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Manufacturing & Transport

Dec 1, 2007
Tuned Up: Coastal Pacific Express Inc.
Dorothy Bartoszewski

I had imagined the trucking industry would be harried and bare-bones utilitarian. Had I badly misjudged? Lew Donald shakes his head. “No. Other trucking companies are nothing like this,” he says, refilling his coffee mug in the spacious drivers’ lounge, complete with its own Internet station where drivers can check...

Jul 29, 2007
Slideshow: Behind the Canada line
BCBusiness D.B.

Text by Jessica Werb Photo essay by Dina Goldstein Where traffic once flowed unhindered downtown and along Cambie Street, drivers are now confronted by an ever-changing spectacle of menacing machines, gaping pits and orange-clad workers. Commuters are the rats caught in this maze. They awake every morning determined to get...

Jul 1, 2007
Prince Rupert: Prince of Ports
Don Whiteley

Early next month, a ship carrying three huge cranes will dock at Prince Rupert, setting the stage for an economic boom in Northwest B.C. Weighing 1,800 tonnes apiece and standing 30 storeys high, these red-and-white behemoths will dominate the harbour.

Jul 1, 2007
Importing Cars to Canada from the U.S.
By Don Whiteley

Joan started looking for a new vehicle last August and quickly decided she wanted a 2007 Subaru Outback. Frustration set in when, after weeks of searching, none of the Lower Mainland dealers could get her the car. Jubilation soon replaced...

Apr 1, 2007
Industrial Vancouver: The Lost City
Ross Howard

Squat concrete- block warehouses secured with razor-wire fences and steel-mesh windows stretch off into the morning light. Many appear deserted, with dust on windows and doorsills, garbage in the alley. In the doorway of one of several shabby houses, some dishevelled men gather to deal in drugs.

Mar 1, 2007
Bike Messengers: Running on Empty
Ryan Stuart

Until recently, at any given time, at least 10 grunged-out, pierced, tattooed and fit emissaries could be spotted hanging out outside the HSBC Bank tower at Georgia and Hornby, waiting for their next mission to be broadcast over two-way radios.

Feb 1, 2007
Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement: Border Crossing
David Jordan

Global free trade has been all the rage for decades: APEC, GATT, WTO, NAFTA, OECD, EU… So when B.C. and Alberta spawned their own free-trade acronym, TILMA (Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement), the response was an overwhelming yawn.

Dec 1, 2006
Handle with Care
Yolanda Brooks

The drab industrial landscape of Mitchell Island in Richmond is the last place you’d expect to find occupational nirvana, but here, within the walls of new 250,000-square-foot plant, you’ll find more contented workers than anywhere else in B.C. Scheduler Carrie Dawson first arrived at GLBC as a pregnant temp in...

Dec 1, 2006
Open Auto Group: Revved up
Ian MacNeill

I have to admit I’m a little nervous. It’s my first day on the sales floor at OpenRoad Toyota in the Richmond Auto Mall and I keep thinking of Jimmy Pattison, who used to keep the sales kernels popping in his car-dealership frying pan by firing the bottom sales person at the end of each month. I’m relieved to find the mood disarmingly relaxed.

Jul 3, 2006
Canada's Pacific Gateway Strategy: Navigating the Silk Road
Vicki O’Brien

The CEO is feeling a little rattled. It’s his first business trip to Japan and he must impress potential customers, which means demonstrating some newly acquired cultural know-how. At first things go well. He bows in accordance with traditional etiquette...

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