Friday , 21 July 2017


Coastal Timber Supply Chain Threatened, Communities at Risk

A mill shutdown in Port Alberni that resulted in close to 100 workers being laid off is symptomatic of a much larger problem as timber harvesting contractors up and down the BC coast are struggling to be sustainable in the face of consistently low rates.   Western Forest Products (WFP) Alberni Pacific Division mill sent home the workers due to ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Nanaimo Sheet Metal: City’s Premier Custom Metal Fabricator

Part technology, part old school science and part basic human creativity, the work carried out by Nanaimo Sheet Metal (NSM) is as varied and unique as the companies they work for. “Nanaimo Sheet Metal has always been evolving, always changing. Originally, Nanaimo Sheet Metal opened as a flashing and duct shop, dealing with light metals,” explained Len Ronkainen, one of ... Read More »

Nanaimo Precast: Producing World-Class Concrete Products

For more than 40 years Nanaimo Precast has been at the forefront of the development of innovative concrete-based products. For current owner AJ Hustins the company’s location on Vancouver Island has never interfered with the firm’s success or access to markets for its evolving product line. “Being on an island is not detrimental to our business in fact location doesn’t ... Read More »

Public Input Sought For New Provincial Greenhouse Gas Act

Greenhouse Gas emissions have been directly linked to climate change, and to help combat this escalating problem the provincial government is working to develop a new Act to deal with it. As part of process of creating the proposed Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, British Columbians have an opportunity to comment on new intentions papers for the compliance ... Read More »

BC Shipyard In Running For Spirit Class Ferry Upgrade

BC Ferries announced July 9 that it had shortlisted three shipyards, including one in British Columbia, for the planned mid-life upgrade of its Spirit Class vessels. The planned ferry upgrades include converting the ships to be dual-fuel capable which would allow the vessels to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, Remontowa SA of Poland and Fincantieri of ... Read More »

After Shutdown: Crofton Pulp Mill Back In Full Operation

Following a brief, but unspecified shutdown, the Crofton Pulp Mill resumed full operations June 29. In a media release Catalyst Paper Corporation stated that due to operating issues at the plant, issues that have now been fully resolved, the plant could now return to full operations. The Crofton mill incurred production losses of approximately 8,600 tonnes of pulp and 8,600 ... Read More »

Parksville Gets Funding For Water Infrastructure Project

Residents of Parksville and Nanoose will benefit from new drinking water infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund. As part of a joint venture between the City of Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo to develop a regional water supply system, the project will involve the construction of ... Read More »