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#3221 mbjj

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 03:01 PM

Flowers are a colonial invention and must be eradicated at every opportunity.

Lisa Helps' yard had some flowers in it once when I drove by, lol. You can even eat some flowers. 



#3222 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:19 AM

Hey! My Mt. Doug > Mt. Tomie zipline project is still on schedule. We don't need these other distractions while it goes though the environmental review.

 

VHF must be up to his old tricks:

 

North Shore Rescue (NSR) is sounding the alarm after receiving a photo of someone slacklining between two peaks in a dangerous location on Mount Strachan, above the Cypress Ski Resort.

NSR posted the image on social media along with the warning: "EXTREMELY dangerous and could kill our members flying in the area. We and the RCMP also fly at night — there is zero chance of seeing one of these lines at night."

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...tains-1.5372274



#3223 Urbanpioneer

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:40 AM

Everyone clutching their pearls as to how the tourist cash cows may be off put by the un-housed , meanwhile this is the welcome to town many will see...

 

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#3224 spanky123

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:44 AM

^ I am sure that the Mayor and much of council would be quite happy to not see any tourists. Tourists represent privilege and GHG


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#3225 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:55 AM

I especially hate when tags cover old ghost signs. The painted sign on that building says "BURNES HOUSE".


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:00 PM

^ I am sure that the Mayor and much of council would be quite happy to not see any tourists. Tourists represent privilege and GHG

 

We'll ignore the economic activity leading to funding services for the unhoused.


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#3227 Nparker

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:52 PM

Everyone clutching their pearls as to how the tourist cash cows may be off put by the un-housed , meanwhile this is the welcome to town many will see...

At least there's a chance the tags will be dealt with before tourists arrive again.



#3228 rmpeers

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:52 PM

At least there's a chance the tags will be dealt with before tourists arrive again.


Or that the taggers will get a grant from council to share their artistic self-expression more widely. It's better than ACAB, at least.
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#3229 Midnightly

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 07:12 PM

Or that the taggers will get a grant from council to share their artistic self-expression more widely. It's better than ACAB, at least.

well atleast the taggers made it onto the local news (with their faces blurred ofcourse!) to say that it all started as fun and a joke, and now they are making money off of it selling stickers/bags/clothing with their logo on it.. what a heartwarming news story... making money off of tagging.... and sticking it to the city at the same time...

 

(link to the video) https://www.cheknews...ictoria-768285/


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#3230 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 05:02 AM

Who opens a new tourist attraction during a pandemic? Meet Canada's most optimistic entrepreneurs

 

 

For example, the District Wine Village is set to open in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley in June. The $25-million development will offer visitors food, live music, and a selection of wines from 16 different small, artisanal producers.

 

In Nova Scotia, new owners of the Cape Smokey ski hill are completing the first stage of a $100 million revamp, to create an all-season resort. The new gondola is set to open July 1, giving guests what's described as "gorgeous and unbelievable" views of the Cabot Trail.  

 

And in downtown Toronto, a unique attraction called "Little Canada" will soon be selling tickets to see a miniature version of the country.  

 

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...tions-1.5988749

 

 

district wine village sounds great.  too bad nobody in victoria has any vision.  we could have a wine festival here that would be amazing.

 

 

 

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A rendering of the Tree Walk that is scheduled to be built by 2022 at the Cape Smokey resort on Cape Breton Island. An elevated footpath will allow visitors to walk through the tree canopy. A seven-story lookout tower is also in the works. (Cape Smokey Holding)


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#3231 Mike K.

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 05:45 AM

Devine winery on the peninsula is shutting down.

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#3232 A Girl is No one

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 08:02 AM

Devine winery on the peninsula is shutting down.

Oh no!!!! That’s really sad news.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 08:19 AM

district wine village sounds great. too bad nobody in victoria has any vision. we could have a wine festival here that would be amazing.


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#3234 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 04:55 PM

On a cloudy April Sunday, a single Prince of Whales whale-watching boat embarked from Victoria’s inner harbour.

 

It’s one of only two boats that the company launched this weekend.

