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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

NOTICE OF FILMING

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 www.creativebc.com.

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

Regards,

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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Orcas near Cadboro Bay

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The Cadboro Bay coastline has been the site of multiple Orca sightings in recent days. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Crosswalk Upgrades at Hobbs and Maynard

Starting February 2021, the District of Saanich is undertaking an infrastructure project on Hobbs St. at Maynard St. The project includes the design and installation of a raised crosswalk, separated concrete sidewalk with nonmountable curb, as well as a new painted crosswalk across Maynard.

This project aims to improve safety for pedestrians using these connections to and from Maynard Park and Frank Hobbs Elementary School. Read the construction notice here.

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Arbutus Attenuation Tank: Overnight Pumping

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Construction for the Arbutus Attenuation Tank will require temporary pumping to take place 24 hours a day for approximately two weeks. This work is expected to begin during the first week of February, however, it is weather dependent so the timing may change.

The Arbutus Attenuation Tank will be a 5,000m3 underground concrete tank that will temporarily store wastewater flows during high volume storm events to reduce the number of sewer overflows.

Read the CRD Notice here.

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30-Foot Casualty of High Winds in Cadboro Bay

Jan 5, 2021 – Late this afternoon the Junita AM, a 30 foot sloop washed ashore on the beach in front of Waring Place in Cadboro Bay.  Thanks to Mr. D Sawyer for the initial report. The Coast Guard was immediately notified (File #2021-0011) as well as the Environmental Response Team to deal with a potential diesel fuel problem.

The Environmental Response Team will return in the morning of January 6th to continue their assessment of this vessel. Representatives of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association are attempting to contact a person that may be the owner of this boat.

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Cadboro Bay takes two spots in the “Top Stories of 2020″ article by Victoria News

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To cap off the 2020 year, Victoria News featured its top stories of 2020 and included two from Cadboro Bay.

In the opening spotlight is six-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin, who set up a joke stand outside his home to create smiles and laughs amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read his story from April, 2020 here (Photograph above by Kelsea McLaughlin).

Also noted to have captured interest was the proposal by a Saanich Councillor to review off-leash dogs on Saanich beaches. Given the importance of Cadboro Bay Beach, the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association cast a wide net to hear the varying perspectives on the matter from across the community. Reports, news articles and a video presentation are all available here.