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Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Ladysmith construction equipment rental company Xtend Rentals has purchased the former Chakalaka Restaurant and Market property. (Cole Schisler photo)

Construction rentals company purchases Chakalaka property near Nanaimo Airport

Xtend Rentals planning to open at Trans-Canada Highway location later this summer

The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)

Nanaimo Business Awards accepting nominations of worthy winners

This year’s awards aren’t until the fall, but the nomination period ends June 28

Tilray announces new line of products offering more inexpensive choices for medical cannabis users. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo-based Tilray launches new medical cannabis product line

Symbios brand products offered at ‘better price point’ for medical cannabis products

Tilray announces new line of products offering more inexpensive choices for medical cannabis users. (News Bulletin file photo)
Trees cannabis retail store, which operated without a licence prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis, is now re-opening with a licence, though it hasn’t competed its building permit process. (File photo)

Trees cannabis retail store gets permit exception to be able to re-open in Nanaimo

Trees previously operated without licence, has now obtained one

Trees cannabis retail store, which operated without a licence prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis, is now re-opening with a licence, though it hasn’t competed its building permit process. (File photo)
Jade Gunn, Country Grocer Bowen Road store scanner, holds a national bronze award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. Sharing the moment are Naomi MacPherson, bakery manager, left; Tory Dillabough, store manager; Dustin McKee, assistant store manager and Amanda Trotlisch, front end manager. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo grocery store wins national and regional industry awards

Country Grocer’s Bowen Road location recognized by Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Jade Gunn, Country Grocer Bowen Road store scanner, holds a national bronze award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. Sharing the moment are Naomi MacPherson, bakery manager, left; Tory Dillabough, store manager; Dustin McKee, assistant store manager and Amanda Trotlisch, front end manager. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-based Tilray has been named to Time Magazine’s inaugural list of the 100 most influential companies. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Tilray makes Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential companies

List highlights businesses making ‘extraordinary impact’ around the world

Nanaimo-based Tilray has been named to Time Magazine’s inaugural list of the 100 most influential companies. (News Bulletin file photo)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne, right, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Quality Foods store March 24, 2021 with QF president Noel Hayward, left, and store manager Darcy Ginter. (Michael Briones photo)

Quality Foods opens new flagship store in Parksville

Mayor: ‘City is obviously growing out this way so it’s going to be a big help to all the residents’

Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne, right, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Quality Foods store March 24, 2021 with QF president Noel Hayward, left, and store manager Darcy Ginter. (Michael Briones photo)
Sharan Sidhu, science officer and general manager Numinus Bioscience, with a sample of magic mushrooms cultivated by the company. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Lab expansion project in Nanaimo to aid magic mushroom, psychedelics research

Numinus announces plans for 7,500-square-foot expansion to south Nanaimo facility

Sharan Sidhu, science officer and general manager Numinus Bioscience, with a sample of magic mushrooms cultivated by the company. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
The Quality Inn, a 45-room boutique hotel, has opened on Selby Street in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

45-room Quality Inn opens in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter

Architect says Nanaimo needs more small hotels in and around the downtown

The Quality Inn, a 45-room boutique hotel, has opened on Selby Street in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Dollars revert to being strictly souvenirs on April 5

Unique currency spendable in Chemainus becoming a collectible only

Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Nanaimo-based Tilray plans to have its products available to patients and doctors in the United Kingdom in March, thanks to an agreement with a U.K.-based distribution firm. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo-based Tilray announces U.K. medical cannabis distribution agreement

Agreement with distributor Grow Pharma will expand access to Tilray products

Nanaimo-based Tilray plans to have its products available to patients and doctors in the United Kingdom in March, thanks to an agreement with a U.K.-based distribution firm. (News Bulletin file photo)
A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)

Seaweed farming opens world of opportunity for coastal B.C.

“It’s projects like this that can show what true reconciliation is about.”

A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)
Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria small businesses hoping to survive extended cruise ship ban

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority supports extension, but says losses will follow

Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo city council issued a development permit for a rebuilt Nanaimo Honda dealership at Bowen Road and Cienar Drive. (Raymond de Beeld Architect Inc.)

Nanaimo Honda dealership to be rebuilt at more than double the size

Dealership at Bowen Road and Cienar Drive was built in the 1970s

Nanaimo city council issued a development permit for a rebuilt Nanaimo Honda dealership at Bowen Road and Cienar Drive. (Raymond de Beeld Architect Inc.)
Tilray and Canadian cannabis producer Aphria have merged to create the world’s largest cannabis company, based on combined pro-forma revenue. (News Bulletin file)

Merger makes Nanaimo-based Tilray the world’s largest cannabis company

Tilray-Aphria merger boosts combined companies’ manufacturing, marketing and distribution clout

Tilray and Canadian cannabis producer Aphria have merged to create the world’s largest cannabis company, based on combined pro-forma revenue. (News Bulletin file)
Mazzei Electric won Contractor of the Year at the Builders Code Champion Awards. Eleven per cent of Mazzei’s workforce is made up of women, well above the average for construction work in B.C., notes a press release from the awards. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo electrical contractor chosen as Builders Code Champion

Mazzei Electric’s Contractor of the Year award celebrates culture change in construction industry

Mazzei Electric won Contractor of the Year at the Builders Code Champion Awards. Eleven per cent of Mazzei’s workforce is made up of women, well above the average for construction work in B.C., notes a press release from the awards. (Photo submitted)
A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Mid-Island medical software company creates COVID-19 contact tracing app

Creators of GPS-based app say it could save lives at a critical time in the pandemic

A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)