And, Capital Daily parters with United Way for third holiday drive
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Food For The Hungry
The approach of the holiday season means another Capital Daily Holiday Drive in partnership with the United Way Southern Vancouver Island. And once again, we need you. This is our third year raising much-needed funds for the most vital family- and child-focused programs in our community.

This year, we are focusing on early childhood development programs. It is our small attempt to nurture the next generation in Greater Victoria to ensure they grow and thrive as future citizens of a city we love.

Your job, as our valued reader, is simple. Every dollar that you donate is matched by our generous seed donors, who have put up $100,000. That means collectively we have the ability to raise $200,000 to benefit 5,000 local children.

Please make your tax-deductible donation before Dec. 31.Capital Daily is tracking the fund-raising progress in our newsletter every day (see below) until Dec. 31.

From all of us at Capital Daily, thank you for your generosity.

Tom Gierasimczuk, Publisher

☀️ Today's Weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers. High of 7 and low of 4.

Capital Daily Holiday Drive
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B.C. Ferries workers' gender-based discrimination case continues after failed mediation

Complainants in a gender-based human rights complaint against BC Ferries have been ordered to provide more information to the ferry corporation before the trial can proceed.

A group of female BC Ferries employees working in the engineering department filed a human rights complaint against the employer in 2020, alleging they experienced an ongoing pattern of sex and gender-based discrimination.

A BC Human Rights Tribunal document says the allegations—from 16 female workers—outline a workplace climate of harassment and bullying including "negative remarks about period-related mood changes, and about their separate status as women."

Capital Bulletin

🚨 Missing man located deceased. Victoria Police say the 23-year-old man who was the subject of a missing person alert on Nov. 15 was found dead in Esquimalt on Thursday. The death is not considered suspicious.

🐆  A Cougar followed a woman who was out for a run in Colwood’s Latoria Creek Park on Friday, but she got away unharmed. Officers patrolled the area but couldn’t find the cougar. Check out BC’s guidelines for staying safe during a cougar encounter.

Capital Daily teams up with United Way to raise $200k for kids

Early childhood education is crucial for the development of healthy citizens, and greater investment in the field could go a long way towards building healthier families—and ultimately, societies.

That was the message at the Capital Daily Holiday Drive Virtual Launch Event that took place on Nov. 17. The virtual event marked the start of the third annual Capital Daily Holiday Drive, held in partnership with the United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI). Money raised supports early childhood development programming.

"If there was one time in human development, to offer support, care, healing, positive and health promoting relationships and opportunities, it is during pregnancy and early childhood from birth to the early school years," said Dr. Alison Gerlach, Assistant Professor with the School of Child and Youth Care at UVic.

Learn more about the Capital Daily’s Holiday Drive in our latest Good News story

Capital Daily good news coverage is supported by Early Music Vancouver, but the stories and journalism are produced independently by Capital Daily. Per our policy, Early Music Vancouver has no editorial input into this story.

Also in The Good Newsletter this weekend:
💓 Ways to help your neighbours—or receive the help you need
🍹 Meet the owner of The Bubble Tea Place
😃 Drag shows, art exhibits and holiday markets, find out where you can have a good time this week!

Metchosin council rejects old-growth protection petition 3-2

In its first regular meeting as a council, several residents—including former Coun. Andy MacKinnon—asked that Metchosin sign on to an open declaration calling for a stop to old-growth logging, and greater protections for forests from United for Old Growth. While each councillor said they agreed with the sentiments of the declaration, they voted 3-2 against signing.

Coun. Jay Shukin said he was "reluctant to sign on to this simply because of where it originates." "I would feel very differently if it came from a local government source," he said. He, Coun. Sherry Donaldson and Mayor Marie-Térèse Little said it’s not clear what the local government’s role is on old growth, and didn’t like the idea of being the first municipality to sign on.

Coun. Steve Gray and Coun. Sharie App voted in favour of signing.

By The Westshore’s Zoë Ducklow

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Capital Picks

🌱 Mapping Kelp: Enjoy a virtual Royal BC Museum event today exploring the history of kelp and what it tells us about historic ecosystems and ecological change. Event is free to attend online from 2pm-3pm.

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Holiday markets galore:
🎁 The Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Sale and show is on today at the Mary Winspear Centre from 9:30am to 4pm. General admission $5.
🎁 The Victorian Christmas Craft Sale is on today from 10am to 4pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Admission $5.
🎁 The Magic of Christmas Artisan Market is on today from 10am to 4pm at the Eagle Ridge Centre. Admission $3.
🎁 The Early Bird Holiday Market is on at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.
🎁 The Owl Designer Fair runs today at the Fernwood Community Centre from 11am to 4pm. Admission $3.

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In Other News

🐬 Ferry passengers get the show of a lifetime: CHEK News reported that passengers on a ferry from Comox to Powell River Tuesday were joined by a pod of playful, leaping dolphins–believed to be Pacific white-sided dolphins. Check out the footage here.

💰 Eby announces BC Hydro rebate, affordability credit: Shortly after he was sworn in, BC’s new premier announced two combined credits to help British Columbians with rising costs, including a $100 credit for BC Hydro customers. [Times Colonist]

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