Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 22, 2022
Go Figure: Pet-a-palooza is coming back to celebrate furry friends in B.C.

The West Coast's largest pet festival is rolling up to Victoria (August 13+14) and Vancouver (August 28) this summer.

Jun 29, 2022
Go Figure: B.C. is getting its head in the game

A host of local innovators aim to help sports pros and weekend warriors play faster, higher, stronger—and safer.

Apr 6, 2022
Go Figure: Smaller towns play a big role in the local film and TV industry

With Prince Rupert starring as the location for The Island Between Tides, we focus our lens on the B.C. movie and TV sector’s impact beyond big city lights. Sonic the Hedgehog: Paramount Pictures; First Blood: A.F. Archive/Alamy Stock Photo; iStock...

Feb 14, 2022
Go Figure: Surprising stats on the business of love in B.C.

As local singles in your area get set to navigate a semi-normal Valentine’s Day, we take a look at the business of romance in B.C. READ MORE: Stats on B.C.’s multibillion-dollar dairy industry...

Nov 22, 2021
Go Figure: From milk to artisan cheese, the province’s multibillion-dollar dairy industry earns its bread and butter

Want to help B.C. dairy farms that were devastated by the recent floods? You can donate to this fundraiser organized on behalf of the BC Dairy Association. Dairy is the province’s No. 1 agricultural product by value, generating 18% of all...

Oct 8, 2021
Go Figure: Counting the ways work in B.C. may never be the same post-pandemic

76.8% of British Columbians who shifted to remote work during the pandemic want to keep working at least half of their hours from home 28% said they worked longer hours More than 1/4 of Canadian professionals say they’re more likely to want...

Aug 16, 2021
Go Figure: As telecom carriers implement new anti-spoofing technology, we look at who's calling whom in B.C.

14,085,042 - Phone numbers on Canada’s National Do Not Call List as of April 2021 38,367 - B.C. phone numbers added in the 2019-20 year The CRTC got 15,352 complaints about phone scams and 13,370 complaints about telemarketers in 2020 B.C. scam and telemarketing...

May 18, 2021
Go Figure: We crack the tab on B.C.’s soda pop industry

1858 B.C.’s first soda bottling works, Alexander Phillips, founded in Victoria 101 Minimum number of soda pop companies operating in the province between then and the early 1900s 74 B.C. soft drink and ice producers in 2019 21.5% of the national total 31.1% are one-person shows $1,627,700,000 Total...

Apr 13, 2021
Go Figure: 365 Days of Solitude (and counting)

2/3 of British Columbians say they’re coping well with the pandemic 72,063 - estimated business closures in B.C., March-October 2020 +24.6% YoY 66,484 - estimated launches +14.3% YoY B.C.’s top 5 industry winners and losers by employment, December 2019 vs. 2020 Utilities: +55.1% Agriculture: +14% Natural resources: +13.7% Manufacturing: +8.4% Professional, scientific and technical services: +6.9% Construction: -11.7% Information, culture...

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...

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