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North Park adds 2 cents to Capital Budget process   Recently updated !

The following note is from our City Liaison Mike Hill. He attended our early April public meeting and, along with Brad Dellaburr (Assistant Director of Transportation, Engineering and Public Works), gave us a thorough walk through of the process and the capital projects coming to our neighbourhood. Check out Mike’s comprehensive and informative presentation. Questions for Mike? You can call or email him at 250.361.0397  mhill@victoria.ca

From Mike Hill in advance of our April meeting:

“Victoria City Council has asked staff to engage with neighbourhood associations early in the 2019 capital budget planning process.  It is the City’s intent to improve our responsiveness to community priorities through budget planning.  This engagement is intended as another step towards ensuring that residents understand the budget process and the opportunities for providing input.

A member of our transportation team and I would like to provide a 15 minute presentation followed by questions and comments at your meeting next week (April 4). The goal is to increase awareness of how the capital budgeting process works and to provide an early opportunity for feedback on some transportation-related projects that have been identified for your neighbourhood.  We will review the 2018 capital projects scheduled for your neighbourhood and some of the projects that have been identified for 2019 and beyond.

Residents often express interest in pedestrian-related transportation projects and we would like to focus on discussing these with you.   Features such as crosswalks, sidewalks, pedestrian signals and bus shelters each have assessment processes that staff use to identify priority projects for budget consideration.  Through this engagement, we would like your local knowledge of conditions and concerns.  Are there crosswalks without signals that you feel are urgent issues that should be addressed in the capital budget over the next few years?  Have certain streets become busier and new issues emerged for pedestrians?

Feedback from this meeting will then be shared with City staff this spring, which is the beginning of the annual budgeting process.  This fall, all residents and neighbourhood associations will have an opportunity to provide feedback within the broader community engagement process. After the fall engagement is complete, the budget will be taken to Council for approval.

About Budget Planning
The budget planning is a complex process of coordinating and prioritizing a large number of important projects competing for City resources.  The City’s Strategic Plan provides high level guidance on budget priorities. Other plans such as the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, along with multi-year project commitments such as the Harbour Pathway also help define priorities.

Consideration is then given to prioritization and scheduling.  For example, it may make sense to complete some projects while other work is being done at the location, or there may be greater risk to public safety that makes a project more urgent. The budget process is not about introducing new projects, rather it is about prioritizing projects that have already been identified.

There are always more projects than can be resourced with existing funding and staff support.  It is therefore necessary to be diligent in identifying resource allocation and looking for creative ways to address community issues and improve neighbourhood quality of life.






Victoria’s History Comes Alive

 New Online Archives Search

The stories that form the collective history of BC’s Capital City are now more accessible through a new City of Victoria Archives Online Search, a searchable database containing over 10,000 digitized archival photos and records.

For the past 50 years, the City of Victoria Archives has been the caretaker of these unique records, carefully stewarding the stories of Victoria’s past. Now through the Archives Online Search these stories are even easier to find and access.

The Archives Online Search uses AtoM, an open source, standards-based application. AtoM is an acronym for Access to Memory. AtoM is used by many other Canadian archives and international institutions, including BC Archives, The World Bank, NATO and UNESCO.

The City of Victoria Archives continues the legacy left by Ainslie Helmcken, who became the City’s first archivist in 1967. The Archives continues this stewardship of the City’s historical records and enabling open access to this material.

Participatory Budgeting – Winners announced!

Victoria’s first ever Participatory Budgeting Process!

The City of Victoria received 28 project proposals, submitted by individuals and organizations this past Fall. The ideas were vetted to ensure they were viable and worked to improve life in Victoria. Eight shortlisted projects were vying for up to $50,000 in funding and the community was given a chance to vote!  Information about the proposals is available on the City website at http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/city/current-initiatives/participatory-budgeting.html.

The three winners were announced on January 31. Funding of $52,500 will be distributed to these community-based projects that all have the common goal of improving life in Victoria:

  •  An employment training program, connecting vulnerable adults with local employers. This program, run by Our Place, will have its classroom location in North Park.  You can read more about it here: https://www.ourplacesociety.com/employment-program-pilot
  • A pop-up native bee apiary
  • A community learning garden

Congratulations to the winners – we look forward to seeing these projects in action!

Sign up for Vic Alert

After the recent tsunami warning, we’re all a little more aware of the kinds of emergencies that can come our way in Victoria and elsewhere in BC.

The City of Victoria offers Vic-Alert, a free emergency notification service.  You can find out more about it, and sign up, at http://www.victoria.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2018-archive/sign-up-for-vic-alert.html.

On the same page there also are links to useful information about what to do in an emergency.

Don’t be unprepared — get as much information as you can!

Cities in the 21st Century

Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall – Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager 

This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Next up:

  • Monday, March 5 Steve Woolrich – Creating Safe and Compelling Environments:  Is It Possible? Community safety and crime reduction continues to be a high priority in cities across North America and there has been a tendency to lean towards fortifying properties in many designs. Are these the kind of cities we want and are they compelling? As community stewards can we explore the possibility of creating stylish, exciting, safe, supportive and welcoming environments?

    Over the past 25 years Steve Woolrich has established a reputation for excellence in policing, corrections and corporate security and is the principle of Rethink Urban Inc.


    For information about future topics, stay tuned to http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/city/lunch-time-lectures.html

North Park Village beautification- Phase 2

You’ve probably already seen the great orange and teal mural at the northeast corner of Cook and North Park Streets. It was created for the North Park Village by a group of artists under the leadership of Luke Ramsey, Victoria’s artist-in-residence.

Now we are excited by the news that grant funding has been approved for the next phase of this beautification project, which is a joint undertaking of the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Fernwood Community Association. Phase Two will extend the orange “story line” to two more corners of this intersection at the heart of our village – specifically to the north wall of Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, and the front windows of Cook Street Castle Building Centre

Huge thanks to Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, TriEagle Developments, Cook Street Castle Building Centre and Garside Signs & Displays for their participation in this project. And of course the City of Victoria’s Great Neighbourhood Grant Program.

Also, keep your eyes open for new banners at the Pandora and Caledonia Avenue ends of the village.

Help Make Our Health System Better!

“Patients have a right to actively participate in all aspects of their health care, from treatment decisions to policies.” 

Join one of Island Health’s Quality Councils responsible to set and meet high standards of care! Patient partners are invited to use their experiences of care and community knowledge to provide feedback at council meetings. Including patients on councils is one of the ways Island Health ensures that decisions and priorities reflect the needs and goals of patients, families and communities served.

SIGN UP NOW: PatientVoicesBC.ca

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Councils with open opportunities:

Surgical Emergency, Endoscopy, ⇒Adult Intensive Care, Medicine Rural & Remote Trauma Services, Brain Health, Residential Services, End-of-Life, Heart Health, Laboratory Medicine, Medical Imaging, Senior Care, Public Health, Rehabilitation, Child, Youth and Family, Mental Health & Substance Use, ⇒Quality Operations, ⇒Four regional councils

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 – http://harbourcats.com/2018-season-tickets-now-available/

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 info@victoriacurlingclub.com, or on the web at: www.victoriacurlingclub.com

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 parks@victoria.ca  or call 250-361-0600