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#Saanich

‘Beyond parody’: Saanich raises road to slow ‘fast-moving’ cyclists – not drivers

One thing I want to add: it wouldn't even make it to the news if the cycle path crosswalk wasn't raised.

Unsignalized crossings are often terrifying because of wide roadways, absence of refuge islands or markings, obstructed views, big traffic volumes, large vehicles. At least some of the issues were fixed here.

https://www.vicnews.com/local-news/beyond-parody-saanich-raises-road-to-slow-fast-moving-cyclists-not-drivers-4431270
#Saanich #BikeYYJ #BikeTooter #PedestrianSafety #PedestrianDignity #crosswalk

District of Saanich’s new protected bike lane project on Gorge Road that is raised for cyclists, but not for motor vehicles. (Philip Marciniak photo)
Christopher Porter
3 days ago

WTF Saanich. I have no problem with the raised crosswalk. Great idea. But why doesn't it extend into the car lanes where it could actually save lives? #saanich #bikeyyj

https://www.vicnews.com/local-news/beyond-parody-saanich-raises-road-to-slow-fast-moving-cyclists-not-drivers-4431270

Zeb King 🇨🇦
3 days ago

It is so nice to connect with fellow councillor, Teale Phelps Bondaroff, at #UBCM. Teale is shaking things up in a good way in Saanich. It hasn't even been one year yet, and good resolutions are being made and supported. #yyj #saanich #climatecaucus #bcpoli

Ed Wiebe
2 weeks ago

Sometimes what at first appears to be a boring overcast day has some interesting atmospheric and cloud dynamics. This is the morning of 2023-09-11 (07:00–13:00) seen from #UVic #Saanich

Clouds form when water vapour in the air condenses (or crystallizes). This is (usually) caused by cooling (it increases the relative humidity). Air cools when it's moved upward.

Early on we see relatively stationary wave-like disturbances lifting bands of air. Cloud forms at the crests of the waves. 1/2

A timelapse video of the view looking north from #UVic. The sky is covered in cloud at different heights. In the foreground we see bands of cloud appear and disappear but without moving sideways (that is, there is little wind affecting the flow of air). 

Later we see a layer of altocumulus appear and disappear. 

Finally, we see some strong, shallow convection in a layer of altocumulus. We can see fall streaks, cloud pulled down in a stream of cold air and raindrops, that quickly evaporate in drier air below.
Ed Wiebe
2 weeks ago

Greater #VictoriaBC #cycling. If you enjoy the new fixed #LochsideTrail at the Heritage Society, thank me (and the #CRD 😜​). I chased down an employee and asked them to check it and fix it. I'm also responsible for the repaired manhole at the S-bend north of Borden and McKenzie. That one took a lot of complaining (#Saanich's manhole, CRD trail). Remember, the trail network is the transportation network. Don't let municipalities ignore them.

The newly paved trail. I went from witnessing a crash in a group straight to the CRD and they fixed it!
Auscandoc
2 weeks ago

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-vancouver-island-no-outbreak-1.6959369
“Dr. Jeff Unger, an ER physician at #Saanich Peninsula Hospital, said 18 patients tested positive for #COVID19 as of Aug. 31, occupying nearly 30 per cent of beds at the hospital. Most patients at this hospital, Unger said, are over the age of 75, making them particularly vulnerable to #COVID19.”

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

Hey #Saanich #VictoriaBC. It can be done. Eliminate #AirBnB.

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

A new tenant next door told us that in order to get a _room_ in the house so he could attend classes at #UVic in the fall and winter he had to pay rent for the whole summer as well. #Saanich

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

@Alienated53 I know my community, #Saanich, BC is really doing very little.

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

I planted tomatoes in the spring knowing that there would be a pile of green unripe fruit in the fall. (We enjoyed a pile of ripe tomatoes too!) the whole plan was green tomato chutney. That was my labour today. I added some fresh candied orange peel to each jar as well.
😋🤤#Saanich #HomeCanning #Canning

Canning jars filled with fresh green chutney. There are four jars visible but behind them others can be seen.
Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

I just saw the strangest thing. Two guys pulled up on the street with a mattress on their car. They took it down and brought it into a house. 🤯🥳

#Saanich #GordonHead

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

#BC Ministry of Transport says the quiet part out loud:

Drivers are the congestion they themselves decry.

