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IC T OR I A - Fernwood Coffee Company has the recipe for success. For over a decade, the roastery has been garnering critical acclaim thanks to their contributions to the community and their outstanding product. Owners Ben Cram and Terra Ogawa ( h u sb a n d a n d w i fe) began their journey when they purchased the Parsonage Cafe in 2006. “I used to be a chef, working full time running a kitchen, and Terra was working in management, running the front end of a restaurant,” says Cram. “When we had our son, we quickly found that the hours and late nights were making it difficult to be good parents.” “We were regulars at the Parsonage Cafe, and they were planning on selling. They approached SEE FERNWOOD COFFEE COMPANYS |  PAGE 11

Adr​ian White, Ed Cunningham, and Ben Cram (Photo: Christopher Pouget)Fernwood Coffee Company was recognized as a 2019 Greater Victoria Business Award winner in the Outstanding Workplace category.

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ICTORIA - Abeego has taken beeswax and turned it into a business. From a booth at a farmer’s market to fridges around the g l o b e , t h e V i c t o r i a-b a s e d manufacturer has revolutionized food wrap with its innovative approach to food preservation. Over the last three years, the innovative reusable beeswax food wrap product has exploded into

international markets. On August 20, Founder and CEO Toni Desrosiers was notified that her company was named a finalist for the 2019 Canada Post E-Commerce Innovation Awards i n the Socia l Responsibi l ity category. Winners, who will be awarded up to $150,000 in free shipping and marketing, are announced as of September 19. «I’m so honou red to h ave Abeego up for t he Socia l Responsibility Award alongside

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2 VICTORIA Real Estate Summer Sales and Inventory Steady A total of 661 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, 11.3 per cent more than the 594 properties sold in August 2018 but a 6.4 per cent decrease from July 2019. Sales of condominiums were up 4.1 per cent from August 2018 with 203 units sold. Sales of single-family homes increased 15.5 per cent from August 2018 with 351 sold. “August could be considered a status quo month for real estate in greater Victoria with entry-level homes selling quickly when priced appropriately, and higher-end properties moving at a slower pace,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Cheryl Woolley. “As expected, we’ve seen relatively stable pricing, with an uptick in sales - particularly single-family homes. There were 2,838 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service at the end of August 2019, a decrease of 3.8 per cent compared to the month of July but a 12.7 per cent increase from the 2,519 active listings for sale at the end of August 2018. The Multiple Listing Service Home Price Index benchmark value for a single-family home in the Victoria Core in August 2018 was $888,100. The benchmark

value for the same home in August 2019 decreased by 4.6 per cent to $847,300, slightly less than July’s value of $858,800. The MLS HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in August 2018 was $503,600, while the benchmark value for the same condominium in August 2019 increased by 2.9 per cent to $518,100, lower than July’s value of $523,400. “This month the federal government opened its First Time Home Buyer Incentive program,” adds President Woolley. “We’re pleased the government is looking at creative ways to get first time buyers into homes as this program will help some buyers in Canada’s smaller markets. We look forward to hearing how the federal government plans to help first time buyers in larger markets like Victoria, perhaps by adjusting the mortgage stress test parameters and extending the length of mortgage amortizations.”

SAANICH Central Saanich Goes Carbon Neutral The District of Central Saanich was officially carbon neutral in 2018. The accomplishment which is recognized by the standards of the Climate Action Recognition Program means that the District can brand itself as carbon neutral


for use on official websites and letterhead. The District is a signatory to the Climate Action Charter, led by the Province of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). Under the program, local governments are required to fulfill public reporting requirements (including reporting carbon neutrality progress) of the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP). CARIP is a conditional grant program that provides local participating governments with funding equal to 100 per cent of the carbon taxes they pay directly to support local government operations. Central Saanich also achieved carbon neutrality from 2015 through 2017 and has been pursuing initiatives to reduce emissions since its adoption of the Central Saanich Energy plan in 2008. This achievement means that Central Saanich has achieved carbon neutrality for corporate greenhouse gas emissions, which account for a small share of overall emissions induced in the area by housing, transportation and more.

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applied to the Province of British Columbia for a license to operate in every region in the province. If the company earns government approval it intends on introducing the service right away. Kator is planning on launching across Metro Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria and the Okanagan by this winter, with additional regions in the province to be added over 12 months. Kater has proposed a system of pricing that would start from as low as 90 per cent of current taxi rates and rise to a maximum of 200 per cent, a range it hopes will address consumer concerns about prices rising when demand is higher. The company also indicated it plans on including 250 wheelchair accessible vehicles into its network and will also use location-based pricing and driver incentives to encourage drivers not to abandon suburban service during peak hours. Kater projects its drivers will earn at least $25 for every hour that they are active on the platform. Eight ride-hailing companies, including Uber have already submitted license applications with the Passenger Transportation Branch. Ontario-based Uride most recently announced plans to launch its service in Victoria, Prince George, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Kamloops before the end of the year.

VICTORIA Harbour Authority Expects 283 Ships in 2020 The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is anticipating a 2020 cruise ship season with an increase in passenger visits, thanks in part to an increase in mid-week calls. The cruise ship season runs from April to October 2020 with vessels arriving at the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point. The port is expected to see 283 ships arrive at the port, bringing 770,000 passengers to Greater Victoria. The upcoming season will see the Queen Elizabeth begin round-trip cruises from Victoria to Alaska. The first arrival is slated to be the Grand Princess on April 3rd, while the Ruby Princess will close out the season on October 21st. The new mid-week calls will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additional stops are also expected from vessels like the Carnival Miracle, Golden Princess and Norwegian Sun. The Carnival Miracle is scheduled for 10 ship calls every other week on Tuesdays between 7 am and 2 pm while the Golden Princess is expected to visit on Wednesdays between 9 am and 5 pm on alternating weeks. The Norwegian Sun will make 4 stops at the harbour at various times through the week as it travels between Seattle and Alaska. The non-profit GVHA owns and operates several high-profile community amenities including The

Breakwater, the Inner Harbour lower causeway and the customs dock at Raymur Point. The organization has marine industrial holdings that include the deepwater terminal at Ogden Point, Ship Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, four Inner Harbour marinas and Steamship Terminal.

VICTORIA YYJ Continues Carbon Footprint Reduction The Victoria Airport Authority has advanced to the second level of Airport Carbon Accreditation from the Airports Council International as a result of its efforts to reduce emissions. T his advances the Victoria International Airport from Level 1, which it achieved by completing the process of mapping carbon emissions and determining where improvements could be made to reduce those emissions. The Level 2 designation comes from the airports work to demonstrate that those efforts resulted in a reduction in carbon footprint by 14.4 per cent from the initial 2013 baseline year. The airport has since installed solar and geothermal power, controlled ventilation systems to reduce energy waste, replaced hot water boilers with more efficient boilers and installed LED lighting. The enhancements also included developing a carbon management plan and installing additional building automation systems that monitor performance and consumption. The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program includes four levels: mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality. Level 3 certification involves reducing carbon dioxide emissions and requires third party engagement to identify emissions indirectly under airport control that impact the airport.

VICTORIA New Blanshard Street Building Owners Consider Redevelopment Reliance Properties Ltd. is deciding what to do with its recently acquired property at 780 Blanshard Street. The four-storey heritage building on the site is currently used as office space, though the company is considering redeveloping the property into a hotel. The company bought the building for $14.6 million from Victoria property owner Robin Kimpton. The provincial government’s Natural Resources Ministry is the current tenant until the end of April 2020 when it will relocate to the new Capital Park development near the legislature. There is already interest from potential office SEE NEWS UPDATE |  PAGE 3


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tenants looking to occupy the 40,000-square-foot concrete building. Once the current tenants leave, the interior will need to be adjusted to meet the needs of a new tenants while the exterior needs paint and some minor enhancements. The new owners have considered converting the space into a hotel, which would see them look into adding storeys in order to make the project more financially viable. The building adds to Reliance’s portfolio of heritage properties in Western Canada. The developer is known in downtown Vancouver for its heritage restoration projects. Other holdings in Victoria include the Northern Junk lands and the Janion redevelopment on Victoria Harbour, the Board of Trade Building at 31 Bastion Square and the Fairfield Block on Douglas Street. The historic building on Blanshard was finished in 1940 and was originally designed to be a hospital. It was first used by the BC Power Commission, created by the provincial government in 1945.

COLWOOD Determining The Right Balance Of Housing Types At their meeting on September 9, Colwood Council resolved to complete an updated Housing Needs Assessment to inform decisions about new housing proposals. The City will collaborate with CRD Housing and other municipalities on the project to make the best use of regional resources and increase opportunities to access grant funding. New Provincial legislation requires all local governments to complete a housing needs assessment by March 31, 2022. Colwood last completed a housing assessment in 2008.  “There is a steady stream of new development happening in Colwood,” said Colwood Mayor Rob Martin. “Colwood Council recognizes that providing the right mix of housing options is key to creating a community with a high quality of life and a thriving economy. Our goal is to maintain Colwood’s family friendly neighbourhoods wh i le prov id i ng housing choices for people at every stage of life.”  Housing for all ages and incomes

While Colwood has traditionally been made up largely of single-family homes, the City is on track to increase rental and affordable options significantly over the next two to three years. More tha n 340 new non-market housing units are currently under construction or in process in Colwood in partnership with BC Housing. At the same time, a significant number of new market rental units are expected, including over 470 apartments as part of the Colwood Corners development.  To date, Colwood has provided over $1M in direct financial support to affordable housing developed in partnership with BC Housing. This includes developments at 284 Belmont Road (48 units), 330 Goldstream Avenue (102 units) and 342 Wale Road (124 units). Construction is also underway at 85 Belmont Road (119 units). The addition of these housing projects will double the number of affordable units offered in Colwood, which in 2018 represented 4.3 per cent of the total number of dwellings in Colwood. For comparison, approximately 4.7 per cent of Langford’s housing stock and 11.4 per cent of Victoria’s housing stock fall into this same category.

VANCOUVER ISLAND Construction Activity Continues to Grow At $648.1 million, building permits across Vancouver Island continued on an upward trajectory, rising six per cent in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter. Residential permits increased 19 per cent, while non-residential dropped 25 per cent. “Residential permit activity was higher in most regional districts over the first quarter, led by a 94 per cent increase in the Nanaimo Regional District, followed by a 62 per cent increase in the Cowichan Valley,” said Rory Kulmala, CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association. “We also saw robust activity in Strathcona and Powell River with a 49 per cent and 31 per cent increase in residential permits, respectively.” Major projects contributing to the increase in Na n a i mo i nclude construction of a 110-unit luxury condo building in Old City, valued at $64 million,

and a 159-unit affordable housing development for seniors, valued at $27.8 million; both are mixed-used buildings with commercial space attached. In the Cowichan Valley, most permits issued were for single-family homes. In contrast, non-residential permit activity slowed down by 25 per cent, with the greatest drop-off in institutional-government permits, which fell 54 per cent following a surge in the first quarter, according to Kulmala. Commercial permits held steady, while industrial permits declined 32 per cent from the previous quarter. Total investment spending on non-residential building construction in the Victoria Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) dropped four per cent in first five months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Island-wide a total of 36,100 persons were employed in the construction industry in the second quarter, an increase of 3.1 per cent over the first quarter. “Although we are starting to see some highs and lows in our data, the region’s construction industry will remain strong throughout the rest of 2019,” said Kulmala. “Despite a 15 per cent slowdown in residential construction in the Capital Regional District, the residential sector should soon firm up Island-wide in response to lower interest rates and the upcoming federal housing incentive program.” Total building permits in 2019 are expected to ease back from 2018’s record high to around $2.25 billion, which would be well above historical averages and comparable to 2017’s level.



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New Mixed-Income Housing For Families Coming To View Royal People in need of affordable rental housing in View Royal will have access to more than 150 new housing units following development of a new mixed-income housing project. Located at 1938 West Park Lane near Thetis Lake, the West Park Lane development is a partnership between the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the Capital Regional District (CRD), that will build 152 units in two six-storey wood-frame buildings. Fu nded t h roug h t he SEE NEWS UPDATE |  PAGE 4

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Regional Housing First Program, the project will provide a minimum of 44 affordable homes, 74 nearmarket-price homes and 34 shelter-rate homes rented at the provincial income assistance rate of $375 per month. Building amenities will include laundry, a playground, bicycle storage, electric bike plug-ins and an electric car charger. The Capital Region Housing Corporation will operate the building. Construction is expected to start in October 2019, with an anticipated opening date of September 2021. The $90-million Regional Housing First Program is an equal partnership agreement between the federal government through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the BC government through BC Housing, and the CRD. The program was launched to create more affordable rental housing and address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the capital region. The Regional Housing First Program is expected to create up to 2,000 rental units throughout the CRD.




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VICTORIA BMO Announces $500,000 Contribution to AGGV Gallery Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) Board Chair Christopher Jones wa s joined by BMO Financial Group’s (BMO) James Kitamura, regional president of personal banking for BC & Yukon, recently to announce that BMO has committed $500,000 to the AGGV’s The NEXT Gallery project. In recognition of the contribution, the first for the project by a national corporation, the Gallery’s collection of Canadian and British Columbian Art will be exhibited in the BMO Gallery for Canadian and British Columbian Art in the new gallery. The gift will ensure that the collection, including works by Emily Carr,

Lawren Harris, David Milne and others, will have a home where all Canadians as well as visitors to our country can see our national treasures displayed. “We are incredibly grateful to BMO Financial Group for their remarkable contribution to The NEXT Gallery project” said AGGV Director Jon Tupper at the event. “This gift will provide an opportunity for us to showcase and tell the stories of our great BC and Canadian artists for years to come.” With today’s announcement, the total of private and corporate donations to The NEXT Gallery project now exceeds $9 million dollars. The Province of British Columbia committed $6 million dollars to the project in June of 2018. The entire budget for the project is $30 million dollars with more announcements anticipated in coming months. The NEXT Gallery is a result of AGGV’s plan to renew its existing facilities which it announced in 2012. The AGGV received approval for rezoning from the City of Victoria in 2015. The organization unveiled updated drawings of The Next Gallery project by HCMA Architecture and Design in April of 2019.




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MAKING SURE GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR BUSINESS CHAMBER EVENTS FOR OCTOBER • Tuesday, October 1 Member Networking Breakfast 7:30 to 9 am @ Cedar Hill Golf Course • Thursday, October 10 l Attracting and Retaining Employees Luncheon 11:30 am. to 1 pm @ Hotel Grand Pacific • Thursday, October 10



ith the federal election on Oct. 21, campaign signs have sprung up everywhere and you can’t turn on the radio or television without hearing the latest promises from candidates. We know what federal parties want from us — our votes — but what do people in Greater Victoria need from our elected representatives? To make sure our regional candidates know how they can best help our region, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the City of Victoria, Destination Greater Victoria and the Downtown Victoria Business Association to host a Listening Session on Sept. 11.

