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NPNA tee shirts

Shatterbox Coffee at 916 Pandora Avenue will be selling these North Park tees – cost is $15.

If you’re a cyclist on the Pandora bike lane, this shirt will keep you visible. Share the North Park edginess by wearing one of these shirts!

Sports Groups form partnership



Local sports groups push the ‘button’ for year-long partnership

The Victoria HarbourCats baseball club, preparing for its sixth season in the West Coast League (summer collegiate), is excited to announce a partnership that further drives home the “Canadianism” of the franchise – and proudly so.

The HarbourCats, who came close to being the first Canadian WCL team to win the league title this past summer, have teamed up with the historic Victoria Curling Club in a way that will see both groups benefit from the year-round meshing of two great sports – baseball, and curling.

Curlers will see the HarbourCats logo under the pebbled ice at nearby Victoria Curling Club, and local sports fans will then see signage and displays promoting curling during the 2018 Victoria HarbourCats season. The two organizations will also be involved in various other ways in a visible manner over the next 12 months, helping to co-promote the benefits of having these local groups as staples of the Victoria sports landscape.

We play our games about a tape-measure home run away from each other, so it just makes a lot of sense to support each other,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the HarbourCats. “Like baseball, curling has such a deep history here, and really it’s the grassroots programs that make curling a sport-for-life for so many. Watching youth learn the sport, and seeing seniors continue to enjoy being on the ice, is good for our community in every way. Knowing that many of those people also love a warm summer night at Royal Athletic Park really brings it full circle.

The HarbourCats will help the Victoria Curling Club add more awareness of the curling programs in a variety of ways.

Many of our curlers were there cheering the HarbourCats when they went deep into the playoffs this year, it was a fun time to be a sports fan in Victoria,” said Paul Dixon, the new General Manager of the Victoria Curling Club. “We’ve watched the HarbourCats grow in five seasons, and we’re focused on matching that growth with our youth and adult programs. It’s great to have us both working together like this.

Season ticket info for the 2018 HarbourCats is available here –

The ice at Victoria Curling Club is nearly ready, and the Try Curling open house is slated for September 23. League play begins Sept. 25, and for more information

Contact VCC – phone 250.386.6396, email, or on the web at:

Community Garden Proposal

NPNA and local residents are proposing to build and maintain a commons garden in Franklin Green!

Project Details:

This commons garden would be maintained by community volunteers and open to all residents for harvesting.

The commons garden would focus on native and pollinator plants.

Other features would include an herb garden, a sign, and a bench.

The proposed area is along the fence next to Wellburn’s parking lot.

Let us know what you think! Share your feedback about this proposal before September 15, 2017.

Email Parks at  or call 250-361-0600


Proposal for change – Cannabis Dispensary Regulations

On Thursday, July 6, City Councillors Charlayne Thornton-Joe and Margaret Lucas brought forward the following proposal for change in Victoria’s policy on cannabis dispensary regulations.  Mayor Helps and Council approved this proposal.

Recommendation: BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council consider a change to the Storefront Cannabis Retailer Rezoning Policy: a) to change the distance from 200m to 400m that a storefront cannabis retailer (in a straight line from the closest lot line to closest lot line) from another lot where a storefront cannabis retailer is permitted, whether or not a storefront cannabis retailer is active or not. b) this Policy does not limit Council from considering variances to the separation distances noted in the Policy based on circumstances related to a specific application.

Following an NPNA special meeting on “Cannabis Storefronts – How many and where?”, NPNA made four recommendations to City Council. These recommendations have been supported by our neighbours in the Downtown Residents Association. The recommendations have been considered by the councillors and city staff as part of their research and discussion on cannabis regulations. 

You can read the minutes of NPNA’s special meeting at npnaca_wp5967jun17-special-mtg-minutes and cannabis-special-mtg-introduction.

Our four recommendations are at np-cannabis-storefront-recommendations.





North Park Goes Live at CFUV!


As part of its Spoken Word programming,CFUV 101.9 FM, the radio station at UVic, has produced the Story Map, described as a collaborative documentary project made by members of the Victoria community.

North Park Neighbourhood Association is excited that our neighbourhood has been included in the Story Map, which went live in April!  

Go to and you’ll see a map of Victoria with location points marked on it. Each point is associated with a story about that place. Click on “List” and you’ll see a menu of the stories. The stories cover a wide range of subjects – what it’s like to live in the various Victoria neighbourhoods, gardening, music, poetry, sports, science, LGBTQ culture, and more. Stories located in North Park are from two residents (one long-time and one newer) and from the Inter Cultural Association (# 6, 14 and 24).

