Ryan Stuart

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Apr 16, 2018
Arc'teryx uses its location to its advantage

Arc’teryx Equipment’s massive new factory may be lean and designed for efficiency, but nothing rushes through the place. Take the Alpha SV: workers spend 192 minutes and almost 200 steps turning a bucket of parts into the popular alpine jacket.The Alpha...

Apr 30, 2014
Good News on Gas Emissions Eclipsed by LNG Plans

Doing nothing, British Columbians prevented 909,391 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere in 2012, according to statistics released by the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines this week. That’s the equivalent to taking 191,000 cars off the road. The reduction came through the province’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, which...

Apr 16, 2014
Pipeline Proposal Raises More Questions than Answers

One of the biggest hurdles standing in front of the Enbridge Inc. proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline has always been First Nation opposition. While the company says it has support of 60 per cent of the impacted groups along the route, many vocal bands remain strongly opposed. So the announcement...

Apr 1, 2014
Gear: Waterproof Accessories

It's finally spring, which means it’s time to stop making excuses and get back on the water. However you like to enjoy it—by sail, motor, paddle or board—it just wouldn’t be any fun without all your e-gadgets, and that’s not a problem, thanks to these enterprising gear-makers. Here are a...

Dec 2, 2013
Gear: The White Walkers

Snowshoeing has always been a great way to enjoy snow-covered forests and mountains, but what’s changed are the snowshoes themselves. “Back in the day, snowshoes just kept you on top of the snow; now they can go anywhere,” says Peter Dixon, owner of Revelstoke Snowshoe Co. He suggests looking for shoes...

Sep 17, 2013
The Upcycler of IDS West

Graham Buksa, owner and founder of Rayne Longboards, had a problem. Building skateboards at his North Vancouver factory created a lot of scrap wood. "Maybe it's the engineer in me, I don't like waste," he says. He knew there had to be a use for the off-cuts and he thought...

Feb 4, 2013
Imagining Oil and Gas in B.C.

Matt Sunderland resisted working in the Alberta oil sands for years. A high school friend kept offering him a position with Ledcor, an international construction firm, but Sunderland enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad, picking up the occasional renovation gig. With his wife Becky’s job at Canada Post, the couple made...

Oct 5, 2012
The Rise of Jumbo Mountain

Yes, Jumbo Mountain in B.C.’s Purcell range is a spectacular sight: draped in a glacier it drops icebergs into a turquoise lake. But zoom out a little and it’s not that different from dozens of other peaks in B.C. Logging...

Jun 1, 2008
Back On Track: Canada's Rail Industry

Not that long ago, the rail industry in B.C. looked like it was headed the way of commercial fishing. Trucking was gobbling up market share. Derailments seemed like a weekly occurrence.  Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) were digging up sections of unused track, while bureaucracy and stale thinking made the companies sluggish and unwieldy.

Mar 2, 2008
How a Gulf Island almost became home to B.C.'s first LNG plant

Back in 2008, long before LNG became a soundbite, a few companies began quietly scouting locations for the province's first liquified natural gas plant. Here's the story of the plant that almost ended up in the Gulf Islands

Feb 1, 2008
Treasure Island: Making a Mint on Lasqueti Island

The Lasqueti Mint isn’t guarded by motion-sensing alarms, thıck cement walls or menacing guards. It’s not even hooked up to hydro or accessible by road. Instead it’s in the middle of nowhere on Lasqueti Island, an off-the-grid Strait of Georgia...

Nov 1, 2007
Trash for Cash

The plant could produce 40 to 60 jobs, generate $1 million in taxes, and spin off related businesses. Steam from the generator could heat vegetable greenhouses or water for a land-based tropical food-fish aquaculture operation. And air emissions from the...

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