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Peter Severinson

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 6

Mar 20, 2009
A Fish Story

The Queen of England and the Pope couldn’t sit down and work this thing out.” Those were Bob Wright’s parting words when he quit the Pacific Salmon Commission about a decade after he signed up to help Canada negotiate a...

Mar 12, 2009
Olympic Clapping Hordes

I have to admit, I thought everything there was to be said about the Olympics had been. But in our March issue veteran Vancouver city reporter Frances Bula makes an oh-so-satisfying addition to the discussion. The article argues that whatever you believed first about the Olympics is what you will continue to believe – regardless of any contradictory evidence. I highly recommend this great read, realizing full well that I'm shilling my own publication here.

Feb 11, 2009
Five B.C. Entrepreneurs Who Overcame Hardship

When we talk about business, it’s easy to fixate on the giants and overlook the little guys. But that’s a shame, especially in B.C., where 18.5 per cent of all workers are self-employed – the highest proportion in Canada. The...

Jan 28, 2009
Recession Like a Fox

I've been trawling my brains recently for something new and interesting to say on the topic of our Current Economic Difficulties. We've been treading through a bog of bad news for months now, and coming up with something novel to add to the mire is kind of tough. Then it...

Jan 1, 2009
Gaming for Good

Charity begins at home, says Electronic Arts – at home, on your duff, in front of the television, playing video games with your friends This may be the laziest charitable sporting event ever. Forget the relaxed saunter around the golf course followed by the token classy dinner; the BC Children’s Hospital...

Dec 1, 2008
Michael Ainsworth

One month after the Ainsworth family was forced out of Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. by shareholders, Michael Ainsworth found himself a new job. Once a vice-president listed among B.C.’s best-paid executives, he’s now selling gadgets to fire departments as the new CEO of Ara Safety. But to hear him talk...

Nov 4, 2008
The French Connection

Xantrex Technology Inc. has been a B.C. success story for years, selling specialty electronics to renewable energy projects around the world – especially to solar power projects. But as with so many B.C. tech successes, it’s now owned by a foreign giant, after a $500-million sale to France’s Schneider Electric...

Oct 20, 2008
Vancouver Prostitution: The Truth Isn't Sexy

An article I wrote on prostitution for BCBusiness was published this month, and just as it hit the stands a series of ads from the Salvation Army titled "The Truth Isn't Sexy" appear around town, even within the pages of...

Oct 9, 2008
Red Light, Green Light: The Sex Industry in Vancouver

A peek inside the dark and light of a juggernaut industry in Vancouver: sex. Mia Bella is quite comfortable with the work she does. Other people are less so. One time last summer, she explains, she was out picking up some groceries at the Save-On-Foods near her home in Victoria when...

Oct 9, 2008
Julie Levy

Today Julia Levy, 74, is sitting by the seaside outside her cabin on a remote B.C. island, typing away at a novel. In her long career, she toughed it out in one of the most unforgiving businesses you can name and came out a winner – at least for a...

Oct 9, 2008
Cellphone Love Story

Telus Corp., B.C.’s biggest company, is getting into the business of thwarted lovers, family tragedies and triumphant reunions – Bollywood style. When the dimpled hero of Surrey-based Music Waves Productions’ next film sets out to find his true love, he’ll be armed with a handy Telus Internet phone to help...

Sep 3, 2008
Launi Skinner, Got Junk?

A great thing about being a franchise operation in B.C. is that you just have to look a short way across the border to see how it’s done. Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) could give yeast cells a lesson in propagation. But Vancouver-based trash trucker 1-800-Got-Junk LLC recently got more than just tips from the neighbouring giant: it scored a new president.

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