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After long delay, legal pot shops open in Victoria

Victoria’s first two legal pot shops have opened, six months after cannabis was legalized in Canada. The Original FARM on Douglas Street and Cloud 9 Collective on Fort Street both operated in the...

Tougher role urged for B.C.’s police watchdog

Civilian office should be empowered to investigate misconduct, group says

Building vessels overseas maintains low fares: BC Ferries CEO

BC Ferries would prefer to build its vessels locally, but in order to keep fares affordable it has little choice but to use foreign shipyards, according to chief executive Mark Collins. During a...

Province balks at condo Airbnb tax proposed by Victoria

The province’s new speculation and vacancy tax declaration could provide a pathway to taxing condos being used as Airbnbs as commercial operations, says Victoria Coun. Geoff Young. But it doesn’t...

Romance scams, CRA calls top fraud list across Canada

The scams may not have changed much, but the scammers behind them — idling in cyberspace or across phonelines — have become more sophisticated and aggressive resulting in massive losses for the...

Province of B.C. cracks down on predatory payday-loan companies

The British Columbia government is cracking down on predatory payday lenders, banning businesses from garnishing a borrower’s wages and limiting the fees that can be charged on high-cost...

Legal challenges could dent ICBC recovery schedule, experts warn

The B.C. government is betting big that its overhauls of ICBC will dig the public auto insurer out of a $1-billion hole, with the 2019 budget predicting a profit within two years. However, experts...

Province not stabilizing housing market the right way: BCREA

B.C.’s housing market is moderating and moving in the right direction, according to finance minister Carole James. “It’s what we are looking for. We are continuing to monitor it.” The correction in...

Record year for Western Forest Products

Despite coughing up more than $43 million in softwood lumber duties, Western Forest Products managed to realize a profit of nearly $70 million in 2018. According to financial statements, the...

NDP MLA on riding-hailing committee accused of conflict of interest

An NDP MLA is facing conflict-of-interest allegations because he sits on a committee discussing ride hailing despite the fact that his father owns a Bluebird taxi in Victoria. Ravi Kahlon, MLA for...