Prime Minister Trudeau visits Victoria

Plus, what life's been like for SIPP's interim CEO

Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo. In this issue, read about the prime minister’s visit to the University of Victoria, the benefits of ethical investing, a rezoning application for Victoria’s downtown core, and South Island Prosperity Partnership’s first month with its interim CEO.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 769 words, a three-minute read.

UVic reacts to the federal budget

Source: University of Victoria

Reactions to the 2024 federal budget, released in full last week, vary depending on who you ask. But for researchers at the University of Victoria, the $2.6 billion in core research grant funding, scholarships, and fellowships to support researchers was welcome news.

“UVic has emerged as a national research powerhouse in areas such as clean energy transition, health, and Indigenous scholarship in law and language revitalization,” said Kevin Hall, president of the University of Victoria. “Hosting the prime minister is an honour, and we are grateful he recognizes UVic as a top-tier research-intensive university.”

Alongside Minister of Citizens’ Services Terry Beech, the prime minister visited the University of Victoria last Friday to meet faculty and students whose research is transforming the lives of Canadians every day.

“It was great to be in the room with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced support for graduate students in Budget 2024. Grad students are passionate about research, so this is great news for students across Canada,” said Sophie Janke, a UVic master’s student in mechanical engineering with the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.

UVic’s key research impact areas, which align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, include climate, environmental change and sustainability; health and wellness; Indigenous-led scholarship; social justice and equity; and technology and the human experience.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

🤑 Straight to the bank: Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams sat down with Island Savings’ Daniel Marley to chat how you can feel good about the impact of your investments — while still making money.

☁️ If I knew what you were thinking: Dallas Gislason shared his thoughts on his first month as interim CEO of the South Island Prosperity Partnership. Gislason touches on the threat of parochialism and the challenge of anti-development sentiments, progress with COAST and the importance of communication.

🚧 And I could change the world: Victoria City Council reviewed the first rezoning submission for Victoria’s Arts and Innovation District. Last rezoned by the City in 2020, the submission from Reliance Properties looks to redevelop nearly seven acres of land in northern downtown Victoria.

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