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May 22, 2020

Pandemic threatens B.C. book industry: publishers

Homegrown companies say free access to books online is financially unsustainable

Companion Books at 4094 Hastings Street in Burnaby opened May 19 for the first time after over a month of lockdown. B.C. publishers say the availability of free online reading at schools and libraries during the pandemic threatens to seriously harm the province’s book industry | Rob Kruyt

The COVID-19 lockdown has prompted schools and libraries to give the public free online access to many books, and Canadian publishers are warning that the model cuts sharply into their revenue and cannot be sustained.

The news is especially dire for B.C.’s community of 30 publishers, the largest in Canada outside of Ontario. Publishing houses say local publishers are among the only channels for B.C. authors to develop, and if either publishers or authors cannot get paid for their work, B.C.’s literary ecosystem may be in danger.

“Publishers are smart and resilient, but there’s a limit,” said Ruth Linka, associate publisher with Victoria-based Orca Book Publishers. “It’s really hard to say right now how long publishers can continue with really drastic cuts to their income.

“Like any business, you can’t pay rent or your staff and keep publishing books if you don’t have revenue coming in. I don’t think we are talking about days or weeks … but for sure, if something doesn’t improve over the next couple of months, it’s not going to be sustainable for many in our industry.”

Association of Canadian Publishers Executive Director Kate Edwards said the book industry was already under pressure, mostly with the advent of e-books and other formats. As the costs skyrocket with the move to different online formats, the core revenue of publishers and authors, which is generated from book sales, has remained flat as the price of books remains largely unchanged.

Now, with the pandemic essentially shutting down bookstores for months (with some finally reopening this month under B.C.’s Phase 2 relaunch), that lifeline for the industry has essentially been slowed to a trickle, Edwards said.

The most recent data indicates book sales so far this year have fallen 30% from 2019 figures, with sales at retail book stores plummeting 60%.

Worse, another major channel of book sales, to schools and libraries, has also been turned upside down with social distancing. Publishers are now issuing free temporary licences that allow students to download books or teachers to read the books to students over the internet.

“As schools quickly had to change the way they teach – which is from a distance – publishers began quickly receiving requests for digital versions of books,” Edwards said. “The teacher may have the books in the classroom, and that’s not available to students … in the short-term. Given the emergency, publishers have been as flexible and generous as possible to ensure students’ education is not disrupted.”

But these free licences cannot be issued for long-term use because it would push publishers out of business – taking many homegrown authors in B.C. and other provinces with them, Edwards noted.

“As we look forward to next school year … publishers can supply [books] in various formats through whatever channels are available to ensure that the content is not only available, but compensated for on the other side.”

The Canadian publishing industry annually generates about $1.6 billion. It includes everything from trades (fiction and non-fiction) and children’s books to educational and scholarly text. The largest international houses are the most resilient to economic challenges like COVID-19 because the likes of Penguin Random House and HarperCollins control the market for books from most of the world’s high-profile authors, and those are the books most in demand.

In comparison, the Canadian-owned publishing houses, which represent about $425 million in annual sales – are largely small-to-medium-sized companies that concentrate on newer Canadian authors, an indispensable part of the grassroots literary culture of Canada.

“Local publishers are responsible for about 80% of new Canadian books published each year,” Edwards said. “And British Columbia is one of the strongest regional publishing cultures in the country. Publishers are finding new authors in the local community and investing in their careers … and they are competing with the entire world of content.”

She added that, even with retail stores now reopening, most of the books being sold are already in stock; publishers have not received many new orders and may have to accept returned unsold stock given the COVID-19 lockdown.

For Orca Books, a publisher mainly of children’s books with a 35-year history and a staff of 30, the task of publishing 80 to 100 books a year as it normally does has become herculean, even for an industry that has survived multiple challenges in recent years, Linka said.

“This is completely unprecedented. For sure there have been times when the economy was suffering … even libraries and schools have had budget cuts before. But to have all this happen at once to this extent, it’s unfathomable just three months ago. I heard from a lot of publishers that there has been a 70% to 80% decrease in sales, and some of it has been mitigated by e-book sales, but it hasn’t come close to replacing what we had.”

Both Edwards and Linka said all the stakeholders in the educational sector need to sit down and discuss fair pay for content starting in the fall school year.

Publishers say they are open to suggestions, but the bottom line is that every revenue channel helps in keeping businesses open and authors and publishing houses need to get compensated if their work is read – especially when the overall market has been squeezed.

If not, Linka said, the threat of a B.C. reading and education culture dominated by content from outside the province becomes inescapable, and that would hurt the literature world and erode B.C.’s unique cultural identity.

“Publishing started in Western Canada decades ago when people in the West felt their stories weren’t being represented,” Linka said. “Vancouver has fantastic urban, diverse content … and vibrant publishers like Anvil Publishing and Arsenal Pulp Press who tell these stories around the world.

“Every region of the world should have their own publishing industry so their voices are represented.… We love it when we can represent a broader social experience, and local publishing enables that because it’s more in touch with the landscape, history, culture and, ultimately, people of our region.” •

 

 
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Ten entries in Canada’s new national sport: pandemic speculation

Speculation has become a national sport in the pandemic.

We all have theories on how this stage will move to the next stage and the stage beyond that and how that stage will bring us to another stage and what stage we might be in at that stage.

We have too much imagination on our sanitized hands. Forgive, then, these predictions:

1. As goes business, so will need to go government. Which means the sudden speediness of the private sector in pivoting will spill over – it has to – on the notorious stodginess of the public sector. Hidebound government will, too, be forced to respond with efficiencies. The public will demand more instant gratification.

2. There is no special insight in suggesting white-collar remote work across flexible work weeks will take hold in cities. Market demand will improve technology if we accelerate 5G arrival and virtual reality to deliver better experiences with colleagues, at sites, and for escapism. But a key impact will be the easing of pressure to live near our work. Possibly that prompts a mild exodus from expensive Vancouver and Victoria, especially for early-career people generally stretching budgets to work in tight confines. The disadvantage of accommodating the shortest possible commute will abate.

3. Multibillion-dollar transit extensions make less sense as a priority than ever in a digital-default world of work and higher education. Public finances will be troubled by severe deficits and tax fatigue. The population will be heading east in the region. Autonomous vehicles will arrive. The notion of boring a big hole and running it under part of the city is much more difficult to justify.

4. Cities will need to ignite street life in a hurry. Many will shun public transit while coronavirus is untamed, and staged events will be few, so we will need vibrancy in our neighbourhoods daily, not just occasionally. It would mean more life in our parks and many more retail and restaurant extensions and performances into streets that curtail or eliminate vehicular traffic and induce pedestrians to walk and cycle into more proximate activity.

5. Cycling’s future is propelled by the surge in power bikes, but the car isn’t going to die – not when we’ll need them for more nearby vacations, certainly not once cooler weather returns. But we have to reconsider a new coexistence with fewer heading to office towers. We were on each other’s cases as a city before the pandemic. We need some form of détente. That truce might wisely be a form of separation, one of some cycle-only streets, cycle-absent others.

6. The food delivery business has staying power, but it’s going to have to settle in on a higher-standard business model that doesn’t gut restaurant margins and provides more reliability – that everything ordered arrives, that everything ordered is sanitary. To help that business we will need much more space allotted in residential areas for vehicles to routinely park and deliver.

7. Cities will need to shift bylaws and development priorities to encourage home offices, and tax rules will need to be more generous to recognize them as normal, not oddities or side hustles.

8. Sports will become more interesting on screens, with more pre-game and during-game engagement of players and coaches. Crowd sound will be gone (please, no fake cheers and jeers), but we will hear the genuine sound of competition. We are getting a taste with the reopening of Germany’s Bundesliga. Major leagues should see this as an opportunity to establish a better telecast by the time crowds are permitted.

9. International owners, particularly part-time occupants or those with vacation properties, will be selling in the short-to-medium term because they cannot travel to enjoy them routinely. Travel will be much more expensive and arduous, and despite the bargains, the pandemic will not make great investments of real estate soon.

10. Recorded music will regenerate as a revenue source for artists, providing they negotiate stronger deals with streaming services. Their mainstay revenue from touring, if it continues, will be mainly spartan for years. The human psyche will take a lot of recovering to park the new fear, including there. •

Kirk LaPointe is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver and the vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media.

 

 
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PNE to offer taste of summer fun with drive-through mini donut event

The first in a new series of "drive-through" events at the PNE has just been announced

Those Little Donuts at the PNE, as seen in 2018 for their 50th anniversary at the Fair | Photo: Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

The Pacific National Exhibition won't be welcoming thousands to the Fair this year thanks to ongoing restrictions in the province due to COVID-19. But the end-of-summer tradition is finding innovative ways to re-invent its programming for the PNE's 110th season.

The first in a new series of "drive-through" events has just been announced, and it's aimed squarely at our tastebuds, with a dusting of nostalgia.

A Taste of the PNE - Mini Donut Edition will give Fair fans a chance to get their hands on concession staple, with special distancing and safety protocols in place.

Taking place May 22 through 24, ticket-holders will get to "drive-through" the PNE's "Revel District" and collect mini donuts to-go from four popular vendors: Those Little Donuts, Tin Lizzy Donuts, CinCity Donuts and the PNE Fundunkers.

 

Mini Donuts are a longstanding tradition at the PNE. In 2018, Those Little Donuts marked 50 years of frying up those sugar-sprinkled tiny treats at the Fair.

The PNE says they developed the event with Vancouver Coastal Health. The event is meant to demonstrate the PNE's "Fair spirit" and to give Vancouverites the chance to show some love for the hard-hit event and their concessionaires, who are all feeling the financial blow of the Fair's cancellation. 

“We intend to offer a number of different experiences in this series,” says PNE President and CEO Shelley Frost. “Many of the small businesses that make up our concessionaire and exhibitor core are in dire financial circumstances after losing their entire year as a result of COVID. This is a small way we can help. We’re beginning with what is perhaps the most well-known of all our Fair foods, the mini donut, and we are hoping that people who have reached out to express their support to the PNE will look at this as a way to also support the small businesses who are the heart and soul of this Fair, many of them going back generations with us.”

As a delicious bonus, advanced purchase tickets to the event include passes to the 2021 Fair at the PNE, too. 

A Taste of the PNE – The Mini Donut Edition

When: May 22-24, 2020 from 1-7 p.m.

Where:  PNE grounds -  Enter off Hastings Street, West of Playland

Cost: $20 for 24 donuts, $35 for 48 donuts. Purchase in advance online.

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This Metro Vancouver music festival is planning to host Canada’s first drive-in benefit concert this summer

The Summerset Music & Arts Festival plans to adhere to physical distancing directives when it takes place Aug. 28 to 30 in Langley

Facebook photo / Summerset Music & Arts Festival

As the list of summertime events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow longer, a local festival is stepping in to fill the void and allow British Columbians at least one opportunity to enjoy some live music this summer - albeit from a distance. 

This year’s Summerset Music & Arts Festival event is set to become Canada’s first-ever drive-in music festival, in an effort to comply with public health officials’ physical distancing guidelines. 

Now serving as a benefit concert in support of B.C. musicians suffering from the ramifications of the ongoing pandemic, Summerset is scheduled to take place at the Fort Langley Historic Site from Aug. 28 to 30 this year. The festival held its inaugural event in 2019.

“The benefit concert has been designed to adhere to the BC laws around Covid-19, as the BC government releases their phases approach we will make the final decision as to how attendees can view the concert,” wrote organizers on the event’s website. 

“We know there are ways we can support and serve our music community this summer, and we will be working in partnership with local government and health authorities to ensure our guests, artists, and public’s safety.”

For now, organizers say the venue’s size will allow attendees to pop open their tailgate or throw a few blankets in the bed of a pickup and enjoy the show from their own vehicles. According to the festival’s website, each vehicle will have a designated spot that adheres to social distancing regulations. 

However, if the drive-in option doesn’t work for you, it’s also offering up “socially distanced plots” for groups of two to four people. The two-person plots will measure 3.35x3.35 metres, (or 11x11 feet), “allowing room for two people to sit comfortably on a lawn chair or blanket,” while four-person plots will be 4.5x4.5m, or 15x15 feet. The aisles and plots will be spaced out according to government regulations, according to the festival. 

As a third and final way to experience the festival, organizers are planning to offer a live stream of the concert. By requesting a donation from viewers to access the live-stream, they’re hoping it will “enhance the community involvement and fundraising component of this event.” 

Organizers say the concert will feature a yet-to-be-announced lineup of performers and local entertainment, as well as food and beer.

In terms of other health and safety precautions, the benefit concert will be a cash-less event, with all transactions requiring a credit or debit card tap. Organizers say extra hand washing stations and restrooms will be available, while a sanitation team “will maintain rigorous cleaning standards.” 

Organizers added, “Maintaining social distancing will be strictly enforced.” 

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What has reopened? May 26, 2020

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Many businesses are reopening in accordance with provincial guidelines. Here is a list of what our team has noticed around Vancouver today. Email us at news@biv.com if you see any stores you think should be on our list!

 

5-A Auto Detailing: 5679 Imperial Ave., Burnaby.

 

Amir Baghdad hair salon: 1-1301 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam.

 

Apple: stores throughout Lower Mainland.

 

Aritzia: opening on a boutique-by-boutique basis. Limiting store capacity with a "dedicated nurse available."

 

Andrew Sheret – plumbing and heating: 7434 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Angelina’s Dutch Corner: 122-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster.

 

Another Beer Co.: 11-30 Capilano Way, New Westminster.

 

Apex Nail Hair Studio: 7409 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Arcola Dental Centre: 7161 Arcola Way, Burnaby.

 

A&W: 6535 Kingsway Ave.

 

Alpha Auto Access: 5708 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Al-Salam Halal Meat: 6953 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Anatolia’s Gate restaurant: 7084 Kingsway, Burnaby.



Assi Market: 5593 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

L’Abattoir: 217 Carrall St, Vancouver.

 

Ancora:  1600 Howe St, Suite 2, Vancouver.


Abbie’s Sports Shop: 4774 Main Street, Vancouver.

 

Basic Eyewear Optical: 1052-D Austin Avenue, Coquitlam.

 

Balance Physiotherapy: 909 Broadway W, Vancouver.

 

Bases Family Thrift Store: 7825 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Bestway Starter & Batteries: 7529 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 


Bobacabana: 360-800 Carnarvon St, New Westminster.

 

Big Chicken Town restaurant: 15-228 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam.

 

Blink Beauty Parlour: Opening June 1. 102-1112 Austin Ave, Coquitlam.

 

Brady’s Hair Salon: 1448 Prairie Ave, Port Coquitlam.

 

Burnaby Auto Parts: 7589 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Burnaby Kawasaki: 7771 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Bayon Automotive: 6831 Imperial Ave, Burnaby.

 

Big Cloud Vapour Bar: 4927 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Boemma Euro Food and Deli: 5172 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Boiling Point Hot Pot: 5276 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Brother Brake & Muffler Auto Service: 6949 Buller Street, Burnaby.

 

Budget Brake & Muffler: 6256 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Black+Blue: 1032 Alberni St, Vancouver.

 

The Cat & Fiddle: 1979 Brown St, Port Coquitlam.

 

Camping in B.C. provincial parks: Reopening June 1 with reservations opening May 25.

 

Camoflage military surplus: 7803 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Pub: 800 Columbia St, New Westminster.

 

CF Pacific Centre: Here are the Pacific Centre stores that were opened as of May 20: A&W; B2; Bonlook; BOSS Store; Browns; Crystal Stitch; Dynamite; Ecco; Edo Japan; Ermenegildo Zegna; Eyes Inspire; Flaming Wok; Geox; H&M; Harry Rosen; Holt Renfrew; Jack & Jones; La Prep; Little Burgundy; Marc Cain; Massimo Dutti; Maxmara; Meinhardt; Moneysworth & Best; OPA!, Presotea; Roots; Shefield Express; SoftMoc; Steve Madden; Taco Time; Take Five Cafe; Thai Express; Tim Hortons; Tractor (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, closed Weekends); Weekend Maxmara

 

City Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic, 420-890 W. Pender Street (now open, but with reduced staff).

 

Companion Books: 4094 Hastings St., Burnaby. Reduced noon-5 pm schedule. Store asks customers to call ahead with their purchases for pickup.

 

Coral Nails: 100 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam.

 

Crown Diamond Wellness Centre: 7160 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Crompton Brothers Automotive: 7779 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Crush Hair Co: 15133 56 Ave, Unit B104, Surrey.

 

Canaan Meat: 6911 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Canada Computers: 5068B Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Cascade Insurance Agency: 4683 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Chatime Tea House: 5216 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Charlie’s Auto Body: 6975 Curragh Street, Burnaby.

 

Church’s Chicken: 6591 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

C&N Insurance: 2010 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Cafe Deux Soleils: 2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver.

 

Colony Bar (Entertainment District): 965 Granville St, Vancouver. 

 

Como Taperia201 East 7th Ave, Vancouver (on May 28).

 

Daon Korean Cuisine: 401-100 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam.

 

Dodman Custom Upholstery: 7765 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Donair Girl: 7339 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant: 777 Broadway W Suite 108, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tables will be limited to a maximum of six. 

 

Dae Ji Cutlet House: 4883 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Dean’s Auto: 6831 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Dial-a-Style Barber Shop: 6817 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

DooBoo Tofu Soup & Korean BBQ: 6907 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Dulux Paints: 6679 MacPherson Ave, Burnaby.

 

Dyson Demo Store, Pacific Centre: 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver.

 

Earls Restaurants: All staff will wear masks at all times. It will operate at a maximum 50% capacity.

 

Edmonds Coin Laundry: 7205 Canada Way, Burnaby.

 

Edmonds Starters & Alternators– engine repair: 7473 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Edmonds St Animal Hospital: 7621 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Edmonds Tire Depot: 7779 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

European Butcher Boy Delicatessen and Grocery: 7502 St, Burnaby.

 

Evolution Sport Therapy: 2027 41st Ave W, Kerrisdale and 6151 Westminster Hwy Suite 151, Richmond.

 

False Creek Ferries: Limited ferry service will re-commence on Friday May 22.

 

Filomena Salon & Spa: 228 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam.

 

Fountain Tire: 5850 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Good Karma Pet Spa: 7753 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Grand Globe salon: 7419 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Granville Island Boat Rental: Reopening sometime in June.

 

Geronimo Tattoos Piercing: 4641 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Granville Island Toy Company: 3298 Main St, Vancouver.

 

Highgate Dental: 210-7155 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

The Hockey Shop Source for Sports: 10280 City Pkwy, Surrey (No shopping groups of more than two, no more than 50 people in the building at a given time,11 am to 5 pm).

 

Holt Renfrew Vancouver: 737 Dunsmuir St (Monday to Saturday, 11 AM - 7 PM, Sunday, 12 PM - 7 PM).

 

Hub Restaurant: 344-800 Carnarvon St, New Westminster.

 

Hudson’s Bay: Noon to 5 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays, when it opens at 11 a.m. for seniors, people with disabilities and frontline workers. 

 

Hair Continue: 6821 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Hair Image: 4723 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Hair Zone: 6919 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Hawthorne Restaurant: 5633 176 St, Surrey (opening May 28).

 

Ichiro Japanese Restaurant: 12001 Second Ave Suite 110, Richmond.

 

Indochino’s Vancouver Store: open May 21 by appointment and its Burnaby store will be open by appointment starting May 25. More than half of its 52 North American locations will reopen by the end of May.

 

I Love Kickboxing: 6569 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Indian Wok restaurant: 5212 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Jack The Modern BarberShop: 4531 Main St, Vancouver.

 

Joey Restaurants, five Metro Vancouver locations.

 

John B Pub: 1000 Austin Ave, Coquitlam.

 

Jovo the Butcher: 7487 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies: 4982 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

JJ Bean Coffee Roasters: 3010 Main St, Vancouver.

 

Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Restaurant: 800 Columbia St, New Westminster.


Kennedy’s Sport Pub, 11906 88 Ave, Delta.

 

Khao Thai by Legato Cafe: 2248 W. 41 Ave, Vancouver.

 

Kirmac Collision and Autoglass: 7480 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Karma Tattoo: 4715 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Kiku Sushi: 4986 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

King’s Market: 6218 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Kingsbury Food Store: 7086 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Kong’s Collision: 6949 Buller Ave, Burnaby.

 

Laura clothing boutiques: All stores in B.C. now open.

 

Long beach lodge, Tofino: Reopening June 3rd.

 

Longtail Kitchen: 116-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster.

 

Lougheed Laser Centre: 9855 Austin Ave, Burnaby.

 

Lougheed Town Centre: 9850 Austin Rd., Burnaby. The following stores are now open: Walmart; London Drugs; IParty Dollar Store; Oomomo; Print Images (Post Office); The Bay; Sport Chek; COBS Bread; Cazba Persian Grill; Curry Express; Bubble Waffle Cafe; OPA! of Greece; Sashimi Sushi; Shiny Tea; Tim Hortons; Bank of Montreal; CIBC; Nutrition House; Highroads Medical Clinic; Lougheed Mall Dental; Image Optometry; H&M; Garage; Suzy Shier; Shoe Warehouse; Cruz-ing; Angela Fashion; ProfessioNail; Chatters; Paris Studio; Barbershop Network; H&R Block; Johnston Meier Insurance; Glara; Daniadown; Wireless Wave; EB Games; Showcase

 

Lordco auto parts: 7637 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Lhy Thai Restaurant: 7357 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Lordco Auto Parts: 5459 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Love in Love adult boutique: 4687 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Majic Man’s Barber Shop: 7529 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Mark Sezginalp & Co. accountants: 7265 Kingsway Suite 3, Burnaby.

 

MEC: 111 2nd Ave E, Vancouver (the bike shop).

 

MedPrime Wellness Centre: 7265 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Miami Auto Detailing: 7521 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Middlegate Burnaby Dental: 7129 Arcola Way, Burnaby.

 

Mona Shop Africa Cultural Bazaar: 7655 Edmonds St Suite 101, Burnaby.

 

Mostafa Supermarket: 7421 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Metrotown mall: Walmart and Superstore have been open the entire time. Here's a list of businesses that were open as of May 19: Sportchek; Blenz; Roots; Kids Footlocker; Softmoc; Journeys (shoes); Oomomo; Piggy Bank Palace; La Vie En Rose; Little Burgundy; Hudson's Bay; Browns (shoes); Plenty (clothing boutique); several salons and barbers; Nike; Yogen Fruz

 

Mr. Auto Sales & Service: 6322 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Mr. Lube: 6629 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Mr. Ho Wonton House: 6731 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout and delivery).

 

Mala Fade barbers: 4631 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Marutama-Ra-Men: 5278 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Meetrice Noodles: 5226 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Metrotown Mazda: 5775 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Metrotown Mitsubishi: 5965 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Metrotown Polish Deli: 5068B Kingsway, Burnaby

 

Midas Auto Service: 5788 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Narita Sushi: 408, 100 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam.

 

New West Farmers Market: Tipperary Park, New Westminster.

 

Ninja Bubble Tea Express: 131-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster.

 

Nordstrom Vancouver: 799 Robson St (the first Canadian location to reopen. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m)

 

Natural Wood Furniture & Mattress Gallery: 4699 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Nippon Auto Centre: 6755 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Nixon Automotive: 6935 Buller Street, Burnaby.

 

Nao Sushi: 7060 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Nightingale: 1017 W Hastings St, Vancouver.

 

Nook Restaurant: 1525 Yew St, Vancouver; 195 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver; 150 Victory Way, North Vancouver.

 

The Old Spaghetti Factory: Various locations around the Lower Mainland. 

 

OK Tire: 6092 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Open Road Honda: 6984 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Paulie's Barbershop: 4326 Main St., Vancouver.

 

Panetene Nails: 7265 Kingsway Suite 1, Burnaby.

 

Power3Academy Marital Arts: 7738 Edmonds St Suite 105, Burnaby.

 

Plethore by Faubourg: 2156 W. 41 Avenue, Vancouver.

 

Prism Hair Design: 1071, Austin Ave, Coquitlam

 

Panago: 6569 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Papa John’s Pizza: 6462 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Persia Foods: 6791 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Pho Century: 6701 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Pho Hong: 5975 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Popeye’s Supplements : 5530 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Potter’s Garden Korean restaurant: 5599 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Prestige Laser & Beauty Studio: 6813 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Queens Cafe by Eighteen Chefs: 7090 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Remedy Massage Therapy, 1420 - 4771 McClelland Rd  Richmond.

 

Revolution Ink Tattoo and Piercing20530 Douglas Cres, Unit D, Langley

 

Richmond Blundell Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic: 6180 Blundell Road, Suite 140, Richmond.

 

Richmond Centre mall: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here are the Richmond Centre stores opened: Aldila Boutique; Alive Health Centre; Ardene; BB.GG Fashion; Bikini Village; Blenz Coffee; Browns; Bubble Waffle Café; Cactus Club; Champs; CNKW Handbags; Coast Capital Savings; COBS Bread; Coltons Couture; Consumer Nutrition Centre (Open Mon, Wed, Sat only); Crepe Delicious; Dynamite; EB Games; Ecco; Edo Japan; Foot Locker; Forero's Bags and Luggage; Gladstone Jewellers; Hallmark; H&M; Hugo BOSS; INS Market; Iris; Kin's Farm Market; Laura; Lenscrafters; Little Burgundy; Lukfook Jewellery; Maxim’s Bakery; Mobilinq; Mr. Pretzel; Oak & Fort Pearl Castle; Roots; Saint Germain Bakery; Shefield & Sons; Shiny Tea; Shoppers Drug Mart; Showcase; Sleep Country; Sportchek/Atmosphere (Exterior entrance only); Tim Hortons; Togo Sushi; Tokyo Beauty; Umi Bubble Tea; Urban Behavior; Venus Furniture; White Spot; Will Harry; Zara

 

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy: 530 Columbia St, New Westminster.

 

Rustic Bread Bakery: J-7487 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Redhart Workwear: 4707 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Roadside Spicy Pot: 6462 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Royal Oak Barbers: 5597 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Samz Neighbourhood Pub: 2342 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam.

 

Santosha Yoga: 428 Columbia St, New Westminster.

 

Sapperton District Taphouse: 421 E Columbia St, New Westminster.

 

Save Big on Tires: 7513 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Sing Sing pub. 2718 Main Street, Vancouver.

 

South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital: 7665 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

SAS Comfort Shoes: 5900 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Sherwin-Williams Paints: 5280 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Spa Belle: 6983 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Subway: 6569 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Sushi Garden: 6611 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

Sushi Oyama: 5152 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Sweets & Beans desserts and coffee: 5121 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Szechuan Cuisine: 6408 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Rustic Bread Bakery: J-7487 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Score on Davie restaurant: 1262 Davie St. 

 

Smoking Pig restaurant: 1043 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam.

 

Stanley Nails: 7150 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Sleep Country Canada: 2105 W. 41st Ave, Vancouver.

 

Ta Bom Korean Cuisine: 1046 Austin Ave., Coquitlam.

 

Terminal City Club: 837 W. Hastings St., Vancouver (fitness centre for members and families only, by appointment).

 

Tori Blush Beauty Co.: 610 Columbia St, New Westminster.

 

Town Hairstylist: 7226 Linden Ave, Burnaby.

 

True Smile Denture and Dental Clinic: F-7487 St, Burnaby.

 

Tuesday’s Drycleaning: 7583 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

The UPS Store: 7655 Edmonds St Suite 105, Burnaby.

 

Tala Florist: 4956 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

A Taste of Ukraine: 4976 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Tasty Lucky Noodle House: 4727 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

The Bao Place: 4673 Kingsway, Burnaby (steamed buns).

 

The One: 5908 Kingsway, Burnaby (takeout).

 

The UPS Store: 4974 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Tim Hortons: 6641 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Tisol: 7117 Gilley Ave, Burnaby (pet supplies).

 

Trek: 5400 Kingsway, Burnaby (bicycles).

 

Triple O’s: 6038 Kingsway, Burnaby (restaurant).

 

Tuesday’s Drycleaners: 5109 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Twinkle Thai restaurant: 7080 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

The Cannibal Café: 1818 Commercial Dr, Vancouver.

 

The Pawn Shop: 1117 Granville St, Vancouver.

 

Trattoria: 1850 W 4th Ave, Vancouver; 102-4501 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Virgo Nail Spa: 4877 Main St, Vancouver.

 

Visions Electronics: 5756 Imperial Street, Burnaby.

 

Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna: 6569 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Vault Restaurant: 5764 176 St., Surrey (opening May 28).

 

Welk’s General Store: 3511 Main St, Vancouver (requires customers to enter with a face mask or covering).

 

West Coast Aquatic Safaris, Tofino: Soft relaunch in Mid June, full reopening on July 1.

 

Wendy’s: 5970 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Wholesale Club: 5335 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Wings grill and pub: 4679 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

Washington Avenue Grill: 15782 Marine Dr. Suite 5, White Rock.

 

Your Way Spa: 7255 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

 

Yaguchya Ramen: 4679 Kingsway, Burnaby.

 

 
Exploring

What are we reading? May 21, 2020

File photo, Shutterstock

Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

A look at family farms on B.C.’s coast suggests that compact local agriculture can react more swiftly than big corporate operations to markets disrupted by the pandemic. – National Observer

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/05/14/news/small-farmers-are-big-players-food-security-during-pandemic

 

U.S. president Donald Trump, who famously claimed that COVID-19 was a “hoax,” has launched new attacks on the World Health Organization, blaming it, and China, for the crisis that has killed more than 90,000 people in the United States. WHO fired back Tuesday, with member states backing a resolution to support the health organization. – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/19/member-states-back-who-after-renewed-donald-trump-attack

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Where are all those trillions of tax dollars in government fiscal support (US$9 trillion and counting) coming from, where are they going and does anyone know how we are all going to pay multitrillion-dollar debts back? Insights from the International Monetary Fund

https://blogs.imf.org/2020/05/20/tracking-the-9-trillion-global-fiscal-support-to-fight-covid-19/?

 

Anyone want to wager on what is behind 86% of data breaches? 

https://digitalguardian.com/blog/money-behind-86-percent-data-breaches?

 

2020 qualifies as being a good time to switch to a parallel universe. Fortunately, NASA might have found one where time runs backward. Maybe clock it back to around mid-2019 or so; or before the current madcap White House regime took over the reins of world affairs. – the New York Post

https://nypost.com/2020/05/19/nasa-finds-evidence-of-parallel-universe-where-time-runs-backward-report/

 

Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

Commentary: How we ‘recovered’ from Spanish Flu should be a warning. – IndeOnline.com

https://www.indeonline.com/opinion/20200514/commentary-how-we-recovered-from-spanish-flu-should-be-warning