Andrew Duffy

Restaurant survey says industry might take up to a year to recover

Restaurants across the country might need a more than a year to recover from the economic bruising of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, if they can survive long enough to see daylight again. Those...

B.C.’s private bus companies at risk without aid, firms say

The pandemic will kill most of B.C.’s motor-coach companies if the provincial government does not come to the table with some sort of aid package, industry executives say. In a letter to...

Conference Board expects B.C. economy to shrink 3.8%

While it is bullish on B.C.’s economy next year, the Conference Board of Canada suggests the provincial economy will contract by 3.8 per cent this year due in part to the province’s reliance on...

BC Hydro spills reservoirs, shuts down some facilities as demand drops

Though its Island facilities won’t feel the impact yet, BC Hydro is starting to spill reservoirs and shut down small generation facilities in B.C.’s Interior as a result of reduced power demand...

Housing-start drop not due to demand: CMHC

The province expects a precipitous drop in housing starts this year and another slip in 2021, but housing experts warn that is no indication demand for housing has dropped off or that homebuilders...

Condo buildings face insurance crisis as premium rates soar

Insurance costs for strata corporations have been skyrocketing in condo-heavy markets such as Vancouver, Toronto and New York, while some buildings have been told flat out their insurance will not be...

Striking forestry workers rally in Nanaimo

Hundreds of unionized forest workers on strike since July 1 turned up the heat on Western Forest Products Wednesday by taking the fight to the company’s front door in Nanaimo. In what was a...

Mooring steel from China to accommodate larger ships at Victoria’s Ogden Point

Work on a new mooring dolphin to accommodate larger cruise ships at Ogden Point in Victoria could start within two weeks, according to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. Ian Robertson, CEO of...

Provincial Liberals introduce bill for tax relief on commercial sites

The Opposition B.C. Liberals introduced a private member’s bill Wednesday aimed at giving tax relief to commercial property owners. Municipal affairs critic Todd Stone introduced a bill, the...

Big insurance-price jump for out-of-province drivers

Some part-time B.C. residents are in for sticker shock when they go to renew their vehicle insurance, thanks to new regulations brought into force in September. Under the new rules, aimed at helping...