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Pacific Opera Victoria
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The world’s most boring video game is truly painful. In Desert Bus, players must drive between Tucson, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada, on a straight, completely empty road in a bus that drifts slightly to the right. For eight real-time hours. And you can’t pause the game. Sound fun?

Today is the start of Desert Bus for Hope, an annual local fundraiser where volunteers play the game non-stop for days to raise money for a global children’s charity. The fundraiser is livestreamed—but don’t worry, there’s a lot more to it than just the video game. Read more on that below.

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Victoria's arts and culture sector stays steady while touring artists continue to grapple with recovery

Victoria artist Art d'Ecco performs. Photo: Miguel Esparza / submitted

With the Royal and McPherson theatres, the Capital Ballroom, and a multitude of festivals throughout the summer, Victoria can be pretty spoiled with music, theatre, and comedy acts—we get some of the world’s best. And when it comes to the local scene, Victoria has the highest concentration of artists out of any Canadian municipality.

And that’s reflected in the 2022 Vital Signs Report.

More than 2,500 residents completed this year’s survey and gave local arts and culture a B grade—a score that hasn’t changed since the pandemic hit in 2020. From 2013-2019, the category consistently received a B+.

Considering the toll social distancing and pandemic recovery have taken on the arts, it’s no surprise the grade has suffered at least a little.

Chris Gilpin, manager at the CRD’s arts & culture division, says the report is good at providing context for how Victoria residents see what the city offers, but is by no means indicative of how the arts and culture sector in Canada as a whole is actually recovering. According to Statscan, jobs are increasing.

"It's not at the pre-pandemic level, at least in the sentiment survey," he said. "But the trend line is going up in 2022."

Read the full story by Capital Daily’s Ryan Hook

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Victoria gamers play the world’s most boring game for charity

Desert Bus for Hope volunteers celebrate during a past year's livestream. Photo: Kolin Toney

Road trips can be so much fun, but they can also be incredibly boring. You may know the type—hours spent following a straight empty road, with little variation in the scenery and no landmarks along the way. Some bugs might splat on your windshield but otherwise you see no sign of life. Maybe the wheels of your vehicle are misaligned, constantly pulling you slightly to the right towards the shoulder.

Andrew Ferguson knows this kind of road trip well—albeit virtually.

This is the premise of Desert Bus, the world’s most boring video game, and today, Ferguson and dozens of locals, entertainers, and special guests will be taking turns playing the game for the 16th-annual Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser.

As always, the more money Desert Bus for Hope raises, the longer they’ll drive. Last year, they raised more than $1.2 million after about seven full days of gaming.

Read the full story by Capital Daily's Jolene Rudisuela

View Royal considers committees at inaugural council meeting

Mayor Sid Tobias was elected on a promise of increasing citizen engagement in View Royal. But his proposal to do that by establishing new advisory committees is proving to be more complicated than expected.

The Westshore had previously reported on how this is a top priority for Tobias. But at his first committee of the whole meeting—unusually well-attended—councillors discussed the possibility of amalgamating committees and restructuring how those citizen engagement opportunities would look, partly due to potential costs.

A report from town staff said that as of now, the new proposed committees would require an extra 275 staff hours, some of which would have to be paid at time-and-a-half.

"It’s not known where the staff time would come from, and there is no current capacity to take on additional required hours," said View Royal Chief Administrative Officer Kim Anema.

Four View Royal residents in council chambers spoke on the topic, with three in favour of establishing more committees and one hoping to improve on the current structure before making bigger changes.

Tobias had previously indicated that he wanted to establish seven new committees. But at the council meeting, he said that he’s flexible about the exact number. "It’s getting it right and being able to adjust it as we go," said Tobias.

By Michael John Lo

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🖼️ Art Battle Victoria: Watch as local artists battle against each other and the clock to create original works of art in three fast-paced rounds. All artwork will be auctioned off. Tonight at 6pm at the Victoria Events Centre. Tickets are $27.57 in advance, or $33 at the door.

🥫 Reggae Dance Food Drive: Records from the 1960s to now are spinning at the Victoria Event Centre tonight after the Art Battle. Entry is $15 cash or $5 with a non-perishable food donation.

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🚴 Investigation underway after VicPD officer opens door into cyclist
According to police, a Victoria police officer responding to a call opened their door into the path of a cyclist, who collided with the door on Thursday morning. The cyclist was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Dooring carries a fine of $368 in BC. But the officer has not been ticketed because an investigation is underway to determine if the incident was, in fact, dooring, police told CHEK News.

🚣‍♀️ UVic Vikes women’s rowing team crowned national champions
This is the first time in a decade that the local team has taken the top spot. The women’s eight also set a new course record time of 6:12.270. If that weren’t enough, head coach Jane Gumley was named coach of the year for the second year in a row. [UVic Vikes]

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⛴️ Fast ferry forthcoming: A new ferry that will travel between Nanaimo and Vancouver in around 70 minutes is expected to launch next summer. The high-speed catamaran will be able to transport about 350 people. [NanaimoNewsNOW]

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