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UVic Business Prof Wins National Award for Innovative Teaching

May 23, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — A pioneering teaching professor from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, Dr. Brent Mainprize, has won the national 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation in Teaching and Learning award for his fresh ideas in curriculum development and delivery.

Mainprize’s creative approach for teaching entrepreneurship has been put into use as web-based software for evaluating business risk, called the Venture Intelligence Quotient, that is used in academia, innovation “hatcheries” and community economic development initiatives in Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark and China.

“Brent brings a wealth of experience as an educational leader, dedicated scholar and successful entrepreneur,” says Dr. Saul Klein, dean of the business school. “The admiration and respect of his colleagues and students speaks to his accomplishments in promoting learning and successful businesses.”

Mainprize is deeply committed to using his creative skills and teaching talents in Aboriginal communities to design and deliver culturally appropriate entrepreneurship training, such as the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program, a partnership with First Nations financial service provider, TRICORP. Mainprize, one of five winners from across Canada, will receive his award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Desire2Learn Incorporated at a celebration June 18 in Kingston, Ontario. To view more about the award and its recipients visit http://stlhe.ca/awards/desire2learn-innovation-award/2014-recipients

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Victoria City Council Approves Rezoning of Fisherman’s Wharf

May 23, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Over the last three years, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) has worked with clients, users, local community and the City of Victoria to determine the long term vision for Fisherman’s Wharf. The Fisherman’s Wharf plan preserves the eclectic nature of this unique marine facility. The associated rezoning submission aligns current and future potential uses with the City bylaws. Live-aboards and float homes have been recognized as permitted uses while the marine industrial activities, including commercial fishing vessels, fuel dock and fish offloading, continue to be an integral part of the facility.

With the approval of the rezoning, GVHA can now advance the Fisherman’s Wharf Plan. Next steps include identifying infrastructure needs, defining the commercial mix and going to market for new commercial activities.

The Fisherman’s Wharf plan aligns with the City’s vision for the harbour-wide pathway—the David Foster Way—which envisions a bridge over Heron Cove, joining Fisherman’s Wharf to the path in front of the Coast Harbourside Hotel.

View the Fisherman's Wharf Plan here.

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society Acquires Gorge Paddling Club

May 23, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — While the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival brings paddlers together for three days in August, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society works to bring them together every day of the year and, as a result of a recent acquisition, will now be bringing even more paddlers together throughout the year. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society, through an innovative financing and sponsorship arrangement, has acquired the Gorge Paddling Club. Now called the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, it has a renewed emphasis on paddling, including dragon boating, kayaking and outrigger canoeing, and is committed to raising the profile and expanding access to paddling sports on southern Vancouver Island.

GO Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada was looking for a steward to take the Gorge Paddling Club activities to the next level. With an already established commitment to the paddling community, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society was a natural fit. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society formed the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club Society, acquired the assets of the club and has taken over the Centre’s management responsibilities. Fairway Market sponsored a portion of the acquisition with the remainder financed through Vancity.

“We approached this opportunity the way a business would. We made a strong business case for the acquisition, we looked at the growth potential for paddle sports and we leveraged strong partnerships in the community,” says Glenys Haskins, General Manager, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society. “It is an avenue for us to support paddling sports at the grassroots level and build the paddling community on several levels.”
Twenty years ago, Dragon Boating was showcased in the Victoria Inner Harbour as part of the Commonwealth Games. Fairway Market’s contribution of $3,500 to the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society three years later secured the future of the festival which is celebrating its 20th year this August 15, 16 and 17th. By sponsoring the acquisition of the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, Fairway Market is again a founding sponsor of the next phase of paddling sports in Victoria.

“My dad watched dragon boating in China as a young child and this contribution not only honours his love of the sport but also shares it with people in our local community,” says Doug Yuen, CEO, Fairway Market.

“Building on this generous contribution, we are realizing our vision to bring communities together through dragon boating, Outrigger Canoeing, and Kayaking,” says Mark Mawhinney, Chair, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society.

The Fairway Gorge Paddling Club supports over 800 paddlers belonging to 20 local teams. Activities at the Club include Dragon Boat, Outrigger Canoe and Kayak classes and events, youth paddling sessions for children as young as six years old, group events and team building experiences. The Club is a home for recreational paddlers as well as serious athletes training for national and international events The Centre also hosts several race events through the year. The Fairway Gorge Paddling Club Society is developing a strategy to grow paddling sports on southern Vancouver Island and will be planning a series of outreach events. Details will be posted at fgpaddle.com.

