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October 8th “Market end with pumpkin push” in the Peninsula News Review features Steve Duck of TIDES Adventure Group hosting a booth at the market to promote the fun-raising event Pumpkins on the Pier, the official launch of Toys for Tots, a local campaign to find Christmas gifts for less-privileged children living on the Saanich Peninsula. #SidneyBCMatters
October 1st Bob Thompson’s article, Peninsula Country Market: Festival of Squash Celebrates Growing Season in the Seaside Magazine speaks about the Community Squash Dinner being organized by Steve Duck of TIDES Adventure Group. #SidneyByTheSea
September 26th Steven Heywood’s story in the Peninsula News Review “Sidney mayoral candidates are first up” announces the opportunity for the Sidney electorate to hear from those individuals in the race for Mayor, including Steve Duck. #SidneyBCVotes #SidneyBCMatters
September 4th The Times Colonist reports on the Bard sets up on the beach in Sidney with it second season of outdoor theatre in Beacon Park Sidney, produced by Steve Duck of TIDES Adventure Group.
September 2nd Go! Island at the Shakespeare Festival in Sidney – Click Here – a production by Steve Duck of TIDES Adventure Group.
August 27th “Bard coming to Beacon” is the Peninsula News Review article on the second season of Sidney’s Shakespeare by the Sea, a production by Steve Duck of TIDES Adventure Group.
August 20th The Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails this weekend as reported by the Peninsula News Review which features the Flavour Cycle, a 25km ride to a number of the venues on the trail, hosted by Steve Duck of TIDES.
July 30th Seaside Magazine August issue features Bard @Beacon: Sidney’s Shakespeare by the Sea with an overview of this year’s performances and the Stratford School for Youth, free theatrical classes being offered on the weekend mornings of the production. The event is hosted by TIDES.
July 29th Steve Duck has confirmed the return of the Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea Theatre Company for a series of outdoor performances in Sidney. “Bard to make triumphant return to Beacon” announced the Peninsula News Review with the productions of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Comedy of Errors’ hosted by TIDES.
April 16th The Save Our Sidney forum, “Retail initiative garners support“, successfully provided information to over 100 residents on the retail challenges facing town as reported by the Peninsula News Review. This event was hosted by the Sidney Tourism Improvement Group and managed by TIDES.
April 9th As reported in the Peninsula News Review, “Task force leads a moment of change in Sidney” speaks to the coming retail ‘tsunami’ challenging Sidney. Steve Duck of TIDES says, “Sidney has to find a way to be prepared …”.
April 8th In response to the calls for economic development in Sidney, the mayor has announced a task force in “Sidney to study ways to boost downtown” . As quoted by Jeff Bell of the Times Colonist, ‘the one way stretch [of Beacon Ave] can be looked at as “a quaint feature of the town”.
April 4th TIDES is managing a forum about the retail challenges in Sidney. The Peninsula News Review story “Downtown Dilemna” features Richard Talbot, international retail consultant and Garry Froese, Sidney merchant who will speak about the necessary actions to resolve this challenge.
March 12th “Sip & Savour proves you can eat well, locally“, a story by the Peninsula News Review, presenting the March 27 event at the Mary Winspear Centre featuring Peninsula producers of good food and drink.
February 28th As expected, the Peninsula News Review reported “Sidney says no to traffic change on Beacon” as the Town confirmed its decision to leave parts of Beacon Ave one-way despite the efforts of the Sidney Tourism Improvement Group to make the downtown more accessible to visitors.
January 29th, 2014 “The goal was to engage people … in the discussion and how the street will look in the end” says Steve Duck in the Peninsula News Review article “Beacon change unlikely“.
December 20th Steve Duck, spokesperson, gives thanks to the wonderful Peninsula community as the “Toys for Tots campaign wraps up” with over 500 gifts collected for less-privileged local children and over $2300 collected. An article from the Peninsula News Review.
