This BC Green PR campaign could deliver coalition coagulation

At least Andrew Weaver is clear: he will keep opposing the party he will continue to support. The BC Green Party leader is rather like the dog that chews your slippers out of fury, then brings them to you out of unconditional love.Rarely a day passes without some fulminating pledge of denunciatory non-defeat of the NDP.  It’s strange, bordering on something worth studying scientific [...]

13 December 2017

Weighing proportional representation pros and cons

Would moving to proportional representation affect B.C.’s triple-A credit rating? Probably not. Countries like Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, which all have some form of proportional representation (PR), have triple-A credit and bond ratings, while the U.K., which has a first-past-the-post system, has only a double-A rating from Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.One legit [...]

13 December 2017

Vancouver taxi companies gear up for seasonal rush

Vancouver taxi companies have added nearly 100 vehicles to their weekday service under temporary permits to cope with the December rush.“That’s in addition to the 175 new licences the government granted last spring, so we have about 860 cars on the road,” said Carolyn Bauer, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Taxi Association. “Last year, at this time, we were operating about 700 taxi [...]

11 December 2017

Vancouver searches for ways to preserve ‘legacy’ businesses in Chinatown, other areas

The Gain Wah restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown is small and unremarkable from the outside, with its battered red canopy covered with yellow Chinese characters. But Andrew Leung and his wife make their barbecue pork the old-fashioned way – marinated overnight. And they hand-cut the pork for their wontons, the way they've always done it at this restaurant since it opened in 1981. Th [...]

11 December 2017

Facebook leases two floors at Waterfront Centre

Facebook, which closed a temporary recruiting office in downtown Vancouver a year ago, is roaring back into the city. The social media giant has leased more than 36,000 square feet at 200 Burrard Street in Cadillac Fairview’s Waterfront Centre. Facebook’s space will accommodate the growing needs of its business, a spokesperson for the company told Western Investor. A cloak of confident [...]

24 November 2017

Vancouver falls to No. 3 as Canadian tech hub: CBRE

Vancouver’s position as the country’s No. 2 destination for tech companies looking to establish operations in Canada fell victim to the backspace button in 2016.The West Coast city dropped to third place after Ottawa made gains in CBRE’s Scoring Canadian Tech Talent report, released November 23. Toronto ranked first. CBRE examined the country’s 10 biggest cities and ranked the [...]

24 November 2017

Downtown businesses renewing calls for extended SkyTrain service

Calls are growing stronger from business owners in downtown Vancouver for Translink to keep its trains running later on weekends after officials said extended service would be expensive but possible. Charles Gauthier, the president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, says operating trains later on Friday and Saturday nights would bolster the city's ec [...]

20 November 2017

Practice provides medical care minus insurance claims

For many patients, navigating the world of medical care can be challenging and confusing. Patient Direct Care aims to make it as simple as possible by going back to the basics – providing direct primary care services without sending claims to insurance providers. In the United States, direct primary care (DPC) is a type of primary care billing and payment arrangement that allows compani [...]

17 November 2017

Vancouver makes some short-term rentals legal

Vancouver city council has voted to make it legal for homeowners and renters to provide short-term rental accommodation on websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, starting April 1, 2018.The catch is that they will need to pay an annual $49 licence fee as well as a one-time $54 activation fee. The person operating the short-term rental must also list the property as being their principal reside [...]

15 November 2017

Toronto, Vancouver house prices set for rise: CIBC report

The housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver could resume their previous upward trajectories amid conditions of tight supply and burgeoning demand, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets. The Canadian housing market, in general, is in an important transition period — especially Vancouver and Toronto, economist Benjamin Tal said in the report, which was rele [...]

15 November 2017

Tips for Internal Audits in Large Businesses

Just the term “internal audits,” can bring anxiety for employees and business executives alike. Internal audits are detailed, sometimes time-consuming and they can uncover things that you don’t necessarily want to see, such as fraud. Despite the challenges of internal audits, they can be incredibly beneficial to businesses. They can help eliminate not just fraud, but also inefficiency [...]

04 November 2017

Downtown Vancouver offices to test price ceiling

In 18 months Vancouver’s downtown office vacancy rate has been cut in half, plunging to 5%, the second lowest in North America, and accelerating a new cycle of speculative tower construction.The unprecedented demand could also lead to record-high lease rates in the core with suggestions that prime rents could top $50 per square foot. The October 11 start of the 33-storey Vancouver Ce [...]

01 November 2017

Sprinkler system helps firefighters contain Vancouver business fire

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A fire damaged a business in Vancouver Tuesday morning.Crews responded to Dreamline Cabinets in the 2700 block of Northeast Andersen Road just before 1:30 a.m.The sprinkler system helped put the fire out before firefighters arrived.Firefighters did need to cut some holes in the roof at the business next door to help vent the smoke.No one was hurt and it’s not clear yet what [...]

01 November 2017

Vancouver's construction community rallies behind business destroyed by fire

Peter Spotzl has many challenges ahead of him as he rebuilds his business, which was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning.But as word spread that he’d lost the building that houses Metal and Wood Products near Olympic Village, he learned he wouldn’t be alone in forging a path forward.“There’s been such an outpouring of support,” he said Thursday morning. “It’s been amazing, absolut [...]

06 October 2017

Professional reliance model under review

When drinking water from the Hullcar aquifer near Armstrong became too polluted to drink, and a nearby dairy farmer was required to pay for a soil test to determine if the pollution was coming from manure, local residents were astounded when the government refused to release the findings of that study. The B.C. government claimed releasing the information would be a violation of copyright law, si [...]

04 October 2017

B.C. Supreme Court rejects condo-building sale attempt

A group of condominium owners won a huge court victory over their neighbours September 21 when BC Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman dismissed an attempt by a larger group of owners to wind up their strata corporation and sell assets to a developer. Milman ruled that the strata corporation at Bel-Ayre Villa, at the corner of West 10th Avenue and Burrard Street, did not follow the process set out [...]

03 October 2017

B.C. is going to pot – are we ready?

Will cornfields and greenhouses that now grow tomatoes and cucumbers give way to marijuana crops on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Delta?Will entrepreneurs in B.C. be able to grow and sell artisanal marijuana brands, much like craft brewers sell beer, or will the B.C. government monopolize pot sales through government-controlled cannabis stores?These are just some of the questi [...]

03 October 2017

B.C. boardroom battle nets defamation suit against directors

Three B.C. investors face a potential boardroom booting later this month in a dispute with the co-founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Payfirma.The boardroom battle has already resulted in a defamation suit and legal efforts to stop a special shareholders meeting. “How did it come to this?” asked Richard Powers, a corporate governance expert at the Rotman School of Management at the Univers [...]

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