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Nov 5, 2008
Waiting for the Train
BCBusiness D.B.

Few organizations are weighted with as many societal problems as a regional transportation authority. Whether it’s rising fuel prices, traffic congestion or climate change, the called-for solution is often to get more people on trains and buses. That’s certainly the line B.C.’s provincial government has taken, pledging more than $14...

Nov 4, 2008
The French Connection
Peter Severinson

Xantrex Technology Inc. has been a B.C. success story for years, selling specialty electronics to renewable energy projects around the world – especially to solar power projects. But as with so many B.C. tech successes, it’s now owned by a foreign giant, after a $500-million sale to France’s Schneider Electric...

Nov 4, 2008
Botox at the Dentist
Susan Hollis

Botox? Typically, the only filling dentists do is of dental cavities, not wrinkles. That might have been the case until 2007, but, under pressure from dentists such as Victoria’s Rachel Staples, regular tooth doctors can now administer cosmetic injectables. “I...

Nov 4, 2008
Growing a Greener Graveyard
Brennan Clarke

For such a small plot of land, Royal Oak Burial Park’s groundbreaking natural woodland burial site sure has created a big stir. Wedged into just two-tenths of a hectare bordered by towering pines and rust-red arbutus trees at the northern tip of the sprawling 55-hectare property, the scenic slip of...

Nov 4, 2008
Travelling to Bishop, California
Masa Takei

I’m splayed out, legs quivering, on a vertical granite face. Climbing shoes pasted on dimples of rock, fingertips slowly greasing off thin edges, I don’t so much fall as step off the dump-truck-sized boulder that I’m clinging to and scuff back over the sandy ground to my friends picnicking nearby.

Nov 4, 2008
What Women Entrepreneurs Want
Dorothy Bartoszewski

Theresa Siochowicz may have chosen an unusual field for her foray, but she’s completely “on trend” with her gutsy move to entrepreneurship. Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest-growing segments of the Canadian economy, starting four of every five new...

Nov 4, 2008
In the Bag
Steven Schelling

Thanks to recent technological advancements, many laptops can now fit neatly inside a manila envelope. But just because you can tote a computer around in an inter-office packet doesn’t mean you should. Putting aside purely aesthetic arguments (the first being that it’s near impossible to match your shoes to a manila envelope), there are several practical reasons to invest in a dedicated laptop bag: protection from shocks and spills, adjustable shoulder straps, compartments for peripherals and the like. Below, a...

Nov 4, 2008
B.C. Film Commission: All in the Family
Ian Caddell

If you look closely as you drive through the Lower Mainland’s more picturesque neighbourhoods, you can still see the red arrows hanging from the street lights. There may not be as many as there were 10 years ago, but they still wave like tiny victory flags, offering direction to film...

Nov 4, 2008
Pomegrantes and Riojas: Good Advice
Alexandra Barrow

Hot Fruit The trendy pomegranate features as a key ingredient in a variety of festive cocktails this season, from martinis to manhattans. Earls’ Black Pom martini ($7.50), introduced last year, has quickly become a staple on the chain’s drink list, while Goldfish Pacific Kitchen’s sommelier, Nessa van Bergen, recently added High “C” ($3.75) – a non-alcoholic refreshment made with pomegranate and aloe vera juices – to her restaurant’s menu. Earls, earls​.ca; Goldfish Pacific Kitchen,

Nov 4, 2008
Leading Indicators: B.C. Corporate Leaders
Vicki O’Brien

As the baby boom generation of corporate leaders rides off into the sunset, there is mounting evidence that the businesses they leave behind are facing a serious leadership shortage. A recent survey by UBC’s Sauder School of Business of 40 B.C.-based CEOs – each leading a company with annual revenues...

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