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May 1, 2008
Web-friendly Fraud
Peter Severinson

When Theo Wong and a friend wanted to meet more people around Vancouver who shared their love of talking stocks, they simply logged on to their preferred social-networking website and set something up. Hardly earth-shattering stuff: these days, it takes mere minutes to find dozens of investment discussion groups in B.C. using such sites as Craigslist, Facebook or Meetup. But yawn-inspiring as most of the groups may seem, market regulators sense danger.

May 1, 2008
Seeing Green: Clean Energy in B.C.
Jeannine Mitchell

It’s well into Sunday afternoon by the time Jonathan Rhone finally gets a spare minute to take a media call. These are hectic days for the president and CEO of Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy Corp. – a “clean-tech” firm (as environmental-technology...

May 1, 2008
Brad Booth: In The Cards
Jessica Werb

“Hey, cutie,” purrs the voice on the other end of the phone line, “it’s Brad.” In most circumstances, that greeting would elicit an abrupt dial tone, but nailing down an interview with Brad Booth – a.k.a. “Yukon Brad” – is an exercise in persistence, given his insane schedule.

May 1, 2008
Domain Holdings: The Net Volley
Jessica Werb

On the Internet, dot­-com reigns supreme. But expansion of the information superhighway has necessitated the construction of other domain suffixes, or top-level domains, such as dot-ca, dot-biz, dot-info and, more recently, dot-mobi (for mobile devices). Now comes dot-asia, a regional domain for Asia and the Pacific that opened to the general public in March.

May 1, 2008
Alt-Energy: Watts for Wood Chips
Peter Severinson

BC Hydro is calling on yet another alt-energy sector to add its weight to the B.C. power grid with a recent call for bioenergy. It’s a good signal for the B.C. tech companies coaxing megawatts from wood chips and other organic waste, but it’s a fairly minor boost for a sector already doing big things outside the country.

May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

May 1, 2008
Reel Green in Hollywood North
by Chad Hershler

On a crisp October afternoon at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver, close to 150 delegates from the first-ever Reel Green BC Forum find their seats. After a brief slide show, the B.C. Film Commission’s Gordon...

Apr 1, 2008
Lane Merrifield: Club Penguin
David Jordan

When Kelowna residents Lane Merrifield, Lance Priebe and Dave Krysko sold their Club Penguin website to the Walt Disney Co. last August for $350 million – with the option for another $350 million if certain targets are met by the end of this year – the news splashed all over the local media.

Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

Apr 1, 2008
How Can a Business Startup Become a Market Leader?
Tony Wanless

Every year hundreds of new B.C. companies start up with a hope of someday building a list of major-league clients. But for many, especially in B.C., that A-list never happens. It’s a small-business province, and many businesses remain stuck on...

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