Business

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worker shortage leaves Vancouver Island business owners scrambling

Lack on interest in customer service jobs about to take another hit with back-to-school

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jacob Tuioti-Mariner walks in front of the Tesla he arrived in for NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

U.S. probing Autopilot problems on 765,000 Tesla vehicles

Investigation covers almost everything that Tesla has sold in the U.S. since the start of the 2014

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jacob Tuioti-Mariner walks in front of the Tesla he arrived in for NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Shopify to require staff to show proof of full vaccination before meeting up

Tobi Lutke tweeted the announcement this week and says he made the decision ‘because science’

A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Information regarding the Canadian Pension Plan is displayed of the service Canada website in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Information regarding the Canadian Pension Plan is displayed of the service Canada website in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A shopper carries shopping bags as they leave Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. A survey commissioned by the co-working space company IWG found that 40 per cent of people believe the days of formal attire in the office are over, and 59 per cent think it’ll be acceptable to dress less formally in the office when they return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canadians don’t want to spend on dress attire for work any more

Pandemic has changed attitudes about dress codes in the workplace

A shopper carries shopping bags as they leave Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. A survey commissioned by the co-working space company IWG found that 40 per cent of people believe the days of formal attire in the office are over, and 59 per cent think it’ll be acceptable to dress less formally in the office when they return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada’s big three grocers see shifting shopping habits as pandemic restrictions ease

Smaller basket sizes, more muted sales, and more shopping around are the trends

A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
David Darmadi, owner of Kalvas the Log House restaurant in Parksville, has started the ‘Meals for More’ initiative where, until Aug. 31, restaurant diners who donate to the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign can enjoy a free sweet treat from his restaurant’s dessert menu. (Submitted photo)
David Darmadi, owner of Kalvas the Log House restaurant in Parksville, has started the ‘Meals for More’ initiative where, until Aug. 31, restaurant diners who donate to the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign can enjoy a free sweet treat from his restaurant’s dessert menu. (Submitted photo)
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)

Quality Foods supports annual AutismBC’s fundraising raffle once again in 2021

Island-based grocery chain helps raise funds for autism services

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)
Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.

Vancouver Island First Nation testing the waters of sablefish fish farming

Campbell River area We Wai Kai to conduct habitat surveys with provincial and federal funding

Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.
Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Airport ‘a lot busier,’ but passenger counts still far from pre-pandemic levels

An estimated 20,000 passengers travelled through YCD in July, says airport CEO

Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)
The MV Frances Barkley ties up at Lady Rose Marine Services in this undated file photo. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

End of an era for Vancouver Island as Lady Rose Marine Services announces closing

Final voyage between Port Alberni and Bamfield scheduled for Aug. 31

The MV Frances Barkley ties up at Lady Rose Marine Services in this undated file photo. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021, file photo, people wear masks as they work out outside the Hardcore Fitness gym, due to COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Los Angeles. The pandemic has changed how the fitness industry evaluates itself. Roughly 9,000 health clubs, 22% of the total nationwide, have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak, according to the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association. The pandemic is reshaping America's fitness industry and ushering in a new era of home workouts and virtual classes. High-end exercise equipment maker Peloton is breaking ground Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, on its first U.S. factory in Ohio. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Will gyms go the way of arcades and movie rental stores?

Roughly 9,000 U.S. health clubs have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021, file photo, people wear masks as they work out outside the Hardcore Fitness gym, due to COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Los Angeles. The pandemic has changed how the fitness industry evaluates itself. Roughly 9,000 health clubs, 22% of the total nationwide, have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak, according to the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association. The pandemic is reshaping America's fitness industry and ushering in a new era of home workouts and virtual classes. High-end exercise equipment maker Peloton is breaking ground Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, on its first U.S. factory in Ohio. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian business community largely supportive of vaccine passport system

Passports could help to ensure that people attending sporting events and bars are fully vaccinated

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

Economy added 94,000 jobs in July, largely in the services sector: Statistics Canada

Rise came largely in full-time work, which rose by 83,000 or half a percentage point

A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
PartnerStack co-founders (left to right) Luke Swanek, Jon Mendes, Neil Chudleigh and Bryn Jones are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Canadian companies seeing venture capital funding boom, interest in fintechs high

About US$2.1 billion was raised across 197 deals in the first quarter of 2021

PartnerStack co-founders (left to right) Luke Swanek, Jon Mendes, Neil Chudleigh and Bryn Jones are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. issuing new farmgate licences to allow meat sales this fall

Health rules restrict sales to local regional districts only

Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)
Qualicum Beach Airport will now offer flights to Vancouver Airport through Iskwew Air. (PQB News file photo)

Iskwew Air opens services at Qualicum Beach Airport, provides flights to YVR

Airport has had no scheduled service to Vancouver since April 2020

Qualicum Beach Airport will now offer flights to Vancouver Airport through Iskwew Air. (PQB News file photo)
B.C. government program spending, in millions, from 2016 to 2021. (B.C. finance ministry)

B.C.’s tax take continued to climb during COVID-19 pandemic year

Federal billions offset loss in fees, licence revenues

B.C. government program spending, in millions, from 2016 to 2021. (B.C. finance ministry)
B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget forecasts $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)

B.C. budget deficit $5.5 billion, less than half last year’s forecast

Province’s COVID-19 spending tops $10 billion for 2020-21

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget forecasts $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)