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society brings communities together through Dragon Boating through a series of strategic actions and activities. The Society hosts the annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival which celebrates 20 years of dragon boating in 2014. The Festival attracts more than 80,000 people to the Inner Harbour, more than 500 volunteers and up to 2500 paddlers on 90 teams for three days every August.
The Society, through its partnerships, programs, committed volunteers and Fairway Gorge Paddling Club activities, continues to build and develop the sport of Dragon Boating and Outrigger Canoeing on Vancouver Island. See victoriadragonboat.com and fgpaddle.com for more information.

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B.C. Amends Recycling Regulation to Help Small Producers

May 23, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Coinciding with the new recycling program, which began in most B.C. communities this week, B.C. has updated the Province’s recycling regulation to ensure small producers of packaging and printed paper are exempt.

This means the vast majority of businesses and organizations that put packaging and printed paper into the residential waste stream are exempt from any reporting or recycling costs associated with the program.

An exemption is granted if any one of the following four criteria is met:

  • Under one million dollars in annual revenues.
  • Under one tonne of packaging and printed paper supplied to B.C. residents.
  • Operate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied by or operated as part of franchise, a chain or under a banner.
  • Is a registered charity.

As well, where a typical franchise has locations in B.C., the reporting and financial responsibilities for recycling paper and packaging, which end up in residential blue boxes, lie with the parent corporation, not with the individual franchise owners.

Less than 3,000 businesses in B.C. are affected by this program. This is less than 1% of the total number of business in the province.

The Province also has successfully urged Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), the industry-led stewardship organization responsible for the new recycling program, to give small- to medium-sized businesses the option of an annual flat fee if the business is a low-volume producer of packaging and printed paper. Businesses producing between one and five tonnes can pay a pre-determined recycling fee, saving the administrative burden of detailed reporting.

These initiatives respond to requests from B.C.’s businesses for creative solutions to meet the intent of the regulation, while avoiding inadvertent costs or administration.

For more information visit B.C.’s product stewardship site for packaging and printed paper: http://ow.ly/x9ufs

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Nanaimo and Tofino Now Closer Than Ever to Seattle

May 21, 2014

(News Release) NANAIMO – Kenmore Air, a Seattle-based seaplane and wheel-plane airline today announced a special ½ off companion ticket on round-trip flights from Seattle to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia:

Buy 1 round-trip ticket from Boeing Field to Nanaimo Airport (gateway to Tofino) and get a companion round-trip ticket for 1/2 OFF*! Book your trip for two by Friday, June 6 for travel through September 30, 2014. Just enter the promo code VAN ISLAND when making your reservation to save!

“Nanaimo Airport’s central location on Vancouver Island makes it an ideal gateway to explore Nanaimo and Vancouver Island, including Tofino on the rugged west coast”, says Todd Banks, CEO of Kenmore Air.

About a one-hour flight north from Seattle, Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s 2nd largest city, which offers a lively and unique urban experience that includes hiking, boating, kayaking, biking, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling off the bustling waterfront.

Tofino and neighboring Ucuelet are a 2.5-hour drive west from Nanaimo on a road that winds you through the spectacular Cathedral Grove, historic Port Alberni and by the Old Country Market where goats feed on the grass-covered roof.

On the west coat where the road ends and the Pacific Ocean begins you’ll find waves big enough to surf on, old growth forests, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Pacific Rim National Park and magnificent properties like the Wickaninnish Inn and The Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Kenmore Air offers two non-stop flights a day from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Nanaimo Airport, gateway to Tofino on the west coast. Book online at KenmoreAir.com or call 866.435.9524.

Kenmore Air also offers exclusive lodging and car rental specials in Tofino and Nanaimo for their customers. Additional information at KenmoreAir.com/Seattle-to-Tofino

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2014 Commuter Challenge Confirms 2011 Canadian National Household Survey Results

May 21, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The 2014 Commuter Challenge rocked the streets once again this morning in Greater Victoria! Twenty- three cyclist/driver duos took to the road seeing who could get downtown to the finish line following all of the rules of the road and parking legally.

