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Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. eases rules for COVID-19 small business, tourism relief

30% loss of sales at time of application now qualifies

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort – known locally as the Pink Palace – has been closed as a hotel since 2018, but has reinvented itself as a film studio. (Facebook photo)

South Surrey’s ‘Pink Palace’ reinvented as a film facility

With redevelopment on hold, building has also been a venue for paranormal and historic tours

South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort – known locally as the Pink Palace – has been closed as a hotel since 2018, but has reinvented itself as a film studio. (Facebook photo)
Former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell at a previous Surrey Women in Business Awards luncheon. (File photo: Surrey Board of Trade)
Former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell at a previous Surrey Women in Business Awards luncheon. (File photo: Surrey Board of Trade)
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B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature’s pre-Christmas session to approve more COVID-19 spending, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature’s pre-Christmas session to approve more COVID-19 spending, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Holiday knick-knacks stand are displayed for Christmas shoppers Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at a Lowes store in Northglenn, Colo. Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Take stock of what you owe – and what you can pay

Holiday knick-knacks stand are displayed for Christmas shoppers Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at a Lowes store in Northglenn, Colo. Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Commons finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Budget officer says federal wage-subsidy program may cost more this year than planned

Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux’s office says the figure for this year could be closer to $85.5 billion

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Commons finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A kitten plays with the drawstrings on a sweatshirt as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

‘Low-intensity’ indoor fitness OK under B.C.’s revised COVID-19 orders

Light weightlifting, pilates, hatha yoga, low-intensity barre classes

A kitten plays with the drawstrings on a sweatshirt as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth defends government actions in the legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)

ICBC applies for 15% rate decrease as lawyers pushed out

Resolution tribunal to determine most injury awards

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth defends government actions in the legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Commercial tenants – including 3 Dogs Brewing, HSBC and Prospera Credit Union – are soon to occupy the just-completed second phase of Bosa’s Miramar Village development in uptown White Rock. (Norman Orr photo)

Commercial space fills up at White Rock’s new Miramar towers

Interest runs high in second phase of Bosa development

Commercial tenants – including 3 Dogs Brewing, HSBC and Prospera Credit Union – are soon to occupy the just-completed second phase of Bosa’s Miramar Village development in uptown White Rock. (Norman Orr photo)
The City of White Rock is encouraging residents to shop city businesses that offer pandemic-appropriate shopping alternatives. (File photo)

White Rock encourages locals to ‘shop the rock’

Campaign highlights businesses offering online and pickup alternatives

The City of White Rock is encouraging residents to shop city businesses that offer pandemic-appropriate shopping alternatives. (File photo)
A Semiahmoo Peninsula woman has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help keep South Surrey’s Caprice Theatre afloat during its COVID-19-related shutdown. (Contributed photo)

GoFundMe campaign aims to help South Surrey theatre during COVID-19 pandemic

‘I am hoping that this fundraiser can keep them going,’ says Karen Ceraldi

A Semiahmoo Peninsula woman has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help keep South Surrey’s Caprice Theatre afloat during its COVID-19-related shutdown. (Contributed photo)
Photo of Heritage Community College program grads posted to B.C. government’s website. (news.gov.bc.ca)

Surrey college ramps up health-care assistant training with $437,000 in gov’t funding

Heritage Community College to train eligible immigrants through CEP project

Photo of Heritage Community College program grads posted to B.C. government’s website. (news.gov.bc.ca)
Robin Round, owner of the Valley’s Botanical Bliss Products, said the province’s decision to bar vendors selling non-food products from outdoor markets as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic is crushing her business, and others as well. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Non-food vendors ‘destroyed’ by banishment from B.C. farmers’ markets

‘They are…discriminating against the smallest of B.C. businesses under the guise of protecting us’

Robin Round, owner of the Valley’s Botanical Bliss Products, said the province’s decision to bar vendors selling non-food products from outdoor markets as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic is crushing her business, and others as well. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Surrey-White Rock MLA calls for cap on the amount of money food delivery apps can charge restaurants. (Skip The Dishes photo)

Surrey-White Rock MLA calls for cap on restaurant delivery fees

The Food and Beverage Delivery Fees Cap Act was moved to a second reading at a later date

Surrey-White Rock MLA calls for cap on the amount of money food delivery apps can charge restaurants. (Skip The Dishes photo)
Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. tourism calls for ‘bridge’ relief to recover from COVID-19

Task force asks province for $95 million emergency fund

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
A cheque is presented at the conclusion of the Drive Pink campaign. (Contributed photo)
A cheque is presented at the conclusion of the Drive Pink campaign. (Contributed photo)
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Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem and Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada Carolyn Wilkins are seen during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The Bank of Canada will deliver a rate announcement today with observers watching if news about vaccines gives a shot in the arm to the bank’s outlook on the economy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 0.25%

The announcement marks the interest last rate decision the central bank will make this year

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem and Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada Carolyn Wilkins are seen during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The Bank of Canada will deliver a rate announcement today with observers watching if news about vaccines gives a shot in the arm to the bank’s outlook on the economy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
B.C. NDP finance critic Mike Bernier speaks in the legislature, Feb. 13, 2020. (Hansard TV)

Big holes in NDP’s COVID-19 Christmas bonus plan, B.C. Liberal says

Applications based on 2019 income, late budget delays further aid

B.C. NDP finance critic Mike Bernier speaks in the legislature, Feb. 13, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. delays 2021 budget, moves to borrow more for COVID-19

$1,000 family benefit coming, online applications open Dec. 18

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)