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Monorail tracks and concrete pilings lead into contemporary hotel under construction at Walt Disney World July 7, 1971 Orlando, Florida. The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers in a movie house outside Orlando, Florida 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. (AP Photo/SDS)

Florida Senate passes bill to end Disney self-government

Proposal could have huge tax implications for Disney which transformed Orlando into a destination

Monorail tracks and concrete pilings lead into contemporary hotel under construction at Walt Disney World July 7, 1971 Orlando, Florida. The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers in a movie house outside Orlando, Florida 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. (AP Photo/SDS)
Aly Jiwani - Lia Crowe photograph

Full throttle ahead

Aly Jiwani turns a love of cars into top sales and leadership roles

  • Apr 20, 2022
Aly Jiwani - Lia Crowe photograph
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Netflix shares drop 25% after service loses 200K subscribers

Projecting a loss of another 2 million subscribers during April-June period

This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
FILE - Vancouver businessman David Sidoo leaves following his federal court hearing March 15, 2019 in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo is now accused in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme dating between 2013 and 2018. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

B.C. businessman David Sidoo accused in $145 million US ‘pump-and-dump’ scheme

U.S. SEC alleges former CFL player worked in multi-player ring to trick investors out of millions

FILE - Vancouver businessman David Sidoo leaves following his federal court hearing March 15, 2019 in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo is now accused in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme dating between 2013 and 2018. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)
The company logo graces one of the doors of a delivery van for Amazon Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Denver. Amazon said Wednesday, April 13, 2022 it will add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to fees it charges third-party sellers who use the retailer’s fulfillment services as the company faces rising costs. The company said in an announcement on its website that the added fees will take effect on April 28 and are subject to change. Federal data released Tuesday showed inflation hit 8.5% in March, its fastest pace in more than 40 years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Amazon adds 5% ‘fuel and inflation surcharge’ to seller fees

Seattle-based company notes added fees take effect April 28

The company logo graces one of the doors of a delivery van for Amazon Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Denver. Amazon said Wednesday, April 13, 2022 it will add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to fees it charges third-party sellers who use the retailer’s fulfillment services as the company faces rising costs. The company said in an announcement on its website that the added fees will take effect on April 28 and are subject to change. Federal data released Tuesday showed inflation hit 8.5% in March, its fastest pace in more than 40 years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Darren Morcom - Lia Crowe photograph

At your service

Financial planner Darren Morcom and his passion for helping others

  • Apr 13, 2022
Darren Morcom - Lia Crowe photograph
Josh Young is the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s business climate advisor. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘I’m not here to preach to them’: Climate change advisor hired to help Nelson small businesses

Josh Young will assist local business owners concerned about climate change

Josh Young is the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s business climate advisor. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo

Pull up a chair at The Wickertree

Familiar Cowichan Valley business keeps up with the times

  • Mar 16, 2022
February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives with Foxy Box’s Kyla Dufresne

Founder of wax bar business is an ambitious businesswoman and philanthropist

  • Feb 21, 2022
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography

Fighting Fit

Fitness World’s Chris Smith battles pandemic with an overriding passion for the benefits of exercise

  • Feb 16, 2022
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe

Secrets and Lives with Oree Gianacopoulos

Gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery brings her passion to art

  • Feb 14, 2022
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe

Soft. Silky. Natural.

Black Goat Cashmere apparel is the ultimate in winter warmth

  • Feb 9, 2022
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull

Salt of the earth

Relaxation, self-care and well-being at Room + Pillar Spa

  • Jan 31, 2022
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull
Elle Jolie - Photo by Shawn talbot

Secrets and Lives with Elle Jolie

Shifting from cooking to training

  • Jan 26, 2022
Elle Jolie - Photo by Shawn talbot
Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs had their second-best year ever in 2020, even as the COVID-19 pandemic left this country in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Top CEOs in Canada were paid at second-highest level ever during the pandemic

Country’s highest-paid CEOs earned an average of $10.9 million in 2020

Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs had their second-best year ever in 2020, even as the COVID-19 pandemic left this country in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as B.C.’s mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Shauna Grobowsky photographed by Lia Crowe

Secrets and lives with Shauna Grobowsky

Passionate Blooms owner doesn’t put limits on dreams or ideas

  • Dec 6, 2021
Shauna Grobowsky photographed by Lia Crowe
Justin Kandola - Lia Crowe photography

Life and style with Justin Kandola

Modern Furniture GM appreciates the unique

  • Dec 3, 2021
Justin Kandola - Lia Crowe photography
October 22, 2021 - Tracy Arden from Redefined Clothing in Duncan for S&L in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo

Secrets and lives with Tracy Arden

Redefined Clothing Boutique owner fills a fashion niche in the Cowichan Valley

  • Nov 29, 2021
October 22, 2021 - Tracy Arden from Redefined Clothing in Duncan for S&L in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo
Consider if you really need something before you buy it on Black Friday, says a professor from University of B.C. Pictured here, a person at a sale from Black Friday 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Consider need over deals when Black Friday bargain hunting, experts say

Don’t be ashamed to shop, but consider longtime usage, says UBC professor

Consider if you really need something before you buy it on Black Friday, says a professor from University of B.C. Pictured here, a person at a sale from Black Friday 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)