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BC Ferries reported record high vehicle traffic in its second quarter ending Sept. 30, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries reports record-breaking summer vehicle traffic in quarterly results

Vehicle traffic up 3 per cent from pre-COVID times in quarter ending Sept. 30

Crews started seeding the seaweed farm Sidney-based Cascadia Seaweed is planting in partnership with Tsawout First Nation off James Island on Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed)

PHOTOS: Crews begin planting seaweed farm off James Island

Partnership between Tsawout First Nation and Sidney-based Cascadia Seaweed

Art pieces, tasteful Christmas decorations and stylings can be found this month at Coast Collective’s Gifts and Wishes holiday showcase of art and fine craft. (Courtesy of Coast Collective)

Holiday shopping transforms Pendray House in Colwood

Coast Collective’s annual Gifts and Wishes show runs Nov. 27 and 28

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce will pick up the shipping for more than 100 member businesses up until Black Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria chamber picking up the cost of shipping for members until Dec. 25

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce will fund as much as $50,000 to entice local shopping

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce will pick up the shipping for more than 100 member businesses up until Black Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Aboubakar Idriss speaks during a previous Employment Opportunity Exchange. The event returns on Nov. 23 with the goal of helping newcomers and employers connect and learn together. (Photo Courtesy of John-Evan Snow)

Victoria newcomer employment event returns Nov. 23

Employment Opportunity Exchange aims to facilitate networking and cultural intelligence

Aboubakar Idriss speaks during a previous Employment Opportunity Exchange. The event returns on Nov. 23 with the goal of helping newcomers and employers connect and learn together. (Photo Courtesy of John-Evan Snow)
Amelia Warren, Epicure CEO, stands outside the company’s warehouse and offices in North Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich’s Epicure CEO named to top 40 under 40 list

Amelia Warren recognized with leadership award honouring achievement by those under the age of 40

Amelia Warren, Epicure CEO, stands outside the company’s warehouse and offices in North Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ian Conn, left, Duncan Blackman, Langford Mayor Stew Young, Dale Gann and Adrian Jones raise a glass at the opening of the Millstream Beverage Company on Nov. 12. (Supplied by Leanna Moss/Ironwood Studio)

Langford gets new watering hole, brewery

Millstream Beverage Company is next to the Loghouse Pub in their old brewery space

Ian Conn, left, Duncan Blackman, Langford Mayor Stew Young, Dale Gann and Adrian Jones raise a glass at the opening of the Millstream Beverage Company on Nov. 12. (Supplied by Leanna Moss/Ironwood Studio)
The Surfrider Foundation installed three sea bins to catch trash in the North Saanich Marina. (Photo by Mackenzie Duncan)

Blue Friday introduces green thinking to Black Friday

Record 34 Vancouver Island businesses pony up portion of day’s take for sea cleanup

The Surfrider Foundation installed three sea bins to catch trash in the North Saanich Marina. (Photo by Mackenzie Duncan)
Crews at Cascadia Seaweed pull in a harvest. The Sidney-based company recently received a license from Tsawout First Nation to establish a farm off James Island. (Photo supplied by Cascadia Seaweed)

Sidney’s Cascadia Seaweed partners with Tsawout First Nation on James Island farm

Operation aims to help restore surrounding ecology, boost Tsawout economic stability

Crews at Cascadia Seaweed pull in a harvest. The Sidney-based company recently received a license from Tsawout First Nation to establish a farm off James Island. (Photo supplied by Cascadia Seaweed)
Adam Benning, owner-operator of Westcoast Container Homes, relaxes inside one the company’s OfficePods recently on display in the parking lot of Sidney’s Monk Office. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney gets glimpse of out-of-the-box office and housing solutions

Local container home company cuts shipping containers into auxiliary pods for other uses

Adam Benning, owner-operator of Westcoast Container Homes, relaxes inside one the company’s OfficePods recently on display in the parking lot of Sidney’s Monk Office. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Singdaptive founders Kevin Alexander (left), Greg. A. Barker, Stephen Evans and Kathy Alexander. (Chrstina Gregor/Singdaptive)

Victoria-based vocal instruction platform hits high note with $2.75 million valuation

“Singdaptive” pulled investors such as Blue Microphone’s CEO and co-founder of Guitar Hero

Singdaptive founders Kevin Alexander (left), Greg. A. Barker, Stephen Evans and Kathy Alexander. (Chrstina Gregor/Singdaptive)
Local artisans and vendors will be showcasing their wares at a number of craft fairs across Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Craft Fair Roundup: Greater Victoria events highlight local artisans

Get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting small local businesses, non-profit groups

Local artisans and vendors will be showcasing their wares at a number of craft fairs across Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Co-founder Alexis Cobham in the Cheese Maker office set in a historic Oak Bay home – the one where she grew up. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Oak Bay cheese kit business feeds DIY culture

Poutine, vegan kits round out traditional mozzarella/ricotta, farmhouse cheddar options

Co-founder Alexis Cobham in the Cheese Maker office set in a historic Oak Bay home – the one where she grew up. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Best of the WestShore Awards 2021 publication cover

Best of the WestShore 2021: The results are in

Find out which local businesses have won the hearts of local residents

Best of the WestShore Awards 2021 publication cover
Without an Island sales and service centre, Tesla owners have to make a trip to Vancouver to make repairs impossible at a traditional auto shop. (Vancouver Island Tesla Owners)

Vancouver Island’s first Tesla sales, service centre rumoured for Langford

“Reputable source” of Victoria Tesla driver says temporary service centre coming to Victoria

Without an Island sales and service centre, Tesla owners have to make a trip to Vancouver to make repairs impossible at a traditional auto shop. (Vancouver Island Tesla Owners)
As part of small business week (Oct. 18 to 22), Sidney BIA is offering various discounted programs to help small local businesses succeed online. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Sidney BIA helping local small businesses succeed online

Business group offers discounted programs during small business week

As part of small business week (Oct. 18 to 22), Sidney BIA is offering various discounted programs to help small local businesses succeed online. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Root Cellar opens on Cook Street to warm welcome

Old Oxford Foods space transformed with modern renovation

Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the ninth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google maps)

Canoe closes its doors in Victoria to make way for new identity

Brewpub closes for extensive renovation as it takes on new Craft Beer Market brand

Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the ninth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google maps)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)