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Local gas company drives community spirit

If you drive a car that needs gas, or any other petroleum-powered…

  • Aug 23, 2021

 

Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban ready to go into place Canada Day

Business operators say there’s been plenty of time to plan and prepare for bylaw that kicks in July 1

 

The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)

First barge of logging waste chips successfully loaded in new First Nations partnership

Atli Resources LP is the forestry arm of the ‘Namgis First Nation

 

Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Comox Valley entrepreneur opens pest control business with ducks as employees

Slugs n’ Bugs For Lunch will take care of your garden pests naturally

Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell
Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Courtesy of Rebecca Burrows)

Island woman wants accountability after Instagram hacked, naked photos demanded

Hughes Clothing owner creating non-profit to lobby internet giant for better response

Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Courtesy of Rebecca Burrows)
Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island egg producer cries foul over ‘Island’ label

Egg farmer frustrated with regulations allowing mainland-laid eggs to be labelled ‘Island’

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Commercial space is now leasing at CUBES in East Courtenay! The fantastic location right next to the Comox Valley Hospital means it’s a great spot to set up medical services, and the residents upstairs are ready to be your first customers!

Open for business! Launch your 2021 business plan in East Courtenay

Set yourself up to thrive with a fantastic location, great amenities and immediate occupancy

  • Dec 14, 2020
Commercial space is now leasing at CUBES in East Courtenay! The fantastic location right next to the Comox Valley Hospital means it’s a great spot to set up medical services, and the residents upstairs are ready to be your first customers!
Commercial space is now leasing at CUBES in East Courtenay! The fantastic location right next to the Comox Valley Hospital means it’s a great spot to set up medical services, and the residents upstairs are ready to be your first customers!

Open for business! Launch your 2021 business plan in East Courtenay

Set yourself up to thrive with a fantastic location, great amenities and immediate occupancy

  • Dec 14, 2020
Commercial space is now leasing at CUBES in East Courtenay! The fantastic location right next to the Comox Valley Hospital means it’s a great spot to set up medical services, and the residents upstairs are ready to be your first customers!
Annie Handley and Dave Devindisch of Easy Street have created a line of are sugar-free, gluten-free, fair trade, vegan chocolates called Easy Treats. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley musicians debut healthy chocolate brand

Easy Street creates sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan chocolates

Annie Handley and Dave Devindisch of Easy Street have created a line of are sugar-free, gluten-free, fair trade, vegan chocolates called Easy Treats. Photo by Terry Farrell
Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)

B.C. company aims to bring international vacation experience to front door

‘Staycation Boxes’ launched two months ago, includes food bank donation

Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)
Jimbo competed in Season One of Canada’s Drag Race and has support from a new brew at Riot Brewing in Chemainus. (Photo by Helene Cyr)

Riot unveils a colourful brew in honour of an Island drag queen

Variety the spice of life and with beverages for entertainer

Jimbo competed in Season One of Canada’s Drag Race and has support from a new brew at Riot Brewing in Chemainus. (Photo by Helene Cyr)
The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce will be taking nominations for its annual awards soon. File photo

Comox Valley Chamber awards see some changes for this year

The nomination period for this year’s awards will start on Sept. 15

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce will be taking nominations for its annual awards soon. File photo
West Coast kids celebrate 2018’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino Botanical Gardens for sale

George Patterson lists iconic property for $3.75 million.

West Coast kids celebrate 2018’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. (Andrew Bailey photo)
With the hospital next door and ample parking right at your storefront, Cubes in east Courtenay is the perfect place to set up your business.

The key to commercial success? Keep it SQUARE!

Prime location next to the hospital is a great location for new clinics or medical services

  • Aug 17, 2020
With the hospital next door and ample parking right at your storefront, Cubes in east Courtenay is the perfect place to set up your business.
Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)

Turning down work: CERB causing issues for some B.C. restaurants

‘It’s the most frustrating thing I’ve encountered, ever, in my life.’

Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.

Vancouver Island distillery crafts sanitizer to meet Canadian need

Local know-how, economies of scale come together in Shelter Point sanitizer

  • Jun 8, 2020
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.
Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)

Low profits, few customers in post-pandemic recovery says B.C. business survey

About 43 per cent of businesses say they think they will need government incentives to continue operating

Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)
Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
Natural Pastures’ master cheesemaker Paul Sutter (L) and operations manager Doug Smith (R), alongside two of the winning cheeses - the Buffalo Brie (top) and the Comox Camembert.

Courtenay cheese company shines at world championships

A Courtenay cheese company has represented the Comox Valley well at the…

  • Mar 18, 2020
Natural Pastures’ master cheesemaker Paul Sutter (L) and operations manager Doug Smith (R), alongside two of the winning cheeses - the Buffalo Brie (top) and the Comox Camembert.
Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells and La Pachi Premium Cannabis owner Patricia Mazzucca Cury cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the city’s first privately-owned retail cannabis outlet, Jan. 24. The store is located at 2270 Cliffe Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell

Courtenay’s first privately-owned retail cannabis store now open

Courtenay’s first privately-owned retail cannabis outlet is open for business. La Pachi…

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells and La Pachi Premium Cannabis owner Patricia Mazzucca Cury cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the city’s first privately-owned retail cannabis outlet, Jan. 24. The store is located at 2270 Cliffe Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell