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Help Wanted: Economic growth means Coast businesses often going short-staffed

Canadian Tire still plans to re-open its auto service desk sometime this fall after shutting it down early in the summer. The problem is not a lack of business at its Wilson Creek location—it’s a lack of mechanics to staff its three car-repair bays. “We have some possible hires in the pipeline, possibly from other ... Read More »

Social enterprise: where community and business connect

There is a classic set of circumstances that help anyone create a business: 1) you see a need in your community, a gap in goods or services; 2) you have an idea how to fill that gap; and 3) you could use some extra income. That’s just the situation Sechelt’s Maryanne Brabander happily found herself ... Read More »

The Driftwood: Oceanside inn builds on a long history

One of the more enduring establishments on the Sunshine Coast is getting a makeover. The Driftwood Inn, located for nearly 50 years at the foot of Trail Avenue, is already looking brighter, with updated décor in its Pebbles Restaurant and banquet room—and more improvements to come—under the direction of new general manager Jackie Coombs. “All ... Read More »

Don Chapman: Fighting for citizenship rights

  On the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, Don Chapman has a message for his fellow Canadians: don’t be too complacent. “Canadian citizenship is nothing more than a legislated privilege, it is not a constitutional right,” says Chapman. “Our citizenship has been amalgamation of laws that go back since Confederation. Today it is so convoluted ... Read More »

Caterers on the Coast

Hosting and cooking for an event comes with many challenges. Timing? How much food to serve? Allergy considerations? Are my guests going to like the food? How do I be a good host while cooking? It can all become quite overwhelming. Fear not, it looks like the caterers on the Coast are here to take ... Read More »

Jasper Marine – Excellence in alloy

“I like to build things that inspire me,” says Jasper Vermeulen. So much so, that the 26-year-old has launched his own boat building business, Jasper Marine, that promises to become a leader in innovative marine design. Boats are in Vermeulen’s blood. The family is Dutch, and Jasper’s paternal great grandfather was the captain of a ... Read More »

Sipping the Sunshine Coast

Persephone Brewing Company first opened its doors in Langdale in 2013. That was the same year provincial regulations governing tasting rooms began to loosen and the craft beer industry in BC took off. In 2012, there were approximately 50 breweries across BC. The BC Ale Trail website, a great resource when planning your next “beer-cation,” ... Read More »

Cider: a libation with a long history

Across North American, craft cider is booming, but few people know the extraordinary history of the beverage. Apple trees originated in Central Asia near the Caspian Sea, and travellers carried them along the Silk Route to Western Europe, where the Romans spread them as far as Britain. When Europeans reached the New World, they brought ... Read More »

Local celebs: Kinnie Starr

Kinnie Starr is keenly aware of how life can change in an instant. In 2015 she was sitting in the back of a cab when it was hit by a vehicle that had gone through a stop sign. In shock, she walked away from the accident without anyone noticing and did a scheduled press interview ... Read More »

Local celebs: David Poon

David Poon thought he was going to be a scientist “of some sort” until high school when music became his focus. He played trombone in the school band, but had been playing piano since he was five. It wasn’t until he began studying music at the University of British Columbia that he found the instrument ... Read More »

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