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Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

Apr 1, 2008
Lululemon's Grande Double-Shot Execs
Jessica Werb

Starbucks Corp. has had a bit of a roasting lately. Its stock price has nosedived from a high of $39.63 US in May 2006 to $17.89 US in March 2008, and in late January the java giant announced it was closing 100 stores in the U.S. and pulling the breakfast sandwiches it launched just a year ago.

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
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
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 2, 2008
Stock Talk
Peter Severinson

“There’s one big fundamental problem with user-generated content, and that’s quality,” he says. “The problem is... that there’s a lot of stupid information; you have to do a lot of work.” and stock deliver reams of quotes, news bites and comments to 800,000 visitors a month, New says. Much...

Jan 1, 2008
Are Canadians Getting Ripped Off?
Brett Gartner

But now that the loonie has passed parity with the U.S. dollar, retailers are starting to hear some customers muttering under their breath as they open their wallets. You can probably guess what they’re complaining about. There is convincing evidence that prices here are not in line with prices in the...

Jan 1, 2008
Loan Rangers: CPLA Pulls in the Reigns on Payday-Loan Lending Laws
Brennan Clarke

It may be true that crime doesn’t pay. However, stretching the letter of the law to its very limits certainly has proven profitable for Canada’s payday lending industry over the past decade. Since migrating north from the U.S. in the...

Nov 1, 2007
What It Takes To Retire Rich
Peter Wilson

We all have visions of what it takes to retire rich – finally savouring a taste of the good life, with first-class travels, fast cars and martinis by the pool. But, as Peter Wilson discovers, come age 65, many of us are in for a shock. What does your roadmap to retirement look like?

Oct 19, 2007
The Brand Marriage From Hell
Tony Wanless

A proposed merger between two big suburban Vancouver credit unions has been called off. Apparently, the dating that's been going on for several months convinced the two that any union between them would end up as a brand marriage from hell. Tony Wanless

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