Nov 18, 2008
Oxymoronic: Bureaucrats and Sharing
Tony Wanless

The latest business to employ open source and social networking thinking has run afoul of some authorities because it's breaking THE RULES. organizes carpools for people via the Internet. It claims to be the world's largest carpooling community and has more than 6,000 members in BC. But PickupPal has...

Nov 12, 2008
Successful M&A to Turn Sour?
Tony Wanless

When SAP AG swallowed Vancouver's Business Objects last year in a wave of consolidations in the business intelligence space, there was some question of whether the move was a good or bad one for the Vancouver based-business intelligence giant. More...

Nov 6, 2008
Hammer Time
Susan Hollis

In the deep shadows of the western corner of Pilkington’s Metal Marine workshop on East Cordova Street sleeps a relic of days gone by. The cast iron behemoth, fondly referred to as the Hammer by the soot-stained welders working around it, is a throwback in today’s modern steel fabrication industry.

Nov 5, 2008
Watch Vancouver Filmmaker's Enviro Doc: "Q'oyllur Ritti - God of the Snow Mountain"
Hilary Henegar, Granville Online editor

In 2003, Vancouver-based filmmaker Carmen Forsberg set off for the Peruvean Andes Mountains to record one of the world's coldest and highest-altitude pilgrimages: to Q'oyllur Ritti, or God of the Snow Mountain. Read about the film here. Watch it below.

Nov 5, 2008
Bright Lights, Big City
By Myles Murchison

I tell people I live in White Rock because – as an old art director of mine liked to say – living in White Rock means you’ll never have to say you’re Surrey. So this is my confession: White Rock is about four blocks down the street. I’m more comfortable...

Nov 5, 2008
Waiting for the Train
BCBusiness D.B.

Few organizations are weighted with as many societal problems as a regional transportation authority. Whether it’s rising fuel prices, traffic congestion or climate change, the called-for solution is often to get more people on trains and buses. That’s certainly the line B.C.’s provincial government has taken, pledging more than $14...

Nov 4, 2008
The French Connection
Peter Severinson

Xantrex Technology Inc. has been a B.C. success story for years, selling specialty electronics to renewable energy projects around the world – especially to solar power projects. But as with so many B.C. tech successes, it’s now owned by a foreign giant, after a $500-million sale to France’s Schneider Electric...

Nov 4, 2008
Growing a Greener Graveyard
Brennan Clarke

For such a small plot of land, Royal Oak Burial Park’s groundbreaking natural woodland burial site sure has created a big stir. Wedged into just two-tenths of a hectare bordered by towering pines and rust-red arbutus trees at the northern tip of the sprawling 55-hectare property, the scenic slip of...

Nov 4, 2008
Travelling to Bishop, California
Masa Takei

I’m splayed out, legs quivering, on a vertical granite face. Climbing shoes pasted on dimples of rock, fingertips slowly greasing off thin edges, I don’t so much fall as step off the dump-truck-sized boulder that I’m clinging to and scuff back over the sandy ground to my friends picnicking nearby.

Nov 4, 2008
B.C. Film Commission: All in the Family
Ian Caddell

If you look closely as you drive through the Lower Mainland’s more picturesque neighbourhoods, you can still see the red arrows hanging from the street lights. There may not be as many as there were 10 years ago, but they still wave like tiny victory flags, offering direction to film...

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