February 20, 2018

City to get much more music but not on the radio

Vancouver City Councillors have approved a pilot project that aims to see more arts and cultural events held in smaller venues The two year pilot project essentially paves the way for organizers of underground concerts to actually get permits for their events. It would allow smaller venues such as coffee shops, warehouses and art galleries to hold … [Read more...]

Deputy Premier says rift rumour much ado about nothing

There is nothing to see here as the Deputy Premier plays down any rumour of a rift with a fellow BC Liberal MLA. Surrey White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg had criticized Rich Coleman in the Peace Arch News for calling Surrey councillors during the casino process.  Hogg also denied he had apologized to Coleman after also being at odds over smart … [Read more...]

Vancouver film expert doubts Bollywood will bring much business

The President of the Vancouver Film Studios is casting doubt the province grabbing the Times of India Awards sShow will mean any influx of movie jobs into BC.  Pete Mitchell says productions from india are low budget and bring in their own people.  "I saw a clip very recently of a producer from Mumbia when asked if he was going to produce … [Read more...]

Surrey RCMP Supt. says communication between Metro Vancouver forces is much improved

While the RCMP's top brass have yet to comment on whether they'll support a regional police force, one of Metro Vancouver's senior mounties says many services have already been integrated.  Surrey RCMP Superintendent Bill Fordy was part of the team which drew a confession from serial killer Robert Pickton more than a decade ago. He says … [Read more...]

New RCMP HQ might not cost municipalities as much as initially feared

The Mayor of Surrey says municipalities may not be on the hook for as much of the bill for the new Surrey RCMP headquarters as initially feared. Dianne Watts says at an meeting on policing costs in Ottawa last week she was told a part of the bill could be picked up by Public Safety Canada. "And so any of the capitol costs I have been told that we … [Read more...]

Much touted savings don’t exist via Coast Guard

The Federal Government will be saving less than it thought in closing the Kitsilano Coast Guard base next spring.  Coast Guard Commissioner Marc Gregoire says the net savings are only 700-thousand dollars a year, "We have 12 FTE's in total in Kitsilano. The closure of it will not incur a lot of costs per se." Gregoire says replacements for … [Read more...]

How much and who pays?

The municipal observer to the RCMP contract talks says he doesn't expect any answers on the cost sharing formula for the new Surrey RCMP Headquarters until early in the new year.   The forumla is being worked out in separate negotiations outside the recently signed contract.   With Mounties months away from moving in, Langley City Mayor … [Read more...]

Students say a month after Amanda Todd’s death not much has changed

Saturday marks a month since 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide and her video plea for help made headlines around the world. Officials with the Coquitlam and Maple Ridge school districts, where Amanda was a student, say a lot of work has been done since her death. They’ve reviewed their programs and response plans, held events on teen … [Read more...]

SO MUCH DATA, TOO LITTLE ANALYSIS: Improve profitability with business analytics

Come and find out how to use your organization's data in a more timely and useful fashion to improve growth and profitability as experts from a variety of industries including: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, E-Commerce, Retail & Consumer Services and Marketing, come together at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Whether you are a small business … [Read more...]

Much Ado About Agile VII – Agility Applied

As a developer or tester, manager or product owner, project manager or scrum master, you will have heard of agile, probably tried some of the practices, perhaps even work on an agile team. Then join us at this year's 7th annual Much Ado About Agile conference. If you are thinking of adopting agile, starting to use agile, or an experienced agile … [Read more...]