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New Victoria Based Bike Company

Apr 16, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Locally-based company, Lochside Cycles announced on “date” that it will be launching its trendy brand of vintage and city-inspired bicycles in Victoria and online this spring. Lochside is set to be the first Victoria-based company of its kind to capitalize on the thriving commuter cycle scene, offering a wide range of bikes from fixed and urban to Dutch-style cruisers.

Founders of the company, brothers Brian and Richard Kirk, and their long-time friend, Jeff Zamluk, are hoping to seduce Victorians with their sleek line of simple and stylish rides. But even before diving head first into the complicated process of cycle design, the trio spent many long nights discussing the necessities of urban riding and what they wanted their company to offer consumers.

“We want to get more people on bikes and make riding a painless experience for everyone,” said the company’s youngest proprietor, Richard. “But we also want to design bikes that are stylish…something people are proud to show off, and can get excited about each time they go for a ride.”

It wasn’t long before the boys of Lochside Cycles decided to bring their company to life. Paying homage to the city in which they reside, the threesome resolved to name their project after the picturesque Lochside Regional Trail, a former railway line turned commuter-favourite that stretches all the way from downtown Victoria to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

“We had to give a nod to the beautiful area we live in. The trail is a personal favourite of ours, so it only made sense to personify it by bringing it to the local market…after all, Victoria is the cycling capital of Canada,” said Kirk.

In their first year, the company will be focusing on providing buyers with quality bikes at affordable prices starting in the low $400s that are easy to use, efficient and attractive. The founders hope that the countless hours of meticulous mechanical design and thoughtful styling will afford them a competitive advantage both at home and across Canada. Currently, the company is offering shoppers 8 different models, casting a wide net and appealing to a large assortment of casual and serious riders. And so far, the triad of young entrepreneurs is feeling encouraged by the response they have received from customers and local shops in Victoria and across the province.

“The local interest in our brand, to its name and to the design of our bikes has been truly overwhelming. At the moment we are dealing with local bike shops, but we also want to grow our business on a national stage, while remaining true to our roots and to the whole concept behind our company. We think the future is bright.”

The bikes are currently available for purchase on the company’s website and will soon be available in local storefronts across Victoria the province including North Park Bikes, Fairfield Bikes, the Broken Spoke, and Reckless Bike Stores. For more information about Lochside Cycles, visit their website www.lochsidecycles.com.

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Island Beltone & JC Scott Eco Design Associates Offer Solutions to Those With Hearing Loss

Apr 15, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Restaurants pose unique challenges for those who are hard of hearing, where noise can often result in missed conversations, miscommunication with servers, and a disappointing evening, but designer JC Scott and Island Beltone owner Jeff Germain have a number of solutions to the problem of finding a location that works for enjoying a great meal out.

When choosing a place to eat when you’re hard of hearing, or joining someone who is, a few simple steps will help to ensure that the experience is more enjoyable for all members of the party. Everything from the reservation process to the seating location can help ensure that the conversation surrounding the meal isn’t missed.

If at all possible, it is better to make a reservation in person at the restaurant. This way, you will be able to see the space and determine where the best location to dine within the restaurant would be. Choosing the right space to sit is as easy as requesting to be seated in a booth instead of a table, in a carpeted area instead of a tiled space, and in a lower level of the restaurant should there be multiple floors or levels. In summer months, it is often easier to hear conversation on the patio than inside the restaurant, depending on the ambient street noise. The most important thing to remember is that it will always be louder in a restaurant than at home, but adjusting your hearing aids to match the space is possible.

“One of the most difficult things for anyone who has experienced hearing loss – even those with hearing aids – is to both hear and participate in conversation in a busy restaurant,” says Jeff Germain, owner of Island Beltone. “But, it doesn’t have to be so troublesome that you never enjoy your favourite meal again. The latest hearing aids have automatic noise reduction as well as smart phone remote control for personal adjustments and some even have geo-tracking apps that allow users to set preferred restaurants into the phone’s memory.”