Of the 23 teams, 17 cyclists outclassed their motorist by 1 - 10 minutes, with an average commute time of 15 minutes. Teams came from all parts of the community including: Uptown Mall, Saanich, Colwood, View Royal, Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay to the Starbucks downtown on Fort and Blanshard St.

For the most part, cyclists traveling from further reaches of the community still beat their car-counterparts! These results confirm the 2011 Canadian National Household Survey findings:  commuters who walked or bicycled spent the least time travelling to work (on average, 12.7 minutes for walkers and 20.0 minutes for cyclists).

Today’s message is clear - cycling is a viable, efficient way of commuting to work, offering great health benefits, loads of cost savings and most of all, it’s FUN!

 

The 2014 20th Annual Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week is officially underway Monday May 26, 2014. As of today, 555 teams are participating. Register your workplace team on-line at www.biketowork.ca/victoria.

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5th location for Cascadia Liquor Store coming to Langford

May 21, 2014

(News Release) LANGFORD — Cascadia Liquor Store is proud to announce the opening of its fifth Vancouver Island location in Langford on June 23rd, 2014. As their second store in the western communities, Cascadia is excited to build on its contribution to the thriving and progressive community of the Westshore.

Locally owned and operated, Cascadia is a neighbourhood store focussed on everyday favourites and more including an extensive craft beer wall, cold products, complimentary ice, plus rare and specialty items.

Conveniently located next to Quality Foods and City Centre Park on Langford Parkway, the new store will be highly accessible with plenty of free parking. In-store, Cascadia will provide customers with all their favourite products with everyday best pricing (at government store pricing or better). And with a customer loyalty club, customers can find value in everything they’re looking for. Led by a team of experts including certified sommeliers and a cicerone (certified beer expert), qualified staff are on-hand to guide customers through master classes, tastings and offer a helpful hand while shopping.

Sustainably minded in all levels of business with their support of local and international charitable organizations, their selection of local, small batch and organic options, energy efficient store design and waste reduction program, the Cascadia brand has been recognized by the Vancouver Island Green Business certification program at the highest standard.

Existing locations also include Uptown mall, Quadra Village, Colwood and Courtenay’s Crown Isle Shopping Centre. Cascadia Liquor Stores is part of the locally owned and operated Truffles Group of companies, which also includes Truffles Catering, Canoe Brewpub, Habitat Catering at Royal Roads University and Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

Public grand opening - June 23-29, 2014

Grand opening specials, daily tastings 5-7pm, in-store contests including VIP experience package to Rock the Shores.

Open daily 9:00am-11pm

107-977 Langford Parkway (next to Quality Foods)

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HarbourCats Staff in Place for 2014 Season

May 20, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The Victoria HarbourCats are committed to creating and providing the best fan experience possible. To achieve this commitment, dedicated off-field staff are required and the HarbourCats are excited to announce key staffing for the 2014 West Coast League season. This season’s staff includes a mix of new staff with fresh ideas and returning staff from the 2013 season at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park who helped create an outstanding environment, seeing the HarbourCats draw more than 42,000 fans, including a record 4,210 to the All-Star Game. “The staffing from last year included so many strong people who jumped in with both feet and helped lead the team through that exciting first year,” said Jim Swanson, a former pro baseball GM who is in his first full year as General Manager of the HarbourCats. “It was apparent from the day I arrived that a great base of people was in place, and that the important next step was to get everyone on the same page and fill in areas with people who bring additional energy and talent.” The season opens with two exhibition games on June 4 and 5 – June 4, the city’s two BCPBL teams will play (7:11pm, Eagles vs. Mariners), and on June 5, the HarbourCats will finish their min training camp by playing a combined team comprised of Eagles and Mariners players (also a 7:11pm start). The HarbourCats play their first WCL regular season game on the road in Kelowna (a June 6-7-8 series against the Falcons), then return to Sports Traders Diamond for the home-opening series, June 10-11-12 vs. the Cowlitz Black Bears. “Those games on June 4 and 5 are integral for us to get our feet wet with operations and the key changes we have planned for 2014, so that everything is running full-steam on June 10,” said Swanson. “Those first two games will allow us to get bugs worked out. What is exciting is how many tickets are already selling for all those early games, too.” The key staff for 2014 listing, including some people who have already been announced previously as important aspects of the operation were unveiled: • Karen Russell, Host Family Coordinator – returns to the post of ensuring the student-athletes coming from top baseball programs are matched with a welcoming host home. • Brad Norris-Jones, Marketing Director – has served the HarbourCats through the off-season, building the corporate and group sales base, and now will help lead the merchandising effort. • Nicole Post, Ticketing Manager – was a member of the gameday team in 2013, now the Camosun student (in Bachelor of Business Administration program) steps up to operate the ticketing program, along with leading the social media and HR planning needs. • Dave Westgeest, Baseball Operations Coordinator – returning for the 2014 season, assisting the GM in planning travel, equipment, facility operations and groundskeeping. • Carolyn Birch, On-Field Promotions – just as in 2013, the energy behind all the fun that will happen before games and between innings, on the field and in the stands. • Curtis Hawkins, Head Athletic Therapist – the lead AT for the team and will also lead a team of Camosun undergrads who will get valuable experience helping not just the HarbourCats, but also the umpires and visiting teams. • Jordan Smith, Broadcaster – will call play-by-play and coordinate technical aspects of the team’s live streaming video offering, in addition to marketing that product. • Quinn Keeler, Community Relations – works with the players/coaches and with Harvey the HarbourCat on community events, assists all media promotions initiatives, and devises gameday promotional plan with the GM. • Jake Warren, Video Coordinator – in charge of upgrades and planning for the video scoreboard at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. • Jason King, Video Operator – shooting, editing and finding all the perfect timing so the video scoreboard is an integral part of the fan experience. • Brittany French, Youth Programs Coordinator – devising and implementing all plans for the school assemblies program, Peninsula Co-op kids club, and youth skills camps. • David Marshall, Music – orchestrating the sounds behind the sights of the game, creating an atmosphere of fun through the sound system. • Jamie Weiss and Matt Soper, PA Announcers – behind the mic to announce the starting lineups, the next batter, and the need-to-know messages, and they may not be stationed where you think this season. • Gary Belleville and Ryan Szatmary, Official Scorers – will track every pitch, every play, and enter into the scoring program to keep the myriad of stats that help make baseball what it is. In addition, many others have been added to the team at the ticket booth, at the info booth, helping answer questions throughout the stands, at the merchandise table, in the press box, aiding in crowd engagement, working video cameras, and singing national anthems. “It’s a comprehensive gameday plan that we hope the fans will like, and will see this family entertainment hit a new level in Victoria,” said Swanson. “It’s an absolute pleasure to work with all these people, and watching them put heart-and-soul into their areas makes me so excited for this season to start.”

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Classic LifeCare Awarded Accreditation

May 16, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Classic LifeCare is pleased to announce it has achieved accreditation from Accreditation Canada. Accreditation helps health care organizations pursue excellence, improve performance and guide ongoing quality and safety initiatives.

“The Classic LifeCare team should be very proud of passing accreditation,” said Accreditation Canada surveyor Dalyce Cruikshank. “The Classic LifeCare team has really embraced what accreditation is all about, working to grow the business over 40 years and still keep the client first and foremost in everything they do. Congratulations.”

Classic LifeCare is a family-run agency that has been leading the way in home health care since 1974, and provides homecare services in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.

The road to receiving accreditation has been a lot of work but really brought the Classic LifeCare team together, says Yvette Litterscheidt, Operations Leader and Accreditation Leader for Classic.

“When you look back, it’s incredible how far we’ve come. We had to take everything that was in our heads and put it onto paper and create policies around it. We wrote hundreds of policies and created dozens of guides and programs. I would say we are a much more organized company and more prepared for growth than ever before.”

Because of Accreditation, Classic has been able to:

  • Assess its services and determine where to focus improvement efforts;
  • Develop standardized processes to improve efficiency and reduce costs;
  • Mitigate risk and support best practices;
  • Strengthen its culture of quality, safety and excellence; and
  • Identify leading and commendable practices.
  • Susan Fulton, Clinical Leader, says accreditation is a journey towards meeting individual client needs in the community.

    “Now that we have successfully completed the final step to become accredited with Accreditation Canada, we are excited to put all of the new systems we’ve developed into practice,” says Susan. “We were able to make a lot of improvements to our operations and find efficiencies in our service delivery through accreditation.”

    Susan says clients will ultimately benefit from this process because accreditation helped streamline Classic’s operations to further emphasize Classic’s commitment to client safety and service.

    John Sherwood, CEO of Classic, before cutting a celebratory cake, told his staff, “I’m really proud of everyone at Classic for accomplishing this. We were able to formalize everything and still hold on to the culture we’ve worked so hard to build.”

    Andrea Warren, Classic’s Executive Leader, says she is impressed with her team for successfully completing accreditation and continued dedication to upholding home support standards.

    “Accreditation was a lot of work but all of us at Classic and our clients can be more assured than ever that we are providing safe, quality care.”

     

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    Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC wins Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation Leadership Award

    May 16, 2014

    (News Release) VICTORIA — An innovative technology developed by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC that is attracting interest from fish hatchery operators across North America has been recognized with a Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation’s (CIPEC) Leadership Award in the category of Process and Technology Improvement. Called airlift technology, the system significantly reduces energy and water used in day to day hatchery operations. The technology is so effective, installation is underway in four other Society hatcheries. CIPEC Leadership Awards were established to honour innovative Canadian companies that have demonstrated a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency.

    In use at the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery in Duncan, airlift technology provides water re-use within fish production ponds. The system aerates water (and removes carbon dioxide) while lifting it to a slightly higher level, allowing gravity to return it as a high cleaning flow. This allows the water to be reused in the hatchery rather than continuously drawing fresh water.

    The Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery realized a saving of 3.28 billion litres of water in its first year following installation, an overall reduction of 44.2%. Annual water saving are equivalent to more than 1,300 Olympic sized swimming pools.  With less water being pumped the organization saved over 324,000 kilowatt hours of electricity for an overall energy reduction of over 30%. This saved the hatchery about $19,463 in its first year.

    “We received many high quality submissions as part of this fifth biennial awards program” says Sarah Stinson, Director, Industry and Transportation Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada.  “Development and Installation of Airlift Water Reuse Technology at Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery is being recognized as an excellent effort towards improving industrial energy efficiency.”  Ms. Stinson stated this project is well aligned with the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting jobs, increasing productivity and competitiveness and ensuring a more sustainable future for Canada’s industries by investing in responsible energy use.

    Freshwater Fisheries Society staff was presented with this award at the CIPEC Leadership Awards Dinner last night in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In late 2013 staff also received an Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society, Fish Culture Section for their ground-breaking work in airlift technology.

    The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded largely through freshwater fishing licence revenues. The Society works in partnership with Provincial fisheries managers to deliver fish stocking programs that support 50 percent of all fishing in B.C. lakes, releasing between six and eight million fish annually. It also operates fish culture services for sturgeon recovery programs, and various initiatives to increase angling participation. Through these programs, the Society is working to ensure that BC has the most accessible, enjoyable and sustainable freshwater fishing in North America.

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    New Cloud-Based Accounting Company First to Achieve Green Certification

    May 16, 2014

    (News Release) VICTORIA — Chartered Accounting (Metrics) is a new addition to Victoria’s service sector, with a unique offering of environmentally-friendly, paper-free accounting and consulting services. Accounting services traditionally consume high volumes of paper every year. Even small firms can consume over 100 trees’ worth of paper in one year. Using a paperless accounting system or service provider is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demand for deforestation.

    With clients across Canada, primarily in Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, Metrics’ cloud-based accounting system is also proving that going paperless saves time, money and hassle by offering digital signatures and access to accounting systems from any electronic device. Having secure online systems eliminates the time-consuming process of printing, signing, mailing and filing single documents.

    “I wanted to create an efficient option for modern professionals who appreciate the freedom of technology.” - Founder & CEO Regan McGrath.

    In addition, Metrics was the first accounting company in Greater Victoria to receive the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification (VIGBC). The VIGBC certifies restaurants, retail, and office-based businesses depending on the number of actions they are taking to improve the performance of their operations. The Metrics office reached Gold Level for having a paperless system, energy efficient equipment, bicycle commuting and full recycling system. Metrics also has a mandate to support the community through donations (Dance Victoria, BC Cancer Society), probono services within accelerator programs and paying living wages to all staff.

    Regan McGrath previously worked at a big four accounting firm and served on the Board of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce before shifting her focus to start Metrics. Her company offers CFO for hire services, consulting, tax filing, bookkeeping, CRA representation and business plan development.

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    BC Government’s new Application of PST on Funeral Services Will Hit BC Families

    May 15, 2014

    VICTORIA – The BC Government recently advised funeral professionals that it has changed the way PST applies to funeral services, adding a direct new cost to grieving families.

    “We cannot understand why the Government of BC would want to increase the burden on families at their most vulnerable time,” said Ellen Henry, Executive Director of the BC Funeral Association. “Our profession is very careful to operate within the law at all times and may have no choice but to comply, presenting our members with the task of explaining an unexpected tax that could reach $400 on an average funeral.”

    Under the former PST legislation, goods that consumers purchased along with funeral services were PST exempt. The BC Government committed to retaining all permanent exemptions when it announced the new PST legislation in May 2012, yet according to new information from the Ministry of Finance, formerly exempt funeral goods may now be considered taxable. The BC Funeral Association is seeking clarification on exactly what is and is not taxable as described in PST Bulletin 140.

    “With so much uncertainty, our members have opted not to burden families with a new tax until clarification is received,” said Henry. “This puts BC businesses at risk, as the Ministry of Finance insists the tax has been in place since April 1, 2013 and may hold funeral homes liable retroactively, despite the fact that no clear information has yet been provided.”

     

    The BC Funeral Association has written directly to the Minister of Finance asking that errors and confusion in Bulletin 140 be addressed and to date has received only a partial answer from a manager within the tax branch. Should clarification on the application of the tax be received, funeral service providers will likely be compelled to charge consumers PST on goods purchased along with funeral services. This will add a direct cost to BC families.

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    Re-Invented LureRestaurant Opens After Extensive Transformation

    May 15, 2014

    (News Release) VICTORIA — LURE Restaurant & Bar, located at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa, reopens today after an extensive transformation. Ideally located on a prime waterfront location in local to Victoria’s dining scene.

    “I am thrilled to unveil our re-invented LURE Restaurant and to introduce what we believe will be Victoria’s hottest bar and patio,” says General Manager Kimberley Hughes. “We set out to create a magnetic and welcoming space that would draw in the local community and our guests, with the spectacular backdrop of our waterfront location and showcasing our incredible local cuisine.”

    Local Chef Dan Bain puts a creative twist to his comforting local menu using the freshest finds from Vancouver Island’s backyard. The expanded menu will feature fresh, simple and delicious breakfast selections, mouth-watering small plates for sharing and a full dinner menu featuring Victoria’s best seafood and regional cuisine.

    “I love the fact that every ingredient has flavours, colours, textures and aromas waiting to be unlocked and combined,” says Chef Dan Bain. “Our new menu showcases the unique culinary diversity that we source from Vancouver Island’s growers, artisan food and beverage producers and local waters. We have mussels from Salt Spring Island, Steelhead Trout from Lois Lake, honey from Babe’s Honey Farm, organic cheese from Moonstruck Organic Cheese, and craft beer from Phillips Brewing Company.”

    Created by design firm Puccini Group, the concept for LURE Restaurant & Bar pays tribute to Victoria’s seafaring settlers with nautical touches showcased throughout the restaurant. The herringbone design throughout the space is a stylized interpretation of First Nation’s patterns and the coastal location. The materials used throughout the restaurant represent Canada’s finest natural materials with walnut tables, hickory floors, oak bar and leather seats.

    The newly redesigned restaurant accommodates approximately 250 guests with both indoor and outdoor seating. For the first time in over a decade, the restaurant patio and balcony will be open for guests to enjoy an after work drink or a delicious meal by the harbour.

    Throughout the week, popular local DJs will perform at the bar for a new night-time experience that will make LURE a sought-after destination in the city. While listening to music, guests can sip on one of the new and fresh summer cocktails such as the Summer Sangria Squeeze made with Gewurztraminer, Peach Schnapps and fresh strawberries. The bar will also serve local wines on FreshTAP for a smarter, fresher, friendlier glass of wine.

    LURE Restaurant & Bar is located at 45 Songhees Road. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday to Saturday. For reservations or more information, please call 250-360-5873 or visit www.lurevictoria.com.

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