Inside the Island's pro wrestling scene

Plus, a local CEO decarbonizing the world's water supply

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A 365 Pro Wrestling night in James Bay. Photo: James MacDonald

FEATURE

A look inside the pro wrestling scene on the Island

The music is pounding off the low walls of the Polish Hall in James Bay, with the yells from the ring drowned out by the jeers and cat calls from the fans that tightly surround the wrestling ring. A girl in a flame wrapped shirt screams and flips the bird at what can only be described as a classic wrestling “heel,” or a wrestler who personifies the classic villain.

Grimaces and pained faces mark over-the-top holds and leg locks, and every type of aerobatic body slam imaginable is launched from the top of the ring ropes. For close to three hours, chaos, athleticism, and entertainment reign supreme as the cast of characters from 365 Pro Wrestling take to the ring.

Running since 2020 as 365 Pro Wrestling, it was previously known as the Pure Wrestling Association, and was started in Goderich, Ont. in 2005. For 18 years the promotion has been putting on events around Ontario, and for the last 10 years in British Columbia.

With events taking place in Victoria, Sooke, Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Parksville, and Campbell River, the appeal of pro wrestling entertainment is high around the Island; and judging by the equal parts cheering and taunting crowd, there is a loyal and enthusiastic fan base as well.

Read the full story by James MacDonald along with his photo series.

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NEWS

The founder and CEO of Pani on decarbonizing the world’s water supply

Devesh Bharadwaj, founder and CEO of Pani. Photo: LinkedIn

When Devesh Bharadwaj founded Pani in 2017, he envisioned both a hardware and software solution to decarbonizing the world's water supply. Fast forward to 2023, and Pani has just announced a software-only solution to assist clients in the space, rather than the dual-tech approach the company initially thought of. Bharadwaj spoke to Victoria Tech Journal on what he's learned in the past four years to evolve his company in response to customers and the industry, as well as advice for entrepreneurs looking to iterate on their product.

Pani supports global water treatment plant operators, owners, and service providers with technology to optimize their operations for decarbonization. Its customers have plants in South America, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, including industrial food and beverage companies, as well as heavy industries such as ethanol and chemical businesses.

The company does so through its product offering, Zed: a tiered service that Pani says allows any customer to get started on their decarbonization journey. The software uses AI to provide plant operations with options that allow for cost- and greenhouse-gas-emission savings.

"With experience engaging with hundreds of treatment facilities in more than 10 countries, we came to realize how the customers like to buy, how the customers like to adopt, how the customers make day-to-day decisions, and where are they in their digital maturity," he said. "That's how we iterated upon Zed, [...] with a lot more understanding of where the different customers and plants are globally."

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