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While I doubt that cruel, stupid people everywhere are suddenly going to eb converted by this woman's story, its heartwarming to see that at least one idiot/bully appears to be sorry. Amazing woman with a message for us all.
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I attended Social Media Camp in Victoria this weekend and attended a presentation on Yelp. Last night, I posted my first two reviews. Now I'm wondering why I even bothered, as they're likely to never be seen unless I continue to post review after review. Disappointing.
The owner of a Vancouver electrolysis chain is accusing Yelp, the customer review website, of filtering out positive reviews about her company — skewing the rating system against her — for no good rea...
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5th Street Bar & Woodfire Grill
1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 2A3
While visiting Victoria, our car broke down, so we were stuck to find a place to eat that wasn’t too far away. Even so, I wanted to eat somewhere truly local rather than a franchise. I hopped onto foursquare and saw that a friend had eaten at this restaurant. It wasn’t far, so we walked a few blocks and easily found the restaurant. Being dinner time on a Friday night, the place was full (usually a good sign!). We were quickly seated (<5 min).
SERVICE: Despite how busy the it was, there was plenty of staff on hand, so we never felt neglected or had to wait long. Our waitress, Leah, was effervescent and efficient: it is so awesome to get good waitstaff. We didn’t have to wait long for anything.
FOOD: I had one of the daily specials – mussels in a wine broth – plus their small plate “mac and cheese” (which is actually rotini). My husband had the Caesar salad and baseball steak. We shared the “Ice Cream Sandwich” for dessert. The mussels were delightful and well priced for fresh seafood. Unfortunately, we never did find out exactly where they were from, though our waitress was sure that they were BC grown. The pasta was a perfectly sized portion (not too big) and was delightful. Our dessert was fine, though I suspect that the cookies aren’t made in house. The only let down was that in the menu, the steak said that it came with “fresh vegetables”, and in our opinion, two cooked carrot sticks and a 1 ½” long corn cob is more like garnish than an actual serving of veggies.
ENVIRONMENT: It looks like this spot is really popular with the university crowd, as there were a lot of young people in the restaurant, but we were seated next to a family with a little one, so it is family friendly, too. It was loud, but not uncomfortably so. The atmosphere reminded me of The Keg, only a lot less expensive and much brighter. The bathrooms were clean and there was free wifi (password protected, but our waitress happily supplied the password when I asked). They have a cash machine on site and a phone in the bar that is a direct line to a taxi company.
BOTTOM LINE: Leah was a gem. The menu was diverse and well priced. The food and service was good. Free wi-fi is always welcome. I’d go back, and I would certainly recommend this place to friends.
DISCLAIMER: I didn’t receive any incentive to visit this restaurant or write this review. These comments are entirely my own (well, and a tiny bit my husband’s).
Atmosphere Very GoodDecor Very GoodService Very Good
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Religious persecution under the guise of "not wanting to be offensive". Reminds me of a certain mainstream Protestant denomination in Canada...
Lately, 19-year-old William Swinimer has worn his “Life is Wasted Without Jesus” T-shirt every single day since the vice-principal at his high school told him that it spewed, in his own words, “hate t...
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I was just online looking for a Canadian online retailer of Popantel. Guess I won't be using this one. :/
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It is a real pain that vets won't sell this stuff without an appointment anymore. I can buy dewormer for the sheep, alpacas and chickens, but not the cats & dog. >:(
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"And on that night the Saviour said, "Beloved children, take, eat this bread. This is my body sacrificed for you, and as this bread is broken, I'll be broken, too."

Maundy Thursday is probably my favorite worship service of the year. Hallelujah!
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I'm having my say; you should have yours, too. Get educated and respond to ICBC's request for public feedback on their proposed vehicle insurance rating system. This could cost... or save... you a lot of money in the future, so your participation is important. http://publicengagement.icbc.com/index.html
Have your say! ICBC is updating the way we set premiums for Basic auto insurance - the mandatory coverage that all B.C. drivers must have. Our customers have told us they think the system would be fai...
