Reading to babies in the NICU. Old growth art exhibit. Turf issues at Oak Bay High.
Capital Daily team September 19, 2023
Good morning !
Today we’re covering the confusion surrounding restaurant tip structures, where lack of transparency and murky laws have left many wondering if they’re being shortchanged. We also look at a read-a-thon for newborns and a Westshore art exhibit that calls for better old-growth protection.
Have you ever worked in the service industry? (restaurants, cafes, retail, etc.)
Restaurant work can be a challenge at times—hangry customers, overwhelmed staff, and long hours on your feet. But the promise of tip money can make the more unsavoury aspects of service industry work worthwhile.
We leave tips for service workers with the hope that it will end up in their pockets. However, it’s not always that simple. Tip pools can be handled in a multitude of ways, but with no clear standard enforced across the industry, each restaurant can take a varying approach—and when the money doesn’t add up, employees are not clear on what they can do. Apparently it’s equally mystifying for the managers, leaving many questioning: when does it constitute stealing? This question is top of mind for Victoria restaurant workers, though there are no clear answers on how to properly execute a tip pool.
Less than 2 weeks left to change your tires: It still feels like summer outside but Oct. 1 is coming soon, and that’s the date you need winter tires if you’re going to drive on the Malahat or many other BC highways—and you'd rather not pay a $121 fine if caught.
From the mouths of parents to the ears of babes
Lynda Dominy, who loves to read from Dr. Seuss books. Photo: Supplied
Seven years ago, when Lynda Dominy left a career of teaching to work as a nursing unit assistant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Vic General, she was surprised to not see more parents reading to their newborns.
Dominy chalked some of that up to our brave new world of electronic screens, but then she decided to take a page from the book of an Oregon group that encourages young parents to read to their babies.
“We’ve seen the research show that when a child is in hospital a long time and under those conditions, they are missing that exposure to oral language,” Dominy tells Capital Daily.
“And that’s the basis for children learning to read.”
Dominy says newborns who spend more than four days in hospital are incrementally more likely to have delays in their ability to learn language; worse, it’s seldom discovered before entering formal school, and then they experience years of catch-up because “they have not had that listening foundation.”
Old growth still dwindling, three years after promised protections
Cathedral Grove, one of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests. Photo: Adam Jones / Wikimedia
On Sept. 12, 2020, the provincial government commissioned an Old Growth Strategic Review; then-premier John Horgan accepted all of the panel’s recommendations and promised to implement them within a three-year timeline, but none of the 14 recommendations have been enacted.
“It’s a non-confrontational, inviting space for folks that might be intimidated by protests and want to be able to enter the conversation,” says Bonnie Farris, one of the members who helped put the exhibit together.
“We cannot understand how the desecration of these old-growth forests can continue.”
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🗞️ In Other News
Island MLA’s removal not a criminal or sexual harassment issue, Eby says The premier says that, for human resources reasons, he can’t give specifics on why he cut Parksville-Qualicum’s Adam Walker from the BC NDP caucus this weekend. However, his comments on the misconduct investigation emphasized MLAs’ status as employers who run an office workplace. [CP]
Bonnie Henry urges patience with drug crisis at UBCM As delegates look to expand bans on illicit drug use near child-specific spaces at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention, Henry argues the province can’t arrest people out of this issue. Henry says while the pilot program for drug decriminalization is “not perfect,” removing the stigmatization from substance use can promote safer use, fewer instances of using alone, and potentially save lives. [Yahoo]
Turf trouble at Oak Bay High Friends of Bowker Creek Society says remnants of rubber chunks from the school’s artificial turf field are ending up in the creek. The society says it’s tracked into the parking lot on students’ shoes and disintegrates into toxins when rain washes it into the creek. SD 61 says it has contacted the turf supplier and has taken some preliminary steps to mitigate. [CBC]
United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI) just launched its 2023 fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $5 million. Funds support local seniors, families, and people with mental health and addiction challenges. You can support UWSVI by donating online or buying a ticket to the Community Campaign Raffle (with amazing prizes!). If you’re considering making a leadership gift ($1200 or more), now (until Oct. 31) is the time, with a matching challenge to double your donation.
Monday’s headlines: Parksville-Qualicum MLA gets the boot from NDP caucus amid misconduct investigation, UBCM proposal to raise tax breaks for volunteer firefighters, and Victoria loosens restrictions on opening new childcare spaces. [Capital Daily]
The best seafood in Victoria: The three top local options as picked by readers like you. [Tasting Victoria]
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Mansion sold after 14 years, settling at $7.5M after once asking as much as $13.5M. [Oak Bay News]
Victoria firefighters rescue dog from roof. An excited pup was rescued from a rooftop by VicFD this week. [Vic News]
Sunday headlines: Huge sunfish spotted in Island waters. Suspicious death victim ID'd. The perfect fall time coffees & cocktails. [Sept. 17]
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