From a design perspective, restaurateurs most often consider acoustics when designing or redesigning spaces. When JC Scott works with architects and restaurateurs, he always starts with the acoustics of the space, whether it is brand new or being redesigned, knowing that they will help to shape the character and ambiance of a lounge or restaurant space.

“The simple rule of sound means that the more people there are and the more reflective surfaces there are, the louder the space will be,” says JC Scott, owner of JC Scott eco Design Associates. “Everything from choosing carpet over wood or tile flooring to the use of fabrics or the size of windows will affect the noise level of a space.”

A great example of Scott’s design work is the Prime Restaurant & Lounge in Courtenay, BC, where the lounge space was designed to be acoustically bright and lively, while the restaurant dining space and meeting rooms were designed to be softer and quiet. The lounge features a lower ceiling, hardwood floors and more glass for more noise energy, whereas the dining space has a higher ceiling with carpeted floors and more booth seating for better acoustic intimacy.

Over the next few weeks, in anticipation of Better Hearing & Speech Month in May, Germain is asking people to list restaurants that they feel provide a better dining experience for those with hearing loss. To add suggestions, visit the Island Beltone Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BeltoneHearingCare.

“Everyone has their favourite restaurant, and we know that many of our clients have worked over time to find those that work for their needs, so we look forward to building a great resource list for anyone who is hard of hearing,” says Germain.

For more information on hearing care, visit www.beltonecare.ca.

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Pacific Links International Announces Partnership With Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa

Apr 14, 2014

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Tell The City of Victoria How to Improve Parking Downtown

Apr 14, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The City of Victoria recently reviewed its parking services to identify ways to make it easier to park downtown and improve customer service.

The community is invited to learn more and provide feedback on the recommended improvements to downtown parking and to share their thoughts and experiences on parking in Victoria by completing an online survey by May 2.

A drop-in open house will be held on Friday, April 25 from 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the City Hall Antechamber to provide the public an opportunity to view displays and speak with staff about the proposed improvements.

The City’s review of downtown parking highlights that the demand for on-street parking exceeds available capacity, while there is space within the City’s five parkades. Recommendations focus on shifting motorists from higher-demand, on-street parking spaces to available spots in City parkades. Some incentives include offering the first hour free and free evening parking Monday to Saturday in all City parkades.

Reducing and standardizing parkade rates is recommended to improve consistency and ease of understanding. The hourly parkade rate of $2.25 would be reduced to $2/hour and charged in 15 minute-increments. Daily maximums would be $12 at all City parkades except at Bastion Square Parkade, which would have a higher daily rate of $14 due to higher demand. Moving monthly, long-term parkers to higher floors in City parkades to free up space on lower floors for those who park for less than three-hours is also proposed.

Providing variable on-street parking rates from $1.50 to $3 an hour with time limits ranging from 90 minutes to all day depending on the area, is one way to provide motorists with more flexibility and choice when parking downtown. Higher demand on-street parking spaces within a three-minute walk of a City parkade would be set at the highest rate.

Other recommendations focus on customer service, such as new training for all City parking staff and contracted enforcement commissionaires, and improved way-finding signage and parking information online, on-street and in parkades.

All feedback will be compiled and summarized in a report to City Council for consideration in May. For more information and to participate in the online survey, visit: www.victoria.ca

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City Takes Additional Steps to Minimize Risk on Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project

Apr 14, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The City of Victoria has hired a consultant with specialized experience in large scale transportation projects to assess current project risks and make recommendations on whether any additional strategies should be employed to ensure effective delivery of the project.

