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May 1, 2008
Up the Capital Ladder
By Tony Wanless

The B.C. government has finally announced the launch of its BC Renaissance Capital Fund. The concept is that the government will seed—with $90 million over five years—a large slush fund to assist B.C. technology, clean-tech, life sciences and new media companies at critical points of their lives.

May 1, 2008
First Nations and Business: A New Deal
Lana Okerlund

Irving knew that BCTC, a Crown corporation, had a legal duty to consult First Nations groups about the potential impacts of its 10-year, $5.1-billion capital expansion plan; several recent landmark court cases about aboriginal rights and title had made this...

May 1, 2008
Golf Resort Roundup
Peter Severinson

Nine major developers are using top-grade golf courses to sell top-dollar homes. Bear Mountain Resort Developer: Len Barrie Location: Victoria Golf course: Two 7,000-yard courses designed by Jack Nicklaus Membership cost: $35,000 plus $375 in monthly dues Real estate: 1,112 house lots, 220 townhouses, 1,997 condos Real-estate cost: House lots, $260,000 to $1.7 million; townhouses, $700,000 to $1.6 million; condos, $189,000 to $1.8 million Course opens: The first course opened in 2003; the second opens in 2009...

May 1, 2008
Turning The Page in B.C. Book Publishing
Peter Wilson

Scott McIntyre, Vancouver’s legendary book publisher, says the tough times in his trade tend to fade quickly into memory – particularly after what he describes as a “fabulous” 2007. That’s the reason he can look back at the ups and...

May 1, 2008
Web-friendly Fraud
Peter Severinson

When Theo Wong and a friend wanted to meet more people around Vancouver who shared their love of talking stocks, they simply logged on to their preferred social-networking website and set something up. Hardly earth-shattering stuff: these days, it takes mere minutes to find dozens of investment discussion groups in B.C. using such sites as Craigslist, Facebook or Meetup. But yawn-inspiring as most of the groups may seem, market regulators sense danger.

May 1, 2008
Seeing Green: Clean Energy in B.C.
Jeannine Mitchell

It’s well into Sunday afternoon by the time Jonathan Rhone finally gets a spare minute to take a media call. These are hectic days for the president and CEO of Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy Corp. – a “clean-tech” firm (as environmental-technology...

May 1, 2008
Domain Holdings: The Net Volley
Jessica Werb

On the Internet, dot­-com reigns supreme. But expansion of the information superhighway has necessitated the construction of other domain suffixes, or top-level domains, such as dot-ca, dot-biz, dot-info and, more recently, dot-mobi (for mobile devices). Now comes dot-asia, a regional domain for Asia and the Pacific that opened to the general public in March.

May 1, 2008
Alt-Energy: Watts for Wood Chips
Peter Severinson

BC Hydro is calling on yet another alt-energy sector to add its weight to the B.C. power grid with a recent call for bioenergy. It’s a good signal for the B.C. tech companies coaxing megawatts from wood chips and other organic waste, but it’s a fairly minor boost for a sector already doing big things outside the country.

May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

May 1, 2008
Reel Green in Hollywood North
by Chad Hershler

On a crisp October afternoon at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver, close to 150 delegates from the first-ever Reel Green BC Forum find their seats. After a brief slide show, the B.C. Film Commission’s Gordon...

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