Jeff Bell

After a bumpy start to summer, BC Ferries is striving for smooth sailing this long weekend

Key personnel are on standby to step in if staffing shortages arise, and a new “virtual waiting room” will be in place to help ensure the stability of the website and e-booking

Oak Bay resident loses $14,700 in fraud involving bitcoin

The resident was drawn into an elaborate scam that started with a phone call purporting to be from someone at Visa

Care homes say agencies lure away nurses with higher pay

'Workers will leave their employer and work for several care homes on an ad hoc basis, or a care home will be forced to hire that same worker back at a much-higher rate'

New rules for metal dealers aim to curb rising catalytic converter thefts

The province is strengthening measures to deter the theft of catalytic converters, which are in hot demand because of the precious metals they contain

Chamber says Fairy Creek old-growth logging protests harming Port Renfrew businesses

Long-term media attention to activities at Fairy Creek is contributing to “negative effects” for Port Renfrew businesses, says the community’s chamber of commerce. Blockades have been set up in the...

Despite hiccup, record reservations for B.C. campgrounds

Despite an opening day marked by technical issues for B.C.’s camping reservation system, a record 50,479 bookings were made. The Ministry of Environment repeated its apology to people who had...

Mediated bargaining breaks down for Western Forest Products workers

Western Forest Products announced Tuesday that talks have broken down in mediated bargaining that had resumed Dec. 12 with the striking United Steelworkers Union. Mediators Vince Ready and Amanda...

BC Hydro scammers powered up activities last year

An ongoing scam aimed at BC Hydro cost customers close to $45,000 in 2018. Nanaimo has been one of the hardest-hit areas, along with Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond and Vernon. About 6,000...

BC Ferries announces new passenger rules

BC Ferries passengers will not be allowed to pop down to enclosed-vehicle decks to take a nap or tend to a pet as of October 11. BC Ferries announced the measure Tuesday, as well as the decision to...

BC Ferries to add one vessel every year for next 12 years at average cost of $70m per ship

BC Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins said the Crown corporation is looking to add about one new ship a year for the next 12 years, at an average cost of $70 million apiece. “This strong...