Check them out – then go back for more great stories from other Victoria locations!

Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery

Original artwork proposed by local artist Kai Choufour (pronounced Kye Shoo-four) has been selected as the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery’s fifth installation. Located on the west wall of the Youth Empowerment Society building on the 500 Block of Yates Street, the outdoor gallery showcases temporary installations by local artists to add colour and vitality to the area.

Choufour’s proposal was one of 11 submissions the City received in response to a juried Call to Artists process for emerging artists and artist teams. His proposal for the annual four-panel 1.2 metre by 2.4 metre artwork will focus on kindness, positivity and openness, featuring beautiful shapes and colours executed with childish grandeur, emphasizing fiction and play.

Kai Choufour is a conceptual artist born in Vancouver and currently living and working in Victoria, BC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in 2015. During this time, he co-directed multiple short-term gallery spaces such as TAG Contemporary (Emily Carr student gallery) and has exhibited at various galleries in Vancouver. Recently, Choufour oversaw the installation of his first permanent public artwork titled Hide and Seek, a large-scale, steel-plated sculpture in Delta, BC.

Choufour’s four-panel artwork will be showcased from August 2017 to August 2018 and he will speak at an opening reception to celebrate and launch the installation. Choufour will receive $2,000 and a $250 stipend for shipping the artwork to the location, funded by the Arts, Culture and Events department’s operating budget. Installation of the artwork will be provided by the City of Victoria.

The Commercial Alley Art Gallery initiative was launched in 2014 with an installation by Other (a.k.a. Troy Lovegates), followed by artworks by Roy Green, Liz P. Dempsey, and Daniel Ellingsen.

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What I love about North Park

Guest post by Christopher Fleming.

There are many things to like about North Park… It’s close to all amenities downtown, but has a quiet residential neighbourhood feel. It also has several of my favourite spots in Victoria for coffee and local eats. But, by far, my favourite thing about living in North Park is the events our neighbourhood hosts. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something going on in North Park.

Starting in September, the WHL’s Victoria Royals begin their 7 month season at Save on Foods Memorial Centre showcasing some of the world’s next top-tier hockey talent. Royals games are some of the best attended contests in the WHL, bringing in around 4,900 fans a game and are sold out shows during the playoffs. If you ever get a chance to see a Royals playoff game, do it; even if you’re not a hockey fan, the atmosphere alone is totally worth it. The best hockey being played on Vancouver Island is within walking distance in North Park, and is my favourite way to spend a winter night with a few friends.

By the summer though, I’m ready to get outside and enjoy the fairer months in Victoria… and is there better way to accomplish this than taking in a Victoria Harbourcats game? The Harbourcats play in the West Coast League, which is one of the premier collegiate summer leagues in the North America and some of the best baseball available in the Province. Located in picturesque Royal Athletic Park, an evening of baseball, warm summer breezes, some truck food from Floyd’s Diner, and chilly beers from Spinnakers is a perfect July evening to me.

Not to be pigeon-holed as the neighbourhood with the best sports venues in Victoria, North Park is also home to some of the more notable cultural events in the city too. Victoria’s biggest music festival, Rifflandia, also calls Royal Athletic Park home and is a three day festival which brings in a real eclectic group of artists every year. To date, Rifflandia has seen Jurassic 5, Wolf Parade, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie come through the neighborhood… but the best part is discovering music you’ve never heard before!

Victoria’s Beerfest, my other favourite event in North Park, is also a Royal Athletic Park and usually happens a couple of weeks following Rifflandia. It feels like the whole city comes out to taste some of the best craft beers brewed on the west coast (and beyond), and is a great way to have a drink and a laugh with total strangers.

The biggest musical acts to visit the Island can also be found at Save on Foods Memorial Centre… Elton John, the Tragically Hip, Stone Temple Pilots, Snoop Dogg, Rod Stewart, and Queens of the Stone Age have all played in North Park!

There is no neighbourhood in Victoria that can boast the entertainment that North Park can… and that’s why I love living here.


Lindsay Delaronde Named City’s Indigenous Artist in Residence

Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde has been selected as the City of Victoria’s Indigenous Artist in Residence. The new residency program provides the opportunity for a local artist to develop artistic works and engage the community in dialogue, workshops, events, and activities for a one-year term.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to congratulate Lindsay Delaronde,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “We look forward to working closely with the Indigenous Artist in Residence on our journey to reconciliation this year.”

Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, Delaronde has been a professional artist for the past five years. She began this journey by travelling to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Recently, Delaronde completed her second Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology from the University.

Delaronde is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who works in print-making, painting, drawing, video and performance. The intention of her work is to manifest the relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous and also intercultural respect among allies, nation-to-nation. Currently, Delaronde is a self-employed artist and moccasin–maker in Victoria.

“I hope to create artworks that reflect the values of this land, which are cultivated and nurtured by the Indigenous peoples of this territory,” said Delaronde. “I see my role as a way to bring awareness to and acknowledge that reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is a process, one in which I can facilitate a collaborative approach for creating strong relationships to produce co-created art projects in Victoria.”

Delaronde is a strong advocate for Indigenous voices, stories, culture and history. She dedicated her art project War Canoe Paddle Project 2009, featuring current and archival photo transfers onto cedar paddles, to honour the Coast Salish War Canoe racing history. Her recent and first solo exhibition In Defiance at the Legacy Downtown supports the voices of Indigenous women on Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. The exhibit showcased individual portraits that dismantle the negative stereotypes of First Nations women by having the individuals portray themselves more authentically reflecting truth of diversity, power and respect. Delaronde has also co-illustrated an Indigenous children’s book, The Corn Chief, and last July collaborated on Bondage, a Coast Salish narrative dance performance presented by Speak Outside, MediaNet and the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

The Indigenous Artist in Residence will work with the community and City staff to produce a range of artistic works, which may include for example an exhibition, performance, publication or forum. There will also be an opportunity to create collaborative artwork with the City’s Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey. Discussions with local Indigenous artists, curators and scholars were held in 2016 to inform the new program. The artist’s conception of reconciliation will be explored and building relationships with artists, the public and City staff will be an important part of the residency.

“It’s with hopes that Victoria will embrace our First Nations artist Lindsay with a warm embrace as she opens the minds and hearts as we all seek answers around reconciliation and what a First Nations artist can bring in terms of engagement for our city,” said Rande Cook, a member of the City’s Art in Public Places Committee. “At a time where love, respect, unity and art come together let’s all follow in the path as Lindsay paints and creates towards a brighter future. Reconciliation is an act we as people must feel from within before we can dance unified to the heart of Mother Earth.”

The Indigenous Artist in Residence will work 20 hours per week as an independent contractor from March 2017 to March 2018 for a total fee of $42,000.The program is funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Reserve Fund. Artwork materials, fabrication and installation may be funded by a capital project’s budget, with up to $30,000 from the Art in Public Places Reserve Fund.

The community is invited to meet Lindsay Delaronde at a casual “Meet and Greet” gathering on Thursday, March 16 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Victoria City Hall. Registration is not required.

The Indigenous Artist in Residence program was established as part of the ‘2017: A Year of Reconciliation,’ a theme adopted to guide activities and events this year. For more information, visit:

City Aims to Get More Youth Involved in Decision-Making

Victoria City Council unanimously adopted a strategy designed to get more youth involved in local government. The three-year Youth Strategy, written by a team of 10 youth between the ages of 12 and 25, includes practical and creative initiatives that will help the City strengthen its relationship with youth and involve them in City activities.

Youth aged 12 – 24 make up over 15 percent of Victoria’s population yet are underrepresented in the City’s planning processes. This strategy is intended to give young people a voice in local government and be part of planning the future of their community.

“A lot can be gained by having youth involved in the City,” said Sol Lindsay, youth team member (aged 18). “Not only can youth provide a unique perspective on city issues, but involvement in the city can build a relationship with government that is fundamental for the future. This strategy will help the City design programs and processes to get young people involved, and it will connect the city with the generations of the future.”

The strategy includes more than a dozen ways for the City to involve youth in their municipal government such as:
• developing a learning tool in partnership with the school district so children and youth are learning about the City in classrooms
• opening a youth hub as a safe space for youth to hang out and find out about programs and services
• creating a channel for direct two-way dialogue between City Council and youth
• getting more youth working at the City through mentorship and co-op programs

“It’s really important to get youth involved in planning the future of the city,” said Councillor Jeremy Loveday. “We are making decisions today that will shape the community for a long time to come. Youth deserve to have a say in what their city will look like. I’m pleased we have a roadmap that will help us to support youth to get more involved.”

The City will begin implementing the strategy immediately.

Read the full youth strategy at

Youth Strategy excerpt: “The Youth Strategy is a painting made with the brushstrokes from local youth from all walks of life, adults who work closely with youth, City staff, Council and us. It is the result of our best efforts to build a better city for all youth in Victoria.”