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ICTOR I A – T he oldest real estate sales company in Canada and one of the largest firms of its type on Vancouver Island, Pemberton Holmes Ltd. is now even bigger – following the opening of its newest branch: Pemberton Holmes Nanaimo. “This is not the first time we’ve opened an office outside of the Greater Victoria area, but it is the first time we’ve had an office in Nanaimo,” explained Mike Holmes the company owner and manager. There was an almost serendipitous quality to the Pemberton Holmes move to the Harbour City when Peter and Kathy Koch, the owners of what was then Realty Executives Mid Island, approached Holmes with an offer to sell him their business. “Peter and Kathy were looking to get out of owning a business mode and return to being realtors so it happened to work out at a good time,” he explained. Founded in 1887 Pemberton Holmes (originally known as

term goal of the firm to be a true Vancouver Island company so when this chance occurred we made the move.” Pemberton & Son – Engineers, Surveyors and Real Estate Agents) was launched by J.D. Pemberton who is the great, great grandfather of the company’s current owner. Mike Holmes’ grandfather, Cuthbert Holmes joined the company in 1920, continuing a legacy of family ownership going back 130 years. With a staff count that includes approximately 320 realtors and a support staff numbering more than 50, Pemberton Holmes is the country’s largest family-owned real estate sales firm. The bulk of the non-realtor staff work with the firm’s expansive Property

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Victoria Real Estate Market Remains Hot Through Summer The Victoria area real estate market has remained active throughout the summer months. A total of 790 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this July, 18.7 per cent fewer than the 972 properties sold in July last year. “The activity level in the Victoria real estate market continues to be brisk, though we always expect a slowdown in the summer months,” says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. “This July, we saw a strong focus on the lower priced end of the market, with condos and townhomes and single family


homes listed for under $700,000 in high demand. Many of those properties saw multiple offers.” “The ten year average for sales in July is just over 700 properties,” adds President Balabanian. “So the numbers from last month illustrate an ongoing demand for homes in Victoria. We anticipated at the beginning of the year that we would see another busy market - without the record breaking numbers we saw in 2016 - and we are seeing exactly that. The surprise has been the low inventory levels, with listings for sale consistently below 2,000. The good news is that compared to the start of the year we have 26.7 per cent more listings on the market, but that supply is still lower than we expected, which puts pressure on pricing and availability.” T here were 1,921 active l isti ngs for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board

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BC IKEA Announces Three New Collection Points for BC Residents Shopping at IKEA just got more convenient for customers in Victoria, Kelowna, and Nanaimo, British Columbia with the launch of three collection points. Customers can now shop online for IKEA home furnishings and have them delivered to their selected Collection Point for only $79, regardless of the size and value of their purchase. This means they will be able to ship as little as a single sofa or as much as an entire kitchen for a flat rate and represents significant savings over the average home delivery fee of $170. Customers who wish to take advantage of home delivery can still do so, with the delivery fees remaining the same. The Collection Points are not IKEA stores and are owned by third party service provider XPO. While they do not have any products available for purchase, Collection Points allow IKEA to make shopping easier in markets that have been identified as having potential. “In such a large country, it is important to offer a variety of solutions we can use to make shopping easier for Canadians,” says IKEA Canada President Marsha Smith. “Launching these locations was a natural next step to make shopping online affordable for many more British Columbia residents.” It is IKEA’s aim to make the brand more accessible and convenient for the many Canadians, through increased service offerings like Collection Points, Pick-up and order points, Click & Collect, improvements in ecommerce and customer-focused distribution. IKEA hopes to provide its customers with a positive IKEA experience in every touchpoint. The collection point locations include: Victoria – XPO, 2205 Keating Cross Road, Sannichton, V8M 2A5, Kelowna – XPO, 2255 Norris Road South, Kelowna, V1X 4R2 and Nanaimo – XPO, 4386 Boban Drive, Nanaimo, V8T 6A7.

BC Federal Government Announces $25M Investment in Western Canada Western Canadians will benefit from new middle class jobs and business opportunities that will diversify and grow the region’s economy as a result of increased funding worth $25 million over five years. This funding was recently announced by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), an agency established to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada. WD will continue to support communities, businesses, and First Nations by identifying opportunities to invest in innovative and emerging industries. This will diversify the western economy, improve the quality of life of Western Canadians, and create the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. As part of a new approach to economic development through innovation, regional development agencies across the country, including WD, will be focused on strengthening innovation capacity by: supporting small and medium-sized businesses that want to adopt new technologies and boost their innovation capacity; nominating 50 firms across the country to participate in a federal program that will help them grow nationally and internationally; investing $100 million annually across the country in clean technology; and supporting a total of 250 Indigenous projects as they develop and diversify their economies.

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The Victoria bid committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games recently unveiled a $955-million budget. The plan envisions a regional stadium in

the West Shore, an arena for gymnastics and temporary venues including beach volleyball in front of the legislature and three-on-three basketball at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour. The Athletes and Officials Village would be built near Costco in Langford and converted to housing post-Games. T he bid c om m it te e i s re q u e s t i n g $400-million from both the federal and provincial governments with no commitment yet from either. NDP Premier John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver have expressed excitement about the games while Finance Minister Carole James is cautious as the event requires the province to guarantee any cost overruns. Venues and other plans can be scaled back if unforeseen circumstances arise and there is $75-milion being budgeted as a legacy fund for sport development that


can act as a cushion. Bid Chairman David Black noted “there is no risk whatsoever of an overrun�. Greater Victoria municipalities will also be asked to contribute $25-million worth of in-kind services for 2022. The remaining funds would come from sponsorships and marketing. The state of the 2022 Games bidding process is an emergency replacement after the games were withdrawn from Durban, South Africa in March when the organizers could not meet scheduled financial obligations. This leaves the new 2022 host – Victoria, Liverpool, Birmingham or Kuala Lumpur only 4.5 years to organize the Games instead of the normal seven. T he deadline to submit a detailed, SEE NEWS UPDATE |  PAGE 4







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SIDNEY Victoria Airport Receives Application for Sidney Crossing The Victoria Airport Authority has received a development permit application for the $35-million Sidney Crossing Shopping Centre seven months later than expected. Omicron is the lead developer on the project which will be developed on 10 acres at Beacon Avenue and Patricia Bay Highway. Now that the application has been received the Airport Authority will review it and send it as a referral to the Town of Sidney and other agencies including Nav Canada and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The process is anticipated to take between three and four months. The project was approved by Sidney council for rezoning in 2016. When Sidney council approved the project, construction was anticipated to begin this spring as Omicron expected their applications – pending an infrastructure report from the transportation minister – to go to the Victoria Airport Authority at the end of 2016. Omicron has already worked with the town and ministry extensively to resolve issues such as moving the $3-million pedestrian overpass from the south side of the Beacon Avenue intersection to the north side to better serve pedestrians and school children crossing highway traffic. The overpass is part of the developer’s $5.5-million amenities package. The 98,000-square-foot shopping centre includes 10 buildings. It will feature a large grocery store and include a major appliance and electronics store, while there is also consideration for a daycare and a medical office affiliated with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

VANCOUVER ISLAND BC Ferries Releases First Quarter Results BC Ferries released its first quarter results. Passenger traffic levels were the highest BC Ferries has experienced in the past 20 years and vehicle traffic levels were the highest the company has ever experienced as compared to the same quarter in prior years. During this quarter, passenger traffic increased 3.8 per cent and vehicle traffic increased 4.4 per cent compared to the same quarter in the

prior year. “This first quarter has been very busy for our company as we carried historically high volumes and focused on improving the customer experience,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “We have added additional sailings, provided numerous fare discount opportunities and introduced efficient new vessels with modern customer amenities on-board.” Net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2017 (the first quarter of fiscal 2018) were $17.3 million, compared to net earnings of $27.0 million in the first quarter of the previous year. “Our net earnings have decreased compared to first quarter last year as BC Ferries invests in this improved customer experience. We have held ticket prices stable, absorbed increased operating costs due to higher traffic and delivered additional capacity to customers. In particular, our targeted discount program has led to increased travel by some of our customers and shifted demand to previously underutilized sailings. In fact, on our major routes, there was a 7 per cent reduction in overloads for passenger vehicles year-over-year despite the higher traffic levels.” Revenues increased by 3.1 per cent to $225.9 million primarily as a result of the increased traffic volumes, while the average tariff revenue per passenger remained unchanged and the average tariff revenue per vehicle decreased on the major routes. Operating expenses increased by 8.8 per cent to $194.4 million, compared to the first quarter of the previous fiscal year. This was mainly due to an increase in fuel consumption, labour and training related costs that resulted from higher traffic volumes, an increase in round trips provided and the introduction of new ships. “We remain focused on prudent fiscal management while striking the right balance between earnings and operational costs. All earnings are reinvested in services and infrastructure for our customers,” said Collins. “During this quarter alone, we invested $91 million in new vessels, vessel upgrades and terminal improvements.”

BC No Tuition for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Programs The British Columbia government is eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs, opening the door for tens of thousands of people to upgrade their education and skills every year. The recent announcement at Camosun College reverses action taken by the previous government in 2015 to impose tuition fees for ABE and ELL learners. Under that 2015 policy, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning fees were set by each institution up to a maximum of $1,600 per semester of full-time studies, the equivalent of the average cost of tuition for an arts and science undergraduate program. Enrolment in Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs subsequently dropped almost 35 per cent from 10,244 full-time equivalent spaces in 2013-14 to 6,692 full-time equivalent spaces in 2016-17.



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get through the initial panic. The BCEDA has also set up an “Economic Disaster Recovery Page” ( with a link to “T he Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap – a Toolkit for Economic Preparedness” which has detailed information on many aspects of preparing for and recovering from a natural disaster. T he Tourism Industry Association of BC (T I A BC) and PreparedBC, along with other tourism partners, created a very useful guide especially for those who may have to take care of customers or visitors during an emergency: http://www.tiabc. ca/wp-content/uploads/emergency-preparedness/2017-EMBC-Tourism-Guide.pdf T hey also designed a practical template and checklist that you can print, fill out and keep handy: wp-content/uploads/emergency-preparedness/2017-EMBC-Tourism-Plan.pdf All of this preparation can help you minimize the physical and financial impact on your business, but being aware of the emotional toll is equally important. It’s discussed in the Calgary report and the following interview with Timber Mart 100 Mile/Lone Butte Supply Ltd. president Mike

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restaurant menus to magazine advertisements, cookbooks and on various online venues. “T he re a son most professional photographers don’t use Smartphones for their work is partly based on tradition, a long term comfort and familiarity with their cameras. But really it’s because the expensive tools can simply do a lot more than

a Smartphone. Being able to control every aspect of the job provides the photographer with a level of creativity that isn’t available if you merely allow the camera to do all of the thinking for you,” McGrath said. W hile the convenience of a Smartphone is likely part of any professional photographer’s creative toolkit, most continue to produce the bulk of their work using traditional DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, systems that allow for changeable lenses and attachments such as

Using professional photographic equipment can produce results that simply cannot be captured using Smartphones flashes. The new mirror--less digital cameras are something of a bridge between the world of Smartphones and DSLRs in that they are smaller and lighter, but deliver professional level performance while allowing for lens changes. “Even the difference between a consumer lens and a professional grade lens can make a huge difference. Different materials, more stringent tolerances in the manufacture, simply better grade glass in the lens can create a better photo,” he said. While working on location or in a studio setting, a professional photographer will also use tools not typically part of

a Smartphone user’s kit – such as tripods, professional grade photographic lighting, reflectors, colored gels and other systems. In the final analysis the difference between a good photo and a great photo is the patience, planning and vision of the photographer. “W hen taking photos w ith a Smartphone you are being controlled by the phone rather than you controlling the tools. But then that’s the difference between a snapshot and a professional image. There’s a huge difference, and that is what will continue to separate the two for the foreseeable future,” McGrath said.


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“People work here because they enjoy the relaxed and casual environment of the location, the modern facilities and the friendly service and social interaction a place like this provides,” he said. The boardroom at Coastal Offices has also proven to be very popular among the local business community. “Capable of accommodating up to a dozen people, the space is well-suited for conducting training sessions, team meetings, workshops, and sales presentations,” he said. As an added bonus, Coastal Offices also manages a larger meeting space in the nearby Holiday Inn Express that can accommodate groups of 20 or more. Current tenants at Coastal Offices include professionals such as lawyers, accountants, software developers and even a physiotherapist. Everyone is welcome, however, and the relaxed atmosphere fosters a sense of community of plenty of networking opportunities. Based on the success of this inaugural business hub, Coastal Offices is finalizing its plans to open a second outlet. “We’re currently looking to expand into Duncan, with a scheduled opening date of November 1st, so it’s certainly an exciting time for the company,” Dennie stated.



MEETINGS AND EVENTS Meetings Industry: A Multi Billion Dollar Sector Coast To Coast British Columbia’s Meeting Places Come In A Variety of Styles, Sizes & Capabilities BY DAVID HOLMES


oi ng to a meet i ng i s a common enough phrase, in business or in everyday life. But when you think about it, what actually constitutes a meeting can be as diverse and as unique as the venues selected to host them. What hasn’t gone unnoticed is the fact that staging meetings, from intimate personal gatherings such as wedding receptions, to full blown conferences and expansive international trade shows, has become big business in Canada and around the world. Collectively referred to as the Meetings Industry, the construction and operation of meeting places in Canada has become an increasingly important part of the nation’s economic mix. Statistics released by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, an industry-wide group of meeting SEE MEETINGS AND EVENTS |  PAGE 10

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organizers, indicates that in 2016 the staging of business meetings in Canada was responsible for 1.5 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition the organization estimates that across the cou ntry more tha n 341,000 people are directly employed in some facet of this increasingly important sector. “A conference centre is definitely an eco-system. It’s everything from the folks who actually work in the centre, such as the kitchen staff and the A/V (audio-visual) g uys, to those that directly supply the industry, from the local taxi company and the outside meeting planners who have organized the events in the first place,” explained Danielle Russell, the Executive Director of Convention Centres Canada (CCC). “People may not always realize it but there are a lot of jobs connected to the overall industry. Literally there are tens of thousands of people involved in the meetings industry

from coast to coast and beyond. Often Canadian centres will also interact with international facilities in coordinating major events, so there is even a global component to the industry.” Convention Centres Canada serves as a national umbrella organization for 24 of the largest convention centres in the country, offering marketing services, lobbying on behalf of the member centres, providing networking opportunities for the operators and other services. CCC has five member centres in British Columbia – including the largest purpose built convention centres in the province. These include the Vancouver Convention Centre (the busiest in BC), the Victoria Convention Centre, the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, the Prince George Civic Centre and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Of course meetings and events can be staged anywhere there is sufficient room, from full blown conference centres to available space in a church basement.

The hospitality sector is another central part of the meetings industry, with most major hotels having ballrooms, designated meeting rooms and even full sized convention space in some cases. Often, especially in medium sized centres such as Prince George or Victoria, conference centres and hotels can work in concert, performing collaboratively to co-host large scale events that require more space than any single facility can provide. Major orga n izers of events, such as the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) is the source of many of the large scale events held in the Capital Region – taking place at different venues a rou nd t he cit y. F rom training sessions to major awards nights, VIATEC is the force behind many of the top public happenings that occur in Victoria each year. Another major event held in the Greater Victoria area each year is the Rifflandia Music Festival, noted for SEE MEETINGS AND EVENTS |  PAGE 12

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COMPANY CREATED TO TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF EVENT PLANNING Launched In 2011 Party Mood Has Worked With Clients All Across Greater Victoria


U NCA N – Orga n izing a wedd i n g re cept ion, a retirement party or a business meeting can be a very stressful undertaking – but it doesn’t have to be. One of the most important tasks Anne Pollock, the owner of Party Mood (a professional wedding and event organizing firm) can do, is to lift the burdens of the day from the shoulders of the client so they can relax and enjoy themselves. It’s something she’s been doing for customers across southern Vancouver Island and beyond since 2011, and for her the business is just getting started. “There are actually three different parts to the business. I do specialty event rentals working with clients across Victoria and even as far as Tofino. I do the bulk of my wedding planning in Victoria, working with people across the area and I also do what’s called styling which is designing the look of the wedding,” she explained.

