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It’s crunch time for many organizations across Vancouver Island as they prepare for the year-end final push, further complicated by the added pressures of navigating the Province’s renewed restrictions on British Columbians. Despite what you and I are hearing from the news, the realities of day-to-day life for most companies are much different. Many Island businesses have never been busier, they’ve adapted, grown and thrived in many cases. This month we feel fortunate to bring you stories from organizations who see opportunity on Vancouver Island. West Coast Hoverlink’s passenger ferry proposal leads this issue, alongside great features on Vancouver Island University and North Island College, the Cowichan Nest development, Groupe Denux, ServiceMaster Restore North Vancouver Island, TravelBar, our Chamber of Commerce columns, Movers and Shakers, Who Is Suing Whom, and much more. Best of luck in the coming weeks! John MacDonald, Director, Business Development Contact Us 25 Cavan Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T9 +1 866-758-2684 info@businessexaminer.ca www.BusinessExaminer.ca Office Hours Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday: Closed Editor: Lise MacDonald (lise@businessexaminer.ca) Press Releases & Story Ideas: (media@businessexaminer.ca) Sales: John MacDonald (john@businessexaminer.ca)

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NANAIMO COLUMN

CAMPBELL RIVER

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WHO IS SUING WHOM COWICHAN VALLEY

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GROUPE DENUX

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PORT ALBERNI

OPINION

34 SERVICEMASTER RESTORE

37 EMPRESA PROPERTIES

36 TRAVELBAR

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NEWS UPDATE

INNOVATORS FROM THE AROUND THE WORLD VIE FOR UP TO $300,000 CAMPBELL RIVER - More than 60 teams from around the globe applied to compete for a share of up to $300,000 in total funding and services in the second year of the NexStream Tech Competition—nearly double the amount of applications received for the competition’s inaugural year. They’ve taken the first step by submitting expressions of interest. Now, they’re hard at work on the second: outlining their innovations in more detail and drafting preliminary business plans. Shortlisted participants will be announced in January 2021. They’ll receive support from NexStream mentors as they move on to the final stages of competition and develop working prototypes, demos or proof-of-concepts. “Thank you to everyone who brought their ideas forward and applied to this year’s NexStream Tech Competition. I wish them all well as they advance through the competition, and look forward to seeing what creative solutions they’ve found to this year’s industry-inspired challenges,” says Rose Klukas, the City’s economic development officer. WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

SECOND QUARTER SHOWS COVID IMPACT VICTORIA - BC Ferries’ net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 were $37.8 million, $57.2 million lower than the same quarter of the previous year. Year-to-date, since April 1, 2020, net losses were $24.2 million, compared to net earnings of $107.2 million in the same period in the prior year, a decline of $131.4 million. Revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, at $247.6 million, was down $81.7 million year-over-year. Revenue for the six months ended September 30, 2020 was $385.0 million, down $190.7 million over the same period in the prior year. During the quarter, BC Ferries carried 5.5 million passengers and 2.5 million vehicles, a decrease of 29.0 per cent and 14.0 per cent respectively, compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Year-to-date, the company has carried 7.7 million passengers and 3.8 million vehicles, a decrease of 43.0 per cent and 28.7 per cent, respectively, compared to the same period in the previous year. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, expenses from operations decreased $25.4 million or 11.5 per cent compared to the same period in the prior year. Year-to-date since April 1, 2020, expenses from operations decreased $62.1 million or 14.1 per cent and includes reduced labour costs, fuel consumption, maintenance, contracted services, depreciation expense, travel, non-safety related training and advertising.

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NEWS UPDATE

REAL ESTATE HIGH DEMAND CONTINUES DESPITE PANDEMIC

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VANCOUVER ISLAND – The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) recorded 1,066 unit sales (all categories) last month compared to 721 in October 2019. Breaking those numbers down, 524 single-family detached properties (excluding acreage and

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waterfront) sold in October compared to 342 the previous year, a 53 per cent increase but a decrease of 18 per cent from September. Sales of condo apartments rose by 48 per cent year over year and six per cent month over month. Row/townhouse sales increased by 51 per cent from October 2019 but dipped by 10 per cent from the previous month. Active listings of single-family detached properties (excluding acreage and waterfront) were 733 in October compared to 909 in September. There were 333 condo apartments and 197 row/townhouses for sale last month, down 14 per cent and three per cent, respectively, month over month. The benchmark price of a single-family home hit $536,500 in October, an increase of three per cent year over year and two per cent lower than in September. The year-over-year benchmark price of an apartment rose by three per cent, hitting $304,200 but down by two per cent from the previous month. The benchmark price of a townhouse rose by nine percent year over year, climbing to $438,200 and an increase of one per cent from September. In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $468,300, an increase of five per cent over last year. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $534,300, a slight increase from one year ago. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $498,400, an increase of three per cent from October 2019. Nanaimo’s benchmark price decreased slightly to $558,100, while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by six per cent to $619,600. The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni reached $339,900, up by two per cent from one year ago. For the North Island, the benchmark price reached $229,000, a 15 per cent increase over last year. November 2020


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GAS N GO OWNER BUYS THE WELL PUB NANAIMO REALTORS ON THE MOVE TO NEW COMPANIES Wayne Procter, owner of Gas n Go Petroleum and General Stores & Markets throughout Central Vancouver Island, Omni Food Distributors and Best Buy Liquor Stores, has made another purchase. Wayne recently bought The Well Pub and the Wellington Beer & Wine Store and the Well Pub with his Best Buy Liquor Stores. Real estate sales have been going through the roof since summer, and that means people are on the move as residential properties sell. MARK MACDONALD

Such movement is not limited to the homeowners and occupants, it seems, as there has been a flurry of movement within local real estate companies of late. 460 Realty has some new members of their sales team: Taylor Simon, Wayne Woyciehouski and Armando Conejos. Cody Dreger and Dustin Layzell and their Layzell Dreger and Associates team has also joined 460, leaving RE/MAX of Nanaimo, where they’ve hung their hats for many years. And over at RE/MAX of Nanaimo, realtor Jeff Dinn has joined the Charlie Parker team.

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The sale of Woodgrove Centre was announced in late summer, and they will have a new General Manager to replace Mark Fenwick.

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NANAIMO

Cheryl Lee

Nanaimo Acupuncture w i l l have a new home before next summer, as their former location, in Caledonia Clinic, has been sold and will become condominiums.

Snuneymux First Nation is pleased to announced its very first owned and operated gas station now open on MacMillan Road near Duke Point. The grand opening was held November 5.

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Congratulations to Cheryl Lee for starting a new position as Inside Sales Representative at

Indaba Trading Ltd. A tip of the hat to former Nanaimo lawyer Joe Marrie upon starting a new position with Kevin Simonett Law Corporation and Recalma Law in the Comox Valley. Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Smythe is now the President of the BC Chamber Executives Association. Westprop Developments Ltd. has been granted a development permit for a 47-unit townhouse project featuring 14 three-storey townhouses between the Nanaimo Parkway and Ninth Street. It will include six fourplexes, seven triplexes and one duplex.

