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SkyTrain failures prompt Surrey mayor to call for more Mayors' Council powers

Jul 23, 2014 - With two major SkyTrain breakdowns in less than a week, Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is calling on the province to delegate more governance powers to the Mayors’ Council.    Full Article


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B.C. log prices could rise following Supreme Court ruling

Jul 08, 2014 - British Columbia’s biggest forestry companies will be the most affected by a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal land title, according to equity research firm Salman Partners.    Full Article


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Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations signs project agreement with Steelhead LNG

Jul 08, 2014 - Steelhead LNG Corp. and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) announced July 8 they have signed an opportunity development agreement that will see them work together to explore developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project on HFN-owned land at Sarita Bay, approximately 10 kilometres...    Full Article


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Canadian companies are losing out by not using Chinese currency when trading with China

Jul 09, 2014 - Trade between Canada and China grew 57% between 2007 and 2012, but Canadian companies are still not using Renminbi (RMB) (also known as yuan) when conducting these transactions – to their detriment – according to HSBC.    Full Article


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Millennials hear the call of B.C.'s north

Jul 15, 2014 - Low house prices, good job prospects lure young Vancouverites Full Article

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Co-operation accord underscores China’s global gold market ambitions

Jun 23, 2014 - Deal signed in Vancouver at international gold summit could increase investment in B.C.’s resource... Full Article

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Kitimat airshed modelling has narrow focus

Jul 18, 2014 - A study on the cumulative impacts of pollution from industry in Kitimat does not report on particulates... Full Article



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Tech convention could set attendance record

Jul 22, 2014 - Local ventures to exhibit technology and recruit staff at Siggraph Full Article

Top tech sector challenge: building anchor companies

Jul 22, 2014 - An increasing number of Vancouver-based startups are intent on competing globally Full Article

Met coal glut takes its toll on B.C. mines and ports

Jul 22, 2014 - S&P downgrades Walter Energy’s credit rating, points to ‘unsustainable’ debt Full Article

Incumbent Dianne Watts casts long shadow in Surrey municipal election

Jul 22, 2014 - All three mayoral candidates have close ties to departing mayor Full Article

Silt, sea levels raising river stakeholder anxieties

Jul 22, 2014 - Fraser flood fears drive business push for Fraser dredging and repair infrastructure funds Full Article

Bangladesh: UN court fixes boundary

Jul 21, 2014 - Bangladesh has won a landmark judgment from the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in a territorial dispute with neighbouring India.... Full Article

Australia: Ancestral 'rascals' blamed

Jul 21, 2014 - China’s state-controlled Global Times newspaper has become the pulpit from which Beijing dispenses its most scornful comments about... Full Article

South Korea: Poll pegs ‘digital culture’

Jul 21, 2014 - A survey of 344 South Koreans and 280 foreigners has found that most believe the country’s "digital culture" is its top competitive asset... Full Article

India: Antibiotics use on the rise

Jul 21, 2014 - India has become the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics, with its use rising from eight billion units in 2001 to 12.9 billion units in... Full Article

China: Buyers embrace U.S. property

Jul 21, 2014 - Chinese nationals are the largest group of foreign buyers of United States residential real estate. Foreign purchases of U.S. homes jumped by 35%... Full Article

Record harvest has some farmers crying the berry blues

Jul 21, 2014 - Industry presses mainland China to open market to fresh B.C. berries as local producers fear 2014's blueberry crop will outstrip freezer capacity... Full Article

Permit approval backlog bugs city developers

Jul 21, 2014 - Processing time in Vancouver jumps to eight months from six weeks, as city hall grapples with rising tide of construction permits in wake of green ... Full Article

WordLogic suing SwiftKey maker TouchType for patent infringement

Jul 17, 2014 - Vancouver predictive text developer WordLogic Corporation (WLC) filed a patent infringement lawsuit July 14 against TouchType Ltd., WLC announced... Full Article

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Buyers' market emerges in Metro office market

Jul 16, 2014 - Tenants are taking the driver’s seat in Metro Vancouver’s office sector as vacancy rates hit a nine-year high and lease rates fall,... Full Article

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NEB Trans Mountain decision delayed by proposed route revision

Jul 16, 2014 - Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC says it will be considering the implications of National Energy Board changes to the regulatory schedule which will... Full Article

Terrace lands Chinese manufacturer

Jul 16, 2014 - The City of Terrace has sold 1,056 acres (480 hectares) at its Skeena Industrial Park for $11.87 million to a Chinese investment company that... Full Article

Bank of Canada overnight rate remains at 1%

Jul 16, 2014 - Canada’s central bank announced July 16 it is maintaining its overnight rate target at 1% – the same level it has been since September ... Full Article

Forget summer camp — Vancouverites are all about coding camp

Jul 16, 2014 - In the midst of a Metro Vancouver heat wave, some young people are steering away from the sunny outdoors and getting cozy behind computer monitors.... Full Article

Two men promoted securities in secret, finds BCSC

Jul 16, 2014 - Two men were involved in the promotion of securities for three companies using misrepresentations and misleading statements, found the British... Full Article

Vancouver residents committed $21 million fraud: BCSC

Jul 16, 2014 - The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has determined that two Vancouver residents committed $21.7 million fraud but has yet to mete... Full Article

BC Place Stadium boss's 'massive' severance revealed to be more than $400,000

Jul 15, 2014 - The general manager of BC Place Stadium, who was fired after the provincial election, received a $460,140 golden parachute, according to public... Full Article

Fort St. John will need 'more of everything'

Jul 15, 2014 - Fossil fuel energy industry jump-starts rapid growth in city of 18,000 Full Article

Canadian companies to ramp up deployment of the 'Internet of Things'

Jul 15, 2014 - Workers at Arrow Transportation Systems used to spend hours collecting mechanical data and driver safety information from its truck drivers once... Full Article

Proposed worker safety changes don't go far enough: labour group

Jul 15, 2014 - Recommended changes to workplace inspections and investigations don’t go far enough in preventing potentially deadly accidents, says the BC... Full Article

NEXUS travel office moving farther south

Jul 15, 2014 - Attention cross-border shoppers: if you are planning to join the NEXUS traveler program, you will have to drive a bit farther to sign up.... Full Article

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Greater Vancouver home sales reach highest level in over three years

Jul 15, 2014 - Home sales in Greater Vancouver increased 6.4% in June compared with one month prior, bringing the total number of sales to 2,921 – the... Full Article

National Energy Board’s TransMountain decision will be delayed by seven months

Jul 15, 2014 - A National Energy Board decision on Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposed TransMountain expansion will be delayed by seven months after the board... Full Article

IFIC commends new investor disclosure rules

Jul 15, 2014 - The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) said new investor disclosure rules from the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Mutual Funds... Full Article

Fraser River needs upgrades to prevent future flooding catastrophe, say businesses, municipalities

Jul 15, 2014 - More money needs to be poured into the Fraser River to prevent catastrophic flooding and maintain the river as an economic driver.... Full Article

Coastal Contacts founder to base 250-employee online shoe store in Vancouver

Jul 15, 2014 - Coastal Contacts founder Roger Hardy is re-entering the e-commerce business by buying two online shoe-sellers. Full Article

Development firm claims Tough Mudder stiffed it on the bill for obstacle course construction work in Whistler

Jul 15, 2014 - Timberview Developments Ltd. is suing Tough Mudder LLC and Tough Mudder Events Ltd., claiming it hasn’t been paid for building an obstacle... Full Article

Supreme Court clarifies provincial governance and impact of aboriginal title

Jul 15, 2014 - While this decision is... significant for the Tsilhqot’in people… it does not represent a fundamental advance for the law of... Full Article

LEED storey: green design transforming city office towers

Jul 15, 2014 - Environmental, energy standard triggers innovation in building design and construction Full Article

Tax proposals aimed at blunting assessment spikes

Jul 15, 2014 - Businesses endorse measures designed to protect companies from real estate volatility Full Article

Departure of Emily Carr University leaves blank canvas

Jul 15, 2014 - Consultants urge brew pub, winery and commissary; others prefer museums, art studios Full Article

Surrey city entrepreneurs going global

Jul 15, 2014 - Financial software company opens offices abroad after 2008 financial crisis spurs growth Full Article

Washington state’s legalized pot not expected to affect cross-border trade

Jul 14, 2014 - With cheaper fuel and goods already a draw for many to head south of the border, local business groups aren’t too concerned about... Full Article

Provinces remain protectionist as feds loosen liquor laws

Jul 14, 2014 - Brewers, distillers can send products out of province but face same obstacles as winemakers Full Article

Vancouver house prices fall in June as Canada hits ‘cooling trend’

Jul 14, 2014 - Home prices in Vancouver fell in June compared with the previous month while Canada experienced its second smallest month-to-month increase in a... Full Article

Canadian wireless prices among the highest in developed world: CRTC

Jul 14, 2014 - Despite the federal government’s efforts to boost flexibility for wireless customers, rates for basic-level packages have actually risen... Full Article

NPA appoints Kirk LaPointe as Vancouver mayoral candidate

Jul 14, 2014 - The worst kept secret in civic politics was finally acknowledged Monday: Longtime media executive and former CBC ombudsman Kirk LaPointe confirmed ... Full Article

BC Nature files legal challenge against Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline

Jul 14, 2014 - A West Coast conservation organization has joined other environmental and First Nations groups in battling the approval of Enbridge’s... Full Article

Australia: Strange bedfellows

Jul 14, 2014 - Efforts by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fulfil his election pledge to scrap the country's carbon tax have been stalled by an unlikely... Full Article

China and South Korea: Beijing, Seoul talk trade

Jul 14, 2014 - China and South Korea are due to embark on their 12th round of free trade talks this week. Full Article

Japan: Direct flights launched

Jul 14, 2014 - Thai airline Asia Atlantic Airlines, which is part-owned by Japanese tourist company HIS Co., is going to begin direct flights from Japan to... Full Article

India: New Delhi targets hoarders

Jul 14, 2014 - As it tries to tackle the problem of inflation in basic food commodities, the new Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is cracking... Full Article

Average workers aim to become ‘hybrid’ computer coders

Jul 14, 2014 - Professionals outside the traditional technology industry are learning how to write computer code to increase their value in the increasingly... Full Article

District of Hudson's Hope wants Site C review

Jul 11, 2014 - The District of Hudson’s Hope wants Premier Christy Clark to send the proposed Site C dam to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to... Full Article

Fishing fleet set to reap bumper sockeye harvest

Jul 11, 2014 - Industry vows to be better prepared for huge Fraser run than it was for 2010's record returns Full Article

Biotech firm MRM Proteomics names new CEO Gary Kruppa

Jul 11, 2014 - MRM Proteomics, a biotech spinoff from Genome B.C. and the University of Victoria, had enlisted a new CEO to help the business attract more... Full Article

D-Wave scores $30 million in funding for quantum computer development

Jul 11, 2014 - Burnaby-based D-Wave Systems Inc. has secured $30 million in funding as it embarks on developing the world’s first commercially viable... Full Article

B.C. unemployment rate stays flat as Canada loses 9,400 jobs in June

Jul 11, 2014 - The size of B.C.’s workforce remained mostly flat in June compared with the month before as the rest of Canada lost 9,400 jobs.... Full Article

An LNG tax could derail the industry before it gets started: U of C

Jul 11, 2014 - The prospect for Canadian LNG landing in Asia Pacific is viable, but timing is critical and several factors, such as a planned "LNG tax" in... Full Article

Gitxsan to CN, loggers, fishermen: you’re trespassing

Jul 11, 2014 - Emboldened by a Supreme Court decision two weeks ago that affirmed aboriginal title for the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the Gitxsan are now... Full Article