 

“Compared to pre-covid times things remain very bleak,” said Ian MacPhee, the Prince of Whales businesses development manager. “On a sunny COVID-free Sunday, we’d see 13 to 15 boats head out from just Victoria.”

 

Businesses relying on tourists are struggling as they prepare for the second year with no international visitors.

 

“The tourism sector is just absolutely devastated,” said MacPhee, who is also the chair of Tourism Vancouver Island. “You can’t possibly understand how bad this is, I mean people are selling their homes trying to keep their business afloat.”

 

With new travel rules restricting people from venturing outside their health authorities, tourism operators are being asked by the province to give up even more of their hard-earned bookings.

 

https://www.cheknews...ictions-773760/



#3235 Nparker

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 05:02 PM

And still Canada remains in the middle of the pack (or less) among developed countries for vaccinations.  :mad:



#3236 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 02:20 AM

Data and evidence suggest that we on the Island have contained the virus. Given the evidence, can we not look to scale back our COVID rules to Phase 3, where we were last summer?

 

With the low level of transmission on the Island, surely someone from Nanaimo can come to Victoria, shop and dine inside a restaurant with minimal risk? Surely someone in Comox could take a day trip to Campbell River and do the same?

 

A regionally focused restriction plan would allow our beleaguered hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants, retailers, and tour operators to have a semblance of a summer season.

 

Intra-Island tourism would keep some people employed, keep some businesses operating, and would give us all hope. The same way it did last summer.

 

These are difficult questions to be sure. Easing inter-Island travel after May 25, or having some explanation as to why that’s not possible — despite what the data seem to be saying — would give us all peace of mind.

 

It would give our businesses some certainty, and it will give our employees and residents continued faith in the importance of evidence in public policy making.

 

This commentary is supported by the following:

 

Bill Lewis, Greater Victoria Hotels Association

Kathy Whitcher, Urban Development Insitute, Pacific Region

Julie Lawlor, WestShore Chamber of Commerce

Britt Santowski, Sooke Chamber of Commerce

Al Smith, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Kim Smythe, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Kim Burdon, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce

Diane Hawkins, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

Mary Ruth Snyder, Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce

Bill Collette, Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce

Karl Ablack, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce

Jan Dart, Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

Laurie Filgiano, Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce

Katherine Worsley, Lake Cowichan District Chamber of Commerce

 

Bruce Williams is CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce; Paul Nursey is CEO of Destination Greater Victoria; and Jeff Bray is executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association.

 

https://www.timescol...open-1.24321527


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 22 May 2021 - 02:21 AM.

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#3237 spanky123

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 07:42 AM

^ Good to see the chamber of board but what about our other "community leaders" like SIPP, The harbour authority, the restaurant association, etc? They all still too afraid of upsetting their political masters?


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#3238 A Girl is No one

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 10:52 AM

Biden signed the Bill that allows cruise ships to bypass Canada.

https://m.theepochti...?utm_source=gab

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#3239 Ismo07

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 11:08 AM

^ Good to see the chamber of board but what about our other "community leaders" like SIPP, The harbour authority, the restaurant association, etc? They all still too afraid of upsetting their political masters?

 

I know the restaurant association has been working quite hard and is in the thick of it.  I suppose more behind the scenes...



#3240 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 05:50 AM

The appointment is a promotion for Castelsky, a 21-year employee of the company who has overseen several of its operations and spearheaded projects that have helped Oak Bay Marine Group become Vancouver Island’s largest marina, hospitality and attractions company.


???

pretty sure the empress has more employees.

https://www.timescol...-ceo-1.24331606

sticky wicket probably too.

pubco too.

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Founded in 1961 by local entrepreneur Bob Wright, the Oak Bay Marine Group employs 150 people — 70 in Canada, 10 in Oregon and 55 in the Bahamas. It owns and operates four marinas and an RV resort on Vancouver Island, along with two restaurants, the Ripley’s attraction and the resort and real estate development in the Bahamas, and manufactures boathouses out of its facility in Ladysmith.



who owns the company now? bobs family?

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