A New Transportation Toolkit, Clean Energy Projects Get a Financial Boost and a New Book

Important business and city updates you should know about for Wednesday, November 22.

#ArriveAndShop downtown

The Downtown Victoria Business Association, BC Transit, City of Victoria and Modo have partnered to create a useful toolkit and social media campaign (you’ll find it by searching #ArriveAndShop) that showcases the various transportation options when it comes to getting and staying downtown. The toolkit is available online and includes different transportation tidbits and tips, ideas for downtown businesses to help ease parking pressures, and details on a social media contest.

Clean energy projects at UVic get a big financial boost

Researchers at the University of Victoria received $2.4 million in new funding from the Government of Canada and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan last week, which will help accelerate solutions-focused, clean energy projects. UVic President Jamie Cassels was quoted as saying, “As we tackle the many challenges posed by climate change, our researchers are leading the way in sustainable energy research, working closely with governments, industry and community groups to foster clean growth and low-carbon economic development. We’re very grateful to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan for their investments in this vital work, which responds to one of our most significant national and global challenges.”

FriesenPress helps raise awareness of homelessness

FriesenPress has produced a book, titled Nowhere to Call Home, by teenager photographer Leah Denbok. Denbok’s recently released book includes black-and-white photographs of homeless individuals across North America; those photographs are paired with the individuals’ stories. The book has earned international acclaim, even being featured on BBC News’ home page. The project is already a huge success and FriesenPress is now working with Denbok to produce a second volume.