Business

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

 

A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre on Oct. 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sentencing arguments for a Calgary pastor and his brother found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders has been put over until September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sentencing delay for men found guilty of flouting Alberta COVID-19 rules

Alberta Health Services has indicated it is seeking 21 days of jail time for the Pawlowskis

 

Cherries at Pravin Dhaliwal’s family farm in Oliver, B.C., are seen cooked on their trees, when the temperature hit a record 41.5 C in a June 2021 handout photo. Dhaliwal is trying to maintain his passion as a third-generation farmer while dealing with the reality of climate change and says farmers need more support from provincial and federal governments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pravin Dhaliwal

Farmers say heat wave, drought show vulnerable agricultural sector needs support

Farmers across Canada look to provincial and the federal governments for help

 

Financial wealth manager Dale Lamb. Photography by Lia Crowe

Financial planning pro Dale Lamb

A passion for education clients in wealth management

  • Jul 26, 2021
Financial wealth manager Dale Lamb. Photography by Lia Crowe
DC Krew Hair Company owners Sandra Davies and Madi Clark say that am anonyous spray painter should have talked to them face to face about their mask policy - instead of defacing the front of their Foster Street business. (Contributed photo)

B.C. hair salon target of ‘cowardly’ anti-mask graffiti

DC Krew owners dismayed after ‘#MASK NAZIS’ scrawled on windows in spray paint

DC Krew Hair Company owners Sandra Davies and Madi Clark say that am anonyous spray painter should have talked to them face to face about their mask policy - instead of defacing the front of their Foster Street business. (Contributed photo)
People walk by a mural of George Floyd, airbrushed by artist Paul Archer on Fort St. in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. A new report shows many companies that signed a pledge to help end anti-Black racism still don’t have diversity, equity and inclusion plans a year later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

A year on, experts find corporate anti-racist efforts progressing slowly

‘People are talking to us about culture. People are talking to us about governance’

People walk by a mural of George Floyd, airbrushed by artist Paul Archer on Fort St. in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. A new report shows many companies that signed a pledge to help end anti-Black racism still don’t have diversity, equity and inclusion plans a year later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)

B.C. chambers endorse pandemic-recovery blueprint for cities

Plan calls for addressing mental health, housing and public transit issues

Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)
Sculptor Russell Papp stands in his backyard in the doorway to his artist studio. Don Denton photograph

Master of the creative

Sculptor and designer Russell Papp

  • Jul 19, 2021
Sculptor Russell Papp stands in his backyard in the doorway to his artist studio. Don Denton photograph
Adrienne Burrows shows one of the cupcakes that she sells every Tuesday at the Summer by the Sea market at the Parksville Visitor Centre. (Submitted photos)
Adrienne Burrows shows one of the cupcakes that she sells every Tuesday at the Summer by the Sea market at the Parksville Visitor Centre. (Submitted photos)
B.C. In Vancouver, Premier John Horgan smiles during a news conference on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. to create new clean energy centre to help with low-carbon innovation

The Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy is expected to be open by this fall

B.C. In Vancouver, Premier John Horgan smiles during a news conference on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo

Quadra Island’s gas station loses only employee, closes – and nearest pump is a ferry away

Last employee calls it quits after couple weeks working the till by himself

Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo
Brad Leith at Impeccable Jewellery in Duncan. Don Denton photograph

Secrets and lives with Brad Leith

Jeweller travels the world to find his gemstones

  • Jul 14, 2021
Brad Leith at Impeccable Jewellery in Duncan. Don Denton photograph
An SOS client receives groceries dropped off by SOS Volunteers. The SOS Biz for Good initiative for small businesses local to District 69 is part of the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign, focused on supporting seniors, helping children thrive and reducing poverty in the area. (Submitted photo)

New charitable ‘Biz for Good’ program part of $1M SOS initiative

Project part of Project Rebuild Campaign in PQB region

An SOS client receives groceries dropped off by SOS Volunteers. The SOS Biz for Good initiative for small businesses local to District 69 is part of the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign, focused on supporting seniors, helping children thrive and reducing poverty in the area. (Submitted photo)
Construction workers walk up a set of stairs at Union Station during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Statistics Canada says economy added 230,700 jobs in June, all part-time

More people also went looking for work in June, after giving up on the job hunt in May

Construction workers walk up a set of stairs at Union Station during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vancouver Ferrari. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Italian Stallions

Riding high in a Ferrari

  • Jun 30, 2021
Vancouver Ferrari. Photograph by Lia Crowe
Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Herle (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Herle, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Herle (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

IT’S YOUR BUSINESS: A case for print

Print is still a highly effective medium for helping businesses reach their customers, according to Joe Smith

  • Jun 12, 2021
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge company builds remarkably tiny home

Dwelltech founder constructs 72 square foot home as passion project

John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to fall for an “every child matters” orange shirt scam that is circulating from a Facebook advertisement. (Website/TeeToro)

T-shirt scammers falsely claim to support Indigenous causes, BBB warns

‘Opportunists trying to take advantage of a horrible tragedy is nothing new,” says Karla Laird

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to fall for an “every child matters” orange shirt scam that is circulating from a Facebook advertisement. (Website/TeeToro)
The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)

First barge of logging waste chips successfully loaded in new First Nations partnership

Atli Resources LP is the forestry arm of the ‘Namgis First Nation

The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)