Living/Working June 28, 2019

Living/Working

June 24, 2019

Partnership in charge of Surrey hospital upgrade claims firm wrongfully signed off on ‘proprietary’ elevators, escalators

BIV’s lawsuit of the week

Surrey Memorial Hospital | Chung Chow/BIV files

Integrated Team Solutions, the private-sector partnership behind the rehabilitation of Surrey Memorial Hospital, is suing international consulting firm BTY Consultancy Group Inc., claiming the company signed off on elevators and escalators installed in the facility that didn’t conform to the project’s specifications.

Integrated Team Solutions SMH Partnership, by its general partners FED (ITS) SMH Inc. and FED (ITS) SMH LP, filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on June 21. According to the lawsuit, BTY Consultancy Group was brought on as the project’s “independent certifier” in December 2010.

The firm was responsible for inspections to ensure the design and construction met the projects requirements, and providing periodic reports about any project elements that varied from the original project agreement. In addition, the firm was responsible for tracking deficiencies and milestones and issuing compliance certificates.

The $512 million Surrey Memorial Hospital project involved a 30-year partnership agreement that called for a new emergency department, a neonatal intensive care unit, a rooftop helicopter pad and a new laboratory facility. Integrated was to design, build finance, and maintain the updated facilities.

The project called for both a “non-proprietary elevator control system” and a “non-proprietary escalator control system” to be installed in the new facilities, according to the claim. Throughout construction, BTY issued reports and certificates that were allegedly “inaccurate and misrepresented the Elevators and Escalators.”

It wasn’t until June 2017 that the project’s design-builder disclosed to Integrated Team Solutions “the proprietary nature of the Elevators and Escalators installed at the Project.”

Integrated claims the proprietary elevators and escalators are more costly to service and maintain, and that it has incurred “loss, expense and damages” arising from the cost of replacing the elevators and escalators and their control systems. In addition, Integrated claims it “lost the opportunity to promptly correct or replace or require the Design-Builder to correct or replace the Elevators and Escalators and/or their control systems or other components.”

Integrated Team Solutions seeks unspecified damages for negligence and breach of contract. The allegations have not been tested or proven in court and BTY Consultancy Group had not responded to the lawsuit by press time.

 
Leading

Test your northern knowledge with BIV’s Canada Day quiz

To fulfil the commitment to Canada Day, herein lies the annual Business in Vancouver quiz, which aims to test your knowledge of current events.

 

1. The most influential leader in our country is: a) Kawhi Leonard, b) Aubrey Drake Graham, or c) Brooke Henderson.

2. The leader of the official opposition is: a) Jody Wilson-Raybould, b) all of the above, or c) all of the above.

3. Justin Trudeau was an on-call teacher in Vancouver when he was: a) three or four jobs away from the prime ministership, b) one or two jobs removed from a gig as a nightclub bouncer, or c) not yet using “drink box water bottle sorta things.”

4. The hip-hop superstar Drake, in celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ championship win, said: “I want my chips with the dip.” This means: a) Drake was not content to eat chips without the accompanying side dish, b) Drake was signalling he wants to still be able to eat chips in the event of economic headwinds that affect his asset base, or c) Drake was working on new material and, while we might think it’s weird, he will eventually make millions of dollars from his genius public improvisation.

5. Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott left Liberal cabinet positions to sit as independent MPs because: a) the anonymity it provides is easier than providing the paperwork to change their identities, b) they want to lead independents to take over the Commons two-by-two over the next 600 years, or c) they grew tired of all that authority.

6. The CFO of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was apprehended in Vancouver and now faces an extradition hearing to the United States. During what is expected to be a protracted stay here she will a) pursue a PhD, b) finish developing 6G and 7G technology, or c) persuade Canadian carriers to provide a much better data and phone plan.

7. Canada finds itself part of three new or revised trade deals with unwieldy acronyms. They are: a) USMCA, TPTCC and CETA, b) JAYZ, ADELE and CARDIB, c) TRUMP, NOTXI, and NOTBREXIT.

