September 24, 2017

Vancouver tops annual traffic congestion list

An annual survey suggests Vancouver had the worst traffic congestion in Canada last year. The year-long index by GPS firm TomTom says the average car ride takes nearly a third longer in a jam than when traffic is flowing freely in the city, and almost two thirds longer during evening rush hour. TomTom says that adds up to 84 hours of … [Read more...]

Box-Office: “Mama” Tops, “Last Stand” Flops

It was a good weekend to be Jessica Chastain, and a bad one to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite mixed reviews, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller "Mama" topped the weekend box-office with a $ 28 million haul, raking in almost double its $ 15 million budget from Friday to Sunday. "Mama" star Jessica Chastain saw her other … [Read more...]

“Chainsaw 3D” Tops Box-Office, Gets Sequel?

Despite bad reviews, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" over performed in the first U.S. weekend box-office results of 2013. The only new wide release this past Friday, the film took the top spot with $ 23 million in three days. Considering the film was made on a budget of under $ 20 million, it comes as no shock that there's already sequel talk. In fact, … [Read more...]

Vancouver tops list for best reputation

Vancouver has been named the most reputable city in the world. It's the second year for the poll done by the Copenhagen-based Republican Institute. It measures things like effective administration, adequate infrastructure for transportation, communications and public institutes, adherence to social, economic, and environmental policies, and best … [Read more...]

UBC president tops lists of highest paid public-sector execs

Perhaps the numbers will drop now that the B.C. government plans to freeze financial compensation for Crown corporations. But several high-level public-sector executives earned more than $ 450,000 last year. Once again, the highest paid was University of BC president Stephen Toope, who earned $ 581,000 in 2011. But if you factor in severance, the … [Read more...]

Post office tops list of Vancouver’s endangered heritage sites

The Heritage Vancouver Society has released its annual top ten endangered heritage sites in the city. The number one spot goes to the main post office on West Georgia Street -- and apparently, its future looks bleak. The society says the government plans to sell the building, and since there's no buyer yet, it could face demolition. President … [Read more...]

Riot investigation tops two million dollars

  While the team that finished second in last year's Stanley Cup play-offs faces elimination tonight in Los Angeles, Vancouver police have now tallied up how much they've spent investigating last year's riot.  The running tally has topped at least two million dollars, but Inspector Les Yeo -who heads up the riot investigation team- says … [Read more...]

Gartner’s Q3 2011 smartphone figures: Samsung on top globally, Android tops 50 percent share

Yahtzee! Now that Canalys, IDC and Strategy Analytics have had their turn, it's Gartner's go to serve up its summary of the smartphone world as seen in Q3 2011. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the headlines aren't changing much, with Samsung becoming the number one smartphone manufacturer worldwide with sales reaching 24 million, and Android's quarterly … [Read more...]

Canada tops ranking in global mining sector

VANCOUVER - The Canadian mining and metals sector ranks No. 1 in an international list of corporate deal-making so far this year.Canadian mining companies had 196 acquisition deals during the first half of 2011 and were targets for acquision in 129 deals, according to the Ernst & Young report.Australia came in second in both categories, making … [Read more...]