Skilled immigrants face tough job market

When Preeti Hiro came to Canada from India in November 2014, she already had a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master of business administration and was a published author in the field of strategic financial management. Hiro also had an impressive resumé from back home in Chandigarh, which included working as an assistant professor and as a manager of finance. However, she encountered the c [...]

04 October 2017

Big cash flowing into River Rock Casino sparks money-laundering probe

B.C.’s attorney general has ordered an independent review of money-laundering controls in B.C. casinos after Chinese high-roller VIPs used gambling chips bought with massive wads of cash that could be “proceeds of crime,” Postmedia has learned.These concerns that threaten the “integrity” of gambling in B.C. are revealed in a damaging confidential report about casinos overseen by B.C. Lot [...]

23 September 2017

Marrisa Shen's family frustrated 2 months after her murder

Friends and members of the media gathered at a small vigil for Marrisa Shen on the eve of the two-month mark since her body was found in Burnaby's Central Park.Banners on display in English and Chinese declared "you are not forgotten" and "community safety matters." Valentine Wu, a spokesperson for Shen's mother, says they're thankful for what police have done but are frustrated that work hasn't y [...]

18 September 2017

Editorial: Bring on the new NAFTA

The refrain for Canada in the 2017 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations should be: bring on a new trade deal that opens markets, increases competition and sharpens innovative edges to compete internationally. It should not be hand-wringing and bowing in the face of the new American trade bluster and bullying as practised by the Donald Trump White House.Restarting NAFTA negotiat [...]

06 September 2017

Alibaba says no plans for expanding presence in Vancouver

Don’t expect the Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) to make its presence known in Vancouver in the form of operations or facilities just yet, according to the Chinese e-commerce giant.Jennifer Kuperman, Alibaba’s head of international corporate affairs, said the so-called “Amazon of China” is focused on expanding its footprint in Canada but its first priority is TorontoThat’s where Alibaba [...]

02 September 2017

Air Canada adds flights from Vancouver to three continents

Air Canada announced two new non-stop routes out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 31 and revealed plans to add flights to three other cities.The airline’s inaugural flights on new non-stop routes to Zurich and to Paris will both launch in June 2018 with tickets going on sale on September 6. The airline will fly four times per week to Paris and three times per week to Zurich.“ [...]

01 September 2017

Uber leaves Vancouver cold, Earnest Ice Cream admits 'mistake'

If the point of Uber Ice Cream was to get Vancouverites talking about the ride-hailing company, you can consider Friday’s promotional stunt, which saw Uber delivering free ice cream sandwiches all over the city, a success. But if the point was to get people talking positively about Uber, maybe not. On Thursday, Uber announced that their 25 mapping cars would be deployed throughout the [...]

26 August 2017

Major weekend road closures for Vancouver due to filming, construction

There will be a number of major road closures in Vancouver in the last remaining weekends of summer due to construction and filming.  They include full road closures well into the afternoon and evening for major downtown routes for the weekend of Aug. 26 and Labour Day weekend on the following routes. Saturday, August 26:  4am to 1pm PT: full road closure of West Georgia Str [...]

26 August 2017

Diner en Blanc delights in Vancouver

Thousands of diners, all dressed in white, descended upon Devonian Harbour Park in Vancouver for the annual Diner en Blanc event. The soiree sees attendees descend upon a secret location that is revealed just before the event is slated to begin, where they eat dinner, dance and watch the evening’s various live music and performances. Read more... [...]

26 August 2017

Vancouver woman named bartender of the year in Mexico City

A Vancouver woman has been named the world’s best bartender, adding more evidence that Vancouver is becoming one of the planet’s top cocktail cities. Kaitlyn Stewart, the bar manager at Royal Dinette on Dunsmuir Street, took top honours at the World Class Bartender of the Year competition in Mexico City this week. Stewart is the third Vancouver bartender to represent Canada at the [...]

26 August 2017

The secret life of Vancouver department stores

You know where you are with a beauty hall. It’s a large room – a hall, you might say – and it sells beauty products. Same goes for the men’s department, or the lingerie section. But department stores also have secret spaces, with names that give no clue to their purposes. They all sound the same, and they’re all a bit different, so we found out the lowdown, and now, we’re sha [...]

25 August 2017

Dan Fumano: City in protracted battle to cancel business licence of tea shop

The small tea shop, on Kingsway just east of Vancouver’s Little Saigon neighbourhood, appears innocuous and quiet, a calm respite from one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares outside. It was also the target of a four-month undercover police investigation last year leading to criminal charges related to the alleged black-market trade of purportedly stolen items, ranging from European [...]

25 August 2017