Coffee-chat: your ideas for Victoria’s future


[I update this post as I schedule new coffee chats. I also post them on Threads and Bluesky – see below.]

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”

– Mary Catherine Bateson

I’m grateful to everyone who has come to my community coffee chats, and has given me the opportunity to learn from them. It’s a generous gift.

My next community coffee-chat will be Tuesday May 28, 2024 at 12:00pm at Caffe Fantastico, in Quadra Village, 965 Kings Rd.

Feel free to drop by, and share what you’d like City Council to do in the coming months and years. I’ll be there to listen and learn. :⁠-⁠)

Previous coffee chats:

  • May 15, 2024 at 12:00pm, at 2% Jazz Coffee, 740 Hillside Ave.
  • April 29, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Nor Cafe, 860 Johnson St.
  • Feb 27, 2024 at 11:45am to 12:45pm at the Savoury Cafe, 1841 Oak Bay Ave.
  • Jan 25, 2024 at 11:45am to 12:45pm at the Loft and Ladder Coffee House, 932 Johnson St.
  • online, via Zoom, at the request of a resident, on Dec 8, 2023 at 12:30 PM.
  • lunch at Gonzales Coffee, in Fairfield Plaza, 1548 Fairfield Rd, Sept 15, 2023 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
  • lunch at Tacofino, 760 Pandora, August 3, 2023 over the noon hour.
  • after-work tea at Murchie’s Fine Tea & Coffee at Hillside Mall, May 12, 2023 4:30pm to 6:00pm.
  • afternoon munchies at Bear and Joey Cafe, 1025 Cook St, at Meares (in Fairfield, and also within half a block of Harris Green, Rockland and Fernwood!) on Tuesday Feb 14, 2023, 2:30pm to 3:30pm.
  • morning coffee at Spiral Cafe, in fabulous Vic West at 418 Craigflower Rd. Friday Jan 6, 2023, 8:00am to 9:00am.
  • mid-morning coffee at Selkirk Cafe in Burnside Gorge neighbourhood, 2960 Jutland Rd., Tuesday Dec 20, 2022, at 10:00am to 11:00am.
  • lunch Monday December 5, 2022 at 12:30pm-1:30pm, at Gigi’s Cafe, 1002 Hillside at Quadra.
  • an afternoon coffee/tea break downtown at Habit Coffee, 552 Pandora, Nov 18, 2022, at 3:00pm-4:00pm.
  • James Bay, at James Bay Coffee and Books, 153 Menzies St, Nov 8, 12:00pm-1:00pm.
  • before work at 8:00am on Nov.1, 2022 at Little June in Fernwood.

I’m getting to all Victoria neighbourhoods; please feel free to send your favourite spots to my City Hall email address:

I also announce my chats on Bluesky, Threads @davethompsonvictoria and Reddit u/DaveThompsonVictoria. (Also on Tw!tter, but I don’t encourage people to join that website, as it’s increasingly occupied by trolls and conspiracy theories.)




(How the online ones work:

Use the link I provide.

Please log in showing your first and last name, and indicating whether you are a Victoria Resident or Business Owner (there will be an online waiting room, and I will admit people from the waiting room who have done this).

We will proceed with regular Zoom protocol – raise hands for getting on the speakers list, and please stay muted while others are speaking.

The meeting will be recorded.

If you’re unsure about the tech, please ask someone who is good with tech. I am not that guy – and my apologies if it doesn’t work out (I’ll be doing more in-person ones). This is an experiment. I much prefer to meet people in person, and Zoom meetings can have a lot of technical and other problems, so we will see how it goes before deciding on doing more of them. 🙂

Topic: David Thompson Virtual Coffee Chat

Time: tbd

[Zoom link,  Meeting ID, Passcode])