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1,422 Sq. Ft. I-3 Industrial Zoned Space - Northfield Industrial Park, high visibility, 11 ft. ceilings, 3 Washrooms, Ample Parking for Clients $14/SF + TN Downtown Nanaimo Commercial Space - 1,712 Sq. Ft. located in the Dorchester Hotel, fantastic location across from the Waterfront, Great visibility $1,700/Month + Hydro & Property Taxes 2,033 Sq. Ft. 2nd Floor Office Space – Downtown Nanaimo, T.N. includes HVAC, Hydro & Utilities. Available for Immediate Occupancy $9.50/SF + TN Industrial Property - Cassidy Area - 4,306 Sq. Ft. Quality Office space with heat pump plus .75 Acre of Land. Great Highway Exposure $9/SF + TN 2nd Level Light Industrial Space - Diver Lake 1,380 Sq. Ft. Large Open area with full kitchen and staff room. Uses include Office/Production Studio/Printing/Service Industry etc. $950/Month + GST Huge 1, 900 Sq. Ft. Unit with 1,300 Sq. Ft. Bonus Storage area - Large open 2nd level space downtown Nanaimo. Incl. Hydro/HVAC - $2,200/Month + GST 800 Sq. Ft. Office Space in Metral Centre - Great Exposure & Fully Accessible Unit, Private Office, Open Configuration 2-piece Washroom $14/SF + TN 1 Acre High Tech Industrial Land - Property is Fenced, gated, level, easy access of side road, Long Term Lease preferred $5,500/Month Gross + GST 1,815 Sq. Ft. Space Central Nanaimo - Desirable location near Terminal Park, Perfect for Office or Retail uses, Paved Parking $13/Sq. Ft. + TN 3,131 Sq. Ft. Large Commercial Building – Prime Central Nanaimo location, COR-3 Zoning allows multiple uses incl. Retail/Restaurant/Office, Vacant with renovations started $14.50/Sq. Ft. + TN 1,340 Sq. Ft. Gallery Row - Currently configured as 2 Separate Units. 840 Sq. Ft. Retail & Showroom space + 500 Sq. Ft. Storage Area. $2,500/Month + GST Vacant Land Available for Lease – .75 of an Acre across from Cassidy Airport, Great for Storage of Vehicles, RV’s etc. $3,000/Month + GST Metral Centre Newly Demised Space – 1,125 Sq. Ft. Open Plan, Bright windows, Rough-In Washroom, Blank Canvas awaiting your ideas $18/Sq. Ft. plus T.N. 900 Sq. Ft. Corner Unit with Great Exposure – Near Old City Quarter, DT2 Zoning allows for a broad range of uses, Available immediately $13/Sq. Ft. plus T.N.

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CAMPBELL RIVER

WEBSITE WILL CONNECT WORKERS TO THREE NEW PROJECTS

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The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce has once again partnered with BC Hydro with a relaunch of the website — majorprojects.ca — in support of three upcoming proposed projects: the John Hart Dam seismic upgrade, the Ladore Spillway seismic upgrade and the Strathcona Dam water discharge upgrade. As the projects move forward, this website will connect local companies and workers with the procurement process and the major contractors. BC Hydro worked collaboratively with business leaders, including the Chamber, to develop wide community awareness and engagement for the successful John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project which began in 2014 and was essentially completed in 2019. The proposed upgrades to the John Hart, Ladore and Strathcona dams are planned to begin in 2023 and 2024, with all projects complete by 2028. The website majorprojects.ca is a central portal where suppliers and job seekers can connect. What is a supplier? A supplier is a business that wishes to provide materials, labour, equipment, technology or services to a project’s contractor. What does this website offer suppliers? It provides information and resources to suppliers throughout the planning and execution of major projects. Prior to the awarding of a contract businesses can view a project’s description and outline,

including potential projected trade requirements and timelines. Notices of meetings and related news items are centralized into an easy to find format. We look to have the website ready to accept companies within a registry, so large project bidding companies can view them, by around March 2021 – stay tuned. Job seekers There are plans for opportunities during the BC Hydro procurement process for individuals to meet the project contractors — similar to the successful business-events held for the John Hart project. In addition, we recommend that you keep in touch with the various unions, North Island Employment Foundations Society, North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society, the Industry Training Authority, and the Vancouver Island Construction Association. Both suppliers and job seekers are encouraged to sign up for the E-News to stay current on how the capital projects are advancing to ensure their opportunity to participate. BC Hydro has created the first in a series of video updates for each proposed project. • John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project Video #1 https://vimeo.com/480024603 • Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project Video #1 https://vimeo.com/480025155 • Strathcona Dam Water Discharge Upgrade Project Video #1 https://vimeo.com/480025685 For inquiries regarding the projects or Campbell River and the surrounding district, please reach out to Mary Ruth Snyder @ 250-650-7575 or Stephen Watson @ 250-755-4795. Mary Ruth Snyder is Executive Director of the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce.

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COMOX VALLEY

CHAMBER AWARDS VIRTUAL GALA AROUND THE CORNER Christmas is coming and so are the C h a m b e r ’s p l a n s for ou r Chamber Awards Virtual Gala in January! We had 101 nominations this year! What a wonderful response from DIANNE HAWKINS ou r com mu n ity! Community Engagement, that’s the Comox Valley. THANK YOU! Award Finalists will be announced on November 26th, check the Chamber’s social media platforms (Instagram/facebook) or our website for the update. As much as we all love gathering, celebrating and delivering standing ovations together, this year the Chamber is inviting our community to attend the Chamber Awards gala virtually. And to keep the spirit of celebration thriving, we have created an at home movie experience! The Chamber has curated gourmet popcorn bags for viewers to enjoy in the comforts of their own homes while watching the awards virtually. Inside each gourmet popcorn bag there is an assortment of goodies including: popcorn, a caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolates; Phillips Soda; Hardbite chips and more! We are pleased to boast all products in our gourmet bags are made in Canada! The gourmet snack bags are available for purchase on the Chamber website at www.comoxvalleychamber.com for $50 (good for 2). Many WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

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OFF THE COVER

A West Coast Hoverlink vessel on a test run

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FOOT FERRY PROPONENT ALSO WANTS TO BUILD VESSELS WEST COAST HOVERLINK HOLDS PATENTS FOR HOVERCRAFT-STYLE VESSELS THAT COULD SERVE ROUTE AND CREATE JOBS NANAIMO – West Coast Hoverlink Incorporated wants to provide more than just a fast foot passenger ferry service from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo. The West Vancouver-based company wants to build the vessels, currently being built in Europe, possibly in Nanaimo, which could create 122 jobs in its first phase, and more with subsequent expansion.  Company CEO Christopher Morgan states that their innovative hovercraft vessels have a unique aeronautical design platform, and operate at a

decibel sound level just above normal conversation. They can carry up to 150 passengers, and would run the Nanaimo to Vancouver route in only 45 minutes. Morgan notes the new company is “starting with the craft we have been working on and refining since 2012 in various iterations and advancements. It is built in Europe. However we wish to manufacture them in North America as we move forward. We are ideally looking at Nanaimo as a base of operations for the immediate service and that of future manufacturing.  November 2020


OFF THE COVERS Possible future phases of what is also known as Project 242 Canada could multiply exponentially, with each craft added to the fleet bringing up to 60 new jobs. Morgan is an engineer and President of Morgan International and Morgan Racing, through which he has worked with Formula 1 and Indy Car companies around the world. Canadian Football League Hall of Fame player and coach Michael “Pinball” Clemons is the Project 242 public relations director.  Morgan says the vessel’s technology is patented and federal government approved, and adds that current fuel usage is 20 percent of what fast catamarans currently use. “We believe our unique hovercraft are perfectly suited for BC waterways and are much better for the environment than other high speed options,” he says. “They produce lower emissions, create minimal wake, are very quiet and do no harm to sea mammals like Orca’s or other marine flora and fauna. Additionally, they travel on a cushion of air and are not impacted by floating debris like deadheads from logging.”  Not only that, but the vessels will contain sensitive tracking technology that “is leading edge and can additionally be put to task in tracking sea creatures including pods of Orcas, which will allow further security measures in keeping our wildlife safe.” Morgan says the vessels’ engines are currently using MTU Tier 4 engines, although their intention over time is to change to electric engines that are now in various stages of development. “Several components on the new craft were derived from Formula 1 cars, such as the energy recovery systems used on current race vehicles,” he states. “We are looking at the new Conflow process of battery regeneration which derives its core for such recovery from oxygen in the air.” WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

Project 242 Canada has already performed 4,000 hours of testing on the vessel, with the first expected to be ready to ship by next spring. Morgan says the company is already working with nine regions in North America as a transit solution on water, utilizing these craft. “This is a massive opportunity to supply passenger, commercial, military and coast guard vessels, and our plan is to manufacture them from Nanaimo,” he states, adding three other B.C. locations are under consideration. “I am a proud Canadian, and I want to launch here, first.” Morgan says funding is in place, and if a suitable site can be found, the ferry service could start in 2021. They could provide up to 12 Georgia Strait crossings daily, and they are also eyeing several other coastal B.C. routes. It has been three years since the Port of Nanaimo provided a tentative term sheet to Island Ferries Services Ltd. (IFSL) in 2017. Since that time there have been ongoing discussions with IFSL.  IFSL expressed an interest in providing a service as far back as 2014, and there have been other companies that have also looked into the possibility of making a new link between Nanaimo and Vancouver. B.C. Ferries announced in August that they are not interested in creating a foot passenger link between Vancouver and Nanaimo. There have been two previous attempts at the service, first by Royal Sealink Express then Harbourlynx, which ceased in 2006.  “When I look at Nanaimo and all that it offers, including its affordability for raising families, it started making sense,” he says. “We found some manufacturers in B.C. that can produce our floating landing pods and build the vessels here, instead of having to bring them into Canada.”

