May 12, 2009
Travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal
Steve Burgess

Travelling to Kathmandu: For many, Nepal's capital is a launch point to the Himalayas. But there's plenty in town to take your breath away too. It’s important I understand about the garbage. The garbage is not an everyday thing, the Hotel Shanker desk clerk assures me. There’s some kind of strike going on.

May 12, 2009
Culture: Yoyo Ma, Children's Festival & Top Girls
J Bucher

MUSIC: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach I write these previews mainly because I think you’ll be interested in going to the event. But here I hesitate: I don’t want the competition for tickets to see one of classical music’s pre-eminent performers play Bach’s...

May 12, 2009
The Numbers: Club Penguin's Sale to Disney
Tony Wanless

It looks like the three instant multi-millionaires from Kelowna aren’t quite as multi as previously thought. Lane Merrifield, Dave Krysko and Lance Priebe were co-founders of Club Penguin, the social networking website for kids that was sold to Walt Disney Co, almost two years ago.

May 8, 2009
A Canadian Crisis of Consumer Confidence
Matt O'Grady

In Canada, the consumer confidence ball of doom got rolling in November 2008. Aristotle once wrote that, “Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence”; based on recent evidence, it would appear the world is mired in a state...

May 6, 2009
Shades of Green
Peter Severinson

LEED LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green-building certification system administered by the Canada Green Building Council, which has adapted green-building criteria developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to reflect conditions unique to Canada. Independent auditors judge a building according to five broad areas: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

May 6, 2009
Who stands to benefit from the B.C. Carbon Tax?
Richard Littlemore

Will the controversial carbon tax cost the Liberals – or kill the NDP? It was the smog in China. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell says – with apparent conviction – that he never had an epiphany on climate change. There was no...

May 6, 2009
Shelter Skelter | BC Green Buildings | LEED
Mark Mallet

Before the financial crash of October 2008, green buildings were the darling of the media and the market, and nowhere was that more true than in B.C. Victoria’s Dockside Green promised to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

May 6, 2009
Fighting Spirit | B.C. liquor, Island Spirits Distillery
Chad Hershler

Local distilleries are winning fans all across Canada and around the world. But here at home, where Prohibition-era policies still rule, selling B.C.-brewed hooch is proving a tall order. The building that stands 30 metres from Pete Kimmerly’s house does indeed look more like a cathedral than a high-end gin and...

May 6, 2009
A Tough Sell | BC Carbon Tax
Jim Hoggan

There are no funny stories about people selling taxes. Think about it. There are stories about con artists who sell bridges or swamp land in Florida. There are stories of real artists who sell forgeries of the great masters’ “lesser-known works.” But the idea of “selling” a new tax is simply silly. People choke on taxes. They accept them through clenched teeth, like some sort of toxic Jell-O administered by a Dick Cheney-era CIA contractor.

May 6, 2009
The Promised Lands | B.C. land rights, B.C. treaties
Eric Denhoff, Jerry Lampert, Andrew Bak, and BCB staff

In most of Canada, the land rights of First Nations and the Crown have long since been signed into treaties. Not so in B.C. After 150 years of neglect, we don’t really know who has rights to what lands – an uncertainty that’s stifling investment, crippling community development and plaguing...

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