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Jul 1, 2007
Technocrati: Blog On
Valerie McTavish

It’s not that bad an offer if you can convince enough people to pay you for what’s on your mind. Convince 1,000 people a day and you’ve got $10; convince a million people every month and you’ve got a six-figure annual salary. It’s that kind of math that attracts the ambitious to the world of blogging. And with minimal entry barriers (domain-name registration and some free content-management software), it’s no surprise that the blogiverse is growing at a rate of...

Jul 1, 2007
Squamish: Squish to Swish?
Tyee Bridge

The carnival is camped out on the waterfront this weekend, on Nexen Canada Inc.’s old chemical plant lands, and five other West Coast Amusements employees are clustered at a nearby table. But aside from them, the place is pretty much...

Jul 1, 2007
Prince Rupert: Prince of Ports
Don Whiteley

Early next month, a ship carrying three huge cranes will dock at Prince Rupert, setting the stage for an economic boom in Northwest B.C. Weighing 1,800 tonnes apiece and standing 30 storeys high, these red-and-white behemoths will dominate the harbour.

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.

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