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Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

U.S. softwood ruling, old-growth plan add uncertainty to B.C. lumber trade

Canfor, West Fraser get more time to argue against border duties

Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Beena Goldenberg, the CEO at Organigram Holdings Inc., is photographed at the company’s offices in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Beena Goldenberg, the CEO at Organigram Holdings Inc., is photographed at the company’s offices in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
House construction in Summerland B.C. (Summerland Review)

B.C. moving to ‘cooling-off period’ to stabilize hot real estate market

‘Blind bidding’ adding to soaring home prices, finance minister says

House construction in Summerland B.C. (Summerland Review)
A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)

Parksville-based company puts a unique jolt into classic car production

Electric engines can fit into standard engine mounts of popular hot rods

A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)
Sales of houses in Parksville Qualicum Beach were down last October. (PQB News file photo)
Sales of houses in Parksville Qualicum Beach were down last October. (PQB News file photo)
The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

Canadian tourism group urges feds to axe ‘irrational’ border-crossing requirements

All travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test that can cost up to $300

The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
The container ship CMA CGM Marco Polo unloads cargo at the PSA Halifax container berth in Halifax on May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

As trade bottlenecks weigh on economy, Liberals urged to help reshape supply chains

Pandemic has throttled the movement of goods globally and inflated its costs

The container ship CMA CGM Marco Polo unloads cargo at the PSA Halifax container berth in Halifax on May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)

Two-year target set to finalize B.C.’s old-growth protection plan

Indigenous communities may decide on selective logging

B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)
Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. pauses logging on up to 2.6M hectares of old-growth forest

Timber sales to stop while Indigenous title holders consulted

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)
The Rogers corporate head office and headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. A battle for control of Rogers Communications Inc. will make its way to B.C. Supreme Court today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

Court battle over control of Rogers communications empire underway in Vancouver

Edward Rogers misinterpreting B.C. law on removal of board members: family’s lawyer

The Rogers corporate head office and headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. A battle for control of Rogers Communications Inc. will make its way to B.C. Supreme Court today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
Dr. Raimar Lobenberg, director of Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation and University of Alberta professor, works with researcher Chulhun Park on an automated filling machine in a cleanroom used for clinical trial production in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Alberta, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Scientists hope to link lab bench with pharmacy shelves through Edmonton drug plant

World-leading lab, drug manufacturer hope to plug hole in Canada’s drug supply system

Dr. Raimar Lobenberg, director of Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation and University of Alberta professor, works with researcher Chulhun Park on an automated filling machine in a cleanroom used for clinical trial production in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Alberta, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Harbour Air serves Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, Tofino, Salt Spring, Vancouver and Richmond as well as summer seasonal routes in B.C. (Harbour Air Seaplanes photo)

B.C. revs up electric float plane project with $1.6M grant

Harbour Air aims to carry first passengers by end of 2022

Harbour Air serves Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, Tofino, Salt Spring, Vancouver and Richmond as well as summer seasonal routes in B.C. (Harbour Air Seaplanes photo)
Most pubs and bars in B.C. are open for business to vaccinated customers, except for temporary restrictions in parts of northern B.C. (Peace Arch News photo)

B.C. offers single drink delivery, no aid for northern bars shut down

Latest COVID-19 restrictions have businesses ‘hanging by a thread’

Most pubs and bars in B.C. are open for business to vaccinated customers, except for temporary restrictions in parts of northern B.C. (Peace Arch News photo)
Tom Cochrane and Red Rider was a headliner at the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

Study finds Vancouver Island arts sector generates $900 million annually

Vancouver Island Economic Summit presentation looks at convergence of arts and business

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider was a headliner at the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg talked up his latest passion — creating a virtual reality “metaverse” for business, entertainment and meaningful social interactions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Facebook rebrands as Meta to emphasize ‘metaverse’ vision

Zuckerberg says he expects the metaverse to reach a billion people within the next decade

Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg talked up his latest passion — creating a virtual reality “metaverse” for business, entertainment and meaningful social interactions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Nanaimo city councillors Ben Geselbracht, clockwise from top left, and Tyler Brown, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams and Doughnut Economics Action Lab co-founder Carlota Sanz participate in a panel discussion at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)

Doughnut economics pitched to Vancouver Island’s business community

Model focused on economies that support a social foundation, stay within environmental limitations

Nanaimo city councillors Ben Geselbracht, clockwise from top left, and Tyler Brown, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams and Doughnut Economics Action Lab co-founder Carlota Sanz participate in a panel discussion at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne (B.C. government photo)

B.C. easing zoning requirements to speed up housing projects

Bylaw amendments may not require public hearings

B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Vancouver Island businesses concerned about potential cost of paid sick days

West Shore Chamber of Commerce boss Julie Lawlor says 10 paid sick days could bankrupt some

B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., on June 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., on June 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward