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Jan 1, 2009
D-Wave's Geordie Rose tackles quantum computing
Danielle Egan

I’m standing in front of a $70-million (and counting) machine named Dragon, which one day could be able to solve problems that would stymie even a universe-sized conventional computer slogging away for millennia. Or it could turn out to be...

Jan 1, 2009
Eastern Promises: B.C. Trade to China
J Bucher

With Sichuan sifting through rubble, B.C. is freshly confident it can sell the Chinese on wood homes. Humans have a knack for myth-making, and we particularly like stories that culminate in beauty, riches, earthly bliss. Shangri-La, the fountain of youth, El Dorado: the tales we tell in earnestness and optimism may in fact provide a blueprint to our darker needs and anxieties.

Jan 1, 2009
B.C. Leaders and Their New Year's Resolutions
J Bucher

Nine B.C. leaders – from the worlds of academe, business, government and even Denman Island – look into their crystal balls for the year ahead. You might be surprised by what they see... Colin Hansen B.C. Minister of Finance Colin Hansen, the MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena, was appointed minister of finance last June. He is also minister responsible for the 2010 Olympic Games. What was 2008 “The Year Of”?

Dec 23, 2008
Unmediated Disaster
Tony Wanless

Sun Media Corp. which owns Vancouver's 24 Hours free daily newspaper, as well as 42 other papers across Canada, cut 600 workers recently, most from its editorial departments. This follows previous cuts by other newspaper chains such as Canwest Global Communications Corp., which owns the Vancouver Sun and The Province...

Dec 22, 2008
Lining Up at the Trough
Tony Wanless

The forestry industry in B.C. and Canada is now lining up in Ottawa and asking for a bailout or some other kind of relief for its problems. Can't say as I blame them. Why shouldn't they? After all, they do represent a real Canadian industry, instead of branch plants of...

Dec 17, 2008
The Book on Co-opetition
Tony Wanless

Nice to see that Victoria's Abebooks has finalized a sale to Amazon.com , and at the same time validated a 21st Century business model that is only going to gain strength in future. Abebooks, which began in 1995 as Advance Book Exchange, grew into the world's largest online marketplace for...

Dec 10, 2008
A Rebel Packs It In
Tony Wanless

Vancouver's best known rebel entrepreneur, Dick Hardt, is decamping from his downtown digs for Seattle where he will take a job with .... wait for it ... Microsoft. Hardt is serial entrepreneur with a string of companies behind him, most recently Sxip Identity, was well known among investors, entrepreneurs and...

Dec 9, 2008
Rich Picasso, Poor Van Gogh
Tony Wanless

Ever wonder why some very bright people you know are quite successful, while others who are just as bright seem to be losers in the game of life? Van Gogh died penniless, but Picasso died a multi millionaire. Yet both were brilliant artists that changed forever how the world sees...

Dec 3, 2008
Video: Robert Fung's Revival of Gastown
Joel Bentley

Robert Fung – the Salient Group developer and subject of this month’s profile, "Old Soul" – is restoring a series of heritage buildings in Vancouver’s Gastown. Synthesizing modern architecture with traditional building frames and 100-year-old windows, Fung has designed a series of interconnected buildings housing condos, studios and commercial spaces.

Dec 2, 2008
2008 Best Companies to Work for in B.C.
BCBusiness D.B.

2008 Best Companies to Work for in B.C. What did we find in our seventh survey of the best and brightest in B.C. employment? That a rewarding workplace is less complicated than it seems. And that, right now in Vancouver, gamers are king. Most of us like our jobs – after all, we’re free to go elsewhere if we don’t. But how many can say we actually work for the best company in the province? Our annual Best Companies to Work for...

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