The Week – January 27

The results are in, and the Dogwood Initiative’s 2010 Pavey Award for Outstanding Achievements in Urban Sprawl goes to (drum roll please) . . . Ron Kubek!

Paving the way

The results are in, and the Dogwood Initiative’s 2010 Pavey Award for Outstanding Achievements in Urban Sprawl goes to (drum roll please) . . . Ron Kubek!

Somebody cue the applause button.

It was a close race, according to Dogwood’s Gordon O’Connor, but Kubek, the realtor and Central Saanich councillor who approved the controversial Vantreight and Senanus projects, narrowly edged out the competition.

“It’s no surprise that Kubek came out on top,” says O’Connor. “He’s one of the biggest offenders in our region, and he deserves to be honoured.”

O’Connor says Kubek has been contacted, but has yet to return the call or come in and pick up his award (pictured) from the Dogwood office. “We received emails from all over the world in regards to the awards, and it just goes to show how well we are recognizing people who are doing a great job of turning our planet into a parking lot.”

Runner-up for the award — receiving an honourable mention but no fancy prize — is Ender Ilkay, the real estate speculator promoting urban sprawl in Jordan River.

Kubek and Ilkay beat out competing offender finalists Ida Chong, currently undergoing a recall campaign for her Liberal MLA Oak Bay leadership (and who privatized 23,000 hectares of licensed tree-farm land for development), Susan Mason, the Central Saanich councillor who cast the deciding vote for the Vantreight subdivision, Stew Young, mayor of Langford who voted for Bear Mountain and Jack Mar, Central Saanich mayor who wants to change the community plan to stop protecting farm land.

With the success of the awards, O’Connor says efforts for 2011 nominations are well underway.

Plugged in

Finally, BC Transit is joining the 21st Century, and has decided to hop on board Google Maps, adding “Google Transit,” as an option for trip planning for any Victorian with access to the internet.

The program, which Google offers for free both to BC Transit and users, is now being piloted for the Victoria Regional Transit System through Google Maps—but the transit authority is relying on users to gauge whether or not the program is working.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance customer service and make transit as accessible as possible,” says BC Transit communications guru Joanna Linsangan. “With the feedback we’ve been getting so far, it’s almost as though people have actually been waiting for this.”

Linsangan believes the effort will draw new customers, though BC Transit’s ridership has gone up over the last year. The authority has been working on adopting this service since spring of 2010, as it had to enter over 2,500 Victoria stops into the system. While the change has not added any new job positions yet, Linsangan says that could change if BC Transit decides to add the service to its other 81 systems across the province.

“Now, people will have three options when they’re looking for how to get around Victoria through Google Maps—foot, car and transit,” says Linsangan. “Some people have even found alternate routes they never knew about.”

For anyone bored enough to need a new way to work, your problems have now been solved.

And the beat goes on

The seventh-annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey announced this week that—for 2011—B.C. is Canada’s least affordable place to buy a house, with Victoria topping the scale right behind Vancouver. Vancouver itself is the third most unaffordable place to live of the entire survey, behind only Hong Kong and Sydney (Australia).

Other mentions of note: Saskatoon is less affordable than both Calgary and Edmonton, something that would have been unthinkable only five years ago. Meanwhile, the best place to buy a house is in Atlantic Canada, with Windsor, Ontario winning the award for Canada’s most affordable metropolitan market at a rate of almost five times more affordable than Vancouver. Time to move?

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
Vancouver Island Coast Salish artist unveils new mask for Canucks goalie

Braden Holtby’s new mask features artwork by Luke Marston inspired by the legend of the seawolf

Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)
Resident Alien brings Vancouver Island to the small screen with January premiere

Quirky series shot in Ladysmith will air every Wednesday on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel

Comox-based cinematographer Maxwel Hohn’s new documentary captures the lives of Vancouver Island’s coastal wolves. Photo courtesy Maxwel Hohn.
New mini-documentary shot on Vancouver Island echoes the ‘call of the coastal wolves’

Photography heavyweights from B.C. come together for Maxwel Hohn’s second wildlife documentary

The 2021 Victoria Film Festival includes Vancouver Island produced feature film All-in Madonna. The festival looks a bit different this year, but film-lovers can still expect a full and diverse lineup. (Courtesy of VFF)
Victoria Film Festival returns with virtual viewing

Lineup features 50 films including Vancouver Island-produced All-in Madonna

Joy Sharpe holds a picture of her late husband Ray while posing for a photograph with the Sybil Andrews painting ‘hauling’ before donating it to the Campbell River Hospice Society. (Submitted photo)
$6 painting turned into $10,000 charity windfall

A 1952 original Sybil Andrews painting donation fetches Campbell River Hospice Society a nice return

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)
Metchosin Art Pod doing an about-face

Renowned artist Noah Layne hosting online classes in portrait drawing

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Victoria writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)
Pantomime cancelled in Cowichan due to COVID restrictions

A partnership of the Cowichan Musical Society, the Shawnigan Players, and the Mercury Players.

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied
Work on Hornby Island Arts Centre to start this month

Community worked with award-winning architectural firm on design

Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)
Nanaimo theatre company adds younger, diverse voices to artistic team

Western Edge hopes new ‘artistic associates’ will help form new ideas, reach new audiences

Sara Lopez Assu says she’s relatively happy with how the Campbell River Art Gallery team managed to weather the storm that was 2020. File Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Campbell River Art Gallery director reflects on ‘maybe our hardest year ever’

‘It would be easy to look back and be disappointed … but that’s not going to get us anywhere’

Jean Crowder, former MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, is the CVPAG honourary chair. (Submitted)
Art gallery group becomes registered charity in step towards realizing Duncan dream

Becoming a registered charity enables the CVPAG to greatly expand its potential donor base

Most Read