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Jul 1, 2008
Toby Chu: Education Exporter
By David Jordan

Toby Chu doesn't waste any time. The efficient and affable president and CEO of CIBT Education Group Inc. (MBA-X) strides into the company's boardroom at the appointed hour, equipped with an armload of brochures, press clippings and analysts' reports. My opening question about his business in China triggers a well-rehearsed five-minute synopsis of CIBT's history, business strategy and growth prospects.

Jul 1, 2008
Insolvency Laws: Here Come The Vultures
Cynthia Cushing

Imagine there’s a company you’ve done a ton of work for – one that has yet to pay – and now the rumour is it’s going bankrupt. What do you need, urgently? The answer: certainty. You need to know, now, what assets this shaky company has and what they’re worth, who the other creditors are and what they are owed, as well as how your claim ranks in the creditors’ lineup. Only then can you deal with the people to whom...

Jul 1, 2008
Café Wifi: Down to The Wire
Steve Burgess

David Rootman was concerned. The proprietor of Kits Coffee Co. Ltd. was tidying up his West Fourth Avenue and Yew Street café one night when he noticed a car in the parking lot; a man sat alone in the vehicle. It was long after closing and Rootman feared the man...

Jul 1, 2008
PortCity: What's Up, Docks?
Dee Hon

Deltaport sticks out into the Georgia Strait like a hatpin – a squarish man-made island tethered to the coast by its thin causeway. On the west side of the island, great dunes of sooty coal await loading onto Pacific-bound freighters.

Jul 1, 2008
The Down-Low on Herring Roe
Jessica Scharien

The crunchy eggs are exported primarily from Canada and Alaska with Japan as the primary market. The ingredient symbolizes fertility, family prosperity and luck and with historically low birth rates throughout the country of Japan, demand and cost for the delicacy are generally high. Head chef at Tojo’s Restaurant in Vancouver...

Jul 1, 2008
Power Play: B.C.'s Electricity Dilemma
Don Whiteley

The screaming, the booing, the loud cheers from the 850-plus crowd at every insult: that wasn’t the worst of it for Jako Krushnisky, president and CEO of Run of River Power Inc. “What was particularly repugnant was to have some guy’s six-year-old daughter coaxed to come up to the table and provide some work of art,” he said.

Jul 1, 2008
Celebrity Culinary: The Boulud Effect
Jessica Werb

The teasing canapés were followed by five courses, each paired with a wine, each building in intensity: ahi tuna sashimi, Queen Charlotte halibut, coquilles St. Jacques, young Quebec pork and a climax of mango-and-passion-fruit pavlova followed by milk chocolate praline napoleon. It was March 14, and, with this private media luncheon...

Jul 1, 2008
B.C. Fishing: Sink or Swim
Andrew Findlay

A brisk wind ripples the water of Comox Harbour, making the sailboat stays sing like a thousand wind chimes. Peter Watson is milling about on the deck of his turquoise-green fish-packer, Diligence, his wavy silver hair crowning a tanned face that has weathered a storm or two.

Jul 1, 2008
David Anderson: The Guardian
Peter Mitham

Double-digit decreases in revenues and income might be bad news for other businesses, but for WorkSafeBC – the government agency that handles workers compensation in the province – it signifies success. The past two years have been the best years...

Jul 1, 2008
Donald Lindsay: The Miner
Peter Mitham

A slump in commodity prices and dramatic shifts in exchange rates that put Canada’s dollar neck and neck with the U.S. currency for much of last year made for extraordinary circumstances in the mining sector, which has otherwise been enjoying booming demand for its products. “It was quite an unusual...

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