#VictoriaBC #Saanich

https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/avoid-busiest-travel-times-on-the-malahat-this-weekend-ministry-advises-7489423

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

Here's the Month in a Minute sky video from #UVic for August. There's some missing data this month. This camera looks north and records an image every five seconds. These are converted to daily videos and uploaded to youtube here https://www.youtube.com/@victoriaweathercam/videos

#Saanich #VictoriaBC

A grid of daily sky videos arranged in rows of six days. Each video shows the changing sky as the day progresses. The whole month of videos is synchronised so that they show the same moments of the each day. This month there's a real mix of clear blue sky and clouds. Later in the month some days are tinged with orange (sepia) because of wildfire smoke.
Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

Come on #Saanich! Do the right thing.

"Nanaimo bans natural gas as primary heat in new homes as of July 2024"

This doesn't go far enough, but it's a start.

https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/nanaimo-bans-natural-gas-as-primary-heat-in-new-homes-as-of-july-2024-7479488

Ed Wiebe
3 weeks ago

PSA #UVic

Classes resume next week. Do not drive to campus if you have any other way of getting here. You will be happier if you don't drive your own vehicle.

#VictoriaBC #Saanich

Ed Wiebe
4 weeks ago

As I travelled home, cycling, I passed a soccer camp with small children out in a large playing field. Lighting wasn't striking nearby but that's actually not a good indicator of safety. We don't get many thunderstorms in Greater #VictoriaBC, not even one per year on average. As a result people are simply not aware of the danger and of the simple rules to follow. A soccer camp should have moved indoors, or been cancelled while the storm was active. Lightning can kill. #Saanich 3/3

Ed Wiebe
4 weeks ago

It's been a bit dark and gloomy at #UVic today. I know that late April and late August are comparable in terms of incoming solar energy at our latitude. But, I had never looked at it in detail.

I compared observed insolation (power) across 20 years of data here at #UVic. You can see the cross-over point is in the third week of both months (as expected).

Temperature cross-over, the dates in Spring and Fall when temperatures match, is a month later: May and September, second image.

#Saanich

An X-Y scatter plot for insolation in April and August at #UVic. The august values slowly decrease from the beginning of the month to the end. The April values increase. They cross between the twentieth and twenty-fifth of the month.
An X-Y scatter plot for temperature in May and September at #UVic. The September values slowly decrease from the beginning of the month to the end. The May values increase. They cross between the twentieth and twenty-fifth of the month.
Ed Wiebe
4 weeks ago

#Lightning is pretty rare in #VictoriaBC (like, not even once per year on average). There has been a bit of action over Juan de Fuca Strait in the last few minutes. Some loud thunder shaking buildings at #UVic that also shows up on my home seismometer. #ShakeNet #Saanich

Map of Juan de Fuca Strait with the locations of lighting strikes marked.
Seisomemeter traces (vertical motion) showing sharp peaks when thunder rattled the house.

Unfortunately, the motion in #Saanich #BC to regulate the graphic flyers did not go forward, due to the cowardice of other councillors.

Thanks to Councillor Teale Phelps-Bondaroff for bringing forward his excellent report recommending a London-style bylaw that would require graphic flyers to be in a sealed envelope. #ProChoice #Canada

https://www.vicnews.com/local-news/anti-abortion-leaflets-dont-prompt-delivery-change-by-saanich-council-2346245

Multimodal Explorer
1 month ago

This week's ride is along Shelbourne Street in Saanich, BC. Like the previous video, this is a great example of converting a painted buffered bike lane to a quick build protected bike lane. #saanich #yyjbike #bikelanes #biketooter #ProtectedBikeLanes #cycling

https://youtu.be/UQXeIqQEQqo

PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

@heathen In my municipality #Saanich - their new diversity & inclusive committee has ZERO physically disabled people on it. Again - it is politicians doing ass backwards shit & they're still super #ableist AF!

Ed Wiebe
1 month ago

A shallow bowl from some green plane tree wood. #Saanich #Woodturning

A pale bowl sits on a blue placemat on a table. The bowl is dinner plate sized. Grain is just visible as slightly darker lines. There is one small dark knot in the grain.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

Taken 5 minutes ago, from my front door.

