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The Vista
Good morning! Yesterday I got the chance to interview a woman who had just walked across the country (more on that below). She said that although she spent most of the time alone, it was the moments of connection with other people that stood out to her. When strangers heard her story, they would help her however they could and often even invited her into their homes.

At Capital Daily our project, like hers, succeeds only thanks to the buy-in of a wider community of people. These days I’m only occasionally the one putting the newsletter together for you, but whenever I do I remember to appreciate that all of you choose to welcome us into your homes (so to speak) every morning. Thank you.

Today for your Sunday we have stories on two impressive and inspiring journeys: The cross-country trek of the woman I mentioned, and also two locals’ quest to find ski-able snow on the Island even in the summer (and fall) heat. Read them both, right below.

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Today’s weather: Cloudy, clearing in the afternoon. High 8C / low 2.

This couple managed to ski Island hills every month of the year

Rodney Newcombe searches for snow at Mount Cain in Aug. 2022. Photo submitted.

As the first snowfall arrives, local winter sport aficionados are eagerly pulling gear out of storage. But two Victorians never put theirs away, even in the record heat.

In October, Jess and Rodney Newcombe completed 12 months of consecutive skiing on the Island. Every month, without fail, the two hiked into the backcountry with skis, skins, and safety gear strapped to their overnight packs, searching for patches of snow.

To accomplish this challenge they had to meticulously plan and research, and manage avalanche, wildfire, and other risks in the often unpredictable south coastal climate.

Learn how they pulled it off in our latest Good News story.

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.

Also in this weekend’s Good Newsletter:
💓 Ways to help your neighbours—or receive the help you need
🎨 We interview the director of the 780 Blanshard arts hub, a multi-storey home for local artists and non-profits
✉ Remembrance-Day-related local good news stories
🌄 The winner of our sunrise photo contest

After five years, adventurer’s ocean-to-ocean-to-ocean walk ends at Clover Point

The Clover Point sun shines on Melanie Vogel after her 20,000km walk. Photos by Cam Welch

On Saturday just after noon, Melanie Vogel reached the final milestone of a 26-million-step journey. The hiker, originally from Germany, set out from Toronto in 2017 and walked to the Atlantic, Arctic, and now Pacific—all via the 28,000km Trans Canada Trail. She is the first woman to walk the trail to all three coasts.

She was the only human for most of that journey, although she adopted the stray yellow lab-husky Malo (pictured below) in Manitoba and he joined her for the rest of the trek. The pandemic grounded Vogel for a year and a half in the tiny Yukon town of Eagle Plains, where she lived and worked in the hotel. She finally reached the Arctic Ocean this May, then made her way south.

Fittingly, her long walk with her dog ended in a place where thousands of people walk with their dogs. Along Dallas, she let Malo off-leash "to roam and meet other dogs and tell his story" while she told hers.

Though billed as a solo walk, she says her feat was achievable only thanks to the help of strangers all over the country—those who walked with her, fed her, gave her a place to sleep other than her tent, or made arrangements for her when COVID hit. This was illustrated at Clover Point, where her journey ended not alone as she’d imagined but instead surrounded by supporters who’d followed her progress online.

Lessons from walking 20,000km in her shoes
She hopes that her journey will inspire more people—particularly women and girls—to get out into nature, and will remind the public to protect natural resources such as water and forests. That lesson is one she learned from her own immersion in vast natural areas, but also, she told Capital Daily, from the wisdom of the First Nations communities and elders she got to meet.

She also hopes to show people what she realized on the road: "the power of slowing down." The slow walking, away from bustling city life, taught her to pay attention and savour details. Her favourite moments in hindsight aren’t the big and dramatic events, but "these small little things along the way that could really touch my heart—a good conversation I had, a butterfly that would suddenly settle on my hand."

By Cam Welch

Council Corner: Making sense of Metchosin committees
At first glance, financial planning and environmental initiatives don’t have a lot in common. Except in Metchosin where they’re in the same committee, until now, but still… sort of. The committees and advisory councils are being rearranged, but in a small town with an engaged council it’s all connected.

The Finance & Environment Committee has been separated into a Finance Committee and an Environment & Natural Areas Committee. But finance is still affiliated with the Environmental Advisory Select Committee, perhaps because Environment & Natural Areas has two advisory committees: Agricultural and Parks & Trails. Planning has been renamed Community Planning, and does not have an advisory committee. Public works now includes protective services, and will liaise with the Healthy Community and Heritage Advisory Select Committees.

Allocating municipal committees is easier said than done: More committees could mean more engagement, but it also means more hours by city staff and in turn higher costs. View Royal is currently grappling with this limitation, as Capital Daily covered yesterday, and may roll back its new mayor’s goal of seven new committees.

Metchosin’s second meeting of the term is tomorrow night, where council will discuss the committee structure.

By Zoë Ducklow

Oak Bay holds inaugural meeting of term
The Lekwungen Traditional Dancers helped welcome Oak Bay’s new council at the inaugural meeting on Monday Nov. 7.

Returning are Mayor Kevin Murdoch and Couns. Andrew Appleton, Hazel Braithwaite, Cairine Green, and Esther Paterson; newcomers Carrie Smart and Lesley Watson join them. Murdoch acknowledged the work of departing councillors Eric Wood Zhelka (who was in attendance) and Tara Ney.

Reflecting on the previous council, and the remaining work to do in the next four years, current council members individually addressed issues they heard during the campaign trail: Housing, green space and climate change, the Spewhung/Turkey Head marina lease, and Oak Bay’s infrastructure deficit.

"I’m genuinely excited to have the chance to work with all of you in the coming years as we tackle, jointly, the issues and opportunities that will face us," Murdoch said. "You’ve earned the trust of our residents, and that is a sacred trust."

The next meeting is tomorrow, but it is closed to the public.

By Ryan Hook

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