Category: Business

New mills, new jobs boost Port Alberni in Langley company’s $70-million project

Port Alberni’s economy has received a huge boost with news that Langley’s San Group Inc. will put $60 million to $70 million into a trio of mills and provide employment for about 135 people in three phases. The centrepiece will be a HewSaw mill, designed in Finland, that specializes in small-dimension wood. To build the new sawmill, family-owned San Group,…

B.C. Greens and NDP government strike deal on speculation tax

VICTORIA — B.C.’s NDP government has struck a deal with its power-sharing partners, the B.C. Greens, to tweak the new speculation tax and assure its passage into law. Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver announced the deal at the legislature on Thursday, ending any possibility the Greens and Opposition Liberals could join to change or defeat the…

Three new inter-city bus routes approved to replace Greyhound in B.C.

With Greyhound’s departure from B.C. less than two weeks away, three companies have received approval to operate new bus routes between Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna and the Alberta border. Greyhound announced in July that it will pull out of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario at the end of October, after suffering millions of dollars in losses from a 46-per-cent…

Sell off of cannabis stocks no buzzkill for producers on Day 1 of legalization in B.C.

British Columbia’s online Cannabis Store quickly started selling out of lower-priced varieties putting an exclamation point on the celebratory mood of licensed producers on Day 1 of recreational legalization in Canada. Coast-to-coast, the newly minted industry saw lineups outside the first store to open in St. John’s Newfoundland at midnight, a party in downtown Toronto and in B.C. 1,000 buyers…

Treasury adviser charged with leaking Paul Manafort’s ‘suspicious’ financial activity reports

The FBI arrested a Treasury Department adviser on charges of leaking the financial records of several subjects of the Justice Department’s probe into Russian election interference, the DOJ announced announced Wednesday. The adviser, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, allegedly leaked confidential “Suspicious Activity Reports” regarding President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Richard Gates, among others,…

Style Q&A: Vancouver co-working space as much about balance as it is about getting things done

Work can be exhausting. We all know that. But, how we deal with it can differ dramatically. And that’s where the Vancouver-based co-working space Werklab comes in. The shared work space focuses on offering freelance and self-employed people a place to get work done, sure, but to also keep burnout at bay. We caught up with Christina Disler, the founder…

Finding a Place in the Family Business, Even When You Don’t Speak the Language

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an oral-history series where Aaron Reiss interviewed the young-adult sons and daughters of Chinatown shopkeepers about how they are helping to keep their families’ businesses alive. Cynthia Koo, a 30-year-old designer, uses her marketing and art expertise to help manage an Instagram presence and an English-language website for her family’s Cantonese restaurant, Oriental…

Her Parents Wanted Her to Land a Cushy Job. She Wanted to Build Their Legacy

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an oral-history series where Aaron Reiss interviewed the young-adult sons and daughters of Chinatown shopkeepers about how they are helping to keep their families’ businesses alive. Olympia Moy, a 35-year-old with a background in nonprofit work and advocacy, who helps manage her parents’ music school, Florentine School of Music, Art and Academics, shares…