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Rumours and things

Jan 25, 2011 / 5:00 am

Were you surprised by the CTV story regarding Real Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam? Apparently the best–before date was changed on some fresh fish products, they were then repackaged and placed back in the freezer counter. Of all the products in a grocery store that should be destroyed after...

Thomson report

Jan 20, 2011 / 5:00 am

Is it finally about to happen? We have written about these rumours from very solid sources in the industry over the last ten years about new U.S. merchants looking north to Canada for their new expansion plans. Chains like Walmart and Home Depot led the way in their investment in the Canadian...

Thomson report

Jan 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

REAL ESTATE REPORT – December 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak Royal LePage 250-470-1311 The average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.9 and 4.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous year, as markets shrugged off a lackluster third quarter and returned to a...

Rumours and things

Jan 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

Golf needs Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods needs golf so will the needs of both be realized this season? It is hard to say because we can’t get into Tiger’s head to see if his life has changed for the good and if he is ready to play with championship style of old. Television ratings for gold...

Here and there

Jan 13, 2011 / 5:00 am

We have heard horror stories for years from the Port Authorities in Vancouver and Seattle about products that some importers have tried to bring into these countries. These fake goods like purses, watches, machinery, clothing, DVD’s and music would be for sale to unknowing citizens. The list is...

Thomson report

Jan 12, 2011 / 5:00 am

Andrew Hessel is a geneticist and founder of the Pink Army Cooperative in Alberta. The founder of the Pink Army Cooperative is bringing the open-source development model to breast cancer therapies. I am a member of the World Future Society and I found this piece and thought it may interest you. I...

Here and there

Jan 11, 2011 / 5:00 am

The World Junior Hockey Championship has become a phenomenal TV sporting event for Canadians. It surpassed even the dreams of the TV presenters and Canadian Hockey. The media have made it happen. Canada’s loss to Russia drew record ratings for TSN. The game drew viewers in great numbers and...

Thomson report

Dec 23, 2010 / 5:00 am

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”, “Vertically challenged” they were calling themselves. And labor conditions at the North Pole, were alleged by the Union, to stifle...

Thomson report

Dec 22, 2010 / 5:00 am

What is all this fuss about a politically correct Christmas? Look at the people and corporations that have buckled under and refer to only “the holidays”. That big tree in front of NBC at Rockefeller Centre is now a holiday tree, as is the large tree in the City Hall Square in Toronto. Call...

Thomson report

Dec 21, 2010 / 5:00 am

This diary reminded me of the letter we had published of a new resident to the Okanagan in the summer that gave many lots of laughs. Thought this one may give you a chuckle. December 8 6:00 PM It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for...

Rumours and things

Dec 16, 2010 / 5:00 am

Last week I wrote an item about the price of gasoline between Vernon and Kelowna and the difference we paid. Returning to the city we noticed that the price had risen three cents since noon when we left the city for a funeral that afternoon. Yesterday I received this email from a...

Thomson report

Dec 15, 2010 / 5:00 am

REAL ESTATE REPORT – November 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak Royal LePage 250-470-1311 So . . . What is Next? As we head toward the end of the year, we always like to reflect on what has happened and also try to figure out what is coming next. Trying to figure out what is going to...

Rumours and things

Dec 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

I received a notice of a hearing from the B.C. Securities Commission that their enforcement staff has called three individuals to be present to set a date for a hearing on January 5, 2011 in Vancouver. The three represented a company called Photo Violation Technologies. They are alleged to have...

Here and there

Dec 9, 2010 / 5:00 am

For many, it's the season of giving. For cyber-criminals, it's a perfect time for taking. McAfee, a leading security software and services company, says 'tis the season for those more naughty than nice to swindle naïve web surfers out of their shopping money. With the intent to steal one's...

Rumours and things

Dec 8, 2010 / 5:00 am

B.C. retail sales are set to grow faster than every other Canadian province in 2010, except Nova Scotia, according to a study released Friday by Toronto-based KubasPrimedia. B.C. will then top the country for retail sales growth in 2011, according to the research organization. KubasPrimedia...

Here and there

Dec 7, 2010 / 5:00 am

I know if you have driven by the old CNR station on Ellis at Clement you have probably wondered what is going here? As you know we have reported that a group from Calgary has purchased the building and are planning a neat bar and grill for the location. There are also two more buildings scheduled...

Rumours and things

Dec 2, 2010 / 5:00 am

I don’t know where this promotion came from but it is kind of interesting. A company called will deliver 12 bottles of premium wine to your address (US) for just $69.99 and you save $100. The Zagat Wine Club offers you a regular supply of great value wines delivered to your door –...

Here and there

Dec 1, 2010 / 5:00 am

The Canyon Desert Resort will include the 125-suite Canyon Desert Inn -- a full-service hotel with conference facilities, spa, restaurant and wine bar. It will also design culinary programs for residents. Plans are already underway to create the Okanagan Valley's first wine cave within the hotel...

Here and there

Nov 25, 2010 / 5:00 am

Black Friday is a bit of an adventure for all who are willing to participate, but not many will be adding air miles to the list like Margaret Salzl, who lives in Edmonton. She will be crossing the border into Whatcom County in the dead of night hoping to find some bargains in Bellingham on Friday,...

Rumours and things

Nov 23, 2010 / 5:00 am

It was least two years ago that we wrote that the Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain was about to come into Canada and that 100 stores were planned for the first phase of their development. I believe it was the owner of Rickie’s All Day All Night dinners. That company picked up the Fat Burger...

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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