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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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  • Today’s “Must Have Accessory”

    The “Must Have Accessory” of November 15, 2014 is free, looks good on everyone, and is available to the masses, but for one day only. Designed to celebrate voting and create a visual cue for others to vote on General Voting Day, the “I Voted” sticker is a must-have for fall. White, in combination with...

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  • First Time Voter Turned Lifetime Voter

    We are pleased to welcome our first guest blogger, Chloe from the City of Victoria Youth Council. My eighteenth birthday was in late October, and so the November 15 Municipal elections will be the first time I vote. Since the age of twelve, voting has been one of the biggest things I looked forward to...

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  • A Soldier’s Letter Home

    At the City of Victoria Archives, we come across so many interesting stories about Victoria and the people who lived here. The Archives is a great source of municipal documents which tell the history of our local government and services. Over the years we have also received many donations of records from the community, including...

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  • Flabnormal Activity – Facing Your Fitness Fears

    It’s late at night and I am surrounded by dark. My heartbeat pounds in my ears and a cold sweat beads on my forehead. I can barely stand for the shaking in my legs and all I want to do is get out of there but I am paralyzed. A low creaking noise comes from...

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  • Flour + Sugar + Water: Victoria’s Newest Sustainability Super Heroes!

    Back to the Basics for a Sustainable Solution The challenge: To keep 20,000 posters a month out of the landfill. The solution: Good old flour, sugar and water. For hundreds of years, colourful, artistic posters have been used in cities in all corners of the world to promote cultural events and community activities.  In Victoria...

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  • Victoria Voted #3 in the World for Friendliest Cities

    The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Victoria as one of the top friendliest cities in the world, right behind Melbourne and Auckland that tied for first.  Condé Nast readers gave Victoria a score of 85.7, and the winners both received 86. Here’s what their poll said: There’s just so much to do in...

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  • We’re #1 in Best Free Fun! (And #2, and #3)

    Thank you to Greater Victorians who voted in the 2014 Best of the City awards. We are humbled by your appreciation, and after winning so many awards, it looks like we are going to need to clear off some wall space! We’re #1! And #2, and #3… in the Best Free Fun category! The jewel...

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  • Party? What Party?

    What does it take to clean up after a 12 hour party for 70,000 guests? Canada Day clean-up efforts included: A five person Street Cleaning crew to collect garbage and keep 32 km of streets and sidewalks clear through the day.  They maintained more than 250 garbage cans during and after the event. Collecting approximately...

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