Industries

Jul 1, 2007
B.C.'s Mineral Explosion
Peter Mitham

When the Gibraltar mine shut down in 1998, putting 270 people in the Cariboo out of work, it marked a turning point of sorts for the B.C. mining industry. The government had refused operator Boliden Ltd. a $20-million bailout, and...

Jul 1, 2007
Importing Cars to Canada from the U.S.
By Don Whiteley

Joan started looking for a new vehicle last August and quickly decided she wanted a 2007 Subaru Outback. Frustration set in when, after weeks of searching, none of the Lower Mainland dealers could get her the car. Jubilation soon replaced...

Jul 1, 2007
B.C.'s Top 100 in 2007: Economic Growth in B.C.
Peter Mitham

Patricia Croft, chief economist for Vancouver-based Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd., has just returned to Toronto. She’s seen once again for herself the visible proof of what the statistics say is true, and she isn’t mincing words: it’s boom times on the West Coast.

Jul 1, 2007
Color Marketing Group: Hue Done It
Jessica Werb

A member of the Color Marketing Group (CMG), Scarlett Ballantyne is part of a global network of designers who predict upcoming colour trends, create new shades and influence everything from the tint of your bedroom walls to the gleam of the car in your driveway.

Jul 1, 2007
GVRD Agriculture Land Reserve: Space Invaders
Philip Hochstein

Limited land supply is a common contributing factor to both problems. Yet the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s (GVRD) 1996 Livable Region Strategic Plan designates about 70 per cent of the region as a Green Zone, to be protected from urban growth. And a large chunk of that is accounted for...

Jun 28, 2007
Environmentalism: From Dispute to Dialogue
Tony Wanless

Ever since Greenpeace was formed more than three decades ago to protect the environment, B.C. has been a constant battleground between governments, industry and hundreds of environmental groups. The latter range from multinational outfits aiming to protect the forests, rivers or oceans, to local, single-issue neighbourhood groups.

Jun 27, 2007
BCBusiness wins BC Magazine of the Year
BCBusiness D.B.

BCBusiness magazine won the coveted Magazine of the Year award for B.C./Yukon. The award was presented by the Western Magazine Awards Foundation (WMAF) and announced at the 25th annual Western Magazine Awards held at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside in Vancouver on Friday, June 22nd, 2007.

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
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.

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