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Victoria News, May 2, 2024

Superheroes to hand out free comics this weekend in Victoria

“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Little Free Library Superhero Adventure!” Phelps Bondaroff said in a press release announcing the giveaway. 

It’s free comic book day at several of Victoria’s little free libraries this weekend, and some superheroes have arrived to make sure the comics get into the right hands. The Superheroes of Victoria will be at five little library locations in Fernwood between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

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Saanich News, April 16, 2024

Saanich councillor wins award in Ottawa for free contraception campaign

A group founded by a Saanich councillor and a local sexual health advocate is being recognized at the national level for the work done by the organization to bring free prescription contraception to B.C. Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff and AccessBC co-founder Devon Black were jointly awarded the Jack Layton Progress Prize at the Broadbent Institute’s summit in Ottawa held last week between April 10 and 12 for the organization’s successful campaign.

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CHEK News, March 20, 2024

Saanich to change parking requirements for new housing developments

On Monday, in an almost unanimous vote, councillors voted to lower the parking minimums for all forms of new builds and convert those minimums into maximums for certain-sized projects. “Reducing the need to build parking also reduces building expenses,” said Coun. Teale Phelps Bandaroff.

Bandaroff and Coun. Zac de Vries brought forward a policy framework for parking requirements.

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Outside Magazine, January 23, 2024

Sea Shepherd’s Sea Change

The researcher Teale Phelps Bondaroff, who was on board the Bob with me, explained over tea in the galley one day that the legal-shaming approach used against IUU fishing evolved from the moral-shaming approach that fueled anti-whaling campaigns. Countries don’t want to appear unable to enforce the law in their own waters. Still, he added, critics often say that Sea Shepherd’s crews, as nonstate actors, “can’t legally do what they’re doing. But it doesn’t matter, they’re doing it.”

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Saanich News, November 2, 2023

How a free contraception campaign turned into a national movement

Black, a lawyer who has worked and volunteered at various sexual health organizations, co-founded the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception with Saanich Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff in 2017 and has led the campaign in her spare time while also practising law. The campaign grew to have more than 80 volunteers and was endorsed by 36 B.C. municipalities. In April 2023, the provincial government responded, launching free prescription contraception in the province.

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Saanich News, October 28, 2023

Stepping up to make a difference

Every so often we encounter a person who just makes the world a better place. Saanich Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff is one of those people.He is someone who has made his presence felt in such a wide spectrum of activities and causes that it seems impossible that he is only 37 years of age.

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Saanich News, August 20, 2023

Volunteers expand road mural on Saanich’s Falaise Crescent

Representatives from the Falaise Community Association and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the public came out to add purple camas flowers to the mural.

“The mural is fantastic,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, project co-initiator and network volunteer. “It’s bright and vibrant. It’s great for community building and road safety. Road murals have been found by some research to show that cars slow down.”

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The Moose Hide Campaign,

March 25, 2023

Changing the world, one pin at a time

You can find [Teale] bicycling around the Victoria, BC region, distributing books and important information to the little free libraries. One of the items he regularly tucks away in the homemade boxes? The moose hide pin. “The moose hide pin just seemed like a perfect fit,” he said. “The campaign was born here in Victoria. The pins are the heart of the campaign, and these little libraries are a great way to connect people to the campaign who wouldn’t be exposed to it otherwise.”

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National Post, February 28, 2023

'Beacon of hope': B.C. advocates cheer free contraception promise in 2023 budget

Teale Phelps Bondaroff, chair of the AccessBC campaign for free prescription contraception, says the policy is exactly what his organization has spent years calling for, and advocates are “so excited.” Phelps Bondaroff says free prescription contraception improves health outcomes for infants and mothers, makes life more affordable and equal, and he expects it will also save the government millions of dollars each year.

 

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Daily Hive, January 21, 2023

Proposed sliding-scale traffic fine system could make ultra-wealthy pay up

An interesting proposal to charge the wealthy more for traffic fines could make its way to the BC government with enough support. Saanich Councillor Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff wants to see BC implement a traffic fines system that takes people’s income and wealth into account. “One hundred dollars doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody,” said Bondaroff in an interview with Daily Hive on Saturday, January 21. “We want people to be deterred from breaking the law in the first place.”

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Victoria Buzz, September 22, 2022

75,000th book delivered to the little free library network in Greater Victoria

Book lovers, rejoice, another little free library is coming to Victoria.  This Saturday, the organization behind upkeeping all the little free libraries (LFLs) around town, will be unveiling the 650th LFL. This milestone comes just days after the group announced the LFLs now host more than 75,000 books around the region. The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to LFLs since 2017 and this week they hit their newest milestone of 75,000 books delivered. 

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The Guardian, September 7, 2021

Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil

“It’s pretty worrisome when you’ve got fisheries exploring these ‘unexploited’ areas or discovering large stocks of fish,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research at OceansAsia. “This really should raise eyebrows because what’s really driving that expansion? Krill oil is obviously one factor.”

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