OUR VIEW: A relationship still in doubt

Love between Sidney, SBA isn't on the rocks, but isn't smoothed over yet either

Like a photo op in the Peninsula News Review mid May, Thursday night showed no sign of the speedbumps on the road to this year’s summer market.

The May photo showed Sidney Mayor Larry Cross shaking hands with Edward Connor, then-president of the Sidney Business Association, which runs the market. It was a clear sign that the two groups had kissed and made up after a nasty breakup over the prior months.

Thursday night was something like showing up at a dinner party and seeing your formerly broken up pals chatting and laughing like nothing had happened. It felt a bit shaky, given the history but there was hope there, too.

The market seemed to have gone ahead quite well. There was no shortage of vendor stalls to browse, despite the concession to include fewer stalls this year to allow more sightlines to Beacon Avenue businesses. The vendors were all smiles, as were the hundreds of shoppers who roamed the street.

It could be said this summer’s market wasn’t a sure thing at one point. When the town cancelled the SBA’s contract to run it just six weeks before the opening date, the future looked rather grim. But with all affected parties – the town, SBA, vendors, Beacon Avenue merchants and most importantly, the public – adamant the market had to go ahead, it did.

While the rockiest road appears to be behind us, we can’t be certain no further changes will come to the market. After Thursday’s season opener, some merchants have still complained of business lost and the SBA worries about lost revenue due to fewer vendors.

Hence, there’s no better time to support Sidney’s market and show all players how much we want it in our community.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Patrick brothers who shaped modern hockey also tried, but failed, to remove violence

New history thesis shows efforts to sell a “clean game” in Oak Bay

Victoria man to run marathon after overcoming rare cancer diagnosis

Nigel Deacon was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2010

Burger sales bring in $5,000 to build Imagination Libraries in Greater Victoria

United Way of Greater Victoria and Big Wheel Burger team up to get kids reading

Donated sculpture in Sidney’s Beacon Park a testament to perseverance

Victoria artist Armando Barbon picked up sculpting 22 years ago

Sidney builds community resilience through neighbourhood gatherings

Meet Your Street needs residents to create gatherings, safe interactions

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Most Read