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Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

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...

Jun 12, 2019
Go Figure: Will it be another record-breaking year for tourism in B.C.?

Visitors from abroad to B.C. in 2018: Non-U.S. international tourists: Total revenue from B.C. tourism in 2017: Provincial tax revenue from B.C. tourism in 2017: 10-year growth: Tourism businesses operating in B.C. in 2017: Tourism industry jobs: Job openings expected by 2028: Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C.: Visitor nights...

May 3, 2019
Go Figure: Welcome to B.C's newest area code

When B.C. is expected to run out of phone numbers using all of the current four area codes. Between the launch of 604 and a second area code (250) Between this month's new code (672) and the previous addition (236) Share of B.C.

Apr 4, 2019
Go Figure: B.C.’s wine industry by the numbers

Sources: B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Canada, B.C. Wine Institute, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Statistics Canada...

Mar 5, 2019
Go Figure: Gambling deals aces to B.C.'s economy

Sources: Statistics Canada, Angus Reid Institute, B.C. Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, BCLC, Globe and Mail, CBC News, BC Gaming Industry Association, Office of the Provincial Health Officer...

Feb 4, 2019
Go Figure: Hacking the numbers around digital security

As 1,000 policymakers gather in Victoria for the 20th annual Privacy and Security Conference from February 6 to 8, we look at how British Columbians are—and aren’t—thinking about what’s happening to their data

Dec 21, 2018
Go Figure: Munching the numbers on snacking

To honour the season of holiday binges, office party treat tables and nights spent cuddling up with a bowl of chips, we bite into the stats behind B.C. snacks

Nov 5, 2018
Go Figure: Recycling by the numbers

As the Zero Waste Conference comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its seventh annual national event (November 8 and 9), we examine how B.C. is leaning into the circular economy

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