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ing editions of the Downtown Victoria magazine. Downtown Victoria is currently enjoying a development boom and with that is the good and the bad. There’s a higher demand on resources such as parking and construction fencing, but there is such great economic gain to look forward to.

Photo: Darren Stone, Times Colonist Photographer

Catching up with Kerri Milton Welcome to the second edition of the Downtown Victoria Magazine. The response has been incredible! All the articles are just as diverse and eclectic as our downtown core, with a little of everything for everyone. What makes Downtown Victoria special to you? We would love to hear your stories and will select some for upcom-

Sometimes extra planning is required in order to get everything done – we wanted to make it easier for everyone and so have listed the parking in the Downtown. Between a combination of private and public parking we have almost 10,000 on street, paved parking and parkade spots available. Lately they have been quite full, so unfortunately, it does not seem like there is that much, but think about how many people that means we are bring into our Downtown core. Transportation will always be a main concern for us as we move to fill our vacant store fronts and densify the downtown, so please be assured we are working diligently to help solve all of the transportation issues. This will be long

Field Trip Friday

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On Dec 9, the DVBA team stopped by Eagle Feather Gallery in Nootka Court.

term strategy but we have to remember these problems are good problems as they are symptoms of a successful city. We will be sure to keep the Downtown up to date as things move forward. We are watching our tech industry grow and prosper and reach to new heights. All you have to do is have a look around and see these amazing new companies at work. I have had the privilege to witness what some of these up and coming companies are capable of. Every Friday we close the DVBA offices and the team hits the streets to meet its merchants and learn what they do, how they operate and listen to their stories. It’s through listening to each other that we learn what works and what does not work, who is making a difference and what things we need to change. Every Downtown has a heartbeat or City Vibe, and we are proud to represent Victoria’s. Kerri Milton is the Executive Director of the DVBA. kerri@downtownvictoria.ca

Parking in Downtown Victoria Here are Downtown Victoria’s top picks for where to find parking downtown. • •

• Business Manager Chris MacDonald at Eagle Feather Gallery showing DVBA staff a sketch on Field Trip Friday

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Chateau Victoria. There is a small Robbins Parking lot at the back of the hotel Robbins Parking lot 64, on Store St. between the Janion and Ocean River Sports. Robbins Parking lot 145 at Chatham and Store St., across from Mark’s Work Warehouse. Royal Athletic Park Royal Theatre Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre The Bay Centre Victoria Conference Centre Wharf St. parking lot

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Eagle Feather Gallery in Nootka Court specializes in First Nations Art such as this mask by artist George (Buddy) Wilson.


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Exporting Innovation - China 2016 Councillor Margaret Lucas City of Victoria In October, Mayor Helps and I travelled to China alongside Tourism Victoria, the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads and the Alacrity Foundation. What we learned is that China offers plenty of untapped opportunities and they are looking for joint-ventures abroad.

Health Care There are new opportunities for international companies that have sustainable products for the young and the old. Health care and health innovations are key needs of China’s middle class.

China is moving from a production based economy to an innovation based economy. “China no longer wants to be the world’s factory.” Shanghai is the financial capital, but also a window through which China deals with the rest of the world. Tourism Canada received Approved Destination Status in 2010 and since that time China now represents BC’s second largest international market after the US. In 2015, Chinese visitors to BC injected over $242.7 million dollars into the provincial economy. China is expected to be the world’s largest source market by 2020. Nearly 60% of China’s direct custom entries to Canada visit BC. China is BC’s largest international tourism market (outside of the USA) and as of August year-to-date, we have welcomed over 225,000 visitors to BC.

Opportunities - Targeting China’s Rapidly Growing Middle Class China’s middle class is growing rapidly in size and wealth. All are signals for a growing market with a strong demand. Also, the Central Government’s focus is on sustainability and quality of life. They need the innovation and technology that we have here.

Approximately 485,000 Chinese travellers visited Canada during 2015 generating $1.05 billion in tourist receipts and supporting about 7,400 jobs. Year-to-date, the China market in BC is up 23% and this trend is expected to stay consistent in 2017. On average, a Chinese visitor spends $1,199 per person on a trip in BC. Did you know? There are more cell phones in China than people in the USA. Twice as many in fact.

Food & Beverage The wine business sums up China’s middle class. Five years ago the only wine exported to China was to five star hotels. Now,commercial wines geared to the middle class have grown substantially. This has been driven by consumer experiences from travelling and internet use. Did you know? In 2012, China overtook the US as the largest global meat consumer. BC Trade and Investment Office Shanghai The Trade and Investment BC office opened in Shanghai in 2007 to represent BC in China’s main financial centre and biggest market. Shanghai, the world’s largest city, is a key influencer in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion technology, and transport.

The office helps BC companies connect with Chinese investors and buyers. We need to continue to sell BC’s story as a place of technology and innovation. What we are doing well in Victoria today has key relevance in China. If you have a question to submit to Councillor Lucas, please email kerri@downtownvictoria.ca. One of your questions could be featured in an upcoming edition of the Downtown Victoria Magazine.

Welcome to Downtown Victoria Victoria Public Market saw the opening of This Kid Clothing Co. on Nov 19. Fort Properties welcomed Farm and Field Butchers to 1003 Blanshard Street on Dec 7. Jusu Body has opened a seasonal kiosk at The Bay Centre for the holiday season. Pure Body Health is opening soon at 726 Yates St. The Bay Centre announced Johnny Rockets is coming to The Bay Centre in Spring 2017. Blue Sky Clothing is now open at 1316 Government Street.

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VicPD Winter Safety Tips the general public opposition to impaired driving, we are still stopping people who have made the decision to drive while impaired. In November alone, 41 drivers were taken off the roads for either being impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Cst. Matt Rutherford Victoria Police Department As the official start of winter is quickly approaching, it is a good time to remind people of some tips when getting in last-minute Christmas shopping, whether driving or walking.

There are many options to get you home safely and we are again reminding people that drinking and driving is not acceptable. Please plan ahead.

It gets dark early throughout winter, and it is important to be seen when walking around Victoria. Our VicPD Crime Watch Volunteers have been out over the past few weeks, engaging people about the importance of wearing reflective clothing. Our volunteers have also been handing out VicPD lights and “slap wrap” reflectors in an effort to reduce collisions involving pedestrians.

It is everybody’s responsibility to ensure that they are safe on the roads.

On behalf of the Victoria Police Department, I would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the start of 2017. Cst. Matt Rutherford is the spokesperson and social media officer for the Victoria Police Department

VicPD Crime Watch Volunteers. Photo: Bowen Osoko, Communication Coordinator, VicPD

As we have seen already in December, the weather sometimes includes snow Not only do drivers have to follow the and with snow comes slippery driving rules, but pedestrians also need to cross conditions. It is important to slow down at crosswalks and cross only when it is and keep your distance. Stopping time safe to do so. increases in icy weather and it is important to make every effort to prevent collisions. You also should make sure

that the snow and ice are removed from your vehicle before you begin your drive. Throughout the month of December, we continue to focus our efforts on targeting drivers who make the decision to drive while impaired. Even with the many wide-reaching education campaigns and

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Cold Weather Blues: Tips for Small Business Owners to Retain Top Talent Jonathan Do The recent spell of cold air and the prospect of a winter wonderland with roads covered in snow can make it challenging for employees to commute into work. Real life challenges such as child care, elder care, public transit and work-life commitments are all things that can make a simple trip into the office at times seem like a Himalayan adventure.

