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Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)

Canada’s best tippers and most polite takeout customers found in one B.C. town

Uber Eats reports on driver experiences, picky eaters, popular dishes and more

Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)
More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (File photo)

More than 150 anti-vaccine protesters storm Nanaimo store

No arrests made after ‘disruption’ at Canadian Tire causes most staff to vacate building, say RCMP

More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (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)
Tom Cochrane and Red Rider was a headliner at the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

Study finds Vancouver Island arts sector generates $900 million annually

Vancouver Island Economic Summit presentation looks at convergence of arts and business

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider was a headliner at the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
The presentation of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island report concluded this week’s Vancouver Island Economic Summit.

Vancouver Island’s economy disrupted but adapting, State of the Island report finds

Vancouver Island Economic Summit was held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28

The presentation of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island report concluded this week’s Vancouver Island Economic Summit.
B.C. Premier John Horgan addresses delegates at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)

Province trying to keep worker shortage from limiting B.C.’s economic recovery, premier says

Horgan addresses business community at Vancouver Island Economic Summit

B.C. Premier John Horgan addresses delegates at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
Nanaimo city councillors Ben Geselbracht, clockwise from top left, and Tyler Brown, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams and Doughnut Economics Action Lab co-founder Carlota Sanz participate in a panel discussion at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)

Doughnut economics pitched to Vancouver Island’s business community

Model focused on economies that support a social foundation, stay within environmental limitations

Nanaimo city councillors Ben Geselbracht, clockwise from top left, and Tyler Brown, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams and Doughnut Economics Action Lab co-founder Carlota Sanz participate in a panel discussion at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
Katherine Gray and Patrick Hossack, Realtors, Hossack + Gray Real Estate, The Agency . Lia Crowe photo

Life & Style with Katherine Gray and Patrick Hossack

Brother and sister duo talk real estate, fashion and reading material

  • Oct 27, 2021
Katherine Gray and Patrick Hossack, Realtors, Hossack + Gray Real Estate, The Agency . Lia Crowe photo
B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

West Shore businesses concerned about potential cost of paid sick days

Chamber boss Julie Lawlor says 10 paid sick days could bankrupt some businesses

B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)

Island economic summit explores disruption, digital innovation, doughnut economy

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s summit to be held virtually Oct. 26-28

The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)
Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Edward Rogers seeks to assert control at Rogers Communications as company stands firm

Rogers removed from board seat after failed attempt to oust CEO Joe Natale

Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
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)
Ann Squires Ferguson of Western Design + Build.  Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives with CEO Ann Squires Ferguson

Reshaping the construction and design industries

  • Oct 15, 2021
Ann Squires Ferguson of Western Design + Build.  Lia Crowe photography
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)
Daniel Caicedo, owner of Victoria Restorations, sits next to a fireplace his company provided the chimney finish for in a Sidney home. Don Denton photograph

Transforming spaces with Venetian plastering and more

Daniel Caiceda’s Victoria Restorations changes the ordinary to extraordinary

  • Oct 13, 2021
Daniel Caicedo, owner of Victoria Restorations, sits next to a fireplace his company provided the chimney finish for in a Sidney home. Don Denton photograph
The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be entirely virtual again this year. Organizers had previously hoped to have a hybrid event in Nanaimo, but have now opted not to offer any in-person events as part of the summit. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island Economic Summit decides on an all-virtual event

Originally intended as hybrid in-person event, this month’s summit will take place online again

The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be entirely virtual again this year. Organizers had previously hoped to have a hybrid event in Nanaimo, but have now opted not to offer any in-person events as part of the summit. (News Bulletin file photo)
Ryan Messer. Lia Crowe photography

Keeping it casual with Ryan Messer

Life and style in the Okanagan

  • Oct 6, 2021
Ryan Messer. Lia Crowe photography
Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards double down with annual Vancouver Island celebration

2021 finalists come from two years of nominees; all to be recognized at November gala in Victoria

Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)
Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Island retiree operates thrift store to keep his neighbourhood neighbourly

Deni’s Dynamite Deals donates thousands of dollars every month

Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Optometrists Dr. Anita Voisin and Dr. Trevor Miranda from Cowichan Eyecare. Don Denton photograph

Seeing is believing at Cowichan Eyecare

Providing vision education for the community

  • Sep 27, 2021
Optometrists Dr. Anita Voisin and Dr. Trevor Miranda from Cowichan Eyecare. Don Denton photograph