Andrew Duffy

Telus buys family-owned Price's Alarms as it expands security services

Billed as the oldest security company in Canada, Victoria-based Price’s Alarms is now part of the Telus empire. The family-owned company, which grew out of a locksmith business started in 1895, is...

Elections B.C. preparing for possible pandemic vote

Elections B.C. has been scouring the city for office space and the world for best practices in case a provincial election is called during the pandemic. While a provincial election is scheduled for...

Restaurant industry urges continued relief

Citing the slow pace of recovery and the more than 300,000 workers still unemployed, the Canadian restaurant industry is urging the federal government to continue relief through the COVID-19...

B.C. restaurant industry says it is embracing rules to stop virus spreading

A day after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry tightened directives for restaurants and bars, the food-service industry said Thursday it remains vigilant in dealing with COVID-19. Ian...

Pandemic speeds up Canadians’ switch from cash to cards

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Canadians buy and sell. The move to tap, swipe and insert cards, use electronic transfers and pay via mobile devices has all but rendered obsolete the idea...

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...