HERITAGE BC UPDATE
Victoria Must Pay For Designation
Rogers' Chocolates will receive $598,000 from the City of Victoria in compensation for the designation of the interior of their Government Street store. The arbitration finding has also ordered the City to cover 85 per cent of Rogers’ legal costs.
City Council designated the interior of the chocolate maker’s historic retail store early in 2009 to prevent a planned expansion that would, in the City’s view, have resulted in unacceptable alterations. The remarkable interior has been commemorated by the Government of Canada as a National Historic Site.
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Heritage Week Proclaimed
The Province of British Columbia has officially proclaimed the week of February 15 to 21 to be Heritage Week. Taking place during the Winter Olympic Games, the theme of Heritage Week is sport and recreation. During a recent meeting, Heritage BC presented the Honourable Kevin Krueger, the minister responsible for heritage, with a framed copy to remind him of the importance of heritage conservation.
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Heritage Grants to Continue
At a meeting on January 29 the board of the Heritage Legacy Fund society (HLF) resolved to continue grant programs in the coming fiscal year, beginning April 1. Maintenance of the grants programs, which over the past five years have provided $2 million in funding for over 140 projects, will continue despite the fact that the HLF last fall took over financial support of Heritage BC when the provincial government dropped out of the picture. The grants budget will nevertheless be reduced by 40 per cent over what it has been for the first five years of the program.
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Petition Calls for Return of Gaming Grants
The Bingo Council of B.C. is seeking signers for a petition to the provincial government to bring back gaming grants for heritage and culture organizations. Last year millions of dollars in grants were cut as the government scrambled to reduce the deficit for the current year. The next provincial budget comes down on March 2. Click here to sign the petition:
» Return Gaming Grants Petition
Awards Deadline March 1
Its time to start thinking about submitting a nomination to the annual Heritage BC Awards Program. Great projects, people and organizations will go unrecognized if not nominated. Nominating is easier than ever – click here for more about the awards program and nomination process including the new online nomination form!
» Heritage BC Awards Nominations