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Health-Conscious Victorians Experience Nothing at Float House

May 12, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Vancouver Island’s only sensory deprivation and float centre, Float House Victoria has opened at 662 Herald Street. The much-anticipated alternative therapy centre has already been booked to capacity on most days with many people who have been learning about the benefits of floating coming in to try it for themselves.

“Most of our guests are floating for the first time and they have been waiting for an opportunity to try this therapy for all kinds of reasons, lowering stress is a big one,” said Erik Zaremba, owner, Float House Victoria. “The most common thing people say after their first float is that time stands still in the tank.”

Floatation therapy is a growing trend with float centres popping up all over North America, Europe and around the globe. Floating provides a unique opportunity for people to escape from their busy lives in an enclosed tank that’s completely free of distractions. The experience is similar to weightlessness and is designed to help people achieve a deeply relaxed state and harness the body’s natural abilities to heal from stress, illness or injuries.

“Floating can benefit everyone from athletes who want to recover quickly from training to people suffering from any type of pain or wanting to reduce stress,” said Zaremba. “The list of health conditions that can be helped by floating is very long and includes diabetes, arthritis and many more.”

Float House Victoria has six spa-like private rooms that contain a float tank and shower. There are currently three tanks in operation and three additional tanks will become available in the weeks ahead. Guests float effortlessly in 11.5 inches of body temperature water that contains 1,200 pounds of Epson salts.

Tanks at Float House Victoria are the newest and most advanced available. Victoria and Los Angles are the first cities in the world to offer the fully-automated tanks that provide options for a personalized floating experience. Guests may choose to completely block out all sound and light and feel almost nothing or add music or other audio and lights to their float.

An introductory package of three 90 minute floats is available for $150, individual float sessions cost $75 and memberships are also available.

Float House Victoria is the second location for the growing Float House brand, founded in Vancouver by Mike and Andy Zaremba, who opened the first Float House in Gastown in 2013 and just opened another location in Kitsilano. Float House is located around the corner from Victoria’s new public market at The Hudson. To book an appointment or find more information visit www.floathousevictoria.com.

Media Invitation: Float House Victoria invites media on story assignment to come to Float House for a float session. Floats are 90 minutes but can be customized to accommodate schedules, filming and photography.

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2014 BC Construction Industry Survey Released

May 12, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – This week, the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) and Construction Business Magazine published results of the 2014 BC Construction Industry Survey, with nearly 500 respondents articulating the major challenges and opportunities facing BC’s construction sector.

Responses from construction owners and employers, trade contractors, and suppliers demonstrate a united industry on key issues affecting productivity and profitability across the province: youth engagement, succession planning, outside competition, fair and transparent procurement practices, foreign workers, prompt payment, and others:

  • 18% of respondents searched internationally for skilled workers in the past year
  • About 50% of respondents in every region of the province say they plan to hire in the next year.  Another 35% in each region say they might hire… leaving only about 15% of employers who aren’t hiring.
  • On average, large companies are planning to hire 35 tradespeople each  this year.
  • 61% of respondents say that regional competition is hotter than it was two years ago, and 32% say that international competition has increased as well
  • 74% of Vancouver Island responded are now using online bidding tools

More than 230 respondents listed numerous trades and technical positions which they are having difficulty hiring for; the majority are for trades which require certifications, but also include labour positions and upper-level supervisory roles, indicating a disconnect between training and needs for the last several  years.  This disconnect in career planning is highlighted by one survey respondent, who commented: “Most families do not encourage the trades.  It seems as though there is nothing between McDonald’s and university.”

“Construction employers are under increasing pressure and scrutiny,” advises Manley McLachlan, BCCA President.  “This honest, straightforward input from industry is invaluable.  The respondents are clearly deeply invested in the sector and have expressed a sincere need to resolve issues and move forward.”

The BCCA will be hosting 23 industry organizations at a Blueprint Summit on May 14 to give stakeholders their first opportunity to discuss the plans directly with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training.

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Chard Development ‘Tops off’ Duet, Announces New Victoria Project - Escher

May 07, 2014

VICTORIA – Chard Development, Mayor Dean Fortin and local VIPs took part in a topping-off ceremony today at Duet in James Bay to celebrate the development reaching full height, a major milestone toward its completion in November 2014.

