Being a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary here in Sooke, I seem to have the worst luck with missing the really interesting emergency calls. I was on the mainland for Christmas with family when the Florence Filburg broke loose from its mooring and ended up beached across from Billings Spit in Sooke Harbour.
The Florence Filburg - chauffneue on Flickr
Another view at low tide - chauffneue on Flickr
And last night, at approximately 8:45PM, sitting in my mother’s house in Delta, BC, my rescue pager went off for the end of the Florence Filburg. I missed out again.
It’s pretty obvious that somebody set it on fire. The eyewitness in the video below mentions that two individuals had been caught, but that has not been confirmed by any news source I’ve heard. I’ll try and update this story as it unfolds.
Good riddance, I say. It’s an eyesore that will now hopefully be gone for good.
What did you see? Have any more pictures or video? What do you think? Let me know.
Below is an excellent video (RSS and e-mail Readers may need to click through to view it) outlining how the global economic downturn got started with the credit crisis in the U.S. If you’ve heard the term sub-prime and aren’t exactly sure what that’s all about, this video does a great job explaining it.
Bear in mind that this is U.S. focused, but it’s a very informative look at how this mess all started. It will also help you understand why Canada’s banks are in good shape: they avoided much of the financial instruments mentioned in the video, and our conservative banking practices and tighter regulations prevented them from getting over-leveraged, and from giving money to people who shouldn’t have qualified.
Perhaps a little late for a New Year’s resolution, but it’s never too late to begin to change your lifestyle to achieve greater health and fitness.
Have you joined other fitness facilities with good intentions to keep up a regular workout, and then fallen off the wagon into a rut? Do you dread going to the gym, running on a treadmill and doing the same, boring routines every time you go? You’re not alone, and that’s why you should check out The Fresh Fitness Company, a gym in Sooke owned and operated by Kristen Lindal.
Fresh Fitness is different. There are no weight machines. There are very few free weights, even. No treadmills, no stair climbers, and no elliptical trainers. Fresh Fitness in Sooke is a class-based fitness facility, with qualified instructors leading groups in various forms of exercise, motivating and coaching along the way. Instead of paying your monthly fees and then off you go on your own, Kristen’s company takes a fresh approach in leading you to your fitness goals.
My fiancee joined Fresh Fitness over a year ago, and she still goes, five days a week. She’s the first one to admit that she’s failed to keep up the routine in the past with other gyms. The difference? Variety. Kristen and her professional instructors host many different types of fitness classes that appeal to a broad variety of people. Monday might be a spinning class, Tuesday might be a cardio dance class. On Wednesday, muscle tone is the focus in a body shaping class. The end result are that members of Fresh Fitness want to go back to do more classes, resulting in a full-body workout over the course of a week.
The Fresh Fitness Company also offers training and support for runners; Marg and I were a part of their Victoria 1/2 Marathon running group last year. They also train for the TC10K and the Run for the Cure.
Is The Fresh Fitness Company a ladies-only facility? No, they have quite a few men as members, and I have done classes there on a drop-in basis too.
From its humble beginnings in owner Kristen Lindal’s Whiffen Spit home, Fresh Fitness has a permanent home in Sooke’s Evergreen Centre (beside the BC Liquor Store). You can reach Fresh Fitness at 250-642-2377.
Here are a couple of videos of their classes (Click through if you’re reading this through a feed reader or e-mail):
It’s been a while since I was on video! I went to the West Shore MLS tour in Colwood and Langford today and just thought I’d say hi to you through the video. I had one of my listings on the tour this week and got to see 10 other really nice places in Langford and Colwood. I hope you’ll enjoy the video!
This was too cool not to post. Mark Gervais has created a haunting multimedia animation designed to be projected on your windows on Halloween night. Combine it with a couple of speakers and you’ve got a display that will make you the envy of your neighbourhood. DVDs are sold out (and a little late to order anyway), but you can still download part of the DVD for $6 and play it on your computer. All you need is a projector and a white sheet tacked to the window frame. The result is this:
Sooke and all other B.C. municipalities will be having their elections on November 15th. Low voter turnout is simply not an option! Get involved and find out who’s going to do what for you! It’s vitally important you know what’s going on in your community.
Today the Supreme Court of British Columbia handed down a ruling that declared that the City of Victoria’s bylaw against homeless tent cities in city parks was unconstitutional because it violates their Charter rights. This precedent setting ruling has some very interesting consequences for cities across the country, and it should be very interesting to see how it plays out in the months to come. Mayor Alan Lowe goes on record as saying that the city “Is not in the business of providing housing,” and I would have to agree with him when he points out that the senior levels of government (Provincial and Federal) should be responsible for housing the homeless. We need solutions to the homeless problem, and unfortunately, tent cities in city parks are not a viable option. What do you think?
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As a REALTOR®, I’m always taking notice of how other businesses market and brand themselves. I get inspiration for ideas from other people and businesses all the time. One thing I’ve noticed is that politicians in our current Federal election campaign have been all about branding and marketing their campaigns, rather than telling us what they’ll do for us if elected. What do you think?
Here’s a quick video I shot of Conservative candidate Troy Desouza in his heavily-branded car. He even waved for the camera!
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