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Manufacturing & Transport

Jun 25, 2009
The Construction Sector: What Goes Up...
Peter Mitham

Construction jobs may have swollen the province’s employment rolls when times were good, but when global financiers Lehman Brothers and others began collapsing last September, the shock waves shook the B.C. construction sector. The subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 had...

Jun 6, 2009
Catalyst Paper's Fight Over Taxes
Tony Wanless

Catalyst is going to court to formally petition for tax relief in the Vancouver Island communities of Campbell River, North Cowichan, and Port Alberni as well as in Powell river. Catalyst says it’s paying way more than its share in...

Mar 1, 2009
Hubs of Activity
Peter Mitham

EcoDensity, one of the most ambitious and controversial initiatives introduced by former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, has brought the question of how many people can (and should) live and work in a square foot of space to the forefront of...

Mar 1, 2009
Crossing the Line
Myles Murchison

“It’s a labyrinth, a rabbit hole,” says John Wellwood, describing his efforts to illustrate the process of customs brokerage. Wellwood is designing a book about the import and export business called Business Without Borders: The Story of A&A Contract Customs...

Mar 1, 2009
Priced Right
J Bucher

What is the price of dignity? Well, according to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, $10,000. For those keeping score, that also happens to be the outlay for a green Hermès Birkin bag with gold hardware, a base model 2008 Kia...

Jan 1, 2009
Cleared for Takeoff
as told to Peter Severinson

This fall, as credit markets crumbled and fell, YVR Airport Services announced its biggest acquisition yet. The private company, born out of Vancouver International Airport, manages 18 airports around the world and will now take over Chicago’s Midway Airport as well. The $2.5-billion lease from the City of Chicago –...

Jan 1, 2009
Eastern Promises: B.C. Trade to China
J Bucher

With Sichuan sifting through rubble, B.C. is freshly confident it can sell the Chinese on wood homes. Humans have a knack for myth-making, and we particularly like stories that culminate in beauty, riches, earthly bliss. Shangri-La, the fountain of youth, El Dorado: the tales we tell in earnestness and optimism may in fact provide a blueprint to our darker needs and anxieties.

Dec 1, 2008
Highway of Dreams
David Jordan

There’s no mistaking the Vancouver headquarters of B.C.’s Hydrogen Highway for anything but a government office. The angular grey building, nestled in a remote corner of the UBC campus, is dominated by National Research Council Canada signage. Decorating the entrance are logos attesting to the multiple public agencies and programs...

Dec 1, 2008
Let Big Iron Pass
Tony Wanless

Left: Daimler Chrysler Canadian headquarters in Windsor, Ontario I grew up in Chatham, Ont, which was an hour away from Windsor and Detroit, the twin motor cities. As a young man, my step grandfather hand built bodies for the Gray Dort car company. There were many small car companies in...

Nov 5, 2008
Hammer Time
Susan Hollis

In the deep shadows of the western corner of Pilkington’s Metal Marine workshop on East Cordova Street sleeps a relic of days gone by. The cast iron behemoth, fondly referred to as the Hammer by the soot-stained welders working around it, is a throwback in today’s modern steel fabrication industry.

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