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Cortes Island Natural Food Co-op raises wages in a bid to retain and attract staff

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

As of June 1, British Columbia’s minimum wage is the highest in Canada at $15.65 per hour. Yet businesses in urban and rural communities are struggling to meet staffing needs; some of the hardest hit are the service, hospitality and retail sectors.

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Staying alive: Small business survival 101 with Cortes Market

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Cortes Market has been in business for more than 30 years, all under one owner, Bertha Jeffery. She says the key to small business survival is catering to the needs of customers.

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Boat catches fire close to Refuge Cove

At 9:08 AM on the morning of February 9th, 2022, a Squirrel Cove resident phoned the Coast Guard about a fire just north of Refuge Cove, on West Redonda Island. What she thought might be a house engulfed by fire turned out to be a 34 foot wood and fiberglass boat close to the shore.

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Design concept for the Village Commons in Mansons Landing

The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) released their site design concept for the ‘Village Commons,’ in Mansons Landing, last week. This is the fruition of a public consultation process which actually began in 2004, more than a decade before CCEDA purchased the property. In today’s interview, project leader Kate Maddigan talks about the six months of community meetings and input that led to the current design.

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New year, new general manager at the Cortes Food Co-op

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

At the start of January, Mary Lavelle officially stepped into the position of general manager at the Cortes Natural Food Co-op.

The job had been vacant since last March, with the extra duties divided between two senior staff, Meg MacDonald and Carly Mersereau, who acted as interim store manager and interim deli manager, respectively.

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