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Jun 26, 2007
Government Wake Up Call
Bill Good

Recently, I’ve been struck by how often our leaders and bureaucrats are turning a blind eye to problems that they have the power to solve. Take, for instance, their ­attitude toward parents of autistic children, whose plight I have written about several times.

Jun 1, 2007
BC Business Financing: Show Me the Money
Tony Wanless

It initially launched in 1996 to explore fuel-cell technology but changed direction and, in 2004, landed a potentially lucrative contract with ExxonMobile Research and Engineering Co. to develop large purification and recovery systems for oil-refining and petrochemical markets. Exxon provided...

Jun 1, 2007
Mark Marissen: On the mark
Paul Willcocks

Good looking in a scrubbed, cheerful way, the youngish Marissen is half of a B.C. power couple – his wife, Christy Clark, is a former provincial cabinet minister, a federal Liberal and a political wiz. For his part, Marissen has...

Jun 1, 2007
Michele McKenzie
Peter Severinson

Giving a country a makeover is a pretty big job, especially when it’s the size of Canada. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has been working on a scheme to ratchet up Canada’s international image for almost five years and started...

Jun 1, 2007
British Columbian Travel: Going Coastal
John Lee

It’s 8:30 p.m. when the dented, steel-grey carriages of the Skeena, the VIA Rail train serving the northern route from Jasper, begin their final wheezing crawl into Prince Rupert, the rainfall capital of Canada’s multi-fjorded Wet Coast. Far from a pampering Rocky Mountaineer excursion, this old-school locomotive feels like a perambulating 1950s diner, complete with a side order of cozy home-style charm.

Jun 1, 2007
First Nations Employment: Back to School
Francis Narcise Baptiste

An old friend of mine once joked: “What do you call a ‘rez entrepreneur?’” “I don’t know,” I replied, grinning. “Casino manager?” “No,” he said, laughing. “A drug dealer.”

Jun 1, 2007
SOS over SaaS
Tony Wanless

If you’re a software publisher today, you’re operating in a swamp that’s teeming with alligators. Some are large and dangerous, determined to rule the entire swamp by providing swamp-dwellers with all the software they need – often for free.

Jun 1, 2007
How to Score Media Coverage
Jessica Werb

Sometimes, the business world can seem a bit like a schoolyard, where the popular kids get all the attention. Why is it that some companies get featured in magazines, newspapers or TV shows while others, seemingly just as interesting or important, get overlooked? It’s not so mysterious.

Jun 1, 2007
Ida Goodreau: Situation Critical
Jessica Werb

A forestry and pulp-and-paper exec (she was senior VP at Norske Skogindustrier and president of Fletcher Canada’s pulp operations before that) with no prior health-care experience overseeing an authority with 24,500 employees and a $2-billion-plus budget? “Ridiculous,” Jean Smith, then-executive...

Jun 1, 2007
Workplace Harassment: Mob Mentality
Vicki O’Brien

In the space of a year, Sheila went from being on the A-list at work to being isolated, singled out for criticism and branded as “trouble.” Like most targets of workplace bullying, the 45-year-old university instructor did not immediately realize she was facing a concerted campaign of emotional abuse by her superiors, women she once trusted and considered friends and mentors.

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