Industries

Nov 4, 2008
Building Respect
Susan Hollis

It’s the developer’s dilemma: how to retain the soul of the land you’re building on while meeting environmental standards and creating a livable community. It’s like herding kittens: when you focus more on one, the others get away. That’s why it took a few decades for Westbank First Nation matriarch...

Nov 4, 2008
Liquor Retailers: Off the Wagon
Peter Mitham

Walking into the Penticton Plaza liquor store – one of the so-called Signature stores that mark the forward-looking direction of B.C.’s government-run liquor stores – my visitor from New Brunswick is anxious for a beer. The temperature outside is approaching 35 degrees Celsius, and warnings that a cold beer might...

Nov 4, 2008
Historic Surrey
D Yip

As Surrey continues to make headlines as a sprawling suburban centre, on pace to overtake Vancouver as the most populated city in the province in the next fifteen years, let’s take a quick glance at the history of the fast-booming city. British Columbia was proclaimed a British colony on November...

Nov 4, 2008
Ministry Identity: What's in a Name?
Brent Holliday

Not much, if you're the B.C. minister responsible for technology. You would think if you were an industry that represented 5.3 per cent of the provincial GDP, you might command a little respect; surely the provincial government would dedicate a ministry to you. Well, not really. The Ministry of Economic Development...

Nov 4, 2008
Hollywood North
Lisa Nguyen

The razzle-dazzle of Hollywood began seeping north in the late 1960s, with the $500,000 budget studio film That Cold Day in the Park, starring the long forgotten Sandy Dennis and Michael Burns. Now, nearly four decades later, there's little that's forgettable...

Nov 4, 2008
The Social Media Challenge
by Mary Lynn Young

B.C. is becoming an incubator for emerging forms of journalism. From NowPublic, one of the largest participatory news networks worldwide, to independent online news sites such as TheTyee.ca, Vancouver-based companies are finding new ways to communicate with audiences in a digital environment. The big question is, who will pay for...

Nov 4, 2008
Economic Crisis? What Crisis?
Bob Rennie

We’ve all seen the newsreel by now. John and Hillary Smith, standing in the driveway in front of their new Hummer, crying how unfair it all is that they’re losing their home, car and credit. They bought with a “No Decs No Docs” mortgage – a mortgage approved in America...

Nov 4, 2008
The Cheap Guy Rides Again
Tony Wanless

In another movie, I wrote a newspaper column called The Cheap Guy , which advocated that we all get off the spending merry-go-round and bring simplicity and frugality into our lives. This frugality movement had an interesting, almost cult-like, run. We lived – some of us still do – by...

Nov 1, 2008
How Are We Doing?
Steve Burgess

Once I took a cab to the Cairo Airport. It was a better-than-average cab for Cairo, which meant less than 30 years old with working seatbelts. Mohammed, the driver, was a genial fellow, but it was all strategic. He spent the hour-long trip relentlessly congratulating himself for every minor development...

Oct 20, 2008
Vancouver Prostitution: The Truth Isn't Sexy
Peter Severinson

An article I wrote on prostitution for BCBusiness was published this month, and just as it hit the stands a series of ads from the Salvation Army titled "The Truth Isn't Sexy" appear around town, even within the pages of...

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