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Mar 27, 2019
Opinion: Climate action makes good business sense
Tamara Vrooman, Aaron Sutherland and Karen Tam Wu

For all businesses, climate change is a risk to the bottom line. Floods close workplaces and shipping routes, rising seas threaten coastal infrastructure, droughts inflict crop damage, heat stresses fish stocks, warmer winters pose a challenge to snow sports, and smoky...

Mar 20, 2019
As concern for the welfare of farm animals grows, will consumers put their money where their mouths are?
Roberta Staley

Every so often, Steve Easterbrook’s roosters, who act as sentinels for his thousands of brown hens, mistake a plane descending into nearby Vancouver International Airport for a predatory hawk or eagle. The warning squawks send the hens scurrying back into the...

Feb 27, 2019
Vancouver fishery makes a splash at female entrepreneurs competition
Juan Rivera

After the third-annual showdown, a new winner of the Odlum Brown Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ (FWE) Pitch for the Purse Gala was crowned, with Sonia Strobel, co-founder of Vancouver-based Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery, taking the $25,000 prize. The FWE, a charity...

Feb 22, 2019
Environment: Business interests clash with caribou survival
Andrew Findlay

Ross Cloutier wants to help save B.C.’s southern mountain caribou—but not at any cost. Renewed efforts to protect the threatened animals could hit his $150-million industry hard, says the executive director of Helicat Canada, which represents the country’s heli-skiing and catskiing operators. “Things are happening very fast right now, and we...

Jan 14, 2019
Newmont Mining to purchase Vancouver’s Goldcorp in massive deal
By the Editors

A U.S. company is buying one of Canada’s largest mining outfits. Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp. will merge with Vancouver-based Goldcorp in a deal valued at about US$10 billion. Newmont shareholders will retain 65 percent of the company, with Goldcorp shareholders taking the other 35. The move comes on the heels...

Jan 8, 2019
Rocked: Canadian mining companies deal with fallout from Supreme Court ruling
Andrew Findlay

In April 2013, a group of Guatemalan farmers, among them Adolfo Agustin Garcia, converged outside the front entrance of Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. Located in southeast Guatemala near the community of San Rafael Las Flores and operated by Tahoe...

Dec 12, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Farmer
Felicity Stone

The Geen family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley for more than 120 years, growing tree fruits like apples and cherries, with a foray into ginseng in the 1990s. Now, fourth-generation farmer Marc Geen is cultivating cannabis. After the federal government announced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in...

Nov 13, 2018
Political Scientist: Andrew Weaver holds the balance of power
Richard Littlemore

It’s a hot August day, and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is dripping. We’ve been walking all afternoon in the Vancouver Pride Parade, and his rumpled rainbow shirt is sweat-stained and sticking to his back. Even his battered cowboy...

Nov 7, 2018
Opinion: Justin Trudeau tries to have it both ways on economy, environment
Nick Rockel

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function,” novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a stab at that during...

Nov 5, 2018
Opinion: It’s about the economy, stupid!
Jae Mather

The recent announcement of the $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in B.C. has generated praise from the business sector, the provincial and federal governments, and those who have expressed worry over the province’s investment climate. Concerns from the environmental sector have been heard as well. Unfortunately, much of the technology in...

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