Westshore Business
Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

August 5, 2020

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (5:57 - 24:50)

- families are attracted to the Westshore…"the place to be"

- Colwood's focus is on creating prosperity in the household…i.e., household wealth

  1. Housing affordability
  2. business support, especially small business

- Development activity:

  1. Wale Road "hole" - 147 affordable housing units
  2. Colwood Corners Corridor
  3. Royal Bay - 2100 residents / 300,000 sq ft commercial 40,000 sq ft supermarket / 10,000 sq ft Day-care
  4. within the next 5 years we'll see a billion dollars of development spending between all the numerous Royal Bay projects
  5. Rob reviews how Colwood can help the region in total
  6. Olympic View, Allendal District and Colwood Corners round out the balance of developments that will generate $2.5 Billion in development activity

Attendees Question - transportation review - how will people move around efficiently?

 

Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski (24:56 - 53:35)

- we discuss how to get in and out of Sooke more efficiently

- $90 million highway improvement project continuing - extensive detailed discussion

- BC Transit improvements (Sooke residents top CRD transit users)

- 80 kilometres of undeveloped land just beyond Sooke (Westhore Business Cooridor)

- Port Renfrew Tourism exploding with Tourism activity

- we chat sewage and water capacity for the region

- we review the political & community appetite for growth

- daycare & medical facility development updates

 

Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom & Langford Manager of Business Development & Events Donna Petrie (53:35 - 1:13:00)

- Langford's community priority specific to building out the arts & culture sector

  1. Maritime Museum
  2. 1200 seat theater
  3. Planetarium with observation deck
  4. Conference Center

- Film Industry and Studio Development updates

- Donna Petrie chats in detail about "I am Langford", an exciting branding and promotional project (June - end of September)

- Langford on pace for record construction activity and development permit applications this year

- transportation needs & capacity related discussion

- we review the Luxton area grounds development updates

 

Summary - 1:14:00

Rob Martin - 1:16:04

Mike Kozakowski - 1:18:16

Matt Sahlstrom - 1:22:16

 

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A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

July 17, 2020

What a totally fun podcast Kelly Darwin and I had with Graham Hafey, CEO of V2V Black Hops Brewing Company. We had an in-depth discussion about the 8 fabulous taps at V2V. The top 3 sellers are: 

#1 - Brig Blond Ale

#2 - Sea King IPA

#3 - Victory Ale 

Other taps include the Langford Lager, the Nigh Shift Dunkel, the Gunpowder Stout, Barley Wine and Fire Hose Gose. We briefly chat about V2V's extraordinary growth in Alberta! We can't wait to chat again soon.

All levels of Government  - Round Table podcast

All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

June 1, 2020

In this episode we talk with Colwood Major Rob Martin, MLA for Esquimalt Metchosin Mitzi Dean and Member of Parliament for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke Randall Garrison.

We joined together for this podcast directly following the Colwood Recovery Roundtable Meeting which was attended by Government leaders as well as  Community and Business leaders and members.

This discussion focuses mainly on what we are calling the "beginning of the middle". How are people coping with a few more freedoms in BC's phase two as compared to Phase one and how will businesses adapt. 

We continue to talk about shopping, growing and supporting local and what that looks like and how that works. Also a significant topic of discussion is the cooperation we are seeing across Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments along with the non partisan needs of small business owners. 

If you are interested in hearing how the different levels of Government are functioning thru this health crisis and what the business community is connecting and not connecting with when it comes to support and stimulus then please give this podcast a listen.

Kelly & John would like to sincerely thank Rob, Mitzi and Randall for their passion, commitment and leadership through these challenging times. We have often been surprised and humbled by your energy, concern and genuine optimistic outlook towards our communities and ourselves. Once again we are reminded how lucky we are to live where we live and how thankful we are to be in this community with these exceptional leaders.

Stay Safe, 

Kelly Darwin & John Juricic

Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

May 28, 2020

We chatted with Graham Hafey, CEO V2V Black Hops Brewing Company.

