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Yes, I love living on the South Island, and yes, it is ridiculously expensive.

That’s a conversation I have regularly, especially with friends and family living in Alberta. It’s basically impossible to avoid the non-stop barrage of news (and small talk) about how unaffordable this region has become.

We talk a lot about the reasons we have this crisis of affordability, but today, I want to talk about solutions—the big ideas that could make a real difference.  Fortunately, our managing editor Jimmy Thomson spoke to a panel of experts this month. That story is below, but first, read about the pet programs helping the community members care for their furry friends.

Nina Grossman,
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📸 : Emily Vance / Capital Daily

GOOD NEWS

From free food to veterinary care, these Victoria organizations are helping pets in need

In a small room at the BC SPCA’s Victoria location, manager Breanne Beckett stacks bags of pet food onto shelves loaded down with animal supplies. In nearby rooms, cats mingle and meow and dogs bark with excitement.

The BC SPCA is known for taking care of surrendered animals, but the care they provide extends beyond the doors of the Burnside-based shelter and into the community. Beckett is stocking shelves to support the Pet Food Bank Program, where owners can come pick up food and supplies for their pets, anonymously and free of charge, with no questions asked.

Learn more about local pet programs from the Good Newsletter editor Emily Vance (Bonus: This story contains a picture of a kitten!)

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

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Capital Bulletin

📢 A 4.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded northwest of Tofino Friday night and was "lightly felt" by people around the Island, according to Earthquake Canada. There is no reported damages from the quake.

🚧 Malahat delays ongoing: Road construction work is planned for ongoing work on the Malahat Tunnel Hill project between Goldstream Provincial Park to one kilometre north of Langford. The construction starts Tuesday at 11pm and will go until Wednesday at 5am.

📸 : James MacDonald / Capital Daily

NEWS

Experts talk big picture solutions to the Island’s ongoing affordability crisis

There’s no escaping the topic of affordability on Vancouver Island. Housing is expensive and hard to find, food, gas and childcare prices are high, and now even stable, accessible healthcare comes at a cost.

Earlier this month Capital Daily moderated a panel discussion with local experts called Vital Conversation: How Can We Afford to Live Here?

Panelists dove deep on the impacts they’re seeing in the community—but they also spoke about solutions. Instead of bringing you another story about what’s going wrong, Capital Daily poses the question: What can we do differently?

Read the full story by Nina Grossman

COUNCIL CORNER
Colwood council endorses draft climate plan, but mayor wants to prioritize emissions tracking

Colwood’s new mayor Doug Kobayashi wants to know how the city will measure the impact of its draft Low Carbon Resilience Climate Action Plan.

The plan—which was put together to identify actions the municipality can take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with provincial and federal targets—was unanimously supported by Colwood council at the Nov. 14 meeting and will now move forward for public and community partner input.

The plan details 13 strategies to meet the goal of becoming a zero-emissions community by 2050, with a 30% emissions reduction target by 2030.

The first-time mayor and former councillor asked consultants how the City could track the progress of the plan’s targets.

"It just seems like we have all these goals, and then we go year over year and we’re not measuring ourselves," Kobayashi said. "And I don’t know if we’re succeeding or not."

"Are we going to meet the 30% [target]? Are we going to meet the net zero?," he speculated. "I have no idea because we tend to get these reports, and they go into a binder some place and the next time we see these kinds of things, we go, ‘Oh, geez, we’re not going to meet our targets.’"

In response, staff pointed to the Capital Regional District’s greenhouse gas inventory data, which tracks carbon emissions across the region and has released reports up to 2020.

The plan, staff said, is to gather corporate emissions inventory and community level emissions data and report to council on an annual basis. That reporting will start in 2023, staff said.

By Nina Grossman

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Capital Picks

🍏 Folk Fair Holiday Market at Sea Cider: A beloved Saanichton holiday market is back today and next Sunday from 11am-4pm at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Described as a "European-style holiday market with West Coast charm," the fair features local makers and of course, cider. Admission $5, children free.

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In Other News

🔥 Occupants escape Metchosin house fire: Three residents and several guests escaped a fire in a LaBonne Road home Thursday night, reported the Times Colonist. The structure was badly damaged.

👶🏾 Saanich primary care facility hires more healthcare workers, recruiting more: The Luther Community Health Centre on Cedar Hill Cross Road that opened in March this year has hired more healthcare workers to reach their full capacity. According to the health ministry, the primary care centre initially opened with one physician and three nurses. They have now hired seven more full time employees, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and a community health coordinator, and are still looking for mental health and substance use clinicians, dietitians, and occupational therapists. Those who are still looking for a primary care provider have to put themselves on the waitlist, through the Victoria Health Connect Registry or by calling 811.

🚨 Investigation determines Saanich Police acted lawfully in death of man last winter: The Independent Investigations Office of BC determined that officers acted lawfully in an incident which resulted in a man accidentally shooting himself with a crossbow. He was pronounced dead at the scene. [IIO BC]

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In Case You Missed It

🍞 Greater Victoria food banks struggle to meet rising need: As cost of living soars, at least three of the region’s food programs are serving new clients every day. Read Capital Daily’s story here.

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