This article was originally published @ TechVibes. The term Branch Plant Economy is not a new one, and gained specific relevance for Canada in the early 20th Century, when US Companies began to build factories in Canada to circumvent pricey tariffs on importing their wares to the Canadian market. Â One example where this really took […]Read more "The Branch Plant Economy"
In 2008, PavCo, a crown corporation taxed with operating Vancouver’s 55,000 seat BC Place Stadium, announced a $150M renovation which would include the replacement of BC Place’s inflatable roof with a retractable cloth roof. This was likely their way of addressing the rather dramatic deflation of that facility in the winter of 2007, when the […]Read more "Vancouver’s new (old) stadium is a broken, expensive eyesore"
In Honour of Canadian Remembrance Day, which honours the Armistice of November 11, 1918 and the service of soldiers before and since that bloody war, I am republishing two excerpts from the collected memoirs of my Great Grandfather, a veteran of two world wars, and in particular Vimy Ridge.Â William Markle Pecover died in 1986 […]Read more "William Markle Pecover – Memory of Vimy Ridge"
Canadians want their Kindle.Â The device, which Forrester predicts Amazon will sell 1.8 Million copies of during 2009, is becoming a force in the publishing industry — and may well be Amazon’s iPod.Â As an example of its early impact, fully 5% of the early sales for Dan Brown’s latest book were Kindle-downloaded.Â Of course, […]Read more "Why there’s no Kindle for Canada"
Once man’s recipe to salvage the Vancouver Canucks’ chances at a playoff run in 2009/2010Read more "The Armchair GM’s Rx for the #Canucks in 2009/2010"
Skype launched an iPhone client this week, everywhere except for Canada.Â According to a Skype representative interviewed by Tom Keating, “There are some patent-licensing issues which prevent us from offering it there.”Â Translation:Â This is a long-term issue.Â The representative further went on to state that “it’s codec related.” I’m thinking that might be a […]Read more "iPhone Skype for Canada — A workaround"
I must admit that this took a while to get to me since I tend to pay attention to actual news and not racist, homophobic, xenophobic, marginalist neo-con right-wing propaganda, but Greg Gutfeld last week took time out of his busy broadcast schedule to offend Canadians and trivialize the deaths of more than 116 of […]Read more "Faux News Offends Canada Again"
Last week a US Air Force C-17 transport plane (tail #96-0002) made a dazzling nighttime “wheels up” belly landing at Bagram Air Base in Aghanistan sending sparks and flames higher than the tailplane (which on the C-17 is five stories high).Â The crash led to a three-day closure of the airfield for fixed-wing operations, as […]Read more "Another C-17 incident at Bagram"
Om has a piece today written by Venture Capitalist Allan Leinwand asking whether Canada should bail out Nortel.Â He asks:Â “But is preserving the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technological heritage reason enough to spend millions in taxpayers dollars?” I think that the answer to the question is contained within the question.Â There is no such thing as technological […]Read more "Should Canada bail out Nortel?"
This just in:Â Vancouver has been ranked fourth on the world’s list of least affordable cities.Â This is well ahead of cities like Manhattan, San Francisco, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.Â As most rational people know, the city’s thundering real estate market has been bolstered by rampant speculation and constant construction of new condominiums.. but […]Read more "Still a lot more bottom in Vancouver Real Estate"