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Dec 1, 2006
The Bad Boss List
Vicki O’Brien

Welcome to the workplace from hell. On any given day the boss flies into a screaming tantrum, kicking or hitting staff over minor infractions. She rules with an iron fist, berates and belittles employees in public, hires and fires at whim and refuses references to those who quit in disgust.

Dec 1, 2006
Flight Centre: Jet Set
by Katya Holloway

It’s a bright Monday morning and a deep rumble is resonating from within the Flight Centre shop in Kerrisdale. Locals flickering past the red-and-white storefront cast knowing glances at the rattling doorframe as they dash into coffee shops for their morning hit of java.

Dec 1, 2006
Handle with Care
Yolanda Brooks

The drab industrial landscape of Mitchell Island in Richmond is the last place you’d expect to find occupational nirvana, but here, within the walls of new 250,000-square-foot plant, you’ll find more contented workers than anywhere else in B.C. Scheduler Carrie Dawson first arrived at GLBC as a pregnant temp in...

Dec 1, 2006
Aritzia: A Leg Up
Katya Holloway

A leggy blonde emerges from a change room, gazing into the three-way mirror at her pin-up model reflection. Wearing nothing but a knitted sweater pulled down over her hips and a pair of tan cowboy boots, she hinges over at the waist, perking her bottom toward the ceiling as her long hair sweeps toward the floor.

Dec 1, 2006
Inside the Men’s Room
Rafe Mair

Before I became a member of the Vancouver Club, I would sometimes go there for lunch as my dad’s guest. I didn’t know whether to laugh or tremble at the atmosphere: it made a mausoleum look exciting by comparison. My father put me up for membership in 1964, but when...

Dec 1, 2006
Nanotech: Think Small
Ryan Stuart

The powder is so fine that Burgess needs extremely high-powered microscopes and special equipment, labs and expertise just to see and work with it. Each speck is so small it is measured in nanometres: one-billionths of a metre. The material Mettech is working on is considered a nanopowder, and it’s...

Dec 1, 2006
Lukas Lundin
David Jordan

Fresh from a Toronto dinner with Bill Clinton, where he reportedly donated a cool $10 million to the former president’s crusade against AIDS and poverty, Swedish mining magnate Lukas Lundin recently touched down at his Vancouver office.

Dec 1, 2006
Norco Bikes: No Sweat
Ian MacNeill

As perverse as it is to admit, I’m less interested in company president Jim Harman’s corner office than the mobile desk occupied by product tester Ryan Leech. Since I love bicycles, I jump at the chance to chase my dream...

Dec 1, 2006
How to be Politically Correct
Jessica Werb

Ah, winter. The most wonderful time of year, when eggnog and pastries fill the lunch room, popcorn garlands hang on office cubicles and HR departments start ventilating over who’s going to be offended next. Given B.C.’s steadfast allegiance to political...

Dec 1, 2006
Best Companies to Work for in B.C. 2006
BCBusiness D.B.

It’s no secret that B.C. is in the midst of a labour shortage, with skilled workers in demand across virtually every sector of the province. Now, more than ever, keeping staff happy is a crucial part of doing business. But...

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