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FEATURE STORY

VIU AND NIC CREATE ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR STUDENTS, EMPLOYERS VANCOUVER ISLAND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED

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NANAIMO – Vancouver Island University and North Island College have joined forces to create Vancouver Island Work-Integrated Learning (VIWIL) to assist students and employers. The “one-stop-shop” on-line hub provides a regional approach to enhancing work-integrated learning co-op and internship opportunities for students north of the Malahat, as well as boosting employer engagement. It includes a partnership with RBC Foundation and Mitacs to focus on rural employer needs. VIWIL provides a regional approach to boosting employer engagement and enhancing work-integrated learning opportunities for students. VIU and NIC are collaborating to reach out to employers on Vancouver Island north of Victoria. Brittany Parker, Interim Director of VIU’s Centre for Experiential Learning, notes “VIU and NIC offer different programs and working together means we can ensure a good match between our students and potential employers, so that the needs of both can be better met. “We are focused on developing closer connections with employers and our local chambers of commerce, providing supportive assistance and resources, and making it easier for employers to access a talented student pool to meet their needs.” Both VIU and NIC recognized that a unique, special strategy for remote and rural employment opportunities was needed. They partnered with RBC Foundation and Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has been designing and delivering research and training

programs in Canada for 20 years. Founded in 1999, as a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence, the company has worked with 70 universities, 6,000 companies and federal and provincial governments. They have 25 offices across the country. Funding from RBC Foundation and Mitacs has created a Business Development Specialist position that will collaborate with NIC and VIU to communicate with at least 50 employers, and offer them tailed support solutions to enable them to access student talent. Mitacs CEO and Scientific Director John Hepburn states: “We are proud to contribute to promoting a full range of work-integrated learning opportunities for students on Vancouver Island, North of the Malahat. By equipping students with skills and experience, Mitacs hopes to

Brittany Parker is Interim Director of VIU’s Centre for Experiential Learning

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Anita Budisa-Bonneau is NIC’s coordinator of workintegrated education

foster research, innovation, job creation and, consequently, to strengthen the community. “We are only able to do this work thanks to the partnership with VIU, NIC and RBC Foundation, and the support of the federal and provincial governments.” Approximately 90 percent of mid and north Vancouver Island businesses have less than 20 employees, meaning employers don’t typically have much extra time or resources to hire and mentor students. VIWIL’s new online hub will provide a place for employers to promote their job postings to VIU and NIC students, while providing access to important information on student funding programs and assistance, including every aspect of hiring a work-integrated learning student, all the way from creating job descriptions to arranging interviews and onboarding. The introduction of VIWIL coincides with a very difficult time for many small and mid-sized businesses that are struggling valiantly to keep their doors operating within the social distancing restrictions imposed during the COVID 19 pandemic. Many companies have had to find new ways to conduct commerce and remain operational. WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

Students can often provide a new, fresh perspective and help companies adapt quickly to new, remote and digital methods of doing business, and play a key role in the Vancouver Island economy while doing so. Job opportunities provide the students with valuable work experience that can often turn into long-term job opportunities with the companies they assist, and improve their job prospects after graduation. Anita Budisa-Bonneau, NIC’s coordinator of work-integrated education, says “Active participation in work-integrated learning has never been so important for the future of our workforce and our economic recovery. “Work-integrated learning opportunities such as co-ops and internships give students relevant work experience in their field, which helps them make a successful leap from their studies into the workplace.” For more information, visit www.viwil.ca.

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WHO IS SUING WHOM The contents of Who’s Suing Whom is provided by a third-party resource and is accurate according to public court documents. Some of these cases may have been resolved by publication date. DEFENDANT Aragon Construction Management Corp 201-1628 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF ADAX Management Inc CLAIM $20,805 DEFENDANT Aragon Esquimalt TC Properties Ltd 201-1628 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF ADAX Management Inc CLAIM $20,805

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DEFENDANT BC 0729858

3 17-87 7 G ol d s t re a m Ave, Victoria, BC 401949 BC Ltd CLAIM $6,645 DEFENDANT Cleanviro Tech Corp 2 1 4-4250 K i n g s w ay, Burnaby, BC PLAINTIFF Liu, Lintao CLAIM $24,176 DEFENDANT Covault Technologies Inc 1700-1055 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF SRED Consultants Inc

CLAIM $14,068 DEFENDANT Cowichan Valley Dental Group Inc 3 0 5-8 0 47 19 9 t h S t , Langley, BC PLAINTIFF Danyluk, Collin CLAIM $35,000 DEFENDANT CPM Canadian Property Management Inc 1214 Haliburton Close NW, Edmonton, AB PLAINTIFF Rideout Construction Ltd CLAIM $5,746 DEFENDANT Devon Properties Ltd 100-990 For t S t,

Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Bourque, Donovan Michael CLAIM $7,176 DEFENDANT Faith Hotel Assets Ltd 6374 Ic a r u s D r, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Sales, Rita Francisco CLAIM $35,326 DEFENDANT Fix Healthcare Limited 805 Joh nson St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF McBride, Richard Alan CLAIM $35,000 DEFENDANT Hindi Engineering Ltd

Region

Contractors / Developers / Architects

Project Address

Project Details

Victoria

Knappett Projects Inc / Milliken Development Corp

1900 Richmond Rd

Seniors Housing - 125 units

Victoria

Aryze Development / Steller Architectural Consulting

2570 Fifth St

Condominiums - 64 units

Victoria

Farmer Construction / Analogue Projects Ltd

505 Quadra St

Apartments - 83 units

Victoria

Campbell Construction / Alpha Project Developments

1400 Quadra St

Apartments - 113 units

Esquimalt

Lida Homes Inc / T-Square Design and Consulting

939 Colville Rd

Townhouses - 10 units

Sidney

Homewood Constructors / dHKarchitects

9861 Third St

Condominiums - 34 units

Langford

Pacific Coast Land Company / Alan Lowe Architect

815 Orono Ave

Condominiums - 31 units

Langford

Verity Construction Ltd / Denux Group / WA Architecture

665 Redington Ave

Apartments - 100 units

CRD - Gulf Islands

Kinetic Construction / Mobius Architecture

176 Bishop's Walk Rd

Affordable Housing - 24 units

Nanaimo

Windley Contracting Ltd / Low Hammond Rowe Arch

10 Buttertubs Dr

Affordable Housing - 159 units

Nanaimo

Westmark Construction / Raymond de Beeld Architect

20 Barsby Ave

Condominiums - 90 units

Port Alberni

Island West Coast Developments / dys architecture

4450 Maitland Ave

Affordable Housing - 46 units

Courtenay

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WHO IS SUING WHOM 1061 R ich mond Ave, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Mid Island Aggregates (2013) Ltd CLAIM $2,282,089 DEFENDANT Maximus Canada Services (BC) Inc 202-1007 Fort St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Lamb, Timothy CLAIM $35,236 DEFENDANT Metropolitan Building Products Ltd 5191 Rowling Pl, Richmond, BC PLAINTIFF Tan, Hui Min CLAIM $35,156

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DEFENDANT Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc 800-885 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF RT P r i m e I ndu st r ie s Group Ltd CLAIM $20,245 DEFENDANT O n T he Isla nd B at hliners Ltd 204-655 Tyee Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Hann, Lanny CLAIM $7,405 DEFENDANT Openspot Technologies Inc 501-321 Water St, Vancouver, BC

PLAINTIFF Citykinect Inc CLAIM $5,484 DEFENDANT Richardson Homes Ltd 201 Selby St, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Island View Railing Systems Ltd CLAIM $21,443 DEFENDANT SMG Securities Inc 2 1 4-4250 K i n g s w ay, Burnaby, BC PLAINTIFF Liu, Lintao CLAIM $24,176 DEFENDANT T hunderbird Holiday Service Ltd

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COWICHAN VALLEY

COWICHAN TALKS TECH ~ HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD DISRUPTED?

