Most of the billions spent on B.C. infrastructure projects in 2012 flew under the provincial radar. Out of sight, out of mind. Cost overruns rarely made a media ripple outside of the affected community. Yet, through various cost sharing formulas, we're all on the hook for them one way or another, whether it's the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion or new roads in Campbell River.
The thought of this enormous increase in tanker traffic alarms me, and I know I'm not alone. With more oil tankers comes more risk of an oil spill -- one that could destroy our pristine coastline and devastate our local communities. The whole idea undermines Vancouver's award-winning efforts to become the world's greenest city by 2020.
The RCMP's decision to place a tent at Wreck Beach full time for several hours a day is both unacceptable and dumb. However, some beach-goers have decided to circulate a petition making several demands. Also dumb.
This Arts Club production is, on the main, a very good piece of work. But the director does not inject the kind of energy a show like this demands. "Spamalot" is so silly and over-the-top, the production needs a tone to match it. This one plods along.
The fact that the Home Price Index has obscured the extreme and unusual volatility in average detached home prices may itself be a problem. Few home buyers or sellers are likely aware that it is even occurring. It certainly hasn't been widely reported. Since early 2011, average house prices have changed direction by a factor of 10 per cent or more five times. Such volatility had never happened before, and the swings are getting wilder.
Today, blogger relations is a part of many PR campaigns; even though the concept and relationships are not new, the love affair can turn sour in a hurry. At a recent Vancouver "speed dating" event, bloggers and PR pros identified key relationship tips to ensure a happy marriage.
H&M's attempt to practice the closed-loop fibre strategy is a needed initiative in fashion sustainability. It is an interesting solution, not just for its environmental benefits, but also for its commercial and economic potential.
I have been collecting a number of predictions from Vancouverites on where they think the world is heading with technology as part of a gathering of minds at an upcoming conference called From Now.
Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey. It's the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor.
The bulk of "Kim's Convenience" features Appa's eccentric opinions and the joke of his heavily accented English. It is easy comedy and carries the play nowhere. Appa uses his martial arts training to torture a potential boyfriend into proposing marriage to his daughter, Janet. He forces them to kiss and gets angry when they kiss too much. This is supposed to be hilarious.
The review process for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has stripped away valuable opportunities for public input to ensure that the entire review process takes no more than 15 months. Unlike the review process for the proposed Northern Gateway, there will be no cross-examination of evidence or oral hearings in affected communities.
While planning for a summer vacation can be daunting enough, the idea of a long drive often eliminates the option altogether, especially if your family only does one annual getaway. But it can be done if you take the time to plan!
In 2005, the Vancouver Aquarium sent five harbour seals to Marineland Canada and they suffered in the poor conditions. I was one of the employees who received them. Maintaining balanced water chemistry was always a challenge for the maintenance employees, and dangerous spikes in chlorine and ozone off-gas levels were common. One particular incident claimed Pepper the harbour seal's life. Her suffering and subsequent death I recall vividly.
The only way this incinerator doesn't become a boondoggle for Metro Vancouver taxpayers is if BC Hydro ratepayers drastically overpay to purchase the electricity the incinerator will create.