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  • Push for more women engineers faces pandemic pause
    par Tyler Orton le 08/03/2021 à 5:30

    Lesley Shannon is an optimist.  But for the Simon Fraser University engineering science professor, the pandemic is making her glass appear increasingly half empty as she contemplates how well women will be represented in her field in the years to come.  “The pandemic has […]

  • SFU engineers develop mobile thermal battery
    par Nelson Bennett le 08/03/2021 à 5:19

    Every day, vast amounts of heat generated from industry, data centres and hockey rinks is just wasted. When the source of waste heat is close enough, it can be tapped and piped into a building or a district energy system. Clearly, it’s not feasible to run pipes from a cement plant in East […]

  • COVID-19 pandemic skeptics remain a fringe minority in B.C.
    par Mario Canseco le 08/03/2021 à 2:00

    British Columbia is inching closer to the first anniversary of the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few weeks, we have seen some optimism in the province in regards to the vaccine rollout as well as significant support for a gradual reopening of the economy. This […]

  • Langara COVID-19 research leads to new projects with industry
    le 08/03/2021 à 8:01

    There is a lot to be proud about in the Langara community; alumni are contributing to the economy, faculty members are respected leaders in their fields, and important initiatives in Indigenization and sustainability have made significant impact at the College. And while Langara has long prided […]

  • New Vancouver airport CEO charts course for community recovery
    le 08/03/2021 à 8:00

    When Tamara Vrooman took over the reins of Vancouver Airport Authority in July 2020, she faced one of the biggest challenges of her career.  Appointed President and CEO of the organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in the midst of a global pandemic - that has […]

  • Who's getting sued: March 8, 2021
    le 08/03/2021 à 8:00

    These corporate claims were filed with the BC Supreme Court registry in Vancouver. Information is derived from notices of civil claim. Civil claims have not been tested or proven in court.   Defendant Watershed Solutions Inc. Plaintiff Street Quality Entertainment Ltd. Claim $5,891,527 […]

  • Insider trading: March 8, 2021
    le 08/03/2021 à 8:00

    The following is a list of stock trades made by corporate executives, directors and other company insiders of B.C.’s public companies filed in the week ended Feb 25, 2021. The information comes from a compilation of required reports filed with the BC Securities Commission obtained from […]

  • B.C. reports second-highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases in 2021
    par Glen Korstrom le 06/03/2021 à 12:54

    While B.C. is getting some good news when it comes to likely future supply of COVID-19 vaccines, many metrics to chart the spread of the virus in B.C. are trending in the wrong direction.  Health officials reported 634 new infections overnight. That is the second highest total so […]

  • Vancouver rent bank sees huge spike in demand during pandemic
    par Mike Howell le 05/03/2021 à 9:22

    The number of people seeking short-term financial help from the Vancouver Rent Bank has increased significantly since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, with job loss and underemployment driving the demand. The volume in applicants has fluctuated each month but what has remained steady is a […]

  • Employment declines at communications firms preceded pandemic
    par Albert Van Santvoort le 05/03/2021 à 8:30

    Employment in many sectors has shrunk because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a reduction in staff numbers is not a new phenomenon for B.C.’s top telecom companies, according to Business in Vancouver’s Biggest Communication Technology Firms in B.C list ( The average number […]

  • Trust in business, government falls after pandemic spike
    par Chuck Chiang le 05/03/2021 à 8:05

    A rising tide of public trust in government institutions, traditional media and business leaders in Canada during the onset of the COVID pandemic last March has now receded, a new report finds. In fact, some demographics are showing trust levels in these institutions at a lower state than […]

  • Odds are good that B.C. will benefit from Henry’s vaccination gambit
    par Kirk LaPointe le 05/03/2021 à 8:00

    Look, the biggest risk Dr. Bonnie Henry is taking with our lives with her new vaccination plan is that we will be ready but not able to enjoy the rest of the continent as we wish for a while. The province’s health officer’s intuitive but evidence-based initiative to prolong the […]

  • Vancouver Canadians gear up for uncertain 2021 season
    par Chuck Chiang le 05/03/2021 à 5:37

    What will the 2021 season look like for the Vancouver Canadians? The fact is, given the uncertainty surrounding border crossings and public gatherings post-COVID, not even the club’s top executives know for sure. That’s the assessment of Canadians President/Partner Andy Dunn, who has […]