“I would like to congratulate Dave Chard and the team behind Duet on another successful project,” said Dean Fortin, Mayor, City of Victoria. “Thank you for your commitment to bringing new homes and vibrancy to Victoria for the past decade and for showing leadership with buildings like Duet that truly celebrate the neighbourhoods around them.”

The Duet project includes two buildings, Duet West, a four-storey building with 28 suites and Duet East, an eight-storey building with 62 suites and a 9th floor rooftop terrace available to all Duet residents with expansive views of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park and the ocean and mountains beyond. The two buildings are connected by a private courtyard and gardens that surround the property.

“Duet has captivated local buyers as well as those from across Canada because they can see themselves enjoying the best of Victoria from this quiet neighbourhood that’s close to everything they love about this city,” said Dave Chard, president, Chard Development. “We are very pleased to have sold more than 50 per cent of Duet to date and continue to see strong interest, particularly from people who want to sell another home during the spring or summer and move into Duet before the end of the year.”

Interest in one-bedroom suites at Duet has been significant, with just three remaining The majority of the remaining suites are two bedrooms with one or two bathrooms that are ideal for families, downsizers or people who appreciate a bit more space. Chard Development is offering to pay one year of household bills for purchasers who buy between now and May 15, 2014, an incentive that’s worth up to $16,000.

At today’s event, Chard also announced that the developer’s next project, the company’s sixth in Victoria, will launch in June. Escher is a 10-story residential development at 838 Broughton Street across from the YMCA and near the Royal Theatre. Escher will offer a wide selection of 82 modern one and two-bedroom suites as well as penthouse suites on the 9th and 10th floors and two street front live/work units. Suites will be priced from $219,000.

“The Chard Development team has worked closely with our architects, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, to design Escher with our positive outlook on an evolving downtown Victoria in mind,” said Chard. “Growth of the technology sector, new small businesses and restaurants and a vibrant arts and music scene are all contributing to an excitement and optimism about living downtown.”

The development received approval from the Planning and Land Use Committee and is currently pending a public hearing.

For Escher project pre-registration and an early preview opportunity visit www.eschervictoria.com. The new Escher presentation centre will be opening this June.

The presentation centre for Duet is located at 615 Broughton Street in downtown Victoria and is open daily from noon to 5 pm.

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Tourism Victoria Finalist for BCAMA Marketer of the Year Award

May 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The BC chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) announced this week Tourism Victoria is one of three finalists for the BCAMA Marketer of the Year Award. Tourism Victoria did not apply for this award, but was nominated by others in the marketing field.

“It is a huge honour to be recognized by this organization and be a finalist for this award,” says Trina Mousseau, Director of Destination Marketing at Tourism Victoria. “Our marketing efforts are so much more than just the campaigns we do. By working together – from our valued members to our teams on the road – we strive to inspire travel influencers to visit our beautiful destination.”

Destination Marketing is Tourism Victoria’s core business. Tourism Victoria has chosen to be dynamic, unique and stand out with its marketing communications style. Key elements of the 2013 marketing program included a dynamic meetings campaign, Victoria Calling and Find Christmas Here.

The BCAMA Marketer of the Year award does not award one specific campaign but rather an outstanding marketing strategy over a sustained period. The organization has been rewarding excellence in marketing for 44 years. Recent winners of this award include Vancity, Rocky Mountaineer and BC Hydro.

“It is absolutely amazing for the marketing efforts of a small organization like ours to be recognized amongst that prestigious group,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO of Tourism Victoria. “This nomination is a reflection that our distinctive work is being noticed by others in the marketing field.”

Tourism Victoria would like to recognize the Victoria Hotel Destination Marketing Association (VHDMA) for their continued support that allows the organization to execute their marketing strategy to such a high level. The nomination for this award represents VHDMA’s vision, and their partnership with Tourism Victoria allows the organization to showcase Greater Victoria to the world.

The BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association has been the province’s leading marketing source since 1955. As one of the most highly regarded chapters in North America, BCAMA was awarded with the “Chapter of the Year” Award from 1994-1997. The BCAMA is made up of over 500 members, and has a contact database of over 3,000 B.C. marketing, advertising, and communications professionals.

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More Ways to Connect with Your City

May 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The City of Victoria has launched a new blog and online consultation portal aimed at improving customer service and engaging citizens in civic matters.