The event was well attended by the public as well as candidates from every riding. Unlike typical all-candidates meetings, a listening session flips the script. Rather than an opportunity for candidates to repeat partisan promises, we told them, in very practical terms, what we want them to do if elected. The idea is to cut through the rhetoric and get to real solutions that will help Greater Victoria overcome the hurdles that prevent our economy from reaching its potential. Climate Change Solutions It’s clear that we need to move fast before climate chaos grabs the steering wheel of the global economy. We need human ingenuity to develop the innovations needed to literally save our planet. We are asking the federal government

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to provide predictable funding to ensure local governments have climate action plans. We also want the federal government to match provincial incentives to help people choose low-carbon options. More Workers We need many more workers, both foreign and domestic, in every sector. Having jobs go unfilled is the single largest factor constraining economic growth in our region. We are asking the federal government to increase the supply of available workers by setting relevant immigration targets and making the process more efficient. We also want the federal government to better connect the thousands of international students graduating in our region with local jobs. Affordable Workforce Housing

The federal government can help make housing more affordable by expanding the National Housing Strategy to include more non-market housing through partnerships with local governments and non-profit housing providers. Tax incentives encourage private investment in purpose-built rental housing. And the federal government can invest more in co-op housing, improving existing units and funding partnerships that create new housing opportunities for families. Available, Affordable Child Care Workers are reducing hours and modifying shifts to compensate for the lack of childcare, adding to the shortage of labour at a time when we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country. As well, a shortage of early childhood educators contributes to the lack of licensed spaces. We want the federal government to match the provincial government’s investment in affordable, quality childcare. Currently the federal government is last among OECD countries in its per capita spending on childcare — spending only 10 per cent as much as the provincial government in BC. Improved Transportation The federal government has committed to international emission reduction targets, and British Columbia has committed to

transitioning to electric vehicles for private and commercial use. We want the federal government to continue its cost-sharing programs to increase public transit in Greater Victoria and provide incentives for the electrification of commercial fleets including ferries, buses, trucks and couriers.   The federal government can also promote a standard for electric charging technology and expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations across our region. Reconciliation with First Nations The City of Victoria has embarked on a Witness Reconciliation Program with the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and all of our community partners are pursuing ways to include First Nations in all of our efforts. We want the federal government to remain committed to continue the healing process and forge a future of inclusiveness. There will be an avalanche of issues discussed during the federal election. We want these local priorities to remain top of mind for local candidates. So, when a candidate knocks on your door, please ask for their position on these issues — and vote! Catherine Holt is CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

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mission is to maximize value for shareholders. While this singular focus makes the internal planning process easier, it does leave a whole raft of stakeholders out of the equation. I wonder how invested employees can be in working for a company whose primary, publicly-stated goal, is to make money for shareholders. In the hierarchy of customers, employees and shareholders, who should be at the top? I would argue employees are unquestionably a company’s greatest asset. Without employees providing value for customers, there would be no customers and no profit for shareholders. Many companies don’t have a mission statement. It is a task that is deemed to be of lesser importance than myriad other competing planning and operational priorities. However,

your mission statement is an important representation of who and what you are to the rest of the world and your internal customers (employees) and external customers (including suppliers) are paying attention. Stakeholders are becoming savvier and more interested in working for, patronizing, and investing in companies whose missions align with their own values. In writing this, I reviewed our own organizational mission, which is: “... to make a positive difference for members by providing a voice and services that shape the environment for business.” It’s good. But I think we can do better.

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n December 2018 the federal government, in partnership with McK insey & Company, released a report on Canada’s tourism industry. Titled ‘Unlocking the Potential of Canada’s Visitor Economy’, the report identified several areas of focus for Canada’s tourism policymakers. It is well known that there is tremendous opportunity for growth in the Canadian visitor economy. However, a report such as this provides a strategic framework for the industry to meet its goals nationwide. Following the release of the report, Western Econom ic Diversi fication Canada – through the Canadian Experiences Fund – received applications from tourism agencies to partner in these key areas of focus. Destination Greater Victoria was eligible to apply and identified two of these

areas of focus where there was obvious alignment. T hese were stimulating t he v i sitor economy i n r u ra l a nd remote communities, as well as culinary tourism. D e s t i n a t i o n G r e a ter Victor i a a lways w i l l have a focus on its popular and landmark downtown tourism offerings. It is a major component of our experience. But we have jewels outside of the downtown core with attractive product offerings for our leisure, meetings and incentives programs. Visitors travel th roug h the region as part of their stay a nd enjoy d i scoveri ng new ex periences. Destination Greater Victoria previously partnered with Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable (CRFAIR) on its Flavour Trails program, highlighting the Saanich Peninsula’s culinary offerings. CRFAIR have been excellent partners and ambassadors for the Saanich Peninsula visitor economy, and through the Canadian Experiences Fund there was again opportunity to create a local partnership. With letters of support from both private sector and public sector partners in the community, Destination Greater Victoria appl ied to the prog ra m and on September 9, 2019,

the federal government announced a grant of up to almost $220,000 to develop a four-season culinary and agri-tourism trail on the Saanich Peninsula. We were ecstatic to receive news that our application was successful. Not only does it enhance our partnership with CRFAIR, but allows us to create deeper relationships with our members on the Saanich Peninsula and further develop a growing segment of our tourism product. There will be consultations with stakeholders beginning in October on the execution of the program dollars, seeking businesses for further partnerships. The visitor economy does not exist in a bubble. Organizations like Destination Greater Victoria need to consider the needs of local communities, fostering economic growth for the benefit of local businesses and job creators. The grant received to develop a four-season culinary and agri-tourism trail on the Saanich Peninsula is consistent with our sustainable economic development goals and we look forward to continuing our relationship with CRFAIR. Paul Nursey is the President and CEO of Destination Greater Victoria

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steam at a local farmer’s ma rket, but Desrosiers knew that there were still improvements to be made. “The initial product was really cute, and was in all kinds of magazines in the US and Canada, but the disc and tie method was still too complicated,” she says. “Once we stripped away t h e c ompl ic ate d pieces, we had a simple f l at she et, a nd p e ople saw the true value of the product.” I n itia l ly, the product spread by word of mouth, until 2016, when a shift in the marketplace lau nched the compa ny into overdrive. “In 2008, caring about plastic wrap or plastic in the ocean was niche, but around 2016, it completely s h i f t e d ,” D e s r o s i e r s rema rks. “T he average consumer started to think more about their impact, a nd A b eego sta r ted to explode. In 2017, we grew 300 per cent, then another 100 per cent, doubling that growth in 2018. We are doubling our growth again this year over last year.” In addition to its role as a non-plastic, reusable food-preser v i ng w rap, t he “ bre at h abi l it y” of Abeego works to greatly enhance the preservation of all kinds of foods. The company describes this breathability as “picking up where the peel left off.” “T he w rap protects food products from losing too much moisture, but i t’s a l s o b r e a t h a b l e ,” Desrosiers says. “T h is mea ns that the food doesn’t sweat and rot the way it wou ld i n plastic w r a p. I t’s a c o m p l e t e game-changer for food preservation. “ It’s s o d i f fe re nt, i n

