Monday, December 9, 2013

B.C. legislature should have arts and culture committee

Source: Georgia Straight
by LANA POPHAM on DEC 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM
IT WOULD BE hard to imagine this time of year without the performances and festivals that we look forward to, the books and magazines we curl up with, the museums and galleries we make time to visit, the movies that dazzle us, and the culinary delights that entertain our tastebuds.

This is a time of year when arts and culture are all around us, making the holiday season special and bringing together family, friends, neighbours, and communities.

Every day of the year, people in creative industries across B.C. are making our province a better and more vibrant place. While we know that the arts are essential, we often think less about the impact that our creative industries have on our economy.

That impact is huge. Arts and culture in British Columbia employ more than 87,000 British Columbians, including almost 26,000 artists. In 2007, the creative sector GDP was estimated at $4 billion, and its growth between 2002 and 2007 outpaced the growth of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting combined.

The arts are critical to the tourism strategies of towns and cities across B.C. Cultural festivals, performance, and institutions keep visitors coming back year after year and help support our local and provincial economies.

Yet something important has been missed at the provincial level that would give the creative community the stage it needs to further develop its significant economic contribution.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Art Show & Christmas Party Open House!

Thursday, December 19, 5-7pm at 4085 Quadra. Open to all residents of Saanich South.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Notice: Community Meeting re. Sewage Treatment & Hartland Landfill

Dear Saanich South - and especially those living in the Prospect Lake area,

This will be an important meeting for us to raise our concerns and ask questions about how our area and the Hartland Landfill fits into the region's sewage treatment plans. I'm looking forward to it and hope to see you there. Please share with your friends and family in the area.