New phone app provides legal consent to sex with a simple swipe

A Dutch company, LegalThings, has developed an app to curb the rise in sexual misconduct over the past few months. The app, LegalFling, allows sexual partners to agree to a certain legally-binding contract prior to hooking up. The contract includes things like both partners’ sexual health status and the use of condoms or not—all it takes for consent is just a swipe. The app uti [...]

30 March 2018

Clean-tech executives to Horgan: back off on Trans Mountain

More than two dozen clean-tech executives and venture capitalists have penned a letter to Premier John Horgan, asking him to back off on his opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Their main concern is the precedent it sets for a newly elected government to reverse a project that received regulatory approval by previous governments, particularly if conservative governments [...]

22 March 2018

Norman Armour, head of Vancouver's popular PuSh festival, stepping down

Norman Armour is stepping down as artistic and executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.He helped found the popular Vancouver cultural festival in 2003 and has been the festival’s leader ever since. He will leave the post officially on April 27.“In the early beginnings of PuSh, co-founder Katrina Dunn and I wanted to effect change with  the creation of [...]

21 March 2018

Howe Sound gravel quarry approved

A sand and gravel quarry in Howe Sound has been approved by the provincial government, a year and a half after it entered the environmental review process. B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister have jointly granted an environmental certificate to Calgary’s Burnco Rock Products Ltd. to build a gravel and quarry on the north shore o [...]

21 March 2018

How the Songhees Innovation Centre is helping Indigenous entrepreneurs thrive

Now, she's hoping the Songhees Innovation Centre will help her grow her business. The Gitxsan entrepreneur is considering renting space in the new co-working environment geared to Indigenous people. "As an entrepreneur, you're pretty isolated in your office," Wilson said. "So, when you come to a place like this, you're able to thought-purge, you're able to bounce ideas off [other people] if [...]

14 March 2018

Developer pitches plan for 50,000 units of affordable housing in Toronto, Vancouver

The federal government is looking at a real estate developer’s proposal to build 50,000 units of affordable housing primarily in Toronto and Vancouver — a plan valued at as much as $14-billion that could become a big part of Ottawa’s national housing strategy. According to a proposal submitted to Ottawa, the project would be led by the Creative Housing Society, an independent non [...]

14 March 2018

Sun is out! Record-breaking temperatures forecast for Metro Vancouver

Coming off of a sunny weekend, Metro Vancouverites could see even warmer and potentially record-breaking temperatures today. Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said the agency predicts temperatures creeping up to double digits. Temperatures of 13 C are expected along the water and it could go up to 20 C inland. In Abbotsford, the mercury is expect [...]

13 March 2018

Sharing sexual images could land Vancouver man in jail

A Vancouver man's decision to share deeply intimate pictures of his former girlfriend without her consent could result in jail time under legislation designed to deter revenge pornography and cyberbullying.The man can't be identified under the terms of a publication ban on the name of the victim and witnesses in the case. Sentencing arguments took place Monday in the Provincial Cour [...]

13 March 2018

Four Tips to Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment

How much sleep you need to get each night changes throughout your lifetime. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough sleep, no matter what our age. Although there are situations that are out of our control, many of us are sabotaging our efforts to get more shuteye and we don’t even know it. If you want to wake up feeling rejuvenated, you need to do a little work to turn your bedroom in [...]

13 March 2018

Women Innovators Featured at #BCTech Summit

Western Canada’s largest technology conference, the #BCTECH Summit, is set to welcome some of the industry’s greatest local and global thought leaders and power players from May 14-16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The Summit saw over 5,550 participants in 2017, and is projecting 6,000 for 2018. Key programs are the Investment Showcase and B2B Matchmaking Programs, which [...]

08 March 2018

Digital media buoys B.C. company’s technology

A B.C. construction engineering company that has updated an ancient building method for use in modern structures has scored a marketing victory thanks to social media. It started a few years ago when Brent Wallace, general manager of the Richmond-based Lock-Block Ltd., put together a YouTube video of one of the company’s technologies. (Video embedded below.) Called Arch-Lock, the paten [...]

08 March 2018

Jeff White Named Creative Director of ILM Vancouver

VANCOUVER -- Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Jeff White has taken the role of creative director of Industrial Light & Magic’s Vancouver studio. A 16-year veteran at the company, White’s creative leadership complements ILM Vancouver Executive in Charge Randal Shore’s business acumen, as the two set out to take the maturing studio to new heights. Recently, the Academy [...]

28 February 2018

New book to help Chinese newcomers build a life in Vancouver

Two Vancouverites, Kari Karlsbjerg and Yi Zheng, have teamed up to write a book to help Chinese speaking newcomers. The book, My New Life in Vancouver, shares details about everyday life in Vancouver and is bilingual in both English and Mandarin. Karlsbjerg, an ESL teacher with more than 15 years teaching experience, told the Richmond News that she found many of her students were lack of cu [...]

28 February 2018