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Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

 

Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)

2-week shutdown coming to Crofton mill in November

Both the paper and pulp operations at the mill will be curtailed from Nov. 9 until about Nov. 24

 

Nanaimo’s pubs and nightclubs could soon be raising a glass to lower business licence fees following a governance and priorities committee vote Monday, July 12. (Stock photo)

Councillors recommending lower business licence fees for bars and pubs in Nanaimo

Governance and priorities committee votes for more consistency with business licence fees

 

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)

Retailers report they’re ready for Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban

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

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)
A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Suspicious fires strike Nanaimo business twice in four days

Ajac’s Equipment hit by two fires. One caused serious damage. RCMP investigating

A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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

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)
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)
Jean and Bill Carter have spent 36 successful years working side-by-side at Bastion Jewellers. In retirement, they look forward to leisurely coffees on the porch, side-by-side.

After 36 years downtown, Nanaimo jewellers say farewell

Husband and wife are grateful to the community for supporting them over so many years

  • May 10, 2021
Jean and Bill Carter have spent 36 successful years working side-by-side at Bastion Jewellers. In retirement, they look forward to leisurely coffees on the porch, side-by-side.
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: Vancouver Island 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)
Nanaimo city council has voted to give the city’s liquor-primary establishments a break on business licence fees for 2021. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo’s pubs and bars hit by COVID-19 will get a break on business licence fees

Annual business licence fee for liquor-primary establishments drops from $1,100 to $165 for 2021

Nanaimo city council has voted to give the city’s liquor-primary establishments a break on business licence fees for 2021. (Stock photo)
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)
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)
Ready for a furniture refresh? 3 reasons to shop local

Ready for a furniture refresh? 3 reasons to shop local

Refurnish your home or business at this Nanaimo favourite to help yourself AND your community!

  • Sep 14, 2020
Ready for a furniture refresh? 3 reasons to shop local
Commercial Street and other portions of Nanaimo’s downtown could have a new business improvement association by next summer to help promote business and tackle security issues. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Chamber working to create new downtown business association

New BIA to focus on downtown business promotion and security could begin operation next summer

Commercial Street and other portions of Nanaimo’s downtown could have a new business improvement association by next summer to help promote business and tackle security issues. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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.
Helping BC’s Métis businesses get back to business

Helping BC’s Métis businesses get back to business

Metis Financial Corporation of BC offers financial services, including COVID-19 Emergency Fund loans

  • Jun 1, 2020
Helping BC’s Métis businesses get back to business
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)