AboutAdvertiseSubscribeGet Your CopyRead Online10 to Watch

Regional News >

What Does Victoria Supply to Rest of the World?

Sep 02, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — A new survey provides insights into Greater Victoria’s export economy showing Victoria exports an amazing array of services and products to the rest of the world, such as:

  • Video games
  • Aircraft and aerospace
  • Bio-reactors, medical technology, bicycle parts and much more!

This vibrant export economy is a crucial part of the ongoing growth of the Capital Region’s prosperity and economic development. New exports mean new shared wealth. It’s important to keep them coming.

The Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA) is a partner in that growth—along with support from Western Economic Diversification (WD) and local stakeholders— and wants to know what growing businesses need. If your business, a business you know, or one of your business partners is exporting, complete this survey.

Survey questions include:

  • What is your company’s competitive advantage in your export markets?
  • How important are the following direct air routes to your international business activities?
The survey will be led by Doug Taylor of Pacific Business Intelligence. The results will be used to address barriers faced by exporting businesses, identify what is needed to grow business opportunities and foster future potential.

Since its inception in 2007, the GVDA has been the region’s lead economic development organization. The GVDA’s mandate is to make Greater Victoria a more vibrant place to work, invest, and live.


Read More

Camosun Cultivates a Culture of Sustainability

Aug 28, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Students and staff returning to campus this September will find evidence of Camosun’s commitment to sustainability in all areas of the college, from the obvious—recycling stations and solar energy systems—to the more sublime—curriculum enhancements and strategic plan imperatives.

“Sustainability is so important to Camosun that it is one of the four pillars of our strategic plan,” says Kathryn Le Gros, director of Ancillary Services. “Our approach is to build a culture of sustainability that is core to our identity. It’s more than just waste diversion…it’s about rethinking how we do everything, from textbook leasing, to solar-charging our electric carts and tools.

For several years, applied teaching and learning projects have begun to shape the campus as a living laboratory. “This means that, through innovative cross-disciplinary partnerships with industry, students, faculty and staff, Camosun is connecting environmental sustainability with the learning and campus life experiences,” says Le Gros. And, through the Environmental Sustainability Council, individuals are influencing college-wide environmental decisions that improve our environmental practices.

A comprehensive Sustainability Report was just released in the spring of 2014 followed by the adoption a Sustainability Plan. Both documents champion a sustainable environment AND a sustainable organization. “We have made real progress in achieving targets towards energy management and carbon neutrality, and I am excited to be part of this college movement” says Brian Calvert, associate director of Facilities Services. “Last year we concluded a 5-year energy plan, which revealed remarkable savings. We are making a measurable difference.”

Examples of innovation and action for sustainability at Camosun

·         Camosun Express free shuttle service for Camosun students and staff commuting from the West Shore and between campuses.

·         Improved bike fix-it stations, lockers and showers for commuting by bicycle.

·         On-campus compost systems resulting in the diversion of an average of 700 litres of organics per month at Lansdowne and a similar system at Interurban. Our compost system provides “living lab” opportunities for students from the Environmental Technology program and the E.A.R.T.H. Gardening and Employment Training and Preparation programs.

·         Solar powered e-charging station—a 4 KW Solar Photovoltaic array at the Interurban Campus to offset the charging of electric vehicles, bikes/scooters, grounds keeping golf carts, and battery powered hand tools. The solar powered e-charging station provides “living lab” opportunities for Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technology students.

Read More

Moving Transportation Forward- CRD Regional Transportation Plan Approved

Aug 15, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – This week, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), after an extensive collaborative process and direct consultation with all municipalities, electoral areas and other regional and provincial authorities. The Plan was developed in response to a region-wide desire for an integrated regional multi-modal transportation network, and recognition of the need to align future land use and transportation decisions.

At the direction of the Board, the CRD is now working to determine the operational details associated with implementing a new transportation service and will consider consolidating some existing transportation functions under a new service authority. A new transportation service authority would enable the consolidation of some existing and proposed CRD assets, facilities and services into one service area to advance the implementation of regional priorities.

