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Times Colonist, September 26, 2022

Little Free Library project adds 650th, shows no signs of slowing

“Little free libraries are so much more than books,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, project lead for Pocket Places. “They are a place to have conversation and connect. And that’s ultimately the foundation of community.”

When Phelps Bondaroff started the project in 2017, there were 111 little libraries across Greater Victoria.That number has grown by more than 500, and the “libraries” have expanded into niches ranging from poetry to children’s books, French books, plants, board games, puzzles, art supplies, yarn and even food.

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CHEK News, September 25, 2022

650th little free library opens in CRD

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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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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Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Sept. 8, 2022

2022 CSC Research Impact Awards - Highly Commended Entry

The Taylor & Francis CSC Research implementation and uptake stream - Highly commended entry

Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a 2009 Commonwealth Scholar from Canada, was highly commended by the judges for his paper Characterising changes in a decade of Mexicans sea cucumber crime (2011–2021) using media reports, published in SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin. Teale’s research contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 14, and to the CSC Development Theme Strengthening resilience and response to crises.

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Saanich News, August 13, 2022

Taking it to the streets: Saanich gets its first road mural

“Research has found that road murals encourage drivers to slow down, thereby improving road safety. I’m very pleased to see this pilot project up and running in Saanich and am looking forward to evaluating its effectiveness,” he said.

Phelps Bondaroff worked with the district to develop road mural guidelines. He’ll be collecting traffic speed data and comparing it against measurements taken pre-mural to study the impact of the mural on vehicle speeds on the street.

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Victoria News, August 7, 2022

Saanich researcher makes waves studying Asian sea cucumber crime

Sea cucumbers are common. From nearshore shallow waters down to the depths of the deepest trenches – they inhabit nearly every corner of the planet’s oceans. Yet, soaring demand has created a multi-million dollar black market for the lucrative blobs, according to one Saanich researcher.
 

Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research for marine conservation organization OceansAsia and an expert on illegal fishing and marine wildlife crime, was in the spotlight following the premiere of a new Undercover Asia documentary Sunday (July 31) featuring his research.

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Channel News Asia, July 31, 2022

Undercover Asia: Pirates of the Seabed

Sea cucumbers, a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine, fetch exorbitant prices in East Asia. These creatures play a crucial role in marine ecology -they vacuum the ocean floor; help coral reefs to grow and slow down the acidification of oceans. But now a soaring demand for these creatures is luring criminal gangs and fueling a booming multimillion dollar illegal trade. As millions of sea cucumbers get decimated, authorities and conservationists escalate their war on the poachers. Undercover Asia dives into the illegal sea cucumber trade and uncovers a global hotspot in the waters between India and Sri Lanka.

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Victoria Literacy Connection, July, 2022

Book Bash! Champion - Teale Phelps Bondaroff

As a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, Teale heads up the Pocket Places Project, which helps promote, map, stock, and build little free libraries around the CRD. To date, he has helped build over 80 of these little book boxes, and has delivered and distributed more than 70,000 books to the region’s growing network of over 615 little free libraries, with his bike trailer. In addition to topping up little free libraries with books, Teale also drops off other important information, including Book Bash! book marks.  

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CityNews, Vancouver, May 12, 2022

'Not just a U.S. issue': Advocates urge feds to broaden safe abortion access in Canada

The recent spotlight on safe abortions in the U.S. has highlighted that many Canadians face a number of barriers when accessing their reproductive options, says one advocate.

Unless you live in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, “it’s very challenging to access abortion care,” said Makeda Zook, access line program manager at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Right.

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GVPN, November 27, 2021

Delivering the 50,000th book of the Pocket Places Project

Since August 2017, the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to little free libraries (LFLs) around the region, and this week, project lead Teale Phelps Bondaroff added the 50,000th book to a LFL. A copy of Chris Hadfield’s ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,’ was left in the Republic of North Park Little Free Library on Queens Ave. Victoria.

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BCHA, October 27, 2021

Saanich endorses COVID-19 denial through permissive tax exemption

Without benefits tests for permissive tax exemptions (PTE), municipalities risk funding organizations that only provide services to their members, run commercial operations, exclude and discriminate against people or flout the law. This is exactly what the District of Saanich did at its meeting on Monday, October 25th when this municipal council unanimously voted to renew a PTE to a prosperity gospel church known for equating child disobedience to witchcraft, for preaching homophobia, endorsing and engaging in so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ and for outspoken COVID-19 denial and anti-vaccine rhetoric.

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Saanich News, October 8, 2021

LETTER: Noisy vehicles should be monitored in Saanich

Given the well-documented harms of noise pollution to health and well-being, action is needed. I encourage Saanich to explore using noise cameras to address this issue. Our current approach is not working.

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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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Times Colonist, August 17, 2021

Working on reconciliation, one free little library at a time

“People thought that it was a great idea and suggested that it would be a good title to be included in the little free library network,” said Phelps Bondaroff. “We started a public crowdfunding campaign and in under 24 hours, we managed to raise the $4,000 we had initially asked for. We then raised the goal and, as of Tuesday, have raised almost $6,900.”
 

That’s enough for the non-profit organization to purchase 902 copies of the booklet — 870 in English and 32 in French.

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