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December/January 2020

In this issue

Jan 9, 2020
10 views on 2020: Experts analyze the year ahead for B.C.
Nick Rockel

Forestry is struggling, tech is booming, and companies of all sizes can’t find enough good people. As B.C. rings in the new year, those are just a few of the factors that will affect businesses across the province during an uncertain time for the global economy. For some insight into what 2020 could bring, we sat down for lunch with...

Jan 7, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Telus aims for a healthy bottom line
Matt O'Grady

In every election, including the one just past, Canadians put health care at the top of their political priorities. We have a love-hate relationship with this country’s system: love that it’s (mostly) free and (mostly) equitable, but hate the waiting times and gaps in delivery. Somebody (we shout) should do something about this! A variety of private enterprises across Canada have...

Jan 3, 2020
Ski Lesson: Vail Resorts' Whistler Blackcomb takeover is starting to pay off
Steven Threndyle

Introducing then–Whistler Blackcomb chief operating officer Pete Sonntag at last February’s The View From Here business and investment forum, emcee Maureen (Mo) Douglas was ready with a zinger. “Since Pete’s been here in Canada, he’s learned the versatile use of the term ‘sorry,’” Douglas told the Whistler crowd. Sorry for the lousy snow conditions in November. Sorry for the delays in...

Dec 19, 2019
Property Watch: B.C.’s 2020 real estate forecast is decidedly cloudy
Steve Saretsky

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the B.C. housing market. Gossip about real estate, often considered British Columbians’ favourite pastime, quieted to a whisper at the start of 2019. Sales volumes reached six-year lows and prices began falling—a rare event for the 68 percent of B.C. residents who own a home, according to Statistics Canada. But thanks to a...

Dec 18, 2019
Go Figure: ’Tis the season for sharing...your cold and flu around the office
Melissa Edwards

B.C. workers were off sick for 2.3 million+ hours in 2018. Including all reasons for absence, full-time workers missed an average of 10.3 days that year, up from 8.7 in 2014. Canadian workers with kids take 2x as many days off to see a doctor. 48 percent of incidental workplace absence in Canada is due to illness. 95 percent of doctors polled in a Canadian study of workplace...

Dec 17, 2019
The Best Cities for Work in B.C. 2020
Andrew Macaulay

At first glance, the 2020 Best Cities for Work in B.C. ranking looks much like 2019’s, with the Sea-to-Sky Corridor taking the lead again. But given the province’s more-subdued economic performance over the past year, our latest list may be as much about underperformers as overachievers. “It’s more a story of some cold spots than it is about hot spots,”...

Dec 17, 2019
Carry On: Travel tips and accessories for the holiday season
Charlene Rooke

The business traveller on your holiday list doesn’t need another luggage tag, thanks. What they really want (even if they don’t know it yet) are these six modern essentials. STRONG SUITCASE Away is the colourful, practical luggage brand winning over world travellers with design that’s both hardy and ingenious (think: compression straps and dividers; lots of compartments and pockets). Only available online...

Dec 13, 2019
On Trend: 6 principles for building a zero energy home
Felicity Stone

BCIT’s Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) offers short, hands-on courses so construction industry professionals can upgrade their skills to meet new energy-efficient building codes. Its Burnaby-campus High Performance Building Lab, developed with BC Housing and BC Hydro, has a house inside a warehouse to practise on indoors, plus portable lab boxes for off-site training in communities across the...

Dec 12, 2019
Weekend Warrior: Michael Wrinch has a taste for danger
Felicity Stone

“I’ve been doing electrical engineering my whole life,” says Michael Wrinch. “I was born this way.” When Wrinch was a child, his mother noticed that he enjoyed taking things to pieces, so she asked the local TV repairman to drop off anything customers didn’t want fixed at the end of the driveway. Wrinch would load them in his wagon, take...

Dec 6, 2019
Inventory: There's a prefab home for every preference from these 10 B.C. manufacturers
Felicity Stone

MOD SQUAD Calgary-based Horizon North acquired Karoleena in 2016, but the latter’s Scandinavian-style modern homes are still made in Kamloops. Modules are 90-percent finished inside and out in the factory, then shipped to the site and placed on the foundation with a crane for completion of electrical and mechanical connections. 750-3,000 square feet; depending on fit and finish, $200-$500 per square...

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