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Aug 1, 2008
How Revelstoke Was Built
by BCBusiness Online

For better viewing, click the "full screen" button. Now, as the town and resort navigate a course from sleepy railroad hamlet to international all-season destination, it's a good time to look both back and forward—from what Revelstoke was to what it is becoming. Navigate: Back to the article Navigate: Table of contents...

Aug 1, 2008
Stumped: B.C. Reforestation
Ben Parfitt

On an overcast morning in early May, a chill bites the air with just the slightest of ocean breezes. It’s as if winter never left. Days earlier, snow, hail and wind arrived to knock the pink blossoms off of boulevard cherry trees and make a mockery of southern Vancouver Island’s so-called “Mediterranean” climate.

Aug 1, 2008
Black Diamonds of Revelstoke
Andrew Findlay

Simpson first visited the town back in the mid-’80s, one of many pilgrimages north for this Denver-based millionaire developer with an appetite for powder snow. Immediately, the 62-year-old American was struck by a place that seemed to have it all:...

Aug 1, 2008
Video: How the Pine Beetle Ravaged B.C.
By John Bucher

There's been a lot of talk about the mountain pine beetle's laying waste to British Columbia's forests, but few people actually know how the critter goes about its destructive task. The story, like so many, begins with innocent licking. But...

Aug 1, 2008
Guerrilla Marketing
Tony Wanless

But it can be even tougher when you’re a young company without much of a budget. In a world overloaded with products and noisy marketing, how do you get your particular product or service noticed? Lots of marketers are turning to the Internet, which seems to offer cheap access to a...

Jul 1, 2008
Travelling to Lockhart, Texas
John Lee

I’m wilting in the desiccating midday sun on a crowd-free sidewalk in small-town Texas, 35 kilometres south of the Austin state capital. I cup my hands to the cool glass and squint into the blackened storefront ahead. It looks like...

Jul 1, 2008
How to Pick a Retail Spot
Jessica Werb

A retail business can stand or fall depending on its location. Pick the right spot and you’re in the money; get it wrong and you can kiss your profits goodbye. So how do you pick your lucky locale? Experts David Gray, principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd.; Jim Smerdon, senior associate with Colliers International Realty Advisors Inc.; and Stephen Knight, president of Sitings Realty Ltd., share some insights into the mysterious art and science of location scouting. Finesse your brand...

Jul 1, 2008
Round table: B.C. Public-Private Partnerships
BCBusiness Yip

Notice how the phrases Canada Line, Sea-to-Sky and Port Mann twinning have a different ring to them than, say, fast ferries? One of the major differences is public-private partnerships, or P3s. It’s a concept born in the U.K. for handing major responsibilities of public projects to private companies, and in Canada...

Jul 1, 2008
Urban Planning: Suburban Walking Blues
Christopher Leinberger

Let me get this out of the way right up front: I am an American. I have been visiting Vancouver for years, most recently on a beautiful spring day last April to give a speech sponsored by UBC and SFU. On the same day, I took a tour of Metro Vancouver’s walkable neighbourhoods with folks from Smart Growth BC, getting a first-hand experience of what it’s like to walk and take public transit in this region.

Jul 1, 2008
B.C.'s Wireless Ecosystem: Learning to Walk
Tony Wanless

Ascalade – which makes wireless phones and other devices – was one of the bigger players in a B.C. wireless scene that’s been exploding of late, with an ever-increasing number of competitors. While it appears Ascalade’s troubles are bigger than...

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