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Oil jobs in danger
The Canadian Press - Apr 08, 2019 - BC Biz

CALGARY — A new report says direct employment in Canada’s oil and gas sector is expected to fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year. PetroLMI says the workforce is forecast to drop to about 173,300 in 2019, a decline of 23 per cent from 226,500 in 2014. It says the oil and gas labour […]

Chevron wants more LNG
The Canadian Press - Apr 04, 2019 - BC Biz

CALGARY — Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy. In a filing dated Monday and posted on the NEB website, the Canadian branch of California-based giant Chevron Corp. says it is applying for […]

B.C. company eyes Nova Scotia
The Canadian Press - Apr 03, 2019 - BC Biz

HALIFAX — A subsidiary of Japan’s giant Mitsubishi Corporation has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build salmon farms in Nova Scotia. The provincial government has granted Cermaq Canada four options to lease sites in the Chedabucto Bay region along the eastern shore and in the St. Mary’s region south of Digby. The B.C.-based company said Wednesday […]

Vancouver home sales crash
The Canadian Press - Apr 02, 2019 - BC Biz

Home sales in Metro Vancouver in March plunged to levels not seen in more than three decades and real-estate experts blame government policies, not a lack of demand, for the dismal showing. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports 1,727 homes changed hands, a 31.4 per cent tumble from sales recorded for the same […]

April is B.C. wine month
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2019 - BC Biz

April is B.C. wine month, which means there is plenty on tap for the next 30 days to celebrate one of the province’s most important industries. The BC Wine Institute, for instance, will conduct a series of wine tastings, educational seminars, promotions and events “to celebrate the quality and diversity of B.C. wine.” The introduction […]

Medical pot data breach
The Canadian Press - Mar 27, 2019 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — The personal health information of about 34,000 medical marijuana patients was accessed in a data breach of an electronic medical record system used by Sunniva Inc.’s Natural Health Services Ltd. subsidiary. NHS says patients have been informed in the last week of the breach that occurred between Dec. 4, 2018, and Jan. 7. […]

Alberta tells BC to back off
The Canadian Press - Mar 21, 2019 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — Environmental legislation proposed by B.C. is specifically targeting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and would significantly impact it, the project’s proponent and the Alberta government argued Thursday. The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks whether the government can amend its Environmental Management Act to create a permitting system […]

Pipeline permits wanted
The Canadian Press - Mar 19, 2019 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — A coastal B.C. First Nation that experienced a spill of thousands of litres of diesel in its waters is supporting the province’s efforts to create a permitting system for companies transporting hazardous substances. The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case filed by the province that asks whether it can create […]

Make beer, but be safe
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 19, 2019 - BC Biz

The craft brewery scene is exploding in B.C., so the province is installing new guidelines to help reduce injuries and incidents in the industry. WorkSafeBC has published a new guide, posters and a video to address “hazards specific to the craft brewing and distilling process,” which includes confined spaces and carbon dioxide. The province says […]

Spec tax deadline nears
Wayne Moore - Mar 17, 2019 - BC Biz

B.C. residents hoping to avoid paying the government’s new speculation and vacancy tax have only a few weeks to apply for an exemption. According to the province, more than 80 per cent of declarations have already been completed—most of those online. “All owners who have properties in areas where the SVT applies need to declare to […]