Business and Industrial

Paper Excellence Canada’s Port Alberni manager Marc Bodin holds some of the different food-grade paper that is produced in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni paper mill capitalizes on convenience food trend

Diversification was needed for the mill to thrive, says G.M.

 

Paper Excellence Canada will be investing $13 million in its Port Alberni paper mill to streamline production of food-grade paper. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Editorial: As pandemic raged, Port Alberni quietly took an economic step forward

Port Alberni will wrap up 2020 with a $13-million gift from Paper Excellence

 

Paper Excellence Canada’s paper mill on the banks of the Somass River in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY PAPER EXCELLENCE)

Paper Excellence invests $13M in upgrades for Port Alberni paper mill

Project will see paper mill increase production of food grade paper

 

Freighter anchored off Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

MP to host expert panel for virtual town hall on freighter anchorages issue

Residents can participate through MacGregor’s website or Facebook page Dec. 3

Freighter anchored off Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bhagwan Mayer. (Photo submitted)

Organizer of transporting the World’s Largest Hockey Stick to Cowichan remembered

Bhagwan Mayer a “hard-working fellow who cared about his community.”

Bhagwan Mayer. (Photo submitted)
The No. 3 paper machine at the Catalyst Paper Excellence Crofton mill will be brought back into production in the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

58 people headed back to work as Crofton mill restarts paper machine

Nearly 60 jobs will return with the restart

  • Nov 24, 2020
The No. 3 paper machine at the Catalyst Paper Excellence Crofton mill will be brought back into production in the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: ‘Port’ Alberni lives up to its deepsea name

Port Alberni’s harbour is an engaging place to stop and watch the action on the water…

Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Eagle Wing Tours is one of 33 commercial tenants of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority whose April to August rent is being retroactively reduced to 25 per cent of normal, thanks to federal emergency funding. (Black Press Media file photo)

Federal rent help eases COVID sting for Victoria’s commercial waterfront businesses

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority played key role in securing emergency funding

Eagle Wing Tours is one of 33 commercial tenants of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority whose April to August rent is being retroactively reduced to 25 per cent of normal, thanks to federal emergency funding. (Black Press Media file photo)
View of Teck Trail Operations from Victoria Street, Aug. 19. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Teck pegged with U.S. tribes’ $1.6M legal bill

A previous ruling holds Teck Metals liable for response costs incurred by the confederated tribes

View of Teck Trail Operations from Victoria Street, Aug. 19. (Sheri Regnier photo)
The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)

Spill response vessel arrives in Port Alberni

Base isn’t finished, but team is ready for emergencies

The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)
Pat Deakin, City of Port Alberni economic development manager. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Sea to Forest’ food hub start of something special for Port Alberni’s industrial waterfront?

Alberni’s new regional food processing hub to open in former Port Fish plant

Pat Deakin, City of Port Alberni economic development manager. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni Port Authority president and CEO Zoran Knezevic watches the post-COVID-19 action at the dock. With one ship at the terminal, a barge and another ship were waiting their turn a little further down the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Port Authority marine cluster continues to grow

Diverse businesses look to Port Alberni’s waterfront and deepsea port for expansion

Port Alberni Port Authority president and CEO Zoran Knezevic watches the post-COVID-19 action at the dock. With one ship at the terminal, a barge and another ship were waiting their turn a little further down the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
San Group employees and contractors watch the first official log come out of a ring debarker before heading via conveyor to the hewsaw at the new B Mill on San’s Coulson site, Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group opens Island’s first new sawmill in 15 years

New Alberni operation first in the west coast in a long time

San Group employees and contractors watch the first official log come out of a ring debarker before heading via conveyor to the hewsaw at the new B Mill on San’s Coulson site, Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Piles of scrap from the Hardy Bay Industrial Centre fire. (Zoë Ducklow)
Piles of scrap from the Hardy Bay Industrial Centre fire. (Zoë Ducklow)
A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence Canada announces further temporary curtailment at Island mill

Heavy impacts from triple threat of fibre shortages, Malware attack and COVID-19

A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Business Continuity Plan: When You’re Ready, We’re Here for You

Business Continuity Plan: When You’re Ready, We’re Here for You

Comprehensive web, social and print options are available

  • Apr 1, 2020
Business Continuity Plan: When You’re Ready, We’re Here for You
The installation of fibre optic cable to Port Renfrew would be a game changer for the community. (Black Press Media)

Telus eyes fibre optic connection to Port Renfrew

‘This could be a game-changer for the region,’ official says

The installation of fibre optic cable to Port Renfrew would be a game changer for the community. (Black Press Media)
The MV Frances Barkley makes her way up the new rail system into Canadian Maritime Engineering’s dry dock for a retrofit. (PHOTO COURTESY LADY ROSE MARINE SERVICES)

Shipyard upgrade on Port Alberni’s waterfront means MV Frances Barkley retrofit happens at home

Canadian Maritime Engineering expands equipment to accept larger vessels

The MV Frances Barkley makes her way up the new rail system into Canadian Maritime Engineering’s dry dock for a retrofit. (PHOTO COURTESY LADY ROSE MARINE SERVICES)