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Documentary Featuring Cadboro Bay and the Problem of Derelict Boats

Newly released documentary, Abandoned Dreams, is an immersive look into the problem of derelict boats that routinely mar the shores of Cadboro Bay and the broader coastline.

Footage of Cadboro Bay starts at 6:15, and John Roe of the Dead Boats Disposal Society, a well known figure within Cadboro Bay and beyond, is also featured. John Roe, one of the founders of the Dead Boats Disposal Society who has done tremendous work supporting Cadboro Bay and other communities, is also featured.

Over many years, Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association has been working with The Dead Boats Disposal Society, our MLA, Murray Rankin, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, and the Coast Guard. We have a plan.

Watch the full documentary here.



The Story:

Derelict and abandoned boats are one of the most frustrating and alarming issues faced by British Columbia’s coastal communities today. Reaching the end of their usable life cycle, with current disposal options being prohibitively expensive and no way to track ownership, old sail and powerboats are being left to rot on
their moorings in public anchorages and bays in staggering numbers.

Not only do these vessels clog up BC’s most prized destinations and waterways but they often end up drifting onto beaches and into public property—costing taxpayers and communities millions of dollars in damage and environmental clean-up each year. Up until recently, these coastal communities were left to deal with the issue themselves, with little support from government and no way to hold boaters accountable for their vessels. But with Transport Canada’s recently announced Abandoned Boats Program and several exciting initiatives in the works, help is on the horizon.

The Documentary:

Abandoned Dreams looks into the root causes of this abandoned boat epidemic, from social issues like the rising cost of living and lack of marina space in BC, to administrative issues like tracking and enforcing responsible boat ownership, and finally take a look at the new government program and the future plans for
accessible and safe boat disposal and recycling in BC.

Abandoned Dreams shows viewers the stark contrast between BC’s beautiful coastline and the eyesore of rotting and derelict boats in its bays and beaches. We interview boat owners and community members who are frustrated by the degradation of their local waters, government officials who are implementing the Abandoned Boat Program, and boating industry experts who can provide context on what this issue and its solutions mean to the boating community and economy in general.

This documentary is visually and thematically entertaining and informative to casual viewers and boat owners alike, and will show the full impact of this issue on BC’s coastal communities and environment.


Affiliated with publications BC Outdoors, Pacific Yachting and British Columbia Magazine.

For more information and broadcast opportunities contact:

Desiree Miller

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at McKinnon Gym, UVIC

Beginning March 1, Island Health will be operating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in McKinnon Gym as one of more than 30 sites operating across Vancouver Island.

The university is assisting with this important public health project by providing a venue, access to short-term parking, and janitorial support. The vaccination clinic will be located in the main McKinnon gym, off Gabriola Road and parking lot 2.

The clinic will be operational during Phases 2 and 3 of BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, and will be staffed and managed by Island Health.

All appointments for vaccinations will be pre-booked. Visit to get details about who is eligible, when and how to register and for resources and information.

Gabriola Road between Ring Road and parking lot 2 will be restricted to one-way traffic eastbound to accommodate the vaccination clinic. Parking stalls in lot 2 near McKinnon Gym will also be reserved for short-term clinic parking for clients. Please follow the signs.

Visit the Island Health website for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination program.

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Get Involved – Join a CBRA Committee

Do you have a passion for the Cadboro Bay neighborhood? Would you like to be more engaged in your community?

Since 1938, CBRA has been informing, engaging, connecting, and advocating on behalf of the residents and business owners of Cadboro Bay. We interact with the District of Saanich and other appropriate government or jurisdictional authorities on topics that impact Cadboro Bay.

If you would like to volunteer, email the committees that interest you. Your CBRA membership must in good standing (join or renew here).


  • Beach & Village:
  • CBRA Bylaws:
  • Communications:
  • Dead Boats:
  • Local Area Plan:
  • Membership:
  • Proposed Developments:
  • Public Safety:
  • University Liaison:

Committee meetings are typically held once a month, but may occur more or less frequently in response to community activities and developments.

To learn more about CBRA, visit our website at

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Orca Calf Confirmed

On Wednesday, the Center for Whale Research announced the discovery of a new southern resident orca calf, “L125″. This is the first calf in two years for the L Pod, and the forth calf borne by its mother L86, who is now 30-years old. The calf was spotted in Haro Strait.

Researchers said the calf was in good physical condition and appeared to be about 1.5 months old. Whale watchers are cautiously optimistic–about half of orca calves die within the first year and the orca population is declining.

CBRA has shared some photos and videos of recent orca sightings by Cadboro Bay residents in this post, a reminder of the incredible wildlife in this area and the importance of protecting them.

CTV News has featured a spotlight on the new orca that can be viewed here.

Photo Credit: Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research.

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Filming at Gyro Park, Feb 11


Dear Neighbours of “Gyro Park”, 3905c and 3905d Cadboro Bay Rd    

“Martha VM4 Productions (VAN) Inc. is currently in production for the TV Movie “MVM
4 A Case of Vineyard Poison”
that will be filming in your neighbourhood on Thursday Feb. 11th, 2021. We would like to provide some information that will help you prepare for our arrival and anticipate how our presence may affect your daily routine.

Our Production will be working under strict guidelines regarding safety around the Covid-19 Virus. These guidelines have been approved, and will be enforced by, Worksafe BC, Creative BC, and Provincial Health Officials.

We take this issue very seriously and will work local communities to maintain a safe work environment for our crew, and the public we interact with.

The following is an outline of our approximate filming times and significant action:

Wednesday Feb 10th, 2021

  • 8:00AM to 5:00PM – A small crew will be on site to prepare the location for filming

Thursday Feb 11th, 2021

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00AM – Our essential work trucks arrive and park in our designated areas in the Gyro Parking lot
  • 8:00AM to 8:30PM – Filming takes place inside and outside the cottages
  • 8:30PM- to 9:15PM – Crew quietly packs up and leaves the neighbourhood.

Friday Feb 12th, 2021

  • 8:00AM to 5:00PM – A small crew will be on site to restore the properties

In order to minimize the disruption to your neighbourhood, our crew vehicles and larger trailers will be parked at an off-site location However, in order to accommodate our essential vehicles and ensure continuity of picture, we have requested from the  Municipality of Saanich to reserve parking in a designated area in the “Gyro Park”parking lot.

We emphasize that changes in parking are temporary and appreciate your
cooperation during filming.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Location Manager, Shaun Barry 250-896-1898, on set. Questions regarding filming in the Municipality of Saanich  please contact Rob Phillips @ 250-475-5558 .For Information about filming throughout British Columbia is available through the Creative BC website at

Thank you for your continued support of the BC Film Industry.


Steve Kinghorn, Location Manager

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Orcas near Cadboro Bay

The Cadboro Bay coastline has been the site of multiple Orca sightings. The dramatic video footage below was captured by a local resident, from their deck overlooking Haro Strait.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada encourages reporting of Orca and other Cetacean sightings (link).  Due to their declining population status, an understanding of their distribution and abundance is crucial to conservation efforts.

Recent declines in the killer whale population are linked to threats such as toxic pollution, and noise and disturbance from boat traffic. Killer whales also fundamentally rely on healthy populations of salmon – particularly Chinook – which are declining across the Salish Sea. Learn more about orcas, and DFO’s protection measures here.

Another local resident provided photos of the Transient Biggs orcas (captured through a zoom lens), as they were heading toward Sidney through Haro Strait. Other marine mammals recognize Biggs Killer Whales as a feared predator.

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Saanich Increases Bylaw Officers

Mayor Fred Haynes is pleased to advise that Council unanimously approved the addition of key resources, including three full time staff to the bylaw department. This upgrade enables a reorganization and staff to better address the community needs they have been hearing about from Community Associations and the public. Some key aspects include the relocation of parking enforcement from the Saanich Police Department to Bylaws, enabling resources for bylaw calls on weekends. In addition more resources will be available for building inspections and the issues of community concerns. Read more about Saanich’s decision here.