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Mar 1, 2007
Bike Messengers: Running on Empty
Ryan Stuart

Until recently, at any given time, at least 10 grunged-out, pierced, tattooed and fit emissaries could be spotted hanging out outside the HSBC Bank tower at Georgia and Hornby, waiting for their next mission to be broadcast over two-way radios.

Mar 1, 2007
Board Politics
Daniel Wood

For a politician, one of the worst places to be located is in an ironic corner, and on a day in early June last year, West Vancouver’s new mayor, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, found herself in just such a spot.

Feb 1, 2007
U.K. Travel: Dublin
John Lee

A handful of dishevelled all-night partygoers, their arms wrapped firmly around each other, are weaving homeward past the Georgian storefronts, serenading themselves with tired, scratchy voices. I move aside, zip up my jacket and stomp past, feeling as though I’m looking for something but not knowing what. Rounding a corner, I...

Feb 1, 2007
Theresa Carbonneau
Jessica Werb

You like it? I spent about $300 or so on it. It’s from Holt Renfrew, but I’ll shop anywhere. I got these pants from a little Chinese store in Sinclair Centre. They’re a mix of silk and linen – they were only $60. I would never spend thousands of dollars on clothes.

Feb 1, 2007
British Columbia's Future
Vicki O’Brien

Looming challenges threatening some of our top sectors have forced British Columbians to confront a number of questions. Will traffic gridlock shut down Lower Mainland transportation? Will we have to remember our credit cards when we visit the hospital? Will B.C. still have a forestry industry after all the beetle-killed...

Feb 1, 2007
The Nichols Brothers: Play Nice
Jessica Werb

“I think it’s a really good ice breaker to have both of us sit down,” confesses David, flanked by Brent, at the Inventa head office on West Seventh Avenue near Oak Street in Vancouver. Dressed in similar casual white shirts...

Feb 1, 2007
Whistler Job Market: Labour Summit
Ryan Stuart

When Tim Sjogren arrived in Whistler in 1998, jobs were tight and accommodation even tighter. The second-year ski instructor spent the winter sleeping on a friend’s couch and juggling two jobs: teaching skiing by day and stocking shelves at a local grocery store at night. And Sjogren had it good. He remembers seeing people standing on the side of the road, begging.

Feb 1, 2007
Slimming Managment: Power to the People
Tony Wanless

One of the problems in business today is that large organizations are saddled with endless layers of management. This almost ensures that it can take forever for a decision to be made. When you’re a company selling a product to businesses, this can make it very difficult to reach the decision makers easily and quickly.

Feb 1, 2007
Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement: Border Crossing
David Jordan

Global free trade has been all the rage for decades: APEC, GATT, WTO, NAFTA, OECD, EU… So when B.C. and Alberta spawned their own free-trade acronym, TILMA (Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement), the response was an overwhelming yawn.

Feb 1, 2007
B.C. Workplace: The Humane Economy
Ann Coombs

In 10 to 20 years, the Vancouver workplace will be guided as much by today’s emerging ethical priorities as by new technology. The upcoming generation of leaders will place ethics and sustainability at the top of their list of priorities, alongside revenue and profits. As for technology, the convergence of computers and telephones will be seamless, smart buildings will be the norm and intelligent robots will be so commonplace that they may finally disappear from futurists’ projections.

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