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AANICHTON - To bee, or not to bee. That was the question for husband and wife Lindsay and Jason Dault when they looked to open Country Bee Honey Farm. Formerly ca l led Urba n Bee Honey Farm, the south Island apiary has grown to become a l o c a l f a vo u r i te , re c e n t l y garnering both the 2018 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit and the 2019 Grant Thornton LLP Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award for Food & Food Production. The apiary found its beginnings in 2009, starting as Twawassenbased Urban Bee Supplies. “ We o r i g i n a l l y o p e r a t e d out of a s t u d io i n t he ba c k of ou r house, where we sold beekeeping supplies for smallscale beekeepers in urban areas,” SEE COUNTRY BEE HONEY FARM |  PAGE 16

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Transport Canada Green-Lights Berk’s Intertruck Island-Based Mechanics Acquire Rare Certification to Test, Inspect, and Repair Tankers and Trailers


ANCOUVER ISLAND The wait is over! Transport Canada has officially approved Berk’s Intertruck’s Duke Point location as a recognized facility for testing, inspecting, and repairing highway tankers and trailers. According to the company’s general manager Dan Grubac, this new designation makes the Duke Point location one of two shops in the central Island that

are able to perform this level of government-approved inspection and repair. “It’s a specialized kind of business,” says Grubac. “Over the last twelve months, in addition to completing the vast amount of paperwork required by Transport Canada, we have been re-tooling our shop, training, and hiring new staff to prepare for the transition. As soon as we received the designation, we were ready to hit

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the ground running.” Berk’s Intertruck owner and president Brian Sabourin states that the certification process was a six-month-to-one-year endeavor. “There were hours and hours of paperwork, testing, and inspecting involved,” he remarks. “ We i nvested a lot of t i me, money, and effort into this project, and even hired an outside consultant to help us complete

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$88M Seniors Residence Unveiled

Campaign Promotes Local Film Production

Va ncouver-ba sed Element Lifestyle Retirement recently launched an $88-million innovative sen ior’s residence, Aquara by Element. T he development i ncludes spaces that w i l l serve those with needs ranging from assisted living to complex care. Once complete, the 153,000-squarefoot structure will include 157 units - including 47 condos, 35 suites providing licensed care and 75 rental suites. The project is located on 1.96 acres of land by the harbour of the Song hees neig hborhood in Victoria West. Once complete the structure will have 5-storeys and include a park and shops on the main floor. Suites are made available to purchase or rent as of August 17 t h a nd t he compa ny i s expected to complete construction before the end of 2020. Aquara is the third residence from Element Lifestyle Retirement who a re open i ng thei r $106 m i l l ion f l a g sh ip residence in Vancouver, Opal and building Oasis, a $200 million senior’s community in Langley, BC.

The Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission (VISFMC) has launched We Love Film Too – a campaign to promote the region as a production center for film and television productions. According to a media release, the commission stated that the television, digital media and film industry employed 65,000 BC residents and brought $3-billion of direct spending into the provincial economy. The new campaign is planning on growing the industry by supporting new training opportunities, including Camosun College’s upcoming training program for film workers, and promoting local engagement with the industry. To incentivize local engagement the VISFMC is encouraging homeowners to sign up on its Online Locations database, which authorizes their home to be used as a filming location. Additionally, the organization is looking to onboard business to its ‘film-friendly business campaign’. Businesses that agree to be a part of the program will be designated as ‘film friendly’, a designation that identifies businesses that agree to deal fairly

with film production companies. Companies that join the program will also receive a window decal identifying them as such. Fi l m production compa n ies that work in the area will also be encouraged to patronize these businesses.

BC Ferries Earn Funding for Added Routes The provincial government’s renewed service contract with BC Ferries will see the ferry service receive increased funding to support fare affordability. The contract includes increased funding of $32.5-million per year to support affordability and outlines routes and minimum service levels from April 2020 through March 2022. The agreement also allots $5.8-million annually to cover the cost of 2,700 additional round trips on 10 minor and northern routes. Preliminary price cap’s put forward by the BC Ferries Commissioner recommend that BC Ferries be allowed to increase fares by 2.3 per cent over the next four years. The final decision will be made at the end of September. BC Ferries receives an estimated $210-million per year while the federal government contributes about $30-million.

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A new five-storey Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility has been approved by Victoria Council following a public hearing. The building is designed to include 137 rental suites on property at 1900-1912 R ichmond Road. Once complete, about two-thirds of the suites will be dedicated to memory-care while one third will be designated for assisted living. The project is being undertaken by Milliken Real Estate Corp. in partnership with Amica Senior Lifestyles. The application included a $1-million contribution to the city’s housing reserves that council has earmarked for seniors housing. Within a five-kilometer radius of the Richmond Road space are almost 24,000 residents aged 70 or above. T hat number is expected to increase to nearly 30,000 by 2028, a 26.5 per cent. There are currently 1,700 senior-living suites that serve the community and only two buildings have dedicated memory-care suites. The building is designed to replace an aging medical building at Fort and Birch streets which is about 70 per cent vacant and nearing the end of its life. A timeline for development of the new building has not yet been made public.

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A new apartment complex proposed by Campbell River-based developer WestUrban Developments has received approval to proceed to a second reading. The project dubbed the Admirals Apartment, is a 50-unit complex proposed to take over space at 681 and 685 Admirals Road in Esquimalt. The proposal included assurances that the building will remain a rental complex, and calls for amenities like access to a Modo carshare program, a oneyear BC Transit pass, an electric vehicle charging station and the inclusion of three – three-bedroom units. I n t h e f i rs t re a d i n g s o m e cou nci l members ex pressed concerns about the addition of three-bedroom units and also recommended that the number of parking spots match the number of apartments. The initial plan includes 44 spots for 50 rental units. The project is still required to go through the Township of Esquimalt’s design panel for a development permit before going

Construction Pace Faces Summer Decline The Greater Victoria region’s construction sector has seen a downward trend through the summer according to released statistics. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC), the region saw 1,921 new homes started from January through July, down from 2,185 started the previous year. The most significant drop was seen in single-family homes which dropped from 521 in 2018 to 321 in the first seven months this year. CMHC’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts declined by 9.6 per cent in July to 222,013, compared with 245,455 in June. The decline was however smaller than expected and CMHC’s six-month trend went to 208,970 units up from 205,765 units in June. Meanwhile, figures released by Statistics Canada are showing a reduction in the value of building permits in the Victoria Census Metropolitan Area. The data indicates a drop by nearly 26 per cent to $60.9-million in May 2019 from the previous month. The value of permits dropped year-to-year by 58.7 per cent from $147.4-million in May 2018. Across the board, Canadian municipalities saw a decline by 13 per cent to $8.2-billion in May 2019, with British Columbia taking the most significant hit of all the provinces. The Statistics Canada report included a note that indicated that the national decrease was largely due to the value of permits for multi-family dwellings returning to recent levels. Permits spiked the previous month in response to Metro Vancouver’s imminent increase in development costs that were introduced in May.

VANCOUVER ISLAND Local Breweries Team Up For Charity Five Vancouver Island breweries recently tea med up to raise funds for the Southern Resident Killer Whales while offering unique beer options to customers. Vancouver Island Brewing led the collaboration which saw four packs of beer dubbed ‘Pod Packs’ sold in stores. A dollar from each sale of the beer packs is donated to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The brewers included in the four SEE NEWS UPDATE |  PAGE 3




packs are Comox-based Land and Sea Brewing, Twin City Brewing from Port Alberni, White Sails Brewing from Nanaimo a nd Victor i a’s ow n Ile Sauvage Brewing Co. Each brewery suggested an original recipe to Vancouver Island Brewing who then made batches for the four pack and adjusted recipes based on each company’s feedback. Each pack includes Rainshadow, a blackberry-raspberry sour by Twin City Brew i ng; M istic, a d r y hopped sour by Isle Sauvage Brewing; Ocean Sun, a double IPA by White Sails Brewing; and Deadhead, a hazy session IPA by Land and Sea Brewing. Each beer in the pack is wrapped with an orca label in the spirit of the initiative. Vancouver Island Brewing hopes to raise $17,000 for t he Paci f ic Sa l mon Foundation through sales of the packs. With sales from the brewery’s Pod Pack launch party held on July 20th, it hopes to bring the total up to $20,000. Plans are already in order to continue the project again next year.

VICTORIA Electric Boat Tours Coming to Inner Harbor The Wilsons Group announced they will be launching a new fleet of boat tours running through the Inner and Upper Harbors. The company is launching the Victoria Electric Boat Company, which will have between four and six electric vessels that will run hop-on, hop-off boat tours beginning in April 2020. The vessels will seat 12 people and will offer guided tours between four to six locations throughout the day. Kelowna-based Templar Electric will be creating the electric boats. The company is hoping to pa r t ner w it h loca l businesses to offer evening wine and dine services t h roug h t he G orge waterway. Victoria Harbour Ferry has been the only company offering Inner Harbour and Gorge tours as well as pickle boat pub crawl tours and water taxis. If the first season is successful, Wilsons will consider doubling the size of its fleet.

SAANICH Fire Department Goes Solar T h e C e nt ra l S a a n ich Fire Department recently unveiled its installation of 360 solar panels at Fire Station No. 1. The panels are located on two of the fire station’s roofs and together generate 80 per cent of the building’s energy consumption. The panels cost $220,000 and are expected to be paid off in 10 years and have an expected lifespan of 25 yea rs. T he depa rtment is expected to save about $500,000 in energy expenditures as a result of the installation. W hen t he bu i ld i ng is operating at a normal level, the panels are capable of producing three times the electricity required by the building. On sunny days when the system is at full capacity, the panels can produce over 100 kW of electricity, allowing them to feed power back into the grid. T he proje ct b ega n i n January, 2017 by Mayor Ryan Windsor and Councillor Zeb King, who served a joint notice of motion. D i st r ict sta f f t hen researched the idea and included it in the Climate Leadership Plan and designated funds for the project in the budget. Vancouver Island-based Hakai Energy Solutions placed a bid on the project that fell under the expectations of the District and was awarded the contract. T he i nsta l lation took place over 10 days a nd involved six people. The team is now integrating the system, bringing it online and will then be publishing data onto an online portal. The system comes fit with ability to be connected to batteries, allowing the stations electric supply to continue even if cut off from all other sources.