Jonathan Huggett, PEng, is a consultant with specialized experience in alternate delivery of public infrastructure projects, with a particular specialty in transportation and municipal projects. Mr. Huggett has clients at all levels of government and has worked on several bridge projects including the rehabilitation of the Lions Gate Bridge, Skybridge and the SkyTrain system, on the Lower Mainland. Mr. Huggett was also retained in 1999 by Victoria City Council to evaluate and advise on the delivery of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

In the course of his work, Mr. Huggett will review all contract documents, interview key staff and the engineering consultants, MMM, as well as PCL, the bridge contractor.

The value of the work is $15,000. The professional services contract will be posted on the www.johnsonstreetbridge.com website when finalized this week.

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B.C.'s tech sector is growing, and full of opportunities

Apr 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA - This week, BC Stats released a progress report that shows the growing strength of British Columbia’s high technology sector. This report is a solid indication that the BC Jobs Plan is working and that British Columbia now competes with the best in the industry.

Most British Columbians are already familiar with home-grown success stories like Hootsuite, Global Relay, Mobify and Plenty of Fish. But we’re also home to companies such as D-Wave in Burnaby that may not be household names, but D-Wave is recognized by companies such as Google as a truly global leader in one of the most technologically complex fields in the world, quantum computing.

In fact, there are many local businesses drawing international attention. Seamor Marine in Nanaimo recently partnered with NASA to build underwater robots that will assist the NASA Space Program. Another example is Trulioo, a Vancouver-based company that provides social media, mobile and web identification services. While this company has a catchy name, it’s also on venture capitalist mogul David Blumberg’s radar as possibly the next Hootsuite. This company is rapidly expanding as an industry pioneer and they’re doing it right here in B.C.

The province is also attracting foreign investments in technology development centres for Star Wars productions, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Electronic Arts. The recent TED conference was hosted in Vancouver after being based in California since it first opened. The list goes on. These global powerhouses recognize the competitive advantages our province offers and are bringing their business here and putting down roots.

We know this didn’t happen overnight. It takes good people with great ideas, who are willing to develop their ideas and build companies, to get to the level of prosperity that we are seeing today.

That’s why we’re working hard to support the sector with the fuel people need to get their ideas into the marketplace. Through our support of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), we’re providing strong support for budding local entrepreneurs who are trying to get their companies and ideas launched in a very competitive industry.

For example, BCIC’s provincewide Venture Acceleration Program provides guidance, coaching and training for early stage technology entrepreneurs and innovators. The program helps to accelerate the process of defining a business model based on best practices for starting and growing technology entrepreneurs.

Since 2011, the BCIC accelerator program has grown to 10 delivery partners throughout the province. Nearly 300 entrepreneurs have been trained, 523 jobs have been created, and $9.9 million in revenue generated by this program.

The recent tech report shows that 253 new businesses emerged in the B.C. tech sector last year. These new businesses are now working alongside industry veterans like Sierra Wireless, a global leader in wireless technology. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates is another pillar of the community and a surprising number of today’s successes can be tracked back to spinoffs from this Richmond based company that designs, builds, launches and operates satellites.

While the numbers we’re seeing are impressive, we don’t intend to rest here. We’ll continue to work with the BC Innovation Council, to find ways to continue to grow the tech sector. Building a strong tech sector means more opportunities and greater economic prosperity for British Columbians in the years to come.

Profile of the British Columbia High Technology Sector - 2013 Edition: www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/StatisticsBySubject/BusinessIndustry/HighTechnology.aspx

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Cruise Ship Water & Bus Shuttles Ready For Launch

Apr 04, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is expanding on the Victoria cruise shuttle service to include a pilot water shuttle service from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour. The 40-passenger Victoria Harbour Ferries vessel the “Linda Mae” will shuttle cruise ship passengers and crew from the newly built multi-purpose float at Ogden Point to the Steamship Terminal float on the lower causeway.

The water shuttle pilot will run continuously when cruise ships are in port. The shuttle trips will take 30 minutes each way, including loading and unloading passengers. The boat’s 2-crew team will provide a narrative about Victoria and the history of the local First Nations as they cruise through the harbour.

The marine shuttle will complement the changes made to the ground shuttle service in 2013. Last year, the service was operated with buses supplied by BC Transit and supplemented by Wilson’s Transportation Ltd (Wilson’s), transporting 93,000 passengers between Ogden Point and downtown. The low-floor and double-decker transit buses are well-suited to the residential and urban streets on the cruise shuttle route and offer easy on and off loading, particularly for those with mobility challenges. Similar to last season, Wilson’s will supplement the service with additional buses on peak days, with all buses being operated by Wilson’s team of professional drivers.

The marine shuttle will use the newly installed multi-purpose float at Ogden Point located between Pier B and the Helijet terminal. The new float will also help to reduce traffic impact in the community by enabling marine-based shore excursion tours to pick-up directly at Ogden Point rather than having to drive through the community to another drop-off/pick-up location.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Victoria Harbour Ferries to pilot the new marine shuttle,” said GVHA President & Chief Executive Officer Curtis Grad. “We are committed to finding innovative and effective solutions to the challenge of transporting large volumes of cruise passengers and crew downtown, while minimizing impacts on the neighbouring community. The marine shuttle is another important step in fulfilling this commitment.”

GVHA’s feedback management program ensures that community impact is received, responded to and actioned as appropriate. Responses are received online, by email and by phone.

 

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Capital Iron goes from 'scrap heap' to 'top of the heap' winning the Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award

Apr 03, 2014

News Release) VICTORIA — The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) today announced that Capital Iron of Victoria, British Columbia, was selected to receive the prestigious Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award (FEYA) for 2014 at a spectacular gala dinner to be held at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Hotel in Vancouver on May 22, 2014. The national award is given annually by CAFE to recognize and promote the achievements of Canadian family businesses and the vital contribution they make to their local communities and Canada's economy.

From its beginnings as a humble scrap business in 1863, Capital Iron has evolved into a traditional general store for the modern consumer offering a wide range of products from hardware, clothing and home décor to camping equipment, barbecues, and gardening supplies. As their tagline "There's No Store Like It!" suggests, Capital Iron has built a long-standing reputation as the best store in town with second to none selection, all the while maintaining the unique charm of its historical location, built in 1890 and recognized as a Heritage Canada historical building.

Capital Iron is currently owned and managed by the Black family and is an integral part of the Vancouver Island community employing more than 100 people and donating between 5 and 10% of profits each year to various charitable causes.

"The Capital Iron family is thrilled and honoured to be this year's recipient of CAFE Canada's FEYA Award. There is a long list of distinguished winners and we are excited to be included in that number. CAFE is the single most important organization we belong to and we look forward to the symposium in Vancouver,"  said Capital Iron President, Mike Black.

"Congratulations to Capital Iron and the Black family. Clearly, the secret to their success is the inherent 'family-ness' of their business coupled with their focus on supporting and giving back to their community," noted Paul MacDonald, Executive Director of CAFE.

Capital Iron will share their family business story with more than 200 leaders of family businesses from across Canada at the CAFE FEYA Award gala which will also feature a keynote presentation delivered by Canadian business icon, David Chilton, author of Canada's all-time best-selling book, The Wealthy Barber and panelist on the hit T.V. series The Dragons' Den. The FEYA Award gala is held in conjunction with the CAFE Family Business Symposium running May 21-23, 2014.

"We congratulate all of the nominees for the 2014 CAFE Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award for their innovation and contribution to their local communities," said Yannick Archambault, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at BMO Harris Private Banking. "The hard work and determination that drives their business is the same passion that drives our economy forward as a whole. We are proud to be associated with an organization such as CAFE that celebrates the accomplishments of Canadian family businesses and look forward to continuing to work with them and support their efforts."

Prior recipients of the CAFE FEYA Award include larger companies such as E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd. and Rogers Communications and smaller companies such as Beau's All Natural Brewing Company. CAFE and the FEYA Award program receive support from platinum sponsors BMO Harris Private Banking, and silver sponsors Northland Wealth Management, KPMG Enterprise and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA).

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March 2014 Real Estate Activity in Victoria

Apr 01, 2014

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

575 properties sold in the month of March 2014, compared to 483 in March 2013 – an increase of nearly 20% year over year. However, the average sales for the month of March over the past five years is 607 properties per month, so though 2014 is stronger than the year previous, sales have not yet returned to the longer term average.

Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres says, “This time last year sales weren’t outstanding – the market was sluggish. Tightened mortgage amortization rules resulted in slower sales as buyers adjusted to the new requirements. Property values were stable, but inventory didn’t move quickly. This year we see more sales than last March.”

The Victoria Real Estate Board uses the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) to report on property values. The MLS® HPI uses the concept of a benchmark home, a notional home with common attributes of typical homes in a defined area. Through the analysis of ten years of Victoria Real Estate Board MLS® sales data, the MLS® HPI defined benchmark homes for Victoria in each category (single family homes, townhouses, condos) and for each neighbourhood. The benchmark starting point was 2005, where each type of property and neighbourhood was assigned an index value of 100.

Current MLS® HPI composite (inclusive of all single family homes, condos and townhomes sales) for the Victoria Real Estate Board area is 139.3 – compared to 139.1 this time last year. While these overall numbers indicate little change in the last 12 months, some areas have changed more than others. Local REALTORS® can interpret what this means to specific neighbourhoods in the region.

President Tim Ayres explains what this means to the local market, “The stable property values year over year, along with the strong inventory of properties we see for sale shows that we have returned to balanced market conditions. There is no extreme upward or downward pressure on housing prices right now. This stability in value combined with the new lower interest rates we see from some lenders may move a lot more buyers into the Victoria and area housing market.”

Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres is available for comment. More information on the March 2014 report and the MLS ® HPI is available from the Victoria Real Estate Board.

About VREB - The Victoria Real Estate Board was founded in 1921 and since that time has been a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs aimed at enhancing the professionalism and community standing of REALTORS®. Formation of the Board grew out of the realization in the early part of the last century that there was a need to establish basic standards for those working in the real estate industry.

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Royal Roads first on island to receive Chinese training certification

Apr 01, 2014

(News Release) VANCOUVER ISLAND — Royal Roads University has received a coveted Chinese certification as part of its international program expansion, becoming the first Vancouver Island post-secondary institution to do so. The Training Channel certification means Royal Roads joins an elite list of qualified organizations offering educational training opportunities in Canada for citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

“This designation is significant because it not only legitimizes our standing with this important global partner, it recognizes our expertise in engaging adult learners,” says Cyndi McLeod, vice-president global advancement, marketing and business development for Royal Roads. “Being a certified Training Channel allows us to expand our collaborative work with China to build and deliver high quality customized education for its citizens, especially in the areas of leadership, emergency management, tourism management, environment and sustainability.”

“The application process is very rigorous and with only 15 approved Training Channels in Canada and 301 in the world, there is a lot of competition,” says Connie Chan, director of Royal Roads’ Asia Operations Office. “Not everyone who applies receives the certification.” Chan added the process required many meetings with officials over the course of a year. “The authorized delegate who came and reviewed our application was obviously quite satisfied with our outstanding faculty, our successful training programs and the beautiful natural setting.”

McLeod says this opens the doors to expanding the university’s customized training including programs like the award-winning Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management. In that program existing school administrators from China spend time learning in both their home country and Canada, developing the knowledge and skills required to function as effective leaders within complex and sometimes challenging educational environments.

Overseas training for citizens of the People’s Republic of China is regulated by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) through its Certificate Training Channel program. Funding for training is provided by SAFEA and available to government and public sector offices, educational institutions, state-owned companies and organizations and non-profit organizations.

