Saanich councillor Ned Taylor sits outside the Finnerty Express cafe under the University of Victoria Bookstore. Taylor is among those who oppose UVic’s plan to replace the long-running coffee shop with a Starbucks franchise. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Saanich councillor Ned Taylor sits outside the Finnerty Express cafe under the University of Victoria Bookstore. Taylor is among those who oppose UVic’s plan to replace the long-running coffee shop with a Starbucks franchise. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Saanich councillor joins stance against UVic Starbucks

Ned Taylor saw big waste while working at Starbucks

First term Saanich councillor Ned Taylor is among those opposing the University of Victoria decision to replace the Finnerty Express cafe with a Starbucks franchise.

“I wouldn’t hold it against my council colleagues if they chose not to take a stance on this issue, but as a Saanich councillor representing the best interests of my community I just can’t stand by and watch a local business replaced by a large international chain,” Taylor said.

“I feel it’s my duty as a local politician to stand up for local businesses.”

Read More: UVic students cold on Starbucks coffee

Taylor, 19, worked at the Shelbourne Plaza Starbucks while finishing high school at Reynolds secondary and says he witnessed excessive waste, coupled with a lot of imported products.

“For me, Finnerty is sourcing local products adequately for the students, for me it’s doing things right, why would I want to support a large chain that isn’t doing things right,” he said. “There’s no reason to replace it.”

UVic campus services announced in November that it purchased a Starbucks franchise with a plan to install it into the space that’s long been occupied by Finnerty Express below the UVic Bookstore.

Located in the bus loop, the spot is ideal as thousands of UVic students commute daily through the loop.

A student-led Stop Starbucks UVic petition has reached more than 2,000 signatures.

However, there is support for brand names on campus such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks, said UVic director of campus operations Jim Forbes.

“UVic’s customer base of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors has consistently voiced a preference through surveys, advisory committees, and focus groups that select brands are desired to complement the range of self-operated food locations,” Forbes said. “Starbucks has consistently ranked as one of three brands that was lacking on our campus.”

That said, when Taylor thinks of Finnerty Express, he thinks of the additional local jobs it creates by selling Salt Spring Coffee and local baked goods. But when he thinks of Starbucks, he thinks of how much waste he saw, as well as profits being shipped out of town.

“When I look at Starbucks, the products are not sourced by local companies, and the store produces excessive food and plastic waste, which I witnessed on the job, that’s the norm,” Taylor said. “Having seen it first hand I know that Starbucks isn’t leading the way in terms of environmental sustainability or in terms of reducing food waste, there’s things they’re doing right, and there’s areas for improvement.”

Forbes said UVic is committed to transitioning Salt Spring Coffee and local bakery products to other retail locations on campus, and that Finnerty’s currently unionized employees will have the opportunity to transfer.

reporter@saanichnews.com

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

Just Posted

Pacific Coastal Airline flights 8P1543 on Feb. 22 and 8P1538 on Feb. 24 had cased of COVID-19 onboard, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)
Two flights between Kelowna and Victoria report COVID-19 exposures

Pacific Coastal Airlines flights on Feb. 22 and Feb. 24 affected

Organizers say some 100 vehicles rallied against plans by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria to sell 40 acres of its 98-acre property in Metchosin. (Barb Sawatsky/Submitted)
Proposed subdivision of green space in Metchosin draws 100 vehicles in protest

Plans for land owned by Boys Girls Club of Greater Victoria affects entire region, say residents

Sgt. Sandrine Perry in the Oak Bay Police Department interview room that has been softened with household features to better accommodate survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay police interview room gets a makeover

Room made less daunting for victims of trauma

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic, operated by Island Health, has opened at the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at University of Victoria

Clinic is staffed and operated by Island Health

Aerial view of the Capital Regional District residuals treatment facility at Hartland Landfill where residual solids are turned into Class A biosolids. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Plant closure sends more biosolids to Hartland Landfill

Saanich residents are concerned they were never consulted

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who smashed the window of an adult toy store and made off with more than $1,200 in merchandise. (File photo)
Vancouver Island sex shop out $1,200 in merchandise after suspect steals ‘colossal’ product

Suspect smashed window of Nanaimo store, cutting himself in the process

Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
B.C. is ‘stereotyping’ churches as riskier for COVID than other spaces, lawyer argues

Judge said that freedom of expression, religion are not at issue in the case

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent comes first and last for B.C. industrial projects

Environment minister can still approve permits without consent

B.C.’s court of appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Kootenay man appeals 7-year conviction for New Year’s Eve kidnapping, beating

Brandon Coons, 27, was convicted on five charges, including assault with a weapon

Nootka Sound RCMP responded to a workplace fatality report south of Gold River on Monday morning. (Campbell River Mirror photo)
One dead in workplace accident at Gold River logging site

The RCMP and Work Safe BC are investigating the incident at Western Forest Product’s TFL 19

Ladysmith’s famous Festival of Lights decorations are still up as of March 1, 2021. (Cole Schisler photo)
PHOTOS: It’s still looking a lot like Christmas in Ladysmith

Festival of Lights volunteers cannot remove the holiday roof top displays due to COVID-19

An investigation is underway after two VPD officers were recorded posing for pictures near a dead body at Third Beach on Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
Vancouver officers placed on desk duty after filmed posing next to dead body

Pair put in ‘non-deployable, admin positions’ as the investigation into their conduct continues

(Black Press file photo)
Homicide team to look into death of 11-year-old Agassiz boy

Agassiz RCMP were called out Friday to assist with a child in medical distress

Most Read