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Aug 16, 2019
BCBusiness Report Card: GDP slows, drones and Vancouver Granville heat up

We’re almost two months away from the 2019 federal election in Canada and—not sure if you noticed—the first major blow was dealt in what is sure to be a particularly nasty election campaign. Canada’s ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, found that Trudeau violated...

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Aug 15, 2019
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Michael Wrinch, CEO of Hedgehog Technologies
By the Editors

Like, how his company got its name. In his late teens and early twenties, Michael Wrinch worked throughout B.C. as a forest firefighter. “Being the physically smallest on the crew, I had to work twice as hard to prove myself which often meant I was trudging through mud and hauling extra...

Aug 15, 2019
Property Watch: Condo sales downturn causes ripple effects
Steve Saretsky

As the Vancouver housing market grinds to a halt, property developers are pulling back. Under the provincial Real Estate Development and Marketing Act, builders must sell about 60 percent of a project within nine months to obtain construction financing. Good...

Aug 14, 2019
Pot Shots: How to invest in cannabis stocks without getting burned
Guy Saddy

So…you want to invest in marijuana stocks? Well, step right up and get in line behind the thousands of other equally excitable lemmings. Is that rude? Sorry. In truth, I understand. You’ve seen the crazy returns. You’ve suppressed pangs of jealousy while watching your neighbour, whose financial plan once consisted of...

Aug 13, 2019
5 most popular Canadian biz books from the week of August 5 to 11
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Bestselling business titles provided by Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.

Aug 13, 2019
The highest- and lowest-priced homes sold in B.C.: August 4 to 10
By the Editors

Sizzling summer temperatures mean that well-appointed properties with great curb appeal sell quickly. Last week, a waterfront home in West Kelowna and a townhouse in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood topped the list of most expensive homes sold in the province, according...

Aug 13, 2019
Young Guns: Markus McRurie fights waves and fires on the Tofino shores
Nathan Caddell

Getting to Tofino on wheels isn’t the easiest proposition these days. It depends on where you’re coming from, of course, and the obligatory ferry to Nanaimo will probably be part of the trip for anyone from the Lower Mainland. But...

Aug 13, 2019
Opinion: Why some startups are starting to see venture capital as their worst enemy
Shafin Diamond Tejani

DoorDash, the food-delivery service, has yet to earn a profit, but that hasn’t stopped investors from trucking cash to its porch. The firm held a US$600-million financing round this May, more than tripling its value from last August, to US$12.6 billion. This may sound like a dream scenario for startup founders—endless...

Aug 9, 2019
How can AI enhance my brand?
Ben Baker

In his monthly column for BCBusiness, branding expert Ben Baker shares his insights into how to communicate value effectively, so people want to listen and engage. In the end, it’s about creating influence through trust. Change is terrifying for many people.

Aug 9, 2019
Inventory: Pet products from beds to bowls designed in B.C.
Felicity Stone

MATERIAL BENEFITS Teckelklub (German for “dachshund club”) products have been designed and sewn in Vancouver since 1998. Unable to find waterproof jackets for his own dachshunds, company president Andrew Kurkowski started with dog coats. There are now 16 models, plus half a dozen beds and blankets, including the Soho Burrow Bed...

Aug 8, 2019
Big Fat Deal: $4.45 million to be high in the Vancouver sky
Steve Burgess

Address: Cielo Coal Harbour, #1802, 1205 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Price: $4,450,000 Listing: R2377581 The skinny: Three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,300-square-foot condo in Coal Harbour The bling: This is a development called Cielo, which is Spanish for “sky.” It also comes from the root word for...

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