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B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)

B.C. begins forest management overhaul to increase Indigenous participation

Province reasserting control over Crown forests, minister says

The Revelstoke Backpacker Hostel is now closed. The building has been purchased by Revelstoke Mountain Resort for staff housing. (Jocelyn Doll-Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke’s long-time hostel ‘house mom’ closes shop

Revelstoke Mountain Resort purchases Backpacker Hostel for staff accommodation

Balsam Hill Outlet retail manager Kelly Bratt, right, talks with sales associate Rickey Haynes during on-the-job training in Allen, Texas, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Retailers, restaurants and others are grappling with increasing demands in the last few months from hourly workers for more flexible schedules, going beyond  a better salary and  bonuses. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules

Hourly workers demanding scheduling terms that often used to be non-negotiable

Entrepreneur Manik Dhir is the owner of Hollywood Market in Rutland, a 40-year iconic business location  at 544 Hollywood Rd. South in Rutland. (Contributed)

Straight from DeHart

New and expanded look for Rutland landmark

  • Oct 20, 2021
Entrepreneur Manik Dhir is the owner of Hollywood Market in Rutland, a 40-year iconic business location  at 544 Hollywood Rd. South in Rutland. (Contributed)
A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Supply shortage woes have Halloween shops scrambling for stock

COVID fears, supply chain issues making scary sales hard to come by

A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Langford developers have contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund with every rezoning request over the last five years. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. city promising select new homeowners up to 75% of their down payment

The city has earmarked $3 million in grants to help 250 families buy homes

Langford developers have contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund with every rezoning request over the last five years. (Black Press Media file photo)
Citizens Services Minister Lisa Beare speaks in the B.C. legislature, June 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C.’s $25 information access fee ‘modest,’ to speed up service

Frequent filers slowing public access, Minister Lisa Beare says

Citizens Services Minister Lisa Beare speaks in the B.C. legislature, June 2021. (Hansard TV)
Deville Coffee is at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)

Successful opening week for new downtown Kelowna café

Owner Jenna Kopperson said the turnout made her hopeful in the midst of the pandemic

Deville Coffee is at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)
Flair Airlines announced that it plans to grow its flight schedules by 33 per cent in Canada and the U.S. with four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft next April and May. (Contributed)

Flair Air adds 2 new routes to Kelowna airport as part of expansion project

Kelowna airport director delighted to see more growth by airline

Flair Airlines announced that it plans to grow its flight schedules by 33 per cent in Canada and the U.S. with four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft next April and May. (Contributed)
After a little over a year in operation, a take-out-style restaurant in Kelowna is closing its doors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media file)

Downtown Kelowna eatery closes after 7 months in operation

Kalamansi had a new approach to food, but it wasn’t the right time for it, owner said

After a little over a year in operation, a take-out-style restaurant in Kelowna is closing its doors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media file)
The Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the provincial government to implement a temporary paid sick-leave program. (Unsplash.com photo by Kelly Sikkema)

Vernon businesses weigh in on paid sick leave options

Chamber reminds government of impacts to a business’ bottom line

The Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the provincial government to implement a temporary paid sick-leave program. (Unsplash.com photo by Kelly Sikkema)
A compactor works at the Vancouver landfill in Delta. (City of Vancouver)

B.C., Vancouver to expand natural gas capture from Delta landfill

Province matches city’s $4.28 million methane project

A compactor works at the Vancouver landfill in Delta. (City of Vancouver)
A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. Environment groups in Canada say governments and the oil and gas industry can no longer pretend there is an economic case for expanding oil production after the latest international energy forecast suggests demand for Canada’s oil will fall before the end of this decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

International Energy Agency forecasts decline in Canadian oil demand coming

Agency says only scenario where world hits Paris agreement goal to minimize global warming is net-zero plan

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. Environment groups in Canada say governments and the oil and gas industry can no longer pretend there is an economic case for expanding oil production after the latest international energy forecast suggests demand for Canada’s oil will fall before the end of this decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Kim Lysak, assistant chief flight instructor with Aurora Aviation Academy flies over Chilliwack on Sept. 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. flight school expanding amid a global pilot shortage

COVID has decimated the industry but Aurora Aviation sees opportunity on the horizon

Kim Lysak, assistant chief flight instructor with Aurora Aviation Academy flies over Chilliwack on Sept. 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. Huron Clean Energy is building a similar facility with the Upper Nicola Band at Merritt B.C. (Carbon Engineering photo)

B.C. government puts $2M toward carbon capture fuel plant at Merritt

Upper Nicola Band partners in hydrogen fuel conversion plant

Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. Huron Clean Energy is building a similar facility with the Upper Nicola Band at Merritt B.C. (Carbon Engineering photo)
Pruning fruit trees is one of the jobs where temporary foreign workers may be used. B.C. moves to a minimum working age of 16 as of Oct. 15, with exeptions for “light work” on farms such as hand harvesting. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

B.C.’s minimum working age going from 12 to 16 on Friday

Some recreation, farm, administrative, retail jobs allowed at 14

Pruning fruit trees is one of the jobs where temporary foreign workers may be used. B.C. moves to a minimum working age of 16 as of Oct. 15, with exeptions for “light work” on farms such as hand harvesting. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Deville Coffee is set to open on Oct. 14 at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)

New café steps into former Starbucks location in downtown Kelowna

On opening day, all of the café’s sales will be donated to Mamas for Mamas

Deville Coffee is set to open on Oct. 14 at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)
Mobile laundry service comes to the Central Okanagan. (Pixabay)

Wash, fold, deliver: Mobile laundry service comes to Central Okanagan

The service aims to help busy families make their lives easier

Mobile laundry service comes to the Central Okanagan. (Pixabay)
Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)

Okanagan restaurants featured in outdoor dining top 100 list

Two from Vernon, West Kelowna and Penticton and one from Lake Country named in top 100 outdoor dining venues by opentable.com

Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)
Independent economists’ analysis of B.C.’s natural gas royalty program shows how decades of incentive programs have led to decreased royalties. (B.C. energy ministry)

B.C.’s biggest natural gas leak is revenue loss from Crown sales

Outdated incentives are ‘fossil fuel subsidies,’ minister admits

Independent economists’ analysis of B.C.’s natural gas royalty program shows how decades of incentive programs have led to decreased royalties. (B.C. energy ministry)