Susan Hollis

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 5, 2012
Fernando de Noronha: Island Paradise

Brazil’s version of the Galapagos offers an introduction to Atlantic island hopping. Fernando de Noronha is proof that nature abounds in phallic symbolism. Situated an hour’s flight east of Recife, Brazil, the island from which the Atlantic archipelago draws its name is marked by a singular skyward thrust of volcanic cone. It’s the first thing you see by sky or sea, from west or east – an outcropping of green and grey surrounded by acres of tiered and fertile green hillsides.

Sep 8, 2010
Travelling to Sardinia, Italy

On the main street of the village of Palau in northern Sardinia, a local butcher carves prosciutto like butter. Coming out from behind the long glass counter of the charcuterie Macelleria da Raffaele, he laughs and hands me the paper-wrapped...

Oct 8, 2009
Travelling to Quito, Equador

Ecuador may be best known for its Galapagos Islands, but its capital city is coming to life. Like many South American cities, Quito suffers from multiple personality syndrome. In a day you’ll see her posh side, her poor side and her party side, and in some neighbourhoods you can straddle the sidewalk and be acquainted with two at once.

Jun 29, 2009
Travelling to Cusco, Peru

Throwing caution to the wind is recommended on travels to quirky Cusco, Peru. A STEEP 800-YEAR-OLD CITY built by Inca rulers and Spanish conquistadors, Cusco is hard to navigate when you’re running behind a tiny 80-year-old Peruvian lady with legs like a mountain goat. I am lost and tailing her through the narrow streets of the Andean city to the San Pedro Market, a place the tour book strongly cautions against visiting.

Mar 1, 2009
Travelling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The highway into Puerto Vallarta plays out like a Mexican version of a Richard Scarry storybook – a flash-card flip deck of dazed street dogs, brass-buttoned police, square white buildings and children in school uniforms. Tourists pass a parade of...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Nov 5, 2008
Hammer Time

In the deep shadows of the western corner of Pilkington’s Metal Marine workshop on East Cordova Street sleeps a relic of days gone by. The cast iron behemoth, fondly referred to as the Hammer by the soot-stained welders working around it, is a throwback in today’s modern steel fabrication industry.

Nov 4, 2008
Botox at the Dentist

Botox? Typically, the only filling dentists do is of dental cavities, not wrinkles. That might have been the case until 2007, but, under pressure from dentists such as Victoria’s Rachel Staples, regular tooth doctors can now administer cosmetic injectables. “I...

Nov 4, 2008
Building Respect

It’s the developer’s dilemma: how to retain the soul of the land you’re building on while meeting environmental standards and creating a livable community. It’s like herding kittens: when you focus more on one, the others get away. That’s why it took a few decades for Westbank First Nation matriarch...

Nov 4, 2008
How to Dissolve a Business Partnership

After a long run, you’ve decided to fly solo with your business, which means leaving a partner or associate behind. Extricating yourself from the relationship without a costly legal battle can be done, but it takes careful planning and diplomacy.

Oct 9, 2008
How to Establish Fair Compensation

Business is booming and you need to hire more staff. Figuring out what (and how) to pay new employees can be tricky. Determining a fair wage depends on the type of work, and the ilk of worker you need to hire. Human resource experts Cissy Pau of Clear HR Consulting...

Oct 9, 2008
Innovative Cultivators: Canabis Crops

Most people wouldn’t willingly file their income taxes under the category of “marijuana grower,” but Eric Nash and his wife Wendy Little aren’t most people. The Vancouver Island residents are bona fide organic pot producers, legally selling their product to Health Canada-approved patients who use cannabis to ease medical discomfort.

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