Flex Hours The world of work has evolved from a traditional 9:00 to 5:00 and many businesses these days are looking at work load distribution, customer foot traffic and hours of business to find efficiencies. Does it make sense to have a fully staffed office or store when there are no customers or the work load might not be as hectic? Consider creating a work flow distribution plan or begin tracking customer foot traffic during all hours of business to find efficiency and create more flexible hours for your employees to work

Tony Maiorino, Vice President RBC Working from Home Wealth Management recently shared his Cloud services offered by Google, top three tips for small business owners Cisco, Microsoft and Citrix have with the Globe and Mail. The purpose of evolved to the point where accessing the interview was the share with busithe office and all the required applicaness owners some key tips on how to tions can be done securely and safely retain and develop top talent in a comfrom any location with a Wi-Fi. Some petitive environment. small and medium sized businesses with office heavy work have elected to

allow employees with the ability to access work remotely from home through a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

When a prospective employee chooses a place to work, it is very often that we think salary is the first thing that reaches high up the level of importance. The pay is important but more and more as emServices for Families ployees look at the employment contract Many young families face challenges for additional benefits. The world of work with child care as dual incomes are is coming more complex and technology required to support the higher level of is enabling flexibility where these options household costs associated with rais- were not available before. ing a young family. These stresses can be overwhelming either financially or The cost of benefits is always an imemotionally. The University of Toronto portant consideration for small business has begun offering on-site child care owners to consider but a study by CAP subsidies at $2000 per child as one that found employee turnover can cost a example. business 2x the annual salary for entry level employees. The return on investReviewing and establishing child care ment by supporting workplace flexibility policies or supporting shared parental could be one of the most valuable busileave within your business can help ness decisions that an owner can make engage and retain top talent. Review- in this competitive talent environment. ing options such as teleconferencing and compressed work-weeks can all Jonathan Do is the Branch Manager at the Victoria help support the services for families Main Branch of RBC. jonathan.do@rbc.com tip for businesses to consider.


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Events in Downtown Victoria Ongoing

Nov 11 - Jan 9 | Christmas in Old Town | Royal BC Museum Nov 13 - Dec 24 | Government Street Grand Giveaway Nov 17 - Jan 3 | 25th Annual Festival of Trees | The Bay Centre & Fairmont Empress Nov 19 - Jan 2 | Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase | Inn at Laurel Point Nov 19 - Jan 2 | Aura Gingerbread Tea | Aura Restaurant Nov 25 - Jan 5 | 2nd Annual Parkside Snow Globe | Parkside Hotel & Spa Nov 26 - Dec 31 | Inner Harbour Marina Light Up | Inner Harbour Nov 28- Jan 2 | 16th Annual Bear Wear | Hotel Grand Pacific

Wed, Dec 21

Fri, Dec 23

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum Holiday “Pop Up” Market | 12-5pm | Bastion Square Downtown Victoria Ferris Wheel | 12-9pm | Centennial Square

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

Sat Dec 31

Fri, Jan 6

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves | 7pm | McPherson Playhouse

Chinatown Walks Walking Tour | 1030am | Meet at Government and Fisgard

Slainte II | 7-11pm | Victoria Event Centre

Prince George Cougars vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Winter Wonderland | 12-9pm | Centennial Square

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Christmas Carols | 3-5pm | Fairmont Empress

Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean island Café Lounge

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

Wed, Dec 28

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Sat, Dec 24

Chinatown Walks Walking Tour | 1030am | Meet at Government and Fisgard

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am | Greater Victoria Public Library Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Run Meet Up | 9am | MEC

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730-9pm | 26 Bastion Square

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tour | 2pm | 26 Bastion Square

Winter Salads and Braised Meats Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Spirit of 150 Victoria - First Night | 5-930pm | Inner Harbour

Backcountry 101 - Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip | 11am-12pm | MEC

Art Battle! | 7-9pm | Victoria Event Centre

Early Shift: Going away party for Mammoths | 6-9pm | Royal BC Museum

French Bistro Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Kelowna Rockets vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

New Year’s Eve at Aura | 7-1145pm | Inn at Laurel Point

Bike Maintenance 101 - Customize Your Bike | 530-630pm | MEC

New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet | 7301145pm | Fairmont Empress

