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Victoria News - Victoria students to benefit from Colour Your Palate 2013

Victoria News  - Victoria students to benefit from Colour Your Palate 2013 | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Chefs to create colourful dishes as part of annual arts fundraiser
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This story finds students helping chefs who will compete in a culinary arts competition to support a visual arts program for students.  Nifty!

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Victoria News - Greater Victoria kids keen to get hands dirty

Victoria News  - Greater Victoria kids keen to get hands dirty | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Family looks to grow 4-H gardening club with new members from around Capital Region
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It's spring in Victoria - time to get growing!  Involving your children in growing some of their own food teaches them valuable life lessons AND gets them outside and active.

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Victoria News - Neighbours fear losing field to a community garden

Victoria News  - Neighbours fear losing field to a community garden | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
The idea of a community garden on a parcel of land behind Saanich Commonwealth Place doesn't sit well for some area residents.
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The question is; what IS the best use of this land?  Recreational use by a larger group of people, or agricultural use by a smaller group? Community gardens are valuable for local food security as well as providing recreation (of a sort) and excercise.  We can't, however, overlook the need for free greenspace for unstructured activities (like fetch with Fido).  Hmmm, this field is very close to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, almost 450 hectares of park system including lots of places to walk the dog. What do YOU think?

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Victoria News - City of Victoria supports community orchards

Victoria News  - City of Victoria supports community orchards | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Fernwood and Vic West neighbourhoods chosen for pilot tree project
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Here's an interesting initiative!  Community orchards can enrich the lives of people who are living in Victoria and provide a little food security. We should all support innovative ideas like these that, along with community gardens and backyard poultry help us to teach our children where food really comes from (and what it SHOULD taste like).

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Stay Out of the Water - And Keep Your Pets Out Too!

Stay Out of the Water - And Keep Your Pets Out Too! | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Capital Regional District confirms the presence of toxic blue-green algae at Beaver and Elk lakes.
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Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park is a great place to walk the dog, but if you go now keep away from the water!  There is a toxic blue-green algae bloom ocurring that could make you sick and even prove fatal for your pet.  This news story explains the situation.

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Victoria News - Colwood a stop on world’s longest ‘green highway’

Victoria News  - Colwood a stop on world’s longest ‘green highway’ | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Electric car manages the cross-country trip with a fill up at Royal Bay Bakery
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And here I thought the term 'green highway' was an oxymoron!  Nice to see the people of Greater Victoria working to preserve our environment.

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Victoria News - Banner year for Operation Snowball

Victoria News  - Banner year for Operation Snowball | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Cedar Hill middle school fundraises cash, food for charity
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Thanks to students at Cedar Hill Middle School those who might otherwise not will enjoy a Merry Christmas and support beyond the holiday season.

 

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In the Spirit of the Season...

During the holiday season Geoff McLean and Associates would like to encourage people to help others by donating to charities like the Children's Miracle Network.  

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas... | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it

Are you starting to get into the spirit of things?  Or is it too early?

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Giller Nominated Novel Rooted in Victoria Setting

Giller Nominated Novel Rooted in Victoria Setting | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it

Victoria BC leaves an indelible impression upon everyone who lives here...

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New life for Victoria-Oak Bay border - Business - Times Colonist

New life for Victoria-Oak Bay border - Business - Times Colonist | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
New life for Victoria-Oak Bay border
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Good to see that this new project, a residential/commercial hybrid, is going to salvage and recycle materials from the site while bringing renewal to the neighborhood. 

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Victoria News - United Way Greater Victoria achieves $6-million goal!

Victoria News  - United Way Greater Victoria achieves $6-million goal! | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Volunteers and staff primed to keep going on raising money for local social service agencies
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This shows how people who are living in Victoria are committed to supporting local social services.  We all benefit when we help build healthy communities!

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Victoria News - Bike lane funding in Victoria, Esquimalt a good first step: advocates

Victoria News  - Bike lane funding in Victoria, Esquimalt a good first step: advocates | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
City of Victoria to paint more cyclist-friendly lines on streets
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Bike lanes support fitness aqnd reduce pollution and conjestion on our roads - let's have more of them!

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Victoria News - Nanotechnology at UVic gets a boost into the real world

Victoria News  - Nanotechnology at UVic gets a boost into the real world | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
A biomedical sensor the size of a postage stamp could hold the answer to a fast and inexpensive way to diagnose disease.
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Another example of our fair city earning it's newest nickname - 'Tech-toria'

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Victoria News - Coat drive helping out abuse victims in Victoria

Victoria News  - Coat drive helping out abuse victims in Victoria | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Plus-size fashions store owner struck by friend's story
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It's cold outside!! Can you help someone stay warm?

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Victoria News - A look back at 2012 in Victoria

Victoria News  - A look back at 2012 in Victoria | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
We present the stories that stood out,month-by-month
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In case you haven't had your fill of retrospectives.... here's a look at the past year  - in Victoria BC.

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Pearson College welcomes the world

Pearson College welcomes the world | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
Pearson College welcomes the world
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We need more of this; places where people from all over can learn that we are more alike than we are different.  This is how we can achieve global peace.

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Victoria BC Continues Robust Development

Uncertain economic times seem to have little effect on development in Victoria BC, as demonstrated by these recent and ongoing development projects.

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Everybody be careful out there today!

Everybody be careful out there today! | Living in Victoria BC | Scoop.it
When our clocks changed from Pacific daylight time to Pacific standard time this weekend, a province of knife-wielding, car-crashing zombies was unleashed.
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