“Our residents are interested in City issues, and we want information and ways to participate made as easy as possible,” noted Mayor Dean Fortin. “We have an important role in creating meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the City, and with each other, on issues that are important to them.”

The new City Blog at www.victoria.ca/blog will be used to share information that is interesting and value-added for citizens. This week the blog highlight’s one mom’s quest to be better prepared for an earthquake.

Launched with opportunities to provide input on the City’s cycling network, Have Your Say Victoria is an online consultation forum that offers the community improved ways to engage on City initiatives. In less than two weeks, over 650 residents have provided input online.

From transportation improvements, changes in service delivery, urban design or land use, the public can expect to see a variety of topics for discussion. Citizens can learn more about specific projects, provide feedback through surveys and engage in two-way dialogue with City staff and residents through online discussion forums.  The community will be able to collaborate on ideas that will help shape the future of Victoria.

Have Your Say Victoria is responsive to the community’s desire for improved online opportunities, as noted in the 2013 Citizen and Business Surveys. Users can provide feedback without having to visit City Hall and can access the site at www.HaveYourSayVictoria.com or directly from the City’s website at www.victoria.ca.

Online tools designed to make it easier engage on City matters have been well-received by the community, consistently resulting in high participation.  In 2013, the City introduced a personalized garbage collection reminder service in which residents receive an email, text or tweet prior to collection day.  Over 5,000 households now utilize this reminder service every two weeks.

Social media channels continue to grow as essential customer service and engagement tools. The City’s Twitter following is now 13,500 and Facebook is 8,500.

The City’s recent online mapping system, known as “VicMap” has moved City mapping information to one of the top 10 pages each month on the City’s website www.victoria.ca

Online application tracking, a searchable document library for City reports and documents, e-billing for utilities and property taxes, are also being introduced this year.

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Camosun College and Royal Roads Augment Collaboration and Advance Shared Interests

May 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA —The presidents of Camosun College and Royal Roads University (RRU) signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday, May 6 to acknowledge their complementary mandates and shared interests. This development supports the province’s Core Review by identifying synergies, reducing redundancy and creating new opportunities through co-operation. RRU president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon and Camosun president Kathryn Laurin signed the MOU at the Blue Heron House, RRU’s Indigenous Learning and Cultural Centre situated on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon.

Royal Roads University and Camosun College share a strong interest in regional economic development, international engagement and national and global issues. Through the MOU, both parties wish to establish a multi-faceted collaboration to further enhance education and business development opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to: co-conferring academic credentials; offering joint admission; working together in shared marketing of domestic and international programs where cost benefits may be achieved; and working together to effectively combine Camosun’s suite of polytechnic programs and Royal Roads’ MBA program in the field of logistics.

“Both Royal Roads and Camosun College are committed in their support of the new B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint,” says Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “The agreement we signed today aligns with that and also builds on the previously announced Vancouver Island Public Post-Secondary Alliance in which we as a sector have pledged to continue to work together to offer students more choices to ensure sustainable futures.”

“This is innovative and collaborative planning that significantly amplifies the strengths of each institute,” says Camosun president Kathryn Laurin. “We already have a number of pre-existing articulation agreements that allow Camosun students to transfer seamlessly to RRU’s degree programs. I look forward to working with President Cahoon to expand and enrich the opportunities for our students.”

Royal Roads University, a public university established in 1995, offers a progressive model of post-secondary education, delivering applied and professional programs through the faculties of management and social and applied sciences. The university offers its students a unique blended learning experience, combining online and on-campus instruction, as well as fulltime intensive on-campus instruction in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, certificates and diplomas. It also offers progressive executive, custom and continuing studies programs.

Camosun College is BC’s most comprehensive community college offering over 160 different certificate, diploma and bachelor degree programs to 18,500 students each year. With two campuses in Greater Victoria, the college also welcomes more than 800 international students each year from 60 countries and 1,000 Aboriginal students from across Canada. Camosun emphasizes applied learning experiences and maintains an outstanding reputation for teaching excellence. For more information visit camosun.ca.

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Camosun College Board of Governors approves balanced budget for 2014/15

May 06, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Camosun College’s Board of Governors approved a $114 million dollar balanced budget for fiscal year 2014/15 at its regular monthly meeting last night, May 5.

