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

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
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

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
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

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
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
The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Public asked to comment on second brewery in downtown Sidney

Proponent’s request for parking variance remains stalled

The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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
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
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
Government Street between Broughton and View streets is now closed to vehicle traffic for a portion of every day. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria needs your input on planned upgrades to Government Street downtown

Current street furniture, street lights and trees nearing the end of their useful life

Government Street between Broughton and View streets is now closed to vehicle traffic for a portion of every day. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke is looking to revamp its business licence bylaw. Council agreed recently that all businesses must hold a business licence to operate in the community. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pushes ahead with new business licence bylaw

Proposal calls for all forms of business to require licensing, but bylaw can stil be tweaked

The District of Sooke is looking to revamp its business licence bylaw. Council agreed recently that all businesses must hold a business licence to operate in the community. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
A lift on marine border restrictions by next summer would bring an economic gain to Greater Victoria through the cruise industry. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich calls for opening of marine borders by summer 2022

Council to ask feds to end restrictions in time to allow planning for next cruise ship season

A lift on marine border restrictions by next summer would bring an economic gain to Greater Victoria through the cruise industry. (Black Press Media file 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
The closure of Government Street to vehicle traffic between Broughton and View streets began June 11. The corridor will be pedestrian-only between noon and 10 p.m. daily until at least this fall. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Downtown Victoria timed closure of Government Street begins

Pedestrian priority times part of city’s Build Back Victoria program

The closure of Government Street to vehicle traffic between Broughton and View streets began June 11. The corridor will be pedestrian-only between noon and 10 p.m. daily until at least this fall. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
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)