If you’ve been listening long, you know it’s CFUV’s Victoria Day special, an homage to the ‘Garden City,’ Victoria, namesake of Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Kent, Her Majesty the Queen of England, Imperial Majesty Queen-Empress of India, Defender of the Faith, Princess of Hanover and Duchess of Brunswick and Lunenburg, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony etc., etc. et cetera.
Thankfully, we do this only once a year, on that day dedicated to celebrating the Queen’s memory across the realm – save Quebec. For our part, here at CFUV, we spend the entire day looking at the past, present, and possible futures our fair burg has to offer.
Leading us first through that wild and winding history up to the present day, and looking forward too is award-winning journalist, editor, author, civic activist and co-founder of the watchdog website, JohnsonStreetBridge.org, Ross Crockford.
Ross was a long-time contributor to, and editor for, the city’s iconic weekly, Monday Magazine. He currently freelances for Western Living, Adbusters, Explore, and the Globe and Mail among other publications. Crockford is too the recipient of a Western Magazine Award for business writing, the Jack Webster Award of Distinction for investigative reporting, and a National Magazine Award for sports writing. His book, Victoria: The Unknown City is an alt. guidebook for both the seemly and lesser so sides of town, covering the city’s shining and seedy past and present.
Ross Crockford in the first half.
And; Victoria is changing fast, but nowhere are those changes more keenly felt than in the city’s first residential neighbourhood, the sequestered corner of James Bay. There, densification, gentrification, and the exploding popularity of Victoria as a cruise ship destination conspire with a conspicuous lack of considered planning to create over-crowded, chaotic and dangerous conditions for residents and visitors alike. Marg Gardiner is president of the James Bay Neighbourhood Association. The JBNA is a non-profit society that has, since 1993, served as a conduit and link for residents to ensure quality of life and the preservation of neighbourhood values; values threatened today like never before.
Marg Gardiner and James Bay weathering a storm of popularity along Victoria’s waterfront in the second half.
And, Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the latest goings on going on on our city’s streets, and beyond. But first, Ross Crockford and getting to know our largely unknown city, Victoria.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/