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Canadian EI claims dropped 13.3 per cent year-to-year in September

In Sept. 2018, almost half a million fewer eligible Canadians received employment insurance

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The provincial economy remains sizzling hot with an unemployment rate of 4.1 per cent, the lowest rate in Canada. In fact, Greater Victoria has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada with 3.9 per cent. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island job rate slightly worse than the provincial average

Greater Victoria records unemployment rate of 3.9 in October 2018

The provincial economy remains sizzling hot with an unemployment rate of 4.1 per cent, the lowest rate in Canada. In fact, Greater Victoria has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada with 3.9 per cent. (Black Press file photo)
This infographic produced by Statistics Canada shows the sociology of individuals, who died of drug overdoses in British Columbia between 2011 and 2016. Statistics Canada/Twitter

Men account for highest number of deaths in opioid crisis in B.C.

Individuals aged 35 to 64 account for 61 per cent of all opioids deaths in B.C. between 2011 and 2016

This infographic produced by Statistics Canada shows the sociology of individuals, who died of drug overdoses in British Columbia between 2011 and 2016. Statistics Canada/Twitter
A private gathering was held Sunday to celebrate the life of Dan Sealey, the stepson of B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this month. (Facebook/Dan Sealey)

Overdose death of B.C. cabinet minister’s stepson underscores need for policy shift, expert says

Dan Sealey died of an illicit drug overdose earlier this month

A private gathering was held Sunday to celebrate the life of Dan Sealey, the stepson of B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this month. (Facebook/Dan Sealey)
The Bank of Canada is flagging the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets as the financial system’s top vulnerabilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

The Bank of Canada is flagging the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets as the financial system’s top vulnerabilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Trans Mountain pipeline which became operational in 1953. (Trans Mountain)

Canada has enough pipelines to get the moon

Pipelines totalling 840,000 kilometres run across Canada

Trans Mountain pipeline which became operational in 1953. (Trans Mountain)
Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, faced a small but audible group of protesters during her stop at Saanich Wednesday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, faced a small but audible group of protesters during her stop at Saanich Wednesday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Earlier this fall, BC Housing deemed land offered by the District of Saanich unsuitable for supportive housing. (Black Press file photo)

Provincial housing boss brought home more than $350,000 in 2017-18

BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options

Earlier this fall, BC Housing deemed land offered by the District of Saanich unsuitable for supportive housing. (Black Press file photo)
The person in charge of the provincial liquor distribution branch, whose portfolio now includes B.C. first public recreational marijuana store in Kamloops, earned nearly a quarter-million in 2017-18. Black Press File.

B.C. liquor boss soaked up almost $250,000 in total compensation

Executive in charge of cannabis operations earned $8,883 for less than a month’s work in 2017-18

The person in charge of the provincial liquor distribution branch, whose portfolio now includes B.C. first public recreational marijuana store in Kamloops, earned nearly a quarter-million in 2017-18. Black Press File.
B.C. Attorney General David Eby has vowed to clean up the financial dumpster fire that is ICBC. (Black Press file photo)

Three former ICBC executives earned more than $1 million in 2017-18

Mark Blucher, former president and chief executive officer, received a total of $320,260.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby has vowed to clean up the financial dumpster fire that is ICBC. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. Attorney General David Eby has vowed to clean up the financial dumpster fire that is ICBC. (Black Press file photo)

Trio of former ICBC executives earned at total of more $1 million in 2017-18

Mark Blucher, former president and chief executive officer, received a total of $320,260.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby has vowed to clean up the financial dumpster fire that is ICBC. (Black Press file photo)
Former B.C. Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald, here standing with former B.C. premier Christy Clark (left), earned more than $500,000 in the 2017-2018 under a compensation package following her firing by the current New Democratic government. (Government of B.C.)

Former B.C. Hydro CEO earns half a million without working a single day

Jessica McDonald received $541,615 in compensation following firing

Former B.C. Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald, here standing with former B.C. premier Christy Clark (left), earned more than $500,000 in the 2017-2018 under a compensation package following her firing by the current New Democratic government. (Government of B.C.)
Figures show the top executives in charge of Vancouver Island Health (which includes Victoria General Hospital) earned a total of $1.775 million. (Google Maps)

Top Island Health executives earn more than $1.775 million in 2017-2018

Kathryn E. MacNeil, president and chief executive officer, earned a total of $338,208

Figures show the top executives in charge of Vancouver Island Health (which includes Victoria General Hospital) earned a total of $1.775 million. (Google Maps)
This picture from Mainroad Group shows the remains of a deer on the Trans-Canada Highway about to be picked up on Highway 1 in Greater Victoria. (Black Press file photo)

Roadkill counts rising on Vancouver Island

ICBC recorded 2,200 animal-related crashes on Vancouver Island in 2017

This picture from Mainroad Group shows the remains of a deer on the Trans-Canada Highway about to be picked up on Highway 1 in Greater Victoria. (Black Press file photo)
British Columbians like to eat out. (Pexels photo)

British Columbians like to drink and eat out according to new figures

Total food and beverage sales in B.C. rose 9.4 per cent cent in August 2018 year-to-year

British Columbians like to eat out. (Pexels photo)
Saanich police and municipal staff are investigating options to disband the homeless camp that has sprung up on a private property on West Saanich Road. (Travis Paterson/News staff)

Homeowner surprised when renter invites homeless camp to B.C. backyard

Current mayoral candidate invited roughly 20 campers previously kicked out of Greater Victoria provincial campground

Saanich police and municipal staff are investigating options to disband the homeless camp that has sprung up on a private property on West Saanich Road. (Travis Paterson/News staff)
Homemade speed limit signs pop up around B.C. city

Homemade speed limit signs pop up around B.C. city

Greater Victoria residents set their own limits

Homemade speed limit signs pop up around B.C. city
Big Read: Vancouver Islanders ponder the traditional practice of giving tax breaks to churches

Big Read: Vancouver Islanders ponder the traditional practice of giving tax breaks to churches

Should public officials grant religious organizations economic advantages through tax breaks? And…

Big Read: Vancouver Islanders ponder the traditional practice of giving tax breaks to churches
A new report states that the final cost of the homeless camp in Regina Park could add to anywhere between $746,500 and $923,500. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Final cost for Saanich homeless camp approaches $1 million

It is uncertain what impact the camp will have on 2019 tax rates

A new report states that the final cost of the homeless camp in Regina Park could add to anywhere between $746,500 and $923,500. Wolf Depner/News Staff
B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud