The May issue of the James Bay Beacon included an article “Ceramic Tile Street Signs” that relied upon an article and original research by Janis Ringuette. The original article is available online at . Additionally, the article "The Hands of Time" did not provide reference to source material previously published by the City of Victoria.

Our February 2016 issue included an article "Longhouse atop Beacon Hill," which did not credit Justine Hunter's original Globe and Mail article,entitled "Beacon Hill Park, Victoria's 'perfect Eden,' to get historical makeover."

We take plagiarism very seriously; we are taking additional measures to ensure all sources are acknowledged in any of our published content. We apologize to Janis Ringuette, Justine Hunter, the City of Victoria, and to our readers.

James Bay Newspaper Society - Board


Letter – Ceramic Tile Street Signs

Information on Victoria's heritage ceramic tile street signs printed in the May issue of the James Bay Beacon was gathered in 2006. Ten years have passed. It would be interesting to know how many tile signs are still in place in 2016.

If a Beacon volunteer or reader is interested in updating the tile inventory, or if readers just want to know more about specific locations, there is good news. Maps of all previous tile locations are available on the Hallmark Heritage Society website.

The Hallmark Society scanned the original 1985 report titled “Street Designation Tiles, Victoria, B.C.” report (seven pages), and scanned my 2006 report titled “Ceramic Tile Street Names in Victoria Sidewalks" (11 pages). Anyone can print those PDFs and walk around with maps in hand.

When I researched this topic, the 1985 report was located in a three-ring binder in the Hallmark office. The street maps in that report marked each tile site. I photocopied the maps, revisited each site and put an X on the locations where tiles no longer were in place. I then added my updated 2006 report with those maps included to the same three-ring binder in the Hallmark office. Thanks to the Hallmark Heritage Society for making these reports available online. Their website is a terrific resource on many topics.

The tile reports can be found at this URL:

Janis Ringuette


Letter – Hands of Time

Crystal Przybille's sculptures are certainly worth the time and energy to discover!

Two things: First, the article didn't include the link to the map.

Second, the railway spike sculpture was removed for safekeeping last year during the construction on Wharf Street, and I don't know if it has yet been replaced.

(The spike has been replaced and all photos are current)

Mike Nelson Pedde

PS While not directly related to Crystal's work, if one is out looking for sculptures it's worth stopping to note the poet tree at the SE corner of Government and Broughton; it's dedicated to Victoria's first Poet Laureate, Carla Funk.


Letter – Sir John A Macdonald

I wanted to write and express how I appreciate very much Terry Loeppky's letter in the latest Beacon on enjoying my installments of Points North. I was so glad to hear that the pieces have proved pleasant reads. But I also much appreciate the correction concerning the proper form of the name for the first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald (not MacDonald or, heaven forbid, McDonald). I appreciated it because it's one of the many little things I will be learning as I get up to speed with my Canadian-ness. Leaving out the middle initial is indeed a rookie mistake, one of dozens, I'm sure, that will mark me as being from south of the border. I understand completely the lack of cadence that must have hit the writer's ear to read the name without the initial. After all, in the US, we never hear anyone say "John Kennedy"; it's always "John F. Kennedy." That's even though "Pres. John  Kennedy" is just as unique as "P. M. John Macdonald." Not at all like "Pres. George Bush." No, not at all like. So I am happy to stand corrected, but I know I will continue to make similar cultural slips for some time yet. I just dread the reaction the first time I refer to William Lion Mackenzie King in an article. Oh, the letters we'll see!

James Fife


‘Gone Missing eh?’

Regarding Terry Loeppky's letter “Gone missing eh?” in the May issue of the Beacon, the correct spelling for Sir John A.'s surname is “Macdonald” as in “Macdonald Park” on Simcoe Street. Although MacDonald seems to be the most common spelling (vs. McD, Mcd, Macd), it is interesting to note that in George Fraser Black’s “The surnames of Scotland, their origin meaning and history” (1946) his opinion is that all Gaelic surnames ought to be written as one word and that Mac should never be followed by a capital letter. No present day Macdonald is the son (or daughter) of one called Donald. “Of course as surnames are personal property a man is quite at liberty to spell and write his name as he pleases and etiquette demands that in writing to an individual we address our letter as our correspondent spells and writes it himself.” A direct quote - excuse the lack of political correctness in using his/he/himself. The White Pages of Glasgow list only Macdonalds and Mcdonalds. No capital.

