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February 2019

In this issue

Feb 15, 2019
Five questions with the NDP's Jagmeet Singh
Nathan Caddell

1. What are constituents of Burnaby South most concerned about? The biggest worry or concern that’s on people’s minds is housing. It’s everywhere I go, from homelessness to young folks not being able to find a place to rent, young families not able to find a place to buy, seniors who can’t find assisted housing. There’s a massive crisis, people can’t find...

Feb 14, 2019
Weekend Warrior: Photographer and Londre Bodywear CEO Ainsley Rose hikes in high places
Felicity Stone

In her early 20s, Ainsley Rose rebelled against her outdoorsy upbringing on Vancouver’s rugged North Shore, preferring urban pursuits. The Londre swimwear maker, who turns 29 this month, has since returned to her roots. “I started to do some smaller day hikes with my girlfriends when I was travelling, and then it developed into a passion for doing longer adventures because...

Feb 13, 2019
Carry On: Travel tips from Club Row founder Nathan Morris, plus how to fight cabin fever while flying
Charlene Rooke

Fitness Entrepreneur Nathan Morris, who kicked a career in finance to start Burnaby’s Driftwood Athletics gym, has invented a made in- B.C. workout with Club Row. At the studio on Vancouver’s east side, “rhythm row” group workouts are set to booming hip-hop, reinventing the rowing machine the way spin classes did the exercise bike. Morris would also like to reinvent the...

Feb 12, 2019
Entry Level: A day in the life of restaurateur Vincent Nguyen
Nathan Caddell

Vincent Nguyen’s parents wanted him to go to school to become a lawyer or dentist instead of joining the family business. And for a while, that’s exactly what he did. The Vancouver native spent two and a half years at medical school at the University of Newcastle in Australia. After his father died, Nguyen returned to help his mother, Ly, manage...

Feb 11, 2019
Philanthropy: Is business now in the business of saving the world?
Guy Saddy

Trevor Linden keeps on giving Trevor Linden has kept giving back to the community since he retired from the Vancouver Canucks in 2008. Simply put, he’s an icon. Drafted second overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1988. Thirty goals in his rookie season, 867 points over the span of a storied career. And perhaps most memorably, in 1994, in a nail-biting Game...

Feb 8, 2019
Inventory: B.C.'s bean-to-bar chocolate hits the sweet spot
Felicity Stone

This Valentine’s Day, check out B.C.’s bean-to-bar chocolate makers. They craft small batches from cacao beans sourced directly from farmers, then used raw or roasted and processed in-house. 1. In 2015, Glen and Helen Davies moved their family from Vancouver to Invermere, where they launched Wild Mountain Chocolate. The couple keep their products simple, using just chocolate and sugar. At Invermere Farmers...

Feb 7, 2019
Lunch with hotelier Mandy Farmer
Lucy Hyslop

During her two decades in the hospitality industry, Mandy Farmer has risen from working on the front desk through sales to become CEO of her family’s Accent Inn and Hotel Zed properties. Checking in to have fun daily, Farmer suggests, is the key to working well with some 250 employees in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops and Tofino. She explains why...

Feb 6, 2019
Is B.C. losing its edge?
Nick Rockel

It’s Saturday morning, but this feels like fright night. In the packed basement auditorium of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre hotel, the BC Liberal Party is holding the Economy Alert rally of its annual convention. Lightning bolts flash across a screen as it relays a string of gloomy headlines: Struggling Forest Sector, New Employer Health Tax, 19 New or Increasing...

Feb 5, 2019
Property Watch: is the B.C. housing market on the ropes?
Steve Saretsky

As expected, the B.C. government forged ahead with its speculation and vacancy tax, which took effect on January 1. This politically controversial yet publicly supported levy will penalize foreigners who don’t pay income taxes and leave a home empty for more than six months of the year with a 2-percent tax on the property’s assessed value. After some blowback, the...

Feb 4, 2019
Go Figure: Hacking the numbers around digital security
Melissa Edwards

As 1,000 policymakers gather in Victoria for the 20th annual Privacy and Security Conference from February 6 to 8, we look at how British Columbians are—and aren’t—thinking about what’s happening to their data

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