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

Automic Vaudeville Winter Cabaret| 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am | Greater Victoria Public Library Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves | 7pm | McPherson Playhouse

New Year’s Eve Crush | 8pm-2am | Ambrosia Event Centre

Holiday “Pop Up” Market | 12-5pm | Bastion Square

Holiday “Pop Up” Market | 12-5pm | Bastion Square

Prince George Cougars vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

NYE 80’s Extravaganza Party | 9pm1am | Cafe Mexico

Downtown Victoria Ferris Wheel | 12-8pm | Centennial Square

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tour | 2pm | 26 Bastion Square

Sun, Jan 1

Winter Wonderland | 12-8pm | Centennial Square

Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Candy Wonderland | 2-6pm | Fairmont Empress

Meet Mrs. Claus | 6-630pm | Fairmont Empress

Thurs, Dec 29

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 7pm | Visitor Information Centre

Bike Maintenance 101 - Flat Repair | 530-630pm | MEC

Three Course Christmas Eve Dinner & Wine Pairing | 6pm | Fairmont Empress

Christmas Charity Quiz | 8-11pm | Northern Quarter

Thurs, Dec 22

Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum Holiday “Pop Up” Market | 12-5pm | Bastion Square Downtown Victoria Ferris Wheel | 12-9pm | Centennial Square Winter Wonderland | 12-9pm | Centennial Square Candy Wonderland | 2-6pm | Fairmont Empress Christmas Carols | 3-5pm | Fairmont Empress

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Sun, Dec 25

The Gift | 2pm | Royal Theatre Christmas Carols | 3-5pm | Fairmont Empress

Christmas Day Brunch | 10-2pm | Inn at Laurel Point

Bike Maintenance 201 - Wheel Truing | 630-8pm | MEC

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet | 3pm | Fairmont Empress

Weekly Tastings | 630-8pm | Olive the Senses

Five-Course Christmas Dinner & Wine Pairing | 3pm | Fairmont Empress

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

Mon, Dec 26

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum Backcountry 101 - Digital (GPS) Navigation | 530-630pm | MEC Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

Monterey Concert Band | 4pm | BC Legislature

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Weekly Tastings | 630-8pm | Olive the Senses

Tues, Dec 27

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves | 7pm | McPherson Playhouse Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre Automic Vaudeville Winter Cabaret | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

Fri, Dec 30

Backcountry 101 - Map & Compass | 530-630pm | MEC Thai Basic Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture Victoria Writers’ Society Meeting | 7-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Tues, Jan 3

Scrabble at the Library | 545-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Vietnamese at Home Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Snow Queen: The Musical | 11am | McPherson Playhouse

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730-9pm | 26 Bastion Square

Snow Queen: The Musical | 2pm | McPherson Playhouse

The Mash Episode 8 | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

West Coast Seafood Delights Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Mon, Jan 9

Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Backcountry 101 - Digital (GPS) Navigation | 530-630pm | MEC Meals to Live By: Foods that Fight Cancer Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Tues, Jan 10

Hungry Vegetarian *gluten-free* Class | 430-730pm | Cook Culture

Cafe Scientifique-The discovery of the Higgs boson and exploration at the Large Hadron Collider | 630-8pm | Hermann’s Jazz Club

Shirley Gnome Rides Again | 8-930pm | Victoria Event Centre

Clean Living Series: Clean Food | 7-830pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Wed, Jan 11

Live @ Lunch: BC Beaches Life on the Shoreline | 12-1pm | Royal BC Museum Bike Maintenance 101 - Cycle Touring | 5-630pm

Thurs, Jan 5

Kelowna Rockets vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Bike Maintenance 201 – Brakes | 630-8pm | MEC

Thurs, Jan 12

Scrabble at the Library | 545-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Automic Vaudeville Winter Cabaret| 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

Sunday Brunch Series: Winter Class | 9am-12pm | Cook Culture

Thai on the Coast | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 7pm | The Vic Theatre

The Gift | 2pm | Royal Theatre

Sun, Jan 15

Wonder Sunday: For the Love of Writing | 1-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Knife Skills Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Inquizition Trivia on Tap | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Café Lounge

Snowed In Comedy Tour | 830pm | Royal Theatre

Scrabble at the Library | 545-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Wed, Jan 4

3-Part Cooking Bootcamp Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Run Meet Up | 9am | MEC

Seasonal Baking Series: Sourdough Starter Class | 430-730pm | Cook Culture

Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson | 730-9pm | Open Space

Bike Maintenance 101 - Know Your Bike | 530-630pm | MEC

Sat, Jan 14

Backcountry 101 - Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip | 11am-12pm | MEC

Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Café Lounge

Queer Abilities Drop-In | 5-630pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | 26 Bastion Square

Wonder Sunday: For the Love of Writing | 1-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Sing A Long A Sound of Music | 2pm | The Vic Theatre

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Chess at the Library | 630-830pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Mon, Jan 2

Sun, Jan 8

Modern Bride Show | 11am-4pm | Crystal Garden

Victoria Chess Club at the Library | 6-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Happy Holidays Karaoke Party | 9-1145pm | Northern Quarter

Viennese New Years | 230pm | Royal Theatre

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | 26 Bastion Square

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Bike Maintenance 201 – Drivetrain | 630-8pm | MEC

DigiLab Training Session | 7-830pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Fri, Jan 13

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am-3pm | Downtown Victoria

Christmas Starlight Cinema | 6pm | Delta Ocean Pointe

Bike Maintenance 201 – Derailleurs | 630-8pm | MEC

Run Meet Up | 9am | MEC

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour | 730pm | Visitor Information Centre

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Taste of Greece | 6-8pm | Olive the Senses

Sat, Jan 7

The Gift | 2pm | Royal Theatre

Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

Pasta Fundamentals Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Victoria Chess Club at the Library | 6-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Mastering your Blender | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

2017 Governance: Clarifying Your Purpose | 1-4pm | Volunteer Victoria 3-Part Cooking Bootcamp Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Mon, Jan 16

Baby Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library Backcountry 101 - Map & Compass | 530-630pm | Mountain Equipment Co-op An Evening of Syrian-Inspired Cooking Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Tues, Jan 17

Facilitation Basics: Learning Lab | 1-4pm | Volunteer Victoria Scrabble at the Library | 545-845pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Pizza from Scratch Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture Clean Living Series: Clean Home & Body | 7-830pm | Greater Victoria Public Library For more event information, visit www.downtownvictoria.ca/events


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Around Downtown

The Bay Centre: Curating Entrepreneurs and Ideas for 27 years Darlene Hollstein As we close 2016, I am thankful for the support and vibrancy of the Downtown community. It is usually around this time of year that I look back and mark the successes over the years. Part of my day to day role at The Bay Centre is to work with local entrepreneurs, providing them with a space to test and grow their concepts into thriving businesses.

Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase at the Inn at Laurel Point

Currently one third of The Bay Centre’s mix are locally owned and operated businesses. In 1999, Gerri and Mauro Schelini relocated The Tuscan Kitchen from Cordova Bay to The Bay Centre and they are still going strong today. In 2004, Mei Lee opened Orchard on View, a soup and sandwich shop which has thrived, celebrating 13 years in operation in March.

Tuscan Kitchen Photo: The Bay Centre Dec 3 - The 18th IEOA Truck Light Convoy rolls through Downtown Victoria

Dec 12 - Tuba Christmas in Market Square

In 2010, I met local designer Sara Patterson at an outdoor street market. Patterson opened what was then called Lotus as a pop-up shop for the holiday season. The concept was a bricks and mortar Etsy shop, housing distinct urban items designed by local artisans based out of Victoria and Vancouver, BC. After two profitable holiday seasons, Lotus re-branded as Migration and is open year-round at the Centre.

