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Steve Burgess

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 4, 2019
Big Fat Deal: $4.3 million for a superlative suite in Vancouver's Trump Tower

Address: #4303, 1151 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Price: $4,290,000 Listing: R2360750 The skinny: Three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,603-square-foot condo in downtown Vancouver The bling: This Trump Tower condo is amazing, the best. It has 10,000 square feet. Probably the biggest condo ever. The listing says 1,603 square...

Jun 20, 2019
Big Fat Deal: $9.6 million for Camelot with a view in West Vancouver

Address: 1545 Camelot Road, West Vancouver Price: $9,680,000 Listing: R2331770 The skinny: Six-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 7,750-square-foot home on a 12,508-square-foot lot in West Vancouver The bling: Camelot! There’s an entire Broadway musical devoted to this wonderful listing. In the catchy promotional blurb of songwriters Lerner...

Nov 6, 2018
Happy Horgan: B.C.'s premier imagines what could have been

When his NDP government took power last year, Premier John Horgan transformed from crabby Opposition leader to beaming optimist. Fending off criticism from Alberta, Ottawa and the BC Liberals, the talkative politician weighs in on Site C, Trans Mountain, predecessor Christy Clark and his controversial real estate tax

May 25, 2018
Watercooler: Too bad to fail

Failure. People are always saying bad things about it. But it has its upside. These days it’s all Canucks fans have to cheer about. Since making the playoffs stopped being a thing around here, the only option left was to...

Apr 20, 2018
Watercooler: Price-fixing isn't what it used to be

Earlier this year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. offered customers $25 gift cards as recompense for the grocery retailer’s part in a price-fixing scandal. The product involved was bread. This is not corny slang referring to the thing at the heart of...

Mar 15, 2018
Watercooler: What's in a car name?

What’s a Camry? Is there an English translation of Acura? Is Qashqai a New Delhi game show? How many calories are there in Previa? Should I be concerned if my doctor says I have a severe abdominal Lexus? Car brands are...

Feb 1, 2018
Why Vancouver deserved a better shot at hosting Amazon’s HQ2

During the Renaissance, most of what is now the Italian peninsula was divided into city states. They fought wars, sometimes against foreign powers, sometimes against each other. When the skirmish was over and one city had triumphed, it would claim...

Dec 20, 2017
How not to get shot by an ex-employee—and how Paul Dragan survived

It is Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014. At the False Creek end of Vancouver’s Davie Street, grocery shoppers come and go at Urban Fare, and a woman pushes a baby carriage up the street toward Pacific Boulevard. A thick-set man...

Dec 13, 2017
Who are “influencers”? And why do we care about them?

Influencer marketing—as millennial buzzwords go, it may be as hot as the phrase “millennial buzzwords.” The marketing game has changed. Once upon a time, Chicago Blackhawks superstar Bobby Hull told you to buy a certain brand of motor oil and...

Nov 28, 2017
Watercooler: Nowhere to hide

It may be time for a modern update of that classic scene from old gangster flicks. It’s the one where the gang is holed up at the hideout. “Somebody at dis table,” the boss says, looking around, “is a rat.”The...

Nov 2, 2017
Why self-driving cars threaten our romance with the road

The January 1958 issue of the Radio Corp. of America’s Electronic Age magazine was hit-and-miss in its predictions. The widespread availability of colour television worked out as forecast. But “Radio via Meteor Trails?” This was a story claiming scientists were bouncing...

Oct 24, 2017
How to give a proper handshake

There are a couple of time-honoured strategies for dealing with business partners, clients and the public. One is to treat others with respect, expecting to be treated the same way in return. Another is to establish your authority via displays...

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