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Municipal By-Election is Saturday, April 4 | February 12 2020
 The 2020 Municipal By-Election is Saturday, April 4.  In April 2020, voters in the municipal by-election in Victoria will elect one Councillor. Municipal Election Notices: Notice - Advance Elector Registration [PDF - 140 KB] Notice - Nominations for Elected Office - City Of Victoria Council [PDF - 227 KB]  Candidates Nomination Package: Package – 2020 Candidates Nomination Package [PDF - 684 KB]  Provincial Resources: General Local Elections 101  
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Youth Focus Group with Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder | February 12 2020
City of Victoria Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder is launching a Youth Focus Group; an opportunity for youth to gain leadership experience and offer input on local arts programming. The Youth Focus Group will provide advice to Kathryn during her term as Artist in Residence, and help develop three major projects including: a youth busking space, song writing and professional development workshops, and a music and arts space for youth. To be considered for this group, youth ages 14-24 are encouraged to apply online by Monday, March 16 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Members must live in the Capital Regional District and attend regular monthly meetings. Successful applicants will be accepted based on their interest in empowering youth through music. Some musical ability is recommended but not necessary. Learn more about the Youth Focus Group with Kathryn Calder here. About Kathryn Calder was announced as the City's new Artist in Residence in June 2019. Kathryn is a Victoria-based musician, songwriter/recording artist and recording studio owner. The Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork/project to augment one or more capital projects annually over a two-year term. The position is embedded in the City’s planning process, providing a unique creative and collaborative approach to enhance the value and aesthetic appeal of upcoming capital projects in Victoria, while broadening the community’s involvement in the arts. Kathryn Calder Calder’s professional experience in Victoria’s music industry is well-aligned with the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, which identifies the need to build on Victoria’s diverse and active music scene by positioning Victoria as a “Music City.” Kathryn Calder’s submission was one of 59 applications the City received in response to a Request for Expressions of Interest, which was open to artists and artist teams who are residents of British Columbia. She was one of four artists shortlisted and was selected unanimously by the City’s Art in Public Places Committee, based on her strong reputation as an artist who works collaboratively with other artists in a variety of disciplines, and for her proven track record working on community-based projects as an artistic lead. In addition to being a local musician, songwriter and recording artist, Calder is a record label and studio owner. For the past 15 years, she has been recording and touring as a vocalist/keyboardist with the Indie rock group The New Pornographers. She has also released three solo records, five albums with Immaculate Machine, and one album with her latest project, Frontperson.  
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Family Day Holiday Hours and Parking | February 11 2020
City of Victoria facilities will be observing the holiday schedule below for BC Family Day on Monday, February 17. Police, fire and those who provide emergency streets and utility services are available 24/7. Closed Monday, February 17 City Hall Beacon Hill Park Maintenance Yard Public Works Yard Victoria Conference Centre and Administration Office Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre Join us on Family Day (Monday, February 17) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for FREE family fun at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre! Special activities in the pool will include the giant WIBIT inflatable, waterslide, rope swing and games the whole family can enjoy. Dry-land activities will include drop-in fitness, family fitness orientations, classes and more. Details: Lengths & Family Swim: 10 am. - 1 p.m. Everyone Welcome Swim with WIBIT: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Family Fitness Orientations: 11a.m., noon, 1 p.m. Free admission is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Collection Kitchen Scraps and Garbage collection will not occur on Monday, February 17. View your Kitchen Scraps and Garbage collection schedule here. Garden Waste Drop-Off City of Victoria residents can drop off their garden waste year-round at the Public Works Yard at 417 Garbally Road on Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please bring a City of Victoria utility bill or a driver's licence which shows residence at a property that has Kitchen Scraps and Garbage service. This service is not for commercial use. The garden waste drop-off area will be open on Saturday, February 15. For more information, call 250.361.0400 or click here. Emergency Streets and Utilities Services Emergency streets and utility services are not affected by the holiday and can be contacted day or night at 250.361.0400. Parking Parking downtown at City parkades and at on-street meters will be free Monday, February 17 for Family Day. City parkades are free all day on Sundays. Pay parking on-street is in effect daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The City's surface parking lots are pay parking 24/7. Learn more. The City of Victoria wishes you and your family a safe and enjoyable Family Day!
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VIDEO: What's Up at Council on Thursday, February 13 | February 10 2020
Want to know what’s coming up for final decision-making in Victoria? Tune into What’s Up at Council?, our bi-weekly video series for a glance at what’s coming up for discussion at City Council, hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps. You can watch the bi-weekly video here and on the City of Victoria’s social media channels. Watch What’s Up at Council on Thursday, February 13, 2020 and view this week's Council Meeting Agenda. Take the opportunity to be “in the know” of what’s happening in Victoria – and get involved! Council Meetings – What You Need to Know City Council meetings are where final decisions are made that will most impact you. Mayor and Council convene twice a month to make decisions about bylaws and development permits, City business such as programs and services, and our Strategic Plan initiatives. When Victoria City Council meetings normally occur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Agendas are posted the Friday before by 3 p.m. Council meetings are open to the public or you can watch the live webcast from the comfort of your home. Council webcasts are archived online so you can view at your convenience. Free childminding is available. View the 2020 Council Meeting Schedule. What is a Public Hearing? Public hearings are held at Council meetings to provide Victoria citizens an opportunity to share their views on how land in their community is proposed to be used. Can I Speak? Everyone is welcome to speak at a public hearing – a request in advance to speak is not required. You can also address Council in person on a topic other than a public hearing by filling out the Request to Address Council Form. What Was Decided? Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. Sign up to receive our Council Highlights by emailing Who Voted for What? You can see and track Council voting records at the click of a mouse with the Council Meeting Dashboard. Introduced last year, the dashboard makes it easy to see how members of Council voted on a particular motion and gives you more tools to access and analyze information about decisions that impact you. The dashboard has been updated to the start of Council’s four-year term in November 2018.
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Make a Difference in Your Community - Recruiting for External Grant Review Committee and Victoria Family Court + Youth Justice Committee | February 09 2020
  The External Grant Review Committee and Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee are currently recruiting. Applications are due by Friday, February 21. External Grant Review Committee The External Grant Review Committee provides assistance to Council in its deliberations on Strategic Plan Grants. This Committee is currently recruiting for three vacancies. View the application form. One member for a two-cycle term; Two members for a one-cycle term. The purpose of the Strategic Plan Grant Review Committee is to review all applications received by the City under the Strategic Plan Grants program and to make recommendations to City Council on the annual Strategic Plan Grants to be funded by the City.   The committee will be comprised of five members of the public appointed by Council with specific expertise and interest in the key strategic plan areas of: Social Inclusion and Community Wellness Economic Development Arts and Culture Public Spaces, Green Spaces and Food Systems Community Empowerment Public members on the Committee must not be affiliated with any of the organizations applying for Strategic Grants Funding. For the Terms of Reference, please click here [PDF - 114 KB] For further information, please see the Strategic Grant webpage here.   Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee The mandate of the Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee is to be aware of the circumstances of youth and families who may come in contact with the justice system.  This committee is currently recruiting one member. View the application form. The purpose of Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee is to pursue its mandate, as cited above, by: liaising with frontline service providers at monthly meetings educating the public and elected officials obtaining youth and family input reviewing family and youth legislation monitoring court hearings and custody facilities making recommendations to appropriate legislative bodies There are no specific qualifications required to sit on this committee.   For futher information, please see the Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee webpage here.  
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