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Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Jan 2, 2018
High housing prices have Vancouverites mulling exit

Once next year’s 4 per cent allowable rent hike takes effect in B.C. (and renovictions and lease renewals push average rents even higher), help-wanted signs will grow dustier as street-level businesses chase the increasingly rare soul who can afford to...

Nov 9, 2017
Numerology: Artisanal markets in B.C. kick off the gift-buying season

As the gift-buying season approaches, that’s about how many craft markets will set up across the province to help local potters, carvers, glass blowers, jewelry makers and other artisans get their wares into holiday shoppers’ hands. Indie fairs are growing...

Sep 28, 2017
Numerology: Aboriginal wealth and prosperity

That’s the square footage of commercial real estate managed by the Okanagan’s Westbank First Nation (WFN), the largest such on-reserve development in the country. AFOA Canada (formerly the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) will feature WFN as a case...

Sep 19, 2017
Numerology: The dirt on money laundering

That’s how many Canadian businesses are subject to reporting requirements under federal laws against money laundering. They include banks, accounting firms and the fast-growing fintech industry, the main focus of companies in the emerging regulation technology sector—like Vancouver’s Trulioo, whose identity verification systems help businesses prove they aren’t helping hide...

Aug 14, 2017
Who owns B.C. recreational property?

That’s how many recreational properties changed hands in B.C. in 2016—a 75 per cent surge over the previous year and up almost threefold from 2011. Vacationing Lower Mainlanders may dream of ownership as they snooze on rented lakefront decks this...

Jun 9, 2017
People are the weak link when it comes to cybersecurity

Fifty-two per cent of B.C. businesses in a recent Ipsos/MNP LLP survey said that hackers accessed or may have accessed their confidential information in the past year. As the June 12-15 Ignite conference brings 4,000 cybersecurity professionals to the Vancouver Convention...

May 16, 2017
Couldn't get tickets to that U2 concert? Blame the scalper bots

470 per cent—That’s the premium ticket-seekers were facing on resale sites in January, only minutes after U2 seats went on sale for the May 12 concert at Vancouver’s BC Place. The rise of ticket-buying software—known as scalper bots—has been increasingly...

Apr 25, 2017
Numerology: BC Ferries' new skipper can expect rough seas ahead

That’s how many passengers used BC Ferries in fiscal 2016—a 4.9 per cent gain from the previous year but still fewer than in 2006. Coastal communities blame steep fare increases over the past decade for the reduced traffic. As former...

Feb 22, 2017
Numerology: For many women, working in the tech sector still doesn't compute

56% That’s the mid-career quit rate for women in the lucrative computer technology sector—the highest across the sciences and more than double the rate for men. As March brings the 118th International Women’s Day, female representation has risen in all...

Feb 6, 2017
British Columbians choose mortgages over RRSPs

$24,100 That’s the average amount withdrawn by British Columbians who have taken money out of their RRSPs before retirement, according to a 2016 BMO study—51 per cent more than the national average. As Canadians scramble this month to make tax-year...

Dec 16, 2016
Why are people getting locked up in the name of teambuilding?

231,000 That’s how many people have tried to solve their way out of one of Exit Canada’s 11 “escape room” locations since founder Justin Tang opened North America’s first, in Richmond, in 2013. Tang, who has seen nine competitors crop up...

Nov 7, 2016
Is the possibility of a Trump presidency sending Americans north?

167% That’s the average weekly increase in Google searches for “move to Canada” since last February, when Donald Trump became the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Similar (if shorter) spikes were seen after every U.S. election since 2004, but...

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