BC BC Transit Announces Low Carbon Plan BC T ra nsit h a s a nnounced its plan to have a fully electric fleet in the province. The plan aligns with the provincial government’s CleanBC plan, provincial ta rgets for g reen house gas (GHG) emissions and

supports loca l government climate action goals. BC Transit plans to start acqu iring on ly electric heavy-duty buses in 2023, with a target of forming a fully electric provincial fleet in all vehicle classifications by 2040. BC Transit made a joint announcement with the Government of Canada and the Province that it will purchase the first 10 battery heavy duty electric buses for deployment in 2021. The plan is to start purchasing electric buses while converting existing busses to use new and emerging low carbon technologies as a fuel source, such as compressed natural gas (CNG). BC Transit is also introduci ng CNG buses a nd fueling infrastructure to Victoria and the Central Fraser Va l ley. T h is i ncludes the addition of 34 medium duty and 68 heavy duty busses to the current f leet of 128 compressed natural gas vehicles. D u r i n g t h i s pro c e s s, BC Transit plans on conducting due diligence by mon itori ng a nd eva luati ng tech nolog y a nd infrastructure readiness to inform future decision making and ensure timely progress.

VICTORIA Local Real Estate Market Steadies A total of 706 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this Ju ly, 8.4 per cent more than the 651 properties sold in July 2018 but a 4.6 per cent decrease from June 2019. Sales of condominiums were up 14.4 per cent from July 2018 with 215 units sold. Sales of single-family homes increased 2.1 per cent from July 2018 with 347 sold. “It’s not surprising to see the numbers trending slightly upwards compared to last year as the market slowly adjusts to government changes like the B20 mortgage stress test and the continuing low mortgage interest rates,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Cheryl Woolley. “Activity feels more normal now - more like before the real estate market in Greater Victoria saw the huge uptick in 2016 and 2017. It is a good time to buy and sell as consumers have more time to work with SEE NEWS UPDATE |  PAGE 4




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their realtors and make decisions. We’ve seen a little more inventory added to the market compared to last year, which means more choice for buyers.” There were 2,949 active l isti ngs for sa le on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service at the end of July 2019, a decrease of 3 per cent compared to the month of June but a 13.1 per cent increase from the 2,607 active listings for sale at the end of July 2018. T he Mu lt iple L i st i n g Service Home Price Index benchmark value for a single-family home in the Victoria Core in July 2018 was $889,200. The benchmark value for the same home in July 2019 decreased by 3.4 per cent to $858,800, slightly less than June’s value of $859,600. The MLS HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in July 2018 was $508,300, while the benchmark value for the same condominium in July 2019 increased by 3 per cent to $523,400, lower than June’s value of $524,100. “July’s statistics show




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that our region’s housing market continues to be fairly active, despite ma ny people bei ng i n summer vacation mode,” adds President Woolley. “Realtors continue to repor t strong i nterest i n entry level homes as well as properties that are competitively priced. High end home pricing is softer, but $1.5 million dollar plus homes account for only 4.6 per cent of the total market.”

SAANICH Bowling Alley Proposed A new bowling alley has been proposed at 207 – 3500 Uptown Boulevard at the Uptown Shopping Centre. The bowling alley called The Banquet at Uptown would be the second location, with the other based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The proposal for the complex envisions a two-storey complex with several bars, dining areas and 11 bowling lanes. The Fort McMurray facility opened on June 6th a nd i ncludes bowl i ng,

food, sig natu re d ri n ks and games like Giant Rubix Cube and Giant Jenga. The company has applied to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation branch to extend its liquor and food service hours from the default 12:00 am to 2:00 am. The application also includes a condition to allow patron participation entertainment, which would include events like live music and dancing. Vancouver-based Rising Tide Consultants operates the Fort McMurray business on behalf of the ownership and is working on establishing the new location. Rising Tide has put forward a request for District of Saanich Council to support the application for extended hours and to allow participation entertainment. If council approves, the company will need to comment on how the alley will impact the surrounding area. The next steps following council approval are to acquire a building permit and ensure that the necessary safety requirements are met. If approved, The Banquet at Uptown will be open daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 am.







dentifying potential customers with buying intent can be an immensely challenging task in today’s marketing world. Google AdWords, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social platforms, those nosey display ads that follow you around on your online browsing, mobile ads, the list goes on. How do you know exactly what platform(s) potential customers are using? Even if you select the correct channel, through either a research or gut instinct-based approach, how do you know if the customer has plans to buy? In the majority of sales transactions, whether consumer or business to business, there is a

face-to-face component taking place. Especially at the local and regional levels. Auto sales happen on the lot, legal transactions take place in an office or courtroom, tourism and hospitality rely on out of town visitors, the list goes on. Resea rch a nd some “shopping” does occur pre-purchase. Whether it takes place in-person or online largely depends on the product and service type. Keeping in mind the relationship between physical location, pre-purchase research and buying intent, the question now becomes: How to identify the physical location and behaviour of potential customers, AND market to them across any of the digital platforms they use? Step 1 - Identify potential buyers by marking the locations of competitors and pre-purchase indicators. T h i n k ‘c h i ro p ra c to r ’ a n d ‘physiotherapist’ visitors as a pre-purchase indicator for a personal injury lawyer. ‘T hink ‘Toyota’ dealership v i sitors a s a n i nd ic ator for ‘Honda’ purchases.

‘Think ‘new car’ dealership visitors as an indicator for ‘auto repair and servicing’ purchases. Step 2 - Connect with these identified buyers by displaying your company’s products and serv ices to them across a ny device they own with internet connectivity. Step 3 - Influence them with an offer redeemed by visit, call, or online form fill by remarketing to them across their online v iew i ng beh av iou r t h roug h d i s p l a y, s e a r c h a n d v i d e o marketing.

Step 4 - Convert buyers displ ay i n g i ntent ion a l b uy i n g behaviour by measuring conversions through store visits, phone calls, or online lead form completions. Process-wise, the answer is straightforward enough, but actually executing and measuring a campaign like this requires an experienced digital marketing team with expertise in each marketing channel. Your company may be lucky enough to have a large marketing department to fulfill these kinds

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CHAMBER COMMITTEES HELP SHAPE OUR REGION’S HISTORY CHAMBER EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER • Thursday, September 5 Su m mer Soci a l Ser ies: Summer Roundup at the Roundhouse 6: 3 0 t o 8: 3 0 p m @ T h e Roundhouse at Bayview


• Thursday, September 12 Prodigy Group Mingle 5 to 7 pm @ Canoe Brewpub



ave you ever wanted to be part of history? Do you have what it takes to make your community great by focusing on good business? Did you know that committees started by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce helped get the University of Victoria established, and were instrumental in getting the Canadian Pacific Railway to bu i ld the Empress Hotel? I n fact, Cha mber com m ittees have been instrumental in many efforts to attract major employers and services to Greater Victoria. Some Chamber committees have also grown up to take on a life of their own, including these well-known organizations:

• Thursday September 19 5 Chamber Business Mixer 5 to 7 pm @ Level Ground Coffee

• Thursday, September 26 Women Business Owners’ Roundtable 7:30 to 9 am @ Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA • Tuesday, October 1 Member Networking Breakfast 7:30 to 9 am @ Cedar Hill Golf Course

Our members have the expertise and influence to identify what needs to be done, and get those wheels in motion

• Downtown Victoria Business Association • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority • Destination Greater Victoria • Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission • Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) • South Island Prosperity Partnership T he Chamber and its comm ittees are continuing w ith this long history as the voice of business in Greater Victoria. Our members have the expertise and influence to identify what needs to be done, and get those wheels in motion. Every fall, the Chamber holds elections i n order to ensu re our board of directors and our committees are made up of the right mix of business leaders from Greater Victoria. O u r com m it tees a re composed of volu nteer cha mber members from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. T he Am b a ssad o r Co m mittee helps onboard new members and is dedicated to building connections. The  Public Policy and Advocacy Committee identifies the Chamber's annual advocacy priorities and

meets with community leaders to advance those priorities on behalf of members. And the very popular Prodi g y Co m m i t t e e   p ro v i d e s a n oppor tu n ity for emerg i ng professiona ls to develop leadership skills, connect with peers and mentors, and gain community project experience. We also have a Finance and Audit Committee, which prov i d e s v e r y c a p a b l e b u d ge t oversig ht, a nd a n  Execut ive and Governance Committee that provides advice to the board and staff on strategic matters. Every yea r, there a re a few openings on our committees, and we are currently recruiting for members who will be available starting Jan. 1 for at least a two-year term. The work can seem daunting. After all, some pretty big shoes have filled these positions over the years. But, if you like getting things done and think you have what it takes, I encourage you apply to join a Chamber committee by emailing for more info. Catherine Holt is CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

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s many professionals in the Greater Victoria tourism industry are already aware, key statistical indicators for the tourism industry this year are tracking slightly behind 2018 numbers. The industry remains healthy and vibrant, but after six years of steady growth we are seeing statistics plateau for hotel occupancy, room rate, ferry traffic and Victoria International Airport traffic. Many considered 2017 a successful year, and we are still tracking ahead of 2017 indicators when comparing 2019 numbers. The 2019 data is a good reminder that we need to be diligent and continue to work hard for a healthy visitor

economy, as well as promote some of our recent successes and maintain a positive attitude. The diversification of our industry in recent years has presented opportunities that did not exist in the past. For example, in partnership with the City of Victoria we are bidding on and winning new conferences. In July, Victoria was named host city for the Travel and Tourism Research Association 2020 Annual International Conference. This conference will bring 300 travel and tourism research professionals to Victoria from around the world. For three days there will be robust discussions on furthering the visitor economy. This will be the first trip to Victoria for many of the delegates. Conferences like this complement our established conferences, such as the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference (IMPACT). Now going into its third year, the IMPACT conference brings a wide array of people together to discuss sustainability in the visitor economy. Registration for the 2020 conference is now open. If you are interested in attending, you can register here: https:// impact/register.