8. China has expressed unreservedly its support for Canada in recent times by: a) randomly taking visiting Canadians hostage so they need not fear for their safety on the streets, b) helping us understand that our canola is a health risk and our meat is uncertified, or c) assisting our economy by buying houses no one else can afford.

9. Ride-hailing will debut later this year here, with such made-in-British Columbia features enshrined by the provincial government to ensure the taxi industry is not unduly disrupted as a) for appropriate hailing, a mandated dispatch system by teletype, b) for true ride-sharing, a maximum trip of 500 metres and minimum of seven passengers at once per vehicle, or c) for safety’s sake, open sunroofs in ride-sharing vehicles in the rain.

10. The CFL’s BC Lions made a major off-season announcement to increase attendance by: a) hiring off-season actors to play seat extras, b) playing at alternating 15-minute intervals with the Vancouver Whitecaps to double the crowd size, or c) serving as the intermission for the Paul McCartney show.

11. The year’s top-selling Canadian book has been: a) How to Make Friends Abroad, by S.N.C. Lavalin, b) Leadership Through Letter-Writing, by Kennedy Stewart, or c) Dealing With A Diminished Toolbox, by John Horgan.

12. The Trudeau government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5 billion to: a) increase greenhouse gas emissions to save his climate change action plan, b) prop up an Alberta NDP government it knew would lose, or c) to help avoid balancing the budget unduly in the next half-century.

13. The NDP-Green alliance has persisted in British Columbia despite: a) legislation to confiscate Green Party leader Andrew Weaver’s property, b) a clause in the two parties’ agreement requiring Weaver to work each weekend on the legislature’s landscaping projects with the new government wood-chipper, or c) a requirement that Weaver limit his antagonistic press releases about the Horgan government to four times daily.

 

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

 
Spending

Canada Day round-up: Where to celebrate this Monday in Vancouver

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From dazzling fireworks displays to electric live performances to delectable cuisine, there will be no shortage of things to enjoy this Canada Day in Vancouver.

Have a look at some of the best events in our 2019 round-up.

Fort Langley National Historic Site

The Fort Langley National Historic Site will offer multicultural performances and activities in its site and historic buildings. There will also be cake as well as balloon animals. Performances and activities will include Bhangra Dancing, Métis jigging, a Renaissance Fencing Demonstration, and much more.

When: Monday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley City
Cost: Free

‘Great Canadian BBQ’ at the H2 Rotisserie & Bar

The H2 Rotisserie & Bar will offer a range of flame-grilled items, prepared inside and outdoors (weather permitting), to celebrate the big day. They will also have acoustic live musical performances throughout the afternoon.

The complete menu includes more than 25 choices, such as:

• house-made sushi rolls
• build-your-own grilled corn, featuring a variety of flavoured butters, spice mixes and aioli
• chicken, shrimp and vegetable skewers
• grilled Pacific salmon
• a build-your-own poutine bar
• garlic clams and mussels
• desserts including Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, a banana split bar
… and much more!

For an additional charge, guests can complement their meal with a custom Caesar from H2’s tableside cart. Garnishes include candied bacon, pickled beans and asparagus, bocconcini-and-tomato skewers, and more.

When: Monday, July 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: The Westin Bayshore | 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver
Cost: $45 for adults; $20 for children 6 to 12; and free for children 5 and under.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration

The North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration offers free, family-friendly fun from noon until 4 p.m. With the support of vendors and volunteers, the community-focused event is zero-waste. With an anticipated attendance of 15,000 people, it will feature a diverse number of local performers, musicians, multicultural food, family-oriented games, and displays from North Shore community organizations. There be free cupcakes, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, art workshops and much more.

