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New Land Transaction Agreement to Boost Victoria’s Economy

The mayor of Victoria says the recent land exchange agreement between the city and the provincial government will bring tremendous benefits to the community.

Media Matters at the Victoria Film Fest

If content is king, then convenience is queen. That was one of the big takeaways from the Victoria Film Festival’s (VFF) opening Springboard talk and panel.


Proposed British Columbia Liquor Law Changes Lauded by Festival Organizer


Nick Blasko of Atomique Productions didn’t have high hopes for B.C. government endorsement of the recent recommendations made in a report concerning the province’s outdated liquor laws.

Why Mediation Should be Part of Your Business’s Tool Kit


When two co-workers refuse to talk each other it can negatively impact a business, no matter what industry it’s in. If it’s in a medical setting and patient treatment is at stake, it has the potential to be disastrous. Workplace mediator Julia Menard recently shared her experience dealing with such a conflict,

Bear Mountain’s 36 Holes Will Stay, Highrise Plans Will Go


Bear Mountain’s developer Dan Matthews of Ecoasis Developments has a nice present for Jack Nicklaus on the golf champion’s 74th birthday:the future build-out of the Bear Mountain community will definitely include keeping the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort — Canada’s only Nicklaus Design 36-hole golf course.

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Why the World Loves Canadian Whisky


If you think single-malt and scotch when you hear whisky, you may be surprised to learn that worldwide export sales of Canadian whisky were up 25 per cent in 2013 — and it looks like this upward trend will continue.

“Scotland isn’t the only place that makes good whisky anymore,” says says Davin de Kergommeaux, chairman of the Canadian Whisky Award judges and author of Canadian Whisky. “A world of whisky connoisseurs have discovered Canadian whisky.”

Latest Issue of Douglas Magazine Now Online


Read the December/January issue of Douglas Magazine here.

In Conversation with Ken Kelly


BONUS CONTENT: An Extended Version of our Five Minutes with Ken Kelly from the December/January issue of Douglas Magazine

A vibrant downtown is one of the primary hallmarks of a thriving city, and it takes vision, focus, planning, and action. Douglas talks to Ken Kelly, general manager of the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) about the organization’s role and strategies in making the downtown a prosperous business hub.


Oak Bay Beach Hotel Takes Top Award For Excellence


The team at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has numerous reasons to celebrate. With their first anniversary of operation approaching, the hotel took the Judges’ Choice Award for overall excellence at the 22nd Annual Commercial Building Awards, presented today at a special awards luncheon.

“The Oak Bay Beach Hotel showed exemplary creativity in design and architecture for best use of a challenging property footprint,” says Mike Lagadyn, Chair of the Commercial Division. "This project is a stunning improvement over the old hotel, while maintaining its former charm and serving the community.”

Trend Watching Pays Off for Victoria-based One Net Marketing


How do you use technology to appeal to a demographic that traditionally eschews the “plugged –in” life? You go old-school. Hipster Bait (www.hipsterbait.com) is an interactive geo-caching music discovery game designed to “bring back rock & roll, one hipster at a time.”

The game combines cross-channel media including an interactive website, physical cassette tapes, geo-caching, video, and gamification.

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