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  • What are we reading? April 25, 2019
    by BIV staff on 25/04/2019 at 10:10 pm

    Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web. Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief: A chatbot within a story quizzes you on whether you should take a genetic test. - Quartz https://qz.com/1571801/should-you-take-a-23andme-genetic-test/ […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Mariners wanted
    by Nelson Bennett on 25/04/2019 at 8:45 pm

    A looming skilled labour shortage is something that gets a lot of discussion in B.C. business circles. But one area of the economy where that shortage appears to have already become chronic, without garnering a lot of attention, is Canada’s marine industry. The industry is facing serious […]

  • Sobeys expands FreshCo grocery banner to B.C.
    by Glen Korstrom on 25/04/2019 at 7:30 pm

    Fresh from closing 10 Safeway stores in B.C. last year, the Nova Scotia-based grocer Sobeys has started to roll out FreshCo-branded grocery stores in the Lower Mainland, with its first FreshCo store in Western Canada opening in Mission on April 24 – a store that employs more than 100 people. […]

  • Vancouver’s LightIntegra raises US$5.3m for blood analyzer tech
    by Tyler Orton on 25/04/2019 at 6:01 pm

    What happened: Tech firm raises US$5.3 in Series A funding round Why it matters: Once commercialized, LightIntegra Technology’s blood analyzer could help reduce healthcare costs and assist patients with cancer treatment A Vancouver-based medical technology firm is raising millions to […]

  • News flash for 4/20 pot warriors: You won; now go home
    by Kirk LaPointe on 25/04/2019 at 5:35 pm

    The most compassionate view I can muster of the cannabis activists that have behaved defiantly and inconsiderately toward the community in which they live is that they have been for ages clobbered as counter-culturalists and are merely subsumed by self-identified oppression and martyrdom. But […]

  • Foreign-buyer tax playing havoc with B.C. farmland
    by Frank O'Brien on 25/04/2019 at 5:27 pm

    The provincial government has moved to ban the construction of mega-mansions on provincial farmland, which critics say became a problem as a direct result of B.C.’s foreign -buyer tax. “This new law will encourage farming and better protect farmland by banning mega-mansions,” […]

  • Facebook breaking Canadian privacy laws, commissioners say
    by Jeremy Hainsworth on 25/04/2019 at 4:59 pm

    Facebook’s privacy protections are empty and a risk to Canadians, the federal privacy commissioner said April 25. And, said Daniel Therrien and B.C. commissioner Michael McEvoy, governments are failing to protect Canadians’ privacy as regulators continue to have no authority to enforce […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Greener gateways
    by Hayley Woodin on 25/04/2019 at 4:10 pm

    Through initiatives such as Port 2050 and globally recognized environmental programs, the Port of Vancouver has its sights set on becoming the world’s most sustainable port. “Among ports, we had a very early start in terms of environmental initiatives,” says Duncan Wilson, […]

  • Tallest residential tower in Western Canada to begin construction in Burnaby
    by Western Investor staff on 25/04/2019 at 4:08 pm

    Construction on what will become Western Canada’s tallest residential tower is about to begin.  The site of Onni Group’s future three-tower Gilmore Place development is now cleared, according to urbanYVR. The first phase of the development will be home to three towers, the largest […]

  • Six-storey condo building considered for Grandview-Woodland
    by Vancouver Courier staff on 25/04/2019 at 4:03 pm

    A rezoning application has been filed for a six-storey, mixed-use building with 64 condo units and ground-floor commercial space. The application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. The proposed development site includes 2336 to 2366 Charles Street at Nanaimo Street, […]

  • Affordability crisis not driving young people from Vancouver: RBC
    by Tyler Orton on 25/04/2019 at 4:00 pm

    What happened: Vancouver added 16,000 young people to its population last year amid a housing affordability crisis, according to new report Why it matters: Migration from other provinces and countries making up for cohorts leaving for cheaper housing in other cities Vancouver’s notoriously […]

  • First ‘smart window’ office tower opens in Vancouver
    by Frank O'Brien on 25/04/2019 at 3:02 pm

    British Columbia’s first commercial office tower equipped with new electric-powered, sunglasses-like windows that automatically react to sunlight has opened at 988 West Broadway in Vancouver. The triple-A class, 107,000-square-foot-tower by BlueSky Properties has had View Smart windows […]

  • Canfor to curtail B.C. operations
    by Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen on 25/04/2019 at 2:20 pm

    Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP) announced April 24 it will temporarily curtail operations at all British Columbia dimension mills effective April 29 due to low lumber prices and the high cost of fibre. The curtailment will reduce Canfor's production output by approximately 100 million board feet, the […]

  • The Red Accordion: New restaurant hopes to hit all the right notes
    by Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome on 25/04/2019 at 8:00 am

    Over the last several decades, the charming dark red house at 1616 Alberni Street near Coal Harbour has been welcoming hungry customers for food and drink. The home was “gently refurbished” and opened in 1979 as Le Gavroche, a French restaurant that endured for 35 years in the […]

  • B.C. market chill cools home construction
    by Bryan Yu on 25/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    AThe policy-driven chill in the resale market, which has triggered declining home values and slowing pre-sale purchases, may finally be translating into curtailed new home construction. The latest Teranet-National Bank House Price Index for March showed further price erosion in both Vancouver and […]

  • Canada’s East Coast container traffic grows but lags behind U.S.
    by Jeremy Hainsworth on 25/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Canada’s East Coast ports’ cargo movements in container traffic grew in 2018 but lagged slightly behind their U.S. counterparts as well as those along the Gulf of Mexico, statistics show. However, when it comes to energy products, Canada is growing but not as fast as the U.S., where an […]

  • Canadians blame celebs, technology, politicians for bad manners
    by Mario Canseco on 25/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Over the past few weeks, Research Co. has taken a look at etiquette in Canada. We learned that Canadians are hearing colourful language in public, and sometimes using it, more often than before. A theme that has led to some commentary and debate is the state of Canadian politeness in our […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Big boxing matches
    by Timothy Renshaw on 24/04/2019 at 11:08 pm

    Doron Grosman knew a fair bit about moving boxes before he took the reins of Canada’s largest maritime employer, but not the kind of boxes GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) moves. And not as many. The boxes Grosman moved pre-GCT would have been the household and office boxes any […]

  • Coastal Contacts founder Roger Hardy returns to online eyewear with LD Vision Group acquisition
    by Glen Korstrom on 24/04/2019 at 10:11 pm

    What happened: Vancouver entrepreneur Roger Hardy is returning to the online-eyewear sector where he made most of his wealth thanks to his Hardy Capital buying Richmond, B.C.-based contact-lens seller LD Vision Group for an undisclosed amount from a trio of brothers: Arshil Abdulla, Fayaz Abdulla, […]

  • ICBC has yet to provide full road map of planned auto premium changes
    by Graeme Wood on 24/04/2019 at 9:55 pm

    Although the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) has announced there will be changes to how auto insurance premiums will be calculated, the Crown corporation has yet to explain in detail the nature of those changes, which are slated to go into effect Sept. 1. As a result, drivers who are involved in […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Cargo theft alert
    by Timothy Renshaw on 24/04/2019 at 8:03 pm

    There's an enterprising group in Canada other than retailers that annually mark their business calendars with holly and other Christmas cheer in anticipation of bottom-line bounty: the fraternity of cargo thieves and smugglers. And, as it does during any holiday, long weekend or other celebratory […]

  • Vancouver searching for solutions to disappearing hotel rooms
    by Peter Mitham on 24/04/2019 at 7:00 pm

    Thousands needed Vancouver’s housing crisis is well known, but an Urban Development Institute (UDI)  discussion on April 30 will focus on accommodation for visitors. UDI typically advocates for housing to handle B.C.’s growing population, but with condos gobbling up development […]

  • Two more towers coming to the British Properties
    by Brent Richter, North Shore News on 24/04/2019 at 5:54 pm

    District of West Vancouver council has given the OK for two more condo towers on the lower slopes of Hollyburn Mountain. Council has granted development permits for British Pacific Properties to build the 10- and six-storey buildings at 3271 and 3281 Uplands Way, as well as a three-storey private […]

  • Quicken Loans parent takes controlling stake in Vancouver’s Lendesk
    by Tyler Orton on 24/04/2019 at 5:37 pm

    What happened: Rock Holdings Inc. is taking a controlling interest in a Vancouver startup specializing in connecting lenders and mortgage brokers Why it matters: Lendesk will be tapping in to additional capital to help with expansion and hiring The parent company of American mortgage lender […]

  • Vancouverites set new record in walking, biking and transit use
    by Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier on 24/04/2019 at 5:07 pm

    Vancouver has seen the biggest increase in people choosing to walk, cycle or use transit to get around the city than it has in five previous years of tracking such data. Together, the three modes of transportation accounted for 52.8 per cent of all trips recorded over one day of the week by 2,600 […]

  • Park Royal considers adding more storeys to residential towers
    by Brent Richter, North Shore News on 24/04/2019 at 4:23 pm

    Park Royal may be looking to add storeys to its already approved towers at 752 Marine Dr. The developer, Larco, has been “testing the waters” with conversations in the community to see if there is support for taller towers “in exchange for some kind of community benefit,” […]

  • Lululemon hopes to construct multi-storey office building by Great Northern Way
    by Naoibh O'Connor, Vancouver Courier on 24/04/2019 at 4:07 pm

    The City of Vancouver’s director of planning is recommending Lululemon Athletica be granted an exemption so the company can proceed with plans to file a rezoning application to construct an 11 to 13-storey office building at 1980 Foley Street by Great Northern Way. A temporary policy is […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Air-freight tech fight
    by Glen Korstrom on 24/04/2019 at 4:01 pm

    Freight forwarders stand to benefit from rising global volumes of air freight, but they also face challenges from heightened competition among players in the supply chain. A 2018 report by McKinsey & Co. suggests that the volume of air freight will continue to increase, by an average of about […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Changing lanes
    by Tyler Nyquvest on 24/04/2019 at 3:16 pm

    With plenty of available mixed-use land and a willing city council embodying an open-for-business spirit, Nanaimo is poised to help boost B.C.’s import shipping infrastructure. A keystone of the Port of Nanaimo’s plans is the construction of the BC Vehicle Processing Centre (BCVPC), […]

  • Cancer therapy points to future in nuclear medicine
    by Tyler Orton on 24/04/2019 at 3:13 pm

    Chemotherapy takes a certain buckshot-like approach to treating cancer, attacking tumorous and healthy cells without discrimination. But a new made-in-B.C. treatment has the potential to function like a “directed missile” targeting cancer cells while minimizing collateral damage to […]

  • Breakdown highlights seniors’ social-housing plight
    by Chuck Chiang on 24/04/2019 at 3:00 pm

    of tenants living in a social-housing complex in Vancouver’s Chinatown is refocusing public attention on the non-profit sector’s challenges in trying to serve a market overwhelmed by demand. Earlier this month, a group of protesters representing 73 tenants in the nine-storey Solheim […]

  • B.C. life sciences firms increase staff more than revenue
    by Albert Van Santvoort on 24/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    British Columbia’s largest life sciences companies increased their employee base an average of 11.5% in 2018. The industry has grown relatively steadily over the past five years, except for 2017 when the average employee base of the province’s largest life sciences companies fell 6.6% […]

  • Prince Rupert container growth highest on West Coast
    by Jeremy Hainsworth on 24/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Cargo handled via Canada’s West Coast ports grew faster than it did through their American cousins between 2017 and 2018. Vancouver realized a 3% increase in the number of 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) moved through its facilities in 2018: 3,396,449 compared with 3,252,220 in 2017. Total […]

  • Tissue-printing firm muscles into B.C.’s top biotech
    by Tyler Nyquvest on 24/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    In the competition to reach commercialization, many of B.C.’s budding biotech companies are running in a tight race. Yet due to the size of the city’s industry, there is still enough room in the province’s biotech ecosystem for each player to be recognized. “I actually […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Rebuilding shipbuilding
    by Hayley Woodin on 24/04/2019 at 2:00 am

    Shipbuilding is sort of Mark Lamarre’s family business. “It was just in my blood,” says the new chief executive officer of Seaspan Shipyards. “I spent a lot of Saturday mornings with my dad in the shipyard.” Lamarre, who joined the company in July 2018, represents the […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Struggling with smuggling
    by Timothy Renshaw on 23/04/2019 at 11:01 pm

    Containerized cargo shipped through B.C.’s ports continues to increase. That’s good for the economy; it’s also good for smugglers. In Vancouver, now the world’s 47th-largest container shipping port, the exportation of stolen goods and the importation of illicit drugs and […]

  • Ottawa invests $3.75m into Trade Accelerator, Export Navigator programs in B.C.
    by Chuck Chiang on 23/04/2019 at 8:05 pm

    Ottawa is investing a combined $3.75 million in a pair of programs aimed at boosting international exports and trade from small businesses based in B.C., officials said today. The funding for the two programs - $1.5 million in the Trade Accelerator Program at World Trade Centre Vancouver and $2.25 […]

