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The Black Olive Restaurant

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I’m always on the lookout for a restaurant that serves great lamb and since I had read that The Black Olive Restaurant was “internationally known” for its rack of lamb, I had to check it out for myself.

I have to admit that though I have lived in Victoria for several years, this restaurant has been off my radar, being just slightly off the beaten path in downtown Victoria.
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July 5, 2014 |

Victoria McDonald’s Application for Temp Foreign Workers Gets Approval

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McDonalds

McDonaldsThe owner of several McDonald’s restaurants in Victoria was twice denied the positive assessment for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. They called the government agency to ask that their Labor Market Opinions are approved that would allow the restaurants to bring in temp foreign workers. After the phone call, one of the decisions was reversed and stamped by the agency as ASAP as the company’s requests were granted. The information was revealed in public documents.

In April, the three McDonald’s restaurants owned by Nasib Services had their LMOs suspended and blacklisted after claims that the restaurants were not getting qualified Canadians but instead hire temporary foreign workers. The LMOs of the company are still suspended as the restaurants’ policies are still investigated.

Documents showed that McDonald’s was disapproved because supervisor positions that were paying $12.36 per hour had too high requirements as seen in the local job ads. In order to get LMO, the company just needs to show that it has made some efforts to look for Canadians for the position.

According to observers, Nasib Services have failed to show that they made the effort to find Canadians for the position. According to the notes, there were 30 applicants for the 15 positions and 25 to 30 percent where foreign workers. None of the Canadian workers were interviewed because they lacked experience.

The notes said the owner explained that work history was needed for the supervisor roles. There were questions why people who were already working at the restaurants were not promoted for the positions.

Two weeks after the decision was released, it was reversed. Nasib Services said it will consider lower levels of experienced Canadians and that the two to three years’ experience was referring to food service and not just McDonald’s.

The notes also detailed that 14 Canadians applied for the positions all except but two were disqualified right away for the lack of experience. The said two declined to be interviewed.

 

Photo by Ramon FVelasquez

November 15, 2014 |

Il Terrazzo Ristorante

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Italian Style flatbread

When I heard thatIl Terrazzo had been voted the best Italian restaurant in all of Victoria, I was very curious to find out just how great it was.

I knew that if this place was all it claimed to be, then it would most likely be busy on a Saturday night, so I wisely made reservations. (more…)

July 10, 2014 |

Pescatores Seafood & Grill

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Marini and Cocktails Menu

Wow, what can I say about this restaurant. After being here a few times, I have to say that Pescatores Seafood & Grill is absolutely one of my favourite places to eat out in Victoria.

With the happening atmosphere, friendly and smarty wait staff, insanely large drink menu and the fabulous seafood, I don’t know that there’s anything negative I could say about this place. (more…)

July 9, 2014 |

White Heather Tea Room

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The Not So Weet Tea Sandwiches

If you don’t mind traveling a wee bit out of the downtown core of Victoria, I promise you won’t be disappointed when you come for Afternoon Tea at White Heather Tea Room.

The atmosphere is relaxing and peaceful, the way you want to feel when you sip away at your tea. (more…)

July 9, 2014 |

Browns Socialhouse

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Browns Socialhouse, as described by its owner Scott Morison, serves “fresh, lively, flavourful food in a room that is fun, energetic and designed to be as comfortable as my living room…but without the dog hair.”

This being my first ever visit to a Browns, I was definitely impressed with the atmosphere and agreed that it was fun, energetic and comfy all at the same time. (more…)

July 8, 2014 |

The Tapa Bar Restaurant

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If you’ve ever driven from the Victoria airport to downtown Victoria, you have probably seen that section of highway 17 with the big billboards advertising various things to see and do in this great city.

One sign that I’ve noticed many times is that of the Tapa Bar Restaurant in trounce alley. I may not be a huge fan of those signs but I have to admit every time I drive by I think to myself, I have to go there some day. (more…)

July 7, 2014 |

Cafe Brio Restaurant

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Cafe Brio Victoria BC

Just a short walk from the downtown Victoria core exists a lovely restaurant that has quite a local following and recently I found out why.

Cafe Brio (from the Italian word “brio” (bree-oh) meaning liveliness, spirit, vivacity) is a place that truly lives up to its name.

Walking in on a Saturday night there certainly exists a lively bistro atmosphere, great for dining out with friends or family.
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July 4, 2014 |
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