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of the business community can engage with them one to one. As Chambers are strictly non-partisan, many of us will be providing opportunities for the community to connect with candidates – you can check out the website of your local Chamber to find out more. In October, in addition to our monthly mixer, we will be holding the Best of the WestShore Awards Gala at Olympic View Golf Club on October 24 th . This annual event celebrates the winners and finalists across 44 categories, as voted by the public. Every year, engagement with this event seems to grow and I have to say that 2019 has been no exception. One of the advantages of the voting platform, hosted by the Goldstream News Gazette, is that people can write in the votes for their favourites on the platform. This then means that the business names appear on the platform for everyone to see, and vote for if they choose. There were more nominees than ever before in 2019, well before voting closed on September 2 nd. O n No v e m b e r 2 0 th t h e WestShore Cha mber w i l l

hold its Annual General Meeting and Mixer. Interested in getting more involved in the WestShore Chamber and the WestShore business community? We are accepting applications to be a Director of the Board until October 4th. Last but not least, we will close out the year at our Holiday at Hatley’s event which takes place within Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University on December 11 t h . This popular annual event includes fabulous food, live music, great prizes and a si lent auction w ith i n the backdrop of a spectacular venue. Tickets will go on sale a month in advance and typically sell out. Whether you are a member or a prospective member, there are many ways to connect with the WestShore Chamber this autumn. You can learn more at westshore. bc.ca and I am always happy to connect! Julie Lawlor is the Executive Director at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce. You can reach her at jlawlor@westshore. bc.ca


Motorsport Circuit Plans Expansion COWICHAN VALLEY – A proposed expansion of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit (VIMC) is scheduled to go to public hearing at the beginning of October. North Cowichan Council gave the first two readings on August 21st for phase two of the project, which is valued at approximately $36-million. The expansion is proposed for a site north of the existing circuit on 42.47-hectares of land and includes plans for a new five-kilometer paved motor vehicle circuit, an off-road motor vehicle circuit, a clubhouse and a building for maintenance, repairs

and storage. The existing circuit has been subject to noise complaints, raising concerns about a further expansion, prompting VIMC to amend its original proposal to address these concerns. Among the amendments are restrictions on hours of operation and on operating on statutory holidays, the installation of walls, sound fences and berms to reduce noise pollution and restrictions on the maximum allowable sound output from the site. The VIMC opened in June 2016 on the Cowichan Valley Highway near Mount Provost in Duncan.

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OW ICH A N VA LLEY - T he federal and provincial governments announced a funding contribution for preliminary work on a new weir at Cowichan Lake. The Cowichan Valley Regional District, in collaboration with Paper Excellence Canada, Cowichan Tribes and the Cowichan Watershed Board were awarded $4.08 million over three years for their work. $1.3 million of that funding will be received this fiscal year, while the remaining funds will be dispersed over the next two years. The funding was allocated from the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund which

is jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. The funding will be used for two major purposes, the first of which is to remove the existing weir in Cowichan Lake and develop engineering designs and permits for its replacement. The second component of the project will be to determine the lake’s natural boundary in order to conduct a private-property impact assessment for increased lake levels, should a dam be built in the future. The total cost of the weir project has not yet been determined, though costs of the project will not fall to local taxpayers, since the lake is a fish habitat.

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ANAIMO - Smythe Insolvency is in the business of improving lives. Founded in 1980, the Licensed Insolvency Trustee firm is in the business of bringing financial freedom to individuals, families, and small business owners. Today, the company has offices throughout the Lower Mainland, as well as locations in Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria. “What makes me most excited about this business is how we provide a solution where most people think there isn’t a solution,” says Greg Best, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee at Smythe. “Sometimes I’m with a client for as long as five years, and it’s amazing to see the transformation from when I first meet them to when we send them on their way.” “Recently, we met with a woman in our Duncan office. She is a single mom with three young kids who first came to us three months ago. Now, her head is held high and her confidence is back. She’s less stressed, happier and she’s got a smile. She isn’t afraid of creditor calls and is able to focus on things that are more important in her life, like her family.” In this woman’s case, the team at Smythe Insolvency took her $60,000 in high interest debt and created a plan where she only pays a monthly sum of 350 dollars for

The Nanaimo Office for Smythe Insolvency 60 months. At the end of this period, she will be debt free. In the meantime, Smythe’s services have eliminated the interest payments, collection calls and threats of wage garnishing. “This sort of situation is typical in a lot of ways,” says Best. “Each client is unique, but the

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desperation, sometimes visiting unlicensed or unregulated credit counsellors. “When someone is struggling to get out of debt, it’s important to deal with someone who has all the right tools in their toolbox,” says Best. Licensed Insolvency Trustees are regulated through the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB), an agency of the Government of Canada, that governs Insolvency Trustees throughout the nation. “In order to enter into the Trustee Licensing Program, you have to meet some strict education and work experience prerequisites,”

Greg Best, Licensed Insolvency Trustee at Smythe Insolvency says Best. “After that, you must undergo another two years of education before completing the various exams. After that point, you appear on an oral board examination, where you are examined by a panel including a federal government representative, a lawyer, and another Licensed Trustee. Then you need to pass the criminal record check before being issued a license.” After becoming a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, the professional is subject to a strict code of ethics, enforced through the OSB. Fees for Licensed Insolvency Trustees are regulated by government bodies, allowing clients in need to access reliable services at a reasonable cost. “I really enjoy what I do,” says Best. “I love to see the relief we bring to people. Living stress free is important to everybody, and it’s a great feeling to be able to eliminate stress and offer people newfound financial freedom.” www.smytheinsolvency.com




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us and we thought it would be a good opportunity to run our own business and make our own hours.” Cram was captivated by a small coffee roaster that sat behind the cafe’s counter, and began to develop a passion for roasting, which combined his love of culinary arts with a crafting component. “When we took over the business, I was doing most of the cooking, so roasting was a n opportunity for me to step away from the kitchen and do something else,” he says. “The previous owners gave us some very basic training on the roaster when we took over the care, but we realized we could improve the coffee dramatically.” Sam Jones of 2% Jazz Coffee was one of Cram’s primary influences during this time. “Sam was the predominant roasting guy in town, and I would hang out with him and pick his brain,” he says. “I started going to the trade shows in the States, which had training seminars and workshops.” Cram and his staff have undergone extensive training in both brewing and roasting, enabling Fernwood to rise to the top of Victoria’s coffee scene. Baristas from the company have competed in competitions like the

to customer service means that they will be able to get a key person on the phone, rather than an automated service. Most wholesale clients have the operations Ben Cram, Co-Owner of Fernwood Coffee Company

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World Barista Championships, holding their own against the world’s best. “A great coffee bean always starts at the source. If the source isn’t good, the end result can’t be good,” says Cram. “We get beans either by sampling products at the source and choosing the ones we like, or by working with brokers who specialize in quality coffee.” Roasters like Fernwood pay significantly more for these beans, making a positive impact on both the source farms and their surrounding communities. Once Cram and his team have the beans, they perform a series of tests to find the perfect roasting method for the bean’s unique flavor profile. The Parsonage Cafe’s team of baristas undergo

