Alix Drabek

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 11, 2015
5 alternative ways to pay for your house

While housing options outside the standard real estate categories (single-family detached home, townhouse/condo, co-op) continue to be limited, the decidedly unsexy area of financing has, in recent years, become surprisingly diverse. Traditional avenues like banks and parents still dominate, but alternative choices are increasingly popular with new, first-time buyers. Here’s...

Feb 27, 2015
Au Comptoir brings Paris to Kitsilano

Vancouver’s newest French café, Au Comptoir (“at the counter/bar”), is unabashedly Parisian, from the servers right down to the custom built-in-France tin bar. And while co-owners Maxime Bettili and Julien Aubin aren’t natives of the French capital (they met while studying in Poitiers 17 years ago), they spent the better part...

Jan 9, 2015
Global solutions to Vancouver's empty-condo problem (map)

In last November’s civic elections, one of the most popular campaign pledges came from Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong, who pledged to “place a duty” on vacant properties in the city. The promise sparked immediate interest in a city where local real estate is increasingly in the hands of foreign...

Dec 10, 2014
A piece of Vancouver history can be yours for $10 million

One of Vancouver’s most iconic homes, Gabriola House, is on the market. The pricetag: $10 million. Also known as the Rogers Sugar mansion, the house was built in 1901 for American transplant B.T. Rogers, the founder of Rogers Sugar, and its A-list heritage status protects it from demolition—the recent fate...

Dec 4, 2014
How employers can make better use of employees with disabilities

Most of us go to work every day secure in the knowledge that skills and personality will determine our employment success. But for some 330,000 British Columbians, there’s an added challenge: convincing employers to look beyond a disability. Attitudes toward people with disabilities have improved a lot in the past few...

Dec 1, 2014
B.C.'s 11 richest people (includes Canada's richest woman)

11. Belkin Family | $900 million Owners of the privately-held, Vancouver-based, Belkorp Group of Companies, run by Stuart Belkin, son of founder Morris, the family has interests in numerous industries from sugar to pulp and paper. 10. Gary Charlwood | $984 million Franchise conglomerate Charlwood, the Vancouver-based founder of Uniglobe Travel...

Nov 27, 2014
B.C.'s entrepreneurs are the most optimistic in Canada: report

Small business owners in this province are feeling bullish about the future, so much so that they’ve edged out regular frontrunner Alberta for the top spot, according to the November Business Barometer, a monthly survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), released today. B.C.’s index rating climbed to...

Nov 26, 2014
Hyundai launches Canada's first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle

The new zero-emission Hyundai Tucson FCEV will be available to a select group of Lower Mainland residents in early 2015 Hyundai Canada unveiled its new Tucson hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) today in Vancouver, along with an unusual leasing process. Interested customers will have to apply via a dedicated website...

Nov 21, 2014
Kinder Morgan protest enters new phase

Kinder Morgan work crews arrived on Burnaby Mountain this morning accompanied by a police escort, a sign of just how tense the situation has become since yesterday’s arrest of 26 protesters, five of whom remain in custody, for violating a court-ordered injunction zone and preventing surveying work to be carried...

Nov 19, 2014
A closer look at the scathing report on BC Ferries' route cuts

Last summer, the ferry ride from Bella Coola to Port Hardy went from a 13-hour direct route on a middle-aged but comfortable ship (the now decommissioned Queen of Chilliwack) to a 16-hour, two-part journey involving a two-hour layover and two different ferries, one of them an almost-new vessel, similar in...

Nov 17, 2014
Doing business in Vietnam: a quick how-to

With 90 million people, a 95 per cent literacy rate and 60 per cent of the population under the age of 35, Vietnam holds tremendous potential for any company looking to expand its markets. And while Vietnam’s trade with B.C. is small—with exports totalling almost $76 million last year, accounting...

Nov 7, 2014
Fixed link idea gets a (brief) new life—again

Minister of Transport Todd Stone’s flip-flop this week on the possible elimination of service between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo added another footnote in the decades-long debate over construction of a fixed link from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island. Numerous studies exist on the viability of ferry alternatives; in the 1980s...

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