Staying positive and focusing on success is key when facing adversity. The visitor economy is no different. It can be easy to forget the many attributes that make Victoria the fun, attractive and highly desirable destination for travelers that it is. This is where accolades can provide a boost to the destination. In August CNN named Victoria one of the top 15 beer cities in the world. Included on the list were such notable beer destinations as Portland, ME, Ashville NC and Brussels, Belgium. Destination Greater Victoria is proud of our craft brewery members and the amazing products they have created. Locals already knew Victoria had great beer, but now the secret is out. Destination Greater Victoria will continue to develop, promote and work hard to attract visitors to the destination. We have the ingredients for continued success. There will be ups and downs like any industry, but through unwavering diligence and focus we know success will come.

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Island-Based Mechanics Acquire Rare Certification to Test, Inspect, and Repair Tankers and Trailers

The mechanical team at Berk’s Intertruck’s Duke Point facility


Before the certification process was complete, the Duke Point facility brought on new qualified technicians who are properly certified to conduct inspections, tests, and repairs on these tankers and trailers.

Berk’s Intertruck’s Duke Point shop is the company’s first location to acquire this type of certification. Now operating at 1041 Maughan Road in Nanaimo, this location was opened a couple of years ago as a strategic move to capitalize on changes in Vancouver Island’s transportation industry. “This region became of interest to us when Seaspan decided to move their

terminal from downtown Nanaimo to Duke Point,” says Grubac. “Now, shipments coming by either ferry or barge, and all truck traffic that was coming to downtown Nanaimo is going to Duke Point, including the shipments for one of our major customers. “We were able to find a location to rent so we could test the waters, and in two years, we went from three employees to fifteen employees, and from a 1,000 sq ft rental space to our current 10,000 sq ft parts and service facility.” T he company was founded by Berk Sabourin, Brian’s father, in 1971. Over nearly five decades, the company has grown from its flagship location in Central Nanaimo to five locations (Nanaimo, Duke Point, Duncan, Port Alberni, and Langford). “We want to be close to our customers no matter where they are on the Island,” says Sabourin. “We have reach from Victoria to Port Hardy, and where we don’t have locations, we have strategic partnerships in place to help our customers anywhere their business takes them on the Island.” According to Sabourin, Berk’s will continue to focus exclusively on Vancouver Island. “For today, and for the future, our intent is to have our parts and service available from the bottom to the top, and from the east to the west coast of the Island,” he

From left: Dan Grubac (General Manager) and Brian Sabourin (Owner and President) continues. “We’re getting closer to that as we speak, but we can always improve on what we have and continue to grow.” The Duke Point location is open from Monday to Friday, from 7 AM to 11 PM, and Saturday from 7 AM to 4 PM. They have 24 hour service if needed, and do after-hour callouts. They have a fully equipped service unit, which is available 24/7 to reach clients in need who can’t make it to the shop. To find out more, visit

The parts counter at Berk’s Intertruck’s Duke Point facility





ICTORIA – Installing a solar system will pay for itself. Brewis Electric knows from firsthand experience. Before offering the system to customers, the company ran its own test case. It installed solar panels and sold the excess power to BC Hydro for credits. BC Hydro then applied those power credits against the company’s electric bill. Brewis Electric has almost completely offset the cost of its power consumption, says Project Manager Greg White, adding “If you do this, you let the solar pay for itself.” It’s a win-win situation, he notes, as BC Hydro gets another source of much-needed energy without investing in infrastructure, while the owner cuts energy costs while also increasing the value of the home or building. The promise and savings of solar has encouraged Brewis Electric to now go full-on solar in its own operation and service offerings to clients. White says technology continues to improve, and that the cost of solar has dropped 80 per cent in

Greg White in front of a Brewis Electric solar installation.

A solar installation on a family home increases the value of the home and reduces the cost of power for that home the last decade. Also, BC Hydro’s appetite for extra energy continues to increase. Determining the return on a solar installation has been fairly complex. Effective installations can cost as little as $10,000. White can now produce the required specifications and pricing for a new solar energy system in a few minutes. “We use the world’s most advanced assessment software,” he says. To do that, all White needs is an address and the previous years’ energy consumption. With that information, White can determine the number of panels needed in that specific location in order to produce enough energy to off-set

the usual energy bill. Included in the estimate is a three-dimensional image of the building, details on relevant shade, roof angles, azimuth angle,

The negative usage value on Brewis Electric’s BC Hydro bill proves the value of a solar installation that transfers power to Hydro. The company can draw against that negative value to cover the cost of its future electrical use

site irradiance, and hours of annual sunlight. White notes people are surprised by how good the island is for solar energy, and there is indeed ample sunlight, despite the amount of rain that falls in the region annually. This entered data produces figures showing the actual energy output per panel. The owner can then decide how many panels to install, based on their personal budget and how much BC Hydro will rebate. Because excess energy is transferred to BC Hydro for credits which are redeemed as required, there is no need for battery storage. This further reduces cost and maintenance. Systems can be roof or ground mounted. There is also an option for solar powered, on-site electrical vehicle charging stations. Electrical vehicles now account for 18 per cent of new vehicle sales, and Brewis Electric is also switching to electric vehicles. To make the initial capital cost of solar more viable, Brewis Electric has developed a mortgage-based program to help homebuilders a nd buyers i nteg rate. “Solar is a one-time capital cost that provides free energy for the future and also adds an amenity that improves the building’s market value,” White says.

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he cult of celebrity has been responsible for the rise in power of many people who were unsuited to, or abused, their leadership roles. Often the word used to describe these leaders is “charismatic”, as if that one trait alone were enough to qualify the candidate for the position. Sociologist Max Weber pointed out that “charisma” is a quality given to leaders by their followers, rather than it being something intrinsic. Perh aps now more than ever, courageous followers have a job to do i n sta nd i ng up to

our leaders. Ideally, we would have compassionate people leading us but every leader needs courageous follo we rs to p oi n t o u t their blind spots. We have a responsibility to be critical thinkers, to actively challenge our leaders and to contribute positive energy and constructive alternatives. We can be courageous followers even from behind our keyboards and screens. It is a delicate balance as a follower to serve and support the leader while not competing for the lead role. There is no greater responsibility than speaking truth to power. Great followership can be more challenging than leadership - the rewards are less, the role can be more dangerous and must be exercised with incredible tact and finesse. Rather than blindly endorsing and being subser v ient to tox ic leaders, we are called to seek out and support constructive, compassionate leaders. Edith

Wharton wrote ‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’ When considering the candidates who put their names forward for positions on you r b oa rd or a s leaders of our country, I encourage you to first identify and support the worthy servant-leaders and then, post-election, continue your importa nt work by bei ng a courageous mirror and reflecting the light. Denny Warner is the Executive Director at the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.





n today’s economic environment, business success is no longer defined by only monetary gain but also by the affect it has on people and the planet. Referred to as triple bottom line or social impact, businesses seek to gauge an organization’s level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and its impact on the environment over time. In our complex and ever evolving world, I believe that many of us are becoming more engaged in what our business impact is in our community, the environment and how we conduct ourselves both here and abroad. More people are thinking about sustainability and the three “P’s – people, planet and profit”. As leaders,

many of us are thinking that we can and should do more. Fair trade (human rights and poverty reduction), social impact investment, environmental stewardship, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and Farm to Table are all commitments to corporate social responsibility. Community governments have begun to adopt social procurement policies. The Village of Cumberland uses a social procurement framework to leverage public dollars and achieve desirable and targeted social impact for their community through competitive bidding and purchasing activities. T heir procurement framework expands on the traditional understanding of “best value” to include positive societal benefits, alongside high quality and competitive bids. O f ten sm a l l to me d iu m sized business grapple with how they can adopt or implement practices that address social impact. Recently, I read an article in Nanaimo Magazine that illustrates how Gabriel’s Café, a local eatery in Nanaimo, is tackling sustainability and growing community on Vancouver Island.

Concerned with whole food and local sourcing, they buy direct from farmers’ whenever possible. Their kitchen operates at zero waste and recycl i ng, upcycl i ng a nd composting are foundational practices at their establishment. They also give to the community through their very own ‘Soup Token Program’ allowing for homeless citizens to escape the weather and enjoy a hot bowl of soup in their establishment. Small steps with powerful results! Leadership in business and community need to challenge their current status quo and begin to shift mindsets to how we can find solutions for a better tomorrow that include people, planet and profit. Jolynn Green is Executive Director of Community Futures Central Island. Jolynn can be reached at or 250-591-7499​.