This is in South #Saanich area near Uptown.
Some of the wildfires smoke/haze has spread to #VancouverIsland - can smell it. Please wear a good quality mask if you're going to spend a lot of time outside in the smokey haze.

#Wsanec #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #PNW

Looking out my front door. The road we live on, with parked cars & neighbours' houses. Big crabapple tree in our front yard. The skies are hazy & pinky orange. Wildfires hazy smoke has spread to our area.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

My crow friends 😀
Mama, Papa & Jr.
I watched the parents grooming each other. I sat very still. Jr was curious about me & hopped closer. Very cute young #corvid
Ravens are my fave but I love all corvids.

#nature #wildlife #CorvidFamily #ornithology #Wsanec #Saanich #BlackBirds #IntelligentBirds #FamilyLoyalty #birdwatching #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #crows #RespectNature #RespectWildlife

A curious young crow approaching me.
Two crow parents in front. One is grooming the other. Their young Jr crow is standing close behind them.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

Anna's #hummingbird perched atop branch.
It was pretty far away from me. It took a rest break here, after flitting around & feeding off many flowers.

#wildlife #Wsanec #Saanich #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #NativeWildlife #pollinator #ornithology #birdwatching #birds #nature #ProtectNature #WildFirst #pollinator

Anna's hummingbird perched atop a branch. Pieces of lichen are on bare branches. Blue skies background.
Ed Wiebe
1 month ago

Smoke approaching #VictoriaBC #Saanich

You are on the edge of a green playing field. The sun is a red orange point. The sky is hazy but especially there is a dark tan cloud with an irregular outline looming.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

#merlin #raptor spotted at neighbour's bird bath.
It had 2 teammates who flew down together & flushed out all the little birds at feeder & in nearby bush. One of them caught a songbird in mid air. Merlins are extremely skilled team hunters. You'll usually see more than one, working together.

#Wsanec #Saanich #BirdsOfPrey #birds #ornithology #VictoriaBC #yyj #birdwatching #wildlife #predator #BirdsInTheBurbs #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #BirdSighting #nature

A merlin bird, perched on cement bird bath.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

Mom brought home some #rambutans from Chinatown 😊

They're closely related to lychee & longan #TropicalFruits from #SoutheastAsia areas.

#AsianMastodon #Teochew #TootSEA #AsianDiaspora #iLoveFruit #AsianFoods #BowlOfFruit #monochrome #ImFruity #Saanich #VictoriaBC

Me, holding a bowl of peeled rambutan fruits, with one in my mouth & giving a thumbs up with my right hand. Wearing floral tank top & pants. Standing on our back deck.
Photo by Mom. Black and white photo.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

#ThrowbackThursday
My first time enjoying Pease Lake in the Highlands. 2019.
My friend, Lyrica, introduced me to this lake 🥰 We've been back a few times since this day. We took a small inflatable boat out & paddled to far end of lake. There was only 4 other people at lake at other end.
You can see part of my atrophied legs here - left is thinner than right.

#GoodMemories #LakeDay #AsianMastodon #Teochew #Chinese #PolioSurvivor #Fab40s #scoliosis #osteoporosis #DisabledJoy #Saanich #vanisle

Monochrome photo.
Me, in a fringe top bikini, sitting on driftwood log that is floating on a lake. Wearing heart shaped sunglasses.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

It's currently 25C° in the shade 🌡
My feet are soaking in cold water in a bucket on the deck.

#Saanich #SummerHeat #ItIsHotOutside #AsianMastodon #Teochew #Chinese #VictoriaBC #vanisle #VancouverIsland #vanisle #PNW #PacificNorthwest

26° on the temperature meter outside, in the shade.
Selfie of me sitting on deck. Wearing cateye sunglasses & my white mesh crop top.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

Water lilies foliage 💚

#NupharVariegatum is the yellow pond lily that's native to BC. The leaves are usually seen floating on water. The lake levels are very low right now. Hundreds of leaves are seen sticking out of water.

#WetlandsConservation #WaterLilies #Leaves #foliage #green #wetlands #marsh #riparianZone #ecology #ecosystem #greenbelt #nature #conservation #Wsanec #Saanich #VictoriaBC #YYJ #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #Cascadia

Hundreds of water lily leaves, in wetlands conservation area.
PhoenixSerenity
1 month ago

Backyard fruit trees update.