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Tech nolog y i s every where. How can it help a regional and rural economy? How do we train for jobs that don’t yet ex i st? T hese a re a mong the topics explored in the tech and entrepreneurial series being held in Cowichan on Nov-

ember 26 and 27. Economic Development Cowichan (CVRD) has partnered with startup accelerator Innovation Island to host a two-day series that focuses on the technology sector, trends, and innovation opportunities in the region.

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HOW TO MINIMIZE COSTS ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT DREAM

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Time is money… It’s one of the business world’s most famous sayings. But there’s also merit in seeing it as time saves money. And by that I mean the time that you, as a developer, put into: a) Gathering the right team of experts b) Creating your development proposal Putting some thought into both focuses at the beginning could help save you from unanticipated costs that can snowball in the long run. For this article, I’m going to share more on what it means to have the right team. If you want to learn about putting together an effective development proposal, there’s a related article on the business section of cccu.ca. Depending on the project and its stage, your team of professionals could include: • An experienced financing expert. As they’ll be the ones supplying the capital for your project, you’ll want someone who can assess your needs from a variety of angles. It’s also helpful to have someone with a deep understanding of local market conditions and strong community connections to add further insights. • An engineer to help with the design of your project and to guide you through important parts of the municipal process. • An accountant, not only to crunch numbers but also to complete a feasibility study. If needed, this will help you get a better understanding of whether your project is, essentially, worth it. • An architect who is able to apply thoughtful and innovative plans to your project to ensure maximum usability. • A lawyer. From payment disputes to contract issues, to workmanship concerns, it helps to have legal expertise at the ready. • An environmental firm to complete an Environmental Site Assessment. This will determine if there’s any environmental contamination for you to factor into your asking price. • An appraisal firm to complete valuations for your project “as is” and “as complete,” which

Doug Forbes-King can help in your decision making and with your financing request. • Contractor/project manager to keep things running smoothly and to lessen the burden of the construction process (i.e. permits, inspections, trades, etc.) Putting time into your team can help you account for related costs right up front. If you have any questions about the expertise needed, or on construction financing in general, start by talking to an expert. Doug Forbes-King is a Senior Business Relationship Manager at Coastal Community Credit Union with 30 years’ experience in the field. For more information on construction financing, call 1.888.741.1010.

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COWICHAN NEST PROJECT ANNOUNCED FOR NORTH COWICHAN COWICHAN VALLEY – The Cowichan Valley will be getting a new Nest in the near future. Cowichan Condos Inc. has announced it plans to build up to 777 new apartments on 10.47 acres of property at Paddle and Ford Roads in North Cowichan in a $210 million project that will be known as the Cowichan Nest. An artistic rendering of the proposed Cowichan Nest Mike Ruge, Development Manager for Cowichan Condos Inc., told Architect Blue“It took perseverance to make this project print that “the Municipality of North Cowhappen, and I am proud to be a part of a legichan is progressive and would like to see the acy development like this for the Cowichan supply of reasonably affordable housing inValley.” crease. To have enough, they need more than In a press release, Ruge states that the vaanother 2,500 rental units and are encouraging cancy rate for regular apartments and senior such developments to meet the growing needs housing is near 0 per cent, much lower than of the community. the BC vacancy rate of 1.4 per cent. “With a new $600 million hospital approved Cowichan Condos Inc. is developing the and expected to open in 2024, this will unfive-phase project featuring three to five story doubtedly add to the ongoing demand for rentals apartments, commercial condominiums, and in North Cowichan.” townhouses. When completed, there will be Local commercial realtor Ed Williams with between 568 and 777 rental units available. NAI Commercial Victoria was involved in the “The great thing is, the new hospital is only project from the ground up, handling the land five minutes away from the Cowichan Nest assembly for Cowichan Condos. project. And, the new Royal Canadian Mount“The land assembly began around the time the ed Police (RCMP) $48 million Cowichan RCMP Municipality of North Cowichan adopted the Bell Detachment project just cleared the final hurMcKinnon Local Area plan in order to accommodle to proceed, and will start construction date potential growth as a spin off from the anonly a few blocks away from us,” Ruge states. nouncement of a new regional Hospital,” he says. www.affordableapartments.ca WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

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DER3 PROGRAM HELPS BUSINESSES #GETDIGITAL

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Who would have g uessed, we’re rounding our way into the holiday season alongside the second wave of Covid-19. To say that 2020 has been a game-changer would not be an understatement. Tasha Potter W hile we’ve all felt the effects of what this year has brought, one way or another, our small business community has been seriously impacted. As restrictions limit exposure to customers,

small businesses are being pushed to pivot online and #getdigital in order to have a stake in the ecommerce market that is prevailing during these unprecedented times. Cue Innovation Island and their DER3 Program! In April, Innovation Island in partnership with Island Economic Coastal Trust (ICET), Innovate BC (IBC) and Western Economic Development Canada (WD), developed the Digital Economy Response Program (DER3) to help businesses #getdigital. The program is now working with over 500 companies across the island to help reimagine their business, and in many cases, move from surviving to thriving with the guidance of our team of advisors. Collectively, our team has

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businesses for the holidays now is it! That applies to not just shopping but perhaps supporting your own business or referring a friend to our program; putting systems and strategies in place that will support success through the current and future economic landscape. It’s been said we don’t rise to our efforts in hard times but fall back on our systems. Let’s make sure you have great systems in place. Contact us to chat more about your needs at: info@innovationisland.ca or visit: www.innovationisland.ca/der3 Happy Holidays, Stay well and #getdigital from all of us on the DER3 team.  Tasha Potter is a Digital Engagement Specialist with Innovation Island

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The Groupe Denux apartment building Dover Ridge in Nanaimo offers ocean views of the Georgia Straight.

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GROUPE DENUX: A PROUD REAL ESTATE LEGACY BORN OF IMMIGRANT AMBITION A FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS BUILT ACROSS CANADA CREATED WITH THE STRENGTH OF FAMILY VANCOUVER ISLAND - Jean-Louis Denux’s immigrant experience is the foundational element of his family’s business. Arriving in Canada from France in 1970, JeanLouis married his wife Diane and settled in Quebec City to raise five children, Eve, Francois, Nicolas, Sophie and Marie. During this time, he was a computer programmer for the University of Laval, while Diane worked in nursing. Still, the ambitious couple wanted something more. Diane and Jean-Louis longed to earn a living while enjoying the freedoms of entrepreneurship. Together, they made the leap and purchased several centuries old residential duplexes in Old

Quebec City. After determining rental income could support their family, they resigned their positions and threw themselves full-time into real estate. In 1984, Jean-Louis and Diane sold their Quebec investments and moved to Vancouver Island, purchasing several multi-residential properties. Over the years, the Denux family continued to diversify, next investing in retail properties. Reaching back to his roots, Jean-Louis eventually purchased office buildings near Montpellier, France in 1996. A family business, the Denux children played their parts in growing the company profile as well.

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Another Groupe Denux project, the Terra Alta luxury apartments in Langford were completed in October of 2019

“In 2003, we expanded in Montreal, acquiring several large concrete high-rise apartment buildings,” explains Sophie. “Eve, Marie and myself were living there, and joined the company full-time at that point. Francois and Nicolas were already managing the BC portfolio.” And still, the family continued to diversify the business, launching

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their first construction project in 2005, an office building in Montpellier. By 2010, the Denux clan was purchasing industrial, commercial and retail units in Calgary. In Nanaimo since the mid-eighties, they built their first multi-residential building there in 2013, followed by a small-bay industrial property groundbreaking in 2018, with a sister site in Calgary.

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“The Groupe has been around for many years; we intend to remain so for many more.” Located in Nanaimo, the Oakwood Business Park is a part of the diversification of properties Groupe Denux has pursued on Vancouver Island

Notes Eve, “New construction on Vancouver Island has flourished, with an average of one new multi-residential building per year built by our group. We are currently completing the first new multi-residential building in Nanaimo to offer below market rents using the CHMC Flex program.” A less tight-knit, family-centric enterprise with such a multitude of moving parts might struggle under the weight of its responsibilities, particularly after losing the patriarch of their company. When Jean-Louis sadly passed away in 2008, they were already pursuing a long-planned split of the properties into six independent companies amongst the five siblings, their spouses and Diane. Rather than drifting apart after this new arrangement, the companies pulled together under the umbrella of Groupe Denux.