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Enex Energy Corporation President Named Finalist For National Award


A NA I MO - Without question, the petroleum industry energizes Todd Nicklin. Others have taken notice, as the President of Enex Energy Corporation, Nicklin has been named a finalist in the Natural Resources and Energy sector for the Pacific Region of the 2019 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Being nominated is the first step in the process, and a judges reception was held in Vancouver in July to determine the finalists. An October 3 gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre will unveil the Pacific Region winner who will head to the national awards banquet in Toronto in January. Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year will represent the country at the International Awards Ceremony in Monaco next year. “It’s certainly not something I expected…our banker nominated me in the spring,” says Nicklin. “As much as this seems to be an individual award, we really couldn’t do it alone. We have an amazing, knowledgeable team and we couldn’t have done this without them.” There are three divisions under the Enex Energy Corporation umbrella that offer Esso fuels and Mobil lubricants. Enex Fuels, based on Vancouver Island, was started in 1996 as Nicklin Petroleum, changing to Enex Fuels after merging with South Island Fuels in 2009. Fuelex Energy on the lower mainland, is the amalgamation of two companies purchased in January, 2016 and December, 2018. Peace Country Petroleum Sales, which operates in Grande Prairie, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, came into the fold in September, 2018. Each division has about 50 employees, for 150 overall. T here a re fou r m a i n bu siness segments: Delivered Fuels (Home heating oils, diesel, gasoline and aviation fuels), Lubricants (bulk and packaged), Ca rd locks (9 locations) a nd Equipment (sales, service and installation). “We are fortunate to be small enough to really care about our customers and large enough to provide a full suite of products, services and programs that our customers require,” Nicklin says. “Our aim is to conduct bu si ness w it h ou r focu s on serving our customers exceptionally well, in a safe and responsible manner. Our award winning team has decades of industry knowledge and experience and a passion for serving our customers. “As well, we continually strive to exceed Best in Class and Best in Industry safety principles and practices.” The Nicklin family has been in the fuel business for decades, as

Enex Energy Corporation President Todd Nicklin Todd’s father, Ray Nicklin started Shoreline Petroleums in Port Alberni in the 1970’s. Shoreline is a predecessor company to Enex. “I d id a l most ever y th i ng I could to not be involved in my father’s business,” jokes Nicklin, adding his background includes accounting, software and property development. One night in a hotel in Newfoundland, he said to himself, “it’s time to go home now, and by that time, the business had grown a bit and there was room for me.” Today, wh i le Nick l i n ca l ls Qua l icu m Beach home, he spends an increasing amount of time doing business in the lower mainland and northern BC. Nicklin notes that the business has changed dramatically in the last number of years. “The scope of the customer base has changed radically, from where it was focused mostly on the forest industry and transportation, to now, where it’s also marine, aviation, oil and gas and mega-projects like the Site C Dam,” he says. Prior to the merger with South Isla nd Fuels, operators l i ke Nicklin were called agents, a “quasi-franchise” where they were resellers and d istributors of Imperial Oil products. “Imperial Oil had a lot of control; they owned the customer lists and regulated pricing, and we owned the physical assets. Basically, it was like a being a hired manager.” It’s structured differently now. “We’re completely independent from Imperial Oil, as we have a buy/sel l relationsh ip with the company,” Nicklin explains. “We control all aspects of the business. That was a game changer for us, and since we formed Enex, our business has grown 10 times its size since we started in 1996.” Enex is the owner/operator of the fuel facility at Nanaimo Airport, tasked with fueling Air Canada and WestJet planes, as well as other airline operations.

“I f you’re sitti ng i n one of their planes, and you see a fuel truck filling it up, it’s us,” he says, adding that Enex Aviation Service is a nother a nci l la ry company, as are 12 Mobil 1 Lube Express oil change franchises (one each in Nanaimo, Campbell River and Fort St. John, and 9 in the lower mainland). “We’re reaching out and we’re now serving customers across Canada,” he says. “The business has changed drastically for us in terms of what we can do. It’s now unlimited. “We have customers in Inuvik, Tuktoyuktuk (in the Northwest Territories), the Dempster Highway, and we even own our own little railway, with its own locomotive, in our Peace Country Division,” he says. “We have a rail spur and are actually a registered railway. We have a little locomotive that shunts rail cars around our Dawson Creek terminal . Looking ahead, Nicklin is very optimistic about the petroleum industry, although he recognizes changes are coming to the automotive sector in particular, as consumers express an increasing interest in electric vehicles. He doesn’t see that as a threat to fossi l-based f uels, citi ng world demand for energy from all sources and technological advances that have made fossil fuels more economical to use and efficient in terms of productivity. W hile leading Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson undertook an analysis of global fuel consumption projections for the next 30 years. T he resulting 1,000 page repor t looked at supply, demand, geopolitical and technological aspects of the industry. “One of the things it showed was that the world will need every available source of energy over the next 30 years,” Nicklin says. “It’s not a question of one form of energy replacing another – we need them all. There will be a shift, but we need all sources of energy.” He points to China and India, where demands for fossil fuels continue to increase, with much more growth expected. “Electrification (of vehicles) is com ing, although nobody knows how fast it will grow. The petroleum industry is going to adjust, as it already has and continues to do,” he says. “(Fossil fuel) vehicles are more efficient now than they’ve ever been.” Major hydroelectric generating projects like Site C Dam, which is a major consumer of Enex products, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects planned for northwest BC, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline are all part of the energy picture. “Site C Dam is an enabler, and

we need that energy and more supply to support electrical vehicles, amongst other things we all use,” he notes. “But there is a cost to ‘clean’ energy, and we don’t really know what that will eventually be.” For example, while shopping centres and civic-funded locations may currently offer “free” electrical charge-ups for vehicles, that certainly won’t last. Any energy source will ultimately be visited by the governments searching for additional tax revenue. To some, petroleum “is not the sexiest industry in the world, but it continues to respond to make sure it’s safe and as efficient as possible. Until there is a viable alternative, if there is going to be, it is what it is.” Besides road vehicles, Enex products are focused on the airline and rail industries – and any sector that is a consumer of

petroleum products. “Every machine, every moving part in an engine needs some form of lubrica nt,” he says. “Locomotives, ships, trucks, a i r pla nes – they a l l requ i re products we offer.” Nicklin points out that Enex i s p osit ioned for g row t h to continue. “We have the scale, capacity, stakeholder support and systems in place now,” he says. “We are a technology company that happens to deliver fuel and lubricants. It’s pretty easy to add on additional businesses once you have that. There’s lots of opportunity.” “Having really great people on our team is the primary reason for our growth,” Nicklin says. “Without great people, we’re out of business, and without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to grow.”

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K2 CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF BUILDING COMMUNITY, HOME BY HOME Company Thrives Despite Changing Construction Industry


OW ICH A N VA L L E Y Handing over the keys is their favourite moment. For 30 years now, K2 Construction owner-founder Kevin Fraser and his team have crafted homes for their Cowichan Valley neighbours. Driving around town they see their work. Visiting the grocery store, they are greeted by previous clients. “Throughout the project, we form a strong bond,” Fraser said. “At the end, we give them the keys to their new well-built home, genuinely adding value to their lives.” Site supervisor Rick Porter, who has worked with Fraser for 27 years, agrees, saying “At the end of the job, it’s always nice to hand the keys to the homeowner for a brand-new, sparkly, well-built house.” Constructing a well-built house is a coordinated process honed over decades. When Fraser founded K2 Construction in 1989, he wanted a company that was well-respected for its workmanship, solid core values, and delivering as promised. His vision was backed with experience and education: He had University of BC diplomas in appraisal,

K2 updated an older waterfront home to create this sleek and modern interior, with wood tongue and groove walls, wood and barn floor, and a massive stone fireplace finance and management, a decade of hands-on carpentry and more than 20 years’ experience in construction management. Now 30 years later, he has built K2 into a reputable builder of custom homes and acknowledges there were some bumps along the way, most being shifts in the market and changes in the industry. A decade after he started his business, there was an economic downturn, starting in 1999, and construction contracts just dried up. K2 was still a relatively young company, busy building its reputation and developing the company’s networks, so the recession hit hard. Fraser kept the company solvent

by being flexible. When contracts dwindled, he switched his team to general contracting, building spec homes, commercial buildings and handling renovations. “Construction was a challenging career to take on but I managed to weather the industry downturns,” he recalls. In the mid 2000’s, the company was invited to do several joint venture housing projects, at the same time clients also began requesting custom homes again. In 2007, with the joint ventures completed, Fraser re-focused his company solely on its core custom home business. These are Fraser’s favourite builds. “We find it rewarding to help a

Making the most of every inch of Cowichan Lake waterfront, this custom home includes glass walls to bring in the view, an outdoor kitchen and a covered patio. Massive folding doors allow seamless passage from outside to inside

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A clean, minimalist design creates a bath setting worthy of a high-end spa for these homeowners family through the process of creating their home,” he says, adding that some clients enter the process with apprehension, either from previous experience or media reports about difficult contractors. K2 works directly with the family on implementing their vision for their home, while keeping the process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. It’s not unusual that, by the end of the build, the new homeowners are inviting the K2 team over for a celebratory barbecue. They often also become friends. “We’ll meet these people in the community for the next 5- 10 or more years,” he says. One previous client recently approached K2 to build a guest cottage, 15 years after K2 built their main home. When the economy dipped after the financial crisis of 2008, K2 was well-enough established in the Cowichan Valley that the contracts continued to flow in. Roughly half of K2’s clients are already residents of the Cowichan Valley, and the remainder are new arrivals. Ages range from young families and middle-aged baby boomers with teens, to empty-nesters building their retirement dream home. Some hear of K2 by word-ofmouth, or from testimonials on the company’s website. References like: “The best indicator of high-quality workmanship and pride is what people do with the parts of a home that you cannot see when it is complete. After watching our home and others around us being built, it is obvious that the quality and pride of K2 is far above the rest of the industry.” “Not only did they (K2) keep their promises, they added value

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in numerous ways, in suggestions on a better way to do things, how to save me money without compromising quality, again a highly valuable trait that unfortunately many companies today do not offer. But K2 does!” “This is how house construction should always be. On time – in fact a week early – and under budget, yet nothing but top quality from top to bottom. We did our homework and learned that K2 was the best in the Valley and well worth waiting for;” Because of its popularity, K2 is tasked with managing demand, mea n i ng someti mes cl ients must wait for an opening in their schedule. “We’re always careful not to take on more than we can thoroughly manage,” Fraser says, noting that at times, the company turns away as many contracts as it accepts. At any one time, K2 will have three to four simultaneous builds underway, all of them meticulously planned to make the most of every hour. Porter oversees the stages, drawing on his experience with K2 to ensure every project stays on its interlocked schedule. He has also mentored Jared Morton, who joined the company 12 years ago, to give K2 a second expert site supervisor. Porter describes the sequencing of a typical job with a fluidity, as each trade comes in on time and merges into the next section. First the foundation, then the initial framing, usually overseen by Morton. Porter comes onto the site just before the mechanical trades. He monitors the finishing framing. Plumbers, HVAC, and electrical enter on cue to complete their installations. SEE K2 CONSTRUCTION |  PAGE 13



