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Donna Verlaan portrait by Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives

with Donna Verlaan

  • Apr 25, 2022
Donna Verlaan portrait by Lia Crowe photography
Pride Motorsports Inc. has moved to a new location. From Pride Motorsports Inc. from left, Brian Hurley, Darcey Hofer, and Dustin Hofer. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Pride Motorsports in Cobble Hill moves to new location

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Pride Motorsports Inc. has moved to a new location. From Pride Motorsports Inc. from left, Brian Hurley, Darcey Hofer, and Dustin Hofer. (Submitted photo)
The Hudson’s Bay Company heritage building in Winnipeg is photographed Thursday, April 21, 2022. One of the landmark stores formerly run by the Hudson’s Bay Co. is about to undergo a major transformation in the name of reconciliation with Indigenous people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Hudson’s Bay Co. calls donation of Winnipeg building an act of reconciliation

Company set to transfer what was one of its flagship stores to a First Nations group

The Hudson’s Bay Company heritage building in Winnipeg is photographed Thursday, April 21, 2022. One of the landmark stores formerly run by the Hudson’s Bay Co. is about to undergo a major transformation in the name of reconciliation with Indigenous people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk’s lawyer says a federal judge would trample on the Tesla CEO’s free speech rights if he ordered Musk to stop talking about 2018 tweets saying he had the funding to make Tesla a private company. In a court document filed Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Lawyer Alex Spiro says a motion from a group of Tesla shareholders seeking a gag order doesn’t establish that Musk’s comments will prejudice the pool of jurors who may hear the case. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Judge rejects gag order in suit over 2018 Elon Musk tweets

Lawyers have argued Musk is trying to influence potential jurors

Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk’s lawyer says a federal judge would trample on the Tesla CEO’s free speech rights if he ordered Musk to stop talking about 2018 tweets saying he had the funding to make Tesla a private company. In a court document filed Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Lawyer Alex Spiro says a motion from a group of Tesla shareholders seeking a gag order doesn’t establish that Musk’s comments will prejudice the pool of jurors who may hear the case. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Monorail tracks and concrete pilings lead into contemporary hotel under construction at Walt Disney World July 7, 1971 Orlando, Florida. The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers in a movie house outside Orlando, Florida 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. (AP Photo/SDS)

Florida Senate passes bill to end Disney self-government

Proposal could have huge tax implications for Disney which transformed Orlando into a destination

Monorail tracks and concrete pilings lead into contemporary hotel under construction at Walt Disney World July 7, 1971 Orlando, Florida. The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers in a movie house outside Orlando, Florida 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. (AP Photo/SDS)
Aly Jiwani - Lia Crowe photograph

Full throttle ahead

Aly Jiwani turns a love of cars into top sales and leadership roles

  • Apr 20, 2022
Aly Jiwani - Lia Crowe photograph
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Netflix shares drop 25% after service loses 200K subscribers

Projecting a loss of another 2 million subscribers during April-June period

This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
FILE - Vancouver businessman David Sidoo leaves following his federal court hearing March 15, 2019 in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo is now accused in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme dating between 2013 and 2018. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

B.C. businessman David Sidoo accused in $145 million US ‘pump-and-dump’ scheme

U.S. SEC alleges former CFL player worked in multi-player ring to trick investors out of millions

FILE - Vancouver businessman David Sidoo leaves following his federal court hearing March 15, 2019 in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo is now accused in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme dating between 2013 and 2018. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)
The company logo graces one of the doors of a delivery van for Amazon Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Denver. Amazon said Wednesday, April 13, 2022 it will add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to fees it charges third-party sellers who use the retailer’s fulfillment services as the company faces rising costs. The company said in an announcement on its website that the added fees will take effect on April 28 and are subject to change. Federal data released Tuesday showed inflation hit 8.5% in March, its fastest pace in more than 40 years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Amazon adds 5% ‘fuel and inflation surcharge’ to seller fees

Seattle-based company notes added fees take effect April 28

The company logo graces one of the doors of a delivery van for Amazon Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Denver. Amazon said Wednesday, April 13, 2022 it will add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to fees it charges third-party sellers who use the retailer’s fulfillment services as the company faces rising costs. The company said in an announcement on its website that the added fees will take effect on April 28 and are subject to change. Federal data released Tuesday showed inflation hit 8.5% in March, its fastest pace in more than 40 years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Darren Morcom - Lia Crowe photograph

At your service

Financial planner Darren Morcom and his passion for helping others

  • Apr 13, 2022
Darren Morcom - Lia Crowe photograph
A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour as two Victoria Clipper vessels pass each other. Clipper service is set to return to Victoria April 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Clipper ferries set to connect Victoria and Seattle again come mid-April

Tickets available now for ferry service after long pandemic-related hiatus

A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour as two Victoria Clipper vessels pass each other. Clipper service is set to return to Victoria April 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Buzz Coffee House, the scene of a “random” homicide last month, is set to re-open on Saturday, March 26. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo coffee shop set to re-open, a month and a half after ‘shock’ of homicide

79-year-old employee killed in what RCMP called a “random” incident Feb. 13

Buzz Coffee House, the scene of a “random” homicide last month, is set to re-open on Saturday, March 26. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo

Pull up a chair at The Wickertree

Familiar Cowichan Valley business keeps up with the times

  • Mar 16, 2022
February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives with Foxy Box’s Kyla Dufresne

Founder of wax bar business is an ambitious businesswoman and philanthropist

  • Feb 21, 2022
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography
Chamber Week

Cowichan Lake Chamber thankful for all its members

Feb. 14-18 is Chamber Week

  • Feb 18, 2022
Chamber Week
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography

Fighting Fit

Fitness World’s Chris Smith battles pandemic with an overriding passion for the benefits of exercise

  • Feb 16, 2022
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe

Secrets and Lives with Oree Gianacopoulos

Gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery brings her passion to art

  • Feb 14, 2022
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe

Soft. Silky. Natural.

Black Goat Cashmere apparel is the ultimate in winter warmth

  • Feb 9, 2022
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull

Salt of the earth

Relaxation, self-care and well-being at Room + Pillar Spa

  • Jan 31, 2022
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull