EMMY LABONTE ON GRAFFITI AT ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN: ‘Stop calling them artists; they are vandals’



Reading about the graffiti vandalism done to the beautiful historic St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church raised my hackles (Sept. 27).

Twice the article refers to the vandals as graffiti artists.

All the artists I know buy their canvas or whatever material they need to do their art and never use someone else’s property without consent of the owner.

What was done to the church and what we see done all over Greater Victoris is plain and simple vandalism by people who have absolutely no respect for someone else’s property.

Stop calling them artists; they are vandals.


Emmy Labonte



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REV. RON CORCORAN: ‘Liberal government is scandalously increasing financial limits for online gamblers’



It is morally reprehensible the Liberal government is scandalously increasing financial limits for online gamblers, while at the same time cutting funding to those who struggle with the demons of gambling.

Yes, the present government has the authority to do these things.

However, there will be a day of full accounting; not only from the electorate.


Rev. Ron Corcoran

Christ the King Anglican Church



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LIVES OF WILLIAM HARTNELL: ‘After Christmas [1818] Hartnell bade farewell to his family and went to Liverpool … for a company ship to carry him off,’ Susanna Bryant Dakin, page 6

“Light up the lamps,” Mr. Brotherston had called to a clerk.

 Then later, to Hartnell, he said, “Come home to dine with me, young man.”

This was the first of several interviews during which they worked out details of a contract. 

It has been carefully preserved; it is dated December 23, 1818, and reads in part as follows:

‘Mr. W. P. Hartnell engages to go out to Chile in South America and there assist Mssrs. John Begg & Co. in the way of their business at St. Jago [Santiago] or at any other place in Chile or Peru where Messrs. John Begg & Co. may see it their interest to employ him; and that he will at all times be under the directions of the said John Begg & Co. for the term of three years, and will during that period or any other farther periods faithfully discharge all business or matters which may be entrusted to him and on the following conditions:

‘That the said Mssrs. John Begg & Co. find the said Mr. W. P. Hartnell a free passage to St. Jago in Chile.

‘That for the first year of his services he be found in board and lodging. . . . and for any other agreements for the bettering of his situation or advancement it is left to Mr. John Begg who will in this case act as Mr. Hartnell’s services and general conduct deserve.’

Conversations between William Hartnell and Mr. Brotherston soon took on a father-to-son tone, since the employer had only a daughter and continued to see his own youth in the twenty-year-old bookkeeper.

After Christmas Hartnell bade farewell to his family and went to Liverpool, where he visited at the Brotherston home while waiting for a company ship to carry him off.

It was a fine opportunity to learn more than the details of his own job, for Mr. Brotherston had pioneered the South American trade.

He delighted to recall the early days, the days of danger, when Spain remained powerful enough to enforce her notorious Laws of the Indies.

She actually forbade other nationals “to seek the coasts of the South Sea where they neither have nor ought to have any territories requiring their ships to double Cape Horn, or to pass through the Straits of Magellan.”

What a challenge to sons of the self-styled Mistress of the Seas!



Susanna Bryant Dakin

Stanford University Press 1949

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SAINT GREGORY “THE ENLIGHTENER”: Heroic apostle of Armenia

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St. Gregory “the Enlightener,” honoured as apostle and first Catholicos of Armenia, as well as principal national saint and hero.



Father Augustine Kalberer, OSB

Saint Gregory “The Enlighener”: September 30

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WILLIAM PERRY ON JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE: ‘The easiest way to avoid a toll, is call for Mayor and Council to resign’




The practice of collecting tolls on bridges probably harks back to the days of ferry crossings where people paid a fee to be ferried across stretches of water.

As boats became impractical to carry large loads, ferry operators looked for new sources of revenue.

Having built a bridge, they hoped to recoup their investment by charging tolls for people, animals, vehicles, and goods to cross it.

Given the approaches on both ends [of the Johnson Street Bridge], to say that it will be a challenge to collect toll fees, would be a gross understatement.

Shunpiking is the practice of finding another route for the specific purpose of avoiding payment of tolls.

In some situations where the tolls were increased or felt to be unreasonably high, informal shunpiking by individuals escalated into a form of boycott by regular users, with the goal of applying the financial stress of lost toll revenue to the authority determining the levy.

In other areas of Canada and the world, a toll works when the bridge is the only route that can be taken.

Victoria City Council is ‘focused’ on building their phallic symbol … I mean legacy.

The Johnson Street Bridge and road approaches will need to be closed to allow for the construction.

In that time frame, commuters will discover how unnecessary the new bridge really is.

Drivers will discover that a toll bridge may be easily bypassed, by tacking a mere five to ten minutes onto their commute.

For those who come in from the western communities, they are already programmed for delays and heavy traffic.

I suspect when Victoria City Council realizes how impractical this is, they will likely go after other municipalities to pay ‘their share’, with the results likely being the surrounding municipalities charging a toll on every road to enter their jurisdictions, and/or will find other ways to turn up the heat on Victoria to abandon this lunacy.

The easiest way to avoid a toll, is call for Mayor Dean Fortin and Victoria City Council to resign.


William Perry






FOREST OR URBAN SPRAWL: The shape of our future on southern Vancouver Island: University of Victoria, Fraser Building, Rm 159, Wed. Sept. 30, 7 pm

The provincial ‘BC Liberal’ government has given a large swath of forest land to Western Forest Products (‘WFP’).

WFP intend to go into the real-estate business with this land and the impacts on the Capital Regional District and all of us will be great.

If you think the public deserve a say in this very important issue, please attend this meeting.






Guest speakers on a very important subject … and it’s free.

RICHARD HEBDA: UVic, Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences,

Environmental Studies

MICHAEL M’GONIGLE: UVic, Environmental Law and Policy

CALVIN SANDBORN: UVic, Faculty of Law

RAY ZIMMERMAN: Sea to Sea Greenbelt Society

BUD HALL: Moderator

PHILIP KEVIN PAUL: Poet, will open and close the presentation


UVic Office of Community-Based Research


TOM HUKARI ON JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE: ‘It looks like restoration of the existing bridge is the better option’

The Johnson Street Bridge project failed to receive provincial and federal funding.

It is time for City Council to reassess the options now that the urgent, perhaps unrealistic, deadline has been removed.

The project does not have to be ready to go in 2009 or even 2010.

Let’s put on the brakes and return to the planning table.

It looks like restoration of the existing bridge is the better option.

The facts have not been set out clearly however.

The public needs a better accounting of the overall costs.

The City tells us that a new bridge must be accompanied by major road access changes.

The total package is $63 million or more.

Can restoration of the old bridge be carried out for $25 million-$30 million, or do we need another $25 million in road construction?

However if the City opts for restoration, there may be advantages that should be weighed into the equation.

Can we carry out the restoration in stages, spreading the cost over a longer period and minimizing the downtime?


Tom Hukari



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