Melissa Edwards

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May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Courtenay, Comox and the Comox Valley

The three connected centres of the Comox Valley—the main cities of Courtenay and Comox, and smaller Cumberland—are Central Island outliers because they haven’t really had to reinvent themselves at all. Their healthy farming and tourism industries, plus 19 Wing, B.C.’s only Canadian Air Force base, which employs roughly 1,500 military...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Powell River

“Two ferries can’t be wrong.” That wry local bumper sticker encapsulates the Powell River attitude: sure, the crossings make for a long trip to and from Vancouver, but so what? We have ocean views and beaches with some of the warmest ocean waters in B.C., we have affordable property, we’re...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Port Alberni

Port Alberni is a city of some contradiction: seemingly in the middle of Vancouver Island, it’s actually a deepwater Pacific port at the tip of long Alberni Inlet; where news reports feature social issues and a struggling resource industry, residents see a tight-knit hidden gem full of friendly people who...

May 3, 2018
B.C. City Guide 2018: Parksville

You probably know about Parksville’s sandy beaches, hefty retiree cohort and tourism industry, which runs full-tilt all summer only to hunker down over the winter months. But it might surprise you to hear about the Vancouver Island city’s fast-growing film industry—complete with a new 32,000-square-foot studio and prop shop—that hit...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Campbell River

Like many resource towns, Vancouver Island’s northernmost city has seen tough times: layoffs in the coal industry, the closure of the pulp mill in 2010 and declines in wild stocks that haven’t done any favours for commercial fishermen in the “salmon capital of B.C.” But Campbell River has found opportunity...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Nanaimo

For many years, the Island’s second-largest city sat comfortably in the shadows of Vancouver’s highrise gleam and the waistcoated charm of Victoria. Unpretentious, down-to-earth—maybe a little seedy in spots—Nanaimo quietly did its work, offering affordable homes, decent resource industry and service careers, and an outdoorsy lifestyle for urbanites who don’t...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Victoria and the Capital Regional District

Greater Victoria—the centre of the Capital Regional District at the southern tip of Vancouver Island—once held to a simple but stable diet of tourism and government. Rich with students, retirees and starter-home families, the city had a reputation for offering little in the way of mid­­-career growth outside the civil...

Apr 18, 2018
Numerology: The B.C. industry constructed around late payments

As April brings the province’s first annual Construction Month, independent contractors are struggling under the weight of insurance and loan interest while they wait for clients to pony up, says BCCA president Chris Atchison. “Smaller contractors are refusing to work...

Mar 16, 2018
Numerology: Weighing the cost of spring break

That’s how much the average British Columbian in a 2017 Ipsos poll said they expected to lay out for their family over March break—the highest spend in the country, more than 50 percent above the national average. But the big...

Feb 9, 2018
Numerology: Digging into B.C.’s cargo and warehousing industry

That’s how many people work in the B.C. transportation and warehousing industry—and judging by the focus of this month’s Cargo Logistics Canada conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, they need to prepare for a sea change brought on by robotics...

Jan 2, 2018
High housing prices have Vancouverites mulling exit

Once next year’s 4 per cent allowable rent hike takes effect in B.C. (and renovictions and lease renewals push average rents even higher), help-wanted signs will grow dustier as street-level businesses chase the increasingly rare soul who can afford to...

Nov 9, 2017
Numerology: Artisanal markets in B.C. kick off the gift-buying season

As the gift-buying season approaches, that’s about how many craft markets will set up across the province to help local potters, carvers, glass blowers, jewelry makers and other artisans get their wares into holiday shoppers’ hands. Indie fairs are growing...

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