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Gord Hayes - Lia Crowe photography

Developing a winning culture

Gord Hayes surrounds himself with winners as a path to success

  • Aug 5, 2022
Gord Hayes - Lia Crowe photography
This photo provided on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, shows Allie Tarantino holding a baseball card featuring a very young Mark Zuckerberg grinning in a red jersey and gripping a bat. For 30 years Tarantino kept the baseball card filed it away in his basement, not knowing Zuckerberg would someday become a household name. (Shira Tarantino via AP)

How much is Zuckerberg worth? Card collector could find out

Former camp counselor says Facebook creator gave him signed baseball card of himself as a kid

This photo provided on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, shows Allie Tarantino holding a baseball card featuring a very young Mark Zuckerberg grinning in a red jersey and gripping a bat. For 30 years Tarantino kept the baseball card filed it away in his basement, not knowing Zuckerberg would someday become a household name. (Shira Tarantino via AP)
Carlyne St Jules and her children (left to right) Jonah, 7, Savior, 2, and Sophia, 10 are shown in Montreal, Saturday, July 30, 2022. Inflation may force St Jules to cut short her family vacation this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Reynolds

‘The most expensive part of your years’: Parents feel inflation’s squeeze

Parents concerned about being able to afford opportunities for their kids

Carlyne St Jules and her children (left to right) Jonah, 7, Savior, 2, and Sophia, 10 are shown in Montreal, Saturday, July 30, 2022. Inflation may force St Jules to cut short her family vacation this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Reynolds
Sean Kady is co-owner of Cosmic Charlies, a Toronto cannabis company that uses a punch card loyalty program to draw in consumers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Charles Lady

Price matching, loyalty programs adding to race for lowest Canadian cannabis prices

Industry members concerned price war could push out independent, small businesses

Sean Kady is co-owner of Cosmic Charlies, a Toronto cannabis company that uses a punch card loyalty program to draw in consumers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Charles Lady
An Air Canada jet takes off from Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Thursday, June 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
An Air Canada jet takes off from Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Thursday, June 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C. ice cream truck operator says inflation is chilling business, despite summer swelter

Rainbow Ice Cream owner says cost of sweet treat has gone up 60 per cent

People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rogers Communications Inc. signage is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The company released its second quarter 2022 results today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rogers extends deadline to close $26-billion takeover of Shaw to Dec. 31

Deal still needs approval from competition bureau and economic development department

Rogers Communications Inc. signage is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The company released its second quarter 2022 results today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Shopify Inc. says it will layoff 10 per cent of its workforce because the company misjudged the growth of e-commerce. Shopify Inc. headquarters signage in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘I got this wrong:’ Shopify CEO announces plan to layoff 10 per cent of staff

Layoffs come as buyers revert to pre-pandemic shopping habits

Shopify Inc. says it will layoff 10 per cent of its workforce because the company misjudged the growth of e-commerce. Shopify Inc. headquarters signage in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Sunwing aircraft is parked at Montreal Trudeau airport in Montreal on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Unifor says the Canadian government should block the WestJet Group’s takeover of Sunwing Airlines Inc. unless it can guarantee job creation and investments in workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Unifor pushes for job guarantees in federal review of Westjet’s takeover of Sunwing

Union concerned acquisition will create lower wages, job instability

A Sunwing aircraft is parked at Montreal Trudeau airport in Montreal on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Unifor says the Canadian government should block the WestJet Group’s takeover of Sunwing Airlines Inc. unless it can guarantee job creation and investments in workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The House of Commons industry committee will hold two hearings today about the Rogers outage that lasted more than 15 hours and left millions of Canadians in a communications blackout. People use Starbucks’ provided WIFI at a store 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 House of Commons industry committee will hold two hearings today about the Rogers outage that lasted more than 15 hours and left millions of Canadians in a communications blackout. People use Starbucks’ provided WIFI at a store in Toronto amid a nationwide Rogers outage, affecting many of the telecommunication company’s services, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
May 27, 2022 - Realtor Ryan Messer poses in Bastion Square for a Style feature in Boulevard magazine.  Don Denton photograph.

Realtor Ryan Messer’s life and fashion

Good style makes you feel comfortable

  • Jul 22, 2022
May 27, 2022 - Realtor Ryan Messer poses in Bastion Square for a Style feature in Boulevard magazine.  Don Denton photograph.
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions, left, Janis Joseph, centre, on behalf of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, presents Greg Willmon of Lady Rose Marine Services with a 2022 Business Investment award. Willmon purchased the business nearly a year ago. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News

Lady Rose Marine Services adds Sunday run to Bamfield

Business is approaching pre-pandemic levels after nine months with new owners

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions, left, Janis Joseph, centre, on behalf of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, presents Greg Willmon of Lady Rose Marine Services with a 2022 Business Investment award. Willmon purchased the business nearly a year ago. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News
A man pumps gas in Montreal, Friday, March 4, 2022. Statistics Canada will release consumer price index data for June on Wednesday, a week after the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by a full percentage point as it continues its battle against high inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Economists predict inflation climbed even higher in June amid ‘reopening effect’

Statistics Canada set to release latest inflation data on July 20

A man pumps gas in Montreal, Friday, March 4, 2022. Statistics Canada will release consumer price index data for June on Wednesday, a week after the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by a full percentage point as it continues its battle against high inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A heavy hauler trucks transports material from Suncor’s North Steepbank Mine in the oilsands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 13, 2017. Oilsands companies are exploring the possibility of deploying small modular nuclear reactors to create the heat needed in oilsands mining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canada’s oilsands look into use of nuclear power as ‘net zero changes everything’

Some experts say use of the alternative power could be just a decade away

A heavy hauler trucks transports material from Suncor’s North Steepbank Mine in the oilsands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 13, 2017. Oilsands companies are exploring the possibility of deploying small modular nuclear reactors to create the heat needed in oilsands mining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

B.C. university to offer groundbreaking MBA program in Indigenous Reconciliation

University of Victoria program’s first enrolment of business students set to begin in spring 2023

The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)
Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Cargo ship delivers boatload of boats to Nanaimo

More than 20 yachts brought from the Caribbean and Mexico

Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
April 26, 2022 - Aaron Gray photographed in Nanaimo with his bass guitar for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.

A love of playing live and furniture

Aaron Gray, vice president of La-Z-Boy Vancouver Island

  • Jul 15, 2022
April 26, 2022 - Aaron Gray photographed in Nanaimo with his bass guitar for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Five B.C. hotels hit Canada’s Top 10 for international travellers

Victoria’s Empress, Hotel Vancouver among a 6 Fairmont properties on the Travel + Leisure list

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Flair Airlines will no longer be flying out of YQQ. (File photo)

Flair fails to catch on in Comox

Ultra low cost airline suspends service at YQQ less than three months after initial flight

Flair Airlines will no longer be flying out of YQQ. (File photo)
A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. For those who remain undeterred by the daunting lines and flight delays at Canadian airports, questions remain about how to save money on air travel amid mounting fuel costs and inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

How to find cheaper flights this year as airfares soar

Airfares jumped 11.6 per cent year over year in May

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. For those who remain undeterred by the daunting lines and flight delays at Canadian airports, questions remain about how to save money on air travel amid mounting fuel costs and inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward