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Canadians made 40 per cent of online purchases on mobile devices in 2018. (Black Press File).                                Canadians made 40 per cent of online purchases on mobile devices in 2018. (Black Press File).

Forty per cent of online purchases made on cell phone in 2018

In 2014, mobile devices accounted for 12 per cent of online purchases

Canadians made 40 per cent of online purchases on mobile devices in 2018. (Black Press File).                                Canadians made 40 per cent of online purchases on mobile devices in 2018. (Black Press File).
It takes Canadians an average of 3.2 attempts to quit smoking. (Black Press File).                                It takes Canadians an average of 3.2 attempts to quit smoking. (Black Press file photo)

Third time and a bit is the charm when it comes to quitting smoking

Roughly five million Canadians smoked either daily or occasionally in 2017

It takes Canadians an average of 3.2 attempts to quit smoking. (Black Press File).                                It takes Canadians an average of 3.2 attempts to quit smoking. (Black Press file photo)
Initial reports say Christmas sales were strong in British Columbia, but not as strong as last year, as the industry prepares for a “softening” of the retail environment. (Black Press File).

Retailers in B.C. preparing for slower growth, higher costs in 2019

British Columbia, once a region of strength, has gone soft for retailers

Initial reports say Christmas sales were strong in British Columbia, but not as strong as last year, as the industry prepares for a “softening” of the retail environment. (Black Press File).
Statistics Canada says cannabis sales topped $43 million during the two-week period following legalization. (Black Press File).

Cannabis sales topped $43 million in first two weeks after legalization

Overall retail sales remained sluggish

Statistics Canada says cannabis sales topped $43 million during the two-week period following legalization. (Black Press File).
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) predicts that the Bank of Canada will not meet its interest rate goals in warning of “cracks” in the Canadian economy (Canadian Press).

B.C. real estate body warns of ‘cracks’ in Canadian economy in 2019

British Columbia Real Estate Association predicts Bank of Canada won’t meet interest goals

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) predicts that the Bank of Canada will not meet its interest rate goals in warning of “cracks” in the Canadian economy (Canadian Press).
B.C. lieutenant governor’s house avoids major damage in late-night fire

B.C. lieutenant governor’s house avoids major damage in late-night fire

A fire at Government House in Victoria was caused by an overheated elevator motor.

B.C. lieutenant governor’s house avoids major damage in late-night fire
A pedestrian walks past a sign advertising jobs with BC Cannabis Operations in late September. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Pot industry employs more than 10,000 people across Canada

Employment in pot related jobs rose 266 per cent to an estimated figure of 10,400 in November 2018

A pedestrian walks past a sign advertising jobs with BC Cannabis Operations in late September. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

One per cent of men report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace
The six-storey wood frame Radius apartment complex under construction in Royal Oak promises to further increase the supply of affordable housing. Compared to the rest of Canada, households in British Columbia spent the most on shelter. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Canadians spent almost $64,000 on goods and services in 2017

Households in B.C. each spent $71,001 with housing costs contributing to higher average

The six-storey wood frame Radius apartment complex under construction in Royal Oak promises to further increase the supply of affordable housing. Compared to the rest of Canada, households in British Columbia spent the most on shelter. Travis Paterson/News Staff
Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017
Eggnog first emerged as a Christmas holiday favourite in England, where the aristocracy popularized, before becoming a favourite in North America by the 1800s. (Black Press file photo)

Holiday secret revealed: Why you only get eggnog at this time of the year

Canadians drank almost eight million litres of eggnog in 2016

Eggnog first emerged as a Christmas holiday favourite in England, where the aristocracy popularized, before becoming a favourite in North America by the 1800s. (Black Press file photo)
Canada exported fresh-cut Christmas trees worth $43.1 million in 2016, but also imported fake Christmas trees worth $61 million the same year, with $59.5 million coming from China. (Black Press file photo)

Canada exports fresh Christmas trees, imports fakes

Canadians imported $61 million worth of fake Christmas trees, despite having 1,872 Christmas tree farms throughout the country

Canada exported fresh-cut Christmas trees worth $43.1 million in 2016, but also imported fake Christmas trees worth $61 million the same year, with $59.5 million coming from China. (Black Press file photo)
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Canadian EI claims dropped 13.3 per cent year-to-year in September

In Sept. 2018, almost half a million fewer eligible Canadians received employment insurance

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A private gathering was held Sunday to celebrate the life of Dan Sealey, the stepson of B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this month. (Facebook/Dan Sealey)

Overdose death of B.C. cabinet minister’s stepson underscores need for policy shift, expert says

Dan Sealey died of an illicit drug overdose earlier this month

A private gathering was held Sunday to celebrate the life of Dan Sealey, the stepson of B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this month. (Facebook/Dan Sealey)
The Bank of Canada is flagging the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets as the financial system’s top vulnerabilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

The Bank of Canada is flagging the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets as the financial system’s top vulnerabilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Trans Mountain pipeline which became operational in 1953. (Trans Mountain)

Canada has enough pipelines to get the moon

Pipelines totalling 840,000 kilometres run across Canada

Trans Mountain pipeline which became operational in 1953. (Trans Mountain)
Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, faced a small but audible group of protesters during her stop at Saanich Wednesday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, faced a small but audible group of protesters during her stop at Saanich Wednesday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Saanich, B.C. (Wolfgang Depner/Black Press Media)

Feds, B.C. to expand Darkwoods Conservation area

New funding allows the national land trust to add some 7,900 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Saanich, B.C. (Wolfgang Depner/Black Press Media)
Earlier this fall, BC Housing deemed land offered by the District of Saanich unsuitable for supportive housing. (Black Press file photo)

Provincial housing boss brought home more than $350,000 in 2017-18

BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options

Earlier this fall, BC Housing deemed land offered by the District of Saanich unsuitable for supportive housing. (Black Press file photo)
The person in charge of the provincial liquor distribution branch, whose portfolio now includes B.C. first public recreational marijuana store in Kamloops, earned nearly a quarter-million in 2017-18. Black Press File.

B.C. liquor boss soaked up almost $250,000 in total compensation

Executive in charge of cannabis operations earned $8,883 for less than a month’s work in 2017-18

The person in charge of the provincial liquor distribution branch, whose portfolio now includes B.C. first public recreational marijuana store in Kamloops, earned nearly a quarter-million in 2017-18. Black Press File.