Portland Hotel Society board hires former City of Vancouver finance director Ken Bayne

Apr 16, 2014 - The former director of finance, planning and treasury for the City of Vancouver has been hired by the new board of directors of the Portland Hotel Society, likely as part of the management team.    Full Article

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Justin Trudeau targets broken environmental approval

Apr 11, 2014 - In an April 11 speech in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau once again walked the fine line between supporting... Full Article


Commercial Drive threatened by development: Heritage

Apr 11, 2014 - A Vancouver heritage advocacy organization has included two commercial streets on its annual list of... Full Article


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Lakeland widow 'outraged' by Criminal Justice decision

Apr 15, 2014 - Angry and tearful, the wife of a worker killed two years ago in the fire and explosion at Lakeland Mills was not surprised but still disappointed... Full Article

Justin Trudeau targets broken environmental approval system in Vancouver speech

Apr 11, 2014 - In an April 11 speech in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau once again walked the fine line between supporting Canada's resource industries and targeting... Full Article

Commercial Drive threatened by development: Heritage Vancouver

Apr 11, 2014 - A Vancouver heritage advocacy organization has included two commercial streets on its annual list of endangered heritage sites.Both Commercial... Full Article

"A terrible loss for our country" says Clark on death of Jim Flaherty

Apr 10, 2014 - Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty died suddenly today, possibly of a heart attack, according to media reports. He had resigned from... Full Article

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City of Burnaby was in talks to buy Willingdon lands before province made a deal with First Nations

Apr 04, 2014 - Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan is upset over the province's latest sale of Crown land in Burnaby, as the city was in talks to buy the property but... Full Article

B.C. government senior managers get 3% pay hike worth $14 million per year

Apr 01, 2014 - Senior managers in the provincial government have been quietly given a 3% pay hike. Full Article

Surrey Board of Trade trashes recycling change

Apr 01, 2014 - Commercial association fears excessive costs, red tape from new regulatory regime Full Article

Surrey applauds news that Newton slots will go

Apr 01, 2014 - BC Lottery Corp. shelves plans to convert bingo hall into community gambling centre Full Article

Russian conflict raises B.C. business concerns

Apr 01, 2014 - Local resource company connections could be at risk if Crimean situation deteriorates Full Article

Vision Vancouver said no conflict of interest in Oakridge decision in response to Cedar petition

Mar 31, 2014 - Mayor Gregor Robertson and his seven Vision Vancouver city councillors call a British Columbia Supreme Court petition aimed at removing them from... Full Article

B.C. government sells Willingdon lands to two First Nations groups

Mar 28, 2014 - The province is selling off another pair of surplus properties, including a massive swath of land at Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way in Burnaby.... Full Article

B.C., U.K., sign trade and investment relationship framework

Mar 27, 2014 - The British Columbia Ministry of International Trade has signed a joint trade relationship statement with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment... Full Article

Opinion: Portland Hotel Society spending shows “uncontrollable sense of entitlement”

Mar 26, 2014 - At first glance, the spending scandal at Vancouver's main social service agency is incomprehensible. How could so many do-gooders who have been... Full Article

B.C. not prepared for catastrophic quake: auditor general

Mar 25, 2014 - British Columbia is not ready for a major earthquake and the provincial government has not made preparing for one a priority, the province's... Full Article

Liquor law changes threaten B.C. wine store sector

Mar 18, 2014 - Standardized wholesale discounts favour private liquor stores, wine store owners say Full Article

Provincial recycling rollout raises municipal revenue ruckus

Mar 18, 2014 - Cities claim Multi Material BC program could derail existing cost-effective systems Full Article

Surrey's Newton Town Centre to form BIA

Mar 11, 2014 - Businesses in Surrey's Newton Town Centre area have been given the go-ahead to form a business improvement association (BIA), the City of Surrey... Full Article

Crime is Surrey's biggest concern; housing tops Vancouverites' worries

Mar 07, 2014 - While residents of Vancouver say housing tops their list of concerns, those in Surrey say crime is by far the most pressing issue in their city.... Full Article

Legislation lays groundwork for sweeping changes to liquor laws

Mar 06, 2014 - The provincial government will remove fences around beer gardens at festivals, allow happy hours in bars by summer and permit liquor sales in... Full Article

B.C. will push four-year municipal terms

Feb 25, 2014 - Municipal elections will be held every four years instead of three years under legislation the British Columbia government plans to introduce this ... Full Article

Surrey city hall may cost $150M, but taxpayers off the hook

Feb 21, 2014 - The new Surrey City Hall may actually cost nearly $150 million after it’s all paid off – but that doesn’t mean the city is over... Full Article

Business groups say skills training, PST missing from B.C. budget

Feb 18, 2014 - British Columbia's business community is giving the provincial government top marks for tabling a balanced budget, but would like to see more... Full Article

James Moore talks taxes at VBOT

Feb 17, 2014 - Industry Minister James Moore spoke of tax relief measures and Economic Action Plan 2014 in his address to the Vancouver Board of Trade February... Full Article

B.C. businesses back federal budget's skills focus

Feb 11, 2014 - B.C. business groups approve of the federal government's focus on skills training in its 2014 budget. Full Article

Premier announces Women's Economic Council

Feb 04, 2014 - Eleven B.C. women have been appointed to a new Premier's Women's Economic Council.The group, several of whom are Business in Vancouver CEO of the... Full Article

Controversial new recycling regime lets some small businesses off the hook

Feb 04, 2014 - The operators of a controversial new provincial recycling system have introduced more changes to reduce the cost and paperwork for certain small... Full Article

Government approves sweeping changes to liquor laws

Jan 31, 2014 - The way British Columbians are able to raise a glass will soon be changing. Full Article

City aims to improve community consultation, social cohesion

Jan 30, 2014 - The City of Vancouver has received a series of recommendations to help improve citizen engagement — the process of involving residents in... Full Article

Stricter rules for party bus operators needed one year after death: councillor

Jan 30, 2014 - A Vancouver city councillor is asking the province to tighten party bus regulations one year after the death of a Surrey teenager.... Full Article

B.C.’s limiting of teacher bargaining rights ‘unconstitutional’

Jan 29, 2014 - The province’s limiting of teachers’ bargaining rights has been deemed unconstitutional by the British Columbia Supreme Court.... Full Article

CFIB gives B.C. 'A' grade on red tape snipping

Jan 28, 2014 - The Canadian Federation for Independent Business is giving the B.C. government kudos for its efforts to streamline bureaucracy for small business.... Full Article

Gregor Robertson demands answers on delayed release of HootSuite lease details

Jan 23, 2014 - Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is pressing city manager Penny Ballem for answers as to why in-camera information about real estate deals take so ... Full Article

Premier focuses on resources for economic growth

Jan 23, 2014 - Premier Christy Clark called the annual industry summit going on in Prince George "the must-attend event in British Columbia, in Canada, if you... Full Article

City to Canada Post: Don’t slash home delivery

Jan 22, 2014 - Vancouver city council is speaking out against Canada Post’s plans to phase out home mail delivery. Full Article

Mayor downplays bankrupt Bixi's role in Vancouver bike share

Jan 20, 2014 - The City of Vancouver is downplaying Bixi's role in a planned bike share system after the City of Montreal announced on January 20 that the... Full Article

Community centre associations win injunction against Vancouver Park Board—update

Jan 17, 2014 - The B.C. Supreme Court has halted the attempted eviction of six community centre associations by the Vancouver Park Board.... Full Article

Canadians kicked out of U.S. now have avenue for appeal: court ruling

Jan 14, 2014 - A recent U.S. district court ruling is exciting B.C. business advocates because they believe it will provide Canadian travellers with more... Full Article

Clark government bungled fatal sawmill fire investigation: NDP

Jan 14, 2014 - Although Crown prosecutors blamed WorkSafeBC investigators for failing to follow proper investigation procedures in its handling of a fatal... Full Article

Living wage policies hurts some workers: Fraser Institute

Jan 14, 2014 - Should Vancouver and other municipalities in the region ever decide to follow New Westminster's lead and adopt a living wage policy, it might... Full Article

City stops processing application to demolish Hollywood Theatre

Jan 10, 2014 - The City of Vancouver has stopped processing Bonnis Properties’ application to redevelop the Hollywood Theatre into a two-storey fitness... Full Article

Two years in, Christy Clark's jobs plan fails to deliver: report

Jan 09, 2014 - Two years after Premier Christy Clark announced a plan to get British Columbians back to work, the B.C. Jobs Plan has failed to deliver on its... Full Article

City to freeze new food truck permits

Jan 07, 2014 - The City of Vancouver will freeze new food truck permits in 2014 as it looks at ways to fix the problem of license holders renting out the permits ... Full Article

Street pay parking riles Surrey small businesses

Jan 07, 2014 - Fighting proliferation of parking meters atop 2014 priority list for newly approved NBIA Full Article

In depth: 2013's election train to Clarksville

Dec 16, 2013 - In her stunning upset win in the May 14 provincial election, BIV's newsmaker of the year defied polls, politics and pundits to lead the BC Liberal ... Full Article

EXCLUSIVE: Liberals' decisions spark backlash, but survey finds few votes lost since election

Dec 16, 2013 - In the court of public opinion, Clark wins on economy but loses on legislature closure, BC Hydro and BC Ferries, BIV-Insights West poll finds Full Article

Vancouver business owners lobbying city hall to pay a smaller slice of the municipality’s tax pie

Dec 16, 2013 - With property taxes set to rise 1.9%, city businesses argue that having to pay 4.5 times more than residents is unfair Full Article

Canada Post to stop home delivery, cut up to 8,000 jobs

Dec 11, 2013 - Canada Post will phase out home mail delivery over the next five years, eliminating between 6,000 and 8,000 jobs, it announced December 11.... Full Article

Liquor law changes support tourism and B.C. business: Premier

Dec 11, 2013 - British Columbia’s Tourism industry and local liquor producers stand to benefit from changes to provincial liquor laws, according to B.C.... Full Article

Vancouver councillor asks for more scrutiny of bike share plans

Dec 03, 2013 - NPA councillor George Affleck will ask Vancouver’s city council to take a closer look at the financial viability of a planned bike share... Full Article

NPA questions 1.9% property tax increase in Vancouver's 2014 budget

Nov 28, 2013 - The City of Vancouver plans to spend $1.2 billion in 2014 and raise property taxes by just under 2%, according to budget documents released... Full Article

B.C. to offer public-sector wage hikes tied to economic growth

Nov 28, 2013 - The British Columbia government says it will head into the next flurry of public-sector labour negotiations with an offer of limited wage hikes... Full Article

Surrey council approves 2014 budget

Nov 26, 2013 - Surrey city council has approved recommendations for the city's 2014 financial plan at its annual budget meeting, permitting new increases to... Full Article

Debt-laden Bixi chosen over local bike-share system maker

Nov 25, 2013 - SandVault Group claims it could have provided cheaper equipment for Vancouver program Full Article

B.C. NDP regrouping for leadership convention in September

Nov 18, 2013 - Newly elected British Columbia New Democratic Party president Craig Keating convened his equally new provincial council on Sunday to start... Full Article

NPA tackles Vision on community consultation trainwrecks

Nov 15, 2013 - Vancouver’s Non Partisan Association (NPA) thinks it can do a better job of listening to city residents than reigning Vision Vancouver, led... Full Article

Bixi's financial problems delay Vancouver bike share roll out

Nov 14, 2013 - Vancouver's bike share program will be delayed by several months because of reported financial problems with Montreal-based bike share company... Full Article

