And, drug checking teaching sessions launch at Substance
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Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to nominate your favourite restaurants for the Tasting Victoria Awards. Now, the time to vote has come—vote here.

We want to know which spot is your favourite in each of our categories, from the best vegan spots to best Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and more!

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Tasting Victoria editor

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Victoria sees slight increase in new housing but missing middle still, well, missing

The number of new housing projects started in Victoria this October is up nearly 80% from the same month last year, federal data reveals. But that’s only one piece of a complex situation for the region’s housing crisis.

The monthly report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) shows 337 housing starts in Greater Victoria in October 2021, and 604 in October 2022. The number of single family homes being built dropped from 730 to 598 over the period since January, compared to the same period last year. New apartments picked up the slack, with 1,368 apartment starts in the City of Victoria so far this year.

Capital Bulletin

🚨 Victoria police are asking for help identifying a man from an unspecified incident on a BC Transit bus Oct. 17. He is described as 6 feet tall with a slim build and dark curly hair, shaved on the sides. [VicPD]

🥣 The Soup Kitchen—which just celebrated 40 years in Victoria—is hoping to raise $24,000 in 40 days. That’s 4,000 meals for people in need.

📸 : Brishti Basu / Capital Daily


Victoria drug checking project begins weekly training sessions

After four years of testing people’s drugs to give them an understanding of what they contain amid an increasingly toxic street supply, researchers at Victoria’s drug checking project are taking their clients behind the scenes.

The Substance Drug Checking site on Cook Street will host teaching sessions every Thursday, starting this week, showing people how to use an FTIR, or an infrared spectrometer, to determine what their drugs contain—whether it’s fentanyl, benzodiazepines, or something else.

Oak Bay continues to work with UWSS to manage deer population

The District of Oak Bay has been working with Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) since 2020, and this year, the deer research project will cost a maximum of $38,050.

Monday, council moved forward with the motion to fund its part of the project, which is expected to be split between the province and the municipality. The motion was approved in a 5-1 vote, with Coun. Hazel Braithwaite voting against it, and Coun. Andrew Appleton recusing himself from the motion due to a conflict of interest.

Braithwaite voted against the motion because she believes the province should be funding the entire project. “The money shouldn’t be coming from Oak Bay,” she said.

While deer can merely be a nuisance to some, they can also be very aggressive, especially around mating season.

After a controversial attempt at a cull in 2015, Oak Bay kickstarted its plan to slim down deer numbers with birth control in 2019. It was the first time in Canada that officials used contraceptives to try and battle wildlife overpopulation. In 2020, 70 to 80% of Oak Bay deer were injected with contraceptives, and new fawns dropped by 61% last year, according to interim results.

By Ryan Hook

Gustavson School of Business

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Capital Picks

🎄 West Coast Winter Market: The Oaklands Community Centre is hosting its holiday market Saturday starting at 10am. Find hand-crafted gifts, support local and enjoy music and food trucks. Entry is a suggested $5 donation.

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🦉 Owl Designer Fair: Another day, another holiday market! Head to the Fernwood Community Centre for what’s described as “a fixture in the Victoria Christmas craft show scene.” Fair is held Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. Entrance is $3 for adults, free for kids 16 and under.

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In Other News

🍼 Parents pay deposits for childcare that doesn’t exist: CHEK News reported that two Saanich women paid to reserve daycare spots, only to learn the operator didn’t have a license to operate with more than two unrelated children.

📃 Eby to be sworn in as premier today: David Eby will be sworn in as the province’s new premier Friday at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver. His cabinet will be sworn in Dec. 7 at Government House in Victoria.

💲Elections Canada issues another fine to Saanich municipal candidate: Vernon Lord was issued a $150 penalty for sponsored election advertising without an authorization statement. Lord’s fine comes after former Saanich mayor Fred Haynes and Victoria council candidate Janice Williams were fined for the same violation. None of the three candidates were elected.

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In Case You Missed It

💵 Victoria is now a more expensive place to live than Vancouver: The latest living wage report reveals a 20% leap in the living wage needed for two people to support themselves and two children. Read Capital Daily’s story here.

🐐 Give meaningful gifts on behalf of your loved ones and practical help to families in need. Peck through Food for the Hungry’s plucky online Gift Guide!*

📢 Voter turnout dropped by 10.4% in the latest municipal election, Read Capital Daily’s story from Tuesday exploring why locals chose not to cast their ballot.

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