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BC Ferries to offer booze
The Canadian Press - Apr 18, 2019 - BC Biz

Travellers on select BC Ferries vessels between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay could soon have the option of enjoying a glass of wine or a beer with their meal. BC Ferries officials confirm the independently managed, publicly owned company is exploring a pilot project that would allow limited alcohol sales in the Pacific Buffet aboard the […]

Fishing restrictions this year
The Canadian Press - Apr 16, 2019 - BC Biz

VANCOUVER — The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in B.C. as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season. The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks. Reid says an independent […]

Pot shop crackdown begins
The Canadian Press - Apr 12, 2019 - BC Biz

B.C.’s public safety minister says an enforcement team has begun investigating and closing unlicensed marijuana stores around the province. The 44-member team was announced in October when pot was legalized across Canada. At the time, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the team was not expected to get rolling until more licensed pot stores opened. […]

Fortis electric rates hold
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 11, 2019 - BC Biz

FortisBC has announced that its electric rates will be holding steady in 2019. “Recent customer growth, in addition to finding savings in our operations over the past few years, are two of the factors keeping rates steady for our electric customers this year,” regulatory affairs vice-president Diane Roy said in a press release. “With this […]

Ticket buyers get help
The Canadian Press - Apr 09, 2019 - BC Biz

B.C.’s government has introduced legislation that seeks to offer more protections for people who buy live-event tickets online or at the box office. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says the Ticket Sales Act will prevent mass-buying software that is able to purchase large amounts of tickets for live events, then resell them at inflated prices. Farnworth […]

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 […]