E. Macdonald


What is the James Bay 2nd Annual Garage Sale Day?

The most frequently asked question is how do I take part and get on the list?

First, the idea is taken from the Garagellenium Oak Bay Annual Garage Sale XVII, June 16. A wonderful event for families and neighbours to sell their items, with thousands visiting Oak Bay, for fun and to find their treasure.

I like to think of our event as the Absolutely Fabulous James Bay 2nd. Annual Garage Sale Day on Saturday, June 4. Every resident and community group on any street in JB is welcome to take part.

So how do I take part? It’s Your stuff – Your place – Your profit. Suggested time is 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

There is NO list this year, but our first year it was the JB Community School Centre who provided the map and list. They were a huge help in making it a success as well as some folks who offered to spread the word and do posters. And fortunately, we have the JB Beacon to spread the word. This year, I’ve reached out to free advertising areas in Victoria, with good support. 

Last, please remember to leave the outdoor site in the same condition as found. Nothing can be hung from city trees and no advertising on poles. Take any signs etc. down promptly after your sale ends.

Not selling? Do a walk-about and remember to respect seller’s driveway or sidewalk area and parking. Above all have fun.

As the organizer, I have not the skill to create a website for map and address location or funds for it and distribution. Perhaps next year, if help is offered in this area. Enjoy the day!

Linda Gionet


Citizens “trumped” by Cruise Ships

A cruise ship that when docked started playing loud, aggressive music for hours starting in the afternoon. At 10:50 PM it finally stopped because I, and perhaps others, phoned the Victoria Police to complain. I also phoned the local councillor, Chris Coleman, at 10: 20 PM (with apologies for phoning so late) to tell him that in order to go to bed I would have to close the bedroom window and put in earplugs, so loud and incessant was the noise. I live on Simcoe near Dallas Road and the levels of noise are particularly bad here because the noise reverberates off the windows of Shoal Point and the Reef.

This is not acceptable. Noise By-law 03-012 is supposed to protect citizens against noise from various sources including harbour activity. It is understandable that a working harbour will produce some noise in the course of their functional activities. I think people in James Bay are pretty tolerant of the noise generated by the float planes and Helijet. However, noise generated from cruise ships’ music systems is not warranted at all under the intent of the by-law. There is no need whatsoever for music to be played on loud speakers outside the ship’s interior.

Passengers on these cruise ships bring money to spend in Victoria and it is much appreciated, but I would guess that if they were asked if they would mind blasting music going on within their neighbourhood they would in fact mind very much. But, it isn’t the passengers at fault here, it is the ship’s officials who haven’t given any thought to the people of James Bay. And it is the fault of the Harbour Authority for not making it clear that this type of noise is not to be allowed at all. And it is also the responsibility of City Council to make it clear to the Harbour Authority and the cruise ship administrators that citizens will not be subject to inconsiderate “guests” who don’t use common sense and good manners when they come visiting.

I would ask Council and the Harbour Authority to ensure that no music be played on outdoor loudspeakers in the harbour boundaries. Decibel ratings in the bylaw are meant for functional, necessary activities. Loud music doesn’t qualify for any acceptable decibel rating in the neighbourhood.

Wayne Peterson


Notes and Queries

Did you know that September 30 – October 2 has been designated as the Culture Days weekend, a national celebration of arts, culture and heritage? This is an opportunity for the public to see artists at work creating, designing, and bringing their work into life. As well, the public is invited to participate by exercising their own creative energies.

This year the call is out to all BC artists to apply for the 2016 Ambassador and Awards Program. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and presentation of a Cultural Days activity. Details and applications are available at  

The deadline is June 15, 2016.