Business

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worker shortage leaves Vancouver Island business owners scrambling

Lack on interest in customer service jobs about to take another hit with back-to-school

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Ella Downing and Jacob O’Riain have opened the Off-Grid Camper Cafe in a camper van at Clutesi Haven Marina. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Trio of new businesses opening in Port Alberni

Coffee, campers and country chic in the Alberni Valley

Ella Downing and Jacob O’Riain have opened the Off-Grid Camper Cafe in a camper van at Clutesi Haven Marina. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jacob Tuioti-Mariner walks in front of the Tesla he arrived in for NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

U.S. probing Autopilot problems on 765,000 Tesla vehicles

Investigation covers almost everything that Tesla has sold in the U.S. since the start of the 2014

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jacob Tuioti-Mariner walks in front of the Tesla he arrived in for NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Shopify to require staff to show proof of full vaccination before meeting up

Tobi Lutke tweeted the announcement this week and says he made the decision ‘because science’

A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Information regarding the Canadian Pension Plan is displayed of the service Canada website in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Information regarding the Canadian Pension Plan is displayed of the service Canada website in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A shopper carries shopping bags as they leave Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. A survey commissioned by the co-working space company IWG found that 40 per cent of people believe the days of formal attire in the office are over, and 59 per cent think it’ll be acceptable to dress less formally in the office when they return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canadians don’t want to spend on dress attire for work any more

Pandemic has changed attitudes about dress codes in the workplace

A shopper carries shopping bags as they leave Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. A survey commissioned by the co-working space company IWG found that 40 per cent of people believe the days of formal attire in the office are over, and 59 per cent think it’ll be acceptable to dress less formally in the office when they return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Kamal Sanghera, left, co-owner of San Group of Companies, shakes hands with Wahmeesh Ken Watts, elected chief councillor of Tseshaht First Nation, after signing a memorandum of understanding over forestry and cultural issues with the nation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

San Group, Tseshaht First Nation sign MOU

The company is interested in growing its relationship with Tseshaht on forestry and cultural issues

Kamal Sanghera, left, co-owner of San Group of Companies, shakes hands with Wahmeesh Ken Watts, elected chief councillor of Tseshaht First Nation, after signing a memorandum of understanding over forestry and cultural issues with the nation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation hits milestones with firefighting in U.S.

Company’s aircraft back in California for third year in a row

One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)
A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada’s big three grocers see shifting shopping habits as pandemic restrictions ease

Smaller basket sizes, more muted sales, and more shopping around are the trends

A Metro store is seen on April 15, 2019 in Ste-Therese, Que., north of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)

Quality Foods sponsors AutismBC’s annual fundraising raffle

Vancouver Island-based grocery chain helps raise funds for autism services

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)
Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.

Vancouver Island First Nation testing the waters of sablefish fish farming

Campbell River area We Wai Kai to conduct habitat surveys with provincial and federal funding

Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.
North Island College’s new Computer Information Systems certificate begins this fall. Learn more at www.nic.bc.ca/stem. Photo supplied

North Island College expanding access to computer information systems certificate

North island College’s computer information systems certificate is launching this fall with…

  • Aug 10, 2021
North Island College’s new Computer Information Systems certificate begins this fall. Learn more at www.nic.bc.ca/stem. Photo supplied
Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

End of an era for Vancouver Island as Lady Rose Marine Services announces closing

Final voyage between Port Alberni and Bamfield scheduled for Aug. 31

Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021, file photo, people wear masks as they work out outside the Hardcore Fitness gym, due to COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Los Angeles. The pandemic has changed how the fitness industry evaluates itself. Roughly 9,000 health clubs, 22% of the total nationwide, have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak, according to the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association. The pandemic is reshaping America's fitness industry and ushering in a new era of home workouts and virtual classes. High-end exercise equipment maker Peloton is breaking ground Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, on its first U.S. factory in Ohio. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Will gyms go the way of arcades and movie rental stores?

Roughly 9,000 U.S. health clubs have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021, file photo, people wear masks as they work out outside the Hardcore Fitness gym, due to COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Los Angeles. The pandemic has changed how the fitness industry evaluates itself. Roughly 9,000 health clubs, 22% of the total nationwide, have closed since the beginning of the virus outbreak, according to the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association. The pandemic is reshaping America's fitness industry and ushering in a new era of home workouts and virtual classes. High-end exercise equipment maker Peloton is breaking ground Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, on its first U.S. factory in Ohio. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian business community largely supportive of vaccine passport system

Passports could help to ensure that people attending sporting events and bars are fully vaccinated

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

Economy added 94,000 jobs in July, largely in the services sector: Statistics Canada

Rise came largely in full-time work, which rose by 83,000 or half a percentage point

A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Blueberry farm flourishes in the Alberni Valley

Original owners return to Cox Lake farm for retirement

The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
PartnerStack co-founders (left to right) Luke Swanek, Jon Mendes, Neil Chudleigh and Bryn Jones are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Canadian companies seeing venture capital funding boom, interest in fintechs high

About US$2.1 billion was raised across 197 deals in the first quarter of 2021

PartnerStack co-founders (left to right) Luke Swanek, Jon Mendes, Neil Chudleigh and Bryn Jones are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. issuing new farmgate licences to allow meat sales this fall

Health rules restrict sales to local regional districts only

Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)