Brain Plasticity–the act of rewiring your brain

Contrary to what has previously been believed, recent research advances have demonstrated that the adult brain has a certain capacity for plastic reorganization and self-repair after an event like a stroke or other injury.  The mechanisms are complex and operating at different levels, from molecular to synaptic to anatomical reorganization. However, with the right training,…

Bringing industry back to the city centre

For many years we have seen the flight of manufacturing from the core of our cities.   For many reasons a company that manufacturers a product in the middle of a city seems like a poor choice–or is it?   In Vancouver we have taken nearly all the industrial land and developed it into high rises. Now…

How B.C.’s economy can be green and still growing

Reprinted from Business in Vancouver May 19-25, 2009; issue 1021 http://www.biv.com It’s tough to sit down and put your feet up to watch a good hockey game or laugh through a sitcom these days without being bombarded by political statements about our province’s future and the green economy. But what is a green economy? Is…

Making Sustainability a Business

B.C.’s growing reputation feeds continued multi-industry growth For several years we’ve been hearing about sustainability. While it’s easy to find loads of information on the definition of sustainability, it is much harder to find anything on the people and services that make sustainability a reality. And the reality is we have some of the best…

Kyoto plan: Emission credits send the wrong message

Focus should be on developing local markets for local technology On April 13, the feds released Moving forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honouring our Kyoto Commitment. Clearly the plan lacks certain logic. The most obvious example to me is the encouragement of a large emitter of greenhouse gases to invest in international projects…

Pension funds can boost green technologies

Have you ever wondered what the $40 billion or so that the B.C. government has in pension holdings for teachers, hospital workers and government employees is invested in? You should go to http://www.pensionsbc.ca and look. It might surprise you to learn that the money is not invested in a way that will make our province…