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A man enters a Freedom Mobile store in Toronto on November 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Industry minister suggests Rogers outage could weigh on $26-billion Shaw deal

“This is certainly going to be on my mind, and the mind of all Canadians”

A man enters a Freedom Mobile store in Toronto on November 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Music streaming apps are shown in this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jenny Kane-AP

Supreme Court nixes double royalties for streaming or downloading music online

Under the law, a work is “performed” as soon as it is made available for on-demand streaming

Music streaming apps are shown in this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jenny Kane-AP
Field Five farmers Kyle Michell and Mike Doehnel are among the latest beer farmers, growing and malting quality, consistent product to several breweries on the south Island. Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Beer Farmers: Peninsula operation brews up mega malting machine in Central Saanich

Field Five Farm malts enough grain for 4,000 litres of beer in eight months of operation

Field Five farmers Kyle Michell and Mike Doehnel are among the latest beer farmers, growing and malting quality, consistent product to several breweries on the south Island. Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Cargo ship delivers boatload of boats to Nanaimo

More than 20 yachts brought from the Caribbean and Mexico

Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A farmer off of North Parallel Road drives his tractor through water. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

B.C. farmers can access new funds to prepare for extreme weather

Individuals can access up to $35,000 in cost-shared funding

A farmer off of North Parallel Road drives his tractor through water. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne participates in an announcement, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The House of Commons committee on industry and technology will hold a meeting today to discuss the recent Rogers outage.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

House of Commons industry committee to investigate Rogers outage

July 8 outage knocked out ATMs, shut down Interac payments and prevented calls to 911

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne participates in an announcement, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The House of Commons committee on industry and technology will hold a meeting today to discuss the recent Rogers outage.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A Canadian dollar coin is pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The loonie hit a 20-month low today, one day after the Bank of Canada announced its largest interest rate hike since 1998. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A Canadian dollar coin is pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The loonie hit a 20-month low today, one day after the Bank of Canada announced its largest interest rate hike since 1998. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Five B.C. hotels hit Canada’s Top 10 for international travellers

Victoria’s Empress, Hotel Vancouver among a 6 Fairmont properties on the Travel + Leisure list

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canadian rideshare company recruits drivers for fall launch in Victoria

Uride is offering a $500 sign-on bonus for part-time drivers to build up its team in Victoria

Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)
WestJet Airlines says a system outage Thursday morning is delaying some flights and intermittently impacting the company’s operations. A Westjet employee assists people checking in for a domestic flight at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

WestJet check-in restored after system-wide outage snarled cross-country travel

System outages affected both WestJet Airlines and air traffic control agency NAV Canada

WestJet Airlines says a system outage Thursday morning is delaying some flights and intermittently impacting the company’s operations. A Westjet employee assists people checking in for a domestic flight at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bute Street Veterinary Clinic is one of 50 businesses that have taken advantage of the City of Port Alberni’s façade improvement program to freshen the look of their building. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni’s façade program popular this year

Program is oversubscribed for the first time since 2016

Bute Street Veterinary Clinic is one of 50 businesses that have taken advantage of the City of Port Alberni’s façade improvement program to freshen the look of their building. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Rogers Communications Inc. will compensate its customers for the massive outage that crippled its network last week by crediting them with the equivalent of five days of service as a first step. Telecommunications company Rogers Communications signage is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rogers to credit customers with equivalent of five days of service for outage

July 8 outage affected 911 services as well as financial networks and other critical services

Rogers Communications Inc. will compensate its customers for the massive outage that crippled its network last week by crediting them with the equivalent of five days of service as a first step. Telecommunications company Rogers Communications signage is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Twitter application is seen on a digital device, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. Twitter said Tuesday, July 12, 2022, that it has sued Elon Musk to force him to complete the $44 billion acquisition of the social media company. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
The Twitter application is seen on a digital device, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. Twitter said Tuesday, July 12, 2022, that it has sued Elon Musk to force him to complete the $44 billion acquisition of the social media company. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)

Vancouver Island man to pay $30K in settlement with B.C. Securities Commission

Nelson Scott Blair found to be conducting business without proper registration

The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough (centre-left) visited plant-based food manufacturer Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd.’s production facility in her riding of Delta on July 7, 2022, the same day the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the government was investing over $1.4 million in the company. (submitted photo)

Feds invests over $1.4 million in B.C. plant-based food producer

Big Mountain Foods 2 to add fully-automated robotic equipment, commercialize chickpea tofu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough (centre-left) visited plant-based food manufacturer Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd.’s production facility in her riding of Delta on July 7, 2022, the same day the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the government was investing over $1.4 million in the company. (submitted photo)
A Via Rail employee stands beside the entrance to a new train on display at the train station in Ottawa, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Via Rail strike averted with last-minute deal with Unifor

Deal prevents 2,400 workers from walking off the job, still has to be ratified by the union

A Via Rail employee stands beside the entrance to a new train on display at the train station in Ottawa, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Fans sit outside the Rogers Centre after The Weeknd’s Toronto show is postponed, amid telecommunication company Rogers’ service trouble, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Minister directs telecoms to reach agreement on assisting each other during outages

Direction comes in the wake of lengthy Rogers service shutdown last week

Fans sit outside the Rogers Centre after The Weeknd’s Toronto show is postponed, amid telecommunication company Rogers’ service trouble, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

B.C. new car dealers seek taxation relief

Provincial, pending federal taxes called double-tax for consumers

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A Canadian small business group is calling on the federal and provincial governments to temporarily eliminate or lower fuel taxes. People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Small business group calls for relief at pumps amid high fuel costs

Canadian Federation of Independent Business wants government to pause planned hikes to carbon taxes

A Canadian small business group is calling on the federal and provincial governments to temporarily eliminate or lower fuel taxes. People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An Uber sign is displayed inside a car in Palatine, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. As Uber pushed into markets around the world, the ride-sharing service lobbied political leaders to relax labor and taxi laws and used a “kill switch″ to thwart regulators and law enforcement. Uber also channeled money through Bermuda and other tax havens and considered portraying violence against its drivers as a way to gain public sympathy. That’s according to a report released Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Report: Uber lobbied, used ‘stealth’ tech to block scrutiny

Ride-sharing company funneled money through tax havens, considered manipulative public campaigns: report

An Uber sign is displayed inside a car in Palatine, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. As Uber pushed into markets around the world, the ride-sharing service lobbied political leaders to relax labor and taxi laws and used a “kill switch″ to thwart regulators and law enforcement. Uber also channeled money through Bermuda and other tax havens and considered portraying violence against its drivers as a way to gain public sympathy. That’s according to a report released Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)