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

Canadian Real Estate Is Pricey, Here’s How Much You Have To Earn To Buy A Home

Vancouver and Toronto real estate is well out of the reach of many, but is that the case around the country? Numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show a huge variance on the cost of a typical home across Canada. We wanted to see what this variance means for incomes. So we crunched some numbers, like we always do. Here’s how much you need to earn in order to carry a mo [...]

29 November 2017

North Vancouver auto shop owner living her dreams

While many children go to sleep dreaming of hoisting the Stanley Cup, becoming a movie star or simply just counting sheep, Leah Gillanders always had her mind in a much different place. Before she reached deep sleep, the North Vancouver native would travel to the magical land deep inside a growly V-8 engine. “I remember closing my eyes – I still do this sometimes – I’d close my ey [...]

29 November 2017

No frenzy here: Black Friday a chill event in Metro Vancouver

Maybe it's because online shopping has taken over. Or maybe it's because storming the doors of the nearest big box outlet the morning after American Thanksgiving is really a south of the border thing. “Can I come in yet?” #BlackFridayCanada #BlackFriday2017ِ pic.twitter.com/qySBLDsafA— @gpsmendoza Whatever the reason, Black Friday 2017 had a decidedly chill vibe in M [...]

25 November 2017

'Sea change': Vancouver considers 'restricting property ownership by non-permanent residents'

Two years ago Andy Yan’s academic work placed him in the centre of a storm. But he decided to carry on with his work, and, he recalled this week, “double down.”When Yan, an urban planner with Bing Thom Architects, reported in November 2015 that he’d found two-thirds of house buyers in expensive west-side Vancouver neighbourhoods had “non-Anglicized Chinese names,” he [...]

25 November 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

Pharrell mentee Buddy is finally in the limelight

There’s no bigger myth in the music industry than that of overnight success. Ask any musician making headway in the mainstream, and they’ll highlight the years of hard graft in their bedrooms, shitty backroom tours, and bombing on-stage. The incubation period varies, of course, but for some it lasts much longer than expected.For hip-hop artist Simmie Sims, better known by his stage n [...]

23 November 2017

Byram buzz begins for 2019 NHL Draft, with Vancouver rookie D-man slotted for early selection

“His skating and willingess to carry the puck is what makes him elite. His skating is just so effortless. He’s such an efficient player.”The double-take reactions prompted by moves by Vancouver Giants rookie defenceman Bowen Byram have been plenty this season, and likely began in one of the first team meetings of the campaign.The players were asked at the time to write down th [...]

23 November 2017

Trudeau mulling China trip in December, free trade talks possible

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking at a possible trade trip to China early next month but Canada isn't ready to launch formal free trade talks with China just yet. Canada and China began exploring the idea of a free trade agreement more than a year ago, after Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held back-to-back visits in China and Ottawa.Three rounds of exploratory ta [...]

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