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Laska Pare, founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics, with the Victoria company’s first soap dish model, made from coffee lids that were discarded at local cafes. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)

Global plastic waste leads to Victoria company’s upcycled soap dish

Flipside Plastics is gearing up to release its new and improved model this fall

Laska Pare, founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics, with the Victoria company’s first soap dish model, made from coffee lids that were discarded at local cafes. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)
Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on August 15, 2022. British Columbia’s largest public-sector union says it is standing down after more than two weeks of limited job action, following the resumption of contract talks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Restaurant and bar group hails lifting of job action by B.C. public-sector union

Industry grateful further distress was being averted for businesses already facing a labour shortage

Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on August 15, 2022. British Columbia’s largest public-sector union says it is standing down after more than two weeks of limited job action, following the resumption of contract talks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BC Lottery Corp. was the winning team at the Otter Co-op and Angry Otter golf tournament on Aug. 25. They picked a charity, BC Children’s Hospital, to receive a $10K donation from the tourney proceeds. (Bailey Ridder/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Otter Co-op purchases 25 more retail fuel locations

As part of a federal co-operative deal, Otter bought several Husky convenience stores and gas bars

  • Aug 30, 2022
BC Lottery Corp. was the winning team at the Otter Co-op and Angry Otter golf tournament on Aug. 25. They picked a charity, BC Children’s Hospital, to receive a $10K donation from the tourney proceeds. (Bailey Ridder/Special to Langley Advance Times)
FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., March 14, 2019. Musk’s legal team is demanding to hear from a whistleblowing former Twitter executive who could help bolster Musk’s case for backing out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company. Twitter’s former security chief Peiter Zatko received a subpoena on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, from Musk’s team, according to Zatko’s lawyer and court records. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Musk cites whistleblower as new reason to exit Twitter deal

Twitter trying to force to Tesla boss to go through with the $44 billion deal

FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., March 14, 2019. Musk’s legal team is demanding to hear from a whistleblowing former Twitter executive who could help bolster Musk’s case for backing out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company. Twitter’s former security chief Peiter Zatko received a subpoena on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, from Musk’s team, according to Zatko’s lawyer and court records. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Logs are seen in an aerial view stacked at the Interfor sawmill, in Grand Forks, B.C., on May 12, 2018. International Trade Minister Mary Ng says Canada is formally initiating a challenge of “unwarranted and unfair” U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada formally initiates challenge of ‘unfair’ U.S. duties on softwood lumber

Feds file notice under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement’s dispute resolution system

Logs are seen in an aerial view stacked at the Interfor sawmill, in Grand Forks, B.C., on May 12, 2018. International Trade Minister Mary Ng says Canada is formally initiating a challenge of “unwarranted and unfair” U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Braby Motors co-owner Chris Davis says the dealership has been lucky with inventory. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Pandemic causes inventory shortage for Shuswap car dealers

The supply chains will be ‘cramped for a while yet’

  • Aug 30, 2022
Braby Motors co-owner Chris Davis says the dealership has been lucky with inventory. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
People stand on decks at the bow of the Celebrity Cruises vessel Celebrity Eclipse as it leaves port in Vancouver for a trip to Alaska, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cruise ship stuck in Vancouver by tugboat strike may sail today, passengers are told

Social media accounts flooded with complaints from people saying they are trapped aboard

People stand on decks at the bow of the Celebrity Cruises vessel Celebrity Eclipse as it leaves port in Vancouver for a trip to Alaska, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Victoria International Airport has been named the most efficient airport in North America in the under 5 million passengers category. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria airport named most efficient of its size in North America

The recognition comes from the 2022 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Report

The Victoria International Airport has been named the most efficient airport in North America in the under 5 million passengers category. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Alberta’s small business confidence dropped sharply this month.

Optimism deflating among B.C. small business owners amid inflation, labour shortages

Indexes are 23 per cent below their 2010-2019 average signaling challenging economic conditions

  • Aug 29, 2022
Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Alberta’s small business confidence dropped sharply this month.
Chamber can help you establish a businessThe Sooke Chamber of Commerce has the expertise to help you set up your business. (File - Metro-Creative)

Chamber Chatter: Chamber of Commerce can help you establish a business

Contacts crucial in setting up a company

  • Aug 29, 2022
Chamber can help you establish a businessThe Sooke Chamber of Commerce has the expertise to help you set up your business. (File - Metro-Creative)
Recycled textiles that go into the production of Anian’s clothes. (Courtesy of Anian)

Victoria company goes circular with recycled, long-lasting clothing line

Anian transitioned to sourcing post-industrial and post-consumer textiles in 2018

Recycled textiles that go into the production of Anian’s clothes. (Courtesy of Anian)
Shuswap Bird of Prey Services owner Mandy McDiarmid holds one of the Harris hawks she works with. (Romer photography)

Longtime love of birds leads to creation of Shuswap Bird of Prey

Mandy McDiarmid provides falconry based wildlife management services

  • Aug 29, 2022
Shuswap Bird of Prey Services owner Mandy McDiarmid holds one of the Harris hawks she works with. (Romer photography)
Jared VanderMeer shares tips in creative photography while sharing iconic scenes of Victoria such as Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jared VanderMeer/Instagram)

Vancouver Island inspires North Saanich creator to go pro on TikTok

Jared VanderMeer hopes to hit 1M followers by month’s end

Jared VanderMeer shares tips in creative photography while sharing iconic scenes of Victoria such as Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jared VanderMeer/Instagram)
Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on Monday, August 15, 2022. British Columbian cannabis stores say they’re shutting their doors and laying off staff after the strike stopped the province’s pot distribution centre from shipping out product early last week.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. cannabis stores close, lay off staff as job action prevents pot deliveries

Legal pot retailers say 70 per cent of them could close by month’s end

Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on Monday, August 15, 2022. British Columbian cannabis stores say they’re shutting their doors and laying off staff after the strike stopped the province’s pot distribution centre from shipping out product early last week.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Moderna sues Pfizer over patents behind COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna claims Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine infringes on patents Moderna filed several years ago

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Canada’s real estate market is cooling. Here’s what to expect this fall

Realtors, economists at odds over how long pricing slide will last and how low it will go

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Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).

City of Terrace backs northwest B.C.’s biggest egg producer to double output

Daybreak Farms wins big with approval to expand and modernize egg production

Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).
Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill closes after 35 years

Owner Andrew Hansen cites staff shortages for closure

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A model of a vessel that was previously planned to come into service between Nanaimo and Vancouver. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former fast ferry proponent sues Port of Nanaimo and current fast ferry partner

Island Ferries names port authority and Conqora in notice of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court

A model of a vessel that was previously planned to come into service between Nanaimo and Vancouver. (Black Press Media file photo)
Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. hospitality, tourism and liquor groups seek quick resolution to BCGEU job action

B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association says industry can’t afford job action continuing

Members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union picket outside a B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch facility, in Delta, B.C., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck