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May 25, 2012
Budget-Conscious Consumers Boost Coffee Prices
L Peacock

Tastes are regressing back to the plain old cup of joe rather than splurging on more expensive varieties. In a global economy that really needs a jolt, jittery consumers are changing their tastes to favour a cheaper cup of joe.  

May 17, 2012
Cross-Border Shopping Costs Canada $20 Billion
L Peacock

A new report indicates the proliferation of Canadians heading south for shopping sprees is hurting the economy more than previously believed. While many Vancouverites may head across the border this long weekend on the hunt for  some deals, those shopping sprees in the States are draining the Canadian economy.   A new report from the Bank of Montreal shows cross-border shopping is on the increase and will only intensify over the summer as the feds boost the previously restrictive duty-free limits.  ...

May 7, 2012
Saying Goodbye to Sears
Steve Burgess

One way or another, downtown Vancouver’s esthetically challenged Sears edifice is sure to blow. Novelty tissue dispenser. Giant prop for movies about dystopian futures plagued by hideous architecture. Build a second one and hang a “Women’s” sign on it.

May 7, 2012
Power Suit: Ainsliewear Design
BCBusiness Helesic

As a professional ballerina, Ainslie Cyopik was accustomed to making incredible leaps, but the one from ballet dancer to businesswoman was no small feat. Fortunately for Cyopik, founder and president of high-end dancewear company Ainsliewear Design Ltd., it’s a good time...

Apr 23, 2012
Walmart Faces Bribery Allegations
L Peacock

The retailer is accused of covering up an investigation into millions of dollars in bribes linked to its Mexican subsidiary.   This weekend retail behemoth Walmart was focused on the type of green that doesn’t involve recycling.  

Mar 14, 2012
Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes Out of Print
L Peacock

After almost two and a half centuries, the publishers of the iconic Encyclopaedia Britannica will stop the presses and go digital. The hefty volumes that once filled a full shelf of many middle-class homes will soon pass into extinction.   The publishers of Encyclopaedia Britannica announced Tuesday the 32-volume 2010 edition would be its final print run. In the face of stiff digital competition such as Wikipedia and even Google, the reference books will go online only.  

Mar 9, 2012
Coke, Pepsi Change Colouring to Halt Carcinogen Label
L Peacock

The most popular sodas in the world are tweaking their recipe to avoid a damaging cancer label in the U.S. Coca-Cola and Pepsi are cutthroat rivals in the beverage biz, but for once the two companies are facing the same caramel-coloured problem.   The soda companies were in danger of being slapped with a cancer label on their drinks because their beverages contain a chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) in the colouring formula. The Center for Science in the Public Interest asserts 4-MI is...

Mar 5, 2012
My Breakfast Cereal Was Discontinued
Steve Burgess

Steve Burgess deals with the inevitable heartache that comes from relying on faraway strangers to feed you. Capitalism can be cruel. We don’t need mobs of protesters pitching tents in public parks to figure that out. Bright young entrepreneurs bring their exciting new enterprises to market, only to be stabbed repeatedly by the Invisible Hand and left to bleed out in the ditch. Too late the would-be tycoon realizes that there is simply no demand for a better moose trap. Such...

Mar 5, 2012
Big Times for B.C. Food Co-ops
Jeff Nield

A produce section piled high with vibrant greens, yellows and reds greets shoppers stepping through the automatic sliding doors of the Kootenay Co-op Country Store in Nelson, B.C. Local organic apples are prominently displayed across the aisle from a mound...

Mar 2, 2012
Sears to Shut Down Three Major Stores
L Peacock

Sears Canada is signallng how deeply the retailer is troubled as it announces it will shut the doors of three major locations, including Vancouver’s Pacific Centre store. One my first trip to Vancouver, I exited the City Centre SkyTrain and was bombarded by the sights and sounds of downtown. I looked up to see the TD skyscraper, London Drugs and the most massive Sears I’d ever seen. But soon that Sears location will shut its doors for good.  ...

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