June 18, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


Ian Poyntz, owner of Barb’s Fish and Chips on Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf, is celebrating the restaurant’s 40th anniversary.

Caroline Cameron, a microbiologist at the University of Victoria, is currently conducting research to develop a vaccine for syphilis, an infectious and deadly congenital disease. The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the experiment with $7.8 million.

Stephen Lyons, the current Director and Board Vice-President of the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, was re-elected to a second term on the Board as well as Angelica Pass and Will Sorrell were elected to their first terms at the Society’s AGM last night.

Premium Living Victoria is celebrating it’s 4th anniversary on June 15th when they merged with Garage Door Depot of Victoria and Wizard Screens in 2020 and then added Doornomics in 2021.

Victoria City Council has been advised to have the Crystal Pool rebuild to take place at the current location for the $210 million replacement.

The City of Victoria has entered into a service agreement with SOLID Outreach Society to fund the operations of a new access hub facility at 2155 Dowler Place that will provide wrap-around community-based services to reduce the risk and impacts of homelessness. The City is providing up to $1.8 million in annual operating funding and has provided a one-time grant of $300,000 to help SOLID acquire the property. The initiative is funded by the City’s Financial Stability Reserve, which can be used to fund operating and environmental emergencies – specifically situations related to public safety and emerging demands.

The University of Victoria was ranked third in Canada and 13th in the globe by the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for its efforts to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through July 14, Camosun College students’ creative seating will be on display at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation, located at 3220 Cedar Hill Road.

A new automated external defibrillator (AED) is installed at the Kiwanis Tea Room at Willows Beach Park by Kiwanis International Governor Nickolas Hafez and Oak Bay Kiwanis Club President Dave Cockle, a former Oak Bay fire chief.

The Community Healthcare System Support Playbook, developed under Dave Saunders’ direction and launched on June 11 at the Olympic View Golf Club, was funded in part by the Province with a $200,000 commitment.

Island Health has brought on board Jennifer Whiteside, the minister of mental health and addictions, to enhance the accessibility of addiction and mental health services. Specifically, she will be focusing on Island Health’s Central Access and Rapid Engagement Service (CARE) located at 1119 Pembroke St, ensuring that same day service is available to those in need.

The eleventh annual Africa Fest, a celebration of African and Caribbean cultures, will take place from June 21–23 at Centennial Square in Victoria.

Aryze Developments is preparing to begin construction of a three-story rental complex after completing demolition of an older apartment building at 822 Catherine Street, between Bella and Langford streets.

The University of Victoria will host the Arbutus Cloud, Canada’s largest cloud computing site for academic research, and will receive a combined $16.4 million infrastructure upgrade from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada and the federal and provincial governments.

The Dutch Bakery building, along Fort Street’s 700 block, is up for sale for $2.55 million listed by CBRE.

Workers at Cascadia Liquor store have successfully ratified their first collective agreement, bringing an end to the strike and boycott.

The Nellie McClung Library property, located at the intersection of Cedar Hill Road and McKenzie Avenue in Saanich, has been rezoned to permit the construction of an 18-story structure with 210 residences on the top floors and an expanded library on the lower floors.

A 5 Chamber Mixer, an annual joint mixer bringing together great businesses from the @sookechamber, Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, WestShore Chamber of Commerce, and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is happening on August 10th from 3-6 pm at Fred Milne Park. This year’s event is proudly hosted by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Sooke Music & Arts Festival. This year’s theme is Mixer en Blanc, so wear your white clothes and join us for this annual mixer. Registration is open for members and non-members.

A development permit for the tallest building in the district, set to rise in the Uptown-Douglas neighborhood near Whole Foods on the corner of Ravine Way and Carey Road, has been approved by the Saanich council.

The newest Tesla Superchargers in the Capital Region, which may be used by other automobile manufacturers, are getting ready to open at Sandown Commons, a shopping center in North Saanich along McDonald Park Road.

The Uptown Shopping Center is getting ready to open The Courts, a public pickleball court, which will be open for the summer in July.

This summer, the largest and newest Red Barn Market will open at the Sandown Commons shopping area in North Saanich.

Britz Beauty Studio & Academy Inc., which is also known as Britz Nail Studio, will be introduced to the Sooke and surrounding Victoria area.

Sooke Fax and Copy Centre will be closed from June 29th to July 2nd, and will reopen on July 3rd, for their employees much needed break.

Bill Collins, the founder and director of Cascadia Seaweed, has been confirmed as a speaker at the Aquaculture Association of Canada Conference in Charlottetown from June 16-19.

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital marks its 50th anniversary on June 14.

The Mary Winspear Centre will host Matilda the Musical from June 20 to June 23. Tickets are currently available for purchase.

Barbara Hubbard‘s Baden Baden Boutiques is having a half-price storewide inventory sale. Starting July 31, Baden Baden Boutique will hand over the facility and business to W&J Wilson, and Barbara will focus to manage her other business, Barbara’s Boutique.

The Sidney location of Refire Kitchen has opened at 2372 Beacon Ave.

June 15th marked the official opening of the Henson Building at Trailside At The Lake, located at 1371 Goldstream Ave.

The 40th TD Victoria International JazzFest, hosted by the Victoria Jazz Society, runs from June 21st to 30th.
Royal Roads University is hosting a celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21st from 10am to 3pm.
The Victoria Chamber welcomes their newest members: It’s Local Marketing, EDP Automotive Service Ltd., Newcrest Construction Inc., and SwedeKitchens.

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