December 2018

In this issue

Jan 8, 2019
Rocked: Canadian mining companies deal with fallout from Supreme Court ruling
Andrew Findlay

In April 2013, a group of Guatemalan farmers, among them Adolfo Agustin Garcia, converged outside the front entrance of Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. Located in southeast Guatemala near the community of San Rafael Las Flores and operated by Tahoe subsidiary Minera San Rafael, the project was already controversial even though it hadn’t yet begun production. Garcia and fellow protesters faced...

Jan 7, 2019
Constructive Relationships: The Lil’wat Nation’s plan for economic development
Jessica Natale Woollard

Midway up Blackcomb Mountain, a team from Murphy Construction Corp. is building a 23,000-square-foot storage barn for a new 10-person gondola that is expected to have the highest capacity in North America. The development is part of $66 million in upgrades taking place at Whistler Blackcomb in 2018 and 2019. For a logistically challenging project of this kind—on a ski hill...

Jan 4, 2019
Property Watch: Will rising debt and borrowing costs send the province (and the country) into a housing crisis?
Steve Saretsky

Central bankers worried about Canada’s economic health should listen to top U.S. hedge fund manager Ray Dalio. “Typically the worst debt bubbles are not accompanied by high and rising inflation, but by asset price inflation financed by debt growth,” the Bridgewater Associates founder writes in his recent book, Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises. “Central banks make the mistake of...

Jan 3, 2019
Lunch with UBC Sauder School of Business dean Robert Helsley
Lucy Hyslop

After graduating from Princeton University, dual Canadian and American citizen Robert Helsley landed his first faculty role at UBC three decades ago. Helsley, now in his second five-year term as dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business, talks about what drew him to leave the U.S. and why the school has high aspirations. “I believe in the power of...

Jan 1, 2019
Matrix: Vancouver restaurants make the move east
Felicity Stone

Food trucks aren’t the only Vancouver eateries on the move. A baker’s dozen of restaurant groups from A to Z are giving Toronto, and other places, a taste of what they bring to the table FLAVOUR PROFILE: Build-your-own custom-made salads and pizzas for one price LOCATIONS: 3 VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Cambie and 8th, 2017 IN TORONTO: Church and Carlton, 2018 PLUS: No current plans for other locations FLAVOUR PROFILE: Modern German...

Dec 28, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Arts Umbrella head Paul Larocque belts it out
Felicity Stone

Music has always been a big part of Paul Larocque’s life. He sang in school, church and university choirs, took part in musical theatre and completed the Royal Conservatory of Music piano program. After moving from his native Ontario to Vancouver in 1995, Larocque joined the St. Augustine’s church choir, becoming a member of the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir in...

Dec 24, 2018
On Trend: Brace yourself—compression wear is having a moment
Felicity Stone

During the French Open this past summer, tennis player Serena Williams caused a stir in a black Nike catsuit that turned out to be compression clothing worn to prevent blood clots. She’s not the only athlete using such garments to prevent injuries, improve blood circulation and speed recovery. A 2017 report by Portland, Oregon– based Allied Market Research predicts that...

Dec 21, 2018
Go Figure: Munching the numbers on snacking
Melissa Edwards

To honour the season of holiday binges, office party treat tables and nights spent cuddling up with a bowl of chips, we bite into the stats behind B.C. snacks

Dec 20, 2018
Entry Level: A day in the life of real estate wunderkind Matt Dixon
Nathan Caddell

The real estate industry might seem like it hasn’t seen any change for decades, and in some ways that’s probably true. But the trade is starting to embrace new technologies. In the past couple of years, Matt Dixon, development manager at Vancouver-based design, development and construction firm Omicron, has adopted augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), giving potential clients an advance...

Dec 19, 2018
After Hours: What to read and do this December
By the Editors

All 106 guest rooms in Rossland’s brand new ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel have a view of Red Mountain. At the base of Red Mountain Resort and the first Canadian property from Seattle-headquartered Noble House Hotels & Resorts, the Josie includes a spa, fitness facility, ski concierge and a 2,600-square-foot terrace next to the event space. The full-service Velvet Restaurant and...

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