Plus: Indigenous group says targeted racism went unchallenged by passersby
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On this Remembrance Day, I’d like to point you toward an article we published two years ago, before many of you were subscribers. With the help of the Comox Air Force Museum, the Royal BC Museum, and the Canadian Letters and Images Project, we compiled excerpts of letters, diary entries, and oral histories from or about Vancouver Islanders who fought in the world wars.

Among the artifacts is a letter from 1915, in which a sergeant longs for simple pleasures—an armchair, a magazine, and the "little old Cowichan river, whether the fish are biting, or not." There’s also a heart-rending letter from 1941 informing a mother that her son, a tail gunner, went missing during a mission over Hamburg. "[I]t is not possible for us to deduce where his aircraft came to grief or under what circumstances," the wing commander wrote. We’re happy to tell you he survived.

If you’re so inclined, please share the article with friends and family—and encourage them to subscribe to our newsletter.

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Indigenous group in Victoria says passersby were silent during racist attack on Orange Shirt Day

A sign on the Indigenous Harm Reduction Team's Douglas Street window. Photo: Brishti Basu / Capital Daily

On National Truth and Reconciliation Day, a staff member at the Indigenous Harm Reduction Team (IHRT) was frantically running up and down the sidewalk on Douglas Street imploring passersby for help.

A man had parked his van outside the office/gallery on Douglas Street and was blaring tapes from a speaker within it. These tapes, according to staff members at IHRT, denied the existence of unmarked graves found at residential schools in BC and spewed other racist rhetoric minimizing the harms caused by these institutions.

"It was so loud, you could hear it from all the way back here," said Avery, an IHRT staff member who declined to share their last name, standing in a back room of the downtown office far from the entrance. "And it was intentionally directed at us."

The employees politely requested him to stop playing the tapes, but to no avail. They spent the next hour seeking out bystanders who could help witness the incident and hopefully get the man to leave, but only two orange-clad pedestrians heeded their call for support.

Capital Bulletin

❤️ Remembrance Day ceremonies across Greater Victoria

  • Victoria: The official provincial ceremony will be held at the BC legislature cenotaph from 10:30am-1pm.
  • Saanich: Saanich Municipal Hall. 10:45am-12:30pm.
  • Oak Bay: Oak Bay cenotaph. 10:55am-12:30pm.
  • Esquimalt: A parade will begin at the Tudor House and end at the cenotaph in Memorial Park. 10am-12pm.
  • Central Saanich: Pioneer Park cenotaph. 10:45am.
  • Sidney: A parade will begin at 10:25am from the Mary Winspear Centre to the cenotaph at town hall on Sidney Avenue. The ceremony begins at 10:45am.
  • Langford: Veterans Memorial Park. 10:30am.
  • Colwood: Royal Roads University. 10:40am-12:30pm. A second ceremony is being held at the cenotaph at West Shore Parks & Recreation at 10:45am.
  • Sooke: Parade from Evergreen Mall to Sooke’s Cenotaph at the Legion. 10:35am.
For more Remembrance Day events, see Capital Picks.

🚌 BC Transit is offering free rides to active military members, veterans, and cadets today. BC Ferries is also offering free passage today to anyone travelling in uniform or who can present military identification.

BC Housing will fund overnight emergency shelter sites in Victoria under new agreement

Tents lined Pandora Avenue on Monday as the snow started to fall. Photo: Brishti Basu / Capital Daily

Days after an early snowstorm hit Victoria—sending city staff scrambling to coordinate emergency overnight shelter spaces for people living outside—council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with BC Housing that will provide funding for future overnight warming sites.

It costs about $2,100 to activate an overnight warming centre, according to the city, which anticipates this winter could see 10 to 15 nights where the centres are needed. Without the agreement with BC Housing, the city could end up spending nearly $32,500 on overnight warming centres this winter.

Since December 2021, emergency warming centres have been activated 16 times—six of those overnight and 10 during the day—with about 250 people using the spaces available.

Previously, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) covered the costs of both daytime and overnight warming centres, but the city was told that for this winter and in future, BC Housing is responsible for reimbursing overnight warming centre costs through its Extreme Weather Response (EWR) program.