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own. If something goes available 24/7 for them.” BEN CRAM CO-OWNER OF FERNWOOD COFFEE COMPANY”

intensive training to properly handle the coffee, creating optimal products. “I think there are a lot of roasters that are putting out really great product,” Cram remarks. “I think it would be cheeky to say that we’re better than other companies in that way; but where we set ourselves apart is with customer service.” “The word ‘kindness’ comes up a lot in our training manuals, and it’s at the core of what we do: how we treat staff, how

they treat each other, and how our guests and wholesale clients get treated.” “For our wholesale clients, our commitment to customer service means that they will be able to get a key person on the phone, rather than an automated service. Most wholesale clients have the operations manager’s cell and my own. If something goes wrong, we’re essentially available 24/7 for them.” Fernwood also works to build back i nto t hei r com mu n it y through both charitable contributions and their business practices. In May of this year, the company was recognized as a 2019 Greater Victoria Business Award w i n ner i n t he O utsta nd i n g Workplace category. Cram and Ogawa are constantly pushing the boundaries as employers, endeavoring to make Parsonage

and Fernwood one of the most attractive places for baristas to work. The cafe itself is committed to purchasing products from local farms whenever possible. “All our meat comes through local craft butchers, who tell us where the animals are from,” says Cra m. “I f we pu rchase seafood, it’s from a local ethical fishmonger. We know where everything comes from. Any veggies or meat products are all coming through local purveyors.” The company is also involved in various charitable causes throughout the community. “We try to give back as much as we can,” Cram concludes. “The closer to home a cause is, the more critical it is that we give our full support. We’re always wanting to put money back into the community.” www.fernwoodcoffee.com

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Lordco and MOWI Streamline Partnership With OPUS System


AMPBELL RIVER – A strategic partnership between a supplier, Lordco Auto Parts, and MOWI West Canada, has been mutually beneficial. Del Wagner, Industrial Sales Representative for Lordco Auto Parts 75 in Campbell River, says “with the implementation of the OPUS purchasing system, it has given the Lordco team an opportunity to be on the ground floor in developing a catalogue of supplies that can be sourced with a certainty of product quality, price and immediate availability and in turn given MOWI an effective way of purchasing control.”

Founded in 1974, Lordco is a BC owned company with over 100 branches in locations all over the province, with 14 on Vancouver Island.  Wagner has been in the supply industry for over 40 years, and says Matt Flint is the local contact for MOWI and he makes contact each day with MOWI departments and personnel. “We work with staff who process, fill the orders, package for shipping to all the sites and deliver or ship according to MOWIs instructions,” Wagner says. “Every day we field requests and inquiries that we try and find solutions for, in the form of

product that meets those needs.” I n a d d it io n , Wa g n e r s ay s Lordco representatives have visited over 40 MOW I sites, farms, hatcheries, processing plants, packaging and warehousing facilities to do surveys of diesel driven equipment, and other products used in MOWI’s operations.   The information gleaned from those surveys allow Lordco to customize its inventory to have product available for immediate delivery, in the quantities required to keep power units running. Specialized stainless products, fasteners, plumbing and

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IC T OR I A : Wate r a n d wood don’t mix. That is the crux underlying the niche business Tony Mettes has filled for two decades, West Coast Prefinish. Mettes calls his company one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets. Contractors use his company to efficiently protect cedar siding, shingles and other wood from wet coast weather, making it installation ready. West Coast Prefinish also protects stock for local wood yards. The 7,500 square foot shop is a factory of pre-treatment: Sanding, staining, sealing, and application of fire retardant. Due to careful control of waste in a closed factory environment, the compa ny ca n a lso apply oil-based stain. They also prefinish and restore doors. Mettes estimates his company treats more than one million linear board feet annually. The wood most commonly treated is cedar, which readily absorbs water. Factory pre-finishing increases the durability and longevity of cedar siding and shingles. West Coast Prefinish thoroughly air dries each of the shingles, which evenly distributes oil and tannin within the wood to avoid discolouration. Each shingle is then hand-dipped, to ensure the stain permeates the cells of the wood for a long-lasting finish. Pre-treated shingles can be installed tightly together, which means there is no allowance required for warping, wood expansion, or cracking. Contractors want West Coast Prefinish to protect their wood s to c k f ro m t h e m o m e n t o f

Stained wood on a drying rack inside West Coast Prefinish’s 7500 square foot shop. This one by six pre-stained wood is ready for packaging and delivery to the client purchase. They often book their treatment weeks in advance to coordinate with their build. If the wood is pre-treated, a few days of rain during construction does no damage. “Given the cost of wood, it is an investment that needs to be protected,” Mettes says. Vancouver Island weather includes driving rain that forces wet into any opening, making 360-degree protection mandatory. “We pri me a l l sides of t he wood so water can’t get in from the back,” he says. I n 2001, Mettes Painting & Decorating was hired for the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort renovation. Seven miles of trim needed to be stained and varnished, and to handle the massive amount of material, Mettes rented 1,200 square feet of space and set up his first pre-finishing assembly line. He has never shut it down. Contractors quickly recognized the advantages of dryi ng a nd fi n ish i ng wood i n a controlled environment and brought their project wood to Mettes. “ We h a v e n’t s to p p e d d oing trim since that first job,” says Mettes, who adds he still operates his painting company, wh ich is sm a l ler t h a n West

Protected and stained siding applied to the side of the University of Victoria Faculty Club

Finished wood for a client project is stacked on a drying rack inside West Coast Prefinish’s 7500 square foot shop Coast P refi n ish. Both companies are accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Some jobs are small, such as pre-staining planks for a 300 square foot deck, small fences, and other do-it-yourself projects. Others are enormous. For example, West Coast Prefinish processed 60,000 board feet for

Royal Roads University; 20,000 linear feet of cedar siding for the Atrium; wood cladding for the Westhills Stadium in Langford; and cedar siding for Sequoia Springs Golf Course in Campbell River. Their pre-treated wood has been sh ipped to A laska a nd Ontario.

Owner Tony Mettes stacks prefinished wood on a drying rack That original 1,200 square foot shop is now 7,500 square feet plus 2,000 square feet of storage. The company employs six people. “It’s been a great niche,” he says. www.westcoastprefinish.ca

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r o w t h , n e i g h b o u rhood focus, and experimentation. T h a t ’s h o w K e n B e a t t i e , Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild summarized the last year in the craft brewing industry. “This has been the story for some time now: the industry is continuing to grow,” says Beattie. “I n 2018, we added 2 2 new breweries, a nd as of September 1, we have seen 16 new breweries in 2019.” This continued growth is part of an ongoing story that is 35 years in the making. I n 1982 , John Mitchell effectively created Canada’s cra ft beer industry when he launched the country’s first licensed craft brewery. Mitchell owned Troller Pub in Horseshoe Bay, which was suffering due to an extensive beer strike. With the help of seasoned brewer Frank Appleton, Horseshoe Bay Brewing was born, creating an industry that has now spread across Canada. Appleton has personally trained some of BC finest craft brewers, including Sean Hoyne of Hoyne Brewing Co., who is continuing

The BC Craft Brewers Guild is holding its annual BC Craft Brewers Conference, which occurs the same weekend as the BC Beer Awards to pass this knowledge to the next generation. Victor i a’s Paul Hatf ield i s a not her key pione er i n t he craft beer industry, launching Spi n na kers, Ca n a d a’s f i rs t brewpub, in 1984. The industry grew steadily for 30 years, before experiencing its recent meteoric growth. “ T h i n g s b e g a n to c h a n ge in 2013, when the provincial gover n ment com m i ssione d a liquor policy review,” says

Beattie. “When the government a l lowe d t a s t i n g ro om s a nd remove d a c er t a i n t a x t h at lim ited brewery grow th, we started to see craft breweries opening all over the place.” Each year since 2012, at least 20 craft breweries have opened in BC, with a record-setting 28 opening in 2017. With nearly 40 new breweries op en i n g si nc e t h i s re c ordsetting year, this momentum is continuing.

