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Jul 1, 2006
West African Hardwood: Out of Africa
William Mbaho

It’s 35 degrees Celsius in Accra on a February afternoon and former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark looks comfortable, despite wearing a business suit and tie in the sweltering West African heat. A frequent ¬visitor to the capital of Ghana, Clark isn’t breaking a sweat. His B.C.-based company, Clark Sustainable...

Jul 1, 2006
White Rock Development: Paving Paradise
Myles Murchison

After White Rock's Official Community Plan, and its barring of any development of over nine storeys, expired, residents led by Jean Kromm fought the planned development of a 25 storey condo building till exhaustion with no avail. So why did they fail to prevent the paving of their paradise?

Jul 1, 2006
B.C. Biotech Roundtable: Incubation Period
BCBusiness D.B.

For years, B.C.’s biotech sector has rested on the claim that it has spawned two local giants. But the boast is wearing thin. Does B.C. have what it takes to become the next Bay Area, or will we forever be the farm team for big pharmaceuticals eager to pluck the next great drug discovery and stay stuck in an incubation period? BCBusiness sat down with a round table to discuss.

Jul 1, 2006
Aboriginal Territory: Landlocked
Keith Clark

B.C. is unique in Canada with its relationship with aboriginal people. It has the largest number of distinct groups, yet the smallest percentage of land subject to treaty negotiations. While the province and aboriginal groups argue over who has the right to control the territory, private companies seeking access to natural resources are landlocked in the middle of a fight that is not their own.

Jul 1, 2006
Environmentalism: From Dispute to Dialogue
Tony Wanless

A 2004 essay titled "The Death of Environmentalism" has shifted the rhetoric between activists, industry and government, from dispute to dialogue. Problem: Opposing views become entrenched, resulting in a decades-long stalemate Solution: Break out of your rut to redefine the terms of the debate

Jul 1, 2006
Netherlands Travel: Going Dutch
John Lee

I’m shuffling nervously before a small desk while a wiry, white-coated jeweller examines the contents of my spent champagne glass. Through the optical loupe screwed into his eye socket, he has already scrutinized dozens of fake diamonds, clasping the gems...

Jul 1, 2006
Aspreva Pharmaceuticals: Biotech Breakthrough
David Jordan

The Dark Horse of the Year award goes to Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. This young biotech broke through the gate to not only crack the Top 100 public companies list just four years after its inception, but also claim bragging rights as the only biotech in B.C. to record a profit in 2005.

Jun 25, 2006
B.C. Forestry: The Battle Against a Billion Beetles
Tony Wanless

Problem: The decimation of B.C.’s $19-billion forest industry by the mountain pine beetle. Solution: A three-pronged approach that tries to help the trees, the lumber and the communities at stake. In a world trained by half-hour television drama solutions and B-school case...

Jun 2, 2006
Uranium Mining: Hot Commodity
Sarah Efron

As the price of uranium hits an all-time high, B.C. junior mining companies can’t resist taking another look at the controversial hot commodity. Sky-high oil prices are giving nuclear power – with its zero greenhouse gas emissions – a rosy glow, after all.

Jun 1, 2006
Water Privatization: Tapped
Andrew Findlay

Is it possible for water, a substance that eschews arbitrary political borders and respects only those prescribed by topography and the forces of nature, to be owned and commodified? If you mention water and privatization in the same sentence in this province, you may as well wear a mink coat to an animal rights convention.

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