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May 2018

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Jun 4, 2018
Travel: Beautiful Sicilian islands worth the trip out of busy Italy
Frances Bula

We’d gone to the main plaza in Siracusa for our usual evening walk and so that I could apply my investigative skills to what is said to be this Sicilian town’s best ice cream, at Gelateria Fiordilatte. Settled in at a table with a cup of orange-almond so delicate that it almost made me whimper, we prepared to watch the...

Jun 1, 2018
Summer Reading List
By the Editors

SMALL IS BIG: Making the Next Great Small to Mid-Size DowntownsContrary to popular belief, Canada is mostly a suburban nation, says Michael von Hausen, president of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc. in South Surrey. Of the country’s estimated 8,500 communities, 7,500 are small towns (fewer than 100,000 inhabitants), which are often largely ignored when it comes to federal and...

May 29, 2018
5 B.C. brands that are making the case for sustainable fashion
Jessica Natale Woollard

When Vancouverite Sarah Stewart learned that the average American tosses away more than 30 kilograms of attire and textiles each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, she rolled up her sleeves and started researching the sustainability practices of various brands. Stewart uncovered a lot of skeletons in the fashion business’s closet.U.S. womenswear designer Eileen Fisher famously said that the...

May 28, 2018
Lunch with Edge of the Knife co-director Gwaai Edenshaw
Lucy Hyslop

From carving and metalsmithing to helping identify the plants on the protection list used by loggers, Gwaai Edenshaw is something of a Renaissance man. Now, as a co-director and co-writer, he’s leading the charge for a new film industry in his native Haida Gwaii—though it’s not moviemaking as Hollywood would necessarily know it. His $1.8-million feature, Edge of the Knife, is in the Haida...

May 25, 2018
Watercooler: Too bad to fail
Steve Burgess

Failure. People are always saying bad things about it. But it has its upside. These days it’s all Canucks fans have to cheer about. Since making the playoffs stopped being a thing around here, the only option left was to join Team Tank and start hoping for the highest possible draft pick. No wonder Vancouver was awarded the National Hockey...

May 23, 2018
New Kids on the Block: Vancouver joins the cryptocurrency rush
Matt O'Grady

When I reconnect with Sean Clark in October 2017, it’s almost exactly a year since the last time I saw him—climbing a stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre to receive an Entrepreneur Of The Year award. His baby—Shoeme.ca, launched in 2012—had been bought by long-time friend and mentor Roger Hardy in 2014 for $15 million and combined with two other Hardy...

May 10, 2018
BC City Guide 2018

Powered by Environics Analytics Everyone can agree that British Columbia is a big, diverse place with boundless potential, but how well do we know our province? With that question in mind, I’m pleased to introduce the first edition of BC City Guide.The inspiration for this guide was our Best Cities for Work in B.C. ranking, a popular annual feature that helps...

May 9, 2018
Why B.C.’s floriculture industry is blooming in challenging times
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many locally grown tulips are sold at Burnaby’s United Flower Growers in May. During the company’s biggest month of the year, Mother’s Day and spring bedding season bring North America’s largest flower auction $4 million in sales—a 75-percent jump over the monthly average. United Flower Growers CEO Bob Pringle says “tricky times” in the floriculture industry—changing weather patterns...

May 8, 2018
Conquering the Summit: Your guide to the largest tech conference in Western Canada
Nathan Caddell

Returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre this month, the BCTech Summit, delivered by the BC Innovation Council and Government of B.C., has tripled in size since it launched in 2016. That means more speakers, some 6,000 attendees and about quadruple the number of high-school students passing through to learn about the 1,200-plus technology companies and other organizations at booths and interactive displays...

May 4, 2018
DIY Management: How to create a mentally healthy workplace
Felicity Stone

A healthy workplace begins with a healthy executive team, observes Gravel. “If the executive team is not happy, if they are worried or upset, this will have a trickle-down effect that will quickly impact the entire workplace,” he warns. “Company culture is created from the top down.” Establish a safe workplace where people aren’t afraid to talk or come forward with...

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