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Our Community: Exploring the simple joys of books

Our Community: Exploring the simple joys of books

Celebrate the talents of hundreds of authors who work and live in the province during Read Local B.C., a provincewide campaign launched by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia.
Around Town: Celebrating opera for all

Around Town: Celebrating opera for all

Long before Madama Butterfly star Jee Hye Han’s curtain call prompted a standing ovation at the Royal Theatre Thursday night, many were singing the praises of its production company.
Robert Amos: Gallery exhibits a variety of delights

Robert Amos: Gallery exhibits a variety of delights

Lured by an exhibit about the Kabuki theatre of Japan, I dropped in to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recently. It’s based on the gallery’s unparallelled collection of Japanese woodcut prints.
At long last, View Royal gets a firehall with heat

At long last, View Royal gets a firehall with heat

Paul Hurst’s favourite things about View Royal’s new public safety building aren’t its fitness centre, its automated alert system or its plush chairs with built-in cupholders.
Nellie McClung: Railing against the wartime darkness in Europe and beyond

Nellie McClung: Railing against the wartime darkness in Europe and beyond

This column first appeared in the Victoria Daily Times on March 23, 1940. Somewhere, Over the Rainbow received the award for the best song of the year, and there will not be many who differ from the decision.
Geothermal: unsung hero of heating

Geothermal: unsung hero of heating

Heat-exchange expert Doug Lockhart has two problems with geothermal heating systems: neighbours can’t see them and no moving parts attract the casual onlooker.
Our Community: Victoria pitches in to help Vanuatu

Our Community: Victoria pitches in to help Vanuatu

When a cyclone devastated a country halfway around the world two weeks ago, a global emergency-relief organization headquartered in Victoria sprang into action.
Around Town: Surveying the pulse of Esquimalt

Around Town: Surveying the pulse of Esquimalt

Community policing is serious business, but there’s nothing like a little levity to make a discussion of law enforcement as entertaining as it is instructive.

Nellie McClung: The world needs more workers, not more leaders

This column first appeared in the Victoria Daily Times on March 16, 1940. A big, throaty voice was calling on the radio for leaders.
An Ikea store in Greater Victoria? What’s Swedish for never?

An Ikea store in Greater Victoria? What’s Swedish for never?

Inte att hända. That’s Swedish for not gonna happen. As in: There are no plans, possibilities or even a weenie little hope that Ikea will open so much as a pickup counter in Victoria, never mind one of its behemoth home-furnishing stores.