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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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