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Aug 1, 2006
Dream Jobs Dissected
Vicki O’Brien

If you view your corporate gig strictly as a lifelong straitjacket that pays the mortgage and feeds the kids, you’re not alone. Most of us fantasize about the elusive dream job, the one we hoped for in our childhood: owning...

Aug 1, 2006
The Evolution of Addiction Treatment: Desperate For a Fix
Andrew Struthers

The evolution of addiction treatment began during the Vietnam War, with thousands of troops returning to the U.S. after being exposed to the abundance of cheap drugs in South East Asia. Today funding has been shaved off the treatment pillar leaving addiction treatment desperate for a fix.

Aug 1, 2006
Michael Abrams
David Jordan

It’s 9:30 on a Monday morning in May. The previous Wednesday, Michael Abrams suddenly resigned as president and CEO of AnorMed Inc., after failing to ward off a U.S. hedge fund’s proxy battle to replace the company’s board of directors. Today, he is relaxing on the back porch of his family cottage on Lummi Island.

Aug 1, 2006
Vancouver Real Estate: Pop Goes The Market
Patricia Croft

The debate is not only on, it’s raging: is Vancouver real estate in the midst of a housing bubble that will ultimately end in tears with a pop in the market bubble, or are things different this time around?

Jul 3, 2006
Peter Armstrong: Iron Horse
Rob Howatson

B.C.’s tourist-train baron lowers his hefty six-foot-four frame onto a small, oak-finished stackable chair and shimmies himself closer to the table. The seat’s chrome legs grind across the freshly sealed concrete floor and a screech echoes through the new $4.2-million...

Jul 3, 2006
Insolvency and Alternatives: Belly up
Jane Mundy

In the 1990s, Gail Winkelmann became co-owner of a commercial and residential garbage disposal business in Surrey. The client list, which included construction companies, grew steadily during the first two years, generating enough work to lease five trucks and hire...

Jul 3, 2006
Canada's Pacific Gateway Strategy: Navigating the Silk Road
Vicki O’Brien

The CEO is feeling a little rattled. It’s his first business trip to Japan and he must impress potential customers, which means demonstrating some newly acquired cultural know-how. At first things go well. He bows in accordance with traditional etiquette...

Jul 1, 2006
West African Hardwood: Out of Africa
William Mbaho

It’s 35 degrees Celsius in Accra on a February afternoon and former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark looks comfortable, despite wearing a business suit and tie in the sweltering West African heat. A frequent ¬visitor to the capital of Ghana, Clark isn’t breaking a sweat. His B.C.-based company, Clark Sustainable...

Jul 1, 2006
White Rock Development: Paving Paradise
Myles Murchison

After White Rock's Official Community Plan, and its barring of any development of over nine storeys, expired, residents led by Jean Kromm fought the planned development of a 25 storey condo building till exhaustion with no avail. So why did they fail to prevent the paving of their paradise?

Jul 1, 2006
Skilled Labour Migrants: Ticket to Nowhere
Yolanda Brooks

A mechanical engineer slicing meat in a deli. A lawyer shovelling asphalt for a construction company. A building inspector delivering pizza. An agricultural consultant with a PhD selling hardware at Home Depot. Even as the B.C. government and local industries...

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