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☁️ Today's Weather: Cloudy with a high of 10 and low of 6

📸 : Provided by ORCASAT


UVic’s first satellite launch delayed by stormy weather

Minutes before a rocket was scheduled to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre on Tuesday, NASA pulled the plug. Launching a rocket in the rainy and cloudy conditions the region was experiencing could cause dangerous lightning, it said.

For recent UVic engineering grad Alex Doknjas, this was the fourth cancelled launch he’d witnessed during his week in Florida.

He, along with a colleague from UVic’s ORCASat project, travelled down to deliver their mini satellite and watch as it was sent into space. Over the past four years, the team of students and advisors designed, built, and tested the milk-carton sized satellite, which will help ground-based telescopes more precisely measure the brightness of stars and supernovae.

Capital Bulletin

🚨 Oak Bay police say they’ve charged a 23-year-old woman who's believed to have pushed an elderly man down his front steps on Nov. 19. She has been charged with assault and will appear in court in the new year.

🏘 The new premier has launched a standalone housing ministry. David Eby has announced a housing-specific ministry to take the place of the current system, which has housing falling under the purview of the attorney general. The housing minister will be announced Dec. 7 along with the rest of Eby’s cabinet.

📸 : Brishti Basu / Capital Daily


Some BC hospital patients left vulnerable without COVID, flu tests

After spending two weeks at Victoria General Hospital for a chronic health condition, Sue Ferguson’s husband Andy came home on Nov. 13.

A week later, he was back at the hospital.

According to Ferguson, Andy came down with respiratory illness symptoms about five days before he was discharged from the hospital—but hospital staff dismissed it as a cold.

"Everybody's got colds...and so they just treated it like a cold and didn't test him," Ferguson said. A few days after Andy got home, his wife started to feel sick as well. Rapid tests confirmed their hunch: the couple had COVID-19.

Langford lowering stormwater development cost charges

A note for Langford council-watchers: regular city council meetings now start at 7pm instead of 5:30pm in a bid to boost public participation. Council chambers have also reopened to the public.

Development cost charges to fund stormwater upgrades in Langford are set to drop slightly after council adopted a bylaw update this week.

With 10 projects deemed eligible for funding from the program—compared to 17 in 2017—staff proposed lowering the stormwater charges by 13%. Taxpayer contributions to the stormwater program are also expected to decrease by about 10% compared to the projection in Langford’s five-year financial plan. But council still needs to formally approve that change and include it in the municipal budget.

Council heard from some residents worried that more ambitious stormwater management upgrades might be needed due to local flooding following last year’s atmospheric river. However, staff noted that none of the new projects in the program can be funded without approval of the new bylaw, and the bylaw can be altered in the future if needed. With that, councillors felt comfortable approving the charges as proposed.

"It makes sense to me to support this at this time to ensure that we get started on those projects right away and that we don't then have to any delays that might increase the cost of those projects," said Coun. Mary Wagner.

All told, the city expects to spend $4.4 million to get all 10 projects done by 2026.

By Shannon Waters

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Capital Picks

🚲 Gear up for Recyclistas’ bike repair class on Thursdays from 1-4pm. Learn how to safely maintain, fix and rebuild bicycles with the help of local experts at 35 Crease Ave.

🌊 The Rise on Fifth: Ocean-view condos are now selling in Sidney. Learn more about this boutique collection of 1-, 2-, and 3- bedroom homes.*

🌏 Climate Change Curious: Take a closer look at the Royal BC Museum’s climate change gallery after hours tonight from 7-8:30pm with expert curators, collection managers and community guests. Admission $5.

🎨 Art with Impact: Head to the Dock Friday night at 722 Cormorant St. from 6-8pm for art, music and community. Visual artist Cornelia van Voorst will speak about her exhibition, Beloved Resistance. Admission is free.

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In Other News

🏅 Victoria Police gave out 10 Civic Service Awards to citizens who came to the aid of Const. Todd Mason when he was struck by the driver of a stolen car in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue in September 2021. The awards come after a separate ceremony was held in October for Sandy Fisher, a man living on the street who helped to lift the car off of Mason’s foot.

📄 Victoria mayor fined by Elections Canada for ads published without authorization: Victoria’s new Mayor Marianne Alto is one of a handful of municipal council candidates to receive a fine for campaign infractions in the time period before the October municipal election. Saanich mayoral candidate Fred Haynes and Victoria council candidate Janice Williams were also fined for not including authorization statements in campaign ads. [CHEK News]

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In Case You Missed It

✅ CORRECTION: A quote included in yesterday’s In Case You Missed It section was attributed to Premier David Eby. It was said by Health Minister Adrian Dix.

📢 Source of perplexing noise remains unknown: Residents across Victoria were mystified by a strange howling sound Tuesday night, and CHEK News ruled out the possibility of US Navy exercises. The same sounds were heard in Terrace in 2013, according to a CBC report.

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🤒 More children’s medicine coming soon, but nation-wide 1M shipment isn’t enough, says pharmacist: The shipment of flu and cold medicine will be hitting shelves next week to help combat the cold, flu, and RSV season, as reported by CTV.

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