BC Biz

Spec tax almost here
Wayne Moore - Jan 16 - BC Biz

For those in Kelowna, West Kelowna and other select regions of the province affected by the speculation and vacancy tax, reality will soon set in. The government Tuesday said letters will be sent to people who own residential property between Jan. 18 and Feb. 28. Those letters will include instructions for how to complete a […]

Tilray adds another partner
The Canadian Press - Jan 15 - BC Biz

Licensed producer Tilray Inc. has teamed up with the U.S. company behind brands such as Juicy Couture, Aeropostale and Nine West to develop and sell co-branded consumer cannabis products globally, with items expected to hit U.S. and Canadian shelves within the next year. The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company announced Tuesday the long-term revenue-sharing agreement with Authentic […]

Sex expo next month
Rob Gibson - Jan 14 - BC Biz

Feeling naughty but nice? The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show starts Friday, Feb. 8 and runs through to Sunday, Feb. 10. Who knows what you’ll see there? Last year the Vancouver show made headlines across the world when it featured the opening of the first sex doll brothel. According to Dr. Jess, a speaker […]

Barriers coming down
The Canadian Press - Jan 11 - BC Biz

A convoy of work trucks passed through a police roadblock today, heading to the Unist’ot’en camp to dismantle barriers that had blocked workers from starting construction on a natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. Senior officers in the RCMP’s Indigenous liaison unit were also going to the site, which has been the centre of growing […]

Chiefs, RCMP reach deal
The Canadian Press - Jan 11 - BC Biz

SMITHERS, B.C. — Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory. Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told reporters Thursday that the agreement is between the chiefs and the RCMP to […]

Cops pressure pot shops
Colin Dacre - Jan 10 - BC Biz

The City of Vancouver has started to apply pressure to illegal pot shops operating in the city, as cannabis activists decry the system as “a new prohibition.” Cannabis Culture has announced it will be closing all three of its dispensaries in Vancouver, reports CTV News. The company has been at the forefront of the pot legalization push […]

B.C. mine suspends work
The Canadian Press - Jan 07 - BC Biz

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Imperial Metals Corp. says it is suspending operations at its Mount Polley mine in south-central British Columbia due to declining copper prices. The gold and copper mine was the site of a 2014 tailings dam collapse that was one of the largest environmental disasters in the province’s history. Imperial Metals says […]

Should be wild fuel year
The Canadian Press - Jan 04 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — Extreme volatility in oil markets has resulted in a price jump for gasoline of four cents a litre in Metro Vancouver and an analyst predicts a further hike could arrive within days. Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says Vancouver residents will be the “poster children” for what he expects will […]

VCH denies death blame
The Canadian Press - Jan 03 - BC Biz

Vancouver Coastal Health says it did nothing to contribute to the death of a 16-month-old boy at an unlicensed daycare, calling what happened a “tragic incident” in its response to a civil lawsuit launched by the boy’s parents. The health authority filed its response to the statement of claim in B.C. Supreme Court in early […]

Vancouver home values drop
The Canadian Press - Jan 02 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — Assessed values of some single-family homes in Metro Vancouver’s once red-hot housing market dropped between five and 10 per cent in the latest assessments used to determine property taxes in British Columbia. Meanwhile, BC Assessment says some property owners in the rest of the province have seen five to 15 per cent increases […]