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Former B.C. hops farm director issued $550K penalty for fraud

Former B.C. hops farm director issued $550K penalty for fraud

Alexander William Bridges, also known as Alex Blackwell, faces a substantial monetary penalty after defrauding investors of Fraser Valley Hop Farms Inc.
Internal City of Vancouver email exposes ongoing strife over Israel-Hamas war

Internal City of Vancouver email exposes ongoing strife over Israel-Hamas war

‘I’m concerned that your e-mail further stigmatizes and minimizes the unique violence Jewish people face today’
Rogers Sugar reaches tentative deal with Vancouver refinery workers

Rogers Sugar reaches tentative deal with Vancouver refinery workers

Approximately 140 workers at the refinery have been on strike since Sept. 28.
Government says Vrooman leaving as chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank

Government says Vrooman leaving as chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank

OTTAWA — Tamara Vrooman is leaving her role as chair of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Federal Infrastructure Minister Sean Fraser says Vrooman's departure after three years in the job takes effect tomorrow.
Federal government posts $19.1B deficit for April to November period

Federal government posts $19.1B deficit for April to November period

OTTAWA — The federal government posted a deficit of $19.1 billion for the first eight months of its 2023-24 fiscal year. The result for the April-to-November period compared with a deficit of nearly $3.
Minutes of only one Vancouver budget task force meeting released

Minutes of only one Vancouver budget task force meeting released

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim created the task force in April 2023 to find budget efficiencies.
‘Always a bright side’: Squamish forester highlighted by Indigenous network

‘Always a bright side’: Squamish forester highlighted by Indigenous network

The Indigenous Resource Network, a national grassroots organization that advocates for Indigenous representation, was in Squamish recently to speak to forestry workers.
Cap on international students poses potential threat to B.C. businesses

Cap on international students poses potential threat to B.C. businesses

Surrey Board of Trade will host a roundtable discussion next week to address concerns and possible disruptions.
U.K. suspends trade negotiations with Canada, each accuses the other of not budging

U.K. suspends trade negotiations with Canada, each accuses the other of not budging

OTTAWA — The United Kingdom is hitting the brakes on trade talks with Canada after Ottawa decided not to extend temporary measures put in place after Brexit.
B.C. odour incidents spark questions around corporate ethics and communication

B.C. odour incidents spark questions around corporate ethics and communication

Vancouver resident Robert Ford was heading to a yoga class Sunday morning when he smelled an odour he likened to "semi-burnt fuel.