We've harvested from all of our apple, yellow plum & Asian pear trees 3 times already. More fruits are ripening for more harvests. Our peach tree has been harvested 3 times already. We have about 3-4 harvests left for that tree, this year.

#FruitTrees #GrowFoodNotLawns #GrowItEatIt #FoodSecurity #Wsanec #Saanich #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #FoodGrower #LekwungenTerritory #zone8

Asian pears in tree.
Yellow plums in tree.
Unidentified apples in tree.
Multimodal Explorer
1 month ago

Here's a quick build protected bike lane on Tillicum Road in Saanich, BC. A great example of converting a painted buffered bike lane to a AAA bike lane. There's also more North of the Goose. #biketooter #saanich #yyjbike #bikelanes #protectedbikelanes #cycling

https://youtu.be/8Zcrf93Q79g

PhoenixSerenity
2 months ago

My evening movie watching snacks are more leftover dim sum from yesterday. These are baked bean curd rolls - stuffed with prawn & lobster with Chinese chives. I drizzled lots of sriracha hot sauce atop.

The dim sum is from Jade Fountain Restaurant - located on the lower level of the Red Lion Inn on border of #VictoriaBC & #Saanich on Douglas.

#AsianMastodon #DimSum #ChineseFood #AsianFood #iLoveDimSum #leftovers #SupportLocalSmallBusiness #TakeOut #leftovers #POCfoods #EthnicEats #FoodCulture

Baked bean curd rolls - stuffed with prawn & lobster with Chinese chives. Lots if sriracha hot sauce drizzled over cut up pieces in a white ceramic bowl.
Ed Wiebe
2 months ago

"Archaeological dig uncovers remnants of W̱SÁNEĆ village dating back more than 1,000 years"

#FirstNations have been here forever. They are still here. #Saanich #VictoriaBC

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/w-s%C3%A1ne%C4%87-village-%E2%B1%A6el-i%C6%9A%C4%87e-archaeological-dig-1.6921854

PhoenixSerenity
2 months ago

Need #help boosting #SaanichPD abuse of #PolicePower in our home on night Dad died. Need more folks to support fight for justice & help others not be abused/traumatized by these cops! Please KNOW 1 of the abuse of power cops who had no issues violating our human rights is #Saanich police union president! Who I have to fight against by myself!

Please send emails! PLEASE TRY TO HELP ME!

Saanich PD Pro standards:
pss@saanichpolice.ca

info@bccla.org

council@saanich.ca

https://mastodon.sdf.org/@msquebanh/110703720184351771

Head cop who abused me & my family's human rights on night my Dad died.
PhoenixSerenity
3 months ago

Pls look at screenshot from vid I took of these 2 egotistical #Saanich #police stooges BLOCKING OUR HALLWAY & OBSTRUCTING ACTUAL FRONTLINE LIFESAVERS. I witnessed paramedics asking both of these incompetent, power abusing, taxpayers sucking stooges to move - doing nothing but standing in the way & doing NOTHING to help our family. They escalated an already very traumatic medical crisis. They had the fucking nerve to warn me to not obstruct paramedics when I wasn't ever obstructing but THEY WERE.

Look at who is obstructing our very narrow hallway. Useless power hungry & abusive Saanich PD.
PhoenixSerenity
3 months ago

Barefoot on what used to be all useless lawn grass in front yard. I've been sowing native plants & other alternative cover crops in both front & back yards. There's now much more pollinator attracting plants in both yards. Still works in progress as it's a multi yrs #rewilding project that includes natural soil remediation too. Many more pollinators are visiting & that makes me feel really good 🐝🐞🦋🕷🐜

#permaculture #AntiLawnsMovement #Wsanec #Saanich #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #PNW #nature

Shadow of me, flashing peace hand sign, on lawn that's covered in purple self heal flowers, mixed clovers & clover flowers, dandelions, wild sorrel, sedges, plantain & mini daisies. My bare toes are peeking out, at bottom of frame.
Lots of purple self heal flowers, mixed clovers & clover flowers, dandelions, wild sorrel, sedges, plantain & mini daisies.
Multimodal Explorer
3 months ago

Some of the concrete curbs and stencils are starting to appear for the new protected bike lane on Gorge Road in Saanich, BC 🎉​. #saanich #yyjbike #bikelanes #biketooter