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Dog House Restaurant & Take Out
271 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC V9L 3R1
When I was growing up, every time we made a trip Victoria, we would stop at the Dog House for lunch. Childhood memories make for high expectations, so I was a bit nervous to visit it again as an adult. I wasn’t disappointed.
SERVICE: Our waitress, Maren, was phenomenal. She was funny, relaxed, and efficient. She gave me an honest opinion about a menu item I asked her about, and I can’t say enough about how valuable a quality that is in waitstaff. Looking around, I could tell that almost all of the staff was happy to be there. Given that we arrived at the tail-end of a Sunday lunch period in a restaurant that is probably slammed every Sunday morning, this is a good indication that something is “right” at this business.
FOOD: I had a two-egg breakfast with sausages and pancakes. My husband had the steak sandwich, and we shared “Fun in a Pan” for dessert. The portions were not huge, but I’m actually a fan of reasonable-sized portions when eating out. My eggs were cooked to perfection, and the presentation of the steak sandwich was really nice for a family restaurant. The dessert was delicious: I live the whipped cream cheese texture. One free beverage refill is included with the meal, and they have a fairly substantial selection of juices. The menu is huge, and breakfast is served all day. The selection of desserts made in-house is extensive and includes all kinds of pies (including blackberry, which I was so tempted to try!).
ENVIRONMENT: This is a family restaurant through-and-through, popular with seniors, families, and locals. Not a lot has changed here since I was a kid. The dark wood booths are still here, and there are lots of “vintage” things to look at on the shelves. The place is probably due for an update (or at least a full dusting), but given my childhood nostalgia, I’d say the decor part of the charm: it really, honestly looks like grandma’s house! There is a display case in the entrance way full of desserts. The bathrooms were clean. Sadly, there was no free wi-fi.
BOTTOM LINE: Better than I remembered. Economical. Maren (our waitress) was AMAZING. Huge menu.
Food Very GoodDecor Poor - FairService Excellent
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This is why we need provincial laws to protect livestock from dogs.
Police say two cows on a Metro Vancouver farm were chased across a busy highway by a pair of pit bulls Tuesday evening, ending up in a residential neighbourhood.
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Is it just my imagination, or is Parksville/Qualicum getting COMPLETELY screwed over with their glorified walk-in clinic while two cities that ALREADY HAVE HOSPITALS are getting new ones?
$600 million total cost; funding to be a 60-40 split between the provincial government and the regional hospital districts, government officials said.
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This Sunday, April 15th, Nanaimo's Malaspina Choir is performing "Unity in Song". I will be providing solos for a composition by American composer Gwyneth Walker called "Journey of the Open Road" with words by Walt Whitman. Join us! http://www.malaspinachoir.com/index.php?p=1_5
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URGENT: Oceanside RCMP need help identifying a cyclist involved in an accident earlier today on Rupert Road in Qualicum Beach, BC. Check out this story, and if you know of someone missing from Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs, Errington, Dashwood or Hilliers, please contact the police! http://oceanside.bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1017&languageId=1&contentId=24524
File # 2012-1956 2012-03-17 18:44 PDT. On March 17, 2012 at 6:00 am, a male cyclist collided with a female jogger on Rupert Road in Qualicum Beach. The jogger was transported to Nanaimo Regional Gener...
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Coloratura Soprano | Alpaca Rancher | Fibre Artist | Church Musician
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Just how many hats can one woman wear? I suppose someday I'll find out. Classical singing, choral singing & directing, farming, fibre artistry, and now politicts, too!
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I can sing the role of the Queen of the Night most awesomely.
