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A woman holds two cellphones in this photo illustration in Chelsea, Que., Monday March 29, 2021. The proposed $26-billion merger between two of Canada’s telecom titans has hit a new regulatory hurdle after the Commissioner of Competition has indicated it intends to block the deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A woman holds two cellphones in this photo illustration in Chelsea, Que., Monday March 29, 2021. The proposed $26-billion merger between two of Canada’s telecom titans has hit a new regulatory hurdle after the Commissioner of Competition has indicated it intends to block the deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadian authors, booksellers say COVID-19 has both helped and hurt their industry

Book sales are up compared to pre-pandemic levels, but supply chain woes loom large

Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Enbridge logo is shown at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 9, 2018. Enbridge Inc. says its profits rose in the first quarter as energy demand continues to grow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Enbridge reports $1.93B first-quarter profit as energy demand and prices grow

Revenues increased 24 per cent to $15.1 billion from $12.1 billion a year earlier

The Enbridge logo is shown at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 9, 2018. Enbridge Inc. says its profits rose in the first quarter as energy demand continues to grow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Construction of the Farrell Creek bridge at the Site C dam on the Peace River, March 21, 2022. Site C has been under construction for seven years with union and non-union crews working together. (B.C. Hydro photo)

Opposition probes rising costs, union raids for B.C. construction

NDP restricts public works to selected building trades unions

Construction of the Farrell Creek bridge at the Site C dam on the Peace River, March 21, 2022. Site C has been under construction for seven years with union and non-union crews working together. (B.C. Hydro photo)
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

April jobless rate drops to another new low as economy adds 15K jobs: StatCan

Rate fell to its lowest point since at least 1976, which is as far back as comparable data goes

A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver’s car next to an Uber sticker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Women working in gig-economy face harassment, lack of safety support

A study found ‘gender agnostic’ design of apps allows women to be harassed with little recourse

In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver’s car next to an Uber sticker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Ile Sauvage Brewing is among the dozen breweries involved in the Victoria Ale Trail tasting passport this month. (Courtesy BC Ale Trail)

BC Ale Trail brews pints for prizes with Victoria tasting passport

12 breweries 2 taphouses participate in tasty scavenger hunt

Ile Sauvage Brewing is among the dozen breweries involved in the Victoria Ale Trail tasting passport this month. (Courtesy BC Ale Trail)
Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez delivers opening remarks to the National Culture Summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. YouTube says user-generated content, such as cooking videos made in people’s kitchens, could be regulated by an online streaming law, despite assurances from the Heritage Minister that this will not happen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

YouTube says bill could cover user-generated content, despite minister’s assurances

YouTube Canada says draft law’s wording gives the broadcast regulator scope to oversee home videos

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez delivers opening remarks to the National Culture Summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. YouTube says user-generated content, such as cooking videos made in people’s kitchens, could be regulated by an online streaming law, despite assurances from the Heritage Minister that this will not happen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bill Singer checks for proof of vaccination at the doors of the Rumrunner Pub, which he owns and manages in Sidney. His decision to keep the vaccination requirement in place has sparked online criticism but also earned praise from customers. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney restaurant still checking vaccine passports receives support from patrons

Owner Bill Singer thought other establishments would make the same decision

Bill Singer checks for proof of vaccination at the doors of the Rumrunner Pub, which he owns and manages in Sidney. His decision to keep the vaccination requirement in place has sparked online criticism but also earned praise from customers. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
People cross the street in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. As pandemic restrictions are lifted and cases ease, some companies want workers back in the office five days a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘It won’t change overnight:’ Workers push back as return-to-office plans roll out

Multiple factors can influence how employees respond to the revival of office life

People cross the street in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. As pandemic restrictions are lifted and cases ease, some companies want workers back in the office five days a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
For Mother’s Day, people are pretty open to a beautiful bouquet in a variety of blooms as long as it’s nice, bright and cheerful, says one Saanich Peninsula floral supplier. That’s a good thing with weather and supply chain shortages. (Courtesy Eurosa Gardens)

Blooms may vary this Mother’s Day: Greater Victoria floral designer, supplier

Flowers in abundance for Mother’s Day but now is the time to order

For Mother’s Day, people are pretty open to a beautiful bouquet in a variety of blooms as long as it’s nice, bright and cheerful, says one Saanich Peninsula floral supplier. That’s a good thing with weather and supply chain shortages. (Courtesy Eurosa Gardens)
Owner Kathy Banks (front), employees Kaylyn Paterson (left) and Sherry Bell (right), and Banks’ husband James Anson were all smiles earlier this spring when Sidney councillors signalled support for zoning and OCP changes that could have allowed the business to operate in an industrial-zoned space. However, a legislative reversal led Banks to seek space elsewhere. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dog grooming business digs up new home in Central Saanich