“Construction was a challenging career to take on but I managed to weather the industry downturns.” KEVIN FRASER OWNER, K2 CONSTRUCTION

The entrance to this west coast contemporary home features custom tiles, a teak door, and unique cement board siding


Details are important. For example, Porter makes sure the electricians install switch boxes at the same height, using a laser level to confirm the alignment. This is especially important above counters. It ensures that when a tile backsplash is added later, ti le cuts a nd g rout lines will be perfectly straight. The next steps are insulation and drywall, followed by primer and the first coat of paint. Paint is the start of the visible finishing. It leads into flooring, tile and stonework. The finish carpenter does a star turn as cabinets and woodwork are installed. Porter lends a hand when needed, but otherwise sees himself as a conductor, noting “I ensure the tradespeople come when required and complete what they need to complete on schedule.” The schedule is important. When multiple homes are being constructed, the projects are synchronized in sequence so no time is wasted waiting on trades. Subtrades are scheduled so they can move from house to house, finishing up their part of the project in one house, then moving to the next. Having worked with many of the sub-trades for a decade or more, Porter knows they will meet the schedule. He enjoys seeing homeowners stop by the job site, especially if they have not been able to visit for a few weeks, and seeing their response to how far the project has progressed from the last time they saw it. “We show up to an empty lot and a few months later, there’s a house,” he says. “I get a good sense of accomplishment from that because we’re creating a product.” For clients who cannot visit the build site, K2 shares frequent updates and images via the internet. Communication is constant, so homeowners are linked in real

time and able to provide input on the project as it is being built. K2 also uses software for estimating, project management, and budget tracking to keep the entire build on schedule and on budget. For Morton, software is a tool that supports his commitment to the clients. “If I said we’re going to have your house locked up by November 14, I’ll do everything I can to make that happen,” he says. Fraser developed the K2 team by looking for people with that same work ethic and attitude, pointing out that often, attitude is more important than experience. Porter joined K2 in 1992. He had worked in construction and helped his dad build the family home, but then found work in island sawmills. However, he was looking for something more stable in terms of employment, met Fraser, was impressed, and never looked back. “I thought he was the best builder I worked with,” he recalls. “He started showing me the ropes – most importantly the need to be accurate so that everything is square, strong and built correctly.” In 2007, Morton had completed his pre-apprenticeship carpentry program at Vancouver Island University. He asked his instructor to recommend a reputable company, where he could work and gain the right kind of skills, and was pointed towards K-2. “That was the first one I talked to – and the last one I talked to,” Morton says, adding he has worked for K-2 ever since. He is now a lead carpenter and site supervisor. Peter Greenway joined K-2 in 2016 as a contracts manager, bringing project and permit management experience. Hiring Greenway was part of Fraser’s succession plan for K2. Key staff have always received shares in the company and now two of those shareholders are preparing to take over. After Morton joined K2 in 2007, he demonstrated enough commitment to become a minority

shareholder, which took place four years ago. Within the next year, he will become a co-owner. The other co-owner will be Greenway. He was selected to join the company in 2016 because his skills and background perfectly complemented Morton as a future co-owner. Together they have the attitudes, construction background, and project management skills to maintain K2’s reputation and standards. Morton and Greenway plan to take over the company sometime

in 2020. Fraser is looking forward to semi-retirement although he will be available as a consultant to K2. Porter hopes to keep working, adding “I can’t quite retire yet so hopefully they’ll hire me back for a year or two.” As pending co-owners, Morton and Greenway recognize the constant shifts that exist in the construction industry. That includes continuing to navigate increasing environmental regulations including flood and earthquake protection; dealing with increased scrutiny of building materials; and meet demands that homes be eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and cost-effective. Greenway also deals with all the new regulatory requirements and changes. Some are directly aimed at development and construction while others, like the mortgage stress-test, have a broader impact on the housing market. The team is tasked with protecting the K 2 standard and reputation in an increasingly challenging market, and is confident it can succeed.

Some of the building lots their projects are on present their own unique sets of circumstances. Greenway notes that, for example, available waterfront lots in the Cowichan Valley tend to be steeper, rocky, and heavily treed. Carving out a building site can require blasting, which creates another layer of dealing with bureaucracy. “The easy stuff has long since been built on,” he said. “The properties we’re looking at now come with a whole new set of challenges.” To date, K2 has always found a way to make it work, even as costs continue to rise, along with expectations. Over the three decades, Fraser has noticed an uptick in the demand for luxury items like hardwood floors, granite countertops, steam showers and soaker tubs. At the same time, operating costs are dropping as homes are better-built and heating/cooling system become more energy efficient. Another factor is the internet, which offers homeowners inspiration from projects around the world, as well as in-progress access to viewing their jobs online. With all the changes, Greenway and Morton are looking forward to, and up to the challenges and opportunities that await K2 Construction, because they “want to keep handing over those keys. “It’s incredibly rewarding to build a home for a family, to go through all those hurdles, and then to hand over the keys with a big smile and hug,” Greenway says.

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ey actions by both the provincial and federal governments aim to address the trucking industries growing demand for safer roads, skilled drivers, more efficient infrastructure, fair and balanced compensation, and regulated technology. With transportation rapidly evolving, in part to avoid disruptions in service and keep goods moving, the government strategies will see vital changes positively impacting consumers and truckers. “This is an invisible industry,” said Dave Earle, president and CEO of the BC Trucking Association. “People don’t know it’s there until they stop being able to buy the things they want and need.” Safety is the priority, and standardized regulations around Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) will ensure drivers comply with hours of service rules, which limit the amount of time they can operate a commercial heavy truck. “With ELD’s, everything is tracked from pit stops to downtime. Drivers can be 13 hours on the road and that’s it,” said Earle, adding that, by June 2021 drivers and trucking companies that operate federally – on routes across Canada – must have devices in place and working and providing real-time information for improved safety and efficiency. “There will be no more paper log books, so people won’t be able to cheat!” he stressed. “Plus, the information gathered will give companies a good understanding of what’s happening on the road from speed and fuel consumption to switch point efficiency.” Improving switch points, Earle says, where one driver turns the keys over to the next, means fewer hours on the road for individual drivers and the opportunity to get home at night. “We need to find ways of attracting drivers and most workers find getting home at night appealing.” According to Stats Canada, the trucking industry has the highest vacancy rate of any sector in BC, at 17 per cent. Earle said that trucking companies are continuously looking to hire qualified workers. “If they don’t have a driver, a load doesn’t get transported. That effects more than just the

The BC government changed the rate structure for container truck drivers to include a 2% trip and hourly rate increase to help offset higher operational costs

The McKenzie Interchange could cut up to 20 minutes off commute time between Victoria and Colwood industry!” In an effort bring stability to the industry, on the recommendation of the BC container trucking commissioner’s rate and remuneration report, the BC government changed the rate structure for container truck drivers to include a 2 per cent trip and hourly rate increase. Effective June 1, 2019 the rate structure will help ensure fair compensation for drivers. Claire Trevena, Minister of T ra n s p or t at ion a nd I n f rastructure said that as a result of the report, “…we are creating

an enhanced rate structure and implementing several measures, which will benefit more than 1,700 hard-working British Columbians and their families. With these actions, we are delivering on our commitment to act on the 2014 Joint Action Plan, and we are going even further to benefit drivers and the industry.” The primary focus for employers is to find employees with strong skills. Earle says that most employers want experience from their drivers and support a government mandated entry level

training program. In a 2018 audit of commercial driving license standards, findings showed that heavy commercial trucks represent three per cent of vehicles on the road but are involved in 19 per cent of fatal accidents. “Safety on our highways is our top priority and advancing the skill development of new commercial drivers would make roads even safer for everyone,” said Trevena. “The BC Trucking Association SEE TRANSPORTATION  |  PAGE 15





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is no alternate route.” He added that, although completion of the McKenzie interchange will help with traffic flow to a certain extent, a few miles down the highway, traffic once again hits a congestion point. “Our members spend a lot of wasted time sitting in traffic.” In January, the ministry announced that it is taking a comprehensive and co-ordinated look at the issue of traffic flow. “We know that southern Vancouver Island is one of the faste s t-g row i n g reg ion s i n t he province,” said Trevena. “For too long, the infrastructure needs of the communities there have been ignored. It is time we start investing in long-term, innovative, multi-modal solutions to address

congestion, while respecting and honouring the wishes and rights of local First Nations.” Part of the strategy, the ministry said, will be to look at the feasibility of a temporary emergency detour route that could be activated in the event of a Malahat road closure. With growth of BC trucking beating out all other industries, at 3 per cent in 2018, making the industry safe, efficient and appealing, is a priority. “Everything you see around you now,” Earle said. “Unless you grew it in your yard, somewhere along the line it came on the back of a truck. If we don’t have a safe and efficient transportation network and supply chain we simply aren’t living the life we want or need.”














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has recommended that BC consider minimum standards for entry-level training for Class 1 drivers, and this focused consultation is designed to help us define and set effective standards,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Everyone has a stake in ensuring that new commercial drivers have a minimum body of skills and knowledge before they begin operating some of the largest and heaviest vehicles on BC roads.” But Earle said, that training can be expensive for new commercial drivers and employers are stepping up and in some cases working with government funded programs to ensure the costs aren’t stopping potential new workers. Changes in insurance coverage will also come into effect this fall. ICBC will be considering the personal driving history of the commercial driver to determine costs of coverage. For those who may not have a clean personal driving record it may put up the cost of their commercial insurance. Although the issues of employment and regulations impact all of BC, Vancouver Island and Victoria present another real problem for transportation stability. “T he Island geography and fragility of its infrastructure is unique,” Earle explained. “If there is congestion on the Malahat, there

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The shop at Country Bee Honey Farm farm with amazing products in a building that had so much roadside appeal no one could drive by without coming in.” In Marche, 2016, the Jason and Lindsay purchased 11 acres of property and began clearing the land, filling in swamp areas. “We kept the wood that we cleared and had it milled for use on the property,” she continues. “Now, all the siding on the main building and furniture inside is made with wood that we took from the property.”

The farm officially opened its doors on September 25, 2017. “We now have a beautiful farm store, surrounded by pollinating gardens that help feed our bees. Inside the store you can find hyper local Peninsula honey, delicious homemade infused honey, as well as cropped honey from all over BC, Alberta and Manitoba. We carry beautiful handmade products from local artisans and bakeries. “We also have an observation hive, so people can see exactly

where their honey comes from. And if that isn’t enough for you, we have a honey bar, so you can taste everything we sell. We also raise and sell our own turkeys, pork and free range eggs. For anyone that wants to support local, this is the store to do it.” Cu r rent ly, Cou nt r y Bee i s work i ng on d iversi f y i ng its offerings. They currently sell pork products and turkeys from their farm animals. In 2017, they planted 900 Christmas trees, allowing them to open a U-Cut

Ch ristmas T ree fa rm to the public in 2021. “Seeing what we’ve done and the risk we took still amazes me, and brings tears to my eyes. I lie in bed all the time and think ‘it actually worked’,” says Lindsay. “But one thing I must say, if it wasn’t for my amazingly driven husband, we wouldn’t be here. I wanted to give up so many times, but he held the vision and pushed through every obstacle that came our way.”




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Bosa Seen To Inject Life Into Dockside Green residential towers, office spaces, public plazas and amenity contributions have remained all but a vision. Meanwhile Dockside Green’s already approved Merridale Cidery & Distillery, which was initially expected to open by mid-2019, remains in a holding pattern. With Vancouver’s Bosa Development now at the helm, the company’s involvement has been largely viewed as an injection of life into a concept that had lost its way. With decades of experience and solid financial backing, the company is expected to reignite construction activity by 2020 with the first of a series of residential phases that will eventually culminate in 1,200-units of housing. Esquimalt Esquimalt’s up-market Westbay Quay condominium project is underway with excavation in full swing at the waterfront property. The all-concrete mixed-use development reached 50 per cent sold-out status last month in tandem with demolition crews clearing its triangular site (bordered by Lyall, Head and Gore streets) for excavators. Comprised of the six-storey Topaz, the five-storey Sapphire and the two-storey Lapis buildings, Westbay Quay’s 85-suites will be anchored by a commercial and retail component along the ground floor with frontage onto Head and Lyall streets. Construction will span into 2021 with move-in ready homes targeted for the fall of that year. Langford 1 A duo of affordable housing projects are newly under construction on the Westshore, adding to the 286-units of below-market housing already started and several hundred recently completed. Stride Properties’ 284 Belmont Road in Colwood celebrated its groundbreaking in late July with the launch of 48 one and twobedroom below-market rental suites supplanted by BC Housing’s HousingHub program. On Langford’s 2700-block of Spencer Road construction has begun on a 130-unit, six-storey complex under the direction of the Capital Region Housing Corporation with financial support from BC Housing. The building will consist of 13 accessible units, 26 units with provincial assistance, 40 affordable suites and 64 near-market residences.





Excavation has begun on Westbay Quay, an 85-residence waterfront condominium project with ground floor commercial spaces in Esquimalt’s Westbay neighbourhood. Langford 2 75 per cent sold-out Belmont Residences West, a five-storey Langford condominium development rising along Reunion Way at Jacklin Road, has introduced a 5 per cent security deposit option in an effort to help renters transition into homeownership. Belmont Residences has also pioneered a rent-to-own program in the Capital Region in partnership with its rental component known as Belmont Crossing. The program starts this fall.

retirees for its collection of 70 two-bedroom homes. Sooke The Residences on Sooke Harbour, a 27-suite waterfront condominium building overlooking Sooke’s federal wharf, is now under construction on Maple Avenue South. The four-storey low-rise is the first condominium building to rise in Sooke in nearly a decade and is over 50 per cent sold-out. Construction is slated for completion by early 2021.

Langford 3 M c Ca l lu m D evelo p m e nt’s six-storey Triple Crown Residence II, rising on Whirlaway Crescent near Costco, is also featuring a 5 per cent security deposit option. Triple Crown’s second phase of condominiums is targeting firsttime purchasers, investors and

Victoria 1 A proposal for over 50-units of rental housing on upper Fort Street continues to evolve as proponent Nvision Properties, a sister company of Abstract Developments, moves towards a finalized design. Known as 1010 Fort Street, the

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Victoria 3 Council sent three projects to a public hearing on August 8: Aryze Development’s and Mike Geric Construction’s 247-unit, 14-storey mass timber highrise (and a six-storey lowrise component) along Speed Avenue, Aryze Development’s five-storey, 64unit rental apartment along the 2500-block of Fifth Street (which will include the Vancouver Island School of Art as a commercial tenant), and PARC Retirement Living’s 268-unit, 10-storey Victoria PARC proposal at Fort and Quadra streets. Officials also granted formal approvals for Aryze’s 20-unit Rhodo townhomes along the 1700-block of Fairfield Road. Rhodo will usher in the first collection of rowhousing in Victoria’s Gonzales neighbourhood in over 25 years. Mike Kozakowski of Citified. Citified is a comprehensive resource for researching a new-build home or commercial space in metro Victoria and southern Vancouver Island.

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18 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 Camosun Properties Ltd 4440 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Curran, Cheryl CLAIM $31,750 DEFENDANT Campbell River Fraternal Hall Society 200-1260 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC PLAINTIFF Behm, Michael CLAIM $7,196 DEFENDANT Caveman Construction & Aggregates Ltd PO Box 138, Qualicum Beach, BC PLAINTIFF Hazelwood Construction Services Inc CLAIM $26,951 DEFENDANT Coastline Management Group Incorporated

WHO IS SUING WHOM 1201 Teasdale Rd, Kelowna, BC PLAINTIFF Bank Of Montreal CLAIM $203,900 DEFENDANT Comox Valley Floor Centre A-2920 Moray Ave, Courtenay, BC PLAINTIFF Wilson, Robert Fraser CLAIM $11,372 DEFENDANT Constantin Popa Personal Real Estate Corporation 4-470 Meredith Rd, Mill Bay, BC PLAINTIFF Hayden, Michele Andrea CLAIM $35,176


PLAINTIFF Hodgson, Dean C CLAIM $20,133

PLAINTIFF Smackdown Roofing & Siding Ltd CLAIM $9,140

DEFENDANT Remax Camosun 4440 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Curran, Cheryl CLAIM $31,750

DEFENDANT SHH Holdings Limited 6795 West Coast Rd, Sooke, BC PLAINTIFF T M Thorpe Holdings Ltd CLAIM $2,990,946

DEFENDANT Resolution Construction System 14-555 Ravenswood Dr, North Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Alpine Insulation Limited CLAIM $5,876

DEFENDANT SHH Management Limited 6795 West Coast Rd, Sooke, BC PLAINTIFF T M Thorpe Holdings Ltd CLAIM $2,990,946

DEFENDANT Dun Rite Sweeping Services Inc 1201 Teasdale Rd, Kelowna, BC PLAINTIFF Bank Of Montreal CLAIM $203,900

DEFENDANT Resolution Construction System 14-555 Ravenswood Dr, North Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Dalcon Construction 2001 Ltd CLAIM $35,256

DEFENDANT Fleetwood Building Inspections 109 Kingham Pl, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Aitken, Vern Lorayne CLAIM $18,737

DEFENDANT Sakman Fine Woodworks 551 Treanor Ave, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Cathcart, Susan CLAIM $14,059

DEFENDANT J S Plumbing & Heating Ltd 5268 Boal Rd, Duncan, BC

DEFENDANT Scala Development Consultant Ltd 7th Flr 1175 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

DEFENDANT Smartway Restoration Ltd 931 Fort St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Butler, Marjorie CLAIM $35,216 DEFENDANT Sooke Harbour House Inc 1212-1175 Douglas St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Save On Septic Services Inc CLAIM $23,395 DEFENDANT Sooke Harbour House Inc 1212-1175 Douglas St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF T M Thorpe Holdings Ltd

CLAIM $2,990,946 DEFENDANT Staples Canada ULC 6 Staples Ave, Richmond Hill, ON PLAINTIFF Bronstein, Sharon CLAIM $19,160 DEFENDANT Trisoma Holdings Ltd PO Box 41047 RPO Woodgrove, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Williams, Cally Howe Yue CLAIM $35,156 DEFENDANT West Rock Drilling Ltd 201 Selby St, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Collins, David CLAIM $13,299 DEFENDANT Westview Ford Sales Ltd 4901 North Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC PLAINTIFF TJ Inspection Inc CLAIM $14,926


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Covault Technologies, a marketing platform that connects brands and retailers to reach a shared local audience, has signed a Letter of Intent with MacDonald Realty. T he two companies are currently in a pilot program. Well known advertising legend, Frank Palmer, has joined as an advisor and invested in Covault and Oliver Jervis, has also been hired as Head of Operations. Discovery Land Company has entered into a partnership with Craig McCaw, an Arizona-based luxury developer, to develop James Island. Discovery is planning on developing less than 100 homes on the property, between two- and five-acre lots. McCaw acquired the island in 1994 for $26-million from a development firm that had planned 175 homes with a golf course and marina. The golf course was completed though the development was scrapped and replaced with a 5,000-square-foot main house, guest cottages, pool house, private air strip and more. Since b u y i n g t h e i s l a n d , M c Ca w turned 13 per cent of the land into a permanently protected conservation area and banned smoking and insecticides. He also spent $5.3-million on remediating the property from contaminants left over from an explosives plant that used to operate on the island. Ecoasis, the owner of Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa have entered into an agreement with Raoul Malak, a local entrepreneur, that will see Malak take over operations of the Westin Bear Mountain. Ecoasis will remain the owner of the resort’s golf and tennis operations as well as all developable lands. Bea r Mou nta i n is cu r rent ly home to two golf courses, housing developments, cycling trails, biking trails, a tennis facility, a fitness center as well as the hotel which has a spa and restaurants. The community currently has a population of about 3,500 which is anticipated to grow to roughly 10,000 residents over the next 15 years.

