Friday , 21 July 2017


Sales for Log Home Industry Picking Up in B.C.

The sale of log homes is picking up in British Columbia, particularly for Norse Log Homes. John Dahle, owner of Norse Log Homes, says business has picked up and they’ve doubled the size of their crew in the last month and a half. “Our biggest obstacle in the log home industry is getting material. We’re always experiencing difficulty getting quality ... Read More »

Forest Sector Donations Help Build Archery Facility

The forest sector is donating lumber and facilities towards a 5600 sq. foot archery facility to be built for the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club starting in February of 2016. Four forestry companies based in Nanaimo along with Norse Log Homes are making the donations for the archery facility to be built starting in February of 2016. Coastland Wood Industries ... Read More »

Fall Housing Sales Down Reflecting Market Conditions

  Sales of single-family homes declined in October, reflecting typically slower fall market conditions. But due to a robust spring and summer housing market, the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, VIREB, is on target to reach its sales forecast for 2015. Last month, 369 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) compared to 400 in October 2014, a ... Read More »

Vancouver Island Construction Association Elects New Board

Advanced video conferencing technology played a role in the election of new directors to the Vancouver Island Construction Association, VICA. VICA hosted its annual general meeting and a member appreciation luncheon at its two locations in Vancouver and Nanaimo. Eight directors were elected from the 12 member nominees. The directors include Keith Parsonage (Houle Electric Ltd., Nanaimo), and re-elected directors ... Read More »

Residential Construction Increases on the Island

Construction activity on Vancouver Island is showing strong gains except for a slight dip in the Nanaimo market. Greg Banyton, CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, says building permits have increased a healthy 10.1% during the second quarter compared to the first quarter. The first half of 2015 saw residential building permits grow 12.9 per cent compared to January-June ... Read More »

New Credit Union for Ladysmith in Oyster Bay Development

Ladysmith will soon have a new credit union that is part of a massive land development. The First Nations branded credit union is part of the Oyster Bay Development by Coast Salish Development Corporation, the economic development agency of the Stz’uminus First Nation. The credit union will be located at the north end of the Oyster Bay development, which boasts ... Read More »

Grants Offered for Northern Community Projects

by Kelly Whiteside The Northern Community Economic Development program is offering grants for economic development initiatives in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas.  Projects must clearly demonstrate economic benefits to one or more of the communities participating in the program in order to be eligible. The Regional District of Nanaimo’s (RDN) Board has a vision for a strong, thriving, and ... Read More »

My Street Event Prevails Against Wind

by Kelly Whiteside Block Builders Nanaimo helped give the public a look at the potential that Nicol St. has today at their one-day event called My Street. Currently, Nicol St. is simply a highway built to move large amounts of traffic in and out of Nanaimo. However, the South End Neighbourhood Plan envisions a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and Block Builders ... Read More »

Regional District of Nanaimo Kicks Off Green Building Series

The annual Green Building Series kicks off Sept. 17-Oct 17 with new learning opportunities provided through the Regional District of Nanaimo. Learn from the experts on how to cut energy use to save on utility bills, harvest rainwater or generate your own clean energy. The popular showcase also includes open houses at innovative Green Building sites throughout the region. “The ... Read More »

Beban Pool and Weight Room Reopens

by Kelly Whiteside The pool and weight room at Beban Park will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. During closure, renovations were done. An Energy Conservation Measure was implemented to use excess heat from the Ammonia Plant to help heat the main pool. A domestic hot water storage tank was added to Frank Crane Arena. The leisure pool will feature new ... Read More »