The budget has been a challenging process for the College given the flat funding environment and an anticipated funding reduction announced in the 2013 Provincial Budget. Compounding the situation is the additional lack of clarity regarding the future funding of the English as a Second Language program.

Developing a framework for reduced budgets over the last few years has meant the need for two key strategies:  revenue growth largely through International education; and, expenditure reductions.

To meet this year’s balanced budget, a 2.5% reduction in operating funds will be affected across the college, impacting all Departments and Schools.

Finance Chair Russ Lazaruk commented the communication process that took key components of the first budget proposal out to the college community for initial consultation and discussion was important and led to productive modifications to the original budget proposals.

The budget submitted to the Board for approval by the Finance Committee last night contained no suspensions, cancellations or removal of programs.  This includes the Music Professional Studies program at the Conservatory of Music, Early Learning and Care, and Computer Science Technology. There is a reduction of one cohort in the Applied Business Technology program. In University Transfer there will be a reduction of sections based mainly on lower enrolled courses.

“This is what consultation is all about,” said Lazaruk. “The college community sees a proposal and offers insights. In this case those insights provided highly creative approaches in which faculty and staff members were prepared to modify programs in order to ensure that Camosun continues to meet its mandate in the best way possible, given our funding challenges.”

“We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all members of the college community who participated in the budget process and who creatively worked to find solutions to the budget challenges,” said Board Chair Marilyn Pattison. “We are confident that the budget protects the comprehensiveness of Camosun programs while recognizing the fiscal realities of these times, and we look forward to a sustainable future.”

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Victoria Real Estate Market Is On Track And Steady For Spring

May 01, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its monthly report on real estate activity in the Victoria area for April 2014.

664 properties sold in the month of April 2014, compared to 615 in April 2013 – an increase of nearly 8% year over year. Compared to last month in March, there were 15.5% more sales.

New inventory came on to the market; with almost 9% more new listings than last month, which creates more choice for buyers. And though the total inventory level was higher than last month, it was still 4% lower than this time last year - approximately 180 fewer listings.

“We’re at an interesting time of the year for local real estate; spring is traditionally a busy season and I think the market is headed in the right direction,” Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres says. “I think people are watching numbers closely to see where house values are going and where demand is headed. But people waiting for a large change are going to be disappointed, because we see a steady market. Pricing is stable, inventory is at a good level, and we’re in balanced market territory which is good for both buyers and sellers.”

Current MLS® Home Price Index benchmark prices were relatively flat across the region. Single Family homes on the Peninsula showed the largest change in benchmark price with a drop of 2% compared to last year, while the Westshore showed the largest increase with 1.2% compared to last year. Greater Victoria condo benchmark pricing was down 0.5% from last year, but the value in the same area for townhouses increased by 2.4%.

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Camosun Receives Federal Dollars To Boost Services That Stimulate Business Innovation

May 01, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Camosun’s capacity to support and stimulate local business innovation and entrepreneurship just received a boost as a result of two Applied Research Tools & Instruments (ARTI) awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). These awards, totalling $280,980, will be used to enhance Camosun’s robotic automation services for local manufacturing businesses and to acquire high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) and biofermentation equipment to support Vancouver Island’s growing micro brewery industry.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), delivered this exciting news as part of a nationwide announcement of new NSERC funding. “Moving ideas efficiently from the laboratory to the marketplace is key to driving Canadian innovation forward,” says Holder. “Our government is strengthening partnerships between colleges and local businesses to improve business and college innovation while creating jobs and prosperity for Canadians.”

The latest ARTI award from NSERC is an endorsement of the quality of Camosun’s R&D services, and this new investment will help to expand robotics, applied chemistry and biotechnology services to attract and serve an expanding client base. “Camosun is well-known for providing biochemical analytics, computer systems expertise and engineering/manufacturing technologies for local companies like MB Laboratories, Ltd. and Scott Plastics Ltd.,” says Tim Walzak, Director of Camosun Applied Research & Innovation (CARI). “Faculty researchers like Imtehaze Heerah (Mechanical Engineering Technology) and Blair Surridge (Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology) have the skills, knowledge and inventors’ insights to develop innovative solutions that yield astonishing results for our clients. A cast of engineers, technologists and administrators round out the team to provide our clients with practical solutions and a competitive edge. ”

President Kathryn Laurin, who sits on the board for the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, believes investments from national funding agencies like NSERC help businesses tap into the talented people at colleges like Camosun, helping them to innovate, compete and stimulate our economy. “At Camosun, we continue to ramp up our activity to better serve the manufacturing industries and wider business community. By connecting college researchers, engineers, technologists and students with Vancouver Island small- and medium-sized businesses, we can really make a difference in the economic prosperity of the region and in the lives of our faculty, staff and students. It is all very exciting and promising.”

