Plus: The local club that burns brightly Tuesday nights
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Go to most music festivals these days and you’ll probably catch a few flow artists—good and bad—performing by way of dance, fire-spinning, and/or juggling. It’s an impressive art form, but also one that requires a lot of discipline—and a good teacher. Luckily, Fern Burn Club provides that space every Tuesday evening. On Halloween weekend I caught up with two of the co-founders to get a grasp of their weekly meetups and how they practice and teach safe fire-spinning in the city. Read more below.


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Premier David Eby announced on Monday that housing targets will be set for municipalities next year. Photo: BC Government Flickr


In Eby, municipalities see a potential housing ally

The BC government is about to get much more hands-on when it comes to housing development.

During his first day in the legislature as premier, David Eby announced legislation that will make good on his pledge to set housing targets for municipalities as early as next year.

He says the legislation is intended to “change the conversation” away from a one-by-one approach to housing decisions by municipalities. That approach results in long, expensive and uncertain processes for new housing, which, he says, are at the root of the current housing shortage.

“Instead, we're looking at the big picture—how much housing do we need—and then working with cities about how that target is going to be hit,” he said.

Read the full story by Shannon Waters

Capital Bulletin

💨 Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for inland Vancouver Island—the Cowichan Valley and Port Alberni—due to elevated fine particulate matter from emissions from wood stoves and vehicles.

🚔 Saanich police are investigating a suspicious Monday morning fire at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Mann Avenue. [CHEK]

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The Fern Burn Club gives a safe space for fire-spinning

As the skies start to clear on a Tuesday night in October, the faint smell of gas mingles with the low rumble of a drum and bass song emanating from just beyond the border of Fernwood Square. A few steps away, over the hill, balls of flame dance in the night sky.

The Fern Burn Club was co-founded by Kate Tutty, Jacq Kittel, and Mike Hammond in 2020. It meets every Tuesday night from 8:30 to 10:30pm behind the Fernwood Community Centre.

From fire-spinning to juggling or dancing, flow arts (as the art form is called) has become a much more common sight at music festivals. But until now, there weren’t many places dedicated to safely honing that skill in the city.

Read the full story by Ryan Hook

Sooke mayor working to increase public engagement

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait wants to rearrange how committee of the whole meetings are used to try to increase public engagement. “I took it seriously when I saw [voter] turnout drop so significantly in our community,” she said at the Nov. 14 council meeting.

“Local government is the level of government closest to the people. We interfere with and upset everybody routinely, and yet we saw low turnout. We need to find a different way of conducting business.”

Her idea is to encourage the public to bring their concerns and issues to committee of the whole meetings where there isn’t already a packed agenda. Regular council meetings start at 7pm, and the more involvement there is the later the meetings go. Council unanimously agreed to hold 1pm committee of the whole meetings on the third Monday of the month, and occasionally also the first Monday. Those meetings can be less formal—she cited ideas from other communities such as hosting the meeting at the high school to get students involved, or offering hot food to encourage people to attend. The committee of the whole meetings are also a good opportunity for councillors to report back on their work with intra-municipal committees, since time is often tight in regular council meetings but the information is important.

By Zoë Ducklow

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🏠 Oak Bay home once again welcoming refugees
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria has signed a lease to use a two-bedroom Oak Bay home to house refugees from around the world. This home, along with a second six-bedroom home, were previously used to house refugees by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society until the three-year agreement expired earlier this year. The use of the larger home is still unclear. [Victoria News]

🎵 Sidney singer debuts first album at 80
Emma Robbins wants to tell people that they can pursue their passions no matter their age. Robbins couldn’t continue her singing career at the age of 18 after becoming a parent. But she’s now fulfilling her dreams with the help of her son, as reported by CHEK News.

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⚖️ BC Ferries human rights complaint to continue: A complaint by a group of female employees allege an ongoing pattern of sex and gender-based discrimination at BC Ferries. The case continues before the BC human rights tribunal after a failed mediation process, as reported by Capital Daily’s Nina Grossman.

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🏳️‍⚧️ Transgender Day of Remembrance: Members of Victoria’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, along with allies and politicians, gathered to raise the transgender flag at the legislature on Nov. 20. Violence towards transgender and gender non-conforming people is at an all-time high, according to the Victoria Pride Society. [Saanich News]

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