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On the Street: Capital region housing starts down overall

More single-family homes are being built in the capital region this year than last, according to figures released Thursday by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

More single-family homes are being built in the capital region this year than last, according to figures released Thursday by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Builders in Greater Victoria have started 162 single-family homes, up from 127 started through the first quarter of 2013.

However, the total number of starts is down compared to last year as multiple-unit projects have fallen off. Through the first four months of last year, there were 400 units started, compared to the 251 so far in 2014.

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Tourism body vies for prize

Tourism Victoria is a finalist for the marketer of the year award from the B.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Tourism Victoria was nominated for the award, which recognizes an outstanding marketing strategy over a sustained period rather than a specific campaign, by other marketing outfits.

“It is a huge honour to be recognized by this organization and be a finalist for this award,” said Trina Mousseau, Tourism Victoria’s director of marketing. “Our marketing efforts are so much more than just the campaigns we do. By working together — from our valued members to our teams on the road — we strive to inspire travel influencers to visit our beautiful destination.”

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Flood projects get $2.7 million

Taxpayers are spending $27 million on flood-mitigation projects in 26 communities in B.C. The money is coming through the federal and provincial governments. Vancouver Island communities receiving support include Langford, receiving $732,266 toward Willing Park stormwater detention pond construction. Port Alberni will receive $1.8 million toward Dry Creek improvements, and the District of North Cowichan has been granted $4.46 million to help pay for a dikes and pump station project. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is getting $2.7 million for dike construction in the Koksilah industrial area.

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Appointments

Western Forest Products has added Daniel Nocente to its board of directors after a vote during its annual general meeting this week. He joins James Arthurs, Don Demens, Lee Doney, J. Peter Gordon, Pierre McNeil and John B. Newman.

Isaac Alexander has been named chief software architect for cross platforms teams with the Procura Group of Companies in Victoria.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music has named Chris Kask as its new chief financial officer.