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Aug 1, 2006
Guide to Private Health Care in B.C.
Claudia Cornwall

As waiting lists at public hospitals proliferate, dozens of private clinics have emerged to satisfy the demands of ailing British Columbians seeking prompt care. Typically these clinics bill third-party insurers, such as WCB, or foreign visitors’ private health plans. However...

Aug 1, 2006
Health Care Privitization: Wealth Care
Claudia Cornwall

Tom Koch, 57, is a Vancouver-based ethicist and the author of a score of books about medical and journalistic issues of a moral nature. He describes himself as a democratic socialist. And when it comes to B.C.’s health-care system, he...

Aug 1, 2006
B.C.'s Recreational Real Estate: Quiet Stampede
Andrew Findlay

It’s Friday afternoon and a convoy of sparkling SUV's with Alberta plates, many of them towing trailers and powerboats, is squeezing through the ochre-coloured walls of Sinclair Canyon at the western portal of Kootenay National Park near Radium Hot Springs.

Aug 1, 2006
Privatized Senior Care: Old Money
Jessica Werb

With the continuing rise of the over 65 population in British Columbia and a concurrent rise in disposable income among the demographic, a new wave of privatized senior care is moving quickly across the lower mainland to complement the rise of 'old money'.

Aug 1, 2006
Hungry Predator Funds are Sizing up B.C.
Tony Wanless

Once upon a time, the standard business process was to build a private business and when it reached a certain size, take it public on the stock market. If you performed well, your company thrived. Now hungry predator funds are sizing up B.C. businesses.

Aug 1, 2006
The Evolution of Addiction Treatment: Desperate For a Fix
Andrew Struthers

The evolution of addiction treatment began during the Vietnam War, with thousands of troops returning to the U.S. after being exposed to the abundance of cheap drugs in South East Asia. Today funding has been shaved off the treatment pillar leaving addiction treatment desperate for a fix.

Aug 1, 2006
Vancouver Real Estate: Pop Goes The Market
Patricia Croft

The debate is not only on, it’s raging: is Vancouver real estate in the midst of a housing bubble that will ultimately end in tears with a pop in the market bubble, or are things different this time around?

Jul 3, 2006
Insolvency and Alternatives: Belly up
Jane Mundy

In the 1990s, Gail Winkelmann became co-owner of a commercial and residential garbage disposal business in Surrey. The client list, which included construction companies, grew steadily during the first two years, generating enough work to lease five trucks and hire...

Jul 3, 2006
Canada's Pacific Gateway Strategy: Navigating the Silk Road
Vicki O’Brien

The CEO is feeling a little rattled. It’s his first business trip to Japan and he must impress potential customers, which means demonstrating some newly acquired cultural know-how. At first things go well. He bows in accordance with traditional etiquette...

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...

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