It’s that time of year when Santa comes to spread cheer. No, you haven’t been asleep for a month and woken up on Christmas. It’s just Victoria’s premiere holiday parade, which runs a month before the day itself and tends to announce the beginning of winter locally.
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Victoria Santa Claus Parade back for 41st year
Photo: Greater Victoria Festival Society
Whether or not you’re ready for the holiday season, the Victoria Santa Claus Parade often serves as a starting point for winter festivities.
It’s a staple for the south Island that many would call a must-see event—even during the atmospheric river, the parade saw its highest turnout on record with 70,000 spectators, according to the Victoria Festival Society (VFS). This year is expected to smash that record, with clear skies anticipated for tonight.
It’s considered the biggest nighttime parade in all of Canada, Destination Greater Victoria’s webpage says, with 60-70 organizations participating. It’s a special alternative to other cities’ daytime events, doubling as a lightshow and a parade.
This wasn’t always the case—it first began as a daytime parade with roughly 20 groups involved. Over the years it’s grown into the spectacle Victorians have come to know.
“It’s really about bringing the community together, right?” said Kelly Kurta, VFS executive director.
This year’s parade prioritizing charity & accessibility
Kurta says the parade makes sure to not only gather the community, but give back to it.
Mustard Seed, its charity of choice, will be selling hot chocolate and gluten-free cookies to fundraise for its food banks. This was a priority for the organizers; Kurta says food security is top of mind for many in Victoria.
They’ve also added new accessibility options thanks to a collaboration with Disability Resource Centre, with a first-ever live audio description available during the parade for those with visual impairments or sensory needs. This can be found at Government and Bellville, with registration still available for those interested.
The parade starts at 5:20pm, followed by entertainment—including a chance to meet Santa—at the Victoria Public Market. Check out the parade route here.
Royal Roads looks at rise in online harassment of researchers
Royal Roads file photo by Tom Gierasimczuk
It may not be the first thing you think of when you read academic reporting online. But for many Canadian researchers, scientists, and academics the reward for their many months of work—and for making it available to you—is being harassed over the internet.
“It’s made some people in academia decide to not talk about their work online,” Jaigris Hodson, a Royal Roads associate professor, who specializes in digital communications for the public interest, told Capital Daily.
Last week, Royal Roads hosted an interactive online workshop for students, academics, and communications professionals looking for coping skills to use when someone tells the whole world they’re worthless.
Hodson says the stakes are high because if researchers, scientists, and academics don’t make their work public, we all lose.
“It’s a loss to the public discourse because we can’t have conversations about this work if it’s not there,” she says.
Eileen’s Gourmet Cafe will permanently close on Dec. 31 after 30 years on Oak Bay Ave., citing unaffordable rent increases.
Victoria 5 Tri-City 1: Royals’ Friday blowout put them in 6th place in the WHL.
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The 110th Annual Christmas Tea
Enjoy the delicious Empress tea service, entertainment by students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and support the Camosun College Bursary Fund.
🎭 Give a great night out. The Belfry Theatre offers gift certificates (any value) for those hard to buy for art lovers in your world.*
15% of seniors considered low-income, reports United Way of BC
It’s actually 15.2% in 2021, the most recent statistics available, and that’s up five percentage points from the previous year, according to the charity’s report Aging in Uncertainty. [CHEK]
Island food charity has a waitlist for the first time ever
Fewer available services and a higher cost of living have put more pressure on charities such as Backpack Buddies, which says one in five BC kids lives with food insecurity, and it could be twice that level on some parts of the Island. [CTV]
Jewish Victorians start petition in support of Vic councillor
The 2,000-signature petition deplores calls to censure Coun. Susan Kim, who has been under pressure to resign from council after she signed a letter that called for a ceasefire in Gaza and questioned claims of sexual assault by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attacks. [Times Colonist]
Island students’ tampon bill tabled in Ottawa
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor tabled the bill, brought forward by two Island students, that would ensure all ingredients in tampons are labeled on packaging. Currently, there are no requirements for this in the Food and Drug Act, despite many tampons containing toxic “forever chemicals.” [Victoria New]
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🖼️ What Now? A 60-year retrospective of artist Elizabeth Carefoot’s life in art. Gage Gallery. Through Dec. 3. [Info]
⛪ St. Cecilia’s Day musical open house and market. Christ Church Cathedral. Today. 9am-5:30pm. [Info]
🎫 Emily Carr Chronicles takes tour on the road. Today. Emily Carr House. 12-2:30pm. [Info]
Out of Hand Modern Market is on now until Sunday. Over 120 incredible makers in one magical location. Tickets available online or at the door.*
🎅🏿 41st Peninsula Co-Op Santa Claus Parade. Starts near the legislature. Today. 5:20pm. [Info]
⛷️ Apres Ski Party. Capital Ballroom. Sounds by Good Company. Today. 10pm-2am. [Tickets]
🖼️ Tender Touch at AGGV: Free admission today for the opening of the new exhibit about Victoria’s tattoo community. Live tattooing demonstration by Simran Dhaliwal and Mina Malahay, 11am-4pm. [Details]
🩰 The Storybook Nutcracker: The classic ballet will be performed at Charlie White Theatre. Today 2pm, tonight 7pm.
BC Ferries adding more hybrid ships to replace retiring vessels. [Capital Daily]
Dirty Dome: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre roof in need of cleaning. [CHEK]
Construction is beginning for new Saanich firehall. [Capital Daily]
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