“58% of travel in the CRD is inter-municipal,” said CRD Board Chair Alastair Bryson. “Increased access to alternate modes of transportation will be required to meet our goal of reducing dependence on cars and limiting the projected increase in the number of single occupant vehicle trips that will come with the future growth of the Capital Region.”

Developed in collaboration with all 13 municipalities, three electoral areas, BC Transit and the Ministry of Transportation, the RTP identifies immediate priorities, governance options and long-term strategies to guide planning and development of a multi-modal transportation system that meets future growth demands and is focused on sustainability.

The RTP builds upon existing mode-specific plans such as the Transit Future Plan and the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.  At the core of the plan is the identification of a Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Network that connects regional mobility hubs or centres, and provides residents and visitors a choice in their transportation decisions.

The plan is based on the following seven principles:

·         Coordinated and engaged approach to local and regional planning

·         Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector

·         Integrated transportation and land use planning

·         Capitalized potential for alternatives to driving alone

·         Enhanced role for public transit

·         Maximized efficiency of existing transportation corridors for all modes

·         Prioritized strategic investments that serve regional mobility needs

“To deliver more sustainable transportation in our region and increase our response to climate change, we need to capitalize on the opportunity to coordinate urban growth and transportation decisions,” said Chair Bryson. “Under the existing model, no one agency has direct authority for establishing funding or implementing regional transportation priorities. The CRD Board has repeatedly promoted a change in governance that would impart the CRD with leadership and authority for transit and transportation decisions.”

“Regional investments must be pursued through a unified voice and costs cannot be borne by any one municipality,” Chair Bryson added. “Under a new service authority, a regional funding program would be established over time.”

The creation of a transportation service would require a transportation service establishment bylaw. A three-phased approach to implementation is recommended beginning with the consolidation of existing transportation functions, followed by the addition of other new non-transit, priority functions identified in the RTP and finally the addition of transit. As needs and opportunities differ across the region, sub-regional working groups have been proposed representing the West Shore, Saanich Peninsula, core area and electoral areas to work on localized priorities and initiatives.

For more information on the Regional Transportation Plan visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/regional-transportation-plan


Read More

Victoria Harbour Ferry Launches James Bay Explorer Service

Aug 15, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Victoria Harbour Ferry will launch a new marine shuttle service on Saturday, August 16.  The new service, sailing as the James Bay Explorer, will provide tourists, cruise ship passengers, and locals with direct service between the Steamship Terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Ogden Point.

The new service is an addition to the Victoria Harbour Ferry fleet of Harbour Tour boats, H2O Water Taxis, and Pickle Pub vessels.  The Lynda Mae 2, a 40-passenger, Canoe Cove built vessel will sail on the  hour from the Inner Harbour, directly in front of the newly restored Steamship Terminal building and right off the Lower Causeway.

The crew on the vessel will welcome aboard hometown and neighbourhood residents, cruise ship passengers, and tourists, many of whom will take the opportunity to visit downtown or the Breakwater and Dallas Rd.  The vessel will carry riders and their bikes, owners and their dogs, and families looking for a new experience travelling from Ogden Point to downtown.

The James Bay Explorer will travel outbound to the entrance to the Harbour at the Breakwater shores and provide an opportunity for passengers to enjoy the  First Nations mural on the Breakwater walls.


Schedule: Daily 10am to 6pm until September 14, Daily 11am to 5pm until October 6. Depart on the hour from Steamship Terminal, Depart Ogden Point on the half hour.

Price:  Adults $5 for a one way hop from the Inner Harbour to Fisherman’s Wharf and $10 one way from the Inner Harbour to Ogden Point. Children $3-$5.

Read More

CRD Helps Hotel Grand Pacific Adopt Solar Water Heating System

Aug 14, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Deriving a portion of its hot water heating needs from solar power is the latest addition to the award-winning Hotel Grand Pacific’s list of attractions.

Victoria’s top-rated hotel accessed funding for an eight-panel rooftop solar thermal water heating system through the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Solar CRD program. The hotel acquired the solar hot water heating system with the assistance of a $4,750 rebate sponsored by the Solar CRD program, making it the first hotel in the region to take advantage of the rebate program.

“It’s impressive what those panels are doing,” says Reid James, Hotel Grand Pacific General Manager. “Solar is one of the best fits for the hotel industry in BC, since we have more occupants from May to September when we have the most sunshine hours so the sun “mirrors” the high operation season of the hotel.”

Captured solar energy from the rooftop panels is supplying 2,700 litres of the Hotel’s domestic hot water and pool heating.

“Solar energy is a renewable resource that can displace fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gases,” says Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD Environmental Services Committee. “The CRD Solar incentive program is great news for anyone wanting to control their future energy costs and contribute to sustainable communities. Greenhouse gases from buildings account for 37% of the total emissions generated in the region.”

The Solar CRD program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund and is a partnership between the City of Colwood and the CRD. More than 75 grants remain and are available on a first come, first serve basis across the Capital Region to help homes and businesses go solar.

“We congratulate the Hotel Grand Pacific for their leadership,” says Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin. “Cities, working with their citizens and businesses, have the greatest opportunity to affect climate change. The City of Victoria is proud to support the Solar CRD program, encouraging businesses and individuals to make choices today that will benefit our environment and community for generations to come.”

“Investments in clean energy technologies will help maintain Canada’s competitiveness and reduce energy costs while helping protect the environment,” said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. “Our Government is investing in this project to encourage clean energy innovation and help create high-quality jobs for Canadians.”

The solar program incentives cover up to a third of the cost of a solar hot water system. After incentives, eligible solar systems cost $5,500 on average, or $56 per month, with financing. Lower priced seasonal systems are also available.

To be suitable for solar, a home or business needs to be in a location with little to no shade on the roof. There also has to be between two and five square metres of space available on the roof for the solar panels and space inside for a second hot water tank for solar pre-heated water.

Visit www.crd.bc.ca/solar to learn more and find a Registered Installer.

Read More

Aurinia Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Aug 14, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA -- Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:AUP) has released its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014. All financial numbers are presented in U.S. dollars.

On June 26, 2014 the Company announced enrolment of the first patient in its planned Phase 2b clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of voclosporin as a treatment for lupus nephritis (LN). LN is an inflammation of the kidneys, that if inadequately treated can lead to end-stage renal disease, making LN a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

The Company in the second quarter also filed an application with NASDAQ to list its shares on the NASDAQ Global Market. Upon meeting the remaining criteria required by NASDAQ the Company expects to begin trading on this exchange shortly thereafter.

On July 29, 2014, Mr. Charles A. Rowland, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors and has assumed the role of Audit Committee Chair. Mr. Rowland, a CPA, has over 32 years of diversified financial experience. Most recently, Mr. Rowland was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ViroPharma Inc., which was acquired in January of 2014 by Shire PLC for over $4.2 billion. Mr. Rowland brings a high level of financial expertise and a breadth of experience within our business sector and in the U.S. marketplace which will be invaluable as the Company proceeds with its planned NASDAQ listing.

The Company is in a strong financial position with cash and cash equivalents of $39.1 million at June 30, 2014. Aurinia believes its cash position will be sufficient to finance its operational needs until at least December 31, 2016. However, future cash requirements could vary materially from current estimations due to a number of factors including the costs associated with its clinical trial and strategic opportunities.

The Company reported a consolidated net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.13 per common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared with a consolidated net loss of $970,000, or $0.24 per common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, the consolidated net loss was $9.2 million, or $0.35 per common share, compared with a consolidated net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.45 per common share, for the comparable period in 2013. The higher consolidated net loss reflects a significant increase in operational activities in 2014 when compared to 2013 as the Company moves forward with its Phase 2b LN trial program.

Research and development expenditures increased to $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared with $442,000 in the second quarter of 2013. The Company incurred net research and development expenditures of $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared with $777,000 for the same period in 2013. The increase in research and development costs in 2014 are directly related to launching the Phase 2b LN clinical trial into the recruitment and enrollment phase of the trial.  These costs included initial and ongoing payments to the various Contract Research Organizations and consultants, drug labelling and distribution costs and other third party clinical costs. There were no clinical trials in process during the comparable periods in 2013.