Camosun VP Strategic Development Tom Roemer echoes President Laurin’s sentiments. “Camosun has a wealth of talented people, advanced equipment and well-appointed facilities to help local businesses innovate and expand their services. We have recently opened our new Enterprise Point to serve the business community in a convenient, one-stop experience.”

CARI and Enterprise Point provide real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. Through prototype development and testing, customized technology solutions, and product/process development and design, Camosun is helping invigorate the region’s entrepreneurial sector.

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Local Business Along With Aboriginal Artist, Corrine Hunt, Spearhead Campaign To Fight Hunger In Canada's First Nations Communities

Apr 30, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Artina's Jewellery in collaboration with Aboriginal artist and co-designer of the 2010 Olympic Games Medals, Corrine Hunt, create a stunning First Nations reusable and eco-friendly water canteen in which proceeds go to the ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program.

"This year we are proud to celebrate 25 years as Artina's Jewellery. Since West Coast First Nations jewellery has been such a prevalent part of what has made us successful, we wanted to come up with a creative and inspiring way to give back to the First Nations communities."

As a proud local and family owned business, Artina's Jewellery opened on Government Street, Victoria in 1989. Thanks to more then 100 of Canada's top jewellery artists, in the past 25 years it has evolved into the 'World's Largest Selection of Canadian Hand Crafted Jewellery' with its second location opening in Gastown, Vancouver in 2009. Local Aboriginal artist, Corrine Hunt has been one of the shops premier artists for over 10 years. With her love of humanity, inspiration and design the 'Let It Rain' campaign was created. Corrine has been an avid supporter of the ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast program for many years.

First Nations children suffer the greatest levels of poverty among all children in Canada. 2 in 5 First Nations children live in poverty which is more than double the national average. Artina's Jewellery and Corrine Hunt are thrilled to be able to donate to the ONEXONE Foundation in its efforts to increase nutrition, food literacy, and scholastic success in First Nations Communities.

To purchase a 'Let It Rain' bottle go to our website at
www.artinas.com or visit us in store.

For more information on the ONEXONE Foundation go to http://www.onexone.org/what-we-do-hunger.php

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FIFA World Cup Video Clips Available to Local Newspapers via SendtoNews

Apr 30, 2014

(News Release) — With the FIFA World Cup on the horizon, digital sports video agency SendtoNews is pleased to announce its extensive coverage surrounding the games. Beginning today, SendtoNews will roll out its comprehensive World Cup digital content package through its digital News Partnership Network™ so that fans can access content via their favorite local news sites across North America.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in locations throughout Brazil from June 12th to July 13th 2014, featuring qualifying teams from 32 nations. SendtoNews will be providing unprecedented coverage leading up to and during the games including the latest World Cup news stories, and 100 short films that feature team, player and venue profiles. During the games, SendtoNews will be on the ground in Rio, delivering a comprehensive daily package of previews and post-game match reactions as well as coverage of major stories and press conferences.

“SendtoNews is very pleased to offer the World Cup to our newsroom partners, which is not just the most popular sporting event but the most viewed event in the world,” said CEO Greg Bobolo.

To become an accredited SendtoNews newsroom partner, contact: Philippe Guay, Executive VP Strategic Partnerships, Mobile: 917.558.3108 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call toll free 855.590.1991.

Headquartered in Victoria (British Columbia), with affiliate offices in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London (UK), SendtoNews is the fastest growing syndicator of sports video highlights in the world. The company currently monetizes and distribute game highlights, player interviews and other fan-interest content for more than 75 sports leagues on four continents and its broadcast and publishing partners represent more than 1000 television, radio, print and online news outlets.

SendtoNews also operates the industry's only 'Premium Advertising Network', where it packages and connects new, exclusive inventories of sports video content with large-scale, creative opportunities for major sponsors.