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FEATURE STORY “Since the transition to the second-generation, even with each company remaining financially separate, we have succeeded in remaining strong as a group, and continue to expand,” elaborates Francois. “We share offices, resources, and knowledge. We realized long ago that family is important and the key to success is communication, collaboration and focusing on the big picture.” This philosophy extends through the family-run entities to their employees, of which they have over ninety between BC and Montreal, with three full-time in Montpellier. Explains Marie, “Our strength is having a diverse class of assets in numerous markets, where we live or have lived, and in which we are active and know well. Internally we are a hands-on property management team. We offer a collaborative and respectful work environment, and have

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Jean-Louis Denux began what would eventually become Groupe Denux in 1974, making his first real estate purchases with wife Diane in Old Quebec City

confidence in our on-site managers. We encourage them to manage each property as a small business. Because of this philosophy, many of our colleagues have been with us for ten-plus years.” And of course, this care and respect extends to their tenants and partners as well. Being a locally owned business in each province Groupe Denux serves, they take great pride in being responsive to tenant feedback, and maintaining long term relationships Proud partner of Groupe Denux, with many small business suppliers. Notes Nicolas, “The Groupe has Congratulations on your success! been around for many years; we intend to remain so for many more.” Some future plans for those years to come include new multi-residen6377 Icarus Drive, Nanaimo daryoush@d-arcitecture.ca tial buildings in Saanich, Langford, 250.933.1991 www.d-architecture.ca Montreal, Nanaimo and Calgary, an additional industrial building Congratulations to mid-island, as well as renovating Groupe Denux on all and improving some of their older your success! properties in 2021. Whatever their future plans, Groupe Denux will build on Diane and JeanLouis’ proud legacy in the coming years together, as a family, across the BC landscape and beyond. www.groupedenux.com

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PORT ALBERNI FOOD HUB A GROWING BUSINESS First a shout-out to the Vancouver Island Economic A lliance a nd the South Island Prosperity Partnership for their respective virtual events over the past month. Although I missed Pat Deakin the opportunity to connect with colleagues and meet new people face to face, some of the sessions were so compelling I actually stopped working off to the side to give the speakers my full attention! One year ago, in this column I wrote about the beginnings of our Full-Scale Food Innovation and Processing Hub (now named The Dock +). This has been the outcome of an earned $750,000 grant to the City from the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Food Hub program, a contribution of $500,000 from the Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) and an investment of $300,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust. The funding has gone into renovating and certifying a 17,500 square foot former and dormant fish plant to Canadian Food Inspection Agency standards and developing and equipping a commercial kitchen to Province of BC standards. The CFIA certified portion will focus on shellfish, finfish and seaweed. Two of the five anchor tenants (Flurer Smokery and Effingham Oysters) have achieved their certification while another anchor tenant, Cascadia Seaweed, is expecting to process their first big harvest in the Hub in April 2021. WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

We are delighted to announce the commercial kitchen will be available for processing of landbased farm products starting December 1st. One of the intents of the Food Hub is to make equipment available to growers and farmers that is otherwise too expensive to access on an individual basis. As such, this facility is attracting interest from a variety of individuals and non-profits from all over the Island who are contemplating the production of juices, soups, pies, chips and more. The Port Authority (the owner of the Hub) is engaging with different interests to develop a small retail shop within the facility to promote sales of, primarily, foods produced by the anchor tenants and kitchen users of the facility and then, other locally produced food and beverages as well as “Island Good” products. Additionally, PAPA has another building on the site for which they will soon be issuing an RFP to attract interests to work with us to transform what was, historically, a residence for the Fishermen’s Harbour manager into a new locally produced-focused food/beverage café/restaurant … “oyster bar” perhaps?! Pat Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni. He can be reached at 250-720-2527 or Patrick_deakin@ portalberni.ca

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NORTH COWICHAN NEEDS TO HONOUR PREVIOUS MOTORSPORT COMMITMENT

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MARK MACDONALD A deal is a deal is a deal, after all. That’s what the November BC Supreme Court ruling means - or could mean - as it orders the Municipality of North Cowichan to reconsider its decision to deny the expansion of the highly successful Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit (VIMC) last year. In 2014, the GAIN Group purchased the land next to Highway 18 that VIMC would build its first motorsport track next to. It was an ambitious plan, featuring a layout designed by a Formula 1 track designer where prospective purchasers of GAIN’s high-performance vehicles – and other motor enthusiasts – could take their cars for test runs. As predicted, it’s been successful enough to encourage VIMC owners to move ahead with

their next phase on adjacent land it bought in 2015. It has brought much needed jobs and investment to the area. Justice D. MacDonald ruled: “For six years, the municipality supported [VIMC’s] development and was satisfied that its uses complied with the zoning bylaw. In these circumstances, it was arbitrary for the council to diametrically disagree with a past interpretation of the zoning bylaw without explaining the basis for the disagreement. There was a reason, the uses were not compliant with the zoning bylaw, but no explanation.” What North Cowichan’s elected council did was effectively change the goal posts, like Charles Schulz drew in his renowned Peanuts cartoon: Lucy pulling the football that Charlie Brown was trying to kick away an instant before he was to make contact. The resulting miss left Charlie laying on his back, deflated, looking up at the sky, wondering why he even tried, again. Framing this situation is as simple as this: North Cowichan invited VIMC to town six years ago with open arms, knowing there was more to come if the initial phase was successful. This version of representatives of the Municipality changed the rules, mid-stream. Public hearings about the expansion in 2019 produced the inevitable group of vocal naysayers, and the volume convinced council to change the mind of previous council, including usually pro-development Mayor Al Sebring.

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OPINION Thus the roadblocks for further expansion, despite the fact they had already been given a green light under existing zoning to continue on, from the beginning. It always was the owners’ plans to expand, thus the term “Phase One”. The first stage made financial sense, so it was time to move forward to expand their vision, which would triple the size of the development and their investment. All investors look for stability and consistency. When they decide to put their money down on a development, it comes with tolerable, calculated risk. What they can’t deal with – and shouldn’t have to – are municipal rules arbitrarily being changed part way through the game. Not that many years ago, Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie decided to offer 99year leases to prospective tenants/builders on land within the Nation’s territory in what is now called West Kelowna. Louie recognized that investors required a guarantee that the deal they signed today couldn’t be changed by future councils tomorrow. They need that in order to secure long-term financing for major projects before they can move forward. The result was transformational development and investment. North Cowichan’s earlier commitment needs to be honoured, plain and simple. But will council do it? Rest assured if they don’t, the October, 2019, $60 million lawsuit VIMC threatened to cover the potential loss of earnings during the construction delay would be revisited. Possibly more legal bills for the taxpayer to cover, plus an expected loss of future development from investors who will take note of North

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SERVICEMASTER RESTORE OF NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND OFFERS A STEADY HAND IN TRYING TIMES HOME AND BUSINESS RESTORATION WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH

The ServiceMaster team brings courtesy and expertise to homes and businesses in their time of need, offering the highest-quality restorations.

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COMOX VALLEY - For twenty-six years, ServiceMaster Restore of North Vancouver Island has proudly served the Comox Valley and surrounding areas, providing everything from home and office cleaning services and furniture restoration, to offering clients peace of mind with the highest quality disaster and fire damage restoration, and much more. To say ServiceMaster is full-service would be an understatement. Olivia and Patrick Cross purchased the firm in 2015, with the goal of bringing a fresh perspective to the already lauded business, determined to further bolster its reputation for excellent customer service and care. ServiceMaster was in very good hands. Patrick began working in high school at his father’s family-run restoration company in Victoria. When his father passed away in 2005, Patrick moved onto a larger restoration company as a project manager. Eager and driven, he was soon offered the opportunity to work in Calgary as a CAT Project Manager, handling catastrophic events like forest fires, tornados, hail storms, and major flooding. Eventually, however, his heart called him back to Vancouver Island. “In 2012 we were given the opportunity to

move to the Comox Valley to purchase ServiceMaster,’’ explains Patrick. “Over the ensuing years I worked very closely with the owner as a project manager, who wanted to make sure I was the person they wanted taking the reins of the company.” While Patrick established himself in the business, Olivia supported him behind the scenes, founding a highly successful event planning company in 2014 that remains one of the busiest in the valley. By the time 2015 came around, it was clear Patrick was the man for the job. Since their purchase of ServiceMaster, the company has only further established itself as one of the best in the business. The leadership duo of Olivia and Patrick understand they are often approaching homeowners and businesses during their most vulnerable times. From water and fire damage, insidious black mold, trees falling onto client’s homes and more, ServiceMaster’s business is being a safe port in the storm. They and their twenty full-time staff members have kept that in mind in developing their approach to customers, particularly homeowners. “It can be very stressful having strangers enter your house,” explains Olivia. “We take some November 2020