Pooch Parlour had previously operated illegally out of Sidney industrial zone

Owner Kathy Banks (front), employees Kaylyn Paterson (left) and Sherry Bell (right), and Banks’ husband James Anson were all smiles earlier this spring when Sidney councillors signalled support for zoning and OCP changes that could have allowed the business to operate in an industrial-zoned space. However, a legislative reversal led Banks to seek space elsewhere. (Black Press Media file photo)
Voting for the 2022 Best of the City awards is open until midnight on May 15. Winners will be featured in a special publication this summer. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Still time to vote in 2022 Best of the City awards

May 15 voting deadline for Greater Victoria favourites quickly approaching

Voting for the 2022 Best of the City awards is open until midnight on May 15. Winners will be featured in a special publication this summer. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Baere Bikes co-founder Nicholas Jensen with one of his company’s electric cargo bikes on Oak Bay Avenue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria cargo e-bike company ready to change how families get around town

Jensen brothers’ Baere Bikes inspired by cycling-loving, former Oak Bay mayor dad

Baere Bikes co-founder Nicholas Jensen with one of his company’s electric cargo bikes on Oak Bay Avenue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks with the media before attending caucus, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has hit back at Facebook’s hint that it has not ruled out banning Canadians viewing and sharing news on its site, in response to a federal online news law. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez reacts to Facebook ‘threat’ over online news bill

Bill would force digital giants to compensate news outlets for reusing their work

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks with the media before attending caucus, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has hit back at Facebook’s hint that it has not ruled out banning Canadians viewing and sharing news on its site, in response to a federal online news law. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Log truck hauls a load on Likely Road in the Cariboo region. (Angie Mindus/Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. doubles Indigenous share of Crown forest revenues to 8-10%

First step towards a new formula, forests minister says

Log truck hauls a load on Likely Road in the Cariboo region. (Angie Mindus/Williams Lake Tribune)
A glazier apprentices at the Finishing Trades Institute of B.C. in Surrey. Glazier is one of the most in-demand trades. (Photo: BC Building Trades)

College of BC Building Trades opens its (virtual) doors as hub for B.C. schools

‘One-stop shop to learn about career opportunities in the unionized construction industry’

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A glazier apprentices at the Finishing Trades Institute of B.C. in Surrey. Glazier is one of the most in-demand trades. (Photo: BC Building Trades)
FILE - Construction work on a 200 meter long pier being built where the gas pipeline is due to come ashore at Houstrup Strand, in West Jutland, Denmark, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021. Russia has opened a new front in its war over Ukraine, cutting two European Union nations that staunchly back Kyiv off from its gas. That represents a dramatic escalation in a conflict that is increasingly becoming a wider battle with the West. (John Randeris /Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)

European nations accuse Russia of natural gas ‘blackmail’

Gas cut off to Poland and Bulgaria after each refused to start paying for gas in rubles

FILE - Construction work on a 200 meter long pier being built where the gas pipeline is due to come ashore at Houstrup Strand, in West Jutland, Denmark, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021. Russia has opened a new front in its war over Ukraine, cutting two European Union nations that staunchly back Kyiv off from its gas. That represents a dramatic escalation in a conflict that is increasingly becoming a wider battle with the West. (John Randeris /Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)
The Twitter page of Elon Musk is seen on the screen of a computer in Sausalito, Calif., on Monday, April 25, 2022. On Monday, Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for about $44 billion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

What Musk’s past tweets reveal about Twitter’s next owner

‘It’s ironic…somebody who claims they want to buy Twitter to protect free speech has such thin skin’

The Twitter page of Elon Musk is seen on the screen of a computer in Sausalito, Calif., on Monday, April 25, 2022. On Monday, Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for about $44 billion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Grounded Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Air Canada reported a first-quarter loss of $974 million compared with a loss of $1.30 billion a year earlier as its revenue more than tripled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Air Canada to jack up fares amid higher fuel costs, weak business travel

Carrier more than tripled its revenues last quarter, but losses still significant

Grounded Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Air Canada reported a first-quarter loss of $974 million compared with a loss of $1.30 billion a year earlier as its revenue more than tripled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette