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Empty shelves are pictured at a grocery store in North Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages

Employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 protocols and illness hitting about 30 per cent in some stores

A for sale is sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

2021 home sales set Canadian new record, tops previous high by 20 per cent

CREA says about 667,000 residential properties changed hands in 2021

A logo for Netflix is seen on a remote control in Portland, Ore., Aug. 13, 2020. The global streaming platform announced last week it’s inching up the monthly cost of its most popular subscription packages once again by a dollar or two. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane

How high will you go? Netflix price hike renews questions for streaming subscribers

Analyst says the era of cheap streaming is drawing to an end

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal decision on fish farms prompts closure of B.C. processing plant: company

Plant employed 80 people and was operational for four years

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal decision on fish farms prompts closure of B.C. processing plant: company

Plant employed 80 people and was operational for four years

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, is the largest open pit copper mine in Canada. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Union, company consider mediator’s proposal at B.C.’s biggest open pit copper mine

Teck, Steelworkers at B.C.’s Highland Valley Copper mull mediator’s contract proposal

The Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, is the largest open pit copper mine in Canada. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Oil Sands Alliance to focus on industry sustainability, advancing net-zero ambitions

It is not clear whether the new organization will be involved in political lobbying

The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Grocery store workers call refusal to reinstate pandemic pay ‘insulting’

$2-an hour pay premium previously offered by grocers made a difference to employees

People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Netflix upping U.S., Canada prices with competition growing

Prices are going up by $1 to $2, depending on the plan

(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Crescent Park Market owners Keith and Joanna Ro are set to retire after 25 years. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Known for kindness, generosity, Crescent Park Market owners set to retire

Keith and Joanna Ro will be ‘dearly missed’ by neighbourhood families

Crescent Park Market owners Keith and Joanna Ro are set to retire after 25 years. (Aaron Hinks photo)
A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)

B.C.’s value-added forest industry pleads for old-growth wood

‘We’re talking months until we’re running out’

A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)
As per Langley Local Immigration Partnership the webinar will help Langley employers find new workers and deal with workforce shortage. (Langley Advance Times files)

Immigrant employment at forefront of first-ever roundtable discussion

Langley Local Immigration Partnership and chamber of commerce host online session Jan. 20

As per Langley Local Immigration Partnership the webinar will help Langley employers find new workers and deal with workforce shortage. (Langley Advance Times files)
RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)

Forest industry analysts paint grim picture for B.C. investment future

Old growth restrictions threaten value added, truck loggers told

RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)
Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine is pictured in British Columbia’s interior, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Teck says United Steelworkers issue strike notice at B.C.’s largest copper mine

Highland Valley Copper is the largest open-pit copper and molybdenum mine in Canada

Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine is pictured in British Columbia’s interior, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)

Pressure mounting for grocers to bring back ‘hero pay’ amid Omicron surge

Advocates calling for reinstatement of pay bump due to increasing COVID concerns

Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)
People walk along Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal, Sunday, January 2, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Some measures put in place by the Quebec government, including the closure of stores to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People walk along Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal, Sunday, January 2, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Some measures put in place by the Quebec government, including the closure of stores to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. The Competition Bureau says Keurig Canada will pay a $3 million penalty in Canada for making false or misleading claims that its single-use K-cup pods can be recycled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toby Talbot, File

Keurig to pay $3 million fine for false, misleading claims on recycling of its K-CUPs

Keurig Canada has to change its packaging, publish notices about the changes

In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. The Competition Bureau says Keurig Canada will pay a $3 million penalty in Canada for making false or misleading claims that its single-use K-cup pods can be recycled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toby Talbot, File
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Arizona’s auto aspirations make for unlikely ally in Canada’s EV tax-credit fight

Arizona is attracting parts and manufacturing service suppliers as well as EV companies

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Tourism Langley’s Executive Director Erinn Kredba.
Share the Local Love is a recently launched campaign to encourage locals and Metro Vancouver residents to buy from Langley businesses. (Langley Advance Times files)

Tourism Langley gets $60,000 funding for its new campaign

Share the Local Love campaign was launched in collaboration with Langley’s chamber of commerce

Tourism Langley’s Executive Director Erinn Kredba.
Share the Local Love is a recently launched campaign to encourage locals and Metro Vancouver residents to buy from Langley businesses. (Langley Advance Times files)
A moviegoer steps into an auditorium at a Cineplex Movie Theatre in Toronto on Friday, July 16, 2021. Cineplex Inc. says it has temporarily laid off nearly 5,000 part-time employees because of mandated closures of its Ontario movie theatres.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Nearly 5,000 layoffs at Cineplex after Ontario closes movie theatres

Canada’s largest movie chain will get its employees back to work when restrictions are lifted

A moviegoer steps into an auditorium at a Cineplex Movie Theatre in Toronto on Friday, July 16, 2021. Cineplex Inc. says it has temporarily laid off nearly 5,000 part-time employees because of mandated closures of its Ontario movie theatres.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young