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estate industry as well as a background in project marketing. Ontario-based GFL Environmental has acquired Alpine Disposal, the solid waste division of Evergreen Industries, part of the Langford-based Alpine Group. The acquisition will see Alpine Disposal’s administration and management control the combined forces of GFL and Alpine Disposal on the Island, with the combined company being owned by GFL. All of the 100 employees and managers of Alpine Disposal have joined GFL and customers will not see any changes to service. The sale does not impact the more than 20 companies under the Alpine Group banner, which includes restaurants, limo services, transportation services, wedding services and more. Eleven Victoria restaurants were recently included in a list of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in Canada. Restaurants that made the list are The Beach House, Blue Crab Seafood House, Finn’s Seafood, Chops and Cocktails, Glo Restaurant + Lounge, the Keg Steakhouse, Marina Restaurant, Milestones Grill + Bar, Tea at the Empress, The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens and Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar. T he l ist was compiled based on reviews from diners between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 conducted by OpenTable, a division of Booking Holdings, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations.

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Paul Davis Victoria has expanded to include a new franch i se at 493 Bu r n side Road East. This marks the companies second Island location owned by David Porter with the other located in Port Alberni. Port also owns franchises in Washington and the Fraser Valley. Paul Davis restores residential a nd com merci a l prop er t ies damaged by mold, storms, disasters and fire.

Westshore Dental Centre celebrated its grand reopening on August 10th at 152 – 2945 Jacklin Road. Joel Esposito is the new owner of Fresko Fine Foods at 642 Yates Street. Esposito acquired half the business a few years ago and bought out the remaining half in April. The shop underwent renovations and reopened in July. In addition to the renewed space, Esposito has added some of his family favorite dishes to the menu including Venezuelan Arepas and Cuban sandwiches.

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Brent Fougner, who led the University of Victoria (UVic) Cross Country and Track team for 31 years announced his retirement from the post, effective August 31. Assistant Coach Hilary Stellingwerff took on the role of interim program leader on August 15th and will serve for the 2019-20 season. Hilary competed in the 2012 and 2016 SEE MOVERS & SHAKERS|  PAGE 20

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Olympics. Riverside Cannabis has opened for business at 6309 Sooke Road as Sooke’s first licensed retail pot shop. The shop is co-owned by Lori Rittaler and Lisa Taylor, who applied for the license on October 17 th. The shop was first opened in 2017 in anticipation of the looming recreational marijuana legalization and closed at the beginning of last month to undergo renovations. The Saanich Junior Braves add Brent Polischuk as the Junior B team’s new coach and general manager. Polischuk previously held multiple roles with BC Hockey and Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. Polischuk takes over from Sam Waterfield, who joined the Coquitlam Express of the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). T he Ralmax Group of Companies (Ralmax) and Esquimalt Drydock Company Ltd. (EDC) recently completed a Purchase Agreement that will see an expansion of the ship repair and maintenance operation of Point Hope Maritime at the Esquimalt graving dock. T hrough this transaction, Point Hope Maritime has acquired EDC’s key assets and brought on the

core team of employees to ensure the successful operations of the new division of Point Hope Maritime. The new business entity will operate as a division of Point Hope Maritime, retaining the name of Esquimalt Drydock Company (EDC) and EDC’s operations will continue under the new business entity. BC Transit has launched its new NextRide app across the Greater Victoria Region T he app allows passengers to receive live updates of bus locations, alerts and to optimize routes using an advanced GPS navigation system. The $6.7-million undertaking is a part of a pool of $136-million in federal and provincial government funds dedicated to upgrading busing systems across the province. The system is already operating in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Squamish and Whistler. The app is now tracking all 294 operating buses in the Greater Victoria area. BC Transit is now working on upgrading its fare operating systems in the Capital Region to allow for cashless fare, which could be installed as soon as 2020. The BC Cancer Centre at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital unveiled the new Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite at a recent ceremony. The facility

a nt icipates prov id i ng more tha n 2,200 sca ns each yea r. The $6.5-million projects saw $5.3-m i l l ion contributed by the BC Cancer Foundation and $1.2-million from the province. PET scans is a nuclear medicine functional imaging technique that checks for diseases. Victoria’s Our Place Society shut dow n the 900-block of Pandora Avenue on July 28th to celebrate its 50 th anniversary. The festivities at the event included live music courtesy of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, tours through the Our Place facility, chalk art and more. Save on Foods has opened a location at 1010 Pandora Avenue. The new grocery store includes a mix-and-match wing bar, fresh sushi, an instore pharmacy, a myriad of local products and online shopping pickup services. North Saanich’s Deep Cove Chalet reopened for business on July 24th after it was seriously damaged by a fire last year. T he restau ra nt i ncu r red a n estimated $100,000 worth of damage after a fire in the kitchen broke out and spread to the dining area of the restaurant. Owners Pierre and Bev Koffel have rebuilt the space to be the same as it was when it was last open. Deep Cove Chalet is at 11190 Chalet Road.

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Pen i nsu la Fit ness h a s e xpanded their existing space to include a total of 4,200-squarefeet at their location at 2245 James W hite Boulevard. The g y m was created i n 2014 by three Autobody shop owners: Dave Desjardin, Steve Weller and Andrew Miller who wanted to build a private, members-only facility.

dentist Dr. Krysten Johal to the practice at 4484 West Saanich Road. Victoria Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) announces the opening of a new office at 101 – 9837 Seventh Street in Sidney. The office is open part-time and is run by Carolyn Levasseur, a part time consultant who joined Victoria CCRR over a year ago. Anytime Fitness is preparing to open in Saanichton at 2261 Keating X Road.

Ian Goard Ian Goard has been appointed the new executive chef of the Hotel Grand Pacific. Goard will now be responsible for the menu at The Pacific Restaurant and Lounge, Courtyard Café, the hotel’s banquet and catering menus and the in-room dining room serv ice. He ta kes over from Rick Choy, his long-time mentor who has held the position since 2007. Viewmont Dental Centre adds

Re/Max Camosun Westshore announces its top producers of the month for its office at 101 – 791 Goldstream Avenue. They are Dale Sheppard, Roy Banner, Tania Delmonico, Jenny Bruce, Don Burnham and Shirley Zailo. For Re/Max Camosun’s Sidney team the top producers were Craig Walters, the team of Dan and John Juricic, Karen Dinnie-Smyth and Jeff Meyer as a top producer and top lister. Arthur Murray Victoria celebrates its grand opening on August 24 th at 3567 Ravine Way. Arthur Murray is a franchise of dance centers that operates i n over 22 cou ntries a rou nd the world with more than 280 studios. The celebration will include complementary hourly SEE MOVERS & SHAKERS|  PAGE 21

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group classes from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm with evening events starting at 6:00 pm that include a ribbon cutting, music, dance demonstrations, refreshments and more. A grand opening celebration was recently held for the Victoria International Marina, a 28-berth large, luxury yachting center. Construction on the facility didn’t break ground until 2016 and a soft opening was originally planned for last year but was sidelined due to weather related issues and other factors. Boom + Batten is a new restaurant owned by a group of local investors that will open soon at the marina. The restaurant features an open concept kitchen, a wood-burni ng pizza oven a nd a loca l ly sourced menu accompanied by ocean views from every seat. The Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island is holding its annual Torch Awards on August 31st at the Union Club of BC. This year’s Torch and Spark Award winners will be announced at the gala. Victoria’s Great Canadian Beer Festival will be held from September 6-7 th at Royal Athletic Park on Caledonia Avenue. This year, the Victoria Beer Society is taking over the festival organization following the retirement of the event’s founders who have hosted the festival for the past 26 years. The festival has almost 100 breweries from across the country signed up to participate in this year’s event.

Jordie Braidwood ESW IT Business Advisors welcomes Jordie Braidwood to its team in Victoria at Unit 211 – 1005 Henry Eng Place. The company also recently completed a merger with Pipes Technology Group at Unit 6 – 416 Garbally Road. ESW IT Business Advisors provides IT and computer networking support, IT management services, Office 365 and print management services. R e/ M a x A l l i a n c e V icto r i a announces its sales leaders of the month for its office at 770B Hillside Avenue. The team is comprised of Ron Neal, Claude Delmaire, Jason Leslie, Manpreet Kandola, Chantelle Lysyk,


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DFH Rea l Estate Ltd. congratulates its office leaders of the month. This year, the top performers from Victoria were Steve Alford, Jeff Bishop, Myles Christenson, Ron Cunningham, Geoff Field, Jilly Yang, David Philps, Brad Neufeld, the team of Tom Muir and Sue Spangelo, Ally and Dennis Guevin, the team of Dorothee Friese and Terry Moore, Scott O’Neill, Sandra Windebank, Nick Windebank and the due of Frank and Wendy Berke. Tony Clemente and Stephanie Peat were the top performers hailing from Sidney. The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) celebrated its 25th anniversary of the Arts and Music in the Gardens event from August 10-11. The events included live music on three different stages, 10 installations made by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild and 57 booths run by local artisans. 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre is operating once again at its home at 602 Gorge Road East. The shop was forced to move from its location after an engineer’s report on the building indicated the heritage structure had serious structural concerns and was on the verge of collapsing. The shop temporarily moved part time operations to the gym of the Centennial United Church at 612 David Street in February. A further inquiry into the report indicated that the area in critical need of repair is situated at the back of the building. The organization since resumed operations in the Gorge Street building, while blocking off the most hazardous area. The center now has six months to do initial repairs on the building and up to two years of continued slope monitoring from engineers. Greater Victoria region Rotary Clubs have appointed their leadership team for the upcoming year. T he Rotary Club of Victoria appointed Gerald Pash as president; the Sidney Rotary Club will be led by Robert Nemish; Joan Firkins will lead Oak Bay; Peter Baillie in Victoria Harbourside; Ryan Windsor in Brentwood Bay; Sam Purdy in Sooke; Ian Brown in Surrey by the Sea; Lorne Olson in Westshore and Michael Brar in downtown Victoria.

