First re­spon­ders take on young­sters

Times Colonist - - Islander -

Oak Bay fire­fight­ers, paramedics and po­lice of­fi­cers will strap on skates and pick up hockey sticks to take on lo­cal young­sters.

The Sec­ond An­nual Cops for Can­cer McLean Hockey Game on Thurs­day, Sept. 27, will see this team take on young hockey play­ers drawn from Oak Bay High School.

“You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen when you put age and ex­pe­ri­ence out on the ice against the wheels and the tal­ent of the young,” said po­lice Sgt. Mike Martin.

Martin said this year’s first re­spon­ders have been adding some ringers from Oak Bay Parks and Re­cre­ation.

It’s only fair. Their younger op­po­nents, who play for a va­ri­ety of lo­cal teams, have a for­mer NHLer, Pa­trick Hol­land, who played with the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in the 2013-14 season.

The Cops for Can­cer McLean Hockey Game raises money for can­cer re­search. It’s named for Oak Bay Sgt. Dan McLean, who served 21 years and was well known for his com­mu­nity sports in­volve­ment. McLean died of can­cer in 2013, af­ter his re­tire­ment.

The Cops for Can­cer McLean Hockey Game is on Thurs­day, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Oak Bay Re­cre­ation Cen­tre. Lo­cal singer Stephanie Greaves will sing O Canada. En­try is by do­na­tion, and raf­fle tick­ets for a va­ri­ety of prizes will be sold for $2.

Pull a weed and make a new friend

There are new friends and com­mu­ni­ties to be made pulling Scotch broom, black­berry bushes and other in­va­sive species, says an en­vi­ron­men­tal worker.

“In­va­sive plants are bring­ing peo­ple to­gether,” said Amanda Evans, pro­gram man­ager for the Greater Vic­to­ria Green Team. “They are build­ing com­mu­ni­ties be­cause it’s nice to meet peo­ple while you are do­ing an ac­tiv­ity that helps the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

This Satur­day, the Greater Vic­to­ria Green Team is invit­ing all com­ers to Mur­ray’s Pond Park, be­hind Royal Bay Sec­ondary School, to pull in­va­sive plants that are crowd­ing nat­u­ral fo­liage.

Vol­un­teers are asked to dress ap­pro­pri­ately, with proper boots or footwear, for ex­am­ple. But tools, gloves, shov­els and a few ex­tra rain jack­ets and knee pads will be avail­able. No train­ing is re­quired, but those 18 and un­der re­quire par­ents’ per­mis­sion.

The Greater Vic­to­ria Green Team is in its fourth year. With 1,500 vol­un­teers on its books, it counts it­self as the largest or­ga­ni­za­tion of its kind in the cap­i­tal re­gion. It works with lo­cal gov­ern­ments, en­hance­ment so­ci­eties, stew­ard­ship groups and en­vi­ron­men­tal friend­ship so­ci­eties.

“Our whole fo­cus is get­ting out peo­ple, who have never done this sort of thing be­fore,” said Evans. “They get out, they get their hands dirty, they meet new peo­ple and they can do some­thing tan­gi­ble to ben­e­fit the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Mur­ray’s Pond Park event has been sanc­tioned by the City of Col­wood and is on Satur­day from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peo­ple should meet be­hind Royal Bay Sec­ondary School, 3500 Ryder Hes­jedal Way.

De­fend Up­lands Park from ivy

In an­other attack on in­va­sive species, the Friends of Up­lands Park have ini­ti­ated their own weekly as­sault.

The big vil­lain in Up­lands Park is English ivy, now threat­en­ing to car­pet the park, which is a re­main­ing seg­ment of the widely en­dan­gered Garry oak habi­tat found from south coastal B.C. to north­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The Up­lands weekly plant pull will run Sun­days through Nov. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. Vol­un­teers should meet at Cat­tle Point by the sec­ond boat ramp af­ter the kiosks. Tools, gloves and in­struc­tion pro­vided.

Kid­ney Walk be­gins next Sun­day

Thou­sands of Bri­tish Columbians from 15 com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria, will strap on their hik­ing shoes next Sun­day to take part in the an­nual Kid­ney Walk.

