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John-Thomson  

Club Penguin: Part One

Jun 8, 2010 / 5:00 am
It is like walking into another world. No, I take that back, it is another world. A world where the kids are in charge. A fun world that I understood immediately because it’s real. I am in Club Penguin and it feels good. The world of Disney, a happy place. Kelowna is the world headquarters for...

Here and there

Jun 3, 2010 / 5:00 am
The governments of Canada and PEI are paying $750,000(US) to bring the Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa talk show to the island for a four day run to promote the tourism market of the island and Canada. The popular morning talk show does very well in the ratings. Niagara Falls brought the show to...

In memory of Angus MacKenzie

Jun 2, 2010 / 5:00 am
I received a call from Dick Munn on Sunday to tell me that his friend and partner for many years in Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Resort had passed away while on a British Airways flight to England on the weekend. Dick and Angus MacKenzie became friends many years ago when Dick was just starting in...

In memory of Ian Greenwood

Jun 1, 2010 / 5:00 am
As I get older I just hate the thought of reading the Obituary column in the media everyday because at my age too many of the people you know and maybe haven’t seen for a while are being listed there day after day. I was surprised by the announcement on Saturday that a friend and my boss for...

Rumours and things

May 27, 2010 / 5:00 am
It was a great year if you don’t count the playoffs for the Vancouver Canucks. They had 318 sellouts in a row and the fans are busy buying their season tickets for next season. There are seventeen thousand seats for season ticket holders and 96 per cent of them have been resold. Another money...

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May 26, 2010 / 5:00 am
It has the right address, the views are spectacular and the property is Invue on Springfield Road next to the Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre. The Rykon Group, one of B.C.’s top developers of real communities has an award-winning site and there are still a few spaces available to the public. The...

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May 20, 2010 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – MAY 2010 Spring is usually busy and buyers who negotiated interest rates before banks increased them are motivated to buy. The increases seen in most markets are making up for losses seen last year after the global economic slump. A good supply of product makes the market...
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May 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
U.S. retail giant Sears Holdings Corp. plans to pay $560 million to boost its stake in Sears Canada Inc. to a level that will allow a forced privatization of the national retailer. The sellers are a group of funds run by activist investor Bill Ackman, who also has a stake in Target Corp., one of...

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May 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
People of a certain age may nostalgically recall the sight of mom flipping through the Sunday newspaper to clip coupons from the numerous inserts stuffed in the paper. She may have even had a little envelope or “coupon caddy” organized by product category. This kind of memory tends to be among...

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May 12, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have always liked dark chocolate from way back in my kid days and it wasn’t popular with younger people back then but we always seemed to have dark chocolate. Now it is the thing to eat or let me put that another way according to the experts a piece of dark chocolate is healthy for you. I love...

Rumours and things

May 11, 2010 / 4:30 am
I just read a report in the Toronto Star written by Robert Crib that was a surprise because so many of us have supported some of these charities mentioned for many years. These are the charities of the professional sports teams. Like the NHL teams in Canada. The biggest charities of teams in this...

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May 6, 2010 / 5:00 am
How many times has Japan rejected B.C. cherries and the B.C. cherry growers? Some of the best in the world have perused the idea for the last time and will get on with successful business with other parts of the world. I know we had one grower in Germany just this winter who were confident they...

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May 5, 2010 / 5:00 am
Here's a way you might save money this year: change the font in the documents you print. Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you wrote in, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial. Schools and businesses could...

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May 4, 2010 / 5:00 am
At the corner of Underhill Street and Highway 97 N things are happening and it's all good. After many changes over the past thirty-nine years Skogie’s corner is being rebuilt to a new car wash experience for his customers. I have been washing my cars there for thirty-two years and they are good...

Rumours and things

Apr 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
It has been closed since 2008. The Owens-Illinois glass works in Lavington was no more after 39 years of operations. Now there seems to be some interest in the property from a group of Vancouver entrepreneurs who just think it might be viable for something to operate there. It is not something...

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Apr 27, 2010 / 4:30 am
Big changes are taking place at Canadian Tire across the country and we’ll get to that in a moment. It wasn’t that many years ago that when Canadian Tire held their annual meeting they could say they were the category leaders in many of the commodities we use every day. For instance the...

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Apr 22, 2010 / 5:00 am
As we mark everyday on the calendar we realize that it is getting close to the time of the opening of the Sparkling Hill Resort next to Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort. April the 30th will see a soft opening as the resort and the staff gets the kinks out before the people begin to arrive on...

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Apr 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
According to the latest seasonally adjusted estimate from Statistics Canada, employment in BC was largely unchanged from February to March. In some markets in Canada (not Kelowna), housing prices have rebounded to the highs seen in the spring of 2008. The Canadian economy is generally thought to...

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Apr 20, 2010 / 5:00 am
Now in its 10th year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual competition to recognize Canada's best places to work. Capri Insurance started in Kelowna in 1975 with six people and a handful of clients. Their growth has been quite spectacular. Today Capri Insurance and its affiliates serve...

Rumours and things

Apr 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
The crowded breakfast market is about to be pushed up several notches as Subway joins the fray. The company, which has been testing a breakfast menu in some US cities and debuted the options in its Canadian units March 1, announced that it would roll out the menu in nearly all of its 23,000...