  • we review the background business objectives to V2V Black Hops brewing
  • we chat about the myriad of V2V products (8 beers on tap) and the motivation behind the beer themes
  • outdoor patio is open...we chat about re-opening strategies & psychological impact of customers re-initiating demand & their buying environment (must be safe)
    • live music entertainment planned
    • military movie nights 
  • we review Graham's overview of the Westshore hospitality business
  • Graham reviews his charity oriented business model
    • we review government business subsidy programs
Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

May 25, 2020

We review the Westshore economy with a Langford based Civil Engineering leader (https://www.wbrook.ca/): 

  • they are busier than ever / construction is busier than ever
  • reviewing their digital office transformation (ZOOM, Microsoft Teams)
    • we review implementation protocols…brand new skills have been learned…a draft team meeting etiquette has been created
    • amazed at the staff productivity from home, but healthy, creative banter is missing…team morale could be impacted…we chat about staff coffees at Timmy's - can they be replaced online?
    • "only as strong as your staff" - look after them…Mike talks examples
    • a new workplace might remain hybrid (home & office)
  • business in Langford hasn't stopped
  • revenue has increased for many companies, including Westbrook
A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

May 25, 2020

We review the last couple of months

- staff & constituent concerns

- we're now at the "beginning of the middle"

- new concerns:

  1. how do we re-build?
  2. what is the new normal?
  3. how to transition the federal programs to a "new normal" Read the rest of this entry »

A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

May 19, 2020

In this episode John and Kelly chat with Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean about some of the following topics:

Visit Mitzi Deans website here: http://bcndpcaucus.ca/mla/mitzi-dean/

Visit The Westshore Business main site: https://www.westshore.business/

Do you have almost half an hour to spare? Visit 27 minutes with John & Kelly: https://www.27minutes.ca/

John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

May 6, 2020

This is a "must" listen session with John Ranns, Mayor of Metchosin.

Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

April 30, 2020
  • 100,000 masks being distributed (at cost)

    • being delivered to businesses
    • till shields, face shields and hand sanitizers available via mobile PPE stocked vans
    • $1,000 - $2,000 worth of PPE equipment sold daily
    • daily one of these PPE supply vans will be parked in front of City Hall for residents
    • in-home testing still available
  • The Mayor's thoughts regarding a post-COVID economy...
    • January - March 2019 - $108 million in development permits
    • January - March 2020 - $146 million in development permits
    • Langford never really closed!
      • Big Box stores still open
      • keep the essential services open
  • trying to obtain a Rapid-Tester for the city
  • much more testing & PPE is required...should be a national focus...no excuse
  • where did you get the masks from?
    • Mayor Young has an extensive personal network across the world, e.g., Hong Kong, England, Edmonton
  • local procurement highlights & stories of PPE equipment purchases, i.e. masks
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update

April 30, 2020

We understand the success of Colwood’s recovery depends on how we help our residents and businesses through these challenging times.

  1. Last night council passed a 0% residential tax lift and a business tax reduction that over the next 5 years will match the average business rate in the CRD.  
  1. In coordination with South Island Prosperity Project, Councilor Kobayashi has been appointed to the Regional Prosperity Recovery taskforce. In addition, Councilor Kobayashi chaired the Colwood Development and Business leaders Covid 19 Recovery RoundTable that included business leaders, the Westshore Chamber and council. These roundtables are designed to help the city understand the real impacts on local businesses and what we as city can do and the importance of advocating to our provincial and federal governments on how to best support local business moving forward. 
  1. Brief summary of the City survey to help us better understand how COVID-19 is impacting business owners, we invited all Colwood businesses to participate in a survey.

    • We received 68 responses representing 16 different business categories including construction, finance, health, food + accommodation, professional + technical services, education and more.
    • Mostly from small businesses with between one and four employees, as well as from larger businesses with up to 200 employees.
    • About a third of the responses were from home-based business owners.
    • Most respondents (78%) were from private sector businesses.
    • As expected, many are taking a hit in terms of decreased sales, closures, reduced staff hours, cancelled contracts and layoffs; and most expect those impacts to continue.
    • They offered ideas about how the City, the Province and the Federal government could help.
    • Half the respondents expect the economic rebound to be slow, 35% are unsure.
    • Staff are reviewing the data now and have a tentative date for a second Business Round Table discussion to move forward with actions. 
  • health – balancing continued vigilance with loosening restrictions, continuing to follow the direction of the provincial health officer 
  • protecting vulnerable populations – approval of affordable housing at 85 Belmont 

I have a question for the two of you since you over the last month spoken to almost all the Westshore Mayors as well as our MLA Mitzi Dean. My question is “what has the Westshore done right with Covid and what are opportunities for our communities do our municipalities have moving forward?

 

Mayor Ken Williams from the District of the Highlands

Mayor Ken Williams from the District of the Highlands

April 24, 2020

In this episode we talk to District of Highlands Mayor Ken Williams about the park closures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and how the Highlands is British Columbia's most efficient municipality!

Record April 20th 2020

A conversation with View Royal Mayor David Screech

A conversation with View Royal Mayor David Screech

April 23, 2020

Thanks to View Royal Mayor David Screech for an overview of View Royal's response to the COVID health crisis. Highlights:

  • 4 mile pub / 6 mile pub / casino - all major revenue sources for the municipality, all closed
  • View Royal staff becoming the defacto information portal for the community
A community based conversation with Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin

A community based conversation with Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin

April 22, 2020

In our first "Recorded" Podcast with Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean we talk about a number of topics related to life in the Westshore and across our Province.

Both John and Kelly would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone in MLA Deans office that continue to work and help local residents in this very stressful and challenging environment.

COVID-19 Topics and Links

  1. Small Business BC Covid Information - https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca/hc/en-us
  2. WestShore Chamber of Commerce dedicated COVID-19 web page - https://www.westshore.bc.ca/covid19.html

Gender Equity in B.C.

  1. Mitzi Dean is the Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/gender-equityh

We also talked about the co-operative nature and communication between the Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments.

Esquimalt-Metchosin Constituency Office

Lindsay Dault - Country Bee Honey Farm

Lindsay Dault - Country Bee Honey Farm

April 22, 2020

In this podcast with Lindsay, Co-owner of Country Bee Honey Farm (6440 West Saanich Rd) discusses:

  • their planned walking & pollinating tour
  • Lindsay reviews all the farm animals located at their business for folks to visit and enjoy
  • we had fun talking about lean-to's...
  • there are over 50 bee-hives at the farm 
  • we chat about Agri-Tourism development on the Peninsula
    • likely more stay-cations this summer
    • move to local food & support local
    • we talk about multi-ZOOM virtual dinner table meetings... :)

 

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins - COVID response and planning

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins - COVID response and planning

April 15, 2020

We chatted with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins about Esquimalt's COVID 19 response. She reviewed what has happened, what is happening and most intriguing what will happen in the near future. Listen in to this concisely planned and managed response to our Global Health crisis. 

Corona Virus Langford - April 4th

Corona Virus Langford - April 4th

April 4, 2020

Please note that we conduct these podcasts somewhat on the fly...they're very impromptu...we are certainly not in a recording studio...LOL! But the information needs to get out to the community asap...today Mayor Young reviews:

  • his summary of the current status of the of the virus in his community
  • his analysis of government recovery and assistance programs:
    • a reflection of Langford's in-home testing program
  • the new construction site working rules announced April 3rd

 

Mayor Rob Martin of Colwood - COVID-19 response

Mayor Rob Martin of Colwood - COVID-19 response

April 1, 2020

We discuss the City of Colwood's:

  • response to stopping the spread of COVID-19
  • working relationship with the Provincial Health Officer
  • preparation for future economic impacts
  • immediate budget implications - "moving towards a 0% tax lift"

The Mayor also discusses the emotional & mental impact of this health crisis on the Colwood community.

Colwood notice:

On Tuesday, April 7th at 6pm, HMCS Calgary will depart Esquimalt Harbour as military personnel deploy and leave their families behind during some of the most uncertain and challenging times we have ever encountered.

Base Commander, Captain Sam Sader and Mayor Rob Martin are working together to allow military families access to the Lagoon Beach in Colwood to wave goodbye to loved ones and see the ship off as it sails out. This small action will be a great comfort to both the departing sailors and the partners and children staying behind.

Colwood Bylaw Officers will open the gate at Fort Rodd Hill to allow families to access the beach. Base personnel will ensure families comply with strict physical distancing measures for the hour or so that they will be there.

Bylaw Officers will re-lock the gate after military families have departed.

A chat summarizing COVID-19 government business support programs - Mike Reilly / Financial Flight Planner / Westshore Chamber of Commerce Board President

A chat summarizing COVID-19 government business support programs - Mike Reilly / Financial Flight Planner / Westshore Chamber of Commerce Board President

March 31, 2020
  • Westshore Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business & Health Resources web page 
  • Individual Programs:
    • EI Programs - Emergency Response Benefits
    • Tax Return & Remittances Deadlines 
    • GST Credits / Canada Child Benefits
    • Deferred Bill Payments
  • Business Programs:
    • Workshare Program
    • 75% Wage Subsidy
    • up to $40M in Small Business Cda Government secured business loans
  • We all reflect on the mental strains and challenges that small business owners are experiencing during this pandemic
Corona Virus Langford - March 30th

Corona Virus Langford - March 30th

March 30, 2020

General discussions about:

  • re-inforcing practises to keep healthy
  • where to find testing kits...how much do test kits cost?
  • how testing is a mission one priority
  • masks - we need more!
  • the necessity of a crisis manager to be a central operations manager
  • health care workers are our heroes!
  • door to door food delivery precautions
  • procurement policies & pipeline politics
Corona Virus Langford - March 28th

Corona Virus Langford - March 28th

March 28, 2020

- reinforcing strategies to stop community spread:

  1. stay home
  2. wash hands
  3. implement physical distancing

- visit https://covidlangford.com/

- call 778-600-0240 for help

- Langford to implement "In Home Testing" partnering with Forbes Pharmacy

- service to expand to Westshore Communities including View Royal, Metchosin, Colwood & Sooke.

Corona Virus Langford - March 25th

Corona Virus Langford - March 25th

March 26, 2020

This is the first (March 26th) of a regular series of podcast updates from Mayor Young about the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

Municipality of Langford resources for help and assistance:

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Online Video Conference Platforms - Review

Online Video Conference Platforms - Review

March 24, 2020

We have a social distancing appropriate podcast and discuss a myriad of online video conference platforms...and most of the human behaviors that happen when sitting in front of a computer engaging with other digital people...LOL!

We used ZOOM and recorded a video as well...see below... 

 

 

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - February 2020 Update

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - February 2020 Update

February 26, 2020

OPEN FOR BUSINESS AWARD – TOP 3 IN BC

A 2020 update with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

A 2020 update with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

February 9, 2020

We start the "Westshore Business" podcast series in the New Year with an informative and exciting update with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins. Read the rest of this entry »

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - December 2019 reflections

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - December 2019 reflections

December 16, 2019

Podcast Review

An introductory podcast with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

An introductory podcast with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

December 9, 2019

One of our region's best kept secrets has been the amazing "stuff" going on in Esquimalt…for business…for the community…for the region. Read the rest of this entry »

SOHO Summitt - Martin Newham, Membership Ambassador, Westshore Chamber of Commerce

SOHO Summitt - Martin Newham, Membership Ambassador, Westshore Chamber of Commerce

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Read the rest of this entry »

SOHO Summitt - Humaira Ahmed - CEO Locelle

SOHO Summitt - Humaira Ahmed - CEO Locelle

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing Humaira Ahmed, CEO of Locelle.

SOHO Summitt - Linda Mackie Photography

SOHO Summitt - Linda Mackie Photography

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by Linda Mackie, conference photography.

SOHO Summitt - Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood - Greater Victoria Public Library

SOHO Summitt - Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood - Greater Victoria Public Library

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing stories being provided by Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood from the Greater Victoria Public Library.