When: Monday, July 1 from noon until 4 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park | Block, 200 Esplanade W, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

Canada Day Ball Hockey Tournament

This Canada Day celebration offers fun in the sun as well as an exciting workout. The Ball Hockey Tournament is hosted by Timber Restaurant and benefits BASH (Britannia After School Hockey). Proceeds from participant entry fees go to support BASH, which is an inclusive after-school program for youth interested in playing ice hockey. The event includes five hours of scrimmage match-ups, skill-building exercises and an exciting finals game to crown the 2019 champions. Everyone is welcome to participate in the skills exercises offered between games three times throughout the afternoon at 12:40 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Timber will also serve up their mouthwatering classic bison burgers

Players and the public are also encouraged to bring kid’s hockey equipment to the tournament where donations for the BASH program will be collected. The BASH program relies solely on fundraisers and donations.

When: Monday, July 1 from noon until 5 p.m.
Where: Jervis Street & Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Canada Day on Granville Island

Granville Island will offer a There will be free parking on the island all day; however, organizers note that the free-all-day parking off site from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at First & Fir, is an easy walk and you won’t get caught in the traffic leaving the Island.

When: Public market opens at 9 a.m.; restaurants
Where: Jervis Street & Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Vancouver Convention Centre Open House 

Experience a variety of family-friendly activities and displays and learn about history of the facility through ten years of bringing people together through meetings since the opening of the West building from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Free indoor family-friendly yoga with lululemon: lululemon will host two free indoor yoga sessions at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring mats; limited supply provided.
  • Cooking with our culinary team: The Convention Centre’s award-winning culinary team will be doing live cooking demonstrations at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
  • Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the West building: Learn about the history of the building with a scavenger hunt called “Convention Quest” in the Exhibition Hall; get an airbrush tattoo; Visit the life-size ‘10’ and share your favourite memories.
  • Green Scene: Learn about the Convention Centre’s comprehensive sustainability program while enjoying activities like our recycling game and more
  • Picture Yourself! A photo station putss you in the centre of some of the special spaces such as the larger than life #VanConventions installation.
  • Marine Connection: Learn about the Convention Centre’s thriving marine habitat and enjoy unique activities hosted by Ocean Wise, as well as a children’s arts and crafts.
  • Cauldron Lighting: This majestic 2010 legacy will be re-lit from 12 pm to 2 pm to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
  • Brew with a View: From 11 am to 11 pm, enjoy delicious, family-friendly fare and beautiful mountain and harbour views on the facility’s licensed Pacific Terrace, home to Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca. Food and beverage, including ice-cold beer and cider, will be available for purchase.

When: Monday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: West building |1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
Cost: Free

Canada Day at Canada Place

As the largest Canada Day celebration in western Canada, the sprawling waterfront event offers food, live entertainment, family activities, displays, and much more. It covers five city blocks and includes the indoor and outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and the surrounding city streets. What’s more, the event welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year, and it is free to attend. The festivities kick off early at 9:30 a.m. with a traditional Citizenship Ceremony, which  welcomes 60 new Canadians into the country. Following this, all zones and exhibits, including the main stage, open at 11 a.m.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Where: Canada Place and surrounding city streets
Cost: Free

Mamie Taylor’s Canada Day Ribfest

Mamie Taylor’s will have a Ribfest staring at 3 p.m. to celebrate. Guests should arrive early if they want to pick the top ribs.

When: Monday, July 1 from 2 p.m. until late
Where: 251 East Georgia, Vancouver
Cost: Free

CRAFT Beer Market Canada Day

Enjoy Canadian flavours and sounds over the long weekend with CRAFT Beer Market. They will offer East-to-West All Canadian Beer flights, caesar and poutine features, a live DJ on both Saturday and Sunday nights, and a local band covering the best and biggest hits from Canadian artists. CRAFT will also have Daily Happy Hour features from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

When: Saturday, June 18 through Monday, July 1
Where: 85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Cost: Varies.

