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Manufacturing & Transport

Jun 6, 2016
B.C. not committing to its fair share for transit funding, says non-profit
Jacob Parry

Christy Clark’s government isn't living up to the transit funding commitments made by former premier Gordon Campbell in 2008, according to a report from the David Suzuki Foundation. On the weekend, the provincial government announced it would fund one-third of future transit projects in the Lower Mainland but only for...

Apr 27, 2016
Business events and books to check out in May

IHMA CONGRESS Port Expansion: The Challenges–the theme of the 10th biennial congress of the International Harbour Masters’ Association–is especially relevant to Vancouver, the first North American port city to host the event. Port executives and harbour masters from all over the world share their expertise on topics including reclaiming land from...

Apr 18, 2016
The Single Most Costly Error Importers and Exporters Make

BCBusiness + Willson International A recent KPMG study revealed that 70 per cent of businesses are not fully leveraging their free trade agreements–a mistake that can have major strategic, financial and administrative implications. “International trade is complex, and there is a fundamental fear of the regulations and red tape,” says Peter...

Apr 4, 2016
Mayors ask feds to weigh in on Massey Tunnel replacement
Marcie Good

In an effort to stall the province’s preferred bridge replacement of the George Massey Tunnel, Metro Vancouver directors voted on Friday to ask the federal government for an environmental assessment of the controversial project. Thirty-seven of the region’s board members, with sole dissent from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, supported a motion...

Mar 21, 2016
Woodfibre moves to the front of the LNG pack
Jacob Parry

With a green light from the federal Ministry of Environment, WoodFibre's $1.6-billion proposal for a liquified natural gas plant outside of Squamish moves one step closer to construction this week. On Friday evening, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its verdict on Woodfibre LNG, stating that the project is “not...

Mar 18, 2016
Seaspan CEO lashes out at rival shipbuilder's claim that it hasn't built "a single ship"
Marcie Good

The CEO of B.C.’s largest shipbuilder is lashing back at “face value” claims made in a March 17 CBC story, in which a rival shipbuilder claimed Seaspan hasn’t completed a “single ship” since being awarded a $7-billion federal contract in 2011. “All we hear are delays and cost overruns which are...

Mar 2, 2016
Province allows electric cars with any number of occupants in HOV lanes
Felicity Stone

Plugging electric carsIt’s full speed ahead for electric vehicles in B.C. At the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation on Wednesday, Premier Christy Clark announced a raft of incentives for purchasers of electric vehicles: • Effective immediately, HOV lane eligibility for electric vehicles with any number of passengers and an...

Feb 26, 2016
A conversation with port CEO Robin Silvester
Jacob Parry

Port Metro Vancouver is running out of land—over 40 acres of available land in the Lower Mainland is converted into housing each year—and according to Robin Silvester, the authority’s president and CEO, the consequences for the regional economy will be dire. Real estate—or a lack thereof—is just one of many...

Feb 25, 2016
B.C. snags construction workers from Alberta oil patch
Felicity Stone

Constructive resultsB.C.’s construction industry is attracting both skilled workers from Alberta and more young people, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey conducted by the BC Construction Association, Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations. The survey found that 45 per cent of employers had hired someone who previously worked in Alberta’s oil...

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