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All dressed up, nowhere to go

On September 8, nightclubs and banquet halls – which had…

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Crowdfunding real estate shakes up the market

Investing in real estate has traditionally had a high barrier…

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‘Unbundling’ university will change higher education forever

My kid sister is starting university this year. Just like…

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More clarity needed on return to school

There are just over five weeks left until kids are…

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Automation could play a bigger part in post-pandemic future

During the COVID-19 pandemic, factories around the world have been…

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Picket fences?

Over the past four months, you have likely spent more…

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Businesses should practice what they post

Authentic and transparent communication has never been more important than…

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‘Covid fees’ a short-term fix that could alienate customers

With non-essential businesses starting to open up in Phase 2…

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What it’s like to run a PR agency during a pandemic

The other morning I was keying up a press release…

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It took a pandemic to relax outdated liquor laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve faced a lot of rules…

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Please, reconsider the decision to close parks

Over the past week or so, my daughter has been…

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COVID-19 forces businesses to show their human side

COVID-19 has changed business all over the world, both in…

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Homeschooling helped prepare me for quarantine

Parents across the country are preparing to teach their kids…

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Not one size fits all

The COVID-19 pandemic has most of the country on lockdown….

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COVID-19 a big blow to business

Last week, I received an email from the owner of…

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Taxed past the brink

This week, the provincial government  announced a new Interim Business…

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Regulation not the way to fix rising home insurance rates

An Abbotsford condo has seen a 780 per cent increase…

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Behind every business…

Businesses across the province took the opportunity this Monday to…

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Never work for free

The byproduct of the success of influencer marketing is that…

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Afterpay just postpones the pain

It started innocently enough. I was browsing Wayfair for a…

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Ride sharing delay didn’t bring any wins

It’s taken over eight years, many court battles and political…

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Royal Flush: Harry and Meghan good for BC business

Harry and Meghan’s time on Vancouver Island has been chronicled…

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Roaring ‘20s for the Vancouver housing market?

Vancouver’s housing market is seeing some action going into 2020…

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The all-too-tempting short cuts

For the first time in 10 years, the average net…

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Property tax hike a tough pill to swallow for small business

Property taxes are going up in Vancouver. The City just…

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The ride hailing hot potato

It’s been over two years since we were originally promised…

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Navigating the gig economy

Sexual conduct of some sort or another is causing problems…

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How Black was your Friday?

Until a few years ago, Black Friday was just an…

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Heating up the Fraser Valley

Real estate in the Fraser Valley is on a huge…

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Disney, plus savings

Almost every time my family travels, we fly out of…

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After cracking down on short term rentals, City Hall wants a piece of the pie

There’s a parcel of land for sale in Vancouver for…

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The rise of Halloween tourism

When I was a kid, nobody asked “what are you…

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Businesses need to work harder to retain driven staff

The number of small businesses in Canada grows every day….

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Inedible edibles?

The jokes seem to write themselves: only government could lose…

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The next frontier of the rental economy: baby clothing

We’re used to renting homes – even for the long…

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Astronomical ICBC rates mean it’s time for choice

ICBC has changed their rate structure for young people and…

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Businesses have an opportunity to ride the environmental wave

On the last Friday in September, over 100,000 people –…

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Politics, business both call for full disclosure

Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under fire this…

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Even with an app, you should watch your back

A Vancouver masseur who used an app called Soothe to…

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Who coaches the coaches?

Spend enough time at networking events and you’ll overhear a…

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Occupied

Imagine part of your job was checking for dead bodies….

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Nightclub closures shows young people’s tastes have changed

Over the past ten years, Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver…

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Metro Vancouver home sales up – but still out of reach for most

After months of slowing down, home sales in Metro Vancouver…

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Who turns people away from a half-full parking lot?

Entertaining some out-of-town guests last long weekend, we decided to…

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Drivers wanted

A round of media buzz about the need for ride…

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You’ve got (drugs in the) mail!

Canadians can now purchase their psychedelic mushrooms by mail order,…

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Tax laws need to move quickly to keep small business alive

The City of Vancouver is once again mulling a change…

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Drive-thru ban goes too far – but…

Halifax’s environment committee is looking at a feasibility study to…

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Laundry Service hits Vancouver Mainstream

Laundry service WeDoLaundry made the news last week for its…

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Unlimited plans bring some sanity to cell phone bills

My Telus cell phone bill last month was $1,056.72. Yup,…

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A see-through ban on plastics

It was a political move that was so easy to…

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The double-edged sword of Facebook sales

It’s a parental nightmare. My kids have a year-end dance…

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How do you measure green?

For years, businesses have been making claims about their green…

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Campus nap pods, crying closets no substitute for real balance

Last week, an art project created by University of Utah…

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Time to start keeping better track of vaccinations

The other day we received a letter in the mail…

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Government looking to hire ‘wizards’

The Treasury Board of Canada is looking to hire “wizards.”…

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Need a lawyer? There’s an app for that.

Earlier this year, I needed some legal advice. I went…

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Time to call 4/20 what it is

The celebration of 4/20 has been going on for as…

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What’s wrong with millennials? Nothing.

Millennials may have been pigeonholed as lazy, apathetic, and entitled….

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In defence of the Legislature dress code

Media attention at the BC Legislature was diverted to a…

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End the booze ban on BC Ferries

Every year as summer nears, BC Ferries warns British Columbians…

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Facebook and Instagram outage pose challenges for small business

On Wednesday, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for many…

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Fake Feminism coming back to bite Trudeau

When Trudeau named his first cabinet, he was proud to…

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Marie Kondo sparking joy for thrift store shoppers

If you’ve been browsing local thrift stores lately and noticed…

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There’s no (small) business like snow business

Early this week, Vancouver, Victoria, and their surrounding areas were…

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‘If I was starting a business now, it wouldn’t be in Vancouver.’

According to survey data from the Canadian Federation of Independent…

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Social media can’t replace the ground game

Over the past five years, there’s been a rush for…

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Bureaucracy keeping cannabis black market viable

When cannabis sales began last October, it didn’t take long…

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Toronto better poised to weather real estate storm

Over the past several months, we’ve seen what some predicted…

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Rebranding to rebound

When a business goes through something that results in bad…

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Sunday Shutdown

Having just come out of the Christmas holidays, many of…

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Google Guarantee a tradeoff for small business

This month, Google launched Google Guarantee, a new feature billed…

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Balancing affordable and desirable

Municipalities trying to attract business often try to lower rents…

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Like me – please?

“Influencer marketing” has been a bit of a buzzword in…

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Skip the pumps?

This month, gas-delivery service Filld expanded into Vancouver. According to…

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Stay out of our hair

Imagine graduating from hair school and considering your employment options….

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In the real estate market? There’s an app for that.

Imagine putting your property up for sale. Instead of calling…

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Cutting waste can mean big profits

This week, “thought leaders” in waste reduction are gathering in…

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Vancouver should do more to attract and retain top talent

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi got some flak this week. He…

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Canada Post strike riles small business owners

This week, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers launched a…

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Wherever you live, City Hall needs more small business owners

This week, municipalities around BC will vote in their mayors,…

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Harshing the (sponsored) buzz

In just a matter of days, cannabis will be legal…

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Back to Business: cracking down on Airbnb kills entrepreneurial spirit

Last month, the City of Vancouver placed more restrictions on…

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