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John Thomson

Thomson report

Nov 18, 2010 / 5:00 am

REAL ESTATE REPORT – November 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak, Royal Lepage 250-860-1100 The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has lowered its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®)Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2010 and 2011....

Rumours and things

Nov 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

For the past couple of weeks we have seen the news cameras focus on Haiti again with huge storms and flooding attacking the island. Thank goodness it wasn’t as strong as the weather people were predicting. But as I looked at the pictures on CNN it made me immediately think of all the money that...

Thomson report

Nov 10, 2010 / 5:00 am

Bos Sod Farms Inc. started growing sod in British Columbia in 1993 to service the residential and commercial market with quality sod. Since that time they have changed their focus to service the professional market - namely athletic fields and golf courses with a special focus on sod products for...

Here and there

Nov 9, 2010 / 5:00 am

It is busy on the phones at The Coast Capri Hotel these days as people call in for reservations for the annual Christmas festivities at the hotel. Their famous Dicken’s Lunch Buffet must be at least sixteen years old. Monika Lauterbacher, the Executive Chef of the facility has been there since...

Here and there

Nov 4, 2010 / 5:00 am

Unlike most competitors in the growing breakfast sector, Cora Franchise Group Inc. opens its Cora restaurants only from 6am to 3pm - skipping the evening and alcoholic beverage market entirely. "Breakfast and lunch, that's what we do," said Nicholas Tsouflidis, company president and son of the...

Rumours and things

Nov 3, 2010 / 5:00 am

I get many e-mails and this one is interesting. I think more and more of the people in B.C. think we should have a holiday in February as Alberta does. Good Day John, Just read your article from today on the coming winter. I really think we need to have a February Family Day. Have you seen how...

Here and there

Nov 2, 2010 / 5:00 am

One of the good guys has been given an award he much deserves. Dick Munn, professional golfer/club owner, did much for golf in this province and in Canada over the last fifty some years. He was the final developer of the very famous Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Resort in Kelowna. He made an immediate...


Thomson report

Oct 28, 2010 / 5:00 am

What image comes to mind when you think of a traditional office space? Lot’s of offices, doors closed, and employees’ heads down, working through their projects individually, with only an occasional interaction with other employees at the water cooler or conference room? One company in the...

Rumours and things

Oct 27, 2010 / 5:00 am

Tim Hortons has signed agreements to serve its coffee and snacks at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders. Fans attending home games of the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets already enjoy Tim Hortons'...

Here and there

Oct 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

We do this every year when the facts arrive from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian edition about the weather expected for the next year from the predictors at the magazine. The Canadian edition has been published for the last twenty-nine years and the U.S. book for 219 years. This year’s map...

Rumours and things

Oct 21, 2010 / 5:00 am

There is no question that the price of groceries has risen and in the future it is going to cost more to eat because of the bad weather and the terrible crops. The smart shopper is using the flyers that come out every weekend so that they can compare before they hit the grocery-buying route. The...

Here and there

Oct 20, 2010 / 5:00 am

I have been writing about this story for at least ten years as rumours fly back and forth between those that know and those that would like to know. It has been a constant story boiling in the retail marketplace in this country. Will we finally see a Target store in Canada or is this just another...

Thomson report

Oct 19, 2010 / 5:00 am

Buying, selling or financing a home is often one of the biggest decisions a person will make, so it is only natural that they will want to work with a knowledgeable professional they can trust. Remaining educated about the market with relevant and current information is important and will give them...

Rumours and things

Oct 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

The former Seattle TV and network news anchor Aaron Brown was hired by KING-TV in 1976, and later moved over to KIRO-TV, and went national after that. I used to watch him every night. He was a good news man. He spoke the other day in his hometown of Seattle. "There is a mis-perception out there...

Here and there

Oct 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

We were coming in from the airport in the dark the other night when I looked out the cab window and said to the Mrs. that Ashley Furniture had changed its name. The new sign was up but it wasn’t lit up yet. I remember the name Case because I had interviewed the owners Denis and Marion Case when...

Here and there

Oct 13, 2010 / 5:00 am

CEI Architecture Planning Interiors has signed an agreement that will see Bevanda Architecture of Penticton, join its team. The firms say the merger will bolster the ability of CEI to deliver projects of any size and scope to clients across a variety of sectors, including retail, industrial,...

Thomson report

Oct 12, 2010 / 5:00 am

There is no question about the message Chief Clarence Louie has for his fellow First Nation members every time he speaks to a group somewhere in Canada because he speaks from the success the Osoyoos Band has had with their business conglomerate. I still have a copy of a speech he gave in Ft....

Rumours and things

Sep 30, 2010 / 5:00 am

Canadians are spending more of their grocery budget on vegetables and fruit and less on grain and meat products, a new study has found, while farmers saw a slight increase in what percentage of that final cost is returned to them. The Farmer's Share Research Project, backed by agriculture groups...

Thomson report

Sep 29, 2010 / 5:00 am

Walmart saw the writing on the wall as many of the major retailers started their own lines of “cheap chic” clothing and were making inroads into the apparel sales marketplace. A number of years ago Walmart had introduced “George” fashions from England to boost apparel sales and it wasn’t...

Here and there

Sep 28, 2010 / 5:00 am

From one of my readers: Hi John, My name is Darren Mohl, I am the owner of a Kelowna based marine transport company, Playa Marine. I am also a boat owner and an avid reader of your column. I have watched this story of the boats on the floating moorage buoys unfolding and would like to let the...
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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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