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Mar 1, 2008
How to Stop Corporate Leaks
Jessica Werb

Handling sensitive company information is a challenge, especially in the well-connected world of social media. Whether they occur in your laundry room or your company, leaks are a messy business. And when they strike, they can take months or even years of painstaking work with them down the drain. When it comes to keeping a secret, here’s how to build a solid plug and avoid being left covered in sludge. Be a little paranoid

Mar 1, 2008
Genetrack Biolabs: When Labs Attack
Peter Severinson

Genetrack Biolabs Inc. got a lesson in the scary rules of retail after the Vancouver-based genetic-testing lab released its first consumer product. The lab analyzes DNA for such clients as the Canadian court system and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Its commercial software, a Facebook-like social-networking service focused on genetics, recently became a consumer hit. Then things got nasty.

Mar 1, 2008
Nick Harrison's Fight Club
Jessica Werb

Some people have BlackBerrys. Some have home offices. Nick Harrison has an armoury. “I’ve got two full suits of armour; I have two leather suits of armour; I have about 300 weapons consisting of long swords, broad swords, sabres, cutlasses, boarding cutlasses, épées,” the 39-year-old nonchalantly confesses.

Mar 1, 2008
Suzy Birstein: Pitcher Perfect
Jessica Werb

Suzy Birstein is looking a little bit tired on a January afternoon. The Vancouver ceramic artist and art teacher has been putting the finishing touches on 38 hand-crafted pitchers for a very important client – and she’s got another 42 to go.

Feb 26, 2008
Chain Gang: B.C. Mountain Biking
Andrew Findlay

I’m peering over my handlebars down the precipitous southwest flank of Idaho Peak at one of B.C.’s raw resources. Wind ripples the surface of Slocan Lake far below, and the granite ramparts of the Valhalla Range beyond form spiky silhouettes...

Feb 26, 2008
Neighbourhood Watch: Vancouver Real Estate's Affordable Housing
Peter Mitham

Six greater Vancouver areas – Mission, Surrey, Burnaby/New Westminster, Southeast Vancouver, Hastings Street and Squamish – still have deals on offer for the savvy buyer willing to look beyond the central city real estate market.

Feb 1, 2008
Travelling to La Paz, Bolivia
Andrew Findlay

I’m sitting in a café next to the Plaza Murillo waiting, somewhat voyeuristically, for a riot. A battalion of police, decked in fatigues, has taken up temporary residence here in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city. The waitress...

Feb 1, 2008
Performing a PESTEL on B.C.
By Tony Wanless

A PESTEL is a planning tool smart companies use to survey the business landscape – a look at where things have gone and where they're going. Officially, it stands for a study of Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal trends, but really it's a kind of free-form look at...

Feb 1, 2008
Candente Resources: Deep Freeze
Susan Hollis

Joanne Freeze has a thing for rocks. The president, CEO and co-founder of Candente Resource Corp., a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company, loves rocks so much she has endured spider venom, carried a gun and slept in grizzly habitats to learn more about them. Or, more specifically, what’s in them.

Feb 1, 2008
Competition Is Fierce Between Vancouver Yoga Studios
Valerie McTavish

It’s day two of the grand opening weekend at Bikram Yoga White Rock. The evidence of renovations – a Shop-Vac, paint cans and scattered tools – are hidden behind a closet door downstairs. The stairs lead up to a cube...

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