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Mar 1, 2008
Nick Harrison's Fight Club
Jessica Werb

Some people have BlackBerrys. Some have home offices. Nick Harrison has an armoury. “I’ve got two full suits of armour; I have two leather suits of armour; I have about 300 weapons consisting of long swords, broad swords, sabres, cutlasses, boarding cutlasses, épées,” the 39-year-old nonchalantly confesses.

Mar 1, 2008
Suzy Birstein: Pitcher Perfect
Jessica Werb

Suzy Birstein is looking a little bit tired on a January afternoon. The Vancouver ceramic artist and art teacher has been putting the finishing touches on 38 hand-crafted pitchers for a very important client – and she’s got another 42 to go.

Feb 26, 2008
Chain Gang: B.C. Mountain Biking
Andrew Findlay

I’m peering over my handlebars down the precipitous southwest flank of Idaho Peak at one of B.C.’s raw resources. Wind ripples the surface of Slocan Lake far below, and the granite ramparts of the Valhalla Range beyond form spiky silhouettes...

Feb 26, 2008
Neighbourhood Watch: Vancouver Real Estate's Affordable Housing
Peter Mitham

Six greater Vancouver areas – Mission, Surrey, Burnaby/New Westminster, Southeast Vancouver, Hastings Street and Squamish – still have deals on offer for the savvy buyer willing to look beyond the central city real estate market.

Feb 1, 2008
Travelling to La Paz, Bolivia
Andrew Findlay

I’m sitting in a café next to the Plaza Murillo waiting, somewhat voyeuristically, for a riot. A battalion of police, decked in fatigues, has taken up temporary residence here in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city. The waitress...

Feb 1, 2008
Performing a PESTEL on B.C.
By Tony Wanless

A PESTEL is a planning tool smart companies use to survey the business landscape – a look at where things have gone and where they're going. Officially, it stands for a study of Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal trends, but really it's a kind of free-form look at...

Feb 1, 2008
Candente Resources: Deep Freeze
Susan Hollis

Joanne Freeze has a thing for rocks. The president, CEO and co-founder of Candente Resource Corp., a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company, loves rocks so much she has endured spider venom, carried a gun and slept in grizzly habitats to learn more about them. Or, more specifically, what’s in them.

Feb 1, 2008
Competition Is Fierce Between Vancouver Yoga Studios
Valerie McTavish

It’s day two of the grand opening weekend at Bikram Yoga White Rock. The evidence of renovations – a Shop-Vac, paint cans and scattered tools – are hidden behind a closet door downstairs. The stairs lead up to a cube...

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fish Farmers' Organic Battle
Don Whiteley

Established in 1990, Tofino-based Creative Salmon Co. Ltd. is a small operation that produces 1,500 tonnes of salmon annually. It has fish-farm operations in the waters of Clayoquot Sound and in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. From its inception, this company has followed a path toward what...

Feb 1, 2008
Guys and Dollars: Joe Calvano is the Dollar Giant
Myles Murchison

This is the implausible story of Joe Calvano, an unemployed 49-year-old who borrowed money to open a little dollar store in Burnaby in 2002, getting his wife to run the cash register. Five years later, Calvano has 55 Dollar Giant...

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