Letters to the Editor

Dallas Road walkway proposal alarming

I was very alarmed to read the article in the Victoria News of September 15, 2017, entitled “Dallas Road walkway pitched to city councillors.”

An overhead walkway?  More lighting?  More cement?? None of this fits with the concept of our area’s natural beauty being our biggest attraction and the thing we want to feature.

I think that walkway would be a travesty on the landscape, an appalling imposition on an area that is attempting to retain its natural beauty and provide a counter-balance to what the rest of the city has to offer. If we want people to appreciate the magnificence of the ocean, let’s not distract them with artificial constructs like an aerial pathway and a big red O, set right where we are trying to feature the natural world. If it’s an unhindered viewpoint of the ocean that is desired, there are other places for that, like Clover Point.

Tourists can already see the ocean by crossing the road. I agree that there is room for improvement there. Have there been any accidents with pedestrians getting hit? That is a basic place to start. Surely, if the traffic and the crosswalks were reconfigured, it would be possible to increase safety at that point both for tourists and for James Bay residents wanting to access Beacon Hill Park at that end where one can walk the path through that precious row of trees.

I have always been excited by that short stretch of almost-darkness along Dallas Road, where it runs through the Park. It is a rare thing in a city. It suggests a restorative sense of quiet and peace, a wonderful reprieve from the constant illumination of the city. I treasure it. I have often hoped that no one would ever suggest putting in more lights.

Parks are for daytime use, unless someone is seeking out darkness. Why would we want to illuminate it? If people want brightness there are lots of other places to go.

As for sidewalks, if the tour bus travellers need a place to get out and not get their feet wet, perhaps a cement pad could be provided alongside where the busses would be pulling up, and maybe a compacted gravel or screenings path to the Mile Zero marker and the Terry Fox statue. But the area of the park stretching beyond that triangle is just fine the way it is, with the grass coming right down to the edge of the road. It brings us a little closer to the natural world, even going by in a car. There are few enough such places. Let nature be. There’s a path along the waterfront for those who want to walk.

As for that triangle being under-utilized, has anyone ever asked a creative landscaper what they could do? I’m sure they could make the area beautiful and attractive with varied plantings and pathways. That idea has much more appeal to me, and probably to most tourists, than more cement and a gimmicky aerial pathway.

I hope this proposal can be stopped before it goes any further.

Kathie Putt

Personal loss for the ‘greater good’ of sewage treatment

We live directly across the street from the Cross Harbour sewage pipe drilling operation at Camel Point on Dallas Road. This operation has, does, and will for the substantial future cause a nearly unbearable deterioration in our immediate residential environment. This is not the fault of the workers on site. It is, as they say, what it is. And for us, it is a constant (six days a week, 7 am to 7 pm) irritating whining of large electric generators and machinery that penetrates the walls and windows of our home, a constant glare of flood lights, a complete loss of ocean view for some, a loss of use of our decks and porches due to the unbearable noise, and a steady unprecedented deposit of grime and filth on the exterior of our newly ($25,000) painted residence that requires continual scrubbing and washing. Our loss of residential enjoyment for ‘the greater good’ (a sewage treatment plant) began last summer and will continue into next summer. It is what it is, but it would be a small recognition of, and compensation for, the enormous disruption and deprivation of our otherwise peaceful residential environment, if the powers that be would at least forgive us our property taxes during the protracted period of construction.

John Fry

Don’t Change Mile 0

I agree 100% with R. G. Perrson's letter to the Editor, October 2017 James Bay Beacon.

For everyone's sake and to avoid embarrassing Victoria, please leave Mile 0 as it is.  

Do not install the "most outrageously ugly, insensitive and inappropriate design concept ever put forward in Victoria" as this design concept is jaw-dropping ugly.  It will ruin the natural beauty of Mile 0 and area.

Robin E. Hall

At the Barge on Friday Night

Just a note regarding the community minded presentations by Teresa which are so pertinent to the James Bay Community, with strong encouragement to keep up the good work! Her drawing entitled “At the Barge on Friday Night” depicts this popular event, and the need to keep the neighbours in mind when it comes to the volume of the music.

Well done Teresa.


Watch Out! Carollers for a Cause are coming!

How do you build a connected community? The family that started the James Bay Tea Cup Tea on Clarence Street might know how. Say hi to your neighbours, introduce yourself, host a party and event to raise funds for local charities. That is how "Carolling for a Cause" got started.

The residents of Clarence Street are doing that and more. They have been awarded a $200 micro grant from "Building Resilient Streets" and are hosting their “Carolling for a Cause" event. The Palmer-Wilson family and Brian Cloosterman of RX Eyewear are inviting their neighbours on Clarence Street to go carolling to raise funds for a grade 5 science field trip and are asking for non-perishable food items for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. The residents of Clarence Street and other volunteers are coming back to the Tea Cup tree house for a winter barbecue and hot soup. The local Starbucks at James Bay Square is donating hot chocolate.

On December 9 from 5-7 pm, the Carollers will be going down Clarence Street to Niagara; to South Turner to Dallas Road; to Somerset house down Menizes to James Bay Square; back down Simcoe to perform at Beckley Lodge; and back down Clarence Street.

Nairn Wilson

Gentle giant Beo Wolf moves away


Beo Wolf our James Bay, Victoria, gentle-giant “talking” malamute is moving away. Many of you have seen him as he heads out on his daily strolls to Beacon Hill Park, downtown and around James Bay, where he brings total strangers together with his smile, good looks and friendly attitude. Beo Wulf was born with a special gift of loving children and people.

You will be dearly missed, our beautiful “fur person,” by the community and your friends.

We will cherish forever the unconditional love and friendship you have given us, not to mention the added exercise, healthy lifestyle and pure joy that walking you has brought to our lives.

We love you – your friends and walking buddies, Katie, Linda, Kim, Hadley, Sue, Justin and Amberly. Thank you for all the cookies and kindness, Bank of Montreal James Bay, Desiree, Mary, Dan, Kaya, Joy, MacKenzie, Capital Iron “John,” Eddie Bauer Doug and Harley,  Starbucks, Dollar Store, Pharmasave, and Serious Coffee.


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