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Jul 28, 2015
Plans revealed for Vancouver's tallest office tower

Bigger is better If plans for a new 33-storey office building at 1133 Melville Street in downtown Vancouver are approved, the city will have a new tallest office tower. Not only tall but also, well, bloody big: each floor would range from 20,000 to 23,000 square feet for a total of...

Jul 23, 2015
British Columbians are on a shopping spree: StatsCan

Hey, big spenders I'm talking to you, British Columbians. According to a new retail report released by Statistics Canada on Thursday, we've increased our retail spending more in the last year than any other province in Canada—by 8.3 per cent. That's far above inflation—and the competition (not that it's a competition). Second...

Jul 20, 2015
Now Victoria's airport is getting a mall

Another airport, another mall On the heels of YVR's brand-new outlet mall, the Victoria Airport Authority and Vancouver-based developer Omicron announced Thursday they have entered into an agreement to build a new retail centre at YYJ. Sidney Gateway, as it would be called, would comprise 10 buildings over 7.5 acres and...

Jul 15, 2015
Victoria: the best city in Canada to work as a woman

A Victoria victoryB.C.'s government town, Victoria, is the best place in Canada to be a woman—assuming you value equality—according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Statistics such as income and unemployment were measured relative to that of men in each city. First-place Victoria scored highest...

Jul 10, 2015
Why YVR just opened an outlet mall

High-flying dealsGreater Vancouver's first outlet mall—the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport (bit of a mouthful, that one)—opened Thursday at YVR to crushing fanfare, judging by the traffic jams it induced, which managed to delay a few flights. Oh, and this: British mall manager McArthurGlen, which operates 20 designer outlets around the...

Jul 9, 2015
Infographic: A $15 minimum wage? Vancouver vs. other cities

RESTAURANT STUDY1-2%: Rise in operating costs with a 10% increase to the minimum wage*0.7%: The typical price increase observed following a 10% bump. Other industries saw no change**According to a 2014 study by University of California, Berkeley, professors While B.C.'s minimum wage will see a bump this fall, increasing to $10.45...

Jul 7, 2015
How climate change will impact your seafood options

Smoke on the waterAs shrouds of smoke continue to settle over B.C. cities from a flurry of forest fires across the province, B.C.ers are getting a feel for how climate change could shape the land around them. Turns out, it will also shape the ocean—not just sea levels but sea...

Jul 7, 2015
Doing business in China: what you need to know

B.C.’s trade with China has increased fivefold over the past decade. But growth of that magnitude is unlikely to continue, especially as the country looks beyond resources for imports. Here's how we can stay in the game: How B.C. can build long-term business bridges with ChinaA container ship heading to a...

Jun 26, 2015
Sheer pants 2.0? Another recall at Lululemon

Partial recallLululemon has announced another recall, this time for about 300,000 women's hoodies. Elastic drawstrings, present in hoodies from around 2008 to 2014, were apparently hurting some wearers when the hard plastic or metal tips bounced backward and hit them. So, how bad is this? Sheer pants 2.0? (After which...

Jun 24, 2015
10 B.C. companies that had very good (or bad) years

B.C.'s biggest companies 1. Telus Corp. 2. Teck Resources Ltd. 3. Jim Pattison Group Who else made THE TOP 100?See our ranking >> *Compared to 2013 GOOD: Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Revenue change: 4.2% Net income: $168 million Net income change: -29.8% A couple caveats: Lionsgate calls B.C. home but is headquartered in Santa Monica, and its biggest money-making franchise, The...

Jun 23, 2015
Cross-border shopping is way down in B.C.: report

Common centsFewer B.C.ers are heading south for deals, although that's no surprise. "The fall in the value of the Canadian dollar, unsurprisingly, has led to a decline in the number of British Columbians making short-duration visits to the United States," says a new report from the Business Council of B.C.

Jun 18, 2015
Construction of Site C mega dam could begin in July

Site C in sight Construction on the $8.8-billion Site C mega dam near Fort St. John could get underway as soon as next month, according to Site C community relations manager David Conway. On Monday, Conway told Dawson Creek city council that work could start in July, even though, he said, "I...

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