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Patrons dine on a patio on King Street in Toronto, Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A new report says restaurants in Canada are ushering in higher prices, shorter menus, smaller portion sizes and reduced hours in a bid to survive inflation and labour shortages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

Restaurants usher in higher prices, smaller portion sizes as costs rise, report says

Industry report says half the country’s eateries operating at a loss or just breaking even

Patrons dine on a patio on King Street in Toronto, Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A new report says restaurants in Canada are ushering in higher prices, shorter menus, smaller portion sizes and reduced hours in a bid to survive inflation and labour shortages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
Mount Arrowsmith Brewing is one of the participants in the Central Vancouver Island Tasting Passport of the BC Ale Trail. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island breweries tap into popular BC Ale Trail festivities

Central Vancouver Island Tasting Passport set to start Oct. 1

Mount Arrowsmith Brewing is one of the participants in the Central Vancouver Island Tasting Passport of the BC Ale Trail. (PQB News file photo)
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Air Canada signs deal to buy 30 electric-hybrid aircraft from Heart Aerospace

Capable of carrying 30 passengers, the planes are expected to enter service in 2028

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Ucluelet has past new bed and breakfast restrictions.

Ucluelet passes new bed and breakfast restrictions in heated 3-2 vote

“We need to do something because people are losing the ability to live here”

Ucluelet has past new bed and breakfast restrictions.
A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. The federal government’s newly announced inflation relief for low-income Canadians through the goods and services tax rebate stacks up as better policy than some of the cash payments issued by provinces, economists say.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Temporary boost to GST rebate appropriate amid high inflation: economists

Analyst says a permanent change in how indexation is calculated is necessary

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. The federal government’s newly announced inflation relief for low-income Canadians through the goods and services tax rebate stacks up as better policy than some of the cash payments issued by provinces, economists say.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours a rental housing development in Vancouver, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The federal government is hoping to help more Canadians become homeowners through a new rent-to-own initiative, but experts are warning it may not be the best pathway for everyone. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Rent-to-own can help create homeowners, but experts say may not be best for everyone

Liberals plan a $200-million investment in a five-year rent-to-own program

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours a rental housing development in Vancouver, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The federal government is hoping to help more Canadians become homeowners through a new rent-to-own initiative, but experts are warning it may not be the best pathway for everyone. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Employees wearing protective equipment work at a semiconductor production facility during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, on May 14, 2020. Canada’s technology industry says flaring tensions between China and Taiwan are reminding companies how important it is to seek a broader range of sources for semiconductors, and to invest in the sector. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein

Taiwan-China tensions a reminder to tech: diversify chip manufacturers

Chips power electronics ranging from iPhones to Lockheed-Martin fighter jets

Employees wearing protective equipment work at a semiconductor production facility during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, on May 14, 2020. Canada’s technology industry says flaring tensions between China and Taiwan are reminding companies how important it is to seek a broader range of sources for semiconductors, and to invest in the sector. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein
Travelers are photographed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. New Air Passenger Protection Regulations go into effect this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

New air passenger protection rules come into effect Thursday

Canada closes loophole that left some unable to secure refunds after pandemic-related cancellations

Travelers are photographed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. New Air Passenger Protection Regulations go into effect this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
People use electronics outside a coffee shop in Toronto amid a nationwide Rogers outage, affecting many of the telecommunication company’s services, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Major telecoms agree to emergency outage deal: Minister Champagne

Deal follows massive Rogers disruption on July 8 that affected millions of Canadians

People use electronics outside a coffee shop in Toronto amid a nationwide Rogers outage, affecting many of the telecommunication company’s services, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
The paper facility at the Crofton mill will be under another curtailment for about two weeks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence announces paper mill curtailment at Crofton

Nearly 100 employees affected with temporary layoff notices

The paper facility at the Crofton mill will be under another curtailment for about two weeks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Bank of Canada is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday Sept. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to announce it will be raising its key interest rate today, making it the fifth consecutive increase this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Bank of Canada is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday Sept. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to announce it will be raising its key interest rate today, making it the fifth consecutive increase this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ronan O’Doherty/Campbell River Mirror file photo

Projects on northern Vancouver Island support forest workers

On the northern part of Vancouver Island there were 20 FEP projects approved in 2021-22

Ronan O’Doherty/Campbell River Mirror file photo
Swoop Airlines. (Contributed)

Swoop there it goes: Low-cost airline cancels Comox-Edmonton route

Barely three months after its launch, Swoop Airlines - WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier…

Swoop Airlines. (Contributed)
The stairs in Summit Park in Victoria offer a great fitness opportunity as walking deemed a popular activity among British Columbians. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Survey says British Columbians are tired of trying to walk off COVID pounds

79% of survey respondents walk at least once a week, but 41% are bored with their regimen

The stairs in Summit Park in Victoria offer a great fitness opportunity as walking deemed a popular activity among British Columbians. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Summer beers brewed in Victoria benefit a variety of causes in B.C. and Alberta. (Vancouver Island Brewery/Facebook)

Victoria beer makers brew up charitable flavours

Beaches, salmon stocks and more benefit from breweries giving back

Summer beers brewed in Victoria benefit a variety of causes in B.C. and Alberta. (Vancouver Island Brewery/Facebook)
The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to announce another substantial interest rate increase next week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

BoC expected to raise interest rate for fifth time at pivotal moment for economy

Some economists think Wednesday’s hike could be the last for a while

The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to announce another substantial interest rate increase next week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A “closed’ sign hangs in a store window. Rising operating costs, lack of demand and hikes in interest rates are significantly affecting small businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canadian business bankruptcies on the rise with no signs of slowing

54 per cent of business owners are yet to return to normal, pre-pandemic revenue levels

A “closed’ sign hangs in a store window. Rising operating costs, lack of demand and hikes in interest rates are significantly affecting small businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Moila and Brian Jenkins of Longhouse Specialty Forest Products in Parksville won a defamation lawsuit against a disgruntled customer who posted negative reviews online. (Submitted photo)

Parksville business awarded $90,000 in damages after malicious online review

Judge found online reviews from customer ‘false’ and ‘malicious’

Moila and Brian Jenkins of Longhouse Specialty Forest Products in Parksville won a defamation lawsuit against a disgruntled customer who posted negative reviews online. (Submitted photo)
The owners of the Qualicum Beach Bakery, Helena and Peter Schneider, said their farewell to patrons and community on their last day at their place of business on Wednesday, Aug. 31. (Michael Briones photo)
The owners of the Qualicum Beach Bakery, Helena and Peter Schneider, said their farewell to patrons and community on their last day at their place of business on Wednesday, Aug. 31. (Michael Briones photo)
A general view of the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, is seen on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Researchers with RBC are calling for an urgent reset of Canada’s immigration process to keep talented international students in country to fill key labour shortages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Rules need change to keep international students in Canada and fill labour gaps: RBC

Study finds complicated system may be turning qualified and much-needed workers away

A general view of the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, is seen on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Researchers with RBC are calling for an urgent reset of Canada’s immigration process to keep talented international students in country to fill key labour shortages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young