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Sep 14, 2007
Executive Compensation: Big Bucks
BCBusiness D.B.

Executive payouts break records every year, the wage gap between CEOs and average workers grows constantly more vast, and both the U.S. and Canada are reworking the rules on how companies pay the brass. It’s time to big bucks. Executive compensation has become a tricky beast, laden with elaborate stock schemes whose windfalls make million-dollar salaries look like chump change. It’s all led to confounded directors, irritated shareholders and nervous regulators.

Sep 1, 2007
Banking in Canada: Personal Interest
Peter Mitham

The legislation governing bank in Canada changed in 2001 to allow more competition in the sector, ushering in a host of smaller players and prompting the country’s major financial institutions to become more savvy about their customer's personal interests.

Sep 1, 2007
Same-Sex Wedding Tourism: Here Comes the Pride
Jessica Werb

By day Darryl Persello, 35, works with troubled youth as a probation officer for the B.C. Ministry for Children and Family Development. Dark-haired, tall and broad-shouldered, he is personable with a ready laugh, and exudes the poise and unflappability undoubtedly...

Sep 1, 2007
Over the Rainbow
Nathaniel Christopher

It’s a sunny day in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village on Davie Street. Everyone is out in their shorts, shades and running shoes. Men stroll hand in hand with their partners. One strays from the flock to check the...

Sep 1, 2007
Foreign Buyout Protection: Angels and Techtonics
Peter Wilson

Once upon a time, BrightSide Technologies Inc. was a shining all-B.C. example of high-tech genius. And its timing was impeccable. Consumers worldwide were about to be swept up in a mania for ever-larger, eye-popping television sets, while everyone, from geeks to grandmas, was moving to larger computer monitors. And BrightSide...

Sep 1, 2007
Canadian Standards Association: Safe and Sound
Jessica Werb

One of the first things Ken Rutledge does when you meet him at his Richmond branch of the Canadian Standards Association is run through the building’s safe and sound evacuation plan, pointing out that the staircase leading to the second floor is not to be used in the case of an emergency.

Sep 1, 2007
How Ucluelet is Remaking itself - Slideshow
BCBusiness D.B.

Long derided as Tofino’s dumpy stepsister, Ucluelet is remaking itself as a model community on canada’s furthest western edge. The only question is whether any but the fabulously wealthy will be able to afford to visit. All photos/images by Nik West Related story: Shifting Tides by Richard Littlemore...

Sep 1, 2007
Ucluelet's Shifting Tides
Richard Littlemore

Canada’s West Coast can be a remote and forbidding place, even for those of us who live in the neighbourhood. Yet this hasn't stopped the shifting tides in the development of Ucluelet, traditionally a small fishing town on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Sep 1, 2007
Cap-and-Trade: Tax That Tree
Michael Barkusky

“Cap-and-trade” permitting schemes and taxes on greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are widely recognized as key to addressing climate change, because they establish a visible price for emissions. But the prospect of new taxes or new regulatory limits will seem a depressing backward step to many in the private sector.

Aug 5, 2007
Club Penguin Sold to Disney for Big Bucks
Tony Wanless

The trio get $350 million in cash, $350 million in future payments, making a payday for each in the neighbourhood of $115 million. The three will also join Disney as senior execs responsible for the popular (700,000 subscribers, paying from $6 to $58 a year) online Antarctic world in which...

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