Peter Severinson

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Oct 8, 2010
Cost of Justice: B.C.'s Legal Aid Crisis

B.C.’s lawyers are making an unprecedented push to solve one of the province’s most vexing social problems: legal aid for the poor. Social activists have long argued that sharp cuts to legal aid in B.C. have caused crushing hardship for...

Sep 8, 2010
Kevin Clarke

It’s been a gloomy and dynamic year for Catalyst. The iconic paper producer is losing scads of money, $44 million in its first quarter this year. Last summer it refused to pay property taxes to four municipalities where it has...

Sep 8, 2010
Mike Harcourt Leads United Way's Public Policy Bootcamp

Government in B.C., as described by a man who was once B.C.’s premier and Vancouver’s mayor, is full of well-intentioned but fearful people. Not a good situation for a province trying to address such difficult issues as homelessness and rising...

Aug 4, 2010
Launi Skinner

Launi Skinner got to ride one of North America’s most dramatic corporate growth stories, and she’s keen to repeat the experience in B.C. Skinner climbed the ranks at Starbucks Corp. over more than 14 years, becoming president of the giant’s...

Aug 4, 2010
A New Approach to Industrial Taxes in B.C.?

The City of Castlegar’s 2009 property taxes were due at 4:30 p.m. on July 2. At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Lawrence Chernoff got a call from his chief financial officer, saying he’d just received a letter from Zellstoff Celgar, the pulp...

Jul 7, 2010
Crossroads: Dave Cobb

Dave Cobb is definitely not looking for easy jobs. In 2004 he left a seemingly safe position as COO of the consistently sold-out Canucks to be second in command at VANOC, managing arguably the most complex and controversial project the...

Jul 7, 2010
B.C.'s Public Consultation Process

Metro Vancouver staff who are hosting tonight’s consultation at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre have put together a fine-looking production. They’re here to present a new waste plan, which includes a controversial incineration system, and hear feedback from the 60-odd locals...

Jun 9, 2010
Controversy in B.C. Employment Standards

It’s perhaps not surprising that a search for one of Vancouver’s major roofing contractors leads to a less-than-picturesque part of town. Speeding transport trucks rattle the windows of the repair shops and equipment suppliers that line East Kent Avenue North...

Jun 9, 2010
Crossroads: Dennis Skulsky

Dennis Skulsky, former president and CEO of Canwest Publishing Inc. and former publisher of the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, has spent so long in the news business, it’s hard to think of him in another light. Except now, perhaps...

May 5, 2010
SFU President Andrew Petter

Andrew Petter Incoming president, SFU A legal academic who’s earned his stripes in B.C.’s political scene, Andrew Petter brings a rich skill set to his new job as SFU president, which begins in September. Petter is a former dean of UVic’s faculty...

May 5, 2010
B.C. First Nations & Business

First Nations and business leaders trade places to undo stereotypes and discover common ground. William Charlie, chief of the Chehalis Indian Band, was a visitor at the Vancouver offices of Plutonic Power Corp. – sitting in on meetings, talking with staff, learning their day-to-day business – when it became clear that his neighbours needed to hear a story. Those around him were discussing how a group of aboriginal people had become upset after workers buried cedar logs alongside a road they...

Mar 3, 2010
Vern Brownell of D-Wave

Vern Brownell has taken on one of the most ambitious jobs in the province: leading a company that’s bent on building and selling quantum computers. These computers, encased in tanks of ultra-cold liquid helium, are designed to use the downright mystifying...

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