Johnson Street Bridge costs expected to climb

Remember in 2009 when Victoria City Council promised us this would be a $63 million project, of which $21 million would be from the Federal government?

Looks like we’re approaching the $110 million mark now.

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GCBF 2016

Another amazing Great Canadian Beer Festival wrapped up this weekend, making it my 6th BeerFest in a row. Had a blast as always, hanging out with friends and trying fantastic beers from all across the country. This is always a big boon for the local economy and the craft beer industry! Already looking forward to next year!

Smudging Ceremony w/ Scia’new First Nation

Had the honour of being invited by the Scia’new First Nation to participate in a smudging ceremony today. It is their way of purifying and removing negative energy from people and environments.

I have to admit that, as a white man, I was fairly nervous about messing up the ritual but thankfully I didn’t have to go first so it all went smoothly as I just followed the Chief Chipps’ lead. Although I definitely did something amusing as Shirley, the Elder who performed the ceremony, had a big smile on her face during my turn with the smoke.