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Jul 1, 2006
Netherlands Travel: Going Dutch
John Lee

I’m shuffling nervously before a small desk while a wiry, white-coated jeweller examines the contents of my spent champagne glass. Through the optical loupe screwed into his eye socket, he has already scrutinized dozens of fake diamonds, clasping the gems...

Jul 1, 2006
Aspreva Pharmaceuticals: Biotech Breakthrough
David Jordan

The Dark Horse of the Year award goes to Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. This young biotech broke through the gate to not only crack the Top 100 public companies list just four years after its inception, but also claim bragging rights as the only biotech in B.C. to record a profit in 2005.

Jun 25, 2006
B.C. Forestry: The Battle Against a Billion Beetles
Tony Wanless

Problem: The decimation of B.C.’s $19-billion forest industry by the mountain pine beetle. Solution: A three-pronged approach that tries to help the trees, the lumber and the communities at stake. In a world trained by half-hour television drama solutions and B-school case...

Jun 2, 2006
Uranium Mining: Hot Commodity
Sarah Efron

As the price of uranium hits an all-time high, B.C. junior mining companies can’t resist taking another look at the controversial hot commodity. Sky-high oil prices are giving nuclear power – with its zero greenhouse gas emissions – a rosy glow, after all.

Jun 1, 2006
Water Privatization: Tapped
Andrew Findlay

Is it possible for water, a substance that eschews arbitrary political borders and respects only those prescribed by topography and the forces of nature, to be owned and commodified? If you mention water and privatization in the same sentence in this province, you may as well wear a mink coat to an animal rights convention.

Jun 1, 2006
GVRD Traffic Crisis: Collision Course
Charles Montgomery

With the Port Mann Bridge acting as the Achilles Heel of GVRD traffic systems, Charles Montgomery takes the passenger seat with B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon at the helm to learn why Falcon is pushing for the Gateway expansion project and what exactly this crisis, on overdrive to a collision course, means for the Province's economy.

May 2, 2006
Brightlight Pictures: Profit Snatchers
Jessica Werb

Despite his tailored suit, greying hair and the photos of his four kids on his office wall, Shawn Williamson (right) can’t help but come across like a hyperactive 12-year-old boy trapped in a 40-year-old’s body. A remote control in hand...

Apr 1, 2006
Welcome to Band Mart
Sarah Cox

The Campbell River First Nations Band has welcomed a lease deal on their land with the American, union-busting goliath Wal Mart, but not without opposition from the town's municipal council for fears of the economic impact on merchants from the mega store.

Jan 1, 2006
Luxury Automobile Shopping: Ticket to Ride
Gary Mason

Having jumped from the local daily to the national stage, this Saturn-driving scribe figures it’s time to get a serious set of wheels and learn how to shop for luxury automobiles. And sure, that ticket to ride might be a little steep, but hey, a guy’s gotta splurge now and then…

Jan 1, 2006
Housing Bubble Trouble
Tony Wanless

Now that real-estate prices are climbing by double-digit percentages again, talk on the street is all about bubbles – not only in housing, but also in gold, income trusts and the dollar. Should we be worried? Nine years ago, a...

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