Is Tim Hortons new latte a sign of going too upscale?

From the National Post: Tim Hortons has just introduced its own brand of latte. Its national marketing campaign has already thrust the beverage toward ubiquity, and it isn’t difficult to perceive the central theme. See if you can’t identify the promotional motif: “The perfect latte. It’s perfectly uncomplicated. It’s freshly ground premium espresso beans. It’s steamed 100 per cent Canadian milk. It’s one size. And … Continue reading Is Tim Hortons new latte a sign of going too upscale?

Special weather statement in effect today – thunderstorms, hail possible this afternoon

Issued by Environment Canada at 5am this morning: Special weather statement in effect for: Greater Victoria Thunderstorms with heavy downpours are likely to develop late today…. A warm, humid southerly flow of air over the south coast today will combine with an approaching Pacific cold front to create favourable conditions for thunderstorm development over the Lower Mainland by this evening. It’s possible a few of these … Continue reading Special weather statement in effect today – thunderstorms, hail possible this afternoon

(With VIDEO) McDonald’s introduces ‘The Frork’

From the National Post: McDonald’s is apparently unleashing the Frork on the U.S. for a limited time, and announced the product with a tongue-in-cheek infomercial starring English pitchman Anthony Sullivan (of OxiClean and Edge of Glory fame). “While the Frork is supremely superfluous, it shows that McDonald’s is willing to do whatever it takes to help (our customers) enjoy every last bite,” McDonald’s chef Michael … Continue reading (With VIDEO) McDonald’s introduces ‘The Frork’

‘Controlled blast’ ends police action at Yates parkade, no details released on suspect package

After the “controlled blast” at 6:45pm last night… From CTV News: Victoria police then confirmed on Twitter they had used a controlled blast to “reduce any potential threat” in the incident.  Police have released few details about the nature of the package left in the parkade. “In these situations we bring every resource that we could need down and we make sure that it’s on … Continue reading ‘Controlled blast’ ends police action at Yates parkade, no details released on suspect package

Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola to have an MRI on his back – former HarbourCat Nick Pivetta likely to pitch again Friday

From Philly.com: Aaron Nola returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday to have an MRI exam as the team tries to find the source of his lower back pain.  Manager Pete Mackanin said the MRI is precautionary and that Nola is “showing signs of getting better.” Nola threw a bullpen session at Wrigley Field on Monday. It is unlikely that he will pitch his next turn in … Continue reading Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola to have an MRI on his back – former HarbourCat Nick Pivetta likely to pitch again Friday

Internet goes into meltdown as Buckingham Palace calls an ’emergency meeting’ – staff from far and wide have been called back to the Palace

From Yahoo: The internet has gone into overdrive after reports emerged that Buckingham Palace has called an emergency meeting. The Queen has reportedly rallied every member of her workforce from as far as Balmoral in Scotland, to London for the meeting, which is set to take place in the morning. According to sources, even the Queen’s most senior aides have been kept in the dark … Continue reading Internet goes into meltdown as Buckingham Palace calls an ’emergency meeting’ – staff from far and wide have been called back to the Palace

Raincoast Conservation Foundation ofers Great Bear Rainforest eco-tours by donation

From CHEK News: A Victoria-based conservation group has B.C.’s grizzly hunt in its crosshairs – hoping a new type of eco-tour will help put an end to the controversial practice for good. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is readying the 20-metre research vessel “Achiever” as it prepares to offer photographic tours deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. While photographic tours of the province’s … Continue reading Raincoast Conservation Foundation ofers Great Bear Rainforest eco-tours by donation

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $13,500,000 for this 5-bed, 10-bath, 4-car garage waterfront Oak Bay house

From Realtor.ca: Muir Haven – meaning Refuge by the Sea is a one of a kind exclusive residence in a class of its own. The luxurious design of this masterpiece property combined with the comforts and amenities of a diamond star resort make this oceanfront property the epitome of opulence. Muir Haven has been commercially crafted in enduring concrete & granite, infusing rich design elements … Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $13,500,000 for this 5-bed, 10-bath, 4-car garage waterfront Oak Bay house

Canada liquor recall – too much alcohol

From the Guardian: Provincial authorities across Canada have issued a recall of a popular brand of gin after it was discovered that some bottles may contain 77% alcohol rather than the 40% listed on the bottle. The province of Ontario was the first to sound the alarm over the batch of bottles from Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin. On Tuesday, the liquor authority said that … Continue reading Canada liquor recall – too much alcohol

More seniors than kids – BC now fifth oldest province

From Trail Times: British Columbia now has many more seniors than children, according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday morning. The federal agency’s numbers show that 18.3 per cent of B.C. residents are 65 and over, compared to 14.9 per cent who are 14 and younger. This demographic shift pushes the province’s average age to 42.3 years – younger than only the Maritimes. Canada-wide, 16.9 … Continue reading More seniors than kids – BC now fifth oldest province

Mayor Helps, Mr. Floatie hitting the road together – heading to Seattle

Seattle PI: ‘Mr. Floatie’ to be retired as Victoria touts sewage treatment – Strait of Juan de Fuca no longer Canada’s open sewer “Mr. Floatie” is finally hanging it up — at a Friday night Seattle reception hosted by the Canadian Consulate General. “Mr. Floatie was flushed with joy after the Capital Regional District finally voted in favor of a revised plan — a better … Continue reading Mayor Helps, Mr. Floatie hitting the road together – heading to Seattle

Bear Mountain Resort might be up for sale – golf courses, hotel and spa, plus over 770 acres on offer

From Reuters: Ecoasis, a Canadian real estate developer, has started a strategic review of the Bear Mountain resort in British Columbia, which could lead to a potential sale, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Any deal would include 772 acres in the resort area, one of the biggest pieces of land that is expected to come up for sale in Canada this year, as … Continue reading Bear Mountain Resort might be up for sale – golf courses, hotel and spa, plus over 770 acres on offer

B.C. had Canada’s strongest economic growth in 2016: StatsCan

From Business in Vancouver: British Columbia’s gross domestic product increased 3.7% in 2016, Statistics Canada announced May 1, giving it the highest economic growth in the country last year.   The increase was led by a 3.5% increase in service-producing industries, but the goods-producing sector also grew 4.6%.   Strong demand in the Lower Mainland housing market drove a 17% jump in residential construction last … Continue reading B.C. had Canada’s strongest economic growth in 2016: StatsCan

Been looking for Dad’s Chocolate Chip cookies? They’ve been discontinued

From CBC News: For months, some Canadians have been searching in vain for their beloved Dad’s chocolate chip cookies. A current Facebook thread on the topic is full of tales about quests for the item. “So annoyed, I’ve looked everywhere for these as they are my absolute favourite,” wrote Karen Strom from Edmonton. “This is so upsetting,” posted Sara Ortega from Vancouver. “Can’t find them … Continue reading Been looking for Dad’s Chocolate Chip cookies? They’ve been discontinued

McPherson Theatre funding ‘conversation’ request gets cool reception at Saanich

From Saanich News: Victoria Coun. Marianne Alto was treated to a mixed welcome from Saanich council on Monday when she brought a proposal for a conversation on behalf of the Royal and McPherson Theatre Society. Alto is part of a working group with members of the RMTS board that are visiting regional councils to “contemplate opportunities for municipal support for the McPherson beyond the status … Continue reading McPherson Theatre funding ‘conversation’ request gets cool reception at Saanich

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,250,000 for this 5-bed 5-bath home on the ocean

From Realtor.ca: You can have it all: peace and quiet, 255″ of oceanfront, moorage, one level living with private accommodation for in-laws, world class diving at your door, rare level lot 1.3 acres Every window facing west has an ocean view… a unique floor plan that captures the ocean, the mountains, the North Saanich coast, the sweet Mill Bay Ferry with the Gardener Diesel engine … Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,250,000 for this 5-bed 5-bath home on the ocean

Greater Victoria last Wednesday – seven illicit drug overdose calls, including two at harm-reduction sites

From the Victoria News: It’s a sight Brad Cameron finds heartbreaking. Working as a paramedic and responding to an overdose at a private home in an affluent or middle class area to find a teenage girl who had been dabbling with drugs. Now she’s on the floor unconscious or in cardiac arrest after suffering an overdose because the drug she took was laced with fentanyl. … Continue reading Greater Victoria last Wednesday – seven illicit drug overdose calls, including two at harm-reduction sites

Today is McHappy Day – 91.3 The Zone’s Jon Williams is at Esquimalt today until 2pm

The Zone @ 91-3 is a proud supporter of McHappy Day on Wednesday, May 3! On McHappy Day, one dollar from every Big Mac®, Happy Meal® and McCafe® beverage sold will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Join The Zone’s Jon Williams as he broadcasts live on location from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Esquimalt Rd. McDonald’s (1149 Esquimalt Rd.) in an effort to … Continue reading Today is McHappy Day – 91.3 The Zone’s Jon Williams is at Esquimalt today until 2pm