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May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

May 1, 2008
Reel Green in Hollywood North
by Chad Hershler

On a crisp October afternoon at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver, close to 150 delegates from the first-ever Reel Green BC Forum find their seats. After a brief slide show, the B.C. Film Commission’s Gordon...

Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

Apr 1, 2008
Staying Afloat in the World of Megayachts
Peter Robson

Inside the cavernous Richmond Yachts plant off Dyke Road, the smell of fibreglass permeates the air. Along half its width is an unfinished 142-foot yacht, whose sleek superstructure reaches to the ceiling. It is surrounded by a maze of scaffolding.

Apr 1, 2008
Ascending Profits: The Corporate Climb
Peter Severinson

The iconic retailer will surely score some goodwill through the donation, but there are also some less karmic business reasons for this kind of generosity. This may well be a stellar example of just the kind of corporate community involvement more and more companies are struggling to do right. Climbers have...

Apr 1, 2008
Intrawest Executive Shakeup: Moving Mountains
Peter Severinson

Long-time CEO and founder Joe Houssian retired in November 2006, shortly after the company was bought by New York-based Fortress Investment Group LLC, a sale that took the company off the stock markets and gave it some deep pockets to...

Apr 1, 2008
Lululemon's Grande Double-Shot Execs
Jessica Werb

Starbucks Corp. has had a bit of a roasting lately. Its stock price has nosedived from a high of $39.63 US in May 2006 to $17.89 US in March 2008, and in late January the java giant announced it was closing 100 stores in the U.S. and pulling the breakfast sandwiches it launched just a year ago.

Apr 1, 2008
A Dog's Life: Luxury Goods for Pets
By Jessica Werb

Local businesses have found the next big consumer: She's got four legs, a tail, a floppy tongue and a taste for luxury. Luxury dog products are growing in popularity, and it doesn't end with a fancy collar

Mar 1, 2008
How a Gulf Island almost became home to B.C.'s first LNG plant
Ryan Stuart

Back in 2008, long before LNG became a soundbite, a few companies began quietly scouting locations for the province's first liquified natural gas plant. Here's the story of the plant that almost ended up in the Gulf Islands

Mar 1, 2008
Round Table: Industrial Revolution
BCBusiness D.B.

As Vancouver’s unrelenting real-estate story continues to hog headlines, now is a good time to step back, take a breath and ask a few big questions. How exactly did we get into this prolonged hot market? Where is it taking us? What are the consequences for B.C.’s economy? With the...

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