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B.C. agriculture minister Lana Popham. (Submitted photo)

B.C. says global and market inflation impacting farmers and ranchers

B.C. agriculture minister says strong local food production system will help ease market inflation

B.C. agriculture minister Lana Popham. (Submitted photo)
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Provincial competition law needed to address the power of gig work platforms

Gig work — especially those housed on digital platforms — are at a greater risk of monopsony

  • Mar 19, 2022
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Smuggler’s Cove Pub in Cadboro Bay is seeking help finding creative names for their new cocktail menu. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich pub invites community to help brainstorm names for new cocktail menu

Outfall, Leashed Dog, Queen Alexander suggested so far for Smuggler’s Cove roster

Smuggler’s Cove Pub in Cadboro Bay is seeking help finding creative names for their new cocktail menu. (Black Press Media file photo)
Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Diane Bernard: municipal matriarch turning a bailiwick into a Sooke success

Bernard has been an integral cog in Sooke’s politics and the business community

Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
A passenger checks in at a Westjet counter at the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. WestJet Airlines Ltd. is preparing for an “immediate and dramatic” uptick in demand in the wake of the government of Canada’s decision to remove pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

WestJet foresees busy summer travel season as testing requirements dropped

WestJet has seen a dramatic jump in bookings as a result of recent changes in travel requirements

A passenger checks in at a Westjet counter at the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. WestJet Airlines Ltd. is preparing for an “immediate and dramatic” uptick in demand in the wake of the government of Canada’s decision to remove pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Vancouver Island’s Malahat Skywalk wins prestigious tourism innovation award

$15-million project, a partnership between the Malahat Nation and A.Spire by Nature

The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
The Old House Hotel & Spa’s general manager David Rooper received the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Hotelier of the Year Award recently. Photo submitted

Vancouver Islander named B.C. Hotelier of the Year

Old House general manager David Rooper honoured with 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Award

The Old House Hotel & Spa’s general manager David Rooper received the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Hotelier of the Year Award recently. Photo submitted
Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria arena moving to facial verification security for staff

City facility partners with Vancouver-based surveillance technology firm on project

Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
FILE - Farmers harvest with their combines in a wheat field near the village Tbilisskaya, Russia, July 21, 2021. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that Russia’s war in Ukraine will disrupt commerce and clog up supply chains, slashing economic growth and pushing prices sharply higher around the globe. In a grim assessment out Thursday, March 17, 2022, the 38-country OECD said that over the next year the conflict would reduce the broadest measure of economic output by 1.08% worldwide. (AP Photo/Vitaly Timkiv, File)

War in Ukraine will take global economic toll, group warns

OECD: conflict to reduce gross domestic product by 1.08% worldwide, 1.4% in the 19 Euro countries

FILE - Farmers harvest with their combines in a wheat field near the village Tbilisskaya, Russia, July 21, 2021. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that Russia’s war in Ukraine will disrupt commerce and clog up supply chains, slashing economic growth and pushing prices sharply higher around the globe. In a grim assessment out Thursday, March 17, 2022, the 38-country OECD said that over the next year the conflict would reduce the broadest measure of economic output by 1.08% worldwide. (AP Photo/Vitaly Timkiv, File)
Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Birks departure from Victoria marks shift of downtown makeup: business association

Montreal-based jeweller to close Government Street shop on March 26 after 74 years in city

Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
In this double exposure photograph, a sign displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline as people fuel up their vehicles at an Esso gas station, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Annual inflation rate hit 5.7% in February amid broad-based price increases

Canada’s inflation rate at its highest level since August 1991

In this double exposure photograph, a sign displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline as people fuel up their vehicles at an Esso gas station, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

‘Ridiculous increases’: Greater Victoria car dealerships see surge in EV interest

Electric vehicle sales on rise for years, but recent gas prices pushing more drivers to convert

Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop have opened a new store in the Millstream Village in Langford. (Limara Yakemchuk/Black Press Media)

Customers serging to new fabric store location in Langford

Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop open new store in Millstream Village

Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop have opened a new store in the Millstream Village in Langford. (Limara Yakemchuk/Black Press Media)
A worker in an office in the financial district The City, in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Technological revolution of work during pandemic shows promise and inequality

Statistics Canada warns impacts of the pandemic on work are likely to increase inequality

A worker in an office in the financial district The City, in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Young investors show that long term goals are a part of their financial planning repertoire in an RBC poll. (Black Press Media file photo)

Young Canadian investors bloom in Canada during pandemic: RBC poll

Young investors seek tools to invest, save and budget smartly while also saving for the future

Young investors show that long term goals are a part of their financial planning repertoire in an RBC poll. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)

Floating Nordic-style spa proposed for Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Features would include saunas, hot and cold pools, green space

A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)
A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s new electric-vehicle registrations soar in 2021 but still lag behind Europe

More EVs registered in first 9 months of 2021 than any previous full year

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People eat in a McDonald’s restaurant in the main street in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo)

Once a powerful symbol in Russia, McDonald’s withdraws

‘It’s impossible to predict when we might be able to reopen our restaurants in Russia’

People eat in a McDonald’s restaurant in the main street in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo)
Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)

Cosmetics entrepreneur opens Victoria shop, sharpens pitch for second stab at Dragons

Salmon Arm resident Missy MacKintosh now boasts two stores, expanded line

  • Mar 13, 2022
Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)
Standing in the middle of her deli kitchen, Adriana Ramirez shows some of the products sold through her business, Adriana’s The Whole Enchildada, in Central Saanich. The business is playing an increasingly important role in the local food and agri-industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Authenticity, commitment served at Adriana’s The Whole Enchilada in Central Saanich

Multifaceted Keating Cross Road business deeply rooted on Saanich Peninsula

Standing in the middle of her deli kitchen, Adriana Ramirez shows some of the products sold through her business, Adriana’s The Whole Enchildada, in Central Saanich. The business is playing an increasingly important role in the local food and agri-industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)