On the street: B.C. Ferries issues bonds, meditation centre opens

Eat, stay, play in Cowichan Valley starts next month

The Cowichan Valley’s best restaurants, hotels and businesses will be offering exclusive packages and partner promotions starting next month during the Tourism Cowichan Society’s Eat Stay Play promotion.

The year-long program has been designed to celebrate the experiences on offer in the region during the shoulder seasons and off-peak seasons.

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“This region is incredible year-round,” said Pizzeria Prima Strada’s Vanessa Johnson. “Our goal is to showcase all there is to do, see and eat in Cowichan during our fall and winter months. By creating memorable experiences with the best we have to offer in the region, we’re confident people will fall in love with Cowichan no matter the season.”

Eat Stay Play initiatives include participating restaurants providing fixed-priced menus and hotels offering unique accommodation and dining packages as incentives to fully experience what the Cowichan Region has to offer.

A launch party is set Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Brentwood College School with samples of food and drink from several participating vendors. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Eventbrite.

B.C. Ferries issues bonds

B.C. Ferries has entered into an agency agreement with a syndicate of investment banks to issue $250 million of its senior secured bonds.

The bonds will bear interest at 2.794 per cent annually and will mature in 30 years.

The net proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used, together with additional cash on hand, to provide for capital expenditures and general corporate purposes.

Kitchen, Commons under one banner

Restaurateur Mike Murphy will be bringing together two of his restaurants later this month as he intends to combine the fine-dining Kitchen and his more casual Commons under the single banner of The Commons, at 620 Humboldt St.

Put together, the venue will broaden the menu available at The Commons, offer new seating options while still delivering a dining experience that draws heavily on locally produced meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, much of it from Murphy’s own 10 Acres farm on the Saanich Peninsula.

New meditation centre opens

Billed as the first of its kind in Victoria, a dedicated meditation studio, called here, has opened in the downtown core.

The aim of the 2,000-square-foot studio is to de-mystify meditation and make it accessible to downtown workers during the business day. According to the team behind here, the studio would suit anyone — if you can close your eyes, breathe and sit, you can meditate.

Here is located at 1515 Douglas St., behind the Sherwood restaurant, and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


On the move

After two years serving on its committees, Jeff Bray, executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, has been appointed co-chair of the Coalition to End Homelessness.

Bray replaces Ian Batey, who served a three-year term as co-chair along with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “Ending homelessness is more than a social policy issue, it is also an economic issue. I believe our entire community will benefit once we eliminate chronic homelessness,” said Bray.

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