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Manufacturing & Transport

Apr 25, 2017
Numerology: BC Ferries' new skipper can expect rough seas ahead
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many passengers used BC Ferries in fiscal 2016—a 4.9 per cent gain from the previous year but still fewer than in 2006. Coastal communities blame steep fare increases over the past decade for the reduced traffic. As former...

Feb 16, 2017
Vancouver's bike economy: the hottest thing on two wheels
Jacob Parry

The proliferation of green-painted bike lanes around downtown Vancouver may be the surest sign of the power of the local cycling lobby, but behind store windows and in offices and garages, another revolution is underway. As residents ride their bicycles...

Jan 30, 2017
Should we fast-track high-speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle?
Felicity Stone

When business and government leaders from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates to B.C. Premier Christy Clark gathered in Vancouver for the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference last September, one proposal for linking the city and Seattle was high-speed rail (HSR).

Dec 9, 2016
Little Vancouver bus company makes it big in U.S.
Felicity Stone

The City of Porterville in California is purchasing 10 zero-emission electric transit buses from Vancouver-based GreenPower Motor Company, which will also install the charging infrastructure, including 11 charging stations. Porterville is a test site for an all-electric transit bus system...

Dec 5, 2016
The passive approach to reducing carbon emissions
Felicity Stone

Both the federal and provincial governments have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Canada by 30 per cent by 2030, and B.C. by 80 per cent by 2050. According to an analysis released on Monday by the Pacific Institute for Climate...

Nov 30, 2016
The perfect Christmas gift for the scientifically minded child
Marcie Good

Derek Wulff jokes that he has something in common with Apple founder Steve Jobs. “He started his toys business in his garage, as I did,” says the 59-year-old designer behind Victoria’s Pathfinder Toys, “and then he became gloriously, fabulously wealthy...

Nov 10, 2016
A Vancouver startup launches a new category with an old plant
Marcie Good

In August 2015, Arnaud Petitvallet and Max Rivest were visiting coffee farmers in Nicaragua, looking for a partner for their startup venture. They had an unusual proposition. Rather than the cherries, which contain green coffee beans, they wanted the leaves. “We...

Oct 27, 2016
Sugar's sweet place in the B.C. economy
Melissa Edwards

10 per cent. That’s roughly how much of Canada’s sugar production is created at the 13.5-acre Rogers sugar refinery complex on Vancouver’s waterfront—so when you sneak a treat this month from your Halloween cache, consider that the sweetness in those foil-wrapped chocolate eyeballs or spooky jelly worms may have originated close to home.

Oct 25, 2016
Infrastructure guru Jane Bird on lessons learned from Canada Line
Lucy Hyslop

She may have a reputation for tackling some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the province, but Jane Bird believes she’s an even greater heavy-metal fan than her peers actually realize. Bird—a lawyer by training—is the former CEO of Canada...

Oct 24, 2016
Metro Vancouver residents narrowly favour tolling all bridges: poll
Marcie Good

Toll all bridges Toll only new bridges Undecided Metro Vancouver Vancouver/North Shore Burnaby/Tri-cities/South of Fraser When the new Port Mann Bridge opened for traffic in 2012, with a fee for crossing, many cost-conscious drivers detoured to the toll-free Pattullo or Alex Fraser bridges. Now that the...

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