On the Street: Fur open house; used-oil depots; women’s tech program

FurCanada holds open house in Nanaimo today

FurCanada in Nanaimo is having an open house today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to provide information on the potential of a seal, sea lion and sea otter commercial hunt in British Columbia.

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Working with First Nations to develop fur markets, FurCanada has also been catering to the needs of those interested in furs and taxidermy since 1986. The company buys furs in Canada from First Nations harvesters, Inuit, licensed trappers and fur farmers.

The company said the open house is designed to inform locals that a “vibrant fur-garment manufacturing and accessory facility is here on your doorstep making products for locals and supplying international markets.”

FurCanada said it wants to turn Nanaimo into a centre for fur fashion. The event is at 2345 Delinea Pl. in Nanaimo. Call 250-585-1800

Used-oil depots open on Island

The B.C. Used Oil Management Association, a non-profit dedicated to the collection and recycling of oil, filters and antifreeze in British Columbia, says Cortes Island, Denman Island, Sayward, Cumberland, Campbell River and Port Alice all received upgraded used-oil recycling facilities. These depots provide residents with an easy, free and eco-friendly way to recycle their used oil and antifreeze materials.

Each year, 50 million litres of oil and three million litres of antifreeze are collected through 300 collection facilities in B.C.

Women’s tech program launched

VIATEC and its partners has secured a $475,000 investment from the Digital Technology Supercluster to pilot a Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.

The program will be a dedicated set of three accelerator cohorts created by women, for women, to increase the support for and the presence of women founders in the rapidly growing tech sector. The program intends to strengthen the capacity of organizations elevating women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business support they need to start or grow a business. 

This collaborative project including Accelerate Okanagan, UVic’s Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre, Purpose Five, and CDMN/Communitech, will see three cohorts of women entrepreneurs created; one in Kelowna and two in Victoria.

The VIATEC cohort will be led by Shelley Voyer, an executive in residence for VIATEC’s Accelerator Program. 

Fuzzy Wuzzy joins Island Floor Centre

After more than 45 years in business, Fuzzy Wuzzy Carpets has moved their operation to Island Floor Centre. Founder Bill Jones has retired from the family business, which will continue under the management of Kirk and Bonny Jones. The Joneses have been planning their move for several months to make the transition seamless for existing customers, who are now being served at 3375 Tennyson Ave.

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