On the Street: climate institute head, Oak Bay design shop

New leader for B.C. climate change institute

A renowned scientist in investigating causes of environmental change is the new executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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Sybil Seitzinger takes over Nov. 1, succeeding the current executive director and climate scientist, Tom Pedersen, whose term is ending after six years. Seitzinger has also been appointed a professor in the University of Victoria’s school of environmental studies.

The institute is a knowledge network created in 2008 through an endowment from the B.C. government.

It brings together researchers from the province and around the world to study climate- change impacts, and advise on how to mitigate and adapt. UVic is its host, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and University of Northern British Columbia.

Seitzinger joins the institute from her position as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme based in Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Co-operative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the U.S. She served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006 to 2010.


Designer opens Oak Bay store

Interior designer Janice Long’s dream of her own store became a reality this month when she opened Calla Design in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village.

Calla Design carries an eclectic, cohesive range of furniture, local art, jewellery and home accessories. It has exclusive rights for some international lines not found elsewhere in Victoria. She also sources vintage pieces on her travels.

In the showroom she creates vignettes to demonstrate how a customer “can create a fresh, harmonious look for their home by incorporating the new with their favourite pieces they already own.”

Calla will carry the work of local artists, Vancouver structural artist Martha Sturdy, Canadian furniture by Whittington & Co., as well as international brands Lafco and Antica Farmacista.

Long has coveted Estevan Village since she moved from Vancouver to Victoria in 2008.

“I love that people stroll the sidewalks here, there’s no time limit on parking, it’s just a relaxed community atmosphere. There is no rush on Estevan,” says Long.

Calla Design is open Tuesday to Sunday. Call 778-265-8002.

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