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Canadian cities – Family incomes vary greatly across country

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian cities – Family incomes vary greatly across country

Canadian cities – Calgary and Edmonton lead the way, Vancouver and Toronto lag Statistics Canada’s latest tabulation of incomes by city confirms in hard data what we often discern through casual observation: we live in an economically diverse country, one in which incomes vary greatly among households but also across Canadian cities. As in previous […]

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Vancouver tech benefits from broken US immigration system

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Vancouver tech benefits from broken US immigration system

Vancouver tech industry already boasts 600 digital media companies The Vancouver tech community is growing – aided in part by a dysfunctional American immigration system that forces Silicon Valley to plant satellite offices in Canada. Software engineer Pablo Guana nearly refused a job with Facebook when the company redirected him to Vancouver from Silicon Valley […]

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Mount Polley: Preliminary tests show lake, river well within guidelines

| August 8, 2014 | 2 Comments
Mount Polley: Preliminary tests show lake, river well within guidelines

Testing on silt discharged from Mount Polley tailing pond not yet completed The water in a pristine British Columbia lake and river that were flooded with Mount Polley mine waste after a tailing ponds dam burst earlier this week is well within drinking water and aquatic life guidelines, according to preliminary test results announced Thursday. […]

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Bacon poutine potato chip? Vote for your favourite flavour

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bacon poutine potato chip? Vote for your favourite flavour

Beacon readers can vote for their favourite potato chip flavour at Lays.ca/Flavour Bacon Poutine, Cinnamon Bun, Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese and Tzatziki are the four flavour finalists in a Lay’s Canada contest seeking a new type of potato chip. The judges at Lay’s Canada received 1.25 million submissions (up from 600,000 in last year’s inaugural contest) […]

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Mount Polley: Imperial Metals ordered to clean up tailings pond breach

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mount Polley: Imperial Metals ordered to clean up tailings pond breach

Mount Polley is a gold and copper mine in British Columbia interior Imperial Metals has been has been formally ordered to clean up the Mount Polley mine site and prevent more material from escaping after a tailings pond burst Monday, sending a massive wave of water and potentially toxic silt into surrounding waterways. But government officials acknowledged […]

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Mount Polley: Tailing pond breach investigation started

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mount Polley: Tailing pond breach investigation started

Tuesday public meeting about Mount Polley release described as “tense” The president of Imperial Metals has apologized to residents living downstream from a toxic flood from the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in the British Columbia Interior. Brian Kynoch told about 200 residents of Likely, B.C., 600 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, that the failure […]

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Mount Polley mine tailings pond breached – BC Environment

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mount Polley mine tailings pond breached – BC Environment

Unclear how far contaminants from Mount Polley mine tailings pond have travelled Authorities say the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic swimming pools of mining waste has been discharged into waterways in British Columbia’s Cariboo region by the Mount Polley mine, forcing hundreds to stop using water in the area. The tailings pond of the Mount Polley […]

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American housing surge set to boost Canadian lumber, building materials

| August 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
American housing surge set to boost Canadian lumber, building materials

American housing market set for long awaited expansion, says BC business executive Is it possible that America’s economy might surprise us with a sustained growth surge of the American housing marketing? The question came to mind as I recently slogged through a series of blog entries and reports on the web site of the Harvard […]

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Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

Widespread adoption of electric cars will require huge expansion of power grid Ontario’s overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province’s plan to boost electric cars, some experts say. The experts say Ontario’s 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid […]

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AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

| July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

AltaLink owns more than half of Alberta’s transmission grid Berkshire Hathaway’s plan to buy SNC-Lavalin’s share of the AltaLink power utility has received Industry Canada’s approval, subject to several conditions. Among other things, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed the maintain employment levels and AltaLink will be locally managed, with its headquarters, executives and operations in […]

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