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Expected job openings in B.C. by region between 2021 and 2031. (B.C. government)

Immigrants, automation unable to fill B.C.’s expected labour gap

Retirement wave to drive 1M job openings from now to 2031

Expected job openings in B.C. by region between 2021 and 2031. (B.C. government)
A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft taxis to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Airlines cancel flights, call for restriction rollbacks despite glimmers of hope

‘It is disappointing that Canada remains stagnant in its approach’

A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft taxis to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Staff members (Wendy Purdy, Darlene Ashby and Lori Rafter) at Parksville’s Suds Duds Laundromat are happy to be back in business after being closed for seven months. (Michael Briones photo)
Staff members (Wendy Purdy, Darlene Ashby and Lori Rafter) at Parksville’s Suds Duds Laundromat are happy to be back in business after being closed for seven months. (Michael Briones photo)
A worker smooths concrete at a construction site in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Statistics Canada says 200,000 jobs lost in January

Decrease marks the largest drop since January 2021, when the economy shed 207,800 jobs

A worker smooths concrete at a construction site in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria wants B.C. to cap rent increases for vacant units

City asks rest of Island for support as price increases for vacant units outpace inflation

Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)
Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Founders of Earls, Joey Restaurants acquire ownership of Cactus Club Cafe

The Fuller family were early investors in the Cactus Club chain

Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Real estate sales slowed down in Greater Victoria in January but affordability remains an ongoing concern in the face of low inventory and soon-to-be-expected rising interest rates. (Black Press Media file photo)

Prices trend upward as real estate sales slow down in Greater Victoria

Benchmark price for a single-family home on the West Shore was $962,400 in January

Real estate sales slowed down in Greater Victoria in January but affordability remains an ongoing concern in the face of low inventory and soon-to-be-expected rising interest rates. (Black Press Media file photo)
Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)

Project Zero Incubator program aims to support green startups in B.C.

Applications to the 2022 Project Zero Incubator is open to early-stage business ideas across B.C.

Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)
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)

Deadline approaches for B.C. irrigation, commercial water licences

March 1 cutoff means stopping water use, applying as new user

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)
Inventory of single-family homes has been on the decline on Vancouver Island. (PQB News file photo)
Inventory of single-family homes has been on the decline on Vancouver Island. (PQB News file photo)
Inventory of single-family homes has been on the decline on Vancouver Island. (PQB News file photo)
Inventory of single-family homes has been on the decline on Vancouver Island. (PQB News file photo)
People line up at the Toronto Premium Outlets mall on Black Friday for shopping sales during the COVID-19 pandemic in Milton, Ont., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

November economy pushed Canada past pre-COVID level for first time in 2 years

Statistics Canada says economy grew 0.6% in November, decline expected to start 2022

People line up at the Toronto Premium Outlets mall on Black Friday for shopping sales during the COVID-19 pandemic in Milton, Ont., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Chips feed operation of Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

5 B.C. pulp mills get provincial aid to replace natural gas use

$70M carbon tax fund also assists natural gas industry

Chips feed operation of Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Red Chris mine’s Canada-themed dump truck tray pays homage to the partnership of the three nations involved on the mine near Dease Lake in northwestern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)

B.C. mine laws must conform to UN rights, Indigenous group says

Unregulated placer mining, ‘jade fever’ relics of the gold rush

Red Chris mine’s Canada-themed dump truck tray pays homage to the partnership of the three nations involved on the mine near Dease Lake in northwestern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)
The corporate logo of Teck Resources Limited is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Teck says coal sales fall below guidance as extreme cold in B.C. disrupts logistics

Cold weather disruptions have led to near-record inventories, could force production reductions

The corporate logo of Teck Resources Limited is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

British Columbians were back to restaurants in pre-pandemic numbers in late 2021

Survey finds Labour Day weekend busier than 2019, giving operators optimism for 2022

Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Westcoastees employees show off some of the Vancouver Island-based and inspired clothing company’s merch at the Store Street location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Fourth Vancouver Island location fulfils vision for art-driven Westcoastees clothing

Island-inspired graphics are designed by the owners themselves

Westcoastees employees show off some of the Vancouver Island-based and inspired clothing company’s merch at the Store Street location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)
Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)
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

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold, but warns of looming hikes

Trendsetting rate has been at its rock-bottom level since the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

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
A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Worker absenteeism — not trucker vaccine mandates — impacting store shelves: grocer

Labour shortage caused by quarantined workers has impacted the entire supply chain

A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz