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  • Have You Been Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

    Victoria – Canada’s Most Romantic City? That’s the title that Amazon.ca recently bestowed upon Victoria, confirming what many of us have always known about our picturesque, seaside city. We’re not known as the newly wed and nearly dead anymore. With this accolade under our belts and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we...

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  • Budget First-Timers? We’ve Got You Covered!

    Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve been around the budget block, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for citizens to share their thoughts on the draft 2016 Budget, whether you are a regular attendee at Council meetings, or can’t find City Hall on a map. The City is hosting an e-Town Hall on the...

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  • Dealing with Pesky Pests – Growing Food in the City

    We’ve been talking a lot about growing food in the City this summer, and when we posted our last video on this topic, we asked you what topics you would like to learn about from our knowledgeable City gardeners. One of the most common comments we heard back was about pest control – seems those...

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  • The 101 of Growing Food in the City

    Growing your own food – it’s provides a sense of accomplishment, connection to nature and feeling of self-sufficiency. If you are like many people living in a city, you might think that growing food is the sole responsibility – and privilege – of farmers, or country dwellers. The truth is, anyone can grow a food...

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  • Tips on Growing Orcas from the City of Gardens

    We’ve been growing orcas at the City of Victoria for the past five years and figure it’s time to share a few tips. In early spring the City of Victoria staff plant over 12,000 seeds in the warmth of the greenhouse.  These seedlings are then lovingly added to the mom and baby orca figures.  Watch how...

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  • A Little Preparedness Goes a Long Way

    Written by Rob Johns, Emergency Coordinator, Victoria Emergency Management Agency   Over a week ago, we awoke to the news that a destructive, magnitude 7.8 earthquake had occurred in Nepal. Since then, we’ve seen images of damaged buildings, rescue workers, and people negatively impacted by the effects of this natural disaster and its aftershocks Here at...

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  • Celebrating Chinese Heritage in Victoria

      In celebration of Chinese New Year (February 19) and BC Heritage Week (February 16 – 22), the City of Victoria is shining a light on our city’s rich Chinese Canadian heritage.    Victoria is nationally recognized as the location of the first and oldest intact Chinatown in Canada. In the 1850s, exacerbated by political...

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  • Paws at City Hall to Renew your Dog Licence

      With hundreds of miles between him and his home, Murray, a lost dog from Victoria BC, wandered near a gas station on Route 66 in Northern California. He snuck himself out the backseat of the family van during a road trip, and when he looked back, the van was gone. His family didn’t notice...

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  • Batten down the Hatches, Declutter your Gutters, Pump your Sump and Clear your Catch Basins

    Preparing for winter in Victoria may not include dusting off your snow blower or getting out your block heater, but here is a short list of ‘storm proofing’ tasks that will help you stay dry this season. 1)    Declutter your Gutters.   Remove debris like leaves and twigs so that rainwater can flow through your gutters and...

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  • The Secret Lives of Poinsettias

    Every year approximately 800 poinsettias magically appear to bring seasonal cheer to our community. One of the elves in the City of Victoria greenhouses offered a glimpse into the love and special care that brings these poinsettias to life each year. Each January the elves flip through catalogues dedicated entirely to poinsettias.  Did you know...

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