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#1 sebberry

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:03 AM

Cancelled.

 

After moving it from Thetis to Elk Lake due to gross stuff in the water, Elk lake is suffering from a similar problem.

 

http://www.cfax1070....ria-polar-bears

 

 


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:27 AM

Why don't they just move it to the ocean?


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:56 PM

Why don't they just move it to the ocean?

 

With all the sewage floating around?  Nah!


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:01 PM

Why don't they just move it to the ocean?

 

The "ads" running on CFAX say it's too late to get permits for anywhere else.

 

Sidney is still a go.

 

http://www.peninsula...olar-bear-swim/


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:31 PM

The "ads" running on CFAX say it's too late to get permits for anywhere else.

 

Since when does a group of people need a permit to go for a dip in the ocean? 

God we're so backwards here.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:33 PM

Since when does a group of people need a permit to go for a dip in the ocean? 

God we're so backwards here.

 

It's ridiculous.  Our government is too inept to even organize a 2-minute dip, with a week's notice. 


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:37 PM

So you organize it on Facebook, a thousand people will show up.  A St. John's Ambulance is arranged so that it "just happens" to be passing by at the time of the dip.  CHEK news is there to cover a staged bicycle theft and manages to turn the camera on the swimmers "just in time" to catch the event.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 04:04 PM

Meanwhile if you're operating a dispensary...
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Posted 23 December 2015 - 05:14 PM

Why are permits needed for a public beach whether its a lake or the sea??



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 06:12 PM

Why are permits needed for a public beach whether its a lake or the sea??

 

I think when you create an "organized" event, liability issues come in.  You and I can go play some pick-up basketball in the park, but if we organize and event, we need more permissions.


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Posted 24 December 2015 - 11:03 AM

Polar Bear Swim in Sidney

 

https://www.facebook...23296214498570/



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 03:44 PM

Why don't they just move it to the ocean?

 

The swim IS ON in the ocean at Dallas Rd. I called CFAX to let them know and the guy who answered the phone was saying that they were only announcing THEIR event that they sponsor as cancelled. I pointed out to him that the PSA says "it is too late to issue permits" and "there will be no polar bear swim in Greater Victoria" - I repeated this three times, he still did not hear what I said, couldn't believe it. He finished with, "as said, there is no polar bear swim that we are involved with."  Okay, Star Wars style spoiler alert: Greater Victoria is CFAX 1070, OMG!!! 

Here is the post at Victoria Sports News about the swim at Dallas Road: http://victoriasport...on-in-victoria/    -- the Times Colonist was swift enough to pick up on it after I posted it.....


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 04:25 PM

Swimming at Dallas Road eh!

The media should do an exit poll to find out how many people REALLY think we need sewage treatment.



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 05:11 PM

It's fine. Although dumping raw sewage into the ocean is not a great thing, regardless if the straight acts as flushing toilet-like thing, we should treat it first. But it is clean otherwise the very sensitive marine life would be washed up everywhere......


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:10 PM

The CFAX add claim no Polar Bear swim in Greater Victoria area but Sidney is part of GVA in Fact one can drive to Sidney after work quicker than to Langford


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:46 PM

That ad has been bugging me.  I didn't think Sidney separated from Greater Victoria. 


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 09:36 PM

Doesn't Greater Victoria technically begin in Royal Oak?

I mean those two welcome to Greater Victoria signs are along the Pat Bay in Saanich in Royal Oak and along the Trans Canada in View Royal.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 09:46 PM

Doesn't Greater Victoria technically begin in Royal Oak?

I mean those two welcome to Greater Victoria signs are along the Pat Bay in Saanich in Royal Oak and along the Trans Canada in View Royal.

 

Good point.

 

I'm not aware of any "official" designation of the boundaries for Greater Victoria.  It's not a political entity or administrative district like the CRD. 

 

EDIT:  And the Victoria Chamber lists Sidney as one of the Greater Victoria municipalities:  https://www.victoria...about_victoria/


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:04 PM

"Greater Victoria" can be the CRD, which is Sooke to Sidney and the Gulf Island as well, remember "CRD" stands for Capital Regional District. 

 

Greater Victoria is commonly known as "Sooke to Sidney" and the census, which is a federal government thing counts 344,000 people, which would require a Sooke to Sidney range. StasCan actually lists Sidney with its population of just over 11,000 as part of the "Metropolitan area" of Greater VIctoria, here: https://www12.statca...g&GK=CMA&GC=935

 

Their coloured map includes the peninsula right to Landsend Rd. 

 

CFAX's PSA is incorrect, there is a Sidney polar bear swim and there is one on Dallas Rd. I count two in Greater Victoria. 


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:11 PM

Well if you are saying that Greater Victoria starts at those signs then we can safely say that North Saanich ,Sidney,,Central Saanich ,Colwood Langford and Metchosin are not part of the Greater Victoria area and that all the bitching about 13 municipalities with mayors and fire depts. can now be referred to as only 7 municipalities in the Greater Victoria area the rest are on the other side of those signs and are not part of Victoria

 

 

absurd...isnt it?         ...Sidney is as much part of Victoria as Oak Bay or Saanich is


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