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Vancouver Island paper mill to close indefinitely, at least 150 jobs affected

B.C.-based company Paper Excellence says it is indefinitely ceasing its paper operations at one of its Vancouver Island facilities in two months. In an announcement Thursday, the company said its Catalyst Crofton facility, south of Nanaimo, B.C., will stop producing paper in early December, a move that's expected to affect at least 150 workers.

The Catalyst paper and pulp mill in Crofton, B.C. is shown in this undated file photo.

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B.C. says 54 doctors have signed contracts after new salary incentives announced

The B.C. government says that 54 doctors have signed contracts with the province to provide full-time family doctor service after the Ministry of Health announced a signing bonus and other incentives earlier this summer. On June 21, the province announced it would be offering a $25,000 signing bonus as well as medical training debt forgiveness up to $130,000 to new family doctors who agreed to work in B.C. for five years.

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This Vancouver Island restaurant was named the best fine dining spot in Canada

A Vancouver Island eatery has been named the best fine dining restaurant across all of Canada for 2022, according to travel website Tripadvisor. The restaurant, Pluvio, is located in Ucluelet, B.C. and has an ever-changing menu that incorporates seasonal and local ingredients, many of which are harvested on Vancouver Island.

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Which sponsors have pulled support for Hockey Canada?

Pressure appears to be mounting on Hockey Canada from both top corporate sponsors and political leaders, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggesting that if the national hockey governing body continues to resist calls for change, the organization could be replaced. Several corporate sponsors have confirmed pulling their support. Here's what they have said about their decisions.

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Vancouver Island woman adorns home with hundreds of skeletons year round

Monica says her appreciation for skulls and skeletons began when he was 13 years old. Now there are more than 275 decorative skulls in her home, including skull paintings on the wall, skeletal salt-and-pepper shakers on the dining room table, skull-adorned coffee cups in the kitchen, and a coffin-shaped skeleton clock in the living room.

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