Plus: A new expo promotes diverse businesses
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Local entrepreneurs will gather tomorrow at the Victoria Conference Centre for the Colourful Business Expo, an event billed as a “first-of-its-kind expo of racialized, Indigenous, and new-immigrant businesses.”

After a morning of skill-building workshops, the event opens to the public at 1pm with exhibition booths and live entertainment. Performers include a mariachi band and a West African dance troupe.

The event is free, and I’m happy to say that Capital Daily is one of its sponsors. If you end up going, please stop by our booth where you can enter a contest to win dinner for two at Bear & Joey, pick up some giveaways (including a Capital Daily-branded mask—because COVID-19 still poses a threat), and say hello to Jimmy, Brishti, and Shannon.

And if you need more of an incentive, I suggest reading Michael John Lo’s piece about what Colourful Business is bringing to Victoria.


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Food banks across Greater Victoria are seeing the demand soar, but donations are not keeping up. Photo: Saanich Peninsula Food Bank / provided


Greater Victoria food banks strain to meet rising need as cost of living soars

When she leaves the Mustard Seed Street Church & Food Bank for her lunch break, Colleen Sparks, the organization’s director of development, walks past the everyday lineup of people waiting to pick up grocery hampers.

The line is often long, and the people in it range from young to old, from new Canadians to life-long locals. Every day, the non-profit serves families, students and seniors, people without homes and people with homes, people with jobs and people without.

The crisis of affordability, Sparks said, does not discriminate.

Since she joined the organization in September, Sparks has already watched community need grow. This season has seen a 25% uptick in clients from the same time period last year, she said, estimating the food bank is serving between five and 10 new individuals or families every single day.

And the story is similar at other food banks in the region.

Read the full story by Nina Grossman

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🚔 Victoria police are still searching for wanted man James Allin, who they say may be in the downtown area and is an immediate risk to the public. Allin, whose photo can be seen here, is wanted after his statutory release was suspended.

Police are also searching for witnesses after a hot liquid was thrown on two women in separate incidents on Douglas Street on Nov. 23.

Colourful Business Expo promotes Victoria’s diverse business community

A new expo coming to downtown Victoria on Saturday is helping empower and showcase the region’s burgeoning and diverse business community.

“Obviously, it’s a double entendre to some extent,” said Colourful Business chief project officer Paul Schachter. “Many people of colour are our exhibitors.”

But the real point, Schachter said, is that the entrepreneurs and artists showcased in tomorrow’s inaugural Colourful Business Expo are bringing colour and vibrancy to the city with businesses that draw upon their cultural roots.

The Expo, which will be hosted from 1 to 7pm at the Victoria Conference Centre, will showcase both local businesses and a diverse roster of performers.

Unanimous approvals: the theme of Esquimalt’s latest council meeting

Esquimalt council kicked off its meeting on Monday with a public hearing about the rezoning application for a craft nano brewery—Howl Brewing—to operate at 1209 Lyall St. Owners and Esquimaltonians Daniel van Netten and Alayna Briemon currently operate the business in North Saanich and, in their application, said they “would like to bring the business closer to home.”

Their proposal was met with rare unanimous approval from every resident who voiced their opinion at the public hearing.

“The municipality has a strategic objective of healthy livable and diverse community and I think approving this home-based cottage industry where the owners live in the community, will live on site, they’re doing the work on their own property, is exactly what that strategic objective envisions,” said one resident. “We absolutely and totally unreservedly support this proposition. We think it is a very, very good thing,” said another.

The brewery would not serve as a retail location; products are to be shipped from the site to businesses for distribution. 1209 Lyall St. is currently zoned for a mixed-use commercial and residential property, and the bylaw amendment would allow for beverage manufacturing.

Council also unanimously approved a BC active transportation grant application for up to $500,000, which would cover about a third of the cost of building protected bike lanes on Tillicum Road and crossings at Selkirk Avenue and the entrance to Gorge Park.

As part of the city’s active transportation plan, the Tillicum corridor bike lanes will connect the Gorge Bridge to Craigflower Road, and act as a continuation of the bike lane recently built by Saanich on its side of the bridge.

Esquimalt council will reconvene on Dec. 5.

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🌲 Fairy Creek enforcement tactics led RCMP officer to quit task force, documents show
A freedom of information request received by the National Observer shows that the officer followed his exit by writing a report detailing his concerns with the tactics used by RCMP to enforce the court injunction against the blockades, including smashing windows of vehicles parked within the zone, trashing personal property, and joking with loggers about the protesters. He also wrote that officers were improperly handling protesters.

A year ago, Capital Daily published an investigation into a particular incident that resulted in a crowd of protesters getting pepper sprayed. While RCMP said it had to pepper spray the crowd to evacuate an injured officer, a review of the evidence shows that was untrue.

🏛️ Court dismisses appeal from Oak Bay father convicted in daughters’ murders
The Times Colonist reported that the BC Court of Appeal has dismissed Andrew Berry’s attempt to appeal his convictions for the Christmas 2017 murders of his young daughters.

✏️ Campbell River teacher suspended for separating Grade 2 students by race as part of a lesson on segregation
A decision by the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation says in February 2022, Diana Lontayao segregated children in her gym class by skin colour as an exercise on segregation. She served a one-day suspension on Nov. 21.

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In Case You Missed It

🐑 Sheep farming industry faces growing challenges: This week, The Westshore dove into the world of sheep farming, looking at some of the biggest threats to the livelihood including predator attacks and food prices.

🎉 Kick off the holidays at the Colourful Business FREE all-ages event happening tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 26 from 1pm to 7pm. An expo for your holiday needs and more!*

⚖️ Man sentenced to three years for downtown Victoria attack: Shelbe Drummond, 27, was convicted of aggravated assault for attacking a man with a baseball bat in front of Our Place Society on June 1, CTV reported.

💐 Three believed dead after Port Hardy float plane crash: The Cessna float plane crashed into Strachan Bay shortly after takeoff on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of the pilot and two passengers. The plane belonged to float plane company Air Cab, whose owner told CTV a nearby weather station that they rely on has been out of service for years.

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