B.C.’s tourism industry poised for job growth


B.C.'s tourism industry's human resource division, go2hr, is indicating that more than 100,000 tourism job openings are expected in the province by 2020, although labour shortages are expected to be felt as early as 2014. “Each region faces specific pressures within our industry,” says Arlene Keis, CEO of go2hr. “Sectors ranging from food & beverage and accommodation, to transportation and outdoor recreation … [Read more...]

Giving up the gun in June


June marks a firearms amnesty in B.C. and, for people who want to give up unwanted and unauthorized guns, police departments will collect them. Based on the success of amnesties in 1997, 1998 and 2006, the B.C. government has declared it’s again trying to make B.C. a safer place. “As we’ve seen from the thousands of guns and rounds of ammunition that previous amnesty months have taken off our streets, this is a … [Read more...]

Pack the tent and trailer, camping reservations system open

Camping season is just around the corner and the Discover Camping reservations system is now open. The website provides a system for reserving campsites online, providing maps of the participating campgrounds’ layouts and amenities. Over 4,500 campsites may be reserved in B.C. including sites at Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park, Monk Provincial Park and Paul Lake Provincial Park. Added to the reservation system for … [Read more...]

Failing grades

“We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control.” — Pink Floyd. A university lecturer at Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld. was wondering why he wasn’t getting through to his class so he decided to give them a simple geography, history and math quiz. His first year students were an embarrassing indictment of the years they spent in elementary and high school. Forty per cent of them couldn’t … [Read more...]

Time to cash in on early bird summer concert tickets

Concerts - blues and roots

What would your ultimate August look like? If it’s a month-long spree of music festivals then we’re on the same path. August is B.C.’s music festival month and while planning ahead may not be your thing, getting early bird ticket prices should be. There are lots of great shows coming up; here are few top options to choose from this August. Weekend number 1 Why not start with the Wanderlust Festival from … [Read more...]