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  • Colourful mural series designed to reduce graffiti in city parks

    Why do we overlook blank walls? Because there’s nothing to look at. Murals transform concrete walls into colourful community canvases for neighbourhoods to enjoy. This summer, the City’s Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey will add to Victoria’s mural collection by embarking on a collaborative process with three Canadian artists to develop a series of colourful...

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  • Get Your Kit Together Victoria!

    (Updated May 8, 2017) With it being National Emergency Preparedness Week, now is the time to make sure your family is prepared to cope for up to seven days without outside assistance depending on the nature of the emergency. The City of Victoria is susceptible to a range of natural and human-induced emergencies, and has...

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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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