  • Geography, misinformation major vax PR hurdles: experts
    par Chuck Chiang le 05/03/2021 à 5:28

    While the mass public rollout of COVID-19 vaccines will be an unprecedented undertaking, the public awareness campaign to ensure everyone knows when and where to get vaccinated will be equally challenging. That’s the assessment of B.C. researchers and public communications experts, who said […]

  • Health Canada approves single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    par Tyler Orton le 05/03/2021 à 2:53

    Canadian regulators have given the green light to Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE:JNJ) COVID-19 vaccine. Friday’s (March 5) approval marks the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by Health Canada and the first requiring only one dose. The move comes exactly one week after the […]

  • Productivity tips for busy professionals in pandemic times
    par Cybele Negris le 05/03/2021 à 8:00

    I often get asked how I can run as its CEO, serve on multiple boards, speak at 30-plus events a year, act as a mentor, take part in philanthropic and fundraising activities and still find time to write columns. And yes, I do have school-aged kids, which means drop-offs, pickups and […]

  • B.C. biotech set to build domestic vaccine production
    par Tyler Orton le 05/03/2021 à 8:00

    A botched deal last year between Canada and Chinese vaccine manufacturer CanSino Biologics Inc. laid bare this country’s vulnerabilities amid efforts to devise a proper immunization plan. Faced with Canada’s limited vaccine manufacturing capacity, the federal government began putting […]

  • B.C. casino operators unsure when they'll be able to reopen
    par Wayne Moore/Castanet le 04/03/2021 à 11:42

    It's been 353 days since casinos in B.C. were allowed to operate. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered all gaming operations to shut down at midnight on Monday, March 16 last year as part of a wide-reaching shutdown of some business sectors to stem the spread of COVID-19. Nearly a […]

  • Active COVID-19 infections in B.C. rise to seven-week high
    par Glen Korstrom le 04/03/2021 à 10:48

    Vaccinations have helped reduce the number of outbreaks at seniors' homes, but B.C. has a long way to go until they start to have any widespread effects.  The number of British Columbians actively fighting COVID-19 infections rose by 89 overnight, to 4,743 – the highest […]

  • Henry apologizes for ‘communications’ over second-dose cancellations
    par Tyler Orton le 04/03/2021 à 10:27

    B.C.’s top doctor is expressing regret over how the province communicated to those expecting to get their second COVID-19 vaccine dose before those appointments were cancelled. Provincial officials revealed earlier this week the province would expand the interval between first and second […]

  • What are we reading? March 4, 2021
    par BIV staff le 04/03/2021 à 9:22

    Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.   Kirk LaPointe, publisher and editor-in-chief: It may be far away on the other side of the country, but scientists believe that the Atlantic gulf stream is weakening due to […]

  • UPDATED: Crown, Meng defence trade fire over Trump comments in brisk proceedings
    par Chuck Chiang le 04/03/2021 à 6:32

    The extradition hearings for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CFO Meng Wanzhou continued Thursday at a brisk pace, with Crown counsel Robert Frater leading the counter-argument against the defence's claims that Donald Trump's comments irreversibly damaged the integrity of the proceedings. Frater, […]

  • Surrey mayor Doug McCallum criticizes industrial land ‘dictators’
    par Graeme Wood le 04/03/2021 à 6:31

    An attempt by Metro Vancouver to strengthen industrial land protection at the regional level, at the expense of municipal autonomy over land use, hit a brick wall Friday. A recommendation from Metro Vancouver’s regional planning committee to increase the voting threshold for minor industrial […]

  • Business recovery grant deadline extended
    par Nelson Bennett le 04/03/2021 à 6:06

    The B.C. government is extending the deadline and lowering the revenue loss threshold for small and medium-sized businesses to apply for a recovery grant that has been undersubscribed. One year ago, the John Horgan government announced a $345 million grant for small and medium-sized businesses […]

  • Feds mull advancing vaccine timeline after new recommendations
    par Tyler Orton le 04/03/2021 à 5:54

    More provinces may be jumping on board with B.C.’s plans to immunize more residents against COVID-19 by delaying the interval between doses by up to four months. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended on Wednesday (March 3) that provinces should consider […]

  • Canadians pounce on cat-ownership opportunities during pandemic: poll
    par Mario Canseco le 04/03/2021 à 2:00

