Westshore Business
An exciting update discussion with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

An exciting update discussion with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

November 10, 2020

So many fabulous projects underway in Esquimalt. We chat and review updates with Mayor Desjardins about:

  • the Town Square
  • the Library
  • new Senior Facilities
  • multiple condo projects @ Dunsmuir / Westbay Quay
  • detailed discussion regarding Gorge Park developments
  • the Public Safety Building (across from the Town Square)
  • businesses are growing in Esquimalt:
    • small business growth accelerating, even during COVID
    • strong community support
    • small, but mighty, Chamber of Commerce hugely supportive, e.g., shop local promotions
    • Navy & Graving Dock in growth phase
    • strong home based business sector
  • active Farmer Market @ Bullen Field
    • the market gives away food via a "market bucks" program
    • active Social Media support - "Esquimalt Urban Farmers" Facebook Page (7,000 members)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - the Transportation discussion

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - the Transportation discussion

November 9, 2020

In our first series of post election/election Westshore Business podcast interviews, we chat with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin about transportation, transportation & transportation. Topics include:

  • rail
  • Royal Bay ferry
  • Sooke Road projects / Colwood Corners
  • we chat about the numerous modalities of transportation
  • Galloping Goose bridge on Sooke Road / electric bikes
  • how can constituents help with securing infrastructure funding

Strongly consider attending a Public Hearing this evening (online @ 6pm - November 9th - https://www.colwood.ca/city-hall/public-notices/public-hearing-november-9-royal-beach) to discuss the Royal Beach OCP & Land use Bylaw amendments. The Royal Beach Sub Area Plan will include land use policies and design guidelines specific to Royal Beach. 

Kelly Darwin - Westshore Small Business Advocate & Champion

Kelly Darwin - Westshore Small Business Advocate & Champion

October 14, 2020

Many topics were covered in last night's (13th) Leadership Debate. One of the discussions addressed was systemic societal racism. Kelly & I discussed this issue during this morning's Facebook Live session (https://www.facebook.com/Kellyforlangford) - here is a brief representation of Kelly's perspectives specific to systemic societal racism.

#bcpoli #bcvotes #BCelxn2020 #yyj

Kelly Darwin - Westshore Small Business Advocate & Champion

Kelly Darwin - Westshore Small Business Advocate & Champion

October 13, 2020

We chat about the Westshore Community attributes that created the community & economic foundation as represented in today's (13th) TC article labeled "Booming Colwood: Hundreds of millions of dollars in projects."

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/booming-colwood-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-in-projects-1.24219391 

Mike Wignall - Westbrook Consulting - Small Business Testimonial

Mike Wignall - Westbrook Consulting - Small Business Testimonial

October 5, 2020

Listen to a brief testimonial to the Small Business Sector by Mike Wignall, Partner with Westbrook Consulting. Mike was a guest on today's (October 5th) Facebook Live session with Kelly Darwin, Liberal Candidate for Langford - Juan de Fuca

Kelly is a Small Business advocate for the Westshore. 

Kelly Darwin - CBC Radio All Points West - September 30th
Kelly Darwin - a brief introduction :)
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! The Colwood 2020 Economic Development Story

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! The Colwood 2020 Economic Development Story

September 18, 2020

Listen to Colwood Mayor Rob Martin review Colwood superstar council's 3 most recent extraordinary economic development announcements:

  • Seaspan Victoria Shipyards centre in the Allendale District
  • new Royal Bay Elementary School
  • Royal BC Museum Archives re-locating to Colwood Royal Bay
A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

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

September 17, 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 »

All levels of Government  - Round Table podcast

All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

September 16, 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.

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

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

September 15, 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/

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

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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.

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
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

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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.  

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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.

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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... 

 

 

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