Frances Bula

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Aug 4, 2010
The Treatment High

Frances Bula – writer of our August cover story on B.C.'s booming addiction treatment industry – asks: Are addicts simply swapping the narcotic rush for the ecstasy of treatment? When I told one guy who works in the addiction field that I was writing a story about the treatment industry, he laughed and said, “Oh, it’s not an industry. It’s religion – and addiction specialists are the new voodoo doctors.”

Aug 4, 2010
The Boom of B.C. Addiction Treatment

In a province famous for its drug culture – where marijuana is our 
top cash crop and where strung-out addicts are part of the modern 
Vancouver tableau – it should come as no surprise that there are more 
addiction treatment providers in B.C. than anywhere else in Canada. 
What is surprising: how little is known about these facilities 
and whether their treatments actually work
. It could be a spa. Or a corporate retreat that emphasizes mindful reflection once the PowerPoints are done...

May 5, 2010
Angus Reid: On the Line

Getting people to tell you what they think isn't as simple as it used to be, say the leaders of B.C.'s market research industry. But that's where the agreement ends and the questions begin. Online surveys are shaking up the polling world, and Angus Reid, CEO of Vision Critical, is riding the revolution.

Feb 4, 2010
A Tale of Two Cities

One’s a medieval Italian city of 350,000, the other a modern West Coast 
metropolis of 600,000. What Bologna can teach Vancouver about working 
co-operatively and punching above your weight. Now shut your eyes and imagine Vancouver works like this: All of...

Dec 2, 2009
Kevin Falcon: Rebel with a Cause

Kevin Falcon is a man undaunted by controversy. As transportation minister, he faced down vocal opposition and pushed through the contentious Gateway project. Now the longtime free-market champion – and likely contender for Gordon Campbell’s throne – tackles the third rail of B.C. politics, health care, and discovers that challenging the status quo may not be so easy this time round.


Jul 2, 2009
Up With People

Clay Tippett and Kenny Duncan maybe aren’t the first two guys people would conjure up in their imaginations when they think of how the Internet and its social-networking possibilities are changing the world. They are not goateed 20-somethings with blogs...

Mar 1, 2009
The Peaks and Troughs of Olympic Anticipation

The scary thought creeps into your mind on little cat feet one night as you’re lying awake contemplating both the impending global economic conflagration and your own recent 12-page Visa bill. What if the Olympics aren’t, after all, the fiscal...

Oct 9, 2008
SFU Affordable Housing Project: Hunted House

The townhouse where Paulo Horta, his wife Nadine Roth and their children, Gabriel and Rafael, live is a small piece of residential paradise. It is set amidst the forested part of Burnaby Mountain; the spires of tall evergreens soar above the roofline on one side of the 60-unit complex, called...

Sep 2, 2006
Sam Sullivan: Vancouver's Passive-Aggressive Mayor

Sam Sullivan is doing it again. He should be talking non-stop about what he’s achieving for the city and how he’s bringing everything under control and what he’s doing as a leader. And he is doing some of that, delivering...

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