    Last month, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked Canadians about their experience as dog owners. We learned about the incidence of “pandemic canines” and gauged views on the existence of a “pet soul.” We also found out that dog owners who voted for the Conservative Party […]

  • Want your vaccine shot? Please take a number
    par Nelson Bennett le 04/03/2021 à 8:00

    More than 200,000 British Columbians had received at least the first dose of one of the two vaccines for COVID-19 as of late February. If provincial health authorities are to hit their targets of 4.3 million British Columbians vaccinated by the end of September, they will need to vaccinate up to […]

  • Brand new office and retail investment opportunity in Metrotown
    le 04/03/2021 à 8:00

    Capital Point, a new Class AAA strata office and retail complex in Burnaby’s central business district in Metrotown is arriving just in time.  A year of telecommuting is ending as Canada rolls out vaccines this spring and millions of Canadians gratefully prepare to ditch work-from-home […]

  • B.C. vaccinates more than 200,000 people for COVID-19, as second dose shots fall to a trickle
    par Glen Korstrom le 04/03/2021 à 12:33

    B.C. announced March 3 that it has vaccinated more than 200,000 individuals with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – 11 weeks after the first dose was administered in the province on December 16.  There are now 203,193 B.C. residents who have had at least one dose […]

  • Deep-pocketed investors sink $30m into health-tech firm PocketPills
    par Tyler Orton le 03/03/2021 à 10:06

    There will be no empty pockets for a Surrey-based health-tech firm this year. PocketPills Inc. has closed out a Series B funding rounding to the tune of $30 million, the company revealed Wednesday (March 3). The digital pharmacy is known for its online platform that allows users to order […]

  • Port of Vancouver sees 1% growth in challenging 2020
    par Jeremy Hainsworth le 03/03/2021 à 10:00

    Movement of goods through the Port of Vancouver increased a marginal 1% for 2020, a year in which global trade was beset by challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, cargo through the port increased to 145.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) from 144.2 MMT compared with 2019. Records were set […]

  • Christmas decorating human rights complaint dismissed
    par Jeremy Hainsworth le 03/03/2021 à 8:01

    B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed the complaint of a woman who says she was reprimanded for not helping decorate a workplace for Christmas and alleged she was discriminated against on religious grounds. Marion Ashton, who identifies as agnostic, was employed by the Ministry of […]

  • Trump’s comments 'destroyed' integrity of Meng extradition, defence says
    par Chuck Chiang le 03/03/2021 à 6:53

    The defence team for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CFO Meng Wanzhou is targeting ex-U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on Dec. 11, 2018, when he said he would “certainly intervene” in the case if he deemed it to benefit trade negotiations with China. The comments […]

  • Women in Leadership podcast series
    par Hayley Woodin le 03/03/2021 à 6:50

    Four women. Four episodes. Four conversations on 21st century leadership. Business in Vancouver is proud to present a special Women in Leadership podcast series featuring four exemplary British Columbian leaders. Beginning March 9, the four-part series will explore the topics of leadership, […]

  • Feds extend wage, rent subsidy rates until June
    par Tyler Orton le 03/03/2021 à 5:04

    Ottawa is extending relief to businesses still reeling from the pandemic a day after Statistics Canada revealed the national economy contracted 5.4% last year. The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy will be maintained at their current rates from March 14 […]

  • Editorial: Supply chain reaction challenges for B.C.
    le 03/03/2021 à 4:24

    A dysfunctional supply chain is not good for economic health in B.C. or anywhere else. It’s not much good for overall public health either. The challenges facing goods movement along the critical transpacific trade loop outlined in last week’s BIV print edition underscore the upheaval […]

  • Dooly to double workforce after US$20m raise for sales management tool
    par Tyler Orton le 03/03/2021 à 11:00

    Kris Hartvigsen has seen more than a few job descriptions for sales positions over his career that looked shiny on the surface but then inevitably dulled when peering a little deeper. “There's always this list of responsibilities,” says the CEO of Dooly Research Ltd.  “And […]

  • Vaccines: a shot in the arm for economic recovery
    par Hayley Woodin le 03/03/2021 à 8:00

    Global, national and provincial vaccine distribution has brought consumers and business owners hope that pandemic-era restrictions will be eased over the next year. There is also hope that the worst of the economic impact brought by COVID-19 is over. Between lives, jobs and businesses, a lot is […]

  • You can root for these two Vancouver competitors on 'Top Chef Canada' season 9
    par Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver Is Awesome le 03/03/2021 à 8:00

    The gloves are coming off - or maybe going on, if they're in the kitchen - as chef-testants from across the nation vie for the glory on Top Chef Canada, which returns in April for its ninth season. The Food Network show features a diverse line-up of culinary talent from coast to coast this year. […]

  • B.C. records two more COVID-19 deaths, as vaccination roll-out stays slow
    par Glen Korstrom le 03/03/2021 à 12:02

    Two more British Columbians lost their lives while suffering from COVID-19, pushing the province's death toll from the virus to 1,365, provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said March 2.  That comparatively low number of new deaths is good news given that the province's […]

  • ICBC tribunal partly unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court
    par Jeremy Hainsworth le 02/03/2021 à 11:31

    B.C. Supreme Court March 1 struck down sections of B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal Act dealing with ICBC reforms as unconstitutional. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled it is unconstitutional for Victoria to simply reassign determination of accident claims out of the courts and to its […]

  • B.C. government should have recorded surplus: AG
    par Nelson Bennett le 02/03/2021 à 10:54

    B.C.’s Ministry of Finance appears to be going a pretty good job of bean counting, with one exception, according to a BC Auditor General's report. The AG’s office spent 50,000 hours poring over the B.C. government's 2019-20 financial statements, and found but a single quibble with the […]

  • Diners’ private information compromised when left in open
    par Jeremy Hainsworth le 02/03/2021 à 8:38

    B.C. restaurants shouldn’t be leaving pandemic contact-tracing sign-in sheets in the open where everyone can see them, B.C.’s privacy commissioner says. Michael McEvoy said a staff member should be collecting the names and contact information and shielding that data from other people. […]

  • Strong sales put Greater Vancouver real estate in strong sellers' market
    par Glen Korstrom le 02/03/2021 à 7:09

    Strong sales in the Greater Vancouver region helped push the sales-to-active-listings ratio for all residential property types to 44.6%, which is far higher than the 28.8% percentage seen in January. Industry wisdom is that when this metric is above 12% for a period of time, the market is […]

  • Horgan silent on China’s alleged genocide tied to B.C. trade agreement
    par Graeme Wood le 02/03/2021 à 6:13

    Why won’t B.C. Premier John Horgan comment on a provincial government trade agreement with China that has connections to mounting allegations of genocide against Muslim Uyghurs? China’s alleged genocide in Xinjiang is said to be motivated, in part, by expansion of the country’s […]

  • First 500k Covishield vaccine doses en route to Canada
    par Tyler Orton le 02/03/2021 à 6:04

    The largest delivery yet of COVID-19 vaccine doses bound for Canada is due to arrive this week. Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand confirmed Tuesday (March 2) the first 500,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India will reach Canada by Wednesday. That […]

  • Vaccination acceleration glitches loom for B.C.
    par Glen Korstrom le 02/03/2021 à 4:08

    Canada’s vaccine-distribution system has suffered from shortages and delays from manufacturers as governments around the world compete for valuable vaccine doses. That competition is likely to continue despite B.C. health officials and politicians saying March 1 that they are […]

  • European Space Agency releases photos of Vancouver from space (VIDEO)
    par Brendan Kergin, Vancouver Is Awesome le 02/03/2021 à 8:00

    Ever wondered what Vancouver looks like from over 750 km above? The European Space Agency released a video this weekend showing just that. Every Friday they feature a different place and this past Friday was Vancouver's turn. In the short video, the space agency talks about the geography around […]

  • COVID vaccine challenge 2021 for B.C.
    par Tyler Orton le 02/03/2021 à 8:00

    It is the largest public health initiative in B.C.’s history. 2021’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign comes with challenges and complications of equal magnitude. Is the province, its medical system and supply chain management up to the task? Inoculating the 4.3 million people eligible to […]

  • Mowi begins smolt cull and layoffs at B.C. fish farms
    par Nelson Bennett le 02/03/2021 à 8:00

    Close to one million Atlantic salmon smolts were euthanized last week and the first layoff notices were issued to Mowi’s B.C. salmon farm workers in preparation for the shutdown of Discovery Islands open-net salmon farming ordered by federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan. A […]

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