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Sep 30, 2007
Awash in Green Branding
Tony Wanless

As celebrity environmentalist Al Gore favoured Vancouver with his An Inconvenient Truth climate change message and fundraiser recently, it occurred to me that I was personally awashed in green branding just a few days earlier. Maybe as a professional skeptic I did need a good scrubbing, but somehow I didn't feel all that clean afterwards. Tony Wanless

Sep 19, 2007
Vancouver Convention Centre: Conventional Wisdom
Peter Mitham

Comments in a study of off-site venues produced by Tourism Vancouver this past February were clear. The city’s lack of off-site venues was described variously as falling short of world-class status, “lacking in quantity, quality and diversity for groups over...

Sep 19, 2007
Self Help Resources: What's the Big Secret?
Jen Zurowski

Wouldn’t it be great if finding career success and making heaps of money were as easy as asking a genie who lives in your desk lamp? The insanely popular self-help DVD and best-selling book The Secret suggests it is that...

Sep 16, 2007
Real Estate Porn 2.0
Tony Wanless

Some people were highly amused – and many were highly incensed – when I recently compared the real estate industry and its breathless media cheerleaders to the pornography industry. So people get ready, because here it is: Real Estate Pornography 2.0. Tony Wanless

Sep 14, 2007
Executive Compensation: Big Bucks
BCBusiness D.B.

Executive payouts break records every year, the wage gap between CEOs and average workers grows constantly more vast, and both the U.S. and Canada are reworking the rules on how companies pay the brass. It’s time to big bucks. Executive compensation has become a tricky beast, laden with elaborate stock schemes whose windfalls make million-dollar salaries look like chump change. It’s all led to confounded directors, irritated shareholders and nervous regulators.

Sep 1, 2007
Banking in Canada: Personal Interest
Peter Mitham

The legislation governing bank in Canada changed in 2001 to allow more competition in the sector, ushering in a host of smaller players and prompting the country’s major financial institutions to become more savvy about their customer's personal interests.

Sep 1, 2007
Same-Sex Wedding Tourism: Here Comes the Pride
Jessica Werb

By day Darryl Persello, 35, works with troubled youth as a probation officer for the B.C. Ministry for Children and Family Development. Dark-haired, tall and broad-shouldered, he is personable with a ready laugh, and exudes the poise and unflappability undoubtedly...

Sep 1, 2007
Over the Rainbow
Nathaniel Christopher

It’s a sunny day in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village on Davie Street. Everyone is out in their shorts, shades and running shoes. Men stroll hand in hand with their partners. One strays from the flock to check the...

Sep 1, 2007
Foreign Buyout Protection: Angels and Techtonics
Peter Wilson

Once upon a time, BrightSide Technologies Inc. was a shining all-B.C. example of high-tech genius. And its timing was impeccable. Consumers worldwide were about to be swept up in a mania for ever-larger, eye-popping television sets, while everyone, from geeks to grandmas, was moving to larger computer monitors. And BrightSide...

Sep 1, 2007
Canadian Standards Association: Safe and Sound
Jessica Werb

One of the first things Ken Rutledge does when you meet him at his Richmond branch of the Canadian Standards Association is run through the building’s safe and sound evacuation plan, pointing out that the staircase leading to the second floor is not to be used in the case of an emergency.

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