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Melissa Edwards

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 4

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$24,100 That’s the average amount withdrawn by British Columbians who have taken money out of their RRSPs before retirement, according to a 2016 BMO study—51 per cent more than the national average.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

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...

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