Corporate, administration and business development expenditures increased to $1.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared with $491,000 for the second quarter of 2013. The Company incurred corporate, administration and business development expenditures of $4.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared with $985,000 for the same period in fiscal 2013.

Corporate, administration and business development expenditures in the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 were higher than the comparable period in 2013 due to increased business activity levels as the Company implemented its strategic plan.  The Company recorded non-cash stock compensation expense of $435,000 compared with $45,000 in 2013; recorded a one-time initial Toronto Stock Exchange listing fee of $182,000 and incurred shareholder meeting costs in the second quarter of 2014. The Company also incurred higher wages and benefits, director fees, travel expenses, and professional fees in the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

For further discussion of the Company's financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and the management's discussion and analysis are accessible on Aurinia's website at www.auriniapharma.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

See more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/08/14/658872/10094811/en/Aurinia-Reports-Second-Quarter-2014-Financial-Results.html#sthash.Q6xdYS9i.dpuf

Read More

UVic Entrepreneurs' Ideas Worth $9500

Aug 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — The Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs held the tri-annual PlanIt competition on Wednesday August 6th, inviting UVic students, staff and recent alumni to come forward with their innovation ideas and present a business plan for the chance to win money towards their ventures. Out of 17 entries, $9,500 was distributed among 3 winning teams:

RapidSight (Stephen Murphy, Adam Bender, Bryce Flug – 3rd year Engineering at UVic) - $5,500

The RapidSight is an automated digital microscope which removes the pain of staring through an eyepiece and significantly reduces the time required to make precision measurements. After connecting to a computer via USB cable, the RapidSight can be used with these simple steps:

1) Adjust the position of the microscope above the viewing platform using the joysticks on the front panel;

2) View live images on the computer screen;

3) Take measurements by clicking on points of interest on the computer using added software

RapidSight will now join the ICE program as a client, taking advantage of the free mentorship and business incubator services on campus to prepare their venture for launch!

Calorie Thief (Rebecca Staynor – 4th year Bachelor of Commerce at UVic) - $3,000

Calorie Thief is a little pad that absorbs fat out of food. Using its unique, food safe technology it absorbs only the fat without removing water or any other flavors/ingredients. It will be sold to restaurants in Vancouver to be used during food preparation.

Dimes Underwear (Max Webster, Zac White, Patrick Psotka – 3rd and 4th year Bachelor of Commerce at UVic) - $1,000


Dimes Underwear offers men comfort and peace of mind. Our silver infused fabric blend blocks over 90% of mobile device radiation, which is proven to decrease sperm count and is linked to other long-term health effects. The male underwear market in North America is valued at 2.4 billion dollars and saw 13% growth in 2012.

Read More

Find out why cialis 20mg , and much more. Online pharmacy, generic viagra , low prices.

Victoria, B.C. in Top Three Friendliest Cities in the World

Aug 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – From people-watching to biking on the Galloping Goose Trail, Condé Nast Traveler readers gush about all the things to see and do in Greater Victoria, and ranked the city as the third friendliest in the world.

In their annual online survey, Condé Nast Traveler unveils results from its 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards about friendliest and unfriendliest cities. Among the results, Victoria is ranked #3 in their Friendliest Cities in the World. Coming in behind Auckland, New Zealand, and Melbourne, Australia, Victoria is the only Canadian city to make the cut. The ranking is up 11 spots from 2013, jumping from #14 to #3.

More than 46,000 readers gave their opinions in this annual survey and described Victoria as a destination you “need at least a week to see” that has a great setting. Readers also raved about the variety of activities from walking to biking to exploring the Inner Harbour.

“It’s an honour to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO of Tourism Victoria. “It sparks conversation about our destination and shows Greater Victoria is truly a region that is full of life and a destination of choice amongst travellers worldwide. We look forward to building on this momentum to inspire the world to experience our destination.”

Earlier this year Victoria was ranked the 5th Best Destination in Canada by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards and in the top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada by Travel + Leisure’s readers.

For the full list of the Condé Nast results, please see below:



Read More

UVic Oceanographer Leads New Radioactivity Monitoring Network

Aug 07, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen is leading the formation of a new marine radioactivity monitoring network that will engage scientists in Canada and the US, health experts, non-governmental organizations—and citizen scientists along the British Columbia coast.

The InFORM Network—which stands for Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring—is being funded by $630,000 over three years by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).

Since the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, there’s been widespread concern along the coast of western North America about the potential danger posed by low-level radioactivity crossing the Pacific Ocean.

“There’s great public demand for information about the impact of the Fukushima disaster on the marine ecosystem and on the health of British Columbians,” says Cullen. “Our goal is to provide the public with the best information possible about risks to the environment and their health.”

Research partners in the network include: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts; Health Canada; the University of Ottawa; the University of British Columbia; and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Ocean circulation models disagree on the timing and concentrations of radioactive elements expected off BC. The radioactive plume of seawater arrived along our coast in June 2013, and levels detected so far don’t pose a health risk.

“In the next few years, as the highest concentrations from this plume arrive, we need to know what the concentrations are and what kind of risks they pose,” says Cullen. “And we won’t know that unless we monitor the situation properly.”

The network will involve NGOs such as the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the Georgia Strait Alliance, the Raincoast Education Society, the Living Oceans Society and the David Suzuki Foundation, which will help with public outreach, information transfer, and recruitment and training of citizen scientists.

The plan is to set up 10 to 15 community sites along the BC coast where volunteer citizen scientists will collect water and seafood samples monthly or bimonthly for analysis.

Those samples will supplement measurements already being taken offshore by DFO and an existing citizen scientist network coordinated by Woods Hole that extends from the Bering Strait to San Diego.

"End-user involvement is a key pillar of this network,” says Cullen. “By engaging directly with the public, we’re inviting those with a stake and interest in marine environmental risk assessment to get involved.”

Cullen says results will be disseminated online and through community town hall meetings up and down the coast. He’s currently setting up an InFORM website, and results will also be posted on the www.ourradioactiveocean.org/ website hosted by Woods Hole.

MEOPAR is a team of Canadian researchers in the natural and social sciences who are trying to better understand and predict the impact of marine hazards on human activities and ecosystems. It’s hosted by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and funded by the federal Networks of Centre of Excellence Program.

For more information on the InFORM network, visit www.FukushimaInform.ca, follow @FukushimainFORM and Facebook or contact Jay Cullen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Read More

Surprising Summer Sales for Victoria and Area Real Estate

Aug 01, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its monthly report on real estate activity in the Victoria area for July 2014. 681 properties sold in the region in the month of July 2014, compared to 583 last year in July – an increase of nearly 17%. June 2014 saw 680 sales. When compared with year-to-date sales in 2013, 2014 shows a 10% increase.

“I think the activity in July has surprised a few people,” Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres says. “Traditionally the summer market is slower than the spring, but numbers are tracking closely to March and April sales this year. Last year sales in July were 12% lower than in June – and June was the peak of the market in 2013. This year we see slightly more sales in July than in June. This is the first year since 2003 that July numbers have beaten June.”

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core area in July was $562,000 – 2% higher than last year’s average value for the same home - $550,900.

“I’m looking forward to August numbers. With the diverse inventory on the market, stable pricing and the reasonable interest rates,” adds President Ayres, “I think the busy sales season could last into fall.”

Read More

Coombs Farmers' Institute receives Century Farm Award

Aug 01, 2014

(News Release) COOMBS  — In recognition of the 100 years of supporting local agriculture on Vancouver Island, Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick, is presenting a Century Farm Award to the Coombs Farmers' Institute.

Brought together in February 1914, the Coombs Farmers' Institute started as a small group of producers dedicated to supporting and fostering local agriculture. Today, the organization has 20 members ranging from poultry, mixed fowl, cattle and goat producers to forage crops, fruit, vegetable and shellfish producers.

The Coombs Farmers' Institute hosts the Annual Farm Livestock and Equipment Auction providing consignors the opportunity to sell quality, farm-related merchandise to local farmers and ranchers from all over Vancouver Island and other nearby islands. The auction raises upward of $5,000 a year, which is returned to the community as scholarships or as funding for local projects. As part of its mandate, the institute grants one to two scholarships annually, benefiting students furthering their education in an agricultural field.

Money raised at the auction supports the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association who host  the annual Coombs Fall Fair. In 2013, the institute granted $6,000 to the association for the purchase of a mobile stage. As well, the institute continues to provide funding year after year in support of local agriculture and the community.

Century Farm Awards honour agricultural organizations that have been active for 100 years. Each Century Farm Award celebrates the rich heritage of farming and ranching families and organizations in B.C. The Century Farm award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture.


Read More

MAC Renovations Earns 11 CARE Awards Nominations

Aug 01, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – MAC Renovations Ltd., Victoria’s professional home renovation specialist, has earned a remarkable 11 finalist nominations in the 2014 Construction Achievement and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards. Hosted by the Victoria Residential Builders Association, the annual awards celebrate the finest in West Coast design and craftsmanship. Finalists are selected by a panel of industry professionals who evaluate each entry in areas such as design, workmanship, creative use of space and energy efficiency.

“We are truly humbled by the association’s recognition of our work and we our very proud of our clients’ homes,” MAC founder and president Ed McDonald said of the company’s recent success. “This business is about relationships and it wouldn’t be possible without the friendship and partnership of our talented staff, sub-trades and suppliers.”

MAC Renovations will vie for 11 Gold CARE Awards:

• Best Outdoor Living Space

• Best Small Budget Renovation

• Best Residential Renovation or Restoration $300,000 to $500,000 (Two entries)

• Best Traditional Kitchen (New or Renovated) under 225 sq. ft.

• Best Contemporary Kitchen (New or Renovated) over 250 sq. ft.

• Best Bathroom (New or Renovated) under 100 sq. ft.

• Best Bathroom (New or Renovated) over 100 sq. ft.

• Best Master Suite (New or Renovated) under 500 sq. ft.

• Best Interior - Residential under 2,800 sq. ft.

• Best Interior - Residential 2,800 - 4,000 sq. ft.

Serving Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island for more than 34 years, the award-winning MAC Renovations has built its reputation on designing and building exceptional custom home renovation projects. MAC Renovations’ most recent CARE Awards honours come during a period of sustained growth in which McDonald’s son, Blaise McDonald, has also joined the company as Operations Manager.

The Victoria Residential Builders Association will announce the 2014 CARE Awards Gold winners at a Sept. 26 gala at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Read More

Poll Shows that residents of the Capital Region favour amalgamation

Jul 30, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Today the Capital Region Municipal Amalgamation Society (Amalgamation Yes) released the results of an online poll done in the Greater Victoria area. The results were overwhelmingly clear. Residents of the Capital District are largely in favour of amalgamation.

The poll was carried out by Angus Reid Global in order to provide greater insight into what residents of the Greater Victoria area felt about the governance structure of the Capital District and how they felt about amalgamation in general. 441 adults from respondents in the 13 communities that comprise the capital region were surveyed online between July 16 –17, 2014. The sample is balanced to census on age and gender. A probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of a +/-4.7%, 19 times out of 20. Every municipality was sampled and a strong majority in every district supported the idea of amalgamation, and highly supported having a non-binding referendum question on amalgamation on their ballots in the upcoming November election.

“What this poll demonstrates is that the people of Greater Victoria are ready to begin seriously considering amalgamation. This is what they want today.” said Susan Jones, Chair of the Society. “A strong majority felt that amalgamation would improve the quality and delivery of a number of municipal services to our region. Clearly the taxpayers of this area feel that the day-to-day business of local government would benefit from reducing the number of municipalities through amalgamation.”

Over two thirds of respondents believe that amalgamation will save taxpayers money and ninety percent of respondents agree that having 13 municipalities and a total of 91 mayors and councilors just doesn't make sense for our regional population of 340,000. They also say the status quo is not working. People of this area want change. It's time to move forward and get this issue on the ballot. The Society hopes that with such a clear indication of public support, the mayors and councils of the 13 municipalities will follow the will of the people and place a non-binding referendum question on their respective ballots in the coming November elections.


Read More

Subscribe to this RSS feed
© 2015 Page One Publishing |