December 13th The Town of Sidney and traffic lobbyists differ on costs and concept in the article “Costs driving Beacon Ave. debate” from the Peninsula News Review. The Sidney Tourism Improvement Group is looking to the future with a vision of Shared Streets which includes car traffic moving west and east on Beacon Avenue. It’s not just about one-way versus two-way … finding a better way!
November 1st A series of events helping promote local Toys for Tots campaign was launched with Pumpkins on the Pier. “The kids had a ball,” said Steve Duck of TIDES Group in “Calling all secret Santas“, an article by the Peninsula News Review.
October 30th “Public get say on Beacon Avenue” as Sidney Town Council will be seeking public thought on the situation through on-line, mail out and public forums early in the new year as reported in the Times Colonist.
October 25th In an editorial published by the Peninsula News Review, Steve Duck addresses the reasons “Sidney not set up for a pedestrian mall“. Citing a report by Richard Talbot & Associates, Sidney is neither big enough nor has easy access to the downtown to consider closing it to pedestrians only.
October 23rd “Pumpkins on the Pier this weekend” is an article by the Peninsula News Review discussing the launch of the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign. This family fun event is meant to raise awareness for the local effort to gather Christmas toys for less-privileged children on the Saanich Peninsula.
October 19th The Times Colonist editorial staff address the Beacon Avenue issue facing the municipal council in “Which way is Sidney going?“.
October 18th The editorial staff of the Peninsula News Review presented the newspaper’s view of the challenges of returning Sidney’s Beacon Avenue to two way once again in “A hard road ahead for STIG“.
October 18th The business petition for converting Beacon Avenue was introduced in Public Participation at the Council meeting. “Traffic group to press on” in the Peninsula News Review captures the challenges of change and emotions of Town councilors.
October 16th “Mixed reaction to Beacon traffic” is an article in the Peninsula News Review reporting on the views an outcomes of the Beacon Avenue Two All the Way forum hosted by the Sidney Tourism Improvement Group.
October 13th The front page of the Times Colonist features “Beacon Avenue seen as two-way street“. An article by Jeff Bell exploring the efforts of a Sidney group to address the town’s one-way main drag rushing people through town.
October 9th A feature article in the Peninsula News Review announcing the launch of the 2013 “Toys for Tots campaign to start with pumpkins” at Pumpkins on the Pier. This fun family event features carved pumpkins, pie eating contest and trick or treating in downtown Sidney.
October 4th Tim Collins reports in the Peninsula News Review on the “Two Way debate at forum” ahead of this information session around the traffic direction on Beacon Avenue. The Sidney Tourism Improvement Group is looking to enhance access to the town of Sidney for residents and visitors alike.
October 1st “The Bard on Beacon” is profiled in October issue of Snapd Victoria. Photos of the successful September performances of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Beacon Park in Sidney
September 25th Beacon Traffic Forum – On Tuesday October 8th 4:30-6PM, there will be an open forum at the Mary Winspear Centre for business owners to weigh in on traffic flow on Beacon Avenue. “There will be people and resources to give you background, provide understanding and answer your questions” said Steve Duck of the TIDES Group in an interview with Devon MacKenzie of the Peninsula News Review.
September 20thShakespeare came to life in Beacon Park according to the Peninsula News Review “Bard on Beacon sees success in its first year“. Every audience left the show with a sense of wonder, entertainment and a hope to see more! Onwards to Macbeth!
July 26th“Shakespeare set for Sidney in September” in the Peninsula News Review speaks about an exciting cultural event hosting the plays of Shakespeare performed by the seashore of Sidney. A great opportunity to see live theatre outdoors!
July 25th “Sip & Savour … at the end of the North Saanich Flavour Trail” is a feature article in the Discover Sidney supplement of the Time Colonist newspaper. The event hosted by TIDES features the wines, ciders and foods which are produced on the Saanich Peninsula. An event to delight your palate, an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
April 29th “Secrets of the Salish Sea – Wines, Whales and Wonders” is an article in Seaside Magazine on TIDES‘ new summer tour traveling around the Saanich Peninsula and the surrounding waters taking in special spots along the way. Check out page 32 in the May issue of Seaside Magazine to read more or visit our page ‘Secrets – the Tour’.