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Apr 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
We talked about it approximately a month ago when it was announced that Dave Ritchie, the retired co-founder of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers announced that he was selling his yacht at auction. The Kelowna native ordered an unrestricted auction with no minimum and a buyer from the United Kingdom put the...

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Apr 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
Beginning in the early 1960s, entrepreneurs started companies in the Okanagan region to develop innovative products using composite materials. These entrepreneurs found that the combination of a low humidity environment, a network of readily accessible lakes for testing boats and other related...

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Apr 8, 2010 / 5:00 am
Speedpro Signs Kelowna was awarded a first place Gold Medal for Sign Design and Manufacture of a Dimensional Sign. The competition saw sign shops from across Canada submit works done the previous year. The convention attendees, all sign designers and manufacturers in Las Vegas, did the...

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Apr 7, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have known Will Gow, the founder and president of the CBD Network Career Group, for over twenty years. He sits on my Executive Roundtable. I sat down with him in his office the other day. Will, can give our readers a brief background on your company CBD Network CBD Career Group? “Since 1998...

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Apr 1, 2010 / 5:00 am
We were eating BC labeled Mac apples in California in the Henry’s Farmer’s Market. They were fresh and crunchy and it was a treat. -------------------- There he is, Donald Trump doing ads for The Brick and Sealy’s new Trump mattresses. Just a few weeks ago...

Rumours and things

Mar 31, 2010 / 5:00 am
PepsiCo Inc will downsize its 64-ounce cartons of Tropicana orange juice to 59 ounces but leave the price unchanged, after cold weather once again damaged the Florida's orange crop. Tropicana said the Florida citrus industry had suffered the most devastating winter freeze and the smallest crop in...

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Mar 30, 2010 / 5:00 am
Golf fans, sports fans and those who are just curious will be tuned into CBS for The Masters next month to watch for whatever reason the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA tour. Because of the publicity surrounding the event it could be one of, if not, the biggest TV event in history. What will...

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Mar 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
Lots of companies offer a trial period to buy something, leaving you with the impression that you can return it or stop using it if you don’t like it. That’s not necessarily the case with some teeth whitening products purchased on the Internet. If you want white teeth and search for a phrase...

Rumours and things

Mar 24, 2010 / 5:00 am
People have walked to the altar dressed in it, protected their garden plants with it, even put it on display at highbrow art museums. Mostly, they like the sound it makes when they destroy it, piece by piece, which largely explains the appeal of Bubble Wrap, the stress reducer disguised as package...

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Mar 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
He is one of the sharpest businessmen in the Okanagan Valley. I am writing about David Prystay the general manager of Lakeside Resort, Conference Centre and Casino in Penticton. The property in Penticton is part of the RPB Hotels group owned by the Prystay and Rosen families. RPB Hotels and...

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Mar 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna area new home construction market began in 2010 on a positive note. Housing starts totaled 161 homes, up from 17 homes a year ago. Rental construction boosted January housing starts. Construction began on two rental apartment projects totaling 111 units. Last year’s fourth quarter...

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Mar 17, 2010 / 5:00 am
In February a popular online investment company, Genius Funds, was banned by the British Columbia Securities Commission to trade in any securities in B.C. The executive director of the BCSC issued a temporary order against the company. The order also banned Genius Funds from engaging in any...

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Mar 16, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have been writing about this for the past number of months as Walmart Canada started to open their chain of Supercenters and that there would be a food price fight in our backyard because the battle was on for the Canadian retail customer looking for a bargain. That was further established last...

Rumours and things

Mar 11, 2010 / 5:00 am
By all accounts, February was a brutal month for CNN. The cable news network finished in fifth place for both total day and prime time for the month and its prime time hosts hit new ratings lows. Rumors swirled this week that CBS News was courting Anderson Cooper. If this is true, the anchor's...

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Mar 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
Every time you turn around today another retailer has added food items as a new profit center to their retail mix. Every other service station, Shopper’s Drug Mart and Canadian Tire came to mind first although both The Bay and Sears are talking groceries as well. I believe The Bay has already...

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Mar 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
What does this mean to the film industry in B.C. with Hollywood mounting an advertising campaign to their film crews to come on home? It is expected to start in April and the idea is to get those film shoots back in California as quickly as they can. There are new incentives to bring them back...

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Mar 3, 2010 / 5:00 am
Maybe you've heard about the fabulous miracle fruit, a sort of West African berry that temporarily transforms everything you eat afterward into a sweet treat: hot peppers, lemons, rhubarb, you name it. Now you can buy miracle fruit in Canada -- and in tablet form. Mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets...

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Mar 2, 2010 / 5:00 am
How to Feel Better When You're Stressed Here are some tips on how to make yourself feel better when you’re stressed: 1. Calm down Before anything else, calm yourself down. Don’t panic. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. 2. Feed your mind with positive thoughts When you’re...

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Feb 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
Andrew Topf wrote a good piece on our own Sysco Foods operation in Kelowna for Worksafe BC. Let me quote from the article. Good relationships are built on security, trust, and friendship. While these words are normally used to describe bonds between friends or spouses, they could also be...

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Feb 24, 2010 / 5:00 am
One of my favorite people and a presenter at all four of our Real Estate Development Conferences has changed positions taking her research company over to Deloite & Touche. Jennifer was the founding partner of MPC Intelligence and she has taken her team to the new digs. Here is her latest...