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Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 4

Oct 27, 2016
Sugar's sweet place in the B.C. economy

10 per cent. That’s roughly how much of Canada’s sugar production is created at the 13.5-acre Rogers sugar refinery complex on Vancouver’s waterfront—so when you sneak a treat this month from your Halloween cache, consider that the sweetness in those foil-wrapped chocolate eyeballs or spooky jelly worms may have originated close to home.

Aug 29, 2016
Numerology: Sustaining our fisheries

70%That’s the share of products carried by Richmond’s Albion Fisheries that are certified sustainable–up from 26 per cent in 2010. Albion was the first major supplier to sign up to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainability assessment program, which has grown from 16 partners when it launched 11 years ago...

Jul 20, 2016
Numerology: B.C. sees increase in camping bookings this summer

That’s the year-over-year increase in bookings made on the opening day of the BC Parks Discover Camping online reservation system this past spring—meaning last-minute campers may have to search farther afield for an open site as vacationers head to the woods in droves this summer. Private campground owners are reporting...

Mar 18, 2016
The business of bitcoin and other uncommon currency

B.C. is a “hotbed” for financial technology, says SFU’s Mark McLaughlin, who is leading a research study into Vancouver’s bitcoin ecosystem and who last year oversaw the university’s move to accept bitcoin at campus bookstores. New payment platforms that allow instant dollar conversion (such as one released last November by Vancouver-based...

Feb 16, 2016
By the numbers: luxury car sales boom in B.C.

And with this month’s auto show at the Vancouver Convention Centre expected to break 100,000 in attendance, 2016 is looking to keep up. “There was the biggest implosion in our industry globally in 2008,” says Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. “Now we...

Jan 29, 2016
By the numbers: Vancouver's worsening transit woes

Increase in Metro Vancouver’s transit ridership between 2004 and 2014 320,000 Estimated daily ridership of a proposed underground Broadway transit line by 2041 500,000 Number of times each year a person is left standing by full buses on the Broadway corridor The Lower Mainland's population has increased by 38,000 in the year since the mayors...

Jan 18, 2016
The concerns over B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act

59% Share of Okanagan water used for agriculture 5% Share used to maintain golf courses $2,700,000,000 Estimated cost to California’s economy due to drought last year 18,000 That’s how many groundwater wells must be licensed under B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act, in effect this month. Under the old system, water users—farmers, frackers, bottlers, cities—who drew from...

Dec 2, 2015
Ripe Rides wins over B.C.'s Public Transportation Board

Average number of taxis per 1,000 people 1.08 in Canadian Cities 0.72 in Metro Vancouver 0.43 in the Greater Victoria Area $53.12 That’s the estimated after-tax cost, assuming no delays, of a 10-km trip with Ripe Rides, Vancouver’s latest–and legal–taxi alternative. After a year of lobbying, bylaw amendments and vehicle shipment delays, the app-based ride company...

Sep 25, 2015
Entrepreneur of the Year 2015: Emerging Entrepreneur finalists

Working for his uncle’s excavation business from the age of 12 gave Trevor Styan, now 28, the skills for civil construction, but the family enterprise also taught him the values for leading a successful team. “You need to be a little more humble, a little more personable and understand what...

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