Friday , 21 July 2017


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 »

Market Update by Integral Wealth

The major stock markets are down around the world, having dropped over the past few months with the losses intensifying over the past few weeks.   Global concerns around Greece started the negative trend followed by the sharp decline in the Chinese stock market triggering a steep sell off .  The TSX now sits where it did at the start of ... Read More »

Custom-Milling Operation Adds Heavy Equipment Sales

Since 2002 Ladysmith’s Sawmill Sales Direct has focused on producing competitively priced, custom-milled cedar and fir lumber products. Working with his partner Bob Adams, mill owner Rick St. Denis has grown the business over the past 13 years until today it employs eight full time workers, and helps support the regional economy by hiring local truckers and other support personnel ... Read More »

Annual Stock The Locker Campaign Begins August 13

Organized by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation (NLSF) for the sixth straight year, the annual Stock the Lockers campaign to help local students in need is set to kick off Thursday, August 13. The goal of the 2015 campaign is to raise $50,000 from local residents and businesses to assist families facing financial difficulties when it comes to purchasing back to ... Read More »

Multiple Factors Negatively Impact Catalyst’s Q2 Results

Catalyst Paper, the owner of the Crofton Pulp Mill (one of the Cowichan Valley’s largest employers), has announced its second quarter financial results – numbers which have dipped into the red. In its July 28 statement the company reported its second quarter financial results as being negatively impacted by a number of significant, one-time events. Despite these events the corporation ... Read More »

VIU Inks Five-Year Deal With Its CUPE Employees

Vancouver Island University (VIU) was one of 14 post-secondary institutions in the province to ratify an agreement with its unionized workers under the BC Economic Stability Mandate. The local agreement, announced July 30, was part of a series of deals involving nearly 7,500 employees across the province. VIU ratified a deal with its approximately 400 CUPE Local 1858 support staff. ... Read More »

Steady Growth Reported In #ExploreNanaimo Campaign

The summer is a great time for Nanaimo and area residents to be a tourist in their own town, and Tourism Nanaimo wants to add to the experience. Tourism Nanaimo launched a five-month local marketing campaign in May to entice residents and their visiting friends and relatives to experience the wide array of activities available within the community. The ongoing ... Read More »

Qualicum Beach Civic Workers Facing July 31 Lock-Out

Unless the Town of Qualicum Beach’s unionized workers accept the latest offer made by Town Council they will find themselves locked out – as of this Friday (July 31). In a statement from the Town Hall Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Council stated that an offer of an eight percent wage increase over the next five years, plus a $1,800 signing ... Read More »

CIBC National Survey: Most Canadians Expect To Be Debt Free

A recent poll carried out by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) found that on average Canadians expect to be debt free by the time they are 56 years old although some Canadians see themselves carrying debt well into their sixties. CIBC released the results of the survey July 27. An additional finding was that nearly one third of ... Read More »

Feds Inject $1 Million Into New VIU Forestry Program

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is to receive more than $1 million from the federal government to allow it to establish a mobile forestry skills training program on Vancouver Island and along the province’s Central Coast. The announcement was made July 23 by Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Mobile forestry training programs allow Canadians to learn and ... Read More »