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#161 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 02:39 PM

That’s probably not a fair comparison, Victoria and Saanich were 99.5% “parkland” prior to contact.

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#162 Mike K.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 02:52 PM

How about net new parkland? Accounting for the amount of greenspace in Langford that has been clearcut?

Net new parkland, too.

Private land is not parkland, no more than someone’s back yard is your greenspace.

I’m not aware of Langford taking away parkland for development.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 03:14 PM

Net new parkland, too.

Private land is not parkland, no more than someone’s back yard is your greenspace.

I’m not aware of Langford taking away parkland for development.

 

Fine, but private land can be used recreationally by the public. I know it is the Highlands, but prior to Bear Mountain going in, a lot of the area was used by mountain bikers. That was private land, no? I know of many other trails that connect parks that go through private land in the Highlands. Could there not be similar situations in Langford?



#164 Nparker

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 04:20 PM

I am willing to bet 160 or so years ago what is now urban Victoria had a lot more trees.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 04:25 PM

How about net new parkland? Accounting for the amount of greenspace in Langford that has been clearcut?

 

Seems like Langford is adding to it all the time.  How much parkland is in Victoria?

 

 

Across Langford, there are 2,167 acres of municipal park and recreation land.

 
The new green spaces will be "protected in perpetuity for residents of Langford," according to the municipality.

 

https://vancouverisl...e municipality.



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Posted 09 May 2022 - 04:26 PM

Private land "can" be used as you see fit. There might be legal ramifications though. You definitely want to be careful in Texas.

Those renegade trails were pretty awesome. Was great while it lasted. I remember back then thinking that it's a problem mountain bikers were willing to spend $7k on a bike but nothing on a place to ride. 



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Posted 09 May 2022 - 06:47 PM

Fine, but private land can be used recreationally by the public. I know it is the Highlands, but prior to Bear Mountain going in, a lot of the area was used by mountain bikers. That was private land, no? I know of many other trails that connect parks that go through private land in the Highlands. Could there not be similar situations in Langford?


If you trespass, yes, absolutely. Some owners are ok with the public traversing their lands. But that can also make the owner liable if there were to be an incident. It’s getting trickier and tricker for the public to access trail connections via private land as these connections are declining in our litigious society.

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#168 LJ

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 07:24 PM

Private land "can" be used as you see fit. There might be legal ramifications though. You definitely want to be careful in Texas.

Those renegade trails were pretty awesome. Was great while it lasted. I remember back then thinking that it's a problem mountain bikers were willing to spend $7k on a bike but nothing on a place to ride. 

There are still some pretty awesome trails to ride at Bear Mountain, not by me, mind you.


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Posted 28 May 2022 - 05:42 AM

Good Samaritan saved the day

 

 

Recently, a friend of mine and I decided to walk to the summit of John Dean Park. He has one lung; I, at age 81, have genetically deformed feet. We left the parking lot and followed the steep ascent on the gravel road that circled bend after bend, each turn spiralling us higher and higher.

 

After what might have been a mile, I could feel my legs beginning to lose all their strength. They slowly gave way and my friend had to take my arm and shepherd me along. We finally saw the trail leading down to the summit viewpoint: it had occasional wooden steps, but the remainder was strewn with rocks and stones on all shapes and sizes. I fell twice, my arms and legs full of abrasions, but somehow we made it to the magnificent view. It was only then I realized my friend thought we would never make it out.

 

We were in dire straits. He took one arm, had me crouch forward, and somehow we managed to stumble our way back to the gravel road. But the descent was no less arduous than the ascent.

 

Ahead of us two hikers appeared. The woman urged her partner to go on ahead, took my other arm and walked us all the way down another mile or so to the parking lot. My friend and I began referring to her as a guardian angel. And that’s what she was.

 

I wish to publicly thank Michele Dolan for her extraordinary kindness and generosity. That there are people like Michele alive and well in this world offers us hope. In the age of COVID, her warmth and compassion serve as a beacon to reach out to one another in our time of need.

 

Doug Beardsley
Saanichton

 

 

 

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 28 May 2022 - 05:42 AM.


#170 Mike K.

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Posted 28 May 2022 - 06:48 AM

Bet that partner feels goofy right now.

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#171 LJ

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Posted 28 May 2022 - 07:29 PM

Maybe they could give the Grouse Grind a go as well, goofs.


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Posted 21 June 2022 - 03:01 PM

Langford buys Goldstream Masonic Lodge site to expand Veterans Memorial Park

 

Park expansion will see Aldwynd Road closed at Goldstream Avenue

 

 

Norm Scott, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91, said the expansion would help accommodate the increasingly larger crowds at Remembrance Day services, as the current space was reaching its capacity.

 

Langford Mayor Stew Young added it would also help the growing Goldstream Farmers’ Market and preserve green space as the city moves towards densification and building up its downtown. “Every city should have a central park.”

 

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The Goldstream Masonic Lodge opened in 1955 and the iconic sequoia was planted by two Langford youth when the hall was constructed.

 

 

 

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 04:38 AM

Streams society aims to get West Shore community more involved with Langford project

 

Millstream watershed info session runs June 27

 

The Peninsula Streams Society is hoping to get the West Shore community inspired to become stewards of the Millstream watershed and is planning an information session to do just that.

 

On June 27 starting at 6:30 p.m., the society will be at the outdoor covered area of Millstream Elementary School to talk about the work it has been involved in on the watershed already, how its efforts to restore the coho salmon return in the watershed are going, and how the community can help keep those efforts going.

 


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#174 dasmo

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 04:56 AM

That’s a worthy project. They got 700 salmon to return. That’s a big deal.

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 05:01 AM

That’s a worthy project. They got 700 salmon to return. That’s a big deal.

 

 

 

Killer whales prefer to eat only the biggest, juiciest Chinook salmon they can find. The larger the fish, the more energy a whale can get for its meal.

 

Each year these top ocean predators consume more than 2.5 million adult Chinook salmon along the West Coast.

 

Except for the endangered southern resident population in Washington, all other fish-eating orca populations that live along the coast, called “residents,” are growing in number. Northern residents along the British Columbia coast number more than 300 whales, for example, while Alaska orcas are close to 2,300 individuals.

 

 

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#176 dasmo

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 05:04 AM

A seed is a tiny little object that can grow into a huge tree. 700 returning salmon shows it’s viable. If they get their goal of thousands then it might become valuable.
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Posted 22 June 2022 - 05:10 AM

I was a deckhand for a couple years on a trawler out of Sooke. There is no more fishing industry out of Sooke. Our fishing industry didn’t die South Island because of over fishing. We have destroyed spawning grounds. Fishermen used to complain that the logging had no regard for this. “Stewardship” is real and practical and is intertwined with our economy. This is sooo much better than constructing a carbon capture factory….
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Posted 23 June 2022 - 11:13 AM

The wheels are moving again on Saanich’s popular food truck program.

 

Gearing back into action next week, the program returns to Cadboro-Gyro and Beckwith parks on July 1, with six local food truck vendors rotating between the parks until Sept. 9.

 

This year’s lineup includes Country Crepes, Greek on The Street, Cup-a-Roni, Sub-Zero Ice Cream, Candytime, and Holy Cow Mini Donuts. Offering a range of savoury or sweet items, the vendors choose their own operating hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Their schedules will be available on the Victoria Food Trucks’ website, streetfoodapp.com/victoria.

 

 

 

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Thanks, truckers!   :1954_dancing:


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Fred.

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 11:22 AM

Cup-a-Roni has a pretty large menu.

 

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Lots more:  https://cup-a-ronitruck.com/

 

 



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