Rush for U.S. business can hurt unwary entrepreneurs

Nov 12, 2013 - Surrey seminar shows companies how to navigate around cross-border roadblocks Full Article

Flexibility needed in job grant talks: BC Chamber

Nov 07, 2013 - The federal and provincial governments need to be flexible when it comes to November 8th’s scheduled job grant talks, said the BC Chamber of ... Full Article

Government waste cost taxpayers up to $197 billion since 1988: Fraser Institute

Nov 01, 2013 - Mismanagement and waste by the federal government has cost Canadian taxpayers between $158-$197 billion over the past 25 years, according to a... Full Article

Victoria could soon allow beer and wine sales in grocery stores

Oct 29, 2013 - Beer and wine store owners are concerned that the British Columbia government is considering letting residents buy beer and wine in grocery stores.... Full Article

Vancouver mayor in New York for urban development summit

Oct 07, 2013 - Mayor Gregor Robertson is in New York today (October 7) after taking part in an urban development summit over the weekend.... Full Article

Mobile business licence finally comes to Metro Vancouver

Oct 01, 2013 - A long-awaited mobile business licence that will be accepted across six Metro Vancouver municipalities is finally here.... Full Article

Chamber to Ottawa: Fix temporary foreign worker, blue skies polices

Sep 30, 2013 - Two federal policies are putting a damper on Canadian business, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which wants open sky agreements for air... Full Article

Premier to tour to promote skills training and LNG industry

Sep 24, 2013 - Premier Christy Clark will embark on a five-day tour September 30 with stops in Kelowna, Toronto and Washington, D.C., the provincial government... Full Article

Activists protest city’s lack of development consultation

Sep 24, 2013 - City hall rally to coincide with staff report to council on improving community feedback Full Article

Clark announces plans to spread LNG wealth at UBCM

Sep 20, 2013 - Premier Christy Clark pledged to help British Columbia's communities prepare for LNG, and made announcements about crime reduction and the... Full Article

NDP leader Dix announces he is stepping down

Sep 19, 2013 - Adrian Dix announced September 18 that he is stepping down as leader of British Columbia’s New Democratic Party.... Full Article

Municipalities right to look beyond property tax: BC Chamber

Sep 17, 2013 - B.C.’s municipal leaders are on the right track with some portions of its plan to reform local government finance, says the head of the BC... Full Article

Canada Post seeking delivery from debt burden

Sep 17, 2013 - Door-to-door delivery at risk as national mail carrier grapples with projected $1b annual loss Full Article

B.C. government wants input on changing liquor laws

Sep 16, 2013 - Should B.C. brewers be allowed to sell craft beer in convenience stores and grocery stores, like in Quebec and many states in the U.S.? Should... Full Article

Liquor licensing branch hires new general manager

Sep 13, 2013 - The British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) has hired a new general manger, Doug Scott, who will start his new job on... Full Article

Christy Clark and unions join forces on LNG skills gap

Sep 10, 2013 - During the provincial election campaign, Premier Christy Clark said employers should have the most say when it comes to skills training, not... Full Article

Metro Vancouver in limbo over garbage proposal

Sep 06, 2013 - Metro Vancouver's garbage and recycling committee narrowly defeated a proposal September 5 that the B.C. Chamber of Commerce feared would lead to... Full Article

Finance committee announces public consultations for 2014 budget

Sep 06, 2013 - The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services will be conducting consultations across the province on the 2014 budget, the... Full Article

Federal Liberal Party insider will head Vancouver Economic Commission: Mayor

Sep 06, 2013 - The Vancouver Economic Commission has appointed Ian McKay, former national director of the Liberal Party of Canada, as its new CEO, Mayor Gregor... Full Article

Trial lawyers reject blame for upcoming ICBC rate hikes

Sep 05, 2013 - The Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) is rejecting ICBC's claims that upcoming rate hikes are based on increasing costs, the organization... Full Article

