Need a job? Nordstrom begins hiring for 1,000 in Vancouver

An artist’s rendering of the new Nordstrom in downtown Vancouver

Plus, Christy Clark’s climate team and Telus’s big buy

Jobs, jobs, clothes!
High-end department store Nordstrom will begin its hiring of 1,000 workers—a conveniently round employee count—for its downtown Vancouver store, set to open September 18. Positions will be posted next week (over here) and hiring will start in June. The Vancouver store is Nordstrom’s third location, following openings in Ottawa and Calgary. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Nordstrom and get in on the ground floor as we continue our growth across the country,” Chris Wanlass, store manager for Nordstrom Pacific Centre, said in a release. Whether you can afford to shop at Nordstrom while working in retail is another matter, although employees will apparently get a 20 per cent discount. And, you know, designer clothes make better Instagram pics than student loan payments.

Climate vs. LNG
The province will assemble a team tasked with finding new ways to combat climate change, Premier Christy Clark announced Tuesday. That announcement earned Clark a rare if muted round of applause from local environmental groups. Sierra Club BC gave her decision a thumbs-up with caveats aplenty: “[We] welcome the Premier’s announcement that she has formed a Climate Leadership Team…. However, today’s announcement—to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets while implementing the liquefied natural gas strategy—puts the new Climate Leadership Team in the position of doing the impossible. The math is simple: B.C. cannot meet its climate targets while increasing the fracking and export of liquefied natural gas. Proceeding with three LNG plants would increase B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent.” Read more here.

Half a billion
The dust has settled following the federal government’s latest wireless spectrum auction, and as predicted, Telus made the biggest buys. In fact, more than half of the available spectrum—which in total raised $755 million—was bought by the Vancouver-based telecom, which dropped a cool $479 million. Interestingly, Quebec-based Videotron, the second biggest buyer, bought spectrum outside of its home base—including some in B.C.