ELECTIION TREND – Now that we’re into the second week of the federal election some numbers are starting to take shape. I have always
found 338 Canada as the most accurate poll because it is an average of the larger polls. After week one, The NDP sits with a projected gain of about a dozen seats while the Liberals show a drop of 11. According to the poll, expect the Conservatives to gain
two seats. Keep in mind, it’s all fluid and can change at the slip of a tongue.
DIEF WAS RIGHT – One of my first federal election
campaigns included hearing John Diefenbaker challenging the Liberals, “Why didn’t you do it when you were in power?” That was in the 1950s, but still a good question today with all the promises been tossed around.
VIEX CUTS TICKET PRICES –≠ The fair is a little condensed this year, so admission prices will shrink.
Tickets are $5 each and children six and under are free. All of the amusement rides carnival games will be available at the VIEX. About a dozen food trucks will have mainstays like hot dogs, burgers and mini donuts, while international choices like Mediterranean
and Brazilian cuisine will be on the menu.
TOUR de ROCK WITH A DIFFERENCE –
This year's Tour de Rock, beginning on Sept. 20, will see cyclists riding in their own communities rather than the 1,200-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island. The Tour raises funds for pediatric cancer. They got a little taste Saturday of what it’s like
this year as they pedaled through the Ladysmith Show and Shine car show to raise awareness about the tour. The first events will be held in Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill and over the following 12 days, events will be held in communities progressing
south on the island, culminating in Victoria on Oct. 1. They hope to raise $600,000 for pediatric cancer research and programs like Camp Goodtimes that serve children with cancer. Since
the first ride in 1998, Tour de Rock has raised more than $26 million. MORE.
FAIR STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - If you’ve got time on your hands next weekend, you can make yourself useful at the VIEX. The fair begins Friday and ends Sunday, and they need more
volunteers. It’s a toned down this year, what with coronavirus. That means extra hand sanitizing and hand washing stations, capacity limits and recommending masks for all indoor spaces, extra cleaning practices on high use or high touch areas. And if
you’rfe not feeling well, stay home. If you can’t go, you can see the virtual fair online with contests and live streams from the fair on the VIEX website. If you want to volunteer, here are the contacts – Elissa: email@example.com. Vendors can call Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can even become a sponsor, call Karen: email@example.com. For any other information Phone: 250-758-3247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PUT YOUR ARTISTIC TALENT TO WORK –
So you think you have artistic talent. Well, you could make some bucks out of the city’s Urban Design Roster program which will register artists
who want to beautify public spaces like utility boxes, civic buildings, manholes and other small-scale urban street objects. Allison Collins, the City’s culture co-ordinator, says projects will be assigned for different kinds of public image-making
projects, like murals and graphic design. You can apply until Monday, Aug 30 and successful applicants will be informed next month.While their work will come to fruition next year and in 2023, Collins hopes it will be around long-term. MORE
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SHUT DOWN –
Staffing shortages seem to plague more and more facilities. BC Ferries has had a problem getting enough qualified staff from time to time, and now Saanich Peninsula Hospital closed its emergency department to new patients Saturday night due to a staffing issue.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority did not elaborate on what the staffing issue was, but hospitals across the province have been struggling with a shortage of nurses and other medical staff. Emergency patients were redirected to Victoria General Hospital
or Royal Jubilee Hospital.
THOSE DOGS – Some people seem to have too much time on their hands. A study from the University of British Columbia shows that feeding a large dog commercial dog food could release more than 2,500 kilograms of carbon dioxide over its
lifetime. It’s all about those emissions and how they change the climate. There are an estimated one billion dogs in the world, and researchers are investigating their carbon paw print and challenging pet owners to opt for sustainable foods, toys and
activities. It used to be cattle flatulence that was to blame, but now we know dog farts are the cause of climate change. Who knew?