Marijuana should remain illegal: SBOT

Aug 30, 2013 - Following recent marijuana legalization discussions throughout the Lower Mainland, the Surrey Board of Trade has announced its opposition to the... Full Article

Liberals launch review of Industry Training Authority

Aug 22, 2013 - The B.C. government announced August 21 that it will launch a review of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) this fall.... Full Article

Advertising, campaign finance rules to be beefed up for B.C. municipal elections

Aug 22, 2013 - Victoria is pushing ahead with changes to advertising and sponsorship rules for municipal elections, the B.C. government announced August 21.... Full Article

When it comes to P3s, municipalities need to catch up: report

Aug 21, 2013 - Most public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects are delivering good value to taxpayers, but more work could be done to encourage... Full Article

Vancouver entrepreneur announces bid for president of federal Liberal party

Aug 15, 2013 - Local entrepreneur and B.C. Liberal party president Brian G. Rice announced his candidacy for Liberal Party of Canada president on August 14.... Full Article

B.C. shouldn’t be wasting money on private insurance middlemen for public employee drug coverage

Aug 13, 2013 - The choice essentially boils down to this: B.C. can continue to pad the books of private insurers or it can free up these funds for more... Full Article

New B.C. business model for prospective do-gooders comes with strings attached

Aug 13, 2013 - Provincial government’s C3 legislation is designed to promote investment in social enterprises, but its many regulations threaten to deter... Full Article

B.C. auditor general finds $3b discrepancy in province’s books

Aug 09, 2013 - B.C. auditor general Russ Jones released a report August 8 that concluded that B.C. ran a $1.7 billion surplus in the 2012-13 fiscal year instead... Full Article

Struggling Canada Post should contract out more services: C.D. Howe Institute

Aug 08, 2013 - The C.D. Howe Institute has some ideas for keeping struggling Canada Post solvent: contract out postal services and provide direct subsidies for... Full Article

B.C. government launches two-stage consultation on liquor law reform

Aug 07, 2013 - The B.C. government launched a consultation on how to reform the province's liquor laws by sending letters on August 7 to what it calls "major... Full Article

New core review to include schools, universities, hospitals, Crowns

Aug 01, 2013 - The B.C. government plans to conduct a core review, similar to one launched more than 10 years ago, with an expanded mandate to include schools,... Full Article

Government appoints schools public administrator, terminates board of directors

Aug 01, 2013 - The B.C. government has appointed a public administrator for the British Columbia Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA) and terminated the... Full Article

Jobs minister drives BC Liberals' agenda

Jul 30, 2013 - Bond's goals include boosting B.C. tourism sector's revenue to $18 billion by 2016 Full Article

LDB's Vancouver warehouse on the block this fall: new liquor minister

Jul 24, 2013 - Attorney General Suzanne Anton, whose portfolio includes liquor sales and regulation, said July 23 in a budget hearing at the Legislature that the ... Full Article

Vancouver votes to spend $6 million to set up bike share

Jul 24, 2013 - Vancouver city council voted to approve a proposal to set up a bike share system July 23. Full Article

Government claims provincial policies helping reduce executive compensation at Crown corporations

Jul 23, 2013 - The provincial government released its annual report of executive compensation in Crown corporations July 23 and is attributing the marginal drop... Full Article

LDB's search for relocation expert proves onerous

Jul 23, 2013 - The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s (LDB) search for a supply chain and logistics management expert is going overtime.... Full Article

Push for sugary drinks tax ignites heated debate

Jul 23, 2013 - Critics also pan revenue-neutral BC Healthy Living Alliance proposal recommending tax breaks on healthy foods to promote better diets and help... Full Article

Victoria set to take another shot at modernizing province's liquor laws

Jul 23, 2013 - Happy hours in bars and restaurants are popular across Canada and along the U.S. west coast but they're prohibited in B.C. Full Article

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