Read the full story by Capital Daily's Shannon Waters

Langford ‘is at a turning point’ mayor says in inaugural address

Scott Goodmanson began his first speech as Langford’s mayor by thanking the people who filled the theatre at Belmont Secondary School for the inaugural council meeting on Nov. 7 despite the growing snowstorm outside.

"Our city is at a turning point in its evolution and everything we have done in the past is not all it will be done in the future," he said. "Our next phase in growth will have to be more courageous, more adventurous, more inclusive, and more sustainable than we ever have before."

Goodmanson will serve as one of Langford’s municipal director on the Capital Regional District board, as well as on the CRD’s regional hospital district board and regional housing corporation board through until the next election in November 2026.

Coun. Lillian Szpak—the only incumbent from the previous council to win re-election—will be the city’s second representative on all three boards for a two-year term with Coun. Colby Harder serving as first alternate. Harder will take over from Szpak in November 2024 with Coun. Mary Wagner serving as first alternate.

The CRD boards meet for the first time since the municipal elections on Nov. 16.

By Shannon Waters

Sooke mayor hopes to increase resident participation in council with Municipal Mondays

Sooke’s re-elected council will pick up a lot of unfinished business at the next meeting, but at the inaugural meeting Nov. 7, Mayor Maja Tait asked that they take the opportunity before the next meeting to reconsider what works and what hasn’t been effective. Such as the committees, which have all been suspended and will be reorganized.

"We’ve advanced many projects and adopted many policies and bylaws [over the last term], however through all of this we may have inadvertently created some red tape, some delays, some unnecessary tasks or steps," she said.

Glad to be reelected, but disappointed at the poor voter turnout—29% down from 42% in 2018—Tait has dubbed every Monday henceforth Municipal Monday. Every council meeting, public hearing, and town hall will be held on a Monday. By concentrating municipal affairs on one day of the week, she hopes Sooke locals will participate more. In January she’ll start hosting Monday coffee chats, and plans to restart the collaboration with local schools to expose students to municipal affairs.

By Zoë Ducklow

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Capital Picks

🪖 Remembering Chinese Canadian veterans: The Chinese Canadian Museum is holding a special display about Chinese Canadian veterans who served in the Second World War. WWII Veteran Gordie Quan will also be there to share his stories. 11:30am-1:30pm in Fan Tan Alley.

💬 The results are in! Read the 2022 Vital Signs report and see how Greater Victorians rate the vitality of the region.*

🎬 Remembrance Day at RBCM: The Royal BC Museum is screening multiple films today in remembrance of those who have served and sacrificed their lives for Canada. The documentary D-Day: Normandy 1944, a telling of one of the most pivotal moments of the Second World War, is playing today at 11am and 3pm. Forgotten Warriors, a documentary about the Indigenous people who enlisted to fight for Canada in World War II, is playing at 6pm. And finally, the modern classic 1917 is playing at 7:15pm. [Tickets]

🎶 Also at RBCM, the Victoria Children’s Choir will perform a special Remembrance Day concert in Clifford Carl Hall from 12:30-1pm.

🌟 Invest in our future leaders. Capital Daily and United Way Southern Vancouver Island are bringing together researchers, community partners, and specialists for a discussion on early childhood education. Register now for this free virtual event on Nov. 17, 6-7pm.

🤝 Now hiring: LGBTQ2S+ Career Development & Skills Training at QmunityWORKS.

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In Case You Missed It

🎖️ How a failed real estate agent won the Great War: On Remembrance Day, read Capital Daily’s 2020 story on Arthur Currie, an unassuming man who went on to lead the deadliest army Canada has ever assembled.

❤️ Uber connects communities to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Read more about the growing local support for Uber’s expansion to Victoria and Kelowna.*

🏆 Last day to nominate restaurants for the Tasting Victoria Awards. Get your favourites nominated, and tell your family and friends to nominate theirs!

🎒 Pack smart, travel happy! Visit Flush in downtown Sidney for the biggest selection of luggage, backpacks, bags, duffels, hip packs, packing organizers, and more from Lug, Herschel, Baggallini, and Travelon.*
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