Accord i ng to Beattie, pa rt of the ongoing success of the industry is due to an increased “neighbourhood focus” on the part of brewers. “More com mu n ities a re fol low i ng t he ex a mple of Brewers Row in Port Moody, which has a number of craft brewers operating in a small concentrated area,” he says. “We’re seeing a similar thing SEE CRAFT BREWERS  |  PAGE 15




from as many as 130 breweries.” As a way to celebrate the fact that the awards have ‘Aged 10 Years’, the organizers challenged brewers to bring a barrel of aged, which will be judged for a seperate award. The award event will be preceded by the BC Craft Brewers Conference, held from October 17-18 at the same location. This event is put on by the Brewers Guild, which organizes the conference in cooperation with the BC Beer Awards. “This event will be the biggest it has ever been,” says Beattie. “We have 65 suppliers coming, and are hoping for 800 people. It’s a great event to attend for anyone passionate about craft beer, or someone thinking about getting into the industry.” To find out more about these events, visit bccraftbrewersconference.com and bcbeerawards.com

The crowd at the 2018 BC Beer Awards, an event which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this October

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methods of marketing have been key components of organizations appealing to the adventurous side of consumers. This July, Sorrento’s Carma Clarke of Wolf Springs Farm and Brian MacIsaac of Crannóg Ales helped spearhead Haskap Beer Month, a promotion that involved several BC craft brewers. ““From the first time we tasted Carma’s Haskap berries, we knew they’d make great beer,” MacIsaac told Beer Me BC in a July interview. “They are so intense, and the colour really comes through. We’ve made several tests, and both beer and berries shine.” Nearly a dozen BC Craft breweries created and promoted unique beverages featuring the berry during the month, bringing more awareness and interest to BC’s Haskap farms. Another key facet of Craft Beer success is collaboration. Through events put on by organizations like the BC Craft Brewers Guild and the BC Beer Awards, local brewers have opportunities to connect and collaborate with peers throughout the province. This year, Sooke Brewing Company won a bronze in the American Belgo-Style ale category at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards for Sextuple, a beer made in partnership with Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby. “Winning this award with Dageraad was very exciting for us,” says Sooke Brewing’s General Manager Kris Schill. “We were honoured to collaborate with them, as both our breweries specialize in the Belian style. We are very happy with the way the beer came together.” This award-winning partnership began after the two companies met at last year’s


Ken Beattie is Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, an organization that advocates and educates on behalf of over 100 BC Breweries


happen in Penticton recently, and the idea is catching on. “These communities are leaning in to ‘beer tourism’ as a major part of their businesses. For example, in Penticton, some of t hese brewers h ave bou nd together to essentially form their own busi ness i mprovement association. They work closely with other businesses and organizations in the community to attract people to their area. Brewers all over the province are working to build into their communities, partnering with other community groups to bring people together.” The area of beer tourism is supported through the Guild’s ongoing promotion, the BC Ale Trail, which works with local economic development organizations to create self-guided craft beer tours throughout the province. “We released an app for the BC Ale Trail at the beginning of this year, which is available on Google Play and the App Store,” says Beattie. “We now have over 100 breweries on the app, and about 6,000 users. Craft beer enthusiasts can get rewards for visiting different breweries, which are available and redeemable across the province.” Another key to the industry’s success is the creative spirit that energizes local brewers. Experimentation with new types of beer, new ingredients, and new

BC Beer Awards. The BC Beer Awards will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on October 19th at the Croation Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Held during BC Craft Beer Month, the event was created by Chester Carey and Gerry Erith, who wanted to bring more recognition to outstanding BC Beers. “At that time, craft beer was bigger in the US, and there was a lot less awareness of what BC Craft Brewers had to offer,” says Carey. “Our first year had about 200 entries from 30-40 breweries, and was a little less organized than it is today. Since then we’ve grown dramatically and adopted a standardized scoring system. This year, we have around 1,200 entries





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The Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) has unveiled updated plans for the redevelopment of its Colwood Lodge affordable housing complex at 85 Belmont Road. Rising to 15-storeys, the mass timber-designed proposal could yield approximately 100 residential units and double the 40-year-old Colwood Lodge’s 50 residences.


Langford - The St. Anthony’s Professional Centre property, home to a walk-in medical clinic and health-related services along the 500-block of Goldstream Avenue, could be redeveloped to include one of to the tallest buildings on the Westshore. St. Anthony’s Property Ltd. has submitted a proposal to the City of Langford seeking approvals to build a four-storey mixed-use retail and office complex with health-related tenants at 582





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Goldstream Avenue. The building will be constructed along the property line fronting Goldstream Avenue while the existing three-storey medical centre will remain open and its services available to the public. Upon completion of the commercial building, the proponent plans to move tenants to the new-build and demolish the three-storey building. Partially in its place and occupying the northwest corner of the site could be a 15-storey residential tower comprised of approximately 130 residences.


Victoria - The mixed-use Jukebox condominium and retail project at 1029 View Street is the latest development to complete in downtown Victoria. H a v i n g re c e n t ly re c e i ve d its occupa ncy perm it, the nine-storey, 215-suite Jukebox by Victoria-based Mosaic Properties Inc. reached 80 per cent

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A condominium tower under c on s t r u c t ion i n dow ntow n Victoria has become the tallest building in the city as it pushes skyward to its eventual status as Vancouver Island’s crowning skyscraper. The 176-residence Hudson Place One, an 85 meter tall, 25-storey luxury tower from Vancouver-based developer Townline, has been rising from its Herald Street site (between Douglas and Blanshard streets) since 2018 and as of mid-September the 22-storey work-in-progress has clinched a title so few buildings in the Capital ever have.





Hudson Place One has overtaken James Bay’s 22-storey, 62 meter tall Orchard House condominium – which stood as the Island’s tallest building until Nanaimo’s 26-storey, 76 meter Beacon condominium was built in the mid-1990s – and the recently built 21-storey, 66 meter tall Promontory tower in Vic West which overtook Orchard House in 2014. Hudson Place One is expected to top-out later this year with occupancy slated for early 2020.


Victoria council has approved a proposal to build a mid-rise mixed-use retail and rental complex along the 800-block of Fort Street. Va n c o u v e r-b a s e d S a l ie nt Group’s project, known as 819827 Fort Street, will deliver a 10-storey, 101-unit apartment with a range of studio, one, two and three-bedroom residences spanning from just over 300

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Sooke - Construction is underway on a 34-u n it cohousi ng condominium project along the shores of Sooke Harbour. R i si ng at 6609 G o o d mere Road, the six-storey complex is expected to complete next year and will become one of only a handful of – albeit increasingly in-vogue – cohousing communities on the south Island.