FEATURE STORY of that stress away by providing our service as a one-stop shop, offering the reassurance for homeowners to know they hire and deal with a single contractor throughout the course of a project. We let them know we are there to help, rebuild and restore.” Their above-and-beyond approach to disaster restoration is not mere hyperbole. During the storm events of 2018 in Qualicum, ServiceMaster switched operations out of their established service footprint and moved in to assist with the major damages sustained to people’s homes, helping those who couldn’t find local contractors that weren’t already at max capacity. Notes Patrick, “We were thrilled to have helped over 100 family homes in that region and still keep our local clients happy and taken care of at the same time.” Being this dedicated to community, it should come as no surprise that Patrick and Olivia bring the same level of care and respect to their employees. Elaborates Olivia, “Life is busy, work is busy. However, we always make it a priority that our staff think about family first and we work around their needs. We strive to create a happy work environment, which in turn extends to customer satisfaction. It’s easy to see when a staff member is not enjoying their work. One of the main complements we receive is how much chemistry our staff has, and how happy and fun our crew are while working together on a

job site, despite the task at hand. If you hire our crew, not only are you getting certified, bonded and insured workers, you’re getting a tight-knit team that feels and acts like family.” As they’ve grown, so too has their ambition to bring ServiceMaster to even more of the Island, with an expansion to Campbell River in the works, a location serviced in limited capacity in the past, and where customers had asked them numerous times to open a location. Considered an essential business in this time of pandemic, Patrick and Olivia are proud to own a company that can provide a growing and valuable service to the residents of Vancouver Island. Concludes Patrick, “It’s very rewarding to continue our operations during this time when we’ve watched our province come together so much. Now and in the future, we’ll continue to help people and businesses in their time of need.” www.svmrestore-northvancouverisland.ca

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TRAVELBAR MAKES THE BEST OF THE PANDEMIC BY TAKING THE BC BAR EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD

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L A N T Z V I L L E - Brennan Hinchsliff and Bryce LaCouvée had a simple but unique idea. Buy a Travelaire Camper Trailer built in the ‘70s, hollow it out, and turn it into a fully functioning mobile bar. On its face, you’d think something like the COVID-19 pandemic would be the worst possible occurrence for such a business concept, but LaCouvée (left) and Brennan Hinchsliff built TravelBar during the in fact, it was this global event Bryce pandemic, offering a safe and fun alternative to brick-and-mortar bar that pushed the duo into the establishments. business in the first place. And thus, TravelBar was born. it to be. Both friends came with hospitality industry Notes Bryce, “All you need to do is buy the liknow-how in Nanaimo, with a combined fourquor, which we consult closely on to make sure teen years of experience bartending and managyou get all the right stuff and proper licensing, ing local popular hotspots; Brennan at LevelTwo and TravelBar handles the rest.” Nightclub and The Queen’s, Bryce at Old City StaAs we get closer to increasingly effective thertion Pub and Carlos O’Brian’s. When COVID-19 apies and promising news on vaccines, both reared its ugly head, things got difficult for everyentrepreneurs are looking to the future of Travone, but the team was prepared to adapt. elBar. When life in the province becomes more “When jobs became scarce in Spring of 2020 normal, they hope to start throwing their own due to the pandemic, we used our spare time events, and collaborating with local breweries, and savings to build TravelBar,” explains Brenbusinesses, gatherings, and festivals. nan. “So, as far as COVID goes, it was sort of the Until then, Brennan and Bryce see Travelmain overarching reason we did it in the first Bar as an escape from the stresses of isolation place. With Travel-Bar, you can actually throw a people have been experiencing since social norms COVID-safe event, as it’s almost always outdoors. changed so drastically. The team has a keen We also have tons of COVID safety measures, and understanding of what it takes to host a fun event we’re Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) with TravelBar, providing the full BC bar feel certified, which was a significant challenge, but wherever it’s desired, from fancy cocktails events necessary for us to hit the road.” to fresh tapped local beer, with their excellent TravelBar operates just like any neighborhood service on the menu. brick-and-mortar bar, only streamlined. It comes Concludes Brennan, “Our whole mantra is to fully-equipped with taps and kegs, unlimited provide the Vancouver Island Experience. It’s the drink mixes, garnishes, plenty of ice, and even a most beautiful and exciting place in the world full sound system and microphone for karaoke. and we want to be a business that is totally a part Also, vitally, a couple of fully licensed bartenders. of that.” The kicker, it can go nearly anywhere you want https://www.travel-bar.ca/about

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EMPRESA PROPERTIES KEEPS A POWERFUL FAMILY LEGACY BURNING BRIGHT KARL ROBERTSON MAKES HIS OWN MARK ON BC, MUCH LIKE HIS GRANDFATHER BEFORE HIM VANCOUVER ISLAND - Karl Robertson comes from a powerful legacy. His grandfather, William “Villi” Lepik, was born and raised in the small Baltic country of Estonia. William grew up speaking 7 languages and was exceptional in math. In 1943, with the unsettling of the country by Stalin and Hitler during William’s post-secondary years, William escaped in the middle of the night, concealed under the fishing nets of a small power boat headed to Helsinki, Finland, with fellow Estonians. There, they volunteered their services to the Finnish Army as freedom fighters, determined to help protect Finland’s borders from the Soviet onslaught. On July 16, 1944, William received a Medal for Bravery from the Finnish Government. Wounded, and unable to return to his beloved Estonia, William moved to Sweden, where he worked and completed his schooling in Building Technology. In 1951, William departed for Canada, his new home, meeting up with brother Paul in Toronto, who had been a Captain in the Estonian Navy and also served with the Finns. They eventually put down roots in Vancouver. In 1954, with Paul’s savings as a Naval Captain and William’s savings from logging the BC coast, they pooled their knowledge and resources to launch Lepik Construction Ltd., purchasing their first housing complex. The Lepik brother’s real estate development career was born. WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

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Karl Robertson breaks ground at Empresa’s Cortile Verde property in Sidney, one of three projects currently in various stages of construction or planning.

For decades, the business thrived, the company building residential homes and high-rises across Vancouver. Lepik Construction became, amongst other things, the first construction company to build multi-family high-rises with balconies in BC, a largely European feature at the time. William’s work and influence on the Vancouver skyline left an indelible mark on the province well into the ‘70s. His life story also


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Empresa’s Cortile Verdeo at 9762 Third Street in Sidney was designed by award winning DeHoog & Kierulf Architects and LADR Landscape Architects.

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left an equally impactful mark on Karl. Karl founded Empresa Properties in 2015 after successfully assembling three unlisted lots in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood from different owners, closing on all three homes soon after. While Empresa undeniably stemmed from a vision to carry out his grandfather’s legacy as a builder, Karl also took a significant amount of motivation from another family source. “My parent’s entrepreneurial drive really kick-started my career,” explains Karl. “They created an aviation empire, based out of the Edmonton International Airport, that runs a gamut of services. I was fortunate enough to be around as they undertook major office and hangar facility construction projects to meet quickly growing demands. Their work ethic left a deep impression on me.” Karl’s drive to succeed was forged from the same entrepreneurial tenacity of his grandfather and parents, and his company uses their example in its approach to every project Empresa undertakes. Elaborates Karl, “All of our projects are in different markets and are unique in their own way. For instance, Cortile Verde in Sidney is an urban infill project currently under construction on

a narrow site that likes to challenge us. We’re excited for the final product that will create a highly desirable open-air single loaded corridor, landscaped to create an urban oasis, with some units attaining natural light from all sides. This will be a high quality building from a walkable urban site that was passed over by developers for a while. Ultimately, we believe the challenge is worth undertaking.” Another key to Empresa’s success is strong collaborations, creating partnerships designed to maximize the potential of every project undertaken. It’s a process Empresa takes very seriously. “I spend a long time debating the pros and cons of certain partnerships,” explains Karl. “It essentially boils down to whether or not I trust the person, and their ability to bring original thinking to ensure a successful project. This goes for everybody I work with from contractors to consultants, not just my immediate partners. Once I let them into my bubble I really rely on their professional expertise to help inform the project.” One of these partnerships is a collaboration with Sam Ganong, Co-Founder of Curate Developments and Greg Damant of Cascadia Architects. The project, currently undergoing its second full redesign, is a 42-unit traditional

Karl’s vision for BC residents will allow them access to the beauty of Vancouver Island from the comfort of their expertly designed homes.

