November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Cedar Hill Clay Tennis Courts Society’s proposal is going to Saanich Council on November 28th at 7:30pm at the Garth Home Centre. See the pdf below for more details:
October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Shelbourne Valley Action Plan will have its first draft debuted to the public later this month!
Make sure to visit one of the upcoming open houses in order to view the plan and provide feedback:
June 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Mount Tolmie Community Association has been involved in establishing the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. Recent publicity has included an article in the Times Colonist and the Saanich News, as well as a segment on CTV News. Be sure to click the links and check out the media release below for more info!
Community groups, including local churches and community associations, have been working together to establish a community kitchen in the Shelbourne Valley. Earlier this year the group received an operating grant of $100,000 over three years from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to support this community initiative. The project has been in discussion and planning for over a year and the hope is that it will open in September. The Committee is looking for a location along or near the central area of Shelbourne Street and would welcome information about a possible location.
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen is made up of several organizations near the Shelbourne Street corridor: Lutheran Church of the Cross, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, St. Aidan’s United Church, the Mount Tolmie Community Association, and the Camosun Community Association. The partners [signed] a Memorandum of Understanding [on June 11th] to create the Shelbourne Community Kitchen, to help those in need of food support in the Shelbourne area.
The Partners intend The Shelbourne Community Kitchen to be a place where neighbours work together to prepare and share meals and experience community.
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen’s goal is to provide more than a bag of groceries to those who need food support. Gardening together, cooking together, eating together, cleaning up together and preparing food to take home, all in support of one another builds community.
Healthy meal preparation and sharing, distribution of food and food vouchers, opportunities to work in the food garden, access to community resource information, and spiritual support when requested will all be part of the programming at Shelbourne Community Kitchen.
The meal prepare and share program will provide opportunities for small groups (8-10 people) to come together to cook, eat, clean up and take leftovers home. The program is intended to educate participants on healthy and economical food choices and preparation, and foster community connectedness between participants and staff/volunteers – providing a place of belonging as well as food.
The food garden will offer opportunities to participate in growing and harvesting produce for use by the Kitchen. When large amounts of seasonal produce are available, participants may gather to make preserves to be shared. Meal ingredients will be donated and provided by the program. The Kitchen will depend upon volunteers to assist with meal preparation, donations of food and/or financial gifts for food vouchers, shared work in the garden and/or donations of fresh produce, and other financial donations and volunteer hours to assist with the Kitchen’s operations.
Community referral, resource information and spiritual support provided by staff and volunteers will be available to help respond to larger and deeper concerns by any participants who request the support.
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen will be one of many Community Kitchens across Canada and part of a growing community kitchen network in BC.
A volunteer steering committee comprised of a representative from each partner group, together with a Community Kitchen Facilitator, will direct the programming and overall operation of the Kitchen. The group is looking for space that can accommodate programming up to three times a week. If you know of or have a potential space, and/or if you would like to make a donation to the Kitchen, or if you would like more information, please contact:
Laura Cochrane, Project contact at 250-477-6222
March 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
The owners at 1764 Midgard Avenue have applied to subdivide the lot and construct two single-family dwellings.
An information meeting will take place at Saint Aidan’s United Church on March 27th at 7pm, in room 2a. All those interested are invited to attend to learn more about the project. Building plans in image format below:
February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
The University of Victoria and BC Transit have worked together on creating a Campus Transit Plan for UVic. This plan is important to the Mount Tolmie community and its many residents who depend on the bus routes that pass through our neighbourhoods. The busiest routes are those that serve the University. Some short-term and long-term options are discussed in this report with the aim of improving transit at capacity.
Click here for more information about transit at UVic.
Click here to view the entire Campus Transit Plan document
February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Mount Tolmie Community Association has been involved in the development of UVic’s Community Engagement Framework which is now available online. See the media release below for more info:
UVIC ANNOUNCES ITS NEW ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK: The University of Victoria’s new consultation framework for engaging with the public on future capital projects and campus land use planning initiatives is now available online.
The 33-page document, Engaging with Our Neighbours: A Community Engagement Framework for Campus Land Use Planning & Development Projects, sets a new direction for UVic and establishes the principles which UVic intends to fulfill when engaging with its community stakeholders. It is the successful result of extensive effort over a period of seven months by the university, community representatives, municipal planning department staff, resident association members, the UVic-Community Association Liaison Committee and other stakeholders.
UVic sought to strengthen its overall consultation process as a result of going through the municipal approval process for the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) and parkade.
“The community association representatives have participated in the development of the engagement framework and voted unanimously to support the resulting document,” adds Tom Croft, co-chair of the UVic-Community Association Liaison Committee.
Vince Verlaan of Golder Associates Ltd. (formerly HB Lanarc), the community engagement and municipal planning firm commissioned by UVic to assist in developing this new approach, says, “In researching other universities across Canada and how they consulted on development of their campuses, it has become apparent to us that UVic’s commitment to a practical, consistent and progressive approach to future consultation efforts is unique in Canada. I applaud UVic for taking this approach in developing a framework through an engaging process that benefited greatly from community stakeholder input.”
The framework is available as a downloadable PDF (1.5MB) online.
February 8, 2013 in Events
The Saanich Emergency Program delivers personal emergency preparedness workshops to Saanich residents. When a disaster strikes, chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared.
During the fall, winter, and spring the SEP presents free workshops in Saanich Recreation Centres. For 2013, the two workshops closest to the Mount Tolmie Community will be on Wednesday March 27th at the Gordon Head Rec Centre and Tuesday April 9th at the Cedar Hill Rec Centre. See the flyer attached below for more information:
December 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
Notice Of Meeting
We would like to invite you to our Open House and have the opportunity to present our vision for 3839 Kremlin Street. My brother and I purchased the property in July, 2012. Our intention is to remove the existing dwelling built in the 1940’s and construct two new homes to live in and call home.
The site is worthy of densification, meets the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw and will enhance the neighbourhood. The size of the proposed homes is in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood.
We hope to see you there!
DATE: December 16, 2012
LOCATION: St. Aidans Church, 3703 St. Aidans Street.
For more information, please contact me by phone or email.
February 7, 2012 in News
UVic CARSA Project Approved: September 2012
Saanich Council gave the green light on Sept. 17 for the University of Victoria to move ahead with the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and related parkade.
Councillors unanimously voted in favour of the necessary development variances while also commending the university for thorough public consultation.
“We are very excited about the support. This is an important milestone for the university and will allow us to proceed with a fabulous facility,” said Clint Hamilton, UVic’s director of athletics and recreation services.
CARSA will provide a much needed new home for the department as well as the university’s CanAssist program which develops and delivers technologies, programs and services to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities.
The new athletic facility will include a varsity gymnasium with more than 2,000 seats, increased gym capacity, a new climbing wall, fitness and weight-training space and manyother features.
Council members welcomed the facility as a valuable asset for people both on and off campus.
“We could not have done it without the invaluable input of community members, local residents and other partners,” said Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations at UVic.
“This process was also an excellent opportunity for UVic to begin developing a framework to strengthen consultation related to future capital projects.”
The project will now undergo final design work before tenders are issued for construction, expected to start in January. The facility will open in 2015.