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WHO IS SUING WHOM DEFENDANT BC Smart Technology Ltd 700-275 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC PLAINTIFF Fluent Home Ltd CLAIM $15,820 DEFENDANT Bear Creek Construction Ltd 200-4630 Lazelle Ave, Terrace, BC PLAINTIFF Stefanova, Lyubomir CLAIM $19,039 DEFENDANT Burman Construction 438 Regency Pl, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Schnabel, Peter CLAIM $16,983 DEFENDANT Canadian Air Crane Ltd 2600-595 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Attorney General CLAIM $15,770

Dealer Ventures Technology Corporation 201-100 Front St, Penticton, BC PLAINTIFF Fluent Home Ltd CLAIM $15,820 DEFENDANT Duke Saloon 1009 Cook St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Salto Enterprises Ltd CLAIM $35,236 DEFENDANT Duke Saloon 1009 Cook St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Salto Enterprises Ltd CLAIM $20,000 DEFENDANT Jacob Bros Construction Inc 2900-595 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Stefanova, Lyubomir CLAIM $19,039

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Barbara Sutton The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) announced the appointment of Barbara Sutton to the position of chief development officer. Barbara has 20 years of experience in the fundraising and development profession, most recently at St. Margaret’s School in Victoria, where she was the director of external relations. She has also held senior level development positions at educational organizations including The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, York University, the University of Toronto, and University College London in the UK. District of Saanich council recently approved a plan that will see the University of Victoria add 621 units of on campus student housing. To approve the plan, council signed off on a variance perm it that a l lows the construction of an eight-storey and 11-storey structure and agreed to reduce the amount of parking spaces required due to the universities record of encouraging driving alternatives. The project is valued at $201-million and is expected to be completed by 2023. Russell Books has begun the process of moving over half-amillion books across the street to its new location at 747 Fort Street. The 18,000-square-foot space is larger than the existing store and includes an elevator and escalator. The new shop will be open in October. The federal government announced a contribution of $13.5 million to help the Sawyer Block project on Fort Street offer 60 rental units at 30% below market price. The six-storey building is under construction by The Salient Group and is one of the first projects in Victoria to receive funding from the governments Rental Construction Financing Initiative. RE/MAX Camosun announced its top producers of the month at 2239 Oak Bay Avenue. They are Tony Joe, Tori Feldman, Kyle Kerr, Joanne Brodersen, Karen Jensen and Thania Estrada. The RE/MAX Camosun team at 101 – 791 Goldstream Avenue in Langford announced its top producers were Dale Sheppard, Kevin Koetke, Tania Delmonico, Seb Kaiser, Shirley Zailo and Lorne Tuplin.

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Tami Tate Victoria-based 365 Day Media Group has acquired Social Media Camp from founders Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge. New owner Tami Tate has considerable experience in both the event and social media industries. She has owned and operated Triple T Consulting & Events for over 20 years and founded 365 Day Media Group in 2015, which provides social media and marketing for a number of businesses and events. Social Media Camp is Canada’s longest running social media conference. Social Media Camp will take place on May 7-8, 2020 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria’s own Julia Dunster, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2019 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) R.W. Harris Author’s Citation. The award is given to authors who consistently publish timely and valuable content related to the field of arboriculture. Dunster holds a doctorate in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, has taught at Simon Fraser University and is a consultant in forestry focusing on the legal side of forestry. Camosun College launched a new website to kickstart its fall semester. The new site provides an improved user experience and services that enable students to register for certificate programs, browse courses, pay fees online and manage their own profiles. SEE MOVERS & SHAKERS|  PAGE 21




The school has also reported a 35 per cent uptick in registrations compared to last year. Victoria-based SendtoNews was recognized on Canadian Business and Maclean’s Growth 500 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies for 2019. The company ranked 4th on the list with 13,898% revenue growth and placed 1st in the Marketing and Media category. SendtoNews is the video distribution platform for the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour, MLS, and over 100 other content creators. Comlinkdata h a s acqu i red Victoria-based telecommunications business Tutela. The combined company will continue to offer Tutela and Comlinkdata services while looking for ways to integrate both of their services. Tutela founders, staff and leadership will remain with the company. Comlinkdata is a provider of telecommunications market data and insights in North America. The Boston-based business was founded in 2010 and is owned by Alpine Investors. Plurilock, a Victoria-based cybersecurity company, has been awarded a contract by Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to advance cyberattack detection. The company was awarded funding through the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, which is designed to enhance DND’s ability to advanced persistent threats (APTs) in government cyber-systems. Plurilock was selected under the IDEaS second Competitive Projects call for proposals for new tools to improve both the detection of malicious cyber-attacks and the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of agency responses to them. BC Transit announced it is spending $6.5-million on protective doors for its bus drivers after numerous violent attacks have left bus drivers injured. The retrofit will begin in Greater Victoria before advancing to other communities served by BC Transit. In the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index (SC), published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the University of Victoria (UVic) was tied for fourth for outdoor air quality and low greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation. Carmanah Techologies Corporation announced the completion of its previously


announced private acquisition by CMH Acquisition Corp. The acquisition deal includes CMH acquiring all of the issued and outstanding common shares of the company that it did not already own for $7.35 per share. With the Arrangement now complete, the company has applied to delist the common shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange and expects to apply to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws. 11 Canadian startups participated in the Summer 2019 Y Combinator Demo Day program, including Victoria’s own Cuboh. Cuboh is a platform that integrates delivery services like Grubhub, SkipTheDishes, and Doordash. It allows restaurants to consolidate their various app delivery services and POS systems on one dashboard, as well as view metrics and analytics. Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator launched in 2005 that has been used to launch over 2,000 companies including Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox, Reddit and more. Speaking of Cuboh, the software company is in the running alongside Victoria’s Open Ocean Robotics for the top prize in this year’s New Ventures BC Competition. Both companies are among 10 business from across the province to make the cut from 196 companies. The winner of the competition wins $250,000 in cash and prizes. This is the fifth year of the competition which is a part of Vancouver Startup Week. Covault has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Macdonald Realty with the goal of distributing their platform to their 1,000-plus associates across BC. Additionally, Covault has added Frank Palmer to its team as an advisor and investor. Palmer created marketing communications agency Palmer Jarvis and has been a prominent figure in the Canadian advertising industry. The company has also added Oliver Jervis as the new head of operations. Jervis is the co-founder of LOA Media and CEO of WOW Marketing & Media Inc., a media company specializing in online affiliate marketing. Reliable Controls announced a partnership with IR-TEC. The IR-TEC product line includes a variety of sensors that complement Reliable’s lighting controls line and will assist the company in supplying dealers with a comprehensive line of lighting control products. IR-TEC has been designing and manufacturing its products since 1982 and is a pioneer of SEE MOVERS & SHAKERS|  PAGE 23


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t’s not surprising, but disappointing all the same, that the NDP can’t help but fight with business every time it gets into government. One may have hoped that this version of the NDP would learn from the “lost decade” of economic decimation under the Mike Harcourt/Glen Clark/Dan Miller/Ujjal Dosanjh version in the 1990’s, who certainly did its best to clone the Dave Barrett version from 1972-75. It’s clear they haven’t. Two cases in point: The “review” of WorkSafe BC, and gasoline prices. In mid-August, 46 business associations, including the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and the BC Chamber of Commerce, pulled out of the NDP’s WorkSafe BC Review, citing clear bias. They weren’t having anything to do

with the NDP taking yet another run at reforming, undoubtedly to labour’s favour, an organization that is already grossly overfunded by business. This after the petroleum industry refused to participate in the NDP’s “investigation” into why the price of gas is so high in BC. In the spring, Premier John Horgan declared at the outset that their BC Utilities Commission “study” wouldn’t look into government taxation. There was no question he was aiming at industry, and the study’s “conclusions” were released in August. States Horgan: “The high prices for consumers are a direct result of the lack of connection between the commodity price for a barrel of oil and the retail price.” Government taxation? That couldn’t be part of the problem, as that wasn’t allowed to be included the exercise. Obviously the whole process was designed to reach a predetermined conclusion: It’s industry’s fault. Now I would be the last person to defend the high tax of gas in BC, as the price of gas affects every company in this province, and ultimately is reflected in all goods and services as a cost of doing business. Last week, I filled up in Bellingham, Washington for $50 U.S. – or $65 Canadian with exchange. That

