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Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Home prices in Parksville Qualicum Beach continue to rise. (PQB News file photo)
Home prices in Parksville Qualicum Beach continue to rise. (PQB News file photo)
Tofino Resort and Marina has temporarily shut down after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19 confirmed at Tofino Resort and Marina

Resort apologizes to Hesquiaht First Nation for Valentine’s Day boating incident.

Tofino Resort and Marina has temporarily shut down after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Dollars revert to being strictly souvenirs on April 5

Unique currency spendable in Chemainus becoming a collectible only

Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)

Seaweed farming opens world of opportunity for coastal B.C.

“It’s projects like this that can show what true reconciliation is about.”

A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)
Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria small businesses hoping to survive extended cruise ship ban

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority supports extension, but says losses will follow

Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
John St John, right, and son Michael have announced the British Bobby Restaurant in Parksville will remain open. (Photo submitted)

Parksville’s British Bobby Restaurant will remain open

Owner says community support key in decision to move forward

John St John, right, and son Michael have announced the British Bobby Restaurant in Parksville will remain open. (Photo submitted)
The Qualicum Beach Cafe team: from left, host owner Eli Brennan, general manager Amy Turner, host owner/chef Alan Tse, chef de cuisine Todd Bright, sous chef Jack Mitchell and pastry chef/baker Noemie Girard. (Submitted photo)

Fresh start: Qualicum Beach Cafe set to offer West Coast dining

New operators bring wealth of culinary, hospitality experience

The Qualicum Beach Cafe team: from left, host owner Eli Brennan, general manager Amy Turner, host owner/chef Alan Tse, chef de cuisine Todd Bright, sous chef Jack Mitchell and pastry chef/baker Noemie Girard. (Submitted photo)
An acre of the former ‘Bus Garage’ property has been sold to Naked Naturals Whole Foods Ltd. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)

Qualicum Beach sells prime downtown property to Naked Naturals for $2.75M

Town to retain more than an acre of land for development of public amenities

An acre of the former ‘Bus Garage’ property has been sold to Naked Naturals Whole Foods Ltd. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
A 2021 calendar entitled ‘Our Resilient Community’ features images captured by professional photographers in and around the communities during the unusual summer of 2020. (Photo submitted)
A 2021 calendar entitled ‘Our Resilient Community’ features images captured by professional photographers in and around the communities during the unusual summer of 2020. (Photo submitted)
The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is now owned by family-owned The Care Group. (thegardensatqualicum.com)

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach has new owners

Family has travelled to Qualicum Beach for more than a century

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is now owned by family-owned The Care Group. (thegardensatqualicum.com)
Neelam and Mark Nagra show one of the three queen mattresses M&N Mattress and Sofa Shop will give to a deserving recipient in their 12 Days of Christmas Free Mattress Give-A-Way. (Submitted photo)

Parksville business to give away 15 mattresses for Christmas

M&N Mattress and Sofa Shop owners give back to community

Neelam and Mark Nagra show one of the three queen mattresses M&N Mattress and Sofa Shop will give to a deserving recipient in their 12 Days of Christmas Free Mattress Give-A-Way. (Submitted photo)
British Bobby Restaurant proprietor, John St John, stands outside his business in Parksville. The restaurant is set to close on Feb. 13 2021, with John preparing a silent auction for the restaurant’s decor and movie memorabilia. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville’s iconic British Bobby Restaurant falls victim to COVID-19

Owner John St John says business will close on Feb. 13, 2021

British Bobby Restaurant proprietor, John St John, stands outside his business in Parksville. The restaurant is set to close on Feb. 13 2021, with John preparing a silent auction for the restaurant’s decor and movie memorabilia. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Parksville medical software company creates COVID-19 contact tracing app

Creators of GPS-based app say it could save lives at a critical time in the pandemic

A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)
The No. 3 paper machine at the Catalyst Paper Excellence Crofton mill will be brought back into production in the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

58 people headed back to work as Crofton mill restarts paper machine

Nearly 60 jobs will return with the restart

  • Nov 24, 2020
The No. 3 paper machine at the Catalyst Paper Excellence Crofton mill will be brought back into production in the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Quality Foods being built at 371 Alberni Highway in Parksville has the support of city council to move forward with their patron participation entertainment endorsement application. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Quality Foods being built at 371 Alberni Highway in Parksville has the support of city council to move forward with their patron participation entertainment endorsement application. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s Sobo Restaurant makes her pitch in The Dragons’ Den on Nov. 12. (CBC image)

Tofino chef strikes a deal on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Lisa Ahier brought endorsements from Sarah McLachlan and Terry David Mulligan.

Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s Sobo Restaurant makes her pitch in The Dragons’ Den on Nov. 12. (CBC image)
Music in the streets will not be held during Parksville’s Moonlight Madness. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Moonlight Madness scaled back for 2020

Stores remain open late in Qualicum Beach but pandemic restrictions limit activities

Music in the streets will not be held during Parksville’s Moonlight Madness. (PQB News file photo)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wuikinuxv First Nation evacuation to Port Hardy extended to seven days

Rains have not slacked off, keeping landslides a present threat

Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jodie Lucas and Will Gemmell, owners of the Rusted Rake Farm. (PQB News file photo)
Jodie Lucas and Will Gemmell, owners of the Rusted Rake Farm. (PQB News file photo)