Our community: restaurants are fighting for our place; ReStore celebrates its 30th anniversary


May the best dish win

Our Place is planning a multi-faceted approach to Hungry Hearts, its annual fundraiser, with a Land and Sea food competition, online auction and virtual gala.

The large-scale campaign begins with a culinary competition between local restaurants to find the best land (mushroom) and sea (halibut) dishes in the region.

Participating restaurants include Virtuous Pie and Spinnakers, last year’s winners. The challenges for this year’s crown will be Aura Restaurant, House of Boateng, The Snug at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Canoe Brewpub, Il Covo Trattoria, Saveur Restaurant, Fireside Grill, Nautical Nellies, Crooked Goose Bistro, The Beachhouse Restaurant, Heron Rock Bistro and Pacific restaurant.

You can vote on the Times Colonist contest page until September 7.

You can start bidding on selected auction items starting August 28 at hibid.ca. There are hundreds of items, including A Culinary Feast for Eight from Zambri’s and hundreds of restaurant gift certificates.

The event will conclude with a 1-hour virtual Hungry Hearts entertainment and information gala on September 18, broadcast with the support of CHEK Television. It will be simultaneously broadcast live.

Auction ends 15 minutes after the live broadcast ends.

Money raised at this year’s gala will be donated to Our WorkPlace employment services to help people get back to work.

• For more information, visitourplacesociety.com.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates its 30th anniversary

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the social enterprise that helps finance the construction of affordable housing, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Over the past three decades, retail home improvement stores have helped divert 430 million kilograms of materials from landfills.

The charity gave new life to new and lightly used furniture, appliances, building materials and household items that might otherwise have ended up as trash.

“The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great answer for anyone looking to donate or purchase affordable, eco-friendly household items,” said Frank Baker, Director of Retail Operations.

“With a slight increase in home renovations and upgrades, we’re hoping people will keep the Habitat ReStore in mind instead of throwing away perfectly good items. “

For more information, visit habitatvictoria.com/restaurer.

CBC’s Bob McDonald talks about a green future

The Canadian Club of Victoria is launching its 2021-2022 Breakfast Lecture Series with A Green Guide to the Future, with Bob McDonald, science correspondent and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks as guest speaker, on September 21 at the Grand Pacific hotel. .

McDonald has written and hosted numerous television documentaries and over 100 educational videos in Canada and the United States.

Tickets for lunch are $ 40. The event will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 21 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, 463 Belleville Street. gmail.com.

The contribution of residents of the peninsula is requested for a five-year recreation plan

The Peninsula Recreation Commission, which offers recreation programs and services throughout the Saanich Peninsula, is seeking public input as it drafts a five-year strategic plan.

The Panel hopes to hear from residents of North Saanich, Central Saanich, Sidney, Pauquachin First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tseycum First Nation and Tsartlip First Nation. The plan will reflect the needs, wishes and ideas of the people in those communities.

Community feedback will inform the draft strategic plan, which will be prepared and presented to the commission in October.

The community and stakeholder engagement process runs until September 19.

An online survey is available at survey.crd.bc.ca. For more information, visit crd.bc.ca/panorama.

Partnership helps close digital learning gaps in schools

London Drugs has partnered with Computers for School Plus to deliver refurbished computers and other digital devices to schools, libraries, nonprofits, Indigenous communities and low-income students.

Thousands of students face a lack of digital learning due to limited access to technological devices.

Computers for School Plus is a federal government program that collects donated computers, trains youth in device refurbishment, and distributes refurbished equipment.

Since 1993, the Computers for School program has provided more than 1.6 million refurbished computers to schools across the country and has offered more than 7,000 paid internships to young Canadians to acquire skills. skills relevant to the market.

“Last year, London Drugs provided over 200 computers to students across Western Canada as part of our inaugural Tech Drive event,” said Nick Curalli, vice president – Technology Solutions.

“London Drugs has responsibly recycled its customers’ old computers and electronics for decades, some of which are still in working order.

“Last year, we discovered that not all families have access to the necessary technological tools. By partnering with Computers for Schools Plus, we have been able to bring used but working computers to families in need. With more students returning to class in person this year, we anticipate and hope to meet the continued need of families to have access to technology for their schoolwork.

Laptops are the most popular, with desktops, tablets and cellphones all accepted.

London Drugs stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are accepting used computers as part of the initiative. The charitable partner in British Columbia is BC Technology for Learning

Devices intended for donation will face certain criteria, such as the absence of cracks in the screen and the maintenance of its power cord. Devices that do not meet the criteria will be recycled responsibly. The technicians will perform a complete erasure of the data before it is restored.

For more information, visit londondrugs.com/techdrive.html.

$ 4.7 million to support vulnerable residents of Victoria

The City of Victoria will receive more than $ 4.7 million from the Strengthening Community Services program to address the effects of homelessness and keep communities safe and healthy.

“Communities in our province have been hit hard by the pandemic and Victoria is certainly no different,” said Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria. “This is why this community building program is so important. This funding will allow the city to continue supporting our vulnerable residents, as well as the community as a whole, and to create a more resilient community for the future. “

Some of the projects the funding will support include:

• A partnership with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness to hire and train peer support workers to help move homeless people indoors.

• A partnership with the Indigenous Coalition to End Homelessness to help a licensed clinical counselor, street nurse, youth outreach worker and traditional health and wellness coordinator focus on the specific needs of unprotected indigenous peoples.

• A partnership with the Burnside Gorge Neighborhood Association to develop three small-scale pilot projects aimed at building relationships between housed and non-housed residents and improving the health and safety of the neighborhood.

• A partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association to pilot a Peer Assisted Emergency Response Team – an alternative service to law enforcement for dispatching 911 or health-related emergency calls mental.

• Additional funding for municipal officers and police.

The program is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities on behalf of the provincial and federal governments. It is a component of the Canada-BC Safe Restart agreement, which aims to support homeless homeless populations and address related community impacts.

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