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Jun 15, 2009
Rowboat at Dusk on Portland Island
Ben Oliver

8:30 p.m. Romantic, long-exposure, orange-hued dusk on Portland Island, in the Gulf Islands. Many thanks for the beautiful shot to Nik West.

Jun 12, 2009
Starry Night at the Whistler Sliding Centre
Ben Oliver

1 a.m. Starry night at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Many thanks to Hubert Kang.

Jun 11, 2009
American Express "Black Card": This Is Rich
David Allison

The American Express "black card" makes its debut in Canada. The American Express Centurion card, known casually as “the black card,” has arrived in Canada for the first time. The black card is only available to the top squillionth percentile of the population based on income, and there have been a lot of very fancy parties over the last few months to celebrate the launch of this American brand north of the 49th parallel.

Jun 10, 2009
Travel Panning
David Allison

If I were the king of the world – or just Travelocity. There's plenty of room for improvement in the online hotel-booking industry. There’s no question that consumer purchasing behaviour for many categories has moved online. This is especially true in the hotel industry, where now more room bookings than ever before at least begin with an online search, even if they end in a purchase through other means.

Jun 9, 2009
Victoria Breakwater and Olympic Mountains
Ben Oliver

The Daily Photo: 9 a.m. A morning stroll along the breakwater in Victoria, with the Olympic mountain range as a backdrop. Many thanks to Nik West.

Jun 8, 2009
Your Generosity Test
BCBusiness D.B.

Times are tough, and you might be tempted to downgrade your do-goodery – but we’re here to tell you that giving back doesn’t necessarily mean giving up a lot. As this list shows, some philanthropic deeds can be done on the cheap – and some are easier said than done. Where do you draw the line? Feel free to add your own ethical quagmire to the comment field below.

Jun 3, 2009
How to Do Well at Doing Good
J Bucher

Good and well – a subtle but important distinction. It’s the difference between making money and improving lives. It seems to make sense that the two values would rise in tandem – that the more profitable a company, the more it gives to charity. But it isn’t true. The biggest...

Jun 3, 2009
Old Brands, New Tricks
David Allison

HOW DO YOU take a brand that’s rooted in one physical place and move it to another without ruining its cachet? That’s the question on my mind as I watch Brooks Brothers, a brand redolent of high American conservativism, set up its first Canadian store here in the yoga-mad lululand...

Jun 3, 2009
How Do You Motivate Staff in the Summer?
BCBusiness D.B.

SUKI TAKAGIFounder, Suki’s International Hair Design “Keeping our staff motivated in hot weather is never a problem; the challenge is more with our guests than our staff. When we get our first good weather of the year, we have more cancellations...

Jun 3, 2009
Has Beans: B.C. Starbucks in Decline
Steve Burgess

What does the decline of Starbucks represent? And will The Blob strike back? “At least we’ve got it stopped.” “Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold.” – Earl Rowe and Steve McQueen in The Blob OOPS. IT MAY be time for a sequel to that 1958 horror movie in which a huge, unstoppable ooze is finally corralled and dropped near the North Pole. Poor old frozen Blobby will probably be wearing a Speedo and some suntan oil pretty soon.

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