Construction status of the new protected bike lane in Saanich, BC includes concrete curbs and an initial centre line in white paint.
PhoenixSerenity
3 months ago

Happy to see some of my alternate cover crops lawn replacement seeds sowing efforts, slowly paying off. Lots of red & white clovers, more sedges, self heal, wild chamomile, plantain & wild sorrels are showing up on our front lawn space now 👩‍🌾🥰👍🌿👍

#rewilding #permaculture #Wsanec #Saanich #VictoriaBC #yyj #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #GardenersOfMastodon #SDFgardeners #WhatsInMyGarden #botanical #nature #perennials #PropagatedPlants #SaveSoil #ClimateAction #RewildYourYards

Front lawn with red & white clovers, self heal plants, sedges & plantain.
White clover flowers in field of clovers.
PhoenixSerenity
3 months ago

I enjoy spending time with bees & watching them do their bee thing. I keep shallow water dishes w/pebbles(to prevent from drowning) around the yards for the benefit of beloved bees 🐝💧

We have a few #bumblebee hives in both front/back yards. Our gardens get tons of #bees activity. There's a neighbour who's a beekeeper too. Last year he lost all his bees from fast spreading bee wing disease & had to start anew.

#Pollinators #GardeningForBees #insect #entomology #Saanich #VictoriaBC #PNW #nature

Bumblebee hard at work. Collecting pollen from red snapdragon flower. Side full body profile.
Bumblebee collecting pollen inside light lavender coloured hosta flower. You can see partial bee wings & fuzzy bee bum sticking out of the flower.
PhoenixSerenity
3 months ago

#Rewilding of side yard area & ongoing natural #SoilRemediation project is going well. Two patches of previously hard clay has been converted into fertile growing space. By next Spring - I can plant food in those remediated plots. I planted several native plants & pea/bean nitrogen soil fixers with my soil remediation plots. You can see some self heal medicinal plants in second photo(purple flowers).

#SaveSoil #permaculture #GardenersOfMastodon #SDFgardeners #Saanich #VictoriaBC #vanisle #PNW

Part of ongoing soil remediation project. I converted hard clay ground into fertile garden bed. Several native plants, peas & fava beans are growing from this plot.
Part of ongoing soil remediation project. I converted hard clay ground into fertile garden bed. There's dandelions & self heal plants. I have to dig out the rest of invasive yellow irises.
PhoenixSerenity
4 months ago

Unfortunately, #BicycleCulture folks are very #ableist & I've yet to see any of them provide adaptive accessible transport options for #disabled or #MobilityChallenged folks in their #UrbanPlanning or any actual #transportation #infrastructure plans.

What about us - disabled folks? Where do we fit into your bicycles city plans?

#Saanich #VictoriaBC #yyj #BeInclusive #DisabledPeopleMatter #AccessibilityIsImportant #StopAbleism

PhoenixSerenity
5 months ago

#FierceFriday

Giving a #shoutout to the #AllMighty #dandelion 🤲

How I love your #resilience & #determination to #grow under almost any conditions!

Everyone, please, give a slow clap & a thumbs up for this commonly wonderful #plant

#Wsanec #Saanich #rewilding #PNW #PacificNorthwest #nature #SimpleJoys #PowerToLive #GrowOn #MisunderstoodWeed #MyWeedyFriend

Dandelion leaves emerging from below stacked wood.
PhoenixSerenity
9 months ago

#Nature is #reclaiming & #rewilding 100 yr+ #cement #factory #ruins in #Wsanec 🌲🙌

There's ongoing #native trees/plants & seagrass planting restoration & invasives removal work happening in this park. There will be volunteer work parties throughout the year.

#Saanich #TodInet #trees #creek #DisabledHiker #CellphonePhotos #MyNaturePhotos #MyNaturePhotos #Samsung8 #forest #vanisle #VancouverIsland #PNW #PacificNorthwest #BritishColumbia #Canada #ReclaimedByNature

Old cement factory foundation ruins, reclaimed by nature. Covered in moss with trees & plants growing all around.
The creek that runs through the forest.
This looks like a popular birds nesting dead tree.  It looks popular with woodpeckers too.
Old cement factory loading bay ruins, reclaimed by nature. At edge of water.