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Mount St Mary Hospital Foundation partners with Oak Bay Beach Hotel for L’Angelus

Apr 01, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The Mount St Mary Hospital Foundation has partnered with the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to welcome L’Angelus, the final performers for the eight part Tribute to Nashville series in the David Foster Foundation Theatre.

Expert musicians, incredible singers and topnotch live entertainers, L’Angelus combines the best of Louisiana’s music traditions: Cajun fiddle tunes for the dance crowd, saxophone driven swamp-pop, and New Orleans influenced R&B. The result is a live show that rolls along with what Michael Doucet of Beausoleil calls “the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries.” And the band is all from one Louisiana family. Audiences across North America and Europe are drawn to the “joie de vivre” that radiates from the stage.

Why: Funds raised from ticket sales for the weekend performances will benefit Mount St Mary Hospital Foundation.  Each dollar received directly and positively impacts lives by supporting the delivery of life-affirming programs like music therapy to the residents of Mount St. Mary Hospital.

When: Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Where: David Foster Foundation Theatre, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive

Tickets: $89 per person, available through Mount St Mary Hospital Foundation (250-480-3138)

  • $10 of each ticket benefits Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation
  • Ticket price includes a carefully prepared and themed three-course dinner


Additional information:

  • $70K annually is required to operate the Music Therapy program at Mount St. Mary Hospital
  • Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which therapists use music and all of its facets-physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual-to help residents to improve or maintain their health. In some instances, the client's needs are addressed directly through music; in others they are addressed through the relationships that develop between the client and therapist.
  • Music therapy is used with individuals of all ages and with a variety of conditions, including: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Parkinson’s.  It is used with individuals who have physical handicaps and sensory impairments
  • Music Therapy can improve learning, build self-esteem, reduce stress, support physical exercise, and facilitate a host of other health-related activities.
  • In 2004, the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund generously made a grant to start the Music Therapy program at Mount St Mary Hospital


About Mount St Mary Hospital Foundation
The Foundation raises funds to enhance the care, comfort, dignity and respect of vulnerable members of our community that reside at Mount St. Mary Hospital.  The 200 residents at Mount St Mary Hospital are living here as their final home and all have complex care and/or palliative needs. The age range is from 36 – 103 and there has, over the last few years, been an increase in younger people being admitted who may also be managing mental health conditions as well as condition’s such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke or head injury.

About the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Reopened in the fall of 2012, the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been completely rebuilt on the same spectacular oceanfront lot where the previous hotel sat for more than 80 years. Oak Bay is a residential community with its own village centre, just six kilometres outside of British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria. Today, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers 100 hotel rooms and 20 luxury residences. Built to five-star standards, hotel and residential amenities include seaside mineral pools, a fitness studio, Boathouse Spa & Baths, The Snug pub, the David Foster Foundation Theatre, Kate’s Café and a fine-dining restaurant with a 1,600 bottle tasting room. Not only is this Victoria’s first combination full-service luxury hotel and private residence, it is also the only commercial waterfront development in Oak Bay, set across Beach Drive from the prestigious Victoria Golf Club.

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Bob Miller Named Victoria HarbourCats Head Coach for 2014

Mar 31, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Miller to the position of Head Coach for the 2014 West Coast League season.

Miller (left), Co-Head Coach in the inaugural season for the HarbourCats in 2013, has been an integral part of developing the HarbourCats program and recruiting the quality college players who represented Victoria in the WCL last season. Miller has been key to the recruiting process for the 2014 roster.

Dennis Rogers, the Head Coach in 2013 while Miller served as Co-Head Coach, informed the team he will be unable to return to Victoria this summer. Family health and business reasons will not allow him to commit in a way he would expect of himself.

“Bob is a quality coach with a winning track record and he is excited for this opportunity to move from Co-Head Coach to Head Coach. We are pleased to have such a seamless transition process in place for a situation such as this,” said John McLean, President of the HarbourCats. “Dennis has done so much for our team and helped us establish the HarbourCats as a go-to location for collegiate summer baseball. His network within the baseball community gave us credibility from the start, and we wish him and his family all the best. We cannot thank Dennis enough.”

McLean and General Manager Jim Swanson met with both Rogers (at left) and Miller this past weekend in California, in addition to meeting with players from both the 2013 and 2014 rosters. Rogers and Miller remain in close contact and have used their extensive networks to procure players for 2014, focusing on the goal of bringing a WCL championship to Victoria. The team starts its second season at SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at Royal Athletic Park in June, opening on the road (at the Kelowna Falcons) on June 6, before the home opener on June 10 against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

Miller, the Head Coach at Cuesta College, located in San Luis Obispo, California, has long had a connection with Rogers, and the two worked side-by-side last summer. Beyond his success at Cuesta, Miller spent four years as a head coach in the Alaska League, winning three championships in four years there with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and twice being named coach of the year, and also led the Glacier Pilots to the 2001 National Baseball Congress World Series championship.

“Dennis has been my mentor in so many ways, and I feel very comfortable continuing with the program in Victoria,” said Miller. “We have worked together all winter in putting together the quality roster, and feel good about the direction.”

Ben Jackson, from the University of Kentucky, will be back for a second season as pitching coach, and another coach will be brought in to complete the coaching staff and contribute to the implementation of the Cats Camps youth instructional sessions – details of those are to be announced soon.

WHITE, SANDY ALOMAR ADDED – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce that two more outstanding instructors have been added to the Honda Super Camp youth skills camp, set for SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at Royal Athletic Park, July 2-3.

Former Toronto Blue Jays starting centre fielder Devon White, who won World Series titles with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, and long-time MLB coach Sandy Alomar Sr. have been added to an already strong set of lead instructors – Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, former outfielders Brian McRae, Jesse Barfield and Lloyd Moseby, and ex-Jays closer Duane Ward, who was the winning pitcher the night Joe Carter hit his famous game-winning home run at SkyDome to cap the 1993 World Series. HarbourCats players and coaches will also assist with the instruction. The camp is being put on by the HarbourCats and Greater Victoria Baseball Association, and is open to all youth players aged 8-16 – players with GVBA, Little League and softball associations are welcome along with youth who are not currently registered in baseball or softball.

The Blue Jays have teamed with Little League Canada and Baseball Canada to provide 25 camps across the country, including Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo in B.C.

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Smart Hard Hats and Wearable Light Shows

Mar 27, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — An energy harvester that converts knee bends into battery power for cell phones; a wireless personal ECG monitor that transmits electrical signals to a remote cardiologist; a smart hard hat that sends data to a safety station; a bracelet that transforms music frequencies into a wearable light show.

It just goes to show you what comes of giving senior computer and electrical engineering students at the University of Victoria cash prizes, course credit, and the challenge to design a product (either theoretical or practical) with a budget of $120.

Twenty-two projects are on display Friday March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UVic’s Engineering Lab Wing lobby. A panel of high-tech industry judges will select the top three projects. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Some projects are in an advanced-prototype stage, having been refined and tested for several years. The Real Time Wireless ECG device uses a wireless signal to transmit a patient’s ECG from their heart via a smart phone to an online monitoring centre. Though not yet ready to go to market, the device could prove helpful in addressing problems of access to diagnostic testing in remote communities in BC.

PillPoint is an Android app that uses a smart phone camera and a pill database to identify prescription pills. Students anticipate that it could be valuable for people with dementia or cognitive impairment who have trouble managing their prescriptions.

Some projects are ideas that still need a lot of refinement, like the knee-bend energy harvester that in its current form requires an estimated 230,000 hours of running to charge a AAA battery. So far, no one has so much as charged a watch battery, but the ideas—and its inventors—are still young.

For a complete list of projects visit: http://www.ece.uvic.ca/~elec499/2014-spring/Project_List.shtml

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