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Jun 1, 2008
Vancouver Investment: Silence is Golden
Tom Bradley

It was 17 years ago that I moved my business address from Bay Street to Burrard Street. In 1991 I left Richardson Greenshields in Toronto to join Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. in Vancouver. I am still asked by my eastern friends and clients what it is like working on the Wet Coast. Is it a good place for an asset manager to be?

May 1, 2008
B.C.'s Bad Carbon Tactics
Aldyen Donnelly

B.C.’s carbon tax is simply the latest of many pollution-discharge fees the province has charged industry for more than 20 years. The fee system was originally touted as a way to reward industrial plant owners who voluntarily cut any taxed...

May 1, 2008
Up the Capital Ladder
By Tony Wanless

The B.C. government has finally announced the launch of its BC Renaissance Capital Fund. The concept is that the government will seed—with $90 million over five years—a large slush fund to assist B.C. technology, clean-tech, life sciences and new media companies at critical points of their lives.

May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

Apr 1, 2008
Lululemon's Grande Double-Shot Execs
Jessica Werb

Starbucks Corp. has had a bit of a roasting lately. Its stock price has nosedived from a high of $39.63 US in May 2006 to $17.89 US in March 2008, and in late January the java giant announced it was closing 100 stores in the U.S. and pulling the breakfast sandwiches it launched just a year ago.

Feb 1, 2008
Treasure Island: Making a Mint on Lasqueti Island
Ryan Stuart

The Lasqueti Mint isn’t guarded by motion-sensing alarms, thıck cement walls or menacing guards. It’s not even hooked up to hydro or accessible by road. Instead it’s in the middle of nowhere on Lasqueti Island, an off-the-grid Strait of Georgia...

Feb 1, 2008
Death and Parking: A Stupid Tax Laid to Rest
Tony Wanless

The province passed legislation to restructure the Vancouver regional transportation authority and in the process killed the hated Vancouver parking tax TransLink imposed in 2006. This was a classic “tax-the-rich” concept that could only come out of the woolly-headed thinking of a bunch of small-town dinosaurs caught in some kind of...

Feb 1, 2008
Insolvency: A Clean Slate?
Peter Severinson

The owners of Easywash Inc. plan to swiftly replace the failed car wash with a new company that’s indistinguishable from the old one, minus its crushing debts. Meanwhile 89 private investors, who put $2.3 million into the original company, lose everything.

Jan 2, 2008
Stock Talk
Peter Severinson

“There’s one big fundamental problem with user-generated content, and that’s quality,” he says. “The problem is... that there’s a lot of stupid information; you have to do a lot of work.” Stockhouse.com and stock house.ca deliver reams of quotes, news bites and comments to 800,000 visitors a month, New says. Much...

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