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build integrating elegant curved architecture in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood. Enthuses Karl, “We’re very proud of what the new team has envisioned. Sam is a natural in the development world, he is thoughtful in his approach and is very hands-on with every aspect of the project. We collaborate well. It was Sam who convinced me to bring on Cascadia to reimagine the site’s potential. The Burdett project is architecture at its best, with each facade treated in a unique way from a three storey streetscape that terraces up to five at the back of the site. The curvature of the building plays into a central courtyard providing ample green space for the community below.” The Burdett project recently received unanimous approval from the advisory design panel,

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and will soon go onto the Victoria City council. As 2021 approaches, Karl envisions a busy year for his growing team, with three new projects under construction and a desire to collaborate with new talented partners while fostering Empresa’s existing relationships. In short, Karl intends to continue the legacy of his family before him and make his own mark in doing so. “We are fortunate to be surrounded by a world class natural environment in BC, so our mission at Empresa is to be a transformative builder that provides access to urban centres’ while maintaining our part to preserve that environment,” concludes Karl. “BC is a very special place, and we’re proud to build here.” www.empresaproperties.com


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NORTH ISLAND Port Hardy council has agreed to fund repairs for the aquatic centre’s Dry-O-Tron, a pool dehumidifier air handling unit installed in the Port Hardy Aquatic Centre in 1984. The council approved spending $8,000 from general surplus towards the Dry-O-Tron to cover the overrun of the repair from general operations. Northisle Copper and Gold Inc has appointed Kevin O’Kane as an independent non-executive director. North America’s first land-based fish farm, Kuterra, has formalized an agreement to procure salmon smolts from Campbell River’s ocean-based farmers Cermaq Canada until 2024. Cermaq Canada has 25 salmon farm licenses and operates four hatcheries on northern Vancouver Island. Namgis First Nation band council has postponed elections for five council seats set to expire this December due to voting safety concerns from COVID-19. Dixon Taylor, Victor Isaac, John Macko and Robert Mountain have had their terms extended by one year to December 2021.

CAMPBELL RIVER Connected Chiropractic is now open in Willow Point. They can be found at 80-C Westgate Road and offer family Chiropractic care, orthotics and laser therapy. Tsolum Mobile Vet online e-store has partnered with MyVetStore.ca to now offer clients an efficient and convenient online shopping experience. There is free shipping for all products ordered online. https:// tsolummobilevet.com/ Mercedes Lane Too, ladies clothing boutique at 968 Shoppers Row, now has an online store and has opened a new location in Courtenay at 430 5th Street. They also have a Victoria store at 325 Cook St. Sayward has elected new mayor, Mark Baker and councilors Tom Tinsley and Sue Poulsen, appointed Ann MacDonald as chief administrative officer and Lisa Clark as chief financial officer. These are added to the existing councilors, Wes Cragg and Norm Kirschner. Strathcona Regional District has received $539,000 from the provincial Safe Restart funding program, a

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part of the $425 million fund received by the province for municipalities and regional districts. The allotted money can only be used in certain areas related to the pandemic must be fully allocated by December 31st of this year. The City of Campbell River will spend approximately $20 million on capital infrastructure projects next year, including continued Highway 19A improvements and sewer upgrades, work on the Seagull Walkway connecting Fisherman’s Wharf and Robert Ostler Park, upgrades to the Norm Wood Environmental Centre, new pickleball courts at Robron Field, technology improvements in city council chambers to increase accessibility for the public, cycling infrastructure, marine foreshore restoration work, extension of the city’s broadband fibre optic network to 10th Avenue, as well as various physical infrastructure upgrades.

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North Island College’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) is partnering with Cascadia Seaweed Corp. to determine how to efficiently transform cultivated seaweed from raw biomass into food products. The project, supported by a $25,000 NSERC Engage Grant, will take place in NIC’s aquaculture wet lab space at the Campbell River campus.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS Thanks to Victoria-based philanthropic group All One Fund, at least $350,000 will be added to the existing $450,000 budget for the Strathcona Regional District and Mount Waddington Regional District’s Tsunami Mapping project. Sea Wok Restaurant at 2160 South Island Highway has won the Campbell River Mirror’s award for best Chinese food in the city. COMOX VALLEY Jim’s Clothes Closet, located in brick-and-mortar locations in Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni and Prince George, has launched an online store. After fifty-years serving BC, Jim’s quality menswear can be purchased via https://jimsclothescloset.ca. Dr. Shawn Peters, ND joins Dr. Deidre MacDonald’s naturopathic practice at 448 10th Street.

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Ski Tak Hut at 267 6th. Street in Courtenay has increased their quantity of seasonal rentals. Ski and

snowboarding packages range from $269 for adults, $199 for ages six to fourteen, and $139 for children under six. Give them a call at 250-334-2537. 20-year-old Dillan Glennie of Courtenay has earned a spot on the Canadian freestyle ski team. Dillan, who specializes in the halfpipe, was invited to the national C team at the end of the summer. Courtenay council approved a revised Memorandum (MOU) Dillan Glennie of Understanding between the city, Project Watershed and the K’ómoks First Nation to enter into a binding agreement by December 30th for the Kus-kus-sum project. Named after an ancient village, Kus-kus-sum aims to restore the former Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River. This (MOU) is a step toward a formal agreement for the co-management of the land.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS Courtenay council voted in favour of requesting public input about an application from the Gladstone Brewing Company at 244 4th Street to add an extension to their patio area. Courtenay council has appointed Will Cole-Hamilton, Melanie McCollum and Hillian and Wendy Morin to the next one-year term on the regional district board. The board for the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) has approved a preliminary reduction in the amount of its tax requisition for next year for Area B and Area C of the Comox Valley Regional District to the tune of roughly $4.4 million from the usual annual requisition amount of $17 million. The drop would not go through until a final budget is passed by the March 31st deadline. The 190-member Merville Organics Growers’ Co-operative, launched in 2014, is disbanding. Three of the associated farms, Kloverdalen, Whitaker, and Tendergreens, will offer their own food box programs beginning in 2021. The Town of Comox will provide office space at the Business Development Bank of Canada for the Comox Valley Economic Development Society following a request from the organization. A motion to provide CVEDS with the space was passed unanimously. Comox Council has authorized a noise exemption application to allow movement of dredged material by tug at night at the Comox Valley Marina. 16,000 cubic metres of dredged material will be moved from the marina between December 3rd to the 23rd. Dredging will be undertaken during the day and night. The City of Courtenay has issued a development permit to Endure Projects Inc. for a 39-unit, four-storey building at the site of the former Palace Theatre. The company hopes to submit building permit plans in December, and expects to have the permit issued in February. The modular residential structure will be put in place by Muchalat WWW.BUSINESSEX AMINER.CA

Construction. Cumberland council passed a motion to change from a design-build (DB) process to construction management (CM) for the Liquid Waste Management Plan project to upgrade its wastewater treatment lagoon. The Village anticipates the project to be completed within its $9.7 million budget. The Comox Valley Regional District, with K’ómoks First Nation, was awarded a $150,000 grant through Emergency Management BC, administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ (UBCM) Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, to undertake coastal flood adaptation planning. The grant will utilize coastal flood modelling and mapping for present-day coastal flood hazards and future sea level rise to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies. PORT ALBERNI An arrangement between Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot and Coombs Country Candy at 2101 Old Nanaimo Highway Road in Port Alberni will ensure the iconic business remains open after co-founders Murray Lawlor and Lenore Bailey retire. Leanne Hewitt, who has worked at the store for 19 years, will continue to manage the store. Directors with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District have discussed the possibility of adding another library branch to the Alberni Valley. ACRD board chair John Jack suggested putting something on an agenda at a future meeting to have a larger discussion about Port Alberni’s library. Visit Alberni Electric at their new store located at 3553 3rd Avenue. All of their electricians are Red Seal-certified. Give them a call at 778-421-4080, or check them out at www.albernielectric.ca. A new, 18-hole disc golf course will open next year in Port Alberni’s Dry Creek Park after two years of work between the Alberni Valley Disc Golf Club (AVDGC) and the City of Port Alberni’s engineering department, wastewater management and biologists

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for Dry Creek’s fish habitat. The club hopes to have people playing by spring of 2021.

