Monthly Archives: November 2014

North Saanich municipal politics…viewpoint

To our North Saanich residents, this “letter to the editor” will hopefully be published in this week’s (Nov. 10th) Peninsula News…it’s from a Dean Park resident:

Dear Sir:

As someone who keenly follows North Saanich municipal politics, I was shocked to read the flyer sent out recently by North Saanich Community Voices – in particular some of the allegations and assertions made therein with respect to development and workforce housing. Over the past three years, I have been vocal in my support for workforce housing initiatives pursued by the current council, speaking at both North Saanich Council and CRD meetings (full disclosure: I am an employee of one of the member companies of the Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group, and have advocated for the need for more workforce housing in North Saanich on behalf of the Group).

The NSCV flyer was correct to point out that the forthcoming municipal election is about two different visions of our community – but not in the way that is subsequently portrayed in the flyer. The truth is, there is a small group of residents (whose views are represented by NSCV) which is opposed to any development in North Saanich. I fully respect that point of view. I do not agree with it, but I do respect it. What I do not respect is the fact that rather than clearly stating and defending their own position, NSCV and others have continually tried to portray those of us who support the need for more workforce housing as extremists – a representative quote from the NSCV flyer reads: “In the last term, our OCP was trampled by Team North Saanich Councillors”.

Nothing could be further from the truth – Team North Saanich are the moderates in this, and support development in line with the values and principles contained within the OCP. North Saanich residents who have been involved in this land-use debate over the past years already know on which side of the debate they sit. But for those residents who are not familiar with the long history of this issue in North Saanich, I urge you to do your own due diligence on the candidates and what they stand for, and make your views on this important issue count by casting your vote on 15 November.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hall

1620 Barkley Place
North Saanich
V8L 5E6
P: 250.655.3474

Technology: The BC Venture Acceleration Program – Informational Webinar

The Regional Economic Policy and Projects Branch / Economic Development Division within the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour present a webinar:

The BC Venture Acceleration program fosters a disciplined approached to growing a technology company. Providing strategic leadership with an Executive in Residence and valuable networking opportunities, the program helps grow tech-startups in their own community. The new virtual program means any community, rural or urban, can be an innovative technology hub. Hear from the experts who deliver the program, and a community and company that are thriving following their involvement.

Date: November 13th, 1:30 – 3:00pm PST

Register early as space may be limited:

Please note that the registration deadline is November 12th, 2014. Webinar connection information will be sent to registrants 48hrs prior to the webinar.

Industry Training Authority and Work BC announced the launch of their Apprentice Job Match Service

Last week the Industry Training Authority and Work BC announced the launch of their Apprentice Job Match Service. They will be hosting a webinar on the tool on November 12 at 12- 1:00 pm PST To register please visit: For more information on the service please visit:

The Apprentice Job Match Service benefits both jobseekers and employers – apprentices can locate apprentice jobs and employers can post jobs for specific trades programs and levels of certification.

SBC Thursday 13th Nov. – 7am / Mark Grey-Dreaper, CBV, CPA, CA, founder of XPS Group

Hi all,

As I noted, last month, we are continuing to present speakers presenting talks relevant to business succession strategies and issues encountered specific to a successful transfer of business ownership and/or senior management changes.

This month’s speaker is Mark Grey-Dreaper, CBV, CPA, CA, founder of XPS Group, a local company providing business valuation, transaction advisory, and litigation support services. Mark has been advising on the purchase and sale of private companies for over 12 years. In this session, Mark will walk us through the steps in the M&A process and highlight some key points in preparing for a successful sale speaking to the topic “Selling your Business: Preparing for Success”.  He will bring the presentation to life with illustrative examples and provide thoughts on how preparing for a sale can be part of an active value creation process for shareholders today.

Please join us to hear more on our speaker series on business succession strategies. 

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 13 Nov 2014

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 13th Nov., 2014 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP ( only if you plan on attending. 

Bill Cooke, P.Eng

Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club