BC Biz Jul 5 to Jul 11, 2018

B.C. wants bus operators
The Canadian Press - Jul 11 - BC Biz

VICTORIA — British Columbia says it will fast-track applications from operators who want to serve parts of the province that will be left without intercity bus service after Greyhound’s exit from Western Canada at the end of October. The Passenger Transportation Board says Greyhound’s departure will leave many areas without service and cut off access […]

More workers on water
The Canadian Press - Jul 11 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — New rules to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises have come into effect in Canada, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is in the process of ensuring more officers and patrol vessels are available to enforce them. Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management, says the number of officers deployed […]

BC minister examining options
The Canadian Press - Jul 10 - BC Biz

VICTORIA — B.C.’s transportation minister says she will speak with her western Canadian counterparts on Thursday to discuss Greyhound’s plan to end bus service in the region this fall. Claire Trevena says her staff has convened a meeting where she and other ministers will discuss different approaches the provinces are considering and ways they can […]

Tech program extended
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 10 - BC Biz

The B.C. government is sweetening the pot to attract tech talent to the province. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has been extended for another year, but now tech workers who come from other countries can gain permanent residency with only a one-year, full-time job offer. Previously, a permanent full-time offer was required for permanent residency. […]

Times Colonist closing press
The Canadian Press - Jul 09 - BC Biz

VICTORIA — The pressroom of the Victoria Times Colonist will be shutting down, and the union representing the 18 workers who will be unemployed says Glacier Media is moving the work to a facility outside the city. Brian Gibson, president of Unifor Local 2000, said the workers have an average of 19 years of service […]

Alberta to buy into pipeline
The Canadian Press - Jul 09 - BC Biz

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is likely to end up owning a piece of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Ottawa agreed to buy the Alberta-to-B.C. crude conduit this spring for $4.5 billion from U.S. company Kinder Morgan. Kinder Morgan had threatened to walk away from a planned $7.4-billion expansion to the line because of […]

Big money for BC daycares
The Canadian Press - Jul 06 - BC Biz

COQUITLAM, B.C. — British Columbia’s children’s minister visited a childcare facility in Coquitlam today to explain how the government intends to create thousands of more childcare spaces across the province. Katrine Conroy says providers can now apply to a new fund for a portion of the $237 million that was announced in the spring budget […]

BC lays out pot regulations
The Canadian Press - Jul 05 - BC Biz

VICTORIA — Local and Indigenous governments in B.C. will have the power to deny applications for private retailers that want to sell recreational pot in their communities under new regulations released Thursday. The regulations say operators of cannabis dispensaries that are open illegally now may apply for a retail licence but won’t receive any preferential […]

Gas prices up everywhere
The Canadian Press - Jul 05 - BC Biz

CALGARY — Soaring gasoline prices in Calgary and Edmonton have pushed the national average to a five-year high, according to an online price monitoring firm. Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says the national average price for regular gasoline was 136.0 cents per litre on Thursday, up from 105.2 cents on the same date last year and […]