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Fraser River flood protection won’t withstand rising sea levels

Jul 11, 2014 - Fraser River dikes need to be built higher to withstand higher floods caused by climate change and rising sea levels, according to a report... Full Article

Capital costs of major B.C. projects soar to record high of $312 billion

Jul 11, 2014 - Capital costs of major infrastructure projects throughout B.C. hit a record high of $312 billion in the first quarter of 2014, spurred by resort... Full Article

Vancouver ranks as the most expensive city in Canada – again

Jul 11, 2014 - Vancouverites enjoy mountain views, ocean breezes and mild winters, but these things don’t come cheap. Full Article

Vancouver VFX studios Zoic, Artifex and CoSA VFX nominated for Emmys

Jul 10, 2014 - Two B.C. visual effects studios have earned Emmy nominations for work on a pair of American TV series that made Vancouver look like everything... Full Article

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Without Alberta and Quebec, national securities regulator won’t fly

Jul 10, 2014 - The federal government has touted the addition of two more provinces — Saskatchewan and New Brunswick — as a significant step towards... Full Article

First Quantum Minerals resumes construction at Cobre Panama following labour dispute

Jul 10, 2014 - First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) has resumed construction at its massive US$6.4 billion copper-gold-silver Cobre Panama project, following a labour ... Full Article

Vancouver Island hotel ranked most expensive in North America at over $3,600 per night

Jul 10, 2014 - How much would you spend per night to stay in a hotel consisting of luxury tents on Vancouver Island? Full Article

Human Rights Tribunal agrees to accept complaints by union on behalf of a group of temporary foreign workers

Jul 10, 2014 - The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to accept complaints filed by the United Steelworkers (USW) on behalf of a group of... Full Article

Vancouver underwear maker Naked Brand bags $7.3 million private placement

Jul 09, 2014 - Vancouver underwear maker Vancouver’s Naked Brand Group Inc. (NAKD:OTCBB) announced July 9 that it has closed a $7.3 million private... Full Article

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Sticker shock greets developers in B.C.'s north

Jul 09, 2014 - Lower Mainland real estate developers leveraging for a piece of the potential boom in Northern British Columbia should prepare for sticker shock... Full Article

Sewers tapped for “green” heat

Jul 09, 2014 - The City of Richmond, which has received a national engineering award for its innovative energy conservation, plans to tap heat from sewer lines... Full Article

B.C. university and high school students using illegal tobacco: study

Jul 09, 2014 - The use of illegal tobacco at high schools and post-secondary institutions in British Columbia has been found to be as high as more than 50% at... Full Article

Canadian companies are losing out by not using Chinese currency when trading with China

Jul 09, 2014 - Trade between Canada and China grew 57% between 2007 and 2012, but Canadian companies are still not using Renminbi (RMB) (also known as yuan) when ... Full Article

Vancouver home prices on the rise, to increase sharply by the end of the year: Royal LePage

Jul 09, 2014 - Prices for all home types grew in 2014’s second quarter, according to Royal LePage’s house price survey released July 9, and these... Full Article

B.C. residents own fewer cars than other Canadians

Jul 09, 2014 - British Columbia has fewer car owners than the Canadian average, and B.C. residents pay substantially less to own those cars, according to... Full Article

Class claims Navistar trucks were defective

Jul 08, 2014 - N&C Transportation Ltd. launched a class action against Navistar International Corp., Navistar Inc., Navistar Canada Inc. and Harbour... Full Article

B.C. investors increasingly optimistic, but remain less positive than Canadian average

Jul 08, 2014 - As stock markets rise, Canadian investors are expressing increasing economic optimism, and British Columbians are no exception.... Full Article

B.C. log prices could rise following Supreme Court ruling

Jul 08, 2014 - British Columbia’s biggest forestry companies will be the most affected by a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal land title, ... Full Article

Conservationists pushing to halt island woodlot work

Jul 08, 2014 - Owner of local forestry company irked over opposition to Gambier Island tree-lot tender Full Article

Wanted: skilled employees to work in B.C.’s woods

Jul 08, 2014 - In the face of growing demand and dwindling options, the province’s lumber industry struggles to find the next generation of forestry workers Full Article

Local forestry industry cellulose filament products getting ready for prime time

Jul 08, 2014 - Nanoscale material produced in B.C. pulp mills could be used in composite materials to replace oil-based plastics and other non-renewable products Full Article

No pulp fiction here: Canfor pushing more wood fibre product innovation

Jul 08, 2014 - Faced with intense competition from Southern Hemisphere, industry developing high-tech uses for highly regarded Canadian pulp Full Article

Canadians less likely to buy online than are Americans

Jul 08, 2014 - New data from Statistics Canada shows that Canadians far prefer brick-and-mortar shopping than do Americans. Full Article

Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations signs project agreement with Steelhead LNG

Jul 08, 2014 - Steelhead LNG Corp. and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) announced July 8 they have signed an opportunity development agreement that will see... Full Article

Taseko Mines remains positive about its New Prosperity gold and copper project

Jul 08, 2014 - Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) has expressed optimism about its twice-rejected New Prosperity gold and copper project in the wake of a landmark Supreme... Full Article

Canadian companies more likely to acquire – rather than be acquired by – foreign-owned firms

Jul 08, 2014 - Canadian firms are more often taking the lead when it comes to mergers and acquisitions with foreign companies, according to investment banker... Full Article

Burger-flipping in teen years leads to better jobs in 20s: study

Jul 08, 2014 - Parents hoping to buff their child’s university application by encouraging extra study, travel or unpaid volunteer work this summer may want ... Full Article

Tsilhqot'in case is not a template for resolving all First Nations land disputes

Jul 08, 2014 - Pursuing a solution through the courts costs as much time and money as staying in the treaty process, experts say Full Article

California seeds brand battle in B.C. berry patch

Jul 08, 2014 - New berry variety seen by some as threat to local industry’s brand, by others as a saviour Full Article

Vancouver luxury home sales soar though not so much for duplexes

Jul 07, 2014 - Sales for Vancouver homes priced at $1 million or more soared in the first half of 2014 and are expected to "gain momentum" in the second half of... Full Article

More accountability wanted in real estate transactions

Jul 08, 2014 - Condo marketing case raises calls for more real estate regulatory oversight Full Article

CASL consent requirements a complex business

Jul 08, 2014 - Law’s anti-malware provisions complicate transactions for software developers Full Article

Kwantlen joins growing list of university campuses in Surrey

Jul 08, 2014 - KPU will be a part of the 3 Civic Plaza highrise development set to open in 2016 Full Article

B.C. businessman accused of using investor’s money on his girlfriend

Jul 07, 2014 - An ex-mutual fund salesman accused of using a $73,000 investment to cover his girlfriend’s personal expenses is already in the midst of... Full Article

Cultural festival showcases South Asian artists

Jul 07, 2014 - The Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS) is hosting an arts festival dedicated to promoting South Asian arts in Vancouver... Full Article

Sandstorm Gold CEO says acquisitions remain a possibility

Jul 07, 2014 - One of the youngest and most dynamic executives in the mining industry today is Nolan Watson, 34, founder and CEO of Sandstorm Gold (TSX:SSL), a... Full Article

Fewer companies have plans boost workforce within a year: Bank of Canada

Jul 07, 2014 - Despite cautious optimism expressed by firms polled in the Bank of Canada’s latest business outlook survey, companies are not expecting... Full Article

Doug McCallum joins Surrey mayoral race

Jul 07, 2014 - The cat is officially out of the bag – former mayor Doug McCallum is once again running for the city’s top spot.... Full Article

TSX short position report as of June 30, 2014

Jul 07, 2014 - Short positions outstanding at June 30/14 (with changes from June 15/14). ... Full Article



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