Won’t you be my neighbour?

›› Chantille Viaud

If you ever want to know what it’s like to be a ghost, become an unhoused person.

This is a paraphrased quote from one of the speakers at a workshop called “Keeping it Human” that I, along other residents of Fernwood, participated in recently. It’s the part of the night that has really stuck […]

By |March 31st, 2021|Editorial|0 Comments

editorial: Thank you for helping fill the gap

›› Chantille Viaud

As I write this, we’re at the one-year mark since the first COVID-19 case was reported in B.C.

The pandemic has impacted so many parts of our lives. For some people, the impacts have been inconveniences and ­disappointments. For others, it has meant a struggle to afford food for their family.

The number of Canadian […]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Editorial|0 Comments

The COVID Experience

Change, transition, adaptation

›› Shonna Bell

Creativity, responsiveness, compassion.

It feels constant, exhausting and maybe sometimes invigorating. It feels humble, impossible to predict: make plans, adjust, make plans, adjust, settle in, adjust.

Really, it’s amazing we continue to get out of bed. Maybe we don’t, that’s ok too.

We show up, we watch the news, we interpret the guidance to […]

By |December 1st, 2020|Editorial|0 Comments

Families, we see you

›› Shonna Bell

You are not working from home; you are home during a pandemic trying to work. When I first read this, I needed it. At the time, I had just finished a Zoom call where my toddler was launching herself on me from the couch and I was unmuting myself to spit out a […]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

The importance of child care

Child care centres are places for community connection and support

›› Chantille Viaud

When I was growing up, I didn’t understand why my mom spent so much of her energy on the child care centre she was trying to build. I remember stressed whispers between her and my dad late at night, going over financials and floor […]

By |February 3rd, 2020|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

New ED on the block

›› Chantille Viaud

When I was in London a couple of years ago, I dragged my friend all the way across town because I wanted to see the place that had started what is now an ­international movement. It’s called Toynbee Hall, it’s in East London, and it was the world’s first neighbourhood house, a place […]

By |December 2nd, 2019|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Land swap between School District 61 and City of Victoria approved

›› Fernwood NRG

On the 25th of November, the Trustees of School District 61 (SD61) approved a land swap for various properties near Vic High. As reported in the April 2019 Village Vibe, this ­rationalizes a patchwork of land title and allows the School District to complete a land assembly. Ownership of Haegert Park, the land […]

By |December 2nd, 2019|Buzz, Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments