Remy Scalza

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Feb 4, 2013
Las Vegas: Sin City Reconsidered

At 6:30 a.m., the casino floor of the Aria Hotel is hardly a postcard for Vegas bliss. The hardy few gambling at this hour have been at it all night: poker fiends with morning-after stubble, glassy-eyed geezers plugging away at...

Jul 3, 2012
Piriápolis, Uruguay: A Mystical Seaside Destination

Feeling the vibrations in Piriápolis, Uruguay’s mystical seaside town. Carlos Rodriguez sees dead people. “I’m more in the next world than this one,” says Rodriguez, a mystical tour guide in Uruguay’s quirkiest beach town, the new-age Piriápolis. A diminutive South American country of three million wedged between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay remains largely untouristed, nonglobalized and, in the best sense of the word, odd.

Aug 1, 2011
What It's Like to Work in Social Media

In her second-floor cubicle in an office with walls painted pumpkin orange, 28-year-old Christabel Shaler is eating gluten-free cereal with almond milk and checking Facebook. A status update she posted a few hours earlier has already drawn 14 comments and...

Jul 1, 2011
The Village on False Creek, Post-Olympics

On a recent Sunday afternoon, a free tasting of fortified wines has lured the thirsty and curious into Legacy Liquor Store, the cavernous new 8,600-square-foot private store in the heart of Olympic Village, now officially known as the Village on...

May 2, 2011
Travelling to Tijuana, Mexico

The special tonight at La Querencia, a minimalist bistro near the banks of the Río Tijuana, is wild quail served in bittersweet chocolate sauce. Around me in the dining room, couples cluster at brushed stainless-steel tables, chatting in Spanish above...

Mar 7, 2011
The Groupon Craze Hits Vancouver

Groupon brings a 12,000-coupon avalanche of business to Richmond's TBC Indoor Kart Racing with its collective buying model. Near midnight on Aug. 26, long after most of his 25 employees had gone home for the day, Sean Campbell was glued to a computer screen in his Richmond office, corkscrew in hand, ready to celebrate.

Feb 7, 2011
Stewart Butterfield, Philosopher Game King

Stewart Butterfield takes play very seriously. Born in tiny Lund, B.C., and currently a resident of Yaletown, the former Cambridge philosophy student is best known for co-founding the photo-sharing website Flickr, which sold to Yahoo Inc. for an estimated $35...

Oct 8, 2010
Travelling to San Francisco

At the southern end of Mission Street, amid the fruit stands and pawnshops, is a sign that reads simply La Taquería. Here in America’s taco heartland, San Francisco’s gritty Mission District, that name speaks volumes. There are dozens, possibly hundreds...

Aug 4, 2010
Tourism Threatens Water Security in Okanagan

Are wine-fuelled tourism and migration threatening water security in the South Okanagan? In the bone-dry southern tip of the Okanagan Valley, just outside the town of Osoyoos, a network of footpaths winds through thickets of sage and antelope brush. Braving the midday sun, a few hardy hikers – red-faced and sweating – push down the trail, leaving faint footprints in the sand and keeping an eye out for the rattlesnakes that make their home here, in Canada’s only desert. 

May 5, 2010
Travelling to Montevideo, Uruguay

Overshadowed by its glamorous sibling to the west, Montevideo has a distinct flavour all its own. A little sibling rivalry would seem inevitable in Montevideo. The diminutive Uruguayan capital lies just a hundred or so miles across the muddy shallows of...

Apr 2, 2010
HSBC Comes to Burnaby

What HSBC’s new nerve centre might mean for Metro Vancouver’s IT industry. There’s a cold drizzle falling in Burnaby, where the sky has been overcast all day. Now, with almost theatrical gloom, crows have started circling, climbing in menacing gyres above HSBC’s brand new global software development centre, the five-storey, 146,000-square-foot building it has dubbed Discovery Green.

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