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Apr 20, 2009
Survivor: Berryland
Peter Severinson

Chaim Kempler leads a team of berry researchers at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Agassiz, a federal operation supported by the berry industry whose aim is to produce the world’s tastiest and toughest berries. Each year researchers create 20 to 60 new berry varieties by crossbreeding different types, Kempler explains.

Mar 20, 2009
Dirty Little Secret
Don Whiteley

With Alberta oil producers facing uncertain prospects south of the border, many are pinning their hopes on the Asian market – and two multibillion-dollar pipelines set to carry crude to B.C.’s west coast ports. But are we ready for massive oil tankers off our shores?

Mar 20, 2009
A Fish Story
Peter Severinson

The Queen of England and the Pope couldn’t sit down and work this thing out.” Those were Bob Wright’s parting words when he quit the Pacific Salmon Commission about a decade after he signed up to help Canada negotiate a...

Mar 5, 2009
The Dirty PR Battle Over "Clean Coal"

Some of the facts are indisputable: The burning of coal hastens global warming because it releases carbon dioxide. It also leads to acid rain and air pollution. And as the green movement gains in momentum, the coal industry is faced with an uphill PR battle.

Mar 1, 2009
The Black Market of B.C. Coal Miners
Erin Millar

As B.C. coal miners expand into places like Mongolia and Indonesia – where costs are lower and political climates more welcoming – questions are being raised about the associated environmental and social toll – and who, if anyone, will be picking up the tab.

Jan 1, 2009
Mine Games
BCBusiness D.B.

Sitting in a room with a group of high-profile insiders in the B.C. mining industry, the one thing that stands out is a sense of rejection, of an industry that built cities and towns across the province asking, “Do you want us here or not?” Vancouver is a centre for mining...

Dec 22, 2008
Lining Up at the Trough
Tony Wanless

The forestry industry in B.C. and Canada is now lining up in Ottawa and asking for a bailout or some other kind of relief for its problems. Can't say as I blame them. Why shouldn't they? After all, they do represent a real Canadian industry, instead of branch plants of...

Dec 1, 2008
Blowing in the Wind
Christopher Pollon

There are few places on Earth where the forces of nature are on such violent, chaotic display as Hecate Strait, the narrow stretch of shallow ocean that separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the B.C. coast. Winter low-pressure systems born over Alaska can push winds to 160 km/h, driving waves...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing
Susan Hollis

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Nov 19, 2008
Crude Oil and the Prospects for Natural Gas
BCBusiness D.B.

The past year has been a roller- coaster ride for those who consume and produce energy – in other words, all of us. The price of a barrel of crude oil – affecting everything from the cost of gasoline to...

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