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Wrestler Logan Paul, right, kicks Seth “Freakin” Rollins during the WWE Monday Night RAW event, Monday, March 6, 2023, in Boston. WWE’s WrestleMania arrives this weekend, Saturday, April 1, to a massive audience and vastly larger advertising revenue as it seeks to establish itself as a serious contender for major advertising bucks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

WWE’s WrestleMania extravaganza draws sponsors to the ring

Sponsorship revenue for this year’s event has doubled to more than $20 million

Houses and townhouses are seen in an aerial view in Langley, B.C., on Wednesday May 16, 2018. A new report says home construction in British Columbia will need to quickly rise to unprecedented levels to offset the impact of record immigration on the housing market.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Unprecedented construction needed in B.C. to offset record immigration: Report

Report: province must build 25 per cent more new homes than usual for the next five years

Walmart Canada CEO Gonzalo Gebara spoke before the parliamentary committee on food inflation on March 27, 2023. Customers shop for food at Walmart in Salem, N.H., Monday, June 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elise Amendola

Walmart Canada CEO says retailer not trying to profit from inflation

Gonzalo Gebara told MPs Walmart Canada’s gross profit rate for its food business declined last year

FILE - A Twitter logo hangs outside the company’s offices in San Francisco, on Dec. 19, 2022. William Shatner, Monica Lewinsky and other prolific Twitter commentators — some household names, others little-known journalists — could soon be losing the blue check marks that helped verify their identity on the social media platform. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Twitter celebs balk at paying Elon Musk for blue check mark

Musk says Saturday is the deadline for those verified for free to pay or lose their legacy status

FILE - A Twitter logo hangs outside the company’s offices in San Francisco, on Dec. 19, 2022. William Shatner, Monica Lewinsky and other prolific Twitter commentators — some household names, others little-known journalists — could soon be losing the blue check marks that helped verify their identity on the social media platform. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device on April 25, 2022, in San Diego. Some parts of Twitter's source code, the fundamental computer code on which the social network operates, were leaked online, the social media company said in a legal filing on Sunday, March 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Twitter hunts Github user who posted source code online

Some parts of Twitter’s source code — the fundamental computer code on…

FILE - The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device on April 25, 2022, in San Diego. Some parts of Twitter's source code, the fundamental computer code on which the social network operates, were leaked online, the social media company said in a legal filing on Sunday, March 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Animikii founder and CEO Jeff Ward is photographed outside the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, Monday, March 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Animikii founder and CEO Jeff Ward is photographed outside the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, Monday, March 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
(Sir Winston's photo)

Lake Country couple new owners of popular Vernon Pub

Cory Jmaeff and his partner Juli Spearing take over Sir Winston’s, have experience in the industry

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SMRT1 Technologies CEO Brad Pommen celebrates March 16 after his company won $225,000 in funding from Accelerate Okanagan’s 2023 OKGN Angel Summit investment competition. Photo: Submitted

Big investment for Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies after winning Okanagan competition

The interactive vending machine company earned $225,000 at the OKGN Angel Summit

SMRT1 Technologies CEO Brad Pommen celebrates March 16 after his company won $225,000 in funding from Accelerate Okanagan’s 2023 OKGN Angel Summit investment competition. Photo: Submitted
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry speaks at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference regarding the future of critical metals and investing in Canada in Toronto, Monday, March 6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Liberals introduce legislation to create a corporate ownership registry

Goal is easier identification of owners of corporations tied to financial malfeasance

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry speaks at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference regarding the future of critical metals and investing in Canada in Toronto, Monday, March 6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez prepares to appear before the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications on Bill C-11 in the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The bill, also known as the Online Streaming Act, is one of several problematic Canadian initiatives tech leaders in the U.S. want President Joe Biden to raise with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Take hard line on Canada’s digital tax, online laws, tech associations urge Biden

Online Streaming Act, Online News Act troubling for American industry coalition

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez prepares to appear before the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications on Bill C-11 in the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The bill, also known as the Online Streaming Act, is one of several problematic Canadian initiatives tech leaders in the U.S. want President Joe Biden to raise with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Women from the We Wai Kai First Nation danced during a blessing ceremony for the new Starbucks store to be built at the Quinsam Reserve. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Canada’s first Indigenous-owned licensed Starbucks to open on Vancouver Island

‘We just knew we needed to take a shot’ — We Wai Kai Chief Ronnie Chickite

Women from the We Wai Kai First Nation danced during a blessing ceremony for the new Starbucks store to be built at the Quinsam Reserve. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Harjit Sajjan speaks with a reporter during an interview in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Feds spend $26M on growth and innovation of Vancouver-based companies

Funds to assist development of power drills and virtual reality, among other advancements

Harjit Sajjan speaks with a reporter during an interview in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A Nordstrom department store is shown at Sherway Gardens in Toronto on Thursday, March 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Nordstrom Canada to begin liquidation Tuesday after receiving court’s permission

Court: Nordstrom facing difficult time, but process unfolding in a very cooperative manner

A Nordstrom department store is shown at Sherway Gardens in Toronto on Thursday, March 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Scott Thompson, founder of Mad Laboratory Distilling, works to keep grains moving from a hopper as they are fed to a mash tank while steam rises from a still being cleaned at the distillery, in Vancouver, on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Mad Lab switched to produce hand sanitizer during the pandemic but is now back to full-time production of alcoholic beverages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

How did these companies survive the pitfalls of the pandemic pivot?

Many who turned to produce hand sanitizer, PPE in 2020 have struggled to transition back

Scott Thompson, founder of Mad Laboratory Distilling, works to keep grains moving from a hopper as they are fed to a mash tank while steam rises from a still being cleaned at the distillery, in Vancouver, on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Mad Lab switched to produce hand sanitizer during the pandemic but is now back to full-time production of alcoholic beverages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vernon’s Cynthia Roberts decided a return to the Okanagan was what she needed for work and happiness. And, thanks to WorkBC, she has found her dream job in Vernon. (Contributed)

Sense of adventure leads to dream job in Vernon

WorkBC helps Cynthia Roberts, 63, find satisfying job after move from Alberta

Vernon’s Cynthia Roberts decided a return to the Okanagan was what she needed for work and happiness. And, thanks to WorkBC, she has found her dream job in Vernon. (Contributed)
A Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive is shown at the main CP Rail train yard in Toronto on Monday, March 21, 2022. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says it will officially combine with Kansas City Southern Railway Co. on April 14 under a new name, Canadian Pacific Kansas City.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

CP Rail, Kansas City Southern Rail to combine next month after U.S. approval

$31B U.S. deal creates the only railway stretching from Canada through to the U.S. and Mexico

A Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive is shown at the main CP Rail train yard in Toronto on Monday, March 21, 2022. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says it will officially combine with Kansas City Southern Railway Co. on April 14 under a new name, Canadian Pacific Kansas City.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Rose Dupont, aka The Witchitarian, is the founding director of The Luminary Collective. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm practitioners unite as The Luminary Collective to offer guidance, healing

Founder Rose Dupont, aka The Witchitarian, says people are gravitating towards esoteric alternatives

Rose Dupont, aka The Witchitarian, is the founding director of The Luminary Collective. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Ruby Marcelino displays some of the products available for travelling parents to rent through her BabyQuip representative business in Salmon Arm. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm mom starts business to help fellow travellers in need of baby gear

Ruby Marcelino delivers and shops for equipment to make vacations easier

Ruby Marcelino displays some of the products available for travelling parents to rent through her BabyQuip representative business in Salmon Arm. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)
The LMEC Siding and Community Roofing crew are hard at work replacing the old roof at the North Okanagan Hospice House. (Contributed)

North Okanagan Hospice House gets helping hand

4 businesses chipping in to provide new roof

The LMEC Siding and Community Roofing crew are hard at work replacing the old roof at the North Okanagan Hospice House. (Contributed)
The second Bloom Tulip Festival in Spallumcheen, on Knob Hill Road, will run May 4-28. Advance tickets for the popular event go on sale online Friday, March 17. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan tulip festival ready to bloom

Advance tickets on sale for Bloom Tulip Festival in Spallumcheen

The second Bloom Tulip Festival in Spallumcheen, on Knob Hill Road, will run May 4-28. Advance tickets for the popular event go on sale online Friday, March 17. (Morning Star - file photo)
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