Any astute reader of my blog will have quickly discovered they have mostly become a non-reader of my blog over the past six months or so. Sorry about that, but I wanted to explain my it is so.
First, I am now crazy busy between my two jobs. I was promoted in July at Malatest, from Surveyor to Supervisor. While this was a great promotion, it meant I almost doubled the hours per week I work there.
Second, and far more importantly, my other job with CRD Regional Planning. I deeply enjoy my job there and I do interesting work there, such as running the Regional Bicycle Count program, and challenging work, such as helping with the Regional Deer Management Strategy, but with that work comes a little bit more care in what I can say, when I can say it.
So I am not going away, I will just be a little bit quieter than usual.
To better keep track of all the major projects happening in Oak Bay and region, I have created a Major Projects page. If you see anything missing or erroneous on that page, contact me or drop a comment on that page.
Although the project has been flying under the radar these past months, the most recent Oak Bay Parks & Recreation Committee meeting on March 2nd contained this update:
Councillor Braithwaite reported that the presentation of the Oak Bay High Project Definition Report including the NLC [Neighbourhood Learning Centre] submission has been delayed a month. It is expected the project definition report will be presented for approval to the School District Trustees in March an then be presented to the Ministry of Education [for approval].
Councillor Braithwaite also informed Commission that there has been some question around whether there will be a lighted, artificial turf field included within the project. The Ministry of Education will fund regular grass fields as will be shown in the definition report. However, once the project definition report has been approved by the Ministry of Education, the Project Design Team intends [to] embark on a fundraising campaign in the hopes to raise sufficient monies for the installation of a turf field with lights.
FYI, the next SD 61 Board meeting should be the 21st of March at 7:30pm in the Tolmie Boardroom at the 556 Boleskin Road headquarters of the school district, although I can’t find anything on the SD 61 website to confirm that.
I noticed this on the main GVPL website, so I thought I would give it some promotion:
The Greater Victoria Public Library, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, is pleased to introduce an innovative new program for library users. Beginning February 18th anyone with a valid adult GVPL library card can borrow a free household pass to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
“Our library patrons can now borrow a pass to the Gallery just like they borrow a book or DVD” says Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library.
The AGGV household access pass can be used by a household of two adults and up to four children for free admission to the Gallery’s exhibitions and programming events. Passes are available at all ten library branches and may be borrowed for a one week loan period.
“The library is delighted to collaborate with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for such a terrific outreach program” says Sawa. “We are committed to connecting people with ideas and information, and what a great opportunity this provides for so many people to learn about art and all the wonderful programs that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has to offer!”
The Art Gallery currently has an exhibition on Emily Carr entitled On the Edge of Nowhere, a historical overview of the artist, who described herself as “isolated little old woman on the edge of nowhere” .