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Ceremonies Across B.C. Honour Workers Who Died in 2013

Apr 28, 2014

(News Release) RICHMOND — Today, workers, families, and employers remember those who lost their lives in workplaces across British Columbia. In 2013, of the 128 work-related deaths in B.C., 39 were from traumatic injury, 22 from motor vehicle incidents, and 67 were from occupational disease, mainly from exposure to asbestos decades ago. Day of Mourning ceremonies are being held across the province.

“On the Day of Mourning, we take the time to honour those whose lives were tragically cut short, or changed forever by workplace injuries,” says the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Workplace accidents are devastating for workers, their families, their coworkers, and their communities. It is why we must all work tirelessly to ensure that we have a culture of safety that makes these kinds of tragedies a thing of the past.”

The high-risk industries of manufacturing, construction, primary resources, and transportation had the highest number of fatalities in 2013. There were 33 deaths in the manufacturing sector, including: metal and non-metallic mineral products, petroleum, coal, rubber, plastic and chemical products, and paper and wood products industries; there were 30 workplace deaths in construction; 17 in primary resources; and 15 deaths in transportation and its related services. Six young workers aged between 15 and 24 died in 2013.

“There are over half a million work sites and over 2 million workers in this province,” says George Morfitt, Chair, WorkSafeBC Board of Directors. “We must remain vigilant about health and safety for every worker in every workplace, whether that’s  in an emergency room, on a construction site, in the woods or on the farm. We owe that, whether we’re an employer, a union, a worker or a member of WorkSafeBC to every man and woman working across B.C.”

In Vancouver, a commemorative ceremony jointly hosted by the B.C. Federation of Labour, the Business Council of British Columbia, and WorkSafeBC will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre's Jack Poole Plaza. The Olympic Cauldron, in honour of fallen workers, will be lit at 10:00 a.m. Two of the speakers today, Linda Dorsett and young Silver Kuris, speak from the tragedy of having family members killed at work.

“Just because you think you know all the risks doesn't mean you can prepare yourself for that awful knock at the door,” says Linda Dorsett. “My husband Sean drowned in 25 feet of water. As a commercial diver and fisherman, he dove off our boat to retrieve an entangled anchor.”

The Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony 30 years ago on April 28, 1984. Canada was the first country to formally commemorate workers who’d been killed at work; today, the Day of Mourning is observed throughout the world.

Linda Dorsett adds, “When it happens, you think you're the first and only one to ever feel such pain. Sadly, you're not. I hope today's ceremony gives those left behind a bit of hope and that people are listening.”

For more information and list of B.C. ceremonies, visit www.worksafebc.com/dayofmourning.

WorkSafeBC is an independent provincial statutory agency governed by a Board of Directors that serves 2.2 million workers and more than 215,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise between B.C.’s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.

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New Angel Investor Network For Vancouver Island Launches in Victoria

Apr 28, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — To accelerate the region’s thriving early-stage investing ecosystem, the Capital Investment Network has been established in Victoria to unify, organize and represent the diverse private local investment community of successful entrepreneurs, executives and professional on Vancouver Island. The newly formed angel forum will connect individuals, groups, and other partners that support early stage investing and improve local access to investment opportunities, education and expertise.

The Capital Investment Network has partnered with the CFA Society Victoria to launch its inaugural event the “Investors First Evening Launch Party” aimed at bringing the private investment community together to support a global CFA initiative for building awareness of the fiduciary duty to protect investor interests. The event will feature an educational discussion on crowd-funding, a hotly debated new investment platform which is regularly featured in the media. This topic is pressing to private investors as legislation in both the US and Canada is rapidly evolving to open up this investment area and investors need to be prepared by being educated on the risks and opportunities of this investment vehicle.

The discussion will feature Alixe Cormick, a leading expert in Canada on crowd-funding, Founder and CEO of Vancouver-based legal firm, Venture Law Corporation and Advisory member for the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada and Daryl Hatton, Founder and CEO of Vancouver-based FundRazr, one of the top 10 brands in the global crowd-funding market according to Forbes magazine. FundRazr has enabled over 40,000 people, businesses, and non-profits in 20 countries to raise more than $48,000,000.

The event will be held on May 14, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Terrace Room at the Laurel Point Inn. The panel discussion will begin at 6:00 pm.


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