Plus: Group says more funding needs to go to Employment Standards Branch
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If you didn’t know this yet, Victoria has the most restaurants, bars, pubs, and eateries per capita than any other city in Canada—really, it’s true.

And each year, Tasting Victoria helps whittle that list of incredible restaurants down to the best and brightest in the city for its annual awards.

This year’s fourth annual Tasting Victoria Restaurant Awards is where we look for our readers’ help in voting and crowning the region’s best restaurants.

Do you have a favourite cocktail in the city that you think deserves more attention—or how about a newer restaurant that’s slipping under the radar?

Vote here for your favourite spots in the city (or forward this to your friend) and see whether your picks will be crowned the winner in January.


❄️ Today's Weather: Mainly cloudy with snow beginning in the morning, turning to rain in the afternoon. Snow amounting to 5cm. High 1 with a windchill of minus 7. Temperature rising to 4 by Wednesday morning.

Even in a lush rainforest, water isn't a given. Photo: James MacDonald / Capital Daily


Droughts, atmospheric rivers, and growth are playing havoc on our bedrock aquifers

Most people who live in the Westshore don’t have to think twice about drinking water and long, hot showers. They’re the majority who are conveniently connected to the Capital Regional District’s water supply, which comes from large reservoirs.

But there are several thousand people who use wells. Records show at least 2,400 wells in the Westshore, though there are many more that are unregistered.

These wells tap into bedrock aquifers. Water drains through the ground into cracks and fissures in the bedrock hundreds of feet below the surface, and seeps into wells drilled all over the Westshore.

Bedrock aquifers are highly reactive to weather: they fill up quickly when it rains, and drain relatively quickly in dry periods.

This summer, the south coast had 104 days of sun between rainfall of more than one millimetre. For the thousands of households that rely on water from the bedrock aquifer, that long dry stretch meant they had to call on outside sources for water.

Capital Bulletin

❄️ A special weather statement is in effect for Greater Victoria as snow is expected to fall Tuesday through Wednesday morning. Expect slippery roads and dangerous driving conditions.

Santa Claus and workers rights advocates stand outside the BC Employment Standards Branch on Friday. Photo submitted


Workers’ rights advocacy group calls for increased funding for Employment Standards Branch

On Black Friday, Santa Claus was out on the streets of Victoria with special gifts for passersby: fake cheques.

Santa, along with advocates from the Worker Solidarity Network (WSN), spent Friday outside of the BC Employment Standards Branch calling attention to the lack of funding allocated to the branch by the provincial government ahead of the 2023 budget.

“Workers are facing issues like wage theft or are being misclassified as independent contractors at a time when low-wage workers are hit the hardest,” said Pamela Charron, WSN’s interim executive director.

The WSN says the slow process at the Employment Standards Branch is standing in the way of wronged workers getting the wages or support they’re legally entitled to.

Read the full story by Jolene Rudisuela

North Saanich council votes to halt Official Community Plan draft

On Nov. 21, council debated a motion to rescind resolutions related to the Official Community Plan. The OCP was adopted in 2007; in August, the previous council received a staff report with 30 recommendations for revising it and directed staff to draft a new version incorporating the recommendations.

Mayor Peter Jones’s motion asked council to halt that process until “further consideration and discussion of all aspects requested by the community.”

Coun. Brett Smyth called the move “political posturing,” saying, “We do not need this. It’s not necessary. What is necessary is a draft.”

Although incumbent councillor Jack McClintock had previously voted against moving the revision process forward, he said he was now struggling with stopping it in its tracks. He wondered what that would cost taxpayers and how it’d “improve the product at the end of the day.”

Coun. Sanjiv Shrivastava voted in favour of the motion, partly due to the absence of certain environmental considerations in the recommendations. “Given the climate crisis, regenerative agriculture has to be paramount in any planning, along with direct carbon mitigation, carbon value, carbon taxes,” he said.

The motion passed 4-3.

By Tori Marlan

Cognito Health

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Recent studies show that receiving counselling and other mental health services through online platforms can be just as effective as in-person services.

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Capital Picks

🎁 Giving Tuesday campaign aims to give Vic Gen hospital systems a boost: An anonymous couple is matching donations to the Victoria Hospital Foundation up to $50,000 for a new patient monitoring system for the hospital’s intensive care unit.

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🗺️ A new way to see the Salish Sea
There is now a detailed, wall-sized map of the Salish Sea bioregion, courtesy of hobbyist mapmaker Jeff Clark, best known for his popular hiking maps. Taking more than two years to make, The Essential Geography of The Salish Sea is based on imagery captured by the space shuttle in the 1980s and includes details such as the traditional lands of Indigenous nations. [Times Colonist]

🧹Esquimalt Harbour cleanup among Canada’s most expensive
The seabed around the former Yarrows shipyard—sold to the Department of National Defense for $1 in 1994—is undergoing remediation after roughly two centuries of operations. The site has already cost taxpayers around $214M and the latest cleanup budget consists of another $162.5M, according to the Canadian Press.

🚨 RCMP recover bodies of pilot and two passengers after float plane crash near Port Hardy
The pilot was identified Friday as Patrick Lehman, a man in his late 30s born and raised in Port Hardy. The bodies have been turned over to the BC Coroners Service. [CHEK News]

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In Case You Missed It

🧑‍⚕️Victoria has 3 times more family doctors than the national average. But you're unlikely to find a doctor in the city who’s taking on new patients. The Globe and Mail breaks down the changing trends in family medicine here.

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🎖️ Navy Veteran to care home historian: Retired master sailor Bruce McShannon has been collecting histories of his fellow care home residents. The avid documentarian is now building a small museum of military artifacts at Broadmead Care’s Veterans Memorial Lodge. [Lookout Navy News]

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