BC Biz

Eat your crickets
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 27, 2017 - BC Biz

If a Vancouver company has its way we’ll all be eating crickets in a matter of months. That’s right: crickets. Coast Protein launched a Kickstarter campaign today to fund an expansion of its operations and bring its cricket-based protein bars to the masses. But why crickets, you ask? Company co-founder Dylan Jones says he first […]

Best in tourism
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 27, 2017 - BC Biz

An employee of a summerland winery has won a major tourism-industry award for British Columbia. Yolanta Malkovska from 8th Generation Vineyard took home the Customer Service Award, while Landsea Tours and Adventures has won the coveted 2017 Employees First Award, at the BC Tourism Industry Awards Gala in Victoria. The Customer Service Award recognizes a […]

Illegal families to BC
Madison Erhardt - Feb 27, 2017 - BC Biz

Two families with children onboard were detained by the mounties as they illegally crosses from the United States into British Columbia during the weekend. Two Turkish nationals crossed right by the the Peace Arch Border Crossing, in South Surrey. The man and woman walked a few streets before being handcuffed by police and turned over to Canadian Immigration. […]

Whistler inks 60-yr deal
The Canadian Press - Feb 25, 2017 - BC Biz

The Colorado-based company that owns Whistler Blackcomb ski resort has announced a 60-year renewal of the resort’s master development agreements with the B.C. government. Vail Resorts, Inc. says the renewal also includes approval of Whistler Blackcomb’s associated master plans. That is one of the key requirements before a three-phase, $345 million facelift can proceed at […]

No love for Trump Tower
The Canadian Press - Feb 24, 2017 - BC Biz

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open. The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it “over the top, glitz and glamor” that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built […]

Record-breaking tourist year
Nicholas Johansen - Feb 24, 2017 - BC Biz

Tourists from around the world visited British Columbia in record numbers in 2016, increasing by 12.3 per cent over the previous year. In total, just over 5.5 million people visited the province from out of country, 605,198 more than in 2015. As one would expect, the large majority of these visitors were from the neighbours […]

Waste permit revoked
The Canadian Press - Feb 24, 2017 - BC Biz

British Columbia’s environment minister has cancelled a waste discharge permit for the company operating a controversial dumping site for contaminated soil on Vancouver Island. Mary Polak says in a statement that effective immediately the permit for Cobble Hill Holdings has been cancelled because the company has failed to meet disclosure requirements on outstanding non-compliance issues. […]

Who needs earplugs?
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 23, 2017 - BC Biz

It seems young construction workers don’t care enough about their eardrums. New data from WorkSafeBC suggests the youngest workers in province’s construction industry are less inclined to wear hearing protection than their older colleagues. They are also less likely to protect their eardrums than young workers in other industries like manufacturing and primary resources. WorkSafe BC says […]

Pipeline derailment attempt
The Canadian Press - Feb 23, 2017 - BC Biz

The City of Vancouver is launching another court case in a bid to derail Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion. Council members have voted to go ahead with a judicial review of the provincial government’s environmental assessment of the Trans Mountain project. In June, the city filed another court challenge aimed at quashing the National Energy […]

B.C. businesses in denial
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 22, 2017 - BC Biz

A survey released today shows “giant denial” among B.C. businesses when it comes to fraud detection and prevention. According to a new Ipsos survey conducted for the consulting firm MNP LLP, incidents of fraud are rising every year, yet an “overwhelming majority” of business owners think they can prevent it. The survey reveals that nearly […]