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Jan 1, 2008
Are Canadians Getting Ripped Off?
Brett Gartner

But now that the loonie has passed parity with the U.S. dollar, retailers are starting to hear some customers muttering under their breath as they open their wallets. You can probably guess what they’re complaining about. There is convincing evidence that prices here are not in line with prices in the...

Jan 1, 2008
How to Build Your Own Airplane
Helena Zukowski

A quick-built model is for people who want to fly but have limited time. It is the most expensive option. Since most of the work is done, a quick-built can be finished in months (depending on how devoted the builder...

Jan 1, 2008
Retail Landscape: On location
By Alison Appelbe

“It made a huge difference – better street traffic,” says owner Sharman King of the relocation from 1181 Davie, near Bute Street, to 1051 Davie, closer to Burrard Street. King attributes the lack of bookstore traffic at 1181 Davie to the open sale of illegal drugs at the intersection of Davie...

Jan 1, 2008
Storefront Survival: B.C. Retail in the Era of the Big Box Store
By Alison Appelbe

Shopping in Vancouver is undergoing tectonic change. Can B.C neighbourhood retail survive in the era of the big box store? It’s a summer day in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove, and a merchants’ association event is in full swing. On Gallant Avenue, a lemonade stand does a brisk business while kids paint up a storm at an art-supply station. An entertainer performs tricks, sings songs and hands out balloons for the crowd. These street-front festivities are being financed by nearby LaLa Home...

Jan 1, 2008
B.C. Ski Industry: Great Expansions
By Ryan Stuart

A new resort, expansions and proposed new ski hills: here’s what’s coming down the pipe in B.C.’s expanding ski industry. The new guy Revelstoke Mountain Resort The idea of expanding the one-lift Powder Springs Ski Area into a world-class resort was at least 20 years old when Toronto investors Hunter Milborne...

Jan 1, 2008
B.C. Ski Resorts Haven't Hung up Their Poles
By Ryan Stuart

What are they thinking at Ken Fowler Enterprises? In September 2006, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based private-equity firm bought Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd., including the small ski hill south of Invermere, from the Wilder family, and they aren’t planning on turning it into the next Whistler. While most ski-hill conglomerates...

Jan 1, 2008
Loan Rangers: CPLA Pulls in the Reigns on Payday-Loan Lending Laws
Brennan Clarke

It may be true that crime doesn’t pay. However, stretching the letter of the law to its very limits certainly has proven profitable for Canada’s payday lending industry over the past decade. Since migrating north from the U.S. in the...

Dec 28, 2007
Vancouver's Economy: Getting Smarter
Tony Wanless

Apparently, Vancouver has been listed as one of the world's top 21 “smart” cities. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a nonprofit think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy, decided that B.C.'s largest city belonged on the list because its technology industry is heavily weighted to small businesses.

Dec 14, 2007
QLT's Age-Related Stock Disease
Tony Wanless

No doubt there's much weeping in the biotech community today after BC's most iconic biotech, QLT, announced that it might be put on the auction block as one of several options being considered by the company's management in an effort to boost its value, but age-related stock disease inevitable.

Dec 7, 2007
VEDC: The Bedroom Community Invades
Tony Wanless

According to a recent report from the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, Vancouver is in danger of becoming a “bedroom community” to the suburbs, which is ironic when you think that the suburbs were called bedroom communities for Vancouver for so long.

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