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Abbotsford’s Blackwood Building Centre: 50 years of excellence

Local businessman Abe Konrad reflects on over a half century of serving the community

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Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)

Staffing shortages have businesses in B.C. tourist mecca struggling to stay open

As visitors flood back into Tofino, business owners struggle to find people to serve them

Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)
A diner at Bartaco uses their app to order an item off the menu, at the restaurant in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The restaurant is using an automated app for ordering and payments. Instead of servers they use “food runners” to get the food to the tables. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

Ideally, automation can redeploy workers into better and more interesting work

A diner at Bartaco uses their app to order an item off the menu, at the restaurant in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The restaurant is using an automated app for ordering and payments. Instead of servers they use “food runners” to get the food to the tables. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Face shields don’t qualify in B.C.’s latest COVID-19 mask order

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced return of mask mandate Aug. 24

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Unsold 2018 Elantra sedans sit at a Hyundai dealership in Littleton, Colo. on Sunday, June 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski

Canadian auto sales fall 11.4% in August due to shortages caused by chip issues

Sales were also down 19.2 per cent from the 182,040 sold in August 2019, before COVID-19

Unsold 2018 Elantra sedans sit at a Hyundai dealership in Littleton, Colo. on Sunday, June 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski
Telus has joined several other big Canadian companies, including the major banks, in making it mandatory for workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (file photo)

Telus joins federal government, major banks in making COVID jabs mandatory for staffers

Telus workers not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 15 to be tested 2 times a week

Telus has joined several other big Canadian companies, including the major banks, in making it mandatory for workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (file photo)
Skip the Dishes will soon offer grocery delivery. (Canadian Press photo)

SkipTheDishes launches new offering for groceries

Skip Express Lane is a pilot project currently operating in Winnipeg and London Ontario

Skip the Dishes will soon offer grocery delivery. (Canadian Press photo)
Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)

B.C. communities get grants to speed up housing applications

’Throwing money at the problem’ won’t work, B.C. Liberal says

Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)
Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Statistics Canada says economy contracted in second quarter of year

Agency said the drop was drive by declines in home resale activity, exports

Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Shell Canada President Susannah Pierce poses in this undated handout photo. The oil and gas sector is simply “not as attractive as it once was” to today’s young people, Pierce says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Shell Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Top CEOs urge diversification as Alberta grapples to find its place in changing world

Alberta’s long-term unemployment rate is 2.4 per cent, higher than the national average of 1.4 per cent

Shell Canada President Susannah Pierce poses in this undated handout photo. The oil and gas sector is simply “not as attractive as it once was” to today’s young people, Pierce says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Shell Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Call police on COVID-19 vaccination card refusers, B.C.’s John Horgan says

Premier says business owners asked for vaccine passport protection

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)

B.C. commercial groundwater users have to register, start paying for water

New rules take effect March 2022 and will effect about 20,000 well users

The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)
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Survey says 1 in 3 Canadians looking to cash in on a side hustle

24% of respondents consider direct selling a realistic option to make more money

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Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter on July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Rio Tinto, Unifor resume negotiations to resolve month-long Kitimat smelter strike

The strike between Rio Tinto and its 950 unionized employees represented by Unifor Local 2301 began on July 25

Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter on July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Performers thrill the crowd during the entertainment portion of the 2019 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards at the Abbotsford Centre. Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Nominations open for 2021 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Awards to be presented in November, honouring recipients in six categories

Performers thrill the crowd during the entertainment portion of the 2019 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards at the Abbotsford Centre. Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
FILE— In this Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, signs advising facial covering requirements are shown as travelers stand in line at a Delta Air Lines desk at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 that they are reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor settings as COVID-19 infections surge because of the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Delta Air Lines will make unvaccinated employees pay charge

Airline will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly beginning Sept. 12

FILE— In this Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, signs advising facial covering requirements are shown as travelers stand in line at a Delta Air Lines desk at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 that they are reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor settings as COVID-19 infections surge because of the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Real estate industry worried Liberal housing plan won’t alleviate supply issues

‘It’s like saying, ‘come on in my store it’s 100 per cent off, but I don’t have any inventory’

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vaccine card allows British Columbians to ‘get on with our lives,’ business group says

Proof of immunization against COVID will be required for many non-essential indoor events and venues

FILE – A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Bank buildings are photographed in Toronto’s financial district on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Canadian banks are emerging from the pandemic flush with cash, but analysts say they’ll be looking at financial results out this week for hints of how the sector is transitioning towards more business as usual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Big Canadian banks set to release earnings as economy shifts to reopening

Loan growth will be a key area to watch as the economy reopen

Bank buildings are photographed in Toronto’s financial district on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Canadian banks are emerging from the pandemic flush with cash, but analysts say they’ll be looking at financial results out this week for hints of how the sector is transitioning towards more business as usual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 4.2 per cent to $56.2 billion in June as public health restrictions were eased in many parts of the country. Shoppers are shown at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

Statistics Canada says retail sales gained 4.2% in June as restrictions eased

Sales at general merchandise stores rose 7.4 per cent, while motor vehicle and parts dealers gained 2.7 per cent

Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 4.2 per cent to $56.2 billion in June as public health restrictions were eased in many parts of the country. Shoppers are shown at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken