Saanich lights up Rob Phillips

Saturday’s truck parade festivities greened up in Oak Bay

Saanich hosts its annual light-up at municipal hall from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Dec. 2, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Anyone who is climate-conscious may feel a little more comfortable watching the annual Truck Light Parade roll through Oak Bay this weekend.

Aware of the growing concern over the amount of vehicle exhaust sent into the atmosphere, the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association took matters into its own hands last year. With the help of an environmental consultant, the association purchased carbon offsets to help mitigate the impact of the truck parade.

It has done so again to cover off the effects of tomorrow’s (Dec. 3) parade.

“People generally are conscious of the fact that we are in a situation where we need to be watching these things,” said association president Liz Smith.

“We are trying to make it carbon-neutral. We really try and work with a green mandate in anything that involves us as a group.”

She wasn’t sure of the exact cost of the offsets, but noted,

“It’s really not that much.” She added that Oak Bay is lucky to have the parade roll through the municipality and help generate exposure about the need for non-perishable items for the Mustard Seed food bank.

The parade will travel along Douglas Street through Saanich between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

(Note that the timing is tentative).

The parade is scheduled to end at Western Speedway around 8:15 p.m., at which time Santa will stop by for a visit.

editor@oakbaynews.com

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