Category: Business

The Home Front: Stargazing with London designer Lee Broom

British product designer Lee Broom, known for his lighting, furniture and accessories, blew into town this month to discuss his new lighting collection — Observatory — at Vancouver’s Inform Interiors. Broom launched Observatory at the Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) in April and NYCxDesign in May, winning the Best of NYCxDesign 2018 for his Eclipse pendant light. The collection,…

America’s imminent merger mania

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: “Let there be deals,” said Elizabeth Winkler at The Wall Street Journal. That’s what corporate executives across the country heard last week when Judge Richard Leon gave the go-ahead for AT&T’s blockbuster $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The judge systematically rejected the government’s antitrust arguments…

Beware fund fees

Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Research your fund’s feesIndividual investors are wasting up to $7 billion a year on “expensive index funds that are no better than cheaper funds — without even realizing it,” said Gail MarksJarvis at Reuters. A study by investment research firm Morningstar found that investors…

B.C. securities regulator takes action in U.S. court to enforce major penalty

The B.C. Securities Commission has filed an application in a U.S. court to enforce a $21.7-million penalty against fraudster Michael Lathigee, who relocated to Las Vegas from Vancouver after he was sanctioned. In documents filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada, Lathigee argues the BCSC is attempting to enforce a judgment that is “non-recognizable” under the laws of…

The EPA is celebrating its response to Hurricane Maria with a commemorative coin

Residents in Puerto Rico were left without power for months after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, and experts estimate that around 4,640 people died. But the Environmental Protection Agency thinks it did an A-plus job responding to the disaster. The EPA is creating “challenge coins” to congratulate itself on its “response excellence,” CNN reported Friday. The agency will spend around…

B.C. LDB selects internet contractor for online cannabis sales

British Columbians will be able to legally buy cannabis online through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch when sales go live Oct. 17, according to the agency, though establishing bricks-and-mortar store locations remains a work in progress. B.C. LDB today announced that it has picked Canadian online-shopping expert Shopify Inc. to build an e-commerce portal for its legal, recreational cannabis sales,…

Conversations That Matter: Who will build renewable energy?

The energy transition has been underway for more than 25 years. Solar, wind, run of river and geothermal are all energy sources that hold promise in our determination to move away from fossil fuels. Interestingly, utility companies are not building them, rather they are turning to the private sector as suppliers. That means private enterprises are taking the risks, they’re…