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Mar 1, 2009
"V" for Vitamin - and Victory
Steven Schelling

The current economic climate may have us tightening our belts before long, but, no matter the privations of a recession or full-scale depression, for some the question will always be, Which belt do I tighten, and does it go with my outfit? Last December, while news of Tribune Co.’s bankruptcy protection...

Mar 1, 2009
And on the Third Day
Alison McLaughlin

The numbers don’t lie; Vancouver has never been much of a radio town. Since 1991, on average, listenership has been down about half an hour per person per year, with the average Vancouverite tuning in for roughly 12 hours a week. With the rising popularity of file sharing, satellite radio...

Mar 1, 2009
Priced Right
J Bucher

What is the price of dignity? Well, according to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, $10,000. For those keeping score, that also happens to be the outlay for a green Hermès Birkin bag with gold hardware, a base model 2008 Kia...

Feb 25, 2009
Note To Customer: Get Lost
Tony Wanless

In the midst of a recession, the credit card company American Express is offering “selected customers” a $300 AmEx prepaid gift card if they pay off their balances and close their accounts. Other US credit card issuers, equally hard hit by escalating payment defaults, are expected to follow suit. Okay, so...

Feb 17, 2009
Something in the Air
Tony Wanless

In the past couple of months I have received six requests for information about the BC business scene from people who have moved here or are planning to do so. And this isn’t all from the usual sources, Toronto or Alberta. It’s much wider. The requests have also come from...

Feb 13, 2009
The Bolts Come Off Canadian Tire
Tony Wanless

The digerati are all – ahem – atwitter about the fact that Canadian Tire, citing economic return, is shutting down its massive e-commerce website. The venerable retailer, which was hailed at one time as a big-company leader in adopting e-commerce, says the site will now be available only for customer research purposes. This, apparently, is what most customers do now – research a purchase online and then buy it in a store.

Feb 11, 2009
Five B.C. Entrepreneurs Who Overcame Hardship
Peter Severinson

When we talk about business, it’s easy to fixate on the giants and overlook the little guys. But that’s a shame, especially in B.C., where 18.5 per cent of all workers are self-employed – the highest proportion in Canada. The...

Feb 11, 2009
Old, New and Immigrant Wealth
Jessica Werb

Children: Three daughters, one son Cars: Jag (S Type) and Ford Escape Hybrid Property: Home in Kerrisdale; co-ownership of summer property in Howe Sound Gadget: BlackBerry Hobby: Competitive water-skiing When David C. Bentall’s kids were growing up (they’re now aged 27, 25, 23 and...

Feb 10, 2009
Video: Lisa Goes to Blo Vancouver
Lisa Nguyen

Lisa Nguyen goes to Blo Vancouver and gets a 'do called Sex, Hugs and Rock & Roll. Alison McLaughlin writes in February about the economics of luxury, a peer inside the Blo Blow Dry Bar. In her piece, the implicit question is: In a tumbling economy, can you rely on women (and some men, or "blo bros," as they're known) to spend 30 bucks on a blow dry?

Feb 9, 2009
Content with the Knowledge Factory
Tony Wanless

The digital media industry, which has been expanding on the back of the video games sector is now wobbling after a string of layoffs and closures. So it’s asking for a tax break from the provincial government. Does the word “bailout” come to mind? I use the word purposely because...

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