Dec 1, 2008
Word of the Year Defines 2008
Matt O'Grady

Left: Senate Bailout Hearing (Nov. 2008) Bailout, it was announced this week, is Merriam-Webster’s 2008 Word of the Year. The dictionary people define the omnipresent word as “a rescue from financial distress.” Last year the top word, as voted by MW readers, was “woot” – as in, “woot! I won...

Dec 1, 2008
Highway of Dreams
David Jordan

There’s no mistaking the Vancouver headquarters of B.C.’s Hydrogen Highway for anything but a government office. The angular grey building, nestled in a remote corner of the UBC campus, is dominated by National Research Council Canada signage. Decorating the entrance are logos attesting to the multiple public agencies and programs...

Dec 1, 2008
Let Big Iron Pass
Tony Wanless

Left: Daimler Chrysler Canadian headquarters in Windsor, Ontario I grew up in Chatham, Ont, which was an hour away from Windsor and Detroit, the twin motor cities. As a young man, my step grandfather hand built bodies for the Gray Dort car company. There were many small car companies in...

Dec 1, 2008
Here Comes the Sun
Brenda Bouw

John MacDonald, co-founder of local high-tech pioneer MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), and Leonid Rubin, former biophysics professor at Moscow State University and one of Russia’s former top physicists, were supposed to be long retired by now. After decades of success in business and academia, respectively, both should be...

Dec 1, 2008
Blowing in the Wind
Christopher Pollon

There are few places on Earth where the forces of nature are on such violent, chaotic display as Hecate Strait, the narrow stretch of shallow ocean that separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the B.C. coast. Winter low-pressure systems born over Alaska can push winds to 160 km/h, driving waves...

Dec 1, 2008
The Home Buying Launch Pad
Bob Rennie

All my father ever wanted was for his home, the 820-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow I grew up in, to be “clear title.” My parents bought that house on East 5th Avenue in 1953 for $7,500, and I remember like it was yesterday driving with Dad to the Royal Bank at Granville...

Dec 1, 2008
Reality Bytes
Dee Hon

It’s a hazy summer day when I tour the former Western Star truck factory in Kelowna with Brian Fry, vice-president of RackForce Gigacenter. As we talk, Fry’s teenaged son and his girlfriend skip down to the other end of the cavernous 150,000-square-foot building, practically disappearing into the horizon. Ghosts of...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing
Susan Hollis

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London...

Dec 1, 2008
Travelling to Galway, Ireland
John Lee

I’m zigzagging along Galway’s darkened, rain-slicked High Street, battling a winter gale that’s slapping at my face like the back end of a feisty wet fish. It’s only mid-afternoon, but the roiling grey tempest has drained Weather Wet. Perfect cozy pub weather, with temperatures averaging eight degrees Celsius.Can’t MissAran Islands. Take...

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