March 10 - Time change still hasn't changed

Unique brunches to try in town. Heartbreak on the hardwood. More wild weather. Sunday events.

Good morning !

It’s that time again: the twice-annual clock change. Today we lose an hour of the day, so go ahead and snooze a little longer after reading this.


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🌡️ Weather Forecast

Today: 🌧️ 10 / 5

Tomorrow: 🌧️ 8 / 4

Tuesday: 🌦️ 10 / 4


Wait, weren’t we supposed to stop these clock changes?

Victoria City Hall clocktower photo: James MacDonald / Capital Daily

It’s now been over four years since BC’s fall 2019 legislation to end the twice-annual switch. That move stemmed from a BC-wide public consultation in which 93% of the 223,273 surveyed wanted to end the change.

After a similar survey, Yukon went ahead with full DST in 2020. For our northern neighbours, today is just a regular Sunday. Premier David Eby has, like his predecessor John Horgan, maintained that BC should wait to switch at the same time as the US West Coast states, to avoid inconvenience in their trade relations.

Over a third of US states have policies around changing to DST or ending the switch. But those all depend on their federal government, which has made no major movement on the issue since a 2022 bill passed the Senate but stalled out in the House.

One of the key concerns remains whether to go with permanent DST or permanent Standard Time. The two sides cite various effects on sleep, health, road safety, energy use, shopping, and more.

Last year Capital Daily covered some of those health concerns that inform advocates’ pitch on which switch BC should ditch.

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Extreme winds, some up to 100km/h, continue for Victoria, east Island, and Gulf Islands.

Minor coastal flooding possible along Strait of Georgia today.

Check your smoke alarms today.

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


6 local brunches worth lining up for

Photo (rotated): Bear & Joey (Facebook)

Nothing makes a Sunday morning in Victoria like brunch. But if you've done brunch in Victoria, you know that picking a place, and then lining up at it, often each take just as much time as actually eating.

We can’t make the lines disappear (and it probably wouldn't be great for the local economy if we could). But we can make it easier to pick a place, with these rundowns of what to expect at a few of the most popular spots.

From cinnamon bun pancakes and breakfast tacos to jerk caesars and shaft milkshakes, these are some of the unique dishes worth lining up for.

Which brunch is the best of the bunch? Vote for your favourite here!


#1-ranked UVic once again flames out in national tournament

UVic winning the western conference. Vikes Sports / David Mahussier

It was supposed to be the Vikes men's best chance in decades at the national university basketball crown.

They ranked best in Canada for the second straight year, and won the Canada West conference for a third straight. They were the country's highest-scoring team (92.0 points per game) and had its highest-scoring player in Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia (26.8).

Poised to rebound from 2023 disappointment

Last year the Vikes fell to Canada’s top dynasty Carleton, finishing 4th. This year the path was clear with no Carleton in the Final 8 tourney. Their first-round opponent was lowly Laval, just 6-11 on the year and in the tournament as host rather than on performance.

But despite all that, UVic again bowed out early

UVic fell 69-75 on Friday to the 8th-seeded home team. Laval leapt out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, and though UVic kept battling back to within a few points Laval kept pulling away again. Victoria had its worst shooting of the year, making just 33% of shots. Laval also won on Sat., making a Cinderella run to the final.

Sat. success sets up fight for 5th

UVic rallied to beat Brock in the consolation game, setting up a match at 9am today vs. Montreal (watch it here).


Where do we go from here?

Join us for a conversation about housing in Oak Bay, on March 12 at 7:30pm at St. Philip Anglican Church on 2928 Eastdowne Rd. On the panel will be:

  • Ravi Kahlon, BC Housing Minister

  • Kevin Murdoch, Oak Bay Mayor

  • Virginia Holden, Greater Victoria Housing Society

  • Zac de Vries, Capital Region Housing Corporation

The forum is free to attend. Submit your questions to [email protected]

⭐️ Capital Picks

😲 The strange beauty of an orange-tipped Opalescent Nudibranch in local waters. [Video]

🩰 Dance Victoria presents Õkāreka Dance Company who will perform the all-female work Mana Wahine [Powerful Women] on March 27 at the McPherson Playhouse. Visit the website for more info*

📸 Take photos like James MacDonald, whose pics and stories you’ve seen in Capital Daily for years. He’s now hosting photo tours around town.

🗳️ More than 1,000 readers have voted. Make sure you get your votes in for the city’s best restaurants in the Tasting Victoria Awards. Vote now! 

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🗞️ In Other News

Senior has died after being hit while helping at roadside crash
Pat Hare, 80, was struck in Qualicum Beach last weekend; the driver may face a charge of impaired driving causing death. Hare had just arrived on a delayed flight from Calgary to begin his annual two-month Island vacation. [CHEK]

Merridale Cidery closed for one week after selling alcohol to a minor 
A minor agent for the liquor regulation branch bought a bottle of cider, marking Merridale’s first violation since it opened in 1990. It reopens March 12. [My Cowichan Valley Now]

No extra storeys mid-construction, decides Esquimalt

Several local projects have recently applied to change building specs midway through. This one, which failed 3-3 at council, would have added two storeys and 16 units. [Citified]

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🗓️ Things to do

 🍶 Shochu and umeshu tasting: Taste the traditional Japanese spirits and meet the makers at E:Ne Raw Food and Sake Bar. Today. 5-8pm.

🎺 Russ Macklem West Coast Quintet. The Detroit trumpeter player/composer performs music from his Juno-nominated album The South Detroit Connection. Opening set by the U-Jam young all-stars. The Mint. Tonight. 7-10 pm. [Info]

🎙️ The Great American Songbook Trio: Louise Rose, Joey Smith, and Kelby MacNayr play popular American songs and jazz music from the 20th century at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Today. Doors 12pm, show 1pm.

👕 Sweat and Swap Social: Shop secondhand athletic and athleisure wear at this clothing swap at Ashtanga Yoga Studio. Today. 11am-4pm.

🎺 The Commodores Big Band: The 18-piece big band plays songs from popular movies at Mary Winspear Centre. Today. 2pm.

👁️ Seeing Ourselves finale: The art showcase of local Black life ends today at the Ministry of Casual Living (1-5pm). There is an all-ages closing show at the Victoria Event Centre (4-8pm) with art vendors, DJs, and a raffle

👀 In Case You Missed It

A $2 billion, 30-year plan would overhaul the local water system. Island Health approves, but some say it's too pricey, too set-in-stone, and too rushed [Capital Daily]

What’s a “noise camera” and how could it help Saanich road safety? [Sat. newsletter]

Heron in a tree watches the Oak Bay sunrise.

Rat-bite fever: Islander could die after bite from pet. [CHEK]

Lily Gladstone has a shot at Oscar gold tonight: Here's how the Indigenous actor has inspired Island youth.

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