Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 13, 2020
Go Figure: What you may not know about child care in B.C.

The province took its first steps toward a $10/day child-care plan—just in time for kids to be sent home. As families wait to see what COVID brings this fall, we take a look at what’s changed, and what hasn’t, for working parents in B.C.

Aug 21, 2020
Go Figure: Making it work in a pandemic

At least 700 3D printers have been pressed into service to make face shields and ear savers for health workers through the BC COVID-19 3D Printing Group Companies producing shields for the group or independently include Drop Manufacturing (Nelson), Hollywood Fabricating (Prince George), LNG Studios (Vancouver), Packright Manufacturing (Langley) and Vital Manufacturing (Surrey) 100+ Virtual private...

Jun 23, 2020
Go Figure: Measuring the province’s highest towers

9.4 percent of buildings in B.C. were classified as highrises as of 2016—up 23.5 percent since 2011 In Vancouver: 29.3 percent—up 18.5 percent since 2011 In Victoria: 17.9 percent—up 14.1 percent since 2011 In Kelowna: 3.1 percent—up 46.3% since 2011 B.C. had 106 existing or under-construction skyscrapers (buildings more than...

May 25, 2020
Go Figure: We sketch a picture of B.C.’s private fine art world

At 1.1%, B.C. has the highest concentration of artists per capita in Canada $24,304 – Median annual salary for a B.C. painter, sculptor or visual artist in 2016 337 – B.C. galleries, studios and cooperatives listed in the Galleries West database Metro Vancouver/Whistler corridor: 178 Victoria, Island and Sunshine Coast: 89 Interior: 59 North: 11 Share that are public:...

Feb 12, 2020
Go Figure: How toxic are B.C.’s workplaces?

With the feds adding new Labour Code rules against harassment and violence this year, we measure the province’s workplace toxicity levels. 31 percent of British Columbians say they’ve been bullied in the workplace 20 percent know of a coworker who has been bullied on...

Jan 23, 2020
B.C.-developed app puts your extra trunk space to work

Have a dresser you want to send to Kelowna as your niece moves into her first apartment? In Manning Park and forgot your ski poles? As it stands, no dice: shipping anything fast in that cross-section between “old” and “bulky” will cost you big—probably more than the item is worth. That...

Dec 19, 2019
Go Figure: ’Tis the season for sharing...your cold and flu around the office

B.C. workers were off sick for 2.3 million+ hours in 2018. Including all reasons for absence, full-time workers missed an average of 10.3 days that year, up from 8.7 in 2014. Canadian workers with kids take 2x as many days off to see a...

Nov 22, 2019
Go Figure: We carve out some numbers on B.C.'s alpine economy

B.C. has 13 ski resorts20 local ski hills50+ Nordic skiing areas Whistler Blackcomb is North America’s largest ski resort by both visitation: 2.4-2.6 million skiers and snowboarders annuallyand area: 8,171 acres of skiable terrain $299.2 million Annual economic impact of snowmobiling in B.C.18,000 km of snowmobiling trails$257 Average daily spending per snowmobiler Membership of Mountain Equipment Co-op when founded in...

Nov 15, 2019
The Bug Picture: Are we ready to eat crickets?

When returning Spanish ships first brought the potato to Europe from South America in the 1600s, the reception was chilly, to say the least. People regarded the vegetable as alien, dangerous and, well, kind of gross, largely spurning it over the next few decades. Then Antoine-Augustin Parmentier—the 18th-century version of...

Oct 15, 2019
Go Figure: The doctor is online

12% Number of British Columbians in a 2018 survey that had tried a virtual medical consultation, the highest share for any Canadian region 69% of British Columbians think a diagnosis from a virtual appointment wouldn’t be as accurate as from in-person visit 38%...

Sep 6, 2019
Go Figure: B.C. gets back to work

4/10 working Canadians would choose B.C. if they had to relocate for a job In a 2018 Leger report on Canadian workers... 85% of British Columbians were satisfied with their job 77% felt motivated 64% were considering self-employment 35% planned to change jobs in the next two years 63% of British Columbians have experienced burnout at work57% Canadian average Total revenue from B.C.’s employment...

Jul 12, 2019
Go Figure: How much power will it take to keep us cool this summer?

A/C accounts for about 20% of provincial power consumption, or 1,300 megawatts on the hottest days of summer AVERAGE ELECTRICITY PRICES IN VANCOUVER, IN CENTS PER KILOWATT-HOUR, 2017:RESIDENTIAL: 11:3INDUSTRIAL: 7.05 IN 2016, B.C.'S TOTAL ENERGY DEMAND WAS MET BY ESTIMATED GENERATING POTENTIAL OF 1,000 TO 3,000...

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