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When I was growing up, every time we made a trip Victoria, we would stop at the Dog House for lunch. Childhood memories make for high expectations, so I was a bit nervous to visit it again as an adult. I wasn’t disappointed. SERVICE: Our waitress, Maren, was phenomenal. She was funny, relaxed, and efficient. She gave me an honest opinion about a menu item I asked her about, and I can’t say enough about how valuable a quality that is in waitstaff. Looking around, I could tell that almost all of the staff was happy to be there. Given that we arrived at the tail-end of a Sunday lunch period in a restaurant that is probably slammed every Sunday morning, this is a good indication that something is “right” at this business. FOOD: I had a two-egg breakfast with sausages and pancakes. My husband had the steak sandwich, and we shared “Fun in a Pan” for dessert. The portions were not huge, but I’m actually a fan of reasonable-sized portions when eating out. My eggs were cooked to perfection, and the presentation of the steak sandwich was really nice for a family restaurant. The dessert was delicious: I live the whipped cream cheese texture. One free beverage refill is included with the meal, and they have a fairly substantial selection of juices. The menu is huge, and breakfast is served all day. The selection of desserts made in-house is extensive and includes all kinds of pies (including blackberry, which I was so tempted to try!). ENVIRONMENT: This is a family restaurant through-and-through, popular with seniors, families, and locals. Not a lot has changed here since I was a kid. The dark wood booths are still here, and there are lots of “vintage” things to look at on the shelves. The place is probably due for an update (or at least a full dusting), but given my childhood nostalgia, I’d say the decor part of the charm: it really, honestly looks like grandma’s house! There is a display case in the entrance way full of desserts. The bathrooms were clean. Sadly, there was no free wi-fi. BOTTOM LINE: Better than I remembered. Economical. Maren (our waitress) was AMAZING. Huge menu.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
While visiting Victoria, our car broke down, so we were stuck to find a place to eat that wasn’t too far away. Even so, I wanted to eat somewhere truly local rather than a franchise. I hopped onto foursquare and saw that a friend had eaten at this restaurant. It wasn’t far, so we walked a few blocks and easily found the restaurant. Being dinner time on a Friday night, the place was full (usually a good sign!). We were quickly seated (<5 min). SERVICE: Despite how busy the it was, there was plenty of staff on hand, so we never felt neglected or had to wait long. Our waitress, Leah, was effervescent and efficient: it is so awesome to get good waitstaff. We didn’t have to wait long for anything. FOOD: I had one of the daily specials – mussels in a wine broth – plus their small plate “mac and cheese” (which is actually rotini). My husband had the Caesar salad and baseball steak. We shared the “Ice Cream Sandwich” for dessert. The mussels were delightful and well priced for fresh seafood. Unfortunately, we never did find out exactly where they were from, though our waitress was sure that they were BC grown. The pasta was a perfectly sized portion (not too big) and was delightful. Our dessert was fine, though I suspect that the cookies aren’t made in house. The only let down was that in the menu, the steak said that it came with “fresh vegetables”, and in our opinion, two cooked carrot sticks and a 1 ½” long corn cob is more like garnish than an actual serving of veggies. ENVIRONMENT: It looks like this spot is really popular with the university crowd, as there were a lot of young people in the restaurant, but we were seated next to a family with a little one, so it is family friendly, too. It was loud, but not uncomfortably so. The atmosphere reminded me of The Keg, only a lot less expensive and much brighter. The bathrooms were clean and there was free wifi (password protected, but our waitress happily supplied the password when I asked). They have a cash machine on site and a phone in the bar that is a direct line to a taxi company. BOTTOM LINE: Leah was a gem. The menu was diverse and well priced. The food and service was good. Free wi-fi is always welcome. I’d go back, and I would certainly recommend this place to friends. DISCLAIMER: I didn’t receive any incentive to visit this restaurant or write this review. These comments are entirely my own (well, and a tiny bit my husband’s).
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Atmosphere: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
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I would absolutely recommend Don as social media presenter or consultant. I attended a SoMe introduction workshop hosted by the Oceanside Volunteer Association that included a presentation by Don Power. The workshop was timely: I had just started a WordPress blog, and I was running in a local civic election. The session participants had a wide range of experience with social media, and many were visiting Twitter for the first time that day. To accommodate this, the material covered was fairly basic (especially for someone already using Twitter as much as I was), but the presentation affirmed my existing ideas on SoMe and gave me a solid injection of confidence. Hearing basic principals of interaction, accessibility and personal contact have changed the way I use social media. Don's demonstration on how Twitter functions as a referral generator by using an organic example from his own interactions was memorable, too, and I find myself using that example when trying to "convert" people to Twitter. Beyond the workshop, continued interactions with Don have been fantastic: he practices what he preaches and makes himself accessable through Twitter.
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