“People can easily get overwhelmed by all of the things involved in organizing an event as complicated as a wedding. For many it makes more sense to si mply h i re somebody to ta ke that weight off them. I can either be hired to tell the customers what to do to get through the day or I can show up and look after all of the aspects, functioning as an event organizer. It’s the most important day in people’s lives and it should be as stress free as possible.” Essentially Pollock works as a social logistical expert, having the resources, the network of professionals and the experience to handle virtually any size or style of event. “I’ve probably had about 10 enquiries for weddings to be held in 2018 already, as people will get a hold of me about a year in advance. But of course there are also the panicky people who get a hold of me closer to the time as well, so there is a real variety, everybody is different and every event will reflect that individuality,” Pollock said. Party Mood’s rental division has become especia l ly busy in recent years, having access to v i r t u a l ly ever y conceivable product or item needed to make an event memorable and

successful. Party Mood can rent everything from dishes and cutlery to linens, decorative items and even a range of products designed to set a mood or to fulfill the needs of a specific décor theme – from rustic to the French countryside. With imagination and focus a routine session can be transformed into a once in a lifetime experience. “Right now our workload is about 80 per cent weddings and 20 per cent everything else, from corporate parties to business meetings. I currently have one full time staff member and three part time employees who work with me when we have an event, which means they’re working nearly full time in the summer and only part time in the off season,” Pollock explained. With access to a vast range of items, a trained team of experienced organizers and capable of handling sessions of any size, Party Mood has become the go to firm for event success in the Victoria area – and the best is still to come. “Perhaps in the future we might have a showroom to present some of our products, but for now our focus will continue to be organizing the events – that’s what we love to do,” she said.


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ICTOR I A – Victoria is known as the provincial capital and the largest city on Vancouver Island, but the city is also quickly becoming the destination of choice for convention goers and major event organizers from across the country and around the world. Tourism Victoria is doing what it can to expand on that positive perspective. Recently, trade publication Smart Meetings listed Victoria among the Top 10 rising stars in the highly competitive international meetings industry, praising the city for its natural beauty and its outstanding meetings infrastructure including hotels and meeting places. Victoria was listed among such trendy and up-and-coming destinations as Brasilia, Brazil, Ghent, Belgium and Kobe, Japan. Tourism Victoria and its new Business Events Victoria division are working to ensure our rating goes even higher. “Our mandate is to promote Victoria as a meetings destination,

and work to bring meetings and conferences to the city. There is a huge economic impact when conferences come to a city and our mandate is very simple - to make Victoria the first place people think of when planning their next conference or convention,” said Miranda Ji, Director of Sales for Business Events Victoria. Business Events Victoria was created to be a collaborative melding of the sales teams of Tourism Victoria and the Victoria Conference Centre (VCC) - the city’s largest conference facility. The Business Events Victoria team focuses on promoting the destination and conference facilities as a place for people to host their meetings. Tourism Victoria took on marketing and sales of the VCC earlier this year, after reaching an agreement with the City of Victoria (the operator of the conference centre) and the province. “I am proud of the collaboration over the past number of years between the Victoria Conference Centre, Tourism Victoria and Conference Hotels in Victoria,” said Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria. “Just over three years ago we created the Victoria Conference Optimization Network to help improve our competitiveness

as a meetings destination. This ultimately led to the Victoria Conference Centre and Tourism Victoria’s meetings sales teams coming together in January of this year. All of the hard work over the last number of years is really starting to pay off.” One of the focuses of Ji’s ongoing efforts is to inform the public about the value and importance of developing a strong meetings industry in the city - a sector that can be easily misunderstood. “When people think about destinations and travel they think of tour groups and leisure travelers. Meetings and conferences are an increasingly important part of the visitor mix. Smart Meetings magazine reported that, last year, 12,212 international association meetings were held around the world. We want Victoria to have its share,” she said. The future of Victoria’s meetings sector looks bright as the world has discovered what a gem the city is for hosting conferences. “In 2016 alone the economic impact of conferences on the city was $48.6 million - money that would have gone somewhere else if we didn’t have these facilities,” Ji said. “Our goal, of course, is to see that number continue to rise.”

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bringing top entertainers and hordes of enthusiastic music lovers to the region. Again, thanks to the established infrastructure available in Victoria the organizers of this four day spectacular have a variety of options and venues to choose from. “Being able to host major events, especially ones that draw a national or even international audience, are an excellent way for a community to get the word out about what it has to offer. That alone can help to encourage development and investment,” Russell explained. “A nother interrelated element of the industry is the individual convention bureaus and the local destination marketing groups – organizations created to help promote their communities. For these groups having facilities in place are real assets when attempting to draw visitors to their region.”

British Columbia is especially blessed, both by Nature and in having a solid conference space inventory in place to help attract events and revenues. The following are just some of the key conference / trade show destinations in the province. T h e p r e m i e r m e e ting place in the provincial capital is the Victoria Conference Centre (VCC) a sprawling complex. Linked to the world famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, it features 73,000 square feet of magnificent meeting space, spread across no less than 19 separate multi-purpose meeting rooms. The VCC also includes a large exhibit hall if a companion trade show is part of an event and a 400 seat lecture theatre for formal training opportunities. Ample parking space is also available for all of attendees, thanks to a large two-tiered underground parking lot located directly beneath the centre. Across the street from the Conference Centre is Victoria’s historic Crystal

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ICTORIA – It may sound like a dream job, but Aidan Henry has built a career, and dramatically grown his business, by being able to successfully plan and organize parties. Using creativity, an ability to understand the needs of his clients, a good sense of humor and a mind for business details, his enterprise Brink Events, has become in the past six years the go to place for corporate and charitable gatherings in the Greater Victoria area. But for Henry, that’s just the beginning! “I am the Party Guy – I’m the guy who throws the big parties for people in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island,” Henry jokingly explained. Founded in 2011, Brink Events describes itself as a boutique event design agency, a firm specializing in organizing galas, signature events, cocktail receptions, corporate launches, and private parties – often as charitable fundraisers. An award winning


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DEFENDANT Capital Hill Developments Ltd 202-7545 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF McKibben, Maureen CLAIM $ 35,216 DEFENDANT DC Installations PO Box 1714, Ladysmith, BC PLAINTIFF Torbram Electric Supply Corporation CLAIM $ 26,253 DEFENDANT Dean Park Plumbing & Heating Ltd 6-7855 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton, BC PLAINTIFF Owners Strata Plan Vis 6467 CLAIM $ 35,176 DEFENDANT Devon Properties Ltd 201-2067 Cadboro Bay Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Killian, David CLAIM $ 5,197 DEFENDANT E S I Environmental Sensors Inc 510-580 Hornby St,

Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Beauchesne, Bernard Michael CLAIM $ 28,814 DEFENDANT Greater Victoria Harbour Authority 100-1019 Wharf St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Paren, Adelon CLAIM $ 35,176 DEFENDANT Home Depot of Canada Inc 426 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON PLAINTIFF Macdonald, Rob CLAIM $ 8,695 DEFENDANT Island Pallet Solutions Ltd 225 Vancouver Ave, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF W R Addison Lumber Co Ltd CLAIM $ 223,920 DEFENDANT Jora Construction Ltd 7424 Dixon Dam Rd, Vernon, BC PLAINTIFF Kazakoff, Lyle John CLAIM

$ 31,456 DEFENDANT Kettle Creek Development Ltd 300-162 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON PLAINTIFF Brock T Emberton Law Corporation CLAIM $ 21,293 DEFENDANT Marine Masters Holdings Ltd 89 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Paren, Adelon CLAIM $ 35,176 DEFENDANT Mid Island Aggregate 2013 Ltd 602-732 Broughton St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Western Grater Contracting Ltd CLAIM $ 181,132 DEFENDANT Mistytrails PO Box 343, Cobble Hill, BC PLAINTIFF Krzywonos, Elaine CLAIM $ 12,349 DEFENDANT Parksville Bottle &

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The Canadian Tourism College is opening a new campus in Victoria at 850 Courtney Street. The school offers flight attendant and tourism training in Vancouver and Surrey and will begin offering courses in the fall at its small Victoria campus. The college will offer certificate and diploma programs in both hospitality and tourism and travel. The College has partnered with Royal Roads University to ensure the credits earned at the school will be transferrable into BA programs in international hotel management and global tourism. Ten Thousand Villages celebrates the opening of their newest location on August 29 from 1-2:30 pm at Unit 410 in the Broadmead Village Shopping Centre. The company welcomes visitors to enjoy coffee and chocolate and get an exclusive look inside the store.

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Members of the Victoria Hospitality Awards Committee (VHAP) have recognized Katherine Redman of Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA with a Victoria Hospitality Award. The Victoria Hospitality Award was founded in 1994 to recognize excellence in the hospitality

industry. Talentcor is celebrating their 20th anniversary at 1124 Fort Street. Talentcor provides personalized, selective recruitment services for professionals seeking jobs in a variety of fields. A new 2,000 squarefoot location for Victoria Montessori Preschool and Childcare centre has been proposed for the 300 block of Skinner Street. Construction on the preschool is expected to begin later this year. Vancouver-based Gordon Nelson Inc. has submitted a development proposal for a 215-unit purpose-built rental building adjacent to View Towers at 937 View Street. The 14-storey complex, designed by de Hoog Kierulf Architects, features a multi-storey atrium and an octagonal motif along the shaft of the tower. A single level of above-ground parking will accommodate 19 vehicles. Construction is expected to begin in mid-to-late 2018. Wedding related business owners on Vancouver Island have banded together to form the Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Association. The organization is founded by West Coast Weddings Magazine, which features local nuptials and vendors and several other businesses who produce the Vancouver Island Wedding Awards event each fall. Anne Pollock, a wedding planner and party rental business owner from the Cowichan Valley has been elected the first president of the organization. The organization is designed to represent the industry which the founding members believe is both thriving and undervalued. Vintage Hot Tubs Pool, Patio and Billiards has moved to a new location at 102 – 2374 Millstream Road in Langford. Victoria-based Sakura Project Management has unveiled plans for a 12-storey condominium complex with 62 one and two-bedroom units at

930 Fort Street. Construction is anticipated to begin by midto-late 2018. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation has opened a new location in Sidney at 9710 Third Street. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation was founded in 1985 to provide up-to-date equipment and facilities to support the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in promoting healthcare excellence. Re/Max Camosun recently named their top producers of the month. From Victoria they are: Michael McMullen, Geoff McLean, Blair Veenstra, Kirsten Marten, Bruce Hatter, Shane King, Georgia Wiggins, Julia Abraham, Cheryl Barnes and Jeff Meyer. The top producers also includes Jason Leslie, Ryan Zailo and Jennifer Bruce from the Westshore, Tony Joe and Veronica Crha from Oak Bay, John Vernon from Sooke and Debbie Gray from Sidney. Budget Blinds is celebrating their 25th anniversary at #100 – 915 Fort Street. Country Rose Pub in Colwood new owners, Kirk Stowell, Hollis Turbine, Joe Cunliffe and Sheena Lind took over ownership on August 14th. The pub is closed for renovations and set to open at the beginning of September. Construction of the first phase of Colwood Corners development near Sooke Road at Goldstream Avenue is expected to begin at the end of this month. The City of Colwood issued a development permit to project developer Onni Group for Colwood Corner’s first three residential buildings – yielding 276-units of rental apartments – and a 152,000 square foot ground floor retail component situated throughout several lowrise buildings, including the residential buildings. The Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) has named the Victoria Golf Club and





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Royal Victoria Yacht Club as their clubs of the year. Both clubs were judged on criteria including community involvement, environmental stewardship, leadership development and contribution to the CSCM. The Club of the Year awards will be presented at the 2017 national conference in Gatineau, Quebec in October.

The operators of the Fishhook seafood eatery are reportedly opening three additional locations in the city’s downtown core and James Bay. The reported locations are in the retail section of the nearly completed office building on the corner of 1515 Douglas and 750 Pandora, a vacant retail space on Swift Street and an office complex that is nearly complete in James Bay. Smugglers Cove Pub is planning to expand their patio and add a few tables. Owner Brian Dunn has submitted an application to Saanich planning to expand the patio by 10-seats at the cost of a few parking spaces. The application is anticipated to take roughly four months before it comes to council. Smugglers Cove Pub is at 2581 Penrhyn Street behind the Caddy Bay Village strip mall.

Pictured: Ian Prost Ian Prost has joined Company Capital as its new Director of Operations. Prost brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and will be responsible for the performance and management of the customer service experience. Company Capital is an online small business lender. The Summit Restaurant on the Malahat has been nominated as one of the country’s 30 best new restaurants by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. The restaurant, which is part of the Villa Eyrie Resort at 600 Ebadora Lane, is one of only four nominees not located in a major city. The nominations are based on the recommendations from more than two dozen judges with a variety of culinary backgrounds. The Summit restaurant features dishes with an Italian influence, made with local ingredients. The Victoria Youth Clinic, NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support, and Island Health’s Early Psychosis Intervention team are in the process of renovating two levels of office space at 818 Douglas Street into a mental health hub for youth and their families. The facility is expected to be open this fall. Mother Nature’s Market & Deli is now open for business in Sidney at 2310 Beacon Avenue. The Tudor House liquor store has opened in Esquimalt, replacing the former Tudor House Pub which burned down in 2013. The liquor store is at

Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club has reportedly been sold to an offshore buyer. The 130-plus-acre golf course in North Saanich was listed in May 4, 2016, after a bid failed to redevelop the site. V2V Vacations’ Empress ferry between Victoria and Vancouver is out of service for the next three to four weeks after engine problems took the vessel out of service. Both of the ferry’s refurbished engines are expected to be replaced. Viking Air and their plane, the de Havilland Twin Otter were inducted into the BC Aviation Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony. The local aviation corporation employs 575 employees and made the first Twin Otter’s in over twenty years after acquiring the manufacturing rights for the out of production de Havilland aircraft in 2006. Brodie Cawdell has opened Gauntlet Games in Saanich’s University Heights Shopping Centre at 3980 Shelbourne Street. Locally owned and operated direct-sales company Epicure recently celebrated their 20th year in business. The company celebrated the milestone by holding its national conference in downtown Victoria, drawing 800 attendants from across Canada. Epicure carries more than 300 products that include dips, rubs, seasonings and cookware. They have a sales force topping 10,000 spread across Canada, and employs 175 staff at their North Saanich headquarters. Fred Webb III has retired as supervisor of jetty services at

CFB Esquimalt after nearly 58 years on the job. Jacques Lemay has been named the president of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society for their 20th anniversary season. Lemay will partner with musician and educator Heather Burns, who has been appointed interim artistic and education director.

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Expedia Cruise Ship Centres welcomes Lenora Perry as the newest member of their team at their Westshore location at 748 Goldstream Avenue. Beckley Farm Lodge in James Bay has merged with Saanichbased Broadmead Care Society. Both organizations are not-for-profit residential care facilities that combined have an annual operating budget of $33-million. The merger comes at a time when offering residential care has become increasingly competitive as a result of large private sector organizations. Carmanah Technologies Corporation announced the closure of a previously announced transaction to acquire Vega Industries Limited. The purchase price is $9-million USD and is subject to certain adjustments and escrow holdbacks. Vega will be maintained as a wholly owned subsidiary of Carmanah at its base of operations. Carmanah Technologies recently sold Go Power! – a solar panel provider to Valterra Products LLC, a portfolio company of G. Scott Capital Partners, LLC. Carmanah Technologies designs, designs, develops, and distributes a portfolio of products focused on energyoptimized LED solutions for infrastructure. Victoria recently earned a topfive ranking in the prestigious 2017 Agents Choice Awards. The placing reflects the vote of 5,770 Canadian travel agents who cast a ballot in this year’s Baxter Travel Media annual readership survey. In the category of top Canadian city, Victoria ranked behind only Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. Rolling Stone sent a production crew to Victoria last month to cover the city and its culture, as well as venues that will be used for the 10th annual Rifflandia Festival, which runs Sept. 14-17. The coverage is the result of hard work by Tourism Victoria to leverage partnership investment through the provincial SEE MOVERS AND SHAKERS |  PAGE 27

