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Nov 5 - BC is still changing clocks, 4 years after deciding not to

Plus: Local natural disaster plans. A delivery driver's eerie view of Victoria. New Hawaiian restaurant.

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Hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this morning and remembered to adjust any non-digital clocks. That time change is our first story this morning.


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After 4 years, an end to BC clock changes hasn’t ticked much closer

Victoria City Hall clocktower. James MacDonald / Capital Daily

It’s now been 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 survey respondents wanted to end the change. 

Accused this spring by the official opposition of “falling back on tired excuses,” Premier David Eby reiterated that BC is waiting to switch at the same time as the US West Coast states, to avoid inconvenience in their trade relations.

Yukon has already enacted permanent Daylight Saving Time, while over a third of US states have policies around changing to DST—but those all depend on, and are now being held up by, their federal government.

One of the key concerns remains whether to go with permanent DST or permanent Standard Time. 

Earlier this year Capital Daily covered some of the health concerns that inform advocates’ pitch on which switch BC should ditch. Read that story here. 

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

UVic field hockey in championship game today, after forcing a third and final match with a shutout yesterday. Watch it at 10am on CBC Sports.

Possible thunderstorm today, and high winds near the water.

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


Local municipalities on the hook to show BC more robust natural disaster plans

James MacDonald / Capital Daily

A month ago, a report from BC Ombudsperson Jay Chalke found that BC’s emergency support and disaster financing programs were “outdated, under-resourced and failed to meet diverse needs.”

On the same day, the province tabled its new Emergency and Disaster Management Act (Bill 31) which includes some new and expanded responsibilities. BC is now making municipalities lay out full plans for all four stages of emergency response management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

One of Chalke’s concerns was that BC tends to over-rely on volunteers rather than on paid staff. But for many Island jurisdictions, especially the smaller ones in the rapidly growing Westshore, there often isn’t much choice. 

Meanwhile, an expert worries that South Island governments are setting themselves up for worse disaster situations by allowing construction in areas vulnerable to flood, fire, or quakes.

Read more on the state of local disaster plans, and the new requirements, at The Westshore.


Photos: Victoria through the eyes of a nighttime delivery driver

Gazing at the sunrise alone can be hauntingly beautiful; gazing at a flickering old hallway alone can just be downright haunting.

Hallways, stairways, doorways, and lonely roads are just a few of the sights for late-night delivery drivers. In the early days of the pandemic, when delivery orders were at a peak, we ran this photo essay from the perspective of one such driver.

He also happens to be one of the Ghost Story Guys, who tell audio tales of the city’s spooky history—making him especially attuned to how unsettling otherwise innocuous corners of the urban landscape can become.

Halloween may have been last week, but with earlier nightfall beginning today it still seems like a good time to take a tour of this strange side of the city.

⭐️ Capital Picks

🍲 10 of the best soups in Victoria: Try them this month as the temperature dips. [Tasting Victoria]

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🥸 Royals’ Movember fundraiser: This month the local hockey players are growing mustaches and raising funds for issues affecting men’s physical and mental health.

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🗞️ In Other News

New Hawaiian restaurant in downtown Victoria 
The new fusion spot is from the owners of the popular Kahuna Burger and Aloha Bowls in downtown Duncan. It features burgers and poke bowls along with a full dessert menu featuring passionfruit cheesecake, chocolate coconut, and banoffee flavours. Drinks include a custom beer, the “world’s best” Mai Tai, and Hawaiian wines. More details at Tasting Victoria.

Royals slightly over .500 after a quarter of the season
After six weeks Victoria’s hockey team is 8-7-1 and second in the WHL’s BC division, having shaken off a rough start. They lost yesterday in Wenatchee and face Red Deer at home this week as the season hits its quarter mark.

Salt Spring childcare centre nonprofit regains tax exemption 
Recent rule changes meant that the had to re-prove its community value or lose about $5K a year. [Driftwood]


National Philanthropy Day 2023

Who gives a buck? From the vantage point at United Way Southern Vancouver Island, thousands of local donors do.

As National Philanthropy Day, November 15 approaches, let's celebrate local donors. Philanthropy, an expression of love for fellow humans, unites us.

Consider philanthropy today; after all, the buck doesn’t stop here. It’s just the beginning.

🗓️ Things to do

👢 Country Divas: A tribute to country music’s most iconic female stars, from Dolly to Shania. 7:30 tonight at McPherson Playhouse. 

🎷 CanUS Red Hot Traditional Jazz Matinee: Dedicated to friends and jazz musicians who have passed, this show will provide the classic jazz they loved. 1pm.

🎭 Joni Mitchell musical I think I’m Fallin’ returns to Belfry Theatre. Until Nov. 26. [Tickets]

🤍 A Night of White For Mental Health. A stigma-free evening. Headliner is singer Kuba Oms. Delta Ocean Point Resort. Sat. Nov. 11. 6pm-1am. [Info]

🩰 Ballet Rocks: Elegant dance & genre-defining music. 2pm at Kirk Hall. [Info]

👀 In Case You Missed It

Flying electric vehicles coming soon(ish) to local skies: James-Bay-based Helijet has ordered four futuristic “eVOTL” aircraft. [Capital Daily]

Photos: A traditional Coast Salish pit cook: See how salmon has been prepared on the Island for generations upon generations. [Capital Daily]

Friday headlines: Capital Regional District buys golf course. Author’s new James Bay murder mystery. Victoria named among Canada’s “rattiest” cities. [Nov 3]

Driver hit hydro pole on Cedar Hill around 1:40am on Sat. He told police he swerved to avoid an animal, and he showed no signs of impairment. [CHEK]

The ghost stories of Victoria: Our Halloween interview with John Adams about the city’s famous haunted harbour history. [Capital Daily]

New downtown restaurant #3 in Canada, according to annual enRoute ranking. More on the upscale seafood restaurant here.

9 specialty stores in Victoria to check out, with wares from olive oil to candy to plantains. [Tasting Victoria]

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