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Candy canes and music boxes stand on a holiday display in a Lowe's store Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Northglenn, Colo. Candy canes and other festive sweets are harder to find this year due to supply chain challenges affecting the food industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-AP/David Zalubowski

Candy cane sellers, chocolate makers hit with holiday supply chain challenges

Candy makers have been having trouble sourcing everything from sugar and cocoa to packaging supplies

Candy canes and music boxes stand on a holiday display in a Lowe's store Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Northglenn, Colo. Candy canes and other festive sweets are harder to find this year due to supply chain challenges affecting the food industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-AP/David Zalubowski
Mary Ruth Snyder drew upon her experience working for her father’s men’s wear store when coming up with the idea for the labour shortage solution. Image supplied

Vancouver Island businesses, school district team up to tackle labour shortage

10-week work program will match students with employers in Campbell River

Mary Ruth Snyder drew upon her experience working for her father’s men’s wear store when coming up with the idea for the labour shortage solution. Image supplied
Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.

Grieg launching new vessel to tackle sea lice at its Vancouver Island fish farms

Mechanical system reduces need for medicinal or chemical treatment, company says

Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.
Economic Development Minister, International Trade Minister and Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng rises during Question Period, Monday, December 6, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals kick-start trade pact challenge to U.S. duties slapped on softwood lumber

Canada has been successful in previous challenges under the North American Free Trade Agreement

Economic Development Minister, International Trade Minister and Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng rises during Question Period, Monday, December 6, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative member of Parliament Tom Kmiec rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 26, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals, Tories co-operate on extending leave for grieving parents

Parts of Tory MP Tom Kmiec’s private members bill will be incorporated into Liberal legislation

Conservative member of Parliament Tom Kmiec rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 26, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Construction workers stand in the northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway where a massive section of the separate southbound lanes was washed away by flooding last month near Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coquihalla Highway reopening a major boost for B.C.’s battered supply chain

Crews repaired and patched about 20 stretches of the highway over 130 kilometres

Construction workers stand in the northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway where a massive section of the separate southbound lanes was washed away by flooding last month near Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Two people admire the view from one of the fourth floor apartments at Maitland Street Village on Dec. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

B.C.’s first Step 4 ‘low energy’ apartments open in Port Alberni

Alberni Low Energy Housing Society’s Maitland Street Village promises big utility savings

Two people admire the view from one of the fourth floor apartments at Maitland Street Village on Dec. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney

Vancouver Island whiskey gunning to become part of ‘Speaker’s Selection’

Shelter Point single malt gifted to Speaker of the House, could be in running for prestigious list

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney
Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island cybersecurity firm ahead of global curve in arming against Log4j bug

aDolus Technology Inc. generates first vulnerability reports to thwart hackers

Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Business is up heading into 2022, but so too are worries about paying off COVID debt

Report last month found that 15.1% businesses expected to have ‘major challenges’ repaying government aid

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Allyssa Rosado-Hann receives her award of gratitude from Anthony Everett, president and CEO, Tourism Vancouver Island, ‘With Thanks’. (Tourism Vancouver Island photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach tourism workers honoured for efforts during pandemic

Tourism Vancouver Island celebrates resiliency of region’s tourism businesses

Allyssa Rosado-Hann receives her award of gratitude from Anthony Everett, president and CEO, Tourism Vancouver Island, ‘With Thanks’. (Tourism Vancouver Island photo)
Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)

Grim 2022 outlook for B.C.’s small business sector

Business sector report calls for more government fiscal help

Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)
A Victoria house is disassembled by Unbuilders Deconstructors, with doors, windows and old-growth lumber recovered for remanufacturing and sale. Unbuilders received a $500,000 grant from B.C.’s building innovation fund last year. (Unbuilders photo via Facebook)

B.C. government looks to assist more low-carbon building solutions

$5M CleanBC building innovation fund opens for applications

A Victoria house is disassembled by Unbuilders Deconstructors, with doors, windows and old-growth lumber recovered for remanufacturing and sale. Unbuilders received a $500,000 grant from B.C.’s building innovation fund last year. (Unbuilders photo via Facebook)
Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem participates in a media availability at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Macklem vows clarity so Canadians trust Bank of Canada as inflation stays at 4.7%

‘Price stability is job one, because if we don’t get that right, nothing else is going to work’

Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem participates in a media availability at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. Farm irrigation in Abbotsford. (B.C. government)

More time needed for B.C. groundwater registration, opposition says

B.C. Liberals, Greens says most well owners unaware

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. Farm irrigation in Abbotsford. (B.C. government)
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Bank of Canada to maintain inflation mandate, consider job market in rate decisions

BoC may decide to allow inflation to sit closer to either end of the bank’s target range

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Properties are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. Parts of British Columbia’s tourism industry are facing another uphill battle with an uncertain recovery horizon after this year’s damaging storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Damaged parks, reduced holiday travel among impacts of flood on B.C. tourism

Floods compound losses from wildfires this summer and lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Properties are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. Parts of British Columbia’s tourism industry are facing another uphill battle with an uncertain recovery horizon after this year’s damaging storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A program in Victoria’s Camosun College is giving automotive technicians the skills the need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Mandate to enforce EV sales quotas needed by end of next year: Guilbeault

Road transportation accounts for one-fifth of Canada’s total greenhouse-gas emissions

A program in Victoria’s Camosun College is giving automotive technicians the skills the need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
Red Chris copper and gold mine in Northwestern B.C., opened in 2015, is now owned by Newcrest Mining, one of the sponsors of a water innovation contest for B.C. mines. (B.C. government photo)

Mining Association of B.C. offers cash prize for water innovation

Newcrest, Teck co-sponsor contest similar to Australia

Red Chris copper and gold mine in Northwestern B.C., opened in 2015, is now owned by Newcrest Mining, one of the sponsors of a water innovation contest for B.C. mines. (B.C. government photo)
(Canadian Press photo)

Travel, tourism sectors see glimmers of hope amid Omicron uncertainty

Many Canadians second-guessing their travel plans as information trickles out about Omicron

(Canadian Press photo)