September Newsletter Downtown Reidents Association


Note from the editor : 

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Robert Florida, Editor Pro Tem,  3 September 2013

September Mystery Photograph Contest

Where was this photograph taken, and what is it?  It's very pretty, but not so easy.  Hint number one: it's outside.  Hint number two: it's in the south part of our area.

Thanks to the helpful member who sent it in.  If you know where it is, contact the editor at  First correct entry wins a $10 gift certificate at the Bon Macaron.

Any more photographers out there?  Take a mystery photo and send it (with the location specified) to the editor of the DRA Newsletter for the next issue.

August Mystery Unveiled

This is part of a quotation from Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 64, set in the sidewalk outside the new condo development at the corner of Herald and Government Street. 

We did have a winner, congratulations to David Ferguson.

Lao Tzu:  "The longest journey begins with a single step."  Or, a more literal translation: "A journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet."

Roving Refinery News

Next Roving Refinery at Foo, Tuesday 17 September, 5:30-7:00 pm
The Foo Is Full  

The DRA's next Roving Refinery will be held at Foo Asian Street Food at the corner of Yates and Blanshard.  It is currently "sold out."

Come meet owners Sterling Grice and Patrick Lynch and sample from Chef Lynch's delicious Asian fusion menu. Both Lynch and Grice spent time living and working in Asia where they were inspired by the local street stall food culture. Established in 2009, Foo has been a welcome addition to the downtown neighbourhood.

Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. There is a $5 corkage fee for wine.

There will also be a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Foo.

Note that this Roving Refinery is weather dependent: We will be sitting in the outside patio area so watch the weather report and dress accordingly. If it rains, the event will be cancelled.

Check out the latest menu.  This should be a fun one!

October Roving Refinery at Yates Street Tap House and Grill. 

On tap for late October, watch for details on our social media. The Tap House has more than forty draft beers, many of them made in Victoria by some of the finest craft brewers in Canada.

November Roving Refinery at Zambri's, Victoria's Award Winning Italian Restaurant. 

Watch DRA media for details closer to the event.  Nothing is planned for December, but January is under negotiation.

The Roving Refinery is the DRA's longest running  Community Development Committee initiative. Councilor Charlayne Thornton-Joe created the idea about eight years ago and used to coordinate with the host businesses while she was our City Liaison. 

The idea behind the Roving Refinery is to create a fun social event for members by introducing them to interesting businesses in our area.  The plan is, over time, to visit businesses in all parts of the DRA territory, such as Old Town, Harris Green, and Humboldt Valley.

Watch for the First DRA Public Forum, October 2nd
The First Public Forum will focus on the question of regional amalgamation.  It will be on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00pm, at the Victoria Events Centre at 1415 Broad St.   Confirmed speakers include John Vickers of Amalgamation Yes, Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham, and author Gaetan Royer.

This event is organized by the DRA Community Development Committee

Next meeting for the Community Development Committee is scheduled for 5:30 pm Wed Sep 11th  at QV Bakery & Café (Government and Fisgard.)  All DRA members are invited to come and participate.

Healthy Living Committee News
The Healthy Living Committee (HLC) met on 22 August and has undertaken four initiatives to improve downtown living.  A different committee member is taking the lead on each of them.

One: Block Watch.  The Victoria Police Department will be consulted as will the Esquimalt block watch team.  Esquimalt apparently has a very successful program.

Two: Communications.  They will investigate ways to use the web to survey members on issues of concern using the web on issues of concern and to communicate DRA positions to those in authority to make changes.

Three:   Noisy Motorcycle Pipes.    Calgary and Vancouver have both established effective laws and procedures to deal with this very annoying issue.  The committee will investigate and pass on what they learn to City Officials.

Four: Quality of Life Survey.  In light of other studies, to develop a survey to determine what DRA members think are the key issues that contribute to or detract from the quality of life downtown.

Nest Meeting of HLC:  Tuesday, 24 September at 7:00 pm at QV Cafe at the Corner of Government and Fisgard.  All DRA Members are invited to participate.

City Plan Feedback

City Councillor Lisa Helps, who is the City Liaison with the DRA, seeks our input on the City's Strategic Plan.  Just consult the plan at and send your reactions to Lisa Helps at
Downtown Activities

Hudson Indoor Public Market to Open Soon
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The Public Market will focus on local food producers at every level -farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurants. It will be a meeting place where producers can share ideas with one another and their customers.

A place for education as much as it is for business. It will be wonderful to try the new shops and to visit old friends from the Wednesday market.  For more information, see‎

Hudson Wednesday Public Market Continues


Il Forno di Claudio
Meanwhile the Wednesday Public Market on the Carriageway at Hudson will continue to operate at capacity.  It will run every Wednesday from 11:00-3:00 until the Indoor Market opens.  Grab your lunch and buy your fresh produce here.

September DRA Board Meeting
Remember, all DRA Board Meetings are open to all members.  The next Meeting will be at 5:30 pm Wednesday 25 September 2013 at the Silver Threads Centre, 1728 Douglas street.

Note: change of time from 7:00 to 5:30.
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