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Jun 4, 2008
Workers of The World, Shove It!
Tony Wanless

Amidst warnings that the growth boom is peaking and big businesses are starting to pull back, especially in the resources sector, a report by the Chartered Accountants of BC showed that the number of new businesses in the Lower Mainland rose 3.0 percent in 2007 to reach 282,000. Almost all those...

Jun 1, 2008
How to Monitor Your Employees - Legally
Jessica Werb

You pay them to work, but are they really working? After all, you can’t know what each employee is doing every moment of the day – or can you? Better yet, should you? Ian Cook, director of HR knowledge and research at the B.C. Human Resources Management Association; Gavin Marshall, an employment lawyer at Roper Greyell LLP; and Richard Rosenberg, president of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, outline the do's and don’ts of employee monitoring. No secrets...

Jun 1, 2008
Online Liability for Bloggers
J Bucher

Canada is doing a crappy job of protecting its web users from defamation suits – and that’s bad news for anyone north of the 49th who carries on conversations, hosts websites or does business in virtual space. The central problem...

Jun 1, 2008
Hani El-Sharkawi
David Jordan

Born in Libya and educated in Egypt, El-Sharkawi speaks six languages and has worked his way across Europe, managing hotels in Vienna, Paris and Prague before arriving in Vancouver to oversee operations at the Shangri-La Hotel, which will occupy 15 floors of the tower now rising above the city skyline...

Jun 1, 2008
Back On Track: Canada's Rail Industry
Ryan Stuart

Not that long ago, the rail industry in B.C. looked like it was headed the way of commercial fishing. Trucking was gobbling up market share. Derailments seemed like a weekly occurrence.  Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) were digging up sections of unused track, while bureaucracy and stale thinking made the companies sluggish and unwieldy.

Jun 1, 2008
Auto Co-ops: Dude, Where's My Car?
David Godsall

I like to drive. There, I said it. I’m one of those people melting ice caps and enriching Middle Eastern despots not because I can’t earn a living without a car and not because the housing market is forcing me to commute from Mission (or wherever it is desperate Vancouverites are buying single-family homes these days).

Jun 1, 2008
Stuffed Animals
Jessica Werb

Just a peek inside Steve Kulash’s shop would be enough to send even the most casual PETA member screaming for backup. Everywhere you look – and I mean, everywhere – your gaze is met by lifeless glass eyes, fur and antlers. Full-sized lions butt up against longhorn sheep; panthers clamber over a giant moose; and the heads of various big-game animals keep vigil over the menagerie from the wall.

Jun 1, 2008
Micro-Loans: A Lending Hand
Peter Severinson

Single mom Claudia Segovia started her home business selling hand-sewn dolls to help pay for her son’s $800-a-month speech therapy. When the market of family and friends had been tapped, she decided to buy table space at a major yearly craft market. She needed a mere $1,200 – but where does a woman with no credit history go for a business loan?

Jun 1, 2008
VANOC: Ringing, Um, Endorsements
Jessica Werb

“Well, duh,” reporters chimed. In the BCBusiness office, the question was posed, “What’s next? BC Hydro being named the official supplier of electricity?” Wouldn’t you know it? Six days later, our electricity utility was announced as an official supporter of...

Jun 1, 2008
B.C. Forest Industry: Beetlemania
Susan Hollis

At only four to 7½ millimetres long – on par with a grain of rice – the mountain pine beetle has established itself as the Attila of our coniferous forest. According to a March 2008 report released by the Ministry...

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