  • Gateway Magazine: Troubling trade winds
    by Timothy Renshaw on 23/04/2019 at 7:20 pm

    Transpacific shipping forecast 2019: volatile Sino-American trade winds forming dark clouds on the horizon. Other complicating factors for global container carriers include the Brexit effect, overcapacity, depressed freight rates, economic slowdowns, technological disruptions and […]

  • Vancouver gas prices predicted to smash record April 24 and continue to climb
    by Elana Shepert, Vancouver is Awesome on 23/04/2019 at 6:00 pm

    Metro Vancouver Gas prices continue to soar as yet another record high was broken over Easter long weekend. Gas stations in the Lower Mainland were showing prices as high as 172.9 cents per litre on Saturday, April 20. Previously, the record high was set on Sunday, April 14, when multiple stations […]

  • City of North Van approves Shipyards Brewery District
    by Brent Richter, North Shore News on 23/04/2019 at 5:55 pm

    The City of North Vancouver is opening the taps and adding a new “brewery district” to Lower Lonsdale. Council voted April 15 to rewrite a portion of the city’s zoning bylaw to make it easier for a host of new breweries to open lounges in the industrial area east of St. Georges […]

  • Delta pot could be used for beauty products
    by Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist on 23/04/2019 at 5:51 pm

    A large-scale Delta greenhouse that’s making the switch to cannabis will also have a connection to a company specializing in beauty products made from the pot. Organic Flower Investments Group Inc. announced it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire 100 per cent of the issued and […]

  • Alberta: open for business and ready for war
    by Nelson Bennett on 23/04/2019 at 2:00 pm

    In his acceptance speech last week following his United Conservative Party’s (UCP) sweep of seats in Alberta, Jason Kenney declared Alberta is open for business. He also declared war. His enemies include the Justin Trudeau government, “foreign-funded” environmental […]

  • Co-working spaces climb in Mount Pleasant neighbourhood
    by Tyler Orton on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Like foosball tables and free bagel days, co-working spaces were once the domain of tech startups. Recent corporate buy-in to the concept and record-low office vacancy rates in Vancouver’s downtown core are now ramping up the co-working trend in one of the city’s burgeoning tech hubs: […]

  • For the record, April 23, 2019
    on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Email your For the Record information to: fortherecord@biv.com. Please include a high-resolution, colour headshot where possible. Photos appear in the print edition only. Development/Construction Gerda Geldenhuys has been promoted to senior associate at Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership […]

  • 25 farmers markets happening this summer in Metro Vancouver
    by Darren Amner on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Vancouver has something for everyone when it comes to farmers markets. While the city is filled with markets year-round, promising a breadth of locally sourced foods, arts and crafts, it’s in the spring and summer that the region really shines. Most neighbourhoods have a market, held on […]

  • This B.C. hike takes you through a network of mysterious tunnels
    by Elana Shepert, Vancouver is Awesome on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Built in the early 1900s, the Othello Tunnels were constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway to link the Kootenay Region with the B.C. coast by rail. Soaring over the Coquihalla River, a straight line of tunnels were built through a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite in the Coquihalla […]

  • Congestion, China trade spark cargo movement concerns
    by Jeremy Hainsworth on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    Port congestion at Vancouver, Los Angeles and Long Beach is increasing cargo wait times and driving more shippers through the Panama Canal to East and Gulf coast ports, analysts say. James Kyritsis, senior consultant with U.K.-based shipping consultancy Drewry Maritime Advisors, said the 2018 […]

  • Who's getting sued? April 23, 2019
    on 23/04/2019 at 7:00 am

    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.   Defendants Acciona Agua Canada Inc. and Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Acciona Wastewater […]

  • Realtor claims she was forced out of brokerage after being forced to work with colleague who assaulted her
    on 22/04/2019 at 11:22 pm

    Realtor Lisa Billett is suing Sutton West Coast Realty Ltd. and her former business partner Colin Hall, claiming she was constructively dismissed from the brokerage when she was forced to continue working with Hall after he was criminally charged for assaulting her after a work event in 2017. […]

  • Neighbourhood pot dealers cheaper than government, StatsCannabis says
    by Jeremy Hainsworth, Albert Van Santvoort on 22/04/2019 at 8:52 pm

    Illegal cannabis dealers still hold a price advantage over licensed government pot shops, federal statistics show. As of March 31, the national average price of cannabis from all sources was $8.04 per gram. Legal cannabis was $9.99 on average compared to an average illicit price of $6.37. Those […]

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