Sept 13 - Victoria broker Martel in contempt

Plus, Canucks are coming, and two Vic fooderies join forces

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Victoria man Greg Martel in contempt of court, warrant issued for his arrest

Greg Martel. Photo: Facebook

A BC Supreme Court judge on Monday ruled alleged financial fraudster Greg Martel in contempt of court for not following legally binding orders.

The disgraced Victoria mortgage broker owes approximately $226M to some 12K investors.

In her ruling, Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick said Martel clearly has not followed several court orders that obliged him to work with the court-appointed receiver, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to find the missing money to repay the investors.

Martel and his business, Shop Your Own Mortgage (SYOM), have been ordered into bankruptcy.

Fitzpatrick ordered a warrant be posted and that Martel be apprehended if he sets foot in Canada. He faces fines and possibly jail time.

Martel was last believed to be in Thailand.

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Frog Pond waterpark at Beckwith Park has reopened to the public.


Two Crows get a piece of the pie

Two Crows Craft Foods at the Esquimalt Farmers Market. Photo: Facebook

The Victoria Pie Company’s motto—written on its takeout boxes—is “Make Friends with Pie”.

Owner Robyn Larocque has done more than that—she’s managed to find a business partner.

Look for the Victoria Pie Co. to merge with Two Crows Craft Foods, which makes specialized mustards, spreads, and jams.

Beginning next Tuesday, the two fooderies will operate at the Victoria Pie Company’s space at the Victoria Public Market.

Owner Marie Takahashi, who started Two Crows with her son three years ago, says she’s always wanted her business to have a kitchen.

“That was always the long-term plan,” she tells Tasting Victoria.

Takahashi and Larocque—who also co-owns Parachute Ice Cream—first started to talk about a merger in the early summer.

Read Ryan Hook’s story here in Tasting Victoria.

⭐️ Capital Picks

🏒 Canucks training camp: See Vancouver’s NHLers take the ice Sept. 21-25 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena as they prep for the upcoming hockey season.

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💪🏼 Cirque du Soleil: Corteo: Take in this joyous circus performance Jan. 11-14 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

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🗞️ In Other News

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa complete journey
Thirty grannies completed the 275-kilometre, three-day cycle to Mile Zero from Campbell River on Sunday. The fundraising ride raised $125K. The group has raised more than $2M in total.
Correction: Capital Daily had incorrect fundraising figures yesterday. We apologize for the error.

Man on foot robbed by 3 on bikes in Saanich
Police say the man was shown a weapon, gave up his money, and was left unhurt on McKenzie near Cedar Hill around 4pm Monday. They seek more info from the public.

Brentwood Bay hockey player off to Broadway
Blueliner Micah Zandee-Hart is the first Canadian to join a US-based team in the fledgling Professional Women’s Hockey League after signing a three-year contract with the yet-unnamed New York franchise. Playing for Team Canada, Zandee-Hart, 26, won gold at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Big crowd expected for Orange Shirt Day South Island Powwow 
More than 10K are expected as First Nations from across Vancouver Island and the Mainland converge for the second Powwow at Royal Athletic Park Sept. 30. Truth and Reconciliation Day, AKA Orange Shirt Day, became a federal statutory holiday in 2021, and beginning this year is a stat day in BC.

Denny’s moving to old Shark Club location
You’ll have to go a block south down Douglas to get your Moons Over My Hammy, as the restaurant is teaming with Bar One to take over the Sandman location. The Shark Club closed last October after 19 years. The Denny’s across from Mayfair is the oldest building in the chain. [CHEK]

Boom goes the underwater demolition near Metchosin
The Canadian Navy will use an air bubble curtain to reduce effects on fish and lower the sound as it conducts blasting ops. But expect loud noise near Rocky Point's Whirl Bay, southwest of Victoria, from 8am to 4pm beginning tomorrow until next Thursday. [CTV]

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🗓️ Things to do

🎤 Snak the Ripper: The BC rapper will perform his music at the Victoria Event Centre. Tonight at 8pm.

🌿 Capital region residents are invited to attend a $5 introductory workshop to learn about gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Join us on September 16, 17, 30, or October 1.*

🎭 Menopause the Musical 2: Catch the hilarious sequel to the hit show at the Royal Theatre. Tonight at 7:30pm.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scottish Gaelic choir open house: Learn about Scottish culture and Gaelic language at this open singing practice. Tonight at 7pm.

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👀 In Case You Missed It

Tuesday’s headlines: Victoria could be getting traffic cameras, Umo arrives on BC Transit buses, and Rifflandia gets spicier. [Capital Daily]

Funding affordable housing by taxing short-term rentals is the latest move from Cortes Island and other local municipalities that rely on tourism—but they are losing workers to tourism’s effects on housing. [Capital Daily / LJI]

Premier promises expert task force into climate emergencies: David Eby—speaking from the Interior as he toured wildfire zones—says the province needs to improve prevention and response measures for wildfires, drought, and heat emergencies. [Castanet]

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