same amount of gas here is $100. Gas in the lower mainland reaches close to $1.60 per litre. Compare that with Alberta’s sub-$1 pricing. But roughly one-third of the cost of a litre of gas in BC is taxation, from the federal, provincial and in Victoria and lower mainland, regional transportation authorities. And carbon tax. And GST. If the NDP was truly concerned about helping “the little guy” out there, don’t you think they’d at least offer up some of their tax allotment on the table in a form of relief? Of course not – thus Horgan’s “tut-tut” to gas station owners, clubbing them over the head (again) with subtle suggestions of greed. The results indicated an “unexplained 13 cents per litre” in the price of gas, which, obviously, wouldn’t be headed the government’s way, since that wasn’t the NDP’s target. Again, I’m not in the industry, and friends that are mumble about the profit margins being low. Not as tight as the food business, mind you, but they are similar, in that lower margins are overcome by vast volume. The price of gas is an easy political target, and Horgan just loaded both barrels at business with this latest shenanigan study, for political purposes. He’ll undoubtedly try to eke out as much mileage

out of these new “facts” to shield the fact that government leaches immense revenues from gas consumption, and resist any suggestion of scaling that back. It is good to see business organizations stand up and refuse to participate in the NDP’s propaganda. Not that the NDP will pay any heed or slow down. But at least business can’t be used as pawns in their charade. This after a July fiscal update that the Vancouver Sun’s Vaughn Palmer wrote was a $1.5 billion operating surplus. That’s down from $2.7 billion from the previous year. Where did that money come from? Increased business? No. Tax revenue was up 20 per cent from the previous year. Palmer noted that the employers’ health tax, and speculation/vacancy tax raised $600 million, offsetting the $315 million less in property tax revenue that resulted from a slower real estate market. The NDP’s deliberate chokehold on the real estate/construction industry, which they naively believe will result in cheaper homes that people with an increased minimum wage can buy and live in, is taking effect. Slowly but surely, sales of real estate are down. Construction is still in catch-up mode in terms of condominium

and rental apartments, which will have its own effect if a glut results from a lack of buyers willing to move within the province, or come to BC, where higher taxes reign. A one-term NDP government isn’t enough in and of itself to spur a recession or significant economic downturn. It takes a long time to slow down the big “train” that is a provincial economy, so it usually can’t be done in a couple of years. We know the NDP is trying: Finance Minister Carol James makes no apologies for trying to slow down the real estate market with draconian taxes against foreign investors and secondary homeowners. But two terms is a real problem for the economy. And with Horgan coming across as less than an angry radical he appeared to be while Leader of the Opposition, thanks to the anger management staffers Bob Dewar and Marie Della Mattia referred to as “The John Whisperers” (paid for, of course, by taxpayers), he doesn’t resemble the frothing, pre 2017 radical. The virtual disappearance of BC Liberal leadership doesn’t bode well for the return of a free enterprise government the next time voters head to the polls. At least, at this point, the major business organizations are standing up and putting the NDP on notice.




he period from the m i d-19 6 0 s t o 19 9 5 was terrible  for federal government finances in Canada. The government borrowed every yea r but one, i nterest costs consumed ever-greater shares of revenues, the country’s debt ballooned, and we came within a hair of a currency and debt crisis. It took difficult large-scale reforms by the government of Jean Chretien to get the country’s finances back in order.

Unfortunately, the policies of the current government have again put federal finances in peril by placing the country on track to repeat the mistakes of the past. In the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, new government prog ra ms were i nt roduced a nd existing programs expanded, laying the foundation for higher levels of spending. That spending, however, wasn’t paid for by current taxes. The governments of Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau instead deferred the full cost of those programs by running deficits – borrowing. T h e p ro c l i v i t y fo r h i g h e r spending is best illustrated by the fact that between 1965 and 1975, federal revenues exceeded expectations in nine of the 10 years, yet the government failed to balance the budget or make meaningful inroads in reducing the deficit. The windfall revenues were used to finance even more spending. During this period and throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, successive governments

tried to slow spending growth to move towards a balanced budget. But debt continued to accumulate. By 1994, just before the historic Chretien budget of 1995, the country’s accumulated deficit reached $524 billion. In 1995, an almost unimaginable 36 cents of every $1 of revenues collected by Ottawa was used to pay interest on existing debt. Fast-forward to 2015 and you find signs the federal government is repeating the mistakes of the past. Per-person program spending has increased from $7,740 in 2014 (adjusting for inflation) to an estimated $8,869 i n 2018, the h ighest level i n Canadian history. L i k e s o m e p a s t go v e r nments, t he cu r rent gover nment has benefited from higher-than-budgeted revenues (in all four years of its tenure). Yet there has been no reduction in the federal deficit because additional spending has consumed all the extra revenue. For i n sta nce, i n 2018, t he government budgeted $312.2

billion in program spending in its spring budget. By the fall of that year, the government had collected an unexpected $5.5 billion in additional revenues but the deficit remained the same because all the extra revenues were spent. Some commentators note that the current deficit is relatively small when compared to the size of the economy. And indeed, the deficit-to-GDP is a manageable 0.9 per cent. But this misses the point that the deficit-to-GDP in the mid-1960s was actually lower at 0.7 per cent. The current government has placed federal finances on a troubling path and there are risks going forward. T h e D e p a r t m e nt of F inance forecasts deficits to at least 2040. This projection is optimistic, as it assumes no recession between now and when the federal books are balanced. Beyond the risk of a recession, federa l f i n a nces a lso face worsening demographics. Unlike past decades when labour market participation was increasing,

we now face a declining participation rate. As the population ages due to people living longer and birth rates falling, there will be fewer people working (as a share of the population). That means less government revenue at a time when there’ll be more pressure for governments to spend on programs such as health care, income support for seniors and more. Like in 1995, when the government finally got federal finances under control, the answer to today’s fiscal problems lies in purposefully reducing and reforming spending to achieve a balanced budget within two years. There’s not much we can do about demographics or many of the other risks to the federal budget, but we can control spending. Jason Clemens, Tegan Hill and Milagros Palacios are Fraser Institute economists and co-authors of Federal Deficits Then and Now.

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motion sensing technology in Taiwan. As a pre-election gift, the federal government announced it would contribute $16 million to a $44.3 million project to improve the safety at the Pat Bay Highway a nd Keating Cross Road intersection. The project will see an overpass built onto Keating Cross Road for northbound traffic. A Dedication to service ceremony was recently held for the Sir John Franklin, the latest addition to the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet of science vessels. The Sir John Franklin is a 63.4-metre research vessel that replaces a more than 30-year-old research boat and is the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The Festival of Trees will be hosted once again by the Bay Centre and will take place from November 21 to January 6, 2020. This year the festival will be using brand new, pre-lit

(L-R) Karim Mouneimne, General Manager ProtomedLabs and President ViVitro Labs, with Scott Phillips, ViVitro Labs CEO LED trees. Last year the event raised $186,000 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. T he Teal-Jones Group announced a curtail to harvesting operations on the BC coast due to weak lumber demand and high fibre costs. The shutdown is immediate and includes its operations in the Fraser Valley and Honeymoon Bay. ViVitro Labs, t he i ndustry-leading provider of cardiovascular device test equipment and related consulting services, announced the acquisition

of ProtomedLabs SASU, an ISO 17025 accredited medical device testing laboratory based in Marseille France. T he companies will m e rge op e rat ion s a n d form a single compa ny operating under the name of ViVitro Labs Inc.  The n e w o rg a n i z a t i o n e xtends ViVitro’s presence in Europe and doubles the company’s contract testi ng a nd custom ization capabilities. Karim Mouneimne, General Manager of P rotomed Labs, w i l l become President of the combined organization and move to ViVitro headquarters in Victoria.

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