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atching the consistent escalation of rhetoric in the United States is discomfiting to say the least. It’s like watching the country take turns ripping itself apart, piece by piece. There is a difference between attacking President Donald Trump and the President of the United States. Although they are currently one and the same person, the unabated vitriol and hatred for the man is unparalleled in a democracy. Certainly within my lifetime. In order for any democracy to succeed and survive, the laws of the land and the offices of elected officials need to be respected. The leader(s) of the country need to be held in high esteem, as “they”, as in the leader, is a reflection of “us”, as in the voters. With the next U.S. election a year and a half away, the loathing of Trump continues, unabated.

It is absolutely unprecedented to watch the mainstream media continue to abrogate its responsibility of informing the masses with unbiased content, as they continue assailing Trump as if it’s their democratic duty to do so. It’s a complete departure from what the press is morally mandated to do. . .they’ve lost their way, and show no inclination to either get back to its roots of objectivity, or stop their steep descent into the nether regions of relevance. I’ve given up talking to most about U.S. politics, usually after the first statement/innuendo/ dig at Trump. Why? Because if anyone doesn’t see it their way, they are stupid, ignorant, insane. . .take your pick. My first questions to these people, because they obviously consider themselves informed and educated – even though their source for “thinking” is predictable, would be: • What is your preferred provider of news? If the answer is ABC/NBC/CBS/ CNN, etc., then: • Have you ever met Trump? Why do you hate him so much? There’s nothing more to ask, because those who have been seemingly affected by “Trump Derangement Syndrome” automatically look at the “others” as the terminally unwashed. Look, I have never met Donald

Trump, and didn’t like him before he became President. Who has a TV show where he fires employees – and seems to enjoy it? Yet what is his biggest “crime”? The Mueller Report was designed to incriminate Trump by linking him with Russian interference in the last election, and came up dry. Yet the media marches on as if it was a full-blown indictment and justification for impeachment. Impeachment. As if that’s the catch-all solution to a sitting U.S. President; the ultimate defense of democracy. The ignorance surrounding the term’s usage is appalling. Impeachment is nothing more than a slap in the wrist, an indictment, a statement of charges. . .not a conviction. Bill Clinton was impeached for his “performance” as President, but was not removed from office, thanks to a Democratic Senate. Other than being personally embarrassing, it’s pretty much a fruitless pursuit. The U.S. does have a very good system to remove a President. It’s called an election, which happens every four years. And if that’s not soon enough, then turn the tables in the mid-terms and curtail the President’s powers. It’s as fair a system as exists in democracy, which Winston Churchill said is “the worst form of government, except for all those other forms”.

We have elections so we elect representatives of “us” to the place of power to make decisions and govern for the common good. The system is set up to avoid having to fight each and every issue via protest or descending into kritocracy, or “rule of the judges”. Hmmm…. isn’t that what the NDP is using to stop/delay/cancel the Trans Mountain Pipeline? Is that what we want? Unelected judges deciding every issue, after we hire legions of lawyers? Must we leave jobs to counter-protest every project that “professional” protesters vow to stop? W h a t e x a c t l y i s T r u m p ’s “crime”? That he cuts taxes and is following through on his promise to “drain the swamp” of cultured bureaucracy in Washington? That his “America First” policies run counterclockwise to globalism? That he negotiates trade agreements with other nations in public, using typical business-style, behind-closed-doors tactics, which send shock-waves throughout global markets? Is it because, as National Post founder Conrad Black writes, “Trump has done more than any U.S. President since Calvin Coolidge”? Is it because people call him “stupid”, the ultimate insult hurled by those who run out of

facts for their argument? Please. . . That he’s a “bare-knuckle” street fighter that slags opponents with nick-names? I watch Trump with fascination, and marvel at his hubris, and lack of fear. It’s like every obstacle only steels his resolve to overcome it. If Americans don’t like it, they can vote him out – according to the rules set out by the founding fathers in an amazing, unparalleled document called its Constitution. I am afraid that if current trends continue, with verbal civil war rhetoric ramping up with each new “outrage”, then it isn’t inconceivable that America descends into civil war and anarchy. What then, for the world’s other democracies? If we’re going to belong to great countries, it is up to all citizens to respect laws and institutions – including the offices and positions held by our elected officials. Change them at election time. This march to anarchy needs to stop. Respect needs to return and reign, for if it doesn’t, the only solution to return to civilization once anarchy sets in is militia-dominated government that instills its own idea of order, removing choice for all. To survive and thrive, business needs stability in democracy, starting with the United States, and their economy is the catalyst for the global economy.




ater is more valua b l e t h a n o i l .” – fo r m e r U. S. President George W. Bush Canada exports huge quantities of water to the United States and all over the world. As the world’s fifth largest exporter of agricultural products – which are composed mainly of water – huge amounts of Canadian water leave the country every day.

Whole lakes are shipped in every direction by means of our vast and efficient agricultural system. And the world is a better place because of it. International customers get quality food to feed hungry populations. Canadian farmers prosper – and so does the rest of the country. Early explorers were simply astounded at the endless plains, fertile soil and the relatively predictable rainfall we are blessed with. Improved farming techniques and farming science have meant that each year there is more crop available for export. New crops come on – like canola and soybeans – and this means even more business for our agricultural export business. The more crop there is for export, the more water goes overseas, or down south. Canada owes its success in large part to its agricultural sector, and no matter how much new technology comes on the scene, people

will always need good food. The fact that so much water leaves our country every year in our agricultural exports troubles no one, nor should it. It’s part of a natural cycle. Eventually that water comes back. Water leaves our country every day in thousands of other products as well. So if a politician announced a sale to a foreign nation of four trillion litres of water locked in agricultural products, he would be praised. But just let that politician propose that the same amount of bulk water be sold to a foreign country – especially to the United States – and he would have to run for cover. It would be the end of his or her political career. Most Canadians are perfectly happy to sell our water to the highest bidder when that water is contained in agricultural products or the thousands of other export products that contain water. But we have some kind of visceral

reaction when anyone dares to suggest we sell water that’s not contained in something else. Over the years, many schemes have been proposed for the largescale sale of water. Massive diversions, dams, container ship transport. Almost all of these plans have been shot down. The world is getting hotter, drier and thirstier. Demands for freshwater are growing louder all the time. Wars have even been fought over water. The American southwest is getting drier by the day. Water is being drawn from the Ogallala aquifer, from which the southwest takes so much of its water, at a rate eight times faster than it is being replenished. Anyone looking over at Glen Canyon Dam water level knows how far down the overused Columbia River sinks every year. Americans need water and we have it. Canadians should begin to look at water as a commodity – the

blue gold that it is. It goes without saying that the ecological and environmental impediments to any water export plan must be dealt with intelligently. In some cases, those plans will make no sense. But in some cases they will. Much of our national aversion to selling water to the U.S. southwest is just thinly disguised anti-Americanism. We shou ld put such triv ial emotions behind us and look at the big picture. Our water could help those incredibly productive places like Silicon Valley keep boosting our standard of living. Our water could turn that southwest desert into a garden that can grow food for the world. And our water – our blue gold – can make us rich. Brian Giesbrecht is a retired judge and a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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A for sale sign was displayed under The Trading Post’s sign at 3108 Jacklin Road in Langford. T he Trading Post is home to Memories on the ground floor, a high-end furniture and Persian rug store, while downstairs is General Salvage, an antique store. A downstairs retirement sale sign was also present. Elain Bayles, an educational assistant at Glanford Midd le School, i s a f i n a l i s t for the annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education. T he list of finalists includes 30 teachers from across the province selected from a list of 140 nominees. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were started in 2018 to highlight the work of teaching professionals from across the province. Mandart Chan, a music and leadership teacher at Belmont Secondary School, has been appointed to serve as the Advanced Squadron Commander at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre. Chan has served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a n officer w ith the Cadet Instructors Cade for the past 20 years specializing in youth development. In the role he will oversee all advanced courses as

part of the senior leadership at the training centre. Westhills Stadium and the new Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground celebrated their grand opening August 24th before Pacific FC’s home game. The stadium increases the capacity from 1,500 to 6,000 seats. W histle Buoy Brew ing h a s recently opened in the Market Square offering a tank to glass model. The City of Colwood is among the 25 best communities to line in Canada, according to Maclean’s Magazine. They were categorized according to wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture. Tikka Bar by Turmeric has opened its doored on Broughton Street. Jim McDermott’s, The CareChanger device, has won second prize in the Innovative Design for Accessibility category in a competition for Universities Canada. It is for a device that enables caregivers to know when a patient’s diapers need to be changed. Sandi Braithwait-Bowers and Mike Menard are new directors

to the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Sandi is currently employed with School District 62 as an educational assistant and for Community Living Victoria as a support worker. Mike Menard is the owner of Menard Plumbing and Heating and offers over 30 plus years of experience in commercial construction and repairs. Cliff Leir, owner of Fol Epi has taken over Pauls Motor Inn diner and rebranded as Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi. Agrius chefs Max Durand and Scott Hopkins are also involved in the transformation.

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