Letters

Young cyclists ride around the Juan de Fuca Velodrome, one of the legacies from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria.  Black Press file photo

DAVID BLACK: Facilities and legacies a big part of 1994 Games

Similar additions to local recreation infrastructure possible with another Games in Victoria

  • Sep 14, 2017
Young cyclists ride around the Juan de Fuca Velodrome, one of the legacies from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria.  Black Press file photo
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LETTER: Let Saanich local area plans fulfill their purpose

Saanich proposes to update all 12 existing Local Area Plans within the…

  • Sep 13, 2017
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The old Emily Carr library branch at 3500 Blanshard St. has been vacant since December 2013, leaving Saanich with a $24,000 annual bill to cover operating costs. Dan Ebenal/News Staff

LETTER: Use old Emily Carr library as a daycare centre

Re: Former Saanich library continues to sit vacant, Saanich News, Sept. 8…

  • Sep 12, 2017
The old Emily Carr library branch at 3500 Blanshard St. has been vacant since December 2013, leaving Saanich with a $24,000 annual bill to cover operating costs. Dan Ebenal/News Staff

Commonwealth Games benefits remain illusory

B.C. government right to decide against financially backing Victoria’s bid

  • Sep 11, 2017
LETTERS: Residents say ‘no’ to carriage houses

LETTERS: Residents say ‘no’ to carriage houses

Readers respond to Saanich News’ Sept. 8 editorial

  • Sep 11, 2017
LETTERS: Residents say ‘no’ to carriage houses
The redevelopment of the Pacifica Housing complex at Oak Park on Goldstream Avenue includes a four-storey building in the first phase, which will add 64 homes to the affordable rental housing pool in Langford. A News letter writer says Victoria could do better on helping create more affordable units in the city. Courtesy Pacifica Housing

Victoria council needs to change development policy to create more affordable housing

Building in rules requiring that a percentage of new units be below-market cost would help

  • Sep 11, 2017
The redevelopment of the Pacifica Housing complex at Oak Park on Goldstream Avenue includes a four-storey building in the first phase, which will add 64 homes to the affordable rental housing pool in Langford. A News letter writer says Victoria could do better on helping create more affordable units in the city. Courtesy Pacifica Housing
The 2022 Commonwealth Games would help build $900 million worth of affordable housing for the region, says bid chair David Black. File photo

DAVID BLACK: More money for affordable housing in Victoria with Commonwealth Games bid

Applying for funding using the traditional route would yield far less, bid chair says

  • Sep 10, 2017
The 2022 Commonwealth Games would help build $900 million worth of affordable housing for the region, says bid chair David Black. File photo

LETTER: Cameras can’t compete with police resources

Police feet on the Malahat Highway and in municipalities where they live…

  • Sep 8, 2017
LETTER: CRD using taxpayers as ATM

LETTER: CRD using taxpayers as ATM

Taxpayers do not want money spent on wastewater trips. It leaves the…

  • Sep 8, 2017
LETTER: CRD using taxpayers as ATM
Facilities such as the gymnasium at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence in Saanich could be funded more easily by hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, says bid committee chair David Black. File photo

DAVID BLACK: Private citizens step up to cover potential Commonwealth Games cost overruns

Budgeting done conservatively; province, Greater Victoria municipalities would receive new revenues

  • Sep 7, 2017
Facilities such as the gymnasium at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence in Saanich could be funded more easily by hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, says bid committee chair David Black. File photo
LETTER: Deer native to Vancouver Island for thousands of years

LETTER: Deer native to Vancouver Island for thousands of years

Re: Deer not native to Gordon Head, letter in the Aug. 16…

  • Sep 6, 2017
LETTER: Deer native to Vancouver Island for thousands of years
Facilities such as Saanich Commonwealth Place were among the legacies of the last Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria in 1994. Others could result from the current Games bid, says bid committee chair David Black. FILE PHOTO

DAVID BLACK: Greater Victoria’s 2022 Games bid fine-tuned, still alive

Reworked plan to be unveiled at home in advance of Commonwealth Games Federation submission

  • Sep 5, 2017
Facilities such as Saanich Commonwealth Place were among the legacies of the last Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria in 1994. Others could result from the current Games bid, says bid committee chair David Black. FILE PHOTO
Former faller says wildfire response mismanaged

Former faller says wildfire response mismanaged

The initial firefighters should be loggers and first responders living in the same area as the fire

  • Sep 2, 2017
Former faller says wildfire response mismanaged
Speed limits are raised to 120 km/h on Highway 97C and other divided highways in remote areas, July 2014. (Black Press files)

Speed and weed aren’t helping ICBC

Readers call for electronic enforcement, car insurance competition

  • Aug 31, 2017
Speed limits are raised to 120 km/h on Highway 97C and other divided highways in remote areas, July 2014. (Black Press files)
Construction for the first of the two towers going up between Johnson and Yates streets near Vancouver Street is well underway. One reader uses the 989 project to illustrate how new buildings cater to more affluent buyers and renters. Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria building developers cater to upper-end renters, buyers

City’s moderate wage earners being shut out of housing market

  • Aug 29, 2017
Construction for the first of the two towers going up between Johnson and Yates streets near Vancouver Street is well underway. One reader uses the 989 project to illustrate how new buildings cater to more affluent buyers and renters. Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS
Backyard chickens in urban Victoria environments can create problems if rules not adhered to, reader writes. Angie Mindus/Black Press

Backyard chicken pen brings rats to Victoria neighbourhood

Neighbour resents having to spend money for someone else’s problem

  • Aug 29, 2017
Backyard chickens in urban Victoria environments can create problems if rules not adhered to, reader writes. Angie Mindus/Black Press
Grizzly bear triplets with their mother. (B.C. Ministry of Forests)

Killing bears, one way or another

B.C. hunters speak out about grizzly hunt, wildlife management

  • Aug 23, 2017
Grizzly bear triplets with their mother. (B.C. Ministry of Forests)
Victoria 2022 Commonwealth Games bid committee chair David Black believes there are many reasons why hosting the Games makes sense for the region. Don Denton/Black Press

Victoria 2022 bid committee chair offers costs/benefits of hosting Commonwealth Games

David Black says there’s never been a better time to leverage government funding for local projects

  • Aug 23, 2017
Victoria 2022 Commonwealth Games bid committee chair David Black believes there are many reasons why hosting the Games makes sense for the region. Don Denton/Black Press
Time not right for a Games bid for Victoria, tax watchdog says

Time not right for a Games bid for Victoria, tax watchdog says

Stan Bartlett wants more community input before area taxpayers asked to pay for Games

  • Aug 23, 2017
Time not right for a Games bid for Victoria, tax watchdog says
LETTER: Coffee lovers causing congestion

LETTER: Coffee lovers causing congestion

Many of us grumble about how the changes to some of our…

  • Aug 19, 2017
LETTER: Coffee lovers causing congestion