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John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 26, 2012 / 11:30 am

I have been quite ill for the last few weeks and didn’t know quite what was wrong. Cold, flu, coughing from my boot tops. All the things you don’t want to happen when you’re on dialysis. It leaves you so weak and tired, but things are on the mend and positive. It has been...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 5, 2012 / 8:00 am

One of the most important deals that Target Stores Canada has made since their buyout of the Zellers stores in Canada was the arrangement they made with Sobeys, Canada’s second largest grocer with 1300 stores across the country. For Target it saves a great deal of time and money...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 29, 2012 / 8:00 am

The public is being bombarded with TV and radio commercials, and those ever-changing phone calls to their homes and their cell phones about debt reduction or elimination. If you owe $10,000 or more their experts these experts are supposed to help; just give them a call. These experts...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 22, 2012 / 8:00 am

I was in the service station last week, and while I was waiting to pay the cashier said to another person in the office, “Here is the man that knows all about Kraft Dinner.” My reputation precedes me and over the years I have written many words about Kraft Dinner. I mean what good...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 15, 2012 / 8:00 am

The bankruptcy judge opened the bids for the purchase of the Tower Ranch Golf Resort property and with some adjustment I understand the winning bid went to the Carrington Group of Companies from Edmonton. The Kelowna Springs golf course was second and a local group third. The price:...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 8, 2012 / 8:00 am

I Didn’t Know That! Mar.8/12 Will Costco build a warehouse store in West Kelowna? That’s a question from one of my readers and has been a question for the last few years with all the retail activity on west side of the...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 1, 2012 / 8:00 am

I Didn’t Know That! There is no question things are changing at Predator Ridge Golf all for the better as the new Vice President of Wesbild Holdings Okanagan, Brad Pelletier, is making some neat moves as he builds his...

John Thomson's Back!

Feb 23, 2012 / 9:19 am

Here I am, back at the old computer after nine months off because of some health problems I am having. I needed to get back to work and I am happy to be here. I will be writing my new column every Thursday. I hope you will join me. I never did retire; that wasn’t my purpose, I just...

John Thomson retires

May 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

This is probably the most difficult piece that I have ever had to write but I wanted my readers to know what is happening with The Thomson Report for the future. I have decided to put the column to bed. I have been writing the column since 1989, twenty-two years. I have some...

Here and there

May 3, 2011 / 5:00 am

Boosting entrepreneurial talent is critical for our country’s future. Successful CEOs and business leaders from across Canada will be taking an intensive program at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Emil Anderson Construction has announced that President...

Here and there

Apr 28, 2011 / 5:00 am

Right behind the Polson Place Mall is the place where Kal Tire is building their new world headquarters. It will be a building housing three hundred staff and their many companies from all over the world. Greyback Construction of Penticton is the builder. Kal Tire is a wholly-owned...

Rumours and things

Apr 27, 2011 / 5:00 am

I know you have always wondered what makes owning a Tim Hortons such a profitable business, and believe me, it is a lot of hard work for those that own these franchises. Right now there is a most difficult court battle in Ontario between a small group of franchise operators and the...

Here and there

Apr 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

As consumers fret and complain about the ever-rising cost of gasoline, economist Jeff Rubin has a deeper concern. Canada could very well be heading into another economic downturn as the cost of oil and prices at the pump continue to surge to the highest levels. Is there a coincidence...

Here and there

Apr 14, 2011 / 5:00 am

It’s a go. The sixth tower at Landmark Centre will, over the next two years, head to the sky with seventeen floors and 230,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. Building six will be located directly across from building four. The new building will be equipped with the...

Rumours and things

Apr 13, 2011 / 5:00 am

I was watching the news on Global Vancouver the other day when they started to discuss the coming of Target stores to Canada. Their question to the guest was about rumours that Target would be charging more for goods in the Canadian stores than they would be in the store in Bellingham,...

Thomson report

Apr 12, 2011 / 5:00 am

I met these four people in 2002 when they had just got the idea for their business after graduating from the Centre for Arts and Technology Okanagan (CATO) and were about to start their new advertising agency. The four were Giuseppe Simpatico (Sep), Vivian Turgeon, John Bos and Brad...

Thomson report: April 5

Apr 6, 2011 / 5:00 am

When I first interviewed David Burke it was after he left Western Star Trucks as CFO when the company was sold. He had purchased a new business venture almost immediately. Vadim, was a software company started in the 90s with offices in the Rutland area. This was a new venture and...

Thomson report: April 6

Apr 6, 2011 / 5:00 am

It was forty years ago when Dave Lund and his wife Debbie decided that Kelowna would be the next place they would like to live and this was their opportunity to buy a business. Here, let Dave tell the story: We had a small family with a three-month-old daughter and a...

Here and there

Mar 29, 2011 / 5:00 am

My wife had difficulty getting home from the south where she was vacationing with our daughters. The return flight couldn’t leave because of mechanical problems and WestJet had to bring in a mechanic from Los Angeles. She said that WestJet did everything to make the passengers...

Here and there

Mar 23, 2011 / 5:00 am

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that disgruntled cell phone customers can pursue class-action lawsuits against Telus and other providers, even if they signed away that right in a contract. ************************* Canadian Tire recently launched a fully...

About the Author

John Thomson is the Okanagan's pre-eminent business columnist writing his column, Rumours and Things, for over 24 years. Plugged in to the valley's who's who, John keeps his readers coming back for more with his straight talk and optimistic perspective on where we are headed next.

When John is not writing his column, he runs a sixteen year old think tank called the Executive Roundtable and holds his popular "Thomson Presents" quarterly business speaker seminars.

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