Industries

Feb 1, 2008
Competition Is Fierce Between Vancouver Yoga Studios
Valerie McTavish

It’s day two of the grand opening weekend at Bikram Yoga White Rock. The evidence of renovations – a Shop-Vac, paint cans and scattered tools – are hidden behind a closet door downstairs. The stairs lead up to a cube...

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fisheries: The Strife Aquatic
Don Whiteley

The DFO cites a stack of scientific reports supporting its conclusion that “they graze on the mucous and skin of fish, and usually have little impact on their health and survival” (dfo-mpo.gc.ca; select “Aquaculture” under “Subjects,” then “Sea Lice” under...

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fish Farmers' Organic Battle
Don Whiteley

Established in 1990, Tofino-based Creative Salmon Co. Ltd. is a small operation that produces 1,500 tonnes of salmon annually. It has fish-farm operations in the waters of Clayoquot Sound and in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. From its inception, this company has followed a path toward what...

Feb 1, 2008
Treasure Island: Making a Mint on Lasqueti Island
Ryan Stuart

The Lasqueti Mint isn’t guarded by motion-sensing alarms, thıck cement walls or menacing guards. It’s not even hooked up to hydro or accessible by road. Instead it’s in the middle of nowhere on Lasqueti Island, an off-the-grid Strait of Georgia...

Feb 1, 2008
Vancouver Illusions: Locked Out of The Gate
Tracy Tjaden

Hong Kong, China; As he steps up to the podium to address the eager lunchtime crowd, Gordon Campbell is clearly among friends. The B.C. premier cuts a striking yet businesslike figure in a dark suit and ice-blue tie. Studded with inside jokes and dropped names, Campbell’s speech is vintage B.C. boosterism.

Feb 1, 2008
Death and Parking: A Stupid Tax Laid to Rest
Tony Wanless

The province passed legislation to restructure the Vancouver regional transportation authority and in the process killed the hated Vancouver parking tax TransLink imposed in 2006. This was a classic “tax-the-rich” concept that could only come out of the woolly-headed thinking of a bunch of small-town dinosaurs caught in some kind of...

Feb 1, 2008
Intrawest Navigates the Passage of Time
Tony Wanless

According to the late management guru Peter Drucker, the lifecycle of most companies has shortened considerably. In today’s fast-paced world, a 30-year-old company is getting on in age and probably suffers from serious hardening of the arteries that can lead...

Feb 1, 2008
Insolvency: A Clean Slate?
Peter Severinson

The owners of Easywash Inc. plan to swiftly replace the failed car wash with a new company that’s indistinguishable from the old one, minus its crushing debts. Meanwhile 89 private investors, who put $2.3 million into the original company, lose everything.

Jan 25, 2008
Is Hollywood North Going South?
Tony Wanless

Recently all the talk in the industry, which directly and indirectly employs some 30,000 British Columbians, has been about the U.S. writers' strike and how it's impacting B.C. television production. But that's just a short term event masking more serious problems that could sink an industry that's become as much a part of the popular B.C. identity as our infamous BC Bud.

Jan 18, 2008
B.C. Hydro: Power to The People (Who Need It)
Tony Wanless

Umedaly is a veteran of the alternative energy industry, including a stint at Ballard Power and shepherding power conversion company Xantrex Technology for almost a decade. Now he's in charge of the province's biggest power producer. With his business and green background, Umedaly is the obvious choice to lead the BC...

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