Alone or in teams, bear­ing fun names such as the Re­nal Rene­gades and the Blad­der Braves, par­tic­i­pants will walk to raise money for the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Canada, B.C. and Yukon Branch.

The foun­da­tion says kid­ney dis­ease is an un­der-rec­og­nized ail­ment. One in 10 Cana­di­ans have it, but most won’t rec­og­nize it un­til the dis­ease is in its end stages and a trans­plant is re­quired.

But trans­plants are not eas­ily pro­cured. Al­most 50 per cent of those with kid­ney dis­ease die be­fore one can be per­formed.

The Kid­ney Walk is on Sun­day, Sept. 23. To learn more, in­clud­ing how to reg­is­ter go on­line to kid­ney­walk.ca.

Singing can help those with Alzheimer’s

Those re­cently di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease or those who care for them are in­vited to a lec­ture fea­tur­ing two Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria ex­perts dis­cussing the ben­e­fits of mu­sic.

UVic psy­chol­o­gist Stuart MacDon­ald and so­ci­ol­o­gist An­dre Smith will pro­vide an over­view of Voices in Mo­tion, a Vic­to­ria choir for all ages and abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing those with de­men­tia.

The choir has been ex­plor­ing how mu­sic and song can trig­ger mem­o­ries in some peo­ple with de­men­tia, en­abling them to sing. Tak­ing part in mu­sic and choral song is also be­lieved to of­fer re­lief from the de­pres­sion and so­cial iso­la­tion that can ac­com­pany de­men­tia.

MacDon­ald and Smith will also of­fer an over­view of de­men­tia and the need to seek and pur­sue novel ther­a­pies.

The talk will be Fri­day, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Gor­don Head Re­cre­ation Cen­tre, 4100 Lam­brick Park Way.

The Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria, Is­land Health and the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of B.C. are spon­sor­ing the event.

Shore­line cleanup tack­les the mid-Is­land

Fish­eries and Oceans Canada, oys­ter farm­ers and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up this year bring the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup to Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Fish­eries of­fi­cers, mem­bers of the WWF, the As­so­ci­a­tion for Den­man Is­land Ma­rine Stew­ards and the B.C. Shell­fish Grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion will con­cen­trate on Baynes Sound and Lam­bert Chan­nel on the east coast of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Vol­un­teers from the pub­lic are al­ways wel­come.

Be­sides shell­fish, Baynes Sound and Lam­bert Chan­nel are im­por­tant spawn­ing and rear­ing grounds for Pa­cific her­ring and ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through tourism, fish­ing and other in­dus­tries.

De­bris col­lected will be handed over to the non-profit Ocean Legacy Foun­da­tion, which re­cy­cles the plastics.

The first beach cleanup was on Fri­day, at Fanny Bay and the sec­ond at Gart­ley Point near Roys­ton on Satur­day.

Up­com­ing cleanups will be: • Wed­nes­day, Sept. 19, Union Bay. Meet at noon in the park­ing lot be­side the Union Bay boat launch. • Fri­day, Sept. 21, Buck­ley Bay. Meet at 12:30 p.m. in the lot next to the Buck­ley Bay Ferry ter­mi­nal. • Satur­day, Sept. 22, Deep Bay. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park­ing lot in the small-craft har­bour at Deep Bay.

Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen drops the puck as mem­bers of Oak Bay Po­lice and Oak Bay High School teams face-off ahead of the sec­ond an­nual Cops for Can­cer McLean Hockey Game on Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oak Bay Re­cre­ation Cen­tre. All of the funds raised go to Cops for Can­cer, which sup­ports can­cer treat­ment pro­grams.

The Greater Vic­to­ria Green Team is invit­ing all com­ers to tackle in­va­sive plants at Mur­ray’s Pond Park in Col­wood on Satur­day from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol­un­teers don’t need train­ing, but those 18 and un­der re­quire par­ents’ per­mis­sion.

Tereza Ticha, left, and Sheila Neapole col­lect garbage from the In­ner Har­bour as part of the Clean Up the Shores ef­fort this month.

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