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ith the sl i m mest of possible margins in the legislature, one would think the NDP and their Green sidekicks would tiptoe carefully in their first steps in government. Guess again. With a resounding thump, the NDP is back, sending tremors throughout the province, moving quickly to implement their anti-business, ideologically based concepts which aim to crush the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s the latest version of Shock and Awe. It’s like the NDP can’t help itself. The first time they became government, in 1972, Premier Dave Barrett was like a bull in a china shop, acting like the oneterm government it would be by introducing legislation and programs that to this day, remain headaches. The Agricultural Land Reserve was a document

more congruent with the NDP’s hidden manifesto, that suggests individuals should not have the right to own property. While the ALR has been effective in some areas by preserving precious farm land, it has often gone far over the line, making un-plantable and un-harvestable land undevelopable – even though the land itself is proven to be good for only development. ICBC was a Barrett government creation, and the NDP is flagging a BC Liberal-commissioned report citing vast funding inadequacies in the insurance corporation that could see rates jacked as high as 30 per cent. While the pronouncements are politically charged – as most governments slag their predecessors with such reports – the NDP is hardly the party that has proven itself capable of balancing any set of books. The best solution to ICBC is to open the market to private insurers, where competition would prove to be the great leveler of rates. But don’t count on the NDP giving any such opportunity to the private sector. That doesn’t fit their ideology. The next time around, in 1991, former Vancouver Mayor Mike Harcourt, a Socialist in a suit, looked more tame and seemed content to take his time implementing NDP doctrine and

dogma. He didn’t enrage the business community and, in fact, his more balanced approach gave the NDP a real shot at a successive term in office, although it wasn’t fast enough for the “Ides of March” backbenchers who pushed Harcourt out after the Bingogate charity-skimming scam orchestrated by Nanaimo NDP MLA Dave Stupich. In 1996, Glen Clark asked for some “wriggle room” prior to his defeat of BC Liberal leader Gordon Campbell, then introduced fudg-it budgets and doomedfrom-the-start aluminum catama ra n ferries before he was finally ousted by a deck-building scandal. By then, however, he enraged the B.C. business community to the point the BC Liberals swept to power with a 77-2 seat majority. The NDP’s extreme agenda drove the NDP to near annihilation in 2000. So what has the NDP learned from its own history? Obviously nothing. Petronas’ cancellation of their multi-billion dollar investment in Liquid Natural Gas meant they walked away from the $9 billion they’ve already spent in B.C. Why? They realized with the inflammatory anti-resource rhetoric of the GreeNDP and the campaign promises of extra

taxation that this project was not going to be possible under this jurisdiction. The GreeNDP then promises to fight with all their might the federally approved Kinder Morgan Pipeline, threatening jobs. They may yet cancel the Site C dam project, throwing 2,200 direct employees out of work. Steps towards a $15 minimum wage were announced recently, yet another massive move in the first few weeks of the government. It’s a blatant vote-pander i ng move, wh ich a lways results in: Businesses trying to raise prices to pay for increased payroll. If the market can’t sustain that, they cut service and/or staff to keep costs at bay. Or, as McDonald’s is doing, companies introduce automation that will eliminate entry level, non-skilled jobs. And the employees who get the minimum wage raise? They will only enjoy that for a limited time, because the price of everything else rises to match those increased costs. If the NDP really was sincere about helping minimum wage earners, there’s a simple solution, but it takes more time: Training. That will enable people to make more money as they can fill skilled positions that pay more.

NDP ideology seems to reject the basic law of economics: Supply and demand. Maybe NDPers believe that by killing well-paying resource-based jobs they’ll decrease the ability for average citizens to have wealth to provide demand, thus making it unnecessary to create more supply, aka development. The Green Party would celebrate that. The NDP’s plan for affordable housing hasn’t been launched or even adequately explained, but perhaps it’s simply causing the housing market to cool due to a lack of demand, driving the price of homes down and making them more affordable. Let’s hope not. It’s a mystery that the NDP has seen the same scenario repeat itself, now the third time in B.C. alone, but still refuses to learn or accept the realities of democratic society. They’re stuck in an ideological time-warp, and the worst thing about it? They believe they’re right, and refuse to learn from history. Punishing entrepreneurs and business owners only causes them to pull back and stop moving forward with job-creating projects and companies. And without a thriving private sector, there isn’t money for social programs – or jobs for those who need them most.




n July 18th federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau released proposed changes to the taxation of private corporations. Although these changes have received remarkably little coverage, they have created shockwaves with CPA’s and tax lawyers that deal with the taxation of small businesses and their owners. Justin Trudeau stated in 2015 “that a large per centage of small businesses are used by wealthy people to shield income from taxation.” In this writer’s opinion, and I have largely practiced in this area of taxation for 45 years, since 1972, these comments and tax proposals indicate

a fundamental ignorance by Trudeau of how the economy of Canada works and what comprises the vast majority of small businesses. In 1972, the Carter Commission made substantial changes to Canadian tax law. For Small Business, it recognized that it was necessary to defer a portion of tax on income, based on the fact that income was rarely in the form of cash: It was represented by financing receivables, inventory, property, plants and equipment. The Carter Commission however was clear that “a buck was a buck” which resulted in the concept of “integration”. That concept essentially says that the total tax the small businessperson pays first at the corporate level and then later on the dividends they withdraw from the small business should be approximately the same as the tax paid by an individual. This has been the basic philosophy of the Canadian tax system since 1972. I have rarely seen anyone starting a small business that I would describe as “rich” or “wealthy”. Indeed, if these entrepreneurs

