Is B.C.’s LNG industry barging ahead?

Plus, an anti-spam law hooks PlentyOfFish and Vancouver’s East Village has banner issues 

Ledcor bets on LNG
The Ledcor Group of construction companies, which serves the building, oil and gas, infrastructure, mining, power and communications sectors, is expanding its marine division, expected to double in size since launching in 2012. Yesterday the company acquired a 1,200-horsepower tugboat and two flat-deck heavy cargo barges for potential use in the construction phase of B.C.’s LNG plants, economically transporting equipment and materials. The 80-metre barges, with a deck strength of over 3,000 lb/sq.ft, will carry cargoes that include bulk commodities, containers, equipment modules and construction materials such as pipe.

Plenty of spam
Canada’s new anti-spam legislation has reeled in Vancouver-based online dating website PlentyOfFish, which has more than 100 million users internationally. The CRTC fined Plentyoffish Media $48,000 for allegedly sending subscribers emails without a clear, prominent, easy-to-use unsubscribe mechanism. The company has since updated its unsubscribe mechanism to comply with the legislation. The first company to be penalized under the anti-spam law was Quebec-based Compu-Finder, fined $1.1 million on March 5, 2015.

Plenty of attitude
Some residents of Hastings Sunrise and Grandview Woodlands in East Vancouver have issues with rebranding the area as the more generic “East Village,reports the Province. The residents particularly object to a “visual bombardment” of banners that say: “East Village: A vintage neighbourhood with a progressive attitude.” A five-month-old petition to have the banners and brand removed claims that the North Hastings BIA had the brand privately designed and got approval from the City without consulting the community.