New Years Day levees
Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:05 PM
The poor people were easy to spot as they were labeled. They seemed to be enjoying the event.
Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:35 PM
By Robert Randall • Published on Friday, December 31, 2010
Acting Mayor John Luton will swing open the doors of Victoria City Hall’s antechamber at 9 a.m. January 1 as the City hosts its annual New Year’s levee.
The hour-and-a-half-long event is an opportunity for citizens to meet informally with the mayor, councillors and neighbours over coffee and snacks.
Posted 30 December 2015 - 03:07 PM
A recent strong solar storm is expected to give Canadians across the country a special New Year's Eve northern lights show.
The aurora's swirling colours may light up night skies as far south as 50 degrees geomagnetic latitude, says the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This means that cities along the Canada-U.S. border and farther north might get a chance to see the display.
People who want to increase their chances of seeing the lights should try to get away from light pollution, look north, and hope for clear skies.
And if you miss out tonight and tomorrow, the space weather agency is predicting an even stronger storm on Jan. 2.
A possible downside to the display is that massive solar storms can disable satellites and affect radio signals.
Posted 01 January 2019 - 06:42 PM
Anyone go this year? I saw photos of the Victoria one. Helps, Young, Thornton-Joe and Isitt were there, Alto is on vacation apparently. No sign of the three new TV rookies I am told.
Posted 03 January 2019 - 02:46 PM
Posted 03 January 2019 - 03:46 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean, it's not mandatory or anything but the Levee is something you're kind of expected to be at if you're on Council. Especially the newbies.
So why was Ben there? It may be a colonialist event but Ben wouldn't miss meeting his people. He'd attend the opening of a car door.
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Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:17 PM
Meet the Honourable Janet Austin, the 30th lieutenant governor of British Columbia, at the annual New Year’s Day levee at Government House on Wednesday. Visitors can stop by to socialize, enjoy light refreshments and be entertained by the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid a long lineup to meet the lieutenant governor.
Mayor Lisa Helps and members of council are hosting the City of Victoria’s New Year’s Day Levee.
The theme of this year’s levee is climate action. Special guests talking about the city’s new Climate Champions Program include the founders of the Nulla Project, a new and innovative reusable-cup service in Victoria.
Meet the mayor and council at the Township of Esquimalt’s New Year’s Day Levee 2020, a time-honoured tradition that dates back to 1947. Light refreshments will be served.
The event runs 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St.
Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:18 PM
Families can get a healthy start to 2020 with free admission to the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre on New Year’s Day.
Get an energizing workout at the Fitness on the First class from noon to 1 p.m., or join the Everyone Welcome Swim from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The facility will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Start the new year off with free swimming 1 to 3 p.m. at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre and free skating 1 to 2:50 p.m. at the Archie Browning Sports Centre on New Year’s Day. For more information, go to esquimalt.ca.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 December 2019 - 12:19 PM.
Posted 31 December 2021 - 03:42 AM
Events that have been cancelled
• There will be no New Year’s Day levee at Government House this year. Levees planned by the City of Victoria, the District of Saanich, the Township of Esquimalt and the Bay Street Armoury have also been cancelled.
• The Polar Bear Swim from Glass Beach in Sidney has been cancelled.
• Activate 2022, a family-friendly New Year’s Day event set for Jan. 1 at the Beban Park Recreation Centre in Nanaimo, has been cancelled.
Posted 31 December 2021 - 09:59 AM
Posted 31 December 2021 - 10:13 AM
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Posted 31 December 2021 - 10:16 AM
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday January 1st
Where: Whiffin Spit, Sooke
Why do you need to “register”? In the old days you just showed up and did it.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 31 December 2021 - 10:17 AM.
Posted 31 December 2021 - 12:57 PM
Do you mean Whiffin Spit in Sooke?
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Posted 01 January 2022 - 12:49 AM
Posted 31 December 2022 - 04:43 AM
You can welcome the new year with music, attend one of the last levees open to the public or a take cold dip to clear out the cobwebs.
For many Victorians, the new year is an opportunity to attend a traditional levee at various levels of government and the Armed Forces. The pandemic and many of the restrictions on large group events led to a cancellation of almost all of the customary gatherings in the past two years. Some events have returned this year, but still with restrictions.
The most popular event has always been the New Year’s Day Levee at Government House, which has opened its doors to the public on the first day of the year since 1871. Its doors were closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are opening them again this year. The bad news is that the event, which typically sees 1,200 to 1,500 well-wishers showing up to meet the Lieutenant Governor, has been capped at 500 and all the invitations have been taken.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 31 December 2022 - 04:43 AM.
Posted 31 December 2022 - 11:31 AM
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