Migration Boutique Photo: The Bay Centre

The Bay Centre’s role as a curator of entrepreneurs and ideas has also extended to the Centre’s commitment to downtown arts, culture and community social programs. In 1999, the Centre developed the Spirit of Giving campaign, raising over 2.1 million from 1999 to 2008. In 2009, the Mustard Seed took the campaign in-house, expanding it to a citywide initiative. As a founding partner, the Spirit of Giving initiative is still an integral part of the Centre’s annual holiday campaign, and over the years, the Centre has assisted in raising over $3.2 million for the food bank. The Bay Centre seeks opportunities with community organizations presenting an “out of the box” approach to enrich their guest’s experience. This approach has translated into the Centre hosting a significant proportion of events that are in their infancy. In 2016 alone, the centre hosted over 30 events, including five local art shows. After 27 years, The Bay Centre’s commitment to entrepreneurship and local initiatives has remained the same. It is rewarding to work in the heart of the business district where I am part of a diverse community of local stakeholders who contribute together to build a stronger downtown. I look forward in the successes that 2017 will bring to Downtown as a whole. Darlene Hollstein is the General Manager at The Bay Centre. thebaycentre.ca


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Finding Sanctuary in a Box at the Robert Bateman Centre “What is sanctuary?” The exhibit hopes to highlight the importance of sacred spaces. Whether it is an old growth The Robert Bateman Centre is truly the forest, or a childhood home, building a gallery of art and nature. With inspiration sense of place is a crucial backbone from Robert Bateman, the Centre uses when engaging with our natural world. art to explore issues around nature, environmentalism, and conservation For artist Ian Hinkle, an actual nature through its exhibits and programs. sanctuary, Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, inspired his art piece. “Art provides the opportunity to tell the Hinkle’s work features not only beautiful story about conservation and awarepictures of the albatross that inhabit the ness. It drives a conversation” says Ian island, but also pieces of plastic from all Hinkle, one of the artists featured in the over the world that wash up on shore Centre’s newest exhibit, Boxed Sanctufound in their nests. The birds literally ary on now through February 28. survive in a “sea of plastic” according to Ian. Boxed Sanctuary is a collaborative of local artist’s work as they explore personal Ian is just one of 15 artists on display expressions of sanctuary. Selected artat the Robert Bateman Centre’s Boxed ists have submitted mixed-media boxes Sanctuary exhibit. Boxes range from the that are filled with reclaimed materials, abstract to the literal, many with secrets hand-crafted objects, photographs, or to discover. drawings that explore the question,

Boxed Sanctuary is one part of a yearlong initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, one of the first pieces of legislation that protected the non-human inhabitants of Canada.

Cassie Holcomb

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Photo: Erin Henshaw

The act took action to limit destructive human impact of precious coastal eco-systems before it was too late. The Urban Sanctuary Project is a community initiative that aims to inspire others to become involved in the practices of a healthy ecosystem, with a special focus on migratory bird sanctuaries, including the one in downtown Victoria. With increasing environmental concerns and decreasing bird populations worldwide, there is a need for appreciation and stewardship of our local ecosystems and the organisms within them. The Urban Sanctuary Project will look to shine a spotlight on the migratory bird sanctuaries right in our own backyard through community displays, publications, symposiums, and informative and entertaining exhibits over the course of the year. According to the Robert Bateman Centre Managing Director Peter Ord, “The Urban Sanctuary Project is an excellent reflection of the philosophy of Robert Bateman, that nature sanctuaries are not just sanctuaries for animals, but for humans as well as they find refuge in a hectic, changing world.”

Photo: Cassie Holcomb

For more information on Boxed Sanctuary, please visit batemancentre.org and sanctuaryproject.ca.

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The Bateman Foundation (including the Robert Bateman Centre) is proud to collaborate with the following community partners: Canadian Wildlife Service, Capital Regional District, Creatively United for the Planet, Eagle Wing Tours, Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative, Friends of Shoal Harbour, Friends of Victoria, Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Gorge Waterway Initiative, Sierra Club BC, Songhees Nation, Surfrider Foundation – Vancouver Island Chapter, Victoria Natural History Society, and World Fisheries Trust.

Photo: Erin Henshaw

Cassie Holcomb is the Development and Communications Manager at the Robert Bateman Centre


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very unique way. It also reminds us that the next generation brings with it new dreams, desires and ideas. By volunteering with JA, we get to be a small part of that and lend a helping hand in shaping that future.” JA is the world-recog-

nized leader in business education for youth. JA programs are delivered by volunteers from the local community who bring their real-world experiences into the programs. Members of Victoria’s vibrant downtown business community are

encouraged to get involved by volunteering their time to help local youth understand and gain business experience. Volunteers can make an impact by giving as little as 8 hours per year and JA provides all training and resources needed to make the experience fun and memorable. To get started, contact Deborah Wakeham, Regional Manager, Vancouver Island at 250-893-4495 or deborah. wakeham@jabc.org. Alternatively, visit www. jabc.ca/volunteers and register to become a JA volunteer.

Students participating in the JA Business of Our Own program Photo: JABC

Victoria business community sees value in mentoring youth Deborah Wakeham It sounds cliché but when Frank Baker says ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ he truly means it. In fact, his employer, Monk Office, which has been part of the fabric of the Island’s business community for 65 years makes it a point to give back to the community.

the world smaller, there is absolutely no substitution for face-to-face contact and relationship building,” says Frank. “The more this can be taught and supported by parents, teachers, coaches, volunteers, etc., the better off all of our kids will be.”

With the holidays just around the corner, the class Frank is currently Frank has chosen to give mentoring has decided back to his community by to sell Christmas ornaments. Through JA’s volunteering with Junior Achievement (JA) on the Business of Our Own Island to help teach youth program, the students at St. Patrick’s Elementary business skills. School are learning to run a retail sales stand, Frank, a dedicated and sought-after JA volunteer, track profits and distribute earnings. They learn decided to get in touch the responsibilities of with JA eight years ago because of his strong running a business and belief that youth can how to work with others to achieve mutual goals. never be taught enough Frank sees the impact of important life skills. the program right away “While the proliferation of when the students begin information at our finger- to ask tough questions tips has ostensibly made about the business.

While gearing up for sales day and planning their marketing campaign, one student suddenly asked, “What if we don’t sell enough ornaments and pay back our school loan? What do we do then?” From that one question came a fruitful discussion about sales strategies, values and responsibilities. He appreciates how engaged the students get and knows all about their inquisitive minds as he has a seven-year old son himself. Frank is just one of more than 200 business professionals on Vancouver Island who has given his time so generously to the youth in his local community. When asked what he would tell someone else considering to become a JA volunteer, he replied, “1000% yes. It allows us to connect to the kids in our community in a

Student runs a retail stand as part of the JA Business of Our Own program Photo: JABC

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It can be tempting to view these photo comparisons as curiosities, swiping through them rapid-fire while thinking “Wow, neat,” but the stark changes can’t help but raise questions. Why weren’t the streets always choked with traffic? Why are all these people so enthusiastically waving Union Jacks and proudly declaring their loyalty to the Empire? Why were mustaches such a big deal? We live in an age of shrinking attention spans and rising cynicism and the spread of digital technologies are frequently named as the culprit. However, those same technologies also provide an exciting opportunity; five years ago most people weren’t walking around with veritable supercomputers in their pockets. By harnessing that power to present these striking then and now photo combinations, we hope to spur people into asking “How did we get from there to here?”

Modern view of Government Street vs. Government Street in 1864 Photos: Andrew Farris and Vancouver Archives

On This Spot app seeks to bring Victoria’s history to life Andrew Farris

When walking Victoria’s streets it’s hard not to be struck by the great wealth of historical architecture that has survived to this day. Uninterrupted blocks of Edwardian and Victorian storefronts define much of the downtown core, and just adjacent are the breathtaking trio of the Empress, legislature and former steamship terminal. Even the skyline of a century ago has, to a large extent, been remarkably well preserved. It should come as little surprise that a city named “Victoria”, capital of a province named “British Columbia”, should still retain much of the built legacy of Britain’s imperial heyday. Yet when travelling across North America, it’s quickly apparent that few cities have gone to the same lengths to retain their past. Heritage preservation is a permanent, ongoing struggle, and in many places that battle was lost decades ago.

Today, as a rising tide of populism threatens to engulf the West, public engagement with history is now more important than ever. Many Western societies have embraced populism in the past, and this has led to our civilization’s darkest hours. Even in British Columbia, we would do well to remember our own experiences with populism: the results were the exclusion and marginalization of the Chinese-Canadians, and the internment of the Japanese-Canadians. One wonders if these growing movements would have the same seductive appeal if history knowledge was more general. In 2017, the On This Spot app will launch a series of historical walking tours in Victoria that can be taken by anyone with a smartphone. Our aim is to go beyond simply reciting names, dates and historical tidbits, but to tackle the big questions in an engaging way, hopefully sparking a deeper interest in history among Victorians of all ages and inclinations. Andrew Farris is one of the creators of On the Spot, which features then and now photographs from around the world.

Oddly enough, Victoria is also defined by its relative newness. The Pacific Northwest was one of the last blank spaces on the map to be filled in, and the city only took shape after the invention of the camera. This gives us the fascinating opportunity to use photographs to trace the city’s evolution from fur trading outpost to modern metropolis. For these reasons, it’s difficult to imagine a city better suited for the On This Spot project. On This Spot is a historical walking tour app that allows you to stand in the footprints of historic photographers and see the city from the same perspective they did, and to Modern view of Douglas Street vs. Douglas Street in 1948 superimpose the past on the present. Photos: Andrew Farris and Vancouver Archives


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First Night Returns to Victoria Atomique Productions For the first time in 17 years, the City of Victoria will host a public New Year’s Eve celebration in it’s beautiful Inner Harbour. On Saturday, December 31, residents and visitors to the city are invited to enjoy a free ‘First Night’ celebration between the hours of 5pm and 9:30pm to experience live music, local food vendors, family-friendly activities, a spectacular light show, and a massive firework display. This event will see tens of thousands of attendees of all ages ringing in 2017 and kicking off Canada’s 150th year of confederation in downtown Victoria. First Night’s performers are Canadian and reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Canada’s multiculturalism and impressive artistic talent. Dear Rouge, Alex Cuba, the Lekwungen Dancers, Vic High R&B Band with The Midnights, and the Esquimalt Singers and Dancers will entertain crowds from the events stage, located on the corner of Belleville and Government between the B.C. Legislature and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Fireworks over the Inner Harbour Photo: Event Photographer

First Night is the official kick off event of Canada 150 celebrations in and around our region. The “Celebrate Canada” events will feature 11 consecutive days of free family-friendly activities between June 21 and July 1st, culminating with Canada Day.

share stories of what being Canadian means to them in text, photos, videos, or audio. To keep up with the conversation, follow Spirit of 150 Victoria on Facebook (@Spirit150Victoria), Twitter (@ Spirit150Vic) and Instagram (@Spirit150Victoria).

Buildings surrounding the Inner Harbour will be For a full list of Canada 150 commemorations taking animated with projection lighting and video mapping, place in Victoria, Southern Vancouver Island, and creating a 360-degree visual spectacle. the Southern Gulf Islands, visit the official Spirit of 150 Victoria website at www.spirit150victoria.ca - the First Night concludes at 9pm with a firework show main source for event information, updates, and timed with 18 other cities across Canada, including Spotlight150 stories, where Canadians are invited to our nation’s capital, Ottawa.

Spirit of 150 Victoria is brought to you by the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society, the Government of Canada and produced by Atomique Productions.

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