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Industries

Jan 1, 2006
Luxury Automobile Shopping: Ticket to Ride
Gary Mason

Having jumped from the local daily to the national stage, this Saturn-driving scribe figures it’s time to get a serious set of wheels and learn how to shop for luxury automobiles. And sure, that ticket to ride might be a little steep, but hey, a guy’s gotta splurge now and then…

Jan 1, 2006
Housing Bubble Trouble
Tony Wanless

Now that real estate prices are climbing by double-digit percentages again, talk on the street is all about bubbles—not only in housing, but also in gold, income trusts and the dollar. Should we be worried? Nine years ago, a guy...

Nov 1, 2005
Industry Tax Credits: Biotech Booster
BCBusiness D.B.

Don’t knock scare tactics. They’ve worked well for B.C.’s so-called fragile biotech industry, whose boosters might say dire predictions are the best way to squeeze industry tax credits out of provincial government coffers.

Sep 1, 2005
Biotech Investing: Looking Fear in the Eye
Gregory Thomas

Sinking cash into biotech darlings such as QLT is not for the squeamish, but the payoff could be sweet. Paul Hastings lives in the tortured aftermath of great expectations. Two years before he left northern California to take the helm...

Sep 1, 2005
Crown Land Tenure: Trouble in the Backcountry
Andrew Findlay

Miners and loggers used to pose the greatest trouble to backcountry and wilderness travel, now with the B.C. Liberals allowing more crown land to be tenured, the enemy comes from within. Some blame the competition, others blame the government, but all agree there’s a $1-billion industry at stake.

Sep 1, 2005
B.C. Coastal Forestry Crisis: Work Cut Out
Brian Howell

The financial train wreck that is B.C.’s coastal forest industry needs a hero, someone with the brains, stomach and leadership savvy to turn things around – fast. Eyes are falling to Reid Carter, and he’s feeling the pressure.

Aug 1, 2005
Brasserie Branding: A Tired Eatery Tarts Up
Tony Wanless

Change is a business battle cry today, and there isn’t a manager alive who isn’t buffeted by the constant baying for transformation. This is especially true in B.C., where our frontier mentality constantly demands the destruction of the old to...

Aug 1, 2005
Sponsorship Campaigns: This Page Brought to You by...
David Lee-Fay

Advertising represents approximately 60 per cent of the corporate marketing budgets. Direct, promotional, experiential, online and sponsorship make up the balance of the spending. Sponsorships might seem like a small chunk of a smaller chunk but it’s all relative. It is estimated that more than $2.5 billion is spent on sponsorship campaigns per annum in Canada.

Jul 1, 2005
B.C. Tourism: The Great Leap Forward
Paul Willcocks

With a great leap forward, In the next 10 years more than 400 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad, many for the first time. If Canada and B.C. tourism can attract even a fraction of them, we’ll double our number of overseas visitors.

Jul 1, 2005
B.C.'s Environmental Economy: A Sinking Feeling
Katherine Gordon

It’s July – the Lower Mainland’s favourite season. Weeks on end of virtually rain-free frolicking on local beaches; fresh berries on restaurant dessert menus; skipping work for a little fishing or golf in the afternoons. But while some rejoice in...

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