Industry

Gavin Vickery and his company Input Logic Inc. have watched first hand as the vibe at SquareOne has changed dramatically.
Gavin Vickery and his company Input Logic Inc. have watched first hand as the vibe at SquareOne has changed dramatically. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's tech incubator faces uncertain future amid steep operating losses

By Dominic Abassi
March 28, 2017 - 6:28pm

NANAIMO — What was coined as the Nanaimo region's first tech incubator is no longer fulfilling its intended goal, according to tenants and city staff.

Jim Pattison answers questions from Quality Foods employees about his plans for the company.
Jim Pattison answers questions from Quality Foods employees about his plans for the company. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Quality Foods sold to Jim Pattison

By Ian Holmes
March 24, 2017 - 9:18pm Updated: March 27, 2017 - 7:01am

QUALICUM BEACH — Longstanding Vancouver Island grocery store chain Quality Foods (QF) has been sold to billionaire Jim Pattison.

Quality Foods founders John Briuolo and Ken Schley made the announcement Friday, in a transaction involving 13 stores and a little more than 1,000 employees.

A trail running along Knarston Creek offers a serene hike up a ridge to a well-hidden waterfall.
A trail running along Knarston Creek offers a serene hike up a ridge to a well-hidden waterfall. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Group wants better balance in Lantzville forest; Province has 'no plans' for changes

By Dominic Abassi
March 21, 2017 - 4:27pm

NANAIMO — The provincial government is not striking the right balance between logging and conservation, according to a group fighting to save a chunk of a Lantzville woodlot.

A slowing housing market is being credited with a strong B.C. Economy, but not as strong as it could be.
A slowing housing market is being credited with a strong B.C. Economy, but not as strong as it could be. Credit: The Canadian Press

B.C. economy to grow more slowly over next two years: Central 1 Credit Union

By Daryl Major
March 18, 2017 - 9:24am

NANAIMO — The B.C. economy looks strong over the next two years, but not compared to previous years according to one credit union.

Bryan Yu, Central One Credit Union's senior economist, said the housing market is one of the biggest reasons why.

L-R John Grisdale, Dave LeNeveu, Ken Wagner address the uncertain future of the Nanaimo Clippers
L-R John Grisdale, Dave LeNeveu, Ken Wagner address the uncertain future of the Nanaimo Clippers Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'No turning back,' Clippers to move or shut down without local ownership

By Ian Holmes
March 16, 2017 - 5:55pm

NANAIMO — Without local ownership, the Nanaimo Clippers won't be operating in the harbour city next season.

Ken Wagner, the team's majority owner, made the announcement at a news conference Thursday. Wagner said he's looking at relocating the team to another Vancouver Island city.

BC Government

Premier wants to make B.C. a leader in emerging field of augmented reality

By The Canadian Press
March 14, 2017 - 11:22am Updated: March 14, 2017 - 5:22pm

VANCOUVER — As governments around the world put up barriers to increased trade and immigration, British Columbia has an opportunity to grow its burgeoning technology sector by opening its doors to skilled newcomers, Premier Christy Clark says.

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