Saturday, November 26, 2011

Babe's Honey Farm

Letter To the Editor,

The ownership of Babe’s Honey Farm has finally changed. The community of rural Saanich feels the loss of a once iconic working bee farm. Just a glimpse of this now wasteland brings sadness to many of us. Many of our Saanich community members and beyond, knew the first owners of Babe’s Honey, Charlie and Babe Warren. They have gone down in our history books as Saanich’s honey farmers. The second owner of Babes Honey farm has gone down in infamy for destroying our beloved farm in Saanich.

The demise of Babe’s honey farm leaves most of us questioning the outcome. We are in disbelief that this turn of events could not have been stopped. Many community members believe that this outcome came due to a failure at every level of Government, including Saanich.

This past week a new owner has been announced after a receivership sale. It is my understanding and my sincere hope that with new ownership comes the responsibility for remediation that would be a requirement of the Agricultural Land Commission. Full remediation means rehabilitating this land back to its original state.

This would mean the removal of approximately 60,000 cubic meters of construction fill, and more extensive soil testing. This land must be returned to its original soil classification of Class 3 or better.

It is the desire of our community to see this situation fully rectified. I am hopeful that the new owner wants the same outcome. It is my expectation that the Mayor of Saanich accepts nothing less for the community he represents. And it is my hope that the Agricultural Land Commission commits to enforcing its order to remediate.

As MLA of Saanich South and as a community member who adored Babes Honey farm, I will continue to work to see Babes Honey farm restored back to its full agricultural potential. We may have lost a part of our agricultural history, but we have the opportunity to change this story for the future.

Lana Popham

MLA Saanich South

Friday, November 25, 2011

12 Days of Christmas to Anawim House

Dear Saanich South,

Please help us show our generosity and caring to the clients and staff at Anawim House - bring your non-perishable items to either my office (at 4085 Quadra Street) or to Carole James' office (1084 Fort Street). For 12 Days, we will be collecting items for delivery on December 13.

Drop off your donations to the Saanich South office anytime from 9:30am - 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday! Donations to the Victoria-Beacon Hill office can be accepted anytime from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 10:00am - 3:00pm on Fridays!



Monday, November 21, 2011

Chef of the Year Statement - Nov 21, 2011

On Sunday, November 20 I participated in the Chef of the Year competition hosted by the Canadian Culinary Federation - Victoria, up at Camosun College. It was a fantastic fundraiser - showcasing local foods prepared by local talent.

Today, I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly recognizing my assistant and one of the Saanich chefs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saanich South Showcasing Elizabeth Caulton

Dear Saanich,

We are a very fortunate community to have such talented artists in our midst. My community office at 4085 Quadra is one location you can stop by and view some of their works.

Currently my office is highlighting the acrylic and oil works of Elizabeth Caulton.

Elizabeth was born in England and spent her childhood in the Midlands, which gave her easy access to the natural beauty of the Derbyshire Dales. She moved to B.C. in 1964 and continued her teaching career in both primary schools and University courses.

Elizabeth is using her retirement to devote more time to painting and exploring the use of various mediums in her creations of landscapes, florals, portraits and animal commissions. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and several local art clubs. Her works have been juried into the Sidney Fine Art Show six times - in addition to over 10 years of art showings all around Victoria.

I hope that you will find time to stop into my community office, on the corner of Quadra and Nicholson, to take in a selection of Elizabeth's fine work. We are honoured to host an artist of her caliber.