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New training for truckers?
Rob Gibson - Jul 08, 2019 - BC Biz

The provincial government will begin looking at mandatory entry-level training for Class 1 commercial driver’s licences this summer. “Safety on our highways is our top priority, and advancing the skill development of new commercial drivers would make roads even safer for everyone,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said in a press release. “That’s […]

Attempts to discredit LNG failing
Contributed - Jul 06, 2019 - BC Biz

By Brad Hayes Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta Two articles published in the Globe and Mail recently might make supporters of Canadian LNG pause and wonder whether they’re backing the right horse. Marc Lee, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), wrote an opinion column entitled “LNG’s big lie,” and a […]

Another forestry slowdown
Prince George Matters - Jun 28, 2019 - BC Biz

It keeps getting worse, with no end in sight. Canfor, an integrated forest products company, announced Thursday evening it will be implementing phased summer curtailments in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood NBSK pulp mills in Prince George. “This is due to a significant deterioration in market conditions,” Canfor said in a press release. […]

Sawmill situation deteriorating
Prince George Matters - Jun 26, 2019 - BC Biz

It’s only getting worse. Numerous mills in B.C. have had to either curtail their production or entirely shut down their facilities. The Quest Wood sawmill was shut down by Tolko Industries Ltd. in Quesnel because of not enough fibre, with official closure slated for Aug. 22. While many hope the market will go into an upswing, Brink Forest […]

Indigenous tourism gets lift
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 21, 2019 - BC Biz

It’s Indigenous Peoples Day across Canada, and those in B.C. are celebrating by finding new ways to share the province’s rich collection of Indigenous tourism products and experiences. Indigenous Tourism BC and the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with one another in an effort to support Indigenous […]

Market should recover in 2020
Glacier Media - Jun 19, 2019 - BC Biz

With the decline of the average B.C. home sale price seeming to flatten out in the latest monthly figures, the B.C. Real Estate Association is now forecasting that the average sale price over the year will be $697,000, down 2.2 per cent compared with 2018. As consumer demand recovers, the average sale price of a home across […]

Natural gas costs steady
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 18, 2019 - BC Biz

The majority of FortisBC’s natural gas customers will not see an increase over the next several months. FortisBC received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to maintain the cost of natural gas for most of its customers between July 1 and Sept. 30. The rate has remained steady since January 2018. “Natural gas […]

Victoria company battles ESPN
The Canadian Press - Jun 18, 2019 - BC Biz

Matthew Watson was a sports fan long before becoming a tech executive, supporting West Coast teams like the Vancouver Canucks, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Mariners. “And the Grizzlies when they were in Vancouver. And now the Raptors,” he says. Now those teams—and many more—are part of the business model for Watson’s SendtoNews, a […]

Homes simply out of reach
Glacier Media - Jun 17, 2019 - BC Biz

The average home in B.C. is priced at nearly three times what a typical millennial can afford, according to a study released by housing advocacy group Generation Squeeze. The $700,000-plus price tag for an average home in the province would have to be reduced by $452,000—close to two thirds of the current value—to under $250,000 to […]

Range worries electric consumers
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 14, 2019 - BC Biz

A recent survey has found British Columbians are hesitant to buy electric vehicles because they are wary about how far it will be able to go on one charge. BC Hydro conducted the survey with potential electric vehicle consumers, and nearly 70 per cent of them believe the vehicles can’t be taken out of town. […]