have a common character trait , it is the willingness to work incredibly hard and risk everything for not just themselves but also their families. As these small businesses mature, the ones that have been able to survive are able to pay off liabilities of their active business and start to invest in what is called “passive” income such as commercial or residential rental properties and investments in the stock market. In the proposals, the Liberals indicate that they think that it is “unfair” that this active income can be invested in these passive investments without further immediate tax being paid - despite the fact that the integration concept still results in overall income tax being the same. In the example that the Minister gave, he suggested that an individual earning over $200,000 per year would pay approximate 50% of immediate tax while the small business corporation would only pay 15% .  To “fix this” and make it “fair”, the thrust of his proposal would be to increase the immediate tax from 15% to 50% which would TRIPLE the amount of tax paid. According to

the government, they hope to raise an additional $250 million per year from Small Business. The concept of “fairness”, in my experience, “is in the eye of the beholder”. Let’s compare a government employee, for example, and a small business person who are now both earning $200,000 per year. The government employee has had his employer, the government, i.e.: us, paying into his pension plan from day one. The small business person in most cases is unable to contribute to an RRSP until later in life, as he has been putting all of his income into paying off the business. The government employee receives vacation pay, pay for statutory holidays, pay for when he is sick or needs a “mental health day”. They are entitled to a “basket” of benefits such as medical, extended medical and insurance premiums. The small businessperson has received none of these benefits and their only ability to avoid retirement risk is simply to work harder and smarter now. The reality is, for small business people, their corporation is their retirement vehicle and the Liberals

propose to take it away. The Liberals’ other proposal is to essentially eliminate family trusts through punitive taxation at the highest rates of tax for trust beneficiaries. This is based on the premise that “the reason for the existence of family trusts is to save tax”. The true principal purpose of a trust is to facilitate the orderly transfer of an individual’s estate. Trudeau, as a “trust fund baby”, should recognize this more than anyone. Fundamentally, the Liberals are running $30 billion annual deficits and must have determined that since they are not likely to get many votes from the entrepreneurs that actually create wealth and jobs in Canada, they may as well tax them. It will only be later, when these entrepreneurs, having lost all incentive to continue to build, simply give up. Then we will see the true cost of these misguided proposals. Doug Johnston is a Certified Professional Accountant and founder of Johnston Johnston & Associates Ltd. in Nanaimo.

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and federal government tourism marketing agencies, Destination B.C. and Destination Canada. Cowichan Valley-based, Merridale Cidery & Distillery is expected to open on Harbour Road at the Dockside Green development in 2019. Once completed the complex is slated to facilitate the distilling of Merridale’s spirits alongside a 40-seat ground floor restaurant with a roughly 40-seat seasonal rooftop terrace. The Victoria Conservatory of Music announces the hiring of Simon MacDonald, who will join the VCM effective September 1 as Head of Strings for the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music. Tournament organizers announced that four golf stars have committed to playing in the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship; Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Jerry Kelly and Rocco Mediate will all be joining the famed field. The event will take place at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 11-17, 2017. The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is an official event on PGA TOUR Championship featuring the world’s premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US $1.8 million purse. 

The EcoStar Awards is now accepting applications from businesses, organizations and individuals on Vancouver Island for the 2017 awards. The awards recognize environmental achievements and leadership from participants that are green and contribute to sustainability in the area. The deadline for nominations and applications in September 15 at 4 pm. The awards ceremony will take place at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria on November 16. The restaurant formerly known as Sabri Indian Cuisine is under new management, with a new name and menu. The restaurant now called Mantra Indian Cuisine is owned by Phlower Longia. The restaurant has also added four new chefs: Jawahar Lal, Prahlad Singh, Udah Singh and Gaurav Singh. Mantra Indian Cuisine is at 3480 Tillicum Road. Victoria International Airport recently graced the list of top airports in the world put out by CNN Travel. The airport was the only Canadian airport to make the top 10 list, coming in at number eight on the list that includes major and minor airports in South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The city’s Food Eco District (FED) has expanded to include 10 additional planter boxes in the downtown core. The new boxes are filled with herbs and greens including oregano, rosemary, lemon thyme, mint, basil,

lettuce and strawberries and add 50 square feet of urban garden space. FED planted the boxes last month at local food businesses including Yalla, Olive the Senses, Whole Foods’ Fin & Pearl eatery and Prima Strada. The initiative was funded with $5,000 from a My Great Neighbourhoods Grant from the City of Victoria, contributions from participating restaurants and Life Space Gardens, which built the boxes. Re/Max Camosun Peninsula congratulates their top performers of the month. The top producers are Debbie Gray, Jeff Meyer, Kris Gower, Jack Barker and Lori Sutherland. The top listers are Jeff Meyer and Craig Walters. The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) has partnered with Google Translate to create the We Speak Translate project. The project is designed to unlock the potential of the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in local communities. The project involves training community stakeholders, organizations and institutions in the Google Translate app. Upon completion of the free, 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. 


month of July Include: Luke Hawkins of Harris Auto, Eric Phendler of Victoria Hyundai, Danny Usher of Galaxy Motors, Matt Higgins of Jim Pattison Toyota, Robin Haggar of Jim Pattison Lexus, Jamie Elmhirst of Pacific Mazda, Frank O’Brien of Wheaton, David Vollet of Audi Autohaus, Brent Moroz of Volkswagen Victoria, Matt Kenard of Porsche Centre, Dave Rabii of Three Pt Motors, Even Souiotis of BMW Victoria, Eliah Marthyman of Volvo, Frank Burgaretta of Wille Dodge, Connie Wilde of Jenner, Aaron Ehman of Campus Honda, Rome Tewelde of Campus Infiniti, Tamer Feteiha of Graham Kia, Emir Blanco of Campus Nissan, Phil Hines of Jim Pattison Subaru and Eddie Lee of Campus Acura.


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