UPCC on the Island and just the second outside Greater Victoria. [BC Gov’t]

Orphaned orca “Brave Little Hunter" not seen since May 10
The family of two-year-old kwiisahi?is (who escaped after being trapped in the lagoon where its mother died for more than a month) has been seen multiple times. Rescuers hoped the orphan would find its pod after freeing itself. They don’t believe the orca has died and say it could have joined another pod or moved on from the area. [Bay Cetology]

Oak Bay library branch reopens after 3-day maggot infestation closure
The bookworms were first discovered in the library’s 24-hour book return room on June 28th, shutting the dropbox. Pest control was brought in—to no avail. The branch then shut down on July 2 for a thorough pest control session and reopened yesterday. The source of the maggots was not confirmed. [Oak Bay News]

Search teams scour Lake Cowichan for man not back from Saturday walk
Good weather has allowed Search-and-Rescue (SAR) to look for Nicholas Marion, 38, from 8am to nightfall each day. Marion and his wife were visiting friends in Youbou for the weekend when he went missing last Saturday. SAR says it will continue looking as long as there is reason to. [Times Colonist]


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🗓️ Things to do

🎧 Piano Island: Enjoy Afrobeats, fusion jazz, and deep house music from DJAMES and Nick Degree at Capital Ballroom. Today. Doors 9pm. Show 9:30pm. [Info]

🧘 An Evening of Zenthai Shiatsu: Intro workshop & community connection. Join us for a nourishing and connective evening of moving our bodies, playing, and both giving and receiving bodywork. Church of Truth on Superior. Sun. 6-9pm. [Info]

🏃 Capital City Run Crew 7th anniversary party. Victoria’s run crew helps newbie runners gain endurance & confidence in group runs. Join them for their social 5K, cake, and annual awards for all the CCRC runners. Hollywood Park. Sun 10am-4pm. [Info]

🖼️ Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s new exhibit explores the Sobey Family’s private collection, including works from Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and Kent Monkman. Runs until Oct. 27. Free Open House today. 10am-5pm. [Info]

🎵🍺 Phillips Backyard: The music festival’s Tilt weekend continues today with performances from Jessie Reyez, Flyana Boss, and more. Phillips on Government. Until tomorrow. [Info]

🎷 Big Hank and the Smokin' Hot Toasters: The group will perform swing, blues, and roots tunes. Hermann’s Jazz Club. Today. Doors 5:30pm. Show 7pm. [Info

🏳️‍🌈 Intergenerational Pride Circle. An inclusive and safe space where 2SLGBTQ+ youth and seniors/adults can connect and craft together. Bead a P-R-I-D-E bracelet, or bring your own crafts. Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre. Today. 1:30-3:30pm. [Info]

🌸 Blossom Your Pride: Make bouquets and enjoy treats at this free Pride event. Yates Street Community Garden. Today. 10:30am-12pm. [Info

🏳️‍🌈 Served Up! Drag Lunch: Moon Under Water is hosting an all-ages drag lunch hosted by Leo and Aries Moon. Today. 12-3pm. [Info

🛼 Pride Double Header Roller Derby: Eves of Destruction will host two roller derby matches to celebrate Pride. Archie Browning Sports Centre. Today. 5-9pm. [Info

🏳️‍🌈 Victoria Pride Festival in the Park. Celebrate queerness and show your support for Victoria’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. MacDonald Park in James Bay. Tomorrow. 11am. [Free] [Info]

🎶 Colwood’s Music in the Park: BackBeat will perform at Lagoon Beach and food vendors will be available. Today. 5:30-7:30pm. [Info

🎵 Music in the Park: Laura Deviato and Olimpo Ortega & Friends will perform jazz and Latin fusion music at the Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park. Today. 1:30-3:30pm. [Info]  

🍓Savour Saanich: Flavour Trails. Follow the trail (download the digital map) and taste the best of Saanich at this yearly fest. Sunday will be the Saanich Strawberry Festival at Beaver Beach at Elk Lake, with multiple local makers selling their works. Today & Tomorrow. [Free] [Info]

🌇 Gonzales Sunset Beach Party. Presented by the Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre. Join emerging arts vendors, crafts, games, live music, and a sunset in paradise. Gonzalez Beach. Today. 4:30pm. [Info]

🌠 Future Star album release: It's About Time, the latest from the Vancouver alt-pop musician, explores infinite moments and the space between the present and past. 8pm tonight at Quadratic Sound. [Info]

👀 In Case You Missed It

Friday’s headlines: VicPD bust nets weapons and drugs but not the suspect; Fairways in Langford closes today; Duncan’s hockey stick to be chopped into small pieces; And more. [July 5]

A Stanley Cup parade in Victoria? Yep! [Capital Daily]

New Uptown pickleball courts are open. [Book court]

Heart is Full (When You’re Downtown) video from DVBA

Pick Book No. 100K to go into Victoria’s Litte Free Library. [Vote here]

Pagliacci’s releasing a documentary on Aug. 24, celebrating 45 years of service. Watch the teaser trailer here.  

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