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On the Street: Hullo ferries adds regular sailings, special late-night runs

Hullo’s new high-speed passenger ferries, Spuhéls and Sthuqi,’ docked in Nanaimo. VANCOUVER ISLAND FERRY COMPANY

The Hullo foot-passenger ferry, which provides service between downtown Nanaimo and ­downtown Vancouver, is ­increasing its regular sailings and adding special late-night runs.

A total of 10 extra late-night sailings are being added this month and next for concerts and sporting events, such as ­Coldplay, Pink, Morgan Wallen, Guns N’ Roses and Canucks hockey games.

Alastair Caddick, chief ­executive at Hullo, said the ­company is seeing strong demand for late-night ­sailings from people on Vancouver Island wanting to attend ­concerts and sporting events in Vancouver.

Since launching the service on Aug. 16, the company has carried just over 23,000 passengers.

In October, the ferries will leave Nanaimo at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. They will leave Vancouver at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Viasat Inc., based in ­Carlsdad, California, is supplying the WiFi service for Hullo’s two ferries. The fast-cats are set to link to Viasat’s Ke-band ­satellite ­network, created to deliver ­high-quality connections in remote areas. Viasat already provides in-flight connectivity to the ­commercial airline sector.

Viasat is designed to allow ferry passengers to have full WiFi service, including streaming.

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Construction job fair in Victoria

Newcomers to the job market are invited to the Construction Foundation of B.C.’s job fair on Sept. 26 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

The free event, dubbed ­Welcome Exchange, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 463 Belleville St. and will provide an opportunity for job hunters to network and make connections with local employers. Employers from ­various organizations and ­different ­sectors are invited to ­participate. For more ­information contact ­ [email protected]

Powell River has new chief administrator

The City of Powell River has hired Lisa Bhopalsingh as its new chief administrative officer, taking her away from ­Nanaimo, where she has been ­serving as director of community ­development.

Bhopalsingh led Nanaimo’s long-range planning and worked on reconciliation, ­sustainability, affordable housing and ­neighbourhood and heritage planning.

Bhopalsingh obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Oxford University and completed a master’s degree in community and regional ­planning from the University of British Columbia.