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The City of Port Alberni is moving forward with refurbishment of the Harbour Quay clock tower in early 2021. The city has entered into a partnership with Tseshaht First Nation to create an art piece that will be installed on the top of the clock tower. The clocks on the tower will be replaced with artwork designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. and manufactured by Electron Metalworks. Installation and refurbishment work will be completed by Bowerman Excavating.

Four projects associated with salmon habitat rehabilitation and stock assessment in the Ucluelet and Tofino area received $76,590 in grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) through its Community Salmon Program. The Cedar Coast Field Station Society’s juvenile salmon assessments in Clayoquot Sound received $1,500, Central Westcoast Forest Society’s Habitat Restoration at Suhum Creek $30,000, Hydro Hill Watershed $33,090 and Thornton Creek Enhancement Society’s Juvenile Chinook Survival and Hatchery Release Strategy Project was awarded $12,000.

WEST COAST Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant made a successful pitch on the CBC’s Dragons’ Den program, landing a deal with Arlene Dickinson. Chef Ahier went into the show seeking $300,000 for 49 percent of a to-go frozen chowder business she hopes to launch with her smoked wild salmon chowder as the flagship product. Dickinson offered $340,000

Accent Inns Inc. DBA Hotel Zed has applied to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) to add 3 additional liquor primary areas to the current food primary liquor licencing. They’re seeking a resolution from the District of Tofino Council in support of the application.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS Island-based developer and president of ACMC Holdings Ltd. Andrew McLane has received approval from the Ucluelet City Council for a development permit (DP) for the 3.7-acre parcel of land near Brown’s Beach on the Wild Pacific Trail. Lot 13, also Andrew McLane known as First Light at Marine Drive, will be home to a 33-lot affordable housing project, with three show homes expected by early 2021.

The Parksville water tower, initially set for demolition before the end of 2020, will instead be donated along with $35,000 to the E&N Division Canadian Railway Historical Association (CRHA). Four Parksville Qualicum Beach projects received grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to the tune of $24,665. The projects were championed by The Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society, Eco-Cultural Estuary Restoration, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Stream Crossing Yellow Fish Signs for the Englishman Watershed, Parksville Fish & Game Association, Marion Baker Hatchery Water Quality Improvement and Nile Creek Enhancement Society, Hatchery Upgrades. All are focused on habitat rehabilitation, education, outreach and stock enhancement in the Oceanside area.

PARKSVILLE/QUALICUM BEACH Dolly’s Home Hardware at 169 W 2nd Avenue in Qualicum Beach is open once again after a short closure on November 18th due to one of their team members testing positive for COVID-19. Owner Liz Virgin implemented a major sanitization of the entire store before re-opening to the public.

The Town of Qualicum Beach has approved the location of a new 45-metre Telus cell tower at 2045 Island Highway. The new tower will improve cell coverage in the area, including Eaglecrest, which

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MOVERS & SHAKERS has struggled with poor coverage for years. The Town of Qualicum Beach is considering an application from Todsen Design and Construction to amend the Official Community Plan and Zoning bylaw to permit a 16-parcel subdivision on a 2.59 ha (6.4 acre) portion of 850 Eaglecrest Drive/ 2075 Island Highway. French Creek Physiotherapy at 101-897 Island Highway West in Parksville opens November 2nd. The full-service clinic’s experts offer twenty-three years of combined experience in orthopedic physiotherapy. www.frenchcreekphysio.ca NANAIMO Calgary-native realtor Lori Matthews has joined Royal LePage Realty in Nanaimo.

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Nanaimo board has elected Tyler Brown as the new chairperson. Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry will be the next fire chief of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services January 4th, 2021. Karen has been Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief since 2017. The City of Nanaimo and the Karen Fry Regional District of Nanaimo are transitioning fire dispatch services from Nanaimo FireComm to the City of Surrey. The move is estimated to save $3.5 million in technology upgrades and operating expenses over a five-year period. The District of Lantzville council has voted 3-2 to approve an official community plan amendment bylaw and a zoning bylaw, allowing for the ClarkMedd residential project south of the Island Highway to move ahead.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS The Regional District of Nanaimo board has elected Chair Tyler Brown and re-elected Vice-Chair Vanessa Craig for One-Year terms. The Board is composed of 19 elected officials representing four municipalities and 7 electoral areas. The City of Nanaimo has received $6.69 million from the federal government’s Safe Restart Agreement, distributed by the province to BC municipalities and regional districts. The funding can be spent addressing revenue shortfalls, COVID-related expenses and community safety initiatives. Non-profit fair-trade store Global Village Nanaimo at 6581 Aulds Road near Home Depot is open for the fall. The store’s eclectic merchandise can be perused from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and has an online store at www.globalvillagenanaimo.com. Denciti Development Corporation is ready to begin the building of a 108-unit residential complex at 6117 Uplands Drive in Nanaimo. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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The long-planned oil response base in Nanaimo is finally being built. Construction of the base began in late September at the Port of Nanaimo’s assembly wharf. The completed project will include 15 vessels and 35-full-time staff across a head office and training centre. The $10 million project in Nanaimo is part of a $150 million commitment funded by Trans Mountain to greatly increase response capabilities to future west coast fuel spills. Departure Bay Veterinary Hospital at 101-3128 Barons Road in Nanaimo is open. www.dbvh.ca The Regional District of Nanaimo is applying for grants via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to reduce costs of four major infrastructure projects. The projects are the $1.5-million Nanoose Bay Pump Station and Forcemain Upgrade, $1-million French Creek Pollution Centre Expansion and Odour Control Project Sustainable Technologies, $800,000 Whiskey Creek Community Water Supply Upgrade; and $270,000 Duke Point Pollution Control Centre Ultraviolet Disinfection Upgrade.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS A development permit submitted by Westprop Developments Ltd. for a 47-unit townhouse project has been given the green light by Nanaimo city council. The development application proposes construction of 14 three-storey townhouses between Ninth Street and the Nanaimo Parkway.

North Cowichan will receive $4.4 million from the province to cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is coming from the COVID-19 Safe Restart Program for local governments, administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

COWICHAN VALLEY A a ron Ston e h a s b e e n re-elected as chairman of the board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Aaron had been a CVRD director for five years before he was elected as chairman of the board last November.

New banner poles, interpretive panels, and lighting are being added to the Ts’ubaa-asatx Nation’s waterfront along North Shore Road in Lake Cowichan.

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and her partner Dan Hayhurtst will help build a new barn for the Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals (RASTA) in Chemainus. Through Dan’s DHS Homes construction company out of Surrey, they’ve pledged to complete the entire project Pamela Anderson for a budget of $100,000, a deep discount from the $450,000 quote from a previous builder.

The Best Western Plus Chemainus was presented the M.K. Guertin Award, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ most prestigious honour recognizing top-performing hotels within the company.

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The City of Duncan will contribute $22,000 toward funding for the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre in 2021. A 2012 Mercedes Benz Roadster is up for sale at Discovery Honda at 6466 Bell McKinnon Road in Duncan for $29,995. All proceeds will go to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. The City of Duncan’s council will grant the Sportsplex $25,000 over five years to help build its $1.5-million facility. A new field house will replace old office space, also providing new change rooms, showers and a multi-purpose meeting room.

Windley Contracting Ltd. has begun construction on Crofton Road between Chaplin Street and Chemainus Road. The construction is expected to last until July 31, 2021.

The Municipality of North Cowichan gave three readings for a housing agreement bylaw for 9800 Willow Street, also considering a 99-year lease to the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, who will administer the affordable housing project. Funding will come via BC Housing and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The location will contain 21 dwellings in a four-storey building, with a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom units. Expected to break ground in 2021, the project will be constructed by TL Housing Solutions. The City of Duncan intends to apply for a grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure, CleanBC Communities Fund to place a solarenergy system on the roof of its fire hall on Duncan Street. The grant would pay for almost three-quarters of the expected $125,000 cost to install the solar energy system. The city would cover almost 27 percent of the cost of the project, estimated to be $33,350, if the grant application is successful. November 2020


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