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Good morning,

This weekend I realized how much I rely on the internet in my day-to-day life. My internet router died on Saturday morning with no chance of replacement until Tuesday. I often welcome the chance to unplug for a while, but it’s less pleasant when you have no choice in the matter and you’re scheduled to work your very internet-dependent job. Anyway, if you see me working in a coffee shop or library today, feel free to say hi!

Yesterday was an eventful Sunday on the BC politics front. Brand-new Premier David Eby unveiled a series of measures geared to increase public safety. Read more on that below.

—Jolene,
newsletter editor

☁️ Today's Weather: Cloudy with a high of 8. Low of 6.

Premier David Eby was sworn in on Friday. Photo: BC Government Flickr

NEWS

Premier unveils plan to curb violent repeat offenders, add mental health teams

On his third day on the job, BC’s new Premier David Eby announced a wide range of new public safety measures.

The announcement was in response to a report released earlier this fall that highlighted a rise in violent repeat offending. The measures, bundled together as the Safer Communities Action Plan, focus on enforcement and intervention, Eby said.

As part of this, Eby announced new “repeat violent offender response teams,” additional peer assisted care teams (PACTs), changes to the province’s bail policy, and more.

Read the full story by Jolene Rudisuela at Capital Daily.

Capital Bulletin

🚧 The section of footpath between Tyee Road to the Johnson Street bridge will be closed starting today for up to two weeks due to electrical work.

🗳️ Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May was re-elected as the leader of the Green Party on Saturday. May, who led the party from 2006 to 2019, won the leadership race but is set to co-lead with Jonathan Pedneault.

Qinhua Lu at her home in the Victoria suburbs. ‘I don’t want everyone to recognize me in Canada. I just want to live here, quietly,’ she said. ‘But I have to stand up and speak out.’ Photo: Michael John Lo / The Tyee.

INVESTIGATION

They dreamed of Canada. But they were scammed

Qinhua Lu began thinking of emigrating to Canada with her family after a trip to Banff months before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Canada has a sense of home,” Lu said.

The family was living in Beijing at the time, and Lu reasoned Canada would be better for their children’s education and there would be less air pollution.

But three years later, the dream of a better life has turned into a nightmare, a series of disappointments and heartbreak that has cost her family at least $320,000 with nothing to show for it. And Lu has discovered she’s not alone: The Tyee has confirmed that at least four families have lost a combined $1.1 million to a BC entrepreneur who promised them status as new Canadian residents through Canada’s Start-up Visa Program.

Read the full story by Michael John Lo.

Editor’s note: Michael John Lo originally published this investigation in The Tyee on Nov. 14. It has been reprinted with permission.

COUNCIL CORNER
Local non-profit hopes to forge new relationship with Victoria bylaw services to help keep homeless ‘safe and sound’

The See Spring Mental Health Coalition is hoping to form a new relationship with City of Victoria bylaw services in order to improve their efforts to help people living in local parks find appropriate housing.

See Spring founder Amy Allard asked council to support a three-month pilot project—dubbed Safe & Sound—guided by a formal agreement that would see the coalition and bylaw officers work together.

“The pilot project is meeting people where they're at in the park and bringing to them cell phones, laptop, [and] paper work, but we also need them to be able to leave the park and come with us to different appointments.” Allard said. “They need to be able to come visit potential landlords to rent places and so we need them to be able to be dry and clean…and have their belongings safely contained so that they can leave the park.”

Unattended belongings can be confiscated under city bylaws, which also require tents in parks to be taken down during the day. Allard hopes bylaw services will agree to work with them and the 20 clients who would be part of the pilot.

“We're not trying to change laws per se, we're not asking for big, sweeping broad brushes,” she said. “We're asking for their cooperation.”

Since September, See Spring has been running Warmline, a peer support program that helps homeless people going through mental health crises. Funded through a $25,000 grant from the Union of BC Municipalities, the program has been very successful, Allard said.

“Within nine weeks, we've moved 29 people out of outdoor sheltering and into shelter,” Allard told council during her presentation Thursday. Some people have been able to access supportive housing while others have reconnected with relatives who can provide shelter, at least temporarily.

While funding for the new pilot program would be welcome, Allard said See Spring is not asking the city for money to run it. She hopes to have an answer in the coming weeks.

By Shannon Waters

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Capital Picks

🤝 Restorative Justice week: Restorative Justice Victoria is holding an online auction to support its programs to help address the harms from crime and violence. The auction closes on Dec. 2 at 8pm.

🎒 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.*

🎤 Drop-in choir teaches Kate Bush at the VEC: The monthly drop-in choir night is back tonight, this time singing Kate Bush’s iconic “Running Up That Hill.” Doors at 7pm, tickets are $16.

🏡 Real estate: Stay on pulse of the fast moving real estate market. Access the latest listings and sold prices of homes and condominiums across Greater Victoria.*

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In Other News

🚌 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser ends after six days and 22 hours
The annual fundraiser—based around playing the world’s most boring video game—raised $1,133,895 for global children’s charity Child’s Play. As Capital Daily reported last weekend, Desert Bus for Hope began in a Victoria basement in 2007 and has since become the longest-running internet-based fundraiser.

🌎 Horgan’s environmental legacy scrutinized
CBC News spoke to people impacted by the former premier’s environmental policies and decisions on old growth and the Site C dam.

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VISTA
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The Vista, Avenir Senior Living’s latest community, is scheduled to open in Esquimalt in early 2023. Here you have the ability to buy or lease and to age in place with a wide range of continuum care options designed to meet your changing needs.

The Presentation Centre is now open by appointment Tue. – Sat., from 11am to 5pm at 1318 Esquimalt Rd. Visit LiveAtVista.ca to book your appointment today.

In Case You Missed It

🏠 Advocates call for extreme action on housing: Read Capital Daily’s story on regional housing, and what advocacy groups are calling for to address the ongoing crisis.

🥑 Now open in Cook Street Village: The Root Cellar at Oxford Corner – your innovative destination market for fresh locally grown produce and extraordinary food experiences. Learn more at TheRootCellar.ca.*

🐬 Dozens of dolphins: Ferrygoers on their way to Powell River got a show on Tuesday as a large pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins swam and jumped alongside the ferry. Watch the video on CHEK.

🥫 Donate to the Flight Cannabis food drive! This year their Nanaimo store will support Loaves and Fishes and their Langford store will support The Mustard Seed.*
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