Canada Day Drumming 

On Monday, July 1, be part of a Canada-wide attempt to set a brand new Guinness World Records™ title of:  “Largest Group Drum Roll (Multiple Venues)”.   The minimum required is 1,683 individual drummers, but the more the merrier. The performance will be broadcasted live across the participating Canadian cities and on social media platforms around the world.

No drumming experience is necessary, but you must attend a practice session beforehand. Pre-registration by midnight, June 28 is necessary.

When: Monday, July 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Cost: Free.

Burnaby Village Museum Canada Day Party

Burnaby Village Museum will host the Official Canada Day celebrations in Burnaby on Monday. Visitors may enjoy the backdrop of its 1920s village streets, multi-cultural family entertainment including musicians, entertainers, displays & demonstrations.

When: Monday, July 1 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Cost: Admission is free. (Carousel rides are $2.65)

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Spending

All digital grab-and-go restaurant now open in Vancouver

No tables, no cash, no storefront at Tractor Digital

Customers pick up their orders at Tractor Digital. Photo Marquardt | Photo: Courtesy of Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

There’s nothing new about contacting a restaurant and placing an order for takeout, but an established quick-serve Vancouver restaurant chain is taking the notion of “grab-and-go” to the next level with its “all-digital” location.

Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods, which launched in Vancouver in 2013 with its first counter-service cafeteria-line style restaurant focused on salads, soups, sandwiches and bowls, has opened its seventh location, and it’s solely for picking up orders placed ahead online. Called Tractor Digital, its Grab & Go Kitchen is located within Park Place at 666 Burrard St. in downtown Vancouver.

Using an app, customers place their order ahead of time and pay for it online, selecting a desired pick-up time. At Tractor Digital, the kitchen prepares the food to order, and has it labelled and available for the customer to simply grab-and go.

The digital concept is aimed at cutting out the waiting in line factor, and also at having a cash-less storefront where the focus is on cooking and serving the food, rather than ringing people up. Ideal for anyone in a rush, the restaurant hopes this shortcut to getting good food fast will up Vancouverites’ chances to get seasonally-driven and locally-sourced fresh food in their bellies without lack of time getting in the way.

The new Tractor Digital also uses its 1,800-square-feet exclusively for cooking and pick-up — there is no seating.

Tractor joins an increasing number of Metro Vancouver restaurants focused on app-based ordering, though it differs from the legions of eateries (and “ghost” restaurants) whose business model is based on delivery in that they are all about pick-up.

“We believe that eating healthy should be an easy decision, so we’re making it even more accessible through leading-edge technology that will allow us to provide exceptional convenience and high-quality to Tractor customers. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this new concept to Vancouver diners,” said Steve Clarke, co-founder of Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods.

The new Tractor Digital launched June 10 and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.

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Spending

Floating season: This breathtaking lazy river in B.C. is over four miles long

Photo: fayeweller / Instagram

Spanning an impressive four miles long, the Penticton River Channel offers one of the best floating experiences in British Columbia.

The man-made waterway cuts across the breathtaking Okanagan Valley and offers tubers a full three-to-four hours of relaxing fun with stunning vistas in every direction. Connecting the Okanagan Lake to the Skaha Lake, the pristine passageway is considered a bucket list item for the summer season.

Float Penticton, a local shuttle service, will also offer service between the channel and homes, hotels or AirBnBs this summer. As such, ‘foaters’ won’t have to worry about finding parking at the channel. In addition, the company states that it offers, “free air fill-up’s for all of our shuttle guests to blow up their flotation device.”

Tubers may opt to bring their own floatie, or they may rent one from the launch site. Coyote Cruises operates daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through the summertime and rents a number of floaties including: solo inner-tubes, double tubes, quad tubes, and ten person party floats. The company also offers a variety of channel-side treats such as hot dogs, ice cream, slushies, and canned drinks.

The best time to visit the channel is between mid-May and September, and preferably on a warm, sunny day. Tubers begin the excursion at Okanagan Lake’s launch site at 215 Riverside Drive.

Tubing can be extremely dangerous in places where the current is strong. Therefore, it is recommended that tubers only go to places that have been approved safe for public use. Further, visitors should never consume alcohol before going tubing.

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The Party (Float) has officially started!!! Coyote Cruises is OPEN! ————————————————————————

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Exploring

What are we reading? June 27, 2019

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

 

Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

Good news and bad news. The bad news first: as we age, our work efficiency and capacity decline faster than we think. The good news is that there are some things -- some, not many -- that can be done about it. The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/work-peak-professional-decline/590650/

 

For the time being at least, attention is swinging back to Elizabeth Warren in the race for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Once thought of as a contender, Warren’s highly progressive views were duly scrutinized and ultimately pronounced too far to the left for America. Now she is regaining traction in the race and much of it has to do with the clarity of her ideas. New York Times Magazine

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/magazine/elizabeth-warren-president.html

 

It was an extraordinary development five years ago: the disappearance of a plane over the ocean. Now an investigation asserts authorities know much more than they are disclosing about the vanishing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.  The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/mh370-malaysia-airlines/590653/

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

As Canada keeps taking it in the solar plexus from China in the global diplomatic and trade octagon, the country needs to reconsider its economic infatuation with the Middle Kingdom and ponder some hardball questions, such as: is free trade with China even an option? – Macdonald-Laurier Institute

http://macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/20190315_MLI_Canada-China_Free_Trade_%28Chen%29_PAPER_FWeb.pdf

 

Wise use of water is becoming a critical issue for life on earth.  Here's a report advocating more intelligence in using the precious resource. – Intelligent Water campaign

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Good news for clean-air advocates everywhere: renewables are catching up to King Coal in U.S. electricity generation. – U.S. Energy Information Administration

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=39992

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court rejects the Trump administration’s bid to put a citizenship question on the country’s next census. Unlike its ruling on Trump’s Muslim ban, when the court’s Republican majority averted its eyes from the government’s transparently sinister motives, the court’s census ruling acknowledges the citizenship question’s obvious purpose of politically weaponizing the census. – Talking Points Memo

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/dc/supreme-court-census-citizenship-decision

 

This long weekend, consider seizing a Caesar and checking out this piece by the Courier’s Sandra Thomas on Vancouver’s Barb Snelgrove, whose innovative variants on the Clamato concoction have won her recognition in a new book, The Caesar. 50 Years. 50 Stories: Celebrating a Half-Century of Canada’s National Cocktail. – Vancouver Courier

https://www.vancourier.com/living/vancouver-resident-makes-caesar-history-1.23867972

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter:

When a drug smuggler’s yacht had problems on a trans-Atlantic journey, he tried to stash tens of millions of pounds of cocaine on the Portugese island of São Miguel. The cargo got loose from its hiding place and the packages floated out to sea before washing ashore. This long read describes how it changed life on the island. – Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/10/blow-up-how-half-a-tonne-of-cocaine-transformed-the-life-of-an-island

 

Marking the anniversary of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s passing is this reflective look at the adventurous journalist’s distinctiveness in how he chronicled societies, cultures and people through food. – Jacobin

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-obituary

 

Online retailers are increasingly sophisticated in ways to manipulate visitors to buy products, as this story sets out. – New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/technology/e-commerce-dark-patterns-psychology.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

 

Hayley Woodin, reporter:

Will they or won’t they? The road to the Trump-Xi meeting in Osaka has been long, confusing and littered with political posturing. Ahead of an expected meeting at the G20 summit, this article suggests Chinese propagandists – baffled by Trump – are waffling. – Nikkei Asian Review

https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/China-up-close/Baffled-by-Trump-Chinese-propagandists-waffle-ahead-of-Osaka 

 

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association released its inaugural State of Downtown report this month. It highlights well Vancouver’s growth, and serves as a good reference for facts and figures about our downtown economy. – DVBIA

https://www.dtvan.ca/2019/06/state-of-downtown/