March 22nd “Local lobby group hopes Sidney traffic study isn’t shelved” in the Peninsula News Review proposes the Town of Sidney look at Beacon Avenue as a 2-way street. Sidney Tourism Improvement Group (STIG) suggests this recommendation for Sidney’s Main Street be further studied. ‘Let’s make Sidney a destination people want to return to.’ says Steve Duck of TIDES.
February 15th, 2013 “Sea of Love at SODC” in the Peninsula News Review is a fundraiser to support the not-for-profit aquarium and TIDES Adventure Group member, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Steve Duck of TIDES will be speaking on this summer’s upcoming ‘Secrets of the Salish Sea‘ tour featuring the best of the Saanich Peninsula.
December 21st “A collection of local business owners led by Cliff McNeil-Smith of Tanner’s Books and Steve Duck of the TIDES Group, the SBDG asked the Town of Sidney to implement the BIA” announced the Peninsula News Review. Sidney Mayor and Council voted unanimously to develop the bylaw where the “BIA goes to business owners for approval”.
November 30th “No plan B for Sidney”, in the Peninsula News Review, discusses the BIA request before the Town of Sidney. Steve Duck of TIDES, as project manager, is leading the Sidney Business Development Group (SBDG) effort on the BIA.
November 23rd “Businesses are struggling in this economy. It’s time to try something that has a proven track record” says TIDES principal, Steve Duck in the Peninsula News Review article, “Business community needs a boost, says mayor”.
October 31st “Pedals to the metal on the Peninsula” is a short piece from the Times Colonist showing TIDES principal, Steve Duck on the Peninsula Industry Tour. Visits to six amazing companies on the Saanich Peninsula providing world-class products and services around the globe. Where are your bike parts made? A visit to the Peninsula can offer more than a splash in the Salish Sea!
October 31st “BIA could ward off economic doldrums” is an article from the Peninsula News Review on the work of the Sidney Business Development Group and their feasibility study on economic development models. A project managed by TIDES.
October 14th “Scenes from the Salish Sea”, an article from the Times Colonist, shares an adventure organized by TIDES Adventure Group member, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The Centre spent some time exploring the waters of the Salish Sea just off of Sidney amongst the nearby Gulf Islands. During the journey, the group crossed paths with a ‘super pod’ – an occasion when all three resident orca whale pods travel together. Just one of the fantastic opportunities our local waters provide!
October 1st There is an urgent need to pull Sidney out of the economic doldrums. TIDES is the project manager on an effort to build the appeal of Sidney. Check out page 10 of Seaside Times October’s issue to find out the Sidney Business development group is doing to to move Sidney forward. “Sidney’s Challenge: The Community’s Opportunity”
September 12th “Business Group seeks common ground” … an article in the Peninsula News Review about the project management work TIDES is doing for Sidney businesses to work toward common destination marketing … a joint voice to attract residents and visitors to the charm and uniqueness of Sidney By The Sea.
August 24th “Open Sidney’s Bandshell” … an op-ed piece from the Peninsula News Review looking at how one of Sidney’s parks was not available to host an event managed by TIDES… a suggestion to take a look at adapting the rules.
August 22nd “Sidney council exclaims ‘nay’ to Shakespeare in Beacon Park”. Read more in the Peninsula News Review about the event that wasn’t! The challenge of bringing culture to the public balancing rules with costs.
August 22nd “Sidney business group reaches out with new website”. Check out the SidneyBiz website and as a Sidney business, share your thoughts in the survey. Destination marketing is coming to town!
August 13th – The Something Good Series – TIDES in the Chamber newsletter. Read more about the activities of TIDES in destination marketing from this profile article in the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce newletter.
August 3rd, 2012 – “Sidney Market goes back on the market”. Find out about our work with the Sidney Business Development Group. Some thoughts about the new RFP for the Sidney Summer Market. Read the article from the Peninsula News Review.